Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hi guys! Here is short article from Robyn Openshaw - aka Green Smoothie Girl-maybe you have
heard of her?? :) I have just recently found her and she has loads of knowledge to share!
Juicing, smoothies etc are a great way to get a ton of nutrients and to help your body detox all the junk out of it! so read up!
In my effort to teach people how to convert to a whole-foods, 60-80% raw, mostly plant-based diet, I've found one habit that I consider to be the highest and best use of your kitchen time.
Making a blenderful of green smoothie takes only 10 minutes a day. I recommend doing it first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from you. Then put it in quart or pint jars in the fridge. Take your quart (my daily recommendation) and a straw to work with you, or running errands.
A 96-oz. blenderful makes a quart for me, and a pint for each of my four children. That's 15 servings of greens and fruit for me, and 7.5 servings for them. Wow!
I prefer drinking my green smoothie at lunch because that's the meal people typically have no time to prepare. Consequently, it's the meal where we are most likely to eat "fast food" that lacks nutrition and fiber. The foods most Americans eat cause a big energy drain because the body has to work so hard to manufacture enzymes and break down heavy processed foods and animal proteins.
Even if you want something not particularly good for you at lunch, if you've filled your stomach up FIRST with high-nutrition greens and fruit (400 calories in a quart), you'll eat less of the inferior foods. And your blended greens provide external enzymes to break down other food.
Furthermore, you're going to see a stabilization of your energy and mood in the late afternoon. That's when many working people find that they need their productivity most - right as it fails them! Many turn to caffeine or other stimulants just to get through the day.
If your lunch nutrition includes large amounts of the highest-micronutrient foods on earth (greens), you will likely achieve radically improved energy. That may happen immediately. Or it may happen after giving the "cleansing reactions" a chance to subside, if you're new to green smoothies. (Eighteen percent of the 175 people in my study experienced temporary reactions such as headache or diarrhea. That's normal as your body recognizes excellent building materials coming in, and uses that opportunity to "clean house.")
In my research, 95.4% said green smoothies noticeably improved their health or quality of life! 84 percent were so excited, they taught others the habit! And the top benefits reported were more energy (85%), improved digestion (80%), fewer cravings for sweets and processed foods (65%), and weight loss (50%, with an average loss of 18 lbs.).
Search "green smoothie" on YouTube and see the phenomenon of well over 1,000 demos there--it's a hot topic! Mine is the top-viewed demo, and it takes only 3 minutes to watch.
To Your Health!
Robyn's Green Smoothie Template
- 2 ¾ cup water and ice
- ¼ cup raw, organic stevia ( from the plant- not drops etc.. you can use those but keep in mind they are also highly processed)
Add water, ice and stevia to blender.
Add greens and blend until smooth up to the 6-cup mark in the blender (VitaMix or BlendTec are best).
Greens can be spinach, collards, kale, chard, greens from turnips/beets, weeds like dandelion or purslane, or lettuces.
Add fruit and blend up to 9+ cups.
Fruit can be anything, though my favorites are 1-2 bananas, 2+ cups frozen mixed berries, and then whatever fruit I have on hand.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sesame seeds are very high in calcium, magnesium, zinc, fiber, iron, B1 and phosphorus, sesame seeds are unique in their chemical structure. Possessing important cholesterol-fighting fibers known as lignans, studies show that these seeds can lower blood pressure, as well as protect the liver from damage. Sesame seeds also may help prevent Arthritis, asthma, migraine headaches, menopause, osteoporosis and PMS.
Pumpkin Seeds are high in a form of antioxidant known as carotenoids, a special plant derivative that enhances immune activity and disease fighting capacities. These seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, two important nutrients that may play a role in warding off inflammation, arthritis and osteoporosis. Finally, pumpkin seed are high in phytosterols, plant components that aid in keeping stable levels of cholesterol, enhanced immune response, as well as cancer-fighting attributes
Chia seeds ( Salba)
Yes, just like the seeds you used for sprouting your Chia pet, these seeds are from the mint family. Extremely tiny, yet extremely potent, these small seeds are packed full of fiber, protein, nutrient oils, various antioxidants and even calcium. Salba is considered a more powerful food source for Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber than fish. It’s purported to provide eight times more Omega 3s than salmon, four times more fiber than flax, six times more calcium than whole milk, 13 times more antioxidants than blueberries.
Studies show that chia seeds stabilize the blood sugar, lower our risks for cardiovascular disease, as well as increase weight loss. These amazing little seeds are an excellent source of high-quality fats, as they are made up of a whopping 34% pure omega-3 oils.
Flax Seed-is truly an amazing grain (though not technically a grain)which is proving itself over and over again as a nutritional wonder food. It is most noted for it’s high levels of LNA, lignans and fiber. For a grain (though not technically a grain), flax seed also has a very high level of protein at 21%. Flax contains high amounts of fiber, vitamin E, folacin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and is extremely high in the minerals potassium, calcium and phosphorus. 57 percent of flax seed oil is Alfa-linolenic acid (LNA) which is the highest LNA food known in the world. LNA is one of the two essential fatty acids we must get from eating foods. Flax seed’s other primary ingredient -phytoestrogenic compounds known as lignans. Flax seed contains 100 times more lignans than the next closest food.
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
1 1/4 cups quick-cook old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
2 tsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 large egg whites
2 tsp unsalted almond butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips- OR raisins or craisins or whatever you like
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together agave, egg white, almond butter and vanilla.
- Add egg mixture to dry ingredients all at once and combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter equally into 16 mounds (about 1 rounded tbsp in size) and arrange evenly spaced on prepared baking sheets. Using the back of a slightly dampened spoon, flatten each mound into 2 1/2-inch circles. Bake 9 to 10 minutes, until golden. Cool on sheets for an additional 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely. Stored in an airtight container, cookies will keep fresh for 2 to 3 days. From Clean eating
1. Preheat grill or broiler. Toss together asparagus, bell pepper, squash, and oil on large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Grill or broil vegetables 4 to 6 minutes per side, turning once.
2. Mash together beans, garlic, and chile sauce in small bowl until smooth.
3. Spread half of bean mixture over each tortilla. Top each with 3 basil leaves, 1/2 cup roasted vegetables, 4 onion slices, and 1/2 cup arugula. Fold bottom third of tortillas over vegetables, and roll up tightly, tucking in sides as you go. Cut wraps in half on diagonal. Serve immediately, or wrap each half in foil or wax paper, and chill until ready to eat.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Breakfast for your Skin - (Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation) Oil of choice- Jojoba, Sweet almond oil, olive, grapeseed, sunflower seed oil or avocado are great for ksin and also have their own healing properties...
1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it's own.
Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely.
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Yogurt Sugar Scrub
3 TBS oil
1 TBS yogurt
Because of the yogurt you only make this in small batches- enough for one use or you could make it a little bigger batch and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Honey Body Scrub
Pour honey into medium sized bowl, then add sugar and stir to combine. Add the salt in increments, to adjust the consistency to your liking.. When all ingredients combine, add oils and stir well. This recipe is particularly long keeping as the lack of water discourages bacteria.
Honey and Lemon Sweet Sugar scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey- unprocessed is best (
3 tbs jojoba oil- or oil of choice
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3-4 drops lemon essential oil
A lot of people use this on their face- (and every where else) and claim it is great for getting rid of blackheads! open your pores first( with heat- hot wash cloth works great) then lightly rub in with finger tips- especially in t zone area. Leave it on your face for a couple of minutes then massage again in a circular motion while applying warm water and rinse off