Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade

I know you will love this recipe for strawberry lemonade because it contains just enough lemon juice, strawberries and it is absolutely delicious.

You will need a pound of strawberries, 1 cup of lemon juice (about 8 lemons or so), sugar or any kind of sweetener you prefer and water. Only 4-ingredients!Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade
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Hot Caprese Dip

Hot Caprese Dip

Summer-green-juice-recipe

I absolutely love summer for the simple reason that the farmer’s markets are open and filled with delicious foods from God’s garden.  

Did you know the more alkalized your body is, the better prepared you are to fight disease and build (or rebuild) your immune system?  Drinking green juices is a powerful way to alkalize your body.   And the juices don’t have to taste bad either.  The recipe I share below is delicious!  Try drinking this every day for just a week and see how you feel – I bet you’ll notice the difference!
Ingredients:
  • 2 small cucumbers
    Summer Green Juice
    Summer Green Juice
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 – 2 green apples
  • 3 leaves of kale, de-stemmed
  • Small amount of cilantro
 If you’re new to green juices this is a great one to start with because it’s so refreshing.  You can decide how sweet you want it (if you’re just starting out you’ll probably want it more sweet than not) by adding more apple.  Or try a Bartlett pear in this juice for a sweet treat!
 
This is a great summer drink that tastes wonderful and is very energizing.  Celery gives you natural salt, and the lime makes this juice so refreshing!

Summer-green-juice-recipe

Greek Salad

Greek Salad - This healthy Greek salad is absolutely amazing when tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette!
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chocolate covered fruitbars

chocolate covered fruitbars
         chocolate covered fruitbars

Health benefits of cherry fruit

Health benefits of cherry fruit


Tart Cherries Health benefits: Helps with arthritis and anti-inflammatory conditions; helps you get a good night's sleep; helps lower the risk of heart disease; helps memory. http://www.medicaldaily.com/cherry-health-benefits-6-reasons-why-you-should-eat-more-cherries-246713
  • Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits; however, are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet as well as tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for wellness.
  • Cherries are pigment rich fruits. These pigments, in fact, are polyphenolic flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides. Anthocyanins are red, purple or blue pigments found in many fruits and vegetables, especially concentrated in their skin, known to have powerful anti-oxidant properties.
  • Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in the cherries are found to act like anti-inflammatory agents by blocking the actions of cyclooxygenase-1, and 2 enzymes. Thus, consumption of cherries has potential health effects against chronic painful episodes such as gout arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries.
  • Research studies also suggest that anti-oxidant compounds in tart cherries help the human body to fight against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and pre-diabetes condition.
  • Cherry fruits are very rich in stable anti-oxidant melatonin. Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and produces soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability, which helps relieve neurosis, insomnia and headache conditions.
  • Further, they are also mild source of zinc, moderate sources of iron, potassium, and manganese and good source of copper. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The fruits, especially tart cherries are exceptionally rich in health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta carotene. These compounds act as protective scavengers against harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers and various disease processes.
  • Anti-inflammatory property of cherries has been found effective in reducing heart-disease risk factors by scavenging action against free radicals.
  • Acerola or West Indian cherry has exceptionally very high levels of vitamin-C (1677.6 mg per 100 g or 2796 % of RDA) and vitamin-A (767 IU per 100 g).
  • Pain Relief and Bone Health

    Cherries contain substances known as anthocyanins -- purple and blue pigments that give the cherries their color. These compounds reduce pain related to inflammation, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center. Cherries are also used to relieve the pain associated with arthritis and gout, though the extent to which they relieve pain needs further investigation. Cherries also contain boron, which helps increase bone health when consumed in conjunction with magnesium and calcium.