The Benefits Of A Colorful Diet

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While having foods rich in color can look sexy, did you know that each color represents a specific health benefit?

BLACK & VERY DARK COLOURS

  • Chlorogenic acid boosts metabolism by altering the way glucose is absorbed by our body, and speeds up calorie burn
  • Its anti-oxidants also help prevent premature aging
You might like to try:
Veges: wakame seaweed, black sesame, black soybeans, kombu seaweed, burdock.
Fruits: blackberries, figs, juneberries, plums, prunes, purple grapes, raisins
PURPLE
  • Colored by natural plant pigments called anthocyanins
  • Anthocyanins, especially abundant in blueberries,
  • Promotes healthy eyes.
  • Also known to relieve hypertension.
You might like to try:
Veges: red cabbage, sweet potato, eggplant, perilla mint, red lettuce.
Fruits: blueberries, figs, juneberries, plums, prunes, purple grapes, raisins
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GREEN

  • Colored by natural plant pigment called chlorophyll.
  • Chlorophyll helps detoxify our body and cleanses our colon, relieving constipation.
  • Also aids our skin cells’ growth and repair.
You might like to try:
Veges: spinach, garland chrysanthemum, cucumber, okra, green pepper, molokhia, edamame, broccoli, mustard greens, sugar snap peas.
Fruits: green apples, avocados, green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi, limes
Combo: Some greens (spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, peas, cucumber and celery) contain lutein.
Lutein works with another chemical, zeaxanthin, found in corn, red peppers, oranges, grapes and egg yolks to help keep eyes healthy.
YELLOW / ORANGE
  • Usually colored by natural plant pigments called carotenoids.
  • Various vitamins and beta carotene.
  • Beta carotene in these veges is converted to vitamin A,
  • which promotes healthy skin.
  • You might like to try:
Veges: potato, sweet potato, carrot, lemon, pumpkin.
Fruits: apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, tangerines
RED
  • Colored by natural plant pigments called lycopene or anthocyanins.
  • High levels of lycopene, known for its anti-aging properties
  • are recommended for combatting wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin.
  • Anthocyanins anti-oxidants protect cells from damage.
  • Crucial in maintaining youthful skin!
You might like to try:
Veges: tomato, paprika, red pepper, radish, goji berry.
Fruits: red apples, cherries, cranberries, pink grapefruit, red grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, watermelon.
WHITE

  • Colored by pigments called anthoxanthins.
  • Allyl sulfides helps in combatting fatigue.
  • Also contains isothiocyanates, an anti-oxidant.

You might like to try:
Veges: chinese cabbage, onion, white radish, garlic, turnip, cauliflower, leeks, lotus root, bean sprouts, cabbage.
Fruits: banana

11 Reasons To Eat Grapes

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Grapes are not only so juicy and yummy, but have so many wonderful health benefits. Here are 11 reasons why you should eat grapes:

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  • Asthma: Due to its eminent therapeutic value, grapes can assist in the cure of asthma. It increases the moisture present in lungs.
  • Heart disease: Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots thereby reducing the chances of heart attacks. In addition the antioxidant present in grapes prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels.
  • Migraine: Ripe grape juice is an important home remedy for curing migraine. It should be taken early in the morning, without mixing additional water. (Have 2 litres of water first as it’s likely dehydration).
  • Constipation: Grapes are very effective in overcoming constipation. They are considered as a laxative food, as they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose. They also relieve chronic constipation by toning up intestine and stomach.
  • Indigestion: Grapes play an important role in dyspepsia. They relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation of the stomach. They are also preferred as they constitute a light food.
  • Fatigue: Light and white grapes replenishes the iron content present in the body and prevents fatigue. Eating grapes provides you with instant energy. The anti-oxidants present in grapes also provide the needed boost to your immune system.
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  • Kidney disorders: Grapes can substantially reduce the acidity of the uric acid and helps in the elimination of the acid from the system, thereby reducing the work pressure of kidneys.
  • Breast cancer: Through a latest study, it has been discovered that purple colored Concord grape juice helps in preventing breast cancer. Significant reduction in mammary tumor mass of laboratory rats was seen after they were fed the grape juice on the experimental basis.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Resveratrol, a beneficial polyphenol present in grapes reduces the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that grapes can enhance brain health and stall the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Macular degeneration: Grapes can prevent the age related loss of vision or macular degeneration. Three servings of grapes a day can reduce the risks of macular degeneration by over 36 %.
  • Prevents cataract: Flavonoids present in grapes have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals such as cataract apart from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and age related problems.
  • Blood cholesterol: Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to bring down cholesterol level. Saponins present in grape skin can also prevent the absorption of cholesterol by binding with it.
  • Antibacterial activity: Red grapes have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties and can protect you from infections. They have a strong antiviral property against poliovirus and herpes simplex virus.
  • Anticancer properties: Grapes are found to have strong anti cancer properties due to the anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol present in grapes. It is particularly effective in colorectal cancer and breast cancer. Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins present in grapes have properties of an anti-proliferate and can inhibit the growth of cancer causing agents. The pigments contained in grapes enhance the overall immunity of the body. [/green_plus_list]

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Learn How Digestive Enzymes Work

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Our digestion system comprises of 70% of our health. If we lack proper digestion then we get sick. In fact, if you combine digestion, stress, and lack of water intake, you could sum up most of the reasons why people get sick.

Once food is cooked at a high heat, the food loses its enzymes making it hard to breakdown (this is why it is very important you chew your food thoroughly). All raw fruits and vegetables are loaded with enzymes which is why so many people are switching to a raw food diet.

However, since most of us are not ready to dive into this lifestyle quite yet, then it is important you get good enzymes into your diet. It is suggested you take a good digestive enzyme supplement with your meals.

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Here we breakdown exactly how each enzyme (supplement) works:

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  • Bromelain breaks down protein and can be used for pain and swelling, sinus infections, and colitis.
  • Cellulase breaks down fiber and can be used for lowering your blood sugar and cholesterol as well as intestinal tract detoxification.
  • Invertase breaks down carbs and can be used for sugar digestion and bacterial infections.
  • Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar) and is good for people who are lactose intolerant.
  • Lipase breaks down fat and can benefit celiac and Crohn’s disease, indigestion and IBS.
  • Pancreatin breaks down proteins, fats, and carbs and can benefit people with digestive problems, viral infections, food allergies, and autoimmune disorders. [/green_plus_list]

A raw food diet is truly one of the best ways to stay healthy and take care of your tummy. In the book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Eating Raw it teaches newbies some simple ways they can start to transition to a more raw lifestyle. In this guide, readers will find the secrets to raw food weight loss; how raw foods can heal the body and boost energy and enthusiasm; information on the anti-aging properties of raw food; and 100+ recipes that show how raw foods can be combined into delectable meals. Even if you are not ready to go 100% raw its good to mix up your diet with some of these foods as it can help ease your digestion.

You can find the book here.

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Jamie Oliver BBQ Chicken Salad

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Jamie Oiliver is not only a great chef, but a wonderful person as well. His passion for healthy food and helping people is contagious as he loves to share his knowledge with everyone.

Here is a great recipe for those interested in eating healthy:

Ingredients

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  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin (cold pressed) olive oil
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 free range organic chicken breasts (no skin)
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 24 cherry tomatos on the vine
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Preparation

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Step 2 – Pound the rosemary leaves with a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar or flavor shaker

Step 3 – Mix with olive oil and half the lemon juice and zest

Step 4 – Lay the chicken on a chopping board and slice one of the breasts horizontally (as if you were going to cut it in half). Cut it 80% of the way through, then open it up like a book. Flatten it out with the heel of your hand and repeat with the other 3 breasts.

Step 5 – Pour the rosemary marinade over the chicken and allow it to marinade for 10 minutes

Step 6 – Make the dressing by mixing the mustard with the rest of the lemon juice and twice as much olive oil

Step 7 – Roasting the tomatoes: place on tray-season lightly-roast for 20 minutes

Step 8 – Bring a large pan of salted water (2 pinches) to a boil and cook green beans for 5 minutes. Drain and toss them in the mustard dressing, then add the roasted tomatoes.

Step 9 – Preheat a griddle pan or barbecue. Grill the chicken breasts for 2.5 minutes on each side and keep turning until they are cooked.

Step 10 – Finish slicing up the chicken and add to green beans and tomatoes

Like healthy recipes? Check out this book So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week.

healthy foodAs weekly host of the Food Network’s Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that taste great and are easy enough for the busiest people to prepare. Now, Ellie has put together a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well but struggle to make it happen given life’s hectic pace. With 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare, fortifying recipes, Ellie provides dishes that tackle every possible mealtime situation. Illustrated with 50 full-color photos, there are recipes for:

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  • Grab-and-go breakfasts for hectic days, as well as easy breakfast options for more leisurely mornings
  • Lunches to go, each road-tested in a cooler pack, along with at-home lunches for when you have the luxury of eating in
  • A month’s worth of different rush-hour dinners-fabulous meals you can whip up in less than thirty minutes-as well as dinners for days when you have a little more time to marinate or roast, but still want it all to be effortless
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A Healthier Coffee Recipe

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Generally speaking coffee is not good for you: it dehydrates the body and can make you more acidic lowering your pH (when your pH is lower than 7.0 you are more susceptible to getting cancer).

However, even though most people know this, they will still drink it. So we decided to find a healthier version that wont cause as much harm and has no caffeine (we know, no fun!):

Ingredients

French Press which you can find here

1 tablespoon of chicory root which you can find here

1 tablespoon of dandelion root which you can find here

Directions

Step 1 – Roast chicory and dandelion root in oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 – 15 minutes (check to make sure it is nicely toasted but not burnt!)

Step 2 – Boil water

Step 3 – Place chicory and dandelion root in the press.

Step 4 – Add water to French Press

Step 5 – Let it sit for 5 minutes

Step 6 – Depress plunger

That’s it…nice and simple.

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Yummy Pumpkin Hummus

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With Thanksgiving around the corner we are going to be offering a plethora of healthy recipes using traditional holiday ingredients such as pumpkin. Pumpkin has so many health benefits including:

  1. Great for eyesight because it is loaded with Vitamin A.
  2. Aides in weight loss because it is high in fiber making you feel more full.
  3. Improves heart health and lowers “bad” cholesterol because it is loaded with phytosterols.
  4. Packed with beta-carotene which can lower your risk of cancer.
  5. The carotenoids that come in pumpkin can also help reduce wrinkles.

+ so much more!

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Here is a tasty way to serve up pumpkin this holiday in a hummus:

Ingredients – Lets get prepared first!

  • 1 can of chickpeas (make sure to dry and rinse them)
  • 1 can of white beans (make sure to dry and rinse them)
  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin which you can find here
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice (make sure to squeeze it fresh) and you can find a juicer here
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (try not to substitute lemon juice, the lime flavor really works here)
  • 1 medium-large clove garlic (adjust to taste, use smaller clove for kid-friendly)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 – 2 tbsp tahini (to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp (rounded) ground allspice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked paprika, use another 1/4 tsp cumin – then go out and get yourself some smoked paprika!!)
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (see note for toasting; reserve about 2-3 tbsp for garnish)

To get the full directions please visit our friends at Plant Powered Kitchen

Want more healthy recipe ideas for Thanksgiving?

natural recipesCheck out this vegan recipe cookbook called Veganomicon. While most vegan cookbooks are anemic, underfed volumes-some no-brainer pasta recipes, a few things to do with tofu, maybe some oddball desserts-this slam-bang effort from vegan chefs Moskowitz and Romero (Vegan with a Vengeance) is thorough and robust, making admirable use of every fruit and vegetable under the sun, without once asking readers to make do with fake meat products and egg replacements. Instead, the eccentric authors offer dozens of novel, delicious ways to get excited about eating meat-, dairy- and egg-free.

You can find it here

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Dairy & Gluten Free Coconut Pudding

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Thanksgiving is coming up and one of the hardest parts of sticking to our healthy diets is desert. So we decided that for the next few weeks we are going to offer a plethora of resources and options so that you can have “your cake” and eat it too!

The truth is that with all the new healthy recipes being made available, there is no reason why we wouldn’t be able to enjoy tasty foods and remain healthy. One of the biggest challenges for people during the holidays are cream-filled desserts.

When you watch TV and see all these yummy foods loaded with cream on top, that can be hard to watch! But fortunately our friends at Whole New Mom have come up with an alternative and you can find the recipe here.

You can also get this book which offers 85 raw healthy dessert recipes.

With recipes for: Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake, Lemon Pudding Filled Coconut Cupcakes with Shaved Coconut Topping, Mango Sorbet on Macaroon Tartlets, Chocolate Crunch Cupcakes with Molten Mint, Fig Tartlets with Frangipane Cream, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Mulberry Pecan Cookies, Spiced Blueberry Cobbler, Pear Ginger Crisp, Nectarine-Raspberry Crumble, and Filled Chocolate Truffles.

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Brands Who Supported Our Rights To Know About GMO’s

Yesterday we posted a page that listed all the brands who spent a combined $46 Million dollars to ensure we would not know if foods are genetically modified and you can find it here. Today we want to give respect to those companies who spent money out of their own pocket to support our right to know if foods are GMO.

Although we did not win, we want to thank each one of these companies from the bottom of our heart for their good efforts. These companies spent a combined $9 Million dollars to fight OUR CAUSE. Please take a few minutes out of your day to visit their Facebook page and just say thank you.

Eden Foods – Facebook Page

Clif Bar – Facebook Page

Lundberg – No Facebook Page (info@lundberg.com)

Dr Bronners – Facebook Page

Frey Vineyards – Facebook Page

Nutiva – Facebook Page

Stonyfield Farms – Facebook Page

Organic Valley – Facebook Page

Udi’s Bakery – Facebook Page

Sambazon – Facebook Page

New Chapter – Facebook Page

Pacific Natural Foods – Facebook Page

Earthbound Farms – Facebook Page

Late July – Facebook Page

Applegate – Facebook Page

Frontier Coop – Facebook Page

Amy’s Kitchen – Facebook Page

Aubrey Organics – Facebook Page

Mary’s Gone Crackers – Facebook Page

Traditional Medicinals – Facebook Page

Earth Balance – Facebook Page

Glutino – Facebook Page

Wholesome Sweeteners – Facebook Page

Sun Food – No Facebook (support@sunfood.com)

Please contact these companies and let them know how grateful you are for them spending their own money to fight this good cause.

Here is a list of the brands who spent $46 Million so that you would NOT know if foods are GMO.

Here is an article on how to read current labels to see if foods are GMO or not.

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Brands Who Supported Prop 37

As Prop 37 did not pass, how would you like to know which food companies spent so much money to ensure that YOU THE CONSUMER would not know if their food is genetically modified? You would be surprised to know that these companies spent a combined $46,000,000 to ensure that you would not know and that many of them are “natural” brands.

Below is a list of brands that gave money to fight against your right to know. Next to their logo is a link to their Facebook page. Please comment on their page and let them know you are upset with them and that you will not buy their products anymore. Even if you never did, these companies DO NOT like to hear that they are losing customers.

Note: At the bottom of this article is a link where you can read a brief tutorial on how to read current labels to see if the food is GMO.

1. Back To Nature – No Facebook Page or contact info

2. Ben & Jerry’s – Facebook Page

3. Cascadian Farms – Facebook Page

4. Heinz – Facebook Page

5. Honest Tea – Facebook Page

6. Horizon Organic – Facebook Page

7. Monsanto – Facebook Page (leave a comment in a post)

8. Izze – Facebook Page

9. Kashi – Facebook Page

10. LaraBar – Facebook Page

11. RW Knudsen – Facebook Page

12. Santa Cruz – Facebook Page

13. Silk Soy – Facebook Page

14. Naked Juice – Facebook Page

15. Welch’s – Facebook Page

16. Morning Star – No Facebook Page or contact email

17. Gardenburger – Facebook Page (They are owned by Kelloggs)

18. Goya Foods – No Facebook page but here is their contact info

Please contact all these companies and tell them you are no longer buying their products. Even if you do not buy them, they do NOT like to hear that they are losing customers. So just say you are not going to buy them even if you don’t already purchase their products.

Want to know how to read current labels to see if foods are GMO? Go here to read this tutorial.

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Free Book: Anti-Aging Herbs

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We love free stuff, especially if it educates and empowers us to live healthy and natural lives. After scouring the web we found one worth recommending to our community. It is a book that offers great information of foods that aide and assist in keeping us young and vibrant.

Here is the description:

Are you looking for a way to feel great, look great and enjoy life to the fullest as you get older? The answer could be in the foods you eat!

This book takes a look at some of the most popular herbs that can help protect you from some of the side effects of aging. Inside you will find information on the health benefits of each herb as it relates to aging including any information from any published scientific studies that the author could dig up on each herb.

This book is for you if you want to learn how to:

– Have more energy than you ever have in your life
– Decrease fine lines and wrinkles and protect your skin against getting more
– Keep your mind sharp and clear for the rest of your life and improve your mood
– Improve your night vision and protect your eyes against macular degeneration
– Detox your liver and gallbladder by eating delicious salads
– Lessen the symptoms of menopause
– Decrease your risk of enlarged prostate and baldness
– Help your body fight off disease, heart problems and even cancer

Not only will you learn what herbs to take to avoid problems associated with aging, you’ll also get delicious and easy to make recipes that use the herbs which are readily available as well as other anti-aging foods. Recipes include:

  • Apple Ginger Oatmeal
  • Coconut Berry Smoothie
  • Watermelon Ginger Smoothie
  • Walnut Protein Pancakes
  • Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa
  • Sugar Free Bilberry Jam
  • Oat Flour Bilberry Muffins
  • Black Cohosh Tea
  • Ginseng Tea
  • Dandelion Walnut Salad
  • Turmeric Ginger Garlic Soup
  • Egg Salad With Turmeric
  • Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Gotu Kola Rice Soup
  • Ginseng Chicken Soup
  • Black Bean Meatless Burger
  • Garlic Ginger Stir Fry Chicken
  • Chicken Turmeric Curry
  • Garlic Dill Salmon In Foil
  • Ginger Grilled Salmon
  • Crushed Garlic Bread
  • Garlic Broccoli
  • Roasted Cauliflower With Turmeric
  • Spaghetti Squash With Spiced Walnuts
  • Sautéed Asparagus With Ginger And Sesame Seeds
  • Sautéed Dandelion Greens With Garlic
  • Spicy Sautéed Dandelion Flowers
  • Squash Brownies
  • Berries With Ginger Cream
  • Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Cookies

To get access to this book go here

If you don’t have a kindle you can download some free PC software here to access these books. Or you can buy one for $69 here. Remember this book is only free for a very limited time so if you missed the boat, make sure to like us on Facebook so you get notified when these come out!

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