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Fighting the Flu With Foods

If you’re wondering what you can do to naturally boost your immunity and prepare your body’s defenses, study the foods you’re eating, look at your family’s meals, and make the changes needed to ensure everyone is eating a well-balanced diet abundant in nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, and complex carbohydrates.

Black currants are even richer in vitamin C than oranges, containing approximately three times the recommended daily intake for adults. It’s imperative that you get plenty of vitamin C since it helps prevent infections and helps keep the immune system healthy.
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How to Make Apple Crisp Recipe

Foods containing sugar are not the healthiest out there, but from time to time you just have to pamper yourself. Especially if you like ice cream. What goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream? What makes a perfect dessert? Yep, it’s apple crisp. And lucky for us, apple crisp is pretty easy to make at home. This apple crisp recipe will teach you how. The ingredients you need for this recipe are the following:
for apple filling:
4 – 5 cups apples
1/4-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar or less
3 tablespoons flour

and for the crisp
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cold butter

Now we can begin. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Thin slice the apples into a pan and mix them with 3 tablespoons of flour, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Done? Good, now we will do the crispy part. In a bigger bowl mix in 1 cup of flour, oats and brown sugar then slice the butter into the bowl. Mix it in with a fork and spread everything over the apples. Apple crisp is done when it turns golden brown.. That should take about 45 minutes. Let the apple crisp cool down a little and you are done. If you liked this one, you can find more apple crisp recipes here.

Fruit in The Diet

FRUIT is the fleshy, juicy product of some plant or tree which, when ripe, is suitable for use as food. Although some fruits are seedless, they generally contain the seeds of the plants or trees that produce them. Many fruits require cooking to make them palatable, others are never cooked, and still others may be cooked or eaten raw, as desired.

Fruits, because they are wholesome, appetizing, and attractive, occupy a valuable place in the diet. In fact, it is these qualities rather than their food value that accounts for the popularity of fruits among all people. In addition to causing fruits to appeal to the esthetic sense, their attractiveness serves another important purpose. It is said that Nature made them attractive in color, odor, and flavor in order that birds might be allured to attack them for food and, by spreading the seeds, assist in their propagation.

Fruits are gradually growing to be less seasonal and more a daily food, and are thus constantly becoming more prevalent in the diet. This condition may be attributed to the present rapid means of transportation and the excellent methods of cold storage that exist. Through these agencies it is possible to ship more or less perishable fruits long distances from their native localities and at times of the year other than the particular season in which they are at their best in the places where they are grown. Thus, fruits that were formerly considered a luxury may now be served regularly, even on the tables of persons having only moderate means.

The fact that fruits are being more extensively used every day is as it should be, for this food is entitled to an important place in the diet of all persons. So important is fruit in the diet that it must be looked on not as one of the things that may be taken or omitted as a person wishes without making any difference either way, but as a food to include in one form or another in nearly every meal. The child who is so young that it cannot take any solid food may have fruit juices included in its diet to decided advantage; but children who are slightly older and adults may take the fruits cooked or raw instead of in the form of juices.

Food for Thought: Cinnamon, Vinegar and Blood Sugar

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” (the dentist too!) – is an oft quotation which should not be considered as just an obsolete “Old Wives Tale”, as there is more than meets the eye in these axioms of yore. Apples are among the most health-giving fruits available as they contain a host of nutritious properties via: Phosphorous, Chlorine, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Iron, Fluorine, Silicon, plus many trace elements ……. and all of these are found in PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.

Cider vinegar is very effective in detoxicating various organs in the body together with the blood stream. Hence it is a purifier, as it has a means of breaking down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body. It therefore, promotes the health of the vital organs of the body e.g. kidneys, bladder, liver etc., by preventing an excessively alkaline urine.

Cider vinegar also helps oxidate the blood which consequently prevents the blood from becoming too thick and gluey, which gives rise to a strained heart and blood vessels resulting in high blood pressure. Cider vinegar also promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination and it neutralizes any toxic substance taken into the body. There have been a number of instances where people who had taken a mixture of cider vinegar and water before a meal were unaffected by diarrhea, or digestive upsets, whilst their companions who ate the same meal were. Hence the cider vinegar seemed to neutralize the harmful substances in the food eaten.