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Authentic Food of the Day: Limes!

Bored with lemons? Give limes a shot! I love citrus fruits and nothing beats a fresh splash of lime in a cold glass of water!  The amazing zesty flavor is perfect for that mid-morning pick-me-up. Limes are popular all around the world and are found primarily in the tropical regions. Famous for helping with scurvy, limes can help speed up the body’s natural healing process. High in vitamin C, limes are great for boosting the immune system and protecting the eyes. They are also good sources of folate, calcium and potassium. Limes have strong anti-viral properties and help in fighting off “bad” bacteria. The folate found in limes has been shown to keep cholesterol levels low and prevent heart disease. The high amount of potassium found in limes makes the juice beneficial for removing wastes. Try drinking lime juice and water when involved in a detoxification program.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Limes are a good source of fiber which is important for keeping our digestive system healthy.

– Rejuvenate your skin with a splash of lime juice. This has been known to help with dandruff, bruises, and rashes.

Smoothie of the Day – Tropical Coconut Orange Kiwi Smoothie

Ever since the weather started to get nicer, I have been in a tropical foods mood! That’s why I love this smoothie and I know you will to. It’s loaded with nutrients to help boost our immunity in addition to giving us a nice lift of energy. The banana in this recipe is a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. The kiwifruit is also a great source of vitamin C and digestive-friendly fiber. I like to add a bit of flaxseed oil to the smoothie for some added essential fatty acids. Give this smoothie a try today!

Tropical Coconut Orange Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled
  • 1 C coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed oil

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Authentic Food of the Day: Dates!

No, I’m not talking about movie or dinner dates! I’m talking about those sweet fruits that make a yummy snack anytime of the day. Dates have been grown in North Africa for nearly 8,000 years and have been praised for both their nutrients and flavor. You can get them at just about any grocery store and they make a great staple to have in your pantry. Dates are a great source of vitamin B6 which helps give us energy and keeps our skin in great condition. In addition to vitamin B6, it is important to include natural sources of fiber in our diets. Dates are a great source of this, which helps keep our digestive system in optimal condition.

DID YOU KNOW:

– If you are looking to add more potassium to your diet, dates are a great way to do it!

– 12 dates provide more than 15 percent of the daily recommended amount of iron and niacin needed to stay healthy and happy.

Juice of the Day: Cranberry Strawberry Watermelon Juice

In the mood for a refreshing and immune-boosting juice? I love this recipe because it’s simple to make and it has such a vibrant taste. It really perks me up in the morning! Cranberries are loaded with health benefits including vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Cranberries contain nutrients that help prevent urinary tract infections and they have compounds to promote cardiovascular health. Watermelon is a great source of vitamin C, A, and potassium. It contains powerful antioxidants to help keep your immune system strong. I add organic strawberries to this juice because I love their taste and they have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Give this juice a try today!


Cranberry Strawberry Watermelon Juice

  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 C watermelon chunks (seeds removed)
  • 1 C fresh strawberries

Add all ingredients to your juicer machine and process thoroughly. Pour into a glass and serve.

Authen-tip: Vitamin K for Optimal Health

We all know that it’s important to include a multitude of vitamins into our diet. Vitamin K is an important fat soluble vitamin that prevents oxidation to our cells, protects against osteoporosis, and allows our blood to clot normally. When we aren’t getting enough of this vitamin, we can experience excessive bruising, liver or gallbladder problems, and digestion issues. Include vitamin K in your diet by eating kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green beans, and cauliflower. You can also get it from avocados, carrots, bell peppers, and sea vegetables.

Smoothie of the Day: Pineapple Grapefruit Smoothie with Ginger

This is a great smoothie to make first thing in the morning! It’s loaded with nutrients that will help get you energized and happy. The grapefruit in this smoothie is a good source of vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, folate and calcium. It’s also a good source of fiber which will gives the sense of “fullness”, making it an ideal food for people looking to manage their weight. The pineapple in the smoothie is a great source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and vitamin B6. It also provides the body with anti-inflammatory benefits, making it the perfect food for those healing from an injury or suffering from joint pain. I like to add a little ginger to this smoothie for a nice kick of flavor. The ginger promotes good circulation in the body in addition to boosting immunity and moods. Give this smoothie a try today!

Pineapple Grapefruit Smoothie with Ginger

  • 1 1/2 C fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 in ginger root (grated or cut into little pieces)
  • 1 C coconut milk

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Your Daily Nutrition Nibble: Eat Right to Get Rid of Acne!

Do you suffer from acne? Are all of your expensive cleansers and face washes just not cutting it? Zinc, vitamins C, E, and B vitamins are important for maintaining healthy skin free from acne. Try incorporating avocados, Brazil nuts, spinach, watercress, and oats into your diet. Avoid foods that are full of refined sugars and increase the amount of fiber  in your daily diet from fresh vegetables and fruits. This promotes good digestive health and clear skin.