Thursday, June 13, 2013

Weight Loss and Wellness for Life Seminar


                                           Weight Loss  and Wellness for Life Seminar 

                                                  Unlock the Key to a New You 
                                        Advance Personalized Weight Management 

                               Learn how Genetics play a role in your Weight Management 
                                           * Join the 90 Day Challenge to a Better You 
                                     * Nutrition - Daily nutritional and Digestive Support 
                                                 3 Key Foundational Supplements 
                                            * How to unlock your body's energy 


                              Featuring Certified Nutritionist Angel'a M. Jones, Houston Texas 
                                        When:  Saturday,  June 29, 2013   10a - 2pm
             Where: Courtyard by Marriott, 10703 N. Mall Blvd. (Siegen Lane @ I-10 Next to Chili's) 
                                                          Baton Rouge, La. 

                           Limited Seating: 50 participants, reserve your seat today. $5.00
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                                                                Angel'a M. Jones 
                                                    amjones@livinglifegolden.com 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Women's Health and Fitness Expo Houston

Join me Angel'a M Jones (Certified Nutritionist) 
for FREE Nutritional Seminar: 
4:15 - 5pm  (Classroom setting) 
"Antioxidants and Why we Need Them"  
In this presentation "We will discuss the importance of antioxidants, why we need them on a daily basis, how we get them and how they make your body feel." 
and 
5:45 - 6:30pm (Main Stage Presentation) 
Fitness, Nutrition and Super-foods
This presentation we will discuss the importance of Fitness  - how it affects the overall body, 
- understanding the difference in losing weight and reducing body fat (through exercise) and Super-foods and why we need them, daily. 

 The Women's Health and Fitness Expo Houston 
Reliant Center Houston
Saturday, June 22, 2013 
10am - 7pm 
FREE Admission

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fruits and Vegetables for Hypothyroidism



Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and manufactures two hormones known as thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These hormones regulate cell function and metabolism. According to the British Thyroid Foundation, one in 20 people have some form of thyroid disorder. If the thyroid produces too little thyroxine, it leads to a disorder called hypothyroidism. If a person's thyroid produces too much thyroxine, hyperthyroidism occurs. Other thyroid disorders include thyroid eye disorder, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. Certain vitamins help the thyroid to function correctly.

Some traditional doctors do not believe that including certain foods in the diet is helpful to people who suffer from hypothyroidism. However, there are many holistic doctors who strongly believe that diet can be either beneficial or harmful to people with a hypothyroid.

Both fields of medicine agree that there are some foods and supplements that should be avoided by the hypothyroid patient. They also agree that eating a healthy diet is an important part of staying healthy in general.
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B VITAMINS
Several of the B vitamins help the thyroid to function properly. Vitamins B1 and B6 play an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones and are especially important for people with an overactive thyroid. Vitamin B3 also helps the cells of the thyroid gland to work efficiently. A deficiency of vitamin B2 suppresses thyroid function and hinders the production of thyroid hormones. B vitamins are found in foods such as fish, meats and dairy products. However if you're vegan or vegetarian then leafy green vegetables are also rich sources of B vitamins.

VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is found in fruits and vegetables. MedlinePlus notes that good sources of vitamin C include tomatoes, broccoli, citrus fruits, and red and green peppers. There is really no way to eat the amount of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

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VITAMIN E
Vitamin E deficiency is associated with an over-production of thyroid hormones. A vitamin E supplement may be needed by patients with an overactive thyroid as these patients tend to use up vitamin E more quickly. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects cells from free radical-induced damage. It is found in foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and green leafy vegetables. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements notes that vitamin E deficiency is rare, though people with digestive disorders may have a vitamin E.

RAW VEGETABLES
Raw vegetables are fresher than cooked veggies. Many times they should are also be grown organically. Raw foods reportedly have good effects on the metabolism. Since one of the main problems for the hypothyroid sufferer is a slow metabolism, raw vegetables are truly beneficial.

VITAMIN A
Foods rich in vitamin A are also beneficial. Yellow vegetables, carrots and dark green vegetables all contain high amounts of vitamin A. Vitamin A is also a proven antioxidant.

Zinc and copper are important minerals that help the body produce the thyroid hormone. Foods that contain zinc include beef, chicken, seafood, oatmeal, beans, spinach, seeds and nuts. Foods rich in copper include eggs, beans, nuts and raisins.

VEGETABLE JUICE
Drinking juice that contains chlorophyll helps the digestion and helps to regenerate cells, both of which are beneficial for the thyroid. Select juices that contain ingredients like radishes, carrots, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, kelp, alfalfa, leafy greens, beet tops, green peppers, parsley, seaweeds, sprouts and watercress.

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Diets for people with hypothyroidism


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Foods That Shrink Fibroids

Maintaining a healthy diet rich in nutrients and vitamins may help relieve or control the symptoms of fibroids. Also called uterine fibroids, these noncancerous growths form in the uterus of women. They contribute to symptoms such as pelvic pain, frequent urination, cramping, pain in the back or one leg and constipation. According to MayoClinic.com, the role of diet and specific vitamins in the prevention or treatment of fibroids is inconclusive. However, certain foods may help relieve and control symptoms so that your fibroids do not grow larger.

Foods Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants function to protect you from free radical damage that can lead to tissue damage and infection. Antioxidants act to strengthen your immune system and enable you to fight disease and inflammation that can contribute to health problems. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants can help you fight symptoms of fibroids, allowing time for them to heal. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, berries, melons and citrus fruits.

91.7% Fibroids Success Women Worldwide Are Avoiding The Hysterectomy. You Can Too. Safely
by changing your diet.

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Foods Rich In Vitamin D
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin D can help decrease inflammation in your body that contributes to the development and aggravation of pain symptoms. Vitamin D is important for the proper functioning of calcium in your body. Calcium helps you maintain a healthy muscle tone that can prevent or relieve cramping symptoms associated with fibroids. This can allow fibroids to heal and not be further triggered by pain symptoms. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include whole eggs and fatty fish such as salmon and canned sardines with bones. Fortified milk, including soy milk and cow's milk, are also good sources.

Oils And Nuts
Consuming a diet rich in healthy oils and nuts may help you relieve and reduce your fibroid symptoms. These foods are rich in vitamin E. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin E-rich foods can help reduce cramping and menstrual pain symptoms that are associated with fibroids. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils such as olive oil, soybean oil and canola oil. Nuts and nut butters are also good sources and include almonds, pecans and peanut butter.

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Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions are high in antioxidants and have natural anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to boosting immunity and being a natural antibiotic, garlic also inhibits the growth of tumors. It is best to eat it raw, as cooking destroys some of its nutrients.

Legumes
Legumes are rich in phytoestrogens and acts as a fibroid fighter. Including pinto beans, kidney and black beans in your diet would be good. Legumes are high in fibers and may aid in treatment of fibroids.


Nuts and seeds
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and especially Brazil nuts are all excellent sources of fatty acids and a great source of protein. Brazil nuts contain selenium which is good for encouraging a healthy uterine lining. Include five to 10 Brazil nuts in your diet every day.


Fruits and Vegetables
You should consume five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, especially dark green, leafy vegetables. Broccoli, especially the sprouts contain an enzyme that has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. Kale contains a phytochemical known as isothiocyanate that is thought to suppress tumor growth. Fruits high in vitamin C such as, citrus fruits are also beneficial.

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Fish
Fish may aid in fighting fibroids; the oil in cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel has anti­inflammatory properties, which may help relieve fibroid symptoms. Fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce body fat and flush out excess estrogen which contributes to fibroids. According to the American Dietetic Association, current dietary recommendations are to include fish in your meals at least twice a week.

Fiber Rich Foods
According to Dr. Ronald Hoffman of New York, a high fiber diet will decrease blood estrogen levels. Fiber may bind to the hormone and draw it out of the body. Fiber rich foods to include are, whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, oat bran and almonds.

Water
While water is non-nutritive, it helps flush out toxins from the body and assists in liver function while balancing hormone levels. This prevents an increase in estrogen production and reduces fibroid growth. Good hydration is essential, drink eight to ten glasses of water per day.


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

What is NOT Whole Foods?

What is NOT in Whole Foods?

Antibiotics
Growth Hormones
Pesticides
Herbicides
Fungicides
Hormone Disrupters
Toxic Metals (i.e. arsenic)
Aflatoxins (fungal by products) etc.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why are antioxidants important?

Why are antioxidants important?

Antioxidants are you natural defense against free radicals. Free radicals oxidize compounds in your cells, starting a chain reaction of instability and damage. It can start with a tiny (barely noticeable) trace of toxic that spread rapidly throughout the body. The antioxidants I speak about in the Woulds Best Plant based Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrients help neutralize free radicals in five categories and offer protection.

The Ultimate Multivitamin!

Email me for your FREE Nutritional Assessment - amjones@livinglifegolden.com.

Email me for your FREE Nutritional Assessment - amjones@livinglifegolden.com. 

What's a phytonutrients and why are there so many in My supplements?

What's a phytonutrients and why are there so many in My supplements? 

Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight off insects, resist disease, promote healthy growth, and enhance survival. The supplements I recommend has included the plants nutrients in its supplement formulas because of their health benefits to humans. The phytonutrients founds in the 20 concentrates in these supplements offer both broad and targeted antioxidant protection. 

Email me for your FREE Nutritional Assessment - amjones@livinglifegolden.com. 

Free Nutritional Assessment


If you're going to supplement, why not start with the worlds Best Multivitamins. Full of Plant enriched based Vitamins/Minerals/Phytonutrients. 

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Why Plant Based Nutritional Supplements are Important!

Why Plant Based Nutritional Supplements are Important! 

I used to be afraid to take additional supplements outside what I received while eating my foods. I got into Fitness, furthered my studies and learned I needed a good supplement. However I didn't want anything with fillers and additives that weren't conductive for my health and fitness goals or my total well being. In my research in learned I do in fact need a good plant based nutritional supplement.

 A national medical journal recommends that ALL adults should take one multivitamin daily. This is true even if you already eat diet rich in fresh, WHOLE, natural foods. The foods you consume often don't supply ALL the vitamins and minerals you need, at The Recommended Levels. 

If you're going to supplement, why not start with the worlds Best Multivitamins. Full of Plant enriched based Vitamins/Minerals/Phytonutrients. 

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Wheatgrass Juice Cocktail


Wheatgrass Juice Cocktail

1/4 collard chopped fresh greens
1/4 kale
1/4 spinach
1/4 sliced cucumber
1/4 tsp fresh powder wheatgrass
1/4 Pomegranate Organic blend juice
1/4 Cherry Tart Organic blend juice
1 tbsp Maple syrup
1/4 Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high. Blend to a smooth creamy mixture for 60 seconds. Drink regularly to encourage happiness on the inside. Drink as often as you like.

Skin Saver Smoothie


Skin Saver Smoothie

1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 carrots (baby)
Handful of spinach
1/2 parsley
1 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice
1 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high. Blend to a smooth creamy mixture for 60 seconds.

Drink regularly to encourage beautiful glowing skin and anti aging.

Immune Booster Smoothie


Immune Booster Smoothie

1 Apple (quartered)
1/2 Lemon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 cup fresh Herbal Ice Cubes (your mixture)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high. Blend to a smooth creamy mixture for 60 seconds.

Drink regularly to boost your immune system. Healthy Goodness!!!


Herbal Ice


Herbal Ice

1 tsp of each of: mint, basil, parsley, cilantro, savory, Oregon, rosemary, garlic leaves, sage leaves, thyme, hickory, all spice and bay leaves (your choice of herbs)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 ice tray (your choice)
On a cutting board cut all the leaves into small pieces, then mix everything in a small bowl. Add the pinch if cayenne pepper. Fill ice cubes with distilled or spring water. Sprinkle herbal mix over ice and freeze. Can make several trays, the pop out and fill in ziploc freezer bags. Leave in freezer for later use.


Sweet Energy Snack


Sweet Energy Snack

3 Dates
1/2 dried mangos (or your choice of fruit)
3 figs
1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds
1/2 dried cranberries seeds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pistachios
Blend on high for 45 seconds, until sticky and gooey small ball forms. Scoop out product and drizzle a tsp of amply syrup over and eat. Yummy!!

Peach Sherbet Dessert


Peach Sherbet Dessert

3 cups peaches (fresh or frozen)
1/4 coconut milk (your choice)
1 tsp maple syrup Grade B
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1/2 banana
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 45 seconds. Keep Tamper close by in case needed. You will see four mounds in the corners which indicate product is dozen.

Morning Fresh Juice


Morning Fresh Juice

1 hunk of Pineapple
1/2 Orange
1/4 Lemon
1/4 water
Agave (to taste)
1/4 cup Ice
Blend on sped 10, flip to high for 60 seconds . Now serve your family something fresh and naturally sweet, every morning.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding


Vegan Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 Avocado
2 tbsp Coconut Milk (Non Dairy, unsweetened vanilla, 45 calorie) or your choice
1 tbsp of Cocao Powder
2 Dates (optional)
1 tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 45 seconds, until you receive the results of a creamy chocolate pudding. Chill for 30 minutes or more. Yummy!!!

Antioxidant Pudding


Antioxidant Pudding

2 tbsp Fage (fat free) Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup blackberries
1/4 cup dark cherries
1/4 cup blue berries
1/4 cup wild blue berries
1 Date
1 tbsp Flaxseed
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 45 seconds. Use tamper to make sure all product is going down on blade.

Breakfast sorbet


Breakfast sorbet

1/4 cup Organic Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 Banana (peeled)
1/2 Orange (peeled, saving as much pith)
Large Handful of Spinach
4 Dates
2 1/2 cups of Ice
Blend for 45 seconds. Use tamper if necessary to push product down onto blade. S good I can hardly resist eating right out of container. Pure Healthy goodness!


Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream


Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream

1/4 cup Non dairy, Soy Free, french vanilla dairy creamer or coconut milk vanilla bean (or your choice)
1oz organic sugar
1/2 banana
1 cap of vanilla flavoring
2 cups of Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 45 seconds. Use the tamper to make sure product is pushed down on the blade.  

Note: to change flavors for chocolate add sweetened coco powder or (fresh or frozen) strawberries or fresh mint leaves or whatever you choose.


Berry Goodness Margarita


Berry Goodness Margarita

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1 handful Goji (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
6 Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Simple Limeade
3 tbsp Agave (or sweetened to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds. Good for you and good to you!


Chocolate Margarita


Chocolate Margarita

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1 handful  of Sweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Banana
1 cup Simple Limeade
3 tbsp Agave (or sweetened to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds.

Can be garnished with sprinkled chocolate chops. This is pure creamy chocolaty goodness!!

Strawberry Margarita


Strawberry Margarita

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1 handful  of Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Simple Limeade l
3 tbsp Agave (or sweetened to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds.

PowerGreens/SuperGreens


PowerGreens/SuperGreens

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1 handful  of Powergreens (blend of Kale, Spinach, Red and Green Swiss Chard and Arugula)
1 cup Simple Limeade
3 tbsp Agave (or sweetened to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds.


These greens will not change the taste of the margarita!!!

Super-fruit - Antioxidant Margarita


Super-fruit - Antioxidant Margarita

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/4 cup Blackberries
1/4 cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Dark Cherry Juice (organic)
1/4 cup Pomegranate (organic)
1 cup Simple Limeade
3 tbsp Agave (or sweetened to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds. Taste delicious with or without spirits!

 This makes all your organs and inside smile. It's so good to you and good for you!!!

Pineapple Margarita


Pineapple Margarita

1/2 Orange (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
1/2  Lemon (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)  1/2 1/2 Lime (skinned saving as much of the pith {thick white skin that covers inside} as possible)
 Hunk of Pineapple
1 cup Simple Limeade
3 tbsp Agave (or sweeten to taste)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend on speed 10, flip to high for 60 seconds.


Note: These are regular Non-Alcoholic beverages, however of you choose to add Alcohol, its an option!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Where do nutrients come from?

Where do nutrients come from? The natural, protective substances found in plants that also give them their unique color are called phytonutrients (or "plant nutrients"). To get the full range of health benefits associated with plant nutrients, you should eat a rainbow of color every day.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Antioxidant Foods

20 Common Foods With the Most Antioxidants I researched and studied a lot about benefits of eating foods. Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries ranked highest among the fruits studied. Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes were tops among the vegetables. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts ranked highest in the nut category. The total antioxidant capacity of the foods does not necessarily reflect their health benefit. The benefits depend on how the food's antioxidants are absorbed and utilized in the body. The fine line is that everybody's body is different, so you want to know how much nutrition is your body actually absorbing? Still, this chart should help consumers trying to add more antioxidants to their daily diet. Rank Food item Serving size 1 Small Red Bean (dried) Half cup 2 Wild blueberry 1 cup 3 Red kidney bean (dried) Half cup 4 Pinto bean Half cup 5 Blueberry (cultivated) 1 cup 6 Cranberry 1 cup (whole) 7 Artichoke (cooked) 1 cup (hearts) 8 Blackberry 1 cup 9 Prune Half cup 10 Raspberry 1 cup 11 Strawberry 1 cup 12 Red Delicious apple. 1 whole 13 Granny Smith apple 1 whole 14 Pecan 1 ounce 15 Sweet cherry 1 cup 16 Black plum 1 whole 17 Russet potato (cooked) 1 whole 18 Black bean (dried) Half cup 19 Plum 1 whole 20 Gala apple 1 whole

Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie - 210 calorie

1 cup pineapple juice 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 1/2 cups chunks of pineapple (fresh or frozen) Note: if using frozen fruit, then you don't need to use ice, unless you still desire it to be thicker Place liquid inside the blender first, then add all ingredients. Blend for 45-60 second until nice and creamy. You will also see a creamy gloss on top of product which lets you know all ingredients are properly blended and ready for consumption. Pour into glass(es). Makes 2 servings. Nutritional Value: Calorie 210, total <1g, saturated fat 0.5g, protein 2, carbs 53g, cholesterol 0mg, fiber 5g, sodium 10mg

Energy Protein Shake - 200 calorie



1 1/2 cups vanilla low-fat soy yogurt
1/4 cup plain low-fat milk
1/4 cup raw walnut halves
2 Agave
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup Ice
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 6 serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 200, total 7g, saturated fat 0.5g, protein 6, carbs 28g, cholesterol 0mg, fiber 1g, sodium 40mg



Wake-Me Up Breakfast Energy Smoothie - 110 calorie



2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (topless)
1 1/2 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
1 banana (peeled)
1/2 cup fat free milk (your choice)
2 tbsp wheat germ
2 tbsp Agave
1/4 cup Ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 6 serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 110, total 0, saturated fat 5, protein 5, carbs 24g, cholesterol 0mg, fiber 2g, sodium 55mg

Iced Coffee Fappe' - 90 calorie



1 cup (strong) brewed coffee, chilled
1/2 cup reduced fat milk (your choice)
2 tbsp Agave
3 tbsp sweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup Ice, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 2 serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 160, total 3.5g, saturated fat 2, protein 7g, carbs 25g, cholesterol 50mg, fiber 0g, sodium 45mg



Purple Power Shake - 160 calorie



1 1/2 cups Vanilla low-fat  frozen yogurt
1/4 100% grape juice concentrate
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
1/4 cup Ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 2 (3/4 cup) serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 160, total 3.5g, saturated fat 2, protein 7g, carbs 25g, cholesterol 50mg, fiber 0g, sodium 45mg blogged!

Purple Power Shake - 160 calorie


1 1/2 cups Vanilla low-fat  frozen yogurt
1/4 100% grape juice concentrate
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
1/4 cup Ice, Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 2 (3/4 cup) serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 160, total 3.5g, saturated fat 2, protein 7g, carbs 25g, cholesterol 50mg, fiber 0g, sodium 45mg

Rise n-Shine Shake - 280 calorie



1 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 cup strawberries, (top's off)
1 kiwi, (peeled)
10 grapes
1/4 cup fat-free yogurt (your choice)
1 to 2 tbsp Blue Agave
1/4 cup Ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 2 (3/4 cup) serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 280, total 3.5g, saturated fat 1.5g, protein 12g, carbs 54g, cholesterol 15mg, fiber 5g, sodium 135mg

Mocha Breakfast Drink - 220 calorie



6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup reduced calorie milk (your choice)
3 tbsp coffee grounds
3 tbsp chocolate sweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Ice
Place all ingredients
in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth. Make 2 serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 220, total 2.5g, saturated fat 1.5g, protein 16, carbs 33g, cholesterol 15mg, fiber 1g, sodium 185mg

Berry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie - 170 calorie


6 ounces berry flavored low-fat yogurt
1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup reduced-fat 1% or 2% milk
1/4 cup Ice
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 45-60 seconds, until creamy and smooth.

Make 1 serving.

Nutritional Value: Calorie 170, total 2g, saturated fat 1g, protein 5g, carbs 34g, cholesterol 34mg, fiber 2g, sodium 65mg

Green Fruity Sorbet - No Processed Sugar Treat


Green Fruity Sorbet

1/4 cup Organic Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 Banana (peeled)
Large Handful of Spinach
4 Dates
1/4 slice of Avocado (optional)
3-4 sleeves of cabbage (optional)
1/4 slice of Cabbage (optional)
2 1/2 cups of Ice

Blend for 45 seconds.

Use tamper, if necessary to push product down onto blade.

Green Smoothie


Green Smoothie Drink

Half Orange, peeled, (saving as much of the pith as possible)
1/2 Large banana, peeled
6 large strawberries {frozen or fresh (without the top)}
Handful of Spinach (and/or Power-greens or Super-greens )
Hunk of pineapple (about 1/2 inch thick) {optional}
2 tbsp Agave
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut (45 calorie, non-dairy) Milk

1/4 cup Ice, blend on high, speed 10, for 45-60 seconds.

Look for a smooth creamy glossy look on top.

Four Fruit Smoothie


Four Fruit Smoothie

Half Orange, peeled, (saving as much of the pith as possible)
1/2 Large banana, peeled
6 large strawberries {frozen or fresh (without the top)}
Hunk of pineapple (about 1/2 inch thick)
2 tbsp Agave
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 cup Ice, blend on high, speed 10, for 45-60 seconds.

Look for a smooth creamy glossy look on top.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reliant Home and Garden Show 2013

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to work this event. ALL the people that visited my booth were great, fun and excited about seeing the Vitamix booth. I loved serving the people.

My Menu consisted of:

Snack 1 - Smoothie
4 Fruit Smoothie
Orange, Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Blue Agave, Water or Milk (your choice) and Ice.                                                  

Or Snack 1 - Green Drink
Water, spinach (and/or kale, chard, arugula), apple, lemon, organic banana, organic pear, and 3-4 celery stalks and Ice.

Or Snack 2 - Ice Cream Orange Dreamcicle, Vanilla, Pineapple and Lemon-Lime
Organic orange juice or Organic Lemonade, Organic Sugar, cabbage, squash, carrots and Ice.

Or Snack 2 - Tomato Drink
Water, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Cucumber, Celery, Beet, Lime, Parsley and Seasoning.

Soup 3 - Tortilla Soup (page 64 in the Whole Food Cookbook)

Specialty Favorite/Treat
Lime Mint Basil Sorbet - Lime, Basil, Mint Leaves, Dates, Organic Orange Juice, Spinach, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage and Ice

Orange Basil Sorbet - Orange, Basil, Dates, Organic Orange Juice, Spinach, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage and Ice

Cocoa Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Non Dairy Creamer, Cocoa, Organic Sugar, Mint Leaves, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chips or Regular Chocolate Chips and Ic

Margarita (regular) or with Pineapple - Orange, Lemon, Lime and Pineapple, Organic Lemonade, Water and Ice

Margarita Ice Cream - Orange, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Avocado, Squash, Cabbage, Organic Sugar and Ice.

Coco Moco Coffee Chiller - Almond Unsweetened Milk, Ground Coffee, Blue Agave, Cocoa and Ice.

Please feel free to email me amjones@livinglifegolden.com and

Coco Mocha Coffee Chiller

In case you're wondering what to do with the last bit coffee, start storing it in the refrigerator and use in a coffee drink or ice cream.

Remember the ice cream takes only about 1/4 cup liquid, 1/2 - 2 cups liquid (depending upon how much you're making).

Coco Mocha Coffee Chiller

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mango Kiwi


1 mango (sliced and skinned from the pit, {mango is also your liquid, so it needs to go first})
2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
2 dates (or 2 tbsp of blue agave or sweetener of your choice, if necessary)
1/2 Ice
Blend

Green-Aide



1 lemon
2 apples
1 cup kale
1/2 stalk of celery
1/4 cup Organic Lemonade
1 cup water
1/2 cup Ice
Blend

Green Pineapple Drink


1 Banana
1 medium hunk of pineapple
1 handful if Spinach
1 pear (cut in quarters)
2 cup Almond + Plus Milk (or whatever milk you choose)
1/2 Ice
Blend

Watermelon Facts


We are all familiar with the delicious red sweet part of the watermelon. Well, lets not forget about the rest of this wonderful fruit. It would be wasteful not to utilize the whole fruit. The rind and the seeds are also edible. There are many recipes from different parts of the world including the southern United States describing ways they can be used as a nutritional and tasty food source.

The watermelon is a very versatile food source. The flesh can be eaten raw as a fruit and the rind can be fried and cooked like a vegetable. The watermelon seed can be eaten as a salty snack or stuck on sweetened deserts. Cooks grind the seeds and use like regular flour and melon seed paste. They can also be the ingredients for hot and cold drinks.

As I understand some places they classify the whole watermelon as a vegetable, others as a fruit. Either way not only the red or yellow meaty part can be eaten. The rind and seeds are edible and should be a part of our food source. Obviously since there are recipes, someone is using them as food, but I believe more people should be introduced to the full usage of the watermelon. In some places in Africa they even cook the leaves and add them to their meals or use it as medicine. I believe it is a shame to throw out good food.


Nutritious Watermelon Rind

The watermelon rind contains less sugar and water than the flesh and more fiber. This gives it the heavier consistency and a less sweet taste. Whereas the red flesh has the antioxidant lycopene the white rind has a higher concentration of the amino acid citrulline in it. This is converted to another amino acid arginine which is the precursor for nitric oxide. This will help with blood vessel dilation. Also in the rind is potassium and some vitamin C and B.


Water-Lemonade


1/2 Watermelon (seeded, cut in quarters with as much
2 lemons
3 tbsp Blue Agave
1/2 cup Ice
Blend

Morning Drink


Handful of Grapes
1 pear (cut in quarters)
1/2 cucumber
1/2 celery
1 cup milk (of your choice)
1/2 cup Ice
Blend

Thursday, January 31, 2013

What are your cravings telling you?

Trying to lose weight without addressing your cravings & hormones could be futile. One of the fastest ways to completely trash your health and sabotage fat-loss is to let your blood sugar run wild.

You might be thinking, "Shouldn't only diabetics be the one concerned with blood sugar level?" But this is further from the truth. Your blood sugar level has a big impact on your cravings and hormones.

If you find yourself constantly craving for foods, then your blood sugar is most likely the culprit that is making you hungry.When you control your blood sugar level, you won't get much cravings anymore.

Let's go through 2 foods that you should take note of to reduce cravings.

Breads and Pasta  
If you find yourself craving for foods high in simple carbohydrates, it is because of blood sugar imbalances. Craving carbs means you need more complex carbohydrates to regulate your blood sugar  level. Your body also need more proteins from leafy vegetables to balance out the blood sugar level too.

Cakes and Donuts
Cakes and donuts have excessive sugar that will cause your blood sugar level to spike. These foods are usually full of saturated and trans fats which are harmful to your body too. If you really want to go for such foods, control your portion.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blending vs Juicing


Blending (in Vitamix) vs Juicing - Juicing has its advantages....one glass of juice equals to about a pound of carrots, which few of us could get. Unfortunately most of the valuable anti-cancer nutrients in the vegetables gets tossed in the trashed when the pulp is discarded. Using a Vitamix blender will keep ALL the valuable nutrients in while allowing you to consume more vegetables in liquid form.

In the whole fruit and vegetables lies a universe of nutrients that we will never fully understand but are there for our maximum benefits. Extracting juice from the fruits and vegetables makes as much sense as eating white flour.

When we decided to remove the fiber from the whole fruits, vegetables and grains, we began a history's greatest epidemic outbreak of obesity, heart disease, cancer and more.

There are 10 times more health giving photochemical agents in blended whole fruits and vegetables than in juice extracted from vegetable pulp.

Kale!!!!


My Favorite!!! Kale a rich source of anticancer chemicals. Kale has more beta carotene than spinach and twice as much lutein, the most of any vegetable tested. Kale is also a member of the crucifereous family, endowing it with anti cancer insoles that help regulate estrogen and fight off colon cancer.

What is the white stuff on the outside of the orange, lemon, lime and other citrus fruits....Pith - the white matter under the peel, contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

Spinach is great choice!


Spinach, tops the lists along with many other green leafy vegetables, as a food most eaten by people who don't get cancer. It's a super source of antioxidants and cancer antagonists, containing about four times more beta carotene and three times more lutein than broccoli, for example. Rich in fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol. Some of its antioxidants are destroyed by cooking.

Eating raw, lightly cooked or blended are best.

Why I use Pineapples in my recipes:


Pineapple suppresses inflammation. A main constituent, an antibacterial enzyme called bromelain, an anti-inflammatory. Pineapple has others benefits such as, aids digestion, helps dissolve blood clots and is good for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures because of its very high manganese content.

Is also antibacterial and mildly estrogenic.

Collard Greens


Collard Greens are full of anticancer, antioxidants compounds, including lute in, vitamin C and beta carotene.

Why I use Dates:

Dates are high in natural aspirin. They also have a laxative effect. Dried fruits including dates are lower rates of cancers, especially pancreatic cancer. 

I use cabbage in a lot of my recipes


I use cabbage in a lot of my recipes. Cabbage (including Bok Choy), referenced in Ancient Rome as a cancer cure, contains numerous anti cancer and antioxidant compound. Speeds up estrogen metabolism, is thought to help block breast cancer and suppress growth of polyps, a prelude to colon cancer.

Eating cabbage more than once a week cut men's colon cancer odds by 60%.

As little as 2 tablespoons a day of cooked cabbage protects against stomach cancer. Contains anti-ulcer compounds; cabbage juice help heals ulcers. I also has antibacterial and anti-vitals powers.

However, some of these powerful compounds are destroy by cooking. Raw cabbage, as in cold slaw, appears to have stronger overalls health value.


Why I choose the ingredients I use:


Celery is a traditional Vietnamese remedy for a high blood pressure. Celery compounds reduces high blood pressure in animals however comparable human dosage: two to four stalks a day. It also had a mild diuretic effect. Celery contains eight different families of cancer compounds, such as phthalides and polyacetylenes, that detoxify carcinogens, especially cigarette smoke.

Eating celery before and after vigorous exercise can induce mild to serious allergice reactions in some people.


Green-Aide 3



1 Large Lemon, peel (in shaving the peeling, save as much of the white part)
2 Apples
1 cup kale (power greens)
1/2 Celery
3 tbsp Blue Agave
1 Ice
Blend for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Green Pineapple Drink


1 large Banana
1 medium slice of pineapple
1 pear
2 handfuls of spinach
2 cups Almond + Plus 5x protein milk So Delicious Dairy Free (or your choice of milk)
1 cup Ice

Blend for 30 seconds. Enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tips for Adding Protein and its benefits


 Add all your product (except protein powder) inside your Vitamix blender. Turn machine on, turn dial to speed 10, flip to High. Allow to blend for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds turn machine to speed 1, flip from High to variable. Take plug out of machine top, now pour protein down center funnel while machine is blending. Immediately after last bit of protein has been poured, immediately turn off machine. You will have 10 seconds to finish.
Your don't want to blend you protein longer than 15 seconds.

Benefits of protein....
Protein is required by the body for the growth, maintenance and repair of all cells.

Protein is a major component of all muscles, tissues and organs and is vital for practically every process that occurs within the body such as metabolism, digestion and the transportation of nutrients and oxygen in the blood.

It is also necessary for the production of antibodies, which fight against infection and illness, and is the main nutrient that keeps our hair shiny and healthy, our nails strong, our skin fresh and glowing and our bones strong and healthy.

Tips for making great Ice Cream


Only blend for exactly 45 seconds. Make sure your monitoring Vitamix machine to insure that all your reduction is being pulled down to bottom. Also look for the 4 mounds or pillars that will form in the corners.

Remember if you allow the machine to blend 45-60 seconds (an additional 15 seconds), then remember you will have a thick smoothie, however if you continue to allow blender to process, you will now have a soupy smoothie/drink. The longer you blend the product it will change the outcome. Anytime you allow the machine to blend longer than 2 1/2 minutes the machine will begin heating.

Earthbound Goodness Orange-Green Drink


1 cups Earthbound Farm Super Power Greens (Red and Green Chard, Kale, Spinach..etc..)
2-4 dates (taste to your desire)
1 medium slice of pineapple
1 apple, cut into quarters (no need to decore)
1 pear, cut in quarters
1/3 cup organic orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cup water

Blend in Vitamix for 30-45 second.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Skinny on Blending Fruit and Vegetables in a Smoothie or Green Drink


The Skinny on Blending Fruit and Vegetables in a Smoothie or Green Drink

Without fail, every time I post a green smoothie recipe that includes a carrot or a stalk of celery or piece of cucumber with an apple, orange or a berry of some sort, I’ll get comments from concerned people who’ve heard that one should never mix fruits and vegetables. It’s “bad food combining”, they say.

Over and over again, my response is through my research, that the food combining hypothesis was thoroughly debunked almost 80 years ago, there is absolutely zero scientific evidence to support it, and no credible scientists or doctors support food combining today. I have consulted credible Nutritionist on their opinions on the subject at hand.

Through My Research:

What Is Food Combining?
Food combining is a central tenet of the Natural Hygiene philosophy, which was founded by Sylvester Graham in the 1830s and was brought into the 20th century by Herbert M. Shelton. Elements of Natural Hygiene is particularly popular in the modern raw food movement, and “proper food combining” is often discussed on raw food message boards and websites.

The food combining hypothesis states that certain food combinations should never be consumed since such combinations will disrupt the body’s balance, cause digestion problems, and lead to poor health and “toxic buildup”. That can also be suggested about the number of meats, carbs and dairy combinations I've seen combines. The idea is that certain foods digest using different enzymes, and improper food combining confuses the body, thereby producing health-damaging side effects from digestion.

Food combining “no-no’s” include mixing protein with fat, or protein with carbohydrate. Fruit should always be eaten separately, and certain types of fruit should not be mixed, for example, “acid fruits” like oranges with “sweet fruits” like bananas. Melons are suggested to always be eaten on their own.

However many of my green smoothie recipes are at odds with food combining since I routinely blend pineapple with banana (gasp!) and I also commit the unforgivable sin of blending melons with just about every fruit and vegetable you can think of......even berries. Just check out my Watermelon Lemonade Recipe.

Do I care that I break just about every single food combining rule every day? Probably not that much! Because there is absolutely no reason why I should. The food combining hypothesis is not grounded in science, and it is not supported by personal experience or observation. When blending I get very creative. I get all my nutrients and I am in great health.

Why Is The Food Combining Hypothesis Unscientific?
The food combining hypothesis is not scientific, because, it does not hold up to the rigors of the scientific process. The tidal wave of modern science punching holes in the idea. Food combining is not supported by credible scientists and doctors (it is not even supported by many natural health experts). And when I say “credible”, "I’m referring to scientists and doctors who’ve studied at accredited schools, and who abide by the scientific process, and who utilize the peer-review process to separate truth from wishful thinking and incorrect assumptions spun as “common sense” on the Internet."

Many of you may know, for the sake of those who don't, what we know of human digestion has advanced greatly in the 170 years since food combining and Natural Hygiene came onto the scene.

In summary, there is no credible scientific evidence that eating a meal with protein and carbohydrates together will cause any problems with digestions, enzyme imbalance, or produce toxic aftereffects. There is no evidence that fruits and vegetables cannot be digested together, or require different enzymes, and that mixing the two will cause health problems.  The mixing of fruits with vegetables, or protein with carbohydrate, has not been scientifically established as a cause or contributing factor in vitamin and mineral malabsorption.

An often cited criticism of food combining is that foods themselves have differing amounts of macronutrients that supposedly should not be combined. For example, beans contain a combination of carbohydrates and protein. Meat and eggs contain a combination of protein and fat. All fruits and vegetables contain varying ratios of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Personal Experience With Food Combining
From personal experience, I have never once experienced any side effects of blending oranges, plums or pineapples (acid fruits) with bananas, grapes or papayas (sweet fruits). I’ve never once experienced side effects from blending greens with fruits, or fruits with vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, celery, bell pepper, beet and tomato. I've actually been very satisfied with the results of my energy and my skin.

I have never personally seen a single instance where any of the above combinations caused any physical or digestive problems in a person with a healthy, normally-functioning digestive system.

My personal experience combined with what we know from modern science, has led me to take a dim view of food combining, and I simply do not adhere to it, or advocate it, because of this.

But Why Do I Not Feel Right After Combining Certain Fruits and Vegetables?
Despite the fact that there is absolutely no science that supports food combining, and a significant lack of credible health professionals who support the hypothesis, there are adherents who claim that they had trouble with digestion and chronic illness until they finally got on the food combining bandwagon. They cite their experiences as proof that food combining works.

So does this mean that food combining works for some and not others? Does it mean that there isn't anything at all to the 170-year old notion of food combining?
Well, not really. There can be a lot of factors that could cause digestion issues, or chronic feelings of poor health, that might be otherwise blamed on improper food combining.

The most common would include:
1.) Allergies and intolerance to certain fruits (but not combinations of different fruits). Some people have bad reactions to certain fruits, but it’s not necessarily because those fruits were mixed with the wrong types.
2.) Lack of thorough chewing, particularly in the case of a green salad topped with fresh fruit. In this instance, the issue is the larger pieces of food being more difficult to digest (plant cellulose in leafy greens) rather than, greens and fruit are being mixed.
3.) Underlying health problems that affect digestion and/or nutrient absorption that have nothing at all to do with combinations of certain foods, but that might be exacerbated by certain combinations in certain individuals.
4.) Digestive “issues” like gas and bloating that occur when people make a sudden dietary change by eating more fruits and vegetables. This has more to do with a sudden increase (or decrease) of fiber and the body adjusting to different foods, yet has nothing at all to do with food combining, and it goes away in a few days.

The above issues should be ruled out (or credible medical attention should be sought) before a 170-year old, thoroughly debunked dietary philosophy is given credence, despite its lack of scientific support.

If It Feels Good, Drink It!
I don’t like to be all nitpicky about what I eat, but my health is a valuable commodity that i can not afford to lose. The rigid rules of food combining makes eating complicated, isn’t necessary and doesn’t serve me. My approach to diet, green smoothies and a healthy lifestyle is that if it feels (and tastes) good, I’ll keep drinking it!

That includes my melon-banana smoothies, and my berry-papaya creations, and blending every fruit I can get my hands on with every vegetable I’m brave enough to toss into my blender pitcher.

Ignore the rules and enjoy your green smoothies instead!

Simply Lose Weight And Feel Great With Green Smoothies!

Almost four years ago, I did something small that radically changed my life.... I made my first green smoothie! Then almost three years ago I made another decision and that was to eliminate the desire to eat breads, muffins, quesadillas, cakes and pies, so I did a "fast" for 40 days, the dramatically changed my life! It also gave me clarity on other things in my life. I gained a tremendous amount of self control in many much needed aspects in other areas. I made a to eliminate most meats from my diet on a regular basis...(no I'm not wearing a label of being Vega, Vegetarian, Raw Foodist or Diabetic) I just eat healthy. I also do what best for me and thus far it works.

Fast-forward to today and I am enjoying the best health I’ve ever experienced. I am 25 pounds lighter, my body fat is 22% lower, my cholesterol is 10 points lower, and my skin radiates. My body is toned and I have so much energy that I’m running in Half-Marathons more frequently than I ever thought possible. I thought I would only do it for a year, but I've learned that I crave it more and more.

Angel's Tortilla Soup (Vegetarian with a Non-Vegetarian Style Twist)


Phase 1
1 cube bullion (chicken or vegetable or no-chicken)
3 cilantro stems
1/2 Roma tomato
6 small carrots
1 small piece of onion
1 small slice of jalapeƱa
3 small sleeves of cabbage
1 thinly slice of red, yellow and orange bell peppers
1/3 slice of red, orange and yellow sweet peppers
1/2 celery stalk
1 tbsp of Blend I Up! Spice Blend Seasoning
3 cups of hot water (You don't have to use hot water, you can allow machine to run beyond 3 1/2 minutes, it will heat up on its on. This only saves time.)

Add
1 thinly slice of red, yellow and orange bell peppers
1/3 slice of red, orange and yellow sweet peppers
3 cilantro stems
1/4 slice of Roma tomato
1 cup Chicken (optional.....must be already cooked)
1/4 Avocado
1cup Chips
1/4 Cheese

Place all ingredients in 5200 or 6300 Vitamix machine in the order listed. On the 6300 you will use the manual side of the machine for this soup. After all ingredients are inside, turn machine on, immediately turn to 10 speed and immediately click from variable to high. Add  water, if you added hot water then allow machine to run for 3 minutes, if added cold or room temperature water, then allow machine to run for 5 minutes.

At this point the machine has run it course ( whether 3 or 5 minutes) you will now slow the machine down to 1 and and click from high to variable, this is the lowest level for food processing.

We are now ready to add any additional ingredients we choose for texturizing.  This whole process will only take 20 seconds. This will make it chunky. I do add the additional cilantro and tomato first, then turn machine up to 4 and allow to process for 10 seconds. (I don't want to cook, I'm only processing to chop up a bit. Now turn machine back down to 1 and leave here until complete.

Now lets add sweet peppers and bell peppers, black beans, corn, avocado, (cheese and chicken if desired).

At the very end you can add a hand full of chips or approximately 2 cups.
Make sure you monitored time and speed for soups to come out perfect every time.

Enjoy!!

Please feel free to email me amjones@livinglifegolden.com




Zesty Lemon-Lime detox Smooth


Lemons, limes and other citrus fruits rank highly for their detoxing properties. They are among the most water rich fruits which help flush toxins out of your body. The fiber in lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit “scrubs and scrapes” your intestine walls and helps moves toxins out.

This smoothie combines the sour flavor of lemon-lime with the sweetness of banana and orange for a delicious blend. Added to the mix are dandelion greens, which is believed to be one of the top cleansing greens you can eat.

If you don’t have access to dandelion greens, simply use a different leafy green such as kale, chard, collards or even spinach.

Since this is a detox smoothie recipe, I recommend that you use only organic ingredients since conventional produce may have pesticide residues.


1/2 medium lemon, peeled
1/2 medium lime, peeled
2 medium bananas, peeled
1 large orange1-2 cups chopped dandelion greens, kale or spinach (optional)*
1 cup cold water
1 cup ice (optional)


Start by adding the liquid to your blender using the Vitamix machine, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender now. You can add ice at this point, if you choose. Blend on 10 speed and click from variable to high for 30 - 45 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy. At this point, you will now slow the machine down to 1 and and click from variable to high, this is the lowest level for food processing. Now turn off the machine.

We are now ready to add any additional ingredients we choose for texturizing.  This whole process will only take 20 seconds. This will make it chunky. I do add the additional cilantro and tomato first, then turn machine up to 4 and allow to process for 10 seconds. (I don't want to cook, I'm only processing to chop up a bit. Now turn machine back down to 1 and leave here until complete.

 Enjoy!!
Please feel free to email me amjones@livinglifegolden.com if you have any questions or comments.