Just Say No to the Frappunccino! (I got your coffee shake right here!)

Creative Food image of a frappuccino made out of caulifower

Hilarious Photo! See more creative food photos HERE

I usually stick to black coffee to get my ‘fix’. Occasionally however, I will look at happy ‘lil Starbucks goers slurping up oh-so-yummy-looking Frappuccinos and feel deprived! They say that necessity is the mother of invention and since I feel like drinking something coffee flavoured, chocolately, and frothy is a necessity (all while eating healthfully of course!) I invented this shake (along with the help of co-chef extraordinaire Brian Aganad woot woot!)

Grab your blender and buckle up for a taste bud adventure!

The Healthy Frappuccino

1.c Coconut Water (Amy and Brian’s naturals)
1/2 c. Strawberries (Organic Frozen)
1 scoop Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion
1 pkt Starbucks Via Ready Brew (Columbia/medium)
2 pkts Emergen-C (Pomegranate Tea)
1 Tbl Maca Powder (Essential Living foods)
2 Tbl Ground Flax Seeds (Barleans)
2 capsules Active Digestive enzymes (opened and emptied into blender) (Global Health Trax)
1 scoop Amazing Greens super food (berry flavour)
1 Three-Lac Probiotic packet (Global Health Trax)
1 Tbl Cacao Powder (Euphoria Loves Rawvolution)
Dash of Cayenne powder + Dash of Cinnamon (I like my coffee and chocolate with a kick to it just like the Mayans!)
2 pkts Stevia powder

Blend and Enjoy! Mmmmm….coffee, chocolately, icy goodness!

Coconuts and Modern Medicine: A Long List of the Many Health Benefits of Coconuts!

Coconuts and Modern Medicine: A Long List of the Many Health Benefits of Coconuts!

Taken from this fantastic website please visit to learn more about the powerful healing properties of coconuts!!!

www.coconutresearchcenter.org

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.
Happy Coconut Eating!

Crazy About Coconuts!!!

Many of you know how much I love coconuts! They are excellent snacks. They last forever in your fridge, and seem to take forever to spoil. yes, I have a hatchet, and I know how to use it thank you verymuch.

An essential part of becoming a coconut lover, is figuring out how to get the darn things open!

Some of the benifits that I have noticed since eating them

1. They are delicous…mmmm, like natures pudding. love pudding, yum!
2. They are filling, and a perfect little mini meal
3. They seem to have a calming effect being a cooling food and I am very Pitta and run a little hot. Perfect for summer!
4. Coconut Meat and oil burn fat
5. Coconuts have a cooling affect on the body, great for hot summer days, and nights when its too hot to sleep
6. The Coconut Juice is great for rehydrating the body, and is like natures own perfect sports beverage! (Minus all the yucky added sugar, and toxic couloring)
7. They detoxify the body
8. They are low in fat, and calories.
9. They are antiviral, antifungal and are a natrual antibiotic

Check out what the ladies over at The HotandHealthy Blog have to say about their coconut love here Cu-Cu for Coconuts

Chocolate is a Superfood (A reminder before Valentines Day!)

A yummy flourless chocolate birthday cake. Possibly the yummiest suprise ever! One of the girls in the Teacher Training group in Australia made this for me..I ate 3 pieces that day!!!

CHOCOLATE MAKES YOU SMARTER!
Research suggests that the flavonols in dark chocolate increase cerebral blood flow, which then create blood vessels and brain cells. And a new study showed that older adults performed better on cognitive tests after eating small portions of the sweet stuff. CHOCOLATE AND YOU HEART!
Flavonol-rich cocoa and chocolate act similarly to low-dose aspirin in promoting healthy blood flow. Reducing the blood’s ability to clot also reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks. Chocolate eaters who had heart disease were less likely to die following a heart attack compared with those who didn’t regularly consume chocolate. Lead study author Dr. Carl Keen cautioned that his team isn’t suggesting that people eat a couple of candy bars instead of taking their daily dose of aspirin. “We’re not advocating that people consume flavonol-rich foods in place of aspirin,” stressed Keen, who is also the University of California-Davis nutrition department chairman. For people who cannot take aspirin, however, he said eating flavonol-rich foods “may be a useful approach.”
CHOCOLATE FIGHTS CAVITIES!
New research shows a compound in chocolate — theobromine — may be just as good as fluoride at hardening tooth enamel. Keep in mind that alot of commercial brands of chocolate have tons of added sugar. Opt for dark organic chocolate and check the sugar content before consuming.
ANTIOXIDANTS IN CHOCOLATE
Cornell University food scientists found that cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides, and that include many held to protect the living body from the deleterious effects of free radicals.
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
Indulge in chocolate up to three times a month and you may just live longer! Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who eat chocolate and sweets up to three times each month live almost a year longer than those who eat too much or those who steer clear of junk altogether.