This soup has been touted by health gurus to be helpful in boosting immunity and flushing out the kidneys! It is used as part of the Gerson Therapy, which seeks to treat disease with a strict natural and organic diet…
2.5 cups vegetable broth or water 1.5 cups red or white quinoa, rinsed well in cold water and drained 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen […]
August 15 is International Green Smoothie Day! Incorporating greens into your smoothies are a great way to boost micro-nutrient intake. This is a very easy smoothie that doesn’t require much effort or fancy ingredients. Recipe credit goes to Mom!
The Urban Clinic Immune Boosting stir fry features shitake and maitake mushrooms, which are the varieties Dr. Andrew Weil recommends for their antiviral and immune-enhancing properties. Mushrooms have been shown in several studies to enhance the immune system’s natural killer (NK) cell activity which suggest they may promote innate immunity against viruses and tumors.
This is a lighter, more refreshing version of our triple antioxidant smoothie. The coconut flakes and coconut water create the light nutty flavor and adding banana offers more calories and fiber. Try it today!
This is our favorite soup recipe of all time. The garlic and balsamic add the perfect bite to an otherwise simple ingredient list. The health benefits of garlic include antibacterial and antiviral properties. Roast 2 bulbs and eat any leftover cloves as an appetizer over toast or crackers.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil red curry paste 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger 1 carrot, diced 1 celery stalk, diced 1 onion, diced 4 cups cubed butternut squash, fresh or […]
This beef tenderloin dish is devine! The mustard and balsamic sauce has a rich flavor without the calories and fat typical in French sauces such as Bearnaise. This recipe is our new favorite beef dish and it’s a healthy recipe too – as long as you choose the leanest beef and get the butcher to trim the fat. Excellent served with green beans and garlic roasted potatoes.
Miso is an excellent source of vitamin K and a wonderful fermented food source of probiotic (friendly) bacteria that is beneficial to the intestinal tract. Seaweed is a great source of iodine which so many of us are deficient in and is important for healthy thyroid function. Nori flakes and pieces can be substituted for the wakame, both of which can be found in dried form in health food stores. This soup is so easy to make and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Consider adding celery, carrots, cauliflower, and/or watercress.
Cabbage is a source of beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and the anti-cancer compounds indole-3-carbinole (I3C) and sulphoraphane. Cabbage has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, especially colorectal. I3C is known for its anti-carcinogenic activity and its ability to boost DNA repair in cells.
It is so easy to make stock and making it at home ensures a freshness that can not be obtained in stores. You can also ensure all the ingredients are organic and extra herbs can be added as desired. This stock can be made in advance and freezed for easy soup making. Freeze in ice cube trays and store the cubes in plastic freezer bags for use in stir fries and sautéing.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice related to the ginger root that can be ground fresh or used in powdered form. As previously mentioned, turmeric has documented anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. Since eating curry every day is unrealistic for most of us, below are some ways to incorporate turmeric into your regular routine.
Yellow curry has amazing health benefits stemming from its main ingredient, turmeric, and its active component, curcumin, which have demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anticancer activities in several studies. The National Institutes of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric and over 350 studies involving turmeric in total. Some of the main benefits include delaying liver damage, reducing the carcinogenic compounds that form in cooked meat, and slowing skin cancer, melanoma, and the spread of breast cancer into the lungs. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce stiffness and pain in arthritis patients. Epidemiologists hypothesize that the daily turmeric consumption in India may explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Dr. Andrew Weil favors cooking with turmeric over curcumin in supplement form, consistent with his preference for whole foods over isolate forms.
This smoothie contains the maximum amount of antioxidants possible. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and without sugar or artificial ingredients. Chia seed offer protein, fiber, and a super dose of Omega 3’s and the cacao nibs bring more antioxidant protection than both goji berries and acai! Try it today with your choice of protein powder for a breakfast or snack high in protein, fiber, omega 3’s and antioxidants.
There’s barely any sugar in this divine dessert which features a soft, muffin-like topping and it is completely gluten-free. This dish requires buying the special ingredients but is worth the extra effort. We were able to find everything except coconut sugar at the “Be Natural” health food store in Pemberton, BC. We substituted with Lucuma Powder, a low-glycemic superfruit high in fiber and potassium, and used ground chia powder instead of flax, and it turned out wonderfully!
This is a gluten-free version of the traditional tabouli, which is typically made with bulgar wheat. Substituting the wheat with quinoa adds more protein, fiber and vitamins to the dish. We like the fluffier consistency of the quinoa as well. Feel free to add other superfoods such as fresh chopped kale or sprinkle with chia seed.
Hummus is a great source of fiber, iron, folate, phosphate, copper, magnesium and manganese. We love this dip served with red peppers, which provide vitamin C to facilitate absorption of the iron. Try substituting with roasted garlic instead of raw and slightly add more water for an extra creamy version!
We love tzatziki as a dip for vegetables and pita and as a sauce over chicken and greek salad. It is difficult to find tzatziki in grocery stores in the US which is all the more reason to make your own at home from fresh organic ingredients!
It’s not even normal how good this apple sauce tastes! Especially considering how healthy it is. The ingredients are simply apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, water and lemon yet it tastes as divine as the filling of an apple pie!
There are so many ways to enjoy the protein-rich superfood quinoa. Below is a quick and easy dinner that can be made in a pinch at minimal cost and effort. Feel free to add in vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, green beans, grape tomatoes and/or onions to the mix!