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Happy New Year Pineapple Basil Smoothie

Happy New Year!

A new year often comes with resolutions and commitments in hope of success and joy. Many people want to improve different spheres of life, like our career, finances, health, love life, ect… it is often difficult to know where to begin. We often get overwhelmed and within a few weeks we are back to our old habits, which can be very frustrating.

To start the New Year off on the right foot and move us through this powerful time in our lives I propose instead of making New Years Resolutions, take time to make an inspiration board.

What is an Inspiration Board? Its anything you want it to be! Ha! It is a photo collage that inspires you and drives you to help you reach your goals, to stay focused, organized and makes you happy. It’s a two dimensional art project that YOU create to inspire you to live the best life possible! There are no rules, guidelines or limits. Dream BIG and see what you can do!

I am working on my inspiration board today, will post more about it later!

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In the mean time, I offer this recipe for you to protect you from the negative tendencies of the past, to push through to a new level of health and wellbeing. Power packed with enzymes and anti-oxidants its the perfect smoothie to start 2013 off right.

Pineapple Basil

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1Tbs green powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk or tea

Place all ingredients in blender and blend! Enjoy your delicious and pleasantly power packed smoothie!

pineapple plant

Basil is an amazing herb that protects cell structures as well as our chromosomes from radiation and oxygen damage. Basil also helps the body get rid of unwanted bacterial growth and has many other positive benefits for the body.

  • Anti-Inflammatory – helps relieve inflammatory health problems related to rheumatoid arthritis & inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Anti-Bacterial – helps to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth.
  • Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health – Basil is a very good source of vitamin A that helps protect cells from free radical damage and helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream. (Only after it has been oxidized does cholesterol build up on the walls of the blood vessels, initiating the development of atherosclerosis, whose end result can be heart attack or stroke.)
  • Basil is a Good Source of Magnesium – which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, and therefore improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms.
  • Good Source of Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium and Calcium.

Pineapple has many amazing benefits as well:

  • Anti-Inflammatory – Bromelain is a proteolitic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) found in fresh pineapple. It is often used to treat muscle injuries and when applied topically it helps speed up wound healing.
  • Digestive Benefits – Bromelain enhances the effects of the digestive enzymes and helps prevent heartburn and ease diarrhea that may be caused by a deficiency of digestive enzymes.
  • Anti-Aging – Bromelain is a natural anticoagulant that works by breaking down the blood-clotting protein fibrin.
  • Improve Immune Function – Bromelain triggers beneficial changes in white blood cells, thinning mucus and is therefore effective in treating chronic bronchitis and asthma. Bromelain also enhances the effect of antibiotics (see basil above).
  • Protects Against Macular Degeneration – Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes? Well, pineapple is even better!

Here is to a healthy and happy New Year!

In love and light,

Michelle

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Blackberry Smoothie Blast

To continue on the smoothie craze…. here is another delicious recipe for you to enjoy!

Blackberry Smoothie Blast

  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 1 banana fresh or frozen (you can omit this if you want a lower glycemic smoothie)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (preferably soaked overnight)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 generous dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup blessed water or tea (I used my own wildcrafted blend of rose hips, raspberry leaf, wild mint and nettle leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1 teaspoons Premier Research Labs Greens Mix
  • 1 drop vitamin D3 serum

Place all ingredients in blender, blend it up till smooth and enjoy!

Blackberry Bomb Smoothie

Cinnamon is an amazing spice that has many superpowers used to treat colds, indigestion & cramps, improve energy, vitality & circulation. Its cold here in Montana, so cinnamon is a great thermogenic spice to add to our everyday routine!

To read more about the health benefits of smoothies, click here!

More tomorrow on my yoga challenge adventure!

Lots of love,

Michelle

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Boosting Immunity

As we are falling into the winter months its important to build and maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper supplement routine. I would like to share with you some of the steps I take to boost my immune system naturally.

Immune boosting foods include ginger, garlic, tea, fresh juice, sweet potatoes, beets, winter squash, carrots, beans, miso, spinach, kale, swiss chard, celery, cilantro, parsley, berries, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, almonds, olive oil, grapes and pomegranates. Add herbs to your diet like a echinacea tincture (1/2 teaspoon every half hour for a super immune booster – decrease dosage as you return to wellness), astragalus (I personally enjoy astragalus tea with honey and a 1/2 a lemon) and spices like turmeric.

Click here to learn how Nancy makes an echinacea tincture to boost the immune system.

Lifestyle is important when we talk about overall health!! Prioritizing exercise as well as rest is important to have a healthy physical body and mental happiness. Daily physical activity helps rid the body of toxins, increases our blood circulation and helps to lower stress levels. Walking every day for 20 minutes and having a simple cardio or weight training routine 3 or 4 times a week where you break a sweat is super important for health, longevity and our immune system.

A good supplement routine is also important during the winter months. Vitamin D, garlic extract, reishi extract, vitamin C, turmeric is both and anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory, cranberry extract, elderberry extract, and I also take something called Adaptogen-R3 by Premier Research Labs for adaptogenic and rejuvenation support. Email me if you are interested in Premier Products! sublimele@gmail.com

Its also important to drink plenty of clean water!! Read here for more information on water. How much water should I be drinking to boost my immune system and ward of illness and dis-ease? Since water is the principal chemical component of the body, comprising of about 70% of our body’s weight. It is important that we are all individually unique and require different amounts. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body’s weight in ounces of water everyday. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Drink plenty of water and stay healthy this winter by following these simple tips!

Love and empowerment to your health,

Michelle

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Yoga and Water

Today is only day three of my yoga self challenge, but I can honestly say it has already been helping me open up the physical and mental binds that have been blocking my potential and limiting my life. I have actually been experiencing forms of detoxification as I am moving my body in ways that I have not done in months. Between the twisting, the bending, the sweating, and the breathing, my internal organs are being massaged bringing more oxygen to the body, circulating blood to undernourished areas, and ultimately improving lymphatic flow. Its really a magical feeling!

Practicing yoga has many benefits for everyone:

  • Powerful therapeutic tool for correcting physical and psychological problems
  • Plays a powerful role in detoxification and elimination
  • Retards aging and keeps you opened sexually
  • Gives you strength and flexibility for other physical activities
  • Can enhance your looks, posture, skin and muscle tone, and vitality
  • Can give your life a sense of grace and overall well-being

Amazing. I love yoga. In fact I forgot how much I love yoga. I am so excited for what is to come!

I have been trying to drink lots of water this time of year, because water is, Amazing! It is truly natures ultimate healer!
Without the use of drugs, many people have reported healing themselves by simply drinking pure water. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (try to say that name 10 times fast) says in his book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! The many benefits of water extend to every system of the body.
Mental and Emotional Wellness. Hydration helps relieve depression by replenishing the neurotransmitter serotonin. The brain, comprised of 85% water, requires more water to imprint new information. So the next time you forget something, drink a glass or two of water! As water helps with memory, focus and concentration as well as reduces symptoms of ADD & ADHD. The production of melatonin, the body’s sleep regulator, requires hydration; water consumption helps promote regular, healthy, restful sleep. In addition, water increases our energy levels by generating electromagnetic charge in our cells.
Anti-Aging. Water helps flush the waste from our body systm. It helps detoxify the liver and the kidneys, cleanse the bloodstream, facilitate good digestive function, promote lymphatic wellness, and regulate the body’s pH balance. These processes combined help resist early aging and keep the body looking and feeling young!
Healthy Skin. The skin needs moisture to perspire a way in which the body releases toxins through the skin. If the skin is experiencing dehydration, it holds onto what water it has left, halting the essential process of perspiration. This dries and withers the skin, leading to wrinkles and other signs of early aging.
As if anti-aging and great skin were not enough we also have more reasons to drink the magical liquid called water:

Pain Relief. Dehydration can cause exacerbate back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and other joint pain. Hydration lubricates the cartilage that cushions joints and the tendons and ligaments that hold them together, making for greater mobility, flexibility and comfort. This should com in handy as I am twisting my body into ways I have not done in months!
Protection from dis-ease. Even a 1% decrease in the hydration of the brain can damage blood vessels and cause plaque and bleeding, which is responsible for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. By normalizing the blood, water can help treat and prevent leukemia, lymphoma and other forms of cancer.
Cardiovascular Wellness. Water is needed to regulate body temperature and blood circulation, so the next time you are cold, make sure you are drinking enough of that delicious H2O! Water in the bloodstream helps carry nutrients and oxygen to our cells. Hydration keeps blood vessels clean and clear, helping to lower cholesterol. High blood pressure is lowered when the body is properly hydrated.  This in turn reduces the risk of heart dis-ease and stroke.
 Weight Loss. Water is necessary for the proper functioning of our metabolism, which is the process by which the body breaks down proteins and carbohydrates into energy.  If our body utilize the proteins and carbohydrates fast enough into energy, they get stored as fat. Even people who may be overweight and retaining liquid may benefit from drinking more water, as our body, like a camels has the ability to store water when dehydrated as a survival mechanism for use at a later date. Water is also important for healthy digestion, as it circulates enzymes through food and helps nutrients absorb into the blood stream. When the body is properly hydrated it reduces appetite because we are more nourished with food and water circulating through the body. The National Institute of Health advises parents of overweight children to replace sodas and other sweet drinks in their child’s diet with water.

Water and salt prevent and helps to cure asthma. Asthma, which also affects 14 million children and kills several thousand of them every year, is a complication of dehydration in the body. It is caused by the drought management programs of the body. In asthma free passage of air is obstructed so that water does not leave the body in the form of vapor – the winter steam. Increased water intake will prevent asthma attacks. Asthmatics need also to take more salt to break the mucus plugs in the lungs that obstruct the free flow of air in and out of the air sacs.
Not recognizing asthma as the indicator of dehydration in the body of a growing child not only will sentence many thousands of children to die every year, but will permit irreversible genetic damage to establish in the remaining 14 million asthmatic children.

How much water should I be drinking? Since water is the principal chemical component of the body, comprising of about 70% of our body’s weight. It is important that we are all individually unique and require different amounts. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body’s weight in ounces of water everyday. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Note: Tea, juice and milk and other drinks are NOT substitutes for water!!

Here is what Andreas Moritz says about water: Body Drought

Here is David Wolfe seeking out spring water: Avocado’s Spring Water World
Yesterday I was able to practice yoga for 20 minutes and walk for 50 minutes. The journey is just getting started but I am already experiencing a heightened awareness of my body.

I will check in every few days to let you know how my personal challenge is going.

Much Love,
Michelle
Process transforms any journey into a series of small steps, taken one by one, to reach any goal. Process transcends time, teaches patience, rests on a solid foundation of careful preparation, and embodies trust in our unfolding potential. ~Dan Millman
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Raw Cacao Brownies

This is for all of my choc-o-holic friends. This is devilishly chocolaty and filled with amazing nutrients and high in anti-oxidants! Chocolate is super good for you!

Research and published studies show that chocolate can:

  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Enhance your immune system
  • Fend off diabetes
  • Fight cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhance blood flow
  • Fight fat
  • Improve cognitive health
  • Slow aging
  • Enhance physical energy, stamina and vitality
  • Act as a safe and effective aphrodisiac

How can raw cacao do all of these marvelous things for us? Its easy, raw cacao is rich in iron, which assists in the process of respiration as it carries oxygen throughout the body. This helps with circulation, lowering the instances of heart disease, enhancing blood flow, which in turn improves cognitive health, physical energy and helps with stamina and vitality. An iron deficiency creates a low level of oxygen in the blood. This results in people feeling light-headed, tired, weak and interestingly enough an intolerance to cold which is a sign of poor blood flow.

Another great benefit to raw cacao is manganese, it  plays an important role in the formation of cartilage, bone and connective tissue. This ability to form and rebuild tissue helps slow the aging process. Awesome!

Raw Cacao Brownies:

Base:

1-3/4 cups almonds (ground to a flour in food processor)

1 cup raw cacao

1/2+ cup maple syrup or agave

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

8 drops (not droppers) of Chocolate Stevia for extra sweetness.

Dash of Himalayan salt to taste

Coconut oil (for bottom of brownie pan)

Frosting: 

2 avocados

1/2 cup maple syrup or agave or raw honey

1/2 cup raw cacao

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To Prepare Frosting:  Blend ingredients in food processor until smooth and creamy (if you need to add a little more maple syrup or water to get a smooth consistency).

To Prepare Brownie Base: Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until ingredients start to stick together. You may need to add a little water or a little more almond flour to get the right consistency.

In your 6 x 6 brownie pan, spread coconut oil on the bottom and on the sides to prevent brownies from sticking.

Take brownie “batter” and press it into your pan.

Once you have your brownies pressed nicely into the pan, spread your delicious frosting on top, sprinkle a some coconut flakes on top and serve! This is so delicious by itself you you may have a cup of chai tea with it or even add fresh raspberries or figs.

These brownies are so delicious even your non-vegan friends will love them!

Love, peace and bliss,

Michelle

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White Balsamic – Pear Dressing

Here is a great salad dressing recipe for the holidays…..
The gentle, smooth and well-balanced flavor of the white balsamic vinegar is perfect to be used with the light sweetness of the pear.

In ancient Greece, pears were used to treat nausea.

Today, pears can be useful in treating inflammation and lowering high blood pressure.

Pears are a good source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C.
White Balsamic-Pear Dressing
1/2 Pear — seeds removed — skin left on
1/2 cup white balsamic dressing
1/3 cup Hemp oil or Flax oil (or any oil that can go into the fridge without hardening)
1/4 cup organic apple juice
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sole or a dash himalayan or celtic salt to taste
Blend together and enjoy on to of your favorite bed of greens! I like to add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for some extra warmth.
Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.
~Cherie-Carter Scotts
Have a beautiful day!
Love,
Michelle
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Super Delicious Broccoli Salad

Wow. Its that time of year when we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and other holiday festivities in which we come together and share food!
Being that my youngest daughter and I are the only veg-heads in the family, the side dishes are our favorite part of the meal and this recipe is a great addition! Hearty and delicious!

Delicious Broccoli Salad:

  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite sized chuncks
  • 1 handful almonds
  • 1 cup scallions, or green onions
  • ¾ cup raisins, currants or olives
  • DRESSING BLEND:
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • ½ whole jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons oil, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon corriander
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon agave, to taste
Cut and toss body ingredients into a bowl.

Blend dressing ingredients in a blender, add to body ingredients, massage together and enjoy!

Broccoli is cooling in nature, and helps reduce eye inflammation. It is slightly diuretic in action. Broccoli reduces pitta and kapha. Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C as an orange, and almost as much calcium as whole milk-and its calcium is better absorbed by our bodies. Broccoli contains selenium, is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, and has value as an antioxidant.
(The leafy greens–not the blossoms–offer the most nutrients)
Interestingly enough, raw broccoli and broccoli sprouts offer the highest amount of support to people with stomach problems. This is because many stomach problems have been linked in research studies with overgrowth of a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, and also with excessive attachment of this bacterium to the inner stomach lining. Raw broccoli and broccoli sprouts provide special stomach support with respect to these unwanted overgrowth and over-attachment circumstances. Since half of our immune system is in our digestive tract, broccoli is a great immune system booster!
Broccoli is also concentrated in phytonutrients. In one particular phytonutrient category—glucosinolates—broccoli is simply outstanding. The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from broccoli’s glucosinolates are the key to broccoli’s cancer-preventive benefits.
Yumm.
Noah and I also served this salad at our wedding, everyone loved it!
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!
Pray for snow!
xoxoxox
Michelle
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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This is the perfect chocolate mousse!
The avocado is a versatile food that is used in a variety of raw dishes– like gazpacho and other cold soups, fruit salads, dips, desserts, and even ice cream! Avocados are a healthful substitute for sour cream or cream cheese in dressings, dips and spreads. But today we are going to explore chocolate mousse!
Avocados are amazing!
  • Promote heart health
  • Wide-range of anti-inflammatory benefits (including reducing & preventing arthritis)
  • Optimized absorption of carotenoids (fat soluble phytonutrients)
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes blood sugar regulation
  • Balances hormones

Many varieties of this native American plant are grown, but there are basically two different skin types: a smooth, green-skinned variety that remains green when ripe–this is known as the Fuerte and it is available in the fall and winter; and Hass, a dark, rough-skinned variety that blackens as it ripens is available in the summer.
Select avocados that are fairly heavy for their size and free of irregularities. When the fruit yields to gentle finger pressure, it is ripe. Store at room temperature until ripened, then refrigerate.
  • The Perfect Chocolate Mousse
  • ½ cup dates, pitted, soft
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter, (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons non-alcohol vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups avocado, mashed (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup raw carob powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Directions:
  • Soak the dates in 1/2 cup fresh water for 5-10 minutes to soften. Drain soak water and set aside. In a food processor, blend dates, maple syrup, coconut butter (if desired), and vanilla until smooth. Spoon in avocado and blend until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of date soak water if necessary to aid in blending. Spoon in carob and cocoa powder and blend until smooth.
    Spoon mousse into parfait or wineglasses. Keeps fresh for several days.
    You may also choose to freeze for a decadent ice cream! Yumm!

Eighty-eight percent of an avocado’s calories come from fat–primarily monosaturated fat–which makes avocados an excellent food for people wishing for the nourishment and the building of blood and yin. Because they are an excellent source of fat for people who have difficulty assimilating other fatty foods they are also a good source of protein, potassium, and vitamin E. They also reduce vata, which is perfect for this time of year!
And there you have it!
xoxox,
Michelle
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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