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Making A Healthy Pumpkin Puree – Each year, eighty percent of the pumpkins grown in the USA are harvested in October. Commercially canned puree is probably the most familiar edible form of this popular fall season produce, however the mild, slightly sweet flesh of fresh pumpkin makes an excellent dish when baked, boiled, sauteed, steamed or microwaved. The pumpkin seeds, as well, may be toasted to create a marvelously tasty and healthy snack.
In this article you’ll learn about the process of selecting the proper cooking pumpkin and the technique for preparing homemade pumpkin puree.
Eating Leafy Greens – What are leafy greens anyways? Sounds like a nice word for something clearly leafy and healthy, but are we talking about exactly? Many think spinach, some think lettuce. Both are correct, but it’s more than that. Leafy greens typically entail those greens that are dark green and leafy, which does include spinach and lettuce but also kale, chard, and collard greens.
It does seem that such a small, flat arrangement of cellulose could not possibly hold much in the way of nutrition, but strangely they pack a powerful nutrient punch. First of all they are great sources of folate. This is great for women of reproductive age but helpful for all of us in forming red and white blood cells as well as producing DNA and RNA. Folate also helps us utilize carbohydrates as energy.
Food Containing Fat – Although we tend to think that fat is always bad for our health, the fact is that we NEED fat for its essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and, for the very young, concentrated calories. It also makes food taste good and has a pleasant ‘mouth-feel’. However, most of us would benefit from eating less fat and making sure that most of the fat we do eat is of the unsaturated variety found in vegetable oils.
We need only a small amount of unsaturated fat each day, around 30g, to enable us to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, but we can ‘safely’ eat more than that.