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One of the most delicious parts of summer is the abundance of heirloom tomatoes that are available at that time of year.
If you've never had an heirloom tomato, you're in for a real treat. These nutrient-rich tomatoes have a wonderful sweet and salty flavor, and make an excellent addition to any meal or snack. In today's recipe I share a beautifully simple way to enjoy them that lets their flavor shine.
Rich in nutrients
Heirloom tomatoes are are rich in vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes heirloom tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, lower blood pressure, protect against skin damage, improve cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones.
Help prevent cancer
Heirloom tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, a super-antioxidant, which is known to help prevent breast, pancreatic, intestinal, bladder, cervical, colorectal, lung, skin, endometrial, and prostate cancers.
Heirloom tomatoes are also known to aid in the digestion of dense proteins, assist in dissolving gallstones, and purify the blood making them highly beneficial for your digestive tract and lymphatic system.
During the summer, heirloom tomatoes can be found abundantly at your local farmers markets, some grocery stores, or grown in your garden. Have fun tasting all the different varieties and enjoying each unique and delicious flavor profile.
The basil in this dish not only adds a burst of flavor that pairs wonderfully with the heirloom tomatoes, but it offers its unique health benefits as well. The magnesium found in basil can help reduce the chance of experiencing irregular heart rhythms and spasms, making this herb a great option for helping support cardiovascular health. The magnesium also works to relax muscles and blood vessels. If you are suffering from a bacterial or viral-related health issue, the powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties of basil can provide fantastic assistance. If you are suffering from mono, shingles, or intestinal parasites, try regularly incorporating basil into your meals.
Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
This gloriously simple and fresh dish is the perfect lunch or dinner accompaniment to celebrate and enjoy in summer's bounty. It lets the wonderful flavor of the heirloom tomatoes stand out with just a few extra flavor accents to bring it all together.
Thickly slice the heirloom tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Gently rip some basil leaves and place on top. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, if desired.
This wonderfully easy recipe will be a hit with all your family and friends, and not just the kids. Who doesn't love a sweet, refreshing and creamy pop in the summer?
With just three easy to find ingredients, this recipe can be made in a matter of minutes. Freeze overnight to enjoy anytime you please or in the morning so you have a delicious, cooling pop to enjoy on summer nights.
Some people avoid bananas because of their sugar content, but the sugar found in ripe bananas actually offers a number of benefits. Manganese and selenium are just some of the trace minerals that are connected to the sugar you’ll be consuming when you peel open a banana. Potassium, which helps support neurotransmitter functioning, as well as other minerals linked to the sugar in bananas are abundant in this sweet and nourishing fruit. Bring in this antiviral food whenever you get the chance. It can help support those fighting numerous conditions and symptoms including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shingles, and Epstein-Barr.
The strawberry could be described as a superfood thanks to all the amazing benefits it can offer you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you suffer from age-related macular degeneration or other vision issues, regularly incorporating strawberries into your diet could be helpful. Looking to improve your cardiovascular health, lower your cholesterol, or stave off heart disease or strokes? The ellagic acid and flavonoids found in these sweet, red berries can help! Strawberries, like certain other berries, aid in preventing organ damage that can result from an overabundance of adrenaline in the system. Unseen compounds found in these berries assist this. In this fast-paced, technological age we live in, many people regularly face elevated adrenaline levels, and berries are a perfect way to begin supporting this all too common issue.
You can make this recipe with orange juice or pineapple juice, or you can use a mix of both. Whether it’s driving back a virus, working to make toxic heavy metals inactive, or helping shield the body from the harmful effects of radiation, the glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids found in oranges can help. Oranges, once recognized as miracle fruits deserve to return to that place of esteem and be rightfully celebrated for the treasure trove of health benefits they offer. Freshly made juice will always contain the highest amount of nutrients, but bottled juice can be used if needed. In combination with the incredible amount of nutrients and healing properties in bananas and strawberries, this is a winning recipe for your health.
Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.
These pops are bound to go fast, so make as many batches as you like at once. Perfect to enjoy any time of day!
Strawberry Banana Pops
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and add possible sticks & lids. Freeze overnight. Eat & Enjoy!
Chives contain nutritional compounds that are vital for bone and neurological health and can help to prevent osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. They also have an exceptional amount of vitamin A and other antioxidants such as carotenes and lutein which help to protect the body from a variety of cancers.
Chives contain a healing compound called allicin which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Allicin also has the ability to help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.
The sulfur containing oil in chives provides powerful antiseptic abilities without any of the digestion disturbing tendencies that the rest of the onion family can create. Chives are also known to help build the immune system, fight intestinal fermentation, and stimulate both stomach and liver function.
They are especially beneficial for those suffering from inflammation and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, bursitis, chronic fatigue, adrenal issues, shingles, epstein barr virus and vertigo. Chives are also an excellent source of folate which is essential for woman before and during pregnancy. Chives can be easily grown indoors or out and are a simple, flavorful, and healthy addition to any salad, guacamole, potato, rice, soup, or vegetable dish.
Rose hips from the rugosa rose plant are an exceptional healing fruit that grow abundantly in the wild and in home gardens. They are packed with Vitamin C, E, & K and are used to help prevent and treat infections such as bladder, kidney, respiratory, and sinus infections as well as colds and flus.
Rose hips aid in reducing inflammation associated with auto-immune conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. They also ease the digestive tract, provide a laxative effect on the colon, and help to prevent fluid retention and bloating. Rose hips have also been to known to prevent dizziness and the effects of vertigo.
Rose hips have an affinity for women’s reproductive health aiding in regulating menstrual flow, easing uterine cramps, and preventing breast disorders. They help to purify and nourish the blood and lymphatic system which aids in preventing stress related illnesses. They are wonderful for strengthening the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system.
Rose hips also support the thymus gland which is a specialized organ that helps your immune system to function optimally. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a rugosa rose plant growing near where you live, wait until the rose hips are soft to the touch before harvesting. They can be eaten fresh or dried for later use.
Avoid the seeds by eating around the center or straining through a sieve. Dried cut and sifted rose hips are readily available in health foods stores in bulk. Rose hip tea is a delicious way to incorporate this healing fruit into your daily routine. Use 1 tsp dried rose hips per 1 cup of water and steep for 10 minutes.
Valerian is a medicinal herb and root that has significant sedative and tranquilizing properties that can provide tremendous benefit to both the central nervous system and the muscular system. Valerian contains calcium, manganese, quercitin, and ascorbic acid as well as valepotriate and isovaleric acid which gives it its calming and relaxing qualities.
It is especially beneficial for chronic insomnia, headaches, nervousness, menstrual problems, and anxiety. It is also helpful in soothing the digestive tract and cramps associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian is also known to be very beneficial for the cardiovascular system and overall heart health.
Valerian can also be used to help control hunger and reduce the urge to eat out of stress. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing seizure activity and is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm, hops, and passionflower for increased relaxation and healing benefits. Valerian is most often taken as a supplement in a capsule, tincture, or tea form and can be readily found online or at your local health food store.
Walnuts are one of the most antioxidant rich foods and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and are known to help prevent strokes, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and colon, prostate, and breast cancers. Walnuts are also high in B-complex vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, and selenium.
Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage.
Walnuts are also very important for the neurological and circulatory systems and can help to benefit neuropathy, cerebral palsy, dementia, raynaud’s disease, and atherosclerosis. Walnut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin and is regularly used in skin care products for its healing and protective benefits.
Try mashing a few ripe bananas and sprinkling chopped walnuts on top for a energy and brain boosting breakfast. Only a handful of walnuts a day are needed to receive their powerful health benefits
Strawberries are a sweet, delicious fruit that are also a nutritional powerhouse and an all around amazing superfood. They are packed with Vitamins A , B-complex, & E and minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. They 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 which makes it an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, colitis, COPD, IBS, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, guillain-barre syndrome, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections. They are also well known for being beneficial for age related macular degeneration and vision related issues. Strawberries contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which are good for cardiovascular health and can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and and help to lower cholesterol.
They are also fantastic weight loss food as they are low in calories and high in nutritional compounds that are vital for optimal health. During the summertime, look for locally grown strawberries for the most nutritional and health benefits. Organic frozen strawberries are also a good alternative when fresh are not available. Strawberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, fruit salads, and mixed green salads and they are the perfect snack anytime of the day.
Self heal (or heal-all) is a wonderful medicinal flower and herb which as the name suggests has tremendous healing properties. It is often taken as a tea or a tincture for sore throats, fevers, diarrhea, inflammation, and heart and liver problems. Self-heal contains powerful antioxidant and antibiotic properties which has given it a reputation for being excellent for the immune, cardiovascular, and lymphatic system.
It can help provide relief from tension headaches, edema, bronchitis, infections, viral conditions, vertigo, sensitivity to light, and high blood pressure. It also contains detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, hemostatic, and astringent properties. Self heal has the unique ability to help pull heavy metals out of the body and is particularly beneficial for the liver.
Originally called “Heart of the Earth”, self-heal is a member of the mint family and has been given great reverence for hundreds of years due to its incredibly vast healing abilities. Self-heal is also excellent as a gargle for sore throats and as a mouthwash for canker sores and bleeding gums. Topically, it can be used as a poultice, salve, or cream to help aid in the healing of cuts, wounds, bee stings, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, goiters, lipomas, and varicose veins.
For women, self-heal is especially beneficial for lymphatic issues such as swollen breasts, fibrocystic cysts, and sore nipples, apply nightly for best results. Self-heal herb, tea, cream, or salve can be found online or at your local health food store. Self-heal is a small, but powerful herb worthy of a spot in your home medicine cabinet.
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