Why Should You Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Are you looking to give your body a boost? Pumpkin seeds can do just that, they are a powerhouse of nutrients!!

They are full of essential fatty acids which help maintain healthy blood vessels, vital for youthful skin and glossy hair which is every girls dream. They also assist in boosting your memory and promoting a healthy brain. I am hoping they give my memory a boost!!

The omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help to protect joints from damage and encourage the healing of sports related injuries.

These little seeds are also rich in B-vitamins which are essential for helping with stress and the damaging effects on the immune system.

Pumpkin seeds also contain antioxidants selenium and zinc which also help support the immune system which is especially important at the moment.

You will also find they provide calcium and magnesium which is required for healthy bones, nerves and muscles. This helps increase energy levels and reduce fatigue.

So there are definately plenty of reasons why you should eat pumpkin seeds.

Do you Want An Energy Packed Snack?

When you are hungry and looking for a quick snack it is very easy to grab some chocolate or crisps.

It is far better for your health if you make your own snacks.

I use these if I am getting an energy slump in the afternoon or fancy a sweet treat with my lunch.

This is a super quick, easy to make snack, packed full of energy and tastes delicious.

You will know exactly what ingredients are in it.

Ingredients

250g Dried dates

250g of mixed nuts and seeds

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

Method

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until it has formed a soft dough.

Roll the dough into small balls.

Place in a container in the fridge.

I used almonds, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds.

The recipe makes more than is shown in the picture.

10 ways To Help Hay fever

Hay fever can be a problem for so many people including myself, so here is 10 ways to help hay fever.

I start as soon as the tree pollen starts which can be as early as the end of March, this is then followed by grass pollen and therefore can continue through until the end of July.

Getting hay fever under control is so important because otherwise it can take over your spring and summer.

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Hay fever is caused when pollen grains land on membranes of your nose, eyes and throat and your immune system sees it as a foreign substance and produces an antibody that triggers the release of the chemical histamine.

This causes typical symptoms of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, itchy throat, sinus congestion and coughing.

Completely avoiding pollen is just about impossible, so what can you do to help……..

10 Ways To Help Hay Fever

  1. A strong immune system will assist in helping your body cope with hay fever, so try to build it up by giving your body all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements it requires. How To Help Your Immune System
  2. Eat a well balanced diet which includes five or more portions of fruit and vegetables. How To Get Your 5 A Day Every Day In An Easy Way
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3. Iron and zinc are also important for boosting the immune system there for include red meat, leafy vegetables and wholemeal bread. Zinc can be found in chicken, eggs and nuts.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as oily fish, flaxseed, walnuts and pumpkin seeds have been shown to help reduce inflammation, therefore it may also help reduce hay fever symptoms.

5. Eating a Mediterranean diet has been associated with helping hay fever symptoms. This includes whole grains and lots of fruit and vegetables. Less read meat, include some dairy products, olives and olive oil.

6. Studies have suggested eating probiotic bacteria can help improve the reaction to grass pollen, therefore try plain live yogurt.

7. If you are drying washing outside, make sure you bring it in before evening. If you are really suffering with hay fever avoid drying any washing outside especially bedding.

8. Keep your windows closed so pollen cannot get into your house.

9. Have a shower before you go to bed so you wash off any pollen before you get in bed.

10. Try putting some Vaseline just inside the bottom of your nostrils to help stop pollen going up your nose.

Hope some of these ideas work for you and help relieve the symptoms of hay fever.

Karen X

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Roast Chicken, Potato And Chorizo Bake

Roast chicken, potato and chorizo bake is a great choice if you are stuck for ideas on what to cook for tea because it tastes amazing and is easy to make.

I prepare it in the morning and leave it in the fridge so all you have to do is pop it in the oven when you get home from work.

I try to prepare most of my meals in the morning as I find it a lot harder to cook for scratch after a busy day. Not being prepared is when a lot of people tend choose processed foods that are quick to prepare.

Ingredients

500g baby Maris peer potatoes, evenly chopped.

2 peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks.

8 cherry tomatoes left whole.

2 red onions cut into small wedges.

200g cooking chorizo, skin removed and sliced into small chunks.

1tsp paprika.

1/2 tsp chilli powder.

1tbsp, rapeseed oil.

6 or more chicken breasts.

This is just before it goes in the oven

Method

Heat the oven to 200 / 400/ gas mark 6

Place the potatoes in a large roasting tin.

Scatter the peppers, tomatoes and onions around evenly in the roasting tin.

In a small bowl mix together the paprika, chilli powder and rapeseed oil.

Pour half of it over the ingredients in the tin and mix together to ensure it covers all of them.

Place the chicken thighs on top and drizzle the remaining oil over the top.

Cook in the oven for 1 hour and then serve.

You may also like Flatbread Pizzas With Chickpea and Basil Pesto

Hope you give it a try and enjoy.

Karen x

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Why Should You Eat Avocados?

Why should you eat avocados? The avocado is one of the few fruits that contain fat and it also boasts a wealth of health-boosting properties. Discover the great benefits of avocados.

Avocadoes are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as potassium, vitamin C, E, B vitamins and fibre.

The potassium helps fight off fatigue, depression, heart disease and strokes and is vital for healthy blood pressure.

Healthy monounsaturated fat helps to raise the level of ‘good’ cholesterol while slightly lowering fatty triglycerides.

Another type of fat in this amazing food is lecithin which plays a role in improving brain function. The body does require fat to help absorb nutrients such as vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant that neutralizes the damaging effect of toxins in the body, boost resistance to infection and has anti-ageing effect.

The high content of vitamin C and E in avocado is excellent for helping to keep your skin soft, supple and healthy. Also assists in maintaining glossy hair.

Avocados contain lutein which has been known to help protect against eye problems and cardiovascular disease.

You may also find this interesting Why Should You Eat Blueberries??

Its omega-3 content helps to lubricate joints and arthritic symptoms.

You will also find vitamin B6 which is essential for helping the body to release energy from food. The folic acid promotes reproductive health.

Some people avoid avocados because they contain fat, but they are so wonderful for you.

When you are preparing your avocado be careful as the majority of the nutrients are found in the dark green flesh near the skin.

As you can see avocadoes are an amazing food and have so many health benefits and they taste good too!!!

Have an avocado today and give your body a health boost.

Karen x

How To Get Your 5 A Day Every Day In An Easy Way

Do you struggle to get your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. It can be easier than you think. Firstly have a look at what you are eating each day. Secondly think how you can make small changes.

Key facts

Fruit and vegetables are key to a healthier lifestyle.

They taste great and add variety to any meal.

Your 5 a day should consist of as many different coloured varities as possible.

Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables will give you plenty of vitamins and minerals.

They are also a good source of fibre and antioxidants.

All these nutrients are good for your health.

Fruit and vegetables are generally low fat, low calorie foods.

so eating them instead of foods high in fat and added salt gets you on your way to keeping healthy and losing weight.

Remember – fresh, frozen, canned, chilled pulses, 100% unsweetened juice and dried fruit and vegetables all count towards your five a day.

Buy fresh fruit and vegetables when they are in season.

This means that they are not only cheaper, but tastier too.

what counts as a portion?

If you are confused as to what counts as a portion, here are some examples.

A portion counts as 80g which is roughly a handful.

1 medium apple

3 celery sticks

3 heaped tablespoons of canned sweetcorn

7 cherry tomatoes

1 handful of carrot sticks

1 medium banana

3 heaped tablespoons of fresh or frozen peas

1/2 an avocado

3 heaped tablespoons of cooked kidney beans

2 broccoli florets

2 medium plums

8 brussels sprouts

1/2 large courgette

1 medium onion

12 chunks of pineapple

3 whole dried apricots

Ideas on how to increase your 5 a day

Have 100% unsweetened fruit juice 150ml with your breakfast

Snack on fruit, dried fruit or vegetable sticks mid morning or afternoon

Add a side salad to your lunch

Have an extra serving of vegetables with your evening meal

Add tinned tomatoes to a homemade casserole

Make homemade soup

Make your own tomato sauce for pasta

Make your own smoothie – just remember they count as a maximum of 2 of your 5 a day

There is lots of ways to get your 5 a day.

Some don’t involve any cooking and are easy to prepare.

Hope you have a good day.

Karen

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