Free HealthType Test™ And Report, Natural Appetite Suppressants, Plus 15 Healthy Dessert Recipes

 

Here’s what I think is a great free health resource from the folks at ph360. It’s an easy, 3 minute quiz you take to determine your health type, which then generates a 15 page report with information, insights and tips about how to work with your particular type to be happier, healthier and more self-aware. I found it fascinating that, based on my answers to the short quiz, the report was “right on” in so many ways. AND it provided me with a number of “a-ha moments” and tips about when to eat, sleep, exercise and more. It also validated certain things I’ve been drawn to do, even though they may not match what most healthcare practitioners advocate. Just proves that everybody and every body is different, and doing what’s right for YOU isn’t necessarily what’s good/right for others …..

 

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The HealthType Test™ is a 3 minute online quiz that calculates your Health Type and then gives you a 15 page report on how you can eat, socialize, be active and live your life in a way that comes naturally to you!

 

Watch the HealthType webinar replay in the private ph360 FB group. Not a member yet? No worries, request to join for free here.

Go here to take the test: https://healthtype.ph360.me/test


 

A great little (well, actually rather large :-)) infographic by PlantBasedVillage.com I got from a newsletter from Underground Health Reporter…. 


 

And here’s what looks to be a good resource if you’re a dessert lover like me, but also want to be as healthy as possible. I checked out a number of the recipes from this post and they look and sound good, plus reasonably healthy. Anyone for salted caramel tahini cups? Yes, please! :-)…….

clean dessert tahinicups

Go here for 15 recipes: http://www.purewow.com/food/clean-eating-dessert-recipes

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

 Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Fat-burning Chicken Salad, Avocado Chocolate Pudding And More…Yum!

 

Wondering what to eat this weekend? Here are some healthy and yummy sounding recipes to try….

 

Fire Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Instead of opening up some canned soup, make a soup with raw organic vegetables in the blender, instead. The blades of a blender (especially a Vitamix) move so quickly they heat the soup. You can have a piping hot, one-dish meal ready in less time than it takes to find the can opener! Here’s one of my favorites:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 large organic tomatoes, halved
4 fire-roasted red peppers
1 cup coconut milk
4 leaves fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Blend tomatoes, red peppers, coconut milk, fresh basil and garlic powder in a hi-speed blender. If using a Vitamix, blend until hot (about 5-6 minutes). Top with pepitas, fresh basil, and a splash of coconut cream, if desired.

FYI, the page where I found this soup also had several other interesting sounding recipes, including one for sweet curry noodles (using “zoodles,” aka spiralized zucchini noodles) and sweet potato black bean wraps.

Check them all out at: http://alldayenergydiet.com/vegetables-fb/


 

And how about this chicken salad recipe from danettemay.com that supposedly helps you burn fat, rather than pack it on?

 

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Fat-Burning Chicken Salad

If you love chicken salad, you know there’s one ingredient you must AVOID if you’re on a weight loss plan…

MAYONNAISE

This ingredient is killer for your waistline and your overall health. And the “low fat” or “no fat” options for mayonnaise are also a no-go.

So you’ll be happy to know that I created a fat-burning chicken salad recipe that is absolutely delicious! Give it a try and I promise you’ll never use mayonnaise again.

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. cubed chicken breast

1 c. plain greek yogurt (I love Fage)

1/2 c. sliced celery

1/2 c. small cubed apple pieces

1/4 c. sliced, small cubed onion

2 tbsp. raisins or craisins (optional)

2 tsp. cumin spice

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all together and it’s ready to eat.

This is fast, easy to make and so yummy!  You can top it on a bed of greens or eat it plain.

Want more deliciously simple and fat-burning recipes like this? Check out the source below and there will be a place at the end of the post where you can sign up for over 150 popular fat-burning recipes that you can make in 15 minutes or less.

Source: http://danettemay.com/fat-burning-chicken-salad/


 

And after you’ve burned some fat with the chicken salad, reward yourself with this chocolate avocado pudding recipe from Activation Products that you can literally whip up in a minute or two 🙂

 

This is our favorite kind of sweet treat. Equal parts creamy deliciousness and healthy nutrition!

It’s quick and easy to whip up, but even the time it takes to blend will have you drooling with anticipation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ripe California avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup quality organic cocoa powder (made from 100% pure cacao)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp flax oil
  • Raspberries and mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Garnish with raspberries and mint before serving.

A few benefits of these delicious ingredients:

  • Avocados: These creamy, satisfying fruits are very high in healthy fats, including oleic acid (a.k.a. omega-9), which can reduce inflammation. They also contain significant amounts of vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K and are high in potassium, which can balance blood pressure levels, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and improve kidney health.
  • Cocoa powder: Calcium and potassium are among the nutrients present in cocoa powder, in addition to plenty of antioxidants. Cocoa can help to lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of clogged arteries and balance blood pressure.
  • Raw honey: This “liquid gold” is used in many natural healing solutions, such as cough suppressants and sleep aids as it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It also supports your immune system.
  • Coconut milk: Wholesome and delicious, coconut milk is high in fiber, and contains vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, in addition to minerals such as selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
  • Flaxseeds are one of nature’s most powerful sources of nutrition and contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to health. The oil supports the cardiovascular system and the digestive system, as well as eye health and blood sugar balance. It even maintains healthy hormonal balance.
  • Raspberries: Always a favorite, these tart and tasty berries possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making them great for weight loss, immune system support and even pain relief. They are also high in potassium and other minerals, making them great for controlling heart rate and managing blood pressure.
  • Mint: Mint can offer relief from indigestion and inflammation as well as nausea and headaches. It can also stimulate digestive enzymes that can help you to lose weight.

Source: http://www.activationproducts.com/marine-phytoplankton-supplement/chocolate-avocado-pudding/


 

Or try these tasting looking key lime cheesecake bites from Paleo Hacks…..

 

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These Key Lime Cheesecake Bites make for the perfect cool dessert.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup raw almonds
  •  2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  •  1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight & drained
  •  1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (well shaken)
  •  3-4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 4 limes, juiced & zested

Instructions:

  • Line a muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners and set aside.
    •  Place the almonds and melted coconut in a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together when pinched between you fingers.
    •  Place one heaping tablespoon in each lined muffin cavity, and press the mixture down using the back of a spoon to make a mini “crust”.
    •  Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, while you prepare the filling.
    •  In the food processor add the drained cashews, coconut milk, honey, and lime juice. Puree until smooth and transfer to a measuring cup.
    •  Remove the muffin tin from the freezer when the crusts have hardened a bit and pour the filling mixture over the crusts. Top with lime zest and place back into the freezer for at least 4-6 hours to harden.
    • Store in the freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Source: http://blog.paleohacks.com/key-lime-cheesecake-bites/ 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my Evolution Made Easier website’s To Your Health pageand my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

It’s That Pumpkin Time Of Year Again!

 

We’re into that pumpkin time of year again here in the US, so let’s take a minute to remind ourselves of why they are so good for us and not just for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween…..

 

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Five ways to use/recycle pumpkins after Halloween:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/5-ways-pumpkin-halloween

Related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/halloween-candy-a-scary-trick-instead-of-treat-plus-chocolate-almond-butter-cups/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-recipes-pumpkin-pumpkin-and-more-pumpkin/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine

 

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Free Alkaline Cooking Class, 2 Great Sounding Recipes AND a Free Cookbook!

 

I saw this soup recipe on Facebook earlier today and can’t wait to try it. With all the ingredients it includes, the taste should be right up my alley, plus so healthy, to boot. At the end of the video she mentions that for today they are offering a free pdf of the 56-page Cooking With Coconut cookbook where the recipes are geared toward fat-burning, boosting metabolism, and regaining energy, so act quickly and take advantage of that!

 

Here’s the link to ask for the free Cooking With Coconut Recipes e-book pdf:
http://lxnhealth.com/1g
And Ross from Energise For Life has an invite to his free on-line cooking class taking place on 8/31 at 3pm or 9/1 at 7pm. Here’s what he has to say about The Alkaline Cooking Class: Making Nourishing Alkaline Meals a Breeze…….

 

This is the last time this year that I will be running this workshop (the previous two in Feb and May were both totally filled)…
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During the cooking class I will share with you my top, most-easy-to-implement strategies and hands-on-tools on how to make living & cooking alkaline SO easy, simple and effective…
By the end of the workshop you will be able to easily integrate nourishing alkaline meals into your life without it taking hours or being hideously hard work!
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There will be two sessions to cater for different time zones/schedules so pick which works best for you 🙂
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During the workshop we’ll be covering:
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  • The Automatic Menu Plan: how to save HOURS planning and shopping with my simple 3-step strategy
  • How to Get 5 Serves of Greens on Autopilot: smash the five-a-day recommendation by having five serves of GREENS a day, giving you wiggle room with the rest of your diet
  • Discover The Silent Killer: The Most Commonly Consumed, Acidic, Thyroid-Damaging Inflammatory Foods that you’ve been told was HEALTHY & How to Avoid Them
  • Easy Simple Swaps: how to eliminate the seven most acidic, commonly consumed foods with nourishing, delicious alternatives
  • Master the Sweet Tooth Saviour: How to Make Alkaline, Delicious Desserts to Satisfy Even the Sweetest Tooth on Earth
  • The Top 8 Most Easily Added Alkaline Foods: these take no time to add into your existing meals but they will make a world of difference
And a whole lot more! Click here to register now
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And something else of interest from Ross…..a sweet potato brownie recipe :-)…..
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Sweet Potato Brownies

This is the the easiest sweet potato brownie recipe you’ll ever see! It includes alkaline, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich ingredients and only takes 15-20 minutes to make!

I love this for it’s speed, ease and deliciousness – gets you out of a bother when you have a sweet tooth but contains only 3-4 g of sugar per serve!That’s practically nothing!

Ingredients:

1 whole medium sweet potato
2 cups almonds (or cashews or a mix)
5 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 pinch Himalayan salt
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
*¼ cup rice malt syrup

Optional: 1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional but adds to texture)

*Personal Note: After learning about how so many rice-based products are filled with arsenic, I’m thinking I will try substituting a different sweetener…..maybe coconut nectar or maple syrup, since their consistency would be similar.

Method:

1) start by peeling and chopping the sweet potato into large, rough chunks and then boil until soft (about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the chunks)

2) Set that aside and cool and in the meantime, blend the nuts, cacao and salt until reasonably fine.

3) Put this in a mixing bowl with the coconut oil, coconut flour (if using) and rice malt syrup and mix through thoroughly.

4) Once the sweet potato has cooled, mash this and then stir and fold this into the mixture.

5) Put everything into a lined or lightly greased pan and press it down firmly, and then put into the fridge or freezer (depending on how you’re going to use it – see below).

This makes about a dozen decent slices (or more if you want them for snacks) and contains zero fructose and very little sugar – BUT – lots of protein, fibre and healthy fats to keep you going for hours.

If you are going to eat all of them between yourself, family, guests etc these within a couple of days, put straight into the fridge. However, if you are planning on having them slowly over a week or two, cover and put in the freezer as sliced, individual serves. You can remove them and enjoy within just 10-15 minutes of taking them out of the freezer.

Source: http://liveenergized.com/alkaline-recipes/sweet-potato-brownies/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!

 

I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!

 

(photo: doortodoororganics.com)

(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection – Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep – Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief – Research at Michigan State University discovered anthocyanins in cherries relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure – Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains blood vessel integrity.

Tame gout – A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further research demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there’s MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they’re one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!)  at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

“Beanie Brownies,” Great Raw Food World Deal, The Soul Of Healing Summit And MORE!

 

Today’s offering has something for everyone…..a yummy looking treat that’s full of healthy ingredients, spicy sweet potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise, a great deal from RFW, an interesting sounding free on-line event, and a presentation on dealing with auto-immune disorders.

BTW, I have actually tried several chocolate and bean recipes before and was pleasantly surprised with their taste and look, so I am anxious to see how this one turns out. I think it will be a winner!

 

Oh my goodness, these black bean brownies taste just like those Little Debbie snacck fudge brownies I had when I was a kid! I love that these have no sugar, are packed with nutrition and passed the taste test of SEVEN people who couldn't even guess they had beans. My kids are hooked - these black bean brownies are the healthiest dessert ever! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

While developing this recipe for black bean brownies, I had flash backs to my childhood when I would have snack fudge brownies from Little Debbie in my lunchbox. You know, those little thick, fudgy ones with nuts on top?

I couldn’t believe that something so healthy, could taste so sinfully delicious!

Now you’re probably thinking there’s no way that something WITH beans and WITHOUT sugar could even remotely possibly be good. Hear me out. I went through rigorous testing to ensure my taste buds weren’t wacked out when I made these:

The first time I made these, they were for the kids and I. Aside from my serving, they ate the whole pan in 2 days.

When I told the kids they had beans in them, they laughed and asked for more.

The second time I made them, they were for the kids and the husband, who ruined dinner two nights in a row by grabbing more than a few of these when he got home from work.

When I told him they had beans in them, he looked at me like I had a third eye.

“Really?” he asked. “Yes, really,” I replied.

“Are you sure?” he asked again.

(Ha! As if I’d be joking about BEANS in BROWNIES!)

I told him, “Yes honey, for real. They really have beans in them. Can you taste them?”

“Nope, not at all. These are really good. You can put these in my lunches,” he told me.

Which by the way, “you can put these in my lunches” is one of the highest compliments you can get in our house.

The third time I made these, they were for company. Two of our three guests had one brownie, another had two and not a single one of them batted an eye.

After I told our guests the brownies had beans in them, the bean-hater (who had two) didn’t even believe me. Like Mr. Crumbs, he kept asking “Really?” and I reassured him repeatedly that yes, there were really beans in these brownies and yes, it is possible to make brownies with brownies taste amazing!

If four batches of brownies and 7 taste testers hasn’t convinced you that these black bean brownies are quite possibly the best thing that will happen to you this year, consider this:

These homemade black bean brownies are made with 9 ingredients that are all 100% real food. Compare to this list of ingredients off the box of Little Debbie snack fudge brownies:

Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil with TBHQ to preserve flavor, sugar, dextrose, water, cocoa, walnuts, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, soy lecithin (emulsifier), corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), colors (caramel color, red 40), natural and artificial flavors, egg whites, citric acid, sorbic acid (to retain freshness), almonds.

Not only does the homemade version have LESS ingredients, but we’re avoiding the especially harmful ones like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

This recipe is also VERY allergy friendly – no gluten, dairy or eggs. Just double check your chocolate chips and you’re good to go.

As if it can’t get any better than this, let me reiterate the obvious: there are BEANS in these brownies! I don’t know if that means they’re a dessert or breakfast or what, so let’s make a double batch and just eat them all day, okay?

Serves: 12 brownies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups cooked black beans (how to make them homemade)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

(Personal Note: I highly recommend using all organic ingredients, if possible.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a high powdered blender OR in a food processor, combine the ingredients in the order listed.
  4. Process the ingredients until the batter is ultra smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through and set.
  8. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.

NOTES:

This recipe is easy to double. Use a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 17-18 minutes so that the center is thoroughly cooked through.
* If you don’t want to go through the trouble of folding in the chocolate chips (and dirtying another bowl), you can sprinkle them all on top. Alternatively, you can fold all the chocolate chips in too. My kids liked having the small bits of chocolate on top.
** I’ve made these with canned beans and dry beans cooked from scratch and we preferred the tasted of dried beans from scratch, although the canned beans came in a close second. If you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them thoroughly (until the water runs clear) before using.

Source:  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/black-bean-brownies/

The last time I ordered from Thrive Market I got some of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise and I was hooked from the get-go, so I can’t wait to try it with these fries……

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s the secret to our take on sweet potato fries. Cumin and cayenne add just enough heat to bring out the natural sweetness of the potatoes—a little coconut sugar sprinkled on top adds even more complexity. Dunk them in zesty Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle-Lime Mayonnaise for even more zing.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Large pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
Chipotle mayonnaise, for serving

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut sweet potatoes into evenly sized sticks and place in a large bowl. Toss with cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, coconut oil, and sugar, if using.

Arrange in a single layer  on two baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes, flipping the fries once after 12 minutes. Serve with chipotle mayonnaise on the side.

Source:  Merce Muse for Thrive Market

 

And this summit has a long list of expert presenters on what it takes to heal…..

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The Soul of Healing Summit is coming July 11th thru 18th!

Many struggle with pain and illness despite years of treatment. Could healing involve more than physical/medical interventions? Learn how to harness the power of your mind, emotions and spirit to create radical self-healing!

While diet, exercise and supplements may produce remarkable results, if the vital role of the mind, emotions and soul are not taken into account, lasting health may not be possible. Body, mind and soul cannot be separated; they work together. When operating in a unified and optimized way, they have the power to create perpetual health, wellness, wholeness and long-term fulfillment.

 

AND to end on, Raw Food World is now offering their famous 17.5% discount not only at year’s end, but mid-year, too. Woo-hoo!


 

 

 

RFW offers raw, organic superfoods and exotic gourmet treats for the health conscious consumer that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Dragon’s Blood extract (read about this amazing product in this very popular Self-help Health blog post), Pine Nut Flakes and a super healthy version of Liquid Smoke.

And now is a doubly good time to order because you not only have the huge discount on your whole order, but also the benefit of both June AND July At-Cost-Specials being active right now!Dragon’s Blood is at-cost and so is Yacon Syrup (along with lots of other items!).

Clinical trials have actually shown that Yacon Syrup produces a significant decrease in body we!ght, waist circumference and body mass index when simply taking 1 teaspoon, three times a day. Dr. Oz even did an experiment on his show where he got the same results. Furthermore, other clinical studies have shown Yacon to increase bowel regularity and improve food transit time and satiety sensation. It also has high quantities of FOS, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the beneficial flora in our gut and may be one of the main reasons why Yacon Syrup offers so many benefits. Other clinical studies show that Yacon has the potential to offer positive results with diabetes, by reducing blood glucose levels, glycemia, cholesterol and so much more. You can see all of the clinical studies and information on all of this in the description of Yacon Syrup on the RFW site.

Just use the coupon code when you check out for 17.5% off any size order until June 30th at midnight Pacific time. This discount has zero restrictions, except for on a few appliances!

Additionally, they are having a huge Raw Food and Appliance Giveaway, where they will be giving away over 100 items! The grand prize will once again be a stone grinder for nut butters. Some of the other top prizes will include a Needak Rebounder, Excalibur Dehydrator, Orange Juice Press, Reishi Spore Products, Quintessential and other superfoods, and much more!

Simply order anytime from now until June 30th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway!

To take advantage of this great deal and find out about the free samples RFW is giving away, just go to my What’s New page for the coupon code and info about some of my favorite RFW products. While you’re there you can also get the code for 20% off Earthie Mama products (maker of the great Master Tonic!), learn about other specials and sign up for the Soul of Healing Summit series. Just do it! 🙂

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Bounce And Bought! What The Heck?!

 

ReBounding: Get Your Bounce on!

As you know, your immune system is essential to keeping you healthy. Most of your white blood cells, which are part of your first line of defense against invading micro-organisms, are located in your lymph nodes and travel through your lymphatic system. The speed with which they go after unfriendly interlopers depends on the speed of your lymph-flow. So how do you keep your immune system strong and your lymph free-flowing? Exercise! Body movement is what moves your lymph because your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump system of its own like the cardiovascular system has the heart. Exercise increases lymphatic flow as much as 10 to 30 times more than when you are at rest. It also increases the number of white blood cells themselves—after a single minute of exercise, the number of white blood cells increases two to three times that of normal. Yea!

But as far as the lymphatic system is concerned, it’s better to have several periods of physical activity spread throughout the day, so that it’s getting “pumped” on a regular basis. Rebounding, i.e. using a mini-trampoline, is one of the absolute best activities you can do to support the health of your lymph, and doing it 3 to 5 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes at a time is ideal. Unlike The Five Tibetans and planking, rebounding does require special equipment, but a mini-trampoline is not overly expensive, and you don’t need special clothing or training or much space to use it. And rebounding fulfills what are considered the 3 most important considerations in choosing an exercise:

1- All cells should be exercised – All 75 trillion cells in our body should be exercised, not just an isolated area of the body.

2- Stress on the joints should be minimal – Injury is the biggest problem that keeps people from continuing an exercise program; getting injured is unhealthy because healthy cells are being destroyed and added strain is put onto the immune system to repair the damage. Exercises that put undue stress on the joints (knees, ankles, lower back, shins, etc.) should be avoided.

3- Convenience – If an exercise isn’t convenient to do, then people usually don’t stick with it very long.

Rebounding is one of the few exercises that meets all three of these requirements, and it offers more than its share of other benefits, as well. It helps fight fatigue, strengthens and nourishes the heart, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, boosts red blood cells, stimulates metabolism, builds strength and muscle tone, enhances digestion and elimination, aids lymphatic circulation, oxygenates the body, and supports detoxification. Wowza! Plus, it can be a fun activity for kids, adults and seniors. As the song lyrics go, “Who could ask for anything more?”

Still not convinced? You will be after you read Eva Xanthopoulos’ top 10 reasons to take up rebounding……

Top 10 Rebounding Benefits

Rebounding Benefits: Top 10 Reasons to Jump like Nobody’s Watching

And all you need is a workout trampoline and your inner child to get started. That’s right. Jumping on one of those things isn’t just for kids. It’s a beneficial activity for children and adults alike, so don’t let that photo above fool you.

But what’s the difference between jumping on trampoline and rebounding? To define rebound exercise… It’s a simple aerobic workout that’s low impact and is normally performed on a rebounder (also known as a mini trampoline). There’s also a methodical way to go about it. You don’t simply jump for the sake of jumping.

Bob and I actually have two small trampolines. One in the office and one in the living room. That’s why I just had to write an article for everybody! This is by far one of the most energizing and entertaining ways to work out.

Anyway, the top 10 trampoline benefits are listed below:

1. Lymphatic Drainage Thanks to The Force… The G-Force!

This buoyant up-and-down motion utilizes the amplified G-force from gravity which means that each and every cell in your body needs to respond to the speeding-up and the slowing-down.

And it’s that very act that makes your lymphatic system happy seeing as the body moves in a vertical direction and the entire system itself runs in the same direction.

Not to mention that increased G-force equals increased lymphocyte activity, which brings me to #2:

2. Detoxifying AND Immune Boostifying

The lymph system is a transporter of countless immune cells, thus making it your immune function’s number one supporter. Getting rid of all that invisible-to-the-naked-eye gunk helps your immune system function at full capacity.

3. Happy Bones and Joints. No Impact Damage Here!

Gravity is the primary reason why rebounding works so well. But what does lack of gravity do? Well, for one thing, it causes bone density loss. Luckily, we don’t live in some space station orbiting earth, but it’s definitely something NASA has to consider.

In fact, they have astronauts rebound in order to regain bone density. Furthermore, NASA conducted a study back in 1980 that ended up supporting this so-called rebounding “magic.” Their finding? It most definitely helps re-mineralize bones.

And there’s no way I could hit the publish button if I didn’t mention how joint-friendly this wonderful exercise really is. And it all has to do with the elasticity and low-impact nature of the activity. There are no hard surfaces involved. (Your knees will thank you.) This is why, now more than ever, people are opting for trampoline-jumping instead of running on the hard cement ground.

Not to get all anecdotal on you and speaking of knees, but my right knee was in pain for the longest time and I thought it would never go back to normal. Guess what made it better? My little rebounder.

4. HUGE Digestive Tract Boost

Doctors have said this time and time again: Avoid laying down the moment after eating a meal. That’s because digestion works best when gravity gives it a helping hand. At the same time, you shouldn’t be overly exerting yourself. Rebounding is best done on an empty stomach.

Empty stomach or not, your digestive tract, much like your lymphatic system gets an undeniable boost with that up-and-down motion.

And now to bring up the taboo topics: This aerobic exercise helps with your bowel movements and helps you release gas.

In more medical terms, your intestinal muscle movement (also referred to as peristalsis) is vastly improved.

5. Rebounding for Weight Loss. Goodbye Unwanted Pounds and Cellulite!

It’s a known fact: To rebound regularly is to build stronger muscle and reduce body fat.

Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it. Tons of studies and extensive research has been done to prove that this benefit as well as the others listed are legitimate.

6. Oxygenation to the Max

There have been studies done on Cystic Fibrosis patients and despite their severe lung issues, their oxygenation was still able to be increased by consistently rebounding.

Whether you have normal lung function or not, this cellular exercise supports the cells of the body for supremely efficient oxygenation. Rebounding really is one of the best ways to do just that.

7. Notable Drop in Blood Glucose Levels

A 2016 study published by The Journey of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that a consistent mini trampoline exercise program can reduce blood glucose levels.

In a world where high glucose levels is relatively common, it’s important to do everything you can to keep those levels optimal.

8. Matters of the Heart. And Matters of Your Blood Pressure Too!

Rebounding = stronger heart = more efficient blood-pumping.

In fact, consistent rebounding tends to decrease one’s resting heart rate.

To delve a bit deeper, the up and down motion I keep on mentioning causes many of the body’s large muscle groups to contract. This in turn causes a rhythmic compression of each vein and artery.

In conclusion? Overall circulation, blood flow, and oxygenation is drastically increased which directly correlates to lowered blood pressure and a whole lot less strain on the heart muscle.

9. Overall Improvement of Balance and Coordination

According to Dr. Craig A. Maxwell, rebounding actually improves your brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus in your inner ear, thus refining your coordination and balance.

In other words, you actively engage your mind and body connection by using the inner ear canal and ocular nerves, which stimulates not only your balance and coordination, but your reaction time as well.

10. Slower Aging. The Fountain of Youth of the Exercise World?

No, you won’t stay young forever, but it certainly helps with the aging process by slowing it down. In general, exercising consistently tends to have that sort of effect.

However, rebounding effects every cell in your body; there literally isn’t a part of your body that isn’t being stimulated.

Think of it this way: stagnation = rapid aging, total body movement = slow aging.

That’s it, folks. Well, only because this was a top 10 list of rebounder exercise benefits. There are definitely a TON more.

Do you own a mini-trampoline? If not, I highly suggest you go out and buy one! They’re not all that pricey and the value you get out of them will benefit you 100-fold.

Source: http://healthmasterymovement.com/rebounding-benefits/

Find out more about the author Eva Xanthopoulos on her blog Health Mastery Movement and at http://www.evapoetex.com

A video using a rebounder to do squats and lunges:

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/rebound-tone-legs-lower-body/

FYI, you can buy a mini-trampoline on-line or at any number of sporting goods stores in your area. Just be sure to do some research first, because some of the cheaper ones definitely don’t provide the stability, durability and spring that paying a little more will get you.

 


Also, don’t miss this opportunity to view the documentary Bought for free!!

The BOUGHT Documentary Film
Is Being Streamed Online — FREE!

For the next 2 weeks ONLY!

Are you ready to discover the shocking reality behind Vaccines, GMOs and Big Pharma?

Well now you can! We’ve made it possible for you to watch the documentary BOUGHT.

You can access your free viewing anytime, from June 7th – 18th — at which time, it will be taken down.


“Every mother and father should watch and share for the well-being and safety of our children…”

“Bought does a fantastic job of raising vital questions about our food,
our health and the too big role big business has in our government…”

Did you know: Wall Street has literally “BOUGHT” your and your family’s health?

The food, vaccine, drug, insurance and health industry are a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise… focused more on profits than human lives. The BOUGHT documentary takes viewers deep “inside the guts” of this conspiracy…

Featuring exclusive interviews with the world’s most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health… Bought exposes the hidden (and deadly) story behind it all.

Sign up to watch it for free here: http://www.boughtmovie.com/free-viewing/

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.