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Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

By |July 28th, 2011|

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

Green means Lean E-book

By |September 24th, 2010|

7 Health Principles to Simplify & Balance Your Life! 'Eating Green, Clean and Lean' cuts through the confusion, by starting you in the right direction with clear, simple health PRINCIPLES.

Greens Are Good for Us

By |July 20th, 2010|

The very simplest place to start with getting greens into our diet is to eat one big salad each day and make sure it is filled with mostly greens.  

Greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E which are fat soluble. To absorb these vitamins make sure to add a teaspoon of dietary fat, such as butter, olive or coconut oil, nuts, cheese or salad dressing. This will make sure your body absorbs all of the vitamins in the greens. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix.

  Greens
 MIXED SUMMER GREEN SALAD Greens 

Ingredients:
1 handful, spinach
1 handful, arugula
½ head, red leaf lettuce
½  head, green leafy lettuce
1 medium bunch of parsley
3 Celery pieces, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced in rounds
¼ cup pine nuts

Directions:
1. Mix greens together in a bowl.
2. Top with celery, cucumber and pine nuts.
3. Serve with Mint salad dressing.

TIP:  If you are planning on this lasting for the next day, do not mix the cucumber in.  Put it in a bowl on the side and add to each serving of salad.  A mix of the basic ingredients without the cucumber will last 3 days in the fridge.

LEMON-MINT SALAD DRESSING
This is a refreshing tasty dressing with a little mint flavour.

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Why We Take Vitamins. Why We May Be Wrong!

By |February 2nd, 2010|

Are there better options than bags full of vitamins and pills?

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One-third of Americans (and an even higher percentage of Canadians) takes vitamin and mineral supplements each day. Reasons include:


1. Our new understanding of the body's requirements for particular chemical nutrients. For example, Vitamin C helps reduce free radical damage in cells.  It's easy to take Vitamin C in capsule form and to assume that it will give you the same benefits as a glass of orange juice. 
2. Our food supply is not as nutritious today as it was in the past.  This is due to large-scale farming which focuses on quantity, shelf life and profit rather than quality and nutrition. 
3.  Our modern lifestyle makes eating a balanced diet more difficult.  Increased stress has also boosted our need for certain nutrients.
We now assume that a vitamin pill will fill in these ‘gaps’ in our nutrition.  It may seem like a simple solution, but they often don't do enough.  And sometimes they just DON'T WORK.  Why is this?


A report in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association concludes that the formula for optimal health isn't in the supplement aisle of a health-food store but in the FOOD AISLE. The American Dietetic Association is the largest organization of professionals that deals directly with your diet. It also has access to the most data and research in the field. So why do they state that foods are better than supplements?

5 Reasons To Use a Food Based Approach

1. Vitamin supplements are limited to what is written on the label. If it lists 20 chemical isolates, that is all you get. In comparison, every whole food has thousands of different micro and macro nutrients. This is why the better (and the more expensive) the supplement, the more factors it has in it.  But the best supplements are whole foods.  An orange, for example, has not only vitamin C but bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, folic acid, fibre, magnesium potassium and many other valuable nutrients. 

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2. Foods contain nutrients we don’t fully understand.  Nutritional science is still young. Each day it discovers new phytonutirents which have profound influences on the body. More importantly, nutritional science is only just discovering the relationships between the various nutritional factors: how one factor influences another and how different ratios of nutrients affect the body.  The ‘facts’ of nutrition may change tomorrow, so why should you depend on them today?


3.  Each person has UNIQUE nutritional requirements
. These requirements will change over time and in different environments.  If you take this into account and try to prescribe isolated vitamins and minerals it becomes very complicated very quickly. The ‘gaps’ are constantly changing.  You would need expensive professional help to pinpoint the best nutrients for your body.  And they can only determine what your body needs at a single point in time while your needs will change from one day to the next. 


4.  The body absorbs foods best.
  Mere decades […]

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By |October 15th, 2009|

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  healthy-boyDo you ever wonder if your diet is making a difference in your life; whether it is good enough or balanced enough? We hear all the time about a balanced diet  but much of that information is contradictory and confusing.

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Good Weed…Bad Weed

By |August 15th, 2009|

lambs-quarters-small-3 I’ve had an on /off  relationship with weeds recently (see Dandelion Madness) and now I’m at it again.

My attention has now gone to yet another weed called Lamb’s Quarters.

This one’s not so pesky to your lawn and it tastes much better.   Actually it tastes almost exactly like spinach – particularly when cooked – and again, it has all kinds of nutritional value and … it’s free.

You can also call it Fat Hen, Nickel Greens, pig weed, dung weed or White Goosefoot.  Some of these names I also don’t love.

Benefits and Facts about Lamb’s Quarters

  • If allowed to mature, Lamb’s Quarters produces a head of thousands of black tiny seeds.
  • Seeds are highly nutritious since it’s species is closely related to the superfood, Quinoa
  • It has been eaten,  perhaps unknowingly,  since the iron age.
  • One cup raw leaves contianes 11,600 IU of Vitamin A
  • Also high in Vit C, phosphorus, Calcium, Riboblavin and Iron.

It now grows wild in North America – and probably most people unknowingly just pull it out of the garden. You can recognize the plant when young because the center of the top is feathery looking with a purple tint. The picture is of a younger plant.

Caution: 
Like every food and plant – there is no PERFECT food that is 100%  good. There is always some small (or big) aspect that is not good for the body. 

That is why it is best to eat a large variety of foods and to know how to combine and prepare foods properly so that that negative effect is reduced.

Greens have such high levels of so many nutrients that it is not surprising that this particular green has its own particular problem .  This means you shouldn’t eat TOO much of it.  This is not likely considering how little people eat weeds but just so you know – it has high levels of oxalic acids in it.  Oxalic acid can bind with other minerals in the body causing mineral depletion and in its worse case – kidney stones.  Many foods contain this ingredient so if you are even relatively healthy there is not cause for concern.

A few raw cups of this thrown in your salad therefor is no problem – or even if you ate several cups cooked but if you were using it a lot over a long period of time than be aware.  If suddenly you are NOT attracted to eating it –  follow that advise from your body and take a vacation.  I personally liked it best when the plants were just big enough to have a head of green seeds. Seeds contain all the vitality of the whole plant.  When green and steamed they have a very delicate flavor. When they start to get brown they have a much stronger taste.

The season is getting along but I encourage you to find some young plants and try it out.  You may like it ……..and of course its free!

canadian-thisle-smallCanadian Thistle

Another weed grows in my garden  in my garden even better than Lamb’s Quarters.  I won’t mention its many nutritional qualities now.

No this is really just a rant.

This name ‘Canadian Thistle’ is even more inappropriate than the previous weed. There is NOTHING Canadian about this weed. Canadians are polite and friendly and always saying ‘sorry’ and ‘eh’.

This weed doesn’t say anything even when it pricks you with its MILLIONS of prickles and overruns your garden. It can also be called the creeping thistle.

I am told that you can […]

Dandelion Moderation & More Smoothie Tips

By |June 18th, 2009|

OK, so maybe I went a little overboard with my ‘Dandelion Madness‘, ….not with last week’s article – but with eating dandelions themselves!

It happened because I was out at the farm where the plants are so much bigger and there are SO many of them.  Instead of spending 5 minutes digging up a few young plants– I can go out with a knife and in 10 seconds gather a shopping cart of mature leaves.  After throwing a large bunch into the blender, and forgetting my article advise to just make the dandelions a small addition, I drank my supercharged mixture.

No I didn’t collapse, or even throw up. In fact, I finished the whole thing.  Those last few mouthfuls were getting very very strong though. I normally clean out the last few drops from the blender (Did I mention I was thrifty?) but this time I was glad to wash it down the sink.

I wanted therefore, to EMPHASIZE the part about moderation and add a few other smoothie hints and facts.  They are as follows: […]