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Drinking Your Way To Health

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Why we love Alkaline Water:

For your body-

Increases energy and aids digestion

Helps you loose weight

Restores balance and proper health

Improves Skin and nails helps prevent aging ( Is said to be called beauty water)

Using Alkaline Water Balances the PH in your scalp and therefore giving you vibrant healthy looking shiny hair

For Food-

Prolongs Produce Shelf Life– By removing oxidation that occurs on fruits and vegetables.  Food tastes fresh and tastes better for longer when washed with Alkaline Water

Removes Pesticides- If you are not always eating organic produce then most likely your farmers are spraying with pesticides.  Alkaline Water has been proven to dissolve pesticide residue and chemicals on your fruits and vegetables


Healthy Raw Granola

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Yield: 1 cup (2 servings)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup soaked raw almonds
1/4 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup soaked raw walnuts
4 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked, chopped
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 C Coconut Flakes
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup Almond Milk

Directions:

1. Place almonds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts into a food processor fitted with the S blade and pulse briefly, just until coarsely chopped.
2. Add dates, cinnamon, and Coconut Flakes. Process briefly to mix.
3. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Granola will keep for up to 2 days.
4. When ready to serve transfer to small bowl and combine with fruit. Serve immediately with the Almond Milk.
ENJOY!

How to open Avocados

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

To open an avocado you must first begin by cutting around the fruit length wise and twisting the two halves to separate. To remove the seed, take a knife and whack it sharply against the seed, twist slightly. The seed will separate from the flesh and you will be able to easily remove it. Be careful taking the seed off of the knife, it can be slippery. You have two options, you can either peel the skin from the flesh, or cut the flesh into slices or cubes and scoop out using a spoon.

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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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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

Eat Your Antioxidants with Green Tea

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

High antioxidants-power green tea is edible! Of course, you can drink tea for the same benefits. Why not try green tea to boost the health benefits of your food and add an exotic flavor! Use green tea in a spice rub for grilled vegetables, fish, or chicken.

Green Tea Salad Dressing:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

pinch of ground green tea

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Mix all ingredients and drizzle over salad.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit for purchasing and drinking tea:

Ten Ren (Exotic Chinese Tea)

Argo Tea (In NYC)

Adiago Teas (Make your own blend custom)

Teavana (you can order online at teavana.com)

The power and goodness of carrots!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Carrots have many important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Photochemicals, and Glutathione, Calcium, and Potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E, which are also considered antioxidants, protecting as well as nourishing the skin. They contain a form of calcium that is easily absorbed by the body. Finally they also contain Copper, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, and Sulphur- better than a wonder drug!

Carrots can enhance the quality of breast milk. It can improve the appearance of skin, hair, and nails. When taken daily it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Raw carrot contains beta-carotene, a strong anti-oxidant that can prevent cancer. Carrot juice when taken every day prevents bodily infections and is claimed  to be valuable for the adrenal glands. Carrots can improve eye health, regulate blood sugar, and promote colon health.

Carrots sweet flavor makes them popular with children who haven’t acquired a taste for vegetables with more challenging flavors. With plenty of fiber, carrots are often enjoyed raw as a crunchy snack  or graded into salads and other dishes. Scientifically speaking, eating one serving of carrots a day has been correlated to reduced risk of heart attacks and some types of cancers. Carrots high in vitamin A content can help protect again respiratory disease and diarrhea.

Blueberries To The Rescue!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

What makes blueberries superfoods?
For a person who is watching there weight they are low in calories and high in fiber. These are the perfect food for anyone looking for a nutritious snack. Blueberries are plentiful in vitamins C and E, fiber, riboflavin, and manganese. Ellagic acid and other phenolic acids in berries have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Animal studies have shown ellagic acid to have anticancer properties.

1 cup of blueberries =  5 servings of broccoli, squash, or apples

Health Promoting Benefits Of Blueberries Are:

  • Help Urinary Tract Infections
  • Promote Weight Loss
  • Strengthen Blood Vessels
  • More Antioxidents for Disease Protection
  • Reversal of Age-Related Deterioration
  • Clearing Arteries
  • Firm Skin
  • Better Memory

Kefir

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

What is Kefir:

Kefir is a cultured dairy product that tastes similar to drinkable yogurt, kefir is a fermented, liquid food made from kefir grains originating from the Caucasus region of Russia. It is a cultured enzyme rich food filled micro-organisms that help balance your digestive system . Kefir supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable vitamins. It can be made with raw or pasteurized cow, goat, or sheep’s milk, which is then flavored or blended with other herbs and spices.

Kiefir is rich in Vitamin B1, B12, Biotin, and Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus.

Kefir adds beneficial bacteria, yeast, and protein to your digestive tract which offers a well balanced digestive System. Kefir promotes regulation and helps maintain health by keeping the body relieved of many instestinal disorders. Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body feel nourished and balanced.

Interesting information on Coconut Water…

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. In fact during the Pacific War of 1941-45 coconut water was used to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas- once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins or ferment.

*Coconut water is more nutritious then whole milk-Less fat and no cholesterol!
*Coconut water is more healthy then orange juice-much lower in calories.
*Coconut water is more nutritious then processed baby milk-It contains lauric acid- which is present in human mother’s milk.
*Coconut water is naturally sterile-water permeates through the filtering husk.
*Coconut water is a universal donor- Its identical to human blood plasma.
*Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage- the same level we have in our blood.
*Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries through Coconut IV.

“Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salt, and vitamins to fight off fatigue… and its the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!” according to Mortin Satin, Chief of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization. So when you can try to get yourself a young Thai coconut from your natural foods store or Whole Foods and crack into the best drink on earth!

Click here to check out this awesome video on YouTube. It shows you how easy it is to crack open a coconut yourself at home. We do it all the time and it delicious!