Pumpkin Season’s Healthy Tips and Recipe

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Happy pumpkin season to all of you!

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Here are the Pumpkin Benefits for you:

  • Good for eyesight: Pumpkin is high in beta carotene and contains vitamin A, which is good for our eyes.
  • Helps weight loss: Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories, so we can get a full feeling with fewer calories.
  • Supports the heart: Pumpkin seeds help reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol.
  • Protects the skin: Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin.
  • Mood booster: Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid L-tryptophan, a compound that improves mood naturally and may even be effective against depression.

 

Seasonal Recipe:

MILLET with KABOCHA (Japanese Hard Squash)

This is one of my favorite recipes for this season. It is easy to make and very delicious!

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1 cup millet
3 to 4 cups purified water
1 cups Kabocha, diced
1⁄8 teaspoon sea salt
 or 1″ square kombu sea vegetable
roasted pumpkin seeds as you like

① Wash the millet and lightly dry roast the washed millet in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until it smells toasty.
② Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium- high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add millet, kabocha and sea salt, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20       minutes.
③ Serve with roasted pumpkin seeds as garnish.

 

Hope you try it.

Love,

Sanae 💖

Natto Canapé

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Natto is fermented soybeans that has been recognized as one of Japan’s most unique traditional health foods. Highly nutritious and rich in protein. One of best good bacteria foods for your stomach and intestine and many benefits so hear the list of benefits:
It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation. Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive. Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.

1. Benefit of Natto
1) It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation.
2) Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive.
3) Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.
4) Scientific research has revealed such a rich palette of health benefits, that many Westerners have adapted their palate to include this unusual food that is naturally rich in vitamin K2.
5) Protection from Alzheimers by removing plaque from the brain.
6) Prevention and reversal of arterial sclerosis and hypertension.
7) Anti-inflammatory properties promote joint health and reduce arthritic pain (also osteoporosis risk by K2)

8) Dissolves blood clots, offering protection from strokes (many people take aspirin for cardiovascular protection, but natto does this without the side effects of aspirin.)
9) Reduces bone loss, particularly in post-menopausal and older women.
10) Promotes healthy skin.

It has a powerful smell like cheese, strong flavor, and slimy texture so it is not easy to eat unless you get to use to eat it so preparation is important. Many people try Natto because it is healthy, but because of the strong smell and slimy texture they never enjoy to eat.
If you want to learn how to prepare to eat Natto deliciously and also learn how to make homemade Natto, please contact me sanaeshealing@gmail.com so I can let you know when I offer next Natto making and preparation class.

Here is one of my Natto preparation recipes “Natto Canapé” for Natto eating beginners so you can enjoy.

2. Recipe
Natto Canapé (fomented soy beans)

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

1 sun dried tomato (0.5 oz)
two leaves basil (5 leaves)
3 oz Natto (organic none GMO homemade is better)
tamari -soy sauce with no wheat or shoyu-soy sauce (option)
olive oil (option)
rice crackers
sprout

1. Soak sun dried tomato to be soft, drain the water and sliced very thin.
2. Chop basil leaves.
3. Mix sliced sun dried tomato and chopped basil into Natto in a bowl.
4. Add tamari or shoyu and/or olive oil.
5. #4 mix to place on a rice crackers.
6. Add sprout on the top as garnish/decoration.