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Popeye PowerPopeye Power2So here’s my new kitchen toy, VITAMIX, woohoo!! I have wanted this product for such a long time and since getting it, I have been making smoothies, ice cream, sorbets (no judging, I know it hasn’t exactly been great weather for cold stuff – indulge me) and soups. I’m getting ready to start making my own almond milk, sauces, nut butters etc. Mega exciting stuff!!

The vitamix came just in the nick of time – my smoothie maker had just given up on me. So the first thing I made with it was my awesome, yummy green smoothie – here’s the recipe with pictures to boot!! I also made a fabulous mango ice cream, recipe to follow, and will be posting more recipes I make with this fab, fab product, so keep checking back.

The great thing about the vitamix is that it’s quite versatile for a blender. You can make smoothies, ice cream, sorbets, soups (actually heats up), bread mix (which I will be trying out soon) and sauces. It’s so easy to use and clean, and here’s the absolute best part – it comes with seven years warranty. Is that cool or what?!! Anyway enough of me going on, here’s the smoothie recipe.

Mega Fibre Smoothie
4 broccoli florets
Handful spinach
½ cucumber
1 apple
Inch ginger
1 lime
Cup of water
1 tsp. milled flaxseed (I use Linwoods brand)

Put the lot in your juicer or blender (vitamix) except the flaxseed and juice. Pour in a glass, add the flaxseed, mix thoroughly and enjoy!

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1 apple (golden delicious or royal gala)

1 cucumber

3 sticks celery

1 inch ginger

4 broccoli florets

1 tbsp. flaxseed (optional)

Put all ingredients in a juicer or blender, juice and enjoy!

Here’s how it helps:

Cucumber: is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium and potassium. Cucumber is a top choice as a diuretic. It can help control constipation, stomach disorders and acne. The high water content, combined with its ability to balance acid, helps reduce disorders and ailments that may be a cause of over production of various acidic compounds.

Celery: is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and ample supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron and essential amino acids. Celery helps flush the body of excessive carbon dioxide and reduces acidity.

Ginger: is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger contains ginerol, a compound that is thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain.

Apple juice helps soothe the intestines and reduce constipation. It helps clean out harmful bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. The pectin in apples forms a gel in the intestine that eliminates toxins.

Broccoli is a very powerful antioxidant which contains vitamins B and C, folic acid, beta-carotene, phosphorus, fibre, calcium, potassium and iodine. It’s very good for blood pressure and liver problems. Also helps to relieve constipation.

2 apples

1 cucumber

2 celery sticks

1 beetroot

½ handful of parsley

1/2 inch ginger

This juice will help cleanse your liver, kidneys and digestive system, and give them the well needed break from being over-worked breaking down processed foods. Juice the lot in a juicer or blender and enjoy.

 

Cucumber: is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium and potassium. Cucumber is a top choice as a diuretic. It can help control constipation, stomach disorders and acne. The high water content, combined with its ability to balance acid, helps reduce disorders and ailments that may be a cause of over production of various acidic compounds.

Celery: is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and ample supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron and essential amino acids. Celery helps flush the body of excessive carbon dioxide and reduces acidity.

Parsley: is one herb that is usually just used for garnishing food. It is rich in carotenoids, chlorophyll, calcium, Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Parsley is known for its blood-cleansing and healing properties. It is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Parsley neutralizes toxins in your liver, inhibits abnormal cell growth (preventing tumours and cancers), and boosts the immune system.

There are two types of parsley – curly or flat Italian parsley which have the same healing properties. The Italian variety tends to have more flavour and best used in cooking with other strong flavours. Curly parsley can be more bitter. I tend to use the flat leaf parsley.

Beetroot are a very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C and are an excellent source of folic acid. They are a very good for cleaning the bloodstream and cleansing the liver and kidneys. Also nature’s blood builder and strengthens the immune system.

Apple juice helps soothe the intestines and reduce constipation. It helps clean out harmful bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract. Apples contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. The pectin in apples forms a gel in the intestine that eliminates toxins.

 

I have had quite a few people ask me recently of the health benefits of vinegar if any. Had never really done any research into it and didn’t know that much about it, apart from the cleaning aspect and actually using it to clean your fruit and veg. Shockingly, someone asked me if I’d heard about the vinegar diet – oh my gosh, what is that?! So here’s what I’ve found out about vinegar.

Vinegar has been in existence for thousands of years going as far back 5000BC during the time of the ancient Babylonians. The word vinegar comes from the French word “vinaigre” which means “sour wine.” It was probably discovered by accident thousands of years ago—after a cask of wine had gone bad. When the wine was first made, natural sugars were fermented into alcohol. Over time, bacteria in the air transformed the alcohol into acetic acid, which gave the “sour wine” its bite.

The Babylonians discovered that vinegar slows or stops the action of bacteria that spoils food so they used it as a preservative and also as a condiment. Caesar’s armies used vinegar as a beverage. The Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, demonstrated its solvency powers by dissolving precious pearls in vinegar to win a wager that she could consume a fortune in a single meal. Helen of Troy apparently bathed in vinegar to relax. Hannibal, the famous African General, used vinegar to help his army cross the Alps.

There are many types of vinegar made from different sources around the world. From sugar cane in the Philippines, coconut in Thailand to black, red and white rice wine in China that have flavoured stir-fries for more than 5000 years. Closer to home, the more common types you’ll find are brown malt vinegar, cider vinegar (made from apples), wine and sherry vinegar (made from grapes) or plain white vinegar that’s made from grain and is useful in household cleaning as well as cooking.

Apple cider vinegar is often recommended for its health benefits in preference to any others. This is because firstly, apples are rich in pectin, a type of fibre that is good for digestion and lowers LDL cholesterol. secondly, apples contain phloridzin which increases bone density and protects post-menopausal women from osteoporosis. Thirdly, apples also contain malic acid which combines with magnesium in the body to help fight aches and pains.

Here are some areas that vinegar may be useful in health:

Vinegar can apparently help individuals with Type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. In a medical study in 2007, patients were asked to drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted with water right before going to bed. When they woke up, their blood sugar levels were on average, between four and six percent lower than control subjects who did not drink the vinegar. Although the study was done on a small group, it did seem to show that vinegar may be effective in managing blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. Another study done in 2004 by the American Diabetes Association found that those who drank apple cider vinegar before a meal full of carbohydrates had lower blood sugar levels than those who did drink the vinegar.

Vinegar has been widely used by many cultures as a weight loss aid – this is news to me. There is scientific evidence that seems to support this. In a study performed in 2005, it was found that individuals who consumed vinegar before meals felt full after fewer calories than those who didn’t. Many observational studies have also linked vinegar with healthier overall weight, though not exactly conclusive.

You cannot argue with the fact that increased use of vinegar for flavoring is associated with better weight control when you look at the calorie content. A half cup of vinegar has just 25 calories while a half cup of real mayonnaise has about 800 calories. This might not seem significant now but when you think about most popular salad dressings containing either vinegar or mayonnaise, it gets you thinking about which is the healthier option to have with your salad.

Another potential health benefit of vinegar has to do with bone health as mentioned previously. Vinegar is highly acidic. Its primary component is a substance called acetic acid which has a very low pH, much like the body’s own naturally occurring digestive juices. According to some studies, vinegar can assist the digestive system in breaking down certain substances by adding a little more acidity into the digestive mix. Listed among these substances is calcium. By consuming vinegar with calcium, the amount of calcium absorbed may be increased which helps individuals with osteoporosis.

Vinegar has also been used for the following:

– Soothe Insect bites or stings

– Soothe Sunburn

– Aid Digestion

– Aid Bowel function

– Reduce Cholesterol

– Preventing ulcers

– Headaches

Just 5% of vinegar mixed in a solution of your choice can apparently kill 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold and 80% of germs. Wow – I guess that’s why the use of vinegar in the home has been passed down from our mothers and grandmothers through generations and will continue to be used. Though a lot of these claims have not been conclusively proven scientifically, there is a good reason why vinegar has been used for thousands of years and I’m pretty sure will be used for more years to come. So people, keep using vinegar for whatever you need it for – home, health etc. Just note though that apple cider vinegar is preferred for health benefits.

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