Archive | April, 2013

Fresh start

29 Apr

I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.” Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes you need to star your day with some fresh energy and delicious food… I’ll suggest you to try this very simple breakfast:
IMGP5386rice and cereal (Eating cereal at breakfast time can help people manage their weight and eat more healthily throughout the rest of the day. Wholegrain cereals may assist in maintaining weight or can be part of a weight-loss program. The fiber in wholegrain cereals assists in increasing the feelings of fullness, thus maintaining steady blood sugar levels, which aid in decreasing hunger cravings. This assists in decreasing the amount of fat consumed in a diet. Many cereals are low in fat, in particular saturated fats, or the unhealthy fats. More information here.IMGP5385with no dairy yogurt  (I like soy or rice yogurt). Simple, easy to digest and complete for your morning… !Soy yogurt may have a slight beany soy taste when made directly from freshly prepared soy milk, but this is less pronounced in shop-bought soy yogurt and in soy yogurt made from commercial soy milk.

Soy yogurt contains less fat than yogurt made with whole milk. This amounts to about 2.7% (the same percentage as soy milk), versus 3.5% in dairy yogurt. However, dairy yogurt can be made with 2%, 1%, or fat-free milk, and soy yogurt can also be made from reduced-fat soy milk. I’ll suggest to read this article about benefits of soy yogurt.

If you need some fresh energy also in to the afternoon I’ll suggest you a light lunch with this simple recipe (vegan, raw, gluten free):
IMGP5373zucchini spaghetti with fresh organic tomato, sesame seeds and fresh basil, sesame oil and Hymalaia salt. Zucchini is one of the very low calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
IMGP5371Or if you prefer some dish very crunchy and sweet try carrot’s spaghetti with fresh parsley, sun flower seeds, oil and sea salt: organic, raw, vegan, gluten free! Naturally sweet, delicious and crunchy, carrots are healthy additions you can make to the vegetable list in your diet. Indeed, these root vegetables come with wholesome health benefiting compounds such as beta-carotenes, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants in ample amounts.

Let me know!

Unexpected birthday

28 Apr

Few weeks ago was my birthday. Usually I don’t like to celebrate that day, I prefer celebrate everyday, every morning that I open my eyes and breathe, ready to live another day… but this year my birthday was very special…a lot…!
I receive a lot of special gift from my friend:
IMGP5379Book about Game of Throne my favorite HBO serie’sIMGP5380Organic, vegan soap from my best friend ManuelaIMGP5378tea infuser very funny 🙂
I celebrate with my family on Saturday at lunch in a vegan restaurant in my city and my father come! My father isn’t oriented to vegan lifestyle but he really understand my choice and support me in every step! I love him… also my mother!!!

My family gifted my a bag for office very special ad useful and a garbage disposal (I ask for that month ago!). I was very happy but the best part of the day was the evening and the night…A vegan cake
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IMGP5384and a organic orange jam! Thank you for all gave me yours love, affection and respect!

xxx

An orange gift!

16 Apr

IMGP5361Look at it…Isn’t fabulous?!Fresh fruit for my Sunday breakfast…

Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness. Orange vibration foods are: oranges, tangerines, apricots, mangoes, peaches and carrots.” ― Tae Yun Kim, The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy

I was so excited to taste it and I wake up early and made a very special and fresh breakfast on this springtime’s Sunday…

IMGP5364I peeled and chopped a big orangeIMGP5362In the same time I made a raw vegan ice cream with 1 frozen banana and 1 kiwi
IMGP5363added 15 gr of coconut water by Navitas …IMGP5366and this is the result: a  vegan fresh breakfast plenty of vitamin C, electrolyte and sweet…

Try it!

Chlorella Time

15 Apr

Recently I wrote for Promiseland an article about Chlorella.

One of the oldest forms of plant life on earth, chlorella is a unicellular, microscopic, fresh-water green algae, power-packed with nutrition. Chlorella is 68% complete protein, and contains rich stores of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).

Chlorella has been extensively researched in Japan in connection with many of today’s key health concerns. As one of the most popular nutritional supplements in Japan, chlorella has earned its reputation as the ultimate green superfood.

chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.

Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis.

Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.

Chlorella is applied to the skin for treating skin ulcers, rashes caused by radiation treatment, and a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.

How does it work? Chlorella is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. The cell wall of chlorella must be broken down before people can digest it.

On this article you’ll find some interesting information.

I received some sampler from Sun Chlorella (thank you for courtesy and for the good health guide….!!!! It’s really a surprise!!): Sun Chlorella ‘A’ granules and tablets.

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I used the first to made an interesting super green smoothie with few simple ingredients:

2 kiwi
2 tangerine (organic and local)
1 served of Sun Chlorella
1 spoon of coconut milk
1 lemon squeezed

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Blending all ingredients you’ll feel the scent of Chlorella: strong and similar to spirulina but the taste it’s very different. Soft and simple to digest…! I also added a pinch of ginger…I like it you know!

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I really suggest to buy this product: the quality of product is really good, also the price and the shipping so fast!

xxx

Plants in my home

10 Apr

Plants bring natural beauty to our living spaces. By creating texture and balance, a room or patio can be transformed into an environment that comforts and welcomes.

House Plants do more than just brighten up a room with color and living energy. Along with being pleasing to the eye, they bring real health benefits to your body. Not only do complaints about headaches, stress, heart/circulation-symptoms and colds decrease when indoor plants are present, according to Dr. Leona Rogler in “The comprehensive office series,” but also richly decorating a room with plants can help to keep the air clean.

The good news is that a classic NASA study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours.  Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethytene. See the box above for some of the best plant varieties to choose, and remember-the healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be.

Plants Make You Happy

House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic, says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall.

Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds

According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

Every plant is an individual.Wrong again. We are not individuals at all, we are all connected. We are individuals the way each blossom on an apple tree is an individual.” ― Dale Pendell, Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft

I bought new plants:

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and I received this beautiful gift: a fabulous plant exotic, and in the same time magic like a legendary plant with two colors inside: green and purple.

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True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

Wake up with coconut!

9 Apr

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply provides for all human needs and have multiple health benefits… They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency. Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live”) in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.  Yet, it has been only recently that modern researchers have begun to fully discover the massive coconut health benefits this amazing fruit seed offers.

And why you don’t star your day with a coconut’s breakfast?!

I’ll suggest this simple recipe (vegan, organic, gluten free):

1 cup of oat
1 banana
2 orange peeled
1 handful of red forest fruits
2 spoon of  toasted coconut chips (I used Dang)
1/2 cup of coconut milk or if you prefer fresh coconut water

coconut and green coconut breakfast

For more information about coconut I’ll suggest to read this article.

I’m just taking care of myself: Eating less, exercising more, drinking a lot of coconut water.(Jennie Garth)

 

 

Pistachio’s smoothie

8 Apr

Yes yes yes…You’re really read smoothie pistachio!

I tried this smoothie casually…I was preparing my usually green smoothie when I decided to change the texture..and It works!

It’s very simple recipe whit few ingredients totally organic, vegan, raw and gluten free! I use:

1 handful of spinach (organic)
1/2 banana frozen (fair trade)
1 orange peeled (organic)
1/2 cup of raw pistachios (organic)
1 spoon of homemade rice milk with agave syrup

pistachiosBlend all ingredient for two minutes until they smooth…

And voilà you have a very special and crunchy smoothie for you mouth!

The pistachio nut, a native to the Middle East, is one of the oldest flowering nut trees with archaeological evidence of the nut dating back to 7,000 BC. Wonderfully delicious pistachio nuts have been revered as the symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health.

Pistachios are rich source of energy; 100 g of nuts contain 557 calories. In addition, they are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of antioxidants. Regular intake of pistachios in the diet helps to lower total as well as bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol levels within the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet that is rich in dietary-fiber, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

They are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including carotenes, vitamin E, and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the human body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.

Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; contain about 23 g per100 g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin; offer protection from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.

These nuts are the storehouse of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. 100 g nuts provide 144% of daily-recommended levels of copper. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is required in neuro-transmission, metabolism, as well as red blood cell (RBC) synthesis.

New research published online, December 10, 2009 indicates that bioactive compounds in pistachios, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties. Click here to read the study

Just a hand full of pistachios a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.