GINGER SHOT RECIPE AND FACTS

 

Ginger is a great ANTI-FOOD —» it’s anti-viral • anti-septic • anti-histamine • anti-inflammatory and just great if you have a head cold or sinus congestion.  It’s INTENSE NUTRITION!  BAM

If you live near a beloved JUICE BAR ♥, go in and ask for a Ginger Shot.

They’ll make one up for ya!

Or try this RECIPE from DELICIOUSLY ELLA

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 large knob of ginger, about 50g

Peel the ginger, then put it into a juicer and collect the juice. Squeeze the lemon either by hand or using a citrus press. Mix the juice of the ginger and lemon together, then drink the shot – don’t sip it though as it’s not the most delicious thing!

↓  THE CHALLENGE  ↓

Can you take a GINGER SHOT and keep a straight face like my little man Iver?

Now here’s a Juicy Tip from Juice Therapy •••
For a warm, comforting, nutritious drink, put a few slices of lemon and ginger along with a teaspoon of manuka honey into hot water.

Because ginger helps to tame nausea, it is beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy and its associated nausea as well as for pregnancy and its associated morning sickness.

Ginger has been referred to as “the king of anti-inflammatory foods” and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. The reason it is such a powerful anti-inflamatory is because it contains compounds or essential oils called gingerols that help to interrupt the inflammation process. Essentially they interfere with an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) that is involved in switching on inflammation and instigating pain. When we experience a cold, we feel all bunged up with mucus, although actually most of that feeling actually comes from inflammation of the of the mucous membrane in the nose and sinuses. Most conditions and pain in the body are associated with inflammation including all muscle pain, arthritis and even skin conditions. … read more here

For some fun Juicy Trivia, check out Juice Therapy! 

A ginger shot is one of the assignments in our Fall Bingo Challenge!  This is a great way to say motivated in November… Let’s do this together!  Come read → HERE ←about the challenge and get your family and friends in on this one… it’s gonna be FUN!!

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♥ HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY SEASON ♥

 

 

JANUARY 2015 – BREAKING BAD EATING HABITS – JOIN US!

TRUTH RIGHT THERE.  IF YOU NEED HELP WITH KITCHEN PART, JOIN OUR GROUP IN JANUARY – WE WILL BE DOING THE ADVOCARE 24 DAY CHALLENGE TO RESET A HEALTHY EATING ROUTINE.  IT HELPS KICK THE BAD HABITS TO THE CURB AND ESTABLISHES NEW GOOD EATING HABITS.  IT ALSO CLEANS OUT THE SYSTEM – MUCH LIKE AN OIL CHANGE – SO WE CAN ABSORB THOSE IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FROM THE FOOD WE EAT AND THE SUPPLEMENTS THAT FILL IN THE GAPS.

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AN ARMENIAN EGGPLANT CASSEROLE

My daughter has been busy this week studying the country of Armenia!  Friday she will make a presentation to her class.  As part of her presentation, she will take samples of a common meal they eat:
TRADITIONAL ARMENIAN 
EGGPLANT CASSEROLE
 
I decided to post the recipe because it consists of healthy vegetables that we bought at our local FARMERS MARKET!  Also, I thought it was really good!

             WHAT WE USED
  • 2 small eggplants
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • tarragon

 

preheat oven to 325º

DICE:  eggplant, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic
 
myADVICE
Always keep a “trash” bowl close when cooking!
Sauté all that’s been diced in olive oil until soft.
Add salt and pepper.
Dice the 4 tomatoes.
ADD tomatoes to the pan and cook a few more minutes.
 
Prepare the fresh tarragon and add it to the vegetables.
BAKE it on 325º for 40 minutes.
 
In Armenia, they use sour cream a lot in their cooking.  I tried a little bit with this and thought it was good.  
You can also eat it hot or cold.  
I personally prefer it hot. 
 
This is how I am sending it to school as samples. 
Taylor’s poster on Armenia.

 

HUMMUS and BELL PEPPERS

Cut up some peppers and grab some hummus.
PERFECT.SUMMER.SNACK
source

By choosing COLORFUL, SWEET BELL PEPPERS
instead of chips, you will…
  • Lower your risk of cancer!
  • Improve your immune system!
  • Fight against vision loss!
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease!
  • Help keep fluids & minerals in balance!
  • Enhance muscle function!
  • Help regulate your digestion!

I LOVE chips, but when I look at it this way, I have NO problem putting down the bag and grabbing the veggies!

HUMMUS
No cholesterol or saturated fats!
Rich in protein!
A great source of calcuim!

Family Pizza-Bar Night

Family Night
PIZZA BAR 

It was so EASY, FUN and DELICIOUS!
We even pulled a life lesson from it:  

The choices you make for your toppings will determine the taste of your pizza, much like the personal choices you make everyday will flavor the outcome of your future.

Thank You Jame!

This opened the door for some good, healthy conversational time with my kids!…

 while enjoying our pizza 🙂

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

Try This Refreshing, 
Hot Summer Afternoon Snack:

Cut up cucumber and tomatoes…
lightly salt & pepper…
feta cheese…
olive oil.

QUICK, EASY & DELISH!

Anti-Aging: 9 RED WINE

RED WINE

“Red wine contains the superstar Antioxidant resveratrol, which can improve blood flow in the brain by 30 percent.”

Pilates Style

To get the health benefit,

you just need one glass of wine up to five times per week.

If you DO NOT drink,

don’t start just to get the health benefits.


Anti-Aging:: 8 Pomegranate Juice

POMEGRANATE JUICE!

Studies suggest  that long-term consumption

of pomegranate juice may::

It contains more

ANTIOXIDANTS than other juices!

To get the health benefit,

drink 4-8 oz a day.

WARNING…
Pomegranate juice has 30 grams of SUGAR – more than an equal size serving of some soft drinks – do DON’T over do it!  4-8 oz is all that you need!!!

Anti-Aging: 7 BEANS

…BEANS…

FACT :: There are aproximatly 13,000 species of beans and legumes in the world!  Now that’s variety!

Diets rich in beans are being used to:

  • reduce risk of many cancers

  • improve diabetics’ blood glucose control

  • lower blood pressure

  • regulate  colon function

  • lower cholesterol levels

  • prevent and cure constipation

 Richly colored dried BEANS offer a lot of antioxidant protection!  Red kidney beans actually have more antioxidants than blueberries!

Beans are loaded with

FIBER and PROTEIN


Brown Rice and Black Bean Burritos Rachael Ray

Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 2 14-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 large, whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup of smoked white cheddar
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 4 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch (about a handful) of cilantro leaves removed from stems
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A few dashes hot sauce
  • 1 jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks

Preparation

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat with the stock or water and brown rice. Season with salt and pepper, and bring up to a bubble. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.
While rice is cooking, place another pot over medium heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, onion, garlic, jalapeño, salt and ground black pepper. Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook about 1 minute then add tomatoes and beans, and heat through, about 2 minutes. Keep warm until the rice is ready.
Just before the rice and beans are ready, place a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm the tortillas in the pan until hot and lightly blistered. Transfer finished tortillas to a plate and cover them in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm.
When everything is ready, lay down the tortillas and divide the cheese evenly between them. Divide the rice and beans between the tortillas as well as the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. Roll up each burrito.


The Ultimate Chili Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine

 Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until evenly browned. Drain off grease, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine the cooked beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper, and red wine vinegar. Season with chili powder, cumin, parsley, basil and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to distribute ingredients evenly.
  3. Cook on High for 6 hours, or on Low for 8 hours. Pour in the wine during the last 2 hours.

Anti-Aging: 1 Wild Salmon

Slow down the aging process by controlling inflammation and eliminating  free radicals from your body through your diet!

WILD SALMON





Definitions

Antioxidant:   protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  the most anti-inflammatory substance that exists; A class of fatty acids found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish; has many health benefits including:

  • lower blood pressure
  • lower triglyceride levels
  • brain & heart health
  • radiant & youthful skin
  • encourages a better mood

PCBs:  Short for polychlorinated biphenyl.  Compounds used as lubricants, heat-transfer fluids, and plasticizers. The manufacture and use of PCBs has been  restricted since the 1970s because they are very harmful to the environment, being especially deadly to fish and invertebrates,and stay in the food chain for many years.

Salmon with Lemon and Dill allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
  2. Place salmon in the baking dish. Mix the butter and lemon juice in a small bowl, and drizzle over the salmon. Season with dill, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until salmon is easily flaked with a fork.
Please share good Salmon recipes you love!