Oct 232014
 

Lettuce Enjoy This Smoothie and the Amazing Benefits of Lettuce!

 

Looking for something other than chomping on a salad today??  Try this Smoothie for a change.

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Lettuce has been called “the perfect weight loss food” but it is so much more. With amazing healing benefits and calories comprised of 20 percent protein, it could be called “gorilla food” instead!

Should you put Romaine or Iceberg lettuce in your Smoothie??? You decide:

Romaine vs. Iceberg Lettuce

Romaine has:
Less sugars and sodium                  Twice the protein
Twice the calcium                            Three times the vitamin K
Four times the iron                          Eight times the vitamin C
Seventeen times the vitamin A

The general rule is: Choose red, green and dark colored foods over whites. Red and green leaf lettuce is more nutritional than iceberg.

 

A few health benefits:

1. Low Calorie Content and Weight Loss Superstar

Lettuce has only 12 calories for one shredded cup. Making it a weight loss superstar!
2. Improves your Digestion

Lettuce contains fiber and cellulose. Besides filling you up, fiber improves your digestion. Improving your digestion may not sound like a good thing for losing weight, but it is actually essential for long term weight control.

3. Omega-3 Fatty acids.

Romaine lettuce has a two to one ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. That’s a great ratio.
The fat content in lettuce is not significant UNLESS you eat a lot–but we actually suggest you do!

4. Complete Protein

Romaine lettuce’s calories are 20 percent protein. Like all whole foods, much of this protein is complete, but the amount can be increased by combining with balancing proteins.

5. Helps with Insomnia

The white fluid that you see when you break or cut lettuce leaves is called lactucarium.

This has relaxing and sleep inducing properties similar to opium but without the strong side effects. Simply eat a few leaves or drink some lettuce juice.

6. Lettuce is Great for Detoxing

The minerals in lettuce help remove toxins and keep your acid/alkaline balance in order. Once you are balanced on this level there are a host of benefits including greater energy, clearer thinking, deep restful sleep, and youthful skin.

7. Low Glycemic Index

Lettuce has an average glycemic index of 15, but because it has so few calories, its glycemic load is considered zero. Foods with low glycemic indexes are great for anyone watching their blood sugars for medical reasons, or for weight management.

8. Whole Life Food

Lettuce is almost always eaten raw, providing us with many micronutrients not found in cooked or processed food. Eating raw food also adds vital energies not recognized by nutritional science.

Large food corporations have not found a way to package lettuce long term or stick it in cans or boxes. Let’s hope they never do!

In fact, lettuce is one of the few foods which can be found organic and prewashed already in bins for you to eat immediately.

Ready for your Smoothie!!!!  Use organic ingredients and enjoy!

 

1 small head of romaine      ¾ cup blueberries    ½ cup mango                     ½ raspberries or cherries                1 cup water

OR

1 small head of romaine      ¾ cup blueberries    1 frozen banana                   1 tbsp vitamineral greens                1 cup water                5 ice cubes           1 tbsp flax seed

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About lettuce source:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-powerful-advantages-of-eating-lettuce.html

 

May 012014
 

Mango Tango

mangoMakes 1-2 servings

Drinking these smoothies makes me want to dance for joy!!! Let me know if you break out into the tango or any other dance!!!

  • dancing the tango
  • 1 whole pitted & peeled mango
  • 1-2 cups lettuce
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup parsley and cilantro
  • Half of a lime, peeled
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp Hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Add 1-2 pitted dates if more sweetness needed

Blend everything EXCEPT until smooth. tonic_alchemy_blurb1Boost up your Tango by adding a super green…not sure what to buy…check out these two greens

matcha green tea powderWhat is Matcha Green Tea Powder?

 

coconutWhy use coconut oil in your smoothies?

Coconut Oil

Healthy fat that is a highly efficient fuel that helps your body burn fat and create instant energy. Can raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and help to protect you against heart disease. Coconut oil will boost your immune system, plus it’s a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, making it very effective at combating yeast and parasites.4

Coconut Oil is ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin because it contains MCFA’s (medium chained fatty acids) and is easily absorbed by the skin. It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones.  Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young, healthy and free from infections.  It’s also an excellent lip balm5.

I keep it in my bathroom, kitchen and a little jar in my purse.

Consuming coconut oil regularly restores thyroid function, often relieves hypothyroidism and actually increase the metabolic rate, leading to weight loss

 

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Source for coconut oil: Eating for Beauty David Wolfe pg 81