The Power of Apple

The wondrous apple     Anxious to grab a morning walk before the temperatures rose to quickly, I snatched a crisp red organic apple out of my refrigerator drawer–a Gala to be precise.   Apples are one of my favorite fruits–conveniently packaged in a  portable size and sturdy enough to be carried almost anywhere.  They have the advantage so far–of making it through airport security; my yogurt was not so lucky!  As I munched through the house multitasking, my mind wandered just briefly about the iconic  platitude “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” 

This is one fruit that we apparently love.  Emerson called it “the American fruit.”  Those who keep track of such things estimate that we consume about 120 apples per year–per person.  And, did you know that the apple originated not far from the mythical Eden, in Almaty, Kazakhstan in Central Asia where wild apples still cover the foothills?   Most of ours don’t come that far, and although they grow in almost all states,  if you have ever driven through Yakima, Ellensburg or the Wenatchee Valley you would not need to be convinced  that most apples in the United States come out of Washington state where 12 billion apples are thinned and picked by hand.  That’s a lot of apples!

No one is better suited than Rebecca Wood, author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia to detail the medicinal benefits of apples.  According to her expertise, apples are a cooling food–and both a yin & chi tonic that treat the heart, lungs, large intestines, stomach and spleen.  They invigorate and promote vital energy and help dispel toxins.  Apples contain something called Malic and tartaric acids which inhibit fermentation in the stomach making apples easier to assimilate than most other fruits.

They are moistening and so reduce thirst, reduce fever, and ease dry hot lungs.  In addition, apples, especially green, help to cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help to soften gallstones.  Rebecca recommends giving grated raw apples to children to reduce their fever. To ease a dry cough her recommendation is to steam apples with honey until they’re soft and eat–to eliminate phlegm from the lungs, prepare apples with agar.

Apples are a rich source of pectin and so can lower cholesterol, promote beneficial intestinal flora, and support normal colon function.  They’re high in quercetin and other flavonoid antioxidants that help protect against heart disease, cancer and asthma.  They are also an excellent low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C–and other nutrients.

When we look back not too far in our own history, I ask: Did our love affair with this American fruit begin here with the  myth and legend of John Chapman–a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed.  An interesting character,  he traveled the vast unsettled territories of our new country with his bag of seeds planting trees: a unspoken message– perhaps one that we should heed more closely today?  Is there a synergy between man and the apple or apple and man?   You know kind of like the squirrel and the acorn? Once thing is sure our love affair with the apple is far from over and it seems with out a doubt  is good for our system of creating health within.   For me it can certainly be taken out of “bible lore” and brought into the our  daily ritual–for snacks, salads, dried, cooked, –juiced or cider.  Whether we call them Braeburn or golden, Granny Smith or McIntosh the message is clear–an apple a day really should keep the doctor away.

“Inspired Wellness from Within”

Cathy Silver, HC

http://www.CathySilverHealth.com

 

 

 

 

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Spring + Easy to Make Green Shake to Detox Your Body!

Green ShakeAh, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna.   Take a moment to walk outside and notice the green plants growing in your garden. The three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature; usually increased rain water, waking from hibernation and the spring equinox next week: Gaia’s announcement that we have come to the season of birth.  Without our awareness—and sometimes unnoticed, nature shows us this every spring—the announcement from those small crocuses, bright happy daffodils and yellow forsythias which blossom without fail.  The swelling vibrant and bursting energy that moves the sap and forces the buds to open and bloom may be our calling and awakening from winter as well.  That burst of energy to clean, change our diet or other small rejuvenations; unseen energy that surges through body, mind and spirit that so often goes unnoticed or at least, unspoken.  Watch what greens begin to appear in the grocery stores or farmers’ markets.  Is this too a sign from nature, a calling of sorts to detox our bodies after our heavier winter fare? Alkaline food detoxes our body —leafy greens, sprouts, berries, cherries, asparagus, grapefruits, lemons, spinach or dandelion greens available now for your choosing.  See what local leafy greens appear in your neighborhood market, and how you might prepare them tonight? Or, are you more of a ‘blender chef’? See the green shake recipe below.  You might also try sipping hot water every day for two weeks.  The hot water will dilate, hydrate and begin to detoxify your tissues and encourage your lymph system to move sort of like the sap. (Smiling) Ancient cultures have lived within the harmony of natural cycles.   A balance of yin and yang promotes health and harmony.  Understanding this balance within your body is key. Happy spring!

Green Drink

Delicious Green Shake!

  • In Vitamix, place all ingredients, blend and enjoy the benefits of health and vitality!

2-3 generous handfuls of baby organic spinach

2-4 leaves of organic kale.  (I use the leaves and save the big stems for my green juice.)

A big handful of fresh organic sunflower sprouts

1 ripe avocado scooped and placed in blender (The seed has more phytonutrients than the actual ‘fruit’-feel free to add it to your shake.  The Vitamix will easily incorporate it right into the shake!)

1 ripe banana (Option: I like to freeze mine and just break them into 2-3 pieces.  Peel before freezing and put them into a zip lock bag.)

1-2 scoops of “live” organic powdered greens such as Green Organics

Optional scoop of organic protein powder such as Green Organics “Smooth Vitality”

Udo’s Oil  3-6-9  or Flax oil to taste

(A few frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or even a lemon can be added for a bit of sweetness or more flavor—as in the case of lemon.  Other veggies that can be added to the shake are cucumber, celery, asparagus, ginger, garlic.  Be creative—but try to keep the shake mostly green and mostly veggies! J )

4+ cups Kangen water 9.5 or pH preference

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Easy to Make Gluten-Free Coconut Cashew Cookies

Gluten is often hard to digest. Many of us are allergic to wheat and don’t know it.  Many more of us are eliminating gluten from our diet because we feel the negative effects, or something being “slightly off” after we eat wheat in Pizza or a sandwich; hours later or even the next day.  Wheat acts like a kind of  glue in our body and can cause allergies, bloating, chronic indigestion, constipation or gas, brain fog, candida and mineral deficiencies.  Wheat products are heavily subsidized and promoted by the government, and the food industry incorporates gluten into almost all breakfast cereals, cookies, cake and crackers. If you think you have a sensitivity or allergy, remove all wheat and gluten products from your diet for 4-6 weeks and see how you feel.  Try instead gluten-free grains, such as amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum and teff.  To help introduce you to a new way of being, supporting a gluten-free lifestyle, and a healthier you,  I include this tasty coconut cashew cookie out of the cookbook, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.  These cookies are also vegan, meaning they contain no eggs or dairy. 

Coconut Cashew Cookies

Easy and Delicious!

Easy and Delicious!

Makes 1 Dozen Cookies

1/3 cup softened virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
2 tablespoons whole cane sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 to 1 cup shredded organic coconut
1/2 cup raw cashews, ground
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
Organic chocolate chips, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, sea salt, and vanilla into a medium bowl and blend on high with electric beaters for about 2 minutes.

3. Place cashews into a coffee grinder and grind until finely ground.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown rice flour, tapioca flour, coconut, ground cashews, baking powder, and xanthan gum.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with an electric mixer until well combined.  Add water, one tablespoon at a time, if the mixture seems to dry. Fold in chocolate chips if desired.

5. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.  Form dough into balls then gently flatten between the palms of your hands.  Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Cookies will be somewhat crumbly when hot and will harden as they cool.

Enjoy!

Cathy Silver, HC

Holistic Health Coach &

“Wellness Warrior”

http://www.cathysilverhealth.com

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