No Juicer Juice–Apple, Celery, Parsley–Stress Reliever Juice

The use of a blender, or Ninja is a great alternative to an expensive juicer. Here is how I do it:

1. put 1 cup of distilled, room temp water into Ninja

2. cut up your pink lady apple, 2 stalks of celery (use all of the celery-even the yellowish, leaves), ~1 tablespoon fresh ginger, a small bunch of parsley (you don’t have to cut the parsley)

3. add all ingredients to Ninja, and add a dash of cayenne pepper (fire element)

4. blend on setting 1, then 2. blend until you see the pulp that is being flicked onto the sides of the Ninja fall down to be blended again (see video)

5.have a glass ready with  a piece of cheesecloth covering the opening

6. pour the juice and pulp onto the cheesecloth and press the juice through using a rubber spatula

7. put remaining pulp into a plastic container to freeze for compost (or whatever you want to use it for)

8. clean up (I like the Ninja because it is easier to clean than a juicer, and all its parts)

9. enjoy your juice in the morning sun

10. recite your morning mantra:

I am…

joyful

loving

patient

peaceful

whole

a shining being

~~Queen Afua-Sacred Woman

sorry pics not in order…

 

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Chickpea and Eggplant Burger…kind of

As usual, I needed to use my eggplant, which was going bad too soon. I also had a taste for a lettuce-wrapped burger, so my search for dinner recipes began. I found this video. The woman in the video is quite annoying, but the burgers she made looked really good. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she used, and I am not eating soy or sugar or dairy, so some things that she used I left out. Now that I think about it, my recipe was nothing like hers. I just used it as inspiration. 🙂  I hope the pictures explain what I did well enough.

 

Eggplant

1.00 cup, raw

82.00 grams

19.68 calories

Nutrient Amount DV

(%)

Nutrient

Density

World’s Healthiest

Foods Rating

fiber 2.76 g 11.0 10.1 excellent
manganese 0.20 mg 10.0 9.1 excellent
molybdenum 4.10 mcg 5.5 5.0 very good
potassium 188.60 mg 5.4 4.9 very good
folate 18.04 mcg 4.5 4.1 good
vitamin K 2.87 mcg 3.6 3.3 good
copper 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
vitamin B6 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
tryptophan 0.01 g 3.1 2.9 good
vitamin C 1.80 mg 3.0 2.7 good
magnesium 11.48 mg 2.9 2.6 good
vitamin B3 0.53 mg 2.6 2.4 good

The “kind of” in the tile means that the burgers didn’t come out as firm as an actual burger (meat, veggie or bean). They were soft, and a little crumbly. it may be a good idea to add something like oatmeal to absorb the liquid and hold the burger together. I added some brown rice flour (as you’ll see in the picture) to make the burgers a little dryer. They were still really good on the lettuce!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Food on my Mind

You may be wondering why I have been posting so many food blog entries…

or not…

Well I’ll tell you anyway, 

I have been trying to find the right foods that are easy to digest for my sensitive stomach. I cut out red meat a long time ago, and dairy even longer ago. Now I am a vegetarian (since around December, 2011). I thought this would really help my digestion woes, but I still had bubbles in my stomach after eating certain meals. I kept on eating things without trying to pin point the culprits.

Enough is enough! 

I have decided to cut out soy and gluten (think I am gluten-sensitive).

Goodness! What can I eat???

Basically, fruits and veggies, and rice. 

I am also trying to find what foods trigger the inability to control high stress levels. I have lately been experiencing high anxiety, and riding an emotional roller coaster! I am almost certain is has a lot to do with sugar (all refined types)! So no more of that either, I have now cut back about 90%. It would have been 100% if I looked closer at my cereal ingredients, which read brown sugar. I have honey and agave nectar; I wonder if these are digested and metabolized the same as refined sugar??? I’ll go easy on these too. 

Anyway, there you go, now you know why my mind has been on food lately. This food trip also relates to my hair, big time! I’ll be making a hair video soon; I have seen some changes in my scalp that I must rant about! 

I hope you enjoy the food entries, more to come…

100 Best Health Foods #1: Apples

Nutrients

Carbohydrates: 16 g

Fiber: 2.8 g

Vitamin C: 5mg

Potassium : 123 mg

Apples contain nutritious plant chemicals such as flavonoids that have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. They are a healthy snack. People who eat apples have less abdominal fat; eating apples can also help children with asthma.

Recipe:

Naked Apples:

Pick up an apple and bite!

No Sugar…Take 2

I have decided to cut out all refined sugars, and most carbs (except for whole grains; but still sparingly). This is the second time in the last few years that I decided to do this, I must admit. But this time I feel more confident. This should be pretty easy now that I got a good little cookbook called 100 Best Health Foods by Love Food. If you want to buy the book, you can but I am planning on doing a summary of each of the foods about once a week for your convenience, and knowledge. So the first food in the book is…Apples! So I will create a summary and add a link to a recipe or two in the next post.

I have ventured to Food City, a hispanic grocery store with the cheapest fruits and veggies! I got 10lbs of oranges for less than $2 the other week. Yes 10lbs! And they were big juicy fresh oranges. I also picked up some fresh cilantro which is supposed to be great for detoxification. And lots of other foods such as :

sweet potatoes (good carbs),

radishes,

green onions,

kale,

apples,

pears (Bosc),

honeydew melon,

acorn squash,

green and yellow peppers,

onions,

cucumber,

broccoli,

tofu,

dried apricots,

jello,

natural coco powder pudding,

raisins,

almonds,

walnuts,

sesame seeds,

raw honey,

oatmeal,

yogurt,

and sunflower seeds.

My boyfriend is also supposed to be doing this No Sugar change (don’t want to call it a diet), because we both have been eating too many sweets. More importantly we both suffer from skin issues: inflammation, dry skin, and…staph infections. I know, how embarrassing, but I am sure we are not the only ones. So I found this article about how to beat MRSA by changing your diet, taking bleach baths (only using a small amount of bleach, don’t worry), and boosting your immune system with various vitamins. So what better time to start something new than the New Year!

Foods for that Hair!

I used to take lots of different vitamins, and they seemed to work after a long (at least 6 months) time. I used to take Borage oil, Fish oil, Vitamin E, Echinacea, Biotin, and Zinc. I have discontinued (I ran out, and did not buy anymore) taking all of these except… Biotin. But I did buy some B12. I heard that along with Biotin, B12 is supposed to help with hair strength and growth. But of course no vitamins can substitute for the nutrients that you can and should get in a healthy diet! So here is a list of the benefits of certain vitamins and what foods these nutrients can be found in that will really help your hair do what it do, baby! Thanks to “The Worlds Healthiest Foods”  

1. Biotin

Biotin Found in: Biotin Benefits
almonds Healthy skin due to proper fat production
cabbage Sugar and fat metabolism
carrots Maintain energy supply to nerve cells
cauliflower  
Chard (mega source)  
chicken eggs  
cow’s milk  
cucumber  
goat’s milk  
halibut  
oats  
onions  
raspberries  
romaine lettuce  
strawberries  
tomatoes  
walnuts  
   
   

Interesting tidbits:

  • Biotin is required for function of an enzyme in the body called acetyl Co-A carboxylase. This enzyme puts together the building blocks for the production of fat in the body. Fat production is critical for all cells in the body since the membranes of all cells must contain the correct fat components to function properly. Fat production is especially critical for skin cells since they die and must be replaced very rapidly, and also because they are in contact with the outside environment and must serve as a selective barrier.
  • The U.S. Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine recommends a daily Adequate Intake (AI) of 30 micrograms in adults 19 years and older

 

 

2. Omega 3- fatty acids

 

Omega- 3 Found in: Omega- 3 Benefits:
Salmon Promote healthy cell membranes (especially skin cells)
flax seeds Anti-inflammatory
walnuts Prostaglandin production
scallops  
cauliflower  
cabbage  
cloves  
mustard seeds  
halibut  
shrimp  
cod  
tuna  
soybeans  
tofu  
kale  
collard greens  
Brussels sprouts  
   
   

Interesting tidbits:

  • Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega 3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega 3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t a part of your hair’s composition, but they are a part of the scalp cells that are responsible for generating the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. We would emphasize the fact that omega-3 fatty acids will not help you grow hair. They can, however, improve the integrity of your skin cells, including the cells of your scalp. The health of your hair depends in part upon the health of these cells.

 

 

3. Vitamin A

 

Vitamin A Found in: Vitamin A Benefits:
Calf liver Vision (retinal)
Cow’s milk Epithelia and mucosal cell maintenance
eggs Growth
Carrots Reproduction
Apricots  
mangoes  
squash  
Sweet potatoes  
Spinach  
Kale  
Collard greens  
Shell fish  
Cayenne pepper  
Chili pepper  
   
   
   
   
   

Interesting tidbits:

  • Vitamin A deficiency primarily affects the health of the skin, hair, eyes, and immune system, though loss of appetite, bone abnormalities, and growth retardation are also associated with inadequate intake of this vitamin.
  • A tell-tale sign of vitamin A deficiency is hyperkeratosis, a goose bump-like appearance of the skin caused by excessive production of keratin (a protein found in skin) that blocks hair follicles. In initial stages, hyperkeratosis is found on the forearms and thighs, where the skin becomes dry, scaly, and rough. In advances stages, hyperkeratosis affects the whole body, causing hair loss.

 

 

World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
biotin
Food Serving
Size
Cals Amount
(mcg)
DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s
Healthiest
Foods Rating
Swiss chard, boiled 1 cup 35.0 10.50 3.5 1.8 good

 

 

World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
omega 3 fatty acids
Food Serving
Size
Cals Amount
(g)
DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s
Healthiest
Foods Rating
Flaxseeds 2 tbs 95.3 3.51 146.3 27.6 excellent
Cloves, dried, ground 2 tsp 14.2 0.20 8.3 10.6 very good
Walnuts 0.25 cup 163.5 2.27 94.6 10.4 excellent
Oregano, dried, ground 2 tsp 9.2 0.12 5.0 9.8 very good
Salmon, chinook, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 261.9 2.09 87.1 6.0 excellent
Cauliflower, boiled 1 cup 28.5 0.21 8.8 5.5 very good
Mustard seeds 2 tsp 35.0 0.20 8.3 4.3 very good
Cabbage, shredded, boiled 1 cup 33.0 0.17 7.1 3.9 very good
Romaine lettuce 2 cup 15.7 0.08 3.3 3.8 good
Broccoli, steamed 1 cup 43.7 0.20 8.3 3.4 very good
Brussel sprouts, boiled 1 cup 60.8 0.26 10.8 3.2 good
Winter squash, baked, cubes 1 cup 80.0 0.34 14.2 3.2 good
Tofu, raw 4 oz-wt 86.2 0.36 15.0 3.1 good
Summer squash, cooked, slices 1 cup 36.0 0.15 6.3 3.1 good
Halibut, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 158.8 0.62 25.8 2.9 good
Collard greens, boiled 1 cup 49.4 0.18 7.5 2.7 good
Spinach, boiled 1 cup 41.4 0.15 6.3 2.7 good
Kale, boiled 1 cup 36.4 0.13 5.4 2.7 good
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 297.6 1.03 42.9 2.6 good
Shrimp, steamed/boiled 4 oz-wt 112.3 0.37 15.4 2.5 good
Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 28.8 0.09 3.8 2.3 good
Cod, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 119.1 0.32 13.3 2.0 good
Strawberries 1 cup 43.2 0.11 4.6 1.9 good
Green beans, boiled 1 cup 43.8 0.11 4.6 1.9 good
Snapper, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 145.2 0.36 15.0 1.9 good
Scallops, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 151.7 0.35 14.6 1.7 good
Tuna, yellowfin, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 157.6 0.33 13.8 1.6 good
Raspberries 1 cup 60.3 0.12 5.0 1.5 good
Miso 1 oz 70.8 0.14 5.8 1.5 good

 

 

World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
vitamin A
Food Serving
Size
Cals Amount
(IU)
DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s
Healthiest
Foods Rating
Carrots, raw 1 cup 52.5 34317.40 686.3 235.5 excellent
Spinach, boiled 1 cup 41.4 18865.80 377.3 164.1 excellent
Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 28.8 7917.12 158.3 99.0 excellent
Kale, boiled 1 cup 36.4 9620.00 192.4 95.1 excellent
Parsley, fresh 2 tbs 2.7 631.80 12.6 84.2 excellent
Bell peppers, red, raw, slices 1 cup 24.8 5244.00 104.9 76.0 excellent
Mustard greens, boiled 1 cup 21.0 4243.40 84.9 72.7 excellent
Romaine lettuce 2 cup 15.7 2912.00 58.2 66.9 excellent
Calf’s liver, braised 4 oz-wt 187.1 30485.26 609.7 58.7 excellent
Swiss chard, boiled 1 cup 35.0 5493.25 109.9 56.5 excellent
Sweet potato, baked, with skin 1 each 95.4 13107.70 262.2 49.5 excellent
Cayenne pepper, dried 2 tsp 11.2 1470.24 29.4 47.3 excellent
Collard greens, boiled 1 cup 49.4 5945.10 118.9 43.3 excellent
Cantaloupe, cubes 1 cup 56.0 5158.40 103.2 33.2 excellent
Winter squash, baked, cubes 1 cup 80.0 7291.85 145.8 32.8 excellent
Apricots 1 each 16.8 914.20 18.3 19.6 excellent
Broccoli, steamed 1 cup 43.7 2280.72 45.6 18.8 excellent
Basil, dried, ground 2 tsp 7.5 281.24 5.6 13.5 very good
Tomato, ripe 1 cup 37.8 1121.40 22.4 10.7 excellent
Oregano, dried, ground 2 tsp 9.2 207.08 4.1 8.1 good
Asparagus, boiled 1 cup 43.2 970.20 19.4 8.1 excellent
Chili pepper, dried 2 tsp 25.5 531.60 10.6 7.5 very good
Green beans, boiled 1 cup 43.8 832.50 16.6 6.9 very good
Brussel sprouts, boiled 1 cup 60.8 1121.64 22.4 6.6 very good
Cucumbers, slices, with peel 1 cup 13.5 223.60 4.5 6.0 good
Summer squash, cooked, slices 1 cup 36.0 516.60 10.3 5.2 very good
Watermelon, diced 1 cup 48.6 556.32 11.1 4.1 very good
Grapefruit 0.50 each 36.9 318.57 6.4 3.1 good
Celery, raw 1 cup 19.2 160.80 3.2 3.0 good
Prunes 0.25 cup 101.6 844.48 16.9 3.0 good
Papaya 1 each 118.6 863.36 17.3 2.6 good
Green peas, boiled 1 cup 134.4 955.20 19.1 2.6 good
Cabbage, shredded, boiled 1 cup 33.0 198.00 4.0 2.2 good
Plum 1 each 36.3 213.18 4.3 2.1 good
Oranges 1 each 61.6 268.55 5.4 1.6 good
Cow’s milk, 2% 1 cup 121.2 500.20 10.0 1.5 good