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Posts Tagged ‘nutritional benefits’

Chayote Part Three

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2019

The internet says that chayote has a lot of benefits.  I am thinking a skin exfoliator may be one of them.  The condition my fingers were in after handling it was not good.  Took off a layer of skin.  Plus it left a sticky thick residue on my counter – AFTER I washed it off.  I had to use a scrubber to get it off.  I also washed my cutting board then stuck it in the dishwasher and it came out with that stuff still on it.  I had to scrape it off with a knife.  All of this really has me curious as to what it does INSIDE a body.

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The Healthline article continues on to state that chayote may help may help regulate blood sugar levels because of the fiber.  The fiber might also help promote a healthy weight.  The fiber and flavonoids might help with digestive tract health. Also going back to some of the nutrients:  the vitamin B9 might help with pregnancy and the vitamin C (antioxidant) might help fight aging.  Some research showed that compounds in chayote might reduce the risks of some types of cancer and slow the progression of others.  Test also suggested that the extract might help protect against fatty liver disease.

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Additional information I saw is that is it also called a mirliton squash – there is that word again. I was introduced to it as it being a common food in Mexican cuisine, but the information I saw did mention it being used in Asian cooking. Again, I was just excited because it was new to me. I understand that it is not exciting to some people because they have been eating it all of their lives. And just like years ago when I received baby bok choy in my produce box I hadn’t really thought about how I probably HAD eaten it before in Chinese Food. Could be the same with chayote. I know there has been some things I couldn’t identify before in my chow mien so that could be it.

Not everything I get excited about and share is new to everyone, but sometimes it might be. I am just hear trying to let people know about new things (maybe new to them, maybe not) and share when I discover (or am given) something new.

Now that I know I need to wear gloves when prepping this fruit, I would cook it and eat it again . . . it has a lot going for it!

What do you think?

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My Greens Gone Blue — Finally!

Posted by terrepruitt on August 16, 2014

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According to the website, World’s Healthiest Foods:

“In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries — rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts — because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.”

I think most fruits that are added to baked goods lose a lot of their nutritional value, if not from the cooking themselves, but it might be considered to be “canceled out” due to the added sugar and fat.  But, as I mentioned I am not a fan of cooked fruit in desserts.

With all of the nutritional benefits in mind I finally bought some blueberries with the sole intent of putting them in a smoothie. I thought I had better go with a mild, yummy green so I would be stacking the deck to help the blueberries. I used spinach.

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I used:

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Blueberry Green Smoothie

1 cup water
1/2 container of blueberries
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 (1/2) frozen banana
10 ice moons
1 scoop protein powder

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It was very good. My husband is pretty amazing when it comes to tasting the ingredients. He tasted the blueberries right off. I knew they were in there and I didn’t seem to taste them.  He pointed out that you can see them.  Little tiny flecks of blueberries were in the smoothie.  And yes, I know the were in there, I made it.  Silly man!

So now that I have tried blueberries in a smoothie and liked them I can try using other greens.  Now that I know they don’t ruin it.  Tee hee.

What about you?  Do you put blueberries in your green smoothies?  What “recipe” might you have to share?

 

 

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