I’m very glad that you all enjoyed the video I made! I definitely want to make more in the very near future. Remember how I had talked about how I was doing things to relieve stress? Well, one of the greatest ways for me is through yoga.
I’ve also been relieving tension through scent. Let me set the relaxing mood for you all…
Ahh, much better.
Looks like I didn’t grind my flaxseeds enough! Oh well. Anyway, this bowl has peaches, apple slices, and banana slices. Gosh, I really love peaches so much right now, and I’m always reminded of Lauren when I eat one. So I think of you often my dear! What are some things that remind you of someone?
This time I mixed the usual oats with some leftover pulp from one of my dad’s juices (mostly carrots, beets, with bits of kale and ginger). Then I added the fruits and ground golden flaxseed!
Frozen bananas are excellent for adding that cooling factor for oats. Although I do make mine the night prior, but it’s just that much more refreshing. Not to mention, the slices kind of melt in your mouth.
I made this bar loosely based on… anything that’s baked with chocolate and bananas! For the ratio of banana chips to dates it was 2/3 cup to 1/3 cup. This was so delicious! In fact, my mom took one of these bars to go when we were at the movies, and as she was unwrapping it I kind of got jealous as the smell was making it’s way over to my nose. Ugh, why didn’t I bring one with me?
“Much research has focused on the beneficial phytonutrients in cabbage, particularly its indole-3-carbinole (I3C), sulforaphane, and indoles. These two compounds help activate and stabilize the body’s antioxidant and detoxification mechanisms that dismantle and eliminate cancer-producing substances. I3C has been shown to improve estrogen detoxification and to reduce the incidence of breast cancer. In one small human study, researchers found that after I3C was given for 7 days, the rate at which estrogen was broken down through the liver’s detoxification pathway increased nearly 50%.“
Click here for more info on the benefits of cabbage.
You know what’s been great? Since I’ve been taking extra care of my liver, I’ve noticed that I can use a lot of recipes I’ve made in the past. The only difference is making a few changes like using ghee for frying instead of another cooking oil. By the way, it’s important to make sure that the oil you’re cooking with is refined to handle high-heat or else it could be releasing carcinogens once it goes over a certain temperature. Labels should disclose that kind of information. For instance, I know that Spectrum’s labels include that information. I’ve also learned to avoid cooking with olive oil at hot temperatures. Ideally, you just want to put it on your food once it’s done cooking. Now where’s the crusty loaf of bread so I can dip it into some olive oil with cracked pepper?
The recipe was baked pinquito beans, but I didn’t have pinquito beans so I just used navy beans as was suggested. This recipe was so delicious–subtly sweet from the apples and honey with a hint of spiciness from the red chile. The garlic and onions have always been a staple in my cooking, but now I’ve been adding fresh ginger as well.
I haven’t made these cheetah rounds in forever! I’ve gotten so use to simply baking whole ones. Oh, I just love sweet potatoes no matter what way I make them… mashed, baked, grilled, or sliced!
It kind of looks like seaweed! But it’s not. I roasted some kale, but not just any old kale.
I’m eager to try more recipes with this new type of kale I got! When I first ventured into my liver strengthening journey I said that I still wanted to go on food adventures. The last thing I want is to end up being bored eating the same thing all of the time. I actually used to loathe leftovers because of this. I always want to try something new! But now I see how convenient leftovers can be when I barely have time to breathe.
Butternut squash will always be one of my favorite foods. As long as my mom’s around there will be atleast something with butternut squash during the week–she loves this squash too! “Oh, and save the seeds and toast them – they’re a wonderful source of nutrition as well as being a delightful and healthy snack! Studies have revealed that they support liver functions and fight various types of cancer.” Also, the vitamin A in butternut squash helps with acne and other important things like the immune system, hormone production, and so many other things. Other foods with vitamin A include fish liver oil, animal liver, apricots, asparagus, beet greens, carrots, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, mangoes, and green leafy vegetables.
I roasted these beautiful beets in the oven and just drizzled them with olive oil afterwards. Then of course came the sea salt and pepper. What are those greens on the side? Why they’re dandelion greens from our garden! Did you know? “Dandelion has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a powerful liver tonic. Dandelion is said to enhance the flow of bile in your body, improving the function of your liver, and remedy liver conditions such as hepatitis, gallstones, and jaundice. A daily cup of dandelion tea is recommended for anyone who feels run-down, sluggish, and over-stressed. Dandelion greens are also an incredibly healthy food — chock full of vitamin C, higher in beta-carotene than carrots and richer in iron and calcium content than spinach.” Whoa! And they actually have a very mild taste. Not like the mustard greens I tried! I now know that I can only handle a small bit at a time or else my nose starts to burn like crazy–kind of like wasabi.
p.s. this is how near of a future I meant!