• 3 main superfoods of May (medlar, spinach, peas) + recipes how to prepare them

    Medlar

    Recently, a curious Israeli fruit was found on the market. Plum is not a plum, apricot is not an apricot ... The taste is a cross between a mango and a peach.

    Medlar

    Energy value:

    • proteins - 0.43 g
    • Fat - 0.2 g
    • carbohydrates - 1.7 g
    • Only 47 kcal

    Benefit

    Sweet, juicy and savory loquat has a mass of unprecedented in strength utility properties, many of which are easily explained by its rich nutritional value. In the orange fruit there are vitamins A, C, B2, B6, PP, and calcium, and iron, and magnesium, and phosphorus, and potassium, and sodium, and zinc. Due to the unique combination of vitamins and minerals, fruits and even medlar leaves are often used in medicine (the pectins that are part of it reduce the level of “harmful” cholesterol, bind and excrete toxins and heavy metal salts, thereby normalizing digestion).A couple of fruits of the medlar in the morning - harmless treatment and excellent prevention of many gastrointestinal diseases, such as even bowel cancer ... Decoctions made from the leaves of medlar decorate asthma, bronchitis and inflammation in the upper respiratory tract.

    Slightly unripe fruits can be used as a fixative, while the pulp of fully ripe fruits, by contrast, will become an excellent laxative and, accordingly, a cleansing organism, normalizing metabolic processes.

    The high content of vitamin C and provitamin A (the strongest antioxidant) also gives this fruit threshing properties. The use of medlar stimulates the cardiovascular system, normalizes blood pressure, improves tissue regeneration and skin clotting, stimulates the immune system, prevents premature aging, prevents the development of cancer, the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes. In other words, it has a tonic and restorative effect on the entire body.

    # detox drink "Good morning"

    # detox drink "Good morning"

    We will need:

    • 3-4 fetal medlar
    • 1–2 black plums
    • 1-2 cm of ginger root
    • 1 carrot
    • half a banana
    • a pinch of cinnamon
    • a pinch of hot pepper

    Start cooking:

    1. Loquat and plum clean from the skin (optional, it is also a lot of useful).
    2. Ginger with carrots clean and squeeze the juice (if you do not have a juicer, you can simply grate on the smallest grater).
    3. We put all the ingredients in a blender and mix.
    4. Serving breakfast with homemade granola and blueberry.

    Spinach

    Spinach

    Energy value:

    • proteins - 3 g
    • fats - 0 g
    • carbohydrates - 4 g
    • Only 23 kcal

    Benefit

    The list of vitamins and minerals contained in spinach is so long (vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, PP, B6, B4, folic acid, betaine, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium ), which, it seems, has nothing to add here. However, this impressive list of beneficial substances is only part of the virtues of spinach. The dark green color of its leaves indicates a high content of chlorophyll, as well as incredibly useful carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) for vision. These organic compounds, providing an anti-inflammatory effect, help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

    Regular consumption of spinach leaves in food inhibits the development of malignant tumors. Therefore, recently it is used in the treatment of radiation sickness.Spinach is also valued for its high content of vegetable protein, which is more than only in the immature fruits of peas with beans. Due to the large amount of fiber and coarse fibers, spinach literally “sweeps out” everything unnecessary from the body, stimulating the work of the intestines, and contributes to the loss of excess weight. Plus, the iron contained in the leaves (!!!) prevents the formation of cellulite. These all-season leaves are recommended for use in case of diseases of the nervous system, exhaustion, anemia, anemia, hypertension, diabetes, gastritis and enterocolitis. Spinach also cares about our beauty, maintaining a healthy state of the skin, hair, nails and teeth.

    Spinach

    In order to get the maximum benefit, meaty spinach is best consumed fresh, so I do not want to load you with any special recipes. Just separate the large leaves of spinach from the cuttings, rinse and dry on a paper towel, sprinkle with fresh juice of lemon, slightly remember with your hands and add to any salads from fresh vegetables - it goes perfectly with absolutely everything.

    Young peas

    Peas

    Energy value:

    • proteins - 5.42 g
    • fats - 0.40 g
    • carbohydrates - 14.45 g
    • Only 81 calories

    Benefit

    Perhaps you think that this fruit - yes, yes, you heard right, it is FRUIT! - just a meat alternative for the poor or a cheap side dish in Soviet glass. However, with its tiny elegance, baby peas are a real powerhouse of nutrients that generate health benefits, as well as for the entire planet. Peas loosen the soil, supplying it with oxygen, thereby eliminating the need to use toxic fertilizers.

    In a pea there is very little fat, but the mass of everything else (vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, PP, B6, B4, folic acid, betaine, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc). And yes, it really is a great alternative to meat and dairy products. Due to the high content of high-quality protein, peas are often used in sports nutrition for vegans and vegetarians, the use of which (I know from my experience) completely eliminates the possible side effect of soy and dairy protein shakes and with regular workouts provides strong and healthy forms.

    Young peas are almost the only owner of such an important element as coumestrol.Only 2 mg of this polyphenol (according to the latest medical research) is more than enough to prevent stomach cancer. And in the cup of young peas of this unique substance as much as 10 mg! By the way, coumesrol along with acids and carotenes, which also abound in these fruits, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which means it protects the entire body from premature aging.

    So I propose to forget all the sad memories associated with green peas and to boldly introduce this superfood in your diet.

    Green Pea Citrus Pesto

     Green Pea Citrus Pesto

    We will need:

    • 1-2 medium zucchini or young zucchini
    • 125g young peas
    • basil bunch
    • bunch of cilantro
    • a few sprigs of fresh mint
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 lime (zest and juice)
    • lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp. spoon of olive oil
    • freshly ground black pepper

    Start cooking:

    1. Remove the peas from the pods and blanch for 2–3 minutes.
    2. Fresh herbs are well washed and dried.
    3. Flavor all ingredients until smooth, season with butter and ground pepper.

    Such a delicious sauce can be used to make pasta or just as a putty on toasted toast or even (as I like) just eat with a spoon from a jar. Bon Appetit!


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