Sweet childhood memories of this healthy snack
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.
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
Getting a taste of natures best
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
Eat yourself slim
Obesity is a problem that many people are facing worldwide and because of this doctors office is filled with persons that are battling health-related issues because of putting on extra pounds.
According to studies, obesity is on the increase and have double since the 1980’s Studies have also shown that obesity has reached an all-time high and doesn’t seem to be slowing down with adults at 39.8% and 18.5% among children in the united states alone.
Illness relate to being overweight
Some health-related issues that are caused as a result of being overweight are
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Sleep apnea
- Hight blood pressure
- Fatty liver disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Erectile dysfunction
These are just a few listed health related issues because of obesity.
Recharging your diet with this SUPERFOOD
Vegetables provide us with so many benefits that’s why it is so important that we make them a part of our diet. These superfoods have proven time and again to bring natural healing.
I have written several articles on the benefits of many of these vegetables and brussel sprout is one of those veggies that has its list of vitamins and benefits. But before we discuss some of these benefits we will be looking at how to grow and care for Brussels sprouts.
One thing to always keep in mind and that is brussel sprouts resembles or looks like a miniature cabbage, this was my thoughts when I was introduced to them many years ago.
Growing Brussel Sprout
When growing brussel sprouts the first thing to consider is location if you are to yield a good harvest. Choose a sunny location that gets about 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Planting should be done in early spring or mid-late summer for fall crops.Soil type should be a good organic soil mix because this kind of soil not only drains well but holds sufficient water along with absorbing the right amount of fertilizer and allowing for proper air circulation that contributes to the overall health of garden plants.
The ideal soil ph for growing brussel sprouts is 6.8, therefore, it is of importance that a soil ph test is done in order to yield a healthy crop. Taking several soil samples from planting area to be tested in a lab or purchasing a soil ph test kit can work also.
Brussel sprouts grow very large therefore proper spacing is important for good air circulation, space each plant anywhere from 24- 36 inches. Don’t allow the soil to dry out, soil should be moist because allowing the soil to dry out will bring on stress.
Growing Brussel Sprouts
Strengthing your body after surgery
Coming out of surgery can be difficult at times especially if it was a major one. This is a critical time as your body goes through changes seeking to be restored to its normal functions.
Therefore it is of utmost importance that you do all that you can to make the recovery process easy by giving your body what it needs. However, you will be placed on a diet plan by your physician that will include some of these superfoods.
These fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins that are so essential to our health. Also, these superfoods have so many other benefits to help promote natural healing.
Here is a list of foods to make a part of your daily intake.
Foods That Promote Healing After Surgery
1. Deep colored fruits should be added to your diet after surgery because these fruits are loaded with antioxidants that help to rid the body of free radicals. This so important to keep the body safe and sound.
Fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries are a good source
2. Fibers can work wonders after surgery because not only will you be receiving vitamins but will have a good bowel movement during this time making the recovery process smoother.
Prunes, oatmeal, raspberries, pears, blackberries, broccoli, black beans, apples, bananas, spinach, oranges, kiwifruit, pinto beans, pigeon peas, sweet potatoes, dates, figs etc… can go a long way in ensuring a good recovery.
3. Carbohydrates are essential for the healing process because carbohydrates help to restore energy that also quickens healing. Foods that are a good source of carbohydrates include