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Preparing sprouts or other greens for a healthy lifestyle is easy if you know how.

healthy brocoli stir fry

Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Broccoli is one of the most misunderstood food. You see, children seem to “hate” them. But that is because many people believe that the only way to have “healthy” food is to boil it. Yucks!

Boiling removes so much of the goodness. Instead, they this stir fry recipe. You can make everyone into a broccoli fan!

Total Time Taken: 15m

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (6 cups)
1 bunch scallions, sliced
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and scallions and cook, tossing often, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the hoisin sauce and ¼ cup water and cook, tossing, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

healthy blueberries squares recipe

Blueberries Squares Dessert Recipe

Here is a nice simple recipe from http://www.canadianliving.com/ which you might like to try.

Ingredients
Squares:
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) rolled oats, (not instant)
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) grated orange rind
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar

Filling:
3 cups (750 mL) fresh blueberries
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) orange juice
4 tsp (18 mL) cornstarch

Preparation
Filling: In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and orange juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; whisk into blueberries and boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour.

In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt ; with pastry blender, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Press half into 8-inch (2 L) square parchment paper–lined metal cake pan; spread with blueberry filling. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, pressing lightly.

Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

healthy avocado bread

Avocado Bread Recipe

When you try to add healthy food like Avocado into your diet, it can get cumbersome figuring out multiple recipe. Try this unusual recipe and have the Avocado right in the bread itself.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons mashed, ripe avocados
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add avocado and beat for another 2 minutes. Scrap down sides as necessary. Add eggs one at a time, beating on medium speed for 1 minute after each addition. Scrap down sides if needed. Beat in vanilla.

With mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture. Beat until just incorporated. Add the buttermilk and the rest of the flour mixture. Beat until incorporated. Divide the batter between the pans and bake on the upper third rack for 30 minutes. Bake on middle rack for an additional 15-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 20 minutes. Bread will last for several days, well wrapped, at room temperature.

Home Made Hair Mask, Aloe Vera, Really Works for Dry Hair!

Referring to my previous post Hair Care – Treating Dry Hair Naturally with Aloe Vera, I shared about using the gel from the Aloe Vera plant to create a hair mask.

It is really a hassle free recipe that works wonderfully for my dry and frizzy long hair.

I bought a leaf of about 35cm long from the supermarket and cut it in half. One half was wrapped up and kept in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator for other uses. The other half was sliced horizontally from one end to another. I used a spoon to scrape off all the gel from the leaf. I took only the gel and not any of the green or yellow portions from the leaf. Next I put the gel in a mini food processor and blended it until it was very fine.

All the blended Alor Vera gel was then gently rubbed into the scalp and spread all over my long hair. There might be little bits and pieces of Aloe Vera but that’s fine because the result was totally worth it. I kept the gel on my head for  an hour. Once the time was up, I simply rinsed off the gel with water and dried my hair with a towel.

When my hair was completely dry, I saw a gleaming sheen that seemed to dance off my hair. I could also run my fingers through my hair without difficulty. My hair was  darker, shinier and definitely much, much smoother than before.

I have decided to apply this Home made Aloe Vera Hair Mask at least twice a week until my hair condition improves permanently.

Aloe Vera is a wonder plant that you can easily plant in your garden or even in a pot. You can use it as food, make it into a drink, use it as medical aid to heal wounds or like me, hair mask. Small wonder that people call it a miracle doctor

Additional Readings on Aloe Vera:  Aloe Vera – Fight 80 Disorders from Your Own Kitchen!

Grow Sprout, Eat Sprout – who me?

I think it is about time I shared my experience with sprouts. More accurately, with growing sprouts and of course eating them.

When my friends first started on this new lifestyle thing, I was along for the ride. Of course, we all chipped in and bought the sprout growing stuff. I think the experts called them “sprouters”. So, I followed the instructions and grew some sprouts. Confession: I never ate that first batch.

Sure, I read all the good stuff about enzymes and vitamins and all the sprouting goodness. I even read those eat raw stuff posts like “10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice“. But somehow, growing up with meat and potatoes has taken its toll on my ability to do what is good for me!

Anyway, to cut a long, really long story short – I did it. Over the weekend, last week, I decided to try. So, what I did was to get this recipe: “Chicken-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich To Go“, and got down to it. This was my maiden attempt at eating raw, eating sprouts. I was proud of myself. Now, I would declare myself a national hero if this thing tasted as bad as I imagined it would. Unfortunately for my award-hungry self, the chicken-alfalfa sprout sandwich actually tasted quite good. I have always enjoyed a salad or two. But deliberately looking to eat sprouts, especially raw ones, well, I don’t do that too often.

For those of you who are as chicken (stubborn!) as I was, I would suggest to try. Eating sprouts ain’t half as bad as you think. In fact, I think I will try the curry recipe next – Sprouted Lentil Cucumber Curry Salad!

Highly Recommended for Additional Wisdom:

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

What is the meaning of DIET?

We strive to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle. This of course, includes a healthy diet, good exercise regime and generally sensible way of life. I just read this post by Deb about the Kimkins diet that was really scary.

People, a diet is not to DIE Tomorrow. According to Dictionary.com, a diet means:

a particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease

It is a selection of food, it is not an ABSENCE of food. If it is weight-loss you want, there are many ways you can lose weight and still remain strong and healthy. Just on our small blog alone, we already have a few nice healthy recipes like the Chicken-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich, Fresh Pineapple-Alfalfa Fruit Juice, and more. A diet is not about a lack of food, but rather, is about a wise selection of food. Read Vivienne’s take on the 10 Great Benefits of Eating Alfalfa Sprouts, and 10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food and Juice.

As you can see, there are many beneficial ways of enjoying your food and keeping yourself healthy at the same time. Don’t resort to drastic measures. If you are clinically obese, you can consult a qualified doctor or dietitian. But don’t go around chasing every fad that appears over the horizon. You have only one body, treat it well.

Highly Recommended:
Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude


Recent and related posts at this blog:
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts

10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne

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Chicken-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich To Go

Chicken-Alfalfa Sandwich Ever since I learned the 10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts, I do my best to include alfalfa sprouts in my diet. Since the enzymes were at its richest in raw stage, I don’t cook the alfalfa sprouts. The same applies to carrot. I just wash and add them to my bread.

It’s a quick fix and it’s a delicious meal when you wash it down with a glass of cold lemonade, honey or milk. Alternatively, you can also blend a fresh pineapple-afalfa juice drink. It’s a good change to eat in the comfort of my office compared to joining the hustle and bustle at the deli down the road. Sometimes, I much prefer to eat in the office with a good book.

The recipe is really simple and you can easily add more items to suit your taste buds.

Chicken-Alfalfa Sprouts Sandwich

2 tbsp alfalfa sprouts
2 tbsp carrots, shredded
1/2 cup chicken, skinned, boned, cooked and diced
1 tomatoes, diced
1/2 green peppers, diced
1/2 lettuce, shredded
1 tbsp ow-fat mayonnaise

To live well, you need to eat well. As a busy executive, I know it’s not easy to balance live well and eat well. We find it more convenient to grab a quick bite a fast food joints or pop a TV dinner in the microwave oven. You can consider joining the member’s only website that caters to busy people who want to live a healthy lifestyle! Recipes, snacks, fitness and motivation tips and more. All for one low price! I found this Healthy-E-Meals.com site, and you can check it out too if it has all the healthy recipes you need too.

Highly Recommended:
Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude


Recent and related posts at this blog:

Nutrients in Alfalfa Sprouts, Mung Bean, SoyBean, Wheat & Radish
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne

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DIY Fresh Pineapple-Alfalfa Sprout Juice Yourself

Pineapply Alfalfa I picked up this juice recipe, using pineapple and alfalfa sprouts, from Rio Caliente Hot Springs Health Spa. I like the idea of experiencing both the goodness of pineapple and alfalfa in just one single drink. How easy can that be?

Benefits of Pineapple
1. Pineapple is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its nutrients include calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. In addition, it is low in fat and cholesterol.

2. One of the benefits of pineapple is that it helps to build healthy bones. Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for building bone and connective tissues. Just one cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of manganese. Pineapple can effect the growth of bones in young folks and the strengthening of bones in older people.

3. Pineapple is good for colds and coughs. While you can take extra vitamin C or drink extra orange juice when you got a cold, consider eating pineapple too. The benefits of pineapple are the same as the benefits of orange juice, but there is an additional benefit in the form of Bromelain. It has been found to help suppress cough.

I have discussed the 10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts in an earlier post. Essentially, alfalfa lowers cholesterol, contains enzymes, regulates bowel movements etc. It is found that the benefits of alfalfa are maximized when it is eaten raw. It will be helpful if you read the 10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice too.

Sweet & Healthy Pineapple-Alfalfa Juice

(serve 4 -6)

Ingredients
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
1/2 lb. fresh alfalfa sprouts
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cups water
honey to taste
ice to taste

How to Prepare
Place all the ingredients into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Strain and discard the pulp.
Add ice and honey.

To live well, you need to eat well. As a busy executive, I know it’s not easy to balance live well and eat well. We find it more convenient to grab a quick bite a fast food joints or pop a TV dinner in the microwave oven. You can consider joining the member’s only website that caters to busy people who want to live a healthy lifestyle! Recipes, snacks, fitness and motivation tips and more. All for one low price! I found this Healthy-E-Meals.com site, and you can check it out too if it has all the healthy recipes you need too.

Highly Recommended:
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.

Recent and related posts at this blog:
What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

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Recipes: Sprouted Lentil Cucumber Curry Salad

This tastes as good as it looks!

SPROUTED LENTIL CUCUMBER CURRY SALAD

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Based on this recipe from VeganChef:

2 cups sprouted lentils
2/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup whole soaked flaxseed
1 cucumber, chopped
1 stalk scallions, chopped
1 whole tomato, chopped
2 Tb cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2 TB fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp red curry powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Just toss everything and serve. It’s really tasty and not too spicy. You can add more pepper flakes if you like it a little hotter, like me.

Highly Recommended: For those who enjoy great foods of famous restaurants, you can take a look at Copycat Recipes Cookbook. A fantastic resource of more than 750 recipes from top restaurants around the world!

Recent and related posts at this blog:
What About Eating Raw Foods?
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne
Sprouting – What Can You Sprout?

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Recipes: Energy Soups – boost up your energy levels

Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain many good B vitamins. And you probably won’t find a less expensive way to get these vitamins than from low calorie sprouts. Green leafy sprouts are also a good source of vitamin A. Sprouts are a good source of fiber, protein, and contain enzymes that aid digestion. In addition, sprouting destroys the seed’s natural preservative enzymes that inhibit digestion (see Taarak’s post for a more entertaining explanation of this phenomenon).

There are so many ways to enjoy your raw sprouts. One of the easiest way is to blend a handful of sprouts into whatever you are juicing.

Here’s a “soup” that will give you lots of energy throughout the day. All you need is a blender.

Energy Soup – Southwest Style

1 cup sunflower sprouts (put in bottom of blender).
Add juice of 1 lemon.
Stuff blender with buckwheat and sunflower greens until full.
Fill blender 3/4 full of filtered or spring water.
Add flax sprouts or any other sprout on hand.

Blend until smooth.

Add avocado and blend 30 seconds more.
Serve in soup bowls.

As my kids would say, Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy 🙂

Do you have a favourite yummy recipe to share? We’d love to try it out! I’ve also got more Energy Soup recipes and a Nori Roll.

(Please check out my recipe for Sweet Sprout Slaw.)

Recent and related posts at this blog:
What About Eating Raw Foods?
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne
Sprouting – What Can You Sprout?

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Sprout Recipes: Sweet Sprout Slaw Salad

My friend, Adele, is a great cook who can whip up a tasty meal in a jiffy. After she read my earlier posts that sprouts can treat eczema and acne, she emailed me this salad recipe. This will be really great for a light lunch or dinner.

Sweet Sprout Slaw

Choose One of the Sprouts to
– Broccoli
– Cabbage
– Long Life Mix and/or
– Any Other Brassica Sprouts

And another type of Sprouts

– Alfalfa
– Clover
– Moo Mix and/or
– Any Other Leafy Sprout
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Ingredients

– 1-2 Cups Cabbage or other sprouts
– 1-2 Cups Alfalfa Sprouts
– 1/2 cup pineapple – chopped
– 1/2 cup green grapes – halved
– 1/2 cup yogurt
– 1/4 cup mayonnaise
– 1 tsp. mustard
– salt to taste

Preparation

1. Combine sprouts and fruit in large bowl.
2. Mix up the other ingredients and pour over the sprout fruit mix.
3. Toss.
4. Serve Chilled

If I can do it, you can too. If you are one of those who enjoy great foods of famous restaurants, you must take a look at Copycat Recipes Cookbook. A fantastic resource of more than 750 recipes from top restaurants around the world!

Recent and related posts at this blog:
What About Eating Raw Foods?
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne
Sprouting – What Can You Sprout?

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