Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

It’s summertime! While hanging out by the pool or hosting a BBQ for friends, it is good to have an arsenal of refreshing and delicious drinks on hand. Watermelon lemonade is a crowd pleaser.

Watermelon is very cooling, great for quenching thirst in the summer, and loaded with electrolytes so great for an after workout snack or juice. It is great for those with urinary difficulty, edema, canker sores, depression, kidney and urinary track inflammations. The seed of the watermelon contains a nutrient that dilates capillaries, and lowers cholesterol. The rind is useful for high blood pressure, diabetes, and calcium needs.


Watermelon Lemonade is refreshing and delicious!
What you need:
3 lemons juiced
4 cups of watermelon

What you do:
Place ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth and serve over ice. You are in for a treat!


BPA, What the heck is that?

BPA stands for Bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960’s. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA or into your body when you handle products made with BPA. The Canadian government banned the use of BPA in baby bottles last year as a precautionary measure against the risk that its presence could cause endocrine disruption in children–a risk that other regulatory agencies such as the FDA dispute.

In particular, BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles, and baby bottles and cups. They may also be used in toys and other consumer goods. Epoxy resins can be used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, baby formula cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA. And certain thermal paper products, such as cash register receipts, may contain BPA.

So why do manufactures use BPA when is it so blatantly bad for the health of its consumers, well it all come down to cost.

Implementation: Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers. Reduce the use of canned foods since many cans are lined with BPA-containing resin. Keep an eye out for the following “suspect” numbers found on the bottom of plastic packaging.

PVC3: A possible carcinogen. Found in cooking bottles and clear food packaging, number 3 plastics may release toxins into your food and drinks. The risk is heightened when these containers are put through the dishwater, heated up, or frozen.

PS6: Number six plastics are what we call Styrofoam, and release toxins into our food when heated up.

Other7: Found in baby bottles, water bottles, and food containers, number 7 containers can leach bisphenol A- a hormone disruptor that can lead to neural and behavioral problems in children. BPA is a synthetic hormone that can stimulate premature puberty and even lead to breast development in males. BPA has also been linked to prostate cancer.

Source: www.thedailygreen.com

Affirmation: Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. ~Walter Anderson


All Natural vs. Organic

Just because a product says “all natural” on the packaging, doesn’t mean its true. Many manufactures jumped on the ban wagon of the food revolution and started labeling products as all natural realizing that they could make more money by telling people what they want to hear. Test these so-called “natural” products in a lab and what will you find? Pesticide residues, Genetically Modified Organisms, and a long list of problematic and/or carcinogenic synthetic chemicals and additives. Now some people would like marketing regulations however this has not happened and for now we must become informed consumers.

What does certified organic or “USDA Organic” mean? Certified organic means the farmer or producer has undergone a regular inspection of its farm, facilities, ingredients, and practices by an independent third-party certifier, accredited by the USDA National Organic Program. The producer has followed strict NOP regulations and maintained detailed records. Genetically engineered ingredients, synthetic pesticides, animal drugs, sewage sludge, irradiation, and chemical fertilizers are prohibited. Farm animals, soil, and crops have been managed organically. Food can be processed using only approved methods. Ingredients must be on the “allowed” list.

The following the resources will give further information about today’s topic:
1) Labeling Organic
2) Organic Manifesto By Maria Rodale

Implementation: As we continue on our journey to wellness take note of any food sensitivities you once had. As we implement better food sources you will find that some of these sensitives will dissipate. Food sensitivities can lead to lots of different problems-like brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, and congestion-so make a note if any of those symptoms seem to have improved. Realize that a big change like this one can affect mind and body.

Affirmation: It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections. ~ Daisaku

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Life is to short to skip dessert. Yes, I said it, I indulge in tasty desserts on a regular basis. Who wants to go through life restricting everything that they eat? A big part of life is enjoying the journey. Your sweet treat doesn’t have to be half a gallon of ice cream (try our DIY healthy Cake-batter Ice Cream) or a pound of cake. There are many yummy treats that are healthy, won’t expand your waist line and are satisfying to that sweet tooth. This recipe is a favorite among children and adults.

Feel good indulging in this silky chocolate avocado pudding as avocados are a nutrient rich food with many health benefits. Avocados build the blood and harmonizes the liver, while lubricating the lungs and intestines. They are a natural source of lecithin. Avocados are a brain food containing more then 80% of its calories from easily digested fats. Rich in copper and potassium, these gems aid in red blood cell formation and are a nutritious protein source.


Chocolate Avocado Pudding

4 ripe avocados
1/4 cup light coconut milk
4 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons honey
2 ounces of dark chocolate (72% or higher), melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Remove avocados from the skin (and pit) and place in a food processor. Blend until combined and creamy. Add in all remaining ingredients, blending until pureed, scraping down the sides when needed to combine. Taste and season/sweetened additionally if desired. Blend for a good 1-2 minutes until completely creamy.


We all love tasty treats so share our Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe with your friends!