Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend

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Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Organic Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of Almond Milk, Cereal and Vanilla Ice Cream. Making these desserts a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend!

Instructions

Water: This is recommended on the Biovea Package! Add 1 scoop of the Berry Powder to 8 ounces of water, mix well.

Almond Milk Shake: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder to 1 ½ Cups of Almond Milk and mix well.

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Cereal: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder directly over cereal and stir to blend.

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Ice Cream:  Add ½ scoop of Berry Powder to 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, and mix well.

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ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!
Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea: Improves Memory, Supports Healthy Vision, Anti-Ageing Protection, and Contains Beneficial Phytochemicals!
What does Organic Berry Powder Blend do?
Berries are astonishingly rich in beautiful red, blue and purple colours, provide some of the most powerful and significant health benefits for those fortunate enough to consume them every day. What is not so well known is that different berries provide different benefits to different parts of the body. Organic bilberry, for instance, supports healthy vision, while organic blueberry is known to protect the brain.
Berries are a rich source of many beneficial nutrients, and regular consumption has been shown to offer significant protection against chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cataracts, diabetes and strokes. Research shows that the powerful health benefits of berries work synergistically and are far more effective when a full spectrum of fruits and berries is consumed rather than single berries or isolated compounds.
The brightly coloured freeze-dried berries in Organic Berry Powder Blend are the superfoods that research reveals can help protect against heart disease, memory and cognitive loss, certain infections, macular degeneration, inflammation and ageing. These berries contain natural phytochemicals, plant substances that can promote health and prevent chronic disease, including flavonoids, quercetin, anthocyanins, catechins, salicylic acid, phyto-estrogens, chlorogenic acid, ellagic acid and many others. In fact, organic black raspberries and organic black currants contain higher levels of disease fighting anthocyanins than any other common fruits.

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For more information on Biovea, please click link below!

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g&PID=1753

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Lettuce Discuss… What are Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants are phytochemicals. These are natural chemicals that are great for promoting health and well being in your body. They offer unique properties that help to maintain healthy cells.

Phytochemicals are non-nutritional chemicals found in plants. They have protective and disease preventing (not curing) properties.  Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves, however these chemicals can also reduce the risk of diseases in humans. There are over a thousand known phytochemicals, the most common ones are found in Tomatoes (Lycopene), in fruits and berries (Flavanoids) and in soy (Isoflavinoids). These are all antioxidants. But before we get into antioxidants we need to understand what a “free Radical” is.

Free Radicals.

Simply free radicals are chemicals that are formed naturally in our body that have the potential to harm or damage our cells. In normal cellular functions they play an important role. However in large concentrations they can become hazardous to our bodies and cause damage to DNA, Cells, Proteins and Cell membranes. This can be caused by environmental toxins including and not limited too cigarette’s, metals, high oxygen atmospheres, and ionizing radiation (x-rays entering the atmosphere from space and exposure to radiation). These can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

Antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and prevent them causing any harm. The body does make its own antioxidants in small doses, these are called “endogenous”. Which simply means they are produced inside the cell or organism. However, the body really relies on the “exogenous” (externally produced), antioxidants to obtain what it needs. These are called dietary antioxidants and are found in higher concentrations in dietary supplements.

Summary:

Free Radicals in large concentrations can cause damage to cells, cell membranes and proteins within our body. Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and neutralize them rendering them harmless.

Follow this link for more information http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

We at Lettuce Discuss… use a daily supplement to top up our intake of Antioxidants.

Our preferred supplement is from Biovea and is called “Berry Powder Blend”.

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It makes a nice refreshing drink of a morning when you mix the powder with water. Organic Berry Powder Blend is an organic, blend of 12 fresh freeze-dried berries (including whole berries, seeds and juice). It is Fresh Freeze Dried and it is a Rich source of Natural Antioxidants. It tastes great and mixes easily without residue or after taste unlike so many other supplements. It is also Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Alcohol Free

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 1 level scoop (9.8g)

Servings Per Container: 45

Amount Per Serving:

  • Organic Berry Blend: 1000mg

Containing Organic Maqui Berry(Aristotelia Chilensis), Organic Acerola Berry (Malpighia Punicifolia), Organic Blackberry(Rubus Fruticosus), Organic Blueberry(Vaccinium Angustifolium), Organic Strawberry (Fragaria Virginiana), Organic Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum), Organic Raspberry(Rubus Idaeus), Organic Cranberry(Vaccinium Oxycoccos), Organic Yum Berry(Myrica Rubra), Organic Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum), Organic Bilberry(Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Lingonberry(Vaccinium Vitis-idaea), Organic Aronia Berry (Aronia Melanocarpa), Organic Concord Grape Fruit Juice Pwd. (Vitis Labrusca), and Organic Pomegranate Fruit Juice Pwd. (Punica Granatum) • Organic Stevia Leaf Extract 20 mg

Other Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Arabic Gum, Organic Strawberry Flavouring, and Citric Acid.

Further Reading

Phytochemicals: Antioxidants

http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

Free radicals

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

Stevia

http://www.livescience.com/39601-stevia-facts-safety.html

Biovea, BERRY POWDER BLEND (Organic -Strawberry) 442g 

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

Disclaimer

(Phytochemicals / Antioxidants are not a cure for cancer or heart disease. We have found no medical trials that suggest that Antioxidants will cure heart disease or cancer. We have only found commentaries suggesting that they will reduce the risk and help maintain a healthy body. There is no replacement for a well balanced diet. If in doubt visit your health care professional.)

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Pumpkin Style Spice Latte

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: Various
Total time: Dependent on coffee brewing
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Coffee
Cuisine: Beverage
Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

3 Dashes of Ground Ginger Spice

4 Dashes of Ground Nutmeg

6 Dashes of Ground Clove Spice

 

Instructions

Brew your desired choice of coffee.

Add 1 ½ Cups of Vegan Milk to a small saucepan, Warm on low heat.

Add all the spices and mix well.

Add spiced milk to coffee, sugar for taste!

 

HaPpY HoLiDayS!

Many Blessings!

Hema & Mako 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lettuce Discuss… Juicing Combinations for your General Health

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For best results drink 1 Pint per day but break it down to coincide with meal times so drink ¼ Pint with each meal and one before bed. As these are all good for you anyway you can’t over do it although you would become bored drinking the same thing every day.

If you suffer from depression Please avoid Cranberries, Rhubarb and Green Plums. The high acidic values will not help but can contribute to depression.

Anemia Blackberry & Parsley or Parsley & Grape
Arthritis Celery & Parsley
Asthma Celery & Papaya or Celery, Endive and Carrot
Blood Pressure (High) Carrot, Parsley and Celery or Grape and Carrot
Blood Pressure (Low) Parsley or Capsicum and Garlic
Catarrh, Colds etc Watercress and Apple with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Circulation Beets & Blackberry or Parsley, Alfalfa & Pineapple
Colds and Sinus Celery and Grapefruit with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Constipation Celery, Spinach and Grapefruit
Diarrhea Carrot and Blackberry juice
Indigestion Coconut milk, Fig, Parsley and Carrot
Insomnia Lettuce and Celery Juice
Kidney Cleanse Celery, Parsley and Asparagus or Carrot and Parsley Juice
Kidneys (Bladder Problems) Blackcurrant with Juniper Berry Tea, Celery and Pomegranate Juice
Liver Cleanse Radish & Pineapple Juice or Black Cherry Concentrate & Chlorophyll or Carrot, Beet and Cucumber Juice
Memory (Poor) Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice
Nervous Tension Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice or Lettuce and Tomato Juice
Overweight (Obesity) Beet Greens, Parsley and Celery Juice
Sinus Cayenne Powder 1tsp in 1 Cup of water
Weight Reduction Parsley, Grape & Pineapple Juice

 

Quantities:

Alfalfa Handful                                                            Asparagus 6-8 sticks

Apple 2 small                                                                Beets 2

Beet Greens 1 Cup                                                    Blackberry ½ Cup

Blackcurrant 1 cup                                                    Capsicum 1 teaspoon

Carrot 2                                                                           Coconut Milk 1 Cup

Grape ½ Cup                                                                  Endive 1

Fig 1 Cup                                                                         Garlic 2 Cloves

Grapefruit 1 whole                                                   Pineapple half small pineapple

Spinach 2 Cups                                                            Parsley Bunch

Papaya whole                                                               Pomegranate 1 whole

Radish 1 Cup                                                                 Watercress 1 pack

Lettuce Discuss… Is Ethically and organically produced Honey Vegan?

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Is honey cruelty-free?

Today’s blog is not trying to get tied up in the ethics of insects; it is however giving our opinion on the subject of, Is Honey Vegan?

Firstly, Bees are a very important part of the ecology of our planet. If there were no bees the majority of pollination of plants would not be carried out and the planet as we know it would simply cease to maintain plant life. That’s just a fact. Bees are essential to every species on the planet because they pollinate the flowers of fruit trees.  Without pollinated flowers, there is no fruit on most fruit trees.  So, without bees, we have little or no fruit.

Knowingly or not we kill many insects as we walk through grass, or driving to the store to buy supplies we find insects on the windshield of our cars.

If we are to be staunchly vegan and being vegan states we cannot kill insects, this in turn means we cannot eat non-organic produce. This would be because of the pesticides used to keep insects from destroying the produce.

Another problem we face is how do we know that no insects are harmed in organic farms. Should each ear of corn be hand picked? Should each carrot be checked for insects first?

It is necessary to point this out so we have a balanced debate. Does every vegan know the true origin of his or her produce? Do we know that no Being, animal, or insect was harmed?

With this in mind the concern for the Bee is in consistent, as pointed out above other activities kill more insects than bee keeping.

Is honey a forbidden animal product? Bees make it. However, only happy bees make honey. If bees are stressed or threatened they stop making honey and protect the hive. The Bee is happy making the honey (and we are talking of ethically kept Bees). They produce more honey, beeswax and propolis (a resinous mixture bees use to fill gaps in the hive) than they need each year. An average apiary can produce 160 lbs of honey. Ethical beekeepers take between 10 and 50lbs leaving the bees 110lbs of honey, which is more than they would use over the winter.

According to food journalist Rowan Jacobson, bees are used in the production of about 100 foods, including almonds, avocados, broccoli, canola, cherries, cucumbers, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums, sunflowers, and tomatoes. Due to their pollination.

As with all our actions and decisions people will see grey areas. Not all honey is mass produced not all honey is ethically produced. The important thing is to research where your honey comes from. Is it ethically produced? Do the beekeepers care for the health of Bees and the environment that they live in?

If you want to support ethically produced honey and helping the bees survive, support your local organic apiary. Look for these icons

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We consider ourselves to be vegan and believe we trust our own ethics we use and eat honey. It has so many benefits it is hard to ignore.

Manuka Honey benefits

Before we give the benefits there are things to look out for, each tub of Manuka honey bears its own Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – this scale identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency. The UMF rating of 10+ is the minimum required to gain the UMF rating to be considered effective for purpose. Any Manuka Honey that meets or exceeds this requirement is commonly referred to as Active Manuka Honey. The Optimum levels of UMF are 10+ to 15+, so look out for this on your tub.

Manuka honey is anti bacterial and antimicrobial you can use it topically and by taking it internally. You can apply it directly to wounds and it will stop any bacteria from growing.

Digestive health, if you have bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, and stomach ulcers. Stir a spoon of honey in some hot but not boiling water or tea and drink.

Immunity, help your immune system with honeys antibacterial properties stir a spoon of honey with some lemon to prevent a cold. The high antibacterial levels will treat ulcers, skin infections, cuts, cold sores, abrasions and more.

There are many more benefits and we have included a link below, we are in no way affiliated with Honey Mark Products it is useful information for your own research.

http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/our-company/organizations/

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Borscht (Beetroot Soup)

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Lettuce Discuss… Borscht (Beetroot soup)

See the previous blog for the health benefits of beetroot.

Ingredients

1 large onion

5 fresh beetroot

3 large tomatoes

3 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon of sunflower or olive oil

1/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger

Sea salt

Black pepper

Boiling water

(May Add Cooked White Potatoes, Cilantro, and or Bay Leaves as a garnish to add more flavor)

Method

Add oil to large soup pan.

Chop the onion into small pieces and add the garlic. Fry gently (be careful not to burn them)

Peel the beetroots and cut in big chunks and add to the pan.

Add Boiling water to the same pan -add just enough water to cover the beetroot.

Add the ginger.

Simmer on a low heat for 20-30 minutes (do not boil).

Blend tomatoes in a food processor (or blender), then add to the pan.

Bring to a boil -as soon as it boils turn down the heat to simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Add a sprinkling of sea salt and some of black pepper.

                  You may also like to add steamed or cooked white potatoes, cilantro, and or

                  bay leaves as a garnish to add more flavor!

Serve, eat, and enjoy. Feel the goodness!

Simple Juice Recipe

1 Beetroot (wash, slice it, and run it through a juicer) drink!

If this is not to your taste add 1 apple or 1 carrot to sweeten the flavor.

Lettuce Discuss… The Health Benefits of Beetroots

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Lettuce Discuss… the health benefits of Beetroots

 The little red vegetable that packs a punch of goodness!

The beetroot contains 20 times more nitrates than any other vegetable.

Beetroots contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous all beneficial minerals for the body,

Beetroot juice is a rich source of natural sugar and is considered one of the best in vegetable juices as it contains potassium, sodium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, iodine, chlorine, copper, vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), C. Although rich in digestible carbohydrates, the juice is low in calorie content and has good amount of proteins and amino acids.

Beetroot contains Folic Acid: This is important in cell division and growth. Children and adults need folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.

Cleanses the Colon, Strengthens your gall bladder, and liver: Eating the beetroot naturally de-stresses the colon, you may have more bowel movements after eating but this is natural. It supports and strengthens the liver and gall bladder too. Removing stress from both organs.

Cleanses Your Blood: Removes the toxins from your blood as it is a great anti oxidant!

It Boosts your immunity: Encourages the bodies’ natural immune system! (This is especially important for people who battle autoimmune disorders- Autoimmune disorders are by definition, your own cells attach itself. However eating or juicing 2-3 times a week will put your body back into balance, healing itself rather then on the attack)

Fights Cancer: Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its velvet deep color, is an antioxidant that possesses anti-cancer properties. In 2011, a study carried out by Howard University in Washington, USA,  found that betacyanin slowed tumor growth by 12.5 percent when exposed to prostate and breast cancer cells.

Heal Acne: The great number of anthocyanins within beetroot, has a positive impact on the condition of skin and hair. Beets can improve complexion, reduce inflammation, help with dry skin, reduces freckles and age spots and makes your skin younger looking just by drinking the juice is sufficient. However, it can be rubbed directly on to the skin -it may stain a little so its best if you are not on your way out. The stain naturally gets absorbed into your skin.

Beetroots can Eliminate and Prevent Cellulite: Take 3 medium beetroots and grate them, to this add 3 tablespoons of honey (Raw is best) and 1 tsp ground black pepper.  Place the mixture onto the areas to be treated and then wrap over the area with cellophane. Leave in place for 30 to 40 minutes and rinse it all off.  If you then repeat this once a week your skin will become smooth and visible signs of cellulite will disappear.

Beetroot can be used as a Facial Toner: Mix one beet with 1/2 cup chopped cabbage and ¼ cup of water. Blend them together really well so they will sit in an ice cube tray. Freeze the cubes in the freezer. Any time you feel you need to rejuvenate your skin, rub one ice cube over your face. It will feel fresh and rejuvenated. (Best to do before bedtime to allow the stain to naturally absorb).

Beetroot is a Great source of iron: Iron is used in the body for many reasons but mainly for carrying oxygen to the blood cells. Approximately 2/3 of iron in the body is found in hemoglobin (the red protein found in blood).

Beetroot Protects against Heart Disease:Nitrates lower blood pressure because bacteria in the mouth and gut convert it into the gas nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens the blood vessels, allowing blood to circulate more freely. (This natural process may help with headaches and migraines, by allowing the blood to flow).

Lowers blood pressure: A 2010 study carried out by Queen Mary’s University in London found that drinking just one 1 cup (US) or 250 ml (EU) of beetroot juice a day dramatically lowered blood pressure for several hours.

Treats and cures boils and abscesses: By drinking the juice or eating the vegetable, in addition, you can apply it directly to the infected area too by cutting the beetroot and rubbing it on. (Make sure to dispose the used beetroot into the trash after applying to the skin).

Full of fiber: Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. A diet high in fiber has many health benefits. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and can also improve digestive health.

It may be a small vegetable but it does pack a lot in!

We will add a recipe for juicing and a soup next!

Many blessings

Mako and Hema