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One of the most delicious parts of summer is the abundance of heirloom tomatoes that are available at that time of year.
If you've never had an heirloom tomato, you're in for a real treat. These nutrient-rich tomatoes have a wonderful sweet and salty flavor, and make an excellent addition to any meal or snack. In today's recipe I share a beautifully simple way to enjoy them that lets their flavor shine.
Rich in nutrients
Heirloom tomatoes are are rich in vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes heirloom tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, lower blood pressure, protect against skin damage, improve cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones.
Help prevent cancer
Heirloom tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, a super-antioxidant, which is known to help prevent breast, pancreatic, intestinal, bladder, cervical, colorectal, lung, skin, endometrial, and prostate cancers.
Heirloom tomatoes are also known to aid in the digestion of dense proteins, assist in dissolving gallstones, and purify the blood making them highly beneficial for your digestive tract and lymphatic system.
During the summer, heirloom tomatoes can be found abundantly at your local farmers markets, some grocery stores, or grown in your garden. Have fun tasting all the different varieties and enjoying each unique and delicious flavor profile.
The basil in this dish not only adds a burst of flavor that pairs wonderfully with the heirloom tomatoes, but it offers its unique health benefits as well. The magnesium found in basil can help reduce the chance of experiencing irregular heart rhythms and spasms, making this herb a great option for helping support cardiovascular health. The magnesium also works to relax muscles and blood vessels. If you are suffering from a bacterial or viral-related health issue, the powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties of basil can provide fantastic assistance. If you are suffering from mono, shingles, or intestinal parasites, try regularly incorporating basil into your meals.
Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
This gloriously simple and fresh dish is the perfect lunch or dinner accompaniment to celebrate and enjoy in summer's bounty. It lets the wonderful flavor of the heirloom tomatoes stand out with just a few extra flavor accents to bring it all together.
2-4 beautiful heirloom tomatoes (the same or different colors)
1/4 cup fresh basil
1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
sprinkle sea salt and pepper
Thickly slice the heirloom tomatoes and arrange on a plate. Gently rip some basil leaves and place on top. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, if desired.
This item posted: 24-Aug-2015 - Disclaimer
This wonderfully easy recipe will be a hit with all your family and friends, and not just the kids. Who doesn't love a sweet, refreshing and creamy pop in the summer?
With just three easy to find ingredients, this recipe can be made in a matter of minutes. Freeze overnight to enjoy anytime you please or in the morning so you have a delicious, cooling pop to enjoy on summer nights.
Some people avoid bananas because of their sugar content, but the sugar found in ripe bananas actually offers a number of benefits. Manganese and selenium are just some of the trace minerals that are connected to the sugar you’ll be consuming when you peel open a banana. Potassium, which helps support neurotransmitter functioning, as well as other minerals linked to the sugar in bananas are abundant in this sweet and nourishing fruit. Bring in this antiviral food whenever you get the chance. It can help support those fighting numerous conditions and symptoms including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shingles, and Epstein-Barr.
The strawberry could be described as a superfood thanks to all the amazing benefits it can offer you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you suffer from age-related macular degeneration or other vision issues, regularly incorporating strawberries into your diet could be helpful. Looking to improve your cardiovascular health, lower your cholesterol, or stave off heart disease or strokes? The ellagic acid and flavonoids found in these sweet, red berries can help! Strawberries, like certain other berries, aid in preventing organ damage that can result from an overabundance of adrenaline in the system. Unseen compounds found in these berries assist this. In this fast-paced, technological age we live in, many people regularly face elevated adrenaline levels, and berries are a perfect way to begin supporting this all too common issue.
You can make this recipe with orange juice or pineapple juice, or you can use a mix of both. Whether it’s driving back a virus, working to make toxic heavy metals inactive, or helping shield the body from the harmful effects of radiation, the glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids found in oranges can help. Oranges, once recognized as miracle fruits deserve to return to that place of esteem and be rightfully celebrated for the treasure trove of health benefits they offer. Freshly made juice will always contain the highest amount of nutrients, but bottled juice can be used if needed. In combination with the incredible amount of nutrients and healing properties in bananas and strawberries, this is a winning recipe for your health.
Learn much more about the physical, emotional, and spiritual properties of these foods and more in my book Life-Changing Foods.
These pops are bound to go fast, so make as many batches as you like at once. Perfect to enjoy any time of day!
Strawberry Banana Pops
2 ripe bananas
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and add possible sticks & lids. Freeze overnight. Eat & Enjoy!
This item posted: 17-Aug-2015 - Disclaimer
It's becoming increasingly common to see kale salads in cafes and restaurants, and there are countless recipes online. But not all kale salads are made equal. Some are very healthy, while others contain ingredients that detract from your health and energy, despite being accompanied by kale and other nutritious vegetables.
The recipe I'm sharing with you today is as healthy as it is tasty, and there are no suspicious ingredients anywhere in sight. Making your own salads and other meals at home is always the best way to ensure that you know exactly what you're eating, and how you'll feel afterwards.
This recipe is perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack to share. It is also great the next day as the flavors and juices marinate into the kale and soften it further.
Cucumbers are a fantastic addition to any salad. Do you struggle with staying hydrated throughout the day? Bringing cucumbers or cucumber juice into your diet on a daily basis can be a simple way to help fight dehydration. The rich hydration cucumbers provide the body with can help keep you looking and feeling more youthful than you otherwise might. Talafinns, coenzymes in cucumbers that I brought to light that medical research has yet to identify, alongside already recognized enzymes, assist the body in digesting proteins. One reason this is valuable is because it aids your body in deriving the full benefits from the foods you consume.
Celery adds crunch and natural, healthy sodium to a salad. If you struggle with gut health issues, celery is a fantastic food to start incorporating in your daily eats. Celery helps to bring alkalinity to the gut partially due to the abundance of bioactive sodium it contains. Another reason you want to make celery a regular part of your meals and snacks is because of its incredible cofactor micro trace mineral salts that, alongside the regular sodium found in celery, efficiently work together in a supportive way to free the gut and other parts of the body of toxic acids and to increase your pH.
The scallion will provide you with similar benefits to those you would receive from eating other onions, like red onion, yellow onion, leeks, chives, shallots, and other alliums. Have you ever experienced digestive issues after eating an onion? In this instance, it is not likely that the onion caused the discomfort. Instead, it may be the result of die-off from harmful bacteria that the onion helped to destroy in the digestive tract. If you or a loved one suffer from SIBO, try making onions a more significant part of your diet. Their powerful abilities to help suppress the overgrowth of bacteria can be a wonderfully healing support for SIBO sufferers. If you prefer another onion to scallions, feel free to use whichever you enjoy most in this recipe.
Kale is an incredibly powerful leafy green. Not only does kale contain numerous minerals and vitamins including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B-complex, but it also can provide you with chlorophyll, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acids. If you think you may have a stagnant or sluggish liver, kale and other vegetables that fall within the Brassica family may be able to help! These veggies can offer support to a stagnant liver, or other organ, by providing gentle stimulation. There are a number of kale varieties with various textures and tastes, including common kale and lacinato kale (also referred to as dinosaur kale), so try out the different kinds and see which one you like best!
Did you know that the food that closest resembles breast milk in nutritional composition is the deliciously creamy avocado? When you enjoy an avocado, know that you are not only nourishing yourself on a physical level, but you are also providing your spiritual side with the affection and tender care a mother might offer her child. If you're looking for a way to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh, bring avocado into your diet as well. Avocado can help alleviate dryness, reduce under-eye circles, and can contribute to beautifully glowing skin. They also taste amazing in salads!
If you haven’t gotten much sunshine lately or are just feeling lonesome, try including an abundance of oranges in your diet and see if this helps shift your emotional state and bring a newfound warmth into your life. This is one of the emotional gifts oranges can offer you. Oranges contain a unique type of bioactive calcium that the body immediately takes in and can effectively use in a variety of healing ways. The glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids found in this citrus fruit are wonderful at battling components of The Unforgiving Four including radiation, viruses, and toxic heavy metals. To learn more about The Unforgiving Four, read a detailed description in my book, Life-Changing Foods.
Red cabbage is loaded with a number of life-enhancing vitamins and minerals including vitamins C, K and B-complex as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and iodine. Furthermore, the anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory qualities of the anthocyanin polyphenols, antioxidants that are abundant in red cabbage, make this vegetable even more of a powerhouse choice for someone seeking health and healing. Like onions, red cabbage can support gut health. One way it does this is by working in the digestive tract to reduce unproductive bacteria while encouraging the development of beneficial bacteria. This vegetable not only offers a number of healing benefits to this dish, but brings a beautiful purple pop of color to it as well!
To learn more about these foods and their physical, emotional and spiritual healing properties, read my book Life-Changing Foods. I share 50 of the top healing foods and reveal unknown and undiscovered information on each that can bring life-changing benefits to your health.
1 cucumber, cubed
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch of scallions, chopped
1/2 bunch of kale, finely chopped
1 avocado, cubed
1-2 oranges, squeezed over salad
toppings: shredded red cabbage & scallions
Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix together and top with shredded red cabbage and chopped scallions.
This item posted: 10-Aug-2015 - Disclaimer
Berry delight is a perfect nutrient-rich breakfast, and will give you an energizing and uplifting start to your day. You can also enjoy this recipe as a snack, dessert, or anytime. For something different and to get the benefit of the essential mineral salts we need, try adding in some fresh leafy greens like spinach, butter lettuce, or mâche to turn it into a vibrant salad for lunch or dinner.
This recipe couldn't be any easier to put together. The ingredients can easily be found at most supermarkets and it can be prepared in just a few minutes. Keep reading to learn just some of the many health benefits of the foods that make up this sweet treat.
Restore the body in a number of ways with the antioxidant-packed strawberry. Not only is this juicy, red fruit loaded with vitamins A, B-complex and E, but it contains zinc, iron, manganese, and other essential minerals. Their rich vitamin C content can help strengthen your immune system by protecting you from any flu or cold that may be going around your home or workplace. If you are suffering with lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, COPD or another autoimmune disorder, the anti-inflammatory effects of the rich phenol content in strawberries can offer fantastic support.
The blueberry is a popular berry for its delicious taste and incredible healing properties, many of which have yet to be discovered. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals abound in this tiny, powerful fruit. If you’re looking to improve your cognitive abilities or offer your circulatory system greater support, making blueberries a regular part of your diet can be very helpful. The larger cultivated blueberry offers some wonderful health benefits, but the smaller wild blueberry exceeds it and all other foods in its healing might. For this recipe, feel free to use cultivated blueberries, wild blueberries, or a delicious mix of both.
The kiwi fruit doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once you slice one open you’ll see the stunning interior. It may call to mind an image of outer space, and for good reason. As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, as each kiwi matures on the vine it is imbued with an image of the vast creation around us. As you consume the fruit, shift your attention towards its internal likeness to the beautiful galactic mysteries around us. This meditation can help you separate yourself from everyday irritations and inconveniences that work to keep you in a place of stuck isolation.
The banana is filled with essential trace minerals and macro minerals. The potassium found in a banana is incredible for helping to support neurotransmitter function. A rich creation of electrolytes can stem from the combined efforts of the banana's bioavailable potassium and abundant amino acids. If you’re in need of digestive assistance, bananas may be able to help. If you suffer from a hyperactive colon and small intestinal tract, this natural antispasmodic can aid in offering relief as well.
Once you learn just how amazing the orange is, you will begin to celebrate each time you get the chance to snack on this miraculous fruit. The high level of flavonoids and limonoids found in oranges and their fellow citrus, the tangerine, help to ignite the coenzyme glutathione, which is abundant in these two fruits. Oranges and tangerines will be a vital piece of battling the global chronic illness issue thanks in part to this particularly powerful connection between the flavonoids and limonoids and the glutathione.
To learn more about these fruits and many more of the top healing foods available to us, check out my book Life-Changing Foods.
Berry Delight Bowl
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 pint regular or wild blueberries
2 kiwi, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1 orange or tangerine, squeezed
optional: sprig of fresh basil or mint
Mix the strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and banana in a bowl together.
Squeeze the juice of the orange or tangerine over the fruit and gently mix.
Serve immediately and sprinkle with fresh basil or mint if desired. Eat, smile, and enjoy!
This item posted: 03-Aug-2015 - Disclaimer
One of the amazing things about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet is the way that our taste buds change, and we begin to crave more and more of these fresh ingredients over time. When you find yourself yearning for leafy greens and the benefits they provide, this easy-to-make, richly flavored soup is a great way to incorporate them into your day in an easily digestible form. With all of the minerals the spinach provides, you’ll also help curb any cravings for the foods you know don’t serve your health right now.
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 stalk celery
1 garlic clove
4 cups baby spinach
2 basil leaves or a few sprigs of cilantro
1⁄2 avocado (optional)
Blend the tomatoes, celery, and garlic with the juice of 1 orange until smooth. Add the spinach by the handful until completely incorporated. Add the basil and the avocado (if desired), and blend. Serve and enjoy immediately!
Find this recipe and learn more about how to restore your thyroid in my book Thyroid Healing
This item posted: 27-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Skip the store bought popsicles laden with processed ingredients like refined sugar, preservatives and colors, and instead make these wonderful homemade treats.
The recipe I am sharing with you today takes about five minutes to make (plus freezing time) and is jam packed with incredible healing nutrients. Not to mention how absolutely delicious it is!
Wild blueberries are the star ingredient of this recipe, giving you a phenomenal amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in sweet little packaging. Add the anti-viral and anti-fungal power of the raw honey and coconut and you have a treat that packs serious nutritional punch.
Wild Blueberry & Coconut Popsicles
2 cups wild blueberries*
2 cups plain unsweetened coconut yogurt
1/4 - 1/2 cup raw honey
*if you can’t find wild blueberries in your freezer section at your supermarket than regular blueberries can be substituted
1. Mix the wild blueberries and raw honey in a bowl together. (You can also pulse them in a blender, if desired).
2. Assemble the popsicles by alternating a little scoop of the coconut yogurt with a little scoop of the wild blueberry mixture into each popsicle mold, repeating as desired until you’ve reached the top. Swirl gently with a spoon to give the popsicles a slightly mixed effect.
3. Add popsicle sticks and/or lids and freeze overnight.
This item posted: 20-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are essential for men’s health and provide significant protection for the prostate gland. They are an excellent source of tryptophan which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.
The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.
Pumpkin seeds have high concentrations of phytosterols that can help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract which ultimately can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Pumpkin Seeds have also been known to prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seed butter is a great and tasty alternative to peanut butter and can be found online and in most health food stores. Raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrition and health benefits. Try sprinkling them on salads, adding them to trail mixes, or chop them with dates to make your own healthy energy bars.
This item posted: 19-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
Hibiscus tea is made from deep red calyxes of the hibiscus flower that is rich in anthocyanins, fruit acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and bioflavonoids. Hibiscus tea is excellent for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections. Traditionally, hibiscus tea was regarded by the egyptian pharaohs to be royalty’s most important beverage as it was known to improve health and vitality.
The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These antioxidants also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage.
Hibiscus tea is also known to be beneficial for weight loss, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, and mood swings. Hibiscus tea also is known to help lower blood pressure, prevent bladder infections, and relieve constipation. Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice. Hibiscus tea can be consumed either hot or cold. Try adding some raw honey for a delicious and powerful immune strengthening drink.
This item posted: 18-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
This healthy vibrant dish is both easy and energizing! A delightful combination of flavors it is surprisingly delicious and nutritious. Great for lunch or a snack or as a dish to share with family or friends!
Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. They are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. Grapefruits are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, and flatulence.
They are also an anti-cancer powerhouse and are particularly beneficial for prostate, breast, colon, and throat cancers. Even though grapefruit is thought to be an acidic fruit, it actually has the opposite reaction once inside the body and makes the body more alkaline which is vital for preventing most other diseases. They also have the ability to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.
They are also an excellent source of glutathione which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance which helps to steady blood sugar levels.
Grapefruit Avocado Salad
1 ruby grapefruit
1 pink grapefruit
sprig fresh mint
optional: pinch of sea salt and/or pepper
Tip - If you don't have fresh mint growing in your garden, it can also be found at most supermarkets in the produce section.
1. Cut the avocado in half, and remove the pit and skin. Thinly slice the avocado and place in a fan shape around the serving plate
2. Cut the ends and rind off the grapefruit and slice along each membrane to remove each grapefruit section. Place the sections in a in a circular fan shape on top of the avocado slices.
3. Sprinkle some fresh chopped mint on top, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper if you wish.
5. Serve and enjoy!
*As healthy and healing as grapefruits may be, caution should be used if you are taking certain prescription drugs. If you are on any medication, make sure to consult with your physician and/or pharmacist before consuming.
This item posted: 13-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer
This watermelon refresher is an amazingly hydrating and rejuvenating drink that can provide much needed electrolytes and minerals to your body, especially on a hot summer’s day. This drink is perfect for entertaining with family and friends and for enjoying summer fun together.
Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer.
Watermelon is also known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision. Watermelon is not nearly as high in sugar as most people think as it has half the sugar than an apple.
Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses. The rind of the watermelon is equally beneficial as it is one of the highest organic sodium foods in nature and one of the best sources of chlorophyll and can be juiced for a delicious and healing drink.
4 cups cold watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint
juice from 1-2 limes
*tip if you don't have fresh mint growing in your garden, it can also be found at most supermarkets in the produce section
Add all ingredients to a blender or vitamix and blend on high for 1 minute. Strain juice and serve! For added fun use a cookie cutter to press stars our of the leftover watermelon and place on the side of your glass! Drink and Enjoy!
This item posted: 29-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer
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