Colorful Chopped Salad

Recently I was inspired to try out a new recipe, following the promptings of my body. I’ve been craving dark green veggies. Healthy cravings are indicators that my body needs something, as opposed to addictions, such as to sugar, when my body wants something. I’ve been eating a healthy plant based diet long enough to have eliminated the food addictions. When my body desires something now, I can trust that it is going to be good for me.

Colorful Chopped Salad
Browsing through Pinterest recipes, I found this colorful detox salad, from Eat Yourself Skinny.

Colorful Chopped Salad
Colorful Chopped Salad
Colorful Chopped Salad
I processed the veggies in two batches, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale first, and then the red cabbage, carrots and parsley. A food processor made quick work of finely chopping the veggies and almonds.

Colorful Chopped Salad

I added the chopped almonds and sunflower seeds and then whisked together the ingredients for the salad dressing. I omitted the fresh ginger, since I didn’t have any, and increased the raw honey to 4 teaspoons.

Colorful Chopped Salad
Colorful Chopped Salad

The recipe creates a beautiful salad, full of fresh ingredients and health boosting benefits.

Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It supports the immune system, fights diseases including cancer, and aids in digestion and detoxification.

Brussels Sprouts are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, support heart health and lower the risk of cancer.

Kale is high in protein and fiber, vitamins and minerals. It too supports heart health, lowers cancer risks and aids in digestion, and can even reduce pain.

Red Cabbage is one of the most powerful disease fighting foods avaiable. High in vitamins and minerals, red cabbage heals the gut, and maintains eye and bone health.

Carrots are a good antioxidant root vegetable, full of vitamins and minerals. They reduce the risk for cancer and slow down the aging of cells.

Parsley alkalizes the body, driving out acidity, which creates an environment for disease to occur. This herb pulls herbicides and pesticides from the body.

Almonds and Sunflower Seeds not only provide a satisfying crunch to this salad, they also have antioxidant properties and healthy fats.

This colorful salad was so delicious and satisfying. I like that rather than containing a lot of lettuce filler, the salad is made up of vegetables, nuts and seeds, all of which help to stave off hunger.

I am grateful for the inspiration that came from my own cravings, leading me to search for the perfect combination of foods. The recipe makes a large bowlful of goodness and I am grateful for that as well. I will be enjoying my chopped veggies with honey dijon mustard dressing all week!

Colorful Chopped Salad

This is the food processor I use, making food prep fast and easy!

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Barley Grass Juice Powder

I have known about barley grass and its healing properties for years, however I’ve never used it before. Recently Anthony William, author of Medical Medium and Life Changing Foods, posted an article about barley grass juice powder on his Facebook page. Intrigued, and at a place in my healing journey where I felt ready to try this supplement, I ordered the product.


This morning I added a tablespoon of barley grass juice powder to my freshly pressed celery juice. Alternately, this bright green powder can be added to smoothies, other juices or water. I confess I sniffed the powder before dropping a spoonful into my glass. I couldn’t detect an odor. There was simply a light, fresh scent.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
Moments later I filled the glass with celery juice, fresh from my juicer.

According to Anthony, barley grass is a nutrient rich food that has been used since ancient times, for medicinal purposes and healing. The barley grass juice powder is a convenient way to consume this supplement, as it concentrates the nutrients and is easily digested and assimilated by the body.

Barley grass juice powder is rich in vitamins A, B and C, plus the minerals iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. This supplement is also high in absorbable protein, contains 20 amino acids, and supplies enzymes that help the decomposition of fats in the body to go smoothly, balancing weight.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
The benefits of barley grass juice powder include:

  • Inhibits the growth of disease bacteria
  • Balances body’s PH
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Alkalinizes the body
  • Increases energy
  • Aids digestion
  • Relieves constipation
  • Improves health of skin, hair & nails
  • Removes toxins and heavy metals from the thyroid
  • Assists the circulation of the lymphatic system
  • Aids in healing migraines, arthritis, asthma, fatigue, cancer and diabetes

Barley grass juice powder is made from tender young shoots, harvested before the grass produces any grains.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
I couldn’t taste the barley grass juice powder after mixing it in with my celery juice. I tend to sip my green juice, rather than drinking it quickly. As I neared the bottom of the glass I could tell the powder had settled there. Although I couldn’t taste a difference, I could detect the graininess of the powder. Tomorrow I will stir the mixture longer, or stir frequently as I am drinking.

For I will continue to add a spoonful of barley grass juice powder to my morning celery juice. The bag that I purchased should last at least 30 days. I am curious to see how my body responds to this health boosting supplement.

I am also quite serious about my healing journey. My health is crucial to my well being and to my future quality of life. Adding barley grass juice powder is another step toward being, and feeling, my absolute best.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
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Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

I am enjoying trying out the healthy, plant based recipes in Anthony William’s book, Life Changing Foods. For each of the 50 life changing foods that Anthony writes about, he includes a wealth of information plus a mouth watering recipe. Recently I sampled the Apricot Bars.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
This simple recipe has only four ingredients and using a food processor made preparation quick and easy.

Apricot Bars
1 cup apricots, sulfur-free
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup shredded unsweeted coconut

Combine ingredients in processor and process until well blended. Line cookie sheet eith parchment paper and press mixture into a large flat rectangle, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator for up to a week.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

This recipe was so simple to make, and took less than 5 minutes to prepare. I used organic, sulfur-free apricots. Dampening my hands with water made shaping the mixture easier as it didn’t stick to my fingers.

After chilling, the mixture cut readily into bars. I tried one immediately. Naturally sweet and chewy, these bars are the perfect treat. I’ve grabbed Lara bars in the past, snacks made with a few wholesome ingredients and sold in grocery stores. These apricot bars are even better and I can make them myself.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

Apricots are high in amino acids and minerals. They help cleanse the digestive tract and lower the risk for many types of cancer. In addition, this fruit stabilizes energy, boosts the growth of red blood cells, strengthens the heart and nourishes the brain. Those are powerful benefits in a small package. And sulfer-free dried apricots tend to hold all of their beneficial qualities.

I love having a healthy option if I feel like a treat. And I like knowing I am contributing to my healing rather than than feeding disease with sugar laden desserts. I’m looking forward to sampling each of the recipes in the Life Changing Foods books. It is a form of creative and delicious play with long term benefits that go way beyond having something good to eat.

I am inspired to create lasting health.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
Check out Life Changing Foods for info about 50 amazing foods and delicious recipes for each one.

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