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Thursday, May 10, 2018

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

"Spring Has Arrived"

The flowers are blooming and the breeze is blowing

We waited so long for these mild perfect temperatures to boost our moods.  This season is one of the best because everywhere you look there are bounties of beautiful flowers blooming with pure natural colors.

                                                                Happy Positive Energy


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MACA BLAST

"It's Juicing Wednesday"

"Maca Blast" on the go



What are we juicing/blending?

Maca Blast!

Alternative milks, Maca powder, Leafy greens, Pineapple, and Ripe bananas
What is maca (lepidium meyenii)?

Maca is a vegetable root belonging to the radish family grown in the mountains of Peru.  It is known as the "Peruvian Ginseng."  Maca contains fatty acids and amino acids.  Maca has become very popular in the healthy diet lifestyle because the excellent health benefits it gives the body.  The Peruvian root is super beneficial in helping with treatments, control, and prevent the following health conditions such as:
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue Syndrome
  • Boost energy
  • Stamina
  • Athletic performance
  • Memory
  • Fertility - balances hormones and menstrual problems
  • Menopause Symptoms
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Stomach cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Boost the immune system
  • Skincare - acne
Maca root holds active nutrients for the body:
  • High in protein
  • Natural sugars
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins
Due to its high nutritional content it is often referred to as a "superfood."

Normally, sold in raw powder food or capsules.  If you are lucky, some places may have it in its rare form "root" itself.  The strength of the active ingredients in maca varies:  raw powdered maca is usually taken as one tablespoon per day or supplement capsules 500mg twice daily.  Maca works as a adaptogen.

Add your ingredients, leafy greens and bananas to blender 
*Essential Tool:  Nutribullet or Blender


Add your powdered ingredients
Maca and Cinnamon
Add your Pineapples with core

*Health Tip:  The core is the tough fiber part located in the middle center of the pineapple and less sweet.  Many people tend to throw it away and eat the flesh around it.  But, that core is actually edible and super beneficial to the body.  The core is known as the "bromelain".  Bromelain is an enzyme found in the pineapple stem.  Centuries ago pineapple was used in Central and South America as an alternative to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation.  Today, bromelain is currently used as a dietary supplement and sold in the form of powder, cream, tablet, or capsule and in a combination mixed with other ingredients.  The German Commission E approved bromelain to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery.

What do we know about bromelain benefits?

  1. A powerful relief from inflammatory pain
  2. Heals injuries (sprains, strains, and tendinitis)
  3. Works well just as NSAID drugs without the side effects
  4. Reduces the pain of osteoarthritis (joint pains)
  5. Anti-inflammatory properties
  6. Sinus support (relieves sinusitis, nasal congestion)
  7. Relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease/ ulcerative colitis (diarrhea)
  8. Skin disorders 
  9. Fights cancer
  10. Speeds healing time and pain after surgery

*Shopping Tip:  Buy a whole pineapple instead of precut.  Pineapples that are sold already cut are usually missing the core (bromelain).  When purchasing a unripe whole fresh pineapple look for green leaves and a firm shell.  Remove the crown of the pineapple and turn it upside down (all the sweet juices from the bottom will flow evenly through the fruit) leave on counter until it turns a golden color.

Add your favorite alternative milks and probiotics 

Add 1 tablespoon of coconut water probiotics 

Blend away!
Ready to bottle up or drink

                                                                                           
                                                                                       Enjoy your Maca Blast!

Friday, February 16, 2018

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

"Remember Gregory"

"It's me still doing my hobby fishing"


We are doing a flashback today on the day Gregory did another fishing trip on April 16, 2017.  He submitted these pictures to me a while ago (almost a year) on his gigantic capture of two fishes.  I must say, "It sure was a biggie."




















"Geez, this fish is heavy"






                                                               Enjoy life and do what your heart desires!

Monday, February 12, 2018

YOUTHFUL, SWEET, BREAK APART, UPLIFTS, AND FIGHTER. WHO AM I?

"Clementine"


A perfect winter fruit



     I come as a whole, small, smooth shiny protective loose skin, refreshing aroma that lingers, sweet, juicy, very succulent, dynamite fighter booster, give off happy relaxing feelings, and people love to grab me.  I am the Clementine.

     Did you know it was me?  I belong to the Rutaceae family, commonly know as the "citrus family".  The clementine is very popular in the United States and widely available during the winter.

Winter season
   
     The clementine is a perfect fruit to have around during winter months because our bodies struggle to fight colds.  Lets' closely take a look at why we should include the small fruit in our healthy diet.

A peeled open Clementine
Nutritional Value of Clementine

  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Beta carotene

Health Benefits

  • Boost the immune system (fight infections)
  • Aids in digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Prevents free radical damage
  • Relieves stress
  • Vision
  • Maintain blood pressure (circulation)
  • Brain function (focus, memory)
  • Skin
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Electrolyte balance
  • Anticancer properties (antioxidants)
   
     Now you know who I am, the Clementine.  Can I become a part of your family?



Friday, February 9, 2018

BEAT INFLAMMATION

"10 Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods"




     Inflammation is a big problem for many people.  It alters the body processes and DNA cells. Almost all chronic illnesses stem from high inflammation.  Chronic inflammation can occur everywhere in the body.

What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body.  The immune system recognizes damaged cells, irritants, pathogens, and begins the healing process.

 What are the symptoms of chronic inflammation?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Immobility
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mouth sores
  • Rash
     Food plays a pivotal role in the healing process.  It can either help reduce or promote chronic inflammation.  Some doctors are now believing that medicine is not the only thing to fend off inflammation but foods.  Here are the top most beneficial foods to add in your healthy diet:

10 Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods
  1. Cherries
  2. Salmon
  3. Broccoli
  4. Shitake mushrooms
  5. Extra Virgin olive oil
  6. Avocado
  7. Turmeric
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Spinach
  10. Strawberries
Foods That Inflame
  • Soda or high sugary beverages
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat or processed meats
  • Margarine, shortening, and lard

The next time you are in the supermarket try to remember the 10 top anti-inflammatory foods to add in your shopping cart.

                                                                                Invest in your health



     

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CHINESE APPLE

"Pomegranate"

Pomegranate
"Chinese Apple"



     Years ago this fruit was known as the Chinese Apple.  I have remembered when my parents bought (still does) bags of the fruit for us to eat as a healthy snack during the summertime as a kid.  The fruit was so popular back in the late 70s and 80s. The memory was so vivid that I recalled playing outside in front of our building in Brooklyn, picking out those tiny fleshy liquid seeds and eating them like sweet sour candy with the red juice dripping down my fingers, hands, and staining.  


Edible Seeds
inside of a pomegranate
"Life's Treasures"

     Fast forward to the 3rd millennium, who knew this particular powerful fruit would be very popular today in the forefront of the medical world.  As a child, I've known it as the Chinese Apple not pomegranate.  It makes me wonder when did the name change?  

     The big red round fruit with a weird stem on top remind you of a Christmas ornament.  You would have to split open the fruit to reveal the inside, which are numerous fluid filled sac seeds individually separated by inedible membranes.  The seeds are edible.  A health treasure for the human body.  The pomegranate helps cardiovascular system function preventing damage to arterial walls, improving blood circulation, maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, protects against cancer, and diabetes.

     According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, scientists says by sipping a half cup of pure 100% pomegranate juice daily, or eating 2/3 cup of pomegranate seeds could reduce your risk of colon cancer 33% or more.  Studies shows high consumption in fruit and vegetable is associated with lower cancer risk.  Diets rich in polyphenols from specific plant foods fends off cancer.

     The ellagic acid, a compound found in the pomegranate strengthens and protects the digestive tract lining so the toxins can't easily harm its cells.  Pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants the body craves to have on a daily basis.  Besides being categorized as a  "superfood", the pomegranate has a significant symbolic meaning in the ancient world of mythology.  The ancient world symbolizes the fruit to represent fertility, abundance, life, love, rebirth, hope, prosperity, beauty, eternity, and marriage.  

     Well, it seems my parents was on to something years ago in giving us the give of life.  Would you consider in having this magnificent treasure fruit, Chinese Apple or Pomegranate, in the center of your table as a daily reminder that Mother Nature has given us the gift of life, literally?




Wednesday, January 24, 2018

MOVE OVER TUESDAY, HELLO JUICING WEDNESDAY

"What Are We Juicing?"
 
Pina Colada Keifir Smoothie (non-dairy)



It's juicing/blending Tuesday! I know today is not Tuesday it's hump day Wednesday.  Well, actually I made it yesterday, technically Tuesday.  Does that count for something?  Juicing or blending can be for any day but there are those who likes to have a specific day to set aside for this task.  Yes, juicing can be a task.  Literally, with prepping and clean up. It is work but beneficial.

So, what are we juicing/blending?

"Pina Colada" keifir smoothie with a healthy boost twist.  The twist to this particular smoothie are the two ingredients that heals the body from within.  My power boosters are, fresh organic turmeric root (actually grown from Thailand by my aunt) and organic spirulina powder.  

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice root that fights inflammation, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and bacteria. 

Spirulina is a blue green algae rich in protein, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that can help protect DNA cells from damage, boost immune system, protects against liver damage, and anticancer properties.
  • Amino acids (protein)
  • Vitamin E, B1 thiamin, B2 riboflavin, B3 niacin
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid)
  • Beta-carotene
You can barely taste the turmeric or spirulina due to the sweetness of the ripe mangoes with the hint flavor of coconut milk and a touch of coconut oil lingering in the back of your mouth.  Yum. Yum. 

Why book a flight to an island to get a nice refreshing cool Pina Colada? 

You can make one right at home.  Lets' get started so we can sit back and relax like we are at the beach on an island.

Just about ready to blend

  • 1 small turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon of organic chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of organic spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil
  • 1 scoop of organic pea protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of fresh pineapples (including core) *or 1 cup of pineapples
  • 1 fresh ripe mango 
  • 1 cup of frozen mango

Now ready to blend

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut water keifir (liquid probiotic)
Blend away!








Coconut water keifir
(probiotics)



*Keifir cultures are excellent for the digestive system.


It is high in probiotics and super beneficial.




















Now, was that easy?  Yes! 

Pina Colada Keifir Smoothie
Ready to Drink!



                                                                                                        Enjoy!

Monday, January 22, 2018

DID YOU HAVE YOUR GREEN WATER TODAY?

"Liquid Chlorophyll and Water"

Alkaline Water


I sure did!  Chlorophyll and water is the best cup of drink your body needs.  The liquid green comes from the photosynthetic pigment found in plants, algae, and cycanobacteria.  If you remember in past juicing/smoothie post, I added it to my juice.  I have raved about the amazing benefits it has to offer our bodies. 

Chlorophyll


  • Detox toxins 
  • Helps control hunger and cravings
  • Controls body odor
  • Protects DNA
  • Promotes healthy iron levels
  • Improves digestion
  • Weight control
  • Help fights cancer
  • Protects skin health
  • Helps in normal blood clotting
Lets' drink a cup of this "alkaline water" a day.


                                                                                                      Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

FEED YOUR EYES

"Eye Health"





It may seem there is heavy concentration awareness on the heart, digestive tract, and brain health but do we take our eyes seriously?  When was the last time you had an eye exam?  Do you wait until your eyes gives you issues?  



Eyes are small organs that gives us vision.  Some may say, "The eyes are the windows to the soul."  An important organ that gives us a view of the world around us.  Almost everyone relies heavily on the eyes to guide him or her while others use their other senses to guide them.  A reason why we should never underestimate the importance of our eyes.

As we age our eyesight tends to decline naturally.  There are times when our eyesight fails us before we reach our aged process due to chronic illness, genetics, or force by nature, such as, accidents.  So, what do we know about "your eyes."

A baby eye is about 16 millimeters
  • The eyeballs get bigger as you grow up (born 16 millimeters wide and by adult about 24 millimeters wide).   
  • The eyes can have different colors because of the cells, melanocytes.  These are the same cells that are responsible of the color of our skin.
  • The eyes have an inner layer, a middle layer, and outer layer.
  • The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye.  It is responsible for focusing the light that comes into our eyes.
  • The black circle in the center of the eye is known as the pupil. Its primary function is to monitor the amount of light that comes into the eye.
  • The colored part of the eye is the iris.  Its function is to adjust the size of the pupil.  It has muscles to contract or expand depending on the amount of light the pupil needs to process a image.
  • The white part of the eye is called sclera.  It provides strength, structure, and protection for the eye.  Sclera contains fibrils of collagen and limited blood supply. *This is the area where doctors can tell the state of your eye health.
  • The retina is the inner layer of the eye made of nervous tissue located in the back of the eye that receives visual message from the front of the eye and transmits visual messages to the brain using electrical signals.
  • The vitreous humour is a clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. It is composed of approximately 98-99% water with trace amounts of hyaluronic acid, glucose, collagen, ions, cations, and anions.  *This is the area in the eye where floaters develop as pieces of the vitreous humour clump up together and cast shadows onto the retina.
Like other parts of your body, your eyes thrives on nutritious foods.  Research suggests eating a "healthy diet" can help prevent several severe eye problems.  Here are six foods that are excellent nutrients for the eyes:
  1. Carrots.  The orange color in carrots have high beta-carotene.  *Sweet potatoes and winter squash are other examples of beta-carotene nutrients.
  2. Kale.  It is loaded with two antioxidants:  zeaxanthin and luetin.  It is linked to lowering the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration which destroys central vision.  *Spinach, mustard greens, and swiss chard are other examples of these nutrients.
  3. Fish.  Salmon and sardines are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.  *Walnuts and chia seeds are other examples of this nutrients.
  4. Citrus fruits.  The vitamin C in the fruits, such as, oranges and grapefruit, can help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  *Cantaloupe, apricots, bell peppers, and strawberries are other examples of this nutrients.
  5. Green teas.  It contains catechins that are the plant compounds that can help lower the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  6. Legumes.  Peas, beans, and other legumes contain the mineral zinc.  It can help protect the eyes from the damaging effects of light.  *Peanuts are another example of this nutrients.
As we come to realize, the eye is the utmost importance to the human body.  The eye works together with the brain and nervous system.  Feeding your eyes with the proper foods will continue to give you optimal health.  Every year mark your calendars to have an eye exam.




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MORNING SUNRISE

"Good Morning"

New York Sunrise
November 1, 2017


    A beautiful morning scenery.  I just had to grab a shot of this morning sky in New York while waiting for the bus.  What better way to bring in the first day of November 2017?  The Sun slowly rising and beaming its appearance in the distance.  "A moment in time to capture the sunrise beauty."

                                                  Live, be, and enjoy life's moment. 



                                                                                                          Namaste