Love Your Body. Drink Green Juice.

GreenJuice

Today, I am going to inspire you to drink green juice.

Let me remind you why you want to drink fresh juice in the first place.

  • Supercharge your metabolism
  • Fight disease
  • Improve digestion
  • Alkalize the body
  • Boost your energy
  • Lose weight naturally
  • Improve your mind and body

Drinking juices made from green vegetables and herbs increases these benefits significantly. Greens are packed with chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll has many extra benefits to the above, including the following…Continue Reading

The Benefits of Carrot Juice

I love juicing all kinds of vegetables, especially greens.  I know that some people struggle with the strong taste of juiced greens, especially if they are new to juicing or new to eating more raw vegetables.  Carrot juice, combined with green juice, makes for a very palatable drink, even for ‘beginners’ and for children.

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There is some controversy regarding carrot juice and the fact that is has a high sugar content.  Yes, carrot juice is sweet, but in fact, it is a very good blood sugar regulator due to its carotenoid content.

Carrot  juice has many benefits, that once you know about them, you will want to include it in your juice regime, regularly.

  • Excellent source of vitamins– Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B6
  • Rich with minerals– Biotin, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and trace minerals
  • Contains Carotene – well-known, powerful antioxidant
  • Tops are nutritious– rich with potassium and protein
  • Contains phyto-nutrients -help heal various diseases
  • Very cleansing – gets rid of mucus, reduces inflammation and also detoxes the liver

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Creamy Carrot Soup

This is a lovely soup to serve on a warm summer day.  It is hearty, yet refreshing.  This recipe makes a lot but it is quite easy to cut the recipe in half if you don’t want as much.  On a cooler day, you could gently warm it in your dehydrator or on the stove top.  Don’t allow the soup to boil so that you preserve all of the wonderful enzymes.

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Carrot juice is full of carotenes, which is an anti-oxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases.  I will write more information about this soon.

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Barbara’s Amazing Kale Chips

Many people are not great lovers of kale.  I admit that in the beginning it was an acquired taste but over the years I have grown to love kale!  It has so many wonderful benefits, what’s not to love?!

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Kale has been talked about a lot lately so perhaps you are familiar with some of it’s benefits.  I will take a moment to remind you of a few and then I will share an awesome recipe that will have you wanting kale every day.  I promise.Continue Reading

3 Reasons To Read The Ingredients On Packaged Foods

reading-food-labels Are you worried about the ingredients that are in the packaged foods that you buy?

Why would you want to read the ingredients?

Here are 3 good reasons:

  1. You have the power to make informed choices regarding your health.
  2. You can save money.
  3. You can avoid unnecessary illness and disease.

You’ve Got the Power!

Reading the ingredient list on packaged foods means that you know what foods  are going in to your body.  You know if this sauce has 17 ingredients, half of which you are unable to pronounce or if there are only 4 ingredients that are all organic and are foods that you may already have in your fridge at home.  You can decide what is right for you.Continue Reading

Asparagus Guacamole

This dip is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious with crudités, flax crackers or corn chips.

An unexpected adventure for you to enjoy.

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Ingredients:
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.

1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
3 cloves garlic (or to taste…more or less)
1 avocado
1 lemon or lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Procedure:

  • In a food processor,  process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep it chunky, whichever you prefer.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

Adventurous Variations:
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh basil
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh dill
-Add 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

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Asparagus Guacamole
Author: 
Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1½ cups
 
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste...more or less)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep the dip chunky whichever you prefer
  3. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

5 Reasons to Eat Asparagus

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Do you enjoy fresh asparagus?  I do!  And now is the time to be eating it!  Right now it is widely available in my local community.  I have a friend who brings me fresh asparagus every week.  Yummy!

Why is it good for us?

  1. Rich in protein- 1 cup of asparagus is only 24 calories but half of the calories are derived from protein.
  2. Excellent source of folic acid- 263 micrograms/cup.  The optimum daily intake is 400-1200mcg.  Folic acid is beneficial in a variety of body process but one of its most important roles is that folic acid works closely with Vitamin B12 in the production of genetic material.  This is why the folic acid levels of pregnant women is closely monitored.
  3. High in many vitamins- excellent source of Vitamins C, A, K, B6, B2(riboflavin) and B1(thiamin)- all of these needed to maintain a healthy nervous system.
  4. Good source of dietary fiber– as well as niacin, phosphorus, potassium and iron
  5. Historically used to treat arthritis and rheumatism– According to  ‘The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods’ by Michael Murray N.D., ‘asparagus has unique phytochemical antioxidants as well as inhibitors of the COX-2 enzyme, which produces inflammatory compounds.  Ultimately, this means that asparagus can benefit those with arthritis.  Yay!

Of course there are those who are not fond of asparagus because their urine has a strong odour soon after eating asparagus.  Well this is just an indication of how well it works as a diuretic.  Another yay!

I enjoy finely chopped asparagus added to my salads and also marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil.

Here is a different recipe to try…Asparagus Guacamole

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The Almighty Almond

The almond is native to the Middle East and South Asia.  It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.  The almond is a deciduous tree that begins bearing a good crop in it’s third year.  The fruit matures in the autumn.Almonds-benefits-north-cyprus

Almonds have many benefits.  Here are some of the benefits.

  • Give the body energy – Almonds are high in Vitamin B2- and B2 plays a role in energy production and tissue repair.  B2 also helps your body produce red blood cells.
  • Essential for healthy eyes and helps enable the eyes to adapt to light- This is due to the B2
  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Alkalizing to the blood – almonds are the only nuts that are alkalizing
  • Can get rid of phlegm and coughs– Almonds relieve stagnant qi energy of the lungs.  Almonds can be helpful for those with asthma.
  • Rich in tryptophan – Tryptophan is used by the body to produce seratonin which in turn produces melatonin.  Melatonin is known to help the body sleep well.
  • Lower ‘bad’ cholesterol – recent studies show that eating approximately 1/4 cup almonds per day can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 10%.
  • Resistant to mold without being roasted. -This means that almonds are a wonderful choice to eat raw.

To get the most available nutrients from  raw nuts, it is best to soak them overnight in filtered water.   Soaking makes the almond more nutritious.  It awakens it from its’ slumber and brings it to a pre-sprouting state; bringing all nutrients in to a place where they are ready for action!   The vitamin levels then increase and the enzyme inhibitors are removed making them easier to digest.  After soaking, drain and rinse, ready to eat or use in a recipe.  If you are not using them right away, simply keep in a glass jar, covered with filtered water, in the fridge, for up to a week (change the water daily).

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Basic Nut Mylk

 

Almond. MylkAlmonds have many benefits that I outline in the  post called ‘The Almighty Almond’.  Almond mylk is a tasty nutritious drink that is very versatile and delicious.

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
Tiny pinch of sea salt
5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)

Procedure:

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  • If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  • Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  • Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  • Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use

Adventurous Variations:
-add 1 vanilla bean or 1 T alcohol-free vanilla extract
-sweeten with ½ cup pitted dates or ¼ cup agave syrup or pinch of stevia
-add 3 T raw cacao powder

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Basic Nut Mylk
Author: 
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  2. If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  3. Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  4. Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  5. Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use