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Kiwi & Mint Smoothie

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Smoothies
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Kiwi & Mint Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 Ripe kiwis, flesh scooped out
  2. 1 Large frozen banana
  3. 1/2 C Coconut water OR pure water
  4. Handful of fresh mint leaves
  5. Squeeze of lemon OR lime
  6. Handful of spinach
  7. Ice, if desired.
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add more coconut water/water to reach your desired consistency and ice if you like a frosty smoothie.
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Spectrum Juice

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Juicing
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This juice gets everything in: roots, fruits, greens from the earth, and greens from the water. It’s nice to take a moment to soak in the beauty of these well-balanced and slightly sweet ingredients before you juice them . . . pretty nice to see the bountiful beauty you’re giving your body, right?

Spectrum Superfood Juice Recipe by Julie Morris

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 16 OUNCES (500 MLS)

  • 5 carrots
  • 1 medium beet, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored
  • 5 large kale leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon spirulina powder
  1. Juice the carrots, beet, apple, and kale.
  2. Transfer the juice to a shaker cup or blender, and add the lime juice and spirulina
  3. Blend until ingredients are fully incorporated.

JUICE BOOST

Blend in additional spirulina, 1/4 teaspoon at a time (to taste), to increase the amount of minerals in the juice.

This violet-colored “milk” is a blissful, liquid luxury of antioxidant goodness matched with beautiful berry sweetness, and it makes a particularly special light dessert.

Berries & Cream superfood juice recipe

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 16 OUNCES (500 MLS)

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maqui berry powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  1. Fold a chessecloth to create a double layer, and lay it inside a medium-sized bowl.  Pour the frozen berries on top of the cheesecloth, and place the bowl in the refrigerator.  Allow the frozen berries to thaw completely for several hours or overnight.  Once the berries are fully thawed, collect the edges of the cheesecloth to form a bag, then use your hands to gently squeeze the “milk” out of the juice through the cloth into the bowl.
  2. Transfer the fresh blueberry juice from step #1 to a blender and add the water, hemp seeds, maqui berry powder, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  3. Blend well, and add stevia (or sweetener of choice) to taste.
  4. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain before serving.

JUICE BOOST

Use 1 tablespoon acai powder in addition to (or instead of) the maqui berry powder. You can also use ½ cup store-bought berry juice of any variety, or use 2 cups strawberries and juice them fresh, in place of the frozen blueberries.

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2. Healing is a process and a journey of self and spiritual discovery.
3. Healing my physical body of breast cancer is just one third of the healing process; my mind and spirit need healing too.
4. I have to address my fears, they can’t be ignored. When fears show up in my life, I know they have specific lessons to teach me, to show me something greater within myself or in my life than the fear.
5. I could not have healed without the people in my life, the medical teams, work teams, and my family and friends and community members. I share these thoughts with you as an invitation to explore your fears and to become empowered and strengthened as a result of working with teams of individuals that care about your well-being.
6. Laughter, proper nutrition, proper breathing, and sound sleep are vital for my body to heal.
7. Being grateful for everything and everyone in my life always moves me another step forward in my healing journey.
8. I am not complete in my healing cycles until I can give freely and compassionately to others along the way.
9. Even in the death processes, special healing can occur.
10. The first step begins with honesty and asking myself if I am willing to be part of the solution and asking for help on the days that I need an extra hand, an extra hug, or a caring voice to hear my pain, or a good cry, and when I know I need others to teach me the way forward.
11. The power of prayer and the power of my faith are my greatest resources.
12. I am enough just as I am.

The true essence of cancer spiritual healing lies in its ability to invoke mental strength and impart peace of mind. According to medical oncologists, cancer is one of the most painful medical conditions known to man. The experience of cancer as a critical medical condition is actually the beginning of a spiritual journey, which is filled with different emotions and upheavals, including ups and downs, pain and trauma, calmness and tumult, finally leading to healing and transformation.

The initial diagnosis of cancer has a severe negative impact on the mental, emotional, and spiritual self. The enormity of this medical condition is known to shake even the strongest one. A cancer patient has to undergo mental conflict and immense physical pain.

Treatment and management of cancer is usually a painful process, which includes radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy, among others. These treatments can leave a person in a state of complete mental disorder. At such times, where can you find the strength? You can find the strength to rise and heal by adopting various ways of spiritual healing.

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Dragon Fruit Health Benefits

  • Dragon fruit boosts immune system. Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C and fibers that help provide an overall healthy body.
  • Dragon fruit helps in digestion. Because of the richness in fibers, Dragon fruit aids in the digestion of food, Studies also suggest that Dragon fruit promotes the growth of probiotics.
  • Dragon fruit help to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes. Studies also suggest that the the glucose found in Dragon fruit aids in controlling the blood sugar level for diabetes patients.
  • Dragon fruit prevent formation of cancer causing free radicals. Dragon fruit is rich in minerals and fibers that aids in digestion, cleans toxic ingredients thus preventing the occurrence of colon cancer. 
  • Dragon fruit as anti-oxidant. The presence of high level of vitamin C, minerals and pytoalbumin is regarded as relevant in fighting free radicals and possess anti-oxidant properties.
  • Dragon fruit helps to control cholesterol level. Dragon fruit is also rich in flavonoids that are known to have favorable effects against cardio related disease.

Folkloric Health Benefits From Dragon Fruit.

  • Dragon fruit promotes healing of wounds and cuts.
  • Dragon fruit improves appetite.
  • Dragon fruit improves eye sight
  • Dragon fruit can aid in weight reduction
  • Dragon fruit improves memory.

Health benefits of Chayote

  • Chayote like pumpkin is one of the vegetables, which is very low calories; provide just 16 calories per 100 g and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. However, it is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Being a low-calorie and fiber-rich vegetable, it is often recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • The fruits are relatively good sources of B-complex vitamin; folates. 100 g fresh mirliton provides 93 µg or 23% of daily recommended intake. Folates are important in cell division and DNA synthesis. When taken adequately before and during early pregnancy, it can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
  • Like in other gourd family vegetables like zucchini, they too provide moderate levels of potassium. 100 g fresh fruit contains 125 mg or 2.5% of recommended daily requirements of this electrolyte.
  • Furthermore, chayotes contain small levels of aglycone flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such asapigenin and luteolin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in cancer, aging and various disease processes.
  • Fresh mirliton-pears are adequate sources of anti-oxidant vitamin-C. Provide about 7.7 mg or 13% of RDA per 100g.
  • In addition, they are also good in B-complex group of vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.