Cashew Nut Fruit Apple

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Carrot Juice and Bentonite Clay

After the vacation, I was feeling sluggish and off balance. I needed a boost. So I decided to go grocery shopping, and I got my usual fruits and veggies. Food City also had large bags of zucchini, peppers and bananas on clearance. I got a bag or two, of course. I made vegan banana and zucchini bread muffins and this for my morning breakfast:

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Tasty Carrot Juice my way:

3 carrots

1 large cucumber

1 nectarine

2tbs raw ginger

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup water

Inspired by: http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/2012/07/13/carrot-juice-for-glowing-skin-juice-spicy-carrot/

 

 

My skin was a little dry on the return; probably do to stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to lots of car, truck, bus, and boat exhaust. LOL! Bentonite clay came to the rescue! After applying the clay and taking a warm shower with it on, my skin felt so soft all day long. I didn’t use any soaps to cleanse or lotions for moisture; the clay removed all impurities and left my face moisturized:)

 

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…

Are Strawberries in Season?

I don’t know, but I just bought 4 pounds for $5 at Sunflower Market!

Smoothie time!

4 large strawberries

a few slices of fresh pineapple

1 banana

a handful of whole flax seeds

a squirt of Holy Basil leaf liquid herb

3 ice cubes

about 3/4 cup rice milk

100 Best Health Foods #4: Figs

Figs are high in Vitamin B6 and are a great source of soluble fiber! Dried figs have lots more nutrients, and are “easier” to come by and keep compared to fresh figs. Also high in potassium, beta-carotene and calcium.

Fig Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 sprigs rosemary, stems discarded
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces arugula
  • 6 white dried figs, stems removed
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese

 

  • Toast walnuts on a baking sheet in the oven at 300 degrees until they are just fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • 2 In a food processor, or metal bowl, combine rosemary, honey, vinegar, water, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly blend in the oil.
  • 3 Combine arugula, figs and walnuts in a salad bowl. Give the dressing a final whisk and toss with salad. Divide salad onto four plates and garnish with one tablespoon of goat cheese.
  • Vi-ta-mins…continued

    ok. so I am still taking Biotin, but just in a different “form” I got a prenatal vitamin…yes it is for pregnant women, and no I am not prego! It was recommended to me by a health professional. This is basically a multivitamin with everything you can imagine, but also with probiotics. 30 tablet for 10 bucks. From Whole Foods. On sale. Take one per day. There are mixed views on prenatal vitamins, so more on that to come maybe.

    I really got this so that I could combine Vitamin D, biotin and B vitamins in one pill. It is really all about Vitamin D. I am really interested in how important it really is. Maybe this article will help. Also, when doing research on particular nutrients, or vitamins, try to look up some SCIENTIFIC papers on the subject, don’t just go with whatever I say. lol!

    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