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A Salad and a Shake

Just wanted to share one of my favorite salads and smoothies with many health benefits.

The salad:
-1/2 cup Quinoa
-3 cups lettuce of your choice or mix of different lettuces (I used Savory, Lola Rosa and Kale)
-3 Cucumbers
-1/4 cup Cilantro
-1/2 cup Heirloom Tomatoes
-1 Avocado
-1 Lemon for Dressing
-Olive Oil to taste
-Salt and Pepper to taste

Smoothie:
-2 Medium sized Bananas
-2 Tablespoons Vanilla Hemp Protein
-1 cup Frozen mixed organic Berries
-1 1/2 cup water or Coconut water
-1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
-2 Tablespoons Dry Oats
-2 Teaspoons Spirulina

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, this salad and smoothie together are for you! The salad provides a lot of folic acid which is essential during pregnancy. Avocado, any leafy greens contain lots of Folic Acid. The smoothie has Spirulina which helps with fertility and strawberries which also have Folic Acid.

Give Savory a try.

Savory has many health benefits such as anti-oxidants, helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL). It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins A, and C and helps control blood pressure.

And they taste great 🙂

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Brussel Sprouts and Radishes

Yesterday I made two very easy dishes using Brussel Sprouts and Radishes. These are two veggies that I have found really hard to work with, but yesterday’s plate was delish! The recipes are simple, don’t take up much time and are very healthy.

For the Brussel Sprouts:

– 1-2 cups Brussel Sprouts

– Olive Oil OR Cocunut Oil (just to toss with or spray on the veggies)

– Sea salt to taste

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For the Radishes:

– 1 bunch of Radish (I used Black Spanish Radishes)

– Olive Oil OR Coconut oil to toss in or spray on veggies

– Crushed red pepper flakes to season with

– Sea salt to taste

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Method:

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees

– Cut the Brussel Sprouts in thin slices, then either toss with oil, or spray and sprinkle with salt.

– Peel and chop radishes to equally sized pieces. Either toss with oil or spray, and season with pepper flakes & salt

– Place veggies in oven, about 10-12 minutes for Brussel Sprouts and 20 minutes for Radishes

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I really enjoyed eating these two veggies this way, the best part for me was the fact that neither one gets over-cooked, so they maintain most of their nutritional value and still taste great. 

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Radishes are known to reduce risk of Cancer, help control high blood pressure, aid in digestion and eliminate toxins among other things. 

Brussel Sprouts contain Fiber, Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Folate (or Folic Acid), Protein, Iron. They help regulate Cholesterol and also help prevent Cancer. 

You are what you eat! 

 

Goodies – The Easiest Jam you will Ever Make

The jam I used for my uncles gift box was strawberry, but today I made Raspberry jam with Chia seeds.

It’s all RAW and only 3 easy steps

Here is what you need:

–          1 cup raspberries 

–          1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (you can add more if you want)

–          Stevia to taste (optional)

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3 EASY STEPS:

  1. Blend raspberries in blender until liquefied
  2. Add contents of blender to a jar and then add the chia seeds and optional sweetener
  3. Mix everything together well, and let sit in refrigerator overnight

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This is what it should look like after you have blended the raspberries and added the Chia seeds and optional sweetener. 

 

That’s it! The next morning you should have a healthy, raw, all natural jelly/jam ready to be spread on your morning toast or eaten on its own! You can make this same jam with strawberries, blueberries and more!

You should have this thicker consistency the next day:

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Why make this at home, and why raw?

Store bought jelly or jam is usually, well a sham! When you think of something made of pretty much just fruit. It’s supposed to be good for you right? Well not when the fruit has been cooked, second ingredient is sugar (or even worse, cornstarch!), has other additives/preservatives and has been sitting on a shelf for God knows how long. Here are some benefits of having berries on a regular basis:

–          Great for your skin

–          High in antioxidants

–          Contain vitamin C

–          Aids in weight loss

–          They taste great!

 

Making this jam at home is also a great way to eat raw chia seeds which are an excellent source of OMEGA-3. So instead of spending your money on fish oil that are likely not even doing their job unless you take like 6-10 of those huge pills a day (read the instructions people)… just add more chia seed to your diet.  

 

Here are some other ways of incorporating raw chia seeds to your diet:

 

–          Add them to ANY soup, they are practically undetectable

–          Make drinks (you can add them to any juice or smoothie or even an iced coffee and they only enhance the texture)

–          Make a chia seed dessert:

  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seed
  • Cinnamon and Stevia to taste

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Add the Chia seeds, cinnamon and stevia to the almond milk in a glass cup. Stir well, and leave the cup in the fridge for 15-20 mins for a sweet and healthy, jell-o like desert!

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