Top 100 Real Food Blogs To Keep You Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

Top 100 Real Food Blogs To Keep You Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

  When it comes to eating and making your own food, going through a drive-through or getting a frozen meal is an easy choice. However, you may not realize how these “easy” choices may be negatively affecting your health and your budget. Eating too many processed foods may be the culprit irritating your stomach or causing your headaches or even making your skin break out with pimples. It can even be contributing to you being tired every day and feeling a bit cloudy in your head, making you less productive. Don’t forget processed food means buying more packages that you typically only use once, which can really add up at the grocery store.   It is understandable that many people eat this way. With so many busy schedules, children, and full-time jobs, it isn’t always a priority to eat healthy. But it should be. In reality, it will save you money, and the benefits to your health are worth the extra time you may spend in the kitchen.   The following blogs will not only emphasize the importance of healthy eating, they will convince you to do so. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or a carnivore at heart, you will find a blog that has the wholesome, natural recipes you need. These bloggers have done all of the hard work too. Not only have they created delicious recipes, they have created recipes that will be easier on your wallet and won’t take hours to make. Some in even 30 minutes or less and with minimal ingredients.   If you haven’t been convinced to go all-natural just yet, you...
Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom

Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula Edodes) is native to East Asia, although it is now cultivated across the world for medicinal and culinary purposes. The term shiitake is a Japanese common name. It is based upon “Shii” tree where the mushroom grows on, Shiitake mushroom is known to be the King of all mushrooms or the mushroom of the emperor. This is no accident because it has long been valued as the best way to activate life’s inner force that circulates in the body. Shiitake mushroom is also a symbol of longevity in Asia due to its health-promoting properties and its effectiveness in treating and preventing different conditions.     Some Known Benefits of Shiitake Mushroom   Helps Prevent Cancer Lentinan is a compound that does not only boost the immune system, but also helps in preventing cancer. Studies also suggest that lentinan promotes anti-cancer activities. It is capable of reducing the growth of cancer cells and prevents the existing ones from spreading. The compound is also responsible for stimulating the immune system to release cells and proteins that will destroy the cancer cells. In particular, gastric cancer can be prevented with the help of shiitake mushroom.   Fights Cholesterol Shiitake mushroom can help in handling cholesterol levels. The presence of cholesterol signifies that the compound settled in the artery walls. This is often present in animal fat, which results in heart failure and stroke. Cholesterol greatly impacts blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels. Shiitake mushroom was found to be effective at countering the effects of cholesterol.   Eritadenine is a substance present in shiitake mushroom that helps decrease cholesterol...
Lychee Fruit Health Benefits

Lychee Fruit Health Benefits

Lychee (Litchi chinensis) or leechi, lichu, litchi, etc. is from the soapberry family and the only member of its genus. It’s a fruit tree native to China and grows in tropical and subtropical climates. It smells like a flower, the reason why it is often used in dishes and cocktails. It measures about 1 ½ – 2 inches in dimension and has an oblong to rounded shape with a red skin. Upon peeling off its skin, it has a soft and pulpy inside in white or pink color. Lychee is a small fruit, yet packed with healthy nutrients. This exotic fruit which means “gift for royal life” and considered to be “The King of Fruits” has proven its benefits in India and China. It contains vitamins and minerals that help fight diseases and many other benefits for the body.     Some Known Benefits of Lychee Fruit   Prevents the Growth of Cancer Cells The disease of cancer happens when irregular cells separate without control or when they are not able to die as an element of ordinary life cycle. These cancer cells invade the nearby tissues and distribute throughout the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, and other body areas. Lychee is a natural cancer treatment as it prevents the development and growth of cancer cells. It is helpful in preventing prostate and breast cancer. The high levels of beta-carotene and antioxidants in the fruit are what help combat cancer formations.   Increases Digestive Health Lychee has a significant amount of dietary fiber, which helps add bulk to the stool and increase digestive health. It also helps the bowel movements...
Lucuma Benefits

Lucuma Benefits

Lucuma (Lucuma obovata or Pouteria lucuma) is a tropical, exotic, and yellow-orange fruit that originated from South America, primarily in Chile, Peru, and Ecuador. During the ancient Incan times, the fruit was highly valued like gold and depicted on pottery in burial sites. It was also considered as a symbol of creation and fertility. In fact, more than twenty villages in Peru are named after lucuma. Today, the fruit is in the superfood world and used as a natural sweetener with unique qualities. It is referred to as “egg fruit” because of its appearance with flavor and texture that resembles to a combined maple and sweet potato. It can be eaten either raw or cooked for a smoother and softer texture. Aside from naturally adding sweetness to food, lucuma fruit is known across the world for the variety of health benefits it provides.     Top 10 Benefits of Lucuma Fruit   A Good Source of Beta-Carotene With its rich yellow-orange color, it’s easy to guess that lucuma contains high amounts of beta-carotene. It is an essential source of vitamin A necessary for healthy eyesight, cellular growth, and immune system functions. It also helps protect the body from different types of cancers such as ovarian, pancreatic, rectal, colon, liver, cervical, and esophageal due to its antioxidant properties.   Niacin (Vitamin B3) for Vegetarians While the majority of meat-eaters get B3 from chicken and steaks, vegan can enjoy this vitamin from lucuma fruit. This nutrient is helpful in muscle development, digestion, and regulation of sex hormones and stress.   Best Alternative to Sugar Lucuma is considered to be the best alternative...
How To Lose Weight On The Paleo Diet

How To Lose Weight On The Paleo Diet

By Geoff at Paleo Diet Advice   Today, it is harder than ever looking toward a diet or specific lifestyle when looking to gain better health, a thinner waist line, or the ability to just feel good about your looks and body. Many diets can be considered as ‘fads’ – even the Paleo Diet, which I am about to talk about, has been called a fad diet. Although still one of the fastest growing in popularity.   When I refer to The Paleo Diet, I refer to the ‘old’ style of eating. Using only what our ancestors ate. I like this style as you have to become so much more inventive with your cooking and baking. I never talk about its health claims, as I have had no personal experience, these decisions must be left up to you whether or not you believe them. The one thing that the Paleo diet has helped me with, is weight loss and the ability to help keep my weight stable.   The basics of the Paleo diet are looking towards the foods that only our cavemen ancestors ate. This would include the foods such as fruit, vegetables, meats & fish, nuts & seeds along with eggs. What you can’t eat is mostly anything with grain/gluten and dairy, along with processed foods, junk, processed sugary food etc. You can see how inventive your cooking can get once you eliminate things like bread products, pasta products and dairy. I still do eat dairy and bread, as I do not think the claims on them are full proof. Have a look at this YouTube video on gluten...
Persimmon Nutrition Facts

Persimmon Nutrition Facts

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a delicious exotic fruit that is sweet and tasty. It belongs to the family Diospyros and the fruit has been used in many different cultures for thousands of years. Although its most popular version is native to China, it spread throughout the world. The other types of the fruit are separated into American persimmon, Japanese persimmon, Date-Plum tree, Indian persimmon, and Black persimmon. On the other hand, various nicknames and common names are given to persimmon such as “Jove’s Fire”, “Nature’s Candy”, and “The Fruit of the Gods”.     Persimmon is often eaten raw in ripe form. Its exterior color ranges from deep yellow to orange. In terms of appearance, it resembles to a tomato. It is majorly produced and found in Southeast Asia, although there are some varieties that grow in southern Europe. The fruit has many uses. Its leaf for instance is used in making tea in some parts of Southeast Asia. Its dried variant is used in desserts and eaten as snack. But apart all of these, persimmon is known to be a healthy fruit. If you like the fruit and have always wanted to know how it tastes like, knowing its nutrition facts as reasons to try it is a great idea.   Nutrition Facts of Persimmon Fruit   The long list of persimmon’s health benefits is basically due to its nutrition- very high in vitamins and minerals, and some organic compounds. What come with the fruit are vitamins: A, C, E, and B6. Manganese, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, and copper are also included. On the other hand, the most...