I just bought these beautiful Meyer lemons. They're compared to a cross between a lemon and orange or mandarin. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, full of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Celery is high in potassium and calcium, celery helps to reduce fluid retention and prevent high blood pressure. Celery is good for weight loss due to its high water content.
If you put a few stalks of freshly picked mint in a jar of water, within a few days they will grow roots, which can be planted indoors for a year-round supply.
Mint relieves indigestion and calms the stomach; relieves nasal and chest congestion; contains antibacterial properties; and may have anti-cancer properties.
Choose a bulb that is firm and solid with a slight gloss and healthy looking fronds. Fennel is also a good source of fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin C, selenium, vitamin B3, and iron. The high potassium content means that fennel is also a diuretic, which helps to eliminate fluid from the body. Great for weight loss!
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 red onion, sliced into thin rings
Black pepper, freshly ground
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1. Arrange the orange slices on a plate or shallow dish. Place a layer of fennel on top and the add a layer of onion.
2. Mix the orange juice and balsamic vinegar together and drizzle over the salad. Season with black pepper, garnish with fennel fronds.
Did you know that of all the vegetables in the brassica family, broccoli has shown the highest levels of protection against prostate cancer?
Broccoli comes in different varieties, but the darker the color, the more beneficial nutrients it contains. You can also eat the leaves of broccoli as well as the stalks. They contain as much goodness and taste great, too!
Look for broccoli heads rich with color and avoid any broccoli with pale, yellow on brown patches on the florets.
Did you know that research has found a link between quercetin found in apples and protection against Alzheimer's disease? Quercetin has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory action. They are also a valuable source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can help lower bad cholesterol and help prevent colon cancer. Research has found that adults who eat apples have smaller waistlines, less abdominal fat, and lower blood pressure than those who don't.
1. Don't keep your apples in a light, hot room as they will rapidly lose their vitamin C content.
2. Eat the skin since it contains up to five times as many plant chemicals as the flesh.
3. When preparing apples, put the cut slices into a bowl of water with 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Mom's have always said an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
🍓1/2 cup strawberries
🍓1 frozen banana
🍓1 cup almond milk
🍓Pinch of cinnamon
🍓2 cabbage leaves
🍓1/4 cup ice, optional
Blend and enjoy!
Carolyn Akens, Holistic Chef, Holistic Health Coach, Author