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simply delicious detox salad

 

Detox.

It can be an intimidating concept, and what does it mean exactly? Do I stop eating all together, or eat certain things and avoid others, or only drink juice, or fast, or WHAT?

Detox and cleanse are often used interchangeably which also adds to the confusion. Lets break it down into the most simple of terms and concepts.
A detox or cleanse is meant to remove toxins and poisons from your body by only consuming pure whole foods.  From that basic concept come many variations, but a few things are constant through all of them and that is what we are going to look at.
* avoid processed foods
* avoid caffeine
* avoid alcohol
* avoid sugar
* avoid preservatives and artificial colors
* eat organic whenever possible
* drink plenty of water
* avoid dairy
* avoid wheat

and now for what to include:  I will add a full list on another page, but here are a few of the best items to include, also used in this salad.
broccoli – touted by many as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, it is rich in vitamin C, fiber and calcium. broccoli also helps to control liver enzymes aiding in liver detoxification.
lemons- high in vitamins C and A, potassium, calcium and amino acids.
garlic- provides vitamins C and B, selenium and manganese.  stimulates the immune system, removes toxins while providing antioxidants.
lentils and legumes- provide folate, protein, B6, magnesium, and fiber to cleanse the digestive tract.
leafy greens- such as spinach and romaine lettuce. romaine lettuce provides vitamins A and C, calcium and protein.

So wanting to detox doesn’t have to be a tortuous thing, stick to whole natural foods packed with nutrition to make your body strong and foods known to aid in the elimination of the bad stuff. Weather or not you believe all the detox hype, filling your body with beautiful, delicious and nutritious food surely isn’t a bad idea.

Ingredients: 2 servings

1 head romaine lettuce
1 cup broccoli- finely chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes – halved
1/2 cup dry lentils – prepare following package directions

dressing:

juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon aple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon diced garlic
3/4 – 1 cup olive oil
salt
pepper
1 tablespoon agave – optional

Method:

divide lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes onto 2 plates. top with cooked and cooled lentils. in a small jar or blender, combine dressing ingredients, top salad with dressing and serve immediately.

 

 

 

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strawberry and lime smoothie, a la sunny vegan

strawberry lime smoothie, vegan healthy and easy

 

It’s no secret I love strawberries.
It’s also no secret that I love limes.

So, yes YES yes, a strawberry and lime smoothie was only a matter of time. and yes YES yes, this is my new favorite!!

My girl is home sick today and getting fluids and nutrition into her is a top priority. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin c, fiber, antioxidants, but did you know that one serving of strawberries has more vitamin c than an orange? While limes are also full of vitamin c, they have the added benefit of a flavenoid called  flavonol glycosides which may help to fight cancer as well as have a natural antibiotic affect.
And to top all of that nutrition off, it’s a darn pretty drink!

Out of fresh berries? Frozen work just as well so you can enjoy this any time of the year.

Ingredients:    for 2 approximately 1 cup servings

2 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
juice of 1 -2 limes   * adjust to taste*
1/2 cup vegan yogurt
3/4-1 cup vegan milk

 

Method:

place all ingredients in to blender and mix well. garnish with fresh lime and strawberry, serve immediately.

 

vegan strawberry lime smoothie recipe, easy and healthy

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Trust Your Eyes ~ a book review

Trust Your Eyes. Linwood Barclay. New York, New York: New American Library

 

I wish I had discovered Linwood Barclay year ago! Trust Your Eyes had me hooked with the first page, and that doesn’t happen very often.  Thomas Kilbride is a schizophrenic patient who is completely obsessed with maps. Specifically with Whirl360, a website  which allows you to walk the streets as with google earth. Thomas believes he has a special gift which the CIA needs. As the world will soon be under attack and all maps will gone, Thomas has memorized them all and can help them get anywhere the need. When his father and caretaker dies suddenly in a lawnmower accident, his brother Ray moves in and is forced to figure out what to do with him.  From the beginning, you are drawn to the brothers and their unusual circumstances.

So… I freaking LOVED this book! The unexpected twists, turns and shocking surprises make it impossible to put down. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Barclay interjects some new far-fetched, yet somehow completely believable, twist. I gasped out loud quite a few times with this book and I can’t wait to read more from Linwood Barclay.

Join us on the BlogHer book club page  to share your thoughts on this and other great reads.

 

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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apple of my eye pie smoothie

vegan apple pie smoothie easy and healthy

 

I’m not sure what it is about apples, but they are a huge part of our lives and culture. From Adam and Eve to Snow White, apples are always around us.

* the apple of my eye * As American as apple pie * the Big Apple * an apple a day keeps the doctor away * one bad apple spoils the whole bunch * an apple for the teacher *

See what I mean? We eat a lot of apples in my house, and everyone has a personal favorite variety. Granny smith, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, and Pink Lady. While we eat most of them plain, I have been working them into more and more of our recipes. This one is a treat that I didn’t feel bad about giving to the kids. It’s cool, light, and tastes like an indulgent dessert!

Ingredients: makes 2- 1 cup servings

1 cup applesauce or 2 1/2 apples cored and diced       ( 3 ounces of applesauce equals one apple)
1 cup vegan vanilla yogurt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup soy or coconut milk

crushed vegan graham crackers * optional
1 tablespoon agave * optional

Method:

combine all ingredients except graham crackers in blender and mix until smooth. top with graham crackers and additional cinnamon, serve immediately.

 

vegan apple pie smoothie recipe easy and healthy

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September 4, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Rachel's Cottage House - mmmm… i can’t wait to make this smoothie – it looks SO good!!!

Frozen Wine Cocktails

new arbor mist frozen cocktails not vegan or vegetarian

 

I have to admit that when I was contacted by She Speaks about the new Arbor Mist Frozen Cocktails, I was REALLY excited!
As usual, I contacted Arbor Mist to find out if their new product was vegan or vegetarian. They were very responsive and knowledgeable about their products, but unfortunately, It’s not vegan. Big bummer.

So I had my friends try for me and here are their taste impressions:

It’s a fresh clean taste, similar to a wine cooler but more sophisticated!
Blackberry Merlot is great, a unique flavor combination.
The White Pear Pinot Grigio is the perfect compliment to an afternoon by the pool, crisp and refreshing.

 

I can personally comment on the convenience, it would be a great option to serve different drinks to people at a party. Freeze, squeeze and enjoy is so easy, everyone can enjoy their flavor choice without the mess of a blender and lots of ingredients.
So if you are not a veg head, go ahead and give it a try.

 

 

logofrozen wine coolers

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