Friday, September 3, 2010
Here's a fruit smoothie recipe to get you started.
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
3 big handfuls of baby spinach
2 cups of water
Blend together the apples, raspberries, blueberries and water for 30 seconds. Add the baby spinach and blend until smooth.
Health Benefits: In this recipe berries bring a sweet fragrance with a subtle tart overtone and make this low GI treat a real winner. Research is suggesting that raspberries have the potential to inhibit cancer cell proliferation and tumor formation. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents damage to cell membranes. Whilst fresh berries are best, freezing does not destroy their anti-oxidant activity and is sometimes more convenient. Berries are also heart-healthy foods. In a Finnish study, subjects who ate two serves of berries a day were found to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Spinach has been found to have thirteen different flavonoid compounds with anti-cancer properties. Spinach has been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells in the stomach and the prostrate and to be inversely related to the incidence of breast cancer. Spinach has also been shown to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and arthritis.
- Eat right and exercise
- Give yourself "me" time
- Utilize relaxation techniques; Yoga, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong
- Laugh and smile more often
- Set realistic goals
- Handle important tasks first and eliminate unessential tasks
- Be flexible
- Reduce criticism of yourself and others
- Push away negativity of any kind
- Remember you can only change yourself