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

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

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