April has passed and we are meeting the last month of spring, which is popularly called the month of love and flowers. Moreover, it is called the greenest month of the year, since it is during this period that nature begins to come to life and delight us with its natural beauty.
However, despite the spring mood and warm sunshine, which the May weather often gives us, its changeability and instability still remains. It is in May that the air temperature can rise to 25 ºC or drop to 1-2 ºC. Such drops, as well as immunity weakened after winter, often lead to colds and deterioration of health.
But even in this case, you should not despair. With a properly organized daily routine and diet, you can with dignity survive this difficult time and meet the summer with a smile!
Fruits and vegetables, as well as cereals, nuts and dried fruits, must be present on your menu. And also milk. Judging by the statements of the older generation, this drink becomes unusually healing in May. The same is said about honey, since it is May honey that is considered the most delicious and wholesome.
Also, doctors advise to use sorrel and young nettles at this time. When fresh, they supply the body with essential vitamins and minerals. They are used to cook vitamin cabbage soup, which tones up the body and gives it strength. In addition, asparagus appears at this time, which can also not only bring tremendous benefits to your health, but also add a sophisticated taste to your meat dishes.
May is popularly considered an unfavorable month for weddings. Believe it or not – remains your personal choice. The main thing is that love and joy always live in your heart and that you feel the feeling of a holiday! And then no wind and frost will make you sad on the days of the greenest month of the year … the month of love and flowers!
Early white cabbage
A vegetable that has its fans in all corners of the Earth. Incredibly tasty and healthy, it is an indispensable component in the diet of a person who welcomes proper nutrition.
Early white cabbage contains a whole complex of vitamins of group B, as well as K, P, E, U. In addition, it is on a par with the record holders for the content of vitamin C. And its level does not decrease either with sourdough or with prolonged storage …
Cabbage also contains sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, cobalt, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and other nutrients that the body needs for normal functioning. And the pectin, lysine, carotene and tartranic acid contained in it contribute to the elimination of toxins and reduce the amount of adipose tissue.
And even despite such a large supply of vitamins and minerals, white cabbage remains a dietary, low-calorie product that helps maintain a figure in excellent condition.
Among other things, cabbage is widely used in folk medicine to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, headaches and toothaches. In cooking, pies, cabbage soup, salads, cabbage rolls, casseroles and other equally tasty dishes are prepared from it.
Traditional product of Russian and our country cuisine. It is noteworthy that the Indians of South America, where this vegetable originally appeared, not only ate it, but also worshiped it, calling it a deity.
Potatoes contain a whole complex of amino acids, most of which are essential. It contains B vitamins, as well as C, PP, potassium, phosphorus, folic acid, calcium, ascorbic acid, magnesium, aluminum.
Potatoes have a fairly high calorie content compared to other vegetables, but moderate consumption of this product in food practically does not cause obesity. In addition, it contains a large amount of protein, which, in combination with all amino acids, is much better absorbed by the body than meat protein.
Doctors advise eating potatoes for gout, kidney disease and arthritis. Also in folk medicine, it is used for eczema, burns and various skin diseases.
In cosmetology, it is used to treat dry or sunburned skin. In cooking, potatoes are boiled, fried, stewed, baked, pies and casseroles, soups and borscht are prepared from it.
This herb is popularly called wild onion. It has a spicy aroma and tastes like garlic. In Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt, wild garlic was called a miracle plant for its healing and medicinal properties.
It contains a large amount of vitamin C, essential oils and substances that are known for their phytoncidal properties. Ramson is eaten to improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, normalize appetite, purify the blood, to treat intestinal infections, atherosclerosis, scurvy, and purulent diseases.
It is essential for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system and for lowering blood pressure. Due to the bactericidal properties of wild garlic, it is used to treat diseases of the oral cavity. It is also useful for the functioning of the nervous system and improving metabolism.
In folk medicine, wild garlic is used to treat skin diseases, get rid of fever and rheumatism.
It has a low calorie content and is used for baking bread, pies, cooking hot dishes.
Another relative of onions, which, however, does not resemble it in any way either in its appearance or in its own taste.
This vegetable is incredibly tasty and healthy, but quite expensive. And this is not surprising, because it contains a large amount of carbohydrates, carotene, lysine, alkaloids, salts of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, thiamine, asparagine, coumarin, saponin, B-group vitamins, A, C, PP.
In moderate amounts, asparagus normalizes kidney function and is often a component of a cleansing diet. It has blood-purifying and diuretic properties, and is also used to treat gout, diabetes, edema, and liver diseases.
Traditional healers advise using asparagus for hypertension, disorders of the cardiovascular system, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Asparagus is boiled, canned and baked, soups, vinaigrette and salads are made from it.
Most often these are sprouted onions, although leeks, shallots, slugs or batun are often used for its cultivation.
Green onion feathers contain much more vitamins than the bulb itself. Therefore, doctors recommend eating it during the spring beriberi, when the body needs urgent replenishment of the supply of vitamins.
Green onions contain vitamins A, B, C, as well as flavonoids, essential oils, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and fluoride.
Asthenia is beneficial in that it reduces the risk of developing colds, improves appetite and normalizes the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, its regular use has a positive effect on the condition of nails and hair, increases immunity and has a beneficial effect on the reproductive system. Due to its beneficial properties, green onions are often used in cosmetology and folk medicine.
In cooking, it is added to salads, appetizers, first and second courses, as well as to vegetables, meat and fish, not only as a decoration, but also as a component that improves their taste.
Candied fruits are natural fruits, vegetables, berries or citrus peels with zest cooked in syrup.
The huge benefit of such products lies in the content of fiber, vitamins and nutrients in them. Due to the large amount of sugar, it is still not worth getting carried away with them, however, in order to preserve teeth and a beautiful figure, it is still reasonable to replace candies with candied fruits.
They were prepared in ancient times, mainly in the East, in Europe and in Russia. Of course, the calorie content of candied fruits directly depends on the vegetables and fruits from which they are made. The same goes for their chemical composition.
However, they still contain vitamins of group B, A, C, PP, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and iron.
In cooking, candied fruits are added to cakes, muffins, cookies, rolls, puffs, and other products.
Depending on the region, it ripens in May-July and is not only very tasty, but also an unusually healthy product.
It contains fructose, glucose, carotene, vitamins B, E, C, pectins, as well as copper, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, manganese, fluorine, magnesium and other useful substances.
Doctors advise using cherries for anemia, kidney and lung diseases, as well as for constipation and arthrosis, atherosclerosis and mental disorders. In addition, cherries help to remove toxins from the body, have bactericidal and expectorant properties.
It contains substances that strengthen blood vessels, fight hypertension, and increase immunity. Fresh cherries are low in calories and high in carbohydrates. It is nutritious, and you shouldn’t get too carried away with it. The calorie content of dried cherries is quite large, this should be taken into account by people adhering to diets.
Cherry fruits are canned, compotes, jelly and jelly are boiled from them, or consumed raw.
Unusually tasty and healthy berries, common in almost all corners of the globe. Strawberry fruits contain useful organic acids, fiber, pectins, alkaloids, nitrogenous and tannins, carotene, vitamins B, C, iron, calcium, cobalt, phosphorus and manganese. Strawberries are used to normalize digestion, as well as to fight diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, it is useful for anemia, atherosclerosis, diseases of the genitourinary system, gastritis, colitis, asthma, metabolic disorders. Fresh strawberries have a relatively low calorie content, although they contain a large amount of sugar.
Both the fruits and leaves of strawberries are widely used in folk medicine, preparing decoctions from them to normalize the functioning of the nervous system, and treat diseases of the biliary tract, urinary incontinence.
In cooking, strawberries are added to desserts, pastries, jelly, compotes, jelly, fruit salads and other dishes are prepared from it.
A favorite product of many children and adults. Moreover, it is not only tasty, but also very healthy. More than 80% of strawberries are water. It also contains sucrose, glucose, fructose, organic acids, vitamins A, E, B, C, PP, K, as well as minerals (phosphorus, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, iodine, potassium).
Strawberries have hematopoietic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumor properties. It is noteworthy that it is called natural Viagra, since it increases a person’s sexual activity. In addition, it improves memory, normalizes the work of the cardiovascular system and the gastrointestinal tract, reduces blood pressure, relieves joint pain and edema.
Doctors advise including strawberries in the diet of patients with anemia, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, leukemia, constipation, nervous disorders, gout, liver and spleen diseases.
Regular consumption of strawberries not only improves immunity, but also improves mood, due to the high content of the hormone of joy. In cosmetology, strawberry masks are used to improve complexion and smooth out wrinkles, and in cooking – to add a special taste to desserts, pastries and fruit salads.
Favorite dough products. Pasta is distinguished by shape and size, and Palermo is considered their homeland.
Contrary to the mistaken popular belief that they do not bring any benefit to the body, nutritionists say the opposite. Firstly, pasta is relatively low in calories and does not harm the figure in moderate quantities.
Moreover, they contain vitamin B, which significantly reduces fatigue, as well as carbohydrates, which are a source of energy and, at the same time, are burned completely, but gradually, allowing a person to feel full longer. That is why pasta is recommended for athletes to replenish muscle glycogen stores.
In addition, they are practically free of fats, and instead, there is a sufficient amount of protein, contributing to the burning of adipose tissue. Experts call pasta the record holders for copper content and recommend constantly adding them to your diet.
The seed of a plant belonging to the legume family. Lentils are considered to be the oldest culture, which was known in ancient Rome and ancient Egypt. Today there are several types of lentils, each of which has found its own application in the cuisines of different countries. However, all of them are united by the fact that they give a piquant taste and delicate aroma to dishes.
Lentils contain vegetable protein, which is perfectly absorbed by the body, as well as iron, folic acid, fiber, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, molybdenum, iron, cobalt, zinc, boron, iodine, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, PP (there is also vitamin C in germinating grains).
Lentils are a high-calorie food, but they are practically free of fats, and instead they contain a large amount of carbohydrates, which help to ensure long-term satiety.
Lentils are good for the gastrointestinal tract and the genitourinary system. It boosts immunity and improves mood, lowers sugar levels and normalizes metabolism.
It is actively used in folk medicine to treat many diseases, including cancer.
In cooking, lentils are boiled, fried, added to many dishes, soups and cereals are made from them.
Fish that is in great demand among gourmets all over the world. Popular since the Middle Ages, salmon was prized for its extraordinary taste and aroma. Between February and August, you can buy salmon that has been caught at sea, but farmed fish can be purchased at any time of the year.
Salmon meat is quite fatty, but it contains unsaturated fatty acids that have a positive effect on the body. Also, the meat of this fish contains potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, magnesium, iron, zinc, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, vitamins A, B, C, E, PP. Salmon caviar contains a large amount of lecithin, vitamins A, B, E, D and many other useful minerals.
Doctors advise eating salmon meat and its caviar for anemia and hypertension treatment, to normalize the nervous system, as well as to prevent cardiovascular diseases and inflammatory processes. And cosmetologists recommend eating this fish in order to prolong the youth of the body in general and the skin in particular.
It has been proven that regular consumption of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon and other types of seafood, can increase life expectancy by several years.
Another type of fish from the salmon family. Due to its high fat content, it is most often grilled.
Trout is rich in nutrients and trace elements. It contains vitamins A, B, E, D, PP, as well as selenium, phosphorus, folic and niacin, riboflavin, lysine, pantothenic acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and of course, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6.
Doctors advise eating trout to normalize cholesterol levels, as well as improve the functioning of the nervous system. In addition, the meat of this fish is useful for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and depression.
It is also known that the substances contained in it help prevent cancer, overcome infertility, and stop the aging process. In addition, the consumption of trout has a positive effect on the functioning of the immune and digestive systems.
Fish of the carp family, which is highly valued not only for its beneficial properties, but also for its nutritional value and rich taste.
In fact, fish is one of the few foods that contains many vitamins A, B, C, D, E, as well as a large amount of iodine, manganese, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, molybdenum and protein, which is perfectly absorbed by the body. …
It has been proven that children who eat enough fish from an early age become more successful in life and in school. In addition, they differ from the rest in their high level of mental development and visual acuity.
The use of crucian carp not only has a positive effect on the functioning of the nervous system, but also on the functioning of the whole organism. This fish can be fried and stewed, marinated and dried, smoked and dried, as well as boiled and baked.
A mushroom that was widely used during the reign of the Chinese emperors to restore youth and protect against disease. Raw and fried mushrooms are valued for their low calorie content and nutritional value.
Moreover, these mushrooms contain zinc, polysaccharides and beneficial amino acids. They contain vitamin D and fiber that are beneficial to the entire body.
Shiitak fights cholesterol, lowers blood sugar, slows down the aging process and improves the functioning of the nervous system. In folk medicine, it is used to increase immunity, prevent viral infections, cardiovascular diseases, impotence, and cancer.
In addition, with the help of these mushrooms, they treat diabetes mellitus and hypertension, as well as get rid of wrinkles and skin diseases, thanks to which Shiitaka masks are widely used by Japanese geisha.
Shiitak mushrooms are boiled and fried and served with fish and meat dishes, vegetables and rice.
Traditional product of Russian and our country table. Due to its simplicity in preparation, sour cream is often prepared at home using high quality cream.
Sour cream contains milk protein, fats and useful amino acids. Moreover, it is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, PP. In addition, it contains phosphorus, calcium and iron. Regular consumption of sour cream has a positive effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, improves appetite and brain activity.
Doctors recommend using sour cream for emaciated and anemic patients who, moreover, suffer from digestive disorders.
And in folk medicine, it is used to treat sunburn. In cooking, sour cream is added to various salads and sauces, served with soups, dumplings and meat dishes.
Today, there are many breeds of chickens that have been bred to improve the nutrients and health benefits of these birds. They differ in appearance, color, and breeding characteristics.
Experienced chefs advise you to choose chicken with your eyes and nose. It should be pale pink in color and smell fresh.
Chicken is a dietary product, but it contains a large amount of nutrients. It contains vitamins of group B, A, C, E, PP, as well as protein, glutamine, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus.
Regular consumption of chicken meat has a positive effect on the functioning of the cardiovascular, digestive and nervous systems. In addition, it is practically free of fat and is well absorbed by the body.
Due to the content of lysozyme, chicken increases immunity and has antibacterial properties.
It is boiled, fried, stewed and steamed. Soups and broths are cooked from chicken meat, salads, pies and casseroles are made.
An herb widely known for its medicinal properties. It contains essential oil, menthol, tannins, and useful enzymes.
Peppermint is a vasodilator and pain reliever, soothing and anti-inflammatory. It is used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, the occurrence of inflammatory processes, gynecological diseases and asthma.
Mint tea tones and improves heart function, helps fight fever and colds, relieves heartburn, hiccups and headaches, as well as nausea and motion sickness.
Due to its medicinal properties, as well as extraordinary taste and aroma, mint is widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetology, cooking and food industry.
The most expensive type of nuts in the world. This is due to the fact that the walnut tree bears fruit no earlier than 8 years of age and, moreover, is often attacked by pests.
Today there are 9 varieties of macadamia, all of which are cultivated. Macadamia nuts are very high in calories and rich in nutrients.
They contain vitamins of group B, E, PP, as well as calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, selenium, fats and organic acids.
Experts say that regular consumption of macadamia helps fight headaches, skin diseases, exhaustion of the body, and also has a positive effect on the functioning of the cardiovascular system and metabolism.
These nuts are useful for diseases of bones and joints, obesity, meningitis, arthrosis and sore throat. Macadamia oil helps heal burns, remove harmful substances from the body, and improve the condition of the skin and hair.
In cooking, macadamia is used to prepare desserts, salads and various dishes with the addition of seafood.