FIVE REASONS TO EAT RED CAPSICUMS
1. Red capsicums contain almost 300
percent of your daily Vitamin C intake
2. Red capsicums are a great source
of Vitamin B6 and magnesium
3. Red capsicums help support
healthy night vision
4. Red capsicums are packed with
5. Red capsicums help burn more calories
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is predicting that as it stands right now, in the year 2050 with a global population of around 9.1 billion, there will be a shortage of food. Investing in agriculture, at an expense of $83 billion per year, is what the UN says will prevent this shortage of food from happening.
With busy schedules abundant, many parents send their children off to school each day after having a nice big bowl of their favourite cereal. It’s quick and an easy way to ward of hunger first thing in the morning; however, the cereal they’re eating could be easily substituted for a
chocolate bar in many cases. At nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, three popular cereals weigh in with 20 grams of sugar in a one cup serving. That’s five teaspoons of sugar to start the day. Seeing as breakfast is supposed to be the healthy way to start the day, many parents may have to evaluate what is fueling their children.
COCONUT WATER FOR ELECTROLYTE REPLACEMENT
Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at the UC Davis says that coconut water is fine for “the typical working-out person,” because it is 95% water. But, high intensity training athletes should stick to sports drinks because they are higher in carbohydrates and sodium. If it’s potassium you’re after, coconut water contains about 15 times more than sports drinks and the mineral also gets sweated out during exercise, just not as much as sodium. It’s unclear whether one rehydrates better than the other.
Everyone’s favorite summer fruit, cherries are high in antioxidants and relatively low in calories, with one cup of sweet cherries yielding approximately 74 calories. Just in case you needed another reason to snack on this tiny red fruit, a study by researchers at the University of California of 18 healthy men and women, examined the relationship between cherry consumption and plasma lipids and inflammation markers in adults. Subjects supplemented their diets with sweet Bing cherries for a total of 28 days. Blood samples were drawn before the start
of the study, during the study and after the study on specified days. Once all the blood work was evaluated, researchers concluded that the “Results suggest a selective modulatory effect of sweet cherries on CRP, NO, and RANTES. Such anti-inflammatory effects may be beneficial for the management and prevention of inflammatory diseases.”
This is great news for anyone suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis or gout or anyone looking to combat the bumps and bruises from weekend warrior type activities or working out. Choose cherries and your body will thank you for it!
Kelley DS, et al. Consumption of Bing sweet cherries lowers circulating concentrations of inflammation markers in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2006 Apr; 136 (4):981-6.
PROTEIN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Makes 12 muffins
6 egg whites
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup applesauce (natural, no sugar added)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (20g P)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ c frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 190 Degrees Celcius.
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
Spray a non stick muffin pan and fill each with the muffin mixture.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until fully cooked through.
Calories – 128
Protein – 11
Total Fat – 2
Total Carbohydrates – 18.4
Fibre – 2.8