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Berry delight is a perfect nutrient-rich breakfast, and will give you an energizing and uplifting start to your day. You can also enjoy this recipe as a snack, dessert, or anytime. For something different and to get the benefit of the essential mineral salts we need, try adding in some fresh leafy greens like spinach, butter lettuce, or mâche to turn it into a vibrant salad for lunch or dinner.
This recipe couldn't be any easier to put together. The ingredients can easily be found at most supermarkets and it can be prepared in just a few minutes. Keep reading to learn just some of the many health benefits of the foods that make up this sweet treat.
Restore the body in a number of ways with the antioxidant-packed strawberry. Not only is this juicy, red fruit loaded with vitamins A, B-complex and E, but it contains zinc, iron, manganese, and other essential minerals. Their rich vitamin C content can help strengthen your immune system by protecting you from any flu or cold that may be going around your home or workplace. If you are suffering with lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, COPD or another autoimmune disorder, the anti-inflammatory effects of the rich phenol content in strawberries can offer fantastic support.
The blueberry is a popular berry for its delicious taste and incredible healing properties, many of which have yet to be discovered. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals abound in this tiny, powerful fruit. If you’re looking to improve your cognitive abilities or offer your circulatory system greater support, making blueberries a regular part of your diet can be very helpful. The larger cultivated blueberry offers some wonderful health benefits, but the smaller wild blueberry exceeds it and all other foods in its healing might. For this recipe, feel free to use cultivated blueberries, wild blueberries, or a delicious mix of both.
The kiwi fruit doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once you slice one open you’ll see the stunning interior. It may call to mind an image of outer space, and for good reason. As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, as each kiwi matures on the vine it is imbued with an image of the vast creation around us. As you consume the fruit, shift your attention towards its internal likeness to the beautiful galactic mysteries around us. This meditation can help you separate yourself from everyday irritations and inconveniences that work to keep you in a place of stuck isolation.
The banana is filled with essential trace minerals and macro minerals. The potassium found in a banana is incredible for helping to support neurotransmitter function. A rich creation of electrolytes can stem from the combined efforts of the banana's bioavailable potassium and abundant amino acids. If you’re in need of digestive assistance, bananas may be able to help. If you suffer from a hyperactive colon and small intestinal tract, this natural antispasmodic can aid in offering relief as well.
Once you learn just how amazing the orange is, you will begin to celebrate each time you get the chance to snack on this miraculous fruit. The high level of flavonoids and limonoids found in oranges and their fellow citrus, the tangerine, help to ignite the coenzyme glutathione, which is abundant in these two fruits. Oranges and tangerines will be a vital piece of battling the global chronic illness issue thanks in part to this particularly powerful connection between the flavonoids and limonoids and the glutathione.
To learn more about these fruits and many more of the top healing foods available to us, check out my book Life-Changing Foods.
Berry Delight Bowl
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 pint regular or wild blueberries
2 kiwi, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1 orange or tangerine, squeezed
optional: sprig of fresh basil or mint
Mix the strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and banana in a bowl together.
Squeeze the juice of the orange or tangerine over the fruit and gently mix.
Serve immediately and sprinkle with fresh basil or mint if desired. Eat, smile, and enjoy!
This item posted: 03-Aug-2015 - Disclaimer
One of the amazing things about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet is the way that our taste buds change, and we begin to crave more and more of these fresh ingredients over time. When you find yourself yearning for leafy greens and the benefits they provide, this easy-to-make, richly flavored soup is a great way to incorporate them into your day in an easily digestible form. With all of the minerals the spinach provides, you’ll also help curb any cravings for the foods you know don’t serve your health right now.
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 stalk celery
1 garlic clove
4 cups baby spinach
2 basil leaves or a few sprigs of cilantro
1⁄2 avocado (optional)
Blend the tomatoes, celery, and garlic with the juice of 1 orange until smooth. Add the spinach by the handful until completely incorporated. Add the basil and the avocado (if desired), and blend. Serve and enjoy immediately!
Find this recipe and learn more about how to restore your thyroid in my book Thyroid Healing
This item posted: 27-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Skip the store bought popsicles laden with processed ingredients like refined sugar, preservatives and colors, and instead make these wonderful homemade treats.
The recipe I am sharing with you today takes about five minutes to make (plus freezing time) and is jam packed with incredible healing nutrients. Not to mention how absolutely delicious it is!
Wild blueberries are the star ingredient of this recipe, giving you a phenomenal amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in sweet little packaging. Add the anti-viral and anti-fungal power of the raw honey and coconut and you have a treat that packs serious nutritional punch.
Wild Blueberry & Coconut Popsicles
2 cups wild blueberries*
2 cups plain unsweetened coconut yogurt
1/4 - 1/2 cup raw honey
*if you can’t find wild blueberries in your freezer section at your supermarket than regular blueberries can be substituted
1. Mix the wild blueberries and raw honey in a bowl together. (You can also pulse them in a blender, if desired).
2. Assemble the popsicles by alternating a little scoop of the coconut yogurt with a little scoop of the wild blueberry mixture into each popsicle mold, repeating as desired until you’ve reached the top. Swirl gently with a spoon to give the popsicles a slightly mixed effect.
3. Add popsicle sticks and/or lids and freeze overnight.
This item posted: 20-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are essential for men’s health and provide significant protection for the prostate gland. They are an excellent source of tryptophan which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.
The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.
Pumpkin seeds have high concentrations of phytosterols that can help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract which ultimately can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Pumpkin Seeds have also been known to prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seed butter is a great and tasty alternative to peanut butter and can be found online and in most health food stores. Raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrition and health benefits. Try sprinkling them on salads, adding them to trail mixes, or chop them with dates to make your own healthy energy bars.
This item posted: 19-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Hibiscus tea is made from deep red calyxes of the hibiscus flower that is rich in anthocyanins, fruit acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and bioflavonoids. Hibiscus tea is excellent for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections. Traditionally, hibiscus tea was regarded by the egyptian pharaohs to be royalty’s most important beverage as it was known to improve health and vitality.
The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These antioxidants also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage.
Hibiscus tea is also known to be beneficial for weight loss, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, and mood swings. Hibiscus tea also is known to help lower blood pressure, prevent bladder infections, and relieve constipation. Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice. Hibiscus tea can be consumed either hot or cold. Try adding some raw honey for a delicious and powerful immune strengthening drink.
This item posted: 18-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
This healthy vibrant dish is both easy and energizing! A delightful combination of flavors it is surprisingly delicious and nutritious. Great for lunch or a snack or as a dish to share with family or friends!
Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. They are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. Grapefruits are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, and flatulence.
They are also an anti-cancer powerhouse and are particularly beneficial for prostate, breast, colon, and throat cancers. Even though grapefruit is thought to be an acidic fruit, it actually has the opposite reaction once inside the body and makes the body more alkaline which is vital for preventing most other diseases. They also have the ability to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.
They are also 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.
Grapefruit Avocado Salad
1 ruby grapefruit
1 pink grapefruit
sprig fresh mint
optional: pinch of sea salt and/or pepper
Tip - If you don't have fresh mint growing in your garden, it can also be found at most supermarkets in the produce section.
1. Cut the avocado in half, and remove the pit and skin. Thinly slice the avocado and place in a fan shape around the serving plate
2. Cut the ends and rind off the grapefruit and slice along each membrane to remove each grapefruit section. Place the sections in a in a circular fan shape on top of the avocado slices.
3. Sprinkle some fresh chopped mint on top, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper if you wish.
5. Serve and enjoy!
*As healthy and healing as grapefruits may be, caution should be used if you are taking certain prescription drugs. If you are on any medication, make sure to consult with your physician and/or pharmacist before consuming.
This item posted: 13-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
This watermelon refresher is an amazingly hydrating and rejuvenating drink that can provide much needed electrolytes and minerals to your body, especially on a hot summer’s day. This drink is perfect for entertaining with family and friends and for enjoying summer fun together.
Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer.
Watermelon is also 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. Watermelon is not nearly as high in sugar as most people think as it has half the sugar than an apple.
Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses. The rind of the watermelon is equally beneficial as it is one of the highest organic sodium foods in nature and one of the best sources of chlorophyll and can be juiced for a delicious and healing drink.
4 cups cold watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint
juice from 1-2 limes
*tip if you don't have fresh mint growing in your garden, it can also be found at most supermarkets in the produce section
Add all ingredients to a blender or vitamix and blend on high for 1 minute. Strain juice and serve! For added fun use a cookie cutter to press stars our of the leftover watermelon and place on the side of your glass! Drink and Enjoy!
This item posted: 29-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer
Sarsaparilla is a medicinal herb that is known to be an excellent detoxifier and blood purifier. Sarsaparilla is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex as well as minerals such as chromium, cobalt, zinc, and silicon. It also contains anti-microbial compounds such as falcarinol and panaxydol which makes it great for helping to protect the body from bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.
Sarsaparilla is often used as a diuretic and as has a strong affinity for helping the kidneys flush toxic material out of the body. It is also known to be a good sweat inducer and fever reducer which can come in handy during cold and flu season. Sarsaparilla contains potent anti-cancer compounds and has been shown to be particularly helpful for liver, breast, and lung cancer.
It is also known to be beneficial for diabetes, cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, dermatitis, and seizures. Sarsaparilla also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is effective for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also shown to be very good at reducing psoriasis symptoms due to the fact that the saponins in sarsaparilla help to clear endotoxins from the bloodstream that cause the painful and itchy skin patches.
Sarsaparilla was traditionally used as an original ingredient in old-fashioned root beer for its flavor and medicinal benefits, but it also makes a wonderful tea and can be made by adding 2 teaspoons of dried root to 2 cups of water and simmered for at least 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Sarsaparilla can be found online in tea, capsule, extract, or cream form
This item posted: 12-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer
All fruits have incredible healing and energizing properties, but wild blueberries are the most phenomenal of them all.
Wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These sweet and satisfying berries are excellent liver and blood cleansers, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract.
Wild blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells and keep the immune system strong. They are a powerhouse food not to be missed!
Today's recipe gives you a fun, easy and delicious way to get wild blueberries into your diet. They are such powerful healers that including them daily is ideal, or as much as possible.
Wild Blueberry Bowl
1.5 cups of frozen wild blueberries
1/4 cup of water
Topping options: sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, cinnamon or granola
Where possible, it is always best to buy these foods organic for ultimate health benefits.
Place the frozen wild blueberries, mango, banana and water in your blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. If it's not blending well, you can add a little more water to get your blender moving. But be careful not to thin it out too much.
Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the toppings. Eat with glee! :)
This item posted: 02-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer
Linden flower tea has been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety, soothe the nerves, and alleviate stress related ailments such as irregular heartbeats, indigestion, hypertension, and headaches. Linden flowers also have calming and sedative properties that can help prevent insomnia and produce a restful night’s sleep.
Linden flowers have diaphoretic and fever reducing properties which makes it an excellent remedy for colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It also works very well for chronic bronchial issues such as asthma, emphysema, and COPD. Linden flowers are also effective for digestive issues such as gastritis, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and gall bladder problems.
Linden tea has been shown to help lower blood pressure and works as a natural diuretic which can help with edema, water retention, bloating, and swelling. It is also excellent for detoxifying and purifying the liver as it contains choleretic properties. Linden tea can be made by placing 2 teaspoons of dried herb into 1 cup of hot water and allowing to steep for at least 20 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.
Topically, linden flowers are excellent for skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, abrasions, rashes, and bruises. They can also be added to bath water for continued healing benefits. Linden flowers can be found in tea, tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store.
This item posted: 27-May-2015 - Disclaimer
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