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Food of the Week: Beets

24 Jul

Beets are very detoxifying, this is thanks to a powerful antioxidant called betacyanin, which helps cleanse the liver, the kidneys and the gallbladder.

They are high in vitamins B3, B5, C, Folate and beta-carotene, calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc iron and fiber.

Beets stimulate the immune system and the production of new red blood cells. They are helpful against cancer and maintain an alkali pH in the body.

Beets can be cooked or eaten raw. I love them raw in juices!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Kale

28 Feb

Although kale is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, not a lot of people know what it is.

Kale contains twice the antioxidants present in other leafy greens, it is high in vitamin K, C and A and in minerals like folate, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper.

It is also high in fiber and protein.

Kale has proven to prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer, eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is protective against high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Maintains healthy skin, stimulates the immune system and activates the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Kale is rich in sulphoraphane, a phytochemical known to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers.

I love kale in juices and salads!

Kale Salad with Cashews and Mustard Dressing

This is my favorite salad!

1 bunch kale, stems removed

1 avocado, cubed

1 handful cashew nuts

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper

In a small bowl add garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix. Add to kale, avocado and cashews and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!

Food of the Week: Garlic

13 Feb

Garlic has been around for thousands of years and has been known for its medicinal properties ever since. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal agents.

The most important active ingredient is allicin which is activated when the garlic is chewed or crushed. Other components are manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B and C, calcium, iron and folate.

Garlic is a good anticoagulant, it protects against atherosclerosis, decreases high cholesterol levels and is known to have anticancer properties as well.

Garlic is used for detoxifying, it is recommended to take 1 or 2 garlic cloves a day.

Greens with Garlic Sauce

  • 5 baby bok choy heads, halved lenghtwise
  • 1 bunch chard, chopped and center stems removed
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil or peanut oil

Mix water and tamari sauce together in a bowl.

In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic cook until garlic turns golden. Add baby bok choy heads and chard. Add half of the water and tamari mix and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the spinach and the rest of the water and tamari. Cook for another 5 minutes, remove from heat and add sesame seed or peanut oil and black pepper. Enjoy!

Remember eat healthy, be happy!

Detox: Juicing

5 Jan

I just finished a 3 day juicing detox and it was great!

A juicing detoxification is when nothing else but freshly made fruit and vegetable juices (organic and pressed is best) are consumed. The juices provide for the nutrients needed and I recommend taking some fiber supplements in the morning as well.

You can do it for 1, 3 or 5 days. I recommend 3 days for beginners, and 5 days for those who have tried it before. You can also do a day of juicing per week.

Juicing helps give your digestive track a break, while it cleanses and repairs your body.

Try eating a clean diet, free of processed food, meats and dairy 3 days before and 3 days after the juicing detox.

You can prepare the juices yourself with lot’s of greens (make sure you add a bunch of kale!) or you can buy them from a specialized store. This time I went for Pressed Juicery, based in LA (www.pressedjuicery.com) is was great! I’ve also tried Cooler Cleanse (www.coolercleanse.com) and loved it!