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Looking for a fun and creative way to enjoy some of the most healing foods available this 4th of July or for any other holiday or celebration? These watermelon sparklers are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and even better to eat!

Melon is one of the most alkalizing and hydrating foods. The fruit’s highly bioavailable and bioactive trace mineral count is responsible for driving electrolytes higher than normal, making them easily usable by the body. In return, the body’s detoxification processes become amplified, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within the organs. High in silica, melon is an excellent food to restore ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, connective tissue, and tendons. Melon is also one of the most powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.


Watermelon Sparklers

Ingredients:

For the sparklers:
1 watermelon
1/2 small canary or cantaloupe melon
1/2 small honeydew melon
1 cup fresh blueberries
10-12 wooden skewers

Optional sparkler fairy dust ingredients:
2 tbsp lime zest
2 tbsp blonde coconut sugar

Directions:

Cut the watermelon into slices, about half an inch thick. Using a star-shaped cutter, cut the watermelon into stars. Set aside.

Using a small melon-baller, make balls out of the canary and honeydew melons.

Skewer the melon balls, alternating with blueberries and top with a watermelon star.

If you wish to make the optional sparkler fairy dust, simply mix the lime zest and blonde coconut sugar together and sprinkle above and over the watermelon stars on the sparklers.

Serves 4

Learn more about the undiscovered physical, emotional and spiritual healing properties of many foods, check out my #1 NY Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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This luscious wild blueberry soup offers such a fun, refreshing, and comforting way to get the unmatched healing benefits of wild blueberries into your diet. It tastes wonderful served cold in the summer or warm in the winter.

I talk about the incredible healing properties of wild blueberries in all my books for good reason. As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, “currently, wild blueberries are acknowledged by nutrition experts for their sky-high levels of antioxidants. It goes beyond that—they have the highest proportion of antioxidants of any food on the planet. On top of that, these tiny jewels have a plethora of undiscovered qualities. For one, they’re armed with dozens of antioxidant varieties that science does not yet know about, along with polyphenols, anthocyanins, anthocyanidins, dimethyl resveratrol, and as yet unknown cofactor adaptogenic amino acids. When you eat these berries, their innate intelligence reads your body, searches out potential disease, monitors your stress and toxicity levels, and figures out the best way to heal you—it is the only food that does that. One of the most effective heavy metal detoxing foods. Wild blueberries are also the most powerful brain food in existence, the most potent prebiotic there is, and a star at restoring the liver."

Wild Blueberry Soup

Ingredients:

3 cups wild blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups water
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or cardamom
2 tsp arrowroot powder mixed with 2 tbsp water
3 tbsp raw honey, more if needed
Mint (for garnish)

Directions:

In a large saucepan, bring the blueberries, water, lemon juice and zest and cinnamon or cardamom to a simmer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the blueberries are looking soft. While the soup is cooking, mix the arrowroot powder with cold water and add it to the soup. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the soup thickens, then remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in honey. Serve hot or chilled, with mint leaves for garnish. Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Serves: 2-4 

Learn more about the healing powers of wild blueberries in the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Bring back fond childhood memories of eating tater tots and other potato treats with this delicious and nostalgic recipe. A fresh spin on the traditional fried tater tots, this recipe calls for the tots to be baked versus fried, making it a healthy recipe you can enjoy in abundance. The addition of zucchini provides added nutrients without sacrificing flavor. This recipe is perfect for serving to children or as a fun finger food at social gatherings.

Potatoes are actually one of the most powerful anti-viral foods and are an excellent source of B6 which is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next. This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses.

Zucchini helps restore your liver and heal inflamed nerves caused by Epstein Barr Virus. They contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, diabetes, and edema. It also high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constipation and bloating.

Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

Ingredients:

2 medium-sized zucchinis
2 russet potatoes, peeled
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
Ketchup, to serve (you can find a healthy ketchup recipe on the blog at http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/sweet-potato-fries)

Directions:

Place a medium-sized pot on the heat with a steaming basket and add two inches of water. Place the potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until soft but so that there’s still some resistance, about 1 hour. Drain and let cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grate the potato and place it in a bowl.

Grate the zucchini, place it in a clean dishtowel or nut milk bag and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add it to the bowl with grated potato. Add the salt and dried oregano, then mix well and shape it to small cylinders.

Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping half way. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!

Serves: 40 tots

Learn more about the healing powers of food in my books Thyroid Healing, Liver Rescue, & Life-Changing Foods

This item posted: 29-Jun-2018 - Disclaimer

There’s nothing better than a truly refreshing and hydrating drink when you most need it. Now add incredible flavor and an abundance of healing properties into the mix and this Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lemonade is a winner of a drink that you’ll want to make over and over again!

Melons are predigested—meaning that melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive systems barely need to process it when it enters the body, because it is so high in enzymes and certain coenzymes as yet undiscovered by science that strengthen them. The fructose in melon leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal tract, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body. Eating melon is like getting intravenous nutrient therapy. Watermelon specifically is known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision.

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body. They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory, making them an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. They’re also loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections.

Ginger has antispasmodic properties that come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, and enhancement of your body’s production of B12.

Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lemonade 

Ingredients:
8 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger
1/3 cup lemon juice
1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional)
Lemon slices, to serve
Ice to serve

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.

Serves: 4 people

Learn more undiscovered healing benefits of foods in my books Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, & Liver Rescue.

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Ripe cantaloupe (also known as rockmelon) is delicious all on its own but turn it into a creamy, frosty smoothie with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon and you won’t be able to believe how indulgent it tastes! You will know your cantaloupe is ready to cut into when it emits a sweet and lightly floral aroma and it yields slightly to gently pressure applied to the skin.

The high vitamin C content in cantaloupes is critical for immune system support and to fight bacterial and viral infections. Cantaloupe is also excellent for helping to relieve nerves and calm anxieties. It is known to keep the heartbeat normal and regulated while under stress as well as keep muscles relaxed and free from cramps and hypertension.
The rich vitamin A and beta-carotene content in cantaloupe helps to lower the risk of cataracts and aids in maintaining healthy eyesight. Cantaloupe also aids the body in excreting excess sodium, which helps to reduce water retention and bloating.

Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundred times more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar.

Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla beans alone has been shown to increase feelings of relaxation and happiness. One of the major medicinal compounds in vanilla beans is called vanillin, which in small doses is known to greatly aid digestion, decrease headaches, and provide relief for an upset stomach.

Cinnamon & Vanilla Cantaloupe Smoothie

1 cantaloupe, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional but recommended if your melon isn’t very sweet)

Serves: 2

Place the cantaloupe, vanilla, cinnamon, raw honey and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits and vegetables in the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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These potato nests provide a fun, innovative, and truly delicious way to get some of the most powerfully healing foods available into your diet. The combination of fresh, juicy, and creamy spinach salad with the hot potato nests makes for a wonderful blend of flavors, textures, and temperatures. This recipe would be fantastic to serve at family gatherings and parties and the recipe can easily be varied to create a number of different salad fillings to please all members of your family, including children.

Frequently labeled as a “white” food that’s devoid of nutrition, potatoes are actually one of the most powerful anti-viral foods. High in lysine, they also contain tyrosine, a chemical needed to produce thyroid hormones. Potatoes will be your allies if you’re looking to fight any chronic illness—to fend off liver disease, strengthen your kidneys, soothe your nerves and digestive tract, and reverse Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, or peptic ulcers. In addition to being antiviral, they’re antifungal and antibacterial, with nutritional cofactors and coenzymes plus bioactive compounds to keep you healthy and assist you with stress. Further, potatoes are brain food that helps keep you grounded and centered.

Spinach creates an alkaline environment in the body and provides highly absorbable micronutrients to the nervous system. Spinach binds onto and removes the jelly-like viral waste matter in the liver that can contribute to mystery weight gain and mystery heart flutters. It’s also specially good at rejuvenating skin and turning around conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Cilantro is a miracle worker for EBV and other viruses. It is critical for binding onto the toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead that feed the virus. It also binds onto the EBV neurotoxins that, when loose in your system, can cause tingles and numbness, aches and pains, inflammation, depression, and anxiety.

Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against EBV, and prohibits viruses from traveling through the body with ease. When growing, tomatoes absorb and collect the moonlight’s frequency at night. This means that when consumed, tomatoes strengthen the thyroid’s radio-like frequencies, helping to create balance and homeostasis with all of the body’s organs and glands.

Potato Nests with Spinach Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

For the nests:
1.5 lb large russet potatoes
1 tbsp cassava flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Salad:
1 cup baby spinach, tightly packed, finely chopped
2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place a medium-sized pot on the heat with a steaming basket and add two inches of water. Place the potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until soft but so that there’s still some resistance, about 1 hour. Drain and let cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350F. Grate the potato and place it in a bowl with cassava flour, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Line a 6 or 12 muffin tin with squares of parchment paper and press the mixture in tightly, making an indentation in the middle. This makes about 12-16 nests. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the sides have browned and the nest is holding shape.

While the nests are cooking, make the salad by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing well.

Remove potato nests from tin and top with salad. Serve immediately.

Serves: 4-6 people

Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables in the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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The best meals are not only packed full of flavor and healing ingredients; they’re also a feast for the senses. The rainbow of color and the fragrant herbs in this recipe make it a special sensory treat that you can feel good about enjoying every day or as often as you’d like. This salad is a wonderful option to serve up to family, friends or simply devour all on your own.

Let’s take a look at some of the incredible healing properties in this salad…

Bell peppers contain an impressive amount of vitamin C with up to as much as six times as oranges. Bell peppers are also packed with vitamin A and beta carotene which can help boost the immune system, improve vision, and help protect the eyes against cataracts. They are excellent for helping to lower cholesterol levels and they contain anti-cancer compounds that can help lower the risk of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. Bell peppers are highly beneficial for the brain and can help to strengthen memory and concentration skills as well as reduce brain fog and confusion.

Cucumbers strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush viral neurotoxins out of the bloodstream. They hydrate the lymphatic system allowing for better cleansing. Cucumber hydration can slow down and even stop a fresh mononucleosis infection.

Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against EBV, and prohibits viruses from traveling through the body with ease. When growing, tomatoes absorb and collect the moonlight’s frequency at night. This means that when consumed, tomatoes strengthen the thyroid’s radio-like frequencies, helping to create balance and homeostasis with all of the body’s organs and glands.

Rainbow Greek Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 orange cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup diced cucumber
1/2 diced red bell pepper
1/2 diced yellow bell pepper
1/3 thinly sliced red onion
1 cup diced avocado
3/4 cup olives, pitted and halved
2 tbsp fresh oregano, leaves only
2 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serves: 4 people

Learn more healing benefits of foods in my books Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, & Liver Rescue

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With all the superfood talk we have today, artichokes should be right there in the top 10 list. Artichokes are one of the most abundant sources of nutrition, filled with phytochemicals such as lutein and isothiocyanates; vitamins such as A, E, and K; amino acids; and enzymes. They are B12-enhancing stars, wonderful for bringing balance to the gut.

Artichokes are also dense with minerals such as silica, which is one of the foundational minerals of our bodies that’s critical for our existence. Artichokes’ magnesium content gets attention, and rightfully so. There’s a bigger picture to what gives artichokes their sedative qualities, though: In addition to magnesium, artichokes contain sedation phytochemicals that calm all body systems, as well as a compilation of calming minerals. This mineral denseness corresponds with the dense organs and glands (such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, brain, adrenals, and thyroid) that artichokes nourish. Deep within these organs, we have foundational nutrient reserves, and artichokes are one of those foods that replenish our reserves to promote longevity.

Artichokes are incredible for the pancreas, making them an ideal food for people with diabetes, hypoglycemia, and other blood sugar imbalances. They are also one of the best foods for reducing kidney stones and gallstones, as well as calcifications and scar tissue inside the body. Artichokes are remarkable for protecting the body from the radiation of X-rays, cancer treatments, dental treatment, and common exposure.

Artichokes are meant to be taken seriously in our lives, and should be considered medicine—a medicine that tastes earthy, sweet, and delicious. Many people don’t bother with fresh artichokes, because they find their appearance off-putting and don’t know how to deal with them. Once you learn the art of preparing and cooking an artichoke, though, you’ll be bringing an amazing nutritional dish into your life.

CONDITIONS

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing artichokes into your life:

Diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney stones, gallstones, calcifications, internal scar tissue, shingles, osteomyelitis, thyroid disease, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, bone fractures, cirrhosis of the liver, endocrine system disorders, fatty liver, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, interstitial cystitis, liver cancer, Lyme disease, optic nerve conditions, pancreatic cancer, stomach ulcers, systemic lupus, low reproductive system battery, mystery infertility, Achilles tendon injury, blood cell cancers such as multiple myeloma

SYMPTOMS

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing artichokes into your life:

Blood sugar imbalances, food allergies, canker sores, rib pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal Pap smear results (i.e., abnormal cervical cells), food sensitivities, urinary urgency, bone density issues, bone loss, brittle nails, dysfunctional liver, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), emotional eating, inflamed colon, liver congestion, nerve pain, stomach pain, mineral deficiencies, enlarged spleen

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

For anyone who is dealing with heart-related emotions—those who are downhearted, broken-hearted, ill-hearted, or coldhearted—artichokes are critical. Eaten on a regular basis, artichokes have the power to open up the heart chakra, and to ignite healing through this sacred channel.

SPIRITUAL LESSON

Sometimes we put up armor in order to protect ourselves. Each experience of being hurt or taken advantage of adds another layer between the core of who we are and the outside world. It’s a necessary act that we learn from nature—a survival tactic. Just like the artichoke, though, if you take the time to peel back our armor, you’ll find that we all have soft, sustaining hearts under- neath. Artichokes teach us that while connection doesn’t always come easily—sometimes it takes work to peel back the spikes—it is worth the work to get to the tender, true, and loving centers of ourselves and each other.

TIPS

* Consider having artichokes on the dinner menu four times a week for promising results.

* The most nutritious way to enjoy artichokes is to steam them. Once they’ve cooked and cooled, peel off the leaves, dip them in your favorite healthy dressing, and nibble the “meat” from the base of each leaf. Next, scrape off the choke and enjoy the hearts.

* If you buy prepared artichoke hearts that have a preservative such as citric acid, soak them overnight in water to get rid of this corn-derived irritant.

* Enjoying artichokes for dinner helps your liver purge and clean itself in the early hours of the morning, while you sleep. For best results, try eating artichokes at 7 or 8 in the evening.

* Try eating artichokes alongside romaine lettuce. Together, they help dissolve gallstones and kidney stones.

STEAMED ARTICHOKES WITH LEMON-HONEY DIPPING SAUCE

Preparing artichokes can seem daunting. All it really requires is hot water and some patience. When steamed until tender, artichokes are just waiting for you to pull them apart and dunk them into a luscious sauce of honey, olive oil, and sage.

4 artichokes
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
3 sage leaves

Prepare the artichokes by cutting off the top quarter of each and removing the stem. Using scissors, cut the remaining tips off of each of the leaves. Fill a large pot with 3 inches of water. Place the artichokes in a steamer basket inside the pot. Steam the artichokes for 30 to 45 minutes, until the leaves are tender and easily removed.

To make the dipping sauce, combine all the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately alongside the cooked artichokes.

Makes 2 to 4 servings

Excerpt from the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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This simple and pretty iced tea is a delicious way to harness the healing properties of lemon balm. Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world; it’s wonderful for addressing digestive issues, nerve related problems, nausea, loss of appetite, and more with its soothing properties. Its bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. This makes lemon balm a valuable herb for stress assistance. And lemon balm doesn’t stop there. It is a heal-all, with a high contribution factor to almost every part of the body.

Anti parasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial throughout the body, lemon balm fights the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, and other herpetic viruses such as HHV-6. It’s an amazing herb for tonsillitis, which is inflammation caused by strep bacteria. Plus, lemon balm detoxifies the liver, spleen, and kidneys, and helps reduce bladder inflammation, which makes it a star for alleviating interstitial cystitis and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Raw honey is saturated with more than 200,000 undiscovered phytochemical compounds and agents, including pathogen-killers, phytochemicals that protect you from radiation damage, and anti cancerous phytochemicals. When drawn into cancerous tumors and cysts, this last class of phytochemicals shut down the cancerous growth process—meaning that raw honey can stop cancer in its tracks.

Lemons improve digestion by raising levels of hydrochloric acid (good acid) in the gut. Tone the intestinal lining, cleanse the liver, and offer replenishing calcium to prevent osteoporosis when the pathogen that causes thyroid problems prompts nodule formation throughout the body, which uses up calcium stores. Lemons also balance sodium levels in the blood, which allows for electrolytes to become active and improves the neurotransmitter activity that has been hampered by the pathogen's neurotoxins causing brain fog and other neurological symptoms.

Find out more of the hidden healing properties of fruits and vegetables in the #1 NY Times bestselling book, Life-Changing Foods

Lemon Balm Ice Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh lemon balm, tightly packed
1 liter hot water
1/3 cup lemon juice
2-3 tbsp raw honey
2-3 lemon slices
1 cup raspberries
1 cup ice

Directions:
Place the lemon balm in a tea pot or small pot and top with hot water. Let steep for at least 1 hour. Remove the lemon balm leaves and stir in lemon juice and raw honey. Place a couple lemon slices, raspberries and ice in each serving glass and top with the tea.

Serves 3-4

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Black bean hummus is not only creamy and delicious; it’s also packed with extra nutrients and healing properties from the black beans, avocado, and cilantro. This delightful dip is perfect served alongside an array of crisp, colorful vegetables for a family dinner, to serve at your next gathering, or to simply snack on over the day!

The ingredients in this dip recipe, along with the crunchy vegetables, each have powerful undiscovered healing properties that I share more about in each of my books: Liver Rescue, Thyroid Healing, Life-Changing Foods, and Medical Medium.

Black beans are packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins and are a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. They are an excellent immune strengthening food and contain anti-aging properties that help repair collagen fibers in the skin. Black beans are highly beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, neurological issues, cancer, fibroids, thrombosis, constipation, autoimmune disorders, and heart disease.

Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance, which helps to steady blood sugar levels.

Cilantro is also very valuable for extracting heavy metals and other toxins from other body systems and organs, particularly the liver. In fact, it’s an amazing liver detoxifier in its own right. It’s one of the best adrenal support herbs, too, and wonderful for balancing blood glucose levels and staving off weight gain, brain fog, and memory issues. Cilantro is also antiviral and helps keep down levels of the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, HHV- 6, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and other herpetic viruses in all their various forms, as well as HIV.

Cumin helps the body absorb and assimilate nutrients much more efficiently. It also contains anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties and have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of stomach, colon, and liver tumors. It has also been shown to detoxify the body by boosting liver and kidney function. It is known to help benefit colds, flu, insomnia, asthma, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, muscle spasms, and arthritis.

Radishes contain organosulfides in which keep arteries and veins clean, creating a protective barrier in blood vessels so plaque doesn’t adhere to their linings. Radishes are incredible heart food, excellent for helping to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular issues in part by increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Meanwhile, the skin of the radish repels virtually every type of cancer, which makes these little root vegetables a go-to food for helping to prevent the disease. And we can’t forget that radishes are very restorative for the kidney, liver, pancreas, and spleen.

Cucumbers have a fountain-of-youth effect, hydrating us at the deepest cellular level possible. Plus, cucumbers’ cooling effect makes them excellent at rejuvenation and especially effective at cooling a hot, stagnant liver. When eaten on a daily basis, cucumbers can reverse liver damage, dialing back 10 to 15 years of toxin exposure (including from heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT) and poor diet.

Bell peppers are excellent for helping to lower cholesterol levels and they contain anti-cancer compounds that can help lower the risk of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. Bell peppers are highly beneficial for the brain and can help to strengthen memory and concentration skills as well as reduce brain fog and confusion.

Celery is a strongly alkaline food that helps to counteract acidosis, purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, prevent migraines, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. Celery contains compounds called coumarins, which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system.

Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against EBV, and prohibits the virus from traveling through the body with ease.

Black Bean Hummus Crudité Platter

1/2 cup dried black beans, soaked overnight or 1 1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed (reserve about 4 tablespoons of the bean-water from the can)
1/2 cup peeled and diced ripe avocado
1/4 cup cilantro leaves + more for garnish
1/2 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
4 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
salt and pepper

For crudités:
4-5 orange and purple carrots, peeled and cut into wedges
6 radishes, cut into wedges
3 small persian cucumbers, cut into slices and wedges
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into wedges
1 red bell pepper, cut into wedges
3 celery stalks, cut into sticks
10 cherry tomatoes

1. If using dried black beans, drain the beans and discard liquid. Place them in a medium-sized pot and fill with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 45-75 minutes until very soft. Set aside 4 tbsp of the cooking liquid, then drain the beans and let cool.

2. Place the cooked or canned beans, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander and reserved cooking liquid/water from the can in a food processor or blender and blend until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Arrange prepared vegetable crudités on a platter. Spoon the hummus into a bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve with the crudités.

Serves 4

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Cucumber Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce - Cucumber noodles are an easy and delicious way to reap the many healing benefits of this special fruit. Topped with a chunky sauce of fresh, juicy tomatoes, flavorful garlic, and fragrant bas..
Watermelon Tart - Changing up the way you eat your fruits and veggies can make all the difference when you are choosing to eat a healthier diet. This pretty and fun Watermelon Tart gives you a new and unique w..
Raspberry Peach Smoothie - The vibrant colors of this smoothie make it a delight for the eyes, but its taste and healing properties are even more impressive. As you drink in the sunset colors of this smoothie, take a m..
Berry Fruit Leather - Fruit leathers are such a fun and effective way to get fruit into your precious children’s bellies. They’re colorful, delicious, and so convenient to give to your children or for ..
Wild Blueberry Lemonade - This colorful twist on traditional lemonade offers so many more antioxidants and healing benefits than the original. The addition of the most healing food on the planet—wild blueberries..
Strawberry Lemon Bars - These Strawberry Lemon Bars are incredibly delicious and make such a convenient grab and go snack for children and adults. As you bite through the walnut crumb topping, the strawberry lemon j..

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