Amazing Smoothie Recipes

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I’ve been craving a smoothie for about a week now, so i decided to look up some smoothie recipes and luckily ended up stumbling across a wide variety of really easy and quick smoothie recipes that i thought you would enjoy!

Here is a list of my favorites!

– Triple-Berry Blend 1 1/2 cups mixed blackberries, strawberries and raspberries with 1 cup each milk and ice, and sugar to taste.

– Raspberry-Orange Blend 1 cup each orange juice and raspberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup ice, and sugar to taste.

– Carrot-Apple Blend 1 cup each carrot juice and apple juice with 1 1/2 cups ice.

– Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

– Pomegranate-Cherry Blend 1 cup frozen pitted cherries, 3/4 cup pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch each of cinnamon and salt, and 2 cups ice.

– Blueberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1 cup ice.

– Pineapple-Mango Blend 1 cup each chopped pineapple and mango, 1 cup coconut water, a dash of ground allspice and 1 cup ice. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

– Green Tea–Almond Brew 1 1/2 cups extra-strong green tea; cool completely. Blend with 1/3 cup almonds, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup ice.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-smoothies.page-4.html?oc=linkback

Dania Shoukry

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Spend money at Smoothie King? Here’s Ginger X Kale Smoothie Recipe!

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1½ cup of Kale

½ cup of Ginger (5-10g) (5 gram will be better for people who have never tried ginger..)

½ cup of Apple

½ cup of Orange

½ cup of water or coconut water

¼ cup of Ice

¼ cup of Honey

Benefits of Kale

1. Benefits for preventing cancers! (Bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate.

2. Detoxification system because of glucosinolates
Benefits of Ginger
1. Anti-Inflammatory effects
2. Immunization
3. Less gastrointestinal distress
Want to know more about the benefits of ginger and Kale? Visit http://www.whfoods.com/ and search Ginger and Kale!
 병Ben Lee

Eat More Artichokes!

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Artichokes are a beneficial vegetable that belong to the sunflower family, artichokes contain many medicinal and health benefiting qualities. Fresh artichokes are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin and folic acid. They are also a low calorie vegetable that makes them attractive to those trying to slim down. Artichokes are a popular winter vegetable, although in some countries they may be available all year long. They are a tasty vegetable that can be used in a variety of different ways, however, if your aim is to lose weight stay away from fattening dressings, and artichoke dips as they contain loads fat and calories.

For more information on artichokes, feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!

By Dania Shoukry

POMEGRANATES

Pomegranate is a nutritional fruit that is thought to have originally originated from Persia. It is one of the most known fruits and has been around for thousands of years. The fruit has been a historical symbol of fertility and eternal life.

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Pomegranate contains a good source of healthy nutrients for the body. They contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols. The antioxidants in pomegranates are higher than those in green tea, cranberries and blueberries.

Pomegranates not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages go away.

Moreover, it is believed that pomegranates have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and prostate cancer. The outstanding fruit contains an excellent source of vitamin C and, has potent anti cancer and immune supporting effects.

By Dania Shoukry

Detoxes have become very popular, but do they really work?

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Detoxes are usually done to remove toxins from the body and to lose weight. Detoxes usually consist of a strict diet that may consist of a good amount of herbal juices, fruits, fruit/vegetable juices, raw vegetables, and tons of water.

Some people are usually impressed with their bodies after completion of the detox period; some even report that they feel healthier and more energetic. However detoxes have not been scientifically proven yet.

If you are considering to start a detox, you should consult your doctor first, as some detoxes have some side effects to them such as loss of energy, paleness, loss of vitamins, and loss of concentration just to name a few.

If you are going considering doing a detox to remove toxins from the body I wouldn’t be too concerned. However, if you are considering doing a detox with the motive to lose weight, keep in mind that these fad diets aren’t a good term solution and will most likely end up affecting you negatively. The best solution to keep up with the results of a detox is to adapt a healthy diet by making it a lifestyle change to maintain for long term results instead of short term results.

By Dania Shoukry

WHY DRINK GREEN TEA?

Green tea has been used as a herbal medicine since many years ago.. Green tea originated in China and quickly gained popularity due to its miraculous health benefits. A couple of reasons why  green tea is beneficial for you:

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  • Aids in weight loss as it increases the metabolism.
  • Reduces the risk of esophageal cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Helps with wrinkles and signs of aging.
  • Helps regulate glucose levels by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating.
  • Helps you relax.

By Dania Shoukry

EAT YOUR VEGGIES!

Vegetables are not always our favorite food to devour on, but they should be!

Vegetables carry a variety of vitamins that we need in order to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Eat your greens” is phrase that has been said to us since we were just babies, I’m sure that you are all tired of hearing. But believe me, the truth is that most of us still tend to eat them less often than we should. A study that was conducted in 2009, shockingly found that fewer than 10% of Americans eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. It is vital to build a habit to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily; as they will prove to be beneficial in ways you never thought were possible.

Here is a list of a few vegetables and the benefits they contain:

Avocados: Its true avocados do contain a lot of fat, but it’s the good type of fat, the one that is the cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated kind that nutritionists love. They are rich in vitamin E and they contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that protects eye health

Kale: Contains vision and immune boosting vitamin A, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and also has bone boosting vitamin K, all these vitamins help it fight cancer, just another reason why we should eat even more of it.

Brussels Sprouts: Contains vitamins A and C, a birth defect fighting folate and blood pressure balancing potassium.

Edamame: Contains a good healthy source of protein especially for vegetarians. When eaten instead of fatty meat, it may lower cholesterol by reducing saturated fat intake.

Green Beans: Are loaded with fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making them especially beneficial for people with diabetes.

Asparagus: contains vitamins K,C,A, and folate. It is famous for a healthy dose of inulin, which, promotes digestive health and is high in fibre. Asparagus also contain an amino acid called asparagine, which helps cleanse the body of waste.

By Dania Shoukry

6 BENEFITS FROM DRINKING WARM LEMON WATER IN THE MORNING

Believe it or not! Drinking warm lemon water first thing you wake up has been thought to carry many health benefits. Preparing a cup of warm lemon water is quick, easy, affordable and above all carries marvelous health benefits.

Warm Lemon Water:

1) Boosts the Immune System

2) Helps Detox the Body

3) Aids in Digestion

4) Alkalizes the Body

5) Provides a Good Source of Energy

6) Keeps Skin Beautiful

So whats not to love about drinking warm lemon water?

By Dania Shoukry