- 2 heads broccoli (1 bunch), stems removed
- 1 head cauliflower, stems removed
- 2.5 cups shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup currants
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 4-6 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
- kosher salt, pepper to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp salt and lots of pepper)
- kelp granules or Herbamare (optional), to taste
- Pure maple syrup, to drizzle on before serving
- 1. In a food processor (or chop by hand) process the broccoli (no stems) until fine. Add into large bowl.
- 2. Now process the cauliflower (no stems) until fine and add into bowl. Do the same with the carrots.
- 3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, currants, raisins, and parsley. Add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.
- 4. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste.
World’s Healthiest Foods reports that cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, and mustard greens) are said to be detoxifying because they provide support for the immune system, inflammatory system, hormonal system, detoxification system, and antioxidant system (source). These vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients. For example, one such group of phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables are called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are thought to have anti-cancer properties in a variety of research studies (source). World’s healthiest Foods also suggest consuming 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables each week for maximum benefit.
Please eat fruit. Eat lots of it. The human body is designed to eat fruit. If you’re worried about the sugar – don’t be. Along with important enzymes, phytochemicals and antioxidants, fruit is loaded with fiber. That fiber will see to it that the sugar from the fruit is absorbed nice and slowly so your blood sugar stays even and doesn’t spike. If you’re worried about sugar, just stay away from processed sugar and bring on the fruit.
You can snack on any type of fruit you like. Grapes, berries, apples, star fruit, mango, papaya, melons, oranges, plums, bananas – whatever you can get. Fruit is not only ridiculously healthy, it’s also the fastest snack ever. Snack on ALL the fruit!
Fruit Facts Credit: Molly Patrick
Ask a roomful of people if they enjoy drinking water, and you’re bound to get polar opinions. While some say nothing else quenches their thirst quite like water, others can’t stand the “taste.” But whatever your thoughts on water, hydration is crucial for good health. The human body is made largely of water which keeps it running smoothly, whether it’s helping cells grow, delivering oxygen, regulating body temperature and more. Luckily, there are easy ways to add it to your diet.
Infuse your water.
If water is too bland for your taste, try adding refreshing slices of lemon, cucumber, lime, strawberries, or mint—the possibilities are endless! When you’re on the go, you can even pack an infuser water bottle. Here’s a handy infographic about ways to invigorate your water.
Naturally flavored carbonated water is becoming more and more popular as people cut out sugary sodas, and it’s a great alternative to hydrate yourself if you can’t stand the taste of water. Just keep in mind that some experts say it may erode tooth enamel in large quantities, especially if you’re adding a fresh squeeze of citrus fruit for taste.
Buy a giant water bottle.
For some, drinking water is all about convenience. When you’re too busy to leave your desk (even though you know you should leave your desk regularly to avoid the effects of being sedentary), a large bottle of water can help you stay hydrated.
Eat hydrating foods.
Water is found in many foods that you can add to your diet for extra hydration. Cucumbers, apples and peppers are just a few of the water powerhouses to choose from. Check out Shape.com’s list of top 30 hydrating foods for inspiration. Bonus: Most hydrating foods are packed with vitamins.
Tally how many glasses of water you’re drinking each day. Simply jot it down in a notebook or download a fitness app to help you. After all, you may only think you’re drinking enough water. If you’re the type who forgets to mark your water intake, you can even invest in a bottle that links to your cellphone and automatically records how much water you drink.
Keep a mini fridge nearby.
If you live in a two-storied house, stash some water in a mini fridge upstairs. Likewise, if your office is far from the kitchen, keep a cooler or small fridge nearby. If you simply can’t leave your office on busy days, a standing desk placed near your water-filled mini fridge can keep you hydrated and healthy.
Give water to guests.
Offer visitors a glass of water when they arrive, and pour one for yourself in the process. Although this isn’t a daily habit, it’s particularly useful during the holidays when loved ones are in town. (Plus, it’s polite!) At the office, place a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy during meetings.
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Cleanse and protect your liver with this simple juice recipe. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body.
- 1 red beet
- 3 sticks carrot
- 1/2 cucumber
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 handful spinach
- 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds
- 1 inch slice of ginger
- 1/2 slice of turmeric
- Wash all produce well.
- Peel the beet and carrot. Juice spinach first then add cucumber, carrot, Pom seeds and lastly beet.
Try this savory, refreshing and guilt free Asian-inspired salad. A one-cup serving clocks in at only 80 calories! A spiralizer is a handy kitchen tool for creating low carb veggie noodles.
- 2 cucumbers, spiraled (using a vegetable spiralizer)
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup snap peas, cut in half
- 1 bell pepper, julienned
- 1 green onion, minced
- Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- 1/3 cup cashew butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- pinch of chili flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
- Combine all pasta ingredients together, place in the fridge. In a high speed blender combine all dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over noodles, garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately!
Disease loves a toxic body, but feels the opposite about an alkaline body. This list will help you choose alkaline fruits and vegetables.
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, carob, cherries, currants, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, guavas, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, mangos, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranates, all melons, raisins, sapotes, tamarind, tangerines, and tomatoes.?
Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, bamboo shoots, green, lima, wax, string beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, corn, ?cucumber, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, ?bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, romaine lettuce, rutabagas, sauerkraut ?spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, watercress, and yams.
Amaranth, Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Millet.
If we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body needs to locate and use those minerals from elsewhere in the body. So it looks to our bones, teeth, and organs and finds and utilizes the minerals found there, which may result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels.
Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy. Just stay hydrated, add a few foods a day and you’ll be on your way to alkalinity!
Alkaline List Source: Mimi Kirk
Beets are often ignored by shoppers, even if they are available all year round. Perhaps you’re one of those who pass by the beet section looking for other veggies. Understanding the benefits of beets might make you reconsider and give them a chance.
Whole fresh organic beets offer two vegetables in one. The leaves are edible and tasty if steamed and topped with some butter, lemon or lime and your favorite spices. Those greens are similar to spinach in taste and texture and quite nutritious. Simply separate the beets from the leaves and store them until there are enough to steam. The separated beets can last for days in the fridge.
There are several ways to consume the red beets. The outer skins should be peeled regardless of how you prepare them. Then they can be grated raw and sprinkled on salads. Or chop them up into quarters, steam them and prepare as you would any vegetable.
Raw beets offer the most complete nutrients. And juicing beets with a slow masticating juicer is highly recommended. Juicing a few beets with lots of carrots and an apple or two is the tastiest way to go. And this adds more nutrients intact with important enzymes.
Eight Health Benefits of Beets
(1) Beet juice is alkaline and helps stave off acidosis, a harbinger of all diseases.
(2) Beet juice helps stimulate liver cells and cleanse and protect bile ducts. It also helps relieve the kidneys of stress to help cure gout. It also helps relieve constipation.
(3) Beets help cleanse the blood and create more red blood cells. They are useful for treating and curing anemia. Heavy daily beet consumption has even been used to treat leukemia and other cancers. With normal consumption, one can benefit from beets’ anti-carcinogenic properties.
(4) Red beets and their leaves are a high source of folate, which is the natural base of folic acid. Folate helps build tissue and red blood cells. Folic acid from folate is more beneficial for pregnant women than folic acid synthetically derived. It is healthier long term to depend on folate rather than to use folic acid supplements. Unfortunately, the two terms are misused interchangeably.
(5) Beets contain lots of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which help prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other age related eye issues.
(6) Beets are a high source of phytonutrients called betalains. Beet betalains provide strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
(7) Beets help lower blood pressure, maintain blood vessel elasticity, and even help eliminate varicose veins.
(8) Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, and biotin.
It’s easy to incorporate beets into your diet. Beets are delicious and versatile. From juicing for a cleansing morning tonic to roasting them for a soup or salad, and even baking with them.
Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber and can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. A fiber-rich diet seems to help people eat less and shed pounds.
If you like a smooth oatmeal, use rolled oats. If you like a crunch to your oatmeal, use steel cut oats.
- 1/2 cup gluten free steel cut oats or rolled oats
- 1 1/2 T pumpkin
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp flax meal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1 medjool date chopped or 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Pour all the ingredients into a jar and mix very well. Try 5 at a time and they last all week! Great for those busy mornings. Enjoy!
- If you like warm oatmeal transfer from jar to heat and serve.