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Green Goodness

I love to juice! It helps me to feel amazing and improves my energy level!

Green juice helps me to consume a wide variety of produce in any given day.

Juicing helps the body assimilate nutrients faster than eating vegetable on their own, plus you can juice more! Green juice promotes the body to shift from an acid to an alkaline state. Our body needs a balanced pH to function properly, if we are either too acidic or alkaline our body goes through a series of adjustments to try to neutralize the imbalance.

Juicing helps me to maintain balance, youthful, more radiant skin as well as helps me maintain a stable weight because I am getting the nutrients I need without overeating.

These recipes can be used during the 3-Day Juice Cleanse, the 5-Day Juice Cleanse and the 7-Day Juice Cleanse!

I have had a lot of people lately comment on how they love my juices. How do I get them to taste so good? Many people either put too much dark pungent greens in their juices thinking that more is better or they either start using too much fruit because they are addicted to sugar. Its all about balance, use different greens a little sweetener.

A good balance to a good green juice and its usually includes a delicious base like celery or cucumber. From there I like to include kale, chard, romaine, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint, the list goes on depending on what is in my fridge. To sweeten the juice, I like to add a couple of apples or some pineapple or even some grapefruit. If I want my juice to be a little more zesty, I might add some ginger or lemon or lime.

Some good Green Juice combos to try:

Celery/Kale/Apple/Lemon/Ginger

Cucumber/Kale/Cilantro/Pineapple

Celery/Cucumber/Apple

Cucumber/Spinach/Mint/Pineapple

Celery/Basil/Pineapple

Cucumber/Chard/Parsley/Apple/Ginger

Celery/Chard/Grapefruit/Ginger

Cucumber/Romaine/GreenApple

Experiment, have fun and don’t forget to taste as you go! You can do it!

For those of you who like measurements, try these green juice recipes:

Green Lemonade:
1 bunch celery
5 to 6 stalks kale (any type – I use dino kale because its super green and fits through my juicer beautifully)
1 to 2 apples for sweetness
1 lemon
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (optional)
Green Goddess:
1/2 buch of celery
1 bunch kale
1 bunch cilantro
1 to 2 apples
1 lemon
1 to 2 teaspoons ginger (optional)
As you can see, I like celery but this can easily be interchanged with cucumber or whatever other greens you have on hand.

Amazing ingredients to use while  juicing  for life:

Celery: Is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.  Celery helps fight cancer, lowers blood pressure & cholesterol, aids in digestion, elimination & weight loss, helps with insomnia, and it is also beneficial to help those with a weak sexual drive. Juice is the most efficient and nutritious way to eat celery, and people who have these conditions can drink as much juice as desired without overdosing.

Cucumber: Do you remember putting cucumber slices over your eyes to reduce morning puffiness (or seeing women do it in movies)? Well, imagine cucumber doing the same thing for your gut. It contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which may help reduce inflammation and swelling.

Kale: Amazing superfood to include in your diet, whether you are juicing or not. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food and since inflammation is the number one cause of arthritis, heart disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, kale is the perfect leafy green to add to your juices or salads for that matter. It is also a good source of essential omegas 3 & 6, helping not only to get protein into our body but to boost our immune system as well.

Chard: Recent research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardioprotective flavonoid that’s also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods. Now what does this mean? I means that chard has unique benefits for blood sugar regulation for people with diabetes, it has powerful antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory benefits and supports bone health! Who needs a glass of milk when you can just add chard to your green juice?

Cilantro: This herb isn’t just a commonly used leaf or seed, used in exotic recipes, its a powerful cleansing agent! Cilantro helps remove heavy metals and other toxic agents from the body. It works to cleanse the liver and is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help relieve symptoms of arthritis as well as wards off urinary tract infections and is helpful in fighting anemia. It is anti microbial and anti fungal. Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar. Contains immune boosting properties, helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes. Cilantro is so amazing it helps as an overall digestive aid and helps reduce feelings of nausea. It helps ease hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation and reduces menstrual cramping. What’s not to love about this amazing herb?

Parsley: The inclusion of fresh herbs in your diet can be especially beneficial, as many of them are strong antioxidants. Parsley contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. It also tastes great in carrot juice!

Apples: You know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” While that may be an exaggeration, apples are a miracle fruit in my mind. Studies have linked the consumption of apples to a reduced risk of a variety of cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and Type II diabetes. They are strong antioxidants, and contain a number of phytochemicals, including quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory.

Pineapple: Packed with the enzyme bromelain which plays a major role in the body’s healing process. Bromelain is a natural potent anti-inflammatory that has many health benefits and encourages healing. According to recent researches, bromelain is very effective in treating bruises, sprains and strains by reducing swelling, tenderness and pain. This powerful anti-inflammatory effect can also help relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and reduce postoperative swelling.

Grapefruit: I love grapefruit. I crave Grapefruit. If you are serious about wanting to improve your health, grapefruits are one of many live foods you should consider adding to your regular diet. It helps cleanse the kidneys, digestive and urinary systems, detoxify the liver, ease chronic liver conditions and help to eliminate toxins from the body. It may also help dissolve gallstones, lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, helps fight cancer & is awesome in fighting candida and parasites in the body. Its anti-inflammatory properties are helpful with chest congestion, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory disorders like osteoarthritis.

Lemons: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Lemons are anti-inflammatory and great for detoxification because they have high levels of vitamin C, which can bind to heavy metals and neutralize the toxins in our body. Lemons also stimulate the liver to make glutathione, a special enzyme used by the liver in detoxification.

Ginger:  Ginger ale is historically the tonic of choice for stomach unrest. However, with all the high fructose corn syrup or sugar in ginger ale, your best bet is making your own tea or including a chunk of fresh ginger in your juice. In addition, ginger is known to alleviate migraine symptoms, and my own experience with ginger juice has proven that to be true. Whenever I feel a headache coming on, I make a ginger juice – the worse the headache, the more ginger I add. If you’ve never used ginger in your juice, it can taste pretty strong, so start with a 1-inch chunk and increase the amount over time.

Here is a link to some amazing beet juice recipes: Pre-Workout Juice
Cheers to Life!
Now go on and get juicing!
What is your favorite juice? Please share your recipe!
Love and juice,
Michelle
It goes with your everywhere you go. It is on display at work and at home. People around you are affected by it. It has no shape, color, or size, yet its impact on your life is profound. What is it? Your attitude!
~Lucy MacDonald
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Inspiring Quotes, Meditation

Meditation for East Coast

I choose to create in the present time and space, neutralization of the storm pattern called Sandy, restoration of calm weather and perfect harmony, calm seas, sunny skies and normal water levels. I now neutralize any negative effects of haarp and chemtrails affecting this weather pattern. I now cover the entire eastern coast in a blanket of light and send Sandy out to sea where it will do no harm. I call in the master angels, RAM and any other beings of light to help protect all sentient beings. So Be It, So It Is, It Is Done. Thank You. ~Giuliana Torre

Inspiring Quotes

Fill yourself with positive, nurturing and healing thoughts!

I am optimistic and confident in all that I do. I affirm only the best for myself and others. I am the creator of my life and my world. I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence. I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.

~Alice Potter

Super Groovy Site Updates

A Fresh Start

Welcome to my new site!

Its a new beginning, instead of trying to sell a company or product to you and tell people what they “should” be doing. This site is intended to be an evolutionary exploration on how to be your most radiant self though plant based diet and lifestyle.  Through what I know and am experiencing on an ongoing basis. It is meant to be inspiring and provide you with accurate and scientific information about health, mind-body wellness and spirituality in all aspects of life.

This site is the hub of my communication with the world. I love to share, recipes, health information, information about upcoming classes, as well as  information and inspiration on plant based living and eating.

What are some things you might find on the new site?

~Lots of plant based recipes, highly raw and some cooked, but always highly conscious and made with love!

~Thoughts about life, spirituality and evolving consciousness.

~Thoughts and inspiration on how to be our most beautiful selves through diet and lifestyle.

~Holistic parenting & plant  based nutrition for children of all ages!

~You Tube Channel will be up and running soon with cool recipes and fun in the kitchen! So stay tuned!

~Also this will soon be a connection to Sublime Elements online superstore that my husband and I own together to offer support for holistic health and wellness, both in our community and throughout the world. We offer a diverse range of products which have been designed and hand picked to help everyone create healthy selves and healthy families though body, mind, and spirit. The store will feature organic products that have been carefully sourced and selected are are of the highest quality and effectiveness available. We have temporarily shut down the online store to bring an all new, super groovy and highly informative store so that we will be able to be more interactive with our clients and give more personalized service. Until the new store is live, you can feel free to contact us if you need something particular! If we have it we’ll ship it out to you or you can come by the house and pick it up & if we don’t have it we will try to order it for you!

~Product reviews will be posted on this site. If you have a product and want me to write about it! Hook me up!

If you have any questions or ideas you would like me to include or explore, please let me know! Email me at sublimele@gmail.com

In love and light,

Michelle Berry-Shaffer

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. ~Patanjali

Recipes

Wakame Kale Salad

Kale & Sea Veggies! Oh, yumm! I love this salad, the flavor is delicious and the textures are fun too!
Ingredients:
Salad:
1/2 of 1.06 oz. package wakame sea vegetable (soak 5 minutes in water)
12-16 cups torn kale (about 8-12 large leaves; save stems for juicing)
1 small head cauliflower, chopped
1 cup green onions, chopped small
1-2 red bell peppers, diced
2 cups mung bean sprouts (or you may choose to use kelp noodles or another kind of sprout)
Dressing:
2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. orange juice (or grapefruit juice)
1/2 cup flax or olive oil
1/4 cup nama shoyu, Bragg liquid aminos, or tamari
1 Tbs. Miso
1 slice ginger (25 cent size)
1-2 clove garlic
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbs. honey
dash cayenne
Instructions:
Salad:
Wash and tear kale, chop veggies, mix soaked wakame into veggies and toss with dressing.
Dressing Sauce:
Use blender to combine dressing ingredients and pour onto salad.  Let marinate for 1 hour.
This salad will last up to one week in the fridge.
Wakame has a subtly sweet flavor and slippery texture.  It is a rich source of EPA, an omega-3 essential fatty acid and has high levels of calcium, iodine, thiamine, and niacin.
Have a wonderful day!
xo
Michelle
Boost Energy, Recipes

Bliss Balls

Morgan wanted to make Bliss Balls the other day.  How could I say no?

Ingredients:
1/2 c raw almond butter
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup pine nuts or hep seeds unsoaked
1/4 cup raw carob powder
1 t vanilla or 1 soaked vanilla bean
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t fresh ginger
Morgan and I added 3/4 cup sprouted buckwheats.  Buckwheats are kind of like rice crispies in the balls, and extra yummy! For people who struggle with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance, buckwheat is ideal.  It contains all essential amino acids (eight proteins the body cannot manufacture) in good proportions and B vitamins and is rich in phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium.  Buckwheat also has an alkalizing effect on our body.
Back to how to make Bliss Balls!  Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Form into balls and roll in carob powder or hemp seeds. Its that easy!  (We didn’t roll our balls in anything because we couldn’t wait to eat them) No baking, no dehydrating, no freezing!  Pure bliss!
This recipe is adapted from Gabriel Cousens, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine.
Carob may also contain up to 8% protein and contains vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D.  It is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, as well as iron, manganese, barium, copper, and nickel.  Carob has no oxalic acid, this acid prevents the body from utilizing calcium and zinc.  These minerals are vital to healthy skin.  On a side note the presence of oxalic acid in chocolate may be the reason why many people break out when they eat to much!  And we learn something new every day!
Morgan and I also chose to make our own almond butter because its super easy:
Use raw, unsoaked almonds and grind them up!  Add a little flax or hemp oil until you achieve the consistency you desire add a little salt if you like and enjoy!
Be well!
xoxox
Michelle
Cleansing & Detoxification, Juice, Recipes

Pre-Workout Juice

Beet juice is amazing! Its often referred to as natures viagra because it increases blood flow through the small capillaries, and because erectile dysfunction is often caused by poor circulation…. well you get the picture.

Beet juice will improve your performance in the gym. This is because this magical juice dilates blood vessels to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, as well as reducing the amount of oxygen needed by the muscles during physical activity. Researchers from the Sport and Health Sciences department of UofE found that people who drank beetroot juice required 12 percent less effort to perform even low intensity exercise like walking than those who did not drink beet juice.

Health Benefits of Beets:

  • Boosts Energy
  • Rich in nutrients
  • Blood purifier
  • Immune system booster
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stimulates liver function
  • Natural colon cleanser
  • Supports capillaries
  • Prevents macular degeneration
  • Prevents cataracts
  • Natures viagra
  • Creates a sense of well being
  • Used as a stomach acid tester
  • Contains pectin polysaccharides for digestive tract health
  • Lessens tumor cell growth & contains betacyanins which counteract cancer
  • Source of anthycyanins, carotenoids & lutein/zeazanthin which helps prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other eye related issues.
  • Reduces cholesterol & triglycerides
  • Lowers homocysteine

Beets are natures viagra? Seriously? Yes, seriously! Beets were used by both the ancient Greeks and Romans both medicinally as an aphrodisiac and as a culinary herb. Medicinally, beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. In addition the natural nitrates that would improve overall performance.

Go ahead! Give it a try! Here are some great recipes to get you started!

Pre-workout Juice:

3 Beets

2 Grapefruit

1 Tablepoon Cherry Juice Concentrate

Enjoy!

Michelle’s Morning Sunshine:
1 orange
1 grapefruit
1 lime
1 beet
1 apple
Enzyme Boost (optional): 1 cup pineapple

The Great Eliminator
1  beet
1 cucumber
1/2 to 1 head romaine lettuce
10 medium carrots
1 inch fresh ginger

If you want a great boost in energy, your answer is simple. Drink beet juice! It does a body good!

Juice, love and bliss,

Michelle Berry-Shaffer

Sources:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-12/uoe-bjc121710.php

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=49