Heart Healthy Juice to Lower Blood Pressure

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Most people are familiar with the relationship between sodium and blood pressure. For some people, especially those who are salt-sensitive, too much salt in the diet can increase blood pressure.

There are a number of other lifestyle factors that can help control blood pressure. For example, maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise can help prevent hypertension.

Another way to help reduce the risk for high blood pressure is to include more potassium, magnesium and calcium in our diets.  According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most Americans are not getting sufficient amounts of these nutrients in their diets.

My primary career is working as a dietitian in a dialysis unit. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney failure so this is something very near and dear to my heart. If you suffer from high blood pressure it is not something to take lightly.

I decided to come up with a simple, delicious juice recipe that contains important nutrients like potassium, magnesium and calcium to help lower blood pressure.

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(*On a side note here, even if you are not at risk for high blood pressure, this juice tastes absolutely wonderful and worth a try!):)

Heart Healthy Juice to Lower Blood Pressure

1 orange, peeled

1 tomato

1 green pepper

2 cups fresh spinach

½ lemon, (peeled unless organic)

Place all ingredients in juicer and enjoy!

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Cheers!

Michele

References:

http://www.gbhealthwatch.com/Trait-Salt-Sensitivity.php

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974

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Ethical Holiday Wishlist

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The holidays are here..Yay!.  I’ve put together my wish list for this holiday season.  I figured I would share some cool companies in case you are hoping to be more thoughtful in your purchasing decisions this holiday season. I always say shop local first and then if you can’t find it locally try and find good places to spend your money  :).

First, I love this Ethical Starter Kit from Bead and Reel.  The kit includes:

–Bra & Panty Set: organic cotton, fair wage
-Tote Bag: fair trade, empowers women
-Laundry Care Set: vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, biodegradable, Made in America

Um, yes, Please.

Starter Kit

 

I have been on the lookout for a cross-body bag for about a year now.  I like to be able to carry a bag and also have my hands full, so I like this Arc Cross-Body by Angela Roi.  I love the minimalist design and vegan materials.  In addition, for every handbag you purchase, they donate by color to support a charitable cause.  So if you buy a purple bag a percentage of you purchase is donated to the Alzheimer’s foundation.  Since, I chose black, a percentage of the purchase would support melanoma fighters.  Cool concept, I think.

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Cross Body Bag

I’m also in need of small bag to carry my money/id/credit cards. I’ve selected one of the small pouches from the Tote Project.  The pouch is handmade by rescued victims of trafficking and is manufactured in a fair trade certified factory in India.  In addition, twenty percent of the proceeds from your purchase will go to Two Wings, a non-profit organization that uses education, mentoring and life couching to empower youth and survivors of sex trafficking.

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The Tote Project

Since, I am doing most of my running on trails here in Missoula, I need a backpack for long runs.  On my list is the Patagonia Nine Trails Pack 15L.

I like Patagonia.  They seem to care about the people that work for them.  They seem to care about the environment.  And they make quality products, so I’m hooked.

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Backpack

 

The winter boots I have owned for the last decade died…literally fell apart.  On my list is a new pair. It’s tough to find vegan winter boots so I was excited to find the Jimmy Boot by Native.  Native is also attempting to address their ecological impact by utilizing a unique, low-emission manufacturing process.  In addition, their foam-injection molding process produces low waste, which is a plus.

I lost my water bottle and Michele has this one that I love from Farm Sanctuary. So I’m hoping the elves bring me one:)

 

Water Bottle

Water Bottle

 

I’ve also got some splurge items on my list (Stuff I don’t really need I suppose).  The first one is this bracelet from The Little Market.  I’ll admit Michele’s recent post is what drew me to this item.

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Bracelet

I am obviously a sucker for jewelry and I can’t help but love the concept of these recycled magazines made into earrings from Global Good Partners.

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Earrings

 

 

Finally, I’m also attempting to clean up my skin/make-up routine.  Even though I have dramatically decreased the number of chemicals I am using in my skin care routine, I’ve still got a ways to go.  I would love to try Biodara’s Discovery Kit.

And, I’ve been meaning to try Vegan Cuts.  They have a ton of great gift ideas, including their Vegan Cuts Beauty Box or their Vegan Chocolate Box

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Tomorrow you should #OptOutside..and then, if and when, you decide to shop this holiday season I say, shop kindly.:):)

Cheers, Megan

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$50 Dollar Giveaway to The Little Market…. And the winner is….

Drum roll please……..

The winner of the $50.00 gift card to the Little Market is Jason!!!

The Little Market Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for our next giveaway!

Cheers!

Michele

 

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Romaine Scoops and $50 Dollar Giveaway to The Little Market

Last chance to enter for the $50 e-giftcard to TheLittleMarket.com. The giveaway ends tonight! Cheers! Michele

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We are starting November off with a simple, delicious appetizer and a Giveaway!!

These guacamole scoops are easy to make and your guests will gobble them down as soon as you set them out. I have written about the health benefits of avocadoes before, so I’ll get straight to the recipe and the Giveaway!

The recipe: Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Romaine Scoops

Makes: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup guacamole, 3 romaine leaves

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1              large avocado

1              Tbsp. roasted, minced garlic

2              Tbsp. fresh, minced cilantro

2              small vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped

1/2         jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

1/2         lime, juiced

1/8         tsp. sea salt

12           Romaine leaves (chop off ends of leaves to use in salad. Use the firm part of the leaves near the core)

Directions

Peel and pit the avocado. Add the avocado to a bowl and mash…

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Immune Boosting Green Juice with Lemongrass

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First, I want to remind you to enter our giveaway- a $50.00 gift card to a wonderful website – TheLittleMarket.com. Click here to see how to enter.

Next I want to tell you about a new juice I worked on this weekend! It’s cold and flu season so I wanted to make something to help boost my immune system. I hate being sick, so anything to keep me healthy is a big plus in my book.

I have never juiced lemongrass before, but it turned out delicious! Lemongrass is a great ingredient to help prevent and treat the common cold. It contains substances that can reduce fever and relieves pain. It may also help prevent/slow the growth of bacteria and yeast.  I combined this with some ginger which has been found to inhibit the rhinovirus (the main cause of the common cold).

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Immune Boosting Green Juice

4 green apples

½ bunch of kale

½ bunch Bok Choy

2 stalks lemongrass

1 inch ginger

Place all ingredients in juicer for a simple, delicious green juice that is full of health benefits. Enjoy!  :)

Michele Bahns MS, RD

http://www.letitgodiet.com

  1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-719-lemongrass.aspx?activeingredientid=719&activeingredientname=lemongrass
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Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Romaine Scoops and $50 Dollar Giveaway to The Little Market

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We are starting November off with a simple, delicious appetizer and a Giveaway!!

These guacamole scoops are easy to make and your guests will gobble them down as soon as you set them out. I have written about the health benefits of avocadoes before, so I’ll get straight to the recipe and the Giveaway!

The recipe: Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Romaine Scoops

Makes: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup guacamole, 3 romaine leaves

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1              large avocado

1              Tbsp. roasted, minced garlic

2              Tbsp. fresh, minced cilantro

2              small vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped

1/2         jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

1/2         lime, juiced

1/8         tsp. sea salt

12           Romaine leaves (chop off ends of leaves to use in salad. Use the firm part of the leaves near the core)

Directions

Peel and pit the avocado. Add the avocado to a bowl and mash with a fork.  Add the garlic, cilantro, tomato, jalapeño pepper, lime juice, and salt. Mix the ingredients.

Scoop the guacamole into the romaine leaves and serve.

Note: recipe adapted from Diabetes Forecast Magazine

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Yum!:)

The Giveaway: $50 US dollar gift card to The Little Market.

The Little Market Giveaway

Per their website: “The Little Market is an online marketplace where customers can purchase beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. We provide design insights, helping our partners to showcase their traditional skills and cultural techniques to a broader audience.

We practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families. Working through cooperatives and social enterprises, our artisan partners improve the quality of life in their communities in a number of ways, including literacy workshops, business training, and health programs. Women artisans are often able to work from home while caring for their families, and they can use the extra income to send their children to school.”

The Little Market has everything from handbags, candles, bowls, blankets, jewelry and iPad cases. You will be sure to find something you love!

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How to enter (Do all three):

1.  Like this post or comment below. (Here are some ideas on comments if you are drawing a blank: What’s your favorite appetizer? What’s your favorite item on the Little Market online marketplace?)
2.  Subscribe to our blog if you don’t already. You don’t have to have a WordPress to follow; you can simply use your email address to subscribe.
3.  Like us on Instagram or Facebook (We just started these accounts.. so show us some love:)

Extra entry:  For extra entries share this giveaway on your Facebook and/or Instagram (make sure to tag us so that we know you posted it).

You can enter until 11/20/15 at Midnight EST at which time the giveaway will end and I will randomly select a winner using Random.org.  Open to USA and international residents, 18 and over. (Note: there are additional shipping costs for shoppers outside of the continental US, see the The Little Market website for shipping details.)

If you win you will need to email me (consumewithlove@gmail.com) within 48 hours or another winner will be selected.  I will email the $50.00 gift card within 14 days.

Cheers, Michele

Note: this is not a sponsored post.  I am not affiliated with The Little Market

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Farm Sanctuary Adopt a Turkey Project

Megan Bahns Adopt a Turkey

The fall season is in full force here in Missoula and I am loving every minute of it.   Since Thanksgiving will be here in just a few short weeks, I wanted to tell you about the Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey project.  If you haven’t heard of it, the project encourages people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorship.  For a one time gift of $30, anyone can be a turkey sponsor.  Your donation helps the organization rescue animals (including turkeys) and provides care from them at the sanctuary. My family has been a sponsor for the past several years and my favorite part is that when you sponsor a turkey they send you a certificate with a photo of your new friend, along with fun details about the specific turkey you adopted.

Adopt a Turkey Jackie

This year they have several turkeys for you to choose from, including Jackie (pictured above).  The sanctuary website explains that “Jackie was one of 11 baby turkeys left anonymously at our New York shelter this past spring. Her beak tip was seared off, indicating that she probably came from a factory farm. Turkeys like Jackie are debeaked, and sometimes detoed, due to extreme confinement on factory farms. The turkeys are overwhelmed by their lack of space and peck each other out of frustration, which is a concern to producers because it damages the flesh and decreases profits. Instead of giving turkeys more space, farmers remove these sensitive, nerve-filled tips with shears, hot blades, or high-voltage electrical currents without use of pain relief.

Fortunately, a Good Samaritan noticed Jackie’s plight, and rescued her and her friends from an early death. While turkeys are slaughtered at just a few months of age, they can live for up to 12 years. At Farm Sanctuary, Jackie will enjoy the greatest quality of life possible.”

For more information about this project visit the farm sanctuary website.

Approximately, 45 million turkeys just like Jackie are slaughtered for Thanksgiving dinner every year. Consider donating to help educate and advocate for turkeys and farm animals everywhere.

Peace,

Megan

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