How to know if honey is real?

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When I moved to China 9 years ago, there were many things that surprised me. One of them was my tea turning black after adding some honey! I love Honey. It is healthy, sweet and has many flavors. So why was my tea turning black? Here is why:

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Be careful when when buying your honey :) 

FitAli

 

Do you eat Spinach?

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20140331-201835.jpgFinally…finally I am back to my favorite crossfit🙂

My trainer told me I haven’t been eating enough calories, so he made a special diet for me and this diet includes some foods that have never made it on my grocery shopping list :))) one of them is Spinach!

It turned out to be quite delicious in salads!
Spinach is a superfood. It is rich in antioxidants, iron and fiber, and good for heart. Oh and one more cool fact about spinach- it helps the body to absorb protein!

Now I add spinach to at least one of my salads a day🙂

FitAli

Jicama

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Since I came to Mexico, I discovered some new vegetables for myself. One of them is JICAMA (Mexican yam or Mexican turnip). It’s cheap, easy to prepare, delicious and very healthy!

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It is very low in calories, about 16 calories per 100 grams, but high in a few vital nutrients. It provides one-quarter of what’s needed daily in fiber per serving. But not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body. Inulin, a fructan, promotes bone health by enhancing absorption of calcium from other foods, protecting against osteoporosis. Inulin has a prebiotic role in the intestine – it promotes “good” bacteria growth that maintains both a healthy colon and balanced immunity. Because it has a very low glycemic index, jicama is a great food for diabetics, and low in calories for those interested in weight reduction.

Jicama is also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C – 44% of the daily value per serving – and a powerful antioxidant that zaps free radicals to protect against cancer, inflammation, viral cough, cold, and infections.

Jicama contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.

The easiest way to make it is to peel, cut in pieces, sprinkle some fresh lemon, salt and pepper- and it is ready!
Enjoy!

FitAli

Sources:
http://foodfacts.mercola.com

Seaweed

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Seaweed…I know it’s very healthy, but why?

Last week I was grocery shopping and saw seaweed on the shelf. There were two kinds: bright green and brown. On my question “what’s the difference” nobody gave me a decent answer. So here is what I found.

Seaweeds are superfoods. There are a few well-known types that we all know:

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NORI – the one that’s used to make sushi rolls. 

                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                      

 

                                                  KELP – is the most common seaweed found along sea shores.                                                                                                                                       Image                                                                        .ImageDULSE – red seaweed                                             Image

                                                                                                                                       WAKAME – deep green seaweed.

ARAME – black stringy looking seaweed    Image 

                                                                               KOMBU – is known as a flavor enhancer.Image

 

Seaweed health benefits: healthy hear, improved memory, clear skin, good eyesight, dental health, healthy thyroid function, improved immune system, prevents allergies and infections, lowers blood pressure, nurtures healthy heart vessels, normalizes cholesterol levels, support bon health, aids in waste movement and digestion.

Seaweed Nutritional value

 

agar

Irish moss

kelp

laver

spirulina

wakame

 

(raw)

(raw)

(raw)

(raw)

(raw)

(raw)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving Size

2 tbsp (10g)

2 tbsp (10g)

2 tbsp (10g)

2 tbsp (10g)

2 tbsp (10g)

2 tbsp (10g)

Macronutrients

Calories (kcal)

3

5

4

4

3

4

Protein (g)

0,05

0,15

0,17

0.58 (1%)

0.59 (1%)

0.30 (1%)

Total Fat (g)

0

0,02

0,06

0,03

0,04

0,06

Total Carbohydrates (g)

0,68

1,23

0,96

0,51

0,24

0,91

Dietary Fiber (g)

0,1

0,1

0,1

0

0,1

Sugar (g)

0,03

0,06

0,06

0,05

0,07

Vitamins

Vitamin C (mg)

0

0.3 (1%)

0.3 (1%)

3.9 (7%)

0,1

0.3 (1%)

Thiamin (mg)

0,001

0,002

0,005

0.010 (1%)

0.022 (1%)

0,006

Riboflavin (mg)

0,002

0.047 (3%)

0.015 (1%)

0.045 (3%)

0.034 (2%)

0.023 (1%)

Niacin (mg)

0,006

0,059

0,047

0.147 (1%)

0.120 (1%)

0.160 (1%)

Pantothenic Acid (mg)

0,03

0,018

0.064 (1%)

0.052 (1%)

0,033

0.070 (1%)

Vitamin B6 (mg)

0,003

0,007

0

0.016 (1%)

0,003

0

Folate (mcg)

8 (2%)

18 (5%)

18 (5%)

15 (4%)

1

20 (5%)

Vitamin A (IU)

0

12

12

520 (10%)

6

36 (1%)

Vitamin E (mg)

0,09

0,09

0,09

0,1

0,1

Vitamin K (mcg)

0,2

0.5 (1%)

6.6 (8%)

0.4 (1%)

0.5 (1%)

Minerals

Calcium (mg)

5 (1%)

7 (1%)

17 (2%)

7 (1%)

1

15 (2%)

Iron (mg)

0.19 (1%)

0.89 (5%)

0.28 (2%)

0.18 (1%)

0.28 (2%)

0.22 (1%)

Magnesium (mg)

7 (2%)

14 (4%)

12 (3%)

0

2 (1%)

11 (3%)

Phosphorus (mg)

0

16 (2%)

4

6 (1%)

1

8 (1%)

Potassium (mg)

23 (1%)

6

9

36 (1%)

13

5

Sodium (mg)

1

7

23 (1%)

5

10

87 (4%)

Zinc (mg)

0,06

0.20 (1%)

0.12 (1%)

0.10 (1%)

0,02

0,04

Copper (mg)

0,006

0.015 (1%)

0.013 (1%)

0.026 (1%)

0.060 (3%)

0.028 (1%)

Manganese (mg)

0.037 (2%)

0.037 (2%)

0.020 (1%)

0.099 (5%)

0.019 (1%)

0.140 (7%)

Selenium (mcg)

0,1

0,1

0,1

0,1

0,1

0,1

Fatty Acids

Saturated Fat (g)

0,001

0,003

0,025

0,006

0,014

0,013

Monounsaturated Fat (g)

0

0,002

0,01

0,003

0,003

0,006

Polyunsaturated Fat (g)

0,001

0,006

0,005

0,011

0,011

0,022

 

Looks like the difference isn’t that big. Choose whichever type you like and enjoy!

FitAli

Health Benefits of QUAIL EGGS

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Have you heard about the benefits of quail eggs? Just three little eggs a day will do wonders to your health!

My coworker keeps quails at home. He told me he drinks three raw quail eggs a day to stay healthy. The first thing I did after I heard that, was googled it J It appeared that those little bitty eggs can do wonders. Here is what I found in one of the articles (you can read the whole article by clicking on the link):  http://www.ennyrehoboth.com/wonders-of-quail-eggs/

     HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUAIL EGGS

  • Remedy against digestive tract disorders such as gastritis, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer,
  • can help cure aneamia increasing haemoglobin level and remove toxins and heavy metals from the blood,
  • treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, diabetes and vegetative vascular dystonia,
  • strong anti-cancer effects and helps inhibit cancerous growth,
  • help eliminate and remove stones from liver, kidneys and gall bladder,
  • accelerates recuperation after blood stroke and help strengthen heart muscle,
  • powerful stimulant of sexual potency, they nourish the prostrate gland with useful substances and therefore help restore sexual potency in men,
  • promote good memory, enhance brain activity and regulate the nervous system,
  • strengthen the immune system,
  • slow down again of organs and increase life span,
  • improve skin colour and strengthen hair making it shiny and voluminous, thus it is used for facial and hair care masks.

Quail eggs do not have bad cholesterol. They are also safe from salmonellosis and resistant to different infections. The best way to eat quail eggs is to have it raw on an empty stomach in the morning before you eat anything else.

As for me, first I was afraid I wouldn’t stomach the taste, but with the right technique to eat them, I don’t even notice how they get in to my stomach. From now on, I am having three raw eggs every morning!

NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR 1 RAW QUAIL EGG

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FitAli

How to achieve results

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Believe it or not, but when you want to Start something, there are few things that you have to Quit first!

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Quit Stopping 

During my CrossFit tarinings from the beginning to the end: “Holy…I cant do that”, “Ok, that’s enough”, “That’s too hard”, “Im so tired”…sounds familiar?

After the training class: “I feel so wonderful, cant wait for the next class”…

The more I stop and think about quitting, the longer it takes to get to my desired result. So NO Stopping!

Quit Saying Tomorrow 

One of the thoughts I often used to have: “I will start tomorrow” or here is one even better “I will start next Monday” J

No more “tomorrow”! Live Today, Start Now!

Quit Being A Victim

Who doesn’t like to be a victim? After all, if I don’t pity myself, who is going to do it? Well maybe nobody has to! No more phrases like “I can’t”. There are no limits to what a human can do! So whenever we are saying “I can’t” and/or “I don’t have time”, that really means “I don’t want to”- but that is a different question J

Quit Avoiding

I don’t know a single successful person who hasn’t worked hard to get where he is. Nothing is free and nothing comes to you without you earning it first. “If there’s something you’re putting off because it’s it’s hard, physically demanding or tiring…just get up and do it”. Quit avoiding it, “As you sow, so you reap”.

FitAli