Posts

, ,

Clarissa's 4 Kitchen Staples

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is crucial in staying on track with healthy eating. Our schedules don’t always allow for fresh, organic meals on a daily basis. But it is absolutely still possible to eat healthy in a time crunch – and keeping foods conveniently on hand at all times will help you tremendously.

 

To name a few – stock your kitchen with frozen veggies, canned beans, nuts and seeds, healthy condiments and seasonings to grab at a moments notice. Organic is always best, when possible.

 

Here are 4 of my favorite staples to keep on hand at all times…

 

  1. Coconut Oil — with its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties and the healthy fats it provides – this is definitely one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but you can also use it on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and in your smoothies for a kick of natural energy.

 

  1. Liquid Aminos — Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is your healthy alternative to soy sauce. Jam packed with amino acids, made with non-GMO soybeans, and it is also gluten-free. Coconut aminos are also a great staple to keep around. Coconut aminos are also packed with amino acids, and slightly sweet — a great alternative to teriyaki sauce.

 

  1. Spirulina- is a freshwater plant that’s grown across the globe, from Africa to Hawaii, and is renowned for its remarkable nutritional profile. In addition to being packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, it’s also a great source of plant-based protein and, along with its algae cousin chlorella, is one of the most under-the-radar supplements around.Enjoyed daily, spiriluna can help restore and revitalize your health, and while it can taste pretty overpowering on its own, it blends into smoothies and juices easily and can also be sprinkled atop soups and salads. It’s also a great way for vegetarians to up their iron intake without having to endure bites of steak.

 

  1. Organic Nuts — a variety of your favorite nuts are a must-have staple to keep around when the snack-time bug bites. Having a healthy alternative to a typically unhealthy snack is a great way to improve your health in an easy way. When that afternoon hunger strikes, reach for a bowl of raw cashews or toasted almonds to satisfy yourself — while enjoying the health benefits of nuts, such as healthy fats and fiber that aid in your digestion. They’re also great to use in dishes as a garnish, especially on top of a hearty salad!

 

 

What are some of your favorite kitchen staples that you keep on hand at all times? Hit reply and let me know — I’m always looking for new ideas!

, ,

?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew ??

 

 ?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew

 

This is a hearty and DELICIOUS fall/winter stew that is SUPER easy, even a hard charging military warrior can make it?

Those of you that know Elijah  and I personally or follow our work know we spend a lot of time working with our nations’ heroes. This stew is dedicated to one of the warriors I am privileged and honored to work with. He makes my heath journey look weak compared to the road he is on in keeping his body in optimal condition.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 4 rough chopped organic carrots
  • Index-finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 HEAPING tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I prefer the natural kind)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can organic diced tomatoes {use the juices}
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice to serve the stew over
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves, jalepeno, cilantro, ginger, tomatoes, peanut butter, cumin, cinnamon, ground red pepper and curry powder. Blend into a thick sauce.
  2. In the slow cooker, add the garbanzo beans, chopped onions, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the sauce mixture. Stir to combine ingredients. {Or, if you are making it the night before, you can just put all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge, then dump the whole thing in the crock pot the next morning OR FREEZE IT and use on a hectic week- MEAL PREP IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!}.
  3. Cook in crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Serve over cooked  brown rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts and drizzle the coconut milk in. OR EAT alone with an simple green salad.

 

WWS LOGO

, , ,

?Clarissa's Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup?

Clarissa’s Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Light and creamy, yummy butternut squash soup

? DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS ?

Simply seasoned with with Thai red curry paste and swirled with coconut milk.

? This recipe will give you about 6 cups or 48 ozs of deliciousness ?

What you need:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 pound butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups) OR organic frozen
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh juiced or grated ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes (up to ¼ teaspoon for spicier soup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup full fat organic coconut milk for drizzling on top
  • ½ cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Handful fresh organic cilantro leaves, rough chop
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add squash, onion, garlic, curry paste, coriander, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes stir to combine.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth. Bring  to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until squash is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, toast the coconut flakes in the oven until fragrant and golden on the edges. Keep an ? on them so they don’t burn. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  4. Once the squash mixture is done cooking, taste and add  more Thai red curry paste if you want more of a POW?. Remove the soup from heat and let it cool slightly. Working in batches, move from pan to a blender (do not fill your blender past the maximum fill line!). Put the lid on and use a kitchen towel to protect your hand from steam escaping from the top of the blender as you purée the mixture. Blend until smooth. Transfer puréed soup to a large serving bowl or container and repeat with remaining batches.
  5. Now you can stir the lime juice into the blended soup ?. Taste and season with more salt if you want.  When you ladle the soup into individual bowls and are ready to serve, use a spoon to drizzle coconut milk over each bowl, then gently swirl the spoon through the topmost layer for a pretty design. Sprinkle the soup with toasted coconut flakes and a place the chopped fresh cilantro in the middle.

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

, ,

?SPROUTS ? are famous but do you know why?

Sprouts are totally the answer for highly concentrated nutrients and phytochemicals.

“Each Sprout May Contain as Many Phytochemicals as an Entire Plant (and there are about 4000 baby plants in a package of sprouts)

Green vegetables, high in phytochemicals, prevent certain types of cancer. For instance, between 1958 and 1960, Sulforaphane was isolated in species of Brassica, Eruca, and Iberis. In 1992 Sulforaphane was identified as as a strong Phase II enzyme inducer in Broccoli.

In 1994 Steve Meyerowitz, in his book Sprout It!, points out that sulforaphane, known to prevent cancer, is inherent in Broccoli, kale, turnip, garlic, onion and Chinese cabbage.
Brassica vegetables are a principal source of antioxidant vitamins. Sprouts have advantages over mature Broccoli in that they contain higher concentrations of inducers, and the inducers mainly affect phase 2 enzyme systems. Information about the role of each nutrient and phytochemical is of critical importance.
Why do sprouts have higher concentrations of inducers? There is an inverse relationship between the age of a plant and the amount of glucosinolates per gram that it contains.

“Sprouts have long been famous as “health food” but recent research shows that in addition to being a superb source of nutrients, they also have important curative ability. Sprouts like Alfalfa, radish, Broccoli, Clover and Soy Bean contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that can protect us against disease.

 

Studies on canavanine, an amino acid analog in Alfalfa, has demonstrated benefit for pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers. Plant estrogens are also abundant in sprouts. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis. They are also helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS and fibrocystic breast tumors.
Alfalfa sprouts are one of our finest food sources of another compound, saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies prove their benefit in arteriosclerosis is and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of Alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the unsprouted seed.
Sprouts also contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging. It wouldn’t be inconceivable to find a fountain of youth here, after all, sprouts represent the miracle of birth.”

sprouts sproutssprouts

http://www.envirohealthtech.com/sprout_research.htm
,

Want to lose as much body fat as possible? Eat spinach.

b86a11a4-c6c3-4042-83ef-b60a71a57c44
Want to lose as much body fat as possible?  Eat spinach.

A recent study from Sweden’s Lund University found that incorporating more spinach in your diet helps in losing body fat.

The study covered 38 overweight women who either consumed a beverage containing 5g of spinach extract (made up mostly of the cell membranes from spinach stems) or a placebo prior to breakfast each day.  At the end of the 3 month study, the spinach group lost 50% more weight!

A compound in the spinach stems known as thylakoids has been shown to reduce hunger and cravings for sweets and fast food by 95%.  Researchers determined that the increased weightloss in those who consumed the spinach drink was due to an overall decrease in calories as the thylakoids worked to slow down digestion, giving intestinal hormones time to communicate to the brain that hunger was satisfied.

If you’re feeling more satisfied you are less likely to snack on all the wrong foods.  Spinach can be your “golden ticket” to increased weightloss and a flatter stomach.

Here are some easy ways to get more spinach in your diet (be sure to include the stems):

1. Throw a couple handfuls of spinach in the blender along with your next protein shake.  While it may

change the color, it has virtually no taste.

2. If you’re into juicing, add spinach to your next juicing recipe.

3. Enjoy a spinach salad or sauteed spinach as part of any meal.
b86a11a4-c6c3-4042-83ef-b60a71a57c44
Excerpt from BioTrust Nutrition
, ,

Fall into Wellness Quinoa & Beet Salad

Clarissa's Fall into Wellness Qunioa Beet Salad
             Clarissa’s Fall into Wellness
                         Quinoa Beet Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 c. organic quinoa
  • 1 tsp. himalayan sea salt
  • 4 medium organic beets
  • 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar {ACV}
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil {EVO}
  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber
  • 1 pt. yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 c. green beans
  • 1 bunch c. Chopped organic flat-leaf parsley
  • dash cayenne

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Place in a medium saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until quinoa is tender, 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, place beets in a large saucepan; cover with cold water (by about an inch). Add 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Cook until beets are tender when pierced with a paring knife, 35-45 minutes. Drain; cover with cold water. Let sit until cool enough to handle. No need to peel, but if you want to you can- cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, citrus juices, and salt, cayenne and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in oil. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, beets, cucumber, tomatoes, green beans, and parsley. Toss in dressing to serve.

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

, ,

?GUT Mood Connection ?

What does the gut have to do with your mood?

  gut_flora

Your gut, aka “inside your belly”, has been proven to be your bodies literal “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain ? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut. What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. Your gut and your brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways.

There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.

Is your gut balanced with 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria?

Probiotics Belly Diagram

That is the recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more. The best way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages. Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood.

probiotic chartProbiotic TEaprobiotic-benefits

, ,

? Why are Smoothies Important for Breakfast? ?

Why are smoothies important for breakfast?

Girl Big Glasses Green Smoothie White Text Box

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person then this blog is totally for you. We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing. Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy.

Digestion Smoothie ?

Serves 1-2

✔️½ cup dairy-free milk½ cup coconut milk kefir/yogurt (homemade or store-bought)

✔️1 cup kale

✔️½ avocado

✔️1 teaspoon cinnamon

✔️½ teaspoon turmeric

✔️1 ounce aloe vera juice

✔️Stevia to taste (optional)

, ,

?Can Diabetics Eat Fruit ? – Interview With Tasha Lee

 

Learn the truth about nutrition, not what we’ve been lead to believe…

One of my teachers and mentors from The International School of Detoxification, Marcie  shares “I’m a type 1 diabetic and I’ve cut out two shots a day and over 50 units by adopting a high fruit diet.” She and countless others are here to spread their success with a high fruit diet and how that is elevating their health and mitigating the symptoms of DisEASES. Tasha Lee another Type 1 Diabetic shares her story in the video below. If you are or know someone that is also diabetic PLEASE watch and share this. Learn the facts and truth about your body and it’s ability to transform itself on a high fruit and raw diet.

Have you ever heard that diabetics can’t eat fruit? How about that fruit has too much sugar? What would you say if I told you that animal protein and animal fats have been shown to cause larger and more extended blood sugar spikes than fruit? What if I also told you that many diabetics have found relief from unpredictable blood sugar levels by adopting a low fat, whole food vegan diet and lifestyle containing plenty of fruit? Is it possible that animal products are the main contributors to out of control blood sugar levels? It appears so!

In this video you will hear Tasha Lee share here story. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. After spending most of her life trying a variety of diets and health plans, a low fat raw food lifestyle has given her back control of her life and her condition.

You can find out more about Tasha at:

Website: http://www.fruitariandiabetic.com/

Health Disclaimer: The information provided in this video
is not intended as personal medical advice or instructions.
You should not take any action affecting your health
without consulting a qualified health professional.
I am not a doctor or health-caregiver.
I believe the information to be accurate but
the information’s accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
This information is for educational purposes only.

-Raw Intuition

 

 

, ,

?Coconut Water?

Fresh Coconut Water

Coconut Water

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. “It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak.” In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water – siphoned directly from the nut – to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.
  2. Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas – once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.
  3. Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol!
  4. Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice – Much lower calories
  5. Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother’s milk
  6. Coconut water is naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk!
  7. Coconut water is a universal donor– Its identical to human blook plasma
  8. Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage – The same level we have in our blood.
  9. Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.
  10. “Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!”, according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization.
  11. Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.
  12. Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg!
  13. Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.
  14. Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg. {Data based on a 100ml drink.}
  15. Drink it raw as often as you can, packaged is okay in a pinch BUT RAW is BEST and most EFFECTIVE

Harmless Harvestharmless harvets 2 sizesHarmless Harvest