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8 Most Nutrient Dense Foods

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The 8 Most Nutrient Dense Foods on Earth
Written by Jill Ettinger
We all know which foods we do best to avoid (right?). Despite the alluring appeal of Oreos, Mountain Dew or McAnything, processed foods provide little nutrition and a whole lot of risks. But when it comes to the good stuff—what are the best foods to put into our bodies? While experts all agree we need a variety of foods for a healthy diet, do you know which are the healthiest of the bunch? The answers may surprise and delight you.

1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating lake algae might gross you out, spirulina is actually pretty tasty, especially blended into a smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and is loaded with protein and minerals making it the most nutrient dense food.
2. Kale: According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is the most nutritious food, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino acids, as well as important antioxidants that reduce in…

Grapefruit Ginger Juice Recipe

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Organic Grapefruit Ginger Juice Recipe Written by John Klein
Looking for a great juice recipe? Then you will enjoy this pick me up Organic Grapefruit Ginger Juice Recipe to get your morning started right.


Watch the Organic Grapefruit Ginger Juice Recipe video 1 Grapefruit peeled
1 inch fresh peeled Ginger 2 inches if you want it spicier
1 Swiss chard leaf
1 Carrot
1 Orange peeled
½ cup ice
1 cup of water or 1 cup of apple juice Ad all ingredients into vitamix and blend until all ingredients are fully blended usually 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy this refreshing nutritious organic juice.

The Benefits of An Apple A Day

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An Apple a Day May Keep Aging At Bay Written by Healthy Beauty Junkie
It turns out the old adage is true: and an apple a day may help keep the doctor (or plastic surgeon) away. That Eve was onto something...

From a consumption standpoint, apples offer a lot of bang for the buck. High in fiber, they help regulate blood sugar and ward off sugar cravings. Spikes in insulin ultimately wreak havoc on the body’s ability create new collagen, causing skin to become lax and wrinkled. Granny Smith & Red Delicious apples in particular contain high levels of collagen and elastin, both beneficial to healthy, youthful skin. Apples are also rich in a variety of polyphenols, the varying with the type of apple, and is also a source Vitamin C, though not a major one.

Topically, apple extracts are used in a variety of formulas designed to lighten dark spots caused by sun exposure, speed up cell turnover, brighten dull complexions, decrease wrinkles and to improve overall texture and t…

DIY Botanical Perfumes and Colognes

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Making Botanical Perfumes & Colognes  http://mountainroseblog.com/making-botanical-perfumes-colognes/ Did you know that most perfumes and colognes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum? Many of these ingredients do not need to be listed on the labels, but are known allergens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. The majority have never even been studied for cosmetic use! This is pretty scary, but the good news is that we can easily create our own perfumes and colognes from natural ingredients. Not only are they safer, but many botanicals also have therapeutic properties that are grounding, energizing, relaxing, stimulating, uplifting, and balancing. True, these fragrances will need to be reapplied more often than their chemical counterparts, but they are much better for our minds and bodies.  If in need of a little sprucing up during the day, carry a small bottle of your favorite aroma in your purse. You can even make special formulas like a relaxin…

European Breakfast Salad

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European Breakfast Salad
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min IngredientsDressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 Tbsps. Dijon mustard
1 tsps. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Salad:
8 strips bacon
1 (5-oz) bag ready-to-serve Organic Spring Salad Mix
2 Tbsps. diced shallots
Seeds instead of croutons
4 large eggs

Heroin Chicken-YUM!

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Heroin Chicken

By sunriselilly







Ingredients:



4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts (also try with 24 chicken wings or with 1 lb flounder)or skinless chicken pieces
2 cups grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
3 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoons salt (less if desired)
1 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup melted butter

Directions:

1. First, preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Then combine the grated cheese and the seasonings. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. (Do not omit this step, or you'll still be scrubbing the pan for days!).
3. Melt the butter in a shallow bowl or pan.
4. Dip each piece of chicken into the butter, and then into the seasoned cheese, coating well.
5. Arrange in the foil lined pan. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350°F.
6. Then -- kick yourself that you didn't make a double recipe!

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/heroin-chicken-371704?oc=linkback

10 Ways To Eat Less

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10 Simple Ways To Eat Less Without Noticing1. Use smaller plates
A full plate sends the signal that you’re eating a full meal and a partially full plate looks like a skimpy meal, regardless of the actual quantity of food.
The same amount of food looks like more on a smaller plate Using smaller plates and filling them up is a proven way to eat less without noticing.
2. Serve yourself 20% less
The mindless margin is about 20% of any given meal. In other words, you can eat 80% of the food you’d normally eat and probably not notice, so long as no one points it out to you. You could also eat 20% more—not a bad idea if you’re scooping vegetables. If you have those smaller plates mentioned above, serving yourself a little less should be just as satisfying.
3. Use taller glasses
Just like less food looks like more food on a smaller plate, height makes things look larger than width, even when the volumes are the same.
A vertical line looks longer than a horizontal line and tall glass…

The Benefits of Moringa(superfood)

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Discover the many health benefits of Moringa, the ultimate survival 'superfood'   by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Often referred to as the "miracle tree" because of its uniquely diverse array of nutritional, medicinal, and purifying properties, Moringa oleifera is a little-known, and highly undervalued, "superfood" treasure with incredible potential to greatly improve health and eliminate hunger around the world. This whole food plant contains high amounts of protein, all eight essential amino acids, a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, and a plethora of phytonutrients and other powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

Natively found in the southern foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India, Moringa is widely cultivated today throughout Africa, Central and South America, and many parts of Asia. Because of its many valuable uses, and the fact that it grows so quickly and easily in semi-arid, tropical, and subtropic…

Asparagus Casserole (instead of green bean)

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This is in honor of the age-old American Thanksgiving tradition of the Green Bean Casserole!  I have substituted the green bean pods with asparagus chunks…made a homemade condensed mushroom soup…and have baked the traditional fried onions on top…I think you’ll enjoy the result!

“Fried” Onions:
2 small onions, finely sliced
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup almond meal
2T avocado oil
“Condensed” Mushroom Soup:
1 cup chicken broth (homemade preferred)
8 oz baby Bellas (or mushrooms of choice)
1 celery stalk
1T organic butter, unsalted
1 small parsnip, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cooking Sherry
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 bunches steamed asparagus, diced
1/4 cup organic whipping cream (optional)
Put sliced onions in a bowl. Add 1T of avocado oil. Distribute oil onto onions with your hands (or with a spoon if you so desire).
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place almond meal and arrowroot in a gallon Ziploc bag. Shake. Add oiled onions to mixture. Take remaining oil and brush onto a baking …

5 Tips To Feel Great in Cold Weather

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5 Tips to Feel Great in Cold Weather By Ashton Aiden As the days become shorter and colder, many of us feel lower levels of energy, enthusiasm, and optimism. Not suprisingly, this is coupled with an increase in colds, flu, congestion, and coughs. 
Many factors contribute to this drop in physical and emotional "pep," and, fortunately for us, there are a few simple and easy things we can do to keep our spirits high and sidestep what some people consider to be the roughest time of the year. 
Here are some simple guidelines to help you enjoy yourself to the fullest when the temperature drops: 
1. Supplement the sun. 
As the days get shorter, it's important to get as much sun and natural light as possible. Natural sunlight brightens your mood and keeps you happy. Also, the sun is your body's leading source of Vitamin D. If at all possible, adjust your sleeping schedule to wake up earlier to enjoy a few more hours of sunlight each day.  
When the weather is clear, …

2 Recipes for Corn Dog Muffins-Paleo

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Almond Dog MuffinsMakes a dozen
The Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup Raw Honey
4 eggs
4 hotdogs (cut in quarters)
The Directions:
Cut hotdogs into a toddler friendly size. I quartered mine!
Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer until there are no lumps. Once everything is mixed well add hotdogs and mix in with a spatula.  Pour into a greased baking dish or muffin cups.  I used a small round glass dish.  Cook at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 min.
Coconut Dog Muffins Ingredients:
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) (If you cant eat butter, mix coconut butter and olive oil)
8 eggs
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 hotdogs quartered
The Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the coconut flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the melted butter. Add the coconut flour mixture to the egg/butter mixture and stir to combine. I used a Kitchen Aid to bl…

How To Build A Superfood Salad

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How to Build a Beautiful Superfood Salad Your lunchtime staple can keep you full and beautify you from the inside out. Thinkstock Does the thought of another bland salad that leaves you craving a second lunch sound bleak? We’re here to help you build a salad that’s satisfying, tasty and can make you more beautiful from the inside out.
Toss these nutrient-dense add-ins with your greens for an extra health and beauty boost—each ingredient is proven to enhance your skin, hair, nails or all three!
Avocado:
Avocado is rich and flavorful, especially when sprinkled with lemon juice and a little sea salt. It contains fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids (good fat) that can keep your skin plump and hydrated by maintaining its lipid layer.
Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Walnuts
Nuts may be high in (healthy!) fat, but most are also packed with copper, magnesium, zinc and vitamin E, which are all nutrients vital the health of your skin, hair and nail…

Benefits of Ginger-Infograph

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Poached Eggs w/Pesto and Avocados

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Never poached eggs before? Not to worry – I tried this for the first time recently myself. The trick is adding a splash of vinegar to the water and cracking the egg into a small bowl which you slowly immerse into the lightly simmering water. Sure the poached eggs themselves might not look cordon bleu friendly but don’t worry the taste is still all there.
Print Poached Eggs with Pesto and Avocados Recipe type: Breakfast Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 1 A simple healthy and filling breakfast meal. Don’t forget the pesto – that’s the key ingredient. Ingredients 1 egg, poached1 tablespoon pesto¼ tomato, thinly sliced¼ avocado thinly slicedsalt, pepper to taste Instructions On a plate place lightly overlapping tomatoes, to be topped with pesto and avocados.Place a freshly poached egg on top. Lightly season with salt and pepper.

Veggie Porrige Soup-I make this alot!

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 Vegetable Poridge Soup Recipe  Here are the ingredients: 1 large onion
5 shallots or 4 cloves garlic
1 leek
4 stalks of celery
2 large potatoes
2 handfulls of chopped mushrooms
1 handful of chopped baby carrots
1 table spoon of olive oil
2 handfuls of organic rolled oats

Chop all of the ingredients into a large pot with water. Add a spoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of basil, 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary and a little bit of salt. When the vegetable is cooked, mix in about 2 to 3 handfuls of rolled oats (depending on how thick you like your soup), 3 to 4 egg whites, and the last ingredient is garlic – one of my most favourite ingredients:) I used 4 cloves to make this pot. It is important to test the flavour frequently and add the spices according to your own taste.
I promise that for the next time I will come up with something a little bit  more exciting and special ;)
Enjoy your soup.

DIY Blue Chamomile Cream

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Blue Chamomile Cream – Updated Version
I’ve had a quite a few requests asking how to make Blue Chamomile Face Cream without the sodium borate. I finally got around to experimenting and must say that I LOVE this new version made with stearic acid (a natural, palm derived emulsifier) even more so than the original!
Before starting, make sure to sterilize all utensils, bowls, beaters, and jars – I use the dishwasher. Because this cream contains herbally infused water and no chemical preservatives, the shelf life will be much shorter compared to store-bought creams. Be sure not to leave out the Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract), which is not the same as Rosemary Essential Oil and will help lengthen the shelf life. Refrigeration will also preserve freshness, though the trade-off may be a bit of separation. If that happens, simply stir gently before each use.

First you’ll want to gather some of the following herbs to create an infusion, remembering you can substitute ingredients or ch…

One Pot Meal:Rosemary Beef and Veggies

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Rosemary Beef With Root Vegetables You say potato; we say, Ahhh. The tubers help restock your magnesium stores; low levels can up mental stress. More from this story Seven Easy One-Pot MealsChicken FajitasMaple Pork RoastRustic RatatouilleHerbed Chicken and SquashTeriyaki SalmonScallops à la Provençal Serves 4 INGREDIENTS1lbnew potatoes, quartered3/4lbparsnips, cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces1/2lbcarrots, cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces4teaspoonschopped fresh rosemary, divided1teaspoonsalt, divided3/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper, divided3teaspoonsolive oil, dividedVegetable oil cooking spray1lbbeef (center-cut ey…

How do you React?

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Maria Mooney
Time and time again, I am faced with questions in cyberspace that go something like this: “My (insert relationship here) won’t stop (insert annoying habit here). How do I stop him/her from doing that?” The answer is that you don’t because you can’t change another individual. The only person you have total, absolute, and unwavering control over is yourself, and this is where the magic happens. Believe it or not, you actually have the ability to change the way you react to someone or something that makes you feel less than unapologetically blissful.
Anyone can change, but making a change takes time, effort, and patience. It won’t all happen at once, and that is OK. Below are five tips to change how you react.
1. Have Understanding and Compassion.
It can be difficult to offer individuals compassion when you assume they are the cause of a majority of your perceived problems, but if you can, take the time to put yourself in their shoes. Imagine what it is like to b…

Paleo Banana Loaf

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Banana Loaf   by our friend from http:// Ingredients3 ripe bananas1 cup almond flour1 cup almond butter2 eggs1 tablespoon baking powder1 tablespoon baking soda2 tablespoon honey for sweetness
Cooking Steps Preheat oven to 180 degrees,
Mash 3 over ripe bananas and then add:
1 cup almond flour, 1 cup almond butter and 2 eggs together.
Add 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda & Baking Powder and honey for sweetness
Poor into a greased loaf tin/pan and bake in the oven.
Enjoy!! Ingredients3 ripe bananas1 cup almond flour1 cup almond butter2 eggs1 tablespoon baking powder1 tablespoon baking soda2 tablespoon honey for sweetness

Best Butt Workout

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SunBeam Juice:Pumpkin

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DIY Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub

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I use: Olive oil or almondCastor oil or a essential oil Lemon extractSugar (& sometimes a bit of sea salt or kosher salt - it has great antiseptic properties and is an effective exfoliant)
Step #1: Fill a jar with sugar (and a bit of salt, if you'd like). This will gently keep all that flaky skin at bay! Step #2: Add lemon extract. (You can substitute any scented extract, use actual lemon juice or put in a few drops of your fave essential oil.)
Step #3: Fill the jar with olive oil and a small amount of castor oil. The ratio that works well for me is about 8 parts olive oil to 1 part castor oil.

My advice is to start with a very minimal amount of castor oil and see how if your skin feels adequately moisturized. If it's dry or tight, try increasing the amount. Castor oil is a fabulous emollient, but too much can cause greasy skin and breakouts.

You can skip it altogether and still have a lovely facial scrub.

Step #4: Stir well, possibly adding more oil to reach your de…

Shrimp and Chorizo "Rice"

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Makes 6 servings

Recipe ingredients:

1/2 lb raw chorizo
1/2 cup white wine
1 Tbl butter
1 Tbl Cajun seasoning*
2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbl prepared salsa
1 lb medium shrimp, raw
2 cups cauliflower, riced**
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbl lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Remove chorizo from the casing and cook in a large saute pan.  Add the wine and reduce by half.  Add the butter, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, salsa, and shrimp to the pan.  Cook for about 2 minutes.  Add the cauliflower and cook for another 5 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through.  Remove from the heat and add the scallions, cilantro and lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. 


Recipe notes:

* Cajun seasoning is a blend and can be found in the spices section of most grocery stores.

** To "rice" your cauliflower you can chop it by hand with a knife, or rub it over a box grater, but the easiest way I've found is to use this method by…

Pumpkin Spice Cakes and Cookies-Paleo

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Pumpkin Spice Cakes | Pumpkin Spice Loaf
Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted6 omega 3 eggs1/4 cup coconut oil1/2 cup yacon syrup, or maple syrup1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt1/4 tsp baking soda1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon pumpkin spice blendProcess:
Preheat oven to 350.In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.In a medium mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients and blend with a hand mixer.Pour wet ingredients into dry and blend with a hand mixer until evenly combined.Lightly grease mini cake or loaf pans with coconut oil.Pour batter into mini cake pans, or mini loaf pans.Bake for 25-30 minutes, check with a toothpick.[Printer-friendly recipe - click here] Cinnamon Frosting
Ingredients:
1 cup palm shortening1 tablespoon raw honey1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract2 tsp cinnamonProcess:
Blend all ingredients with a hand mixer until fluffy.Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to a week.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies, or Pumpkin Spice Squares with Toasted C…