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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
Salads are a perfect, healing meal for anytime of the year. But during the summer with produce at its peak of freshness, it's hard to beat a refreshing and hydrating salad.
Today's recipe is a perfect example of a simple salad that tastes fantastic and delivers powerful health benefits. For maximum healing benefits, enjoy at least one big salad every day.
Healing Summer Salad
3 cups mesclun mix
2 cups arugula
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
juice of 1 orange
Add the mesclun mix & arugula to a large salad bowl. Top with the halved cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, and a touch of the freshly grated ginger. Sprinkle the chopped basil and thyme over the salad and squeeze the juice of one orange on top. Mix gently, serve, and enjoy!
This item posted: 17-May-2015 - Disclaimer
Fenugreek tea is one of the oldest medicinal tonics and has been used for thousands of years to prevent fevers, soothe stomach disorders, and to treat diabetics. Fenugreek seeds are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Fenugreek tea can help to relieve lower back pain and reduce inflammation in the body.
It is also highly beneficial for acid reflux, heartburn, respiratory issues, allergies, ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, and constipation. Fenugreek contains powerful compounds that can bind to toxins in the digestive tract and help to remove them from the body as well as protect the colon from cancer. Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxy- isoleucine which helps to facilitate insulin secretion and has been shown to be very helpful for diabetics who are trying to find natural ways to control their blood sugar levels.
Fenugreek tea is also very effective at helping to lower cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of a heart attack. Fenugreek tea has been shown to significantly increase milk production in lactating women. Fenugreek seeds are often used in culinary dishes and are a main ingredient in curry spice and are delicious in vegetable and lentil dishes.
The seeds, however, should only be added in small quantities as that have a very strong flavor and taste. Fenugreek seeds can also be sprouted and used as a healthy addition to salads and sandwiches. Fenugreek can also be used topically as an effective treatment for skin problems such as acne, boils, burns, and eczema. Fenugreek seeds are readily available online and in the spice section of your local grocery store. Fenugreek can also be found in capsule, tincture, powdered, extract, and cream form at your local health food store.
This item posted: 08-May-2015 - Disclaimer
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