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Happy Goji Water

Goji Berries Pictures, Images and Photos

It is Happy Friday again.

One of the things that make me so happy is reading inspirational books. Right now I am reading Greatness Guide 2 by Robin Sharma. I love his work. The book is filled with 101 insights to get you to world class! Wow! A summarization of tip 6 is:

My point is simply this: The way you do the little things says a lot about the way you do the big things.  So pay attention to the little details. Focus on the small stuff (like crazy). World class people and organizations always do. Because the little things are truly the big ones.

Such an incredibly simple and powerful tip. Start with the small things!

How about starting to do one small thing that can contribute to your best health ever? Goji berries are a small package packed with world class goodness. They are perhaps the most nutritionally rich berry fruit on the planet and tastae delicious. The support healthly hormones, vision, immune system,  brain and neurological health and the only food known to stimulate the body to produce  Human Growth Hormone naturally.

Happy Goji Water

1 handful of goji berries

2 cups of water

Soak 2 hours in room temperature water. Strain and use water as a base for your smoothies or homemade lemonade. You can add the soaked berries to the smoothie or use them for another purpose. Goji berries can also be added to herbal teas to enhance them and be the little thing that will  just make you feel the best ever. :)

Here is some more Goji inspiration from an earlier post.

Did you check out last week’s Happy Giveaway!

Fatma XO

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A Spring Celebration!

 

It is always such a delight to teach at my events. Today’s event took place a bit earlier due to March Break. It is never too early though for any Celebration! Here are some pictures from the event. It is the first time I post  pictures from my live events and I dedicate it to the participants who let me live my joy by helping connect them to their joy! You know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I taught about Spring Energies (being in tune with the natural rhythms of our planet), Super Spring Plan with Food and Detox Ideas and Transformational Tools to help YOU shine in all your colors!

Tulips to celebrate Spring!

The beautiful pink/green bowls

 were a discovery of my sister’s. Mwah. The participants got to take theirs home.

The Super Spring Plan to revitalize and rejuvenate!

Delicious Raspberry Ice cream with Blueberries – Mmmm 

Raw Taco Boats

Avocados and Tomatoes for the Taco Boats

and much FUN, Laughter, Connecting and LOVE!

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Strawberry Feast

Strawberry Pictures, Images and Photos
It is late spring and it is Strawberry Season. I went out with my daughter  to our favorite neighborhood park and took a bowl of juicy, vibrantly red, so very sweet strawberries with us. Sitting in the sun, under a gorgeous blue sky we ate our strawberries and felt sheer heavenly bliss.

Strawberries are at their most delicious from now to July. They are truly best eaten just as they are. Here are some berrylicious tips to bring some sunshine to your eating:

Add them to your smoothies. Try an avocado strawberry or a mango strawberry smoothie. Yum!

Strawberries add gorgeous color to any fruit salad.

They add vibrancy and a touch of sweetness to a green salad.

Slice them, sprinkle with some lemon or orange juice and dig in.

Blend them and use as a fruit couli.    

For my birthday last year I made a raw pie topped with strawberry couli and strawberry slices. Delish!

Make the most of Strawberry Season. It is such a delicious part of spring and summer.

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I love Garlic

  Garlic Greens Pictures, Images and Photos

                                                                                                                                                                                    Picture courtesy Padma’s Kitchen.

Can girls talk Garlic? Well, that is exactly what I feel like doing today. I love Garlic. As I am of Indian origin, my memories of the aroma of garlic and spices cooking in the kitchen are among some of the favorites I have. Garlic was used in every curry. You could not make Indian food without Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and very high in sulfur, which is excellent for the liver. Organic Garlic is even higher in sulfur and tastes way better. It is of course more potent in its raw version. That makes it ideal for delicious raw soups, salads and dips. What would Guacamole be without the Garlic? How about Spinach Salad with Olive Oil and lots of Garlic. Mmmh. Not every bodytype tolerates Garlic well. You can try Garlic Greens which is a milder version.

Now that it is soon planting season I am really looking forward to planting Garlic Greens. Here in Toronto we still have frost till end April. :( I do not have green thumbs but the one thing I can grow easily is Garlic Greens. Just take cloves of garlic, remove the skin and push them an inch deep into the soil. Repeat with as many cloves as you want. I also surround my other plants with garlic for bug protection. You can use Garlic Greens like you do Garlic. In addition you also get chlorophyll and a taste that is so good. You can grow this indoors but nothing beats the outdoors version that is nurtured by sun energy and creates memories of warm summer days.

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Fresh herbs

herbs

Herbs can take whatever you make to the next level. Besides tasting so very good they also offer therapeutic benefits. We have a variety growing in the garden and indoors too. You can find heirloom and organic varieties at the Village Market or order them from Urban Harvest .

These are some of the herbs we love:

Thyme: Undispensable in French cuisine and exemplifying graceful elegance to the Greek, thyme has a strong, delicious herby taste. It is very effective for chest problems and supporting the immune system. It tastes so good in soups, salad dressings and just about any vegetable dish.

Mint: The original medicinal mint was spearmint. It is the variety we are growing. Mint is a flavor that almost everybody is familiar with. It is recommended for tonic purposes, arthritis, morning sickness and digestion. Wonderful in tabbouleh and home made lemonade.

Basil: Mmmm… Basil always reminds me of Italy where I first had it. I probably use more basil than any other herb. Although identified with the Mediterranean cuisine, basil is a native of India where it is regarded as a sacred herb. Basil is yummy in pesto, with any tomato dish, lasagne and soups.

My son tends to our herbs with much love and for sure we can taste the difference.

 

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Sundried Tomato Pate

 

This is a Pate I made last week and really enjoyed. When tomato season comes around buy tomatoes in bulk and dehydrate your own.  They taste so good.  You will need a lot of tomatoes though. They shrink a lot. Of course you can grow your own too. Mine just never produce enough so I am glad to get them from the organic farmer’s market.

1 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for a few hours

1/2 cup fresh tomatoes

1/2 cup walnuts, soaked

1/4 cup basil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp curry powder

Salt to taste

Blend everything in the food processor. If you do not have one you can try the blender or a hand blender.

I enjoyed the Pate on cucumber slices and loved it spread on collard leaves and wrapped up. You can add olives, cucumber, avocadoes etc. to the wrap as well. It is so quick to make and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

Enjoy.

 

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Vitamin K

salad

US researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, report, that people with the highest  blood levels of Vitamin K have the lowest risk of Arthritis in the hands and knees. Here are their top 10 Vitamin K food sources:

1. Kale

2. Collards

3. Spinach

4. Turnips greens

5. Beets greens

6. Dandelion Greens

7. Mustard Greens

8. Brussels sprouts

9. Broccoli

10. Spring Onions

Drink your Green Smoothies, eat your salads and stay healthy and strong.

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