Salad With Quinoa, Spinach and Eggs

Salad With Quinoa, Spinach and EggsThis salad is very tasty, easy to make and healthy. To prepare it you can experiment and substitute the spinach with kale or arugula. You can also add fresh herbs. There are so many possibilities with this salad if you want to enjoy different tastes.

TIME: 25 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 cups baby spinach
2 eggs, hard-cooked
6–8 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup vinegar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper, grounded

Preparation:
Combine ½ cup quinoa with 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Than reduce heat to low and simmer around 15 minutes until quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed. For 5 minutes set aside, covered. With a fork, transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Refrigerate until cold but if you don’t want to wait a warm salad is also very tasty.

Slowly whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Then to the quinoa add the halved cherry tomatoes and spinach. Pull the dressing over the salad and toss. Cut the eggs into quarters and top the salad with the eggs. Divide the salad in two plates and serve.

Tomato, Spinach and Basil Frittata

Tomato, Spinach and Basil FrittataFrittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette. In a frittata all of the ingredients are mixed together with the eggs, and then the mixture is poured into a skillet pan. The frittata’s bottom is cooked on the stovetop, and then the pan is put into the oven.

Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 
6 eggs
2 egg whites
2 tomatoes
4 ounces fresh baby spinach (remove stems)
1 tbsp. fresh basil
½ cup onion
½ tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Preparation:
– Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
– In a bowl, mix together the eggs and egg whites.
– Chop tomatoes, spinach and onions and fold them in.
– Stir in the basil, salt, and the pepper.
– Coat a ovenproof, nonstick skillet pan with the olive oil and heat the skillet over medium heat.
– Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until the eggs start to set.
– Transfer the pan into the oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes (until the top is golden and puffy)
– Remove the frittata from the oven and let it chill for a couple of minutes before cutting.

Spinach Reduces Unhealthy Food Cravings

Spinach Reduces Unhealthy Food CravingsToday, a lot of people are struggling with the problem of hedonic hunger. This form of hunger is more about eating for pleasure than to satisfy a need. When people suffer from hedonic hunger, they are unable to maintain their body’s balance and therefore put on weight. Mostly, people crave for sweets or fast food and this kind of urge is more like an addiction.

The good news is that a number of studies conducted on the benefits of spinach for the body have found that this green leafy vegetable contains a compound which can help curb cravings. It can help reset the body and resist food temptations that are a result of hedonic hunger.

People who have unhealthy eating habits often struggle to shed extra pounds. This is the reason they must learn how spinach can reduce unhealthy food cravings so they can keep their weight in check.

Weight loss with thylakoids

The green leaf membranes are known as thylakoids and when these are extracted from spinach, they can promote weight loss by up to 43%. Thylakoids can make a person feel full quickly by repressing hunger. Individuals who are looking to lose weight can also drink a glass of spinach juice before breakfast to reduce unhealthy food cravings. It will also help them feel more satisfied during the day. Read more

8 Foods to Make Hair Grow Faster

8 Foods to Make Hair Grow FasterJust like the other parts of your body, a balanced diet is required to support processes that promote strong and vibrant hair. Whether the changes are good or bad, it usually takes a longer time for the effects to show up in your hair. The food and nutrients that you consume today help fortify the follicles and the scalp so you have longer and stronger hair in days to come. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to hair loss, dryness and a range of other hair related problems. Hair just like other tissues is made up of protein mostly and the secret to long and shiny hair lies in the food you eat. There are certain foods that can promote hair growth and in this article, we will take a look at 8 foods that can actually make your hair grow faster.

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in Vitamin D and protein which are both important for strong and long hair. Salmon also contains Omega 3 fatty acids which is needed by the body to grow hair. The fatty acid helps keep the hair and scalp hydrated. Apart from salmon, fish such as mackerel, trout and herrings also contain good amounts of the fatty acid. Read more

Quick Muffins with White Cheese and Spinach

Muffins with White Cheese and SpinachIngredients:

1 egg
1 glass (250ml) (drinkable) yogurt
180 g.  whole wheat flour
70 g. rye flour
½ glass oil
1 baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. sesame seeds
200 g. white brine cheese
300 g. spinach

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 °F (220°C)
1. In a large bowl mix together the egg, ½ glass of oil and the yogurt.
2. Then put the flours, baking powder and salt and stir until evenly blended
4. Cook spinach in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and press out excess water.
5. Next you add the cheese and the boiled spinach in to the bowl with the other ingredients
6. Mix all together
7. Spoon the mixture evenly into baking cups and sprinkle with sesame seeds. You can also use flax seeds
8. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes

Top 10 Foods Highest in Zinc

Top 10 Foods Highest in ZincYour body needs vitamins and minerals and a healthy diet is one that contains most of the essential nutrients including trace minerals. A trace mineral is one that is needed by the body in small amounts, an example of which is zinc. Zinc is present in all the cells in your body and there are a number of reasons why it is important.

There are enzymes in the body and for them to function correctly, they need zinc. Zinc also keeps the proteins in your body stable. It helps maintain cell membranes and controls how the cells function. Zinc also plays an important role in the functioning of your nervous system. Aside from these, there are many other health benefits of zinc. These include fighting gastric ulcers, managing diabetes, reducing symptoms associated with sickle cell anemia, managing Wilson’s disease and treatment of acne vulgaris.

Because zinc offers so many health benefits and because it is an essential trace element, it is worth knowing which foods contains the highest levels of zinc. Here’s a look at the top 10 foods highest in zinc.

1. Beef

Beef is one of the easiest ways to get zinc into your diet. Although most other foods listed below contain more zinc than beef, it is not possible to eat much of those foods in a single sitting.

2. Spinach

Being a plant source, spinach contains good amounts of zinc and the best way to eat spinach is in a salad. You can even top your salad with other zinc containing foods to get more zinc in your diet. Read more