It doesn’t get any better than biting into a big juicy mango. These fruits have been around for more than 4,000 years and originated in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that Buddha found tranquility in a grove full of mangoes. In India, the mango tree plays a sacred role as the symbol of love. Some people even believe that the mango tree can grant wishes! Mangoes are a good source of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K. They also have a lot of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Mangoes are a good source of fiber which is important for helping maintain a health digestive system. This fruit is believed to be rich in enzymes which make them great for using as a tenderizing agent in meat marinades.
DID YOU KNOW:
– The Environmental Working Group put mangoes on the list as one of the least contaminated foods with pesticides.
– According to natural foods expert Rebecca Wood, mangoes contain urushinol, a toxic resin that can cause contact dermatitis. The peel and juice seem to be the problem rather than the flesh. It’s possible (but not very common) that eating mangoes in excess could cause itching or skin eruptions.
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.
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!
Have you ever had bronchitis? I know many people who are dealing with this right now! Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that is usually characterized by a deep cough in the chest and congestion in the upper region of the body. It’s typically caused by bacteria, a virus, or exposure to chemicals or smoke. If you have bronchitis, make sure that you are eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C and beta carotene. Such foods could include kale, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, kiwifruit, and Swiss chard. Garlic is has antibiotic properties on the lungs, so find ways to include it into your diet. Legumes, chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients that will help your body get well. Some healing herbs for bronchitis include cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, and thyme. Be sure to avoid dairy products, sugar, alcohol, and refined flour products. Get well soon!
If you are suffering from pain caused by inflammation, you should know that there are certain foods that can ease your discomfort. Be sure that you are eating primarily raw foods (salads, freshly-made juices, and smoothies) and drinking plenty of herbal teas. Eat foods that are high in flavonoids because these are powerful antioxidants and useful for the reduction of inflammation. The foods with the most flavonoids are beautifully rich in color, mainly deep purples, blues, and reds. Try snacking on organic blueberries, strawberries, and goji berries to get a healthy dose of flavonoids in your diet. Be sure you are including plenty of foods rich in omega-3 into your daily diet to help manage the inflammation. Such foods include chia seeds (I love the white seeds from Melissa’s Produce), flax seeds, walnuts, cabbage, cauliflower, and wild-caught salmon. Some herbs and spices that have been shown to help inflammation include cayenne, ginger, goldenseal, red clover, and yucca.
I LOVE green smoothies and this recipe is becoming one of my favorites. It’s loaded with immune-boosting zinc and other trace minerals to promote optimal healing in the body. The avocado is a good source of vitamin K, a vitamin that is important in proper blood and bone function. Cucumbers are a concentrated source of many nutrients including vitamin A and manganese. I add a handful of watercress to give this smoothie a boost of vitamins A and C and a sprig of mint for manganese. I also add about one heaping tablespoon of chlorella! What is chlorella? Chlorella is an ancient single celled freshwater micro algae containing vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and many other useful phytonutrients. It is loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and zinc to increase your energy levels while boosting immunity. Give this smoothie a try today!
Healing Chlorella Avocado Smoothie with Watercress
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 avocado (pit removed)
- 1 C plain coconut milk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp chlorella
- A handful of watercress
- A sprig of mint leaves
Add all of these ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. You may add some ice to the mix if you wish to drink it cold. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
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!
When it comes to Aloe Vera, we typically think of it in regards to relieving the severity of sunburns. What many people don’t know is that this plant has been shown to promote healing for many other ailments including cuts and wounds, scars, varicose veins, and insect stings. Aloe Vera juice is very beneficial for those who suffer from digestive problems. Many natural health drinks are including Aloe Vera in their beverages for that very reason. Aloe Vera has also been shown to promote shiny and strong hair when used as a shampoo, hair gel, or conditioner. It’s also an excellent remedy for skin issues such as acne, scraps, and discoloration. Be sure to keep Aloe Vera in your house all year long and not just in the summer!
I think that mushrooms are fun to eat! Their spongy texture goes “poof” in my mouth and their woody, earthy taste makes my taste buds incredibly happy. There are so many different types of mushrooms and they all have amazing health benefits. Crimini mushrooms are very popular and a can be used in a variety of recipes. These mushrooms look similar to White Button mushrooms but they have a darker color and a deeper “mushroomy” flavor. They are great for sautéing but especially wonderful for making stuffed mushrooms. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Preliminary research shows that crimini mushrooms may be an important food in a diet that is geared towards protecting against cancer. Extracts of crimini mushrooms have been found to protect DNA from oxidative damage. These mushrooms may prevent the circulating levels of estrogen in the body from becoming excessive by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme. Excess estrogen can spark the development of breast cancer in some women. Crimini mushrooms are loaded with riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6. These B vitamins are necessary for carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
DID YOU KNOW:
– There are numerous nutrients in crimini mushrooms including zinc, copper and manganese, fiber, magnesium and potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus, protein, and tryptophan.
– The Egyptians believed that mushrooms granted them immortality, and since the pharaohs were felt to be worthy of this gift, the common people were not allowed to even touch mushrooms.