Monthly Archives: January 2012

Vitamin E & Omega3

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We often miss the value of these vitamins.  Adding them to your smoothie can make them easier to remember.

Smoothies are a great way to boost your nutritional intake.  By using fresh or frozen whole fruit the benefits of the fruit are maintained in the smoothie.  If juice is all that’s available to work with the pure unsweetened with pulp are the best to use.  Adding a boost or two to your smoothie moves it to a very functional beverage – adding a scoop or two of protein allows it to become a meal replacement.

Vitamin E

is known to lower risk of coronary heart disease in men [1], decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in advanced age, suggesting that vitamin E may help prevent cognitive deterioration in elderly people [2], decrease the risk of developing cancer – research is finding evidence that vitamin E may protect against prostate and colorectal cancer, improves glucose control and protects blood vessels and nerves from free-radical damage, and may even reverse damage to nerves caused by diabetes and protect against diabetic cataracts and atherosclerosis. [3] Vitamin E may reduce risk of motor neurone disease  –  Long-term use of vitamin E supplements may be associated with a reduced risk of the motor neurone disease ALS, according to new research.   Vitamin E supplements may reduce lung disease risk: Cornell study  –  Daily supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 per cent in women over 45, says a study from Cornell University.

Omega3’s

decrese the risk of developing cancer – reducing tumor development in breast and prostate cancer, reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis [4], Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake Linked With Reduced Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women [5],   reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.

Life’s Drive-Thrus

It’s sometimes hard to remember to stop and take those vitamin pills.  Especially when we don’t see immediate results or any results. The studies above prove that over the long term boosting our nutrition does indeed have benefits.  A healthy lifestyle choosing whole foods versus processed foods aides in these long term benefits.  Realistically we know not every day of our life do we make the “right” choices.  Functional Smoothies and Frappes are a great way to boost those vitamins and minerals when life hands us drive thrus. 

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Omega3 and Vitamin E

Antioxidants Revenge

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 ripe medium banana
¼ fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup almond milk
1 scoop MatchaGT
5 ice cubes or ½ cup crushed ice

Toss all ingredients in a blender and drink or eat with a spoon.

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1. New England Journal of Medicine Volume 328:1450-1456 May 20, 1993

2. Science Daily High Blood Levels of Vitamin E Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s, Swedish Study Finds  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100707102439.htm

3. Vitamin E Reduces Risk of Diabetic and Cardiovascular Complications  Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Dr. Julian Whitaker

http://blog.drwhitaker.com/blog/your-definitive-guide-to-wellness-medicine/vitamin-e-reduces-risk-of-diabetic-and-cardiovascular-complications

4.  http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm#ixzz1kbfjMCZi

5. ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2011)

Fresh Bread and Hot Soup – Grandma’s House Smells Good

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Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means “meditation” or “meditative state”.

Can food bring calm to our lives? 

Can it bring enlightenment?

The school of bread and soup?

I think that school is the one my grandmother and her friends graduated from.

Soup is often considered a great witches cauldron – a brew for health that feeds the soul.

Bread is said to represent the body of Christ but for many it’s the time to be with one self – meditate – while kneading, it’s the learning of patience while rising, the sharing of self while serving.

No matter where you grew up or what culture or religion shaped your life they all seem to have a commonality towards Moms and Grandmas stirring a pot of soup.

 

The weather has turned chilly, the wind is whistling past, the rain gave way for a few hours to winter sun.  It’s time to warm the house and one’s soul.

Baking homemade bread to be truly simple. Just put flour, water, leaven and salt together and stir.

The smell of baking bread cannot be matched by any other I’ve ever found.  Add to it the smells of a kitchen rich in flavors from garlic, to butter, cabbage, chicken, potatoes and more.

To inspire the baker in us all my favorite site is Mother Earth News.  Discovered in the early 70’s I’ve lived through it’s pages for years.

Healthy No-knead Bread Recipes

Homemade Bread: Truly Easy and Delicious

Taste Of Home

Soup and Bread Are A Satisfying Pair

The Warmth of Soup

A chop here and stir there and suddenly the

Confetti Vegetable Soup

Start with 2 quarts of water, to which you may add any fresh vegetables you like: turnips, rutabagas, carrots, onions, potatoes (with the skins left on and scrubbed well), celery, lima beans, yellow squash, peas, corn, green beans, tomatoes, etc. Start the root vegetables first, then add the quicker-cooking ones. The idea is to make this soup as colorful as possible, so dice the vegetables into bite-sized pieces that look like confetti.

Season the broth with minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sage or thyme and 1 tablespoon of vegetable salt. If the soup seems watery, pour a little of the hot liquid into 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and blend the mixture well so that it has no lumps. Then stir the thickener into the main pot and dish up!

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My Grandmother and her friends talked and thought as they worked.  The vegetables were often gathered versus bought and often more than a single garden supplied the bounty.  The chopping got harder and louder as the passion of the conversation flew.  The gossip of life and the stories of the neighborhood were gathered and shared.  The same homes hosted the wakes and celebrated lives passing through food.

MatchaGT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance.  A great drink to sit and share your stories over.

The weather has turned chilly, the wind is whistling past, the rain gave way for a few hours to winter sun.  It’s time to warm the house and one’s soul.