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Gourmet Diet Food: Dragon Fruit Plants

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How to Eat Dragon Fruit

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Dragon fruit plants are species of cacti that bear the pitaya, or dragon fruit. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to eat fruit, this is a good one to try. The dragon fruit has a wild appearance. It’s bright red with spiky green leaf structures sprouting up all over it, and a cross-section reveals flesh that looks vaguely similar to chocolate chip ice cream. Dragon fruit plants are a huge boon to dieters everywhere; not only are they a low-calorie food, but they are absolutely delicious. The flavor is sweet yet crunchy, reminiscent of a cross between a pear and a kiwi.

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Unusual Weight Loss Foods You Should Try: Guar Gum

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Growing Guar Gum

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Weight loss foods are typically vibrantly green or orange and found in the produce section, so eating guar gum, which is a powder, might sound a little odd. And please don’t try to eat it by itself, or you’ll run for the nearest water fountain and dunk your head in it. Instead, incorporate it into your other recipes for its weight loss benefits. Guar gum is a naturally occurring substance that is extracted from guar beans. So it’s a good choice for dieters looking to include more natural foods in their diets.

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What You Didn’t Know About Whole Grain Foods

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Assorted Whole Grains

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You hear the term “whole grains” bantered about a lot in commercials for healthy foods, but what are whole grain foods? The official definition from the Whole Grains Council is that whole grain foods “contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed.” This does not necessarily mean that the grain cannot be processed in any way. It simply means that all of the bits and pieces must be present. These parts include the bran, germ, and endosperm of the grain seed. So, for example, although flour is processed, a flour could qualify as “whole grain” if it has all of the essential parts of the grain.

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Health Benefits of Butternut Squash: Lose Weight with Gourds

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Halved Butternut Squash

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If you’re only familiar with the type of squash that you play with a racquet, it’s time to broaden your food horizons. Squash is incredibly versatile, and its many varieties are great foods for weight loss. Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) is an oblong gourd with a pale yellow to orange skin and a sweet, orange flesh. In addition to its health benefits, the decorative nature of the squash makes it an ideal addition to a centerpiece for an outdoor fall wedding.

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Diet Plans: The TLC Diet

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The TLC Diet

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As far as healthy diet plans go, the TLC diet fares pretty well. It stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes. Note the focus on “lifestyle changes” – this isn’t a fad diet or a two-week diet. It emphasizes the importance of making permanent, sustainable changes to your diet to improve your health. The TLC diet was developed by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Institutes of Health. Its primary objective is to help people lower cholesterol levels, but it can also help with weight loss and weight management. The TLC diet recommends specific calorie intakes, depending on your gender and weight loss goals. It also sorts out the food groups and recommends which percentage of your caloric intake should come from which food group.

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Best Diet Foods: Fava Beans

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Fava Beans in Pods

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As Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins made the fava bean unforgettable with his infamous line, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” As a gourmand, Hannibal Lecter made a wise choice. With the fava beans, not the liver. Fava beans have a unique, nutty flavor and a buttery texture. These are some of the best diet foods that are actually delicious. Fava beans are green, broad beans that grow in green pods. These legumes are nutrient-rich. Fava beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber to help you stay on track with your weight loss diet. In fact, just a quarter cup of them provides 9 g of fiber. They are also quite high in protein, with 13 g of protein per cup.

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The Passion Fruit Plant

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Sliced Passion Fruit

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The passion fruit plant (Passiflora edulis) is a vine that grows in tropical climates. It has a round or oval fruit that can be either yellow or dark purple when ripe. The juicy flesh is often used to make juice. In Brazil, passion fruit is a common ingredient in desserts. Actress Claire Danes has been spotted chowing down on a passion fruit dessert. Passion fruit is a delicious way to get more antioxidants into your diet. A 100-g serving provides about 30 mg of vitamin C. Passion fruit also has vitamin A to promote healthy skin. Passion fruit is a great source of fiber. It contains an incredible 25 g of dietary fiber per cup to keep your digestive system regular and ward off hunger between meals.

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Benefits of Fish: Eating Monkfish

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Large Monkfish

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The monkfish is also sometimes called the headfish. It actually refers to several types of fish that live in the Atlantic. Monkfish are large, bottom-dwelling fish that are, to put it bluntly, quite ugly. They look like something you’d rather flush down the drain than something you’d want to eat on your weight loss diet. But at least one celebrity – Nicole Kidman – thinks they’re delicious, so they’re worth taking a look at. In fact, Nicole adores monkfish so much she often eats it for breakfast. In terms of nutrition, monkfish would make an excellent breakfast. One cooked, 3-oz. serving has just a little less than 19 g of protein to help you kick-start your day.

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Uses of Lemongrass

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Fresh Chopped Lemongrass Stalks

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Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a tall, spiky, perennial grass plant. Native to India, it flourishes in pretty much any warm, tropical climate. You might think that eating grass is the sole purview of large, domesticated ungulates, but check out this post on how lemongrass can brighten up any dish, even frozen meals. It is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. When crushed, it emits a lemony odor, but the taste is sweeter and mild. This herb contains a plethora of nutrients, including vitamins A and C. It also has calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

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Benefits of Goat’s Milk

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As you might imagine, goat’s milk comes from a goat. If you’ve traveled to other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, you might have noticed that goat’s milk is much more popular in those places than in the U.S. In the U.S., you might have to search a specialty health food shop for it. Goat’s milk tastes slightly sweet, with an occasional hint of saltiness. It is not homogenized, because the globules in goat’s milk are much smaller than those in cow’s milk, and so they do not separate. If you have sensitivity to cow’s milk, you may be able to consume goat’s milk safely. Consult your doctor.

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