Healthy Start to Your Day

Quick oats!

What do you start your day off with? For me it’s sometimes a green smoothie, an almond butter toast with flaxseeds and chia seed toppings. Today, it’s my oatmeal. Midway through devouring my breakfast, I just had to snap a picture and blog about it. This was so simple to make. It didn’t require any frying. I literally just added hot water and waited 10 minutes. Then I topped it with cinnamon, ground up flaxseeds, blueberries, blackberries and half of a banana. This is what a healthy breakfast should look like. People often say, “oatmeal is boring!” I could see that, but then you should jazz it up. Be creative! Add cocoa nibs, which are cocoa bean pieces with nothing added to them. This would be for those chocolate lovers. Shredded coconuts and raisins are delicious too, or even some nuts. I added bananas for some sweetness because I don’t use sugars.

I think oatmeal is one of the healthiest most nutritious meal you can start your day off with. It’s packed with so many vitamins, fiber, and minerals. It’s also cheap, and easy to prepare. If you were to have a cup of basic quick oats everyday, it would cost you $.043. Can’t beat that!

Tell me what you think!

Enjoy & Eat Organic for Life!

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What Gets You Through the Mornings?

For me, I rely on my fresh green juices. Fresh juice from raw foods like spinach, carrots, kale, and collards green are the easiest sources and most effective way to get your greens in your diet. It’s also providing me with high quality nutritional vitamins and minerals. Plus, a boost of energy. You would be surprised by how a cup of fresh green juice can boosts your energy.  Most people start their day off with coffee and honestly, a cup a day won’t hurt. According to a recent study on coffee consumption, healthy people who consumed 4 cups or more a day is associated with a lower risk of death.  I think that’s excessive, even for healthy people. I’m healthy and I can’t manage to even finish one cup. I can’t imagine four cups a day.   If you are a lover of coffee, don’t skip it just add a green juice or two to your daily routine. The greener the veggies, the better.  The green pigment in plants is the chlorophyll, and that’s what detoxifies our blood.  The very best sources of chlorophyll found on the planet are dark green vegetables and algae. Chlorophyll is the cellular organelle that allows for organisms to produce their own food through photosynthesis. All plants and several different types of microorganisms go through photosynthesis. Algae includes several different types of photosynthetic microorganisms, and there are several different types of chlorophyll present in algae.  These chlorophyll supports our cells by revitalizing and restoring them.

In my cup I have spinach, kale, green apple, lemon (without the skin), ginger and celery.  With these simple ingredients you’ll definitely get your energy levels up. The options are endless when it comes to fresh juices.  My philosophy is simple, eat lots of whole plants no matter how you choose to do it, just get the rainbow of colors in your diet. I’m a big lover of salads, smoothies, vegan dishes and fresh juices. Substitute one of your typical meals for a large bowl of salad and add a fresh juice to that also. This way you’ll make your quota for the day.

Fresh Juice Recipes – just a handful of each green plant is needed. 

Classic – kale, Swiss chard, Juice Recipe  spinach, celery, apple, lemon, ginger

Sweet – kale, spinach, pineapple, mint, half of jalapeño

Orange delight – carrots, granny smith apple

Vitamin C Boost– gradefruit, orange, lemon, ginger and dash of cayenne pepper

Article:  

Why Consume More Plants? 

Types of Chlorophyll Present in Algae

Coffee Study: Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Detox Green

Beet This Fact


     Beets are incredibly delicious, easy to grow, and extremely healthy for you.  Did you know that beet roots has cancer fighting properties?   Beets have long been know as a healthy source of nutrients, but scientific evidence also validates their significance as a defense against cancer. Some research even shows cases of remission in cancer patients who were given high concentrations of beet root. I grew my own this year.  There’s nothing better than picking fresh beets and preparing them as you like. 


     This root vegetable is a good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur  magnesium, iodine, and a number of trace minerals. However, it is the synergy between certain elements found only in specific combinations and concentrations within the beet that give it its cancer-fighting power.  The leaves are also eatable and holds valuable nutrients. While other foods contain iron, the human body is able to assimilate it from the beet root more readily than from almost any other food.  Researchers suspect that there is a catalyst in the beet root that helps the body more easily use the available iron. 

     Beet juice powder is one of the most concentrated forms of the root, with a typical serving size being a teaspoon or two added to 8 ounces of water plus 8 ounces of fresh vegetable juice. Larger dosages may be necessary for those with a cancer diagnosis.  I’ve always enjoyed juicing, eating and cooking with all varieties of beets.  After researching beet powder, I am interested in trying it out. The benefits outweighs the taste, especially if you’re looking for healthy alternatives. I grew up seeing my mother with this red vegetable that made a huge mess. I loved handeling it, but I was one of the haters as a young child.  In my family, there were no excuses, I had to eat it.  Now I’m a mom and I’ve included beets in our diets of course, just more creatively. Beets have an earthy taste. Some people like it or hate it. My advise for the non-likers, smoothies and fresh juices are the best ways to consume vegetables. I juice it and blend it in smoothies for my children. Knowing how to combine the different vegetables to off-set the tastes helps tremendously. 

Here are my favorite beet juice recipes. 

Beet Juice – Granny Dearest 

  • 1 Green Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 Medium Carrots 
  • 1 Large beet, peeled
  • 1 Medium orange peeled 

 Beet Juice – Energizer 

  • 1 Large beetroot
  • 1 Medium Gala Apple 
  • 1/2 Piece fresh ginger
  • 2 Cucumbers 
  • 1 bunch of parsley 

Smoothie – Beet Powerhouse 

  • 1 Large beetroot (Juiced) 
  • 2 Ripe bananas 
  • 1 Cup strawberries 
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh/frozen kale
  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1 Cup of coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp of raw honey

I hope you enjoy my recipes, and try to come up with your own combinations. Be adventurous and don’t be intimidated to try new things. 

Resources:  Adapted from “Benefits of beets documented to defeat cancer,” by Johnathan Landsman, at http://naturalhealth365.com


Growing Organic Carrots 

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Look what I see? My carrots are popping up. I’m so excited!!  My best advice for growing carrots is just grow them. I have them planted in four different locations in my garden. In order to grow amazing carrots the soil has to be loose, free of rocks and heavy debris, organic fertilizer, and can drain water well. 


I’m also tying to grow carrots in planters. These I started two weeks ago, and they’ve already sprouted.  I purchased organic potting soil and combined it with organic compost. I’m obsessed with carrots as you can see. They’re delicious number one and two, they’re one of my main bases for juicing. You can’t have enough carrots around. 

The best “How to video” for growing carrots and any other type of vegetable plants can be found on GrowOrganic website. They offer the best organic advise, organic fertilizer products, and so much more.  

I can’t wait to juice and sauté these bad boys. 

Early Morning Juicing

  
I woke up late this morning, but I refuse to leave the house without my organic carrot juice😋. 

To cut my time down in the mornings, I prepare my carrots from the night before. Plus, I add one green Granny Smith apple. According to the Gerson Therapy, combing these two together is key for detoxing the body of heavy metals.  Granny Smith contains malic acid which is responsible for their distinctive tart taste. Plus, sour apples are higher in potassium, says Katheryn Alexandra who is a Gerson Practitioner. 

Have a wonderful healthy start to your day😋

Detox Green Juice Recipe

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I just completed Food Matters Free 3 day detox cleanse, and honestly, I feel amazing!

James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch are the brilliant filmmakers of ‘Food Matters‘ and ‘Hungry For Change‘. Two MUST SEE documentaries! They are the masterminds behind this cleanse.

In this detox, they combined fresh juices, a green salad, and a potassium balancing soup. There was no added sugars, breads, whole grains, or dairy. Strictly vegan! Just real organic vegetables and fresh juices. I love to eat so choosing the right detox was critical. Most detox programs usually eliminate food. Well, Food Matters plan had the perfect balance for me.

When starting any detox plan choosing the right time is key to your success, and consulting with your healthcare professional is extremely important.

Below is the green juice recipe from Food Matters detox cleanse.

2-3 Kale leaves
1 Lime
2-3 Celery stalks
1-2 Cucumbers
Optional detoxifying additions
Parsley
Coriander
Cilantro
Romaine can be added as well

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Sources
For more information about Food Matters click here.

Happy New Year & Happy Detoxing!

My Exotic Green Juice Experiment

I’ve been juicing for quite some time now, and quite frankly, after using the same ingredients day in and day out, my green juices started to bore me. My usual ingredients were kale, beets, spinach, apples, ginger and a citrus fruit. These were my staple ingredients. It’s almost like eating the same bland vegetables all the time, after a while, you’re not going to want to eat them anymore. Well, in this case, drinking the same fresh juices all the time, is basically the same…boring! It’s definitely time for a change!

I thought about trying to juice a cantaloupe or a honeydew but, I had tried them before, so they weren’t enticing enough. Then it came to me, I will experiment juicing a dragon fruit. I had never tasted one before, and it’s totally different from anything I had ever juiced.

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Dragon fruits (Hylocereus Undatus) are amazingly beautiful. It is a tropical fruit popular in Southeast Asia, and it belongs to the climbing cacti (Cactaceae) family.

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This fruit is also native to Central America. Depending on where you’re located, you can find dragon fruits at your local farmers market, Asian market, or at a Whole Foods Market.

I had to do some research, because honestly, I didn’t know how to cut a dragon fruit. I immediately searched YouTube. Just watching one How to Cut Open a Dragon Fruit video, I became an instant expert. All it took was one slice down the center. It was extremely easy. The inside was white like paper, just like the image above. After tasting a small piece, I knew this was the right choice. It was so sweet, similar to the taste of a kiwi or a passion fruit.

To begin this experiment, the first thing I did was juiced the dragon fruit. I used my Juice Fountain Elite Juicer by Breville. I prefer the centrifugal juicers over the slow masticating juicers. The centrifugal juicers juice very faster. I especially like the Breville brands because, for a mother of three who is always on-the-go, they’re extremely easy to clean.

When I placed the dragon fruit into the juicer, barely any juice came down the nozzle. It was a total mess! The dragon fruit was mushy. I love my juicer but, in this situation, I ended up with a glob of mush. The juicer wasn’t the right choice to use.

On my second attempt, I juiced the other ingredients first (see below for the recipe). Then, I brought out my Vitamix. This did the trick. It pulverized the dragon fruit so well that once I added the green juice to it, and gave it another go, everything was completely and evenly blended together.

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My children enjoyed it, and I was very pleased with my wild and crazy new ingredient. At the end, my green juice was a hit. The dragon fruit added just what my green juice needed, an added exotic sweetness. Although, it took me longer than usual, it was all worth it. This post is apart of Williams-Sonoma’s Juice Week. They have amazing offers and a huge selection of all types of juicers.

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My new and improve Exotic Green Juice:
1 Dragon fruit
8 Kale leaves
5 Romaine lettuce
1 Cucumber
2 Granny Smith apples
1/2 lime (peeled)
Ginger (1 inch)

Resources:
Best Place to Purchase a Juicer – WILLIAMS-SONOMA Juicers
Dragon Fruit | Pitaya
Dragon Fruit Photo: by Shutterstock
Dragon Fruit Plant Photo: by City Pass Guide

Fresh Juices

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There’s nothing better than a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to quench your thirst. Drinking fresh juice is the best source of liquids for your body. The sugars are natural, enzymes are still alive, and the vitamins and minerals haven’t been diminished from pasteurizing.

I have an old fashioned glass citrus juicer, and I use all the time. It’s not messy, and it is very easy to clean. I also have a Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer. I’ll use the Breville if I’m juicing greens, carrots, or apples. I love it too.

I make fresh juices for my family all the time. It’s so simple and take very little time to do. I believe drinking homemade juices provides us with beneficial protection against free radicals and immune support. An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties, as well as strong antioxidant effects.

My message here today is to just take the time and make your own juices. The benefits are endless.

Source:
Vitamin C Rich Food Sources

Fruit Fact: Lemon

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Lemon water has an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it just before any meal, it will help your body maintain a higher pH than if you didn’t drink it.

The higher or more alkaline your pH, the more your inner terrain is resistant to minor and major diseases.

Lemons contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Plus, it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemon also contains citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.

I’m an avid lemon water drinker. It’s my morning, afternoon and night time go-to beverage. The best part is the vital nutrients this simple drink encompasses. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

Other great reads:
Ten Reason Why you Should Drink Lemon Water

Fruit Facts: Pomegranate

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Pomegranates are nutritiously dense, antioxidant rich fruit which has been revered as a symbol of health. This fruit’s deep red juice contains polyphenols, isoflavones, ellagic acid, and punicalagians. These are elements researchers believe to make up a potent anti-cancer combo.

Pomegranate juice is good for your heart and blood vessels. They also have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals.

Several studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect. Additional studies and clinical trials currently taking place are hopeful to reveal this fascinating effect on humans. I would recommend eating fresh pomegranates or buy the 100% organic juice if possible.

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Pomegranate seeds are juicy and crunchy. I love to snack on them in between my meals. They’re filling and satisfying to eat. Other antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, nuts, whole grains, spinach, kale and so much more are important to incorporate in your diet.

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Sources:
Study: Cancer Chemoprevention by Pomegranate: Laboratory and Clinical Evidence

My #1 Tip for Eating Healthy.