Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 9, 2016

5 reasons why nuts are good for your heart

Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti  | Updated: September 23, 2016 11:02 am


Stock your kitchen with dry fruits and nuts like almonds and walnuts for a healthy heart!

dry-fruits

We know that eating nuts can keep your heart healthy. But do you know what makes these nuts good for the heart? Nuts like walnuts and almonds are recommended after heart surgery, says Dr Nilesh Gautam, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Head of Department of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at the Asian Heart InstituteHere we explain what types of nuts should find a place in your diet for a healthy heart. Also, read about 10 things that guarantee a healthy heart.
Omega-3 fats: Although commonly found in fish, omega-3 fatty acids are also present in nuts. These fatty acids contain low amounts of saturated fats and high amount of polyunsaturated fats, which prevents heart attacks. It also helps in the regulation of blood pressure and hence, lowers your risk of heart disease.
Fibre: The presence of fibre in nuts not only helps in lowering the cholesterol but also improves blood lipid levels. Moreover, fibre also lowers the risk of other contributing factors like diabetesobesity and blood pressure, which can put you at risk of heart disease.
Antioxidants: Nuts also contain good amounts of antioxidants like vitamin E which prevents the development of plaque formation which can increase your risk of chest painatherosclerosis or heart disease. It also flushes our harmful toxins from the body which can harm the heart in the long run.
L-arginine: In addition to folic acid and magnesium, dry fruits and nuts like almonds also contain L-arginine, a type of amino acid, which improves the heart health by enhancing the functioning of the arteries and also improves blood flow. It also lowers your risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attack.
Unsaturated fats: Another reason why nuts are known to be healthy for the heart is the presence of unsaturated fats. Unlike saturated fats that can lead to cholesterol deposition, unsaturated fats are rich in good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), which improves heart functioning and thus, prevents your risk of heart disease.
This doesn’t mean that you add nuts to everything you eat. Just a handful of nuts in a day is what helps you to reap the benefits. And if you are at risk of heart disease or had a heart surgery, avoid intake of calorie-dense nut like cashew nuts, pistachios and also raisins. Here’s more on foods you should avoid if suffering from heart disease.
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Source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/reasons-why-nuts-are-good-for-your-heart-b0916/ 

Thứ Hai, 12 tháng 9, 2016

Apple Cashew Snack Bites

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A sweet little no-bake snack bite that’s great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
I haven’t shared a snack bite recipe is a long time! With it being “Fall-Flavored” season and back to school season, these easy apple cashew snack bites seemed like a must to finally bring on the blog. When I think of easy, no-bake snack, bites (or balls) are always the first thing to come to mind! They are delicious no matter what combo you throw in the food processor and taste like pure heaven when you eat them straight from the freezer!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
I only brought two big appliances down to school with me and that includes my food processor and a toaster oven. We have a full kitchen in the apartment and a lot more room than I thought. I think I’ll be asking for my waffle maker and THE PAN to be sent down (I miss them!) We even have a dishwasher (which has not been used). Regardless, snack bites are perfect for any college student. You just need a food processor (or blender) to make them. Keep them in the fridge or freezer and you’ll be a happy camper!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
Whoever had the idea to blend up a bunch of power-packed ingredients and then roll them into balls…was a genius! I find them rather comforting to eat too. That might have to do with the fact that these specific bites use 2 of my favorite foods, but I find these rather blissful as well! Apples and cashews, both sweet, delicious, healthy, and my definition of happiness! Talk about eating an apple with some Trader Joe’s cashew butter…DESSERT! I may be the odd man out, but I love having that as my pre-bed snack (i.e. dessert)!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
But if I want this lovely combo during the day or after a workout, well, in portable snack bite form comes in a close second to the real deal! If every college student (okay, anyone who needs an easy snack!) ate snack bites, there’d be a lot more productivity, less stress, and smiles 😉 Can a delicious healthy snack bite change the world? Maybe! But why don’t be see and find out!
Apple Cashew Snack Bites
Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
APPLE CASHEW SNACK BITES
 
A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large food processor or blender, add all the ingredients, except ½ cup of the rolled oats, and blend until you get a nice sticky mixture.
  2. Add the last ½ cup of oats and pulse a few more times to incorporate them (I do this so I have some larger pieces of oats in the bites).
  3. Scoop out the mixture and roll 10 balls with your hands.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer!
NOTES
*You could use ¼ cup Maple Syrup if that's your thing!
NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 2
 Apple Cashew Snack Bites | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A sweet little no-bake snack bite that's great for school, work, and on the go! These Apple Cashew Snack Bites are gluten-free, vegan, made right in a food processor, and freezer-friendly! A make-ahead recipe to always keep on hand!

So, if you don’t stock your freezer with some bites (you could even make thesethese, orthese!), you’re just going to have a stressful year! I do think these may change the world or at least change those busy days we all have into not-so-busy days! You won’t have any hangriness to worry about, that’s for sure! I know we all could use some smiles and apple cashew snack bites without the stress of worrying about food!
Source: http://strengthandsunshine.com/apple-cashew-snack-bites/