For healthy fat and substance, I used pumpkin seeds, which worked beautifully. That, plus some miso and a touch of sesame oil, yielded a super simple and easy to make dish that was also incredibly tasty when all was said and done. Here it is, along with some homemade herb flax crackers
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable containing both soluble and insoluble forms of fiber. It’s also an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid and vitamins C and K. Higher intakes of vitamin C and linoleic acid, combined with lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates, are linked to a lower likelihood of wrinkles and dry skin, according to a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Boost your supply of carotenoids with this simple, hearty, salad. If you find leafy greens too bitter to enjoy, try mixing them with a sweet accompaniment and a tart dressing. You'll be surprised at how lovely they can be.
They are versatile, nutritious, low in fat and contain no cholesterol. What’s more, they’re high in fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and protein. Studies show that a diet rich in legumes may not only reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes, but legumes, such as soy, can also improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails.
We should strive to get most of our nutrients from plants, not pills. The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods.
Via Demarcio Washington
This amazingly bright, deep orange colored squash is loaded with skin rebuilding nutrients. Just one cup of diced butternut squash provides a whopping 22869 IU’s of Vitamin A, which research shows can help repair damaged skin cells.
Dark, leafy greens are a particular nutritional standout. Eating a spinach salad and other dark leafy greens delivers a bonanza of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Calorie for calorie, dark, leafy greens are one the most concentrated sources of nutrition. They are rich in minerals (iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins (K, C, E and some B vitamins), and they provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene and lutein.
The salad was great the way I made it with canned beans and red peppers from a jar, but if you had the time or energy to cook your own beans and roast the red peppers, this would be over-the-top fabulous.
There's something about the warmth and complexity of the spices in Moroccan cuisine that inspires me to create new dishes using them. This stew offers a heaping serving of black beans, chickpeas, and lentils, along with yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes that simmer in a fragrant, intoxicating broth infused with cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, fennel, garlic. Individual servings can be finished with slices of dried roasted figs, a nice touch if serving to guests.
There's little doubt that one of the best ways to improve your health is to make sure you're eating plenty of fresh, minimally processed high quality vegetables, ideally locally-grown and organic, with a majority of them consumed raw.
Via Sally Hunt