Sugar Snap Peas with Tarragon

Sugar Snap Peas with TarragonFresh tarragon has an intense flavor over dried tarragon. When the herb is dried the oils dissipate.

You can store tarragon from 3 to 5 months in the freezer, doing so retains the most flavor of fresh tarragon during sprig of tarragonstorage. There is no need to defrost the herb before using it. Dried tarragon should be kept in a sealed container in a cool, dark place and used within 1 year.

Heat greatly intensifies the flavor of tarragon.

Though is may not look like it, tarragon is a species of perennial herb in the sunflower family.

There are variations of the herb and they include “French tarragon“, which is best used for culinary purposes, “Russian tarragon”, typically better than wild tarragon but not as good as the French tarragon, and “wild tarragon”.

Flavor

If you are wondering what the flavor of tarragon is, we would describe it as slightly peppery and it has a taste that’s somewhat similar to fennel, anise or licorice.

Health Benefits

Tarragon has great health benefits. It contains trace amounts of minerals including iron, potassium, and small amounts of calcium. It also contains vitamin-A, a nutrient essential for healthy eyes. This is herb is one of the recommendations to reduce your risk of macular degeneration.

Our featured recipe also includes:

Cilantro: contains trace minerals and vitamin-A

Shallots: Part of the allium family, which includes onions, garlic and scallions. Shallots also help to ward off cancer. They also contain 34 micrograms of folate, which is good for brain and nerve function.

Sugar Snap Peas:  They are a good source of vitamin-C, a nutrient that protects DNA structures from damage and improves the immune system. The sugar snaps also contain folate, which helps to improve heart health. Low levels of folate can raise levels of homocysteine, which increases the risk of heart disease.

Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate. If you are taking the B-vitamin as a supplement, it is recommended to take the natural form, folate. As noted folic acid is a synthetic oxidized form, and is not found in fresh natural foods as is folate. Because it is synthetic, is not bio-available to the body, as is folate.

Now for our featured recipe – Sugar Snap Peas with Tarragon – and here is what you will need.

1 pound sugar snap peas

1 shallot, diced

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 to 1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped

1/2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste (optional)

cooking sugar snap peasIn a large sauce pot, bring water to a rapid boil, and add snap peas and cook until they turn bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

chopped fresh herbs and shallotsMean time, prepare the tarragon, cilantro, and shallots.

In a large ceramic coated skillet over medium heat, add butter and melt. Next add shallots and cook until soft, about  3 minutes. Next whisk in a splash of fresh water, about 1 to 2 tablespoons, then add snap peas and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Next add chopped tarragon, cilantro, and mix in with snap peas and shallots.

Sugar Snap Peas with TarragonSpoon cooked sugar snap pea mixture into a serving bowl, and serve with your favorite main dish.

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Sourdough Bread Day – No Fooling

Sourdough Bread Day - No Fooling

Did you know  the way sourdough bread is prepared helps improve its nutrition value?  The sourdough starter as it is called, pre-digeststarches, making the bread more easily digestible.

Because of this it lowers insulin response, thus improving glucose tolerance. The pre-digested starches helps protect Vitamin B-1 from the damage of the heat will the bread is being baked. The pre-digested starches also break down the gluten, resulting in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat.

The process also breaks down phytases which free up minerals for better absorption,  such as zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.

Don’t be FOOLED into believing folic acid is better for you, as it is the synthetic form of folate, and folate is made in nature and is bio-available to the body.

One medium slice of sourdough has 95 micrograms of folate, which is 24% of the daily required amount needed for good health. Lack of folate in the diet would make you more susceptible to developing cancer, age-related vision loss, hearing loss, and heart disease.

So this April first (2015) enjoy a slice or two of sourdough bread, and We’re Not Fooling.

Grilled Brussels sprouts with baconEnjoy sourdough with – Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon

1 pound Brussels sprouts cut in half, cooked, either rosasted or grilled

1/2 pound of bacon, cooked

6 slices of sourdough bread, if using longer slices cut in half

Grill or roast prepared Brussels sprouts. In a medium bowl mix with cooked, chopped bacon.

Warm the slices of sourdough bread, and top with the grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon.

Enjoy!!

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Turkey Avocado and Dill SandwichEnjoy sourdough with – Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich –

4 slices deli smoked turkey

2 eggs fried, yolk cooked

1 avocado, medium, peeled, pitted and sliced

3 or 4 fresh sprigs of dill

1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

Sweet Tomato Chutney – Click here for recipe

Spread sourdough with chutney. Next layer with one or two turkey slices, add fried egg, avocado slices, and top with a sprig of dill and some baby spinach leaves.

Enjoy this sandwich for Sunday brunch, breakfast or lunch.

Stop Fooling around and get to the kitchen and prepare your sourdough bread with either Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon or Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich.

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First Step to Being Healthy

First Step to Being Healthy

Many will say family comes first over anything. That is a positive statement and a well intended one. Look at this picture and put the signs in order, the order you wish to

in-what-oder-do-you-put-these-signsput them. These are priorities of life, which one should come first?

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I personally would put Health in the number one (1) spot. Why you may ask? Without good health it would be impossible to give your full attention to the other five, which includes Family. If you have good health, then you can put the family first.

How do you choose to eat?  How do you choose to eat? There are so many choices today on what to eat. Most of the time when we choose something to eat, we don’t think how that food correlates to a health us. At the Health News Library website that is their model: Learn How Food Correlates to a Healthy You.

We asked them if we could share some of their info-graphics about different foods and how they effect your health. There is also a small portion of an article and a link to the website to completely read the article.

Here is the first info-graph:

Benefits of water first thing in the morning

Water Is Our Body’s Lifeblood

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The male body is made up of approximately 60 percent water and the female is 50 percent. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces.

Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few….Read More

Broccoli and cancer

Broccoli – Why It’s Good for You

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and cress to name a few. All cruciferous vegetables are highly nutritional value, eating 4 servings of this vegetable group per week keeps cancer away.

More Great Reasons to Include Broccoli in Your Diet

Broccoli’s has a list of 8 different vitamins are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid (B-12), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.

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Natural Supplements for Controlling Diabetes

Food is always the best source for good nutrition. Many times though our bodies need extra help towards continued surviving. Natural supplements can help meet your goal to being healthy.

The usefulness of natural supplements depends on your sex, age and the stress factors in your life. Also natural supplements are derived from food sources that are readily recognized by the body for up-take.

Natural Supplements and Diabetes

Alpha-lipoic acid: Can improve glucose uptake and prevent glycosylation, which causes sugars to abnormally attach to proteins. It can also improve eye and nerve health. Good place to start is 100 mg to 600 mg a day. Higher doses are effective treatment diabetic neurophathy, which causes nerve damage…Read More

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As children or young adults you might have been told laughing is good for the heart. But have you ever been told what crying really does for you?

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Also if your interested they have a Family Fitness Page, which states:  Family Fitness is just as important as health eating. As parents and care takers we should be and need to be role models for our children.

Children notice everything going on around them. That includes them seeing what we eat and how active we are as parents. Modeling in healthy eating habits is as important as modeling healthy activity (FREE e-books are also offered).

 

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