Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Live longer

My long, short, bittersweet story

Carambola-Carambola health benefits

I have a story to tell about this fruit because I learned a  valuable lesson through this experience. I first was introduced to this fruit many years ago by my former co-worker working on a private estate. In the back of this property, there was a huge carambola tree that had so many of these fruits that it was just so amazing to see.

Now my co-worker at the time told me that my then boss loved these fruits but these fruits had a very unpleasant taste, therefore, I took him at his word and for the next 1 year and 4 months I would stay clear of these fruits but what I did was take care of this tree treating it for insects and making sure it was well watered. Also, there was a large fish pond across from this carambola tree so what I would do at times was take some of these fruits walk over to the fish pond and feed them.To my surprise, they

would swim back and forth very excited eating the pieces of fruits as I threw them in the water. I always wondered why these pond fish was so excited about this fruit that was so sour or at least I thought they were based on what I was told by my then co-worker.

After I resigned from that estate I went on to work for our international airport where I would see a different side of these fruits and come to love them. It was a beautiful day about 2-3 years ago when my former manager told me along with a few co-workers to go to one of the local plant nurseries to pick up a few plants and this is where I fell in love with these fruits.

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Sweet childhood memories of this healthy snack

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I have so many fond memories of my childhood days of hanging out with friends in the neighborhood playing games, going swimming, bike riding, playing ball etc..

But it is so amazing how the years have passed and even though I can’t turn back the hands of time I will always have those childhood memories to cherish as long as I live.

One of my fondest childhood memories, however, was having summer breaks, no school which means staying up late at nights and sleeping a little longer. But what made summer breaks really great was going for tamarind with my friends.

In my neighborhood, there were several trees and yes you guess right we would be around those tamarind trees trying to collect as much tamarind as possible, stuffing our pockets, filling paper bags and for those who didn’t have pockets or paper bags would carry as much as their little hands would allow.

Tamarind-Health benefits of tamarind

One of the things we love doing was making tamarind source, tamarind source is a delicious healthy snack that has passed down from generation here on the island where I live and by the way, I am from the sunny tropical island of the Bahamas but I live in the capital which is Nassau and you guess right again nothing but beautiful beaches, white sand, crystal clear waters and beautiful blue skies. This is a real island paradise.

Now back to my story on tamarind.

Health Benefits Of Tamarind

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Getting a taste of natures best

Honeydew melon-Health benefits of honeydew melon

Honeydew melon is very delicious. This fruit is not only sweet but the benefits are so great that they are worth being a part of our diet. I have eaten these melons over the years an have enjoyed their wonderful taste besides the health benefits they provide.

Honeydew melons have also made it on the list of superfoods and therefore I think that it is worth taking a closer look at the vitamin content and the benefits these fruits contain. Honeydew melons can be eaten by itself or added to fruit salads for a healthy snack.

Honeydew Melon Health Benefits

History of honeydew melon

Honeydew melon belongs to the melon family and originates from Africa, has been grown for many years in Algeria and southern France. But honeydew melons have also been dated back as far as the ancient Egyptians to the year 24oo BC and also have a history of being cultivated by the ancient Romans so we can see that this fruit has been around for some time and have been enjoyed by the ancients.

There are many varieties of honeydew melons from saturon, millennium, honey star to honey gold. The inside or the flesh is green or very light orange. The skin of the honeydew can be bright yellow, green or a creamy yellow.

Honeydew melon fun facts

  • The sweetness of the honeydew melon acts as an energy booster
  • Honeydew melons can be dried and roasted as a healthy snack
  • Honeydew melons are a part of the Cucurbitaceae family (gourd) which is divided into fruits (melons) and vegetables (pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash).
  • The sweetness of honeydew melons comes from its natural sugar content
  • In ancient times the Egyptians regarded honeydew melon as sacred and were reserved for the elite
  • The average honeydew melon weights about 6 pounds
  • Honeydew melons that are fully mature will continue to ripen for several days after they are picked and stored at room temperature
  • Honeydew melon seeds can be roasted and eaten

Vitamins of honeydew melons

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Growing healthy children and keeping them strong

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In today’s world, many parents are faced with the challenge of getting their kids to eat fruits. In my last article, we looked at how to get your children to eat vegetables and found out some really great ways to have our children asking for more.

But what about fruits, there are a lot of parents that are having issues with their children eating fruits. You would think that because fruits are sweet and children love sweets they would except eating fruits with open arms

but this is not the case. First of all, I believe that this is a physiological thing with children because if you offer them a candy bar, a donut, candy or some other sweet treat they would be all smiles. But by using reverse physiology we can have our children eating out of our hands or even begging us for more fruits.

The nature of fruits

There are so many varieties of fruits that it is just mind-blowing, different sizes, colors and so on but what I love about fruits is that fruits are natural healers that are filled with vitamins which

are the building blocks to keep up bodies in tip-top shape. So by getting our kids to eat fruits will be of great benefits.

For more on fruits and the benefits, they offer, refer to the health section of this website, I am sure that you will find some helpful tips that will help you.

I believe that more parents should be educated on the benefits of fruits and in this way will encourage them to put forth the effort to invest in their children’s health.

What I love about fruits is that they are not only filled with vitamins but can help to fight illness saving us as parents $$$$$$$ and having to take that trip or trips to the doctor’s office.

With that said let’s now look at encouraging your children to eat fruits.

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Getting down to the truth of the matter

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As a child growing up, there were certain foods I noticed that my parents always keep refrigerated and I thought this was the right thing they were doing only to discover years later that these same foods should have been stored outside of the refrigerator to preserve for future use.

In this article, we will be discussing why certain foods should be kept away from the refrigerator.

15 Foods not to refrigerate

Here is a list of foods that may surprise you that are best keep unrefrigerated


1. Tomatoes– should be kept on the counter because chilled tomatoes can lose it flavors and firmness. Unripe tomatoes can also be kept on the kitchen counter or windowsill to reach full ripeness.Garlic-15-foods-not-to-refrigerate

2. Garlic– is a herb that has such a wonderful flavor and can add that WOW to about any dish. Allowing garlic to chill can reduce its effeteness as far as flavor is a concern. Garlic should be kept in a place that is dry and cool.Honey-15-foods-not-to-refrigerate

3. Honey– is a natural sweetener that is enjoyed worldwide, this sweet liquid gold has many health benefits. Keeping honey refrigerated will cause it to become hard and not that pleasant to the taste. To preserve this sweet liquid gold store at room temperatures such as kitchen cabinets, cupboards, and pantries.Avocado-15-foods-not-to-refrigerate

4. Avocados– are one of my favorites but avocados should be kept at room temperature because if allowed to chill for a long time avocados will lose its rich color and will begin to turn black and will get mushy.


5. Onions– goes great in soups, salads and so on But once onions are cut and place in the fridge they will lose some of their favor along with becoming mushy. If you must store onions in the fridge place them in a baggy. Make sure no air is in the baggy, place baggy in the vegetable pan.Potatoes-15-foods-not-to-refrigerate

6. Potatoes– flavor is best preserved when keeping at room temperature levels. The chill from the refrigerator can destroy the flavor and if allowed to store in the refrigerator for a long time can cause potatoes to get mushy.Thyme-15-foods-not-to-refrigerate

7. Thyme– should be kept in a dry place because thyme losses its flavors when it is chilled, also the leaves will dry out.

8. Rosemary– is a herb that I love because of its strong flavors but


chilling rosemary can destroy the taste. This herb is best chilled at room temperature, to keep its flavor store on the kitchen counter.

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