Young coconut meat with chili and lime

Young Coconut with Lime and Chili

This simple, nutritious dish is commonly found in markets and roadside stands in Mexico and is often called Cocos Preparados. It would be easy to make at home as well, as long as you have access to young coconuts and a way to cut them open. It's filling and tasty, combining the four flavors, sweet (coconut), sour, piquant and salty. Young coconut meat is low in calories, an 11-ounce serving contains only 65 calories. That same serving size contains 50% of the daily recommended dose of manganese, which assists in blood clotting and connective tissues. One serving also contains 15% of the daily recommended allowance of potassium, which helps to keep your muscles and digestive system healthy. A serving will also supply you with 6% of your daily recommended dose of magnesium, which is vital to healthy functioning of kidneys, muscles and energy production. It's also important in maintaining mineral and vitamin levels. Be sure to drink the coconut water […] Read more »

Carrot, celery, cucumber, spinach, beet juice

You may have noticed I'm on a bit of a juicing kick lately. After living so long without a juicer I'm remembering all over again just how powerful fresh vegetable juices are. Fresh vegetable juices are the quickest way I know of getting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into my body. Because the juice doesn't need to go through the normal digestive process, you get all these nutrients while expending very little energy, unlike eating solid food. Since I've started juicing I've cut way back on the amount of coffee I consume, because I'm getting that uplifting and energizing buzz from the juice instead. And fresh vegetable juice has an alkaline effect on the body, unlike coffee which is turns the body more acidic. Read more »

Green Juice-Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Lime, Ginger

Green juices help to alkalinize the blood, which is essential to good health, especially if your diet otherwise tends to be acidic. Add to that the enzymes and nutrients that are packed into a glass of fresh raw juice and there's no good reason not to incorporate juicing as part of your daily routine, especially when they taste as good as this. I love most vegetables, I can eat salad bowl-sized salads in one sitting, but there is still no way I can eat as many vegetables in a day as I can consume when I juice them. And even though I know the importance of chewing food thoroughly, until it's liquified, I can't do as good a job as my juicer does. So now that I have a juicer in my life again, I'm falling in love with juicing like never before. And it's energizing me. There is an abundance of fennel growing wild where I live. There are some […] Read more »

Apple, Lemon, Ginger Juice

I'm really enjoying fresh juices at the moment, and this has to be one of the most refreshing and delicious that I've made so far. Green juices, made from green vegetables, are the most alkalizing and nutritious and that's ideally what you want to drink the most of on a daily basis. But this apple, lemon and ginger juice is a great cleansing juice and good in smaller quantities. It's high in Vitamins A, B and C, cleanses the liver and will help remove mucus from the body. Apples and lemons have anti-cancer properties and are high in antioxidants and flavonoids. In lemons these anti-cancer compounds are found in the fruit, pith, peel, seeds and juice, with the highest concentration in the pith and lemon rind, so this juice is a great way to take them in. Lemons also help lower cholesterol and are a great source of vitamin C. They have a beneficial effect on the liver, bile and […] Read more »

Papaya Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

This fruity and filling smoothie also contains all the micro-organisms and beneficial properties of kombucha, plus the digestive enzymes of papaya. Papaya is high in vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It also contains the digestive enzyme papain which helps to digest protein and is an anti-cancer agent, as well as an anti-tumor compound called carpaine. Eating papaya regularly will improve your skin, hair, nails and eyes. Strawberries are high in vitamins B, C, and E, flavonoids, and iron and contain a powerful anti-cancer agent called ellagic acid. It's worth seeking out organic strawberries because commercially grown, non-organic strawberries are dowsed with pesticides and herbicides. Strawberries have blood-purifying, and wound-healing properties and are a liver tonic. Kombucha is a fermented drink, a living food, that's made from tea and aids and improves digestion. Since it's a fermented food it contains beneficial bacteria (probiotics). It helps alkalize the body, detoxify the liver, relieves constipation, improves eyesight and memory, […] Read more »

Raw Sesame Tahini

I think this is a better way to make raw sesame tahini than my previous raw tahini recipe. It is very close, in both taste, texture and consistency, to ‘normal' tahini, and it will keep for much longer too. It takes a longer to make, but only requires a bit more effort since most of that extra time is dehydrating the sesame seeds. Considering you can make a larger batch at a time, because it will keep for longer, I think it's well worth the extra effort. Sesame seeds are very high in calcium, but the problem with eating them whole is they often pass right through your digestive tract without being assimilated at all. Tahini (ground sesame paste) is a great way to consume sesame seeds because it's so much easier to digest and assimilate. Normally the sesame tahini you find in stores is not raw. The sesame seeds have been toasted prior to making the tahini. I've found […] Read more »

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple Juice Tonic

Apple cider vinegar is so good for you, and has so many health benefits (read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar)  that I recommend everyone incorporate it into their daily routine. It's one of the quickest, simplest things you can do, but the results can be tremendous. There are entire books written on the benefits of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), it seems to help with nearly everything that ails us human beings. But if, like me, you don't particularly like the smell and/or taste of vinegar, or you want something that even kids will like, try this ACV tonic. The cider vinegar makes the apple juice just slightly more tart, it's barely noticeable. I've got a very acute sense of smell, I hate the smell of vinegar and I didn't even detect it. Freshly squeezed organic apple juice is the best, of course. But if you don't have access to a juicer, or fresh juice, be sure to […] Read more »