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Edamame-Corn Relish 1 -16 ounce bag frozen sweet corn 1 -16 ounce bag frozen shelled edamame ¼ each red onion, diced 2 each Roma tomatoes, diced 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced 2 teaspoons garlic, minced ½ cup red wine vinegar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon salt 2 teaspoons black pepper Red Wine Vinaigrette 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 each shallot 1 teaspoon dried basil ½ cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/3 cup vegetable oil Lettuce Mix 4 cups chopped romaine 4 cups chopped iceberg Preheat oven to 400˚F. On a baking sheet add sweet corn and edamame, place on oven for 10-12 mintues or until corn starts to brown. Remove from oven, cool. In a large mixing bowl add edamame, corn, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber and garlic, mix well. In a small mixing bowl add red wine vinegar, vegetable oil, salt and pepper, mix together. Add to corn mixture, toss to mix. Set aside. For the vinaigrette, in a small mixing bowl add garlic, oregano, shallot, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. With a hand-held mixer-immersion blender, puree all ingredients. Slowly drizzle in oil while mixing to emulsify dressing.
Acai Berries and Acai Berry Juice -- What Are the Health Benefits? Have you heard about the acai berry? You want to know more about the health benefits of Acai berries and berry juice? Acai berries are highly touted as one of the elite superfoods with anti-aging and weight loss properties. Some manufacturers use Acai berries in cosmetics and beauty products. What is the Acai berry? The Acai berry is an inch-long reddish, purple fruit. It comes from the Acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea), which is native to Central and South America. Research on the Acai berry has focused on its possible antioxidant activity. Theoretically, that activity may help prevent diseases caused by oxidative stress such as heart disease and cancer. Is the Acai berry healthy? Acai contains several substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids. The word anthocyanins comes from two Greek words meaning “plant” and “blue.” Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Foods that are richest in anthocyanins -- such as blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and Acai -- are very strongly colored, ranging from deep purple to black. Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's stressors. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Are there known health benefits of Acai berries? Some studies show that Acai fruit pulp has a very high antioxidant capacity with even more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Studies are ongoing, though, and the jury is still out. People eat Acai berries to address various health conditions. Can Acai berries boost weight loss? Scientists are learning more about the functional power of super foods, such as the Acai berry. For now, plenty of research supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants. There’s no doubt that berries and other fruits are a key part of any healthy diet promoting weight loss. The jury’s still out on whether there is something special about acai’s ability to shed excess pounds. Why are Acai berries used in beauty products? Some cosmetics and beauty products contain Acai oil in the ingredient list. That’s because Acai oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Studies show that Acai oil may be a safe alternative to other tropical oils used in beauty products such as facial and body creams, anti-aging skin therapies, shampoos and conditioners, and other products. When Acai oil is processed and stored long-term, the antioxidant levels remain high. Do Acai berries and Acai juice have any side effects? If you have pollen allergies or have a known hypersensitivity to Acai or similar berries, you may want to avoid this fruit. When eaten in moderate amounts, though, Acai is likely safe.