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  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    February

    4 Ripe Avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed

    3/4 Cup Honey

    1 TBS Pure Vanilla

    1 Cup Cocoa Powder

    Blend in a Food Processor or Blender until smooth and creamy. Serve in a dessert dish approximately 1/2C with a squirt of whip cream and strawberry or other fruit slices. This is a truly decadent dessert- Enjoy!

  • Aloe and Greens Superfood

    By Karen Masterson Koch, CN President of Aloe Life

    Health in the body doesn’t just happen! Building vibrant and lasting health demands regular foundational nutrition, a strong metabolism, and good digestion.1

    Experts agree that making healthier food choices – such as including superfoods in your diet – can have a big impact on preventing and even reversing the rising tide of conditions like cancer, diabetes, allergies, and more. Today, aloe and greens are coming to light as a true superfood combination.

     

    How Does a Quality Aloe Vera Support Health?

    In his book, Aloe Vera – A Scientific Approach, Robert Davis, PhD explains how powerful the plant’s action is as a catalyst to safely support overall optimum health. Aloe has the ability to increase nutrient bioavailability. When taken with food, nutritional supplements, or even pain relievers, the body utilizes them more effectively.

    Several studies revealed specifics. Two of these studies with vitamins C and E showed that aloe vera increased absorption into the cells by as much as 300%.5 Another study showed improved efficiency and timed release action with B12. A study involving protein, revealed absorption improved by 50% with a quality whole leaf aloe vera juice taken before meals.6 A popular litmus test for consumers is experiencing more energy, faster hair and nail growth, and just feeling better quickly.

    What are Superfoods?

    Superfoods contain the health-building extras known as phytonutrients. The phytonutrient category includes antioxidants, amino acids, and other actives that are naturally found in herbs, fruits, vegetables, and some proteins.2 Each phytonutrient contributes to healthy metabolic function including: immunity, detoxification, energy, weight maintenance, bone density, cardiovascular and breathing function, skin health, and even mental wellness.

    According to recent sales in U.S. health food stores, both aloe vera and greens supplements top the list of herbal superfoods. This is because they offer so much and work so fast, especially if quality products are chosen.3

    Inflammation in the body is a major factor in over 80 diseases including the ones mentioned and more like arthritis and skin conditions. It is not by accident that each of the top 5 herbal superfoods have pathways of action to squelch inflammation.

    While the many active constituents in aloe balance and support immunity, allergies, energy, circulation, and wellbeing, optimizing digestion is the most critical step. As an herbal bitter, aloe contains anthraquinones. This element supports the proper flow of hydrochloric acid, bile, and other gastric juices. It is especially concentrated in whole leaf aloe vera juice concentrate and tablet products. Also, the 4.5 pH is acidic and encourages balance in the GI tract; reducing bloating, gas, constipation, and heartburn tendencies.6 Taken before meals is best. As the saying goes, a bitter on the tongue is sweet on the stomach!

    Top 5 Herbal Superfoods

    Aloe Vera     Turmeric     Curcumin

    Greens          Fish or Flax Oil

    Other superfoods include squash, carrots, berries, papaya, green and red apples, and avocados. Proteins that are highlighted include: fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.), beans, eggs, almonds, chia, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Even yummy dark chocolate makes the list!

    Science supports Aloe Vera’s Action in over 3500 publications: 4

    Anti-Inflammatory                     Blood Sugar/Energy                        

    Auto Immune/Immunity           Anti-Bacterial           

    Detoxification/Cholesterol        Anti-Viral           

    All Digestion                                Skin Renewal

    Top 10 Greens in Supplements

    Sprouted Wheat      Alfalfa             Dandelion

    Barley Grass             Watercress      Moringa

    Chlorella                   Parsley              Broccoli

    Spirulina

    Daily Greens by Aloe Life (Certified Organic) contains 21 ingredients including the Top 10 Greens and Top 5 Superfoods – both Aloe and Nopal Cactus! Formula contains an amazing variety of vitamins, minerals, protein and vegetable fibers (gluten free), with over 60 powerful phytonutrients available for health support; chlorophyll, carotenoids, sulforaphane, polyphenols, gibberellins, glycoproteins, polysaccharides, sterols and saponins for antiseptic action. Daily Greens is great to partner with 1-2 oz. of Aloe Gold juice concentrate or tablets to better absorb other supplements plus a healthy diet to optimize a Whole Body Organic Lifestyle!

    The Synergy of Aloe and Greens

    Take advantage of aloe’s ability to enhance nutrient bioavailability by combining it with inflammation-fighting green superfoods. Start in the kitchen. Do your daily best to fix a variety of delicious greens like broccoli, chard, kale, cucumbers, parsley, and other dark greens. Before consuming, take a serving of whole leaf aloe.

    Eating the recommended daily allowance of 4 cups or more of quality vegetables is not always an easy task. Fortunately, supplements often cost even less than purchasing a nutritionally equivalent amount of vegetables, and many are certified organic. Another benefit of tablet or powder greens formulas are how quick and easy they are to take. A supplement also comes in handy between shopping trips, for picky eaters, or when traveling.

    The beauty of the body’s ability to return to a state of health shows when you begin to eat the superfoods, improve your digestion, and detoxify from wastes. What are you searching for: youthful skin, daily energy, healthier body and mind, or just want to turn back the aging clock a bit? Perhaps you’re a natural athlete who scouts out foods to get a better edge on performance and recovery? Try greens and use a quality aloe vera for 3 months. The fact is that health works at any age for everyone that is willing to experiment. Enjoy!

    References:

    1. Evans, William, PhD, Rosenberg, Irwin, M.D, 1991. BIOMARKERS, Tuft’s Professors of Nutrition and Medicine 10 year account of now ongoing 30 year study, pg. 246-253, Fireside, 1230 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY, 10020.
    2. H. Donald, M.D, Endocrinologist, 2009. “Food Sources the Best Choice for Antioxidants”, Medical Edge Newspaper Column, Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical -edge newspaper-2009/Jun05b.html.
    3. Blumenthal, Mark, HerbalGram editor and American Botanical Council (ABC), 2014; Top 5 Herbs in the natural channel, flax oil, grasses, turmeric, curcumin, aloe vera and spirulina/algae from 2012 and recent reviews of sales. Article by Virgo Publishing.
    4. K.A. Masterson, Gift of Nature – Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, page 19, 2011, Total Science Press, Santee, CA. 92072.
    5. Devaraj, S., Patel, S., Jialal, R., Jialal, I., 2007, Aloe Supplement Enhances Vitamin C, E and B12. JASEB Journal: Experimental Biology Abstracts 8:1 – 701.35, Univ. CA, Davis.
    6. Bland, Jeffrey, 1985, Linus Pauling Inst., Effect of Orally Consumed WL Aloe Vera Juice on Gastrointestinal Function in Normal Humans, Preventative Medicine, March / April periodical.
  • Zucchini Fritters

    Zucchini fritters with fresh parsley and sour cream in plate on blue concrete background. Selective focus.

    (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Keto)

    1 1/2 pounds zuccini (about 2-3 med to large)

    1 Shallot, finely diced

    2 Eggs, beaten

    1/2 cup almond flour

    1/4 cup goat cheese

    Salt and pepper to taste

    2 tablespoons of olive oil for frying

    Garlic, Chive Yogurt Sauce

    1 Cup Yogurt

    2 Garlic Cloves, minced

    1tbsp chives, finely chopped

    1/2 tsp salt

    1/4 tsp pepper

    Grate the zucchini and put into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, stir together and let stand for 20 minutes. The salt will work to draw the moisture out of the zucchini.

    Squeeze out the liquid from the zucchini, with either a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, then return to a clean bowl. Add the shallot, eggs, goat cheese, almond flour, salt and pepper. Then stir to combine.

    Heat the oil in a large pan  over medium heat. Using either your hands or a spoon, dollop our mounds (approximately 1/4 cup worth) of the mixture into the hot pan. Using a spatula push down each fritter to flatten.

    Cook the fritters 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they're lightly golden. Remove the fritters from the pan and place them on a paper towel to dab away any extra oil. Mix up the sauce ingredients. Serve the fritters with a dollop of the sauce, then enjoy!

    113 kcal, Carb 5g, Protein 5g, Fiber 1g

    Recipe from downshiftology.com

     

  • Food For Thought Improving Your Mental Health

     

    By Karen Masterson Koch, CN, President of Aloe Life

    People take their brain health for granted until a major behavior or thinking issue arises at work, school
    or play. The brain controls every thought, mood and movement, including all growth and development
    from infancy through every stage of life. The brain must function properly to support healthier thoughts
    and actions, and that starts with whole foods.
    Several studies over the years have shown that eating healthy foods rewards children with longer
    attention spans, better cognition and higher test scores.
    Adversely, bad behaviors are linked to allergies that are triggered by too much inflammatory or junk
    food consumption; high salt, sugar and trans-fat diets. A nutritionally unbalanced diet can cause a
    myriad of mental and behavioral issues. Cane sugar consumption alone has steadily risen over the years
    at approximately 200 pounds per person, yearly. This parallels the rise of all diseases, including mental
    illness.
    The U.S. has a growing population with many types of mental and behavioral challenges, but only 1 in 4
    adults and 1 in 6 teens and younger children receive treatment. Sadly, suicides from chronic depression
    are up 25% from the past 20 years, rising above fatal traffic accident statistics.(1) Additionally, 1 in 7
    children ages 2 – 8 have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and slow development from
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).(2)
    Cognitive Function and Behavior
    We tend to blame age or personality for under-performance, whether in a child or an adult, but it’s the
    right combination of nutrients that supports optimal mind and body function. I recall a young cashier
    who repeatedly forgot how to run the cash register. When asked if he ate breakfast, he responded, “I
    never do!” This is a prime example of the effects of nutrient deficiency.
    If you think of yourself or others as a “slow learner,” or experience confusion, depression or have health
    or behavior problems, start by thinking about what was eaten that day for nourishment. Sometimes it is
    not just what you eat, but what you don’t eat or digest properly, that robs the brain of wellness and
    performance. (3)
    Some excellent news for all people, including underachievers, special needs individuals and folks
    wanting to take more preventative measures with their health, is that nourishing foods and key
    supplements can help improve your mental health – just give it at least 45 days to test drive healthier
    choices!
    7 Key Brain Health Factors (4)
    Daily Nutrition and Digestion – Eat a variety of quality proteins, vegetables, fruits. Avoid inflammatory

    foods, such as sugars and starches, and shop organic as much as possible. Always read the labels!
    Hydration – Body size matters! Approximately 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight, plus critical
    electrolytes, is required from foods and beverages. The average adult needs 2 – 3 quarts of water daily.
    Exercise – Challenging the brain and body with daily movement and thinking exercises for 30 – 45
    minutes a day can be beneficial for stress reduction and mood improvement.
    Limit Allergens and Junk Foods – Some of the most common inflammatory offenders are cane sugar,
    cow’s milk, gluten, oats, whole grains and grain fibers, molds (on foods including nuts), ice cream, pizza,
    gelatin capsules, trans-fats and food high in vegetable oils, such as fried foods and margarine.
    Brain Supplements –
    • Whole Leaf Aloe Vera concentrate
    • Essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, as well as DHA and EPA)
    • Daily greens supplements (avoid if taking blood thinners)
    • B-Complex with B12
    • COQ-10 enzyme
    • Amino acids
    • Vitamin E, C and A, plus minerals like zinc and magnesium
    • Trace minerals
    Daily Detox and Cleansing – Raw celery, carrots, apples and beets support regularity. Popular
    detoxification supplements include fiber, pre- and probiotics, liquid silver, and concentrated greens.
    Avoid Toxins and Environmental Poisons – Lead, mercury, synthetic fragrances, non-stick pans (Teflon),
    and herbicides/pesticides all include common carcinogens and nerve poisons that negatively affect
    healthy brain function.
    Choose greater health today!
    Karen Masterson Koch is a certified nutritionist and the President of Aloe Life. She is also a health
    researcher, educator, and the author of Beyond Gluten Intolerance. For more information visit
    AloeLife.com.
    1) 2017, National Institute of Health (NIH)
    2) 2015, Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    3) 1991, BIOMARKERS, Tuft’s University, Fireside, New York, NY.
    4) 2012, Beyond Gluten Intolerance – GI S (1), Masterson, K.A., Isbn-13:978-0-
    692-01650-3, Santee, CA.

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    muffin chocolate

    Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    2 Med Zucchini (1 C shredded)

    1 C all natural Almond Butter

    2 Eggs

    1/4 C Milk (Cow or Unsweetened Almond)

    1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

    1/4 C Unsweetend Cocoa Powder

    1/4 C Lakanto Classic Monk Fruit Sweetener (or Coconut)

    1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

    1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

    2 Tbs Coconut Flour

    1/4 C Chocolate Chips

     

    Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.

    Grease a 12 Cup muffin pan and set aside.

    Shred the Zucchini. Place the shredded zucchini in the center of a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much water as you can. In a large Bowl combine the almond butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking soda and flour. Mix again and fold in the shredded zucchini.

    Divide the batter evenly amongst the muffin cups. Top each with 4-5 chocolate chips.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

    Recipe by Dani Spies!

     

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