It’s going to be a hot one this weekend and what better way than to cool
off with a nutritious, guilt-free, dairy-free “ice-cream”.
It’s super easy to make. It’s delicious and creamy and you can adjust for sweetness. Enjoy and feel free to share pics!
1 can of coconut milk
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup or 4 tbsp of monk fruit
Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, for 30 seconds, add mixture in a square dish and freeze.
Serves 4 small portions.
Take out of freezer and let sit for 10 minutes cut into squares.
What are cruciferous vegetables and why are they critical to good health?
Cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, and mustard greens are cruciferous vegetables. They are high in nutrients and low in calories.
They are well known for their cancer fighting properties and their ability to reduce inflammation. They are rich in vitamins C, E, and K. They are high in fibre and folate and the fact that they are rich in sulfur helps support the lungs by stimulating and restoring the growth of lung tissue.
In addition, the following cruciferous vegetables have other great benefits.
Kale - Helps destroy viruses and stimulates cell growth
Broccoli - High in trace minerals and support the entire body system
Brussel sprouts - Helps increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Support the joints, purify the blood, spleen, and liver
Collard greens - stems have anti-bacterial properties
Red cabbage - Great for rejuvenating the liver
With so much information online, we have access to so many creative recipes to spice up our veggies. There are so many ways to include these nutritious foods in daily meals. Use fresh when in season or frozen. Pick a cruciferous vegetable (or two) a day and google a recipe.
Enjoy and keep healthy!
Are you consistently getting 7-10 servings of fruits a vegetables a day? Be honest now. 😊Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults get 7-10 servings of veggies and fruit a day and children aged 4-8 get 5 servings. It’s proven that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and some cancers. Diets insufficient in fruit and vegetable consumption increase the risks of diabetes, cancers, and obesity.
I get it. It’s not easy. It’s time consuming and costly and let’s face it sometimes we don’t feel like eating heaps of fruits or veggies. It can be quite tough to get our children to eat period, let alone eat nutritious foods. I used to spend a lot more time in the kitchen and a lot more money in the supermarket in order to juice and make sure I was consuming enough fruits and veggies each day. Then I found out about Juice Plus+. Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains, enhancing a healthy diet. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the nutrient gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.
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It’s never too late to start eating well and improving your health and lifestyle.
Growing up, one of my closest friends was Greek. We were neighbours and I spent a lot of time with her and her big fat Greek family. Every spring around this time, her mother and aunt would pile us into the car armed with large black garbage bags and kitchen knives. We would drive out to fields, park on the side of the road and they would spend hours filling up the bags with dandelion greens (Something I wouldn’t advise doing these days due to environmental circumstances). The Greeks love their boiled greens. They clean the leaves and stems of these nutrient-filled weeds, boil them and eat them with olive oil and lemon as a side dish to grilled meat or fish.
Although my friend’s aunt and mother were not herbalists, they knew something that was contrary to popular belief; that dandelions are not a nuisance! Dandelions are a nutrient-rich source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as some vitamin E, folate and small amounts of vitamins B
Fast forward many years and I harvest this wonderful mild and gentle herb, both the flower and leaf, every spring. I include it in herbal remedies because aside from its richness in nutrients, there are many benefits. I add this in medicinal remedies when there is a need to lessen inflammation in the liver, gallbladder, or digestive tract. It is also great for urinary tract infections and cystitis. It is an excellent diuretic herb; helpful for water retention due to heart problems.
This herb must be used with caution during pregnancy, lactation, and with sedative and mood altering medications. Always consult a herbalist before taking any herbal medications.