Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fountainof Youth Juice

What do you get when you combine ginger, carrots, tangelos, mint and E3Live? Pure yumminess!

But that’s not all. By drinking this juice, you’re doing favors for your body that will have lasting benefits. Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients:

Ginger’s healing properties have been known for centuries. The natural chemicals it contains reduce nausea and inflammation, so it’s no surprise that ginger has been used to treat issues like motion and morning sickness, colic, gas, nausea and diarrhea as well as pain from arthritis and muscle soreness.

Carrots are the crunchy superfood that I eat nearly every day. Why? Well, as a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotine, they contribute to beautiful skin, good eyesight, anti-aging, prevention of cancer, stroke and heart disease, and are helpful in cleansing the body.

Tangelos are a citrus hybrid of tangerines and pomelos (or grapefruit). I love how their tangy flavor sets off the sweetness of the carrots.  Like other citrus fruits, tangelos are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavinoids. Vitamin C is well known for the treatment and prevention of colds and throat infections, as well as urinary tract infections. And for anti-aging, vitamin C can’t be beat for preventing the damage done by free radicals.

Mint is the hardy herb that anyone can grow.  Whether in a pot or in the ground, mint easily takes hold and grows with very little attention. Just give it a home and regular water, and you can have a fresh sprig of mint anytime you want! Aside from its delicious scent, mint is wonderful for treating digestive tract issues as well as for cleansing the blood.

E3Live is the world’s first and only fresh-frozen algae. It contains more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids that are more readily absorbed by your body. To learn more about this nutritious powerhouse, click here. Be sure to check out my video on that page and let me know what you think!

And now, for the recipe!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Difficult Times

More and more often, it seems, I wake up to news of a terrible tragedy having affected this country. When natural disasters strike, while there’s sadness and a sense of loss, we tend to understand that these things happen and we deal appropriately with the situations. 

But when the lives of innocent people are horribly altered because of the violent actions of a few individuals, it’s much harder to pick ourselves up and get on with things.

I look at my precious children and I wonder what kind of world they will be living in when they grow up. And that’s what gives me the strength and motivation to lift my head up above the sadness and sense of futility that follows an event like the bombings in Boston yesterday.

I know that every person matters and that all of our thoughts and actions contribute to creating the world we share. That’s why I choose to be kind and steer clear of negative thoughts and destructive deeds. If I can be of help, I help. If someone needs an open heart and a shoulder to cry on, I am there.  I prefer to raise my voice in joy and laughter instead of in anger.

Do I always succeed in being the best person that I can be? Hardly. Am I perfect? Far from it. But the good news is that I, like all of us, have a chance every minute of every day to make a fresh start.  And by leading lives of love and generosity, we all can affect real change in the world, both in small ways and in large. 

So, take a moment every day to decide what role you will have in the course of events and then go out into the world and make your presence felt.

With much love and compassion for all those affected by tragedy,


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Scrumptious Salad with Quinoa, Beets and Walnuts

We love quinoa at our house! And, we’re not alone. The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, bringing the spotlight to a food that has recently become very popular.

For thousands of years, quinoa has been an important staple in Andean cultures, and now the rest of the world is getting on board with this little wonder food. Though it can be used in place of grains, quinoa itself is technically not a grain. It has a very high complete protein content, as well as being a good source of calcium, making it a perfect food for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus, as well as being high in magnesium and iron. And on top of all this goodness, it is gluten-free and easy to digest. What’s not to love?

Well, there is one thing – saponins. In its natural state, quinoa has a coating of bitter-tasting saponins that protect it from predators. Good news for quinoa, bad news for people who don’t like bitter tasting food. Not to worry, though. Most commercially sold quinoa has been washed to remove this coating, so the only thing to do before cooking it is to rinse it briefly with fresh water.

I make Scrumptious Salad (we named it that because, well, it’s scrumptious) about once a week. It’s a quick, filling meal that keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. This is a vegan dish, but if you eat dairy, you can toss in some crumbled blue cheese for an added tangy flavor.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Try Juicera!

This is not a sponsored post and I have not received any financial reward for this endorsement.

If you've ever thought about doing a juice cleanse (also known as a juice fast), here's a company you may want to get acquainted with!

Recently, Michael and I had the pleasure of meeting two young women who really impressed us with their integrity and the quality of their juices, all of which are made from 100% fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. They use a Norwalk Juicer, which I believe to be one of the best juicers available. You can get the highest quality juice delivered right to your front door - Juicera will FedEx their wonderful juice anywhere within the contiguous U.S.

Michael and I have been juicing for many years (Michael since the late 1960s!), and we know the positive impact fresh fruit and vegetable juices have had on our health. But, we also know that not everyone has the time and wherewithal to do this at home, so we want to take this opportunity to spread the word about a company that does all the work for you. The quality of Juicera juice is unparalleled and we wholeheartedly recommend that you give them a try.

Michael and I truly want these ladies to succeed in their wonderful business venture, and we do not receive any financial benefit from your purchase of Juicera juice. But you can! Mention "E3Live" when placing your order, and you will get a 10% discount.

For more information, visit their website or call, they would love to answer any questions you have.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Raw Vegan Sushi Recipe from Hippocrates Health Institute

Love sushi but want to eat vegan? You're in luck! Here's an easy and delicious recipe from the fabulous people at Hippocrates Health Institute!

Raw Vegan Sushi
Courtesy of Hippocrates Executive Chef Ken Blue and New Times Broward-Palm Beach

What You Will Need:
  • A sharp knife for cutting vegetables
  • A bamboo sushi mat
  • A small cup for water

  • 4 to 6 sheets of dried nori seaweed (un-toasted)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned cucumber slivers
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned carrots slivers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup thin-slices avocado
  • 2 to 3 cups sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, clover, etc.)
  • Soy sauce, sushi vinegar or miso to taste (or any vegan dressing)
  • 1 cup of water