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Golden Berry Fudge

Golden Berry Fudge

This fudge is super easy to make and delicious to eat! It is the perfect treat when you need just a bit of something sweet. Plus, if you need a quick gift, these are perfect for giving!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cacao butter, melted
1 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla powder
½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 tsp lucuma powder
1 cup cacao powder
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup golden berries

Procedure:

Place all the ingredients in a high power blender – EXCEPT the goji berries and golden berries – in the order listed. Blend until well combined.
Place blended batter in a mixing bowl and add berries. Hand stir all ingredients well.
Line an 8×8 glass baking dish with non-stick paper. Evenly spread fudge batter in dish.
Place glass dish in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until batter has hardened.
Once hardened, remove fudge from dish simply by lifting the edges of the paper. Peel paper away from fudge and then cut into bite-sized pieces.
Will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks, or the freezer for months, in an airtight container.
Sourced at www.sunfood.com

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Maqui Berry Smoothie

Maqui berry smoothie
fruity omega blend

ingredients
½ Cup Mango
½ Cup Strawberries
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Maqui Powder
to blend Water
to taste Stevia

Directions
Blend ingredients together, enjoy! Top with some toasted coconut, hemp seeds, granola, or whole berries.
sourced at navitasnaturals.com
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yield: 1-2

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Once Again Nut Butters

Have you tried Once Again Nut Butters?

Almond butter contains beneficial magnesium and vitamin E. Like calcium, magnesium contributes to the health of your bones. It also helps you produce energy, as well as synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage. A serving of almond butter offers 89 milligrams of magnesium, which is 28 percent of the daily recommended intake for women and 21 percent for men. Vitamin E supports health communication between your cells, and prevents blood lipid oxidation, which is a process linked to cardiovascular disease. Consuming 2 tablespoons of almond butter boosts your vitamin E intake by 7.8 milligrams and provides 52 percent of your recommended daily intake. Almond butter also contains beneficial magnesium and vitamin E. Like calcium, magnesium contributes to the health of your bones. It also helps you produce energy, as well as synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage. A serving of almond butter offers 89 milligrams of magnesium, which is 28 percent of the daily recommended intake for women and 21 percent for men. Vitamin E supports health communication between your cells, and prevents blood lipid oxidation, which is a process linked to cardiovascular disease. Consuming 2 tablespoons of almond butter boosts your vitamin E intake by 7.8 milligrams and provides 52 percent of your recommended daily intake. Almond butter offers cardiovascular benefits because of its fiber and fat content. Each serving of almond butter contains 18 grams of fat, made up primarily of unsaturated fatty acids. These fats improve your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease, and also provide energy. Fiber also benefits your cholesterol levels, and following a diet rich in fiber can reduce your coronary heart disease risk by up to one-third, notes the Linus Pauling Institute. A 2-tablespoon serving of almond butter offers 3.3 grams of fiber, which is 9 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 13 percent for women.
sourced at Livestrong.com

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Almond Flour Benefits

Why Almond Flour?

I am asked this question at least once a day. Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. For those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.

Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. After having tested just about every gluten free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and hassle when I say that almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.
sourced from elanaspantry.com

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Wild Carrot Herbals Skin Care

Wild Carrot Herbals Skin Care

Since 2000, our goal has been to create honest, nutrient-rich, joyful products that are reasonably priced for the entire family.

We are a small, family owned and operated business located in Enterprise, Oregon. We feel really lucky to have this thriving little business that allows us to live in a beautiful and wild place in NE Oregon. We manufacture everything ourselves at Wild Carrot with the exception of our organic castile soap & Camamu bar soaps. We try to grow as many of the botanical ingredients as we use in our products or we wild craft them ourselves in the surrounding area. We make hundreds of gallons of our own botanical infused oils out of this plant material every year. We source organic ingredients whenever possible. Sometimes we feel that a local or fair trade product better suits our company vision and the quality might be better. Plus, we enjoy the relationships we have built buying directly from real live folks.

Our products are all made in very small batches—measured, mixed, hand poured and labeled the old fashioned way with love, care and cleanliness. All of the recipes were created by Jody Berry and have been tested for years (since 1993) on hundreds of friends and family members and now on the public at large. Jody met her husband Michael while studying organic farming at the Evergreen State College. We both have been organic and biodynamic farmers and incorporate these practices in what we grow in rural NE Oregon. Wild Carrot has grown, and we are now assisted by our 5 year old daughter Ginger Berry, 5 employees, Daisy Doodle Monkey Dog, our sweet border collie aussie, and 13 chickens.

What is Wild Carrot anyway?

Our company namesake, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace or as Daucus Carota, is an abundant weed found all over the Northwest. The upper Chehalis people’s name for the month of June is ‘wild carrot month’ and it was an important food source for them.
This hardy plant has a long white tap root that is edible and smells and tastes just like a carrot. Popular with florists, the gorgeous flowers are long-lasting and a delicate filler for bouquets. They produce abundant seeds—also known as a bird’s nest—and the birds do go crazy for them in the fields in the fall. These seeds have many uses—distilled as an essential oil, cold pressed for a nutrient-rich oil and consumed to avoid pregnancy.
The essential oil in skin care is said to help improve the complexion of the skin and cell regeneration. It is specific to aged skin and can assist with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rashes.

According to the ‘Flower Essence Repertory’, by Patricia Kaminsky and Richard Katz, Queen Anne’s Lace flower essence harmonizes both ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ energies, so that one can stay connected with the Earth, yet also be emotionally clear and objective in one’s spiritual insight and vision. The Queen Anne’s Lace flower helps to ground and stabilize, as well as to refine and sensitize the soul’s ‘clear-seeing.’
Sourced from www.wildcarrotherbals.com

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Why take Probiotics?

Are you taking your probiotics?

Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organisms.

The digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria. They help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. They are also believed to help the immune system.

Researchers believe that some digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines becomes disturbed. This can happen after an infection or after taking antibiotics. Intestinal problems can also arise when the lining of the intestines is damaged. Taking probiotics may help.

“Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These friendly organisms may also help fight bacteria that cause diarrhea.

Probiotics and the Immune System

There’s also evidence that probiotics help maintain a strong immune system. “In societies with very good hygiene, we’ve seen a sharp increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases,” Guandalini tells WebMD. “That may be because the immune system isn’t being properly challenged by pathogenic organisms. Introducing friendly bacteria in the form of probiotics is believed to challenge the immune system in healthy ways.”

Probiotics May Help Lots of Ailments

Although they are still being studied, probiotics may help several specific illnesses, studies show. In 2011, experts at Yale University reviewed the research. They concluded that probiotics are most effective for:

Treating childhood diarrhea
Treating ulcerative colitis
Treating necrotizing enterocolitis, a type of infection and inflammation of the intestines mostly seen in infants
Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infectious diarrhea
Preventing pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestines that can follow intestinal surgery
Treating and preventing eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy
Helping the immune system

The Yale University panel of experts concluded that probiotics may be helpful in other ways, although the evidence is less convincing.
These include:
Treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
Treating vaginitis
Treating diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria
Treating Crohn’s disease
Probiotics may also be useful in unexpected ways. A study published in 2010 suggests that probiotics may lower the risk of common childhood illnesses such as ear infections, strep throat, and colds.
Sourced from www.webmd.com

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Digestive Enzymes

What Are Digestive Enzymes

Giving your body digestive enzymes to help aid digestion is like hiring more workers for an extremely large task. The more workers you have, the better executed the task will be. Digestive enzymes help fight to keep your gut healthy. They are the key substances of the digestive process, working to break down our food for proper absorption. The four primary digestive enzymes are:

Lipase enzymes that help digest and assimilate fats.
Protease/Peptidase enzymes that break down proteins.
Amylase enzymes that break down carbohydrates or starch.
Cellulase enzymes that break down cellulose molecules into simple sugars.

5 Reasons to Take Digestive Enzymes

1. Enzymes Are Vital to Human Survival.
Enzymes are responsible for every chemical reaction that takes place in our bodies. These reactions allow our cells to build up and break down molecules quickly. Vitamins, minerals and hormones mean nothing without the labor force of enzymes. Here’s a simple example given to us by howstuffworks.com…
“The intestinal cells of lactose-intolerant people do not produce lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose. This problem shows how the lack of just one enzyme in the human body can lead to problems. A person who is lactose intolerant can swallow a drop of lactase prior to drinking milk and the problem is solved.”

2. Our Typical Diet & Cooked Foods Drain Our Enzyme Supply.
Processed foods with additives, preservatives, nitrates, etc., do not contain the digestive enzymes needed for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Because our diet is made up mostly of these foods, our bodies are deficient in many nutrients. These foods also create harmful bacteria & yeast overgrowth in our gut causing inflammation that leads to illness.
The more raw and organic food we eat, the more alive and well we will be. But, even non-organic raw food is better for you than cooked food – especially when it comes to enzymes. Raw foods like avocado, spinach and sprouts naturally contain enzymes. However, when these foods are heated, their enzymes are destroyed.
Enzyme-free foods force your body to steal enzymes from other parts of the body, just to digest, rather than using the enzymes from the food itself to do the job. This depletes the limited supply of enzymes we have in our body.
So, whether you eat a mostly a raw diet or cooked food, taking digestive enzymes before you eat will help your body digest and absorb the nutrients needed for better health.

3. Even Some Raw Foods Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
Raw peanuts, raw wheat germ, egg whites, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, potatoes & lentils are all examples of healthy raw foods that contain enzyme inhibitors. This means that they actually neutralize some of the enzymes your body produces.
Dr. Edward Howell, author of Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity and pioneer food enzyme researcher, explains:
“These enzyme inhibitors are present for the protection of the seed. Nature doesn’t want the seed to germinate prematurely and lose its life. It wants to make sure that the seed is present in soil with sufficient moisture to grow and continue the species.”
So, simply taking extra digestive enzymes when you eat seeds and nuts will neutralize these enzyme inhibitors.

4. Many Factors Cause Our Bodies to Use up Enzymes Faster
The quicker you use up your enzyme supply, the faster you’ll run out. You will only live as long as your body has enzymes.
Our bodies use up enzymes in so many ways. For example, enzymes are used up by our bodies faster in extreme hot & cold weather, with strenuous exercise & when we’re ill.
This is another reason why it’s worth taking extra digestive enzymes to maintain your bodies enzyme bank.
According to Dr. Howell, “people could extend their lifespans by 20 or more years – just by maintaining proper enzyme levels.”

5. Enzyme levels drop significantly with age.
Low enzyme levels are associated with old age. In fact, as we age we have fewer enzymes available and normal digestion slows down. This in turn affects the absorption of nutrients, which then leads to sickness and disease.
“Furthermore, as we pass our prime, the amount of enzymes in our bodies and excreted in our sweat and urine continues to decline until we die,” explains Dr. Howell.
Sourced from www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com

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New Chapter’s Zyflamend

Have you tried New Chapter’s Zyflamend for your aches and pains?

New Chapter’s Zyflamend: The Premier Herbal Formula for
Whole-Body Healthy Inflammation Response*

Inflammation is a natural process that affects every cell and organ in thebody. Zyflamend promotes a healthy inflammation response that helps support joint health and many other body benefits.
*healthy inflammation response: Helps balance and promote the body’s natural, healthy inflammation process for optimal health and wellness.
*whole body benefits: The multi-herbal that may be as important as your daily multivitamin, Zyflamend delivers a multitude of naturally occurring compounds.
Zyflamend delivers the full-spectrum of whole herbs in their natural profiles, not isolated compounds.
*antioxidant action: Whole-food antioxidants, including Ginger, Turmeric, Green Tea and Rosemary, help quench free radicals and support healthy aging.
*super pure and potent: New Chapter uses only supercritical CO2 or traditional techniques to deliver super-pure, super-potent herbal extracts.

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Summertime Asian Quinoa Slaw

Summertime Asian Quinoa Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Yield: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients
for the slaw:
1 head napa cabbage
1 small jicama
3 large carrots, crated
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds

for the dressing
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons ground ginger
Chili peppers to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon)

Instructions
Start by whisking all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside and prepare the slaw.
Rinse cabbage and remove any exterior leaves that have wilted or gone limp. Thinly slice the head of the cabbage and place contents in a large mixing bowl.
Cut both ends off jicama so it can stand flat on cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut the exterior of the jicama off, exposing just the interior flesh. Slice in half, placing the flat side down and slicing it into 1/4″ strips. Then cut each strip into matchsticks. Place in bowl along with cabbage.
Add carrots, remaining ingredients, and pour dressing over top. Toss until everything is coated evenly.
Chill in refrigerator for 1 – 2 hours.
For best results, enjoy same day, but will keep overnight.
-Queen of Quinoa

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Cauliflower

June is National Fruit & Vegetable Month!

Since fruits & veggies are naturally gluten-free & good for us, that’s something to celebrate!

Here’s our fun, healthy fact for the day about CAULIFLOWER:

Cauliflower, or “cabbage flower,” is a member of the cabbage family and is actually the flower of the plant from which it grows.

Research shows cauliflower contains plant nutrients that may help prevent certain types of cancer.

Cauliflower is available year round but is more plentiful in the fall.

There are several different varieties of cauliflower available in vibrant colors like purple, green and orange!

-Gluten Free Gigi

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