Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend

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 Refreshing…   Sweet…   Healthy…

 

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 … Super Delicious Vegan Chocolate Spread!

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Using 4 Healthy Vegan Items plus any natural flavoring of your choice!

Ingredients:   (Ingredient breakdown after recipe –to be fair!)

2 Bars of dark chocolate of your choice

½ Cup of Raw Organic Cane Sugar

½ Cup of Non Dairy Milk (we use Almond Milk)

2 Tablespoons of Dairy Free Butter.

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Step 1:

Use a large pot, fill ¾ with water -bring to a boil, reduce heat.

Step 2:

Use a glass bowl and place into the pot of boiling water, make sure no water gets into the bowl.

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Step 3:

Break up the chocolate bars and place into the bowl along with all other ingredients.

Slowly mix and combine all ingredients. The chocolate will start to melt.

Once all is mixed well. Turn stove off. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

At this time you can add natural flavoring…

Sea Salt

Hazelnut

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Mint, or anything you wish.

Pour in glass jar (we recycle our old marinara sauce jars) and refrigerate. The Chocolate Spread will be liquefied that this time however, after refrigerated it will be a spreadable solid.

Great on Peanut Butter Toast!

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Almond Breeze (unsweetened) Almond milk. GOOD. This is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Calcium. To see full nutritional facts follow this link. Almond Breeze Unsweetened

Earth Balance soy Free Spread: GOOD. Dairy free alternative to Butter, Has a great taste and is soy free, lactose free, gluten free, Casein free, non GMO. Contains 10% Vitamin E for full nutritional facts follow this link. Earth Balance

Chocolate Bar: Good for you. GOOD. Cocoa Solids, cocoa butter , fat-reduced cocoa powder , raw cane sugar , vanilla extract . Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. Oh yeah, cocoa is great for migraines, menstrual pains, and just tastes really good. No complaints over cocoa. For full nutritional facts follow link. Green & Blacks

Raw Cane Sugar: GOOD. Quick The cane is squeezed so the juice can come out, the juice is dirty so it is mixed with slake lime (a relative to chalk) this settles out the dirt. The juice is then evaporated to thicken the mixture. The mixture is boiled in a large pan until it is the right consistency to turn into crystals. The crystals are given a drying with hot air. This is the simplified version. There are no additives or chemicals. Raw sugar is the way to go.

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 Mighty Lime.

The Mighty Lime

The Mighty Lime

What are Limes good for?

Respiratory Disorders: The flavonoid-rich oil obtained from lime is used extensively in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of Kaempferol (Kaempferol is a flavinoid that can also reduce lung cancer incidence). Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief for congestion and nausea.

 Heal mouth ulcers, digestive wounds and piles. The root cause of mouth ulcers and wounds in the digestive system is a vitamin C deficiency, because the lime is very high in Vitamin C and Flavanoids it helps heal ulcers and wounds in the digestive system and excretory system while providing relief from constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles. Flavonoids inhibit microbial growth and potassium and Flavonoids help heal ulcers and wounds.

 Rejuvenate the skin, reduce body odor and dandruff.  Limejuice and its natural oils are great for the skin when consumed internally or applied externally. By rejuvenating the skin it keeps the skin shiny, protecting it from infections and reducing body odor due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin-Cand Flavonoids. Both are class-1 anti oxidants, and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties. When applied directly to the skin, the acids scrub dead cells away, cures dandruff, rashes, bruises, and heals acne.

Help digestion, and ease constipation.The scent of the lime causes your mouth to water which aids primary digestion (releasing the digestive saliva in your mouth before you even taste it). The Lime acidity does the rest. The Flavonoids (the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime), stimulate the digestive system and increase production and secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. The Flavonoids stimulate the peristaltic motion. The ample amount of acids in lime helps clear the excretory system by cleaning off the digestive tracts. The roughage present is also helpful in easing constipation, although the high acid content is the most beneficial source. An overdose of limejuice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation effectively.

 Excellent for women’s health. Limes contain calcium and folate, these nutrients are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. A single fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. This is a substantial amount for a small fruit. Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peel contains a melanin inhibitor. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and appear as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyper pigmentation.

 Regulates sugar absorption in diabetics.According to the American Diabetes Association, limes are considered a diabetes super food. The high levels of soluble fiber make it an ideal dietary aid and helps to regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, this reduces the events of blood sugar spikes which are a serious risk to a diabetic. Limes have a low glycemic index, this means they will not cause unexpected spikes in glucose levels.

Protects the eye from aging and infection. The Vitamin-C anti oxidant properties protects the eyes from aging and macular degeneration. The flavonoids protect the eyes from infections. (Just by eating lime it protects) DO NOT put directly in your eye- it will hurt.

 Can aid in weight loss.A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid in lime is an excellent fat burner. If you drink two glasses a day you will see results within a week.

Prevents heart disease.That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). The soluble fiber cuts down on inflammation of the blood vessels, this is known to be a preventative measure against heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

What is the Lime made up of.

Nutrients, (these are all daily values and are per 3 ½ ounces or 100g)

Dietry Fiber11%

Carbohydrates4%

Calories2%

Protein1%

Fat0%

Vitamins

Vitamin C48%

Thiamin2%

Folate2%

Vitamin B62%

Pantothenic Acid2%

Minerals

Calcium 3%

 Iron3%

Phospherous2%

Potassium3%

Copper3%

 There are many more uses for the little lime that we haven’t mentioned!

In short- It’s great for you! Make lime your friend!

Many Blessings!

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

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Maple sap being collected

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

When I make our pancakes, I like the bittersweet flavor that is typical among us Brits, I like the sugar and the Lemon or the Lime. However my favorite sweetener is Organic Maple Syrup. Not only because it tastes good but it also has additional benefits. Yes a sweetener with healthy side effects! This doesn’t mean go eat it every day. Moderation is the key with any sugar.

Lets start with how Organic Maple Syrup is made,

The simplified version is this…

You tap a maple tree with a hole put a tube in the hole and collect the sap in a bucket. You then boil the sap and evaporate most of the water so that the sap gets thicker. You then have maple syrup! There are no additives, no chemical process other than the heating up of the sap.

How It’s Graded…

Organic Maple syrup in the United States is graded by color, as either Grade A or Grade B. Grade A is a lighter color then Grade B, and is made from the first sap tapped from the maple tree. Grade B is darker in color, and made from the last stages of the sap tapped from the maple tree.

What’s in it?

The sap from the xylem and water. That’s it!

Organic maple syrup has a relatively low mineral content, it consists mainly of potassium and calcium. It also contains significant amounts of zinc and manganese.

It is reported the darker the color (Grade B) the better the syrup is for you. It has been seen to have more concentrated anti oxidants, calcium and zinc.

It is also “reported” that the natural antioxidants found in organic maple syrup – inhibit two carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to type 2 diabetes.

Did you know, compared to honey, maple syrup has 15 times more calcium and 90% less sodium.

It doesn’t stop there- the University of Rhode Island (URI) has now identified 54 compounds in maple syrup, which is double the amount previously reported, many with antioxidant activity and potential health benefits. In laboratory studies, they acted as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Read the full report here…

http://healthnewsreport.blogspot.com/2011/04/maple-syrups-health-benefits.html.

Therefore next time you have pancakes just pour some maple syrup over, feel happy and enjoy.

Many Thanks and Blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Naturally whitening your teeth

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Whitening our teeth is becoming more and more popular as people try to get that super bleached white look. Using dentist bleaches and whitening strips often strips the enamel off the teeth if you over do it. People have lost teeth because of it and needed root canal work done (that is a no, no) see video below.

Ok here we go, we have collected a few ways to do this from our travels.

1)            Baking Soda and Lemon, The chemicals in the baking soda and the citrus in the lemon react to give a whitening smile. Baking soda is also slightly gritty so it can clean like very mild sandpaper. Place the mixture on a toothbrush and brush normally.

2)            Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide, this is usually the home remedy of choice. Use a small amount of each mixed together put on a toothbrush and use as normal.

3)            Coconut Pulling, yes again the mighty coconut. Place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish about for 5 – 20 minutes. You can add a few drops to a toothbrush and brush it on too. Don’t forget this is great for your gums as coconut oil is antimicrobial.

4)            Apple Cider Vinegar, this can take up to a month to work but is less aggressive than baking soda. You do have to use it regularly and be very consistent. Use like normal toothpaste but be warned it can strip enamel, to eliminate the striping of the enamel you will have to brush with toothpaste straight after the vinegar. (I imagine you would anyway, have you tasted the vinegar?)

5)            Orange and Lemon Peels, you rub these directly on the teeth but again they contain acid so regular brushing afterwards is essential to remove the acid or your enamel will start to wear.

6)            Strawberries, this is one I haven’t used before. Mash strawberries up in a bowl and use as a toothpaste leave on for 2 or 3 minutes. Then rinse with water and brush with toothpaste. A lot of people say this works straight away. I haven’t tried it yet though so please leave a comment if it does.

7)            Peelu Plant Fibers, this is available in toothpaste form or you can buy the powder and mix it with toothpaste. This is so gentle you can use it everyday.

8)            Toothpaste and Baking Soda, yes applying baking soda with toothpaste will do the trick too. It’s just the same as “Smokers” toothpaste.

The video below explains why you should say no to a Root Canal.

If you know of any more send us a comment or email and i’ll add it to the list

Many Thanks

Bless you all

Mako and Hema