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Beauty Trailmix

March 30, 2009

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Do you get hungry for tasty little snacks during the day? Do you like to sometimes eat packaged bars that are easy to buy at work, like Luna, Cliff, or Zone bars??? Or things like premade sandwiches or prepackaged foods?

In our quest for perfect, vibrant health, effortless weight maintenance, and being as detoxed as possible, we have to really pay attention to what we are consuming. Here and there is okay in moderation, but is it a pattern that you are snacking on faux health products b/c you just don’t have anything on hand and end up starving and desperate to eat something fast and easy?

p1011332Well a great way to get MUCH better nutrition into your body- including superfoods- is to make your own trail mix. If you buy in bulk or online, you can actually get many of these superfoods at a decent deal. If you really do the numbers- buying that Zone bar for $3 a few times a week, which isn’t doing your body any good, is really the more expensive, and health-zapping option.

I made this Beauty Trailmix this weekend, from ingredients I got online and at Wholefoods. It took me like 3 minutes to pour them into a large bowl and mix. This way you are getting the most beautifying and beneficial ingredients at a very reasonable price.  So plan ahead! Make a big mix for the week or the next 2 weeks, that you can snack on a handful or so at a time. To keep from overdosing on the mix, take only a cup or so to work in a Ziploc baggie. ☺

Beauty Trailmix:

Goji berries: Goji berries are also a good source of B vitamins and antioxidants, which protect against harmful free radicals that damage cells in your body. They’re also rich in polysaccharides, have 18 kinds of amino acids, and are a rich source of potassium.

What’s else is really great is that goji berries help and assist in weight loss because of its exceptional “master molecule” polysaccharides which improve the conversion food into energy and hence reduced body weight. Goji berries contain extra characteristics which assist to control the blood sugar and appetite. Goji berries contain 21 percent fiber by weight. High fiber foods are filling and moderate blood sugar levels. They also have chromium which also aids to protect lean muscle mass during weight loss.

Mulberries: In Chinese medicine, mulberries are considered a blood tonic, meaning that they cleanse the blood and increase its production, strengthening the entire system. In Chinese medicine, mulberries are also believed to strengthen the kidneys and cleanse the liver.
A great source of resveratrol, a potent phytonutrient also found in grapes that researchers believe can prevent cancer and aid in the fight of existing cancers,
In Turkey, mulberries are used to treat constipation! Because they are quite high in iron, mulberries are a great food to use in the treatment of anemia. Mulberries also have a high vitamin C content.

Goldenberries: Also known as the Gooseberry, and the Incan berry. Larger than a raisin or goji berry, yellow/orange in color, they are packed with bioflavenoids and antioxidants. They are high in phosphorous, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and B12. They are also extremely high in protein (16%) for a fruit.

Pecans: Contain more antioxidants than any other nut, according to a recent report published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Pecans contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber, and beautifying fats- so help you feel full.

Coconut flakes: Coconut is a tropical fruit that is rich in protein and healthy, thyroid-supporting fats. The meat of the coconut is very good in destroying intestinal parasites. The fat will also help keep your skin supple and smooth!

Cacao nibs: Has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, protect from environmental and metabolic toxins , help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers. Cacao beans are rich in healthy fats like oleic acid, and a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur (which promotes beautiful skin and detoxifies the liver!), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.

p1011340Magnesium – Cacao is the #1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry and opens 300 detoxification pathways in the body. 80% of Americans are deficient in Magnesium!

Remember: To fully benefit from chocolate’s wide array of nutrients, you must eat chocolate that is as close to its natural state as possible. Whole cacao beans and nibs are best. You lose most of the health benefits when you eat commercially produced chocolate!!! (Which is heated to very high temperatures, and contain pasteurized sugar, dairy and other additives)

Raw cashews: Cashews are known to provide many nutrients which are essential to the body; including zinc, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and copper.  They are known to lower cholesterol levels and may help reduce your chances of developing diabetes.

Pistachios: Full of potassium, fiber, thiamin, B6, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, pistachios provide a significant amount of the bioactive carotenoid lutein that is also found in dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli (good for your eyes).

Feel free to experiment with your own super berries and other nuts- like my other favorite the mighty almond. 🙂

Have a great week!!

xx Kimberly