Live well

The scoop on… Lemons

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  • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  • Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
  • It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
    Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
  • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
  • It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  • It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
  • It helps cure the common cold
  • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
  • It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
  • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices
  • Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

Healthy eating: Delicious & Easy salads

Kale Caesar

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Ingredients:

-Kale (washed and torn into bite sized pieces)

-Grated Parmesan cheese

– Croutons (crumble into smaller pieces)

– Lemon

– Fresh garlic cloves

-Olive oil

-chili flakes, salt and pepper

Dressing:

1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of grated parmesan cheese, dash of salt and pepper, pinch of chilli flakes.

Add all of the ingredients to a nutribullet or blender.

Toss with kale, additional parmesan and croutons.

Enjoy!

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Balsamic Caprese

Ingredients:

– Arugula

– Fresh basil

– Tomatoes

– Salt and pepper

– Grated parmesan

– Balsamic glaze

Toss arugula and basil with olive oil and salt and pepper. Arrange tomatoes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with fresh ground pepper.

Enjoy!

13 ingredient chopped salad {Eat clean}

photo 1-10photo 2-9The Breakdown:

Chopped Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and radicchio.

1/2 cup of cooked black quinoa, 1/2 cup of mexican beans, finely chopped cucumber, parsley and cilantro. Cherry tomatoes, chopped pecans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

The Dressing:

1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey.  Whisk and toss.

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{Clean eating} Chocolate milkshake

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Clean Eating Chocolate “Milk”Shake

makes one serving, increase ingredients according to number of servings desired

1 banana, frozen (for easiest results, freeze bananas in 1″ chunks, peeled)

2 teaspoons honey (more or less, to taste)

1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk of choice, I like coconut milk (2 Tablespoons if making ice cream consistency)

Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until combined and milk shake consistency is achieved. Easy as that!

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The cold cure {Ginger Fireball}

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I know it’s hard to believe and sad to admit, but these cold days are here to stay for a little while longer.  I’ve been lucky so far and I have a strong feeling that it’s all thanks to my homemade flu fighting remedy “The Ginger Fireball”

Ingredients:

Fresh Ginger/ 2 teaspoons of honey/ 3 teaspoons of lemon juice/ water

Peel and blend one large piece of ginger (roughly the size of the bottom piece in the image above) in a blender with lemon juice.

Add honey and boiling water and stir.

Bundle up and Enjoy!

Blend it: Pineapple coconut vitamin C smoothie

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This creamy, indulgent-tasting, and super-simple vegan smoothie boasts a big boost of vitamin C.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
1  banana
3/4 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.

 

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Happy Friday!

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It’s my day off… and champagne before noon is my current mood. It’s a chilly day in the city, perfect for hiding under a cozy blanket and catching up on new blog posts. I’m off to the market to fetch ingredients for my delicious winter stew and one of my favourite comfort soups.  Stay tuned for the recipes! I’d love to hear what the viewers are interested in seeing on the blog in 2015.

 Feel free to comment below.

Happy Friday!

Xo

Christine Marie

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