1. It boosts your immune system.Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which protect the body from bacteria and boost the immune system. Cold and flu symptoms, such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion are also kept at bay when treated with honey.To improve your immune system, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to warm water daily. For an extra boost, add fresh lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon.2. It helps you lose weight.Drinking warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, is the main component of every detox program I offer my clients. Doing this on a daily basis is one of the best ways to cleanse the liver, remove toxins, and flush fat from the body.For optimal benefits, add 1 tablespoon of honey plus the juice of one lemon to warm water every morning before breakfast. This is a very soothing and satisfying drink to end the day with, as well.3. It reduces the risk of heart disease.Honey mixed with cinnamon has been shown to revitalize the arteries and veins of the heart and reduce cholesterol in the blood by up to 10%. When taken on a regular basis, this honey-cinnamon mixture may reduce the risk of heart attacks and stop another from occurring in people who have already suffered one.Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey with 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon to warm water, then drink daily.4. It soothes indigestion.For those who suffer from indigestion, the antiseptic properties of honey relieve acidity in the stomach and alleviate digestion. Honey also neutralizes gas, becoming the ultimate stomach soother when it comes to overeating.One or two tablespoons of honey before heavy meals is the best way to thwart indigestion, and if you’ve already overindulged, add honey and lemon to warm water to help move food through the digestive track.5. It bolsters your energy levels.The natural sugars in honey provide a healthy source of calories and energy for the body. Plus, using honey for an energy boost also answers the human body’s innate craving for something sweet.Fight fatigue with nature’s answer to low energy. Instead of reaching for coffee, cakes, or chocolate to get you through an energy slump, try reaching for a tablespoon of raw, organic honey instead.
6. It clears up your skin.Due to its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, honey is the ultimate organic skincare brand. Apply a dab of raw, organic honey directly to blemishes, and let the skin absorb its medicinal properties overnight. Wash it off in the morning, and after regular use, you’ll wake up to clear skin!Honey is also an effective treatment for other skin conditions, such as eczema, ring worm, and psoriasis. Though honey does not CURE these conditions, it does soothe inflammation and relieve dryness.
You can find coconut manna at most organic grocery stores; however, for the DIYer in all of us, we can very easily make it ourselves!Ingredients:
Directions:Soak the coconut in the warm water for 15 minutes; this is to soften the membranes, however, this step can be skipped if you are using a Vitamix, but highly recommended for those using a food processor.Drain, and discard water.Blend. If you’re using a Vitamix, use the stamper while blending on HIGH for 2-4 minutes; for the food processor, you’ll blend for approximately 10-12 minutes. For both methods, halfway through, use a spatula to scrape down the sides. This ensures that all the coconut gets incorporated. You’ll know it is finished when it looks smooth, like white butter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three weeks.
- 1 cup unsweetened, organic coconut flakes
- 1 cup warm water (optional)
- High powered blender such as a Vitamix or a food processor
via Lifehacker by Shep McAllister on 4/13/13Composting your leftovers is a great way to generate rich nutrients for your garden, but a real compost bin isn’t a viable option for everyone. If you don’t have the space or can’t stomach the smell, creating cold compost in your blender is a great alternative. More »
Is Your Green Smoothie ACTUALLY Healthy And Balanced?x
Is Your Green Smoothie ACTUALLY Healthy And Balanced?
Green smoothies are all the hype these days, but there’s much confusion about how to get the most out of that daily dose of feel-good medicine.
One of the chief reasons you’d want to swap your dead, sugar-laden, complex breakfast with a “pre-chewed” living greens smoothie is to gain access to bioavailable nutrition while preserving your precious digestive fire. In this way, your body can focus its energy on other important tasks, like cellular repair, detoxification and the metabolism of that not-so-healthy late-night snack.
Unlike popular belief, it’s not necessary to start your engine in full force from the moment you wake up. Have your lemon water, take your probiotics, vitamin D, iron and B12, then get blending.
Confused about the process? Let me offer some simple tips.
Add more greens
If you want your smoothie to be healthy, keep the alkalizing greens dominant (60-80%). Know that these greens shouldn’t ever compromise the taste. Get them in, mask them with some low to medium GI fruit and a few delicious supplements, and both your belly and your palette remain satisfied.
Easy, neutral tasting greens include romaine and spinach. Start with these and you may get hooked. Other fun greens to play with include kale, collard greens (stems removed), butter/red/green lettuce, fennel, celery, cucumber and herbs (cilantro, mint and parsley — in smaller quantities). If you’re overwhelmed by the taste of pungent or bitter greens, halve the amount and substitute with romaine or spinach.
Use low glycemic fruit
A spike in blood sugar is not necessary for any of us, no matter what time of day. Because that’s usually followed by a crash, and we certainly don’t want to feel like we need a nap at 11 o’clock in the morning. To keep your blood sugar levels balanced, the majority of your fruit should be low GI, with a smaller quantity of medium-labelled fruit. Low GI fruits include apples, pears, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and plums, while medium GI fruits include bananas, mangoes, papaya and pineapple, to name a few.
If you can, stick to organic varieties. If this isn’t possible, shop from the Clean 15 — you’ll be surprised how many delicious fruits and veggies make the cut!
It’s important to mention that each body will react differently to food combinations and health claims. The key is to experiment with yourself, cautiously and openly. I personally add a ripe banana to my daily smoothie and have never experienced a crash – or felt poor in any way (bloating, gas, headache). Others may beg to differ. I say stick to low GI, play with the medium GI options and listen to your body.
Use supplements! But make sure they’re clean.
These days, it’s just not enough to trust our fruits and vegetables alone to provide us with adequate nutrition. Not because they’re not amazing for your health, but rather it has to do with the quality of the soil in which they were grown – their source of health. If the soil is deficient in the first place, how do we expect our whole foods to live up to our expectations?
This is where organic and local also come into play. If we only opt for organic, often those varieties must travel the globe to get to our kitchens. Similar to globe-trotting humans, the process of air/ship/land distribution is tiresome, energy depleting and potentially toxic.
So, back to supplements. These babies are nutritious, specific, delicious (some, anyway) and accessible. Some supplements may also improve the absorption of nutrients from your living foods into your gut, which makes them crucial to getting that extra umph out of your daily smoothie. I’ll offer my suggestions based on the desired health benefits themselves — and look out for multi-functional duplicates!
Here are my top supplement suggestions, with some key, but non-exclusive benefits noted:
- · Fiber: chia seeds (soluble and insoluble), flax seeds, psyllium husks
- · Protein: spirulina, chlorella, nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, hemp) — or their respective butters, mesquite, lucuma, carob
- · Vitamins and minerals: maca (B12, iron, calcium, libido boost), lucuma (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus), ashwagandha (antioxidant, adaptogen, great for men), shatavari (calcium, zinc, excellent for women), cacao (antioxidants, magnesium), carob (potassium, calcium), mesquite (calcium, magnesium, potassium),matcha green tea (antioxidant)
- · Healthy fat: coconut (meat, oil, butter), avocado, nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, hemp — the latter of which offers both omega-3 and -6).
- · Low GI sweet tooth satisfiers: stevia leaf powder or extract, medjool dates, lucuma (naturally sweet), mesquite (sweet, caramely flavor), coconut nectar
- · Miscellaneous healers: vanilla bean powder, cinnamon (blood sugar regulator), ginger (digestive), turmeric (anti-inflammatory), cayenne (gut cleaner)
Switch it up frequently and mindfully
This one holds true for most things in life. Doing the same thing over and over can get boring and overwhelming, physically, emotionally and in the case of health, internally. There’s quite a bit of talk about dark leafy greens like spinach and chard containing oxalates, which block or reduce calcium absorption, but this shouldn’t stop anyone from using these greens unless indicated professionally.
Diversity also applies to fruits and supplements. If you’ve been adding an apple to your smoothie this week, use a pear next week. Add flax today and hemp tomorrow. On days when your sweet tooth dominates, throw in some extra lucuma or mesquite. Maybe even a pinch of stevia or a date or two. Substitute your water base with coconut water or a homemade nut milk. For the daring or for those trying to prevent a cold, use a tea base, like immune-boosting chaga or reishi.
Switch it up, make smoothie prep fun and you’ll see how quickly it becomes a part of your routine.
My final tips and thoughts:
- · Blend your greens first and then add the remaining ingredients and blend again. This creates more room for other goodies.
- · If you’re hooked on blending, consider investing in the almighty Vitamix. It will turn your smoothies into pure decadence. Other high-speed blenders include the Blendtec and Nutribullet.
- · If you’d like to creamify your smoothies, add a small amount of whole-food healthy fats, like avocado (1/2 is sufficient), coconut meat (2 tbsp) or a handful of nuts or seeds (nut butters, seed butters and milk included).
Don’t forget that digestion starts in your mouth! Activate those salivary enzymes by “chewing” your smoothie. If you draw unnecessary attention from bystanders, simply embrace and welcome it — unless it’s warranted by your green mustache!
Take advantage of the opportunity and flaunt that green drink like it’s a trendsetter. Why? Because it is. Health is the new wealth. Period.
Happy healthy-yummy-balanced smoothie sipping and chewing!
Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Montana…
You know you live in Montana if…
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Montana.
If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t even work there,
If you’ve worn shorts and a jacket at the same time,
if you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number,
if “vacation” means going anywhere south of Missoula for the weekend,
If you measure distance in hours,
if you know several people who have hit a deer more than once,
iyou have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back again twice in the same day,
if you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching
if you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both doors unlocked,
if you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them,
if you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit,
if driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, i
f you know the 4 seasons as: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction,
if you have more miles on your snow blower than your car,
if you find 10 degrees “a little chilly”, you may live in Montana…
Raw Cacao Smoothie with Irish Moss
Irish Moss Drinks: Don’t want greens but still want minerals?
Introducing nutrient packed but never fishy smoothies featuring Irish moss with easy instructions for beginners!
½ oz Irish Moss soaked and blended until creamy in ½-1 cup water
4 cups almond milk (or any type of nondairy milk)
1 frozen banana
4-6 medjool dates (pitted) or 2-3 tablespoons agave to sweeten
2-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (how much do you like chocolate?)
1 tablespoon coconut butter/oil
A pinch of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal salt
½ vanilla bean scraped, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Add all ingredients to Vitamix or blender and mix until creamy. You may want to start off with less Irish moss and adjust to your thickness preference.
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Here’s an easy smoothie recipe using Irish moss. You can also add to mousse, puddings and raw pies as a substitute for gelatin.
If you happen to live in the Nova Scotia area and are harvesting yourself, you want to let the moss sun dry so that the carageenan activates. For the rest of us buying already dry moss (try Maine Coast), you’ll need to mix with water to thicken. Rinse it well and let soak for 3-4 hours in lukewarm water. Rinse again and look for sand or debris before using. When the moss is creamy white and twice the size it was dry, it’s ready.
Emerging from the ocean, Irish sea moss is a unique sea vegetable in that it is the only plant source of the thyroid hormones DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), Tri-iodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxin (T4), vital for treating thyroid conditions. It also contains a number of vitamins, (A,D, E, F, K), iodine, calcium, sodium, sulphur and phosphorous. Irish moss can help reduce issues in the bladder, intestines, glands, joints, skin and stomach. And, Irish moss is also an excellent gelling agent. You may have heard of carageenan, an extract of sea moss used as a thickener. But use the whole plant, say, in your smoothie, and not only do you get the thickening effect, but the whole gamut of nutritional benefits.
Raw Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
- by Danielle Felip
This raw chocolate cherry ice cream recipe is not only simple and easy to make — it’s also nutritious, very low in fat, AND decadently delicious! With this raw ice cream recipe, you’ll be able to taste the goodness of summer any time of the year.
2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup cherries
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
or maple syrup
1. Place ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve immediately for “soft serve” style ice cream
OR freeze for 1 hour for firmer consistency.
3. Top with additional raw cacao nibs, chopped cherries and silvered almonds!
Posted: 24 Jan 2013 05:08 AM PST
I air pop mine and add 1 tbsp evo coconut oil and Celtic sea salt. Love it. – M