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Spring Cleanse

Spring time is a great time to begin cleansing your body of all those winter toxins. Remember all the comfort food you ate during the cold days to stay warm? Time to cleanse your body of it and prepare it for fresh ingredients and beach time. I will be sharing some of my favorite juices that I have done and some recipes I have found along the way that can help us all reveal that beach body to the world….

Today I am loving a little something green.

A bunch of celery along with a few leaves of kale and parsley will do the tick. Now sweeten it up with some green apple. To give it that extra zinger of flavor you can use 1 lime, 1 lemon, and a little bit of ginger. If you prefer it on the less sour side, just use either lime OR lemon, not both…flavor preference is up to you. Cilantro is also a great ingredient to add to any green juice.

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(Photo & recipe courtesy of the Cultureist)

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My Restart Button

bundle_3_4 After my vacation, I gained some extra pounds thanks to all the relaxing, lounging around, eating all the delicious food that Israel has to offer, and just enjoying the environment. I have a plan for the week to get me back in shape and back to a healthier routine. This first week is critical and I wanted to share what I plan on doing and maybe get some support from everyone ūüôā

  • Tuesday: ¬†Fast
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Juice cleanse
  • Friday: Juice cleanse & Back to the gym

Fingers crossed that I last all week! I am also sharing below the juice cleanse I will be doing: http://www.jusbyjulie.com/the-jus-cleanse.html This juice cleanse is amazing for the simple reason that it is like a restart button for the body. It rids the body of toxins, which takes away bloating and discomfort. All of the juices are filled with nutrients that give the body what it needs while taking away cravings during the day and helping with weight loss. I won’t need to stop my hectic day at all while on this cleanse; which is why I love it even more ūüôā

The Perfect Kale Chip

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A recipe for kale chips has already been featured because this is probably the best little snack you can make for literally any time of day or along with any meal; but now Angela from ohsheglows.com is sharing 6 tips on how to perfect the kale chip to make it even better! If you have ever had burnt or soggy kale chips; this is the article for you to read!

 

 

 

 

http://ohsheglows.com/2014/03/12/6-tips-for-flawless-kale-chips-all-dressed-kale-chips-recipe/

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you spend a little time in the kitchen, you’re probably using all kinds of ingredients and one of them may just call for vinegar. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Maybe you don’t have the ingredient and just want a substitute or are looking for an alternative and something with a slightly better taste, apple cider vinegar is the way to go! It is produced from aged, crushed apples which definitely give a few added benefits over your ordinary vinegar. My personal favorite is Trader Joe’s organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

Check out some of the amazing benefits below and choose to switch; your body will love it!

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Wheatgrass Shots

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It’s an acquired taste but one that everyone MUST try…if simply for the amazing benefits! Wheat grass shots are recommended to take with a chaser such as a lemon wedge making it a little easier to swallow…cheers to amazing health everyone and here are some of the benefits ūüôā

 

 

 

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Roasted Pumpkin

Just because the temperat10441492_10200921402957673_5160449468765283682_nure is rising, doesn’t mean meals need to follow suit. I love pumpkin in every season, not just the fall and winter! Here is a simple side dish idea or even a snack idea that is always very, very YUM!

  • Preheat oven to 250 F.
  • Cube pumpkin
  • Coat in olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Celtic sea salt
  • Roast until slightly browned and soft
  • Enjoy with any entree or eat them alone!

 

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

Celtic Sea Salt

You guys may have noticed that when I cook, that one essential ingredient which is usually salt is ALWAYS replaced with Celtic sea salt; there’s a reason for that. Salt in general is essential to the body…really. It regulates water content, it stabilizes blood pressure, it helps with blood sugar problems, among many other functions. When talking about salt being essential, I mean Celtic sea salt…NOT your typical table salt.

Sara Ding from Juicing for Health gives a little comparison of all the salts. In simple terms table sea salt is literally only sodium and chloride. It is refined, removing 82 out of the 84 minerals found in salt. On the other hand, Celtic sea salt is harvested from the Atlantic seawater off the coast of Brittany, France. The process includes wooden rakes allowing no metal to touch the salt. It is also naturally air dried in clay ponds allowing all enzymes to be preserved and keeping all 84 minerals in tact with no chemicals or preservatives.

Celtic Sea Salt includes:

  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

Helps with:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Restful sleep
  • Water retention
  • Kidney stones
  • Controls saliva
  • Diabetes
  • Wound healing
  • Among many other

Reason enough to change your salt habits? Make the switch, and let me know how it’s effected the way you feel!

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

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Fruit & Veggie Smoothie

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Another delicious smoothie recipe to share! This one is 50% veggies and 50% fruit giving the perfect balance of everything combined!

Add these ingredients in any proportion you prefer for a delicious treat any time of day…my preferred juice time? Brunch!

  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Walnuts
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Green Apples

Mix, mix, mix and you’re done!

Banya: Weekly Ritual

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Living on the east coast, we deal with dramatic changes on a day to day basis, which puts major stress on the body and our immune system. One day we go out under dressed cause of the warmer temperatures and the next day we’re bundled up again because it’s snowing and in the negative temperatures. Because of this bipolar weather, fevers and colds happen…if you’re wondering how I avoid getting sick…I go to the Banya!

This eastern European tradition originally came from the Greeks who had a cult of bathhouses. Now banya, also known as the bathhouse are everywhere in this amazing city of ours. They include steam rooms, dry saunas, wet saunas, a cold pool plunge, a Jacuzzi, and sometimes your ordinary pool. So what are the benefits and why do I make it a ritual to go every week? Check out several reasons below:

  • Stress during the week gives our muscles some serious tension but the¬†heat and humidity of saunas relaxes muscles and promotes the release of stress-caused tension.
  • Hot temperatures exercise our hearts so when you are sitting in a sauna, your body learns to relax and actually helps you burn calories by sweating out toxins and excess water weight.
  • The steam in a banya will help your entire body go through detox; opening up pores, and helping with sinuses.
  • And if you are wondering why I hardly get sick during this brutal winter? Well banya’s the most useful for building up your immune system…here’s how:¬†The heat from the banya creates an artificial ‚Äúfever‚ÄĚ ramping up your immune system. Regular use of a sauna helps fight illness. In other words, intense heat mixed with the intense cold strengthens our immune system.

Just some more amazing things that you can do in the banya that I follow religiously is getting a Platza or the American and Russian term is called a “venik”. This is a massage that is done inside the sauna with a bunch of oak or birch tree twigs. This massage¬†provides relief from the humidity whilst releasing natural oils from the skin to improve¬†metabolism and prevent premature aging of the skin. It also increases blood circulation.¬†

Tips: wear a hat inside the sauna to prevent from overheating. Also use natural ingredients inside the wet sauna to create an exfoliating scrub with honey and sugar or coffee to wake up the skin.

Tamarind…for better skin, hair, and health

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I promote a healthy and beautiful lifestyle for my amazing clients and always want you to look your best. While I am working hard on giving you the best of the best at...By Limor, there is something I wanted to share that will boost your health and beauty rituals; it’s something you can do at home for yourself and the whole family…cooking with Tamarind!

It’s a spice used in the local cuisine of Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean that gives a tangy flavor and contains numerous amounts of Vitamin B, C, Potassium, Magnesium, along with many other benefits. It is also surprisingly amazing for your skin, eye care, metabolism, and immune system. Tamarind helps with heart health by getting rid of cholesterol, it helps with maintaining body weight, and lowers the risk of cancer because it is high in antioxidants.

During those hot summer months, Tamarind works as a cooling agent while also working as an anti-inflammatory agent when you have a sore throat. Style Craze also gives an amazing recipe on how Tamarind will do wonders for your skin.

Because of the amazing health benefits, I use Tamarind in my cooking every chance I get. One way I incorporate it is by using a tamarind sauce for my organic meat balls. I make my meatballs by flattening out ground meat onto tin foil and then adding spices into the mix before rolling them into nickel sized balls (the smaller size makes them more interesting to cook with and then eat of course! (You can make your meatballs anyway you prefer). Then,  I fry onions, grated tomatoes, salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of tamarind sauce and just add the meatballs to the sauce to cook.

It is really easy, really delicious, and on the plus side really good for your body!

Have a beautiful cooking session and enjoy!