Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are a member of the crucifer family, along with broccoli and the cabbages.  Brussel sprouts are like little cabbages.  They are actually flowers of a sort.  They grow with numbers of them on a long stalk, so they can be quite entertaining to grow in your garden.

Their nutritional value is very high.  The Nutritional Data website shows them to be very filling for a low number of calories and very nutrient dense.  They contain good amounts of B-vitamins, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese.

They have Isothiocyanates, which are sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for the aroma they have when cooking, but more importantly help the liver heal.  These compounds stimulate enzyme production in the liver that facilitates detoxification.  Research shows they may also play a significant role in preventing cancer, especially premenopausal breast cancer.

They can be steamed or roasted in the oven.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MyFitnessPal.com

I want to introduce you to, what I think, is the greatest and best diet/exercise tracking website anywhere, and the best part is it is free!  Myfitnesspal.com is wonderful.  It has an ap for your mobile devices, so entering your exercise or food while you're on the go is a snap.  It has a database of 160,000 foods that covers just about the entire gamut of processed and whole foods.  If your particular dinner item is not listed, you can enter the recipe; or just enter the information off the nutritional label into a section called Your Foods.   You can enter your current weight and what you want to weigh and it will calculate the calories you need in a day to achieve your desired weight.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Artichokes

The garden season is coming up and I thought it might be a good idea to share some "power foods" with you that you might want to think about adding to your gardening plans.  Power foods are those with especially powerful nutritional properties.

The first food is the Jerusalem artichoke.  The artichoke is a member of the aster family.  The edible part of the plant is the inner base parts of the flower petals, plus the flower's heart.