Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsFor many people, fall is the absolute greatest time of year.  As the leaves are slowly drifting away from their trees, after having changed into thousands of beautiful pigments, the hearts of many are found to be light.  Perhaps it is the family atmosphere, or the closeness that fall brings that has this effect.  Perhaps it is the heart of gratitude as Thanksgiving is ushered in that brings this change of mood.  Or maybe it’s something else.  Regardless of what brings about this giddiness in the hearts of many, it happens.  And during this time, one of the favorite pastimes of many families is to buy pumpkins for Halloween, decorate them, and carve faces into them of all shapes and sizes.

During the carving process, if the pumpkin was bought fresh, full, and its seeds have not been pulled out, along with all the orange mush that surrounds them, then many like to put the seeds inside of those pumpkins to use.  As it turns out, pumpkin seeds can be a wonderful snack if they are prepared properly.  As such, the purpose of this article is to teach a person how to properly cook any pumpkin seeds that they obtain from the inside of the pumpkin, and then we will also explain some of the health benefits that can be associated with munching on those seeds.

How Do I Prepare Pumpkin Seeds?

Luckily, there’s no special gizmo or anything that is necessary to get the seeds in eating shape that most families don’t already possess.  All you’ll need is a stove and some other basic kitchen utensils.  Here are the steps to creating the perfect pumpkin seeds to eat:

  1. First, we have to do the part that everyone hates.  We need to clean off all of the pumpkin seeds.  The most effective way to do this is to have the pumpkin that you are going to be using next to a sink, take the seeds out of the pumpkin and pull off anything that is sticking to each of them, and then throw the (now fairly cleaned) seeds into a drainer bowl.  After that, run some warm-to-hot water over the seeds just to make sure that any excess stuff gets off of the seeds and that they are clean.
  2. Next, one will want to take the now-cleaned seeds and pour them into a pot.  Put a fair amount of water in the pot (just enough so that, depending on how many seeds you have, there is water to spare and it won’t boil away).  Finally, add at least a tablespoon of salt.  Some people prefer to have more salt, and some people prefer to have less, so you will be able to learn what your preference is as you make more and more batches.  Finally, bring the water up to a boil, and then let the seeds simmer without a top on the pot for ten minutes.
  3. Once this is done, dry the seeds so that no water is left on them, pour them out onto a pan, and put sea salt all over the seeds on the pan.  Then, pour a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil over the seeds.  Not much, just a tiny bit will do.
  4. Finally, bake the seeds in the oven for roughly ten minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Take the seeds out, shuffle them around the pan, and re-insert for another ten minutes.
  5. Take the seeds out, let them cool, and EAT!!

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits that have been discovered occur when one eats pumpkin seeds over a measurable amount of time.  For the purpose of this article, we will list three of the effects that we felt could be the most beneficial to improving one’s health:

  • Pumpkin seeds are wonderful for improving prostate health in men.  They are extremely high in zinc, and zinc is found most highly in the prostate, where it serves a regulatory function.
  • Pumpkin seeds are loaded with good fats, antioxidants, and a whole lot of fiber.  As such, they are capable of improving one’s heart and liver health.
  • This goes along with the point above, but it really is the most beneficial aspect of the pumpkin seed.  Because the seeds are high in fiber, they are wonderful for ensuring that a person is able to stay regular.  So, if a person is experiencing severe constipation, perhaps pumpkin seeds would be a good method to try before turning to harsh laxatives.

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Buckwheat

BuckwheatWith health crazes running rampant all across the western world, many people who are going on diets, or being forced to go on diets, are looking for all different kinds of alternatives that they can eat and enjoy in place of the old “sinful” foods that they are trying to get away from.  In fact, there are also many people who, with the abundance of food that is present now, simply choose not to eat certain foods.  Good examples of these would be vegetarians or those who try to go on a bread-free diet.  Recently, a new food became popularized that is called buckwheat.  Of course, many people have never heard of the food before, and even the name sounds a little funny, so we have tried to put together a few of the facts about buckwheat for those who want to learn more about how it may impact their lives.

What is Buckwheat?

The name does sound a little strange, doesn’t it?  Surprisingly enough, buckwheat is actually not a wheat at all, and it is completely gluten free as well.  Buckwheat is actually a seed that is harvested from a plant that produces flowers, and it can be very good for people who are not allowed to eat gluten, who are shooting to eat only raw food items, or are simply trying to live a little healthier.

Buckwheat “groats”, which are what the small seeds are called, are actually used plentifully in many products today.  More often than not, if a product is gluten free, it has buckwheat groats in it.  Moreover, buckwheat groats become a very sticky substance when they are wetted, so they can become great for holding different foods together.  As a result, they are found at the center of many different kinds of foods.  Also, letting the groats sit in water, washing them off, drying them, and repeating the process can make the tiny little seeds into a wonderful kind of snack.

Now, it is important to note, for those people that are trying to eat a purely raw foods diet, that there are two different kinds of buckwheat.  One type is the type of seeds that have been toasted, thus making them no longer raw.  Toasted buckwheat groats are also used in all different kinds of food, and they are actually called by a different name—kasha.  It should be easy for a person to tell whether buckwheat seeds are kasha or just regular groats according to their look and smell.  Buckwheat groats that have been toasted become a real dark red-brown type color and exhibit a very nice “nut” smell.  However, buckwheat that has not been cooked, thereby making it better for those who only want to consume raw food, are usually colored green and don’t have much of a smell at all.

Regardless of which version a person is trying to obtain, buckwheat can be found in the recipes of many leading foods in restaurants, as well as store-bought products, today.  They can be very good for a person to eat, and the toasted ones have a very nice taste, so either way a person would not be in the wrong to enjoy a few buckwheat seeds every now and again.

Benefits

Buckwheat for breakfastWhile it is assumed that buckwheat groats possess large benefits for the human body, they have not been on the market long enough just yet for there to be any scientific evidence for what those benefits may be.  Still, a small amount of research has been performed on the tiny seedlings to date, and a few things have been discovered.

First, buckwheat can be very good for improving the health of someone with type two diabetes.  It is effective at, if eaten regularly enough, to lower the blood pressure of a person with overly high pressure levels.  Perhaps this is because of the slow speed at which buckwheat groats are digested by the body, or maybe it is due to another property.  Enough research has not been performed yet to determine what is the true answer.

Beyond that, it is supposed that the buckwheat seeds, or groats, could be helpful in ensuring that a person’s overall digestive system is in check.  This means that the seeds should be able to help a person who is having irregular bowel movements to become regular again.  Particularly in the case of constipation, buckwheat groats, like nearly all seeds or nuts, should have a positive effect in returning regularity to the body.

All in all, the benefits to eating buckwheat are surely worth the cost.  If a person is trying to go on a purely raw foods diet, these little seeds will give them another venue of food to shoot for.  If a person is not attempting that diet, then these seeds will at least give them one more tasty, much more healthy snack than others, to pursue daily.  Of course, as shown above, the health benefits of buckwheat have not been fully fleshed out just yet.  But, surely, those listed above are enough of a reason to, at least, try buckwheat groats.  And who knows, there may be many more benefits of buckwheat that simply have not been discovered yet.  Regardless, what does a person have to lose by including just a few of these into their diet on a day-to-day basis?  After all, it could never hurt to try something new.

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Almond Oil

Almond OilDid you know that almond oil, the basic, everyday type that you can buy at almost any food-based store, actually has some incredible properties that make it useful for day-to-day living?  In fact, the oil that comes out of this nut can be put to a myriad of uses—from skin, to face, to hair—almond oil has a use for everything.  As it turns out, when a baby is a really little feller, he or she has a special type of oil that arises on their skin to keep them soft like butter.  Have you ever heard the saying “softer than a baby’s bottom”?  Well, that oil that comes naturally to babies is what makes them so smooth.  And, as it turns out, the oil that comes from an almond has a very similar effect on all ages!  It’s rather funny actually, because this age-old oil, which used to only be sold in grocery stores, is now being transformed into lotions, shampoos, and all kinds of other body treatments and sold in bath stores.

What is it made of?

Almond oil comes in two varieties: the sweet kind and the bitter kind.  Luckily for you, you don’t have to eat either kind, and both kinds are very beneficial to your skin health.  Almond oil is made up of Vitamin A, B, and E, all of which are great for improving the quality of your skin.  So, why should you pay to use almond oil?

  1. First off, this oil can be used by all skin types at all ages.  It is also different from other oils.  Most oils have been worked up by different companies, and when they finally get to you they are full of all kinds of by-products that are terrible for your skin.  However, almond oil is light on your skin, and it gets absorbed extremely fast.  This means that, unlike other oils, almond oil will not block your pores for a great length of time, which can cause many skin issues.
  2. If you put almond oil under your eyes continuously while you go to sleep, it will remove “baggy looking” eyes and take away line marks.
  3. Almond oil not only serves as a lotion, it also serves as a skin cleanser.   This means that you could use it in the shower to rub off all of the dead epidermis that has built up on your arms and legs.
  4. Finally, almond oil serves as a skin soother.  So, if you have irritated skin, put a little bit of almond oil on and watch as it works miracles with your skin problems.

Other Uses

Almond NutsWant to know some peculiar ways that you can put almond oil to use?  Believe me, there are plenty more ways to use almond oil than the ones we about to show you, but we wanted to share just a few of the cool/strange/downright weird ones with you for your enjoyment:

  1. Is your chapstick not doing the job?  Are your lips still chapped even though you put on the stuff twenty minutes ago? Have no fear, almond oil is the answer!
  2. If you put a little bit of almond oil on your nails each day and allow it to sit there, it will ensure that your nails stay shiny and full!  Almond oil acts as a moisturizer, so when that oil sinks down underneath your nails it will make sure that they stay as strong as could be because they will be getting all the nutrients that they need.
  3. As we mentioned above, almond oil is a very light oil and very good for your skin.  However, it also acts as an extractor for your pores.  So, believe it or not, almond oil is the perfect makeup remover.

Almond oil—Medicine or Lotion?

On top of all the uses for almond oil listed above, it has actually been shown that almond oil is extremely good for your health.  If you will make it a regular part of your life, it can have a number of good benefits on you.  Here are just a few of the ways that almond oil can help you:

  1. Almond oil is loaded with potassium, which can improve your chances of not having serious heart problems.  If you can find a way to work almond in with your food, taking it daily would be a solid choice.
  2. It is a great boost to your body’s defense system.  If you have a virus or bacterial sickness that attacks you, having almond oil in your system can greatly help your chances of fighting it off without ever getting more than the sniffles.
  3. For the athletes out there, almond oil is actually wonderful for healing bruises, muscles that have been overworked (or injured), and getting you back on track to athletic-type readiness.  If you heat up almond oil (not too much! Just to a comfortable level), place it on the affected muscle, and massage it into your skin, it will help to heal the problem more quickly.

The Clear Choice

So, with all of these ways that almond oil can help you, it seems clear that the obvious choice is to use it as much as you can.  It is relatively cheap to buy, it comes packed as a pretty copious amount, and it can work wonders in your life (if used on a regular schedule).  If you can, work almond oil into your food wherever you can, shower with it at morning and at night, and test it out in other ways to see if it can do anything else for you.  You would be surprised!

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Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Many have yet to discover the potential benefits of coconut oil. It has numerous amazing health benefits that make it an exceptional natural treatment for many conditions. Coconut oil is not exactly a full liquid, so it is not actually as effectual as pure liquid “essential oils” like clove oil or olive oil. However, it is more of a liquid than butter, so it has some level of potential in improving one’s lifestyle. The purpose of this article is to discuss the many different ways that coconut oil can have a positive impact in one’s life. However, please note that coconut oil has not been clinically proven to do any of the things listed below, but there are many firsthand accounts that say that it can have some (or all) of these effects listed below. So, what is coconut oil capable of?

Skin Uses

Here are just a few of the methods that we have discovered by which coconut oil can have a positive impact on one’s skin. Many of these practices require repeated, daily treatments, so don’t stop if there are no results after a day or two. Give each treatment at least a week to see if it takes effect:

  • Coconut oil has moisturizing properties that make it useful, simply, as a lotion
  • Can be used as a deodorant
  • It can (supposedly) kill yeast infections when put on the skin
  • Softens skin to keep it supple and stop the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy
  • Provides a very small amount of UV ray protection
  • Again, supposedly, helps bruises or cuts to heal more quickly
  • Can be used as a sort of “aloe vera” after sunburn
  • Combine with a small amount of salt to remove old, cracked skin on the feet
  • Surprisingly, can help deal with hemorrhoids after irritable bowel movements, or otherwise, lack of bowel movements
  • It may help speed up the process of removing make-up from the faces of those who wear heavy makeup

Cooking Uses

Of course, the skin treatment options listed above with the use of coconut oil are only a few of the vast number of ideas that are out there. After all, there are many other creative and useful ways to put coconut oil to work. Here is a list of just a few cool ways that we have found that one can use this special oil in cooking:

  • It is a good substitute for some of the more dangerous chemicals in Mayonnaise if one decides to home-make some
  • If used in different cooking recipes, it will speed up one’s metabolism due to the high lauric acid it contains
  • When combined with a tablespoon of chia seeds, coconut oil can act as a sort of “b-12” like energy boost that can last the whole day
  • Coconut oil, used in small amounts in food, can help to increase the healthiness of a person’s gums
  • It can be used as a basic start-up ingredient (i.e. similar to butter or margarine in a pan) in iron skillets
  • Supposedly, when a very small amount is mixed with hot tea and drunk, it improves one’s chances of improving from bad cold symptoms or the flu much more quickly
  • Many have said that putting coconut oil in their food has helped to improve their sleep quality at night, and others have said that it has lessened their symptoms of depression

Clearly, according to all the testimony that has been accrued, there are many benefits to using coconut oil on a daily basis. In fact, the tidbits concerning the different uses for this product, which are listed above, don’t even scratch the surface of all the ideas out there. So, research more! Find out what other ways coconut oil can have a healthy impact on one’s life! It truly is amazing!

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