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

MY JOURNEY WITH COCONUT OIL

I’ve been using coconut oil for years, even before it’s become as nutritionally accepted as the best oil to use. I turned to coconut oil eight years ago because I’m allergic to dairy. Since then my journey with coconut oil has taken me on a path of real health and helped me to see that this highly saturated fat is one of the most important building blocks in my arsenal of alternative health therapies.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil used to get a bad rap because it is a saturated fat which was said to raise cholesterol, blood pressure and can cause heart disease. Heart disease, something I’m all too familiar with. My father, my mother, two uncles, and an aunt died from it. All because they bought the claims that saturated fat caused their heart problems, so they ate margarine and anything else that was artificial.

I used to use only Promise margarine in the tub. Then one day, one of my sons forgot to put it back in the refrigerator after he used it on a piece of toast. In the morning, while the margarine sat at room temp overnight, it became as solid as a rock. You couldn’t get a knife into it. When we turned the container over it fell out of the plastic tub like a solid piece of plastic. That was the last time I used margarine because my inquisitive mind kept thinking that if margarine turns solid at room temp, which in our house was 68 degrees, then imagine how much harder it became at 98.6 degrees.

I tried refrigerating extra virgin olive oil. I used it on toast but it wasn’t the same. So I headed off to the health food store and researched other oils. That’s when coconut oil entered my life and changed it forever. I tried coconut oil on my toast (when I could still eat bread) first, and I loved how it tasted so good and light. Coconut oil also became the only oil I used in cooking.

Then I started using coconut oil for my skin and my hair. I use a tablespoon to wash my face every morning, no need to use soap, or makeup remover, or even any other moisturizer. I also use it on my hair as a deep conditioner. Since I dye my hair, (I know it’s not good for me, but I’m just not ready to stop yet), I deep condition my hair and scalp every 6 weeks. I also use coconut oil for oil pulling.

Today my journey with coconut oil took on another turn. I added it to some Vietnamese coffee, which I love, and it tasted like a cappuccino. It’s a great way to get coconut oil without having to resort to heating it up in the microwave (I’ll talk about how dangerous microwaves are in a future post).

I’ve heard all the stories of coconut oil helping with diabetes and blood sugar issues, fights aging, reverses dementia, balances cholesterol, aids in healthy thyroid and adrenal function, unclogs arteries, and aids in weight loss. I didn’t start my journey with coconut oil because I wanted to address a health issue but these are definitely some perks that have made this a life long choice.

Below are some articles and videos that you might find informative.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dckWiJ5x6K4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxR24JMAE0c

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://wakeup-world.com/2012/09/05/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-of-coconut-oil/