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A Spring Cleanse Begins Within

A Spring Cleanse Begins Within

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. Did you start off the year trying to declutter and rid your home of unwanted or unnecessary items from your closets and dresser drawers? Perhaps you would rather wait until the Spring thaw to begin the cleaning process. If you haven’t started cleaning the house or car, just remember that a Spring Cleanse begins within and you should start now.

preparing collard greens A Colon Cleanse is a healthy way to rid your body of toxins, toxins that enter our body almost daily. I am not one who advocates replacing meals with a gallon of lemonade made with cayenne pepper or popping pills that put me in the bathroom all day. I use natural healthy ways to cleanse, such as drinking boiled parsley or cilantro; a few teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar or one of my grandmother’s favorite, “pot liquor” which is essentially the juice that remains in the pot after we’ve eaten all the collard greens.

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Green smoothies are another way to get a natural healthy cleanse and there are a million and one recipes on the internet, including this one I found at The Improv Kitchen, check it out.

Recently I heard an interview on the TJMS with TheHerbSistah and her recommendations to use natural ingredients to help men and women cleanse and detoxify.  I believe that incorporating Superfoods into your diet is truly the best way to keep yourself regular, so remember to add a few of these goodies to your grocery basket the next time you shop.

*Olive Oil
*Flax Seeds


*Sweet Potatoes
*Butternut Squash

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Superfoods not only help you cleanse your body to rid it of harmful substances, but they also fight off any harmful agents that may be trying to attack your system. You can keep those nasty bugs and virus’ at bay with a natural cleanse if you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  

Come Spring you’ll be ready to tackle those cabinets and closets!

Happy New Year ~ Happy New You!



Cranberry & Orange Bread {Repost}

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Now that the holiday season is in full swing and cranberries are plentiful, I wanted to repost this recipe for Cranberry & Orange Bread.

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Cranberries are good for almost everything! They are great for people watching their carbs because they’re full of nutrition, fiber, and flavor without many carbohydrates. Half a cup of whole cranberries has 4 grams of effective carbohydrate, plus 2 grams of fiber, 1/3 of which is soluble.

Antioxidants: In study after study, cranberries are near or at the top of the antioxidant heap. They are rich in polyphenols, and have a lot of other helpful phytochemicals as well.

This Superfood has other health benefits including:

  • Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections

  • In the GI tract, they help prevent bacteria from causing food-borne illness.

  • May help prevent tooth decay by discouraging bacteria and preventing them from “sticking”.

  • Prevention of the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which may help prevent atherosclerosis.

  • Improves blood vessel function in people with atherosclerosis.

  • Some studies show that cranberries can either raise HDL cholesterol or lower LDL cholesterol.

  • Cranberries may also have anti-cancer properties.

 This week’s Superfood Friday Feature is

  1. Cranberry Bread


Cranberry and Orange Bread

I added sweetened dried cranberries and orange zest to a box of Pillsbury Quick Bread mix for more nutrients and flavoring.  (check the link below for money saving coupons)

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I’m really happy that the holiday season is here because fresh cranberries are now plentiful.  

Do you have recipes for cooking with cranberries, and no, not the one that calls for opening a can of jellied cranberry sauce and eating it with a spoon…I know you’ve done that!  

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 Speaking of the holidays, check out my DIY Napkin Rings article that was published in Parade Magazine!

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!