We’ve talked a lot about curry from recipes to health benefits. Curry powder not only contains turmeric, click here for posts talking about its magic, but it also contains a great deal of corriander. Corriander is another spice that we wisemommies love. Health benefits of corriander: reduces inflammation, prevents diabetes, lowers cholesterol, protects against salmonella infection, and is a good source of traditional nutrients such as fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
If you haven’t added curry to your diet, do so NOW! Curry is thought to be one of the World’s Healthiest Foods!!
Though many Americans and Germans, that I know, still turn their noses up at the thought of eating “curry”, they probably don’t realize how many condiments or dishes they currently may be eating that do contain this spice such as yellow and brown mustard, some packaged soups, some dairy products such as butter, cheese, or yogurt, and certain salad dressings. You don’t have to actually eat “typical Indian curry dishes”, which can sometimes be overwhelming with the flavor of curry, to get the health benefits that curry has to offer. As a matter of fact, most dishes that I make with a heavy curry influence, the curry goes undetected by my family members and friends. Curry can easily be added into your diet, just as most people do with salt or pepper, and most people won’t even know you have added it.
Curry powder is used in cancer treatments, worldwide, and is said to help in possible prevention. Curcumin, found in curry, is a natural anticancer compound. There is an abundance of research showing that Curcumin blocks and fights cancer growth. Click here for one research example from UCLA.
Curry keeps your liver, and other organs, healthy, by detoxifying. Also, curry is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, natural painkiller, helps prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, used to treat depression, natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and lowers cholesterol.
Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst American men. Research, see resources at the end of this post, has shown that when curry is combined with certain veggies, especially cauliflower, and eaten, there is a great potential of preventing and possibly even stopping the growth of existing prostate cancer. Some of our delicious recipes with curry & cauliflower: 1) Roasted Chicken with Curry Cauliflower 2) Roasted Curry Cauliflower
More Benefits from Curry
May prevent and even “kill off” existing melanoma cells.
Possibly help psoriasis and other skin conditions
Keeps you looking younger as it assists in remodelling of damaged skin
Reduces the risk of childhood leukaemia
Potent but natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects
May aid in fat metabolism helping in weight management
Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors
Curry powder contains Curcumin, member of the ginger family and an active ingredient in the herb Turmeric. Turmeric is an extremely healthy yellow spice. At the grocery store, you can purchase curry powder which contains turmeric or buy turmeric direct which will be more concentrated. You might only think of India when you think of Curry, Turmeric is a ground root native to India, but the Western world is quickly opening its eyes to the many benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin found in Curry powder.
I have just come across a recipe for making your own baking powder. Love it! Just this past New Years, us wisemommies made a cheese, meat and dessert foundue, together, for 9 people. We used baking powder for some of the recipes and talked about possibly finding a substitution, since most commercial baking powders contains the aditive aluminium sulphate, as well as, genetically modified corn.
Well, at New Life on a Homestead, I came across a recipe just for that. Now, I haven't tried this receipe, plan to soon, but let me know how it turns out for anyone else who tries it.
For 1 cup of baking soda, mix…
1/4 c. baking soda
1/2 c. cream of tartar
1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot (optional: only necessary if storing; anti-caking agents)
I’ve only seen persimmons four times this year in our local grocery store. It is a rare, mostly due to the fact that they have not been domesticated, but an exciting find for us because we just love persimmons. When we find them, in the store, especially if the price is right, we buy several and freeze them. You can freeze ripe persimmons without them losing their taste. Similar to the look of a tomato in shape and sometimes color. Usually the color is a deep orange to yellow. Color can also vary depending on the variety found in your local market. This fruit is sweet and non-astringent, if ripe. You should eat them before they are too soft but when you push in a little, to the touch.
Preparation: wash, peel (like you would a pear or apple), and serve. Sometimes, especially if washing under water, you can remove the peeling with your hands like you sometimes can with a kiwi. I’ve never come across a persimmon with seeds so the whole fruit can be eaten once peeled.
Some nutrimental value of the persimmon: Vitamin A & C, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carbohydrates, Protein
Major benefits of Persimmons: Help prevent cancer, used as home remedies for hemorrhoids, asthma, hiccups, lung infections, diarrhea and current studies showing it even protects cells against oxidative damage aka aging.
It is one of the fruits that I often pair with Iron for better Iron absorption. The American Persimmon packs in 66mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams compared to an orange which is 53mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams. However, the Oriental Persimmons are 40mg per 100 grams.
We love pumpkins!!! You can use pumpkins for almost everything: breads, butter, decorations, soups, muffins, pancakes, waffles, cakes, custards, cookies, just as is, or even leftovers as a face mask. Oh, yes, roast your seeds up for an additional nutritional snack for you or your hubby.
1) A pumpkin is a gourd-like squash
2) Native to Central America and Mexico
3) Gourd family examples: cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, zucchini
4) Pumpkins now grow on 6 continents, even the state of Alaska, but not on Antarctica
5) In Texas, farmers start planting in June or July, giving 90-120 days for maturity
6) Indigenous to the Western hemisphere: Pilgrims learned how to grow pumpkins from the Native Americans and then brought seeds back to Europe where they quickly spread from there and became popular
7) High antioxidant beta-carotene improving immune function , reduce risks of cancer and heart disease makes pumpkin loved even more by us wisemommies!!!
8) Low in calories, fat and sodium but high in fiber vit A, vit B, potassium, protein and iron
Also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, niacin, folate, vit C and vit E
How to: 5 Ways to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Seed the Pumpkin: scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin in to a bowl.
Clean the Seeds: separate the seeds from the pulp and rinse in colander under cold water. Shake dry!
Bake Seeds: grease baking sheet with olive oil and spread the seeds on it in a single layer. bake for 30 min. at 300°F.
Add Spices: toss seeds with olive oil in a bowl and add spices as desired. Bake for another 20 min at 300°F.
Design your Pumpkin Seeds: ( 5 Ways to spice up your Seeds )
Barbeque: add brown sugar, chipotle, chile powder, salt and ground cumin.
Spanish: add smoked Paprika and salt.
Italien: add grated parmesan, salt and dried oregano.
Sweet: add cinnamon and sugar.
* More awesome recipes coming soon, with pumpkin
* Pumpkin seeds should not be fed to young children as it could be an allergen or chocking factor