Thanksgiving Recipes

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Hello readers! I hope everyone is having a blessed week.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It will soon be time to gather with friends and family to celebrate God’s blessing and eat wonderful foods.  Remember to make healthy choices this holiday and keep certain foods in moderation. I have composed a list of some Thanksgiving recipes for you to try,

Sweet Potato Stuffed Oranges:

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6 Sweet Potatoes

1/2 Stick Butter

1/4 Cup Orange Juice

1/4 Cup chopped pecans (optional)

6 Large Oranges

Mini Marshmallows (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cover sweet potatoes with cold water in a
large pot and boil until fork tender. Peel the
potatoes, transfer to a bowl, and mash. Stir
in butter, and orange juice and mix
For the orange shells, cut each orange in
half and scoop out the pulp using a small knife or a spoon.
Fill each orange shell with the sweet potato mixture and top off with the marshmallows.
Bake until hot and the marshmallows are melted. Garnish with pecans and serve.

 

  5 Culture Macaroni & Cheese: 

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Semolina Wheat Pasta

Sharp and Extra Sharp Cheeses

Parmesan Cheese

Cottage Cheese

 Smart Balance Butter                                   

 Better Than Sour Cream 

 Cholesterol Free Eggs      

 Cook pasta; add half of the slices of cheese, milk, butter, and seasonings.

Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.  Pour pasta into 9 inch square pan; place the remaining slices of cheese (tear into strips) evenly on top of pasta.  Broil until cheese melts and turns slightly brown.

 

Cranberry Sauce with Pineapples:

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1 bag (12 ounces) Cranberries, washed  

1 cup water

agave

1 ½ cups chopped fresh pineapple (canned pineapple may be substituted)

Place cranberries in a medium sized sauce pan, add agave and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pineapple. Let cool. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Hope that you find these tips beneficial!

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Vegetables That Provide Benefits for Your Skin

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Hello readers! Everyone wants healthy glowing skin. We can try all the fancy and expensive creams and washes we want, but the bottom line is it comes from what we put in our bodies. What we eat shows in our skin. So if you are eating large amounts of sweets and fried foods your skin will suffer. One key to great skin is always making sure you are drinking water. Juices and sodas are filled with sugar that can affect your skin. Increase your water intake.  There are also several vegetables that are good for your skin.

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Carrots: Carrots are high in beta carotene. They help to  give your skin a glow, fight wrinkles and improve your skin.

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Spinach: Packed with antioxidants, helps strengthen skin tissue and contains an anti- inflammatory that will flush out toxins.

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Tomatoes:  Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which has anti-ageing properties and also acts a sunscreen from within. The pulp from the tomato helps tighten pores and prevent breakouts.

 

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Cucumbers:  Cucumbers provide silica which aid in providing a clear complexion and contain a high percentage of water that keeps the skin hydrated.

Hope that you find these tips beneficial!

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Baked Apples and Grilled Sweet Potatoes

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Welcome readers! Hope everyone’s week is going well. Apples and sweet potatoes are always popular during the Fall season. Today I am providing you all with their health benefits and a delicious and healthy way to prepare them.

Sweet Potatoes:

 High in fiber

Vitamin D 

Relieves constipation

Aids in digestion

Contains anti-oxidants

Iron

 

Apples:

High in fiber

Provides enzymes

Lowers cholesterol 

Boosts immune system

Clears Skin

Healthy digestion

Here are some delicious recipes to try :

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

2 sweet potatoes 

honey or agave

orange juice

cinnamon

                    Slice sweet potatoes. Marinate in orange juice in a bowl.

Add cinnamon and honey or agave. Put on grill for 10 minutes or until tender.

Serve and enjoy

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Baked Apples

2 large Apples

2 tablespoons of butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup of water or apple juice 

2 tablespoons honey or agave

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Make sure to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the apples in half around the middle. Remove the core and seeds with a small spoon or knife.Place the apples in an ovenproof baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, agave, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon the mixture into the middle of  the apple halves. Pour water or apple juice into the baking dish.
Bake apples for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are tender, basting them
 with the juices from the baking dish.
Serve warm with plain or vanilla yogurt and a drizzle of honey

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Increasing Fiber in Your Daily Diet

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Hello! I have created a list  for increasing fiber in your daily diet. Below are a few tips for you to follow.

Eat at least two servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Apples, broccoli, plums, peaches, pears, spinach,cabbage, carrots, and beans are all high in fiber.

Eat a salad daily and use oil based dressings instead of creamy dressings.

Substitute white rice for brown rice.

Eat whole grain breads and cereal

Add green vegetables or leafy greens to your meals.

Hope you find these tips helpful! 

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Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Dips

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Hello to all our readers! This week I have some easy and healthy fruit and vegetable dips for you to make. These recipes are perfect for parties , events,  and  game day.

Cinnamon Yogurt Dip 

6-8 ounces plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon agave or honey

small or medium bowl

Mix together the yogurt, cinnamon, and honey in the bowl. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve with your fruit tray.

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Creamy Vegetable Dip 

2-3 cups of plain yogurt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon parsley

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

2 tablespoons minced onion

medium bowl

Mix together the yogurt, spices, and herbs in the medium bowl until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve with your vegetable tray.

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Hope you enjoy trying these recipes !

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Fall Season Juicing Recipes

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Hello Everybody!  I am going to share some wonderful fall juicing recipes packed with fruits such as pears and apples and infused with ginger and carrots.  These recipes are filled with nutrients, enzymes, and fiber, not to mention they are delicious!

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Carrots, Beets, Apples, and Lemon

          1 beet peeled

        3-4 Carrots

             2 apples cored

1/2 lemon

Fresh ginger peeled to taste

Juice all ingredients and enjoy.

Cinnamon Apple

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2- 3 apples cored

Dash of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of honey or agave

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

a dash of cloves

Juice apples add in vanilla and spices. Enjoy.

Cranberry, Lemon and Orange

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1/3 cranberries

1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks

1 lemon

1 1/2 oranges

                  1 apple or pear cored   

      1 stalk of celery

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Honey and the benefits for your skin

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Hello Everyone! I am back ! Hope you all had a great weekend. Lately I have been researching the several benefits of honey,and the one thing that really stuck out to me is how beneficial it is for the skin.  Below I have compiled a list of the benefits this natural healer provides.

Honey Skin Benefits:

Helps with healing and drying up acne

Heals burns and cuts

Fades scars and dark spots

Cleans pores

Aids in cell renewal

Moisturizes skin

Helps with eczema

Brightens skin

Try these honey masks:

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Honey and Baking Soda exfoliator:

Mix honey with Baking soda, 2 parts honey and one part baking soda.

Mix together in a small bowl and apply it to your face and body.

Rinse.

Lemon Honey Face Mask:

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Mix Juice from half a lemon with 2 tbs of honey in a small bowl.

Leave on skin for 10 to 15 minutes.

Rinse 

Try this recipe for a mixed berry,pomegranate, and honey smoothie. This smoothie is full of antioxidants! 

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Ingredients:
cup fresh blueberries
cup fresh raspberries
4 strawberries hulled 
cup pomegranate juice
cup fresh mango juice
2 tablespoons raw honey

Mix all ingredients in a blender.
Serve.

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Fresh Peach Salsa

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Hello readers! It’s Friday! Hope everyone is having a blessed day. The weekend is here. Yay!  Today I am going to give you all a delicious and fruity twist on salsa! Below is a recipe for peach salsa. This salsa is very light ,refreshing, and simple to make.

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Peach Salsa Recipe

4 peaches chopped

2 green onions

1/2 purple onion diced

1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp agave

Combine all ingredients in to a bowl. Mix well. Chill before serving.

Serving suggestions: Great served on the side with chicken, fish, or pita chips.

Enjoy!

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Weekend Nutrition Tips

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Hello readers! Make sure you eat healthy this weekend. If you go out to eat with friends opt for a side salad instead of  bread or fries. You can add lean meats and fish to your meal. Be sure to drink lemon water  instead of sugar loaded and carbonated drinks.  Drinking lemon water provides enzymes and aids in digestion. Eat plenty  fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to your portions! Try these easy healthy tips and have a blessed weekend!

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Here is a delicious peach- strawberry smoothie to try this weekend.

This smoothie recipe is low in calories and provides vitamin-C.

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  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 4 peaches finely chopped
  • 1 frozen banana (optional)
  •  honey or agave to taste
  • 1-2 cups of  ice

Add ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth and pour.

Enjoy!

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The many uses for lemons

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Hello Everyone ! Hope you all had a great weekend and holiday.  This week we will discuss the several uses for lemons. We all know that lemons are great in water,which helps with digestion, can be used to garnish a plate, and can also make bright and beautiful decorations for a room. However there are many other uses for lemons.

Here are some great tips on how you can use lemons:

You can use a lemon to help lighten dark spots on your face.

Lemons can be used to disinfect. You can mix fresh lemon juice and vinegar in a spray bottle.

Adding lemon to tea can help to soothe a sore throat.

Use them as a light salad dressing by mixing fresh squeezed lemon juice with olive oil and vinegar.

A lemon can also be used as a natural stain remover.

Use them as a food preserver for avocados and sliced apples.

Try this recipe for a Lemon Vinaigrette :

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  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano ( or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave ( optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper ( to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt ( to taste)

Whisk together all the ingredients, making sure that all the seasonings are evenly spread. let sit. Stir again and serve. 

Enjoy.

From Our Hearts to Yours!