Apr 112014
 

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Most of you already know my passion for green smoothies.  I love them!  Green smoothies are the perfect way to pack in dense nutrients, stave off cravings (more nutrients = less cravings!), control blood sugar and not to mention prevent disease!  Even better yet, my kids love them!  What a better way to get those greens (chard, kale, spinach, collard greens, beet greens) into their diets.

Now that my twins are older (two and a half)… and pickier… I’m having to get a bit more creative with their food!  One day they cannot get enough of something and the next day they want NOTHING to do with it!  It is a challenge that I’m sure every parent can relate to! And although we definitely try not to make a big deal about eating over here, we live by one main rule… You eat what your are given or you do not eat.  No “special’ or ‘kid friendly’ meals are made.  That doesn’t mean I deny them their favorite foods either!  It is all about balance… and yes, they have, sadly, chosen to go to bed hungry once or twice.

I’m so excited about my latest creation and it is our newest favorite treat!  My boys call them “ice cream” and I call them “piece of mind.”

Green Smoothie Popsicles

 Ingredients (always try to choose organic)(Feel free to build your own custom green smoothie popsicles)

  • 1.5 cups greens of choice (Kale, spinach, etc)
  •  2 carrots
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • 2-4 Medjool dates or 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup milk of choice (coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc)
  • a boost (flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc)
  • popsicle molds Green Smoothie Popsicles... For Your Picky Eaters! (these are our favorite… BPA free and have a built in drip tray!)

 

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Start with fresh organic produce! Chop. I made a double batch.

 

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Medjool dates are very sweet and a great natural sweetener!

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Some are pre pitted, but if yours aren’t, remove the pits.

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Add them to the blender.

 

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Add dates or honey and milk to the blender.

 

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Add a boost of choice (optional).  I added hemp seeds which are packed with Omega 3′s and protein.

 

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Pour into your popsicle molds and freeze. They should be ready in a few hours.

 

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My children are my most precious gift.  I know nutrition is [one of] the best things I can give their growing bodies.  If you have some picky eaters on your hands, try some of these tips, and make these deliciously nutritious green smoothie popsicles.

Keep it clean, keep it natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to YOU!

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Apr 072014
 

I just wanted to give a big welcome to Julie, from My Life’s Essentials.  I am really excited for all of us to learn a little bit about essential oils and why we should be incorporating them into our health, healing, and wellness lifestyles.  She did an awesome job writing this piece and is offering a FREE webinar for us all to learn more on implementing them in the home.   Be sure to check out Julie’s Bio at the end of the post and sign up for the free webinar to learn more!

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

The use of essential oils are becoming more and more popular as people start to look into alternative ways to optimize their health in all natural ways.  According to the CDC, the United States is in the grip of an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. It is up to us as consumers to look into alternatives to make sure we are promoting optimal health. And essential oils are a piece to the wellness puzzle.

If you are new to using essential oils or have always been curious on how they work and how to use them, make sure you bookmark these 10 essential oil uses to refer back to.

10 Facts about Essential Oils

1. Never dilute an essential oil with water

Do oil and water mix? I hope you said NO! They repel each other. Skin sensitivity is the primary concern when using essential oil. So imagine if you used water to try and dilute an oil that has made your skin sensitive. Instead of diluting the oil it will drive it in even deeper. Make sure to have on hand a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil if that is all you have to put over the top of an oil on your skin if it begins to burn and is sensitive. This will help dilute any skin sensitivity that may  happen.

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

 

2. Essential oils aren’t really oils

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue

3. Essential oils WON’T heal you

Your body heals you. Your body is amazing and when we give it what it needs, it can heal itself whether eating whole foods, getting enough sleep or using essential oils. Your body will take what it needs to promote optimal health. Sometimes it just needs a little help along the way and essential oils are here to help with that.

4. All oils aren’t created equal

Because essential oils don’t have any monitoring body regulating the purity of an oil, not all oils are created equal. A bottle of lavender can say 100% pure lavender even though only a portion of the bottle contains actual lavender because the small amount that was used was pure.

Do your research before ordering an essential oil. Make sure it is from a company you trust and feel confident in. Buying a synthetic essential oil may do more harm than good and leave you with a bad taste for natural healthcare. I don’t use anything other than pure therapeutic grade essential oils so I can feel confident on using it on any member of my family. (You can visit Julie’s website www.MyLifesEssentials.com for products she personally has checked out and feels confident in using.)

5. Just because essential oils are natural, doesn’t mean you can use them anywhere

Essential oils should never be used in eyes, inside ear canals or in open wounds. Using around the outsides of your ears and wounds is the best way to use essential oils in these areas. And ALWAYS avoid contact on or around eyes.

6. Essential oils can be used 3 ways:

First, an essential oils can be use is topically on the skin. Because of their molecular make up, they can easily be absorbed into the bloodstream within 30 seconds.  Second,  an essential oil can be used is aromatically with a diffuser or even just inhaled Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory, or sense of smell,  stimuli.

The third way an essential oil can be used is internally. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label. Also note that using essential oils internally is the cause of much debate and can be controversial. Be sure to do your own research to ensure this is something you feel confident in doing.

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

 

7. Essential oils can terminate viruses inside a cell where antibiotics cannot

Have you ever had the flu and were told to just get plenty of rest and water because nothing could be done? That is because the flu virus is on the inside of a cell where a traditional antibiotic cannot get. Many essential oils are antibacterial and antiviral. This means that not only can they help eliminate bacteria on the outside of a cell; they can penetrate the cell wall and halt the replication of a virus inside a cell also.

A study was published by PubMed in November 2010, talked about the effectiveness of an essential oil blend called “OnGuard” against the flu virus, particularly swine flu.  The study found that not only did it kill the virus inside the cell (which drugs and antibiotics cannot penetrate the cell membrane like oils can), but OnGuard reduced viral replication by up to 90%.  Amazing!

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

 

8. One kind of essential oil can be used for multiple purposes.

Essential oils have hundreds of compounds in each drop instead of just one isolated compound like we find in many medications. Because of this, one kind of essential oil can be used to promote optimal health in a number of different things for your body. Because of the many compounds in each oil, an oil that works great for me, may not be the best fit for you. All bodies react differently to each oil. Don’t be afraid to try multiple oils until you find what works best for you. One will often work better for your body.

9. Using essential oils are safe, cheap and effective

Because essential oils are natural plants, they can easily be used and metabolized by our bodies. Our bodies distribute what it needs and discards the rest without adverse side effects. Essential oils also only take a few drops to be effective. Less oil, more often is best. This makes them only pennies per use.

10. Egyptians were some of the first people to use essential oils medicinally

Egyptians use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

 

Want to learn more about essential oils?

Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience and I want to help you discover natural health in the comfort of your own home.

Make sure to join us for a FREE webinar for more in-depth information and more specific uses for 10 of the most popular essential oils.

 

Thursday, April 17

12pm(MST)/ 2PM(EST)

REGISTER AT THE LINK BELOW

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3883022428075106818

A Mom’s Guide to Using 10 Natural Remedies Right at Home

 This is a great way to learn more about specific oils and what they are used for. You can even watch it in your pajamas! I promise I won’t tell! A great perk of learning from home.

Even better, we will be giving away a FREE 15ML Lavender essential oil to one lucky winner at the end of the webinar.

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

You can check out a few Lavender uses here. (http://everythingessential.me/Oils/Lavender.html)

 

Julie runs the blog and business My Life’s Essentials. When she was first introduced to essential oils she felt intimidated and uncomfortable with something she wasn’t sure how to use. It wasn’t until she needed them to help her son in the middle of the night she realized they aren’t as intimidating as they seemed. In fact, they were empowering to have natural wellness right at home! After that experience she started a blog dedicated to natural health education by using and educating on her experience with essential oils so everyday users can also feel empowered and educated on using essential oils at home.

 Essential Oils: Why They Are Essentially Healing {Guest Post!}

 

Keep it clean, keep it natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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Apr 032014
 

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10 years ago, I was all about diet.  Low-fat, no- fat, sugar-free, diet food, chicken breast, 99% fat-free turkey… yuck!  Thank God, I finally broke free from that destructive pattern.  Diet food tastes terrible and you cannot live on it forever, hence the term “diet.”

God did not make Chicken for us to eat only the breast, because it has the lowest amount of fat, we would be wasting the rest of the other meat!  Same with beef, Top Sirloin is a pretty lean cut, but what about the rib-eye?  Fat does not make us fat, processed foods, artificial ingredients and over eating makes us fat… and unhealthy!  I was a yo-yo with my weight,  some of it having to do with my PCOS, and MUCH of it having to do with my food choices. Gain 10, lose 10, etc.  I truly hurt my body for a long time.

Now, I cannot get enough fat!  Bring on the coconut oil, the nuts, olive oil, whole eggs, whole milk, avocado’s, avocado oil, Chicken thighs and legs, steak, cheeses… I love it all!  Fat is needed for your skin to remain supple, it our number one source of energy and yes, even saturated fat is good!

As for this recipe, seriously, my husband and kiddo’s could not get enough of these. And I quote, “these are the best thigh’s ever,” according my husband!  Chicken thighs are perfect for grilling and baking.  They are juicy, tender, and have so much flavor!

Clean Eating Chicken Thighs – Honey Mustard and Rosemary

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of about six large Organic Chicken Thighs
  • 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1 Tbs Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 sprig of fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
  • Pepper to taste
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Measure out your mustard.

 

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Remove the rosemary needles and chop them.

 

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Add the rest of the seasonings. Stir to combine.

 

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Grease baking dish with a little coconut oil, lay out chicken, and cover with honey mustard sauce.

 

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With clean hands, coat thighs well with sauce.

 

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In a preheated oven to 450, bake for 40 minutes.

 

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Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Served with black wild rice, sautéed asparagus, and a mixed green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Mangia Mangia!

Keep it Clean, Keep it Natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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Mar 292014
 

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Why make your own shaving lotion?  There are so many to choose from out on the market.  But, did you know most are filled with toxic and cancer causing chemicals?  Body products such as shaving creme, lotion, shampoo’s, diaper paste and deodorant filled with chemicals such as parabens, petroleum, phthalates, and many more (which you can read about HERE)! It is really scary!

Although, we shouldn’t live in fear, it is very important to take charge our health, do our research, read ingredients and either make your own body products or find naturally made products to purchase!  However, I find that making my own body products, is much more cost effective, are simple to make and not only that, they work great and I love the way they feel on my skin… and my kids (I make their diaper cream and body butter).

Homemade Shaving Lotion

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Raw shea butter (buy here Homemade Shaving Lotion)
  • 2/3 cup Extra virgin coconut oil (buy here Homemade Shaving Lotion)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet almond oil (buy here Homemade Shaving Lotionor Jajoba (buy here) Homemade Shaving Lotion
    or even extra virgin olive oil works
  • 15-20 drops of essential oil of choice (I love eucalyptus, lavender, rose and lemon)
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For this batch I used a combination of Ivory (pictured) and gold raw shea, both are great for the skin but I prefer the ivory’s color.
Add the Shea butter and coconut oil to a double boiler.

 

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This is my “mock double boiler” One day I will invest in a real one! Melt over low to med low heat.

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Remove from heat and add in your light oil of choice and essential oils. You can either place in the refrigerator to cool and solidify or just leave it out for a few hours to cool. Once it is solid, use a hand mixer to whip for a few minutes.

 

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Pour into your favorite jar.

This lotion leaves my legs silky smooth and I do not need to apply lotion after.  I always try to dry brush before my shower and this shave cream makes the perfect addition for my sensitive and thirsty skin.

Keep it clean, keep it natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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Mar 202014
 

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Breakfast is one of my favorite meals.  Why?  Because it is so versatile.

 Sometimes we enjoy a savory Frittata, other times it is just fresh farm eggs, natural sausages, sautéed spinach, and toast.   Sometimes it is a green smoothie or Shakeology with added fruit and greens.  My boys lately are just loving Banana Pancakes topped with Fage greek yogurt (full fat), berries and a tsp of real maple syrup.  We also love grab and go Pumpkin, Chocolate Banana, or Apple Muffins, pared with scrambles eggs for extra protein.   The options for a delicious and nutritious breakfast are endless!

This is why I am so excited about my latest creation…. Strawberry Coconut Paleo Scones!  They are kid tested and approved, deliciously moist and easy to make and perfect to make ahead for an easy to grab breakfast… or enjoy for an afternoon tea!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Strawberry Coconut Paleo Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups almond flour/meal
  • 2 Tbs Coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
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When I started making these, I realized I was out of almond flour! Oops! First time making Almond Meal in my vitamix and it worked great! 2 Cups raw almonds = 2 cups almond meal :)

 

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Blend Almonds to make the flour, or you can purchase your own!

 

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In two separate bowls mix the wet and dry ingredients together, then combine.

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Wash and dry your strawberries. Make sure to buy Organic since they are in the “dirty dozen!”

 

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Chop into small pieces.

 

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Fold gently into the scone mixture.

 

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Lay parchment paper out on a baking sheet. Using your hands, form a circle of the dough.

 

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Slice into eight servings.

 

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The first time I baked these, I burned them. Almond flour can be very touchy! If your oven is hot like mine, cook low and long. I baked mine at 300 for about 25-30 minutes. If your oven runs low, try 325 for about the same time. Check every 10-15 minutes and use a toothpick to check they are thoroughly cooked.

 

 

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Don’t forget to leave a comment, share or pin!   Thank you and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

 

Keep it clean, keep it natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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Mar 132014
 

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I am really trying wrap my head around the fact that it has already been ONE YEAR (gasp!) of Loving Life Naturally.  When I began this journey with you, it was really a leap of faith and I truly believe the Lord has lead me to blogging about health.  He instilled a passion in me for health and helping others through battling my own health issues.  He wants to reach his people and change lives from the inside out. Ultimately he wants our hearts to be his, but he wants for us to treat our bodies with respect, love and care, which is why this blog is all about using only his ingredients, both internally and externally.  I sincerely thank you all for your support and hope my writing is blessing you and your family!

In light of this anniversary, I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway!  If you haven’t noticed yet, I have an add at the top of my blog for Shakeology.  It is a supplement/protein shake I use and am extremely passionate about.  It is my daily dose of dense nutrition.

What Has Shakeology Done For Me?

I have been consistently drinking Shakeology for one year and here is what I’ve experienced:

  1. Extra Energy!  It is packed full of natural super foods from all over the world!  There is NOTHING else like it on the market!  Some of the super foods include… Maca Root, Yacon Root, Goji Berries, Acai, Spirulina, Chlorella, Chia, Sprouted Quinoa, Camu-Camu, Wheat Grass, Kamut Grass, and many more!
  2. No need for a multi-vitamin! Shakeology is my multi-vitamin.  It is a REAL FOOD/WHOLE FOOD supplement.  It doesn’t add synthetic vitamins that your body likely won’t absorb.
  3. Reduces Cravings.  I used to have such a sweet tooth!  I still love and enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but it isn’t over whelming.  Cravings come from nutritional deficiencies and Shakeology helps fill in the gaps.  We can’t all be perfect all the time.
  4. Stamina! I noticed my workouts had more power.  I was able to lift heavier, go harder, stronger, longer.  I feel like a “machine” during my workouts!
  5. Body Fat Reduction.  Not weight loss.  I am currently at a healthy weight, but I have gotten much leaner.  Maybe I lost a pound or two, but inches are where its at.
  6. My husband and I require less sleep!  We are notorious for needing sleep, I’m talking at least 9 hours!  We are less tired over all and don’t feel like we need as much.
  7. Less Sick.  I used to get sick multiple times a year.  Yes, I am much healthier over all and eat tons of clean nutrient dense foods over all, but I only had ONE cold this year!  No Flu (knock on wood!) and no flu shot!

No Shakeology is not a magic pill.  There is no such thing!  If you are eating Real Food and eating a clean diet, you will get phenomenal results!  Everyone can benefit!   It is all natural and uses Gods AMAZING ingredients!

This is why I am so excited to be hosting this Giveaway!  I will be giving out ONE week of FREE SHAKEOLOGY to TWO lucky people!! Once the giveaway is over, I will be emailing the winners and personally mailing them their prizes!  Good luck everyone and happy anniversary!

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Mar 112014
 

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Americans do not eat enough produce.  Most have, at most, one or two vegetables for dinner and ZERO the rest of the day.  The CDC recommends that adults eat [at a minimum] 2.5 servings of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit.  Seriously.  Sadly, very few people are actually eating even the minimum amount recommended.

How Much Produce Are We Eating? According to the CDC…

  • 68% Eat fruit less than 2 times daily
  • 74% Eat vegetables less than 3 times daily
  • 34% Are obese now
  • 42% Will likely be obese in the future
  • 11% Meet the minimal goal of 5-a-day

This is far from enough.  The minimum amount recommended is also far from enough for disease prevention.  Eating your fruits and vegetables is crucial for the prevention of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and many other health conditions.  Not only that, when you aren’t feeding your body nutrients it craves, your cravings will increase!  More cravings equals more weight gain.

Juicing Verses Blending

I started making green smoothies when my boys were almost 12 months.  I loved the fact that they are an easy way to pack in nutrients and fiber into one easy glass.  It is near impossible to eat all of the fruit and vegetables by themselves  in one sitting.  Blending them is easy!

However, it took me a while to appreciate and understand the difference between blending green smoothies and juicing vegetables.  They each have their place and I now incorporate BOTH into my diet and love their differences.

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Green smoothies are great for a meal replacement.   They are packed with fiber and I can add major super foods to them for energy and support.  I always have a juice on an empty stomach since the nutrients go strait to the blood stream for a mega energy boost.  They are also perfect for cleansing the system since you are giving your body a break from digesting the fiber.

Blenders are great because you can easily juice vegetables in the blender (one less thing you need to buy)!  This is why I love and invested in the Vitamix!

How to Juice in a blender

What you need

  1. A high powered blender (vitamix, blendtec, etc)
  2. A nut milk bag
  3. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables (remember pesticides kill nutrients and are toxic for your body)
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This juice contains 1 apple, 1 carrot, 2 cups Kale, 1 cucumber, 1/2 bunch of cilantro and 1/2 c filtered water.

 

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Cilantro and parsley are amazing to add to juices or green smoothies! They naturally pull heavy metals from the body.

 

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Place the chopped fruits and vegetables in the blender with the leafy vegetables on the bottom. Add water. Blend starting on the lowest speed and slowly increasing to max. You may need to stop and mix it around a couple times.

 

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Over a large bowl, lay nut milk bag open and pour contents of juice.

 

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Lift bag out of bowl and allow to drain. Squeeze liquid out using both hands.

 

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This made four cups of beautiful healing green juice.  Your body will thank you!

Yes, you will have a lot of pulp left over (aka fiber), but all of the essential vitamins and minerals are taken out and absorbed immediately into your body!  With the leftover pulp, I put it back into the ground in my garden.  My plants love the pulp and my body loves the juice!

Do you love to juice? Make green smoothies?  Which is your favorite?  Let me know!  :-)

Keep it clean, Keep it natural! From my Natural Health Blog to you!

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