Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sugar Cane Juice

At Natural News there is some useful information on sugar cane juice.
Did you know that sugar cane is actually a grass?
I have been drinking sugar cane juice when going out. The machine squeezes out all the green juice with all its minerals and phytonutrients.
I am enjoying the nutrients and energy derived from this special juice.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Avatar

Here I am as a Na'vi from Pandora.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Mother's Saurkraut

My wonderful mother is spending a few months with us in Bahia, Brazil. We were talking about how impossible it is to find saurkraut here, which we all love to eat. So, to that she said, "I can make it". So she did, and now I will too and you can too! Thank you to my Anyu.

cut white cabbage into thin strips
add salt, not too much to begin with, can add more later
with hands squeeze all the cabbage for a few minutes
add a little vinegar, not too much
can add peppercorns, I added pink peppercorns
pat down in container
put a mesh cloth or cheesecloth over it
let it sit on counter for a few days
if there is sun, let it sit under it for a few hours
two to three days of this and it is ready.
being that it is summer here, ours was ready in one and a half days.
in colder climate, can leave for three days
it does shrink so make a lot if you love saurkraut or make in small batches.
refrigerate and enjoy the enzymes from it.
ours was delicious and so easy to make.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pitaya:Dragon Fruit

What a beautiful fruit Pitaya is.

Pitaya Fruit, Pitahaya Fruit or commonly known as the Dragon Fruit is among the most nutritious and wonderful exotic fruits. It has a light sweet taste. High in vitamin C. Looks like a kiwi on the inside with the tiny little black seeds and the deep red/purple color. Just looking at it makes one feel healthy. This is the first time we have seen Pitaya at our local market. Not sure how long the season is, but we will be eating quite a bit of this amazing, nutritious fruit.

Following is the nutrtitional information on Pitaya.

Fiber 0.9g
Fat 0.61g
Ashes 0.68g
Carotene 0.012g
Water 83.0g
Phosphorus 36.1mg
Ascorbic Acid 9.0mg
Protein 0.229g
Riboflavin 0.045mg
Calcium 8.8g
Niacin 0.430mg
Iron 0.65mg

Importance of eating a Pitaya fruit:
Carotene helps maintain and equally improve the health of the eyes
The fiber enhances digestion in our bodies
The fiber equally reduces fat
The protein component of the pitaya fruit enhances the body’s metabolism
Calcium reinforces bones and aid in formation of healthy teeth
Vitamin B2 acts as a multi vitamin to recover and improve loss appetite
Vitamin B1 assists in production of energy as well as metabolizing carbohydrates
Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by moisturizing and smoothening it.
Vitamin C ensures bruises and cuts heal faster and improves the general immune system of our bodies
Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Garden Diet Retreat

I'm passing this information on about this amazing long weekend retreat in California, taking place January 15-18, 2010.

The Garden Diet Retreat, raw food gathering with Storm and Jinjee.

Perhaps one day I will be able to attend.

If you are attending, enjoy!