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Lose Weight and Eat Healthy With Peppers!

July 13th, 2012

A member of the nightshade family, peppers have been around for over 7,000 years, and were first enjoyed by the Native Americans.  Peppers can range in color and size, and can taste intensely hot, or even delicately sweet. With so much diversity and flavor, many can’t help but ask, ‘What is it that the humble pepper cannot do?’ They can spice up your favorite salsa, add a hint of sweetness on the grill, add nice color to an omelet — even prevent disease and help you lose weight.

Yes, that’s right!  Many are discovering that these vibrantly colored delights have some pretty amazing health benefits to boot.

The Health Benefits

Peppers and chiles are wonderfully nutrient rich, and contain important carotenes, flavonoids, and more vitamin C than most citrus fruit! Their vibrant colors, ranging from red, yellow, orange and green (and sometimes purple) can be associated with different nutrients. Eating a diverse combination of peppers can offer vitamins A, C, B, beta-carotene and lycopene. These nutrients alone can strengthen eyesight, improve mood, provide energy and vitality, and support the immune system.

Furthermore, peppers are a natural anti-inflammatory, which help ward off disease as well as cancers in the pancreas, bladder and prostate. Consuming them on a regular basis can also lower blood pressure, which consequently, can lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Why Peppers Can Help You lose Weight

Peppers contain few calories, and zero fat and cholesterol.  Yet, this is not the only reason why eating peppers can aid in weight control. A study at UCLA Center For Human Nutrition found that eating chili peppers can better control metabolism.  Even better, participants who consumed the peppers’ nutrients in pill form burned an additional 80 calories and appeared more energetic than those that were given a placebo.

How did that happen? Researchers found that a compound in peppers raises the body’s temperature; a similar effect to when a person goes for a light jog, or jumps rope.  A pepper’s ability to warm the body can also keep us warm in the winter, yet cool in the summer when we perspire.

Finding The Best Peppers To Plant

Choosing a variety of natural peppers to include in your diet can offer the most diverse nutrients, and can keep your body balanced. Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles offers ten varieties of non-GMO and non-hybrid seeds, including certified organic and heirloom seeds. A few delicious peppers to try are our sweet Antohi Romanian Specialty Frying Pepper; perfect for summer sandwiches, our Yankeee Bell Peppers; stuffed with your favorite seasoned goodies, and spicing up chili, fried potatoes and tacos with Habaneros and Conchos Jalapeños.

Sources:

http://www.oprah.com/health/Hot-Peppers-Dr-Perricones-Superfood-No-7-Superfood

http://www.naturalnews.com/029177_peppers_calories.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-peppers

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/04/capsaicin-hot-peppers-weight-loss.html

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Surprise Mom This Mother’s Day with a Gift She’ll Really Dig!

April 28th, 2011

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, and if your mom is a gardener or planning on starting a garden this spring you may want to consider surprising her with a Humble Seed gift basket. Our prepared gift baskets save you the hassle of having to buy individual gifts to include in the basket, and we have a variety of gardening goodies that your mom will happily put to use in the family garden.

Our baskets also make great Mother’s Day gifts for new, young mothers or expecting mothers, as overall family health is an important consideration when starting a new family or building the family. According to the Garden Writers Association Foundation’s 2010-2011 Winter Gardening Trends Research Report, younger generations (“under 40” households) are gardening in numbers similar to other age groups. That’s great news for those of us who believe that the most nutritional foods are the foods `you can grow yourself!

Whether your mom loves just-picked fresh herbs or grows her own vegetables for the healthiest and most flavorful meals, we’ve got great Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

Uncle Herb’s Favorites Gift Basket is perfect for your favorite chef. This basket features our Uncle Herb’s seed kit, which contains 10 great varieties of non-GMO and non-hybrid culinary herb seeds. Included in the basket is our 7-Piece Humble Garden Tool Tote, which contains gloves, assorted tools and a mister. Finally, we added a hand-crafted, hand-cut bar of Annie’s Goat Hill chamomile and neroli scented goat milk soap and a 4 oz hand lotion, perfect for refreshing tired hands after a day in the garden. Basket is shrink-wrapped for secure shipping. Price includes packaging, shipping, and handling.

Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles Gift Basket is perfect for those who want to spice things up in the kitchen. This basket features our Hot Mama’s seed kit, which contains 10 varieties of chile and pepper seeds. Included in the basket is our 7-Piece Humble Garden Tool Tote, which contains gloves, assorted tools and a mister. Finally, we added a hand-crafted, hand-cut bar of Annie’s Goat Hill chamomile and neroli scented goat milk soap and a 4 oz hand lotion, perfect for refreshing tired hands after a day in the garden. Basket is shrink-wrapped for secure shipping. Price includes packaging, shipping, and handling.

Veggin’ Out Gift Basket is ideal for your favorite all-around gardener or first-time gardeners. This basket features our Veggin’ Out seed kit, which is equipped with 11 different non-GMO and non-hybrid vegetable seed varieties, ideal for backyard and container gardening. Included in the basket is our 7-Piece Humble Garden Tool Tote, which contains gloves, assorted tools and a mister. Finally, we added a hand-crafted, hand-cut bar of Annie’s Goat Hill chamomile and neroli scented goat milk soap and a 4 oz hand lotion, perfect for refreshing tired hands after a day in the garden. Basket is shrink-wrapped for secure shipping. Price includes packaging, shipping, and handling.

The Humble Seed Trio Gift Basket features our three seed kits: Uncle Herb’s Favorites, Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles, and Veggin’ Out. This basket contains over 30 varieties of vegetable, pepper and culinary herb seeds; making it the ultimate gift for your favorite ultimate gardener. Included in the basket is our 7-Piece Humble Seed Garden tote, which contains gloves, assorted tools and a mister. Finally, we added a hand-crafted, hand-cut bar of Annie’s Goat Hill chamomile and neroli scented goat milk soap and a 4 oz hand lotion, perfect for refreshing tired hands after a day in the garden. Basket is shrink-wrapped for shipping.

Our Humble Seed 7-Piece Garden Tool Tote and $30.00 Humble Seed Gift Card also make great gift options.

All of us at Humble Seed wish all of the mom’s out there, a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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