• 21Oct

    http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-superfoods

    Chia Seeds
    If you are looking for a green smoothie staple then you have come to the right place. These do-it-all superseeds are good for your head with their high content of omega fatty acids that increase healthy brain function, but have also proven to be good for your heart by fighting high cholesterol and heart disease. They even boast a wide variety of nutrients, such as: protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Use up to three tablespoons of chia seeds in your smoothie for a thick consistency and a mildly sweet flavor. Buy chia seeds.

    coconut oil smoothiesCoconut Oil 
    If you are exercising for weight loss then coconut oil will be an important ingredient for you. The fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts metabolism as opposed to saturated fats that add body fat. Use one tablespoon of coconut oil in your green smoothie for breakfast and you should notice less of yourself in the mirror in no time. Buy coconut oil.

    flaxseed smoothiesFlax Seeds
    Flax seed is best known for its fatty acids and fiber. When talking about omega fatty acids it is better ask what they can’t do then what they can. This powder plays its part in proper cardiovascular and immune system health, brain function, joint function, soft skin, and more. The fiber in flax is also good for many things, but especially effective with eliminating toxins from your body. Add just one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or try whole seeds to your smoothie for a subtle, nutty flavor with more than subtle nutrition. Buy flaxseed powder.

    goji berries smoothieGoji Berries
    Perhaps one of the tastiest top ten treats, goji berries are known for their healing strength. The nutrients included in these berries are antioxidants and amino acids, but the real strength lies within their more than 20 vitamins and minerals. These precious nutrients have been used for centuries in Asian cultures to strengthen eyesight, fight against viruses, balance hormones, and even to assist with the longevity of life. Not feeling the best? Sweeten things up with 1/2 cup of these berries in your smoothie! Buy goji berries.

    spirulina smoothieSpirulina
    Of course, superfoods aren’t always made from glamorous plants. Sometimes they are made from pond algae, like Spirulina. Though its taste may be subpar, its high content of everything nutritious makes up for it. Spirulina’s top two ingredients are protein and omega fatty acids. We highly recommended it to anyone who has recently taken on the challenge to eat vegetarian. Use anywhere from one to two teaspoons of spirulina in your daily smoothie. Buy spirulina here.

    cacao smoothieCacao Powder and Nibs
    Cacao is filled with two things that we love: antioxidants and chocolatey flavor! The antioxidants boost your immune system which helps to resist those nasty colds and sickness. The rich, chocolatey flavor is delicious and dessert-like which helps to resist those sugar cravings while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Blend two to four tablespoons of cacao powder with your daily smoothie and enjoy the warm flavors. Or sprinkle some cacao nibs on top for just a hint of goodness. Or both! Buy cacao.

    maca smoothieMaca Powder
    Power. Stamina. Energy. Drive. All words that characterize the benefits of maca powder. This plant root that has been turned into powder is filled with vitamins, minerals, potassium, plant sterols, and this list goes on. What does this translate into? More energy, strength, and stamina to be the RAWKSTARS you were meant to be. Of all the superfoods we love this one might be the most powerful. Oh, and it might just spice things up for you a bit as well… To enjoy the butterscotch-esque maca powder add two or more tablespoons to your smoothie. It is especially deliciously when combined with almond milk and cinnamon. Buy maca powder.

    hemp smoothie

    Hemp Protein 
    At times it can be difficult to receive the proper amounts of protein and fiber that our bodies need in a healthy way. Hemp protein powder makes it a little easier boasting a whopping 50% protein content and much higher levels of fiber than soy-based protein powder. The hemp content is also kid friendly, as it encourages childhood growth through its amino acids. Athletes can also turn to this superfood for its ability to repair muscles. You can add one to four tablespoons of hemp protein, which has a much stronger taste. You can also buy hemp hearts and sprinkle one to two tablespoons of top of smoothies or add to your salads for a nutty, protein packed punch. Buy hemp hearts and hemp powder.

    camu smoothieCamu Powder
    Camu is all about the “C” that it starts with… Vitamin C. Camu berries come from the Peruvian river regions and are packed with more vitamin C than any orange you’ll ever eat. Vitamin C has been linked with stronger immune systems and protection against viruses helping you fight off those nasty colds, and may even help to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Camu powder’s tart taste works well with all kinds of fruits. You only need to add one teaspoon or so to your smoothies to achieve that perfect combination of tart and sweet. Buy Camu powder.

    acai smoothieAcai
    A-what? This smooth superfood is popular for its mispronunciation (uh-sigh-ee), but even more popular for keeping you fiery and full. These Brazilian berries are loaded with antioxidants that boost your body’s energy and ability to focus. Their protein and fiber will also keep you feeling full making the Acai berry (or powder) a weight fighting superhero. Acai has a wide range of possibilities. Its creamy consistency and almost chocolatey flavor works well with both sweet and savory flavors by adding just one tablespoon to your smoothie. Buy acai powder.

    Bringing superfoods into your green smoothies is really all about knowing how to use them and knowing what you need in your diet. It is important to find superfoods that enhance the flavor and consistency of your smoothies, and work with your mix, but just as important to incorporate the superfoods that give you the nutrients you are looking for. Nothing beats finding that perfect combination of taste and nutrition to help you eat healthy and help our world.

  • 26Apr

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9155/raw-recipe-chocolate-acai-energy-bars.html

    Raw Recipe: Chocolate Acai Energy Bars

    BY SIMONE DURAND
    APRIL 26, 2013 7:13 AM EDT

    As the seasons change and we progress into summer, most of us naturally get more active. We go out for hikes, walk the trails, and the kids try out new sports.

    I like to be prepared when I’m on the go. The last thing I want to do is resort to a highly processed protein bar or pay $3 or $4 for a half-decent natural bar.

    So I make a big stack of these and I’m set for a week or two. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and omega-3s, no store-bought bar will come close. Best of all, they’ll stay fresh in the fridge for weeks. Oh, and did I mention they’re nut free? Any of you with nut allergies can indulge in these too.

    Prep: 15min

    Servings: 18-20 medallions

    Ingredients:

    • ·        1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
    • ·        1/2 cup hemp seeds
    • ·        1/2 cup sesame seeds
    • ·        1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • ·        1 cup of pitted dates/prunes, soaked in a little water to soften if needed
    • ·        1/2 cup raisins (optional if you like it sweeter)
    • ·        1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
    • ·        1/4 cup raw cacao
    • ·        3 tbs acai powder
    • ·        1 tbs cinnamon
    • ·        pinch of Himalayan pink salt
    • ·        pinch vanilla powder or extract

    Instructions:

    In a food processor start by adding the seeds one after the other, pulse till coarse. Add coconut flakes and rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well

    Add the fruit and pulse till paste forms. It should be getting gooey now.

    Melt the coconut oil and slowly pour in while the food processor is running, followed by the vanilla extract. A ball will start to form.

    Scoop out on parchment paper and roll into a sausage shape. Wrap up and set in fridge for 30 minutes to harden. Cut into 1-inch slices.

    Store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can slice them as you need or pre-slice and store them individually wrapped in cling wrap for an on-the-go snack.

  • 01Aug

    Samantha, selected from Planet Green
    7 Superfoods with the Smallest Footprint

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/superfoods-with-the-smallest-footprint.html?page=3

    posted by Samantha, selected from Planet Green Jul 31, 2010 5:07 pm
    filed under: Conscious Consumer, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food & Recipes, acai, asparagus, carbon footprint, Cherries, chili peppers, environmental footprint, environmental impact, flax, quinoa, wheatgrass

    By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

    We all want to get the most out of what we eat, and a varied diet is always the best way to do that. That said, some foods pack more nutrients per punch than others—here is a look at some that bring the most potent benefits with minimal (for the most part) impact on the environment.

    Cherries
    Tart cherries are thought to decrease risk of heart disease, alleviate arthritis pain and gout, and reduce inflammation. They have a few other healthful qualities to boast—plus, 95 percent of the cherries eaten in the U.S. are grown in the U.S., making them a super-eco-food.

    Wheatgrass
    It’s a powerful detoxifier, it is rich in chlorophyll, certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, plus it’s been used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and diarrhea—and it’s easy to grow yourself, making it just about as local as you can get.

    Asparagus
    One cup has more than a day’s worth of vitamin K, and is rich in folate, vitamins A, C and B6, thiamin, niacin, tryptophan, and fiber. And the eco-bonus is that it’s another you’re likely to find growing closer to home than some of the other celebrated superfoods.

    Quinoa
    It’s the only complete-protein grain (that actually isn’t a grain at all), it contains iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and researchers are working throughout South America to make its cultivation more sustainable all the time.

    Flax
    A fish-free way to get those omega 3 fatty acids—growing flax is easier on the environment than fish farming, plus you avoid the nasty chemicals and toxins that make fish oil not such a great bargain.

    Chili peppers
    They may help the body to burn fat.

    Acai
    With 10 to 30 times the antioxidant content of wine and powerful neutralizing effect on free radicals in the body, acai has become one of the most well-known superfoods, and while it’s not grown locally, it is (with most companies, anyway) flash-frozen without chemicals, and is harvested in a sustainable manner by small independent farmers—meaning local economies benefit and the local environment is under good care.

  • 15Mar

    From Live Food Factor
    Chocolate Acai Berry Truffles

    1 cup raw powdered cacao
    1 cup acai berry powder
    ½ cup white cacao butter
    ¼ cup raw coconut butter (use raw coconut oil if butter is not available)
    11/2 cup raw goji berries
    1 cup raw chopped walnuts
    ½ cup water
    3/8 cup raw yacon root syrup
    2 T raw unheated honey (optional)
    1 packet stevia ( ¾ tsp.)

    Blend everything except berries and nuts until very creamy. Stir in chopped nuts and goji berries. Drop by teaspoonfuls into candy cups. (These are like cupcake papers, but smaller, and you can find them at Michael’s art stores or shops that sell kitchenware.) Or you can drop on a pan that you can put in the freezer. The cacao butter makes the chocolates firm, like the kind you buy in the store. The cacao butter and coconut butter keep it firm so it won’t melt outside of the refrigerator or freezer. If you use coconut oil it won’t be as firm during the summer months outside of the refrigerator or freezer.

    How does this burn fat? The acai berry and cacao have monounsaturated fats, which help burn belly fat. So do the walnuts, which are also rich in omega 3s (which help burn fat). The yacon root syrup is so low on the glycemic level that it doesn’t affect the blood sugar. It is also very low in calories. The coconut has been proven in studies to help burn fat.
    Makes about 30 little chocolates.

  • 03Feb
    New Research:  Acai May Improve Cholesterol

    Acai has been touted in the media by reputable experts for its nutritional density and antioxidant content. This diminutive fruit packs a serious nutritional punch. Unfortunately, it has gotten a “black eye” in the past year due to outrageous claims and dishonest business practices of some disreputable companies. But, new research has again put the spotlight on the potential health benefits of Acai. Read the entire article here…

    Article Highlights:

    • New animal study published in the prestigious journal Nutrition has found that acai may improve lipid profiles by reducing “bad” forms of cholesterol.
    • Rats fed a high fat diet and acai saw a decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol blood levels, while good HDL cholesterol levels were unchanged.
    • Rats that were fed acai also saw an increase in a group of enzymes believed to lower the risk of developing some cardiovascular diseases.

    Get all the details on this study; click here to read the entire article…In conclusion the researchers stated that the “results suggest that the consumption of acai improves antioxidant status and has a hypocholesterolemic effect in an animal model of dietary-induced hypercholesterolemia .”

    Learn more about acai and our organic Acai Palmberry capsules at WholeHealth.com.

    New Research:  Pomegranate Extract May Also Benefit Women’s Health


    Due to the distinct heart and prostate benefits, pomegranate has long been associated with men’s health. However a new study has found that women may also benefit from adding pomegranate to their diets.

    Be sure to see the full article online.

    Article Highlights:

    • New study from researchers at UCLA found that pomegranate extract may reduce the risk of some types of hormone-dependent breast cancer.
    • Estrogen is estimated to be responsible for about 80% of all cases of breast cancer.
    • Pomegranate compound was found to inhibit the conversion of the hormone androgen into estrogen and reduce cancer cell proliferation, slowing cancer cell growth.

    Click to continue reading the entire article…While this study was an en vitro or “test tube” study, the researcher feel that ingesting pomegranate or pomegranate extracts could elevate blood levels of the pomegranate extract to the levels used in this study. However, it’s important to remember that this a preliminary study, using cultured tissue, not living human subjects. It is unknown whether these findings will translate to people.

    Learn more about the many potential benefits of Pomegranates and our PomeHealth™ Pomegranate & Resveratrol Blend at WholeHealth.com

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    New Research:  Acai May Improve Cholesterol


    Acai has been touted in the media by reputable experts for its nutritional density and antioxidant content. This diminutive fruit packs a serious nutritional punch. Unfortunately, it has gotten a “black eye” in the past year due to outrageous claims and dishonest business practices of some disreputable companies. But, new research has again put the spotlight on the potential health benefits of Acai. Read the entire article here…

    Article Highlights:

    • New animal study published in the prestigious journal Nutrition has found that acai may improve lipid profiles by reducing “bad” forms of cholesterol.
    • Rats fed a high fat diet and acai saw a decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol blood levels, while good HDL cholesterol levels were unchanged.
    • Rats that were fed acai also saw an increase in a group of enzymes believed to lower the risk of developing some cardiovascular diseases.

    Get all the details on this study; click here to read the entire article…In conclusion the researchers stated that the “results suggest that the consumption of acai improves antioxidant status and has a hypocholesterolemic effect in an animal model of dietary-induced hypercholesterolemia .”

    Learn more about acai and our organic Acai Palmberry capsules at WholeHealth.com.

    New Research:  Pomegranate Extract May Also Benefit Women’s Health


    Due to the distinct heart and prostate benefits, pomegranate has long been associated with men’s health. However a new study has found that women may also benefit from adding pomegranate to their diets.

    Be sure to see the full article online.

    Article Highlights:

    • New study from researchers at UCLA found that pomegranate extract may reduce the risk of some types of hormone-dependent breast cancer.
    • Estrogen is estimated to be responsible for about 80% of all cases of breast cancer.
    • Pomegranate compound was found to inhibit the conversion of the hormone androgen into estrogen and reduce cancer cell proliferation, slowing cancer cell growth.

    Click to continue reading the entire article…While this study was an en vitro or “test tube” study, the researcher feel that ingesting pomegranate or pomegranate extracts could elevate blood levels of the pomegranate extract to the levels used in this study. However, it’s important to remember that this a preliminary study, using cultured tissue, not living human subjects. It is unknown whether these findings will translate to people.

    Learn more about the many potential benefits of Pomegranates and our PomeHealth™ Pomegranate & Resveratrol Blend at WholeHealth.com

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