Monthly Archives: February 2018

Lent Season is Here

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Hello everyone.  Welcome back! It’s another blessed week. Lent season is here. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination ,reflection, honoring your body and also a spiritual journey.During Lent you can abstain from certain things and foods from your life as way of cleansing. Below are a few examples.

Remove meat and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables

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Removing Sugar from your diet

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Refraining from negative energy, environments, and habits

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Below is a delicious meatless recipe you can try this Lent season

 This easy vegan jambalaya is ready in under an hour - and you won't even miss the meat! Vegan, Vegetarian.

Vegan Jambalaya

  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 large stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeño (use more or less depending on how spicy you like things )
  • 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes (or whole cherry tomatoes or one large can of crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 4.5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish

 

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan
  2. Add onion, garlic, celery, and jalapeño to oil and sauté until onions are cooked, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook an additional minute or two to soften them up.
  4. Add rice, vegetable stock, worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, paprika, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to pan and stir to combine. Cover and bring mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for 20-40 minutes, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and cooked through.
  5. Stir in fresh cilantro and serve immediately. Garnish with extra cilantro.

 

You can serve with a side of mixed greens salad.

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We hope you find these tips helpful for your journey through Lent !

 

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Keeping Our Hair Healthy

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Hello readers! I hope everyone is having a blessed week. We are continuing our loving our black as beautiful series. This week we will discuss how to keep our hair healthy. Natural hair is beautiful!  It comes in unique textures and curl patterns. Our mane of expression!I have been natural for five years! and my hair has never been healthier. However, one problem with natural hair is it tends to get very dry. It is very important to make sure you are taking proper care of your hair. If your hair is dry chances are so is your skin. Of course water is key, but there are also several natural oils and foods  you can eat that God has provided from the earth to keep your natural hair healthy and moisturized.  Below is a list of a few.

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Avocado’s and Avocado Oil

  • Helps to moisturize dry damaged hair.
  • Contains Vitamins A, B, D,and E which help to protect the scalp.
  • Contains Amino acids and Protein which promote healthy hair growth.
  • Helps to make hair soft and provides shine.
  • You can also put avocado’s in a smoothie or salad.

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Almonds and Almond Oil

  • Treats dry scalp and inflammation.
  • It is very beneficial for curly hair.
  • Seals in shine.
  • Strengthens hair.
  • Reduces hair breakage and split ends
  • Can be used as a deep oil treatment.
  • It has a natural SPF.

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Olive Oil

  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Conditions the hair.
  • Reduces frizz.
  • Softens hair.
  • It contains essential fatty acids that strengthen the hair.
  • Natural moisturizer.

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Omega 3 Oils

  • Salmon is an excellent source of Omega 3 oils.
  • It thickens hair.
  • Provides a natural shine.
  • Helps in preventing hair loss.
  • Aids in hair growth.

 

We hope you find these tips helpful in your healthy hair journey

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Living Your Black As Beautiful

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Hello my wonderful readers. Welcome back.February is here. The month to celebrate black excellence and creations. Our black is beautiful. Lets discuss some products and  foods that originated in the motherland, Africa. These items provide great health benefits for the body. 

Black Soap

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Black soap is popular. It is referred to as Alata Samina or Ose DuDu locally and originated in West Africa. The natural ingredients are dried in the sun and roasted and essential oils,shea butter and water is added. Then the soap sits out harden.

Black Soap Benefits and Uses

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Acts as a light exfoliant 

Lightens dark spots

Helps with eczema 

Clears up rashes

Cleanses hair

Treats scalp irritations

Great for sensitive skin

Clears up blemishes

Yams

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Yams are popular vegetables in black culture and originated in Africa. They still remain an important staple food there,and are mainly grown in Nigeria.Yams can last for months without refrigeration. Their appearance differs from sweet potatoes due to their length and orange- brown outside color and rough texture.

Benefits of Yams

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They provide Vitamin C

Provides the body with fiber

Potassium

Vitamin A

Folic acid

Good for digestion

Lowers bad cholesterol

Helps with eye health

Okra

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Okra originated in Ethiopia. It was widespread throughout North Africa. In the 1700’s it was brought to the Caribbean.  The Créoles learned from slaves to use okra to thicken soups (gumbo)and it is now an essential in Créole Gumbo in Louisiana. It is very abundant in Cajun cooking today and in other Southern regions of the US.

Benefits of Okra

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Low in calories

Contain Vitamin C

High in fiber

stabilizes blood sugar

Contains anti-oxidants

Watermelon

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Watermelon originates in Southern Africa and made its way to Egypt.

Benefits of Watermelon

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91% water

Fiber

Helps to lower blood sugar levels

Lowers blood pressure

Helps with constipation

Boost immune system

Helps with the kidneys


We will continue to share information on foods and health products that relate to Black History Month.

 

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