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Meet Moringa Oleifera!

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Do your own research…

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MORINGA SUPPORT

The powerful benefits of Zija have been validated with hundreds of thousands of positive individual experiences. To maximize Moringa’s remarkable health benefits, Zija enlisted the help of Dr. Joshua Plant, Biomedical Scientist. Moringa is changing lives every day, and we are positioned to deliver it to the world like never before!

While modern science is just now discovering the many benefits of Moringa, its uses and benefits date back thousands of years. Ancient Indian writings as far back as 150 BC refer to the Moringa tree and its healthful uses. Early Romans, Greeks and Egyptians prized its therapeutic properties and used it to protect skin, make perfume, and purify water for drinking.

Moringa has most recently been recognized by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations World Food Program, and more.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research, has also started to pay attention to Moringa. In March of 2008, it was featured in their “Mystery Plant Challenge”. The following are some highlights from that article:

This year’s mystery plant has important medicinal properties. Perhaps like no other single species, it has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.
Unlike the plants in previous contests that came from Africa, it originally came from Tamil Nadu. It is now grown in many tropical areas of the world. It can easily be grown in drought, on poor, damaged soils and can also help to reclaim them. Its seeds also contain oil that can be used as a source of renewable energy.
All parts of this plant can be eaten. Its high-quality oil can be used in cooking and its leaves can be consumed as a tea or as a nutritious substitute for milk. The leaves are an excellent source of protein and iron, which cannot be found in many other plants.
It contains many vitamins and minerals, literally from A to zinc, and all of the essential amino acids.
It is grown in all countries of the world that experience malnourishment. It could save millions of lives. It can be used to purify polluted water, working as both a coagulant (for removal of turbidity) and as an anti-microbial. Extracts from its seeds can be used on a small or large scale as a low-cost, locally available alternative for water treatment chemicals.
It is known by over 100 names in different languages around the world.

Source: “What is IT? NIH Celebrates Earth Day 2008.” NIH Record 2008. Web.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

ZIJA’S MORINGA

By Dr. Joshua Plant

Over the last 50 years we have observed the widespread commoditization of food. While it is cheaper and more readily available than ever before, the low-cost manufacturing and harvesting practices used to produce food have compromised its nutritional value. For example, 100 years ago the average person consumed around 200 grams of fiber daily; today that number is closer to 15 grams. The result is a worldwide nutritional famine.

The beneficial properties of Moringa are unparalleled and highly unique. Moringa is enriched with both water and fat-soluble vitamins, it is an excellent source of the amino acids that our body craves, and it has rare phytocompounds that aid in promoting a healthier body.

Recognizing that the nutrition in Moringa is not immune to harsh harvesting and manufacturing practices, Zija has gone above and beyond industry standards to deliver the most nutritious Moringa possible. From tree to mouth, Zija scrutinizes each step to ensure that nutrition is at the forefront of all decisions in the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing processes. I will address just a few of the steps that Zija takes to ensure that the nutrition of our products is never compromised; after all, Moringa without its nutrition becomes just another plant.

MORINGA FARMS

Not all Moringa is created equal. In fact, depending on where Moringa trees are grown, their nutritional content can vary significantly. Knowing this, Zija has vetted several different locations and farms where our Moringa trees will have the highest nutrient content available, even if it comes at a premium cost.

DRYING PROCESS

We work tirelessly to ensure that Moringa’s nutritional properties are conserved as much as possible during its harvesting and preparation. While shade drying is a much longer and more costly process than drying in the sun, it also prevents harmful UV rays from crosslinking vitamins and minerals, which would render them inert. This once again demonstrates Zija’s commitment to delivering the most nutritious Moringa possible.

MORINGA BLEND

Zija has created a proprietary blend that incorporates several different efficacious parts of the Moringa tree. This blend has allowed us to achieve a complementary nutritional profile. For example, even though Moringa leaves contain a lot of Vitamin C, the pods contain even more. By combining Moringa leaves, seeds, and fruit, we can maximize Moringa nutrition in products such as SmartMix, SuperMix, XMprotein, XMburn, XM+ Energy Mix, XM3 Energy Drink, XMam, and XMpm.

PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

As a leader in manufacturing technology, Zija uses state of the art machinery for each and every one of our products. Understanding that nutrition can be compromised by exposure to sunlight, oxygen, and time, we quickly blend and assemble our products into airtight sachets that meet the highest standards of manufacturing.

Here at Zija, we are unwilling to compromise the nutritional value of Moringa. In doing so we are able to deliver a highly valuable product that helps address the nutritional void that is so prevalent in today’s diet.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
[Dr. Joshua Plant: Zija’s Biomedical Scientist]

DR. JOSHUA PLANT

Josh graduated first in his class from Harvard Medical School with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. He has done extensive research and been published himself on various health and nutrition topics. He works meticulously to ensure that the quality and nutritional value of Zija’s products is second to none.

Visit….www.lwalling.myzija.com…to learn more!

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For approximately $3.10 a day….WHY NOT!

Need I say more.

xo!

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Love This Smoothie!!!

I love this smoothie to start my day!  Not only is it refreshing and nourishing, it’s great for detoxing too!

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My ingredients for this one….

2 handfuls of baby Kale  (I put mine in the freezer…that way it never goes bad)

1 handful of spinach (opt)

2 handfuls of frozen organic pineapple

2 or 3 drops of Ginger essential oil (then you don’t have to deal with the fibers of fresh)

Splash of pomegranate juice (opt)

Coconut water

4 scoops of my superfood mix! (opt)

Blend and enjoy!

Makes 2 large smoothies!

Superfood Mix Ingredients… I like to mix this up on the weekends and use all week. Cuts down on my prep time when rushing around in the morning.

I add…

Chlorella..Spirulina..Chia Seeds..Hemp Seeds..sometimes ground flax..protein powder..sometimes fiber powder.

 

 

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Easy Peasy Classic Vinaigrette

Most of the salad dressings at the market…shall I say….don’t have the healthiest ingredients.  So here is an easy peasy Classic Vinaigrette I found in Cooking Light!

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

Combine vinegar, shallots, salt, Dijon mustard, and pepper. Gradually add olive oil, stirring until incorporated.

Enjoy!

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Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad

I love love love summer!!  And, I especially love summer salads. This one looks delish!  Enjoy!

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Ingredients

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
7 cups loosely packed baby arugula
2 cups red grapes, halved
2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seed kernels
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Combine vinegar, honey, syrup, and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk.

2. Combine arugula, grapes, seeds, and thyme in a large bowl. Drizzle vinegar mixture over arugula; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.

Thank you myrecipes.com for this yummy recipe!

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There’s A New Superfood In Town

Move over, kale salads and acai bowls. There’s a new superfood in town and it’s here to stay.

Called moringa – a.k.a. the “miracle tree” or “tree of life” – it’s a plant that grows exceptionally fast in hostile environments where most others can’t survive. Think dry, semi-arid places like Darfur and Senegal, in addition to tropical climates (the tree is native to North India).

Below is a breakdown of why moringa is the new superfood that you should definitely keep a lookout for:

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Click here to Read More amazing attributes of this botanical super-food!!  Thank you Elle for this info!

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Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s salad season!!!  I’m going to try this vinaigrette today over a spinach, baby kale, and quinoa salad.  I’m also going to add sliced strawberries and crumbled goat cheese!  I think I’ll also add a drop of Améo Orange Essential Oil too!

Yummmm!

Thank you Food Network and Emeril Lagasse for the recipe… read more!

Ingredients
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, optional*
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
Mesclun salad mix or favorite greens, for accompaniment
Assortment of salad ingredients, such as cherry tomatoes, chopped carrots, sliced red onion, chopped celery, diced cucumbers, walnuts
Blue cheese, for garnish

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/simple-balsamic-vinaigrette-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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Give Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

The Body is amazing!  Given the right tools, it can heal itself in most cases!  The more and more info I see and read about Moringa Oleifera,  it is truly an amazing super-food!  It can actually help the body to heal itself in many ways.  Do something good for your body, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens…. make sure to hydrate!  Water is so important to your system. Also… get off the couch and get some exercise!  Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood.  And, add Moringa Oleifera to your daily routine…why wouldn’t you?!  Do your own research.  This is a great article on Moringa!!

For many centuries Moringa Oleifera was used in traditional medicine, such as the “Ayurveda”, as a treatment Arthritis and Gout. It was believed that Moringa Leaf Powder reduce inflammations and pain caused by these conditions.
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In 2008 the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences of the Putra University in Malaysia, published a research aimed to test if Moringa poses any Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory activities, the same activities achieved by the drugs used in modern medicine such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The research found that the Moringa leaves posses substances that have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activitie; in fact they found that it has high quantities of these substances. This means that Moringa Oleifera use in Indian traditional medicine as a treatment for Arthritis and Gout.
 
The effects of the Moringa is suppressing the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for inflammation processes and pain. Usually the drugs used to suppress this enzyme are NSAID such as Voltaren, Nksin, Adoil, ARCOXIA, Kaspo etc. The side effects of these products include risk for stroke, kidney problems, blood vessels problems, stomach problems and the list goes on.
 
Elevated Blood Pressure
 
Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.  Click here to read more!
For info on why Zija’s Moringa Oleifera is the one to choose, contact me… www.food4thoughtwellness.com ….I can also save you 25% if that is something you are interested in.
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Sweet Potato Frittata With Tomato Salsa

 

Thank you Gordon Ramsay for this Anti-inflammatory recipe!!

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Sweet Potato Frittata With Tomato Salsa
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
For the frittata
1 large sweet potato, about 7-8 ounces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, peeled and minced
Sea salt
Black pepper
4 large eggs
Small handful of chives, finely snipped

For the tomato salsa
8 ounces vine-ripened plum tomatoes
2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced on the diagonal
Handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Pinch of sugar (optional)

Preparation
For the salsa:
1. To make the salsa, halve or quarter the tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper, and a pinch of sugar if you like. Set aside.

For the frittata:
1. Heat the broiler to its highest setting.

2. Peel the sweet potato and cut into ½-inch cubes. Heat a nonstick omelet pan or skillet (suitable for use under the broiler) and add the olive oil.

3. When oil is hot, toss in the potato and shallot, and season well with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, for about 4-5 minutes until potatoes are just tender and lightly golden at the edges.

4. Beat eggs lightly in a bowl, add chives, and pour over sweet potatoes. Shake the pan gently to distribute the ingredients. Cook over low heat, without stirring, for a few minutes until the eggs begin to set at the bottom and around the sides.

5. Place the pan under the hot broiler briefly until the top of the frittata has set. Don’t overcook the eggs or they will turn rubbery. Let stand for a minute, then run a heatproof plastic spatula around the sides of the pan and invert the frittata onto a large plate.

6. Spoon the tomato salsa into a neat pile on top and serve immediately.

 

Enjoy!!!

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ROASTED SALMON WITH ORANGE-HERB SAUCE

Anti-inflammatory cooking!!

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INGREDIENTS

    • 1 large orange, unpeeled, sliced
    • 1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6… 3-ounce skinless salmon fillets (I only buy wild caught)
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • Additional unpeeled orange slices

PREPARATION

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place orange slices in single layer in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Top with onion slices. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until onion is brown and tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 450°F.
    2. Push orange and onion slices to side of baking dish. Arrange salmon in center of dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons dill. Spoon orange and onion slices atop salmon. Roast until salmon is opaque in center, about 8 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, mix orange juice, green onions, lemon juice and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons dill in small bowl.
    4. Transfer salmon to platter. Spoon onion alongside; discard roasted orange slices. Pour orange sauce over fish. Garnish with additional orange slices.
 Thank you epicurious.com for this recipe and info!!!

The Concept

Eating anti-inflammatory foods—and avoiding inflammatory ones—can make weight loss easier, slow down the aging process, and prevent disease.

 

Distinguishing Features

  • Salmon, flax, walnuts, and other omega-3 rich foods are central
  • There’s an emphasis on colorful, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Avocados, nuts, and olive oilprovide monounsaturated fats
  • Liberal use of spices, especially the “hot” ones
  • Flagship flavors: curry, ginger, garlic, and chili peppers

 

This Is Your Diet If…

  • You love exploring international cuisines
  • You’re on an anti-aging crusade
  • You have a great fish market
  • You like to eat out

 

Probably Not for You If…

  • You don’t care for fish
  • You dislike spicy food
  • You live for pasta, potatoes, and bread
  • Cream and butter are your two favorite food groups

 

The Details

Research shows that inflammation in the body not only increases your risk of disease (including heart disease and stroke) but can make it tougher to lose weight as well. This diet emphasizes foods that are high in antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which reputedly help reduce inflammation. Keeping your diet low in sugar further cools the inflammatory fires by keeping blood-sugar levels in check.

Salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts (all rich in omega-3s) are star players, along with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as berries, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. Olive oil is the primary source of fat. Choosing lean meats and low-fat dairy products keeps saturated fat levels down. Vegetable oils, which are high in omega-6 fats (getting too much omega-6 fat is believed to increase inflammation), and simple carbohydrates are minimized.

Certain spices, such as garlic, turmeric, ginger, and chili peppers, also have potent inflammation-reducing abilities, so menus are inflected with Indian, Asian, and Latin flavors.

 

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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Great Anti-inflammatory salad!

Ingredients

Vegan, Gluten free

Produce

  • 1 14 ounce can Black beans
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 1 14 ounce can Corn
  • 4 Green onions
  • 2 Limes, Juice from
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, large

Pasta & Grains

  • 1 cup Quinoa cooked according to package directions

Baking & Spices

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1/3 cup Olive oil

Nuts & Seeds

  • 1 tsp Cumin, ground

Enjoy!

(Thank you Center Cut Cook for the recipe!)

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