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Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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How-to: Whipped Cream from Coconut Milk

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Step 1: Buy a can of full fat coconut milk. (JaneGrok note: please read the label when buying coconut milk/cream. Some brands, like Goya, have alot of trash ingredients. Buy organic, if possible)
Step 2: Place it in the fridge overnight.
Step 3: Open the can without shaking it or turning upside down.
Step 4: Carefully spoon out the top layer of opaque white stuff that has gathered at the top of the can. Spoon into a mixing bowl. You will be left with about 1/2 cup of white syrup-y looking translucent liquid. Leave this in the can.
Step 5: Add 2-3 Tbsp of powdered confectioners sugar to the white stuff. Optional: add cinnamon, vanilla bean – any small amount of flavor you’d like. (JaneGrok note: I, personally, would omit this entire step)
Step 6: Grab a hand beater (simple mixers work just as well as expensive ones)
Step 7: Whip the coconut milk froth until creamy. Start on low and move to a higher speed, move the beater in an up and down motion to infuse the mixture with as much air as possible.
Step 8: Serve! You can spoon on top of ice cream, for cream pies, into coffee latte mugs, or eat with a spoon

Thanks to: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/09/how-to-make-whipped-coconut-cream-from.html

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Remedy for gray hair & baldness

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Onion juice

Research has found that grey hair is primarily caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide at the root of hair follicles and that this is due in great part to a reduction in the natural antioxidant compound catalase. In addition to helping cleanse the scalp and follicles, onion juice also promotes the production of catalase. Catalase prevents grey hair as well as promotes thicker hair follicles. It is also shown to work for the skin condition vitiligo.

How-to: Divide your hair into four sections, then apply the onion juice on your scalp not on your hair. Massage gently and leave it on for 15 minutes till 1 hour, then rinse you hair well. Apply it daily and after 2 weeks ( at least) you may see great results. Shampoo afterwards to help remove the onion odor.

Some helpful links with more information on gray hair & baldness remedies:

http://www.naturalnews.com/040262_thinning_hair_grey_onion_juice.html

http://www.onlymyhealth.com/onion-juice-hair-loss-1359096093

http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/101-tips-on-how-to-make-your-hair-grow-quicker.php

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