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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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the Cultureist

(Photo & recipe courtesy of the Cultureist)

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Quinoa Veggie Salad

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One of my favorite side dishes and salads to make involves good ole’ quinoa and some veggies. Super simple, really quick, and tastes like something you’ve worked on all day. I’m sharing my quinoa veggie salad recipe here:

  • Cook quinoa as per instructions. Add Celtic salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.
  • Saute onions
  • Chop up all fresh peppers except for green, red onions, green onions, and lots of dill.
  • Cube avocado
  • Mix everything into the quinoa as it is WITHOUT cooking any of the veggies (I leave the veggies raw in order to keep all the nutrients and vitamins alive)

It’s as simple as that! Enjoy your Monday night dinner ūüôā

Cold Plunge

CONEY ISLAND, NY - JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
CONEY ISLAND, NY – JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

Taking a cold plunge in the ocean is something members part of the Polar Bear Club in Coney Island, Brooklyn do all year round but especially in the winter months when the water is at freezing temperatures. I, myself try to get into the ocean as much as possible throughout the year but I prefer my plunges in the summer.

The benefits of swimming in the ocean are plenty and one of the reason why I stay so healthy throughout the year. Natural sea salt water is above all else cleansing to the body and all our organs. It is healing to the skin by keeping it hydrated, salt water contains minerals and vitamins that produce antibodies for our immune system, and it helps with blood circulation..plenty of reasons to enjoy it all summer long; but for those who enjoy the freezing cold plunges in the winter have their reasons as well. (Livestrong.com)

One reason is that the freezing cold temperatures help to activate brown fat in adult men. Brown fat is a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it, and this may have important implications when it comes to weight loss.These cold plunges have also been known to reduce muscle inflammation and pain and speed up recovery time after an injury. The exposure to the freezing temperatures can also help with stress and disease tolerance.(http://fitness.mercola.com/)

So whichever season you prefer for your plunge…there is no wrong turn when it comes to the ocean. Let me know in the comments how you take your dips!

Cayenne Pepper on that please!

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When I want to add a little heat and flare to my dishes, there is only one spice I turn to and it’s one that so many people may already have as part of their spice collection; cayenne pepper. I add it to everything and anything that calls for a little extra spice and heat and besides the amazing flavor it adds, the benefits make it all the more worth while to cook with.

Global Healing Center gives a precise breakdown of a few of the health benefits including:

  • cayenne peppers anti-irritant properties
  • anti-cold and flu remedy
  • helps and prevent fungal pathogens
  • prevention of migraine headaches
  • anti-allergen
  • digestive aid
  • anti -redness properties
  • helps in the production of saliva
  • useful for blood clots
  • helps the body with detoxing
  • joint-pain reliever
  • has many anti-bacterial properties
  • some studies even show it can be an anti-cancer agent
  • supports weight loos and heart health
  • toothache remedy
  • Also a topical remedy for the skin to treat bites, sores, and wounds

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Hearty Veggie Soup

On days like today; gloomy, foggy, chilly, and wet there are only two things that can make it better. One is to make a hearty vegetable soup for my kids and me¬†and the other is to spend the day in banya on my day off…this has become somewhat of a ritual for me.

The soup recipe is so simple is doesn’t even require a recipe and literally anyone can and should definitely do it!

I simply take all the veggies I have in my fridge; which is always a slightly different variation (carrots, potatoes, zucchini,pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, kale, onions, etc). I clean then, peel them, and chop everything up. I add everything into boiling water with Celtic salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and saute some onions in the beginning to add.

This sort of soup is a great way to utilize your ingredients and get all the doses of vitamins and nutrients you need for a little energy boost on a grey day.

Kale Quinoa Salad

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Cooking is a passion but sometimes a good hearty and sweet salad is what I crave. Packed with everything I love and everything that’s good for you; this salad features 8 very simple ingredients!

  • Bunch of Kale
  • Cooked quinoa (any type works)
  • Dried cherries
  • Almonds
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Olive oil

My Lunch today- Yucca Root

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This super food you may have all heard of made its way into my lunch today. After a grueling work out, I took my yucca root and ate it as is. It is a starchy root that is packed with rich carbs along with tons of vitamins and minerals. This food has an enormous amount of health benefits when eaten alone or even incorporated into your cooking.

One of the benefits is for diabetes symptoms. The root helps to lower blood sugar glucose and total cholesterol levels according to a research mentioned on healthyeating.sfgate.com by Don Amerman. The research also shows that yucca has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties.

The root is also great for your skin because it can prevent skin damage from ultraviolet radiation working as an SPF. This same article also show that when phytochemicals were extracted from the yucca root, it illustrated antioxidant properties that helps prevent cardiovascular disease.

So give it a try, either on its own or add it to your next meal by grating it or chopping it up.

Wrinkles & Dehydration

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Bridal season is here and one way to get gorgeous wrinkle free skin before you book your bridal appointment is to reduce wrinkles by simply preventing dehydration! When water content is reduced in the body, the skin naturally loses moisture causing it to look shriveled and dull. The more water, the better and the longer your skin stays wrinkle free!

Moroccan Soup with Couscous

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One delicious and really hearty dish I like is like a regular chicken soup but instead I add a whole lot of different and flavorful veggies to make it pop! This is perfect for family dinners where you are looking for sustenance and a quick meal in one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin
  • Cilantro
  • 1 TBS. Hawaij Spice
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Hummus from a container (or soak chickpeas over night in water and use that)
  • Couscous (prepare separately)
  • Flanken chunks prepared separately (optional)

Everything gets cooked like you would a regular chicken soup and then you serve it over couscous; it’s that simple!

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White Cabbage Salad

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Salads should never be bland! When you are packing the right ingredients and right fix-ins into your bowl, always make it fun and tasty! This particular salad I’m sharing is a little different than you may have seen…keep reading for ingredients.

 

 

 

 

Salad Ingredients:

  • Shredded white cabbage
  • Radish
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Himalayan pink salt

Dressing ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • little bit of brown sugar

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