Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberries provide the following health benefits:

  • They are great source of vitamin C. One cup provides 100 percent of the recommended daily intake.
  • Strawberries are high in fiber.
  • The fruit contains a large amount of Antioxidants.

Here are some healthy and delicious Strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Spinach Salad:

Strawberry spinach salad

Ingredients

Dressing:
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    •  garlic powder
    • salt and pepper (to taste)
Salad:
  • one package (10 oz) fresh spinach (about 10 cups of torn leaves)
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1 cup avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashews( if desired)

Instructions

1.In a medium bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, and whisk together well. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can serve the dressing immediately or you can cover it and chill for an hour.

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients, except the cashew nuts. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Sprinkle cashew nuts on top of the salad.

Strawberry Shortcake( lighter recipe)

STRAWBERRIES:
4 cups sliced strawberries $
1/4 cup sugar
SHORTCAKE:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces $
2/3 cup fat-free buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
1 large egg white, lightly beaten $
1 1/2 teaspoons  granulated sugar
Remaining ingredients:
2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Whipped topping (optional)
Whole strawberry (option

Combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare shortcake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through baking soda) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine buttermilk and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush top with egg white; sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar.

Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully split shortcake in half horizontally using a serrated knife; cool layers separately on wire racks.

Place bottom half of shortcake, cut side up, on a serving plate. Drain strawberries, saving juice; drizzle juice over bottom half of shortcake. Spread 2 cups whipped topping over shortcake layer; arrange strawberries over whipped topping. Top with remaining shortcake layer, cut side down. Garnish with whipped topping and whole strawberry, if desired.

Strawberry and Mango Fruit Salad:

Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
 
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, mangoes, orange juice, lime zest and agave nectar (or honey).
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

Give these recipes a try!

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Healthy Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer is approaching and the temperature is rising! Instead of depending on ice cream, milkshakes, and sugary drinks to cool you off, try these healthy tips to beat the heat:

Water:

  • Water is the number one thing to keep you cool this summer! 
  • Try Lemon water or cucumber mint water.
  • Lemon water helps to balance your PH, eliminates toxins, and helps to boost the immune system.
  • Cucumber water is great for staying hydrated, good for your skin, and it also aids in the removal of toxins.

Smoothies:

  • Smoothies are packed with fruit that provide vitamins and minerals.
  • They are a healthy alternative to milkshakes, which are full of empty calories and sugar.
  • Smoothies are easy to make and are refreshing.

Frozen Fruit Bars:

  • Frozen fruit bars are a great way to stay cool this summer.
  • Try these instead of reaching for that cup of ice cream.
  • They are delicious and nutritious!

Watermelon:

  • There is nothing more refreshing than cold and juicy watermelon!
  • Watermelon has a high water content which helps to hydrate the body.
  • It is also rich in vitamin, A, B,and C ,and potassium.
  • It contains antioxidants.

Try this easy frozen fruit bar recipe!

Strawberry Banana Frozen Fruit Bar: I

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled, cut into chunks, & frozen
  • 12 large strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice)

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients together on high speed until smooth – about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed as you go.Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. If your popsicle mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing – if not, freeze for 2 hours, then put a wooden popsicle stick in the middle. Continue to freeze for an additional 6 hours or overnight – overnight is recommended for easy removal.Run popsicle molds under hot water to remove easily.

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

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Did you know that cucumbers provide several health benefits? Below I have listed a few ways in which they help.

  •  Cucumbers are an excellent source of A,B,and C vitamins.
  •  They help with keeping the body hydrated.
  •  Cucumbers contain silica, which strengthens your hair and nails.
  •  The vitamins and minerals that a cucumber contains decrease muscle and joint pain.
  •  Cucumbers are made up of 96 percent water which in turn aids in flushing toxins from the body.
  •  Putting cucumbers on the eyes helps to reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
  •  Several studies have shown that cucumbers contain cancer-fighting properties.
  •  Magnesium, potassium,and silicon can be found in cucumbers, which is great for skin.

     Here is a delicious cucumber juice recipe to try:

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  • 4 handfuls of Spinach
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 small Apples

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29

Hope this information helps you with your cleansing journey!

Healthy Breakfast Alternatives

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It kick starts your metabolism. Be sure to make wise decisions when choosing what meal you will begin your day with.Choose plant based milk for your cereal such as soy or almond because these do not produce mucus. Pancakes, waffles, donuts, biscuits and pastries all are pleasing to our taste buds. However,these foods are all high in sugar and fat and can leave you sluggish through out your day. Often times due to our busy schedules we have to make quick choices. Don’t let that be an excuse to choose the least nutritious foods. To make busy mornings a bit easier and healthier here are some nutritious options! 

Oatmeal and mixed berries is both delicious and healthy!

Try a bowl of fresh fruit!

Instead of a bacon,egg and cheese biscuit have a vegetable omelet!

Low fat muffins are a healthy alternative to donuts and pastries!

A bowl of granola or granola bars are quick and easy choice!

Vegetables that are good for the skin

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Everyone wants healthy glowing skin. We can try all the fancy and expensive creams and washes we want, but the bottom line is it comes from what we put in our bodies. What we eat shows in our skin. So if you are eating a large amount of sweets and fried foods your skin will suffer. One key to great skin is always making sure you are drinking water. Juices and sodas are filled with sugar that can affect your skin. Increase your water intake.  There are also several vegetables that are good for your skin.

Carrots: Carrots are high in beta carotene. They help to  give your skin a glow, fight wrinkles and improve your skin.

Spinach: Packed with antioxidants,helps strengthen skin tissue and contains an anti- inflammatory that will flush out toxins.

 

Tomatoes:  Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which has anti-ageing properties and also acts a sunscreen from within. The pulp from the tomato helps tighten pores and prevent breakouts.

 

 

These vegetables will help in your journey to healthy skin!

Benefits of Smoothies

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If you are like me you love smoothies! Did you know that fruit smoothies are not only delicious,but are also a wonderful way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. They are very easy to make. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk, fruit juice. Making your own smoothies can help provide benefits that will keep you on the right path towards good health.Drinking fruit smoothies can also help you reach the recommended intake of fiber.The soluble fiber found in fruit helps with slow digestion and is also proven to help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

Here are some smoothie recipes to try:

Healing Green Smoothie

1Banana peeled 

1Cup of ice

1Kiwi peeled

2cups fresh baby spinach leaves

1-2 cups of fresh ripe pineapples cut into chunks

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Berry medley smoothie

1 Banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen cherries

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)

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Eat Your Greens!

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Remember as a child when your mother would make you sit at the table until you finished your green vegetables? Sure we all thought it was torture at the time but she had a good reason in doing so. Incorporating green vegetables into your daily meals is not only beneficial but also important. They have a high nutritional value. There are several green vegetables you can add to your diet. Below is a list of a few.

Broccoli

Kale

Spinach

Fruit Infused Water

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We all know how important it is important to keep your body hydrated, however this is especially important in the spring and  summer. When the weather is hot and you are spending much of the day outside and  being active,every single cell  and organ in the your body needs water to function properly. A lack of water can affect the body immensely. Water helps the body in several ways.  One of the main things it does is help with proper digestion. It also aids in getting rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. It keeps the body temperature normal. Water also helps to lubricate and cushion your joints. A lot of people don’t drink water because they feel it has no taste and they need flavor, therefore they drink juices and sodas. That is just a myth because there are may ways to add flavor to water. Try fruit infused water. I love adding lemon to my water. There are several fruit assortments that will give your water a boost.

Here are a few combinations to try:

You can try basically any fruit combination. Make it your own! Fruit infused water is a refreshing, nutritional way to stay hydrated!

The benefits of juicing

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I am sure that everyone has heard about juicing. But what exactly is juicing you may ask? Juicing is  a process where the natural liquids, vitamins, and minerals are extracted from raw fruits and vegetables. The liquid that is removed contain many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. There are several other health benefits from juicing. I have listed some below.
Benefits of Juicing:
  • Juicing helps to increase your energy level.
  • Drinking fresh  pressed juice helps the body to be  filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants, and natural antibiotics.
  • Juicing can help lessen the chances of cancer.
  • Can help protect against heart disease.
  • Juicing will help to detox your body.
  • It helps to clear your complexion and give the skin a healthy glow.
  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Juicing is a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients.
  • It acts as a natural colon cleanser.
  • Helps with body odor.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Juicing can help to improve nail and bone strength.
  • It helps with reducing allergies.
  • The nutrients and minerals can help to strengthen your hair.

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So now that you know a little more about juicing and the benefits that come from it, try these juicing recipes:

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High Enzyme Foods and their benefits

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Enzymes are needed for many  functions of the body.  They are especially needed for energy and digestion. Here are a list of foods that contain high enzymes.

Papayas have a huge  amounts of the enzyme papain. Papain is found in the actual papaya The  enzyme is used to help with pain, swelling, and fluid retention.

Pineapple contains an enzyme named bromelain, which works to reduce swelling, pain, and even helps to improve joint function.

 

Sprouts have  digestive enzymes that can help with your overall digestive process and health. 

Nuts are filled with great amounts of  an enzyme called lipase. Lipase is a digestive enzyme that works to help break down fats within your body to aid in digestion. 

 

 

Oranges contain Folic acid and enzymes that also help with digestion and the skin.