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Start 2019 with Simplicity and Refreshed

Betty Tűndik

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The New Year has come. For some of us is a new chapter in our lives, and we really believe that only one day, one night will resolve our issues, or the old unwanted problems, that we had last year.

Well, the good thing is, we can create whatever we want if we believe in that. Therefore, it might be working for us.

Our roots (especially family and relatives), and the root chakra is important if we would like to start something new. It is important to let go the old energies and issues, wherever we would like to start something new. For some of us, the “NEW” means new friends, new people, new job, new home, new diet, new clothes, new exercises, or start a new business etc.

Speaking about diet, I just want to provide a simple recipe, which will help to release the root chakra, also to refresh our body. It is simple, affordable, healthy and it helps in grounding.

Grounding is always important until we are dealing with old and new issues. Therefore, the root kind of food and vegetables are the best to start. It is important to use organic ingredients or vegetable and fruits washer.

The energetic salad from roots

We try to use raw and natural ingredients

– Carrot

– Celery root

– Parsley root

– Greek mint

Sprinkle ingredients with very little organic apple vinegar or lemon juice and agave syrup.

Serve decorated with Italian lettuce.

 

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March – Introduce More Carrots in Your Diet

Betty Tűndik

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Although carrots are available throughout the year, carrots grown at local, seasonal, summer and autumn season are more preferable because they are fresher and more delicious. Carrots are part of the Umbelliferae family, called after-umbrella, like clusters of flowers radiates from a single point. Per se, carrots are closely related as a family of, fennel, parsley, anise, cumin, caraway and dill.

We are fortunate to have the results of a new 10-year study in the Netherlands with carrots and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) – and these results are really fascinating. The fruit and vegetable input in the study was classified by color and focused on four color categories: green, orange / yellow, red / violet, white. Of these four categories, orange / yellow (and, in particular, deep orange and yellow foods) have been the most beneficial and protective against cardiovascular diseases. Participants who ate at least 25 grams of carrots (25 grams, less than one quarter of a cup) had a significantly lower risk of CVD. Groups of participants who ate 50 or 75 grams more had an even lower risk of CVD!

Much of the research has focused on carotenoids in carrots and their important antioxidant benefits. After all, carrots (along with pumpkin and spinach) have a high ranking on the list of legumes considered antioxidants, commonly consumed in the US. But recent studies have come to the conclusion and brought the carrot as a part of nutrients called phytonutrients. In carrots, the most important components are polyacetylenes, falcarinol and falcarindiol. Several recent studies have identified these polyacetylenes in carrot as phytonutrients that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells. These new findings are exciting because they suggest a key interaction between carotenoids and polyacetylenes carrots. Apparently, rich carotenoid content in carrots helps prevent oxidative damage not only inside our body but can also help prevent oxidative damage. In other words, these two stunning groups of carrot phytonutrients can work together in a synergistic way to maximize their benefits in our health!

Carrots have been found to have a better taste, while cooked steam! In a recent study on examining different methods in cooking vegetables, study participants were asked to evaluate the flavor and taste, the overall acceptability of the results. Compared with boiling points, study participants significantly favored the general taste and acceptability of steamed carrots, as compared to boiled ones.

Raw Carrots, slices

1.00 cup

(122.00 grams) Calories: 50

GI: low

NutrientDRI / DV

– vitamin A113%, biotin20%, vitamin K18%, fibre14%, molybdenum14%, potassium11%, vitamin C10%, vitamin B610%, mangan9%, vitamin B38%, vitamin B17%, pantothenic acid7%, copper6, phosphorus6%, folate6%, vitamin B25%, vitamin E5%

Carrots are probably best known for providing rich nutrients and antioxidants, which was actually called: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source of not only beta-carotene, but also contain a wide variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. They are beneficial in cardiovascular problems but are also anti-cancer nutrients.

Antioxidant benefits

All carrot varieties contain significant amounts of antioxidant nutrients. Included here are traditional antioxidants, such as vitamin C, as well as phytonutrient antioxidants such as beta-carotene. The list includes:

carotenoids

alpha-carotene

beta-carotene

lutein

Hydroxycinnamic acids

caffeic acid

Coumaric acid

Ferulic acid

Anthocyanidins

cyanidins

malvidin

Different varieties of carrots contain different amounts of these antioxidant phytonutrients. Red and purple carrots, for example, are best known for their rich anthocyanin content. The oranges are particularly remarkable in terms of beta-carotene content, which accounts for 65% of their total carotenoid content. In yellow carrots, 50% of all carotenoids come from lutein.

 Cardiovascular benefits

Given their richness in antioxidants, it is not surprising to find many studies about it. Our cardiovascular system needs constant protection. Thus they (carrots) are considered cardioprotective.

The anti-cancer benefits

The anti-cancer benefits of carrot have been proven in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer. Part of this research involved the actual intake of carrot juice by the participants, as well as other research that involved studies on different types of cancer cells.

“Baby” carrots are rich in nutrients and low in calories and are ideal for raw or steam snacks or in a mixture of vegetables.

What do they contain?

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is the nutrient found in carrots of all types and varieties. Each minced “cup” contains 21384 IUs – international units. The daily dose, for example recommended for women, is 2,300 IU, or 700 micrograms. Vitamin A helps ensure good vision, healthy skin and proper functioning of the immune system. For the reproduction of a cell, we need vitamin A, but it also participates in bone formation. Vitamin A in carrot comes in the form of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A during digestion. Although carrot consumption is beneficial, taking large amounts of vitamin A through supplements can cause toxicity.

Fiber

A cup of baby-chopped carrots or large carrots contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is up 10 percent of the amount we need in a day. Fiber supports digestion, regland and helping constipated people. Fiber-rich diets are also linked to lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and preventing colon cancer. Foods rich in fiber are also useful for weight control, adding the amount of free calories to food.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that plays a role in blood clotting and the production of certain bone proteins. A cup of baby-carrots or chopped carrots contains about 17 micrograms of vitamin K; adult women need 90 micrograms per day. Other excellent sources of vitamin K are everything that is green and dark green, leaves such as cabbage, spinach, and broccoli and soybean oil. If you take any anticoagulant, such as warfarin, it can not be taken safely with large amounts of vitamin K.

C vitamin

At 7.6 milligrams of vitamin C per cup of minced carrots, carrots provide about 10 per cent of the 75 milligram daily needed for women. Our body uses vitamin C for a lot of functions, including immune support, cell repair and wound healing. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from food, which is especially important for menstruation in women. However, there is no truth in that myth, which tells us that consuming large amounts of vitamin C helps prevent colds. Although vitamin C supplements can regularly reduce the duration of colds. They play an important role in cancers and tumors, being antitumor, and yes they play an important role in fighting various viruses and bacteria, etc.

Our carrot vegan cream soup contains:

A bigger handful of baby carrots, a tiny root of parsley, a half of white onion (or leeks), 1 tablespoon organic coconut butter, a little Himalayan salt, spring water – mix together in the blender and get serve with dry mint (vegetables can boil light in steam, or you can make the soup in their raw state)

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New!!! Hemp Based Coffee Creamer

Betty Tűndik

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I am not a big coffee drinker or fun of coffee, as the high amount of caffeine doesn’t suits to my body. However, I find important that the coffee industry is evolving, more and more mixtures and lower caffeine products or mixtures of super foods have been launched in the previous years.

More, as we are entering into the years of healthy lifestyle, innovation in food and beverages and the precious CBD products, lots of countries’ legislation has been changed and the governments concluded that it is important to have legalized markets. The cannabidiol and medicinal cannabis market will have the Boom in the next years and of course the companies are prepared for this.

As we see there are more and more CBD based products, lots of innovations on this market to help people in their lifestyle and health issues.

Now we have CBD in our coffee and creamer! The Agraflora company, which has claimed that owns the world’s second largest cannabis cultivation recently came up, through the Natures Hemp company, who became independent last summer, with a hemp based product for your daily coffee!

This video shows a general information by Interviewing the General Manager Ruben Houweling about the Agraflora Organics’ cannabis growth and development with greenhouse technology

As Wikipedia is telling us, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. People loves coffee, not just the coffee bean taste, but more and more people are attached to the sophisticated tastes, adding creamer and new flavors which are pampering them.

For me this sounds really “huge”, as I use also plant-based creamers. Of course this product is full of nutrients, as hemp and CBD are super foods with high values, as we know.

The company is focusing on B2B and also B2C sells and I am sure there will be a great interest from people and companies side.

As a new product development, a creamer without THC, but plant-based, healthy, full of nutrients, also stabilize some health issues and preventing a lots of illness and sickness, it is a great start in the Coffee industry. The company also declared that the creamer “tastes good” and they are using whole seeds in the production process.

 

SOURCE: AgraFlora Organics International Inc.

 

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KeHE lists top five industry trends to watch in 2019

Niji Narayan

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KeHE has the most innovative brands that position retailers as the go-to natural, organic, specialty, and fresh destination for healthy living. As part of the commitment to finding goodness and staying ahead of the trends—KeHE’s Product Innovation Gurus has summarised the top five trends to watch in 2019. Cannabidiol and hemp-based products have taken the industry by storm. Shoppers are starting to explore CBD products for their claimed health benefits including relief from pain, anxiety and seizures and to improve sleep. Despite several states legalising recreational cannabis use, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says CBD is not permitted in food or drink.

Fats were in, then out, and now they are back in and on the minds of consumers in a huge way. Among Google’s top 10 searches in 2018, five of them reference the ketogenic lifestyle. Between the countless weight loss selfies shared on Instagram and word-of-mouth endorsements, Keto—a strict regimen of low-carb, high-fat foods that forces the body into a state of ketosis—was all the rage for 2018 and expect that in 2019 it will reach new heights.
Consumers have spoken—a one size fits all approach won’t always work when it comes to their health. Consumers want functional, great-tasting products to support them in areas of concern like “clean” protein, daily nutrition and healthy aging. And what works for one shopper may not work for another. That’s why brands providing custom solutions are attracting consumers.

Shoppers know what they want; and they want it now more than ever. App developers have had their hands full creating solutions to answer the demand for more convenient ordering and delivery—from food to fashion, everyone has an app for that. The need for instant gratification has allowed grocery stores to become an alternative to traditional take-out. Stores are dedicating a larger footprint to fresh grab-n-go sets including ready-to-drink beverages, prepared take-and-bake meals, and other fresh offerings.

Another concept gaining momentum is upcycling. Forty-percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten and, on average, a family of four throws away over $1,800 in food every year. This has pushed brands to adopt a process of creative reuse, the process of transforming by-products, waste, and useless or unwanted products into something usable. Think juice from ugly and surplus produce, giving a second life to whey from artisanal dairies and brine from pickle producers, and protein bars from the leftover nutritious grains from brewing beer.

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