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Eat Well: How to Grocery Shop the Healthy Way

Good nutrition begins with the grocery list. Without healthy and nutritious ingredients in our kitchens making meals that nourish our bodies is difficult. However, knowing what to buy when you are at the grocery store can feel overwhelming. Most of us don’t have the time to stand in the store reading long label after long label, it’s just too time consuming. Even with having to read long ingredient lists (because it is important to know what is going into our bodied), grocery shopping in a healthy way does not have to be stressful. The following four tips help keep grocery shopping from feeling like such an intimidating task.

Plan Ahead
Healthy grocery shopping begins long before we even step foot into our local grocery stores. Many health experts recommend planning meals for an entire week and assessing what ingredients will be needed to make these meals. Preparing a list in advance of heading to the store helps reduce the amount of time we spend in the grocery store wondering whether we will actually need this item or that item. In addition to reducing the amount of time spent in the grocery store, writing everything we need for a week forces us to really take a good look at what we are planning to put into our bodies. Sometimes, seeing things on paper makes us think twice about the food we intend to purchase.

Shop on a Full Stomach
One of reasons we come home with extra cookies, chips, ice cream and other poor food choices is that we go grocery shopping when we are hungry. Grocery shopping on an empty stomach leads to making bad decisions. When our stomachs are empty our ability to resist temptation is significantly lowered. Keep impulse purchases to a minimum by making sure to shop full and never hungry.

Shop the Perimeter
The layout of most grocery stores is similar. The perimeter is generally where the fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are stocked. By spending the majority of our time in the stores perimeter, we limit the amount of temptation we face in the form of prepackaged, fat and sugar laden products. Walk the outer portion of the store first stocking up on fresh produce, lean meats and low-fat dairy options. When heading towards the center of the store, stick to the list and only buy what is written down. Choose whole grains when purchasing items such as breads and pastas to help increase the amount of healthy food in the cart.

Consider Convenience
While not the most cost effective option, sometimes the added convenience of food that has already been portioned is worth the increase in price. Most of us are constantly rushing around from one obligation to the next, leaving the amount of time available for spending hours preparing healthy food limited. Choosing vegetables and fruit that has already been sliced and snacks such as nuts that have been portioned can make eating healthy easier even with the crazy schedules we keep.

Grocery shopping in a health conscious way doesn’t have to be a time consuming chore or a confusing expedition. By spending a little extra time preparing for our grocery trips, we eliminate the frequency of impulse purchases. Vary the types of fruit and vegetables bought and keep a large array of spices on hand to create endless healthy options. 

What is The Right Amount of Red Wine to Drink?

Couple drinking red wine

There have been so many scientific studies completed year after year about the right amount of red wine to drink. Some people think that doctors are out of their minds when they recommend red wine to patients for various reasons such as for arthritis, mild heart disease and even beginning stages of dementia. However, many studies have now shown that red wine can actually help in preventing and treating a number of health related symptoms. In this article, Resveralife  reviews the right amount of red wine to drink.

Amount of Red Wine Prescribed

Many doctors have prescribed or recommended, rather, a quarter of a liter of red wine each day. Does this seem like a lot to you? Well, even so, it still is the amount that has been proven in these studies to help patients with their symptoms. Many of these symptoms are the ones that have been mentioned above.

In fact, red wine could actually take the place of many prescription medications. However, it never will because that will cause pharmaceutical companies a huge profit loss. The studies that were done in the scientific community have shown that the consumption of this amount of red win could be used as a therapeutic or a preventative medication. If it was to be used as such, the rates of disease would be significantly lowered. This, in return, would greatly reduce the number of deaths as well.

So, why is it not recommended more often? Well, one of the reasons is that red wine has been scientifically proved to be one of the more effective medicines in all of history. This would mean other medicines wouldn’t get the buzz their manufacturers wanted them to. With all of that being said, red wine does have side effects just as any other substance does. There are the minimum amounts that would need to be used in order to work and the maximum amount that should be used to keep the therapeutic benefits leveled out. Also, red wine should only be consumed once a day, generally recommended with your main meal of the day.

Red Wine, Taking the Right Amount

Seeing the results of the red wine studies, you know that it is recommended daily. But that does not mean that you should drink red wine all day, every day. Drinking red wine is recommended only once a day and with a single meal. Red wine consumed without food in your stomach would cause more side effects which also means that it could not treat or prevent the health problems that it is supposed to.

When considering your health when you have issues like arthritis, mild heart disease or even the beginning stages of dementia you may want to consider starting to drink a quarter of a liter of red wine each day. This amount has scientifically been shown to reduce health symptoms and to prevent some of the health symptoms as well. Drinking the right amount of red wine each day can really benefit you and your health.

Cabernet filled wine glasses near food plates

Resveralife Eat Well: How to Pair Cabernet with Meals

It’s a big night in your household: you decided to invite your boss and her husband to dinner, and you’ve got the perfect meal and dessert – but then it hits you…you have no idea how to pair a good wine with the meal you’ve prepared. Not to worry – it’s not as difficult as you might think. All it takes is a good palate for tasting flavors and the understanding of how to pair flavors with those which contract.

Resveralife would like to offer you some insight as to how you can become an expert on pairing the perfect wine with your meal – and it won’t be too time consuming or strenuous to understand. We promise.

Compare and Contrast Flavors

The first thing you need to learn when it comes to pairing Cabernet with your meal is how to compare and contrast flavors. If you are making a salty dish, you don’t want to have a wine with salty tones because it will cancel out the flavors within the food. Instead, opt for something with more of a sweet undertone, or with fruity notes. Taking the flavors of the dish into account and finding a wine with opposite notes will always point you in the right direction when choosing a wine.

Choose Wines that Compliment the Dish

This particular article focuses on how to pair Cabernet with meals. Cabernet is typically a full bodied, rich wine which, depending on the location where the wine was made, may have different flavors and notes from one place to another. Some will have smokey notes, while others have black fruit notes. To learn what locations produce which types of flavor, you can do some research of your own on the internet to always know what exactly you are going to get when you buy a bottle of wine.

Decide Whether a Red or White Wine Would be Better

Cabernet wine is typically great to pair with most meat dishes, such as roast beef, prime rib, chicken dishes and turkey. It also pairs well with vegetable dishes and those with robust flavors, such as spaghetti. White wine is typically served with fish, or lighter dishes with less robust flavor. You can, on the other hand, serve Cabernet with foods with minimal flavor to accentuate the meal and set it off. It goes great with salad as well. Sweet red wines are typically referred to as a dessert wine, and most people save them for just that – unless they prefer the taste of sweet wine with their meal. A sweet wine compliments a salty dish very well.

Choose a Brand – Expensive Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to choosing which brand of wine you are going to purchase, and you are new to buying wine, trial and error is the best way to go. Buy a few different types at once to experiment with, and see what your favorites are, and what the favorites of others in your household are. Having a few options available to offer those who are guests in your home will allow them to pick and choose their favorite as well. Once you begin dissecting the flavors and notes within each wine, it will become easier for you to know what to pair with each meal you make.

Resveralife hopes this guide will help you along the road to wine pairing success.

An assortment of detox smoothies

Resveralife Eat Well: Fabulous Smoothie Detoxes to Jump Start Your New Year

A new year has finally arrived, and if you’re like most people, you want to get rid of last year’s excess weight gain. Perhaps you put it on over the Holiday season, or sort of snuck up on you throughout the year. It makes no difference what the reason you want to lose the weight is – the only thing that matters is losing it. Resveralife has looked into a few healthy weight loss options that will not only help you lose weight, but detoxify your body as well! This article focuses on fabulous smoothies which will detoxify your body, and help you jump start your new year the right way with healthy weight loss.

Below, you will find a few of our favorite smoothie detox combos – any or all of these can be implemented into your daily diet. They would be great for breakfast or lunch, and will help you to feel healthy and good about your body.

Berry Good Morning

1 C Fresh or Frozen Raspberries ( Could use Strawberries instead)
3/4 C Skim, Coconut, or Almond Milk
1 1/2 TBSP honey OR Agave Nectar
2 TSP fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tsp flax, ground fine
1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Combine all of the above ingredients into a blender and add ½ C of ice if not using frozen berries. Puree until smooth. Drink up this refreshing goodness within 10 minutes for freshness.

NOTE:

The ginger in this amazing flavorful concoction help the metabolism to be stimulated, while the enzymes from the berries are purely detoxifying and are filled with anti-oxidants, which are special little cancer fighters in their own regard. Drink to your health’s delight!

Drink Your Greens! Smoothie

1¼ C Kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
1¼ C Frozen mango or Papaya
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 C freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ C Parsley, fresh, chopped fine (should opt for flat leaf)
¼ C Fresh mint sprigs, chopped finely

Add all ingredients into your blender and puree. Serve in a chilled glass with some extra sprigs of mint for garnish, or forgo the extra mint and just dive right in!

This superfood smoothie has amazing detoxifying capabilities, and helps rid your body from those nasty toxins that can make you sick, keep you sick, and will provide you with ample energy for the day. You will also get a heaping helping of your daily recommended veggies and fruits with this wonder smoothie! These ingredients – all of them, might I add – are fantastic for cleansing and detoxifying, and will allow you to safely lose weight and feel great.

Leafy Green Fruit Smoothie

2 C Organic Spinach
2 Whole Peaches, pits removed, diced
1 C Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
½ C Filtered Water

Blend well, serve over ice or in a frosty glass. This is one smoothie that tastes great and allows you plenty of fruits and vegetables to help with your daily recommendation.

This smoothie rids the body of excess toxins, and stimulates the metabolism for overall body health.

Resveralife understands losing weight and starting off the New Year can be a bit difficult when your short on time, and that’s why we love these smoothies. They’re healthy, quick, and pack a powerful punch to the gut and body and help you get healthy and get in shape. Give one (or all!) of these amazing recipes a try, and we’re sure you’ll agree – healthy never tasted so good!

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Resveralife Eat Well Guide: Healthy Eats in 2015 According to Seasons

Eating healthy in the New Year is something many people resolve to do, but few stick with it for any number of reasons. Regardless of the reason why people tend to fall off of their healthy eating habits, and resort back to an unhealthy lifestyle, we know it’s because many people would rather eat the things they’re used to, rather than educate themselves on the things they need to implement in their lives. Resveralife has taken some of the guess work out of the deal for you and we have created this handy guide on healthy, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other things that are seasonal and fresh at a farmers market near you.

Winter Veggie

Winter Fresh Foods

Nuts

Nuts are always in season in the winter time. Whether you love peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds, nuts are generally harvested in the fall and are fresh and ready to go in the winter. You can opt for buying them in cans, jars, or fresh from a farmers market or supermarket. There are so many different things you can do with them to use in food preparation and recipes that the possibilities are virtually endless. For instance, you can make nut butters, salads with slivered nuts, stuffing recipes, and baked good recipes, just to name a few. They are loaded with protein and magnesium, as well as Vitamin E.

Oranges

Oranges are one of nature’s sweetest delights, and they pack a mean punch in terms of anti-oxidant fighting power and Vitamin C. One of nature’s purest forms to ward off sickness and keep it away, oranges are an incredible addition to any diet. Eat them peeled and separated, throw them in a salad, add them to a smoothie or create a delicious fruit salad. There are many varieties available during the winter months. Many of the oranges produced and sold in the United States come from Florida, California, and South Africa.

Turnips

While it may take an acquired taste for many to enjoy the bitterness of a turnip, they are certainly worth incorporating into one’s diet. They are loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties, and may even ward off certain forms of cancer due to their glucosinolates, which are a sulfur based compound known to fight certain types of cancer. You can sautee them, boil and mash them, cube them up and roast them, or even put them in a soup. There are many different uses for this amazing root vegetable – try them for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll agree they’re quite tasty!

Spring produce

Spring Fresh Foods

Swiss Chard

While the name may be off putting to some, swiss chard can be likened to kale – one of nature’s super foods – and Spinach – another super food. Swiss chard is extremely versatile and is best served heated either by steaming, boiling, in a soup, or even in a quiche. It’s a leafy green vegetable worthy of all the praise in terms of health benefits, because it provides high doses of Vitamins K, A and C and is an essential part of any healthy diet.

Spinach

Spinach was made famous by the loveable character in the television show, Popeye. This powerhouse food is also extremely versatile, and you can eat it raw in a salad, which is the most healthful, or opt for incorporating it into an omelet, soup, lasagna, or steamed. One of our favorite ways to serve spinach is steamed under a piece of delicate white fish with a small amount of herb finishing butter. Yum! This amazing super food is chock-full of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. Eat up to your heart’s delight!

Basil

If you’ve never tried the amazing herb that is basil, you are most certainly missing out! Basil is an aromatic fresh herb which is perfect for incorporating into many different types of dishes, or even eaten raw. Try it in spaghetti sauce, or chopped with fresh roma tomatoes, whole mozzarella cheese, diced with a drizzle of olive oil on toasted Italian bread for a delicious bruschetta. Basil has plenty of magnesium which has been shown to alleviate and ward off certain types of migraine headaches, and is also fantastic for the heart and its vascular function.

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Summer Fresh Foods

 Strawberries

Strawberries are beautiful, ripe and juicy during the summer months. Many varieties are grown and harvested in Florida, and ship to locations all throughout the United States. Whether you opt for fresh or frozen strawberries, you will be doing yourself a favor by finding ways to include them in your daily diet. We love them because they pack a punch in the anti-aging process – and we of course love that fact – as well as promote healthy eyes and memory support. They even offer support to the heart and bone health. Some simple ways to include them in your daily diet are to slice them in half and add to your breakfast cereal, in a smoothie, in yogurt, or eat them on their own for a healthful snack.

Broccoli

Broccoli is known to be one of the best anti-inflammatory foods out there, and also boasts some fantastic antioxidant benefits as well. It’s loaded with Vitamin C which is essential to skin, hair and overall health. You can do a variety of things with fresh broccoli, such as serve it rinsed and raw with a low fat dressing as a snack, in a salad, or even in a no-cook soup. You could sautee’ it in olive oil with garlic and serve it as a side dish, or throw it into your favorite healthy stir fry.

Summer Squash

Summer squash, much like zucchini, thrive on the warm summer air and sunlight. They are a great addition to any summer meal! It’s loaded with manganese, but also has plenty to boast in the carotenoid department – which is essential for good and healthy vision. There is also a potent dose of Vitamin C to keep you healthy or fight illness. You can cook summer squash by steaming, boiling, or incorporate it into your favorite healthy starches, such as cous cous or wild rice dishes.

Fresh fall produce

Fall Fresh Foods

Carrots

Carrots are a fabulous addition to almost any dish – and are also an important part to any healthy diet. These root vegetables are harvested in the fall and winter months, and store well in a refrigerator. They can be diced for cooking, cut into thin shreds and eaten raw in a salad, or even mashed once steamed and used in recipes such as muffins or cake recipes. Carrots are packed with Vitamin C and carotenoids, which play an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the body – and they also help promote good, healthy vision! There was actually some truth to the question when the eye doctor would ask you as a child, “Are you eating your carrots?”

Onions

Onions provide loads of flavor and essential vitamins to your daily diet. They are a favorite among chefs as they add the perfect flavor accompaniment to any recipe. You could slice them thin and serve them in a salad, or even use them in your favorite soup. Why not try a great onion soup recipe? You could even do something fun and make an onion and cheese bread or use them in your favorite rice dish. They pair well with just about anything! Onions provide protection to the heart and blood. There are old wives tales surrounding this miraculous vegetable, stating claim that if you cut an onion in half and place them on the windowsill or counter in your kitchen, they will absorb germs and fight infection. Also, another old wives tale surrounding onions states that if you cut an onion in half and place the cut side against the feet of someone who is sick, and then place a sock over their feet, by morning, the onions will have turned black with the infection removed from the sick individuals body. We aren’t sure how much truth there is to this, but it sure is fun to think about trying it!

Ginger

Ginger has long been adored by those in Asian cultures for its natural medicinal properties such as soothing a stomachache, heartburn, or even a sore throat. Ginger is a root which is essential to the Asian way of cooking, and has become quite popular in Western civilization as well. You can make a simple ginger tea by boiling water and allowing slices of fresh ginger to steep in the water. You can discard the ginger or eat it for health benefits. You could also use it in your favorite rice, fish, or chicken dishes for some interesting flavor. Ginger provides sulfur containing properties which help fight infection and may possibly fight certain forms of cancer.

Eating fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs promotes overall health and well-being, and is great for the economy. The fresher your food is, the more health benefits it has been able to hang onto. When you buy foods which aren’t local, you are essentially wasting money on foods which would be better spent on those that are locally sourced and still have their beneficial health properties.

We at Vine Vera hope this guide has helped you learn more about the different foods available to you seasonally, and wish you the best of luck in making good, healthy food choices in 2015!

Family eating breakfast

Resveralife Eat Well: Simple & Beautiful Holiday Breakfasts to Make With Family

Making holiday food doesn’t need to consist of big, magnificent dinners and fancy baked goods. Sometimes, waking up in the morning and crafting a beautiful, healthy breakfast that is both filling and visually appealing to the eye. Including the entire family in on the breakfast ordeal is a fun way for everyone to play a part and get the job done. Children love to spend time learning in the kitchen and having a role in cooking with you, so give it a shot. Chances are, it will be a time remembered for many years to come. Resveralife has found some simple, easy and healthy breakfast recipes that we would like to share with you. Have fun cooking and getting creative!

Oatmeal and Fruit – Feeds 3
Ingredients:

  • 1 C quick cooking oats
  • 2 C water
  • Assorted berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, acai berries, or raspberries – vary per your taste
  • Banana slices
  • Apples – various colors, diced
  • Raisins, optional

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a pot on the stove. Add oats. Stir, turn pan down to simmer
  2. Allow oats to cook for approximately five minutes, stirring every so often to ensure even cooking and non-sticking.
  3. Remove pot from stove. Dish oatmeal into separate bowls and add fruit toppings. If desired, can be drizzled with honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. Add a touch of cream if desired.

Omelet – Feeds 3-4
Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Various fillings, such as chopped vegetables, chopped meats, cheese – Veggies should be pre-sautéed to ensure doneness
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Other condiments such as hot sauce, ketchup, and et cetera (to be applied after cooking)

Directions:

  1. Add eggs to heated non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray; ensure heat is on medium or at least 5.
  2. Turn pan down to about 3, let eggs cook almost through without stirring or flipping.
  3. Add meats, veggies, and cheeses at this time.
  4. As soon as the cheese has melted, gently flip one half of the egg mixture from one side of the pan to the other, essentially folding the eggs in half with a spatula.
  5. Remove to a plate; serve with salsa and extra cheese on top or plain as is.

Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola Parfaits – Feeds 3-4
Ingredients:

  • 4 C Fruit Flavored Greek Yogurt
  • Assorted fruits such as berries, bananas, mango, papaya, or pineapple – ¼ cup for each dish, more if desired
  • ¼ C granola – any kind for each dish
  • Light whipped topping if desired

Directions:

  1. Add ¼ cup yogurt to the bottom of a dessert bowl, followed by a tablespoon of the fruit filling, and a tablespoon of the granola on top of that. Repeat layers until about ¾ of the way full.
  2. Add whipped topping to top of dish if desired.

Cooking with family makes the meal more worthwhile and gratifying. Getting the kids involved in crafting healthy, good-for-you foods will help them to grow to love healthy foods that they will likely opt for later on in life as adults. Be sure to sit and eat with your children; even teens. No child is too old to have a meal with their parents.

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Resveralife Eat Well Guide: Best Fruits and Vegetables this Winter

Some hot chocolate, a blazing fire and cozy blankets… mmm… Winter certainly has its own set of charms, but fresh fruits and vegetables are usually not known to be one of the highlights of the winter season. It can become very challenging to find fresh produce during the winter months, particularly in the colder climates. But, luckily for you, you don’t need to survive on just onions or potatoes throughout winter. All you need to know is what to buy and you should be able to enjoy a regular supply of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the winter season. This Resveralife Eat Well Guide from Vine Vera helps you understand the best fruits and vegetables to eat this winter.

 

The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Colder Climates

 

Potatoes

Potatoes usually get a lot of negative publicity, but there is a reason they are a staple food in many cuisines around the world. Potatoes are very inexpensive, highly filling and they offer your body with Vitamin C, proteins, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. The best part? They are available throughout the year.

Cabbages

Cabbages are extremely healthy as well as budget friendly. They are full of Vitamin C, Folate and Vitamin K and they also offer you with a rich dose of antioxidants, Glucosinolates and fiber. Certain studies also indicate that cabbages can help to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer. Although cabbages can be found from the month of July, there are a number of cold weather varieties that harvest throughout the winter season.  This vegetable is best eaten raw as a part of your salad.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts, otherwise known as mini cabbages, are known to be as healthy as their elder cousins. They can protect your DNA from oxidative damage and they also offer you with antioxidants that fight cancer. And since Brussels Sprouts are mainly harvested between the months of September – February, you have a steady stream of fresh ingredients throughout the winter.

Onions

Onions are an ideal way of flavoring almost all of your food items – right from those pastas and soups to those grain salads. Onions offer your body with a rich dose of fiber and Vitamin C and they can also help you to reduce your bad cholesterol levels and increase the good cholesterol levels. Like potatoes, onions are available throughout the year.

Beets

Beets are deep red in color and they have an earthy flavor to them. Beets are extremely unique vegetables that contain an antioxidant known as Betalains. This antioxidant can protect you from a number of degenerative diseases and they also fight cancer. Furthermore, beets are very rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium and Vitamin B. Unfortunately, fresh beets are only available from the spring season till the fall season.

Carrots

Your parents might have been wrong in making you gulp down all that milk because of its “so called” benefits, but it turns out that they were spot on when it came to those carrots. Carrots are rich in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene. Beta-carotene gets converted into Vitamin A and helps to strengthen the immune system and gives you healthier eyes and skin. Although carrots are mostly available through the fall season, a number of varieties are actually harvested during the winter months.

Parsnips

Parsnips might look a lot like carrots and have a similar rich and earthy flavor, but they offer you with loads of goodies like fiber, Vitamin C, folate and potassium. They go well with most winter soups and are usually at their best during the late fall and early spring seasons.

Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet Potatoes are full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, antioxidants, fiber and beta-carotene. They are also known to be low on the glycemic index, thereby making them an ideal option for weight conscious people. Moreover, sweet potatoes can be found throughout the year.

 

The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Warmer Climates

 

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are more than enough to help you last the winter seasons. They might not be the best options for your teeth, but they are very beneficial for your skin and your body. They are loaded with Flavanoids and Vitamin C and they can also help in reducing the risks of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts and cholera. Some of the best citrus fruits to look at include lemons, blood oranges, grapefruits and oranges. Moreover, citrus fruits only become ripe for picking between the months of October – March.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are one of the oldest fruits in the world. They date all the way back to the Greco-Roman era. Pomegranates are also known to be one of the most nutritious fruits because of the presence of anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants. This fruit can help you with issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart attacks.

Dark and Leafy Greens

Greens like kale and collards are an ideal option for your winter diets. They are rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, manganese, calcium, Vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants. They are also known to be extremely low in calories and can fit almost any dish.

Fennel

Fennel has a taste that resembles that of licorice and it is definitely one of the most delicious vegetables on the planet. It is sweet and crunchy and it is also known to be very healthy. Fennel is rich in a compound known as Anethole as well as ingredients like Vitamin C, copper, magnesium and potassium. Fennel is usually available from the fall season till the spring season.

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Resveralife Eat Well: Top Food Items to Enhance Hair Growth

Your hair can reap the maximum benefits of a balanced diet, much more than other body parts and become stronger, thicker and more nourished than before. Even though it takes a while to see the good or bad effects that your hair is facing due to the diet you intake, the changes do take rapidly and start showing one fine day. Try incorporating these food items in your diet as they help enhance hair growth.

Salmon

Salmons are very rich in Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and protein; all of which are great for healthy hair. Your hair needs fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own. These fatty acids can help extensively in hair growth. The cell membranes in your scalp’s skin also contain omega-3 fatty acids and so does natural oils in the scalp that keep the area hydrated at all times.

OystersOysters

Loaded with zinc, oysters are great for hair as lack of this mineral can lead to hair fall and also make the scalp dry and flaky. Oysters also contain a good amount of protein that is quite essential for healthy hair and helps the hair to replace naturally shed hair on a regular basis. Protein adds moisture to the hair and strengthens it.

Sweet Potatoes

Being rich in antioxidant beta carotene which is turned into Vitamin A by the body, sweet potatoes can work wonders for your hair. The body cells function appropriately when they get sufficient Vitamin A. This vitamin also protects your scalp and produces oils that sustain it. Less vitamin A can result in itchy and dry scalp in no time.

walnuts

Walnuts

Walnuts too are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, along with biotin and Vitamin E, which protect cells from DNA damage. Your hair does not get much protection from the harmful rays of the sun, but the Vitamin E content in walnuts offers a shield to a large extent. Less biotin can lead to hair all. Another great benefit of walnut is that it is also rich in copper that helps provide your hair with natural color and luster.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in iron, folate, carotene and Vitamin C; all of which keep hair follicles healthy and circulate scalp oil properly. They provide nourishment to the hair and make it stronger than before.

eggs

Eggs

We all know how rich eggs are in protein, but not everyone knows that it is loaded with minerals like selenium, zinc, sulfur and iron all of which can be extremely beneficial for your hair. They help carry oxygen to the follicles of hair and also keep the blood circulation proper in the scalp region.

Lentils

Lentils are loaded with iron, zinc, biotin and protein and are great for vegetarians who do not eat eggs or fishes. They make the hair healthier and shinier than before and also add luster to it.

 

If you are looking for a hair serum, ensure that they have these ingredients. Any good hair care product would have at least some of these products if not all of them. Informed choices are always the best and you shouldn’t go in by the brand or cost alone. Cheap hair care products would probably not have these ingredients and you would probably not be help you much if you do not have the ingredients that make your hair sturdy and strong.

 

food ingredients for glowing skin

Resveralife Eat Well: Foods That Make Our Skin Glow

Most of us come believe that using high-class vine vera skincare products on a regular basis will help make our skin glow and shine. However, did you know that what you eat not only helps you stay healthy but also can be quite effective in making your skin glow in a natural manner? Yes, your lifestyle and what you eat greatly influences how you look and how well your skin is maintained. While you might love that hamburger of McDonalds or go out to Burger King every weekend, you might want to know that not all food helps you equally to maintain your skin – you need the right nutrients.

 

top foodSo, what are the foods that should absolutely be in your diet plan?

Some foods are better than others and while you need not eat food items that you do not like, there are plenty of food items that have the nutrients and vitamins you need for a healthy skin. These top food items can work wonders for your skin and give it an amazing glow. So the next time you plan your daily diet, just don’t forget to include these food items in it.

  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes are capable of clearing acne and related skin problems with ease, especially if eaten raw. Try to eat 2 to 3 raw tomatoes everyday or you can also consume tomato-based foods such as its juice, sauce or vegetables cooked in tomato gravy. A phytochemical named lycopene makes tomatoes red in color and are exactly the chemical which lowers acne- promoting hormones and also protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays effectively, thus making it glow. Another benefit of lycopene is that improves the level of antioxidants in the skin thereby combating free radicals produced from exposure to sun.
  • Seafood and Fishes – Studies reveal that people who consume a diet rich in seafood and fishes experience less wrinkles and fine lines during their lifetime. The reason is that fishes and seafood contain omega-3 fatty acids which slow down the wrinkling process and make the skin look younger and tighter for many years. These fatty acids also fight off acne easily and reduce inflammation along with making the skin shine with regular consumption.
  • Green Tea – Green tea too has the ability to reduce acne-promoting hormones which are known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is also loaded with antioxidants which give the skin a younger look and healthier feel. One should drink at least 3 cups of green tea, one after each meal for maximum benefits on the skin and body.
  • Brown Rice – Brown rice is rich in ceramides which are lipid molecules. These molecules help the skin to retain moisture in it and give it a natural glow. By eating naturally occurring ceramides, they get incorporated into the skin’s outer layers and increase moisture content extensively.

 

  • Deeply colored berries – Blueberries, strawberries and cherries are some of deeply colored cherries which contain loads of antioxidants and help the skin fight off blemishes with ease. Acne has the ability to deplete antioxidants in the skin and make it stressed, giving rise to more skin problems. Try to eat a bowl of any of these berries once a day to get glowing and clean skin. You can also drink shakes containing these berries if you do not wish to eat the raw fruit.

 

Beautiful over 40 couple enjoying in the dinner.

Resveralife Eat Well: Recipes for Over 40

Resveralife would like to present you with some healthy, delicious options in terms of food and recipes that you can eat over 40 years of age, and will thoroughly enjoy. Just because something is healthy and good for you, doesn’t mean it won’t taste delicious! We understand how important it is to get your health and fitness under control, and that’s why we have developed these simple, easy to make recipes which will leave you feeling satisfied, happy, and healthy.

Spicy scrambled eggs with leftover veggies Spicy Veggie and Eggs Scramble
Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs, scrambled
  • 2 additional egg whites, scrambled into 2 whole egg mixture
  • Leftover vegetables in the fridge such as asparagus, kale, cabbage, peppers and onions – whatever you have works
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • Sriracha sauce

How to:

  1. Sauté the veggies in the coconut oil.
  2. Add scrambled egg mixture and scramble with veggies.
  3. When done, top with sriracha sauce. Serve with some whole wheat toast topped with reduced fat peanut butter for an extra kick of protein, or with reduced sugar jam.

Beautifully arranged plate of chicken salad Low Fat Chicken Salad
Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled or poached
  • ¼ C Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 C Grapes, halved
  • 1/3 C apple, diced
  • 1/3 C celery, diced
  • Walnuts, optional

How to:

  1. Dice chicken breasts into small pieces. Add greek yogurt to the chicken, coat evenly.
  2. Add grapes, apples, and nuts, if desired. Add in celery and give a quick toss.
  3. Serve on a whole wheat English muffin, halved, and toasted, or serve on a bed of lettuce.
  4. Enjoy!

Salmon fillet with pesto and herbsQuick and Easy Oven Baked Pesto Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 large salmon filet, cut into four pieces
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 jar pesto sauce, for ease of use
  • Lemon, if desired

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and apply 1 teaspoon of pesto to each salmon filet. Brush on to coat.
  3. Arrange salmon in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Spray pan with olive oil spray before baking, or brush lightly with olive oil.
  4. Bake anywhere from 12-15 minutes until done.
  5. Serve with wild rice, and a side salad, or steamed seasonal vegetables.

 

Roman Style Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts – bone in (ribs)
  • 2 skinless chicken thighs –bone in
  • 1½ TSP of sea salt
  • ½ TSP fresh ground pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ C white wine (important – not white cooking wine, just white wine)
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves – fresh is desired as dried won’t produce same taste
  • 1 TSP fresh oregano – again, fresh is desired
  • ½ C chicken stock, low fat or low sodium, if possible
  • ¼ C olive oil – good quality, any type
  • 1 each of red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 3 oz. prosciutto, cut into small pieces –Look for Boars Head brand, if possible (high quality)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

How to:

  1. Season chicken with ½ TSP salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium high, add chicken. Cook until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and place on a dish; set aside.
  3. In same pan, add prosciutto and peppers to pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until prosciutto is browned and crispy. Add garlic and sauté for about one minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, wine, and herbs, stirring with wooden spoon. Return chicken to the pan and add in the white wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, simmer while covered for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with a side salad. You will love the intermingling flavors and so will your guests!