Green Raspberry Lemonade Detox Recipe

 

photo-7LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS this entire post is dedicated to this superfood that most people overlook for the more popular and hot superfoods on the market like chia or goji etc.  Not to discount these other great foods but sometimes they cause us to overlook the superfoods that may seem more common and less “fancy”.

Read here for the full article listing out a plethora of amazing health benefits that lemons provide, but here are a few of my favorites to get you started.

Lemons help to alkalize the body and detoxify the liver.  Whether you consume alcohol or not on a regular basis, your liver does need a little TLC every once in a while and increasing your intake of lemons is a great way to get you started.

Lemons help to strengthen your blood vessels which is great especially if you tend to have high blood pressure.

Lemons contain 22 cancer fighting compounds and have strong antibacterial properties.

This smoothie is packed with lemon and other amazing ingredients to provide you with all of the benefits that this superfood has to offer.  It is quite tart so if you have an aversion to bitter flavors, you may want to leave out some of the lemon skins that I just love putting in.  That being said, the lemon skin and pith (the white part) contain some of the highest density of nutrients in the whole fruit so if you can, try to leave them in.

I hope you enjoy this yummy treat — your liver and body will thank you!!

Green Raspberry Lemonade Detox Recipe – What you will need:

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  • 3 large handfulls of kale or spinach
  • 3 whole lemons (I slice the peel off and chop it up to make the blending process easier)
  • 8 oz water (or green tea)
  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Stevia , honey, or pitted dates to taste
  • Ice to desired consistency

In a blender (I use this Blendtec I get a lot of questions about that) place your water or green tea, lemons and greens and blend until smooth.  Then place your fruit, ice, and stevia/honey/or dates into the blender and blend until you have your desired consistency.

Enjoy this treat often, it will provide an amazing boost to your day!

Homemade Healthy Shampoo Recipe

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For the past year I have scoured various beauty salons, shops, supermarkets, and even online in search of a shampoo that provided an ingredient list that was both non-toxic and also promoted healthy strong hair.  Finally, after much research, I decided to come up with my own shampoo/conditioner recipe perfectly designed for me.  I am in LOVE with the result and I hope that you will love this recipe as well.

Don’t let the simplicity of the recipe fool you.  It is a common misconception that our personal hygiene and beauty products require a long list of ingredients in order to be effective.  In fact, the typical long list of ingredients in your shampoo tends to contain toxic and harsh chemicals that will strip the natural oils of your hair.  The simplicity of this recipe will allow the natural oils in your hair to become balanced and your hair will flourish.

Because this is a deviation from the chemical soup we have been slathering in our hair for years, there will be an adjustment period when you make the switch.  Your hair will require time to balance the natural oils that you are no longer stripping with each wash.  For me, this adjustment period was 3-4 days, but I have heard that for some it can take up to 2-3 weeks.  It depends on the individual.

On to the fun stuff, lets talk a little bit about some of the ingredients included in this recipe.

Sweet almond oil – Used in ancient Egypt to promote hair growth (yes please) this lovely oil is affordable and can be used in a myriad of beauty products.  I use it in this recipe to promote hair growth and to make my hair shiny and beautiful!

Avocado Oil – I add a bit of avocado oil to this recipe to moisturize and nourish the hair.  Avocado oil boosts the moisture content of the hair as well as providing vitamins A, E, and D along with minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, etc.

Peppermint Essential Oil- Helps to normalize the PH balance of your scalp keeping your natural oils in check and stimulates your scalp with tingly goodness promoting hair growth.

Tea Tree Essential Oil- has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and assists in banishing dandruff (thank you!)

Sandalwood Essential OIl- Has a wonderful smell and moisturizes your hair and scalp.

THE RECIPE – Combine all of the following ingredients in a sterilized airtight container.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup unscented castile soap
  • 1 and 1/3 Tbs sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp tea tree essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp sandalwood essential oil

If you tend to have an oily hair type, omit the avocado oil and sandalwood and in place of the sandalwood, use lemongrass essential oil.

Lather and tinse as normal.  ENJOY and let me know how it goes!

Pesto Zucchini Noodles

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As summer is quickly approaching, I am finding myself less inclined to crave warm foods.  This has presented a unique challenge in attempting to get creative in my cooking beyond the typical salad.  There are many raw foodists out there who are able to come up with creative meals year round, so why couldn’t I?

The best part about this meal is that it wasn’t planned.  I didn’t go to the grocery store with a list, I simply got creative with what was in the fridge.  I could have grilled up the zucchini as I normally do but I wanted to enjoy this dish RAW.  I hope you enjoy this wonderfully clean vegan and raw recipe.  I know that my entire family did (even those who are historically not excited about eating my “super healthy” food).

Raw zucchini provides unadulterated benefits that run the gamut most beautiful green foods provide such as preventing cancer and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol but zucchini is uniquely high in manganese.  Manganese is great for your metabolism, strong bones, and protecting against oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is a large term that often gets thrown around along with free radicals, but what does that really mean? Free radicals are all around us, pollution, chemicals, etc. its enough to drive one mad.  The good news is that mother nature has provided us a way to fight back, so don’t stress! Whole foods, fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants that reduce and counteract the free radicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis.  It is important to make a concerted effort to ensure that our diets are rich in these anti-oxidant dense foods.  Sometimes this takes a bit of creativity and planning, but can be accomplished and with great benefits to you and your family’s health!

Make this lovely delicious recipe that not only your taste buds but also your body will enjoy and thank you for!

What you will need:

– 2 large zucchinis

-2 cups fresh basil

-1/4 cup almonds (raw or dry roasted)

-Juice of 1 lemon

– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel the zucchinis into ribbons using either a mandoline or a vegetable peeler. I used a vegetable peeler and it worked great.  Set aside.

2. Place the lemon juice, basil, almonds, and salt & pepper into a blender or food processor and pulse until it is a pesto consistency.

3. Mix the pesto on the zucchini noodles and enjoy on their own or place on top of a bed of romaine for a heartier salad!

ENJOY!!

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Health Chocolate

 

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This recipe is pure delight. Tastes like melted chocolate bars, in reality it’s a superfood elixir.

Most hot chocolate mixes you buy in your local supermarket are filled with chemicals and harmful ingredients. For quite some time I ruled out hot chocolate believing that it could not be a part of my nutrition plan, that is until I came up with this recipe.

Raw cocoa is a powerful antioxidant and also contains B and E vitamins, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. As you can see, in the table below, raw cocoa has about  40x the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. As with all things, moderation is key, but you should feel great about enjoying this elixir once in a while!

ORAC scores for the Top 10 Antioxidants Foods (per 100 grams)

1) Raw cocoa powder* 95,500

2) Raw cacao nibs* 62,100

3) Roasted cocoa powder 26,000

4) Organic Goji Berries* 25,300

5) Acai Berries* 18,500

6) Dark Chocolate 13,120

7) Milk Chocolate 6,740

8) Prunes 5,770

9) Raisins 2,830

10) Blueberries 2,400

Source: US department of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022610_cacao_chocolate_raw.html#ixzz2Ijgw5TiY

THE RECIPE

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  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 heaping tbs of raw cocoa
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp coconut flour (depending on desired thickness)
  • sprinkle of salt
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free)
  • stevia to taste (you may also use dates or honey to sweeten)

Place all ingredients into a pot over low heat and whisk to combine.  Bring mixture to a boil stirring continually. (serves 1)

ENJOY!

XOXO- the reverent lion

Mango Coconut Ice Cream

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I love mangos.The best mangos I have ever eaten were in India.  You buy them from a fruit vendor and they are warm from siting in the hot sun.  You then go about squishing the whole mango until it feels much like a water balloon and you break a small hole in the top and drink the mango like a delightful sticky sweet mess.  SO GOOD.  In india they also make a fabulous mango and yogurt drink called mango lassi.  I found myself craving mango lassi, so I came up with this recipe for a vegan mango coconut ice cream.

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Before we get to the good stuff, I also wanted to provide you a bit of information about the nutritional benefits of mangos. Mangos are a great source of vitamins A,C,K and vitamin B6  and also contain potassium. There are also recent studies showing that they prevent cancer, relieve stress, and help to reduce body fat! (see sources below) — OK now back to the good stuff —

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangos chopped (you may use frozen if desired)
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs raw sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

1. Place your water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and raw sugar in a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.

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2. Lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off of the heat and set aside to cool.

3. Once the mango mixture has cooled a bit (10-15 mins) pour the mixture into the blender and add the coconut milk.

4. Blend until smooth. Add the pineapple and pulse 2-3 times (this will give you pineapple chunks in your ice cream)

5. Taste the mixture to make sure it is to your liking! (Not sweet enough? Add a touch of raw sugar or stevia and pulse again.)

6. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for one hour to set.

7. Place the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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8. ENJOY

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Mango Benefit Sources: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/nsci/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest/56-nsci-research-finds-health-benefits-in-mangos; http://www.thebatt.com/2.8485/texas-a-m-researchers-discover-mango-health-benefits-1.1283355