Thursday, October 29, 2009

Worried about scars and/or wrinkles? try this

Cocoa butter has been shown to help diminish both scars and wrinkles according to NHL retired goalkeeper, Johnny Bower.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Enjoying Pumpkin

It's that time of year. Pumpkin and squash are in season! Here is an easy and tasty way to enjoy pumpkin other than baked goods.

You need a fresh pie pumpkin for this recipe. Cutting into them may take more work than you'd like, but the taste is well worth it.

Mashed Pumpkin

2 cups pie pumpkin, cut into chunks
garlic powder taste
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup pineapple with juice
3 teaspoons yogurt

Cut the pumpkin. Remove the seeds and set aside. You can clean and roast them for snacks.

Steam the cut pumpkin until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove the peels and discard.

Place cooked pumpkin into serving bowl or mixing bowl. Add pineapple, butter and plain yogurt. Mash all ingredients together with a fork or potato masher. Add garlic powder to taste. Adjust the pineapple juice and yogurt to your individual taste.

Serve warm as a side dish.

Note: For a taste similar to pumpkin pie, add a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee

It's that time of the year when thoughts of pumpkin and Halloween treats come around. A favorite is Pumpkin Spice Latte. Instead of spending espresso-type prices for a cup of coffee, here's a homemade version that can be easily followed.

16 ounces water
2 Tablespoons coffee, your choice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Pour the water into your coffee maker. Place a coffee filter into its proper place in the machine. Scoop the coffee in its compartment. Place the spices on top of the coffee.

Brew as directed. This recipe makes two servings of black, flavored coffee.

You can add milk, soy milk and/or sugar per your taste.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Natural Aging Remedies

Looking for ways to decrease your wrinkles? You are what you eat. Eat more healthy foods that decrease the aging process. Foods containing Vitamin C and linoleic acid are beneficial.

Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes) and vegetables like broccoli are high in Vitamin C. Other foods high in Vitamin C include berries such as blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. Or, take a supplement.

Linoleic acid is found in Omega-3 fatty acids. Foods containing high amounts of this acid include nuts and seeds like almonds, flax seeds, pistachios and walnuts. Cold water fish are also high in this. Enjoy salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel.


Source: USDA

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Heart Healthy Mashed Potatoes

Here is a tasty recipe that is both easy to make and delicious. The garlic is a natural remedy for lowering harmful cholesterol, or LDL, states the Mayo Clinic.

1 medium-sized potato, peeled and cubed
1 thin slice red or yellow onion
1 teaspoon butter or Omega-3 enriched margarine
2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
garlic powder

Place vegetables into steamer. Steam about 8 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and place into mixing bowl (or...into serving dish). Mash potatoes. Add in butter and yogurt as you reach your desired consistency. Sprinkle garlic powder in to taste.

Serve warm.

This recipe can also be made with the potato peels, if you desire. It is great with red potatoes. :)