Used for centuries in Southeast Asia as a caffeine-free herbal
beverage (as well as a plant-based food and clothing dye), Butterly Pea
Flower tea (made from the Clitoria ternatea plant) is starting to hit American shelves — and people just can’t get enough!
Made from a combination of dried blue pea flowers and lemongrass, the
reason Butterfly Pea Flower tea is making such a splash is because it
has some pretty mesmerizing qualities.
Once water is added to the tea, the deep blue liquid changes color based on the pH level of
whatever is added next. Squeeze in some lemon or add in a bit of citrus
juice, and the blue changes to purple. Its mood ring-like qualities
have made Butterfly Pea Flower tea a hit with anyone who enjoys a little
whimsy in their life.
History of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Native to Southeast Asia, this dried tea is as common there as
chamomile tea is here in America, and is often used in the same way; as
an after-dinner drink. It’s served hot or cold, and is usually mixed
with honey, ginger, mint or passion fruit.
Dried Butterfly Pea Flower tea, as well as the petals of the
Butterfly Pea plant, have been used for centuries in countries like
Thailand and Vietnam, but thanks to travel shows and food blogs, have
started to gain popularity in the states. In addition to plain tea
drinks, the dried leaves are often used in cocktails to create an
Heath Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Like green tea, Butterfly Pea Flower tea is full of potent antioxidants, and has even been studied
for its ability to help protect the skin against premature aging (it
fights against glycation, which is protein damage caused by an influx of
There have been additional studies showing the tea’s ability to help fight against internal inflammation. Traditionally, the Butterfly Pea plant and tea made from it have been used to treat general pain, reduce inflammation, help
with common eye issues like conjunctivitis, fight against certain types
of cancers, induce brain health, and “increase vitality.”
The Taste Of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
When consumed with hot or cold water, the taste is usually described
as “earthy,” and similar to the flavor of unsweetened green tea.
Where To Buy Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
As with all dried herbs and teas, it’s best to buy organic and non-GMO.
By becoming a member of the GreenBlender smoothie club,
you’ll receive superfoods like Butterfly Pea Flower Tea every week.
Give us a try — you never know what you’ll find in our next box!
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) ranks up there as one of the best household remedies. Hydrogen peroxide is one of the few “miracle substances” still available to the general public; it is safe, readily available and best of all, it works!
Did you know that you probably had your first sip of hydrogen peroxide shortly after you took your first breath? That’s right… mother’s milk (especially colostrum) contains extremely high concentrations of H2O2. In light of the fact that we know that one of the main functions of mother’s milk is to activate and stimulate the immune system in the infant, the fact that it contains abnormally large amounts of H2O2 makes sense.
As far back as the early nineteenth century, hydrogen
peroxide was widely used in medicine. Many bacterial diseases (including
syphilis) responded to H2O2 when no other treatment was effective. In
the early twentieth century, H2O2 was used to treat several common
diseases, such as whooping cough, cholera, typhoid fever, ulcers,
tuberculosis, and asthma. However, as the pharmaceutical industry began
to develop expensive new chemical drugs, hydrogen peroxide was
increasingly ignored and finally discarded as a treatment.
stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, which attack cancer cells as they
attempt to spread throughout the body. In the body’s immune response,
hydrogen peroxide is released by T-cells to destroy invading bacteria,
viruses and fungi. Blood platelets release hydrogen peroxide on
encountering particulates in blood. In the large intestine, acidophilus
lactobacillus produces H2O2 which keeps the ubiquitous candida yeast
from multiplying out of control. When candida spreads out of the
intestine, it escapes the natural control system and can gain a foothold
in the organs of the body, causing what is called chronic fatigue
During flu season, if the kiddos feel like they’re
getting sick, we lay them down on their side and put a few drops of
hydrogen peroxide into their ear. After a few seconds, the liquid will
bubble, indicating that it is killing the infection. After 5 or 10
minutes, we turn them over and repeat on the other ear. No one yet fully
understands the complete workings of hydrogen peroxide, but we do know
that it is loaded with oxygen.
We know that when H2O2 is taken
into the body (orally or intravenously) the oxygen content of the blood
and body tissues increases dramatically. Please remember that the
hydrogen peroxide that is available at your local pharmacy (3% hydrogen
peroxide) should NEVER be ingested orally, since it contains many
stabilizers. The only grade recommended for internal use is 35% Food
Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, which must be properly diluted down to 3% with
water. Even then, only a drop or two per 8oz+ beverage you are drinking
is recommended. Topical use is of course most highly recommended and
using the diluted 3% H2O2 is excellent for cleaning the body, wound
care, etc. I use hydrogen peroxide each night before bed as a rinse and
also a natural teeth whitener.
You can find an excellent food
grade hydrogen peroxide here: (Please note that you must dilute with
water in order to lower to the proper 3% solution for use)
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Kefirs are cultured drinks produced by lacto-fermenting certain liquids for a short 1-4 day period of time.
it comes to water kefir vs milk kefir, both can be health-enhancing
drinks to consume for most people. However, each variety of kefir is
made somewhat differently, utilizing unique cultures that provide
slightly different end results.
If you’re someone looking to
add kefir into your daily regimen, you may want to learn more about
these cultured drinks to see which one might be best for your current
The term “kefir” has several pronunciations depending on your country
of origin. Most people in the Western U.S. call it KEE-fir or sometimes
KEFF-er. The original Russian pronunciation however is KUH-fear.
this page, we are primarily discussing the difference between
traditional-style water kefir vs milk kefir when making homemade
artisanal varieties of this beverage. Both are made from SCOBY grains,
similar to how kombucha is fermented. The term SCOBY is short for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast, not to identify one particular ferment.
before we discuss the top differences between water kefir vs milk
kefir, we’d first like to clarify the distinction between powdered kefir
starter cultures and commercial based kefir products.
Powdered Kefir Starter Cultures Vs Kefir Grains
The use of kefir grains, in both water and milk variations, is the
traditional way to make milk kefir or types of water kefir, also
commonly called “tibicos.”
In recent times, especially is the last decade, kefir powdered
starter cultures have become a popular way to make homemade kefir
without having to use
heirloom SCOBY grains. Although these types can be more convenient and
interchangeably between water kefir and milk kefir, they only contain
SOME of the beneficial strains, not the diverse amount found in “true”
grain-made kefir ferments.
While the kefir created from quality
powdered starter cultures, like the one from Body Ecology, can be reused
for a number of batches, eventually it will lose its ability to culture
the liquid substrate.
By comparison, the grain cultures used to
make traditional-style kefir are actually referred to as a type of
“evolved life form” and a living matrix of microbes that, when properly
cared for, will proliferate and in-effect live indefinitely. So yeah,
they are a bit different!
Though powder-made varieties have
their place, for the serious kefir consumer, traditional-grain based
kefir can be a better, more cost-effective probiotic-diverse option to
What are Commercial Kefir Products Made From?
Kefir grains are considered “heirloom” forms and are more of an
artisan variety not used on a commercial scale as they are harder to
maintain and regulate for production purposes. Commercial kefir
products, both milk and water, are therefore most always made using
dried probiotic powder starters.
Top Differences Between Water Kefir Vs Milk Kefir
1) Water Kefir and Milk Kefir are Not Related Cultures
While both go by the name “kefir” and are cultured from SCOBY grains, the two are not actually directly related.
kefir is believed to have its origins from the Caucasus mountain
regions and has a long history of use in Russia, the countries Georgia
and Turkey as well as other regions of Eurasia and Central Asia. Milk
kefir grains themselves look a bit like small off-white cauliflower
florets and have a dense rubbery texture. They vary in size but are
generally larger than water kefir grains.
Water kefir or tibicos
grains also vary in size but are nearly translucent, like tiny crystals,
and tend to be smaller than milk grains. They also have an irregular
less rounded shape in addition to a softer gummy texture.
2) They are Used to Culture Different Substrates
The obvious difference between water kefir vs milk kefir is that they
are used to culture different liquids. If you’ve ever tried to use
water kefir grains to ferment milk, you may have come to this
Milk kefir grains are used specifically to
culture milk. Traditionally, dairy milk is used but vegan milks can also
be substituted. A popular one we enjoy is coconut milk, made with the
flesh and water. To keep most milk kefir grains alive and thriving,
however, it is necessary to periodically use a dairy milk source. We
personally prefer using raw organic grass-fed cows milk over
Water kefir is strictly used to ferment
carbohydrate-rich sugary liquids, such as coconut water, fruit juice or
water that has been mixed with a sugar source. The water used when
making kefir works best in spring water or water that has minerals
Typically, 2 Tablespoons of water grains and 1 Tablespoon of milk kefir grains are used for about one quart of liquid.
3) Contain Different Strains of Lactic Acid Bacteria and Yeast
The visual distinctions between the two grains are of course
associated with the different blend of yeast and bacterial microbes they
are made of, probiotics that will further inoculate into the fermented
Both milk and water varieties are considered “wild”
cultures, in that they can take on other species over time. Grains may
therefore vary from one to the next in overall composition. To keep your
homemade ferment free of other species, you can use an air-lock cap as
kefir’s don’t require oxygen to ferment.
Milk Kefir Bacteria and Yeast Strains
Generally speaking, milk kefir grains are known to contain larger ratios
of the Lactobacillus species than water grains. Here are some species found in milk kefir
4) Health Benefits of Water Kefir Vs Milk Kefi
Both water-based and milk-based kefir varieties are probiotic-rich
drinks that help to colonize the intestinal tract and have a
health-enhancing impact on maintaining balanced gut flora. (*)
is a topic which is receiving a lot of attention these days and with
good reason. Gastrointestinal microbiota that live in the human
digestive tract are a “complex community of microorganisms” that when in
proper ratio are known to have a huge influence on our human physiology
and overall long-term well-being.
The good news is that these
“pro-life” gut flora can be nourished through dietary sources. It is
often recommended to include a diverse variety of fermented foods in the
diet to get a good cross section of different mircroflora, especially
after a period of antibiotic use.
This may include periodic
probiotic supplementation, however cultured food and drinks tend to be
better overall sources. This is because they are “enzymatically” active
and are also, according to a Body Ecology article, resistant to harsh
stomach acid. (*)
health experts also believe that consuming ferments like water and milk
kefir, with probiotic supplements helps to aid in their assimilation.
We use the powder from probiotic capsules when making cultured
vegetables, like kimchi, as well as cultured seed cheeses.
comparing the beneficial properties of water kefir vs milk kefir, milk
kefir can offer a significantly higher number of probiotic strains than
water-based kefirs. The average amount for milk kefir is between 30-50
as opposed to about 10-15 from the tibicos varieties. Water kefir
however is identified to contain more strains than that of cultured
yogurt and kefir made from powder starters.
Both types of cultured
kefir are known to be well tolerated in contrast to other ferments.
They can be a more suitable option for those with digestive
sensitivities who might not be able to handle other cultured foods
like sauerkraut, rejuvelac or kombucha.
Generally, milk kefir is better for those recovering from a candida infection, whereas water kefir may potentially contain sugar content if not completely fermented.
5) Quality of Taste and Texture
The taste and textural qualities of water kefir vs milk kefir are quite different in our opinion.
kefir has a very thick creamy consistency and with a tart sour taste
similar to yogurt. It is not sweet but can have a mild effervescence.
kefirs get there notably thick characteristic from a substance known as
kefiran, a water-soluble polysaccharide that congeals with other
species during fermentation, gelatinizing the liquid and creating a
Water kefir is usually sweet with a slight
tang and fizziness. Taste can vary however depending on fermentation
time and ingredients used. Sometimes different combinations of sugars
and fruits are also incorporated. Final ferments can have a slightly
thicker quality with some cloudiness.
These two types of
kefirs of course can be flavored with natural sweeteners or blended with
fruits like berries or even various herbal spices if desired.
Traditional-Style Water Kefir Vs Milk Kefir List
A vegan dairy-free option
Takes about 48 hours at between 68-85°F (20-29°C)
Provides a soda-like alternative
More probiotic strains than yogurt or powdered starters
May contain sugar depending on fermentation time
No fat content, lower in calories
Contains bioavailable vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Takes about 24 hours 72-75°F (22-24°C)
Provides a thick creamy probiotic-rich drink
Does not contain sugar, but is higher in calories
Culturing process can potentially reduce lactose in dairy milk
Easier to ferment, less finicky
6) Other Misc Differences Between Water Kefir Vs Milk Kefir
Water Kefir Makes a Great Low Calorie Soda Alternative
Water kefir is a
probiotic-rich beverage that also makes a great alternative to sodas. It
can be fermented to produce different levels of fizziness similar to
For those looking for a dairy-free replacement to cow or
kefirs, water kefir can be an excellent choice. Water kefirs are
additionally lower in calories in contrast to kefir made from dairy
milk, nut milks and soy milk. They can be a better choice for those
looking to reduce body weight and daily caloric intake.
Milk Kefir Contains More Nutrients
Both dairy milk and vegan milk sources also come with their list of
vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The process of lacto-fermenting them
with kefir grains, additionally makes these nutrients more bioavailable
as they are in essence “pre-digested.”
Dairy milk, from cows,
goat or other animals, is identified to be a good
dietary source of certain bone building minerals like calcium. Cultured
milk kefir is therefore known to enhance calcium absorption, and in some
research short-term use was associated with an increase in hip bone mineral density in patients with osteoporosis.
fermentation is also known to reduce the lactose content in milk, since
that’s what the grains feed off of. It has thus been purposed to be
more suitable for those with lactose intolerance. (*)
Milk Kefir Tends to Be Easier to Ferment
When making both types of homemade kefir from SCOBY grains, we have
personally experienced that milk-based kefir tends to be less finicky
about maintaining a consistent temperature and is relatively easier to
culture than kefir made from sugar water.
How to Use
Milk or water-based kefir, in our opinion, works best as a “probiotic
supplement” when consumed first thing in the morning or 2-3 hours
before or after meals. We recommend consuming it in small shot glass
size amounts if you’re new to drinking it, then eventually increase
Both varieties, however, can also be added to blended drinks and protein shakes mixed with other superfoods or ingredients.
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In fact, fossil records demonstrate that prehistoric people domesticated and cultivated legumes for food. Today, this extremely large category of vegetables contains over 13,000 species and is second only to grains in supplying calories and protein to the world’s population. Compared to grains, legumes supply about the same number of total calories but usually provide 2-to-4 times as much protein.
Legumes are often called “the poor
people’s meat,” however, they might be better known as the “healthy
people’s meat.” Many legumes, especially adzuki, mung, and garbanzo, are
demonstrating impressive health benefits. Diets rich in legumes are
being used to lower cholesterol levels, improve blood glucose control in
diabetics, and reduce the risk of many cancers. Legumes contain many
important nutrients and phytochemicals, and when combined with grains,
they form a complete protein. According to studies conducted by the
United States Department of Agriculture, richly colored dried beans
offer a high degree of antioxidant protection. In fact, small red adzuki
and mung beans rated the highest just ahead of blueberries.
Beans are a very inexpensive form of good protein and the are the most popular food source among the healthiest cultures. I just bought enough beans, lentils, quinoa and buckwheat for myself, my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter for our trip to Costa Rica. I spent $60, including a bottle of Bragg Amino Acid, which will last us for the ten days. Compare that to meat at $10.00 a pound. I can’t emphasize enough how important beans and grains are together. They build your body with important nutritional value, proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and fiber that cut your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity by 70%, where meat and dairy will increase your chances of all those diseases by 70%. Don’t overlook the fact that beans and grains are a healthy way to maintain your weight.
The major health benefit of beans is their rich source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol, the high fiber content of beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia.
Beans’ contribution to heart health
lies not just in their fiber but in the significant amounts of
antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin B6, and magnesium these beans supply.
Folic acid and B6 help lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that
is an intermediate product in an important metabolic process called the
methylation cycle. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine are an
independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular
disease, and are found in between 20-to-40 percent of patients with
Intake of beans is also protective against cancer.
In one analysis of dietary data collected by validated food frequency
questionnaires in 1991 and 1995 from 90,630 women in the Nurses Health
Study II researchers found a significantly reduced frequency of breast
cancer in those women who consumed a higher intake of beans or lentils.
That was not surprising, what was surprising was that only beans and
lentils seemed to offer protection. Intake of tea, onions, apples,
string beans, broccoli, green pepper, or blueberries did not have the
same beneficial protection. Eating beans or lentils two or more times
per week was associated with a 24% reduced risk of breast cancer.
I eat beans most
Of my life. I cook them with buckwheat, quinoa, hulled barley and wheat berries. I also sprout them and mix them with my salads. There are a lot of different kinds of beans and they are all very nutritional. I just like mung, adzuki, and garbanzo so I stick with those three beans. I also eat lentils like red, green and French dark green. The lentils are easy to cook with buckwheat and quinoa. The dry beans can be cooked with hulled barley and wheat berries as they take about an hour to simmer. If you want to cut the time down and cook them with buckwheat, just soak them overnight.
To sprout the beans, soak them overnight, rinse them thoroughly and put them in a sprouting jar with a screen lid. Just rinse them really well in the jar and make sure to get all the water out. Place the beans in a darker part of your kitchen for three days, rinsing them twice a day until they sprout…..make sure to refrigerate after the sprout. I mix them with my salads….thank you veganurth for the info
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doctors don’t like turmeric cancer treatment because it’s too effective
and too cheap. But here is how to make your own supplements
is a super-spice that has a very high antioxidant value. The
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in turmeric are mainly
attributed to its most active component, Curcumin. This compound is also
what gives turmeric is yellow-orange color. Turmeric has been proven
to fight free radicals, rejuvenate the cells, cleanse the liver, protect
the heart, boosts moods and support the brain. It can fight severe
inflammation, which is at the heart of many chronic diseases, better
than most conventional drugs.
Turmeric is the Most Powerful Natural Medicine Known to Men
Turmeric is one of the most-studied spices. It is the subject of over
7000 different studies published by the National Institutes of Health.
The research conducted on this amazing spice found that it is as
effective as the following medications but with no side effects:
Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
Other health benefits of turmeric
Helps treat depression
Turmeric drastically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
Improves brain function and lowers risk of brain diseases
Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
Relive joint pain, muscle aches and discomfort
Indigestion and heartburn aid
Ease stiff joints
Turmeric can help prevent and even treat cancer
Make Your Own Turmeric Supplements with kombucha / Jamu / kefir / Raw honey But Just keep in mind that to get maximum benefits, it needs to be high quality tumeric or curcumin in a form of raw or organic that optimize absorption
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Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits of Coconut Yogurt
With a wide variety of options, yogurt lovers can get their fill even
if they are dairy-free. One of the hottest dairy-free alternatives is
of the coconut variety. In fact, since the FDA defines yogurt as a
product strictly derived from dairy, the technical term for a “yogurt”
made from coconut products should be deemed a “yogurt alternative.”
Learn more about the creamy options and healthy attributes below.
Carbs in Coconut Yogurt
yogurt may contain anywhere from 10 to 25 grams of carbohydrate. Part
of the variation occurs because of the flavoring that may or may not be
added to the product. Unsweetened coconut yogurt (shown on label) is
likely to be the lowest carb product, providing just ten grams per
While you are scanning labels to check nutrition facts, keep reading down towards the sugar totals. Most yogurts contain some added sugars,
but some are more highly sweetened than others. Natural sugars from
fruit don’t wreak the same havoc on blood sugar as more highly processed
sugars do, so pick a brand with that in mind.
Fats in Coconut Yogurt
standard 5.3 ounce container of flavored coconut milk yogurt
alternative contains 110 to 140 calories and 4 to 7 grams of total fat.
Most of the fat in coconut yogurt is usually saturated fat.
saturated fats found in coconut milk may be of concern for some.
Excessive amounts of saturated fat aka the “unhealthy” type of fat is
connected to elevated LDL cholesterol levels and an increased risk of
heart disease. While the amount of saturated fat found in a coconut
yogurt is not excessive, those with high cholesterol or suffering from
heart disease should monitor and moderate their intake of these types of
Protein in Coconut Yogurt
traditional yogurt made from cow’s milk, coconut yogurt is not a high
protein food. An unsweetened cup of coconut yogurt provides less than a
gram of protein. The same 5.3 ounce portion of traditional yogurt
contains 5 to 6 grams of protein, while Greek yogurt is even higher with
an average of 12 grams per serving, far surpassing the coconut milk
Micronutrients in Coconut Yogurt
you find with most brands of traditional yogurts, there is likely
calcium added to the mix of your favorite coconut yogurt. Check the
labels on specific brands to determine how much (if any) has been added.
But you are likely to get a healthy dose from most brands.
are also likely to get a healthy dose of vitamin D and vitamin B12 in
many brands of coconut yogurt. If fresh fruit is added, you may benefit
from other vitamins as well.
yogurt alternatives can be a healthy dairy-free yogurt option for those
who need or choose to avoid dairy products. While Greek yogurt contains
less lactose than traditional cow’s milk yogurt, many people with lactose intolerance may be more comfortable avoiding it entirely.
A coconut-based vegan style yogurt can also provide other nutritional benefits. The fermented sugars and tummy-pleasing probiotics
can help regulate digestive health by providing an ample dose of
healthy bacteria to the gut. Properly balanced gut bacteria is also
correlated with improved immune function. Bones will also benefit from
the added calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that most folks need to
get more of.
What is coconut yogurt made from?
The star ingredient in coconut yogurt alternative is, of course, coconut meat. The thick and creamy combo of blended coconut flesh and coconut water (referred to as coconut “milk”) is often combined with fruit, flavorings, sweeteners and active cultures to create the vegan yogurt alternative. Most brands also contain some form of thickener such as rice starch, pectin or guar gum to add body and prevent separating.
Why is coconut yogurt (often) more expensive than dairy yogurt?
can find an impressive amount of variations from brand to brand of
coconut yogurt, so spend a few minutes reading labels before deciding
which you want to buy. Since dairy-free yogurts are a smaller market,
the price point is higher. Some brands of coconut yogurt will exceed
$0.40 per ounce compared to $0.15 to $0.26 for brands of cow’s milk
Does coconut yogurt contain lactose?
milk doesn’t contain the same kinds of natural sugars found in cow’s
milk (also known as “lactose”), therefore coconut and some other
dairy-free versions won’t have the same ability to react with healthy
bacteria, ferment, and develop that signature tangy yogurt flavor. To
allow this reaction, a form of sugar is introduced. This may come in the
form of an added sweetener or from a natural source like fruit juice
or coconut water—the clear liquid found within a fresh coconut.
Recipes and Preparation Tips
is possible to make your own coconut milk yogurt using a combination of
canned coconut milk and powdered probiotics. Some recipes require stove
top cooking or pressure cooking while
others do not. Most recipes call for an activation period where yogurt
and bacteria are left out at room temperature (usually about 24 to 48
hours) to allow for fermentation. Preparing yogurt in this fashion
requires properly sterilized equipment to prevent the growth of yeast
and unwanted bacteria, so proceed with caution.
Whether it is
store-bought or homemade, coconut yogurt alternative can be used in any
of your favorite yogurt applications. Here are 5 ways to enjoy:
Smoothies and parfaits:
The creamy texture and subtle coconut essence makes coconut yogurt an
ideal pick for smoothies and parfaits. Blend with frozen fruit and a
splash of water (or coconut water) or layer with fresh berries and
Baked goods: From muffins to quick
breads to pancakes, yogurt helps keep all kinds of baked goods moist
with less fat and calories. You can substitute equal parts cow’s milk
yogurt for coconut milk but it is worth nothing that making this swap
will jack up the saturated fat content.
The higher fat content of coconut makes it an ideal choice for frozen
treats. Pour coconut yogurt and fresh fruit into ice pop molds or whirl
in an ice cream machine for a batch of fro yo. For a frozen finger food,
use toothpicks or skewers to dip grapes or banana slices into yogurt.
Transfer coated fruit to a parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle
with chopped nuts before placing in the freezer to harden. Enjoy right
from the freezer!
Savory dollops: Plain coconut
yogurt has a subtle sweetness and coconut flavor that is an amazing
dairy-free alternative to cream in curry, soups and stews. Plain coconut
yogurt can also be whisked with citrus juice or vinegar and spices to
make creamy vegan dips, sandwich spreads and dressings.
Have a light morning meal or snack waiting for you when the alarm goes
off! In a glass jar, combine rolled oats with yogurt, flax or chia seeds
and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup; stir well. Cover and refrigerate
overnight, serve topped with fresh fruit.
i drank out of a copper water bottle for two months – and this is what happened , Ayurveda, lifestyle this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health Y’all! Remember when I posted about wanting to start using a copper water bottle? Well I got my bottle in the mail from Copper H2O and have been using it for the last few weeks. Let me tell you guys, I’m OBSESSED with it. With everything I’ve been trying to incorporate into my Ayurvedic lifestyle – eating according to my dosha, working on my yoga flow and mindset with meditation, reading all about holistic healing – drinking out of a copper water bottle was a very welcome and easy addition into my day. Do I need to remind you of some of the benefits? In addition to helping with digestion stimulating your brain, and helping build immunity, drinking out of a copper water bottle can also help you improve your skin. That last part was the benefit I was most looking forward to seeing a difference with, as I’ve always had issues with my skin being even and clear. I’ve tried everything from homemade masks, eating super clean, and trying every wash out there – so this was me trying out another method to help me out. After getting my bottle, I started drinking out of it throughout the day. Most importantly though, each night I filled up the bottle to let it sit overnight, and then drank from that bottle first thing in the morning. My mom has always said, you should let the water rest for about 6 to 8 hours in copper and then drink it as soon as you wake up. When you let water rest in copper for this amount of time, it allows the water to gain that small amount of ions from the copper to dissolve in it. There’s a more scientific way to look at and explain this – storing water in a copper bottle allows it to become alkaline. The storage in copper is what naturally ionizes water and causes the water to become natural alkaline water. Alkaline water has a higher pH than regular drinking water, which helps it reduce acid in the body – which some studies show is helpful for conditions like acid reflux. Others suggest that drinking alkaline water can help with preventing chronic conditions, slowing the aging process, and helping fight high cholesterol. this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health While I can’t personally speak to those findings, I am here to tell you that my skin is looking amazing. I can’t remember a time when my skin tone has been this even, and if I do have a breakout (trust me, we all still get them!), they have been smaller and are healing quicker. I haven’t changed my eating or makeup routine so to see that the addition and change of drinking out of a copper water bottle has made a difference in one aspect of my life has been incredible. I was already a water-fiend before using this bottle – as in I regularly drink around 100oz of water a day – so to see that using a bottle to create more alkaline water and seeing a difference in my skin makes me feel like I’m taking easy and actionable steps to improve my Ayurvedic lifestyle. This is the bottle I have – and I don’t know that I can drink out of anything else! I’ll update in a few weeks about any other differences I may notice – but so far, using this bottle has been my favorite addition to Ayurvedic practices. (: *Thanks to Copper H2O for providing me with this copper bottle. I am not a doctor and am not here to treat or diagnose anyone with any health issues they may be facing. I’m just sharing my experiences with Ayurveda, so please consult a health professional before undertaking any major changes to diet, exercise, or health. Thanks!
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they’re dried, their calorie content is higher than most fresh fruit.
The calorie content of dates is similar to that of other dried fruits, such as raisins and figs (1).
of the calories in dates come from carbs. The rest are from a very
small amount of protein. Despite their calories, dates contain some
important vitamins and minerals in addition to a significant amount of
A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving provides the following nutrients (1):
Carbs: 75 grams
Fiber: 7 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Potassium: 20% of the RDI
Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
Copper: 18% of the RDI
Manganese: 15% of the RDI
Iron: 5% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI
Dates are also high in antioxidants, which may contribute to many of their health benefits (2).
Dates contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and
antioxidants. However, they are high in calories since they are a dried
can benefit your digestive health by preventing constipation. It
promotes regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of
one study, 21 people who consumed 7 dates per day for 21 days
experienced improvements in stool frequency and had a significant
increase in bowel movements compared to when they did not eat dates (4).
the fiber in dates may be beneficial for blood sugar control. Fiber
slows digestion and may help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too
high after eating (5).
this reason, dates have a low glycemic index (GI), which measures how
quickly your blood sugar rises after eating a certain food (6).
Summary Dates are high in fiber, which may be beneficial for preventing constipation and controlling blood sugar control.
Dates provide various antioxidants that have a number of health benefits to offer, including a reduced risk of several diseases.
protect your cells from free radicals, which are unstable molecules
that may cause harmful reactions in your body and lead to disease (7).
Compared to similar types of fruit, such as figs and dried plums, dates appear to have the highest antioxidant content (8).
Here’s an overview of the three most potent antioxidants in dates:
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation
and have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of
diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer (2, 9).
Carotenoids are proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the
risk of eye-related disorders, such as macular degeneration (2, 10).
Phenolic acid: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, phenolic acid may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease (11, 12).
Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the
development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer,
Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
studies have found dates to be helpful for lowering inflammatory
markers, such as interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain. High levels of IL-6
are associated with a higher risk of neurodegenerative diseases like
Alzheimer’s (13, 14).
animal studies have shown dates to be helpful for reducing the activity
of amyloid beta proteins, which can form plaques in the brain (13).
plaques accumulate in the brain, they may disturb communication between
brain cells, which can ultimately lead to brain cell death and
Alzheimer’s disease (15).
animal study found that mice fed food mixed with dates had
significantly better memory and learning ability, as well as less
anxiety-related behaviors, compared to those that did not eat them (16).
potential brain-boosting properties of dates have been attributed to
their content of antioxidants known to reduce inflammation, including
However, human studies are needed to confirm the role of dates in brain health.
Dates may be helpful for lowering inflammation and preventing plaques
from forming in the brain, which is important for preventing Alzheimer’s
Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labor in pregnant women.
these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote
cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labor. They may also be
helpful for reducing labor time (17).
one study, 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to
their due date were 20% more likely to go into labor naturally and were
in labor for significantly less time than those who did not eat them (18).
study of 154 pregnant women found that those who ate dates were much
less likely to be induced compared to those who did not (19).
third study found similar results in 91 pregnant women who consumed
70–76 grams of dates daily starting the 37th week of pregnancy. They
were in active labor for an average of 4 fewer hours than those who did
not eat dates (17).
Although eating dates appears to help promote labor and reduce labor duration, more research is needed to confirm these effects.
The role dates may have in pregnancy
is likely due to compounds that bind to oxytocin receptors and appear
to mimic the effects of oxytocin in the body. Oxytocin is a hormone that
causes labor contractions during childbirth (18, 20).
dates contain tannins, which are compounds that have been shown to help
facilitate contractions. They are also a good source of natural sugar
and calories, which are necessary to maintain energy levels during labor
Summary Dates may promote and ease natural labor for pregnant women when consumed during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
Dates are a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit.
For this reason, dates are very sweet and also have a subtle caramel-like taste. They make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that they provide.
The best way to substitute dates for white sugar is to make date paste, as in this recipe. It is made by mixing dates with water in a blender. A rule of thumb is to replace sugar with date paste at a 1:1 ratio.
For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you’ll replace it with 1 cup of date paste.
is important to note that although dates are high in fiber and
nutrients, they are still fairly high in calories and best consumed in
Summary Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.
Dates have been claimed to have a few other health benefits that have not yet been extensively studied.
Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium,
calcium and magnesium. All of these have been studied for their
potential to prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis (1, 21).
Blood sugar control: Dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fiber and antioxidants. Thus, eating them may benefit diabetes management (2).
Although these potential health benefits are promising, more human studies are needed before conclusions can be made.
Dates have been claimed to promote bone health and aid in blood sugar
control, but these effects have not been studied sufficiently.
are incredibly versatile and make a delicious snack. They are often
paired with other foods, such as almonds, nut butter or soft cheese.
are also very sticky, which makes them useful as a binder in baked
goods, such as cookies and bars. You can also combine dates with nuts
and seeds to make healthy snack bars or energy balls, as in this recipe.
more, you can use dates to sweeten up sauces, such as salad dressings
and marinades, or blend them into smoothies and oatmeal.
important to note that dates are high in calories and their sweet taste
makes them easy to overeat. For this reason, they are best consumed in
Summary There are many
different ways to eat dates. They are commonly eaten plain but can also
be incorporated into other popular dishes.
The word kefir is derived from the Turkish word
“keyif,” which means, “feel good” or “good feeling.” Most people are
familiar with milk kefir, which is similar to a drinkable yogurt, but
not too many people know what coconut kefir is.
What Is coconut kefir?
kefir is a fermented beverage made from raw coconut water. It contains
all the beneficial probiotics you find in traditional milk kefir while
offering the benefits of raw coconut water, which is rich in hydrating
electrolytes and other health-promoting vitamins and minerals.
magical thing about coconut kefir is that the fermentation process
transforms the sugar content of coconut water into lactic bacteria
Here are some reasons you might want to be consuming coconut kefir water regularly.
coconut kefir contains vital minerals that hydrate the body on a
cellular level, including potassium, sodium, chlorides, calcium and
Research has found raw coconut water to be sterile, meaning it can be safely added into the bloodstream without harm. There are even stories of injured soldiers using raw coconut water for blood plasma transfusion during the Vietnam War.
is because the mineral profile found in coconut water is very close to
human plasma. This makes coconut water an incredible food for optimal
It’s good for your kidneys.
The high levels of potassium in raw coconut water make it effective for treating kidney stones. Kidney stones are just a symptom of improperly functioning kidneys. In order to function properly, the kidneys need potassium.
kidneys manage fluids in the body, which means they are a determining
factor in how well we stay hydrated. An adequately hydrated body is tied
to nearly every physiological function in the body. For example,
diarrhea is often a result of dehydration and poor kidney function.
Coconut water has been shown to improve diarrhea in children by nourishing the kidneys and properly hydrating the body.
It’s heart healthy.
Research shows coconut water could be effective in preventing against heart attack and maintaining healthy blood pressure.
It protects you from bad bacteria.
There are over seven different strains of healthy bacteria
and yeast in coconut kefir (if you’re using a starter culture). These
healthy bacteria and yeast balance the bacteria in our bodies,
preventing the overgrowth of pathogens and opportunistic bad bacteria
It reduces cravings.
slightly sour taste, hydrating minerals and probiotic bacteria in
coconut kefir make it a great remedy for food cravings, especially sugar cravings.
There’s also research about the connection between gut imbalance and alcohol dependency. With proper detoxification and repairing of the gut bio, individuals where able to recover from alcohol dependency.
This suggests that having a gut with plenty of healthy bacteria might inhibit certain cravings. Consuming coconut kefir is one way to provide to gut with plenty of detoxifying and healing probiotics.Ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health .
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Doctors are only the mechanics of the human body. They fix what is
wrong and will not see you in most cases until the damage is done. They
don’t come to you when you are healthy and pat you on the back for
eating right and exercise just as they do not knock on your door when
the dinner menu is meat and dairy…
Hippocrates said it best
100’s of years ago, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your
food.” This was long before doctors drove around in Mercedes and
vacationed at beach homes and ski condos
several times a year. Doctors used to influence people to live a
healthy lifestyle but now doctor’s agenda is to lure you into an
expensive medical procedure and get you hooked on prescription drugs
that are lobbied by cash-rich pharmaceutic companies that thrive on
It is the
general consensus that healthcare is expensive and if your illness
doesn’t kill you, your doctor and hospital will break you financially. I
don’t know what is worse, being sick or being broke? The repercussions
are the same for both being sick and being broke – “miserable.”
Now, that is the doom and gloom, here is the good news – “Veganism.”
Whole organic grains like wheat berries, whole barley, farro, buckwheat,
and quinoa will boost your immune system, increase your intake of
plant-based protein and calcium and important nutrients to maintain
pristine health. Organic beans like mung, adzuki and garbanzo are loaded
with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins with anti-cancer and
anti-heart disease components. Organic fruits and vegetables offer
minerals, enzymes and nutritional value that extends life and health.
Living foods enhance life in your body.
We have only one life,
one heart, one kidney, one lung, one liver…well, you get the picture,
There are no replacements parts for our body, unlike your car. Meat,
dairy, and processed foods attack your healthy vital organs. Drugs don’t
provide you with nutrition — they only block or fool the body into
believing, on a temporary basis, that something is balanced. Dead foods
and drugs are foreign to your body and cause havoc and eventually will
Living foods enhance your health, heal your body and
give you vibrancy, energy and a magnitude of opportunity to enjoy a
quality lifestyle both physically and spiritually………
Go and thank your organic farmer for saving your life and call him “doctor…..” While you are at it, give your organic farmer a huge hug – they are passionate, work hard and dedicated to organic farming
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