On today’s show, I’m sharing two of my best-kept health secrets. They only make the grade because they’ve been road tested by me.
The first is vegetable powder. With its nutritional power, you can more easily get your recommended three to five servings of vegetables. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), three quarters of adults in this country eat vegetables less than three times per day. Without the nutritional power of vegetables, you’re not getting the nutrients you need to feel energized throughout the day. The powder retains all the fiber from the actual vegetable. It fills you up and helps you feel fuller longer throughout the day without the need to start reaching for sugar or carbs.
You can add vegetable powder to juices, soups or pasta sauce. You can buy them at health food stores on online for less than $30. However, not all powders are created equal. Here’s what you need to know about buying the right vegetable powder.
- Look for powder made through a low-temperature drying process. It’s better because it preserves flavor, color and nutrition.
- Buy only vegetable powder with vegetable ingredients, instead of preservatives or colorings. Make sure you recognize and are familiar with all the ingredients.
My next health secret can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s a cooling oil that has joined the ranks of olive and coconut oil at promoting longevity. It’s pumpkin seed oil. It has a nice nutty flavor with earthy tones. Not only is it a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, it’s also been shown to lower blood pressure and increase HDL or good cholesterol. The essential fatty acids also work with the HDL to lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Use pumpkin seed oil with some fresh lemon, ginger and garlic to make your own salad dressing. You can also use it as a garnish for starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or use as a substitute for butter.
You can get pumpkin seed oil in health food stores for about $15 dollars a bottle. Here’s what you need to know when deciding what to buy:
- Make sure all the ingredients are clearly labeled.
- Also, avoid buying oils that have no sell-by date on the bottle.
These are just two of my health “secrets” which clearly I’m not too good at keeping. Want more? Check out these other health tips from the Oz household.