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Sauerkraut – TRILLIONS of healthy, gut loving probiotics!

I was eating right out of my Bubbie’s jar of sauerkraut and thought I’d research the amount of good, health promoting bacteria it contained.

Below is a link to an article I stumbled across.  This is good news if you like fermented foods.  Beats paying for probiotic supplements!

Sauerkraut Test Divulges Shocking Probiotic Count

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Foods with negative calories. Nifty idea for after the Thanksgiving feast.

veggies mixedThe foods they highlight in the link below take more energy (calories) to digest than the actual calories in the food itself.  Hence the term negative calories.  And they have the added bonus of being loaded with all sorts of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients………WINNER!

Not sure how long this link will be active so scurry to it.

Click here for link

P.S.  Scurrying burns calories too!

 

 

Do you drink store bought juice? Read on for the best and the worst choices – and why.

Juices best to worstThis chart lists some of what the Food Babe considers the best juice choices and the worst juice choices.

Click on The Food Babe article to learn more about what juice labels mean such as: 100% juice, or “from concentrate”, and what pasteurization does to juice.

This morning’s juice.

Morning juiceSuch a simple way to get your body, and every cell in it, to say “Thank you, I needed that!”

Today’s elixir was made with raw almonds, carrots, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, kale, strawberries and fresh pineapple.  Into which I always pour cran water.

Usually I go easier on the fruit and heavier on the veggies.   Especially the dark greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, cilantro, etc).  The greens are the real power houses.  Then I add just enough fruit to sweeten.

Juiced veggies are a win win.  Your insides thrive on it and your outside shows it.

P.S.  Thanks Bev for letting me pick all that fresh kale.  Amazing how long it lasts when freshly picked.  I just ordered some organic kale seeds for late summer planting.  We’ll see if I have a green thumb.

The Power of Lemons. Squeeze one today!

Lemon squeezedNeed a few reasons to love lemons?

Here you go:

  • Lemons have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Lemons are immune boosters, high in antioxidants like vitamin C.
  • Lemons contain citric acid but when consumed they are actually very alkalizing.
  • Lemons help to stimulate and detoxify the liver.
  • Lemons contain “limonene”.  This oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, fat cleanser and bowel stimulant.

I squeeze lemon juice in my green tea every morning because it increases green tea’s anti-oxidant powers.

I also squeeze lemon juice on the kale I put in my juicer as it enhances its phytonutrient punch.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Great SHORT Video! It’s why I started juicing.

Wheat grassThis is a very short, 5 minute video about cleaning up your insides – and looking good on the outside.

And it’s pretty darn simple.

The video comes from the group Food Matters and Hungry for Change:  http://www.foodmatters.tv/superfood-greens-grasses

Caveat:  Yes, they are selling something.  But no need to buy it, you can do this on your own.

Mike and I have been juicing veggies, greens, and some fruit for a couple of months now.  Loving it!  And it’s so SIMPLE!

This morning’s juice (in my NutriBullet):

  • A few scissor snips of wheat grass (you can buy it cheap at almost any market)
  • Two kales leaves
  • Some English cucumber
  • Half a beet (the leaves are good too)
  • Stalk of celery
  • Half an apple
  • Teaspoon chia seeds
  • Squeeze of lemon

Then fill with cran-water (or water), blend and drink.  And clean up is a breeze.  Just rinse the blender cup and blade – done!

PS  Don’t be afraid of wheat grass:)  Read what the video/article above says about it.  Pretty cool stuff.

EGGS – Read all about it

eggMy local farmer’s market starts up in 2 weeks. I’ll be selling Face Food!

But this post is about EGGS.  Which I will be buying each time I’m at my farmer’s market because they sell farm fresh, pastured eggs.

Some of the benefits of buying eggs from chickens that get to roam the pasture vs caged chickens:

  • higher omega 3’s
  • higher vitamin E
  • higher beta carotene
  • And LESS cholesterol *

And what’s really cool – pastured eggs have higher vitamin D.  Why?  Because the chickens are outside – gettting sunshine!

* Here is a link to a short article on the benefits of pastured eggs and more about cholesterol:  http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/nutrition/ask/pastured_eggs.html

If you do not have a local farmer’s market, then most quality health food stores sell pastured eggs.

But beware, cage free eggs are not the same as pastured eggs.  While a chicken may be allowed outside it’s cage,  it is still usually confined to an indoor facility.

And eat the WHOLE egg.  It’s the golden yolk that contains all the nutrients.

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