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10 foods to keep you healthy and vibrant

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Organic Pastures Organic raw butter

Read benefits of raw butter here.  This is what I cook with, along with coconut oil.  “When produced from the cream of grass-fed cows, butter is extraordinarily rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2; further, it is a rich source of the antioxidant beta carotene which accounts for its rich golden color.  And in the beautiful synchronicity of nature, beta carotene, like many antioxidants, is best absorbed when paired with fat (read more about why you should butter your vegetables). Due to the presence of milk solids including casein and lactose, butter has a low smoke point of about 350 degrees Fahrenheit and is therefore suitable to gentle cooking.  Clarified butter and ghee, however, have been slowly melted and then filtered to remove these milk solids.  The resultant fat is free from offending proteins and sugars and is often well-tolerated by those suffering from dairy sensitivities.  Further, after the removal of the milk solids, clarified butter and ghee can tolerate higher heats up to 485 degrees Fahrenheit.” (excerpt from Nourished Kitchen, LLC)

Coconut spray oil

It is particularly rich in lauric acid, a nourishing fat only otherwise found in abundance in human breast milk.  Lauric acid is known as an immune booster.  Further, coconut oil plays an enormous role in the traditional diets of South Pacific islanders who enjoyed resilient health prior to the wide-spread availability of processed foods, sugars and industrial vegetable oils. With a smoke point of about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil is suited to baking and light sauteing.

Himalayan Pink Salt

Known as the purest salt on earth.  Salt is a necessary component of our physical body.  I take a tsp of this every morning in warm water.  Here are some benefits.  Please consult your doctor if you have any questions.

  1. Regulating the water content throughout your body.
  2. Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
  3. Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
  4. Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
  5. Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
  6. Supporting respiratory health.
  7. Promoting sinus health.
  8. Prevention of muscle cramps.
  9. Promoting bone strength.
  10. Regulating your sleep — it naturally promotes sleep.
  11. Supporting your libido.
  12. Promoting vascular health.
  13. In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.

Wine (how’d that slip in?!)

I love a decadent bottle of red.  In moderation now than when I was 10 years younger, of course. Read about benefits here.

FRENZ free range eggs

Quite possibly the best eggs on the planet.  Along with the hefty price tag comes an amazing, rich, yellow yolk.  I swear I can taste the difference.  If you are looking for eggs (which nowadays can be quite confusing to figure out which ones to get), I personally prefer brown eggs, cage free AND free-range.  Organic feed is fine – but if they are free range, you know they are grazing on green pastures instead of being fed organic grains.  Grains are a no-no.

Home-made Raw organic almond milk

(or “Golden Milk” as I’d like to call it with secret ingredients of Manduka 16+ honey and organic Turmeric)  I refuse to buy store bought almond milk anymore as it’s so easy to make your own.  Buy RAW unpasteurized almonds, soak one cup in filtered H2O overnight, rinse, put in blender with 4 cups filtered water, blend and drain with cheese cloth.  I even save the bits & dehydrate it for further use.  Dehydration basically converts it to almond meal/flour, like the ones sold in the market.

Organic Turmeric

Powerful little root.  It looks funny, is part of the ginger family, and really packs a punch.  It promotes anti-inflammation, is a powerful antioxidant, and just recently has been shown to block a certain enzyme that causes head and neck cancer.  Read here.

Fresh Raw Almond Butter

I’ll be making my own home-made version soon, but in the meantime, this one is delicious.  I love it when I need a quick pick me up, meaning a tablespoon in between teaching my classes.  It gives me the healthy fats I need to keep my energy going.  Hubby likes it in his protein shake.  It’s good.  Real good.

Madras Curry and Cauliflower sauerkraut salad

Found this little gem hiding in the fridge section at Whole Foods.  It is delicious to say the least.  Fermented vegetables are rich in nutrients, fiber and digestion-enhancing enzymes. They also help the intestinal tract maintain a healthy balance of flora by increasing beneficial bacteria.

Pot o’ home brewed green tea

Been drinking a mug full for nearly 2 decades.  By now, we should all know the benefits of green tea. If you are just jumping on the wagon, read more here.

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