Moringa “Burst of Energy” Elixir

I know how dependent we are on coffee in the morning to help keep us alert and awake, its amazing, the aroma, the taste…but i have also seen how dependent and addicting it can be.

So what can we do to replace the amazing coffee that get’s us out of bed and get’s us going. Well I would suggest trying moringa, the reason is because

  • gives instant & long lasting energy with no crash
  • improves focus & concentration
  • boosts your metabolism & improves digestion
  • balances blood sugar levels for you throughout the day

This Moringa Elixir is all that and more. I add lemon to this elixir because when digested together, the Lemon’s Vitamin C significantly boosts absorption of the Moringa’s nutrients — especially Iron. Iron is integral  for energy. Its very quick to prepare, you will wonder why it took you so long to try out Moringa.

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water

1/2 bunch of kale

1 frozen banana

1 kiwi

2 tsp. ginger

2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

2 Tbsp. lemon

1 Tbsp. Moringa

Ice Cubes

 

Directions

Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

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Heat it up with this green smoothie.

So the cold is definitely with us and I’m sure you will be reaching out for all the hot chocolate, tea, coffee and soup. I know for many of us, this is the time we steer clear of smoothies. Well guess what, you don’t have to. You can always add foods that heat up the body like ginger and cayenne.

I know this may sound like an add combination and it’s so easy to be averse to anything that may not be sweet, but give it a try you will be as surprised as I was on how good it tastes. The smoothie is refreshing, spicy and its healthy. You will enjoy the benefits it will also offer your skin, with bromelain from pineapple, silica from cucumber and beta carotene from the spinach. Add some hydrating coconut water and cilantro that helps with detoxification. The lemon and cayenne will also assist your metabolism.

Ingredients                                                

1 cup coconut water

1 baby spinach

1 cup pineapple

1/2 cup cucumber

1 Tsp. lime juice

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Some ice cubes

Directions

First, pour coconut water, spinach, pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice and cayenne and blend. Taste and add more cayenne if you desire until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Let me know how you like this drink by commenting below. Is there any other spicy smoothie combination you have tried before? Please share below.

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How to begin a detox

Spring time is with us and while there are many things you want to get rid of and clean, do not forget to cleanse your body too. I know there are so many books, and blogs and information on how to detox and i’m not going to bore you with random information. I just wanted to show you how I perform a detox and why I incorporate it in my life.

Why detox?

There are three typical goals of a cleanse or a detox:

  • to remove potentially “toxic” foods
  • to eat a simple diet so that the detox organs like the liver can focus less on digestion and more on detoxification
  • to increase your consumption of water and foods that encourage the detoxification organs to do their job more efficiently.

The detox diet

Generally a detox diet is a very simple diet. Its not about starvation…no..no..no. Its just about incorporating more foods into your diet that you may not normally eat much of already. Have detox friendly foods and herbs, along with plenty of water, detoxifying herbal teas, vegetables, low sugar fruits and plants in general. Raw, juiced, steamed and soup.

Avoid processed food, suagr, alcohol, affeine, dairy, red meat at least for a short amount of time.

You will need your protein for adequate liver function. Get it from beans, nuts, seeds. If you eat sea food you can have wild caught salmon/seafood, chicken or a high quality protein powder.

Length of cleanse – It can range from 1 day to a full month depending on personal preference and how limited the diet is. So for instance, a juice/water/tea/broth/ fast is usually not sustainable for more than a few days. You will probably feel terrible for the first few days of a cleanse as you adjust to caffeine withdrawl, sugra withdrawl, less food and the release of toxins from storage, but after that, you should feel fabulous.

Talk with your doctor before starting a strict cleanse, especially if you have an eating disorder, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.

 

3 Nutritional Herbs You Need to Know

If you were to walk into my kitchen, one of the first things you will notice is that I have loads of herbs. Somewhere along my plant-based journey I started to find value in the tea that I drank as well. I no longer wanted to drink tea just for the sake if drinking it. I was an avid lover of peppermint tea, because I was made to understand it was great for digestion. Along the way I wondered what are the benefit of all the other herbs and teas that are out there, and thus began my quest to understand the world of herbs and how they benefit the body.

Many herbs provide nutritional boost to your daily diet by providing large doses of vitamins, minerals and other compounds your body needs for optimal function.

Some herbs that you will find beneficial adding to your daily diet includes but are not limited to:

  1. Nettle
  2. Raspberry Leaf
  3. Dandelion

 

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Nettle

Nettle offers bone building calcium in a high bioavailable form. What do I mean by bioavailability? It means how easy it is for the body to absorb the nutrient and put it to use.

Now why use Nettle for calcium when its available in other foods such as dairy products, beans and seeds? the calcium in these foods is poorly absorbed because other compounds in these foods block the absorption or increase the excretion of calcium. Nettles also provide a significant amount of magnesium, potassium and silica.

Nettles are also a great food that is rich in chlorophyll and supports the alkalinity of the body.

Now from my research what I heave learned is that nettle leaves act as a diuretic (they make you pee), but it’s also a gentle kidney cleanser and a mild antihistamine.

Personally I use organic dry nettle herb as an infusion, that means I steep it in hot water and let it sit for at least 8 hours (overnight) then drink it in the morning.

Raspberry Leaf

I learned that raspberry leaf is known as a women’s herb but as a nutritive its beneficial for anyone.

When prepared as a super infusion, the freshly dried leaves provide a surprising amount of vitamin C as well as significant doses of calcium and iron.

Raspberry leaf has astringent effects which helps tighten and tone tissue. It strengthens the muscles of the uterus. Raspberry tea is often drunk by women during the last trimester of pregnancy to facilitate with birth.

Dandelion

This plant id edible from petal to roots. The plant offers a range of vitamins in both root and leaf. the bitter leaves contain more iron and calcium.

The dried raw or roasted roots have a woody, bitter chocolate coffee like flavor.

Dandelion also offers digestive bitters that stimulate all aspects of digestive function as well as detoxification via the liver.and kidneys. But each part has its job. the leaves work for the kidneys as a diuretic whereas the roots focus on the liver.

The bitter liver supportive properties of dandelion make it useful for aiding digestion, relieving constipation, improving fat digestion and absorption, improving skin issues, and lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels

The leaves taste best as they are less bitter and the roots are most potent. You can have dandelion anytime as dry herbs. Dandelion makes a great tincture, tea or infusion.

As mentioned, the leaves can be eaten and made into a fabulous pesto

Of course as with everything,  use herbs with caution. Talk to your doctor first especially if pregnant or if taking other medications.

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10 Tips for the 6 week Healthy Diet

Now you know that I have embarked on a new healthy plant-based journey. You can read more about it here.

So here are some tips to help keep you going:

  • Make salad the main dish, eat it first at lunch and at dinner.

You will find that you eat more of what you have first. So eat the salad when you are hungriest. Raw foods fill you up and encourage weight loss.

  • Eat as much fruit as you want to.

4 fruits are about 250 calories and you can splurge as much as you would like to. So for dessert eat fresh fruit or even blend some frozen fruit to satisfy your frozen fruit.

  • Have variety when it comes to greens.

Make a variety of vegetable salads, including the following; lettuce, watercress, celery, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions, radishes, carrots, beats, cabbages and sprouts.

Have some cooked vegetables too like; kale, bok choy, okra, zucchini, turnip greens. Cooked greens are low in calories but are very nutrient dense

  • Beware of starchy vegetables as mentioned here

 

  • Eat beans or legumes every day.

Eat a cup of beans daily. beans are a powerhouse of super nutrition. they help in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar. They have a high nutrient per calorie profile and help prevent food cravings.They digest slowly. Throw a cup of beans on your salad for lunch. Eat bean soup.

  • Eliminate animal and dairy products

Eliminate animal products completely if you can. If not use lean meat once or twice a week and an egg once a week.

  • Have a tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day.

This will help you with omega-3 fats. These fats help protect against diabetes, heart disease and cancer. An additional source of omega 3  would be walnuts or soybeans like Edamame

  • Consume nuts and seeds in limited amounts, which is no more than one ounce per day.

 

  • Eat lost of mushrooms all the time.

They make a great meat replacement. It adds interesting texture to your foods. Mushrooms contain phytochemicals that have been linked to decreased risk of chronic diseases.

  • Keep it simple.

You don’t have to prepare fancy recipes all the time. I’ll also be adding recipes here from time to time to help you through this journey., So please don’t think you are in this journey alone. I’m also going through this with you. You can start anytime in your journey, even if it is months from now or weeks from now. I just hope to help and support you through this journey.

7 different ways you can learn to detox the mind.

What thoughts occupy your mind daily. Are they positive and encouraging thoughts or are you constantly filled with worry, fear, anxiety and stress. I’ll be the fist to admit. For me it sometimes is the latter, especially after being a Mom. I’m a nurturer and I’m always concerned for my family, worry for my friends and loved ones. Sometimes it takes a toll. I end up worn out and frustrated.

Recently I have been reminded that I’m not in the journey on my own and neither are you. We have our heavenly Father, who asks us to cast our burdens on Him. He has never told you, you have to do it alone. I’m a person who always needs to be in control and so sometimes, its hard to let go and let God. You have to remember that these negative thoughts can cause damage to you, the same way toxins in your body can cause toxic waste. Toxic thoughts affect your attitude, your confidence and your self-esteem. It’s therefore imperative that you guard your mind and thoughts. Get a mental detox. How ?

  • Dwell on what God says about you and your situation.
  • Go on a fast from negative thinking, condemnation, a fast for “you can’t do it” thoughts.
  • Forgive yourself and let go of disappointments.

Way to begin your mental detox:

  • Be intentional with your day by starting each day by declaring that it will be a great day.
  • Expect God’s favor.
  • Remind yourself that you have the grace to get through disappointments and that God is in control
  • Make your mind up to be happy and enjoy the day.

What are some of the ways you find effective for detoxing your mind?