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Are you getting enough Iron?

Are You Getting Enough Iron?
 
Iron is essential for maintaining good energy levels and optimal health. It is arguably one of the most important minerals, particularly as it is involved in carrying oxygen to every cell in your body. Haemoglobin is the body’s oxygen-carrying protein and where you find approximately two-thirds of your iron; therefore, without adequate iron the transportation of oxygen is affected. As ironis involved in maintaining healthy immunity, it’s no wonder you don’t feel great when your levels are low!

Symptoms of Low Iron 
The following symptoms could be signs of low iron levels:

  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Paleness inside the mouth and lower eyelid
  • Fuzzy head, not thinking clearly
  • Low body temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Restless legs or leg cramps at night.

Reasons for Low Iron 
Iron deficiency can be mild, however when it is very low you can become ‘anaemic’. Low iron can be a result of not obtaining enough from your diet. Factors that may cause low iron include tea and coffee intake, blood loss, pregnancy or poor absorption as a result of underlying gut problems. Certain populations have been identified as potentially more at risk of low iron levels, including teenagers, the elderly, pregnant women, vegetarians and vegans.

Test – Don’t Guess 
If you suspect you may be low in iron, it is important to speak to your healthcare practitioner about a simple blood test to assess your iron levels, especially if you are at increased risk. Testing can ensure your safety, as symptoms of iron excess may be similar to signs of iron deficiency and in some circumstances, high ironintake can be detrimental.

Dietary Sources of Iron 
Include plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet to maintain a healthy intake. Animal foods provide
a good source of iron, including beef, lamb, kangaroo, turkey, chicken, fish, oysters, liver and sardines. The redder the meat, the higher the ironcontent. Plant-sources of iron include molasses, shiitake mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetables (see below for an absolutely delicious kale and spinach pie recipe) and lentils. Vegetarian sources of iron may not be as well-absorbed as animal sources. Talk to your Practitioner today about taking a high potency ironsupplement. If you are vegan or vegetarian, your Practitioner can provide vegan-friendly options.

Iron Needs a Little Help from its Friends 
Iron works best in your body with the help of other nutrients:

  • B vitamins: Vitamins B6, B12 and folate are involved in iron transportation and red blood cell production. Taking an essential B vitamin can help you build healthy cells and move energising oxygen around your body.
  • 5-MTHF: Known as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate – the activated form of folate. It is the same form made by your body and is readily utilised.
  • Vitamin C: It has long been known that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron; therefore when taking iron, ideally pair it with vitamin C.

The Supplemental Form of Iron Matters
Side-effects, such as constipation, are commonly complained about with certain forms of iron. Therefore it is important to choose a highly absorbable form of ironto minimise the chance of gut symptoms. Your Practitioner can recommend a suitable iron formula with all the necessary nutrients needed to restore your energy levels and maintain healthy immunity.

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Stop procrastinating. Boost Dopamine and achieve your goals!

Dopamine motivation with our Sunshine Coast NaturopathsAre you physically motivated enough to reach your goals?

This time of the year we will all start to think about what we want out of 2017. For some of you your health may be at the top of the list. Too often we set these goals and we don’t achieve them. We say I will start the diet on Monday, I will pay the credit card next month, take the dog for a walk tomorrow, empty the cupboard next week. Goals are usually not achieved because we procrastinate.

What if there was a hormone that we had in our body that kept you motivated, goal orientated and focused?
Well, this hormone actually exists – it is called dopamine!

Dopamine is often referred to as the “feel good” chemical. When it is low the person is more likely to feel depressed, lack pleasure, be unmotivated or lethargic. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually lack dopamine. Most people have heard of serotonin because many anti-depressants work on serotonin, but many have not heard of dopamine even though it is critical in clarity, happiness, focus and wellbeing.

So how can you increase dopamine levels naturally?

Are you suffering with digestive problem? It is critical that your gut is healthy, as all good health starts in the gut. Your stomach is the beginning of protein digestion, where protein is broken down into amino acids. To make dopamine your body needs plenty of the amino acid tyrosine. If you have reflux, bloating, food sensitivities or indigestion it may mean that you are not digesting your proteins efficiently. So digestive dysfunction needs to be addressed.

Dopamine is made from protein and a cocktail of other important nutrients like vitamin C, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and zinc. It is also wise to consider increasing foods high in tyrosine such as almonds, avocado, bananas and poultry. You need to make sure your diet has plenty of colour too. If any of the dopamine cofactors from the diet are missing it makes it very difficult for the body to produce dopamine.

A study published in 2008 in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism demonstrated that low dopamine levels are associated with an inability to control portion sizes, so you are more likely to overeat. So if your goal is to shed some weight we need to get those dopamine levels up!

So how do you know if you are low in dopamine? There are clinical pathology tests as simple as a urine test that can determine your neurotransmitter levels.

If you know you procrastinate and put your goals on hold, you may be in need of more dopamine!

 

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It’s coffee time! Is coffee bad for your health?

Is coffee bad for you?A lot of clients ask about coffee – “is it bad?” “is it good?” “how much should I have?” It can be a bit of a complex discussion, however generally we recommend no more than 2 cups per day.

Coffee contains a lot of compounds that exert different effects in the body. One of the most talked about compounds in coffee is caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which is why people generally feel ‘jittery’ or ‘a rush of energy’ after a cup of coffee. Most people can tolerate this extra stimulation, however, for others, such as those with anxiety or chronic stress problems, this may not be ideal. Another reminder that each person is different.

On the positive side, some research supports the idea that regular coffee consumption may have beneficial effects on health, such as assisting with weight management and weight loss, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Though more research is needed to confirm this.

Many of our practitioners in the clinic enjoy coffee. We like to use these simple guidelines for our coffee consumption:

✔️ Drink coffee because you genuinely feel like it, not so much to increase your energy
✔️ Avoid coffee if you are already feeling anxious / nervous
✔️ Avoid coffee at times of the day when you know it will have an impact on your sleep that night
✔️ Ditch adding sugar if you can (try to gradually reduce it so you adjust to the taste)
✔️ For a coffee alternative, we love herbal teas, dandelion tea, chai (avoid chia syrups and powders), and turmeric lattes.

Happy & Healthy Coffee Drinking ????

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Raw Food Detox

Raw Food Detox: How to Start

A raw food detox diet is a way to detoxify the body. If you do it well, it removes toxins or other contaminants that are stored in our body fat and cells. Detoxing improves health, energy, immune system, memory and digestion.


Warning

Most people are low in minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphor, sodium, iron. In order to detoxify, you need alkaline minerals. An important role of calcium is to aid in detoxification. It is an alkaline mineral and will “catch” the toxic acids that your body releases.

If the acids can’t be “bound” because your body lacks (alkaline) minerals, the chance is high that you will feel seriously ill during your detox, that your body refuses to release the toxins (you won’t be able to lose weight, since acids and toxins are often stored in your body fat), or that your body re-absorbs the released toxins again.

Alkalize

Therefore, it’s crucial that – before or during your detox – you get plenty of green vegetable juice and alkalizing super foods.

You may also replenish your minerals by adding a tablespoon of spirulina, blue green algae (i.e. from the “E3 Live” brand) or wheat grass powder in your purified drinking water. These have highly available amino acids and minerals. And they alkalize you.

Once you’ve remineralized, your raw food detox will be much more effective and easier.

Tip

You may also want to get activated zeolites or bentonite clay. The zeolites especially, are incredibly effective in attaching themselves to toxins, making them harmless and guiding them out of your body. The tiny zeolites neutralize the most toxic elements from our body such as arsenic, mercury.

Clay is much cheaper and is fine too but usually not strong enough. These zeolites will help you get rid of the toxins in an easy, safe and effective way. They also avoid that you reabsorb the toxins your body tries to get rid of. Highly recommended for use during the detox. Zeolites come in a tiny bottle and are pretty expensive, but I highly recommend then when you detox.

Also make sure that you drink enough alkaline and pure water during the process and that you get enough rest.

Raw Food Detox Recipes

On this website you’ll find many raw food recipes that you can use during your detox. Go to the Vegetable Juice Recipe, How To Juice Veggies page or check out some Super Foods to see if there are some that might work for you. For all juice recipes visit the Recipe Index page.

Enjoy the detox and be amazed at the results!


Source:http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/raw-food-detox.html

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Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe – Top 5 list

Try the best green smoothie recipe ever! I drink about two full blender jars of these drinks a day. They are healthy, easy and quick to make and absolutely delicious.

Each green smoothie recipe below is chuck full of healthy minerals (e.g. calcium and iron), vitamins, co-factors, life force, fiber. And very important, they arealkalizing. Green smoothies are critical for health.

To make these recipes, all you need are the ingredients and a blender. A high speed blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec is best because they break the cell wall. This way you absorb the nutrients easily. But if you’re just starting a raw vegetable diet, any other blender will do too. My first year on raw food, I just used a hand blender (Cuisine art, 700 Watt).

All recipes serve about 2-3 people and can be kept for up to 12 hours as long as you add enough water (great when traveling).


Kale and Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

2 bananas
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 bag of frozen blue berries
2.5 cups pure water
1 teaspoon super foods of choice (optional)
5 leafs of kale

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Add enough water so that all ingredients are covered.
  3. Blend well.
  4. You may want to add a little more water if you like your smoothie thinner.

This is a great way to add (wild edible greens) to your raw food diet. You won’t even notice it. My 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son absolutely love it. My not raw husband loves it.

I can easily give my daughter three of these drinks a day. Her friends love them too.

And I feel great that I give my kids a smoothie full of important minerals, vitamins, healthy omega three fats, fiber, protein, enzymes, that is hydrating and easy to digest!


Arugula Lettuce and Pear

Ingredients

1 banana
2-3 pears
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seed
1 bag of frozen raspberries
2.5 cups pure water
1 teaspoon super foods of choice
small bunch of arugula lettuce leafs
Liquid stevia to taste

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Add enough water so that all ingredients are covered. Blend well.

Arugula lettuce and pear are an excellent combination. Very delicious and nutritious smoothie. You might try this combo in a salad too.


Dandelion and Apple Smoothie

This yummy recipes is another favorite of mine. It’s great with spinach too. Just replace the dandelion with spinach.

Ingredients

1 bunch dandelion greens
1 lemon (peeled)
2 large apples
1 banana
2 teaspoons flax seeds (optional)Spring or distilled water

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Add enough pure water so all ingredients are covered.
  3. You can add a banana for creaminess (optional).
  4. Blend well and drink.

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients

1 bunch of carrots with some of its greens
1 avocado
1/2 lemon
About 1/3 inch fresh ginger
Pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepperSpring or distilled water

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in your juicer.
  2. Add clean water to cover all ingredients.
  3. Blend.
  4. Drink immediately.

Make Your Own Green Smoothie Recipe

The best green smoothie recipe is the one you make yourself.It’s very easy and the options are endless. Just have a ration of about 50% fruits and 50% vegetables (or try some wild greens such as nettles) and your smoothie will always be delicious. If not sweet enough, add some liquid. You’ll hardly taste the vegetables. (Read How To Make Smoothies for more info.)

Ingredients

1 bunch green leafy vegetable of choice (50% of total)
Fruit of choice (50% of total)
1-2 Bananas or 1 avocado to emulsify (make creamy)
ginger, lemon, parsley or, stevia to taste

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in your blender.
  2. Add clean water to cover all ingredients.
  3. Blend.
  4. Drink immediately.

    Source:http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/green-smoothie-recipe-2.html

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Vegetable Juice Recipes

Vegetable Juice Recipes – Top 5 list

Here you’ll find the healthiest and best tasting vegetable juice recipes.


Vegetable Juice Recipe
Carrot Juice

Here’s my favorite carrot juice recipe. I make this juice almost every morning. Very quick and easy:

Ingredients

1 lbs large carrots (washed and peeled)
1/2 lemon (peeled)
few green leafs such as red lettuce or carrot greens
1 apple

Directions

Put all ingredients in your juicer. (A centrifuge juicer is easiest for carrots.) Mix. Drink immediately.

I peel the carrot for taste (otherwise it tastes too earthy). I find this recipe sweet enough, but if you’re a beginner juicer or have a sweet tooth, add an apple for extra sweetness.

The health benefits of carrot juice? It provides Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and many minerals (including calcium). Great for pregnant and nursing mothers, eyesight, bones and teeth, liver and nails, skin and hair as well as helping in breast and skin cancer prevention.


Vegetable Juice Recipe
Tomato Juice

Are you looking for the best of all tomato juice recipes! This one is! You canjuice the tomatoes in a juicer but if you have a high speed blender – such as a Vitamix or Blendec Blender – and you like more “body” to your juice, you might like to use the blender in stead.

Here’s the recipe for your own V8 juice: quick, easy and yummy!

Ingredients

3 cups chopped tomatoes
1 stalk celery
1 cucumber
3 drops stevia (optional)
1/2 teaspoon himalaya sea salt
pepper
cayenne pepper

Directions

Juice the tomatoes, celery, cucumber in your juicer.

Add drops stevia if you like a sweeter taste, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.

If you like you can also add a 1/4 onion, fresh oregano and basil and red bell pepper

Mmmmm so good!


Vegetable Juice Recipe
Spinach Juice

This juice recipe is perfect for starters of veggie juicing. It’s soft and sweet. Very tasty. Not bitter or strong at all.

Ingredients

1 bunch spinach
2 apples
1/2 lemon, peeled (optional)

Directions

Put all ingredients in your juicer. A twin gear juicer such as the Green Star Juicer is best for extracting greens.

Mix well and enjoy.

You don’t have to add the lemon, it’s good enough without it. But I just love lemon, so I always add a little.


Jamba Juice Recipe
Wheat Grass Juice w Orange

Jamba Juice has a great wheat grass juice recipe: They serve their wheat grass with a slice of orange. I really like that idea. It makes the wheat grass a little fancier. And in case you don’t like the taste of wheat grass – after finishing your juice, you can take a bite of the orange!

Wheat grass is so good for you! It has most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human health. It is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. And it’s one of the best alkaline foods.


Vegetable Juice Recipe
Cabbage Juice

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Cabbage juice is known for its ability to heal peptic ulcers. It’s is full of vitamin K, C, fiber, manganese, B6, Folic Acid, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. And very low in calories.

Cabbage is so good for you. Recent studies show that people who eat most cabbage have a significantly lower risk of colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer. Even compared to other people that eat lots of veggies.

Red cabbage has even more nutrients and protects against Alzheimer’s disease (Food Science and Technology).

Juicing cabbage is a superb way to get the best out of your cabbage. Cabbage provides anti-carcinogenic glucosinolates (anti cancer fighters). When you cook cabbage, you kill the special myrosinase enzyme that makes the cabbage so healing, thus making cabbage less effective as anti cancer food.

Drinking it straight might be a little too much in the beginning. Then, simply mix it with carrot juice. Start with juicing carrots. Every day add some cabbage leafs until you’re used to the taste. (The taste isn’t that strong.)

You may also try other cruciferous family members of cabbage such as kale, broccoli, and collard greens.

Source: http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/vegetable-juice-recipes.html

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Alkaline Recipes for Energy & Weight loss

20 Alkaline Recipes to Boost Energy And Lose Weight

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Our bodies are similar to pools in two ways: pools and humans are both bodies of water (pun very much intended), and we both have a pH level that needs to be monitored and maintained. pH stands for power of Hydrogen and shows the levels of Hydrogen ions in a given body .

 

The human body wants to be balanced, and for us a balanced pH level is slightly alkaline. The scale ranges from 0 – 14, the lower end of the scale is acidic, leaving the higher end to be alkaline. The perfect spot for our bodies is 7.30-7.45. How do we incorporate alkalines into our diets?

We Don’t Need Chlorine

An alkaline-diet helps you get up and go in the morning. It boosts your energy without a crash, and you feel more naturally awake in the morning. It’s also nearly impossible to lose weight if your body is over-acidic, which most of us are.

So I’ve compiled this comprehensive list of alkaline soups, salads, sides, snacks, and meals. Try as many as you’d like and share your favorite with us on Facebook.

Soups

Alkaline Carrot and Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms help neutralize stomach acids and carrots are a great source of B-vitamins, and other minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. Plus with a wonderful colour, texture, and taste, how could you say no to this soup?

 

Chilled Avocado and Tomato Soup

A perfect summer soup. Avocados are the food most typically associated with an alkaline diet. They are rich in potassium which regulates blood pressure, and the fatty-acids lower your cholesterol.

Raw Avocado-Broccoli Soup with Chestnuts

All dark leafy greens are high on the alkaline scale, and broccoli is no exception. Mixed with avocado, you’ve got a soup that is high in alkaline-forming properties, and high is amazing-taste as well.

Salads

Avocado Salad with Wild Garlic

You’ll notice that avocado shows up in most of these recipes. Wild garlic is also a huge health-booster with more minerals than regular garlic, it is the healthiest choice for salads.

Fresh Garden Vegetable Salad

Always go fresh – fresh veggies for your salad, fresh herbs and cold-pressed oils for dressings will keep you feeling fresh all day long.

Chinese-Style Cucumber Salad

Cucumber, garlic, and sesame seed oil – that’s it here. Super easy, super alkaline, this simple salad is a great start to your alkaline dinner.

Alkaline Mediterranean Salad

A mediterranean diet is one of the best. All fresh veggies help you live a happier, more holistic lifestyle.

Snacks and Sides

Mediterranean Bell Peppers

Low in calories, high in vitamin C, folic acid, and beta carotene, bell peppers are a great alkaline food. Again, the mediterranean diet wins.

Mashed Brussels Sprouts with Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts are super-high in alkaline salts and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and other minerals including iron. This side is good for the whole family!

Avocado-Tomato-Salsa with Potatoes

A popular appetizer with guests, you can also serve it without the potatoes as a dip.

Alkaline Potato Salad

Every ingredient in this will help balance your pH levels and fill you up! A great ease-in to the alkaline diet.

Mains

Quinoa Pasta with Tomato Artichoke Sauce

An alkaline diet doesn’t mean you need to give up pasta. Just remember to use quinoa or spelt pasta, always use lots of fresh veggies, and leave out the red meat.

Alkaline Veggie Stir-Fry with Leeks and Kohlrabi

The original recipe is from a family in Switzerland, and contains interesting herbs and rich alkaline veggies. Try it today, and let us know how it goes!

Alkaline Ratatouille

Traditionally a stewed French dish, this ratatouille is all alkaline forming, so dig in and bon apetit.

Potato Pumpkin Patties

Pumpkins are high in alkaline forming properties and low in calories, which makes them a perfect potato patty pair.

Desserts

Spicy Tomato Shake

Sounds weird, tastes great. Low in calories and totally alkaline, cucumbers are also great helps to your kidneys, bladder, and liver.

Alkaline Veggie Power Smoothie

This anytime snack gives energizes you any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, or beyond! Stay smooth with this Power Smoothie

Green Power Cocktail

Green shakes and smoothies are always jam-packed with vitamins, nutrients, and alkaline-forming foods. Give this drink a try when you need a power boost.

Green Power Shake

Don’t just sit around all day! Shake a leg, throw the ingredients in a blender, and you’re ready – ready for energy, a happy gut, and a healthy life.

Here’s a chart to quickly remember which foods are alkaline forming and which will give your body an excess of acid.

SOURCE: http://www.balance-ph-diet.com/alkaline_recipes.html

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Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Homemade Real Vitamin C Gummies

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Vitamin C is necessary to support a strong immune system and maintain good cardiovascular health. It promotes eye health and helps prevent colds.  Vitamin C  is also a great  flu-fighter.  These Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies are made from fruits that contain lots of naturally-occurring vitamin C.

Did you know that most supplements are made synthetically from GMO corn? Think about vitamin C for example.  How do they make it? They use corn syrup to synthesize ascorbic acid. If you have a multivitamin at home check it out. Look at the labels. Most vitamins are not made from real food sources. Pretty disappointing isn’t it? They also contain lots of preservatives, added sugars, and in many cases artificial sweeteners.

I like to research everything. My husband thinks I am a little paranoid, but I can’t help it. There is always something new to learn and improve when it comes to our diets. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about vitamins. Even if you eat healthy, supplementation is essential in a world where industrial agriculture have depleted soils. Studies reveal that the nutritional values in food have declined significantly over the past 70 years.

The only multivitamins I have found in the market that are non-gmo and made from whole foods areGarden of Life Vitamins. This brand is a great alternative if you cannot make your own. They are also available for women and men. The problem with the kids multivitamins? they come in chewable teddy bears and not gummies. They are pretty expensive too. My 4 year old is not really excited about them but if you offer him gummies, oh then it is a different story. Kids love gummies! Please see Homemade Healthy Gummies for more ideas on how to make your own natural vitamins.

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A good gelatin, one that comes from animals that were pastured raised, is also very important. The collagen in this type of gelatin along with the many amino acids help regulate our metabolisms, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair and nails, and regulates hormones.

I made these delicious gummies juicing organic clementines and oranges.  I used my cold press  juicer. Because they don’t produce as much heat, cold press juicers keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. You can just juice one fruit or a combination, it is up to you.  A clementine has about  36.1 mg of vitamin c and an orange 51.1 mg. I also added raw honey .

The molds I used for this recipe are the Freshware Super Star Gummy Mold and Freshware Toy, Car, Block and Bear Gummy Mold. Aren’t they adorable? They are made of good quality silicone and are so easy to use and clean. You don’t even need to oil the molds, the gummies will come right out! You will need a total of 3 molds for this recipe. You can also use vanilla extract but it is totally optional.

If you would like to add more vitamin C to these Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies, like for example if you are fighting a cold, or if you were buying a supplement but would like to make your own, I recommend adding Organic Vitamin C Powder. Each tablespoon has 500mg of vitamin C and it comes from organic whole fruits.  I will let you do the math and determine how much you would like. Most multivitamins that need to be taken daily contain 60mg of vitamin C. The recipe will make about 45 gummies using my molds.

Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies

These Homemade Real Non-GMO Vitamin C Gummies are made from fruits that contain lots of naturally-occurring vitamin C.

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups juiced oranges and clementines. (You can just use one fruit or both, a cup is usually 4-5 medium oranges)
  • 4 tablespoons plain gelatin
  • 2-4 tablespoons raw honey (use 4 if you like them extra sweet)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract *optional
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamin C powder *optional if you want extra vitamin c
Instructions
  1. Pour juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let sit for a couple of minutes. Let the gelatin “bloom” (it will get wrinkly looking on the surface ). When all the gelatin is absorbed, whisk to combine.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Let the liquid warm, but not boil. Let all the gelatin dissolve. It takes about 3-5 minutes to make the liquid really smooth and thin.
  3. Add the honey and if using, the vanilla extract and vitamin c powder. Mix well.
  4. Pour into your molds or loaf pan and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.
  5. Remove from molds. If you used the loaf pan, cut your gelatin into small squares.
  6. Store in the refrigerator- they will last 2-3 weeks.
Article originally published on CreativeandHealthyFunFood.com republished with permission.
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Drinks to Help Weight Loss

3 Fat Burning Drinks to Help Your Weight Loss

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With the Australian diet becoming more and more entrenched in a mess of unhealthy, sugary foods and nutrient-lacking, processed by-products, weight gain is on the rise. It sucks, but it’s true. Every year brings with it more and more cases of diabetes and heart disease, both of which are commonly associated with imbalanced diets and lifestyles. At the same time, many of the people who suffer from weight gain are also at a loss for how they can burn fat.

But there are ways to do it.

Outside the benefits of exercising regularly and cutting out junk food, there’s another fat-burning tool that you can also use to drop a few pounds – drinking juice. Well not just juice, there are a few other drinks in the mix as well. So if you want to make a change, here are 3 fat burning drinks that you can use to lose some of that weight:

1. The Monster Detox Mix

Ingredients:
– 1 celery stick
– ¼ of a beet
– 3-4 kale or spinach leaves
– 1 carrot
– 1 slice of ginger

How does it help with weight loss?

This particular mix of veggies actively work together to flush toxins out of your body. Many of these toxins make it more difficult for your body to burn off excess fat. By drinking this juice, you can up your metabolism and make it easier for your body to become an active fat burner. While it won’t directly have an effect on your fat content, it will help get your body to a state where it can slim down more easily.

2. Green Tea

Try drinking about 5 mugs of green tea a day for 1-2 weeks. The water content works to improve your metabolism, and the energy boost that you get from the tea can increase your heart rate. By increasing your heart rate, your body will work harder to pump blood throughout your body – burning more calories in the process.

3. Cold Water

It can really be this simple. Water on its own is a basic tool that people use to burn through their excess fat. Like the other drinks on this list, water can be used to increase your metabolism, which ups the rate at which your body burns through calories.

You can also drink water in between meals to help silence any cravings you have for extra food. One of the biggest causes of weight gain is overeating, so knowing how to put a stop to the urges is imperative if your goal is to take a few inches off of your waistline.

In general, you should try to drink enough water to fill half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 160 lbs, squeezing 80oz of water into your day should be a goal – maybe even more if you’re active. Just be careful not to drink too much, because there will eventually come a point where it becomes unhealthy.

All of the drinks on this list are primarily selected because of the effects that they have on your metabolism. By increasing your metabolic rate, your body will work harder to burn through calories and keep excess weight from sitting on your waist.

Sources:

http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/cold-water-losing-weight-4854.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/green-tea-and-weight-loss/

http://www.wellnessresources.com/weight/articles/why_toxins_and_waste_products_impede_weweig_loss_-_the_leptin_diet_weight_l/

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Ancient Two Ingredient Recipe

This Ancient Two Ingredient Recipe Will Rid You of Anxiety

ancient honey sesame recipeIt’s nice when you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for your health. Lemon, cucumber, mint water tastes way better than the plain kind and homemade hummus is easily one of the best tasting condiments around. But I bet there’s an amazing tasting treat with all kinds of health benefits that you haven’t tried – pasteli!

A simple breakfast, dessert, or snack, pasteli is made of two simple ingredients: honey and sesame seeds, though many recipes also include a layer of almonds or other nuts. The combination has been shown to have incredible health benefits from treating anxiety and depression, to preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer.

Ancient Honey Sesame Recipe: A 6000-Year-Old Tradition

One of the first references to pasteli can be found in Homer’s Iliad. It is believed that ancient Greek warriors like Achilles ate pasteli before battle to give them strength and lasting energy. Herodotus, the first historian, even makes reference to sesame and honey cakes. Ancient Egyptian women also believed in pasteli’s health benefits.

In various different forms that tradition lives on today as pasteli is eaten around the world, though often more as a treat, with its many health benefits overlooked.

The Benefits of Pasteli

Raw organic honey has a variety of health benefits from boosting energy levels to improving your immune system, and so do sesame seeds, including improving heart and bone health.

So it’s not surprising that combining the two can have some tremendous benefits. The combination of nutrients and minerals can help with just about every bodily function from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to improving circulation and preventing cancer. It is particularly effective at treating anxiety, chronic fatigue, and depression, and is great for your overall health.

The Ancient Honey Sesame Recipe

Because pasteli is so old and so popular, everyone has their own way of making it. I will provide the most basic recipe here, but feel free to experiment with other ingredients and cooking methods to find what you and your family like best.

Ingredients:

–          1 cup sesame seeds

–          1 cup raw, organic honey

Optional ingredients include olive oil, almonds, walnuts, lemon or orange zest, sea salt, or cinnamon.

Instructions:

  1. Toast – the sesame seeds in a skillet over low heat for roughly 5 minutes. They should give off a nice scent and become golden. Be sure not to burn them because they will taste bitter.
  2. Warm – the honey in a saucepan over low heat until it thickens. Stir in the seeds and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Spread – the honey and sesame seeds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Aim for about a ¼ inch thickness, and be careful not to burn yourself.
  4. Cool – at room temperature. Cut into squares or whatever shape you like, and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can simply stir in other ingredients, like nuts or sea salt if you like, or you can also blend the sesame seeds with some olive oil before adding them to the honey for a different texture.

Then, simply enjoy the delicious flavour and incredible health benefits.

Sources:

http://www.tophealthylife.com/a-6000-years-old-recipe-from-two-ingredients-the-most-healing-delight-you-will-ever-taste/

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/07/pasteli-sesame-candy-recipe.html

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