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How I felt after my morning goji berry tea

I had a great morning, visiting and staying with my brother in Montreal this week.

He’s got loads of healthy food so I tried Goji berry tea for the very first time.

It was so easy to make, just took an ounce or two of goji berries put them in a mug and put some warm to hot water on top.


The tea was good, the goji berries became softer as they sat in the hot water, and I have to say I really do feel different! I feel good, energized! My skin is tingling, and I feel like I got some energy. I drank this in the morning, fasted, and soon we will go out to brunch. 

Here are some benefits:


xxSerena

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A beautiful and nutritious yogurt bowl

Food should look as good as it is nutritious for your body. Choosing the beautiful ripe fruit to add to your yogurt bowl can help make breakfast, snack or any meal more enjoyable.

Yogurt is nutritious on it’s own:

  
Think about eating a rainbow of colors.

 

Eat the rainbow for breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Choose fruit instead of simple white sugar.

 

Yogurt bowl with fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
The more colorful the more antioxidants, the more nutritious. And consequently, the more delicious.

 

Kiwi fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
How do you make your favorite yogurt bowl?

xxSerena 

Did you know? The darker the banana the better…? 

Ripe bananas have some pretty powerful nutritional benefits. 

  
So ripe bananas not only taste better but as the banana ripens it gets more and more healthy. Are you one of those people who can’t eat a banana if there are any spots on it?

Or are you like me, where the darker the banana the sweeter and softer it is in the more you enjoy it?

Enjoy your bananas!

xxSerena 

Eat a bowl of pomegranate seeds

They’re like little ruby jewels; packed with nutritional benefits and flavour. These red little soldiers fight against disease in the body.

 In the middle of each Golden Nugget is an edible seed filled with antioxidants and dietary medicine.

Pomegranate in a bowl. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Gorgeous little ruby jewels packed with good nutrition. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Fruit breakfast spread. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
They say eat the rainbow, and these ruby red juicy pearls are no exception. Pomegranates are packed with good things healthy for you. There are so many benefits:


Do you like pomegranates? I like to just eat them with a spoon from a bowl. How do you eat pomegranate?
xxSerena

Do you use these fantastic healthy cooking oils? Learn which oils should be in your pantry.

Healthy fats are important for the health of your eyes, hair, reducing cholesterol and an overall healthy body!

With so much research being done now on healthy oils and their function for our health, here’s a helpful chart.

  
Which ones have you tried? Which ones do you want to try? What are your favorite oils and how do you use them?

xxSerena 

Five of the best brain foods

A sharp memory, stress control, motor skills and effective learning ability can be enhanced with foods you feed your body and consequently, feed your brain.

Blueberries help protect the brain from damaging stress and may reduce the effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Oily fish containing omega-3 essential fatty acid’s contain anti-inflammatory substances essential for brain function.

Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E. The more vitamin E,  the better your brain cognition. So reach for almonds, seasame, flax and peanut butter. 

Here is a handy chart to help you remember five of the best brain foods:

  
What are your favorite brain foods?

xxSerena 

Health benefits of strawberries

A juicy red sweet strawberry fights against cancer, helps with weight loss and is delicious.  It also provides us an interesting trivia tidbit – it’s the only fruit with its seeds on the outside!

In comparison to your fruits like apples, oranges or bananas, strawberries have the highest amount of nutrients! They are a real true power food.

Berries are known to help with weight loss. They also help curb your cravings for processed sugary treats.

The next time you crave chocolate, candy, white floured fried cakey treats or sugar, eat a bowl of strawberries instead.

It’s nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants including vitamin C.

Photography by Serena Alibhai @serenapeace (Instagram)

High in flavonoids, strawberries can reduce the risk of heart attack by 32%.

Strawberries contain high amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.

Happy strawberry eating!

xxSerena

DIY 3-ingredient natural organic homemade facial scrub

I’ve always been a skincare junkie. And probably not the kind you think. While yes, I do try and buy a lot of different creams out there… I prefer natural, organic and simple products on my skin. i’m talking papaya, tomato, yogurt, egg, coconut, flowers, pomegranate… And the list goes on and on! I’ve got fruit salads, bouquets and facial milkshakes galore going back-and-forth from my kitchen to my bathroom all the time!

I know that large producers of skincare products can’t do this because the fresh, natural ingredients can’t be packaged easily and shipped and remain on store shelves for anything over a week!

But to me, freshly made beauty products give the best results. It’s just like eating. I don’t want to eat something that’s been packaged and processed and been sitting on the shelf for a month after been sitting in a factory for weeks. And the same goes for my face! I want fresh clean natural ingredients on my face. It just makes sense. It’s more effective.

   
    
    
   
Even some of the “natural” type fresh beauty chains have preservatives, sulfates, parabens, preservatives in their products. It only makes sense. How can they sell products on the shelves if they are really fresh? They would have to sell them immediately. And that just doesn’t work, business-wise. 

I’m always putting food on my face! Sometimes, I’ll use other natural ingredients in my quest for glowing beautiful skin.

Today I tried something very simple. I wanted to exfoliate, but not harshly. I wanted to clean but at the same time nourish my pores with a natural antibacterial. 

Today I will do a very simple and gentle facial scrub.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon organic cold-pressed coconut oil

Half teaspoon baking soda

Half teaspoon raw honey

I was lucky enough to get my raw honey from Tanzania, right from the source, when I used to live there. 

  
I mix ingredients in a bowl. And I apply it to my face with gentle circles. Massage your face like this gently for at least two full minutes. If not more!

  

After gently scrubbing into your face, leave this on for a few more minutes because now it is a mask. The coconut oil and the honey are cleaning your pores. They both have antimicrobial properties. The baking soda is acting as a detergent, cleaning your skin. 

OK now… Be gentle with your comments… There’s no filter and this is dirty and natural stuff! Lol !!

Spend time gently massaging cheekbones:

   
 
Don’t forget to get your forehead, nose and chin:

  
If you were massaging and you feel like there’s not enough exfoliation then add up tiny pinch (and I mean tiny! Like an eighth of a teaspoon) of white sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar.

When you wash off, use a little bit of natural facial soap (another blog for another day), dry and feel your extremely soft glowing skin. 

Try it and let me know! What’s your favorite homemade facial scrub? 

xxSerena

What are the health benefits to eating cabbage? 

I went out for chicken wings the other day and they were resting on a bed of shredded cabbage. Someone asked, digging at the cabbage with a chopstick, “do you eat this, or is it just garnish? It’s mostly water, isn’t it?” 

  
Cabbage has a multitude of health benefits. The way we ate it, raw shreds, is very nutritious. Myrosinase enzymes are activated naturally after cutting, slicing, shredding and chopping. Five to 10 minutes after chopping raw cabbage, cabbage cells are broken apart  and myrosinase enzymes become active. 

Cabbage has a long history of both food and medicinal functions. Cabbage is an important anti cancer food for three reasons; it’s rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and high in glucosinolates. 

One cup of cooked red cabbage contains 44 cal, 79% of your daily recommended value for vitamin K, 69% of your daily recommended value for vitamin C and 20% of vitamin B6. It’s also high in manganese, fiber, potassium and folate. So remember the cabbage soup diet? There is a lot of merit to that. Cabbage is a great food for weight loss. 

Red cabbage is 6-8 times higher than green cabbage in terms of antioxidant capacity so don’t be afraid to choose a color for cabbage!

  
The phytonutrients in cabbage can be converted by the body into compounds that have special detoxification and anti-cancer properties.

So no, cabbage is not just the garnish. It’s not just water. Don’t overlook the powerful nutritional value packed into cabbage. Eat it! 

  
What’s your favorite way to eat cabbage? Leave me a question or comment about cabbage! Happy eating 🙂

xxSerena