Monthly Archives: November 2017

Have a Bowl of Soup

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Hello readers! Welcome back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.This weeks post is about the benefits of soup. Soup is one of the best things to eat during fall and winter. Below I have provided a list of the benefits as well as two soup recipes to try.  

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Soup Benefits:

Low in Calories

Provides warmth for the body

High in nutrients

Boosts immunity

A great way to get your daily serving of vegetables

Aids in weight loss

Can be used as a detox

 

Italian Wedding Soup

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1 box chicken broth

1 can low sodium cream of celery soup 

1 stalk of celery

2 cups of whole wheat pasta noodles

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

 fresh spinach

fresh carrots

parsley

turkey sausage

In a saucepan add the chicken broth and a can of low sodium cream of celery soup. Let this mixture get good and hot. After heating, turn down to simmer. add the whole wheat pasta noodles. Cut up the celery in fine pieces. Chop carrots,peppers,spinach and parsley. Add the vegetables to the broth. Roll up the turkey sausage in small bite sized pieces.  Place them in a skillet with olive oil and sear. Remove them from the pan and add them to the broth.  Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Alkalizing Soup

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 3 stalks celery or bok choy

 3 carrots 

 1 cup spinach leaves

 parsley

 1 large onion or 2 cloves garlic

 3 red skinned potatoes

 1/2 teaspoon of creole seasoning

 2 cups of water

Cover with water in soup pot. let cook until broth has a rich flavor. Enjoy.

 

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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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