LIFE, HEALTH AND FOODS


The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well watered garden like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:11 (NLT)


“Jesus was not satisfied to attract attention to Himself merely as a wonder-worker or as a healer of physical disease. He was seeking to draw men to Him as their Saviour” MH pg. 6
     December 29th, 2014


Hi everyone, today I have for you a heart healthy cream soup that you family will love. You can have the soup on its’ own or you can make a nice fresh vegetable salad to go with it. It also goes well with roasted fried breadfruit or toasted whole grain bread……enjoy! Read the article on the health benefits of zucchini at the end of the recipes.

 

 

 

Blessings in the name of Jesus Christ,

Debra

Cream of Zucchini and basil Soup


Ingredients (makes about 2 quarts)


• 3 lbs. zucchini
• 1/4 cup cashew cream (see below) + extra for swirl
• 3 Tbsp. purified water (we will stir fry the onions in water instead of oil )
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 2 stalks of scallion
• 2 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• ½ vegetable broth
• 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
• Chopped red sweet peppers, finely diced for garnish
• ½ cup of fresh basil (most supermarkets sell basil – but trying planting your own in a pot or in your backyard garden)
• Sea Salt to taste


Directions
Grate or chop the zucchini into small pieces. Place a medium saucepan (4 quarts or larger) over medium heat, add water to lightly cover the bottom of the pan and heat. Add onions and scallion - cook for about 1 to 2 or until softened. Add cayenne pepper and garlic and cook just until garlic begins to color. Add zucchini and cover with vegetable broth (or you can use water). Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a blender and add the fresh basil leaves and the nutritional yeast, then purée until smooth (you can also use a food processor). Return to the saucepan, stir in the cream. Season with salt to taste. Plate and garnish with an a bit more cream. Swirl and garnish with chopped red sweet pepper.


For the Cashew Cream

Place 1/4 cup of raw cashews in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup of cold water. Let them soak for at least 20 minutes and then purée in a food processor or blender. Add a bit more water if too thick. They should be the consistency of heavy cream.


8 Health Benefits of Zucchini

Source: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/8-health-benefits-of-zucchini.html

As a part of the summer squash family, zucchini not only offers delightful taste and texture to many dishes, but also carries with it many health benefits. Here are eight reasons why you and should include it in your diet.
Diet
One cup of zucchini has 36 calories and 10% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.
Lower Cholesterol


The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids that the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because fiber binds so well with bile acid, thus crowding its ability to immediately digest fat, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid.
The liver then draws upon even more cholesterol to produce bile acid, consequently lowering the overall cholesterol level in the body. Furthermore, the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body's blood vessels, thus hampering the onset of atherosclerosis.


Cancer Prevention

Because dietary fiber promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. Moreover, the vitamins C and A, as well as folate, found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer.
Prostate Health
Studies show that the phytonutrients in zucchini aid in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads to complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
Anti-Inflammatory Vitamins C and A not only serve the body as powerful antioxidants, but also as effective anti-inflammatory agents. Along with the copper found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of many hyper-inflammatory disorders, including asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

A one cup serving of zucchini contains over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, a mineral proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Zucchini also provides folate, a vitamin needed to break down the dangerous amino acid homocysteine, which - if
levels in the body shoot up - can contribute to heart attack and stroke.


Lower Blood Pressure

Along with magnesium, the potassium found in zucchini helps lower blood pressure. If unchecked, hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to arteriosclerosis (blood vessel damage), heart attack, stroke, and many other serious medical conditions. Both
the potassium and magnesium in zucchini, however, can help alleviate the stress on the body's circulatory system.


High in Manganese

A trace mineral and essential nutrient, manganese provides many health benefits and contributes to a slew of normal physiological functions. One cup of zucchini contains 19% of the RDA of manganese, which helps the body metabolize protein and carbohydrates, participates in the production of sex hormones, and catalyzes the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol.
The manganese in zucchini also increases the levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), the enzyme responsible for protecting mitochondria against oxidative stress. Finally, manganese is essential for the production of proline, an amino acid that allows collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and proper wound-healing.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information given here is for educational purposes only. It is meant to be used as a guide towards health and does not replace the evaluation by and advice of a qualified licensed health care professional. For detailed interpretation of your health and specific conditions, consult with your physician.

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