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Wild Blueberry & Coconut Popsicles

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

  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.

Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Seeds

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.

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Hibiscus Tea

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.

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Lavender

Lavender is a sedative, diuretic, carminative, antiseptic, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory herb that has been medicinally used for centuries. It is known to help relieve nervous headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, dizziness, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, hypertension, asthma, and reduce symptoms from colds, flu, & fever. 

Lavender has wonderful phytochemical and antioxidant properties making it an excellent herb to sprinkle on salads, mix in homemade tea or lemonade, or even add to your baked squash, potato, or rice dishes. Essential oil of lavender has been known to help soothe the skin and relieve pain or discomfort from psoriasis, bee stings, acne, athlete’s foot, sun burns, eczema, poison ivy, and candida outbreaks. 

It can even help to prevent scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Try adding a few drops to your bath, liquid soap, or moisturizing cream. Essential oil of lavender is also wonderful for aromatherapy uses and can significantly reduce lung and sinus infections and all types of headaches and mental tension. For household use, lavender is a great natural disinfectant and insecticide and can be used safely around pets, children, and the elderly.

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Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, & K, and calcium, iron, zinc, & magnesium. Dandelion greens are also about 14% protein, which is MORE protein per serving than spinach, popeye’s favorite muscle building food. Dandelion greens are especially beneficial for the liver and aid in flushing out toxins and remineralizing the body. 

It’s high beta carotene and flavonoid content also benefits the immune system and cardiovascular system. Dandelion greens are also one of the richest sources of plant based Vitamin K which is essential for bone and neurological health and Vitamin A which is vital for eye and skin health. Dandelion greens can be found at most health food stores and farmer’s markets, but they also can be found in the spring and early summer months in your own backyard. 

Just make sure they have not been sprayed with any pesticides and wash in cold water before using. The leaves can also be dried and later used as a medicinal tea. The yellow flower tops and taproot are also edible and nutrient packed and will be discussed further in a separate post. Try adding a few dandelion leaves to your soup, salad, green juice, or smoothie. They can also be steamed with garlic and ginger and drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil.

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Blackberries

Blackberries are nutritionally packed with vitamins C, E, A, & K, minerals magnesium, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants such as ellagic acid. Blackberries contain powerful anti-carcinogenic agents making them one of the top ORAC fruits available and one of the best fruits to eat to help prevent cancer. 

The anthocyanins in blackberries (which give them their dark color) have the ability to significantly reduce inflammation which benefits autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases. The phytoestrogens in blackberries aid in the prevention of breast and cervical cancer and can relieve estrogen related symptoms such as PMS, bloating, food cravings, & hot flashes. 

They also contain salicylic acid which can inhibit atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease similarly to the way aspirin does. Blackberries can help improve eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration. The high vitamin c content in blackberries greatly support the immune system, aids in the ability to fight infection, and provides powerful anti-aging benefits. 

Blackberries high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and assimilation and aids in maintaining bowel regularity which decreases the risk of colon cancer. Try making a simple breakfast or desert of a bowl of blackberries, drizzled with a little raw honey, and a sprinkle of shredded coconut. This delicious and antioxidant packed treat will both energize and nourish your mind and body.

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Paprika

Paprika spice is high in vitamin A & C as well as bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and carotenes. Paprika can help to relieve sore throats, runny nose, congestion, and headaches that often accompany the common cold. Paprika is in the same capsicum family as chili and bell peppers, but is unique in flavor and can range from very sweet to extremely hot. 

The capsicum has analgesic or pain-relieving properties. Paprika has up to nine times the amount of vitamin C than tomatoes. This high vitamin C content helps to strengthen the immune system, protect against cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, and help the body absorb and assimilate iron. 

Paprika has the ability to aid in digestion and help to improve circulation. Paprika has even been known to help normalize blood pressure and feed the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so they regain elasticity. It can stimulate the body and be a great internal warmer in cold weather. Paprika has antibacterial properties that can protect one from salmonella and E.coli in the digestive tract. 

Paprika also has the ability to help the body fight common infections. Paprika is an excellent addition to any vegetable dish including soups, fresh salsa, guacamole, roasted vegetables, potatoes, and cauliflower. A pinch can even be added to your morning smoothie or fruit salad for a spicy and immune boosting kick.

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Grapefruit Avocado Salad

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 ruby grapefruit
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1 avocado
  • 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.

Preparation:

  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.
  4. 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.

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