Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What Is Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green pigmentation. It absorbs the sunlight and turns the energy from the sun into usable energy through a process called photosynthesis. There are many health benefits associated with consuming chlorophyll.

Health benefits:

  • · Research suggests that chlorophyll has an alkalising effect on your body and consuming chlorophyll daily is my number 1 detox tip!

  • · Chlorophyll has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.

  • · Helps with the growth and repair of tissues.

  • · Helps to neutralize the pollution that we breathe in every day.

  • · Natural deodoriser to reduce bad breath and body odour.

  • · Neutralizes free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.

  • · Research suggests that chlorophyll has the potential in stimulating red blood cells to improve oxygen supply.

  • · Useful in assimilating and chelating calcium and other heavy metals.

  • · Delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying oxygen to all cells and tissues.

Foods sources:

The main sources of chlorophyll are green leafy plants however the therapeutic benefits are destroyed during cooking therefore supplements are the best option. Chlorophyll supplements are available as extracts, liquids, capsules and tablets. Other sources of chlorophyll include green tea, alfalfa, parsley, spirulina and barley grass.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vegies From The Sea...

These interesting sea creatures are packed full of nutrients and minerals like iron, iodine, calcium, Vitamin A,B,C, manganese and magnesium. Sea Vegetables are great for your teeth, bones, hair, skin and nails and help to keep your thyroid in good health. Research has investigated the cholesterol lowering properties as well as positive effects on cancer prevention.

You may be thinking that they are going to taste like seaweed fresh from the sea but they really don’t have a strong taste especially once you add them to your food.

Different types of sea vegetables:

Kombu: Looks like a long stick of seaweed and is highly alkaline. When added to water it becomes soft so add it to soups, brown rice and quinoa.

Nori: Sheets of nori is what is wrapped around nori rolls. You can use these sheets by adding your own ingredients to them and rolling up or otherwise tear the nori into strips and add to salads, rice dishes, vegies and soups.

Arame: This is a species of kelp and can also be added as a garnish to dishes or eaten on its on own with some tamari and ginger.

Wakame: Soak wakame in water before adding to salads or add it in the last couple of minutes to your cooking. Wakame has probably the strongest taste out of all the varieties above but super delicious!

Start experimenting with sea vegetable today!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Eating for Health!

For the past few weeks i have suffering from a bad cold/flu which has developed into a nasty cough and after speaking with Emma over the weekend she mentioned to me to not forget to eat shiitake mushrooms known as the "medicinal mushroom", taken as a remedy for upper respiratory diseases, poor blood circulation, liver trouble, exhaustion and weakness and to boost life energy. She also reminded me about miso as it is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals.

So, therefore, i developed a yummy healing recipe; Take a look;

Base Soup Healing recipe

6 shiitake mushrooms, sliced

20g miso

1/2 cup vegetable stock

In a small pan, heat stock, add mushrooms and miso and bring to boil and cook 1-2 minutes until mushrooms are just tender. Spoon into a bowl and eat immediately.

Alternative: Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to pan and add mushrooms, stock, miso, 1 chopped red chilli, 1 shallot finely sliced, bring to boil and cook 1-2 minutes until mushrooms are just tender. Spoon into a bowl and eat immediately.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

10 Day Cleanse

Day 10 - 2 rasher bacon with 1 scrambled egg and mushrooms, winter salad, apple, salad, lamb and cooked vegetables, vegetable sticks and selection of cheeses.
OK - I've done it. No coffee for 10 days and plenty of water and feeling great! Can't wait to do this cleanse again soon! ... Michelle :-)

Monday, January 31, 2011

10 Day Cleanse

Day 9 - stewed fruit and yoghurt, salad roll, banana, grapes, grapefruit, salmon and salad.

Nearly done...can't wait for a coffee! Happy Days...M x

10 Day Cleanse

Day 8 - Muesli with fruit and milk, baked potato and cooked beans, salad, carrot soup, fish with yoghurt and salad.
Carving Coffee...but still no coffee yet, drinking lots of water and tea!
Two more days to go..
Michelle :-)

10 Day Cleanse

Day 7 - vegetable juice, cooked fruit with almonds and yoghurt, mushroom risotto, salad, pear, lamb stir-fry, celery sticks and a apple. More water please! Again still no coffee! 3 days to go! Cheers, Michelle :-)

10 day Cleanse

Day 6 - Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, orange juice, spiced pumpkin soup, wholewheat roll and butter, salad, hommus with celery and carrot sticks, steamed fish and cooked green vegetables. Lots and lots of water and i still haven't had a coffee !! Michelle :-)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

10 Day Cleanse

Day 5 - Porridge, 1 slice wholewheat bread or toast with butter. Salad and a apple. Cooked vegetables with either chicken or meat. Plain day...headache has gone and remained strong still no coffee or alcohol for 5 days now! Yippee...half way through!

Mich xx

10 Day Cleanse

Happy Australia Day!
Today having a BBQ with family and I'm taking a Indian spiced iced tea with me. Use 2 x chai tea bags, 3 strips lemon rind, 1 cinnamon quill, 1 star anise to 1 Litre boiling water. Let brew for 1 hour before transferring to a water bottle and serve with lots of ice.
Day 4 - Fruit and natural yoghurt with chopped nuts. Baked potato with butter, coleslaw, a ripe pear, vegetable casserole with steamed broccoli and a orange.
I must admit i went a little out of routine today and had some BBQ prawns, lamb and barramundi which my brother brought to our BBQ and they were amazing and oh course a lamington!
Feeling good!
Mich xx