Black Bean Hummus

Anthony William posted this easy to make hummus recipe yesterday, just in time for me to recreate it for Try This Tuesday. Hummus, which is traditionally made out of chick peas but can be made from other beans as well, makes a great plant based snack or meal. I enjoy hummus several times a week, so I was excited to have a new recipe that features black beans.

Black Bean Hummus

Black Bean Hummus by Anthony William

1/2 cup dried black beans, soaked overnight OR 1 1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed (reserve 4 tablespoons of bean water from the can.)

1/2 cup avocado, diced (1 small avocado)

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish

1/2 jalapeño, seeded and chopped

4 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed (1 lime)

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

Salt & pepper to taste

If using dried black beans, drain and add to a medium sized pan. Cover with water and cook 45-75 minutes, until very soft. Reserve 4 tablespoons of liquid. Drain rest of liquid and let beans cool.

Combine beans, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, garlic, cumin and coriander in a food processor or blender, and blend until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve with an assortment of cut up veggies.

Black Bean Hummus

I cut up red, yellow and orange peppers, celery, tomatoes, cucumber and included baby carrots. I had left over chopped cilantro for a garnish.

This delicious recipe makes a fulfilling, wholesome meal. And the different components have health benefits.

Black beans are full of anti-aging antioxidants and anthocyanins, and a great source of calcium, magnesium and zinc. They strengthen the immune system and help to repair collagen fibers in the skin.

Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, which boosts the immune system, strengthens the heart, slows the aging process and rebuilds the nervous system. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance and stabilize blood sugars.

Cilantro pulls heavy metals and toxins from the body, detoxifies the liver, supports the adrenals and balances blood glucose levels. Cilantro is also anti-viral, fighting against Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus, all herpetic viruses and HIV.

Cumin helps the body absorb and assimilate nutrients more easily. It has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.

And fresh organic vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease fighting nutrients.

I enjoyed a colorful, tasty lunch of black bean hummus and fresh veggies. I feel good knowing that everything I ate contributed to my health and wellbeing. Food truly is my medicine!

Selenium

I first read about this mineral in Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic & Mystery Illness & How to Finally Heal. My body, and your body, needs trace amounts of selenium to function well. And yet, I was totally unaware of it and the health benefits it offers.

Selenium

Plants take in selenium from the soil. Depending on geographic location and the quality of the soil, people can get the selenium that they need from consuming foods such as Brazil nuts, kiwis, avocados, greens, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and onions. Those who live in regions with insufficient selenium in the soil, or who aren’t eating selenium rich foods, can add this mineral through supplementation.

Selenium works in conjunction with vitamin E to prevent oxidative damage to the body. This powerful mineral is required for the body to create glutathione, a master antioxidant.

This supplement strengthens and supports thyroid tissue, protecting it from scarring due to the Epstein Barr Virus. It boosts the immune system, supports the central nervous system, and by supporting the thyroid, helps to stimulate the production of thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

By controlling free radicals and reducing inflammation, selenium can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help to prevent cancer and aid with DNA repair. It also helps with detoxification in the body, easing stress on the liver.

I take one selenium capsule a day, and make sure I include selenium rich foods regularly in my diet. I’ve gone from knowing nothing about this mineral, to having a great appreciation for all that selenium does to keep me in optimal health!

Selenium

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Melons

One of the things I love about this season of the year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the top of my list, of favorite foods to enjoy while they are plentiful, are melons. I keep watermelon and cantaloupe cut up and ready to eat in the fridge.

Melons

I was happy to discover that there’s a reason I crave these fruits…they are crucial to the healing process. Anthony shares, in Life Changing Foods, that all melons…watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais and casaba…are beneficial, especially when someone is struggling with health issues.

Melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive system barely needs to process it before it enters the body. The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than a minute, then the rest of the fruit drops into the intestinal tract where it immediately fortifies and replenishes the body.

Melons

The highly active water in melons, full of enzymes and coenzymes, binds with poisons of all kinds, including molds, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, and flushes them out of the body so that the immune system can restore itself.

The high electrolyte content in melons helps to protect the brain and the nervous system from stress related strokes, aneurysms and embolisms. Melons help to thin the blood, lowering the risks of heart attack and heart disease. They can reduce liver and kidney diseases as well.

Melons

In addition, melons are one of the most hydrating foods available, and also one of the most alkalizing. The body’s detoxification process is heightened when eating melons, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within organs.

And because they are high in silica, melons are excellent for restoring ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, tendons and connective tissue. These fruits are also powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.

Melons

No wonder I am so drawn to melons! They are incredibly good for me and combat many conditions, ease many symptoms. Basically, melons are a tonic for whatever ails me!

I purchase watermelons and cantaloupes from the grocery store and the farmer’s market every week, and last year attempted to grow my own. I think I harvested a couple of cantaloupes and three watermelons, making purchasing them a better option for me!

However, I have one volunteer watermelon vine growing in the same spot as last year. It makes me think of my grandfather, Pop, who always told his grandkids, “Don’t swallow the watermelon seeds. You will grow watermelons in your belly.” I believed him for years, and spit seeds into his flowerbed every summer, creating lots of volunteer watermelon plants. I’ll take good care of this lone melon plant.

Chunks of cold watermelon are one of my favorite summertime snacks. When I add cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries and blueberries I have a gorgeous and satisfying meal that immediately refreshes and restores my body.

I am grateful for the healing benefits of melons.

Melons

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