Archive for January, 2011

Stevia

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

What is Stevia? No more worries about the devastating side effects of artificial sweeteners!  Finally, there is an herbal sweetener 300 times sweeter than sugar without any side effects.  Stevia helps regulate blood-sugar levels and is safe for diabetics and those of you needing a safe alternative sweetener.  Add a little at a time, tasting as you go to determine the right level of sweetness.

Find our favorite brand of Stevia (below) in its powder or liquid form at Whole Foods or your nearest health food store.

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Apple, Carrot, Ginger Salad

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Shredded Turnip, Apple and Carrot Salad

Ingredients:
6 small purple-top turnips, peeled, ends trimmed
2 small carrots, peeled
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Ingredients:
2 apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 carrots
1/4 cup dried cranberries
12 walnut halves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice
1/4 cup golden balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar

1-Peel the apples. Core and chop the apples into bite-size pieces. Place in a medium size bowl; toss with lemon juice.
2-Peel & grate the carrots; add apples along with walnut halves.
3- Grate fresh ginger and squeeze fresh remaining juice extract.
4-In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, ginger juice, balsamic vinegar, and plum vinegar; pour over apple salad. Toss to mix well; options are to get over bed of greens, on a wrap, or plain.

Simple Parsley Pesto Sauce

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Ingredients:
1/3 cup fresh walnuts
3 cloves garlic
2 cups curly leaf parsley (no stems)
2 cups fresh basil leaf
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1-Add walnuts to food processor and grind to a pulp.
2-Add garlic to food processor; continue to grind.
3-Add parsley and basil in batches, along with a tablespoon of oil, continue to grind.
4-As ingredients break down, continue to add oil and salt to mixture until you have a thick paste.
5- Adjust consistency by adding more oil to make a sauce that is not too thick, yet loose and not runny.

**Quick Tip**

Use as a dip with your favorite vegetables, or as a sauce on pasta or fish.

Kale Healthiest Food in the Vegetable Kingdom

Monday, January 24th, 2011

A Natural Detoxifier


Kale contains a potent glucosinolate phytonutrient, which actually boosts and body’s detoxification enzymes, clearing potentially carcinogenic substances more quickly from your body

Nowadays there’s a lot of talk that people need strong bones and should be drinking pasteurized dairy products for calcium. Many people have turned to supplements with the promise that they can avoid losing bone density. There is actually a wide range of foods that allow you to digest and absorb calcium better then pasteurized dairy products, and these include kale. Just by including kale and other calcium-rich vegetables in your weekly diet, you will be receiving the calcium your body requires for strong bones, proper estrogen, metabolism, blood clotting, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, enzyme activity, and cell membrane function.

Low in calories and high in beta carotene and potassium, you can’t go wrong making kale a mainstay in your diet program!

Healing properties of kale include:
– Ease of lung congestion
-Beneficial to the stomach, liver, and immune system
-Protects eyes from age related disease
-Helps lower risks of prostate, colorectal, and lung cancer

Buying and Storing Tips:
-Available all year round
-Always choose organic
-Wash only when ready to use
-Cook or eat within one week of purchase
-Store in refrigerator