Test Kitchen – Moringa

If you have come to my Test Kitchen, I succeeded in peeking your interest in MORINGA.

My experience with Moringa has been phenomenal. About 5 years ago, I purchased some seeds – planted what I needed and gave the rest to a neighbor. We both, now have more Moringa than we know what to do with. So, I manufacture Moringa Products as a Cottage Industry. I dry the leaves, make them into tea, powder and with the powder I fill capsules. This way, all the moringa we grow is being used.

Moringa trees love warm weather and dry conditions. I learned that the roots are like little balls. When it rains they fill up with water and use the water as it is needed for the tree growth. I thought that was very interesting. They grow continuously, and so have to be pruned continuously. They can grow to be 15 or more feet tall. I harvest them at about 7 to 10 feet – because I can reach the branches easier. The bugs hate them. Very few weeds grow beneath them. I do not spray them or fertilize them with any chemicals. My trees are truly organic, clean and ‘natural’. Therefore all my products are totally organic. All parts of the tree can be used as food, however, I only use the leaves, the smaller part of the branch, and the stem the leaves are on. The only part of the tree that may be toxic is the trunk, and is not useable as a food source. It has white flowers and pods that look like big beans which hold the seeds. The flowers and pods/with seeds are both edible. I am finding that in order for the tree to have flowers and pods you have to let the tree grow very, very big. I let my trees grow to that state only 1 time, because I found the leaves too hard for me to harvest when the trees were that big. Being a short person, and a senior, and not wanting to climb a ladder to harvest my moringa, I no longer let my trees get that big. Moringa Oil, is extracted from the pods and/or flowers. Moringa does not spoil. It has a long shelf life. However, it is best stored in a dark container and not exposed to light after it is made into a product. The light, as with many supplement products, slowly destroys the nutrient value of the moringa. Folks who purchase from me, use the product immediately – so they can don’t have to worry about shelf life and just come back for more.

I can personally say my clients have reported to me, they have had a drop in their cholesterol level, bowel movement regulation, sleep apnea gone, weight loss, carpal tunnel gone, better immune systems, more energy, and improvement in their diabetes control as their doctors have lowered their diabetes medication dosages – telling them to keep doing whatever it is they are doing, as their health is improving, and much more.

My neighbor and I both love to pick the leaves fresh and add them to many of the foods we eat. Moringa leaves – considered a herb, as well, can be treated as a vegetable. It can be added to soup, eggs, casseroles, pizza, stew, other vegetables, cereal, sauces, dips, candy, yogurt, breads, fish, chicken – whatever you wish to add them to. I put Moringa (fresh and/or dry), in my Smoothies. I put the powder in a salt shaker and sprinkle the powder on all the food I eat to include fruit. If I want to use it more as an herbal spice, I crush the dried tea leaves – put them in a shaker with larger holes than a salt shaker, and sprinkle them on just about everything I eat. I like the taste better crushed than powdered. Everyone has their own preference.

RECIPES:

MORINGA TEA: Moringa tea is CAFFEINE FREE, making it a refreshing, natural nutritious energy boost.
To BREW:   
Boil or heat the water – keeping the temperature between 130-140 degrees. This ensures nutritional potency. Steep 1 tea bag for 6 – 10 minutes. Sweeteners I use and/or suggest can include natural honey, real maple syrup, Agave’ syrup, Stevia or Truvia. The tea has an earthy flavor. I prefer it iced, so I store it in the refrigerator in a pitcher and drink it at my leisure.

NOTE: Many Americans consume 1 or more cups of coffee, tea, or various forms of soft drinks per day that contain Caffeine. They claim caffeine increases mental alertness, increased metabolic rate and decreased fatigue. You need to remember these effects are short-lived.. Caffeine, however is considered a drug and this drug is also associated with negative side effects to include high blood pressure, insomnia, addiction and dehydration.

After you experience the positive effects and increase vitality you get from drinking Moringa Tea, you may forget about coffee and caffeine products entirely.

MORINGA LEMONADE: Make a 1 gallon of your favorite Lemonade. Add
1 -2 Tbsp. of Moringa powder to it. Stir, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Drink at your leisure.

MORINGA/COCONUT BALLS
1 – 2  C Walnuts – ground fine
1 C Shredded Coconut – packed down
2 – 3 Tbsp Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp Moringa Powder
2 Tbsp Agave’ Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

Blend the walnuts, coconut and 1 tbsp of agave’ until smooth. Add other ingredients, decreasing the syrup and/or increasing the coconut flour until the mixture is thick enough to roll into balls. Roll into balls and then roll on loose shredded coconut to coat. Put in a container and store in the refrigerator. They will be good stored for up to 2 months. You can wrap them individually, put them in a fun container and give them as a gift. YUMMY!

MORINGA SMOOTHIE
l small banana
1/4 cup blueberries and/or strawberries
1 Tbsp Moringa Powder or leaves fresh or dried
2-3 chunks of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup your favorite yogurt
Honey, to sweeten (optional)
Crushed Ice
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. You can substitute Coconut Milk (the thick creamy kind found in the health food store – canned) for the yogurt. Color will vary according to the fruit used. You can add nuts, anything other fruit or even broccoli or kale – if you want to get creative. You can also use other sweeteners – just stay away from the processed sugar.

Make both of the recipes your own – I am still working on other Moringa recipes and will post them here in the Test Kitchen later.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE CREATIVE! 

ENJOY!

 

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Moringa…..

Moringa oleifera, also known as the drumstick tree or horseradish tree, originates from the Himalaya-region in northwest India, but is now also cultivated in various countries across Asia, South America, Africa, the Caribbean and the southern U.S. to include Florida.

Moringa, while it’s been around in various societies for thousands of years, it is one of the newer discoveries of modern science.

Groups such as Church World Service National Science Foundation and others have introduced the different health benefits of the Moringa tree to various underdeveloped countries to combat malnutrition, especially, in the children.

To date, researchers and scientists have only investigated a fraction of the claimed health benefits of Moringa. Moringa has one of the highest nutritional contents of any plant. 

Moringa continues to amaze people with its incredible balance of antioxidants, minerals and 18 amino acids. Moringa translates to mean “miracle” and the Moringa tree truly is nature’s miracle.

The Nutritional Profile data from the USDA Nutrient Database shows moringa to contain: 7 X more Vitamin C than oranges; 4X more Vitamin A than carrots; 4X more Calcium and 2X more Protein than milk; 3X more Potassium than Bananas; 3X more Vitamin E than Spinach; 3X more Iron than Almonds; is rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids; and is also rich in Magnesium and fiber, flavonoids, including Quercetin, Kaempferol, Beta-Sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic acid, Zeatin, Silymarin and essential minerals such as zinc. This makes Moringa Oleifera leaf an ideal natural source for the vitamins, minerals and energy a person’s body craves. AND, since it is a NATURAL PLANT, the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it provides are easily absorbed in the body.

Now that you know what it provides the body healthwise, how does this benefit the body?

MORINGA leaves have been traditionally used to combat more than 300 different conditions. To name a few, MORINGA:

  • Promotes healthy skin, balances hormones, soothes the nervous system
  • Digestion, eyesight, mental clarity, alleviate headaches
  • Supports the immune system, reduces allergic tendencies, protects the bones
  • Helps regulate Metabolism, decreases water retention
  • Assists Weight Control, helps you achieve a better night’s sleep
  • Lowers Cholesterol, Reduces inflammation, balances Blood Sugar Levels
  • Increases the milk supply of breastfeeding mothers
  • Supports greater energy, Detoxifies the body, promotes healthy hair
  • Boosts the body’s NATURAL defenses, & Normalizes bowel movements

Moringa is typically eaten or taken in one of several forms: fresh leaf, dried leaf (as a spice or tea), dried leaf powder, capsules, or even cooked. Moringa leaves grow “clean”. You need only to pick them and eat them.

Have I peeked your interest? I will follow with more information on Moringa – the ‘MIRACLE’ tree, and Recipes in my Test Kitchen Blog.

Until then, may GOD BLESS!

OPIOIDS – Are they worth it?

pills and syringe on prescriptionDon’t let OPIOIDS put a price on your life. Your body is your prize possession. It is what you came into this world with and have grown up with, and it is the only one you will ever have.

  • Do you love it, or are you ashamed of it?
  • Do you say, “It isn’t like me to be fat, thin, unhealthy, tired etc.?
  • Do you cover it up, try to dispose of it, carry it around like a piece of baggage?
  • Or, do you live life in it, exercise it, cherish it, take care of it and clothe it as a visual token or yourself?

It has been said before, and we see it every day, that not everyone is really happy, really lovely, really successful in life. In order to change that, one has to establish some sort of harmony with the body they live in.

There are many things to hate about ourselves – our hair, hips, legs, noses, necks, whole bodies, etc. We show our disapproval by struggling to “get a life” in this strange world we live in. We plea for love (self and from others), for respect, fun, better health, more time to accomplish our dreams etc. We rationalize why this can’t be done, saying the future is unpredictable.  Not so! We can change our destiny. Put the wheels in motion. DO IT NOW! It doesn’t matter what age you are, or any part of the world you are in. There is always someone out there who can help you, who have the skills to aid you in becoming a NEW YOU!

OPIOIDS are considered to be prescription drugs, and over the counter drugs. Opioids are prescribed  by doctors for the money or just plain ignorance. They are usually prescribed to counteract pain, and given to people, in many instances,  whether there is a need for the pain medication or not.

Doctors are primed in medical school to prescribe drugs….but it has gotten out of hand. It is now to the point of dangerous. Other uses for drugs include: heart failure, most inflammatory issues – which always cause pain, respiratory system failure, and the list goes on and on. Luckily, for the human race, most people in the medical field are now trying to put a stop to the OPIOID EPIDEMIC.

My advice – don’t let yourself become addicted. Take responsibility for your life. Transform yourself by awakening to God, his doctrine, and His Love for you. Take time to connect with nature, and God, and your inner self. Improve the quality of your relationship to others and life.

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Become a NEW YOU! Don’t let the OPIOID EPIDEMIC put you six feet under or, turn you to ashes

Natural Remedies, Aloe-Vera

This new chapter will talk about remedies found in nature that have been used for hundreds to thousands of years to help people heal themselves.

ALOE VERA…one of my favorites.
I grow Aloe-Vera plants in my yard, but they can also be grown in pots as house plants. They are easy to grow and take little care. There are at least five well-known varieties to include the Dorian Black, Yellow Teeth, Orange Aloe, Red Aloe,  and Gold tooth aloe. In reality there are over 200 types of Aloe plants.

Aloe Vera is a member of the lily family and has been a well-respected healer for thousands of years ( 6000 years to be exact). Originating in Africa, they as well, grow in South and Central America and in the Mediterranean. Over the years, the healing effects of the Aloe Vera gel has become familiar to the public. However, the juice extracted along with the gel from the inner side of the leaf is also a potent healer.

The most well-known use of the gel is the topical use for the healing of burns. My experience for this was when in beauty school I burned my wrist with a curling iron. When I got home I cut a leaf off the Aloe Vera plant I had growing in a pot, split the leaf and laid it on my wrist. To keep it in place, I wrapped it with gauze, leaving it on all night. To my surprise the blister on my wrist healed almost totally over night. By the end of the week it was completely healed. That surprised me since it was a second degree burn. This would be considered the therapeutic use of the gel, which can also be used for minor cuts, scrapes and bruises.

The juice can be taken internally as well as be used externally. Aloe-vera gel and juice is a natural moisturizer, and contains anti-inflammatory and antifungal components. Continue reading “Natural Remedies, Aloe-Vera”

Buckwheat – Test Kitchen

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I am back on track in the TEST KITCHEN. So much to do and not enough time to do it all. I spent this morning making Buckwheat Pancakes.

I have always loved BUCKWHEAT. My dad used to make Buckwheat pancakes all the time. As a kid you never pay much attention to how something is done or what ingredients are used, when mom or dad is cooking – as I didn’t. The pancakes tasted good so I ate them and liked them.

Oddly enough – I did not know that BUCKWHEAT is not a type of wheat or even a grain. It is, rather, a fruit seed related to rhubarb, knotweed, and sorrel. “The fruit is an achene, similar to sunflower seed, with a single seed inside a hard outer hull. The starchy endosperm is white and makes up most or all of the buckwheat flour. The seed coat is green or tan, which darkens buckwheat flour.” (source of quote – Wikipedia)

Who would have thought. For any of you who want to be Gluten Free, or for those with celiac disease, here is your answer – use Buckwheat flour in place of regular flour. As a “pseudocereal”, buckwheat is rich in complex carbohydrates, and it’s health benefits are many and varied.

Buckwheat’s hulls and seeds, and also the ground flour contains what are known as phenolic compounds and OXIDANT REDUCERS. The benefits derived from this include support for the brain as well as protective effects against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Because it is high in fiber content along with phytonutirent rutin (an oxidant reducer), it supports a healthy circulatory system and helps fight high blood pressure. Further research shows that buckwheat can also improve cholesterol levels – lowering the LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and highers the HDL level (“good cholesterol’).  It also has a hand in improving inflammation.

Back to the pancakes, of which there are many Buckwheat Pancake recipes, if you want to research them. The one I would like to share with you is my own. It has all the ingredients I like to cook with. I experimented until I found what works good and tastes good, as well. I like simple.

FLUFFY BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES
1 cup Buckwheat flour
1/4 cup Coconut flour
1 Tbs organic raw sugar
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp sea salt
2 large eggs – well beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 cup Coconut milk

1.  Into a medium bowl, put the 6 dry ingredients – buckwheat flour, coconut flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
2.  In a small bowl combine the eggs, melted butter, and coconut milk.
3.  Add the dry and liquid ingredients together. Mix until combined.
4.  Heat griddle or stainless steel skillet. Test the temperature with a drop of cold water onto the hot surface – water should roll off in drops.
5.  Use 1/4 cup or more batter for each pancake depending on the size you want to make. It will not bubble like most pancakes do, but will look firm around the edges. Turn: cook until done.

NOTES:

  • You can add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg or any other seasonings you want. I did one batch with vanilla added. I did not find it added to or took away from the flavor of the pancakes.
  • The pancakes will not be a golden brown color because of the color of the flour. They will be light in color and you may not think they are done; but they are.
  • Also, I seldom use my stove top to cook on. I cook on my NuWave Hot plate (because I can regulate the temperature). I use only stainless steel cookware ((50 years old), or the new NuWave cookware. I did not use any oil on my NuWave skillet – it looked like I had never used it when I got through making the pancakes.
  • I decided to be creative; after I dropped the batter onto the pan I spread it real thin with the back of a spoon. The pancakes when cooked looked like bread rounds with the consistency of bread. I will use them to make open face sandwiches. 

As pancakes, I spread with butter before I put on real maple syrup or my homemade Prickly Pear Cactus syrup.  Yummy!

Do your own thing – add blueberries or strawberries to the batter; put a spoonful of whip cream on top with your favorite berries added and eat as desert. HAVE FUN WITH THIS ONE!

GOD BLESS – and be CREATIVE!

Attitude!

I tell my clients all the time that in order to achieve quality health they have to make a life long life style change. Everyone’s change will be different depending on what their life style is. The responses I’ve met include:  “I can’t, I’m going to die anyway so why change what I like doing.” “I’ve been told that by my doctor, so you are not telling anything I don’t already know.” “I have tried, but it’s too hard.” “Why can’t I just do it for a little while.”

What does this sound like to you?  To me it is ATTITUDE! The magic word – ATTITUDE!

While cleaning out stuff, which we all do every once in a while, I ran across a piece of paper I have saved for a long time. It was actually starting to turn brown and get crumbly. As I read what was on it, I decided it was important enough to share it with you, my readers. So here it is!

                                                                      ATTITUDE

“It is our ATTITUDE at the beginning of a task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

It is our ATTITUDE, toward life which determines life’s ATTITUDE toward us.

We are independent. It is impossible to succeed without others, and it is our ATTITUDE toward others that will determine their ATTITUDE toward us.

Before a person can achieve the kind of life he wants, he must become that kind of individual. He must think, act, talk, walk, and conduct himself in all of his affairs as would the person he wishes to become.

The higher you go in any organization of value, the better the ATTITUDE you will find.

Your mind can hold only one thought at a time and, since there is nothing at all to be gained by being negative, be positive.

The deepest craving of human beings is to be needed, to feel important, to be appreciated. Give it to them, and they’ll return it to you.

Look for the best in new ideas. As someone said, “I never meet a person that I couldn’t learn something from”.

Don’t waste valuable time broadcasting personal problems. It probably won’t help you – it cannot help others.

Don’t talk about your health – unless it’s good.

Radiate the ATTITUDE of well-being, of confidence, of a person that knows where he’s going. This will inspire others around you, and you’ll find good things will begin happening to you.

For the rest of the week, treat everyone with whom you come in contact as the most important person on earth. If you’ll do it for 30 days, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.”

This quote – as the one in my Quote Column on the right side of my blog, is from Walter Dale Scott – Northwestern University.

Now, as I re-read this quote, I know why I kept a copy of it. I think I will frame it and hang it on my wall. In my opinion, it is something everyone should keep on their mind throughout life. I feel it can be a wonderful basis for healing what ails us all during the good times, as well as the bad times most of us face during our lifetime. Put it to the test. Do you need to change your ATTITUDE?

God Bless!

 

FYI Healthtalk Test Kitchen – RECIPES & TIPS

SUPER QUICK COCKTAIL SAUCE  
Stir together 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 Tbsp. horseradish, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1/4 tsp. lemon zest, and 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. Serve with cooked seafood. Makes about 1/2 cup. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days. NOTE: Crumble up some soda crackers and mix into the sauce, and ‘walla’ – a faux shrimp cocktail.

MY SWEET POTATOE DELIGHT  
3 medium sweet potatoes – peel and slice 1/4 inch thick
Layer in casserole dish. Pour 2 oz. real maple syrup over the top. Cover with lid. Bake in NuWave Oven on high – 342 degrees for 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes should be soft. Pour melted butter over the top. Stir carefully so as not to mash the potatoes. Yummy!

   BANANA OATMEAL COOKIE BITES 
3 Ripe bananas – mashed
1/3 cup apple sauce (make your own)
1 3/4 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1 Tbsp. Maple or Agave Syrup
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Drop onto cookie sheet. Cook in preheated 350 degree oven or if using the NuWave Oven – set at 350 degrees, for 10 – 12 minutes.

Go from this to this  

How many of you have bought strawberries, or raspberries etc. – put them in the refrigerator and when you decided to use them you found a furry mold on them?  You never noticed it at the store – however, because the furry is usually at the bottom of the container or on the inside of the berries. What can you do? How can you keep them fresh? Prevent them from getting mold as soon as you get them home from the store. RINSE THEM WITH VINEGAR WATER !

Prepare a mixture of one part white or apple cider vinegar and ten parts water in a bowl. Place the berries into the water/vinegar mixture and swirl around. Drain and rinse again gently. Now you can put them in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 2 weeks. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. Now don’t forget to eat them.

TRY AND ENJOY!