Goji berries… and healthy diet ideas for those with Diabetes and Alzheimer

 

I have personally not participated in the goji berry love fest nor  have I plunked down the big bucks for the little health giving rubies. Yes I know of lots of great health gurus that have  recipes using them . I am more interested in sustaining a food budget AND having great health.It seems from what I read that the  history behind these berries in based in Chinese herbal remedies. I personally have grown very wary  about buying any herbs, teas, foods grown in China.This is not an ethnic thing at all but environmental / health concern. My husband was reminded of this when he brought home some dried shiitake mushrooms noticing they were missing from the pantry….  but I digress.

SO I decided to check out what Webmd  had to say.  As some of you may already know I am always doing research on natural ways  ( diet, being a major one) to help with handling/ helping my father in law as part of my co-care giving role making life  for hime ( and us ) easier with his diabetes ( as in keeping him off insulin injections )  alzheimer, and low thyroid ). After checking  out the  links I am sharing here  I am very content to say that for my food and supplement budget…. No way. I am not buying the cheap versions grown in the soil in China and I am definitely not going to spring for the the organic foodie version…. way too costly.  SO when I see the recipes using Goji berries I will not hesitate to replace with  dried cranberries or blueberries.  Honestly those create frustration and irritation  too  when I compare the organic sugar free versions ( when I can find them ) to the loaded with sugar and non organic peers

Feel free to comment !

http://www.webmd.boots.com/healthy-eating/guide/goji-berries

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/28/goji-berry-benefits-_n_5044948.html

 

 My father in law Mel - age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.
My father in law Mel – age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.

Power greens aka Dandelion Greens aka more weeds

Just a sampling of the mature dandelions pulled in our yard….

Dandlion_greens-mature

  • It is great I like dandelion greens but must say this time of year I am overwhelmed with my home grown wild greens. They are in my garden plots and EVERYWHERE else 🙂 I must say the younger the better . This batch was not tough when cooked properly but the mustard bite is stronger the larger, and older the leaves are. MAJOR Vitamin K  and I am not sure but some research I am seeing lately shows it a dietary player with Alzheimer patients. ( which is a major concern in my life now as co care giver for my father in law. Big hit of Vitamin A .
  •  If you want more than my opinion on RDA % on this  go to  http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/dandelion-herb.html.  Trust me. Eat your greens. The bitters  may be hard to like but great for you! The more uncomfortable you are with the bitter taste the more your body likely needs the liver cleanse that spring greens are notorious for accomplishing.
  • I like the young small greens (sparingly ) in salad with goat cheese. I find these much more mustardy  than Arugula . Funny before I gardened I found the overpriced dandelion greens in store to be much more mild!
  • So with ALL greens they cook down LOTS which is great, cause I have LOTS.  A quick blanch in boiling water for a minute and cooled immediately by a cold shower  reduces a good deal of bitterness.

ok so you want the full data? thank you to http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/dandelion-herb.html  for making this easier for me 🙂

See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:Dandelion herb greens (Taraxacum officinale), Fresh,
Nutrition value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 45 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.20 g 7%
Protein 2.70 g 5%
Total Fat 0.70 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 3.50 g 9%
Vitamins
Folates 27 µg 7%
Niacin 0.806 mg 5%
Pantothenic acid 0.084 mg 1.5%
Pyridoxine 0.251 mg 19%
Riboflavin 0.260 mg 20%
Thiamin 0.190 mg 17%
Vitamin A 10161 IU 338%
Vitamin C 35 mg 58%
Vitamin E 3.44 mg 23%
Vitamin K 778.4 µg 649%
Electrolytes
Sodium 76 mg 5%
Potassium 397 mg 8%
Minerals
Calcium 187 mg 19%
Iron 3.10 mg 39%
Magnesium 36 mg 9%
Manganese 0.342 mg 15%
Phosphorus 66 mg 9%
Selenium 0.5 mg 1%
Zinc 0.41 mg 4%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-α 363 µg
Carotene-β 5854 µg
Crypto-xanthin-β 121 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 13610 µg