Foods that You Can Use as Makeup

Foods that You Can Use as Makeup

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Beet Raspberry Pudding Snack of Champions

Beet Raspberry Pudding Snack of Champions

Welcome to my latest obsession… You may think I’m crazy for putting beets into chocolate and making a pudding, but don’t knock it until you try it. I do have a love for beets in general but a friend of mine turned me on to the combination of chocolate and beets and it really is a match made in heaven! This recipe would be perfect for curbing a sweet tooth but I actually think this is the PERFECT pre-workout snack. Beet pudding before a workout? Really?
Really.
Beets are high in nitrates and this creates a chain reaction where the body converts the nitrates in into nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a compound that enhances blood flow throughout the body and helps lower blood pressure. Many bodybuilders take nitric oxide or pre workouts supplements that have nitric oxide for enhancing their workouts. The increase in blood flow yields better lifts for weight training and better blood flow for cardiovascular events.
In addition to the increase in blood flow, there is a nice balance of carbohydrates from the beets, an energy boost from the cacao/chocolate, and vitamin C from the raspberries that give your body the proper balance for a killer workout. You could also eat this after a workout with some protein powder mixed for a complete post workout snack. I have been eating this for breakfast all week with some chopped almonds or hazelnuts on top and it is RIGHTEOUS! I feel so clean after I eat this and ready to take the day on.
Chocolate Raspberry Beet Pudding
Serves 4 Total time: 20 min
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Steamed Beets (about 3-4 large beets or 5-6 small beets)
  • 1 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (or High quality Cocoa powder or Carob Powder)
  • 1/2 Cup Non Dairy Milk (Almond, Rice, Coconut etc)
  • 3 Cups Frozen Raspberries (Cherries would be amazing!)
  • 25-30 drops of Liquid Stevia or sweetener of choice to taste
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Steam beets in a steamer over simmering water for 10-15 minutes or until a knife is easily pierced through the skin. Allow to cool.
  2. Once the beets are cooled rub the skins off with your hands. ( I suggest wearing gloves and doing this over the sink to prevent staining on your skin)
  3. Slice the beets into small pieces and place in the work bowl of a blender.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
  5. Taste for sweetness and adjust if necessary.
Notes
  1. If seeds bother you, heat the raspberries in a pan until softened with 2 TBSP water and then mash with a fork. Strain the raspberries into the blender through a sieve to remove any seeds, pushing the solids with a spatula.
  2. Carob would be a great substitute for chocolate if you have any issues with caffeine or histamines that are in raw cacao/chocolate
Caitlin Cooper is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach. She works with people who have chronic inflammation who struggle with weight gain, stress, overwhelming pain and chronic health problems. She helps them by finding the thread that ties all of their issues together so that they can live a life free of constant pain and inflammation. Visit her website to download guided visualization MP3s.

 

Fight the Bloating with a Summer Smoothie Recipe

Fight the Bloating with a Summer Smoothie Recipe

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This summertime smoothie combines the bloat-fighting properties of coconut water, banana, papaya, pineapple, and mint for a nutrient-packed, tummy-flattening glass of tropical yumminess. Toss in a spoonful of Philosophie Berry Bliss and Green Dream Superfood and Protein Blends for a detoxifying burst of phytonutrients, plant-based proteins, and antioxidants that support the digestive system.

Gather This:
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 chopped papaya
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic kale
  • a handful of fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 tablespoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
Do This:
Blend all ingredients and enjoy frothy and cold!
Sophie Jaffe is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. After managing a raw foods store in Hollywood which specialized in creating group cleanses, she became dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” model of detox regimens and branched off to create her own company, Philosophie. For more from Sophie and to find great superfood products, visit www.thephilosophie.com.
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Lush Lucuma Smoothie

Lush Lucuma Smoothie

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – lucuma is one of my all-time favourite superfoods, second only to cacao. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of its sweet, caramel-esque flavour or the fact that you can make raw fudge with it in minutes. Lucuma –is a Peruvian fruit also known as egg fruit. It’s rich in vitamins (B1, carotene, niacin and B2) iron, fibre and has a really sweet syrup-like taste.

The combination of banana and lucuma is absolutely divine and together they make a perfect smoothie that tastes heavenly and provides the drinker with a burst of nutrients and energy from a natural and wholesome source. Finish it off with your favourite nondairy milk and you’re onto a winner!

Ingredients:

Serves 1 – 2 (makes approximately 500ml)

  • 2 small/medium or 1 large frozen banana(s)
  • 2 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 cup non-dair y milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water (or more milk if you wish)

METHOD

Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend for 20 – 30 seconds, until smooth. If you want the smoothie to be thicker then omit the extra water/milk – if you want a thinner consistency then just add extra liquid.

Meghan Langhorn is a vegan foodie with a passion for creating delicious plant-based recipes which are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and comprised only of natural, wholesome ingredients. In her spare time she loves practising yoga, exploring nature and experimenting in the kitchen! Follow her website http://www.naturallymeghan.com/, or connect with her https://twitter.com/naturallymeghan ttps://instagram.com/naturallymegh… https://www.facebook.com/naturallym…

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Organic Juicing For Beginners

Organic Juicing For Beginners

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Juicing is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to load your body with vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes! With the depletion of minerals in the soil, we now have to consume larger quantities of fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy. Learn the basics of juicing and find out why it’s so good for you!
Favourite Fruit Juice Recipe:
  1. ½ Pineapple
  2. 2 Mangos
  3. 5 Oranges (Put in last)
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Strawberry Spinach Summer Salad

Strawberry Spinach Summer Salad

Summer marks the beginning of BBQ’s, beach days, celebrations and happy indulgences. Bring this easy and healthy salad to your next festivity for a yummy, low cal and nutritious option.

Dressing Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

**option to add 1 tbsp of vegan sweetener

 

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large bundle of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 grated or thinly sliced carrot
  • 4 tablespoons vegan cheese
Directions
  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a small jar.
  • Close and shake vigorously.
  • Mix all salad ingredients and pour dressing over salad.
Voila!
Project Juice began as a personal ‘project’ to develop and deliver the highest quality plant-based foods and cold pressed juices in a convenient and accessible form. In March 2015, Project Juice and Ritual Wellness joined forces to form the California’s leading certified organic cold-pressed juice and vegan food companies. Project Juice is now delivering the ultimate wellness experience through retail stores and local delivery in both Northern and Southern California, as well as nationally through overnight delivery. They don’t just say their products are organic, they endure the work and the costs of earning the official USDA Organic seal of approval so you can consume their juices with confidence. The same goes for Non – GMO. They are not simply saying “we support the cause”, they actually dedicate the time and the finances to support the official Non GMO Project in hopes that stamping their juices with this seal will bring awareness to a few more people around the importance of eating real food. Find out more about Project Juice at www.projectjuice.com

 

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Love Your Kids? Don’t feed them these foods which are banned in other countries

Love Your Kids? Don’t feed them these foods
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If you love your family and yourself, you’d be wise to avoid these very common foods which are probably in your kitchen now. These are foods which are legal in the US, but banned in other, more enlightened countries around the world.
The US FDA is supposed to protect the citizens of the US, but the FDA is also run by many retired executives of food and drug companies, and is heavily lobbied by the same food and drug companies. So, to get something banned by the FDA, it has to be very dangerous, or a threat to the food and drug companies.  As an example, the FDA only prohibits 6 ingredients in skin care. Canada has over 600 forbidden chemicals on their skin care list. So why is a chemical considered safe in the US, but step over the border and it is forbidden? Are Canadians more sensitive than those standing on US soil? Nope.
As you read the list below and think about each, consider this – the reason these foods are on this list is because they are cheaper to produce than conventional organic, wild raised, etc type of foods.  So it boils down to the old saying:
“You get what you pay for”
If you continue to buy the cheapest food then you promote the continuation of the dangerous practices listed below. If you buy quality, then the economic viability of the foods below will fade away – it is all about economics.

So here is the list:

  1. Milk and Dairy products containing rBGH – rGBH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in the US. It is a synthetic growth hormone engineered by Monsanto. It is injected into cows to increase milk production. It is banned in 30+other countries because of its dangers which include increased risk of colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer. Even the cows which are given the drug suffer high rates of cancers, some of which contaminate the milk with pus and antibiotics.  What can you do? Buy only milk which is labeled rBGH-free or No rGBH, or Organic, or buy organic plant milks instead.
  2. Genetically Engineered Papaya – Most of the Hawaiian papaya is now GMO to resist ring-spot virus. Research is now showing that animals fed GMO foods are suffering many maladies including intestinal damage, organ damage, tumors, birth defects, premature death, and complete sterility by the third generation of offspring.  GMO papaya is banned in the European Union.
  3. Ractopamine Tainted Meat – This is a chemical/drug which increases protein synthesis. This was a drug developed for asthma but they found it made the test mice more muscular. It also reduces the overall fat content of the meat. This can be found in 45% of us pork and 30% of the conventionally-fed (grain) cattle, and unknown number of turkeys. Up to 20% of the drug remains in the meat you buy. It is banned across Europe, Russia, China, and Taiwan.  If China bans it, then it must be bad!
  4. Flame Retardant Drinks – Do you love Mountain Dew and other citrus flavored sodas and sports drinks? Well you’re then getting a healthy dose of brominated vegetable oil (BVO). This was originally patented as a flame retardant.  BVO accumulates in your body and breast milk. It has been found to cause reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses. Bromine is chemically similar to chlorine, fluorine, and iodine. The first two are toxic and it can displace iodine causing problems with iodine deficiency. It is banned in the European Union and Japan.
  5. Artificial Food Colors and Dyes – Look at a box or jar of food and look for the popular Red 40, yellow 5, yellow6, or blue 2. These are the commonly used artificial colors used in foods like kids Mac & Cheese, Jell-O, and many kids’ foods. Research has shown that these can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other problems in animals. They are banned in Norway and Austria. The UK has advised companies to stop using them by the end of the year. The EU requires warning labels.
  6. Arsenic Laced Chicken – Everyone should know that Arsenic is a poison, then why is it allowed in chickens? Because it makes the animals grow quicker and makes the meat appear pinker, so it looks fresh when it may not be. The arsenic fed the chickens also ends up in chicken manure, which is then sold to farmers to fertilize crops, then it ends up in whatever grows in it. In 2011 Pfizer voluntarily stopped selling the arsenic based feed additive, but other companies continue to produce it.  I met with a major chicken producer who said they pump their chicks full of drugs and they grow to full size in 8 weeks. A normal barn yard chicken will take 6 months to reach full size.  So they can get a chicken to slaughter weight in 1/3 the natural time, that means they can produce three times the chickens from the same space.  It is banned in the European Union arsenic laced feeds have never been approved.
  7. Bread with Potassium Bromate – This is found in almost all commercially produced breads and flours and contributes to the overload of bromide in western cultures.  Why do they add potassium bromate? Because it makes the dough more elastic. Look for packages labeled “unbromated flour” Bromide has been linked to kidney, thyroid, GI and nervous system problems and cancer. It is banned in Canada, China, and the European Union.
  8. Olestra/Olean – this is a calorie and cholesterol free fat substitute used in fat free snacks. Why is it in foods? Because they can make tasty fat free snacks that taste like they are fried. It can cause various GI problems and interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. It is banned in the UK and Canada.
  9. Preservatives BHA and BHT – These preservatives are often found in cereals, nuts, gum, butter spreads, meats, potato products and even beer. BHA is known to cause cancer in rats and may cause cancer in us! It is banned in the UK in infant foods and also banned in the EU and Japan.
  10. Farm Raised Salmon – Wild salmon live in the ocean and the krill they consume contain astaxanthin which gives salmon its pink color and also its high amount of beneficial omega 3 essential fatty acids.  Farm raised salmon are fed an unnatural diet of GMO corn, GMO soy, and other unnatural foods.  Farm raised salmon is gray in color, so they add pink food coloring to the feed to make them pink. Look at the label on that Atlantic Salmon in the store, you’ll see “Ingredients: Salmon, food coloring”. Also without the natural diet, farm raised salmon is very low in beneficial omega 3 oils and much higher in the inflammatory omega 6 oils. The same applies to other farm raised fish and shrimp. To be safe only buy seafood labeled “Wild Caught”. Farm raised salmon is banned in Australia and New Zealand.

 

You probably see a theme in these 10 foods – Food companies use dangerous ingredients or practices to increase the production of the food and keep the costs down. It is our demand for cheap food which taste good, but the general public is sadly unconcerned with what they put on their family’s table. They will buy the bargain food with no regard to what is in it or what it will do to them and their family.

 

Many expect the FDA to oversee the food supply so that if it is on the shelf or in the freezer, then it is safe. Sadly though in the US the FDA is more concerned about making sure there are minimal insect and rat fur in the product than making sure it healthy and not harmful.  Remember the FDA is really controlled by the food and pharmaceutical companies, so that is like asking the fox to watch the hen house.
So what can you do?  First look at what you put in the shopping cart. If you habitually reach for the lowest priced option, then you are getting what you pay for.

 

 

Mike Hall is nutrition expert with degrees in Biochemistry and Psycho-Biology, and is passionate about health and nutritional medicine. Mike, along with his wife and business partner, Claudia, also work as educators to help people learn how to improve their health and live a richer life. Mike also is a consultant and is sought after to help food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutriceutical companies improve their manufacturing, quality, product development processes. He has worked closely with small biotech companies and also huge multinational companies whose products are probably in your kitchen. Through his blog at www.mikeha77.com Mike provides education on many nutritional topics as well as sorting through the product advertising hype we all are faced with. If you hear a product claim that it sounds too good to be true, visit his website to see if he has an answer, or contact him for more information at mike@mikeha77.com

 

 

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When Healthy Food Sucks

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When Healthy Food Sucks

 

Imagine this…
You’ve finally ditched the Standard American Diet, you switched to eating whole foods and healthy fruits and veggies. Woohoo, things are great, you’ve lost weight, your skin has cleared up, and your energy is through the roof. You’ve told everyone you know about healthy living, you’ve printed out recipe cards of your favorite dressing, life is good.

 

Then it happens….
A few years of living this way passed by in a whirlwind of excitement, experimentation and lots of new clothes, and then you realize your salad is well, how do I say this… boring. Boring I say!

 

Your favorite dressing doesn’t do the trick anymore, you’ve thrown the recipe cards away, and you find yourself eating processed foods more and more. Next thing you know it you’re spiraling downhill and French fries are the only thing to hold on to. Help!!!!
Right, I hear you. What do you do when healthy food sucks?

 

Watch this video and discover the 3 steps you can do today to break the curse!

 

 

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