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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!

Health Benefits of Pineapples

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Welcome readers! I love fresh pineapple. Don’t you?  It is so refreshing and naturally sweet and full of enzymes. Did you know that the fruit provides many health benefits? Below I have composed a list of the benefits for you.

Provides enzymes 

Rich in anti- oxidants

Contains Vitamin C & A

High in fiber

Low in calories

Helps to support the immune system

Anti- inflammatory

Assists with digestion

Helps with common cold and sinuses in reducing the amount of mucus drainage.

Contains beta-carotene which helps with eyesight

Neutralizes acidity

 

Here is a refreshing pineapple recipe to try:

Pineapple – Cucumber Smoothie

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1 medium pineapple cut into chunks

1 medium cucumber peeled (optional) and chopped

Agave to taste

8 oz coconut water

1 cup of ice

                                                               1/3 cup of  lemon juice (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth and pour.

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Easy Lettuce Wraps

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Hello readers. I hope everyone is having a blessed week so far. Today I am going to give you some recipes for easy and delicious lettuce wraps.  Lettuce wraps are a nutritious replacement for sandwiches with heavy breads.  When making lettuce wraps the best lettuce to use is romaine or butter. The darker the green the more nutritional value. Wraps are very light yet filling. I love making them. You can put any variety of vegetables and lean meats in them. A favorite of mine is lettuce chicken wraps. You can even make a burger using lettuce as the bun to reduce the amount of carbs and calories.  Use your creativity! Below is a recipe to try.

 

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Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps:

½ teaspoon chili powder 

¼ teaspoon salt 

¼ teaspoon cumin 

¼ teaspoon cayenne powder 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

4 large tilapia filets

1 Handful cole slaw or purple cabbage chopped

 2 Limes cut into wedges

1 pack of romaine lettuce hearts 

In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper until blended. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tilapia filets, coating both sides.

Heat olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add tilapia and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Remove from heat, and break up the fish into smaller pieces with a fork.

Put the fish into romaine lettuce hearts, then layer with slaw and sprinkle with lime juice to taste. Serve immediately.

This simple meal cost just a total of $13.00 to prepare.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

 

From our hearts to yours!

 

 

 

Spruce Up Your Salads

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Tired of the same salads ? Salads do not have to be boring. There are several ways to put a creative touch on them.  You can use a variety of dark greens and herbs for your salad. Spinach, kale, arugula, basil, and romaine lettuce are a few to try.  Adding different fruits can also bring life to a bland salad. Try mixing in berries, apples, sliced lemons, and any other fruit variety into your salad. Nuts, such as almonds and pecans, are also a fun touch  for a salad and add protein.  Think outside the box when it comes to meat selections for your salad. Instead of the usual chicken, try salmon or shrimp. To add a spicy kick to your salad peppers are a great choice.  When choosing dressing you want to stay away from cream based dressing and stick with vinaigrettes. Raspberry vinaigrette is an excellent choice. I hope everyone finds these creative tips helpful to spruce up their salads!

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Strawberry, Mango, and Blueberries Spinach Salad

  • one package (10 oz) fresh spinach
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashews ( optional)
  • chicken breast or desired fish
  • vinaigrette dressing 

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients, except the cashew nuts. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Sprinkle cashew nuts on top of the salad.

Serve and enjoy

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What is a Food Rescue?

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Hello readers!  Hope everyone is having a good week so far.  Let’s discuss food rescue. What is a food rescue ? A food rescue is the process of collecting food that would otherwise be thrown away from restaurants and grocery stores, then distributed to local emergency food programs in communities. This process helps with cutting down on hunger issues.  Food rescues are much needed, especially in areas that are food deserts.  These programs offer healthy food choices, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, to those who otherwise would not have access to them. It is  also a bonus to allow families and children in urban areas to receive the nutrients that they so desperately need.  Food rescues are a huge blessing !

Healthy Hearts Plus II offers a food rescue to communities in the surrounding Richmond area.

HHP II FoodPantry Flyer

The food pantry will be available every Friday between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

              If you have any questions please call (804)-528-9317

 

Here is a refreshing and easy mango and strawberries  fruit salad recipe to try :

 

 

Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
 
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries, mangoes, orange juice, lime zest and agave nectar (or honey).
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

 

From our hearts to yours !