SuperFruit Leathers

SuperFruit Leathers

Blythe's Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

2 cups fruit, any kind. (I like kiwi, berries or apples best)

3  Tbsp organic chia seeds

1 1/4 cups water

In glass measuring cup, mix water and chia seeds. Stir and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.
The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

Purée fruit of choice and chia seed mixture in food processor or blender.

Chia and Fruit puree poured on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.
Pour chia and fruit mixture on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating. Dehydrate 12-16 hours on 105. Remove by peeling the fruit leather off the teflex sheets. When it’s completely dry it will peel with ease. If it doesn’t peel with ease, dehydrate for another 4-7 hours. Drying times vary because the water volume in different fruits vary.
Blythe peeling the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!
Peel the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!
Blythe peeling the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It turned out perfect!
Blythe uses kitchen scissors to cut fruit leathers.
Use kitchen scissors to cut fruit leather strips to desired size.

This quick and delightful recipe serves your body with a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.
This recipe can be enjoyed as a yogurt, so if you don’t have a dehydrator yet, fear not, you can still enjoy this fabulous combination of power foods.
This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.
The three ways this recipe can be enjoyed.

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                                                          SuperFruit Leathers

Blythe's Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

Blythe’s Kiwi and Raspberry Chia Fruit Leathers

2 cups fruit, any kind. (I like kiwi, berries or apples best)

3  Tbsp organic chia seeds

1 1/4 cups water

In glass measuring cup, mix water and chia seeds. Stir and let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.

Mix dry organic chia seeds and water.

The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

The chia mixture and fruit of choice go into the food processor until well mixed.

Purée fruit  and chia seed mixture in food processor or blender.

Chia and Fruit puree poured on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.

Pour chia and fruit mixture on dehydrator tray with teflex sheet, prior to dehydrating.

Blythe peeling the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!

Peel the kiwi chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. Dried to perfection!

Pour and spread on teflex sheet covered dehydrator tray.

Blythe peeling the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It turned out perfect!

Blythe peels the raspberry chia fruit leather off the teflex sheet. It’s perfect!

Dehydrate 12 hours on 105. Remove by peeling the fruit leather off the teflex sheets. When it’s completely dry it will peel with ease. If it doesn’t peel with ease, dehydrate for another 4 hours.

Blythe uses kitchen scissors to cut fruit leathers.

Use kitchen scissors to cut fruit leather strips to desired size.

Cut into long strips and enjoy!

This quick and delightful recipe serves your body with a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.

Blythe enjoys her Chia Seed Breakfast recipe. This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal-type dish, and fruit leathers.

This recipe can be made into a yogurt, an oatmeal type dish, and fruit leathers.

The three ways this recipe can be enjoyed.

This recipe can be enjoyed as a yogurt, so if you don’t have a dehydrator yet, fear not, you can still enjoy this fabulous combination of power foods.

Vegetables That Promote Bone and Joint Health

Vegetables That Promote Bone and Joint Health      Fennel

Many people, especially those nearing their senior years, are now looking for effective ways to take good care of their bones and joints. This is very important, because as you reach your 30s, your bone mass will start to gradually decline.

Many think that the best way to stop or reverse bone loss is to take high doses of supplements, such as calcium. But here’s the truth: you can actually keep your bones strong and healthy simply by modifying your diet. You will be surprised and happy to know that there are natural substances that can help keep your joints and bones healthy even as you age.

The Potential Benefits of Fennel

According to one study in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, eating fennel seeds may have a beneficial effect on the loss of bone mineral density, as well as on bone mineral content.

The research says that fennel helps reduce osteoclast differentiation and function, which helps to decrease bone turnover markers and offers a protective effect on the bones. Osteoclasts are cells that break down weakened bones, while osteoblasts are cells that build them back up.

Fennel, also called bronze fennel or common fennel, is a plant that produces both a seed-like fruit and a leafy growth used as an herb. It is actually a treasure trove of nutrients: it contains folate, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.  

Try This Simple Fennel Recipe:

Fennel & Bok Choy Salad with Cilantro Miso Dressing      BNL-7857

Ingredients:

4 baby bok choy

2 fennel bulbs

½ cup feta (optional, grass fed organic is best)

Dressing:

5 sprigs cilantro

1 ½ Tbsp yellow miso paste

1 lemon~ juice only

¼ cup grapeseed oil

dash black pepper

{if you don’t have a food processor, blend the dressing ingredients together in blender and chop the fennel and bok choy, top and toss}. In food processor using the chop tool, puree together all the dressing ingredients. Remove the chop tool and put in the slice tool. Slice the fennel and bok choy on top of the dressing in the food processor. Remove the slice tool, and spoon contents into a large mixing bowl. Toss and serve.

This is a super quick and fabulous 1 “pot” meal. Top with hemp seeds or sunflower seeds if you want more protein. Remember, greens are very high in protein, a lot of people don’t realize that. Enjoy this!  (recipe from Blythe’s new book, The Gift Of Greens, released 2014)

Don’t Miss Out on Other Healthy Vegetables

Fennel is just one example of a vegetable that has beneficial effects for bone health. High vegetable intake is actually associated with positive effects on bone mineral status for many years. Vegetables supply your body with bone health-promoting nutrients, like potassium and vitamin K1.

Potassium is needed by your body to help keep your body fluid pH levels at an optimal range. Sufficient potassium intake can help optimize your sodium to potassium ratio, which is an important factor for ensuring optimal bone mass.

However, if you eat a diet loaded with processed foods (which are high in sodium but low in potassium), there’s a high chance that your potassium to sodium ratio will be far from optimal and will set the stage for many health ailments.

In conclusion, eating a diet rich in high-quality, organic, and locally-grown vegetables – while ditching high-sodium processed foods – will help you to increase your bone density and strength naturally, and will help decrease your risk of developing fractures.

Remember, though, that healthy eating is just one aspect of bone and joint health – you need to combine it with other natural lifestyle strategies, such as optimizing your vitamin D levels, exercising regularly, and getting enough  high-quality sleep.

About the Author

Elaine Rosales writes for Mercola.com. She is currently researching different treatment protocols for

joint pain, and how optimal joint health greatly depends on various natural lifestyle strategies such as

proper diet, exercise, and sufficient rest. She is a subscriber of the Mercola newsletter.