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Kimberly’s Glowing Green Smoothie(R) Summer Recipe

July 29, 2009
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Ta daaaaaa!!!!! Here she is, yummy and beautiful!!

So this morning I was quite the chipper, energetic thing (due to a particularly lot of greens, as of late!) and made it to the farmer’s market in Union Square and back, all before I started my work day around 9:15! My favorite produce farm only comes Wednesdays and Saturdays, so those are the days I really load up.

I usually wait longer to drink my breakfast- sometimes 11 or noon, but today I was too excited to try my new Green Smoothie combo out! And it is so nice to be out in my backyard in the morning time. :)

I usually wait longer to drink my breakfast- sometimes 11 or noon, but today I was too excited to try my new Green Smoothie combo out! And it is so nice to be out in my backyard in the morning time. 🙂

I picked up spinach (as usual), mint and basil as my herbs today (because they looked so fresh), peaches (on a whim) and lots of other things. When I came home I was excited to make a different kind of green smoothie, and this is what I came up with!

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About this much spinach- 3 big handfuls.

Raw spinach is a particularly great cleanser for the colon and our digestive tract because of its high content of oxalic acid, as well as having such a high content of minerals (including calcium and potassium), chlorophyll, phytochemicals and Vitamins C and E.

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And yes, you should chop off the thick parts of the stem, like here, if you are buying it freshly from a farmer’s market.

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A handful of fresh mint,

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And a few luscious, super yummy summer peaches!!

So the full recipe is:

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1 1/2 cups water

3 handfuls of organic spinach

1 handful of  mint

3 or 4 stalks of organic celery

2 organic peaches, cored and chopped

1 organic banana

Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon

Remember that this makes about 4 glasses, you you CAN cover it airtight and drink it yourself over 2 days, 3 days max, or less if you share with someone else!

You CAN also freeze it in portions, like in glass trays, and thaw one out the night before so it is drinkable in the morning.

Lots of you have asked me about blenders- and I like the Vitamix (which you can get refurbished) and some people have told me Blendtec is good also. A decent blender is essential to get this to a smooth texture so it drinks down easily!

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And how does it taste?? Yummy! And EXTRA yummy when you realize you are drinking your way to ultimate health and beauty. Spinach is amazing! And with this Summer Green Smoothie, you will get tons, predigested, which can go right to work building your skin, a sleek body and detoxing your system.

Talk soon and lots of love,

Kimberly

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Getting More Sleep Naturally…For Beauty and Weight-Loss

June 4, 2009

200140664-001This Blog is dedicated to Chantal.

Hi Guys,

So as a little reminder, the low-down on sleep is that getting a consistent amount of good sleep makes you LOOK good, FEEL good, and keeps you SLIMMER and your ideal weight. Yay sleep!! 🙂

Our bodies are governed by a biological clock, and we rely on it for the regualation of our metabolic processes, such as our hormone levels, blood sugar levels, body temperatures, metabolism, immunity, etc. Faulty sleep patterns could impede surges of growth hormone, that promotes lean muscle tissue and the burning of body fat. Inadequate sleep also forces cortisol levels to rise, which can quicken fat storage, especially around the belly area! So not getting enough rest, unfortunately, can definitely make you fat and look more FLABBY. Eeeek. (Now THERE IS some motivation to cut back on your late night web surfing hmmmmmm??????).

Everything suffers if we don’t get adequate sleep! You’ll feel crabby and sloth-like during the day, and won’t have as much energy to achieve your goals. To help combat the energy slumps you will also be more apt to reach for snacks and more food— even though it is more sleep that you need, NOT more food!

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3-Toed Sloth!Can you relate- just wanting to chill out when you're tired?

How much sleep do we really need? Well I’m sure you’ve always heard that scientists insist that we need 8 hours of sleep a night. I think that it is more individual than that, depending on our lifestyle and diet. If you are eating mostly raw food you should require less sleep, since you have so much more energy freed up from the processes of digestion. I need about 6 hours of sleep a night to feel amazing and fully energized! Be intuitive with your own sleep patterns and understand your own body to know how much sleep your really need. Then be responsible for your health and get to bed at the time you need to get those necessary beauty sleep hours!

All of us have trouble falling asleep sometimes- or for some of us it is a chronic problem. We live in such a fast-paced world, with so many sensory elements pulling us this way and that, it is no wonder that it difficult for us to shut everything off at the end of the day and immediately pass out! So we must be conscious of the root causes of our sleep problems and work to correct them- rather than put a bandaid (and an unnatural and liver-harming one at that!) on the issue and resort immediately to the multiple varieties of sleep pills available to us today!!! Sleeping pills should be a very last resort.

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So you ever feel like you are just "hanging on" to get through the day, because you didn't sleep well??

Here are some easy, natural sleep tips:

–    Eat dinner 2-4 hours before bedtime. Do your best, and eat as early as is feasible for you. Be sure your dinners are of the best food combining possible (more on that later). As a general rule, avoiding eating complex starches with heavy proteins. We want our digestion to be as easy as possible and not impede our sleep or rest at all!

–    Avoid drinking any caffeine (a stimulant)- even green tea- in the evenings. Remember raw cacao has some caffeine, so if you are having your raw cacao truffles or raw vegan hot chocolate for desert, just be sensible in limiting the amounts and again, have dinner as early as possible.

–    Avoid eating “Rajastic” (stimulating activity) foods at dinner. This would include excessive spicy chilies, lots of garlic and onion, and a large amount of animal flesh foods.

–    A cup of warm almond milk (see Megan’s Almond Milk recipe to make it truly raw or buy the unsweetened kind at the store) before bedtime is very soothing and contains magnesium and calcium, which can be helpful for falling asleep.

–    Try to avoid taking naps after 4:00 PM.

–    Take a hot shower before bed. There is a signal to your body that it is bedtime, created by the rise in body temperature followed by the decline in the core temperature. I take one every night! And I find it immensely helpful. I like to imagine the stream of water also as white light flushing away the stress and other peoples’ energy from the day, off my body and down the drain. It soothes my muscles, which are always sore from yoga 🙂 and makes me feel fresh and restored.

–    Try to get to establish a (somewhat) consistent pattern of going to bed and waking up around the same time. I know, I know, the weekends are when things go a bit awry in this area, and you deserve to kick back and hang out with your friends or stay up late watching  movies etc on your weekends (!) but like I said, just do your best!

–    Make sure your bedroom is cool- a warmer temperature creates a harder sleep environment. I sleep with my air filter on “turbo mode” which makes a pleasant white sound and produces cool air!

–    Make sure you don’t have any electrical appliances plugged in in in your bedroom. That includes plugged-in alarm clocks, etc. These appliances have subtle radiation currents which can interfere with our body’s natural sleep clocks and REM sleep!  So buy a $10 battery-operated alarm clock instead! 🙂

–    Drink a cup of Kava Tea, which is a tea derived from a root from the South Pacific, and has been shown to reduce anxiety. When I was in Fiji, at night and whenever I met some locals, they would always invite me to a cup of Kava. They would put the root in a cloth and use their hands to rub the essence into a bucket of water for over 10 mins., then ladle it out into cups. Of course I tried not to focus on the level of everyone’s hand cleanliness 🙂 , but it sure did make me feel relaxed! You can get Kava Tea at the health food store with several popular brands.

–    Don’t watch TV in your bedroom or right before you fall asleep. The TV is a lightbox of sounds and images meant to stimulate your senses. How can we be expected to instantly rest peacefully when we have just watched the imagery of all the drama shows they have one, or even worse…the nightly NEWS??? Which is often about doom and gloom and fear-based things and not really peaceful sleep material we want on our mind as we are drifting off!

–    Lastly and most importantly: Be sure to arrange your schedule for a nightly meditation practice. Even more importantly in our busy, busy lives, we need a barrier between the craziness of our days and our sojourn into peaceful sleep. We need some time to reconnect back. Allow yourself at least a few minutes (1/2 hour would be blissful!) to go into meditation. It will make all the difference! If you have no definite technique, do some deep yogic breathing techniques and focus on being still. It will really help you calm down. There are some breathing techniques in my blog, “A Little Discussed Weight Loss Tip.

Happy rest dear ones. ☺
xx Kimberly

Look at this beautiful bird and its reflection!!

Look at this beautiful bird and its reflection! Just another amazing facet of nature.

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The Secret Skin Beauty Food

April 30, 2009

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Hello Guys!

The abundance of the most beautifying foods in the world come right from nature!

The abundance of the most beautifying foods in the world come right from nature!

So guess what is in season now?? The amazing, but super humble RADISH. You can pick up organic bunches of radishes at the farmer’s market or at the grocery store for like $1.50/bunch. So now that they are season, I highly recommend making them a weekly staple in your food rotation.

Here’s why radishes are so beautifying- and possibly one of the most exciting food items for you to seek out!! : They are high in sulfur, silicon, and Vitamin C. In fact, radishes are the only common food high in both of the beauty minerals sulfur and silica- and one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin C. So the sulfur, silica and Vitamin C work synergistically to make your skin glow and help with healthy connective tissue formation.

Radishes are also amazing mucus dissolvers! They will detox your system from the mucus especially formed from eating starchy carbs (that bread you had at the Italian restaurant! That rice you had at the Chinese lunch! and maybe that bagel that slipped in for breakfast the other day!!!), and  stimulate your liver, increase bile flow, and cleanse your system…which will also help with your skin radiance. 🙂 And we ALL love that!!

Radishes also contain Raphanin, a substance to help balance thyroid hormones, to help keep you at your perfect, beautiful weight. Yay! Bring it on, we All love that too!!
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–    Red radishes are the best because they have the most silica
–    Make sure they are crisp and super fresh- no flimsy, soft, soggy radishes going in the cart!!!!

So I usually slice them up and throw them in any salad I am making. But sometimes I make this Simple Radish Salad:

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–    Chopped cilantro
–    A little bit of sea salt
–    Lemon juice
–    Olive oil
–    Any spices you like, or cayenne pepper

I hope you guys go out and get yourself some beautiful juicy radishes!!

Take care.

Love you guys,
Kimberly

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I'll see you at the farmer's market at the radish stand!! 🙂 I'm going there right now.

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The Beauty-Nut Pate

March 2, 2009
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BUSTED!! Eating out of the Vitamix, in my jammies, slippers and no makeup, circa 1:00 AM Friday night! After scraping it out and before washing it. When I'm home working a lot, my favorite form of procrastination is experimenting with different raw dishes. Here I am, eating the remnants in the Vitamix of what will be a version of chia-flax seed bread. Yummy!! 🙂

 

This past weekend I was holed up working.

So, when I’m hanging around home, I usually end up experimenting in the kitchen. It’s one of my favorite hobbies- and ways to procrastinate also. 🙂  I have about 50 different spices, 10+ different kinds of nuts, always a bunch of produce and herbs in the fridge, so the possibilities are endless.

I made this pate on Saturday. It’s great for when you’re straight up hungry, and you want a more dense lunch, easy dinner, or a snack. You can put a big scoop of it on your salad, on a piece of romaine heart, a nori sheet, or a slice of sprouted bread and top with sprouts! It is extremely filling.

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No, this isn't the Beauty-Nut Pate, this is something else. 🙂

Pumpkin seeds are a major skin-beautifying food. They are loaded with zinc, which activates hundreds of enzyme systems in the body and helps alleviate skin imbalances like acne and uneven skin tone. They are also high in the beauty mineral magnesium, and Omega 3 fatty acids, which produce clear, radiant skin. Almonds are high in Vitamin E, and

NOTE: The magic liver cleansing combo of lemon/ginger/cayenne pepper is also present in this recipe.

The Beauty- Nut Pate (As in for beauty and contains nuts, but I guess it could also be interpreted as in for “beauty nuts” who are into all things beauty-related, because I hope those interested in beauty products would also be interested in eating for beauty as well  🙂 )

Blend:
–    1 organic zucchini
–    2 inches of ginger root
–    1 clove of garlic
–    ½ cup Liquid Braggs or Namo Shoyu (unpasteurized aka uncooked soy sauce)
–    Juice of ½ lemon
–    ½ tsp. of Cayenne pepper
–    ¼ cup white onion

Add:
1 ½ cups of ground pumpkin seeds*
½ cup ground sunflower seeds*
1 cup ground almonds*

If you have a Vitamix you can throw the nuts in there and use the plunger to make a chunky consistency. If you don’t, grind the nuts in a food processor first, then add to a bowl and mix with the blended liquid mixture.

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Oh sorry...I guess I don't have an actual picture of the Beauty-Nut pate. I'm here with this other random dish I made Saturday night. 🙂 But when you make it it should come out a nice pale green- not red like this dish!

* For best results, soak your almonds and pumpkin seeds in water overnight to begin the sprouting process, and rinse thoroughly. The sunflower seeds only need to be soaked for about an hour. Much more on this in a separate entry.

Enjoy!! I am leaving for LA tomorrow so I’ll write more from there.
Hopefully I’ll have lots more done between now and then…

Have a great day!

Kimberly

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Spirulina Pie Revisited

January 4, 2009
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Buy spirulina in powder form like this, so it can easily be used in recipes.

Spirulina pie is definitely one of my favorite deserts. It tastes like green ice cream pie, with a nice dense crust underneath. Whenever you are having a dinner party, this is a nice way to end on a high note, and impress your friends! Plus you’ll be having the most nutritious desert in the world, since the algae spirulina is arguably (Dr. Gabriel Cousens would be on that team) the number one food in the world.

So this past Saturday night I had a little dinner party. I made this desert the morning of, so it could still freeze in time for dinner. I didn’t have cashews, which I usually use. But I did have tons of Brazil nuts. With this little modification in the recipe, the texture of the pie changed and came out better than ever! Such are the important subtleties of raw food ingredients and their properties. ☺ Maybe it has to do with the different fat in the Brazil nut- which is also really high in selenium- but the green ice cream part held together much nicer. The taste is pretty similar (which is yum). So below is my amended recipe.  Oh yeah, I forgot to remind you that coconut oil stimulates your thyroid and metabolism, you will not gain weight from this- though it is will increase your beauty. Read on:
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Spirulina: All the essential amino acids in correcte poportion, full of Vitamin B12, vitamins, glycolipis, 17 different beta-carotenoids, minerals (especially iron and magnesium), GLA, and over 2,000 enzymes. Unlike other algaes, spirulina’s cell walls have high concentrations of mucopolysachharids, which are easily digested and used to form protein and the building blocks of cell membranes. Also very alkalizing and healing. What an amazing anti-aging, beautifying food!!!

Filling:
– 3/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup Brazil nuts
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 2 Tbs. spirulina *** (which you can buy at the health food market, Wholefoods or online).
* 1 Tbs. pure cacao powder

Crust:
– 2 cups finely ground raw almonds
– 1/3 cup pitted dates

To make the crust mix the ground almonds and pitted dates in a bowl. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 5-inch pie tin.
In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour this liquid mixture onto the pie crust and freeze overnight, or at least 4-6 hours before serving.  Almost better than ice cream!

Enjoy!

Kimberly

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Ginger Spice

October 22, 2008

This yummy drink takes 10 seconds to make and gives you a great boost of ginger and cinnamon. Fresh ginger is amazing, especially this time of year as the weather is getting chilly! My intake of ginger is increasing rapidly as we are moving from Fall to Winter. Ginger is considered a warming spice in Ayurveda, so it helps warm us from the inside while simultaneously helping to “burn” out sickness-causing bacteria. It is also great for digestion and improves circulation.

This is also another easy recipe to work cinnamon into the diet, which also similarly improves digestion and circulation. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels.

1 ½ cup almond milk

1 frozen banana (peel when ripe and stick in the freezer, that way you’ll always have them on hand for easy smoothies like this)

1 inch of fresh ginger- peeled and chopped

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Happy Ginger-ing. ☺

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Prevent Dark Under-eye Circles- Don’t Just Slather on the Makeup!

October 14, 2008

Are dark circles under your eyes weighing your complexion down? Do you look in the mirror before work and have to really load up on the under eye concealer to feel like you look “presentable” for the public? Uggh. Our under eye skin can definitely look better (please!).

These dark circles are related to adrenal exhaustion. Coffee, and other stimulants, such as refined sugar, soda, candy, cigarettes, and recreational drugs can all contribute to this. Eating too many foods that are very high in potassium can also contribute to this issue- such as bananas and dried fruit.

We’ve all heard (or tried) applying cucumbers slices topically to prevent puffiness. But except for when you’re at the spa or kicking it on the couch with the TV on in the background, is this really a daily solution?  Um… realistically and honestly, probably not.

The good news is that you can correct dark circles with food! Yes, back to the basic building blocks of diet, which does have a profound effect on the way we look.

Eating foods high in organic sodium will help, such as: Celery, kale, spinach, olives, sea vegetables, and Swiss chard. Ingesting cucumbers and pumpkin seeds may also help. If you use small amounts of salt in your diet make sure it is Celtic sea salt. (The proper sodium balance is so important for the skin to be hydrated, supple and gorgeous, which is why one of the key ingredients is NaPCA (Sodium PCA), which is a naturally occurring, powerful moisture-binder for the skin).

Add some of these foods to keep your eye area and overall complexion looking fresh and beautiful. An easy celery option for a work snack is chopping up celery sticks and slathering raw almond butter on them.  Dulse is a great sea vegetable that you can buy in health stores and throw in salads. And of course, check out the kale salad recipe on this blog.  Here’s looking at you- pretty eyes.  ☺

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Durian Shopping in Chinatown

October 11, 2008
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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.

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Metabolism-Boosting Cinnamon Treats

September 30, 2008

These delicious little balls of goodness have lots of health benefits. All their ingredients are 100% raw, with their enzymes intact to ensure easy of digestion and assimilation.   And best of all… they are not fattening!

Cinnamon has unique and potent remedial qualities and has been used for medicinal purposes around the world for centuries, including in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.  In modern medicine, recent studies have confirmed these benefits.

Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, and is even recommended for diabetics. It also helps improve circulation, which is great with cold weather on the way – especially for you ladies that easily get cold (like me)! Cinnamon also helps improve digestive health and eases stomach discomforts. During your menstrual cycle, it can really help ease cramps.  It also helps kill and prevent the growth of harmful internal bacteria.

Another key ingredient, coconut butter, is a cold pressed, cholesterol-free oil that stimulates thyroid function, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss.

I use almonds in a lot of my recipes since they are such a potent antioxidant food, packed with phytochemicals, manganese and Vitamin B2 to neutralize free radicals.  Almonds are also rich in skin-beautifying vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

1/3 cup cinnamon

2 cups finely ground raw almonds

1/3 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 cup organic Thompson raisins

1/4 cup organic maple syrup1 ½ Tbs organic coconut butter (sometimes called oil)

Stevia, as needed to sweeten

Add the almonds, cinnamon, Celtic sea salt and raisins in a bowl and mix well. Next add stevia and coconut oil, and mix again until your “dough” is ready. Roll small pieces between your palms, making little balls. Freeze overnight, which helps to make the consistency solid. I keep them in the freezer until I serve them- or grab a few here and there as little deserts for myself. Enjoy!