Quinoa is a seed that once cooked, has a delicious, fluffy, slightly crunchy, and almost nutty flavor.
Along with the yummy taste, check out some of the benefits:
- Trying to up your protein intake? Hello?! Try some quinoa! Not only is it a super good source of protein…but the protein it supplies is complete protein! This means that it includes all 9 amino acids! Hooray!
- Migraines? You might want to think about adding quinoa into your life! The magnesium in quinoa relaxes your blood vessels, which will help reduce those achy migraines!
- Quinoa prevents against lots of probelms too! Heart disease, childhood asthma, breast cancer, gallstones, cardiovascular health and so many more!
These are only a few of quinoa’s benefits! So considering how easy it is to add into your life, there’s really no reason not to include it! Add it to your salad, throw it in a wrap, eat it with your stir fry…anything!
Now go get some! :)
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Benefits Of: Watermelon
You know it’s summer when the watermelon is perfectly fresh! So is it just a refreshing treat…or is it actually beneficial to our bodies? Ding ding ding! It’s beneficial! How? Keep reading…
This quenching snack is surprisingly filled with some of the most important antioxidants…especially vitamins C and A! Why are these vitamins important? Well both are important for creating moisturized and smooth skin, which we all love! They also prevent free radicals, which you can read all about in my post here! And these are just the beginning of their benefits…the list is never ending!
It’s also said that watermelon reduces inflammation that contributes to lots of diseases. For example, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and some cancers! Because watermelon is super rich in Vitamin B, it aids in energy production! Which is great because it seems that lots of us need energy these days…and sometimes we need more than coffee!
This is just a few reason of how watermelon is beneficial to us! So while you may think its just a yummy summer treat…think again! It can actually help you in more ways than you think!
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Benefits Of: Cacao
Wait, isn’t cacao like…chocolate?! Yep! So you’re probably wondering how this treat can be beneficial to us…right? Well listen up because you’re about to be surprised!
Cacao is the #1 Antioxidant content in the world! Even more so than green tea, red wine, and berries!
Cacao is actually super high in Vitamin C too! It contains more than any other nut or seed! So why is Vitamin C important? Well let’s just say that it might just be the cure tithe common cold! And that’s only the start of the benefits!
Ever heard of serotonin? I can get all sciencey on you and say that’s it’s a “neurotransmitter that is released in the brain…blah blah blah” but we want to hear that facts straight up! Let’s just say that serotonin can alter your mood by making you happy, sleepy, and relaxed. Sounds good to me!
Now don’t go stuff yourself silly with cacao, remember, everything in moderation! So next time that you happen to be getting crave on…just remember these delicious benefits of Cacao!
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Benefits Of: Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds include lots of beneficial nutrients!
Ever heard of Omega-3 Fatty Acids? Well the body can’t make them itself so it’s important that we supply it through food! Omega 3 is shown to reduce inflammation, prevent your risk of multiple chronic diseases including heart diseases, cancer, and arthritis. They are also super important for cognitive memory and performance!
Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! Everybody knows that fiber is essential to keep your bathroom breaks regular, that’s inevitable! But it’s also shown to control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol!
Lignans…what’s that? Well, Lignans are natural plant chemicals that act as plant hormones? They’ve been shown to insanely lower your risk of cancers, which is amazing because cancer is such a prominent problem in today’s society!
All of that in a little seed? Sounds pretty great…right? Well even better is the fact that you can throw them into anything! Add them to smoothies, sprinkle them over your oatmeal, anything! So get to it! :)
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