Pomegranate Seeds. Coconut Butter. Sunshine for Vit. D.
Pomegranate seeds pack a powerful punch of nutrition and they taste so yummy. There benefits include helping you evade heart disease, reducing your chances of having a stroke, lowering your blood pressure, helping to maintain good cholesterol levels, and reducing artery plaque buildup. They are also known to improve arthritis, urinary tract infections, skin diseases, sore throats, digestive disorders, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Some scientists even suggest that they can aid in curing prostate and skin cancer.
So, what do you do with Pomegranate seeds? Well, you can just eat them straight out of the fruit or you can mix them in smoothies, salads, cereals, muffins, pancakes, breads, or make a dressing with them. You can make a sandwich with almond butter and pomegranate seeds which is better than your childhood friend, peanut butter and jelly. Try adding them to fresh salsa, or sprinkling them on top of steamed veggies. If you have never tried them, give it a shot. They taste great and are great for your health.
Coconut Butter is amazing! It is made from nothing but the meat of a coconut. Nothing added, not even water. It has a creamy texture, hence the name coconut butter and to me tastes like a sinful treat (kind of like eating frosting out of the can). You can eat coconut butter on sprouted toast, crackers, or melted as a dip for fruit. Soften it and add cocoa powder and then use it as a “frosting” on date nut cookies or other healthy vegan desserts. It has fewer calories and fat than coconut oil and has more fiber and protein.
You can also add coconut butter to smoothies, salad dressings and baked goods. Try drizzling some over sweet potatoes or roasted squash. Mix some in with your almond butter or spread it on whole wheat pancakes. I gave up coffee a while ago but I heard that it is a great non dairy alternative to cream and gives your coffee a yummy flavor.
Let the Sun shine in (face it with a grin). I personally know what lack of vitamin D can do to your health and body. When I was diagnosed with cancer last year I was tested and told that my vitamin D level was “in the toilet”. I can’t say for certain if that was the underlying cause of my disease, but I’m sure that it contributed. It took me 15 months on high doses of the vitamin to get my levels where they should be and now I try very hard to soak up the sun every day. I feel very blessed and lucky to be living in the Sunshine State (coming from Upstate NY where the sun hardly ever shines) and I never miss an opportunity to go outside and just soak up the wonderful rays.
We humans make 90% of our vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure. Yes, the dairy industry wants us to believe that vitamin D fortified milk is all we need, but what they aren’t telling you is that the glass of milk contains barely 10% of the vitamin D your body requires each day. The cosmetic skin care companies are misleading us to believe that the suns rays are harmful and have us slopping on lotion to block the sun which is blocking our ability to make vitamin D. We also spend more time in offices, homes, malls, and just inside in general which is not allowing our bodies to make the vitamin D that we need.
Lack of sunshine and vitamin D is associated with diseases, such as osteoarthritis, kidney disease, bone loss, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems. It also has been associated with decreased risk of certain types of cancer.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)