Great Green Smoothie 

At the end of my 5 days of water fasting, I’m always thinking about my first “meal” after the fast. I have found it’s always good to break a fast with fresh raw alkaline veggie juice or smoothie! My husband always reminds me that naming my smoothies a smoothie is misguided because they are more like a “juithie” (he makes up his own words). He’s right, though. My smoothies don’t have the usual basic ingredients. I’m always on the hunt for a more nutritious ingredient to opt out those nutrient devoided imposters. This Great Green Smoothie is a juithie not a smoothie in the conventional sense. It’s the best way to break an extended fast because it won’t raise your blood sugar like a veggie juice will.

Juithie deconstructed

Cucumbers:

It’s the skin that holds many of the nutrients which is why organic, non-waxed cucumbers are the best for you.

Nutrients

  • Flesh: Vitamin A, C, and Folic Acid
  • Skin: Magnesium, Molybdenum, Potassium, and Silica

Health Benefits

  • Regulates body blood pH and neutralizes acidity
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Contributes to the proper structure of the connective tissue in our bodies (muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons)
  • Normalizes body temp especially in hot summer months
  • Diuretic properties prevent kidney stones
  • Counters the effects of uric acid preventing arthritis, asthma, and gout

Carrot

Nutrients: Vitamin A, C, K, B8, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Potassium, Copper, Manganese

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes tension and lowers blood pressure
  • Antiseptic and Antibacterial properties which boost immune systems
  • Stimulates white blood cells
  • Fiber: stimulates peristaltic motion and secretion of gastric juices which boosts elimination of excess LDL cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels
  • Stimulates gums and induces excess saliva (saliva is alkaline and first line of defense when combating bacteria and foreign invaders)

Celery

Nutrients:

  • Vitamins: A, C, D, B6, B12, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Fiber
  • Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, & Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Antiseptic properties in seed eliminates uric acid and stimulates urination
  • Keeps joints healthy
  • Anti inflammatory capabilities: reduces swelling and pain in joints & can increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.
  • Improves immune system function

Avocado

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: C, B6, B12, A, D, K, E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin
  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Antioxidant: Xanthophyll
  • Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Enhances the absorption of other nutrients when eaten together with other healthy veggies
  • Keeps eyes healthy
  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces liver damage
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Decreases signs of aging
  • Helps level out blood glucose levels

Wheatgrass 

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: A, C, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid,
  • Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Potassium
  • Protein
  • Fiber

Health Benefits

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Corrects bowel problems and gastrointestinal issues aka IBS
  • Detoxifying properties
  • Nullifies cancer causing agents
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Extremely alkaline

Plant based protein powder 

My favorite is Warrior Blend from Sunwarrior it has all the amino acids, it’s made from pea and hemp protein and has only 3 grams of carbohydrates.

Essential Seed Mix 

I make this myself, it’s just an extra boost of minerals that we need while going through the cleanse and afterward. It helps me personally in knowing I am getting nutrients even though I may not be eating as much. Click the name to find out what goes into my seed mix.

Water

I only used reverse osmosis water, it has everything, including the minerals, stripped out of it like distilled but it’s also ionized, this way I can add back natural minerals if I choose too.


Great Green Smoothie

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/3 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ounces wheatgrass (not the juice, the wheatgrass cuttings)
  • 1 T Essential Seed Mix
  • 1 Scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
  • 10 drops liquid vitamin D 
  • Water to fill line on Nutribullet large cup

Whirl together

Enjoy

Wishing you many more glimpses of health.

 

Research 

Cucumber info

Carrot info

Celery

Avocado

Wheatgrass

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This Recipe Thing

Yesterday, I was awoken from a dream at 2 a.m. with the compelling need to get up and not just write down the recipe but to go down to my cold kitchen and begin preparing the recipe I was dreaming about. Sometimes this recipe thing is both a blessing and a curse. I would much rather have been in bed all snuggly and warm but no my mind kept saying, “Get Up! You know you want to make it!” I looked at the clock and quietly left the warmth of my cocoon not wanting to wake my snoring husband (who came down an hour later, telling me I shouldn’t listen to the voices in my head.) Little does he know I ignore most of the voices but that’s another matter.

Recipe Dreams and 50 Day Cleanse

I’ve been told several times this week, “You only have 12 days left of the cleanse. So then you can go back to eating the same way you did before.” Many people don’t understand that eating the way I did before led me to a disease I did not want nor would wish on my worst enemy. It led my husband to a disease he did not want. No, we’re not going back to our old way of eating. We are however going to start another cycle of the cleanse on June 7th. I also plan on doing a 3rd cycle of the cleanse on July 27th. It’s interesting at how much we make sure our outside bodies are cleaned every day but ignore our insides. We bathe every day, we shower, we keep our living environments clean, but we forget that our insides need cleaning too.

I took my car in for an oil change and asked if I could watch them drain the used oil from the car. Of course, they thought I was nuts – I assured them most people do, so it’s okay. I asked them questions too. Like, “What would happen if you didn’t drain the old used oil from a car?” The technician looked at me in astonishment – and then began to go into his dialogue. “If you don’t drain the old, used, black oil from the car and just add the good the stuff, the good stuff would not be able to do its job. The used oil would clog up the engine and the engine wouldn’t run correctly. By draining all the old oil, we make sure the engine can run at its optimum level.”

This got me to thinking about the 50 Day Cleanse. The first 5 days – water fasting – of this cleanse does the same thing for us. It clears out our brain fog, it clears out all the sugar and helps our bodies burn fat for fuel instead of being clogged with all the sugar and processed foods we’ve eaten to this point. I know some of you decided not to do the first 5 days and proceeded right to doing the intermittent fasting, but like my car that needed the oil change, you won’t get the same kind of results as those who have gritted their teeth and made it through the five days.

This also got me to thinking about how much impact what we put in our mouths has on our health. Did you know that the lining of our intestines becomes clogged with food we eat? Just ask anyone with Crohn’s disease. Just going straight to the intermittent fasting without giving your body a chance to reset itself and your organs a chance to heal, you’re kind of pouring clean oil on the used, old oil. Cleansing our digestive track with the 5-day water fast is just like draining a car’s old oil.

Nourishing Raw Alkaline Vegan Alternatives

I have always loved sour cream and giving up dairy is one of the most difficult aspects of this cleanse. But it’s been well worth it. I’ve been asking myself questions before going to bed at night to help me make a nourishing raw alkaline vegan alternative to the dairy that I miss so much. Here are three recipes I’ve dreamed about in the last couple of weeks.

3 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Cantaloupe Ice Cream

  • 1 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 coconut (water and 1 cup of coconut meat used) Freeze remainder of the meat for later use.
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water

Place all ingredients in food processor or Nutri bullet. Process until smooth.

Freeze in a metal bowl until firm. About 3 hours.

Serve.

Makes about 6 servings.

Variations: In place of the cantaloupe you can also use 3 pints of berries, 3 bananas, 8 apricots, or any other alkaline fruit. I’m thinking about making it with some frozen pears I found in my freezer from last fall.

Avocado Bliss

Avocado & Mango Bliss with my Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Seed “Taco Meat”

Avocado Bliss

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of one lime (measured out)
  • Water (same amount as the measured lime juice)
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground Habanero Pepper
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil

Whirl together in food processor until creamy.

This is one of my favorite things because it has the same consistency of sour cream.

Variation: Use two mangoes for the avocados.

I’m so glad that my talent of dreaming in recipes can benefit so many. I am beginning to understand that my dreams are not only changing my own health but having an effect on so many others. This recipe thing is changing lives just like the 50 Day Cleanse.

 

 

TURN A SALAD INTO A CASSEROLE

Today is Meatless Monday, and I’ve been toying around with the idea of turning my favorite salads into casseroles. After all, I’ve turned our favorite meals like Pizza into salads and soups, so why not do the reverse when the weather turns nippy.

The first salad up on the block is my Mango Tango Salad. Instead of using mangoes I changed it up to apples. I kept the avocado. I  added some sweet potatoes, some brown rice, and organic Greek yogurt. Then I removed the cilantro and the vinegar. Spiced it up with some cumin, habanero pepper and some salt.

Voila a totally new meal: AvoApple Bake

AvoApple Bake

Turning our favorite salad into other dishes is nothing new but maybe with some imagination we can turn our lives around just by playing with our food and turning our palates onto new tastes and new horizons. Turn your favorite salad into a casserole!

 

DAYS 3 & 4: 18 LB WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE (WLC)

Day 3:

Had a stressful day…had to kill a brown recluse spider which was making a web on door jamb of my front door…(I DETEST spiders). Had an interview too. Stress causes weight gain, I am well aware of that. So after the spider incident, I went for a walk in the beautiful sunshine. The interview went well but as usual I won’t find out for a couple of days. I hate the not knowing part.  Another interesting part of the day came when my husband treated me to dinner out. I thought to myself all the things I could order at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Moctezuma’s. I actually stunned myself because I ate none of the chips, drank only water, and ordered a nice Avocado Caesar Salad with a grilled chicken breast and dressing on the side. It was wonderful, I felt satisfied. Plus normally when dessert is mentioned, I am all over it. I wasn’t last night. Dessert was not even on my mind.

Day 4:

Must grocery shop today, this will be a challenge all in itself, because in order to hit the healthy areas of the store, I first have to walk through the bakery section. I will have to focus a little deeper and not go there hungry. I already have a list, that won’t be a problem. But since I am loving this new feeling of being lighter, I will have to remind myself that I’ve tasted all the sugar before and nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.

A couple of days ago I was watching a PBS presentation by Brenda Watson Heart of Perfect Health I learned a new formula for calculating how many teaspoons of sugar are in a serving of food. Because let’s face it, it’s easier to visualize what a teaspoon of sugar looks like than a gram of it. Total carb grams (-) total fiber grams (/) divided by 5.

Teaspoons of Sugar

It’s simple. Now I’ve been calculating how many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the food items I have on my pantry shelves that have a label on them. I rarely buy anything that comes in a can, jar, or box, preferring to make it myself. So I am also checking recipes to find out exactly how many teaspoons of sugar each contain and trying to find ways to lower those teaspoons to only 1 or 2.

Versatile Salad or Pinwheels

Basket of goodness

I like to mix as many raw vegetables as I can into my food. While I am not an advocate for only eating food in the raw, I do think that many foods are better tasting and better for us when we eat them raw.

Bowl of Organic Color

This Versatile Salad is a melange of vegetables that both my husband and I love.  It’s easy to chop them all up and keep them in the fridge for when I need something quick to make, or when it is just too hot to cook.

Confetti in a bowl

It isn’t such a daunting task when making food for a non-vegan and a vegan, it just takes preparation, and much planning. So when I chop all these vegetable up I take some out for myself.

Mixed with chicken and avocado bliss

All my salads look green or orange because after making mayo once, I could not get past the sliminess of it. Plus I can’t buy the vegan versions since I don’t eat any soy. So my next alternative is is use my own mixture of Avocado or Mango Bliss.

Spread on a tortilla, Rolled up and sliced

With a little more time and patience I took the Versatile Salad and transformed it into Versatile Pinwheels.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Just when my husband says he doesn’t want anymore sweets in the house, I get my greatest craving for CHOCOLATE. So what’s a girl to do when she wants her chocolate but can’t have any? Make some Decadent Carob Pudding.

Simple Ingredients

I was originally going to make this into ice cream by adding the coconut milk. But when I noticed how creamy it was and it’s taste, I decided it was going to be pudding instead. Because I just couldn’t wait for it to freeze!

Decadence awaiting my taste buds!

 

Decadent Carob Pudding

Serves 4

  • 1 cup cooked black beans (If using canned, rinsed & drained)
  • 1 organic large overripe banana
  • 1 organic ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup organic local honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or cocoa

Whirl together in a food process in order, and puree until smooth. Scoop into serving dishes and chill at least 2 hours. (My serving only lasted as long as it took me to take a photo of it!)

If you want to make ice cream from this mixture add 1 cup full fat coconut milk, mix thoroughly. Pour into 8-inch square glass baking dish. Freeze about 4 hours, break up and puree again, then refreeze.

Enjoy!

 

 

Avocado Aloe Vera Sunburn Treatment

Sunburns aren’t new to me. I get one every summer from the first day I spend totally in the sun. It is like my body’s way of preparing itself for the summer season. I have never worn sunscreen or even used it on my kids as I think it causes more harm to our bodies than the sun is.

There are many treatments for sunburn that can be purchased over-the-counter, I find them both too expensive and too filled with ingredients I don’t want seeping into my skin. This is where my aloe vera plants come in. I have been using my aloe vera plants for many different cuts, scrapes, scars, burns and even eating it for many years.

Because my sunburn was also extremely drying and covered a large area I wanted to use something that would provide moisture as well as cool it. So I looked around my kitchen and found an over ripe almost moldy avocado. You can see the little mold growth on the skin of the avocado above.

Use entire flesh of avocado

Notice the brown color of the avocado flesh. I scooped out the entire inside of the avocado even the brown parts and put it into a food processor.

Then I cut a large aloe vera frond from my many aloe plants. And began by cutting off the prickly sides with a pair of scissors.

With a pairing knife I began to peel the aloe frond.

Because this frond was so large, I only peeled half way down and decided to use the other half for another time.

I found a tablespoon works better at scraping the flesh or gel from the frond.

Scooping Flesh into Food Processor

It is easier to scoop or scrap the gel directly into a food processor with the avocado.

Whirl around a couple of minutes, scraping the sides as necessary to puree all the avocado.

Avocado Aloe Vera Sunburn Treatment

The pureed mixture will have a light brown color to it. Apply it to the affected area with a soft pastry brush, let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and blot with soft cloth to dry. As the mixture sits on the skin it will turn a brown color but does not turn the skin brown. Skin will feel soft, cool, and moisturized. I also used this mixture on my face to soothe and cool an outbreak of rosacea.

Avocado Aloe Vera Sunburn Treatment

  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 aloe vera frond, peeled

Scoop avocado and aloe vera gel into food processor. Whirl around about 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly puree. Pour into a bowl. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush mixture onto effected skin. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, rinse with cool water and blot with soft cloth to dry.  Repeat as needed to soothe away the burn. (I used it twice for my burn). Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, but it will turn brown. It is best to make only what you’ll use. This batch made me about 1/2 cup.