EAT A VEGAN MEAL

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Each year, the average American consumes 175 pounds of meat and poultry, almost double the global average. Eating less red meat may do you a favor: It can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. “Learn to love big heaps of vegetables,” says Mark Bittman New York Times food columnist and author of VB6.

To achieve that feeling, Bittman says to try meatless proteins, such as lentils, edamame, garbanzo beans and tofu. He also recommends roasting six sweet potatoes. “The more you cook and have stuff around, the less you’ll depend on junk.”

He’s right! Once you prepare your meals ahead of time, the less likely you will make bad food choices. I think salads are super easy. Every weekend I spend over $70 dollars on organic vegetables and fruits. Apples alone I spend about $10 dollars. Between me and my three children, we go through apples quickly. Salads are great for lunch and dinner. They’re easy to make and can be very filling. Just pile on the fruits and vegetables and don’t forget your plant-based protein. You can’t go wrong!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes with garbanzo beans:

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Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale
1 Tbsp of olive oil
3 chopped garlics
1 chopped onion
1 cup chopped cranberries
2 cups garbanzo beans
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:
Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions, garlic and red peppers. Cook until onions are slightly translucent. Add kale, garbanzo beans and cranberries then, sauté for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and peppers. Toss in almonds.

Yield 4 servings

The idea here is to eat more plants, especially leaves. Plants are a great source of vital nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals. And eat as many different kinds of plants as possible. They all have different antioxidants and so help the body eliminate different kinds of toxins.

Sources:
January 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Kale food facts: High Vitamin K and Anti-Cancer properties
Plant-Based Research

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Fresh homemade cranberry sauce is one of the easiest side dishes to make on Thanksgiving Day. Make this simple dish in the morning, cool it on the stove, and place in the refrigerator until dinner time.  There are many variations to this simple dish, but the main ingredients will never change. All you need is a sweetener, some juice, and fresh cranberries.  For my recipe, I’ve added orange peels just to enhance the zest from the orange.

Ingredients:
1 bag (8 ounces) fresh organic cranberries
1 cup turbinado sugar or brown sugar
3 orange peel strips (optional)
1 cup of organic orange juice

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Directions:
In a medium saucepan combine cranberries, sugar, orange strips, and orange juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until thicken, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.  

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Images by OrganicREADY

Facts:
Cranberry health benefits

Midday Snack for my Children

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Smoothies are super easy and healthy for everyone. If you have a picky eater at home, smoothies are wonderful for sneaking in your vegetables.

Adding just one cup of spinach or kale won’t turn your smoothie green. But the trick behind this is to add raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. The colors in these berries will hide anything.

Ingredients:
1 cup spinach
2 cups raspberries
2 cups blueberries
1 cup pineapples
2 cups strawberries
2 bananas
2 cups apple juice
2 cups of ice

This made 4 cups so adjust accordingly.

Simply Vegetables Sandwich

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A simple vegan sandwich with fresh garden tomatoes on the side. It has baby spinach, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and sprouts with lite French mustard on my favorite 7-grain bread.

This is super easy, all vegan, and delicious. You can customize your vegetable sandwich with whatever you desire.

Healthy eating for the best you ever!

Fresh Beet Juice

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Ingredients:
3 beets
Handful parsley
8 carrots
2 apples
1 pinky length ginger

Beets are high in folate. Foods high in folate supports red blood cell production, helps prevent anemia, and allow nerves to function properly. Folate supports cell production, especially in your skin.

Other excellent sources of folate includes romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, lentils, cauliflower, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley, and collard greens.

To read more on the benefits of folate and other food sources check out whfoods.com.

Morning Greens

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Ingredients:
1 Bundle organic kale
1 Bundle organic carrots
1 Finger length peeled ginger
2 Organic Pears
1 Organic Granny Smith apple
1 Orange (peeled)
1/2 Lemon (peeled)

Enjoy!

99% Organic Fresh Juice!

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Ingredients:
5 organic small beets
5 organic celery stalks
1 finger length ginger
10 organic carrots
1 peeled lemon

This was so sweet and delicious!

Smoothies For My Children

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You all know by now that I Iove making smoothies and green juices. Well, making them with my three children is even more enjoyable. It’s the perfect time to educate them about the importance of drinking real juices. They love juicing whole fruits and vegetables, my kids just find it to be very cool. I have a Breville juicer so it’s big, shiny, and loud. They have a blast juicing whole apples and carrots. Then, at the end they have their own wonderful healthy juice to drink.

My boys, Justin (11) and Nicholas (9) are not huge fans of the my green vegetable juices, and that’s fine. They will only drink the carrot juice. My daughter on-the-other-hand Lily, who’s 3 by the way, enjoys drinking them. They call her my little minnie-me. She eats and drinks anything raw like her mother.

Allowing my children to assist me while making fresh juices gives me the perfect teaching opportunity. I think it’s important to expose them to real juices. All children should know the difference between real 100% juice and the store bought box juices that are loaded with artificial flavors, dies, and additives. Exposing children at an early age makes them appreciate the real taste and flavors of real juice. Plus, you want them to adapt the same healthy lifestyle habits when they grow up and have their own families.

Also, teaching children about washing produce is just as important and going over why they should always wash fruits and vegetables before eating and preparing them. They need to learn the unfortunate side to that which, are the pesticides that are used on the majority of today’s fruits and vegetables. Unless, you’re buying all organic produce the exposure is less. I always buy organic fruits and vegetables especially, the ones on the Environment Working Group’s list , and shop at local green markets for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

This basic knowledge starts at home. What you eat, cook, and where you shop, and where you choose to dine out is also a learning experience for children. Please choose wisely!

Smoothie for Breakfast

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Ingredients:
1 Handful of spinach
1 Cup of blueberries
1 Banana
1/2 Cup pineapples

I added almond milk and some ice.

My Fresh Juices

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Drinking freshly made juices and smoothies tops the chart for one of the best sources of obtaining vitamins and minerals naturally. People who adapt a whole food plant base diet (WFPB) find that most of their health problems were caused or significantly worsened by their old diets. These old diets consisted of eating processed foods, high proteins (meat, poultry), sugary beverages (artificial juices, sodas), dairy, and white starchy foods. Eating a WFPB diet resolved their health problems naturally and quickly once the body started getting the proper fuel.

Lets look at my favorite success story and documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. His personal struggles through navigating the prescription laden healthcare system and finding his own path for a healthy body all by juicing fruits and vegetables, is truly a remarkable and astonishing story.

    “My movie is not about weight loss; my movie is about getting healthy.”

Watch this documentary! Joe’s medical struggles which are very common among millions’ of Americans’ is played out in front of you. It shows his body transformation over the course of 60 days and his strong will for avoiding fast foods. He accomplished his goal just from juicing fruits and vegetables.

Joe’s personal journey led him to lose over 100 lbs, and getting off all his prescription medications, and curing his autoimmune disease disorder. His entire physical body changes by the end of the movie. It’s truly remarkable. Conventional medicine couldn’t deliver that.

Drinking fresh juices and smoothies allows our body to naturally heal itself by replenishing the vitamins, nutrients and minerals our body craves. Stay away from processed, artificial ingredients, sugary drinks, white starchy foods, meats, fish and dairy. In the picture my tall glass bottled green juice has kale, spinach, lemon, ginger, and apples. In the smaller cup I have spinach, watermelon and pineapples. I drank them for breakfast and for lunch I’ll make myself a salad, which I will post a picture of later.

Joe’s story is very inspirational. He’s my hero. I learnt so much from his documentary and you can also. His website has so much valuable information about rebooting your health. You can read other people’s Reboot testimonies as well. Joe’s website.

Disclaimer: Please be advised this is a sharing of information that is not meant to be used to replace medical treatment and your own intuitive sense of your body and what it needs. Please see your medical provider (Doctor., Naturopath, Acupuncturist, etc.) to follow up on suggestions.