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Supermodel Naomi Campbell Covers Shape Magazine

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Green Lentil Hummus: The Healthy Way!

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Green Lentil Hummus (Makes about 3 cups)

1 cup green lentils, rinsed and picked over for stones 6 cups water 1 bay leaf 1/4 cup tahini, be sure to mix well Juice of 2 to 3 limes 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, minced 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 tsp. kosher salt 3/4 cup non fat Greek Yogurt (I used Fage)

  1. In a medium size saucepan, bring the water to a boil.  Add the rinsed lentils and bay leaf.  Bring back to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for about 30-40 minutes until lentils are tender.  Drain the lentils and discard the bay leaf.  Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Add the lentils to a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and process until fairly smooth. (Start with 2 limes and 1 tbsp. tarragon and add more if you want)
  3. Put the  hummus into a container and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight so the flavors can meld.
  4. Before serving adjust the flavor by adding more lime juice or salt if needed.
  5. Serve with fresh pita bread or pita chips.

Nutritional value per tbsp.:

Calories 27    Fat 1 gram    Carbs 3 grams    Protein 2 grays

Coconut Green Smoothie!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (we use Chobani) 1 cup spinach 1 large banana, peeled 1 large green apple, cored, peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons shaved coconut 1 cup ice

Directions:

1. Put the coconut milk, yogurt, spinach, banana, apple, coconut, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Veggie: The Recycle Method!

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Here’s an idea to stretch your grocery money and grow your own, organically. Re-growing veggies doesn’t cost a dime. It’s easy to cut off the bottom, re-root and grow your own lettuce, celery, green onions, bok choy, garlic, ginger, basil, potatoes & carrots. If you can think of another veggie to grow this way, please share. Let us know if you’ve tried this and how well it worked!

READ: http://lessonsinfarming.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/re-growing-lettuce/

READ MORE: http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/vegetables-that-magically-regrow-themselves

Coconut Flour: The Healthy Choice!

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Jamie Foxx: Fit & Fine!

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The November issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine featuring your boy hit newsstands yesterday! Who already has their copy? Go check it out today. I hope to inspire you. Shout out to Ben Watts for the dope photography work.

Honey: The Raw Report!

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Best Banana Pudding Ever!

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Miryam original recipe

Yield: 8-9 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream 2-3 large bananas, sliced 22 oz container tapioca  pudding 2 tbsp maple syrup, more if you like. 8-9 oz vanilla wafers, I  used Trader Joe’s brand which have not High fructose corn syrup or trans  fats

Directions:

In a large bowl with a hand  held mixer, whipped the heavy cream together with the maple syrup. About 2-3  minutes until soft peaks form.

On another large bowl add the tapioca pudding, 1/3 of the whipped heavy  cream, half of the vanilla wafers broken into pieces and 2 of the sliced  bananas. Combine with a spatula  until mixed.

On any parfait glasses of your choice, place one vanilla wafer followed by  the pudding mixture, 2 or 3 slices of banana and some  heavy cream. Repeat  layers if your glass are tall enough and finish with heavy cream sprinkled with  broken wafers over the top.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours so that the wafers soften.

 

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Deviled Eggs: New Version!

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Lemons The Natural Cure!

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Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus fl…avor to our foods.
However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.
1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
6. Respiratory Problems Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
10. Anti-Aging Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective
26. Remove Berry Stains It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
28. Headaches Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
30. Diptheria Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.
45. Reduce Asthma Symptoms In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.* If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure.

Mini Cleans!

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Kale:The Super Veggie!

Written By Rhonda Hardey

Kale is a dark green leafy nutritional powerhouse! It contains vitamin A, C, E, K as well as calcium, magnesium, B6, potassium, iron, omega 3 fatty acids and many more. It truly is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth! What are the best ways to consume kale? You can make kale juice, kale chips, steam kale, sauté kale or eat it raw in salads.

Here are 5 health benefits of Kale:

1. Anti-inflammatory

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are not produced in your body therefore you need to get them from your diet. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.

2. Cancer Prevention

Kale contains antioxidants including carotenoids and flavonoids. Antioxidants protect our cells from unstable molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants are associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale has been shown to ward off breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and bladder cancer.

3. Lowers Cholesterol

Kale contains dietary fiber, which has been shown to help reduce cholesterol.  Fiber reduces the absorption of the bad “LDL” cholesterol into your bloodstream.

4. Prevents Bone Loss

One cup of kale contains more than 90 mg of calcium. Studies have shown that calcium helps prevent osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and rickets. Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium so enjoy a delicious kale salad with salmon.

5. Reduces the Risk of Macular Degeneration

Kale is rich in lutein which is a carotenoid that protects against macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60.

Banana’s The Best When Ripe!

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FYI  The FRUIT OF THE DAY!  Spotted Bananas!  Take the ripe ones to work w/you this morning.  They’re better for you

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Lemonade witrh a twist!

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Water: The Natural RX

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The majority of us are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. Water Is Life For The Human Body:http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/07/water-is-life-for-human-body.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Dirty Dozen!

You are not only saving money..Most importantly, your HEALTH!
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In The Kitchen:Meauring up!

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Squats: Drop It Like It’s Hot!

970413_565551556819420_1207773859_nDROP IT LOW:  When squatting, drop until your thighs are AT LEAST parallel to the floor to give you the most benefit on each rep 🙂

Food Benefits for weight loss: Food Chart!

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The Potassium Juice: Enjoy!

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