First Key To Improve Health

There are essentially three keys to quickly notice improved health. We’ll share the first key today and the others in the next two weeks.

The first key is dark leafy greens. They have the most nutrient per calorie of any food. When we eat them twice a day, we feel better immediately. Join us for a tour of our refrigerator:

So start today. Buy several of these high nutrient dense greens–Kale, collards, Bok Choy, Swiss chard, turnip or beet greens, cabbage, spinach, Romaine or other leafy lettuces, arugula, parsley or cilantro. These are the powerful greens that support our bodies to thrive.

Collard Greens

The recipe below makes the greens taste sweet. When you cook onions with the greens, they are delicious. Give it a go.

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Dark Greens with Onion and Red Pepper (Serves 2)

Kale

1 bunch dark leafy greens, kale, collards, chard, or cabbage. Wash and tear in small pieces. Cut stems in small diagonal pieces
1 red pepper, medium dice
1 medium onion, cut in thin half moons
1/4 cup purified water

In large pan add greens, onion, pepper and water. On medium heat, cover and cook until greens soften (approximately 7 to 10 minutes).

Spoon oil free dressing recipe below over greens and serve.

Nut and Seed Oil Free Dressing

1⁄4 cup raw sunflower seeds 
1⁄4 cup raw almonds
1 1/2 cup purified water
1 lemon or lime juiced
1 large garlic clove, peeled and cut in half 
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into a bottle and store in refrigerator. Will last 5 to 6 days.


Coming Off A Cleanse

We’ve done 3 Cleanses, one after the other. Now it’s time to get back to our common eating patterns with High Nutrient Dense meals. After a cleanse, we naturally want what is ideal to nourish our body, and want to be careful not to just go back to old habits. We have the opportunity to start fresh and new in this moment utilizing any new wisdom we gained from the cleanse. Learn more in this video:

One thing we’re incorporating is drinking 16 ounces of water with the juice of a lemon or lime first thing each morning, which we were doing on the cleanse. This helps the liver complete its cleansing processes each day.

Also, according to Anthony William, in How To Cleanse, to further support the liver, we’re avoiding nuts, seeds, flax, chia or avocado before noon (he calls these “radical fats” meaning they have a higher fat content, which takes the liver out of it’s daily clean up mode.) And use salt and oils sparingly. This further supports the liver.

Today’s recipe is adapted from the How To Cleanse book. It is so delicious. You can make it into a smoothie or enjoy it as a salad. Great for breakfast or lunch. Just takes minutes to make. Enjoy.

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Liver Rescue Salad (Serves 1)

Broccoli Sprouts

1 mango, cubed or 1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 stalk celery diced
1/2 cup sprouts (like the broccoli sprouts above. I love these.)
1 lime, juiced
Served on a bed of lettuce

Why Cleanse?

We’re always talking about how important it is to eat High Nutrient Dense foods to nourish us. If we give our bodies the nutrients they need, they’re designed to restore and maintain high levels of health.

And there’s another part to the equation for good health and that’s cleansing. To stay really healthy we need to both Nourish and Cleanse.

Cleansing the body is like spring cleaning our homes. We get into the deep corners and recesses where dust and dirt have built up and scrub them away.

There are many ways to do a cleanse. It basically involves foods and often the juices of those foods that support our bodies to eliminate the toxins that naturally build up over time from the food we eat, the air we breath and even our metabolic waste.

Learn more in this video:

So, if you’ve never done a cleanse and you feel drawn to try one, there are many available. A great, simple cleanse is to use fresh squeezed juices with dark leafy greens, vegetables and apples. So delicious. You’ll find lots of suggestions on our Recipe page here.

The recipe today is a heavy metal detox smoothie from Anthony William. The spirulina, barley grass powder, dulse and cilantro all help eliminate heavy metals. It is very delicious.

If you have questions about cleanses, connect with us in the “Comment” box below. Happy to hear from you.

To Your Amazing Health Effortlessly,
Connie and Bill

Heavy Metal Smoothie From Anthony William

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie

2 bananas
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed
1 teaspoon barley grass juice powder
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 tablespoon Atlantic dulse flakes
1 orange
1/2 to 1 cup purified water

Blend all ingredients in blender and enjoy.

Secret To Support The Liver

Our liver is one of the most amazing organs in our body. It performs more diverse tasks than any other organ. It detoxifies our blood, makes essential proteins and produces chemicals necessary for digestion and growth to name a few.

Being such an important powerhouse for our health and vitality, it’s good to keep in mind that free oils (oils that have been processed from the whole food they are derived from, like olive oil from olives) can be taxing for the liver. Not that olive oil isn’t a good oil, it’s just that when we use it in our food, it goes straight into the blood stream and the liver has to process it immediately.

When we get our fats and oils in their whole food form, like avocado, nuts and seeds, the fat from these meals enters the blood stream very slowly so the liver doesn’t get overwhelmed.

So we think that if we want to support the liver to do it’s job well, we want to use free oils very sparingly. Join our discussion to learn more:

When I cook with free oil, I use very little. And I find this essential to keep a youthful body as I age. Try it yourself and see what you learn.

Today’s recipe is so delicious. It is Ramen with lots and lots of veggies. For example, we used a whole bag of mung sprouts to beef up the noodles with lots of carrot, red pepper, kale, mushrooms, celery, onion, garlic and fresh ginger. Look for Lotus Foods brand of Ramen at your favorite health food store. It is mostly organic and made from brown rice and other healthy grains. Enjoy.

Ramen Veggie Stir Fry

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Ramen Veggie Stir Fry


1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil or other cooking oil
1⁄2 small onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 inch piece ginger, fine dice (optional)
5 mushrooms, sliced in pieces
1 carrot, cut in matchsticks or diagonal slices
2 green onions, diced
2 kale leaves, torn in small pieces, or 1 cup of cabbage or bok choy or chard
or spinach
1⁄2 red pepper, cut in triangles
1⁄4 cup purified water
2 tablespoons tamari (soy sauce)
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
Small pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 package Ramen noodles

Add oil and onion, garlic, ginger (optional), mushrooms and carrot to large fry pan. Start heat on medium and stir in veggies. Cover, turn heat to low and let cook until veggies begin to be tender.

Add green onions, kale (or other leafy green), red pepper, water, tamari, sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Stir well.

When veggies are tender, add Ramen noodles and a little more water (if needed) to soften the Ramen. Stir well and simmer until noodles are tender, 3-5 minutes.

Add more sea salt if needed and Serve.

Great to add a package of bean sprouts at the end as well.