Posts Tagged ‘natural foods’

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MY (Fun?!) FOX Morning Show Philadelphia: 6 Easy Detoxing and Healthy Foods for 2010

January 6, 2010

Hi Guys,

I had a wonderful day in Philadelphia today! I did this morning segment, and the Fox Studio happened to be in the Historic District of Philly- where I have never been before! Isn’t that crazy, since I live in NY? Then I parked at a coffee shop and met with some bloggers and the health reporters for some Philly newspapers. It was like my little office for the day. 🙂

PLUS I got to see the Liberty Bell for the first time, in its new glass building home, and Independence Hall. Ah, history! I feel like I don’t really do enough of that stuff unless I’m traveling in another country. I mean, Philly is only down the way from NY (but that way does includes the rather horrific, very traffic-filled New Jersey Turnpike, which is a bit of a deterrent 🙂 ).

Anyways, I did a post on these 6 foods recently, and I hope you enjoy also hearing me talk about them in the segment! I always enjoy meeting the different hosts for these TV shows when I go on. Some are more serious and some are more relaxed and like to joke around… like Mike and Chanel from this segment!

Love & Light,

Kimberly

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6 Easy, Household Foods for Detoxing and Beauty for 2010

January 1, 2010

Magic figs! Photo courtesy of laganafitness.com.

Hello my loves,
These 6 foods are very easy for you to incorporate into your diet regime. These foods will help elevate your beauty and promote detoxing and cleansing on an ongoing basis. Bring them into your life!

1.    Celery. The organic potassium in celery is an important electrolyte that helps facilitate cellular cleansing. An easy and inexpensive way to maintain ongoing detoxification and our ideal fluid levels! Snack on celery sticks, add to salads, or put into my Glowing Green Smoothie.

2.    Figs. An excellent blood purifier. Since blood transports nutrients to cells throughout the body and face, the cleaner the blood the more beautiful the skin. The tiny seeds in figs are not only packed with nutrients, they help draw out and dissolve waste, mucus, and toxins from the intestinal tract.  Raw and dried figs both give these great benefits.

Photo courtesy of diaryofahalfandhalf.files.com

3.    Açai. Greatly popularized in 2009, Acai’s importance continues into this new year. Açai is loaded with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including Omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, minerals, key vitamins and fiber.  The Omega 3 fatty acids found in Açai maintain the structure and fluidity of cell membranes, facilitating the inflow of nutrients and the outflow of waste products, promoting youthful, smooth and radiant skin by keeping skin cells hydrated and strong.  Acai can be purchased frozen in health stores and made into smoothies.

4.    Almond Milk. A great alternative to dairy and soy milk, which are both difficult to digest and mucus-forming. Simply switching to this product for milk uses is an easy and great way to clear up skin and help make it more radiant, keep our sinuses clear, and increase energy.

5.    Onions. This everyday food has a considerable amount of sulfur, which helps cleanse the skin and liver and rebuild connective tissues like collagen. Onions are also an exceptional source of usable quercetin, which works to eliminate free radicals. Onions can help lower blood pressure. If they make you a bit nauseated because of their cleansing properties (or irritated for that matter, as they can fire up that Pitta dosha element in some of us), just got back a bit!

Photo courtesy of giganticsunflowers.com.

6. Sunflower seeds. These seeds contain all 8 essential amino acids, which our bodies need to obtain from food sources, and uses to manufacture the other 15 amino acids and build protein chains in our bodies.  We can and should derive our protein needs from plant sources at least for a percentage of our diet, even if we are not full vegetarians. Plant protein sources are easier for our bodies to assimilate, and do not make our bodies acidic, the way digesting animal protein does.

Grown from these gorgeous, natural flowers, how could sunflower seeds not be amazing for us?? 🙂

Here’s to having a fabulous start to 2010!!
xx Kimberly

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Glow Inside & Out: Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R)

October 9, 2008

For starters, do you feel like you could never, ever give up your morning coffee? Well, there is in fact a scientific reason for coffee “addiction”. The reason has to do with alkaloids- which are bitter organic compounds derived from plants bearing seed. Caffeine, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, are all alkaloids. Alkaloids give us a temporary high as acids are neutralized in the body and the blood is alkalized. What if you could feel like that all the time, without the horrible side effects (belly fat, energy slumps, um….illegal??)

Well, there really is a way to get a natural high (Yay!). Raw greens have the same effect as alkaloid substances, thereby giving your body the alkaloid stimulation it desires. The great news is that their high lasts much longer, and unlike the other aforementioned substances, greens soothe the nerves and calm the body.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

By consuming a green smoothie, you are blending the greens, which is in essence “predigesting” the greens. Many of the important nutrients in greens are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. So blending allows the food to be ingested as a whole vegetable with fiber intact (as opposed to juicing), so you feel FULL from the fiber and are able to absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens. Plus, you are getting more greens than you would probably get in a day…or in a few days!

It takes only a few minutes to prepare this amazing green smoothie:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3-4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon

optional:
1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)

Directions:
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothi. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

This smoothie tastes yummy. The fruit and lemon cut right though the grass taste.

Feel free to mix and match different greens and fruits, as these two specific food groups combine well.