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Candice’s Favourite Things: Maca

Maca Me Sexy!
In the constant search for a healthier body, I made a choice a few months ago to incorporate a few more super foods into my diet. We Superwomen deserve super foods do we not?
One that has stuck out more than the rest has been the increased amount of maca in my diet. Changes my…


Candice’s Favorite Things: Wheatgrass Shots

Wheatgrass, a name we all know and often fear. Just say the word to a close friend and see what happens to their facial expression. Something similar to a post-lemon-sucking pucker will overcome their usually quit lovely face. Yup it tastes like ass, even I will admit that. So why do I continue to take my 2 oz green shot morning after morning? There are many reasons, too many to share in one daily blog, so I will summarize with colourful commentary.

Wheatgrass cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris (aka poop). Anything negative, you are feeling usually stems from something off in your gut. So keep that sucker clean. Get a colonic, drink your wheatgrass and eat food that doesn’t suck.

This green shot of yuck stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. Blood is in you to live. Blood loss equals life loss, so doesn’t it make sense to keep that vampire bait flowing healthy, and flowing well?

 

This is our wheatgrass juicer… it’s fun to play with

 

We live in a world surrounded by crap. Crap in the air, crap in our food, crap on the Television. And to make matters worse we drink like fish, and get high like birds.  This magical tonic strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.

I believe in grass as food and medicine! Drink it! Life is about prevention not, patch up. You take shots of tequila when you go out don’t you? Plug your nose, and shoot it!


How to Use Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast (or nooch) is one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin B-12. It only takes 1/2-1 tbsp of nutritional yeast to get the daily requirement. Nutritional yeast is also a great source of iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium, 18 amino acids, protein and other vitamins.

Pop Corn

Sprinkle the nooch along with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt for a cheesy touch. Add other spices, such as garlic powder, thyme or paprika for an even greater party in your mouth.

Pizza

Skip cheese and sprinkle a light layer of nutritional yeast onto your pizza. If you top a pizza with diverse textures and flavors, such as roasted vegetables, fragrant herbs and nutritional yeast, the cheese component is unnecessary.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

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Kale Chips

Nutritional yeast takes kale chips to a whole new level. Do it…. DO ITTTTTTT

Pasta

You don’t miss parmesan because you’ve got nutritional yeast on top of your warm pasta!!!

Mashed Potatoes

Stir nooch into mashed potatoes, not only saving calories by nixing cheese but also cutting down on the sodium. Indeed, mashed potatoes can be healthy.

Bean Dip

Emily Malone of the blog Daily Garnish makes a fabulous bean dip using nutritional yeast. If serving this at a party, no one would even be able to tell its vegan.

Onion Rings

Nutritional yeast has been showing up in onion ring recipes, and for good reason. It helps to increase the nutritional benefit of onion ring batter and adds an edge to each bite. Make the baked fat-free onion rings featured on vegan blog My Whole Deal.

French Fries

Want some added nutrition, crisp, and kick to a homemade version of baked French fries? Drizzle olive oil over cut root vegetables and then toss them in a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast.

Creamy Cooked Greens

Replace cream and cheese with a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast and then watch as the bare spinach suddenly becomes decadently creamy and bold in flavor.

 


Is coconut water really that good for you?

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So, what’s the deal with coconut water? Coconut water become popular almost overnight. A year ago when I brought my bottle of self extracted Young Thai Coconut water into a social gathering people would call me a hippie and make fun of my choice in beverage. But now everyone’s drinking it… so what is the hype? Is it really THAT good for you? Well this question has a two part answer. Yes it  CAN be good for you and yes it CAN be just another sugary drink. But let’s start with the benefits…

  • Coconut water is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals that rehydrate levels in the body. MUCH better than ANY sports drink available. However you still need to be consuming water on a regular basis, as water is the building block of life.
  • It has a higher level of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than many fruits– like oranges.
  • It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins.
  • Coconut water contains more potassium than a banana.
  • It helps to break down and eliminate all forms of kidney and bladder stones.
  • Coconut water benefits if taken during feverish conditions reduces fever, it is also known to calm nervous and emotional imbalances.
  • Because of its anti-microbial properties it helps with flushing the liver.
  • It happens to be one of the purest liquids known to man, and can be used during blood transfusions.
  • Coconut water is naturally fat-free and low in calories.
  • Coconut water calms upset stomachs and reduces vomiting.

So if it has all of these wonderful qualities and benefits, than how man coconut water NOT be good for you? Well, when any product begins to become mainstream or popular many other “not so great” brands tend to hop on board with a product that is of lower quality but claims the same things.  So be sure to READ YOUR LABELS and know what you are buying! There are many brands that offer coconut water, but unless we read the label we would never know that it was filled with excess sugars and preservatives, or that the packaging is leeching toxins into the water…

Ideally you want to harvest your own coconut water, by purchasing a coconut from your grocery store, opening it yourself and drinking the water than using the meat. That being said, most people do not know how to open a coconut, and /or do not have a cleaver or machete or the patience to do so. So here are some guidelines to follow.

Packaging:

Always, always ALWAYS purchase juice, waters and sauces in glass bottles. Glass is the safest form of packaging and is also environmentally friendly. If glass is not available to you than choose a TetraPak, then canned, than plastic. Actually, just stay away from plastic all together… and READ YOUR LABEL. Just because it says 100% coconut water does not mean that it doesn’t have additives… be sure to select one that does not come from concentrate.

Preservatives:

Keep in mind that all pre packaged coconut water has been pasteurized unless stated otherwise. This helps the water to remain fresher for longer. If your health food store or grocery store do offer frozen coconut water choose this over any other packaged water. Frozen coconut water is unpasteurized and will go bad quicker, but is also more expensive than those found in your grocery store beverage cooler. Many local Juice bars and Raw Food establishments tend to harvest their own water by opening fresh young thai coconuts and bottling the water. If you have access to this DRINK THAT. It will be unpasteurized and raw.

Brands:

  1. I love the Young Thai Coconut water from my local juice bar Belmonte Raw. They open up the coconuts then bottle its water in glass.
  2. I also LOVE the taste of Nirvana Coconut water bottled in glass with small chunks of coco nut meat floating in it.
  3. When it comes to tetrapaks I like the taste of VitaCoco i find many Tetrapak’s leave a cardboard type taste and this one doesn’t at all.
  4. Blue Monkey is my favorite canned coconut water. It does not leave a tinny can aftertaste that many others do.

I hope this helped your quest for the perfect coconut water!


Ch- ch- ch-chia!

With the abundance of over-processed foods and white flour on the market today, rich sources of fiber are harder to come by. To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. Each seed is coated with soluble fibers which aid its gelling action. The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber is unable to be digested so instead, it helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process. Soluble fiber, and the gel coating of the seed keeps the colon hydrated and ensures the easy movement of food.

Omega-3 oil is usually thought of as “that healthy stuff in fish”. But These magical seeds have the richest plant-source of this healthy oil. In fact, by weight, chia contains more omega 3 than even salmon! Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health, and we all need our tickers.

The dreaded 3pm feeling, the afternoon lull. Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein that will raise your energy levels. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.

You know that blueberries and several exotic fruits are filled with anti-oxidants, but did you know that chia is extremely high in anti-oxidants too? These helpful substances are what keeps the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long without a single chemical or preservative. Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.

You can always add calcium to your food by sprinkling chia on your salads, putting it in your smoothies, and even baking with it. By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. By balancing your vitamins and minerals with chia, you can curb cravings that might tempt you.


Superfood : Mesquite


Mesquite hardwood is often used to add a smoky sweetness to grilled food. Mesquite powder, on the other hand, is ground from the pods of the mesquite plant, and has a sweet, nutty, caramel-like flavor, making it ideal for desserts and for use as a natural sweetener.

Mesquite plant found in parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite pods have long been used by Native Americans, who ground them into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener.  Mesquite is high in protein and  low on the glycemic index. This gluten-free powder is also a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, and potassium.

Mesquite Powder in Your Diet

Mesquite powder is a great addition to a smoothie,  just a spoonful of this superfood powder adds a sweet, rich flavor to smoothies and shakes. You can substitute up to half the flour in a recipe with mesquite powder for added flavor and nutrition. Given mesquite’s naturally sweet flavor, you may also be able to reduce the amount of sugar or other sweetener used in baking. Mesquite is also delicious used alongside raw cacao/cocoa powder. And of course it is also great in raw desserts. Although it can be used as a flour in baking, unlike most flours, it does not require cooking to taste fantastic! Mesquite powder once again adds flavor, but also helps raw cookies, balls, and crusts bind together, as in the recipe below.

Mesquite powder can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of many natural or health food stores. It is also widely available from online retailers.


Super Food: Hemp, Not Just for Hippies

Hemp is one food you should not live without. Come back… I didn’t say it was time for your joint… It contains only trace elements of THC, but is packed with an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals and protein. Hemp has the ideal ratio of omega 3 and 6. A U.S. study found a balanced omega ratio reduces the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), sudden cardiac death, and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can decrease symptoms arthritis. Hemp has a full amino acid spectrum—meaning it provides a well-balanced, complete protein source, and amino acids are important for growth and maintenance of body tissue. In fact, in times of famine, some civilizations have survived solely on hemp and water. Hemp is also an easily digested protein. Seeeee it’s not just for hippies.

Use these magical seeds the same way you would any other. Blend with fruit and juices in smoothies; or use them as salad toppers. Hemp seeds can also be found in oil form. You can mix it into a salad dressing, but don’t try cooking with it; Hemp oil isn’t heat stable. OR try Chocolate Hemp Milk, on it’s own or in your granola for a well deserved treat.

Try this yummy dip with your favorite crackers or fresh veggies! I love it on roasted portobello mushrooms.

Cauliflower Hemp Dip

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 of a zucchini

2 cups of raw cauliflower

handful of fresh basil

1 tsp Himalayan rock salt

1/2 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup water

1-2 tsp miso

1/8 tsp cayenne

Blend or process  all ingredients until smooth.