Detoxifying? Greek Vegan Salad, Your Best Bet

Is your gym workout not enough to make you lose that muffin tops when you fit your jeans? Do you still feel that bulge in your belly despite your hard-core workout routine? Then maybe it is time for you to change your diet. If there is a reason why people turn to green diet, it is to live healthy. When it comes to greens, one cannot but talk about salads, and when one talk about salads, one cannot but remember the famous Greek salads.

Greek Salad

The best thing about Greek Salad is its black olives. This vegan entrée is easy to prepare; you just need lettuce, olive oil, cheese of your liking, tomatoes, black olives, and cucumber. Don’t be generous with the olive oil; just pour enough amount to make it taste good. After that, toss it and it’s ready for scrumptious consumption. Eating Greek salad is healthy because the mix of ingredients is rich in vitamin A and C; you also have potassium from the cucumbers. This simple recipe is full of health benefits and is super easy to prepare.

There are Many Great Benefits to Black Olives

Gin-marinated Olives

Those who are into cocktails will surely love this. You will be needing the following:

12 ounces drained, rinsed green olives (pref. Castelvetrano)

2 serrano peppers, halved

1 medium clove of garlic, thinly sliced

slivered peel of one lemon

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup gin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

a few sprigs of dried thyme, or equivalent

1/4 cup of cubed feta cheese

 

Heat the oven to 350F / 180C. Combine all the ingredients in a baking dish. Before putting it into the over, mix it thoroughly. Bake if for about 30 minutes; afterwards, sprinkle it with feta cubes. Let it cool before you sink your teeth into it.

 

 

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The Million Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most popular “superfoods” in the entire world. It is an incredibly nutritious grain/cereal that can be cooked and eaten in a multitude of different ways, depending on your mood, and your calorie restrictions. It is rich in protein, minerals, vitmains, magnesium and fibers. It is also low in carbohydrates and fat, and does not have any gluten, so it is suitable for vegans!

The best thing about quinoa is that it is full of antioxidants and flavonoids that have a number of health benefits. This combined with the high fiber content found in the cereal ensures that a person who consumes quinoa on a regular basis will have lower rates of sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure when compared with people who eat white rice. Since quinoa is a nutritious grain, it is extremely filling. It’s for this reason that it is used in weight loss diets.

Quinoa dishes

Quinoa is ideal for vegetarians and vegans because not only is it gluten free, it is rich in necessary vitamins and protein that vegans cannot find in most other grains. A steady diet of quinoa can increase your metabolism, help you lose weight and be an all-round healthy person.

The best thing about quinoa is that it acts as a regular rice substitute. There are a number of amazing ways to cook this dish, so that you do not tire of it. For optimum health benefits, try phasing out white rice, and just consume quinoa instead. You will notice the difference almost immediately!

Juice Cleanse Part 2

Juice Cleanse – so we continue…….

juice diet

What are the benefits?

  • The juice cleanse will improve your immune system helping you ward off infections.
  • Help the body remove toxins
  • Help lose weight
  • Improve your skin
  • help you improve your diet overall

Who can participate?

Juice cleanse is open to everyone but please seek medical advice prior to starting this diet. Please be aware that grapefruit juice can affect a wide range of medications.

Exercising

The juice cleanse will provide your body with all the vitamins and nutrient’s your body needs. In terms of calories you will be consuming around 1200-1400 calories a day so you will need step your training down accordingly. It would be advisable to take part in less intense exercise such as yoga, Pilates, and walking. If you find you are Hungary then it is advisable to eat raw veg to fill any gaps.

Possible side effects

The juice cleanse will provide your body with an abundance of nutrient’s. However if you are feeling any side effects please contact your G.P. The side effects include and are not limited to bad breath, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, head ache and dizziness.

We start with juice cleanse – PART 1

OK, first things first

We have to start with our own bodies. Our body should be clean, non-toxic and alkaline to be healthy. One sure shot way of cleansing your body and getting rid of toxins is juice cleanse.

Juice cleanse also known as “juice fasting” is a form of detox diet. The participant will drink juice drinks made of natural fruits and vegetables at regular intervals throughout the day. You will need to consume a juice every 2 hours. This serves two purposes. Firstly to keep hunger at bay and secondly the body uses more energy to breakdown the foods helping to lose weight.

juice fasting

The schedule

The process will begin with drinking 8 glasses of water a day and cutting out any processed foods such as sugary drinks, processed meats, fast foods, and alcohol. After the initial 3 days the participant will only consume water and 6 fruit juices every 2 hours throughout the day for a period of time. Once the juice days are complete then the participant will follow a plan for the remaining 3 days. The participant will gradually add solid foods; the first day will be made up off fruit and veg. The second day will be made up of fruit, veg, nuts and the third day will allow you to introduce grains.

How often to cleanse?

You can cleanse as often as you feel the need. You can cleanse every month if you wish starting with 3 days preparation followed by three days just juice then 3 days easing back into solid food. You can prolong the juicing days to 5 or more days. However you will find it easier to juice if you are doing it at a time in your life when you are happy and settled. It is not recommended to juice in times of emotional stress or if you are pregnant or nursing as your bodies’ demand of food may be higher than usual and may encourage the unwanted side effects.

Part 2 coming soon…