Earth Day

The Beginning of Earth Day

Earth day founder Gaylord Nelson supposedly started the day after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara.  As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. 
Come out and join us for some environmentally good, clean fun!
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
Saturday 11AM-7PM Sunday 11AM-6PM

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Certified: The Only Way To Buy!!!

Easter is fast approaching, time to hit the Farmers Market.  Stay local and eat local is what we are doing this Easter!  If you are in Santa Barbara make sure you shop the Farmers Market for all of your fresh fruits, veggies and meats.  There are 130 grower members and every single one is certified.

Santa Barbara Farmer Markets
Tuesday: 4-7:30 Downtown State Street
Friday: 8-11:15 Montecito Coast Village Road
Saturday: 8:30-1 Santa Barbara and Cota Street






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Aguacate

Translation; avocado

I was recently on a business trip, working 12 hour days, when my husband called and said “Do you want to go to Cabo next week”, I promptly said yes! This is when I decided my next posting would be about avocados.  We will be eating a lot of them in Mexico.
Avocados have amazing health benefits.  They are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol.  One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Avocados are great for prostate prevention, oral cancer defense, breast cancer defense, eye health and much more.
There is more to an avocado than guacamole.  Its oil is actually patented as a treatment for some forms of dermatitis and arthritis.  It’s rich in vitamin D and E.  Avocado soothes the skin.  Treat yourself to an avocado facial.

Avocado Facial
Remove your makeup and wash your face with warm water and soap
Mash some avocado and mix it with a little milk or oatmeal
Apply mixture to your face
Leave on for 10 min.
Rinse off with lots of water

Too many of us think only of avocados in the traditional Mexican sense of guacamole.  But among the Mayan the avocado is considered to be a food which keeps the joints of the body moving freely and the skin young and supple.

EAT YOUR AVOS!
















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Brussel Up On Your Sprouts

I remember a few years back my dad and I had this bonding moment over a certain food, brussels sprouts.  We talked about our love for them, how great they are for you and on and on.  My mother was in the other room making gagging noises.  Today we have converted her 100%.  Thank GOD!  The health benefits from these little green balls are amazing. 
Brussels Sprouts are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which work wonders to get rid of many health problems.  Brussels are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and E.  A serving of these savory sprouts supplies nearly a day’s worth of vitamin C.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Red Onions
with Balsamic Vinegar
11/2 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1 Tbsp olive oil
11/2 lb red onions, thickly sliced
1/4 c balsamic vinegar

Heat oven to 450. Line large baking sheet with nonstick foil. 
Spread brussels sprouts in single layer on prepared pan and toss with oil. Roast in oven, stirring occasionally, 12 minutes.
Add onions to pan, tossing to combine, and roast until vegetables are tender and golden brown, about 10 min longer. Drizzle with vinegar, tossing to combine, and roast 2 min longer.
Transfer to serving bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Bon Appetit!







 


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Super Healthy Banana Bread

Last week I posted a recipe for banana bread.  This weekend I decided to make it.  I made a few adjustments to make it even healthier. 
Remember bananas are your best on the run breakfast, loaded with potassium. 

Banana Bread
2 C. whole wheat flour
1 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 C. sugar free applesauce
3/4 C. honey
2 eggs beaten
3 mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease 9×5 loaf pan.
In large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl mix together applesauce and honey.  Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.  Stir banana mixture into flour mixture, stir just to moisten.  Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 60 min, let cool for 10.

ENJOY!



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Smoothielicious

My Sunday morning started as usual; wake up, have my coffee and cup of Yerba Matte, went to my meditation meeting, yes jacked up on caffeine, and then to exercise.  After this weekly ritual I always come home to make a yummy blueberry, banana, spinach smoothie.  I proceeded to put everything in the blender, push start and boom dead!  Nothing would chop, mix or crush.  I’m furious (because it’s not going my way of course), and cannot figure out why our brand new blender is not working.  Well, after reading many reviews I found out that our blender does this often.  So, today I will make a big investment into what everyone has told me to buy, Blender Tec.  I’m willing to invest the money into something that basically makes a chimney sweeper for our bodies.

Spinach smoothies give us a steady stream of energy and have many cancer fighting properties along with being loaded with amino acids. 


Blueberry/Banana/Spinach Smoothie
1/2 C. organic blueberries
1 organic banana
1/2 a bag of organic spinach
3 ice cubes
1/4 C. skim milk
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!




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Bananarama

Every morning I struggle to gobble anything down, except coffee of course.  I know from reading enough health magazines that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So, I have turned to bananas.  They are easy, fast and yummy…Oh and super good for you.

Bananas contain Vitamin C, B6, potassium and dietary fiber.  They do not contain fat or cholesterol.  Bananas are very low in sodium, 2.3mg.  The Vitamin C which is found moderately in bananas, assists in defending against and healing infections.  The Vitamin B6 found helps strengthen our immune systems and aids in the development of red blood cells and central nervous system function.  Potassium, a large part of a banana, is a mineral that works in the building of muscle tissue and the synthesis of protein.  Potassium is an electrolyte which stimulates nerve electrical impulses for muscle contraction.  It helps reduce hypertension and stroke.
Bananas contain 3 natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose along with fiber.  Instant boost of energy.

There you have it, instant gratification of nutrients.  Below is a healthy banana bread recipe.

Banana Quick Bread

2 c. whole wheat flour
11/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 lg. egg whites
1 lg. egg
11/2 c. mashed ripe bananas
1/3 c. low-fat buttermilk
3 tbsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly coat 9″ by 5″ loaf pan with nonstick spray.
In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat sugar, egg whites, and egg until almost doubled in volume.  On medium speed, beat in bananas, buttermilk, and oil until well combined.
With rubber spatula, gently fold in flour mixture until just combined. 
Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing top.  Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 min. Remove from pan and let cool completely. 
Enjoy!



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Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 4000 years ago.  The ancient healing technique is quickly gaining popularity in the United States as more Americans are discovering its effectiveness for their medical concerns.

Acupuncture therapy involves the insertion of extremely thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to produce powerful therapeutic effects.  Stimulation of acupuncture points promotes the harmonious flow of qi, or energy, throughout the body.  This can result in: pain reduction, muscle relaxation, hormone regulation, tissue and wound healing, digestive regulation and many more. 

I have been doing acupuncture for a couple of years now and must say it works!  I have one kidney, who likes to cause me a little pain once in a while.  I tried acupuncture on a recommendation and found that not only did it help with the pain but also with anxiety. 

Points of Health Acupuncture
805-687-7775
1805 E. Cabrillo Blvd Ste E
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Shop Locally

The average bite of food in the United States travels 1,300 miles before it is consumed, according to the Food Awareness Project.  Decrease the distance (and environmental toll) by supporting your farmers’ market and checking labels at the grocery store.  Produce grown close to home is more likely to be in season and riper when picked.

Locals: Tri-County Produce
            Farmers Market
            Lazy Acres



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Food for THOUGHT

Choose organic.  Organic food contains no hormones or antibiotics and is produced without pesticides and fertilizers.  Additionally, the farming practices ensure healthy soil.  Organic can be more expensive.  If you can’t always work it into your budget, be selective.  There’s a list of fruits and veggies ranked by pesticide level at ewg.org/foodnews.


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