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Green kiwi smoothie

Publicerad 2014-04-01 12:11:52 i Nourishing smoothies,

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
 
-Oscar Wilde
 

 
 

Today I made a lovely kiwi smoothie after breakfast. I love kiwi. It's such a good fruit and can be eaten as a snack or used in a smoothie.


I blended

6 kiwis

1 apple and

1,5 pear

a little water

 
Mix it all into a beautiful green kiwi smoothie

 

Some of the health benefits of kiwis are:

 

1. Helps Your Digestions with Enzymes

Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple.

2. Helps Manage Blood Pressure

Kiwi’s high level of potassium helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.

3. Protects from DNA Damage

A study by Collins, Horska and Hotten showed that the unique combination of antioxidants in Kiwi fruit helps protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Some experts conclude this can help prevent cancer.

4. Boosts Your Immunity

Kiwi’s high vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system.

5. Weight Loss

Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content means it will not create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents — so the body will not respond by storing fat.

6. Improves Digestive Health

Kiwis are a great source of fiber. This prevents constipation and other intestinal problems.

7. Helps Clean Out Toxins

The fuzzy fiber of Kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.

8. Helps Fight heart disease

Eating 2-3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18% and reduce triglycerides by 15%. Kiwi fruit has the same anti-clotting benefits with no side effects, just additional health benefits!

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9. Suitable For Diabetics

Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.

10. Protects Against Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Problems

11. Create Alkaline balance

Kiwi is in the ‘most alkaline’ category for fruits, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods most individuals consume. A few of the benefits of a properly acid/alkaline balanced body are: youthful skin, deeper sleep, abundant physical energy, fewer colds, less arthritis, and reduced osteoporosis.

12. Great for the Skin

Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration.

13. Exotic Taste and Look for Food Variety

Kiwis look and taste great. Kids often love them because they are so different from most fruits.

For nutritional balance it is always good to eat a variety of foods. Each food has its own unique qualities and powers. The trouble with most people’s diet is that we eat such a limited number of foods. It increases our chances of not getting enough of important nutrients.

14. Naturally organic

Kiwi fruit is on the list of foods that are generally safe from a lot of pesticide residues. While it is always good to support organic when you can as a matter of principle, it’s also good to know whether there is a big danger if organic is not available or viable for you.

Sunny pineapple smoothie with kiwi and a hint of tumeric

Publicerad 2014-03-28 11:39:00 i Nourishing smoothies,

"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"
 
- Bob Marley
 
 
                                    
 
Good morning this beautiful sunny Friday morning. I started this morning with a big glass of water with apple vinegar in. I will write another blog post more about the benefits of apple vinegar soon. But after that I continued to make a pineapple smoothie with kiwi and a hint of tumeric. Yummy!
 
Many are aware that this fruit is rich in vitamins. What many are not aware is that pineapple has a host of other health benefits. It has properties that help to fight against various illness and sicknesses such as sinusitis, arthritis, indigestion, infections of the stomach and intestines. It helps to ease indigestion because it is filled with proteolytic enzyme that breaks down protein thereby promoting digestion.

Pineapple is rich in manganese that is necessary to build strong bones and connective tissues. It also has anti–inflammatory properties which when taken regularly, helps to reduce the pain (mild relief) associated with arthritis in elderly.

Drinking a glass of pineapple juice regularly helps to prevent mucous accumulation in the throat. It brings out the mucous during a productive cough and clears the lungs because of its high vitamin C content.

Another benefit of consuming pineapple is that it helps to prevent blood clots. It is a rich source of anti-coagulant. So, people who suffer from bleeding disorders are advised to consume a bowl of pineapples daily.

Adding on to the benefits is the ability to get a healthy oral cavity. Pineapples are acidic in nature; this helps them to prevent any bacterial growth in the mouth thus discouraging plaque growth in the buccal mucosa (the mucous membranes lining the inside of the mouth).

The good news for pregnant women is that consuming pineapple helps reduce morning sickness. Those suffering from terrible morning sickness can consume a bowl of pineapple on empty stomach to help ease this problem.
So go ahead and enjoy pineapple!
 
All you need to make a pineapple smoothie is a blender and:
1 pineapple
1 kiwi
a hint of timeric
 
cut and mix all for a delicious sunny morning smoothie.
 
Have a beautiful day!
 
Source: http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/health-benefits-of-pineapple.htm

Sprouted green lentils smoothie with mango and lime

Publicerad 2014-03-24 16:34:00 i Nourishing smoothies,

“Think only on the climb. Think on what you control”
Lois Lowry, Son
 
                                    
 
 
This afternoon I decided to reload before my first climbing/safeguarding class tonight with a green lentils smoothie. It's a real protein boost!
 
All you need is a blender
 
120 g of mango
a handful of sprouted green lentils
juice from 1/2 lime
 
mix and enjoy! Jummy!

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Welcome to my blog! I am a Raw food & a plant based diet enthusiast from Sweden, living in Copenhagen. I grew up partly on only eating raw food, having parents that were way ahead in the 80s. I mainly eat a plant-based diet because I want to nourish my body, have clarity in my mind, my soul and my heart. I'm into the pureness of whole foods, health and positive living. I believe the best thing you can do for yourself is to listen to your own body and eat what makes you feel good and happy. My personal approach to vegetarian and raw food is to keep it simple! Back to basics. In this blog I share information and tips for inspiration on physical, mental and emotional health.

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