It’s A Green Thing

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“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”                                                                                   1 Corinthians 10:31

A couple of months ago when my Nutribullet arrived from Amazon, I dived head first into the juicing and smoothie craze.  It has had an amazing impact on my journey for healthy mind, body and spirit.  I have a lot more energy, my digestive system is happy, my skin is happy and the few pounds that I have lost are just an added bonus.  I usually try to have at least one green smoothie a day and my 2nd smoothie will still include kale and or spinach, but various berries that alter the color from green.  Pictured above are the ingredients that I mix with water and ice for my daily basic green smoothie. Listed below are just a few “green” recipes that I have tried to keep it exciting and from becoming monotonous.  For that extra boost, you can always add a touch of cinnamon, fresh or dry ginger, cashews, walnuts, almonds, flax seeds, etc.  The sky is the limit.  Enjoy! ~P

Pina Colada

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INGREDIENTS


2 cups spinach, fresh
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut flakes, unsweetened (optional)
3 cups pineapple, fresh

Tropical Mango-Rita Green Smoothie

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Ingredients


2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup coconut water, unsweetened
1 orange, peeled
2 cups mango, frozen
1 cup pineapple, frozen
Juice of 1/2 lime, plus lime slices for garnish
Coarse salt for rim of glasses (optional)


This tropical smoothie is so yummy, it’s hard to believe it’s packed full of nutrients that does a body good.  This tropical fruit combo packs a big Vitamin C punch and the coconut water base will keeps you hydrated all day long. Oh, and coconut water is great for replenishing lost electrolytes.   // serves 2

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Peachy Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 orange                                                                                                          1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 banana
2 cups spinach
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)

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TROPICAL SKIN CLEANSER GREEN SMOOTHIE


Antioxidants help to prevent and repair damage to body tissues, our skin included. Vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and it’s abundant in pineapple. The addition of avocado brings with it other skin-specific nutrients such as vitamins E, A and zinc. In fact, you could probably use this smoothie on your face as a beauty treatment! // serves 1

INGREDIENTS


1 1/2 cups fresh spinach

1 cup coconut water, unsweetened

1 cup pineapple, frozen

1/4 avocado

DIRECTIONS


1. Blend spinach and coconut water until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

*Use a frozen fruit to make smoothie cold

It’s a ginger thing

Ginger is grown as a root and is a flexible ingredient that can be consumed in drinks (tea, beer, ale) or in cooking. It can be used to make foods spicy and even as a food preservative. For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.

Here are two of my favorite ways to use and enjoy ginger.

DIY Ginger Slimming Body Wrap

“Mix 1 tablespoon of ginger paste with a few tablespoons of your favorite lotion. If you can’t find ginger paste, ground ginger is ok, but I would recommend the paste.  Be sure to be generous with the ginger.

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Take a hand towel and wet it down in water as hot as you can stand it. Wring out the excess water then place it on the area you want to wrap for a few minutes until it cools. This opens up the pores, making the wrap twice as effective.  You can also do the wrap at night after your bath because your pores are already open and you can just sleep in it and shower in the morning to rinse.

Apply a thick layer over skin on the area you wish to reduce. Do not rub in. Wrap area with several layers of clear plastic wrap. Loosely wrap over that with Ace bandages, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Do not wrap too tightly or you will be uncomfortable. The goal is for it to be just tight enough to stay on. Any tighter than that and it will feel like a corset and you won’t be able to keep it on long enough to get results. Lay down or sit and relax. You don’t want to do too much bending or moving. You can get up and walk around if you need to. You are not confined to your bed or chair but take it easy. Watch a movie or read a book. This is your spa day so no housework until your wrap is over. You want to leave it on for at least 4 to 6 hours.  Right away you will begin to feel a tingling sensation as the ginger begins to work.  After we removed the wrap and wiped off the mixture we still felt the warmth on our skin minutes afters. It felt so good. We really enjoyed the ginger effect and found it really relaxing.
Some have lost as much as three inches! My Mom and I didn’t measure ourselves, but we really enjoyed our own do-it- yourself spa wrap and I hope you will too!

Read more about DIY Slimming Body Wrap 5 – Ginger EditionThe Skinniest You | The Skinniest You on: http://theskinniestyou.com/diy-slimming-body-wrap-5/?utm_source=INK&utm_medium=copy&utm_campaign=share&

Ginger Lemon Tea

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Boil a generous portion of the ginger root in a  medium pot of water.  After it comes to a rapid boil, remove the pot from the fire and cover with the lid.  Allow the tea to steep for at least 30 minutes to hour.  For a spicier ginger flavor, add a little ground ginger to the pot as it’s steeping. Add lemon to taste. I like to have a cup with breakfast and a cup after dinner. It’s tasty, spicy and it’s all good! Enjoy hot or cold.

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Here ‘s a list of some of the amazing benefits of ginger that you may not aware of. Although some of these are still being debated, you could do your own research if you want to use ginger for medicinal purposes.

Maintains Normal Blood Circulation.  Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

Remedies Motion Sickness. Ginger is a known effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown, but in a study of naval cadets, those given ginger powder suffered less.

Improves absorption. Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.

Cold and Flu Prevention. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day

Combats Stomach Discomfort. Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen

Colon Cancer Prevention. A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Reduce Pain and Inflammation. Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.

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Fights Common Respiratory Problems. If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment. Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Strengthens Immunity. Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.

Combats Morning Sickness. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.

CHEERS!!! Delish Summer Drink!!

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I am always looking for a refreshing summer drink and my new favorite is Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer is a non alcoholic crisp and refreshing libation. I have only purchased Ginger beer but I did find a reciepe online and will try in the future to make my own.

Non Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Makes about 3 cups of ginger beer base or enough for 15-20 servings.

1/2 pound fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1-2 cups purified water

1/8-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/1-1 cups raw agave nectar or honey

candied ginger, optional

sparkling water or club soda

Combine the prepared ginger root along with the purified water in the bowl of a high powered blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade. Blend or process for about 3-5 minutes.

Strain the ginger pulp through a fine mesh strainer or a strainer lined in wet cheesecloth. Use a spoon or ladle to press all of the liquid through leaving only the dry pulp.

Return the pulp back to the blender or food processor along with another cup of water and process for another 3-5 minutes.

Repeat the straining and discard the remaining pulp.

Add 1/4 cup of the freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1 cup of raw agave nectar to the strained ginger juice. Blend together. Do not add additional agave or lime until after you have sampled the mixture with soda.

In a 10-12 ounce highball style glass, measure 1-2 ounces of the ginger base. Add about 7-8 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, stir, and taste to make any adjustments.

If you prefer a sweeter base, add more agave. You can even add sugar or blend in some candied ginger for a considerably sweeter gingery drink.

If you want it to be more citrusy, add more lime juice. Be careful not to add too much lime as it might interfere with the gingery nature of the beverage. Add only a little at a time until it is just to your liking. Another option for additional lime essence without overwhelming the base with juice would be to serve the brew with a twist of lime run around the rim of the glass before serving.

Store the ginger base in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings ready to go.

When serving, mix drinks individually or make a pitcher for a larger crowd.

Cheers

*Ginger root is great for you as a metabolism booster as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory where regular consumption of the root has been proven to help reduce and alleviate the pain and swelling associated with chronic ailments.