That’s Yucca!

Those of you who are on my Simply Enrich FB page might have seen my post last Tuesday suggesting a ‘Try something new Tuesday” dinner tradition (and if you aren’t on my FB page, please take a second and ‘Like‘ it now! 🙂 It could be a product item, like a new fruit, vegetable, or fresh herb, or maybe tofu, or simply try a new healthy recipe! Well, I realized that I needed to get to the store because I wasn’t up for a whole new recipe, so a produce item was going to be it that night.
Searching through the produce department refrigerated wall at Kroger, I realized that there are several items that I have not yet tried, and hadn’t a clue of how to prepare. Then I saw it — THE try-it Tuesday item! It was a big, brown, bumpy, ugly root. Kinda resembled a fossilized elephant turd or something.Yucca Root Yucca root? What kind of name is that? I’m sure if it were tasty they would call it “yumma root”, so I could only imagine what I was in for. My kids were less than excited, to say the least.

Now how to prepare this…thing?!  I saw an older Indian woman looking at the same area, so I asked her if she knew how to eat it. She did, and she told me to peel it, boil it, and then cut it and eat it. Said it tasted like tapioca pudding. Mmmmm!! It didn’t sound so ‘yucca’ at all!
The journey didn’t end there. The check out line was even more interesting. Like 15 minutes of interesting ;). Of course I didn’t think to grab a yucca root with a sku number sticker on it, I mean, every cashier has the sku number for yucca root memorized, right? Lol
So the sweet cashier kept looking for the item up on the cheat sheet, but it wasn’t there — the sheet stopped at ‘T’ (what about ‘watermelons’ & ‘yams’?!) I sent my 9 year old to find another yucca with a sticker. Meanwhile, I’m apologizing to the cashier and the man in line behind me. They were both very understanding and patient…maybe even a little, dare I say… intrigued.
I shared with them about the try-something-new-Tuesday challenge I had posted and the reason behind my somewhat odd purchase. It was quite the conversation piece. When the guy behind me said that I was a very unusual American for trying new things like this, I shared about the International Cooking group that I’m a part of and how I actually love to broaden my taste buds’ horizons and try new things. He asked me for my card to give his daughter who loves stuff like that. I happened to have a few cards hiding in my purse and I handed him one.   The cashier asked for one, too (maybe you guys are reading this right now since the web-link is on the card, and if so, thank you so much for your patience last week!)
My son returned with another yucca… without a sticker. Third yucca was the charm. We could finally check out and be on our way, and was asked to report back how the experiment turned out.
The Yucca experiment.

Even though the kind Indian lady gave me great directions, I was a bit intimidated by getting the rough, waxed peel off of the root.  I mean, seriously — how in the heck?!  I knew I needed backup. Gotta love Google. Here it is for you in case you want to learn more or try a recipe:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/cook-serve-yucca-root-8371.html
I admit, even with my sharp Cutco© knife, I didnt quite chop the root into small pieces like the recipe advised:, so I gave up on that:IMG_20140325_185935_691To keep this article short, since I didn’t intent for it to become a cooking post, I followed the directions from the website above and boiled the yucca root. IMG_20140325_193339_763

I got kinda impatient after awhile and eventually settled for nearly-yet-not-all-the-way-cooked.  Then I added some milk, roasted garlic, and squeezed lemon juice, and salt. Potato mashed it as much as possible.  It turned out fine. I wish I would’ve taken the time to cook a bit better, but even at this point, I got to taste the ‘yucca’, and it wasn’t “yucky” 😉

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Gotta love trying new things – variety is the spice of life.

For those interested, here are some good nutrition facts on yucca root:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/341685-yucca-root-nutrition/

I’d love to hear from anyone else that is taking me up on this challenge!  I’ll report back on the recent Try-something-new-Tuesday episode here soon 😉

 

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Giving Your Kids The Best?

Science and Health Today: Raising Healthy Kids

 Compliments of Reliv International

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What parent hasn’t given in to a child’s request for a fast food kid’s meal? The occasional indulgence is fine every now and then. Unfortunately, more and more children are getting most of their meals on-the-go.

A Rutgers State University research study found that families are eating fewer nutritious meals together and dining more outside of the home. The American Society for Nutrition recommends that families eat meals prepared at home instead. These meals tend to have more nutritious vegetables and less sodium, fat and calories than restaurant meals.

Boosting Brain Function

Even as childhood obesity has skyrocketed, children are still not meeting their minimum nutritional requirements. According to the USDA, half of American children aren’t meeting the recommended intake for nutrients such as calcium, vitamin E, zinc and iron.

Essential nutrients support more than just the body — they improve brain function too. A series of studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that children who were given multivitamin supplements showed improved cognitive function and increased accuracy in attention-based tasks.

More of What They Need

Most children’s supplements provide basic vitamins and minerals. However, children also need a broad range of additional micronutrients to achieve optimal health. Some of the micronutrients found in Reliv Now® for Kids include:

 

      • ● DHA: an omega-3 fatty acid critical for the development and function of the brain, eyes and nervous system.
      • ● PS and PC: (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine) support healthy cellular development, mental clarity, memory, learning and cognitive function.
      • ● Grape Seed Extract: powerful antioxidant that protects against cell-destroying free radicals.

Healthy Cells, Happy Kids

LunaRich™ is a Reliv-exclusive healthy soy powder that contains five to ten times the bioactive lunasin of ordinary soy powders. Lunasin is a naturally occurring peptide clinical studies have identified as the key to soy’s many health benefits.

Lunasin promotes optimal cell health at every age. It’s why Reliv has added LunaRich soy powder to Reliv Now for Kids. Experts say consuming lunasin at an early age while the body is developing can maximize lunasin’s many benefits and lead to long-term, lasting benefits into adulthood.

Lunasin nourishes – provides the nutritional fuel to promote optimal expression of genes required for normal cell function.

Lunasin protects – reduces inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals and other environmental hazards. Provides protection in two ways:

 

      • 1. Prevention. Activates the expression of genes that help reduce cell damage and prevents the expression of genes that can cause cell damage.
      • 2. Maintenance. Helps remove damaged cells from the body that may cause chronic health problems.

A Note from Dr. Carl

You can give your kids more of what they need to be healthy every day.

Reliv Now for Kids goes beyond ordinary children’s nutritional supplements to deliver key micronutrients essential to the development of a child’s brain, eyes and nervous system. And with the addition of LunaRich healthy soy powder, Reliv Now for Kids is better than ever for children’s health.

You want to raise happy and healthy children. Reliv is here to help!

To your health,

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings

Sources:

http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/24/why-families-who-eat-together-are-healthier/, http://health.kaboose.com/kids-health/vitamins-and-minerals-kids-miss.html, http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Multivitamin-supplements-boost-brain-function-say-UK-researchers, http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/24/why-families-who-eat-together-are-healthier/

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Soy Much Better — and Greener!

Reliv has always promoted the many nutritional benefits of soy. But what you might not know is that when you nourish your body with soy, you’re also nourishing our world by caring for the planet. April 22 is Earth Day – the perfect time to celebrate soy as an environmentally sustainable and healthy protein source.

Soy Much Greener

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global food demand will grow by 70% or more by 2050, along with a significant need for protein — an essential nutrient for human health. Keeping up with the current demand for animal protein would cause strain on water, land and resources. Soy offers a potential solution.

Soy conserves water. When it comes to water consumption, soy protein is far more conservative than animal-derived proteins – saving more than four million gallons of water for each ton of soybeans produced.

Soy is energy-efficient. A critical way to examine a food’s environmental cost is to evaluate total energy used throughout production. Soy is an efficient source of protein based on return of energy use compared with proteins from other sources. Between 1987 and 2007, the amount of energy used to produce a bushel of soybeans decreased by about 66 percent, according to the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.

Soy has a smaller eco-footprint. Soybeans produce more usable protein per acre of farmland than all other forms of complete protein. When comparing the environmental impact on land from cultivation to the end product, soy is over 17 times more efficient than other forms of protein.

Soy Healthy

Not only does soy meet the strict nutritional requirements necessary to make it into Reliv cans, it’s also a superstar when it comes to maintaining a happy, healthy planet. Reliv’s exclusive LunaRich whole soy powder is no exception. LunaRich™, like all soy used in Reliv products, comes from non-GMO soybeans. And LunaRich is processed less than two hours from Reliv headquarters, limiting fuel needed for transportation. You can find LunaRich in Reliv Now®, SoySentials® and Reliv Now® For Kids!

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I “Beet” You Can’t Guess What I Made for Breakfast…

I made beets for dinner last night and didn’t want to waste the nutrition in the 4 cups of beet water that was left over. What to do? BINGO! Use the beet water to prepare our oatmeal! Did everything else the same (Old-fashioned oats, honey, cinnamon, raisins, and the remaining water needed.) Turned out pretty, and the kids were pleasantly surprised that it tasted good, too!
You can’t “beet” this oatmeal!

Post-Workout Refueling

How to Refuel After a Workout

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Carefully choosing what you eat after you work out can magnify the benefits of exercising.

What Should I Eat After a Workout?

Your post-workout nutritional needs include fluids, carbohydrates and protein. This is true not just for the endurance athletes and serious bodybuilders but for the general exercise enthusiast also. Each provides distinct benefits:

Fluids. Hydration helps restore fluids lost from sweating.

Carbohydrates. Carbs help restore glycogen, which provides fuel that muscles need for continued training.

Protein. Protein and amino acids help rebuild muscle tissue.

You can satisfy your post-workout nutritional needs by eating a meal or a snack, or you can choose a protein shake that also contains carbohydrates. The Mayo Clinic lists yogurt and fruit, cheese and crackers or a peanut butter sandwich as snacks that can meet your post-workout nutritional needs.

But for those who don’t want to eat after exercising, protein shakes are one of the best options for post-workout nutrition, says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl W. Hastings.

“Everybody that exercises on a regular basis can benefit from protein shakes,” Dr. Carl says. “Protein shakes can help enhance athletic performance and endurance, and help the body recover and repair after exercising.”

Post-Workout Nutrition

Dozens of brands of protein shakes are available; they vary in the types and amount of protein and carbohydrate levels they contain. Milk, soy, whey and casein are some of the protein sources in shakes. Soy protein is as effective as other sources of protein but has the added benefit of containing antioxidants that are beneficial to health.

ProVantage includes 13 grams of soy protein in each serving. Soy protein increases muscle mass, reduces fatigue and burns fat for increased energy.

ProVantage also contains antioxidants from soy and other ingredients that support the immune system and a blend of amino acids that reduce fatigue and shorten recovery time after working out.

Nutritional studies have found that soy protein can lower total cholesterol levels and lower the “bad” cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein (LDL). This important benefit, while not necessary for post-workout nutritional needs, may lead some people to choose soy over other proteins for their shakes.

ProVantage, like other protein shakes, contains carbohydrates as well. The combination of protein and carbohydrates enables the body to store more glycogen for your muscles.

The top priority for post-workout nutritional needs is replacing fluids lost during exercise in order to prevent dehydration, and water generally is considered the primary way to replace fluids. But intense workouts lasting an hour or more  require a sports drink for better hydration.

Isotonic sports drinks such as Innergize! can help maintain the body’s electrolyte balance and provide energy because they contain fast-acting carbohydrates.

 

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Cardio, Weight, Skin, and more!

3 More Reasons Soy is So Super

Soy is one superfood that continues to gain attention. Studies illustrate soy’s ability to improve bone health, alleviate menopausal symptoms and reduce risk of some diseases. Recent scientific breakthroughs have uncovered even further benefits of soy for cardiovascular health, weight loss and skin care.

1. Lunasin is nutritional “magic” for cardio health.

In 1999, the FDA approved a health claim that “25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” This claim was based on research findings that soy-based diets reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.

Meanwhile, science has uncovered the nutritional “magic” behind soy’s cholesterol-lowering abilities. Studies show lunasin, a naturally occurring peptide found in soy, is largely responsible. Lunasin works to lower cholesterol in two ways:

  • disrupts the production of cholesterol in the liver
  • improves the liver’s ability to clear LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream

2. Protein and peptides are heavy hitters for weight loss.

For years, dieters have relied on the mighty soybean to aid weight loss. It makes sense: soy is high in protein and fiber for satiety, while also low in fat. But a study showed that soy also has an effect on the mechanisms in the body that boost metabolism. In other words, soy packs a powerful one-two punch for weight loss by addressing both food intake and calorie burning.

3. Antioxidant promotes supple skin.

Studies suggest the combination of consuming soy and applying it topically may provide a host of skin benefits. Soy’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can reduce the redness caused by acne and sun exposure. It also helps promote the synthesis of collagen and improves skin elasticity. Soy even improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Skincare containing soy, like Reliv’s r line of premium products, can help reduce wrinkles, skin discoloration and inflammation when used over time.

Discover how you can add soy to your health regimen.

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv.

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“Fall” Into Fruits & Veggies

‘Fall’ Into Fruits and Veggies

Fall is the season of colors — from the leaves on the trees to flags on tailgates before football games. Fall is also a great time to add more color to you life in the shape of fruits and veggies. In honor of National Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month, here are some options that are sure to add some color to your plate, and why they should be part of your diet.

Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

Sweet potatoes contain twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin A for improved vision, fiber for digestive health and four times the daily recommended amount of beta-carotene, to give your immune system a boost. And since sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates, they digest slowly to leave you feeling fuller longer — for only about 145 calories each.

Add sweet potatoes to your everyday meals by replacing French fries with baked sweet potato fries or mashed sweet potatoes with dinner.

Try this! Sprinkle some GlucAffect® on a baked sweet potato instead of cinnamon and sugar. It will add a tasty cinnamon flavor and help manage your blood sugar.

Butternut Squash

The most popular winter squash contains vitamin E to protect against free radical damage, B6 to aid in brain function and potassium to help regulate muscle function. It is also naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories — only 45 calories per 100g serving.

Add butternut squash to your diet by chopping one up for a pasta or stir-fry, slow cooking it in your next roast recipe or making butternut squash soup to warm up on those cool autumn nights.

Try this! Many recipes with butternut squash call for sugar, instead of adding countless calories, try using Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener and get the sweet without the calories.

Cranberries

Cranberries are filled with vitamin K and manganese for your bone health, and vitamin C for your immune system. With this power fruit, you can have an entire cup for only 45 calories.

Add cranberries to a salad, mix them into your bread recipe or into Reliv smoothies. Cranberry juice is a delicious option, but make sure to check the label so you aren’t buying a juice cocktail, which is typically filled with added sugar and water — diluting the nutrients.

Try this! Add cranberries to your favorite Reliv smoothie recipes for a tart and tangy treat!

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv. 

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