Mangoes

After mangling the first fresh mango that I attempted to cut up, I primarily purchased frozen mixed fruit that included mango chunks. My morning fruit smoothies are easy to make using unsweetened frozen fruit. However, I’ve learned how to properly cut up this small, powerful fruit. Fresh mango, eaten alone or mixed with other fruits, can’t be beat.

Mangoes

What are Mangoes?

The mango is a tropical fruit with an outer fleshy part surrounding a seed, or pit. Mangoes, native to South Asia, are widely distributed throughout the world now, earning it the name “king of fruits”. In fact, mangoes are considered the most consumed fruit in the world.

There are many different kinds of mangoes. They range in color, shape, flavor, and seed size. While the skin color of mangoes can vary from green to red, yellow, or orange, the inner flesh of the mango is mostly a golden yellow, and it is notoriously difficult to separate from the pit. The fruit has a sweet and creamy taste.

Mangoes

Health Benefits of Mangoes

In Life Changing Foods Anthony William shares that the mango is a miraculous sleep aid. When consumed before bed, the phytochemicals in mangoes, combined with the fruit’s amino acids, fructose and glucose, travel to the brain and quickly restore depleted neurotransmitters. This allows for true rest during the night.

Mangoes are also beneficial for stress relief, viral protection and calming the central nervous system. Rich in beta-carotene, mangoes strengthen and support the skin and help to prevent skin cancers. They reverse hypoglycemia, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Plus the fruit’s pulp soothes the stomach and intestinal tract.

Bringing more mangoes into the diet helps with these disorders: Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Grave’s disease, ADHD, ulcers, stomach cancer, Hashimoto’s, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, urinary tract infections, depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, infertility, muscle cramps and pain, constipation, sluggish liver, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Mangoes

Mangoes

How to Cut Up a Mango

Follow these easy steps, to cut up a mango:

1) Stand the mango up and slice from top to bottom, avoiding the pit. Turn fruit and slice off the other side. You should have two halves and a central section containing the seed.

2) Score the mango halves, cutting through the flesh without cutting through the outer skin.

3) Remove the cubes of mango by scraping the cut sections with a spoon or by sliding a knife between the flesh and skin. I cut the strips into long sections and fillet off the flesh (see photo above).Cut the narrow strips from either side of the pit, slice through the flesh, and fillet off.

Use mangoes in smoothies, salsas and salads, eat alone or combined with other fruits. Frozen mango chunks, combined with frozen bananas, makes a great soft serve type dessert that is naturally sweet and oh so delicious.

Mangoes

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Two Raw Apple Treats

The 10th day of the Apple Challenge presents the perfect opportunity to offer not one, but two delicious treats. I’m grateful for the many recipes that author and teacher Anthony William offers. Both of these scrumptious and easy to prepare recipes are his.

Two Raw Apple Treats

Raw Applesauce

I prepared this simple dish a couple of nights ago, to include with a veggie bowl that included baked potatoes, steamed cauliflower and tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Raw Applesauce

4 apples, cored and diced

4 dates, pitted

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth, even applesauce forms. Serve immediately. Makes two servings. If there are leftovers, sprinkle fresh lemon juice over the applesauce and seal tightly. Store in refrigerator.

This recipe came together in minutes, and it was so good. I purposefully left my applesauce slightly chunky. And when I discovered I was out of dates, I substituted 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup. The applesauce was the perfect accompaniment for the veggies.

Two Raw Apple Treats

Apple Pie Smoothie

I made these cold frosty smoothies after dinner, as a special treat.

Apple Pie Smoothie

2 red apples, cored and cut into chunks

1 1/2 – 2 frozen bananas, chunked

1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk, unsweetened

1 tablespoon organic maple syrup OR 1 date

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more almond milk or water, if needed. Serve immediately. Makes two servings.

Two Raw Apple Treats

What a treat this was! The blended drink was thick and very cold, and did indeed taste like apple pie. The smoothie could be served as a meal replacement for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or, as I discovered, it makes an excellent after dinner treat.

I am loving the Apple Challenge and getting my three apples a day in a variety of ways. And I know my liver is benefiting, as is the rest of my body. Watch for more nutritious and fun recipes as the challenge continues!

Two Raw Apple Treats

Calendula

This beautiful flowering plant has been used for centuries for ornamental, culinary and medicinal purposes. Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and one of the strongest antiviral herbs.

Calendula

What is Calendula?

This flowering annual originated in western Europe, southeastern Asia and the Mediterranean. It’s commonly found in home gardens throughout the world today and easily blooms and thrives wherever it’s planted. The orange-yellow petals of the flowers are used medicinally, both externally and internally.

These petals contain high levels of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and flavonoids. Calendula contains both lutein and beta-carotene, which the body absorbs and converts into vitamin A. The flowers also contain fatty acids and they are rich in oxygenated oils.

Calendula

Health Benefits of Calendula

• Powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for issues such diaper rash, dermatitis, ear infections, ulcers and sore throats.

• Prevents and relaxes muscle spasms and cramps.

• In studies done for slow-healing wounds it was found that using calendula-based gels and topical ointments helped speed up recovery rate and healing. Even more impressive, it increases blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue.

• Contains antimicrobial and antiviral compounds, making calendula effective in fighting pathogens, candida and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

• Helps reduce gum inflammation and fights against gingivitis, cavities and plaque. Its astringent properties fight mouth bacteria and promote a healthy oral environment.

• Calendula improves skin firmness and hydration, creating a more youthful appearance.

• Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, calendula can help fight against cancer and irritation due to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Calendula

How to Use Calendula

The herb can be purchased in capsule, tincture, oil, lotion or ointment form. The petals can also be purchased dried, to brew tea.

This bright plant is extremely easy to grow. Sow seeds onto prepped ground in the garden or into containers. The herb will bloom all summer. Collect fresh flowers for use in salads or to brew a flavorful tea.

I add drops of calendula essential oil to the skin serum that I make, to improve skin texture and firmness. And calendula tea goes into my afternoon tea rotation during the summer months.

I appreciate this versatile herb. It is a staple of my apothecary garden, and my skin care.

Calendula

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Parsley

This green leafy herb is recognized by most people as the garnish on their plate in a restaurant. Until recently, I would never have considered eating the garnish. What a deeply ingrained perception, to view parsley as decoration rather than the powerful healing food that it is. I’m glad my perceptions have changed!

Parsley

What is parsley?

Parsley is a species of flowering plants native to the central Mediterranean region that includes southern Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. It is naturalized in Europe, and grown across the US. The plant is widely cultivated as an herb, spice and vegetable.

Parsley is often used in European, Middle Eastern and American cooking. The curly variety is most frequently placed on a plate of food as garnish. Beyond its culinary and decorative uses, this aromatic herb also has many health benefits.

Parsley

Benefits of parsley

Parsley is a nutrient dense food, full of vitamins such as B12, B9 (folic acid), A, C and K, and minerals including magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, chromium, selenium, iodine and calcium. The plant thrives well and has an adaptogenic nature, making it an excellent food when the body is weary and depleted.

When the body becomes too acidic, disease is more likely to occur. Parsley is one of the best alkalizing foods, for all systems of the body. It drives out acidity due to the special mineral salts that bind onto unproductive acids. This alkalizing ability makes parsley effective in preventing cancer, which thrives in an acidic body.

The herb fights pathogens, keeps bacteria, parasites and fungus away, and pulls herbicides and pesticides from the body. Parsley helps any mouth related disorder such as gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth.

Bring more parsley into your life for these symptoms and conditions: cancer, anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, Epstein Barr virus, migraines, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, COPD, endocrine system disorders, hepatitis C, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, weight gain, neurological disorders and pre-fatty liver. (Info from Life Changing Foods by Anthony William)

How to use parsley

For maximum benefits, choose flat leaf parsley over curly leaf, although it still has benefits if that’s all that is available. Juice it with celery and other veggies, add it to salads and sprinkle over foods. Fresh parsley can be brewed as a tea also.

Move this crucial herb from the sidelines, of your plate and your perceptions, and embrace the health and vitality it offers. I’ll be adding this plant to my herb garden next spring so I can enjoy it and reap the benefits more often.

Parsley

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Apple Ginger Celery Juice

It was late before I turned my attention to this blog post tonight. As I walked into the kitchen, at a time when I should have been getting ready for bed, the apples piled in a basket called to me. They literally did, by sending their fresh apple scent to tease me.

Inspired, I quickly created a special bedtime treat that is in perfect alignment with the 21 Day Apple Challenge.

Apple Ginger Celery Juice

Anthony William, who issued the Apple challenge to the Medical Medium Instagram community, shared a juice blend recipe this morning. With those apples calling my name, fresh juice seemed like a great way to relax before bed.

Apple Ginger Celery Juice

4 red apples

4 – 6 stalks of celery

1 – 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Run the apples, celery and ginger through a juicer. Stir in cinnamon, if desired (and trust me, you will desire it!). Makes 2 servings.

Apple Ginger Celery Juice

I put four small red apples, 4 stalks of celery, and 1 teaspoon of minced ginger through my juicer and added 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon.

Anthony shared today that apples are anti-inflammatory because they starve viruses. When their pectin enters the digestive system, it releases phytochemicals that bind onto viruses, shrouding viral cells so that they can’t feed and proliferate. Apples also have traces of flavonoids, rutin, and quercidin, phytochemicals that are responsible for heavy metal and radiation detoxification, as well as the amino acids glutamine and serine, which help detoxify the brain of MSG. This fruit helps cleanse and purify organs, improve circulation in the lymphatic system, repair damaged skin, and regulate blood sugar.

Apples also hydrate at a deep, cellular level. They provide precious trace minerals such as manganese and molybdenum, as well as electrolytes and critical mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress of any kind.

This juice was a great way to destress at the end of the day while getting in more apples for the challenge. And it tasted delicious. The blend of sweet apples with salty celery was just right. The ginger added a hint of warmth while the cinnamon immediately reminded me that fall is approaching.

I enjoy freshly prepared hot apple cider this time of year. This refreshing juice drink could become my new fall favorite.

Apple Ginger Celery Juice

Bladderwrack

This common brown seaweed with the unusual name has been used as a health remedy for hundreds of years. Bladderwrack, which sounds like a made up name from a Dr. Seuss book, has many healing properties and benefits.

Bladderwrack

What is Bladderwrack?

A member of the kelp family, bladderwrack grows in the cool waters of oceans around the world. It is easily recognizable by the air filled bladders, known as thalli, that keep the plant afloat. This type of seaweed prefers sheltered inlets without much current and it is found in huge numbers in such areas.

Bladderwrack was the original source of iodine, which was hugely important in treating various conditions. While the plant has been used in alternative medicine for centuries, it has only recently become well-known to the general public. High levels of mucilage, beta-carotene, iodine, potassium, zeaxanthin, and other organic compounds give this seaweed its health boosting properties.

Bladderwrack

Benefits of Bladderwrack

So what does bladderwrack do?

• Provides easily assimilable trace minerals for the thyroid, as well as iodine to act as an Epstein Barr antiseptic so that the viral cells will die off. This enhances the function of the thyroid. Bladderwrack also removes heavy metals from the intestinal tract, starving EBV.

• Increases metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. When your body is operating at a high level and burning off more fat, the appetite is naturally suppressed, preventing obesity and related health issues that come along with it.

• Contains high levels of beta-carotene, making it ideal for improving vision. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the eyes and cornea, slowing down macular degeneration and preventing the development of cataracts.

• Possesses anti-inflammatory properties, relieving conditions such as gout, arthritis, and skin irritation. Bladderwrack can successfully reduce swelling and relieve pain in sore muscles and joints.

• Contains a unique type of fiber called fucoidan that lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels, and provides anti-tumor effects.

• Relieves constipation and adds bulk to the bowels, promoting a smooth digestive process that is efficient in terms of nutrient uptake. This helps to relieve excess gas, bloating, cramping, and more serious conditions such as gastric ulcers and colon cancer.

• Prevents atherosclerosis and other cholesterol-related afflictions by raising good cholesterol levels. This helps to lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks, while lessening the strain on the cardiovascular system.

• Slows the aging process, keeping the skin healthy and young looking, by reducing age spots and blemishes and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Bladderwrack’s antioxidants boosts skin elasticity, keeping it fit and toned.

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack Warning

Because this plant comes from the sea, those with seafood or iodine allergies should not take bladderwrack. Avoid it as well if you have conditions such as low blood pressure or edema.

Bladderwrack can be taken in capsule form or purchased freeze-dried in flakes. The dried seaweed can be used for skin products, added to smoothies, or brewed for tea.

Bladderwrack

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Powerful Pomegranates

These colorful fruits are very popular and known primarily for being high in antioxidants. However the pomegranate has amazing health benefits making it a food to indulge in often. Anthony William writes that each juicy ruby colored seed inside powerful pomegranates contains a universe of healing. Breaking open those seeds, called arils, releases the full potential of those tiny universes to come to our aid.

Powerful Pomegranates

When we eat fresh pomegranate seeds a chemical reaction occurs whenever the fruit’s acids, which are full of phytochemicals, come into contact with unhealthy hardenings of bile, protein buildup and toxic forms of calcium. They immediately begin to break down, making pomegranates helpful for dissolving gallstones, kidney stones, nodules, calcifications and small cysts.

This fruit strengthens red and white blood cell counts. It restores glucose reserves in the liver, so that the organ can release glucose into the bloodstream as needed. This helps to protect the adrenal glands. If the liver doesn’t have an adequate supply of glucose then the adrenals are forced to pump hormones such as cortisol into the blood to keep the body going. This can lead to overactive adrenal glands and eventual burnout. Pomegranate’s high quality glucose is excellent for the brain as well, supporting the abilities to focus and concentrate.

Powerful Pomegranates

In addition pomegranates contain trace minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium and chromium that are very bioavailable and easily assimilable, and high levels of vitamins C and K.

Eating pomegranates regularly unclogs pores and hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and benefitting the skin and scalp, lowers blood pressure and eases the symptoms of arthritis.

Pomegranates curb excessive hunger and the tendency to overeat if the seeds are consumed before a meal. They also regulate hormones by flushing out unproductive estrogens that contribute to cancer. Pomegranates detoxify DDT and other pesticides, eliminate lactic acid build up in the muscles and prevents the overproduction of earwax.

Bringing more pomegranates into the diet also helps with these conditions and symptoms: Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain fog, memory loss, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, Epstein Barr, Lyme’s disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, muscle cramps, myelin nerve damage, eye floaters, body pain, head pain, inflammation, itchy skin and hives.

Powerful Pomegranates

So the thing about pomegranates is being able to easily get to those amazing seeds. My first experience with deseeding a pomegranate turned into a huge mess, with seeds everywhere, including on the floor. Very few of those sweet-tart bubbles of goodness ended up in my bowl.

I love pomegranate seeds though, and I persevered. One method that works well is to score the skin around the middle of the fruit and then carefully pry the pomegranate apart into two halves. Gently…oh so gently…flex each half to loosen the seeds. Using any force snaps the fruit into sections and scatters the seeds. Turn the pomegranate half cut side down over a bowl and whack the other side with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall into the bowl.

I have not tried the bowl of water trick yet, for removing seeds. See this method demonstrated in the video below.

Enjoy pomegranate seeds fresh from the fruit, run through the juicer with other fruits, or sprinkle on salads, hummus, stir fry, or cooked veggies.

Don’t forego enjoying powerful pomegranates because they can be messy to open and deseed. They are well worth the effort. Pomegranates teach us to prepare for life’s messes and embrace them so that we can receive the most from what comes our way.

Powerful Pomegranates

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Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

I enjoy making my own dressings and sauces to dress up freshly prepared foods. My lemongrass plant has supplied me abundantly with leaves for hot and cold teas. I searched for a simple sauce recipe that used this fragrant herb as an ingredient. I found one that I adapted slightly that combines lemongrass with fresh cilantro, creating a flavorful sauce that makes a wonderful accompaniment for veggies.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

1 tablespoon ginger, minced or finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 large bunch fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons dried or fresh lemongrass, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce or sugar free sriracha sauce

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup light olive oil, extra virgin

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/3 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, blending until smooth. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Store in refrigerator.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

I snipped fresh lemongrass from the herb garden for this easy to make sauce. The consistency is thin enough to serve as a pesto with gluten free pasta. It also makes a delicious dipping sauce for nori wrapped veggie roles or fresh cut up veggies.

Today I drizzled cilantro lemongrass sauce over a veggie bowl that included half a baked potato, chopped tomatoes fresh on my garden, and avocado slices. The tangy lemony herb combined with the rich distinctive flavor of cilantro was so good. This simple sauce is already a favorite.

Cilantro Lemongrass Sauce

Red Marine Algae

Just as the earth provides a bounty of foods and herbs that offer healing to the body, the oceans of the world contribute to our health and well being too. Seaweeds, plants and algae supply powerful nutrients that support the immune system and combat viruses and diseases. Today’s Sunday Supplement focus is on Red Marine Algae.

Red Marine Algae

What is Red Marine Algae?

Algae is classified by color. Red Marine Algae belongs to the Rhodophyta class and it is well known for its antioxidants, which help boost the immune system to fight off free radical damage. Red Marine Algae contains an antiviral compound that combats the shingles virus, HIV and cold sores. It may even help fight strains of germs that are resistant to certain medications.

Red Marine Algae is anti-inflammatory, and naturally acts as an analgesic, while providing gastro-protective, anticoagulant, anti-thrombotic and anti-tumor properties. This nutrient rich food helps to prevent cancer as well.

Red Marine Algae

Health Benefits of Red Marine Algae

Along with boosting and supporting the immune system, this sea food provides other health benefits.

• Supports skin and eye health, and helps to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60.

• Reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body. Inhibits the formation of gastric ulcers.

• Lowers “bad” cholesterol, regulates blood sugar levels and promotes healthy blood circulation.

• Prevents DNA damage, relieves chronic fatigue, assists in weight loss and restores blood pH to an alkaline status.

• Powerful antiviral properties remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body and reduces the viral load.

• Fights viruses including Epstein Barr, shingles, HIV, HPV, herpes, encephalo-myocarditis, hepatitis A and B, and yellow fever.

Red Marine Algae is one of the true gifts of the sea. It can be purchased in powdered or capsule form.

Red Marine Algae

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Miraculous Raw Honey

There are so many reasons to appreciate this golden wild food. Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, calls raw, unprocessed honey “nothing less than a miracle from God and the earth”.

Miraculous Raw Honey

Let’s put to rest the main concern about people have about consuming honey: it’s not sugar. Don’t confuse the natural sweetness of this nectar with processed sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The fructose and glucose in honey is good for us. It is full of thousands of phytochemical compounds, including pathogen killers and protectors against radiation damage and cancer. In fact, raw honey can shut down the cancerous growth process in tumors.

Honey is highly absorbable and its B12 coenzymes make it a powerful brain food. Plus raw honey repairs DNA and it is extremely high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum and manganese. Its anti inflammatory properties inhibit pathogens from procreating and releasing toxins that further elevate inflammation.

Our immune systems are constantly bombarded by the microorganisms that we encounter. Raw honey, one of the most adaptogenic foods in existence, supports the immune system so it can combat those microorganisms. When we are dealing with a weakened immune system and infectious diseases such as colds, flus and stomach bugs, or food poisoning, raw honey helps strengthen the body’s defense systems.

We can bring more raw honey into our lives to help with these conditions: sinus and ear infections, diabetes, hypoglycemia, allergies, staph infections, MRSA, SIBO, infertility, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, colds, cancers, Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory issues, autoimmune disorders, respiratory infections, bronchitis, joint pain, headaches, stomachaches and dry skin. (Info from Life Changing Foods)

Miraculous Raw Honey

This is how I have brought more honey into my life. I purchase raw organic honey locally. It’s important to purchase honey from local bee keepers because the bees collect pollen from area flowers and plants, including the ones we can have allergic reactions to.

During allergy season, spring and late fall for me, I take a spoonful of raw honey daily, along with an Ester C vitamin and a spoonful of sugar free elderberry syrup, to prevent allergic reactions. I have not had allergy symptoms in two years, and I formerly suffered from severe seasonal allergies.

I add raw honey to a bowl of berries for a special treat and use it in place of sugar in recipes such as curries and sauces. Raw honey is great in turmeric milk, made with unsweetened almond coconut milk, and can be added to herbal teas or lemon water for an extra boost to the immune system. Drizzle it over frozen banana ice cream or chopped apples.

And I add 1/4 teaspoon of raw honey to the face serum that I make, because it is wonderfully restorative to the skin. It also is beneficial for healing small wounds and abrasions and helps to heal scars.

I used to laugh at Winnie the Pooh and his obsession with eating honey. Now I realize that silly old bear was on to something amazing.

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