Nutrition for Body and Soul

What Do You Do When The Boys Are Watching Baseball!?!?!?

What do you do when the boys are watching baseball?  Well, you go for a hike of course!!!  Beautiful evening yesterday.  Cooled off a bit, great sunset, long-time friends, yummy dinner…..what more could you ask for!  Great way to end the weekend!

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We were very surprised to still see water at the falls!

Enjoy the beauty around you!

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Orange & Cucumber Salad with Spring Greens

Doesn’t this just sound delish!!!!

Orange & Cucumber Salad with Spring Greens!

1/2 English (Organic) cucumber….thinly sliced

3 to 4 small oranges (such as clementines), peeled and sectioned

2 big handfuls baby arugula leaves

1 baby bok choy, thinly sliced

1/2 bunch watercress leaves

1 cup green sprouts (such as pea shoots)

Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds, as desired

Juice of 1/2 orange (or few drops of Améo Orange Essential Oil)

Juice of 1/2 lemon (or few drops of Améo Lemon Essential Oil)

1 teaspoon each lemon and orange zest, or more to taste, optional (but highly recommended)

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl.  Toss together and serve!!


Thank you Nava Atlas, for this great recipe out of your book “Wild About Greens”


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Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

A lot of you have asked me for salad dressing recipes so that you can get away from the store bought brands (that are not always that healthy for you).  This cucumber yogurt dressing looks yummy.  Thank you for the recipe!  Check for more recipes too!

Many salad dressings are land mines for your diet: Trans fat, sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors pop up on nutritional labels, wreaking havoc on otherwise healthy green dishes. Choosing fat-free varieties isn’t a great idea, either, because certain nutrients in vegetables can’t be absorbed without fat. Instead, get the most out of your salad by whipping up these easy, figure-friendly dressings that use natural ingredients and heart-healthy olive oil. They’ll add flavor to your greens for less than 50 calories per serving.

Cucumber Yogurt Dressing


1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
3 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried dill


Place all ingredients in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Note: Though 86 percent of the calories come from fat, this dressing has less than 2 grams of fat per tablespoon–far less than full-fat dressings, which carry anywhere from 7 to 10 grams of fat per tablespoon.

A Smiling Young Woman Pouring Salad Dressing Over a Bowl of Salad

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Moringa is now more famous than ever in many parts of the world, and that fame is igniting exciting research projects in agriculture, forestry, botany, food and drug industries, health and cosmetics.

The following is out of the book “Moringa, an Introduction! by Monica Marcu, a clinical pharmacologist. To order this book go to


As stated in the book….

I would like to warmly introduce to you Moringa oleifera, the most studied of 13 species of Moringa trees.  Moringa o. is a fast-growing shrub or slender tree that can reach 12m (36 ft.) in height at maturity and can live for up to 20 years.  A short but intense life,…it is one of the fastest-growing trees as it can reach 3m (9 ft.) in just 10 months after it is planted.  Moringa is a “compassionate” ideal tree for agroforestry since its branches can be easily trimmed to regulate shade, and the open crown allows the sunlight to reach the garden vegetables below.  Moringa produces beautiful cream-colored, sweet-smelling flowers, great for teas or as a honey source.  The pods (triangular, 30 to 50cm long) host the black, winged seeds.  Of all the Moringa parts, the bark is the only on that can be toxic for human consumption and it should be avoided.  The other parts (green or dried leaves, buds, pods, seeds and seed oil, flowers) are edible raw or cooked, and are packed with exceptionally valuable nutrients for humans and animals.  Around the would, Moringa is getting better and better known for its many attributes and uses, wide adaptability and ease of growth.  The number of scientific studies and publications is growing at a fast pace, while anecdotal evidence about Moringa’s health benefits are abounding!

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However, not all Moringa is created equal!….

Thank you Dr. Plant for all of your caring and knowledge!

There are five key points that are critical in ensuring the highest possible quality of Moringa.
1) Species:
There are 13 different species of the Moringa genus, each specie differs widely in it’s nutritional content and value. Moringa oleifera, is claimed to be the most nutritiously dense through numerous scientific publications.
2) Sourcing:
Additionally to Moringa oleifera being the most nutritiously dense of all the Moringa genus, Moringa oleifera’s nutritional value also depends on where it is grown, and when it is harvested. Several studies, including thesis work from prominent universities has shown this. Look for a company that sources their Moringa oleifera from India near the base of the Himalayas, numerous data points to this as the ideal location for maximizing Moringa’s nutritional impact.
3) Preparation:
There are several ways in preparing Moringa oleifera for consumption. The most nutritiously advantageous way is to shade dry the moringa leaves, this helps to naturally preserve and enrich for Moringa’s inherent nutrition. The second, and much more common way, is to dry the moringa in the sun. Though cheaper and quicker the ultra-violet radiation from the sun can crosslink the nutrients rendering them inert for physiological benefit.
4) Blend:
Moringa oleifera is a tree, and with that the nutritional power of the Moringa’s nutrition is found in different parts of the tree. For example, the leaves are enriched in amino acids, while the seeds are enriched in the essential fatty acids, and finally the fruit contains the powerful minerals critical for cell to cell communication. To maximize the nutritional power of Moringa oleifera, one must look to these three components.
5) Manufacturing:
Manufacturing can create havoc on natural products. It is often in this step that many natural botanicals loose their effectiveness. To overcome these challenges one must look to a company whose manufacturing is NSF certified, thereby giving greater confidence that they are adhering to practices that allow for quality found throughout the manufacturing process.

Watch this Moringa oleifera documentary for more info!!

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Do you Moringa???  I sure do!!!!

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Let’s Whoop That Booty Into Shape!!!



Most girls and some guys like to sculpt the perfect butt to make them look better in those tight new skinny jeans. If you are someone who wants to really target your glutes, you’ll definitely need some of these great butt exercises that are listed below in not one, but TWO amazing workouts to use during your week;y routine.  Click here to read more!  Thank you goes to Science of Eating!!

Work that body!!!

Food 4 Thought!!

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Food 4 Thought!!

Love this!!!!


(Not sure who to give credit for this….but great job!)

Food 4 Thought!!

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Throw Together Thursday!

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What’s in the veggie drawer of your fridge!?  Tonight… A red onion, red pepper, and zucchini…yes, organic! My husband is great at the grill!  A little coconut oil spray and organic no salt seasoning! Yummy! And easy!! Real ‘Fast Food!’

Food 4 Thought!


What Are You Doing For Your Health????


Think about it!! xo

Food 4 thought!

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Get Relief Naturally!

The other day I got a slight sunburn on my back and shoulders, Yes..I let it happen!  Happens to the best of us!  Walking all over Malibu, such an awesome day, I didn’t think about it until I COULD FEEL IT!  The top of my husband’s feet were bright red too!  I had made a bottle of “Cut, Scrape and Rash Relief”, and decided to give it a try!  It worked wonderfully!  So I’d like to share the recipe with you!

Cut, Scrape and Rash Relief

In a 2 oz. mister bottle… combine 5 drops of Améo Tea Tree oil (which happens to be 10% off until August 21st), 5 drops of Améo True Lavender oil, and 2 drops of Améo Frankincense oil.  Fill the rest of the bottle with Améo Fractionated Coconut Oil and shake will.  Spray directly onto minor cuts, scrapes, rashes, and itchy spots (and now I know sunburns too!) several times daily to help relieve them and speed recovery.  Shake before each use!

For Améo Essential Oils contact me here!  Why Améo??…click here!!

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Relief Awaits!!

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