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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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Raw Zucchini Pasta and Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce

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Ingredients

1 large zucchini (1 per person)

Grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved

Arugula

Zest of one meyer lemon or regular lemon

Pea shoots (optional)

Jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed (optional)

Avocado-Cucumber Purée

1 medium avocado

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick

1 meyer lemon or regular lemon, juice of

2 garlic cloves

1/4 tsp white pepper or black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

A few large leaves of basil (optional)

Directions

Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiralized. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice, about 8 ounces.

For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like.

Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.

Thanks to: Dr. Oz & Julie West


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Refreshing Cucumber Limeade

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4 cups water (or however much fills desired pitcher)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

3 limes

4 tsp agave syrup (or any sugar syrup)

Ice (as much as desired)

Sprig of cilantro

Sprig of mint (optional)

Directions

Add 1 thinly sliced cucumber, a large sprig of mint and a sprig of cilantro to a large pitcher of water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour. This will become the base for the drink.

Heat 3 limes, sliced in half, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a cocktail shaker. Add 4 teaspoons agave syrup or a sugar syrup to the lime juice, ice cubes and 1 cup of the cucumber infused water. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bonus tip: Freeze the cucumber-infused water in an ice cube tray and use this ice in place of regular ice when making the drink.

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Top Cancer Killers

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Loma Linda University  reported that people who ate beans at least three times a week had a 33% reduced risk of colon polyps (which often lead to colon cancer).

Researchers at Colorado State University reported on the anticancer abilities of beans: white kidney beans have greater impact on cancer cells than navy beans, and that more colorful beans have milder effects. Foods that were found to be especially protective against head and neck cancers, which include cancer of the mouth, throat, and larynxthese cancers included beans, carrots, and tomatoes, among others.

1305104161078Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kale, among others, contain several compounds shown to fight cancer.

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that has been associated with a reduced risk of various cancers, including prostate, mouth, throat, colon, stomach, and bladder. This does not include beta-carotene supplements – to receive the benefits, carrots must be eaten.

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In one laboratory study, capsaicin slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells and prompted apoptosis (cell suicide), while a subsequent study found similar results regarding apoptosis and prostate cancer cells. Capsaicin also fights stomach cancer.

Garlic contains allium compounds that enhance the activity of immune system cells designed to fight cancer – they block carcinogens from getting into cells and also slow the development of tumors.

Mushrooms, including shiitake, reishi, coriolus versicolor, and maitake, have demonstrated cancer-fighting properties. The anticancer abilities are attributed to polysaccharides, including beta glucan, which enhance the immune system and strengthen it against cancer. Mushrooms also contain complex protein/sugar molecules called lectin, which have an ability to prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Another compound in mushrooms is ergosterol peroxide, which can inhibit the growth or prostate cancer cells and prompt apoptosis, according to a study reported in Chemico Biological Interactions. The yamabushitake mushroom has demonstrated potential against human leukemia.

Raspberries have been shown to decrease the number of esophageal tumors. In subsequent studies, black raspberry extracts inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells.

A recent review in Current Medicinal Chemistry reports on the impact of lycopene on cancer in general, and how its potent antioxidant properties help it prevent cell damage and inhibit cell growth. In addition, some case-control studies have shown that greater consumption of tomatoes and lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer.

The spice turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, appears to involve a blend of anti-carcinogenic, pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic, anti-metastatic, immunomodulatory and antioxidant activities. One study showed  it inhibited the growth of both human and animal prostate cancer cell lines.


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Juice Cleanses by JucieLandAustin

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[Jane Grok note:  I do not agree with some of the ingredients such as flax oil(polyunsaturated fat), wheatgrass, and quinoa.]

Level One Juice Cleanse – Excellent for 1st time cleansers and active people

  • 32 oz Unicorn Blood
    Watermelon, Beet, Celery, Ginger, Spinach
  • 16 oz   Tri Pinnacle
    Coconut Water, Avocado, Spinach, Kale
  • 32 oz The Fountain
    Carrot, Ginger, Beet, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Celery, Wheatgrass
  • 16 oz Ninja Bachelor Party
    Pineapple, Jalapeño, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Salt
Beets have long been thought the reason behind Russian longevity. Their betalains help protect against heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers—especially colon cancer. Ginger soothes the digestive tract and, along with watermelon, has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve rheumatoid arthritis. Celery just does about everything, including lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress hormones.
The Tri-Pinnacle is more of a blended drink with organic leafy greens and fresh avocado. The healthy fats soften the skin and provide extra energy, and combines with the fiber to help clean the colon and stabilize some of the detoxification symptoms.

Level Two Juice Cleanse – Promotes optimal liver function and reduces inflammation

  • 32 oz Liver Detox
    Carrot, Apple, Beet, Grapefruit, Flax Oil
  • 32 oz TigerLilly
    Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Wheatgrass
  • 16 oz Tree of Life
    Carrot, Turmeric, Coconut, Ginger, Lime, Cayenne, Beet
  • 16 oz Cold Shower
    Cucumber, Mint, Parsley, Watermelon, Lime, Salt

Ingredients like grapefruit and apple lower your LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, and beets and carrots are essential detoxifiers. While your liver is taking it easy from it’s day-to-day rigors, Omega-3-rich flaxseed oil in the Liver Detox blend gives it some TLC. Turmeric and ginger both have potent anti-inflammatory properties, and high doses like those found in these juices helps to reduce inflammation.

A whole quart of the Tigerlily ensures you are getting enough blood-healthy chlorophyll and minerals. It is a middle of the road cleanse and is perfect for someone who has completed 5-10 days of the #1 cleanse, or several short duration cleanses of three days or less. It is also great for cleansers who desire to maintain a workout routine for the duration of their cleanse.

Level Three Juice Cleanse – This is not your 1st juice cleanse rodeo

  • 32 oz CocoLilly
    Parsley, Spinach, Kale, Celery, Spinach, Cucumber and Coconut Water
  • 32 oz TigerLilly
    Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Wheatgrass
  • 32 oz Fountain
    Carrot, Ginger, Beet, Kale, Spinach, Parsley, Celery, Wheatgrass

This cleanse is composed entirely of vegetable juice, with just a little coconut water for it’s mild sweetness, B-vitamins and electrolytes. It’s lower in sugars and calories than our other cleanses, completely devoid of fruit, and high in chlorophyll. Fewer calories and more greens generally make for deeper cleansing, and without prior experience some people might find the detoxification symptoms overwhelming.

This cleanse is designed for people who have done several previous cleanses and are ready to take it further, or people who are inactive to lightly active and weigh less than 125 lbs.

 

Greelight Cleanse – Highly alkalizing, mineralizing, low sugar and amino acid rich package

  • 64 oz Cocolily
    parsley, spinach, kale, celery, spinach, cucumber and coconut water
  • 32 oz Raw Green Protein Nut Milk
    Activated almond and macadamia nuts, hemp seed, raw agave nectar, spirulina, vanilla and pink himalayan sea salt

Does just the thought of sugar…even natural fruit and vegetable sugar… give you a headache? Or want a fresh, new way of fitting greens into your diet? Then try our veggie-packed Greenlight Cleanse:

The Cocolily blend provides alkalizing hydration, minerals, enzymes and plenty of chlorophyl – which provides the basic material for building healthy red blood cells, and boosts the blood’s oxygen carrying capacity for greater energy.

That’s followed up with the Green Protein Nut Milk, made from activated nuts (soaked in water initiating the sprouting process and making them even more nutritional and digestible). Throw in some spirulina for some easy-to-absorb amino acids, high GLA fatty acid content, and antioxidants. These healthy fats, proteins and superfoods provide the energy you’ll need and the pure nutrition you want.

Day Spa Cleanse – Easy “starter” juice cleanse and a vegan salad included

  • 64 oz Spicy Detox Lemonade
    lemon, maple syrup, cayenne, and filtered water
  • 32 oz The Fountain
    carrot, celery, beet, ginger, kale, parsley, spinach and wheatgrass
  • 1 vegan, gluten-free quinoa salad 
    Yep, real food!
  • That’s 3 quarts of fresh juice plus a salad per day!

You had fun and relaxed your mind this weekend, now it’s your body’s turn with an easy to do Day Spa Cleanse. This is a great cleanse if you are looking to really clean up your act for a day or three, rather than commit to a traditional juice cleanse. The juice of the Spicy Detox Lemonade stimulates hydrochloric acid production and has an alkalizing effect on the body, while the cayenne raises your metabolism, and thins and purifies the blood. Both ingredients help break up mucous – often a by-product of an unhealthy lifestyle – which clogs our sinuses, intestines and colons. The Fountain provides all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes of an entire days worth of vegetables and herbs. And we put an exclamation point on that cleanse with a satisfying high-protein quinoa salad.

http://www.juicelandaustin.com/ Thanks to Juice Land Austin for these cleanse recipes!


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Paleo Ice Cream: French Vanilla, Pralines and Cream, Maple Walnut, & more!

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French Vanilla Ice cream

Ingredients :

–  3 egg yolks
–  16 ounces of heavy cream or canned coconut milk
–  1/2 a cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar
–  1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions :

–  Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil while whisking constantly.  You don’t want any lumps
–  Remove from the heat and let cool, then strain into a medium mixing bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
–  Pour the cooked custard into an ice cream maker and run following directions.
–  Put the finished ice cream into a container and store in your freezer.

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Once you have your basic ice cream, you can make lots of variations such as :

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Pralines and Cream

While your ice cream is making, saute a cup of chopped pecans in a skillet with a teaspoon of butter.  When they are toasted, remove the nuts, then add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice to the pan and heat a few minutes more to make a caramel sauce. Add back the nuts and mix until well coated, then pour onto a plate and leave to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly. Once your ice cream is made, mix in the nuts and the sauce, put into a container, and store in your freezer.

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Chocolate Mint

Add a few drops of mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring (optional) to the cooked custard base before freezing.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer. [Jane Grok note: I strongly advise against using any artificial food colorings, as they are all toxic & damaging to humans.]
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Double Chocolate

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa to the ingredients when you make your custard base.  Follow the directions above.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer.
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Maple Walnut

 Use maple syrup as your sweetener and add a tablespoon of maple extract to your custard base.  Follow the directions for Pralines and Cream, but use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.
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Chocolate Sundae

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One of the best ways to serve your french vanilla ice cream is with chocolate. Melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and pour this over your ice cream.  This will form a hard coating like the kind you get on Dairy Queen dipped cones, but much tastier.

This is, of course, incredibly rich, and not the sort of thing you want to eat more than a couple of times a year.  But when you really want to indulge, it’s much, much better for you than anything you can buy.

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Basic Fruit Ice cream

3 cups of chopped fresh fruit
3 1/4 cups of heavy cream or 2 – 14 oz cans of coconut milk
1/2 cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Put all the ingredients into your blender or processor and process until pureed.  Taste to make sure the sweetness is right, then pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the instructions.

The variations on this are endless.

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Peach Melba

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Once you have peach ice cream in your freezer,  you are just a few steps away from having a great summer dessert – Peach Melba.  To make this – slice a peach, top with peach ice cream, and then top that with a raspberry puree which you can make by processing a cup of raspberries in your blender.
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Coconut Pistachio & Vanilla Ice Cream

 Ingredients
– 400 ml(about 1 3/4 cup) coconut milk
– 1 vanilla pod
– 2 egg yolks
– 1-2 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp colza oil
– a pinch of salt
– 4-5 tbsp or 25 g of pistachio nuts (shelled and unsalted)As in my previous recipes, I reduced the coconut milk to half the volume by simmering it for approximately 1 1/2 hour with the vanilla seeds and the vanilla pod.

Add the salt, honey, egg yolks, colza oil and give it a good whisk. Now you have a fat and smooth mixture that should make a very tasty ice cream! Let the mixture cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Chop the pistachios in a mixer and roast them in a dry frying pan. Be careful not to burn them.

Run the ice cream mixture in the ice cream maker and add the pistachios halfway through.

Serve with a bunch of pistachios and enjoy!

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Easiest Paleo “Ice Cream”

A 3 ingredient ice cream. You won’t know what hit ya! Anyone can make this and it’s a pretty darn good (and cheap!) switch-a-roo for store bought coconut ice cream or the likes.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas*
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Method

Remove the peels from the bananas and discard. Place the bananas in plastic wrap and stick in the freezer for at least 5 hours. Once they’re hard all the way through, you’re ready to start making the “ice cream.”

Take out your food processor and toss in the frozen bananas, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Blend until everything is smooth. Done!

Either eat immediately or stick it in a covered dish and freeze it. Take the ice cream out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat. It can get pretty hard in the freezer.

Thanks to: http://www.health-bent.com/treats/easiest-paleo-ice-cream

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Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Recipe Source: A Couple Cooks (adapted)
What You Need

14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerate before using if possible–I didn’t do this and it was fine)
14-ounce can light coconut milk (I actually just used 2 cans of full fat coconut milk and my ice cream was super creamy!)
½ cup honey
⅔ cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (I omitted this as I wanted plain chocolate ice cream, but I think I’m definitely going to add it next time!)
Pinch kosher salt

What To Do
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk and ½ cup honey. Whisk in ⅓ cup cocoa powder until it is fully integrated (it will take about one minute to mix in). Then mix in the remaining ⅓. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt.
  2. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (it helps if the mixture is cold before freezing; as noted above, we keep cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so they are already cold). Or, make it without the machine(Jane’s note: I didn’t chill my mixture before and it was fine–I did mix it in my ice cream maker for about 20 minutes until it was the consistency of soft serve)
  3. You can eat the ice cream right away for a soft serve texture, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a harder texture. (I froze mine for a few hours and it firmed up but retained a really fluffy texture!) Enjoy!

Thanks to: http://inthepinkandgreen.blogspot.com/2013/02/paleo-chocolate-ice-cream.html

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Slightly Sweet & Salty Frozen Custard also known as “Healthiest Ice Cream EVER”

Ingredients for Frozen Custard

1 medium butternut squash (will need 2 cups cooked)
1/2 T salt
a few tablespoons coconut oil

13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
2 pastured egg yolks
1 T vanilla
1 t cardamom extract (if you don’t have it, use almond extract)
1 t ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Roast your butternut squash, using the coconut oil and salt. Usually we use the Elana method; however, for this recipe – to increase the caramelization of the natural sugars of the squash – we recommend cubing your squash into 1″ pieces, lathering it in coconut oil, tossing with salt and roasting it at high heat until soft, brown, bubbly and delicious.
  2. Scoop from inside skin if you didn’t separate the flesh already. Then, let your roasted squash cool. Listen. Patience, young grasshopper. We actually let ours cool overnight – but it will be ready when the squash meat is cold. It will stick to your ice cream maker and ruin the whole batch if you try to put warm anything in there!
  3. Combine 2 packed cups of the now cold roasted squash (should have some moisture) and the remaining ingredients until smooth (we suggest a food processor to get it super smooth, but use whatever you have).
  4. Put the mixture in an ice cream maker and watch for it to stiffen – ours took about 7 minutes.
  5. Freeze ice cream to firm up, 3-5 hours is usually ideal. If it stays in longer, simply let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes prior to serving to “soften” it up.
  6. Top with Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix (below). This is really kind of a must – skip the almonds if you can’t do nuts – but you have to have the salty crunch to fully appreciate the creamy ice cream.

Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix
this recipe is inspired by one of our favorite recipes of all time, Caramelized Coconut Chips by The Clothes Make the Girl as featured in Well Fed

Ingredients

1/4 C coconut chips
1/4 C almond slivers
1 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg (fresh preferred)

Instructions

1. Combine coconut chips and almonds in a pan (clean stainless steel preferred) over medium high heat, stirring often, until the fragrance of the nuts and coconut come out and a light brown color develops.

2. Toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.

3. Serve on top of ice cream or snack on it obsessively. Store in an air tight container for a LONG time, although best served fresh.

Thanks to: http://paleoparents.com/featured/the-healthiest-ice-cream-ever/

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Delicious Healthy Fruit Popsicles

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach or nectarine, diced small
  • handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions:

  • Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  • Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.
  • When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out.

Enjoy!

 

Thanks to: http://www.eatcleanlivehealthy.com/delicious-healthy-fruit-popsicles/