Would you like to take a walk on the wild side? No, not that wild side silly.....I'm talking about Wild Greens! Right now in many places there are some very nutritious "weeds" growing right in your back yard! These can be used in some great salads, juices and even your favorite smoothie!!
So you say, "I don't like avocados!". Well, we hopefully after reading this, you will learn to LOVE them!
Although all plant foods are beneficial and should be consumed for a healthy body, there are some that stand out above the rest. These plant foods have incredible ways of nourishing the body and detoxifying harmful chemicals and toxins. You will notice, that for the most part these foods help cleansing, heal and detoxify the liver and kidneys, which are your top channels of elimination. Include these foods whenever possible to keep your channels of elimination up and running smoothly!
Have you ever heard about Black Gold? You have? Well, I am going to tell you about a different black gold that is actually a good natural remedy for you and your family.
Inflammation has been proven time and time again to be one of the fundamental processes involved with the development and acceleration of disease. Because of this, researchers have been investigating different plants and plant compounds that are rich in antioxidants in order to ascertain their effectiveness in both curing and preventing disease.
I'm always trying to figure out ways to use that nice pulp left over after juicing my vegetables. In the past, I've made baked carrot muffins, soup, and even a raw carrot cake and a raw burger mix. But I think my favorite way of using the nutritious pulp is to make raw crackers. Flaxseed crackers have many healthful benefits, but adding the veggie pulp just raises the bar a bit. Of course, a lot of the nutrients were in the juice I drank, but there is still quite a bit left including some great fiber.
These crackers turn out better when using a dehydrator.
Yum! Nothing like fresh, hot biscuits for breakfast! But most biscuit recipes have some undesirable ingredients which for some could contribute to high blood pressure and high cholesterol because of the sodium and dairy content, not to mention those with wheat sensitivities. Well, I think I have an answer to the problem.
Do you want to try something interesting? One day, I was trying to come up with a way to make gravy for these great Spelt Biscuits, and I didn't have tofu. And I didn't have non dairy milk. But....I did have sunflower seeds. Yep, sunflower seeds. Of course, it sounds odd, but wouldn't you want to know how good it turned out! Remember, food is our medicine, and sunflower seeds are the only plant food which has Vitamin D. We need this so important vitamin to assimilate and use calcium and magnesium. So since most of us don't get outside very much especially this time of year, why not add some sunlight to your meal?
Here ha go!
1 C. Sunflower Seeds (soaked overnight and drained)
1 t. Garlic Powder
2 T. Nutritional Yeast
1 t. Sea Salt (more or less to taste)
1/4 t. Celery Seed
1 1/2 T. Cornstarch (non-GMO)
Pinch of Cayenne
Naturopathic Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach, Sonja Upham, received medical missionary training and lifestyle education at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center in Alabama and Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. She moved from her position as Webmaster and class lecturer at Uchee Pines back to North Carolina where she serves as Assistant Health Ministries Director at her local church, and Co-founder of HeavenScent Wholistic Health, along with her husband Dave. Furthering her education she attended Global College of Natural Medicine, receiving her Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner certifications. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Naturopathy.