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Avocado-Mango Salsa

A GREAT summer salsa!!  Yummy!

Thank you Cooking Light and myrecipes.com for this recipe!!!

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Ingredients

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups chopped peeled avocado
1 cup chopped peeled mango
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
Combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, avocado, mango, chopped cilantro, and juice, tossing gently. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with chips.
To make chips, read more…
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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Protein Bars

Thank you Super Healthy Kids for this recipe!!

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When it comes to choosing a healthy snack for your kiddos, I’m guessing that something with chocolate chips wouldn’t be the first thing you reach for. But today, let me sway your mind with these zucchini chocolate chip protein bars.

Not only do they taste like dessert (so you know your kids will love them), but these snack bars are actually an energizing, protein-packed, fiber-rich treat. And we’ve been able to sneak in fresh fruit AND veggies inside!

They’re also allergy-friendly which is a huge bonus — no gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy!

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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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10 Amazing Summer Popsicle Ideas!

What I love so much about summer is that it brings out my “inner kid”. Playing in playgrounds, running in the sunshine, and exercising myself into an afternoon flop on the couch! Anothe…

Source: 10 Amazing Summer Popsicle Ideas!

Thank you standingstrongwellness for these ideas!!

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Which Parking Lot are you Eating Out of?!

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Even the Birds Know!

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What DO YOU Look for on a Label?

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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.
 
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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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