Simple foods with extra nutrition and health power

Black tea

When it’s tea time, most health-conscious consumers tend to go for green. But black tea can be as good for you because it comes from the same antioxidant-rich plant that produces the green variety. Black tea may offer similar protection from heart disease and some cancers.

How to drink it: To get the most benefits use the regular, not decaffeinated version. As well, avoid bottled or instant teas because the level of antioxidants is barely detectable. If you are brewing it use boiling water and steep for three minutes to get the most antioxidants.

Celery

It’s a great source of potassium, a nutrient that helps reduce blood pressure and regulate the balance of fluids and minerals in the body. The suggested amount is 4,700 milligrams a day. Although banana is the most popular choice to get potasium into your body, munching four medium stalks will deliver about the same amount of potassium as a 105-calorie banana for a mere 24 calories. The crunchy crudité also contains compounds called phthalides, which moderate blood pressure, too.


How to eat it: Dip celery in hummus for an extra dose of fiber. Add it to soups, stews and stir-fries.
Tip: Keep a stash of precut celery sticks immersed in a tub of ice water in the fridge; the cool bath keeps them at their crunchiest.

Cherries

Cherries, both sweet and tart, are particularly rich in anthocyanins, micronutrients that may jump-start the immune system and mop up free radicals that cause disease, says Ronald Wrolstad, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of food science and technology at Oregon State University at Corvallis. “This may give cherries the potential to help ward off cancer,” he says. Other research suggests they may also reduce inflammation associated with arthritis and gout.


How to eat them:  Fresh –available only for a limited time,frozen, dried and canned versions, which are available year-round, are equally nutritious. Freeze the fresh ones for a cool bite, add tart dried cherries to salads or top pancakes with the canned kind.

Edamame

If you want all the benefits of soy-protein minus the cholesterol, plus the heart- and bone-protecting isoflavones—but you’re tired of tofu, grab a handful of edamame.Edamame is the whole unprocessed soybean. Most often sold frozen in or outside the pod, these crunchy green beans have all the pluses of tofu, as well as almost twice the potassium and folate and nearly four times the fiber.


How to eat it: Boil in the pod, sprinkle with sea salt and eat warm or cold by squeezing from the skins. Or toss raw, preshelled beans into any green or fruit salad. You can also roast them by spritzing raw shelled beans with olive oil, seasoning with dried basil, garlic powder, parsley or salt and cooking in an oven at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Roasted beans are a good crunchy snack but they’re higher in calories than fresh beans.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms have several redeeming qualities. Nutrition wise they’re low in calories and are a top plant source of B-complex vitamins, including riboflavin, which helps keep skin healthy and eyesight sharp. They also have high level of  selenium, an antioxidant that may protect against some cancers. All mushrooms offer benefits, but the big winner is the meaty portobello. It’s high in selenium and potassium.

How to eat them Grill them or mix them raw into salads or sauté and add to pizza.

Onions

What nutrition and health benefits do we get from onions?         they have blood-thinning property similar to that of aspirin         they are a source of quercetin, a flavonoid thought to reduce heart attack risks         they fight bacteria that can cause stomach cancer         they may bolster bone health

How to eat them: Raw onions (all varieties) are best because cooking can kill off their blood-thinning compounds; try slices on sandwiches or in salads. If you can’t take the strong taste, marinate them in balsamic vinegar with some water, sugar and fresh herbs. You can also sauté chopped onions with olive oil or roast whole in a covered dish in a 400-degree oven for an hour.

Pomegranate juice

Antioxidant-loaded pomegranates have been generating quite a buzz. The conveniently presqueezed pomegranate juice, which offers almost all the health perks of the whole fruit without the hassle, is available almost everywhere. The beverage has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, cranberry juice or orange juice, and is loaded with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that may protect against cancer and promote heart health

How to drink it To balance the flavor and cut calories, mix with an equal amount of seltzer or freshly brewed tea.

Quinoa

Quinoa delivers significant amounts of 20 different amino acids that your body uses to maintain and repair tissues, including all of the essential amino acids—protein building blocks your body can’t make and has to get from food, making it one of the best nutrition choices. It’s also an excellent source of magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure. A half cup gives you more than 50 percent of your daily needs, as well as some iron and potassium.


How to eat it: Boiled quinoa, sligthly undercooked, makes a nice side dish alternative to brown rice. Or eat quinoa like oatmeal, mixed with skim milk and a spoonful of light maple syrup.

Sunflower seeds

With 25 percent more vitamin E than almonds, sunflower seeds are the latest go-to snack for reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke. Vitamin E may also fight inflammation, which can lead to joint pain and cartilage deterioration. 4 tablespoons of dried seeds provide 12 milligrams of vitamin E—that’s 80 percent of your daily needs. They’re also full of fiber, healthy fats, protein and iron.


How to eat them Shelled seeds are great tossed into salads, baked goods like muffins or spice cake, meat loaf or any recipe that calls for nuts. You can also crush them, add some olive oil and use them as a coating for baked chicken or fish fillets.

Whole-grain cereal

The nutrion and health benefits of eating them are known by almost everybody. Aside from making a nice, hearthy, low calorie breakfast, they will give you the morning boost to your metabolism. They claim health benefits as well:  Shredded wheat and Cheerios say their whole grains can help lower cholesterol, which can reduce your heart disease risk.

How to eat it Check the labels for calories intake and for types with at least 4 grams of fiber and no more than 6 grams of sugar per serving. Add a cup of skim milk for your protein needs.

The benefits of drinking rooibos tea

 Rooibos ( Aspalathus Lineanis), is a native South African bush that is grown in the area near Cape Town. Locals of South Africa have been harvesting rooibos as a health beverage for centuries .

Rooibos tea has become popular because of its fruity, sweet taste and its caffeine-free, low tannin, antioxidant-rich status. Although more research is needed, rooibos appears to be safe and free of side effects.

The antioxidants present in rooibos may help protect against free radical damage that can lead to cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Unfermented (green) rooibos has a higher amount of polyphenols than traditional fermented rooibos and generally demonstrates higher antioxidant and antimutagenic capabilities in vitro. Future research should reveal whether the antioxidant benefits of rooibos observed in vitro and in animals translates into health benefits for humans.

Nutritional Value of 3g/200 ml of Rooibos:

  • Iron (Fe) 0.07 mg
  • Potassium (K) 7.12 mg
  • Zinc (Zn) 0.04 mg
  • Manganese (Mn) 0.04 mg
  • Copper (Cu) 0.07 mg
  • Calcium (Ca) 1.08 mg
  • Sodium (Na) 6.16 mg
  • Magnesium (Mg) 1.57 mg
  • Fluoride (F) 0.22 mg

With the exceptions of fluoride and copper, the trace amounts of minerals in rooibos are not enough to make the tea a meaningful dietary source of minerals for the average consumer.Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, notes that when rooibos is used as a fluid replacement throughout the day, as is done with some athletes in South Africa, it does provide measurable amounts of several minerals and electrolytes

Overall benefits of rooibos:

  • supplements your body’s need for SOD (super oxide dismutase), thus providing a natural antioxidant to protect your body against free radical damage
  • relieves allergies
  • is caffeine free
  • is rich in essential minerals for good health and vitality
  • contains anti-spasmodic properties that relieve digestive distress in adults as well as colic in infants
  • is available in red (oxidized) and green (non oxidized) forms; green rooibos has more antioxidant benefit than the oxidized version
  • is refreshing and does not get bitter because it has only 4.4% tannins
  • the low tannins content will not interfere with the iron absorbtion, problems normally identified with green tea

 If you are on the market for some good quality rooibos, check Herbal Republic store in Vancouver. They carry a large variety of flavours, my personal favorites being : Queenstown Rooibos (Complex with a creamy, strawberry-kiwi aroma. “Biedoux Valley” blend.
Contains organic Biedoux Valley rooibos, rose, strawberry pieces, lulo fruit, cornflowers and vanilla pieces), Sun City Rooibos (Blend of orange blossoms & citrus peels.
Contains organic rooibos, orange blossoms and citrus peels) and Berrydale Rooibos (Green rooibos with strawberry, vanilla and grapefruit aromas.
Contains Green rooibos, sunflower petals, cornflowers and rose petals)

Resort condos at Poipu Beach selling quickly

Vancouver-based S&P Destination Properties says it sold $76 million of Phase 1 luxury properities offered at Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach.Koloa Landing is a 10 hectare residential-resort development on the southern tip of the island of Kauai.

Koloa Lading Masterplan

  • 1. Lagoon pool — 6,100 sq. ft.
  • 2. BBQ area for every building
  • 3. Adult pool — 1,400 sq. ft.
  • 4. Porte-cochére check-in
  • 5. Serene day spa, sauna and steam room
  • 6. Lush landscaping with pathways that meander along cascading waterfalls and
        tranquil streams
  • 7. Family pool — 9,500 sq. ft.
  • 8. Poolside bar and grill
  • 9. Traditional Hawaiian garden
  • 10. Tropical pool — 2,000 sq. ft.
  • 11. Ocean access

In one day, 51 two, three and four-bedroom luxury condos were sold at an average price of $1.5 million, drawing buyers from Hawaii, California, Utah and Western Canada. 

S&P Destination Properties is a luxury and resort real estate company that specializes in the design, marketing and sale of luxury and resort properties throughout the Western United States, Hawaii, and Mexico. S&P is committed to its customers in the ownership and enjoyment of the world’s finest real estate. This commitment has recently been proven with the record-breaking success of Trump Tower Waikiki, where all residences were sold out on the first day.

Source: http://www.koloalanding.com/sp.html

Resort Amenities

  • Four resort-style pools and hot tubs with lush surroundings throughout
  • Central pool with water slide, sand bottom area, cascading waterfalls and
    swim-through grotto
  • Natural water features and living ponds throughout
  • Serene day spa includes private treatment rooms with waterfall views,
    steam room, sauna, and lockers
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • 24 hour lobby staff and concierge
  • Meandering Tiki torch lit pathways
    through out the resort
  • Sundry shop for life’s little conveniences
  • Poolside bar and grill
  • Located steps from Poipu Beach

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Interior Features

  • Indoor/outdoor living
  • Generous lanais
  • Floor-to-ceiling pocket door
    sliding windows
  • Complete gourmet style kitchens with custom wood-milled cabinetry
  • Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and wine refrigerator
  • Slab granite countertops with under-cabinet lighting
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Semi-private elevators
  • Central air conditioning throughout
  • Spacious walk-in closets and owner’s closet
  • Luxurious 5-piece bathrooms
  • Natural stone and exotic hardwood flooring options
  • Two designer furniture packages
  • En suite laundry

More Canadians to become landlords

With a new CHMC (Canada House and Mortgage Corporation) mortgage-insurance product, more Canadians could buy rental properites with no downpayment.

For a premium based on the loan amount, CHMC now insures mortgages so investors can buy up to four units of rental housing with little money down.

The Crown corporation allows now for 100-per-cent financing on one to two units and 90-per-cent financing on the third and fourth ones.

Until last month, CMHC required a down payment of 15 per cent on investment properties.

The new product, introduced last month, also changes the way financial institutions calculate the ratios used to qualify borrowers for mortgages, which makes it easier to buy rental properties.

The insurance premium is 7.25 per cent of the mortgage amount for 100 per cent financing.

This product will look appealing to people who are self-employed or don’t have a pension plan.

The rent will pay down the mortgage and when ready to retire, it would generate a revenue.

My rambling about ‘The Secret’

I could foam at my mouth talking about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

And it’s not because I am green with envy for Rhonda Byrne’s genius , it’s because I still believe that the whole ‘Secret’ enterprise it’s nothing but a shameless pyramid scheme. Wonderfully staged by the publishers and endorsed by personalities like Oprah.
I lost my sympathy for Oprah long time ago. Since she became an ego maniacal. Why the heck does she have to be on the cover of every issue of her ‘O’ magazine? Is the magazine about her? I got the explanation that it’s her magazine and she can do what she wants. Really? Whatever! It’s not my rambling about Oprah, it’s about ‘The Secret’ endorsed by her.
That Rhonda Byrne has guts, I must admit it.
‘The Secret’ is like a modern version of the snake oil.
What bothered me a lot is the stupidity, blame-the-victim approach and the bullshit of her preaching.
Random abstracts from the book:
The energy you put into the world — both good and bad — is exactly what comes back to you. This means you create the circumstances of your life with the choices you make every day.”

And another one:
“The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts.”

Let’s disclose the famous ‘secret’: It is actually the ‘Law of Attractions’ Do good and good will come; think positive and positive will come.
But unlucky you if you are born in Darfur and are not able to think positive.
Maybe Rhonda and her con-partners could help stop the genocide; maybe they are intelligent enough to channel positive thoughts and get rid somehow of the warlords.
The cherry on top of the cake: an article in The Vancouver Sun, featuring a 19 year old new mom, who just heard about the book from her parents (again, did not read it!), went to the store, bought the first lottery ticket of her adult life and won $2.5 million.
How would Rhonda explain that? As in: what about my positive thoughts and visualization of 2.5 million sitting comfortably in my bank account?
Hey, I sent gazillion of positive thinking about the money I need to be mortgage free and to be able to go with my family to a well deserved vacation!

The biggest ‘secret’ is how did Rhonda manage to secure the best selling position with Amazon for over 30-something weeks?