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Authentic Food of the Day: Blackberries!

I am a berry-addict! I snack on fresh organic berries all of the time and I always add multiple handfuls to my morning smoothies. When they are in season, I love to pick fresh berries or purchase them at my local farmers market. Blackberries are one of my favorite berries because I love their juicy flavor in addition to their amazing health benefits. Blackberries are full of fiber, which helps keep us regular and our digestive system healthy. They are also a good source of magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium. The deep purple color of these berries is an indicator of compounds (anthocyanins and ellagic acid) that help prevent heart disease, cancers, and signs of aging. These berries have a high content of vitamin E which helps protect our heart and keeps our skin looking and feeling healthy.


– Blackberries contain folate which helps promote healthy blood.

– Looking for a boost of vitamin C? Blackberries fit the bill while keeping our immune system strong.

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.


– 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.


– 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.

Juice of the Day: Easy Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Juice

For the past week I have been on a major grapefruit-kick! I just love that amazing citrus taste and all of the health benefits that come with that beautiful fruit. That’s why I keep adding grapefruit to my morning juices and smoothies! This is a very simple juice to make because it requires two types of ingredients; grapefruit and kiwifruit. How simple is that? It’s a great juice for adding a boost of magnesium to your daily diet. Grapefruits are a good sources of copper, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Kiwifruit is loaded with copper and manganese. It’s a great little fruit to include in your daily diet to promote a healthy heart, cells, and a strong immune system. For the best results, make sure you are using a quality juicer, like the Kuvings Silent Juicer. Now available in Australia, I recommend this brand because it’s slow extraction method of juicing keeps all of the nutrients intact. It’s the healthiest way to juice!

Easy Grapefruit and Kiwifruit Juice

  • 2 kiwifruit
  • 1 grapefruit

Peel the grapefruit and skin the kiwifruit. Add ingredients to your juicer machine and process thoroughly. Pour into a glass and serve. Enjoy!

Authentic Food of the Day: Goji Berries!

I am a big berry fan and I enjoy trying different varieties from around the world. Goji berries are one of my favorites because they have a unique flavor and incredible healing properties. Goji berries have been used in Tibet for at least 1,700 years and are very popular in Chinese medicine. It is one of about eighty varieties of the Lycium berry that is indigenous to the Tibetan and Mongolian regions. Goji berries contain large amounts of essential amino acids and are rich in carotenoids and vitamin C. They are an excellent way for vegetarians to incorporate protein into their diet in addition to iron, zinc, and phosphorus. Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease. Some research suggests that Goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. My favorite brand of goji berries comes from Navitas Naturals. They sell delicious goji berries that are sun-dried, organic and raw, making them a powerhouse snack full of nutrients. Also be sure to check out Navitas Naturals Goji Powder, perfect for adding to your morning smoothies. Yum!


– It’s very easy to include goji berries in your diet! Add them to your oatmeal, smoothie, tea, granola, and salads.

– Goji berries are loaded with antioxidants that will help fight off free radicals in your body and make your immune system strong!