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Coconut Chia Pudding Detox Friendly Recipe

IMG_1231Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe

 

Chia seeds are rightly called “superfood” as they are packed with nutrients e.g.  rich in fiber (5 grams in 1  tablespoon!), protein (can be used as the egg replacement), omega-3, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and many other nutrients.

They almost have no taste at all, so it is easy to incorporate them in many recipes or add to foods like yogurt, cereal, juices, pudding etc.

This recipe is one of my favorite ways of using the chia seeds to make a delicious desert that can even be used as a part of many detox protocols.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla powder
  • Some ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons pure stevia powder or honey (optional)
  • 3/4 cup of low-sugar fruits such as raspberries, blueberries or kiwi (optional)

Duration

  • 10 minutes

Directions

  1. In a bowl, stir together chia seeds, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia/honey. You can add some (warm) water if your coconut milk is too tick.
  2. Let it sit for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will expand and absorb liquid.
  3. For me the recipe stops here, but if you like you can add some fruits just before serving.

Dandelion – A Magical Herb and Delicious Superfood

dandelion magical herbDandelion, typically believed to be only a weed, is a magical herb with some amazing healing properties.  All parts of the dandelion plant are used medicinally in herbal preparations, teas and as foods.

Alternative to Conventional Leukemia Therapy

A study that tested dandelion root tea showed there may be a “kill switch” on leukemia cell receptors and concluded that dandelion root extract may prove to be a non-toxic alternative to conventional leukemia therapy.

Dandelion Halts Growth of Melanoma Cancer

Dandelion root extract in another study showed to help melanoma cancer patients by halting the growth of melanoma cells even those cells considered to be drug-resistant.

Effects on Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Dandelion tea stabilizes blood sugar levels buffering against extreme highs and lows.

Significant Source of K and A Vitamins

Dandelion leaves provide 535 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K which is very important to strengthening bones and 112 percent of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A as an antioxidant carotenoid, which is particularly good for the skin, mucus membranes and vision.

Magic of DandelionImportant Source of Flavonoids

Dandelion contains flavonoid that protects the retina from UV rays and carotene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin important in protecting the body from different cancers.

Dandelion Helps Body Detox, Generate Red Blood Cells, Regulate Blood Pressure and Helps Fight Alzheimer’s

Dandelion is high in fiber, which helps your body detox. Drinking dandelion juice acts as a stimulant, detoxifier, diuretic and antioxidant that helps to fight off toxins which often result from out-of-balance hormones. The toxins are ultimately sweat out through the skin. The leaves also contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (regulate heart rate and blood pressure), and manganese.

Dandelion plays a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain.

Find here Delicious Dandelion Pesto Recipe  

Sources & Credits

Dandelion has unsuspected health benefits such as inhibiting cancer cell growth

Selective induction of apoptosis through activation of caspase-8 in human leukemia cells (Jurkat) by dandelion root extract

The efficacy of dandelion root extract in inducing apoptosis in drug-resistant human melanoma cells

Superfoods, Powerfoods – Meet the Nature’s Little Miracles

SuperFoods – Nature’s Little Miracles

Avocado FAll fruits, vegetables and natural foods have certain benefits and health properties.

However there are some very powerful natural foods  that are very important in modern disease prevention. I like to call them nature’s little miracles.

Nature’s little miracles provide a myriad of health benefits and can make a difference when introduced as a regular eating habit.  I list some of them here.

  • Chlorella and Spirulina.

Chlorella and spirulina are two single-celled algae.  Although they both individually can qualify as “superfood”, they seem to become something truly special when consumed together due to their complementary  nutrient profiles.

Chlorella contains more chlorophyll and iron, and is good for chelating heavy metals from the body and repairing cell damage due to its unique growth factor.  Spirulina contains more protein, gamma-linoleic acid (fat essential for brain function) and phycocyanin (anti-cancer compound).

  • Lactic Fermented Food.

Term “Lactic-acid-fermented food” is used for yoghurts both made from dairy and nut milks, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and other fermented (“cultured”) vegetables and juices.

These fermented foods have very high levels of probiotics (significantly more than probiotic supplements!), and break down and eliminate toxins including heavy metals from the body.

To make fermented vegetables you would only need salt, vegetables and filtered water — no fancy equipment required.

You can find a bunch of good recipes at http://www.culturesforhealth.com/

  • Herbs & Spices.

Whilst we all use herbs and spices, I enlist here some of the top spices/herbs renowned for their medicinal purposes.

My list of favorites include

  • Garlic. I can’t imagine a day spent without using garlic in abundance in our meals. Garlic possesses potent antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties and is able to help protect and facilitate removal of unfriendly bacteria. It is also very high in natural antioxidants that destroy free radicals, which also supports a strong immune system. Read more Garlic – Nature’s Little Miracle.
  • Cayenne pepper. The benefits of daily cayenne usage are widely known.  Cayenne pepper consumption dilates the blood vessels and speeds the metabolism due to the high amounts of capsaicin, the greatest circulation stimulant known. Florida, California and Mexican Habanero Peppers, African Birdeye Peppers, Chinese Hot Reds, Korean Aji, Thai Red, Japanese Red, Aleva, Serrano’s, California Jalapeno’s are some of the sorts. The rule: the hotter – the better.
  • Turmeric/curcuma has been used in treatment of a range of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, allergies, arthritis and others.
  • Ginger is known for providing gastrointestinal support, as immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, for protection against colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer etc.
  • Cinnamon is known for anti-clotting actions, anti-microbial activity, blood sugar control, as support for colon health, brain function and protection against heart disease.

In addition to these, black pepper, coriander, parsley, fenugreck, basil, peppermint, cloves, nutmeg, cumin, rosemary, paprika, oregano are some of the other “power-spices” also known for their health properties.

  • Wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass is obtained from the young shoots of the wheat plant and it is one of the most dense foods known.

4 grams of wheatgrass powder supplies us with 1,600 percent of our recommended daily allowance of vitamin E, 7,000 percent  of manganese, 15,293 percent of riboflavin, 413 percent of zinc and similarly phenomenal concentrations of other essential nutrients.

Wheatgrass is also world’s finest source of chlorophyll, a powerful blood builder and cleaner which makes wheatgrass a potent detox food as well as a superb nutrient supplement.

  • Sprouted Seeds.

Sprouted seeds support for cell regeneration, are sources of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that protect against free radical damage, have alkalinizing effect on your body and are very rich in oxygen, which can also help protect against abnormal cell growth.

Sprouts contain up to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables and allow your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. You can also grow your own wheatgrass from wheat seeds.

Sprouted seeds and grains are easy to grow, even if you don’t have a lot of space or an outdoor garden.

I use sprouting trays like these that you can buy in most of the health stores.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables(Broccoli).

A lot has been written and said lately about broccoli.  The unique combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties in broccoli make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention. Broccoli also provides digestive and cardiovascular support and many other health benefits. Cauliflower, all sorts of cabbage, bok choy are other cruciferous vegetables and all of them exhibit multiple powerful health properties.

  • Chia Seeds.

Chia seeds are an incredibly rich source of nutrients, antioxidants, great source of fiber. Chia seed reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel function.

  • Avocado.

Avocado used to be considered too high in fat. While it is true that avocado is a high-fat, the fat contained in avocado is unusual and provides research-based health benefits. Avocado is known for promoting heart health, anti-inflammatory action, helping absorption of carotenoids, anti-cancer benefits, promoting healthy, naturally glowing skin and many others.

Make sure you use dark green pulp next to the skin – it is the most precious part of avocado.

The most famous use of avocado is probably to make guacamole. There are countless different varieties of this recipe. Here you can find my  Quick Guacamole Recipe.

  • Soaked Seeds and Nuts.

Soaking nuts is important as it starts the sprouting process and make their full nutritional potential available. Soaking releases enzyme inhibitors making the nuts digestible.

Seeds and nuts contain enzyme inhibitors that must be broken down before the seed will germinate.

By soaking seeds and nuts in the warmth of your home, their enzyme inhibitors are broken down, and they become more nutritious and easier to digest.

Many seeds and nuts such pumpkin seeds and almonds do not really sprout, but still benefit from being soaked in water.

Soaking time for raw nuts

  • 2 hours (sunflower, cashews)
  • 8 hours (almonds, sesame, pumpkin, flax)
  • 4-6 hours (pecans, walnuts and all other nuts)
  • no soaking required (brazil, macadamia, pine and pistachio).

Recipe for making The Nut Milk

  • Blueberries.

Blueberries are high in antioxidants and one of the top anthocyanin-rich foods (type of A flavonoid responsible for the purple color, known to have amazing health benefits).

Blueberries are beneficial against cancer, inflammation, bacterial infections and heart disease,  improving memory, age-related neurodegenerative disease and other neurological diseases.

Blueberries have shown to have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Organically grown blueberries have significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown. Important to know is that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. Read more Blueberries-Food For Thought

  • Wild Alaskan Salmon.

Wild Alaskan salmon is a delicious and healthy anti-inflammatory food.

  • Bone Broth.

Bone broth improves digestion and help reduce inflammation. It contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur chondroitin and glucosamine, all easily absorbable. Bone Broth Recipe.

Sources and Credits

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/20/wheatgrass.aspx

http://www.whfoods.com/

http://www.naturalnews.com/045936_superfoods_moringa_chlorella.html