Cooking is Like Science

Cooking is Like Science
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Recipe with Nutella and Crispy Rice Cereal

Protein Powder Balls with Nutella and Crispy Rice Cereal

1/3 cup Nutella
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup plus 1 TBS. Juice Plus Complete powder (French Vanilla)
small handful of Crispy Brown Rice Cereal ( I used Erewhon's)

   Combine all ingredients well and form into balls. Refrigerate for firmer balls. Use chocolate flavor Complete for variety.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Recipe: Protein Powder Balls made with Juice Plus+ Complete®

Protein Powder Balls made with Juice Plus+ Complete® 

 Use your own judgment and preferences on how soft or firm you want the protein powder balls to be.

1/3 honey
1/3 peanut butter
1/3 Juice Plus+ Complete® 

Combine ingredients with a spoon and form into balls. I would refrigerate them as they might be too soft if left at room temperature. Also, you can use any type of measurement. Whatever measurement you choose, just make the same measurement for each ingredient. I'm sure you can add variety by using chunky peanut butter or adding some chopped nuts. You could also add some oatmeal, but I would make sure it is refined or put through a blender or food processor. You can use the chocolate or vanilla flavor Complete®

Monday, November 28, 2011

Complete Energy Bars Recipe

Complete Energy Bars

            3 Cups Nature’s Path Organic Brown Rice Cereal
            2/3 Cup Trader Joe’s Natural Peanut Butter, smooth
            2/3 Cup Honey
            2 Scoops Chocolate Complete

            Mix all ingredients with your hand in a large bowl.  Press in an 8X8 pan,
            like Rice Krispy treats.  Refrigerate.

            Adjust peanut butter and honey to taste.  Best refrigerated because of
            natural peanut butter.

      Source: Debra Boone

Friday, November 4, 2011

Article on Benefits of the Banana

I thought this was interesting when I read it. I'm not sure of the accuracy though. I have heard many good reports about  bananas throughout my life, so I don't doubt this article being true, at least in part. The only downside I have heard about bananas is that if a person is trying to lose weight, then that person shouldn't eat bananas. Take a look at this article and see for yourself. Also, I am not told the name of the man who wrote the article or taught this.

The Amazing Banana

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class
about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the
effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting..
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose & glucose
combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained &
substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a
strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one
fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can
also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses &
conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst
people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating
a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of
protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you
relax, improve your mood & generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains
regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of
hemoglobin in the blood & so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in
potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure.
So much so, the US Food & Drug Administration has just allowed the
banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to
reduce the risk of blood pressure & stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (
England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas
at breakfast, break, & lunch in a bid to boost their brain power.
Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist
learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help
restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without
resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a
banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach
&, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels,
while the milk soothes & re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if
you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep
blood sugar levels up & avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try
rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many
people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling &

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous

Overweight & at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in
Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like
chocolate & chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers
found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.
The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we
need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high
carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal
disorders because of its soft texture & smoothness. It is the only
raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler
cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity & reduces irritation by
coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling"
fruit that can lower both the physical & emotional temperature of
expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat
bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers
because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up
smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium &
magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of
nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the
heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain & regulates your body's water
balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby
reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help
of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of
Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk
of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to
kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin & place it on the wart,
with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a
plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you
compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the
carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A &
iron, & twice the other vitamins & minerals. It is also rich in
potassium & is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time
to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day
keeps the doctor away!"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why Are We So Unhealthy?

From the Juice Plus booklet called, 'The Recipe for Better Health is as Simple as 1-2-3', which is what the Juice Plus presentation is based on, we are now on the page that explains why we, as a people in America today, are so unhealthy. Here is a list of the reasons why we are unhealthy:

1. Poor food choices
2. Not drinking enough water
3. Lack of exercise
4. Stressful lifestyles
5. Environmental factors
6. Sleep deprivation
7. Approach to medicine; "Treatment" instead of "Prevention"

  A couple of generations ago, cancer was almost unheard of. Now, for every 2.5 people, one will get cancer, according to statistics. Both my grandparents on one side of my family seemed relatively healthy, except for diabetes, which indirectly caused the death of my grandfather when he was older. People were generally healthier in the 'olden' days and I always wondered why. Part of it had to do with the fact that much of the food was grown right in the back yard, almost effortlessly. Fruit was in abundance. No need to put pesticides or fertilizers on plants. Milk wasn't even homogenized yet and came fresh early in the morning twice a week. There was a healthy appreciation for food back then. Wouldn't our ancestors be in a rage if they knew what was going on in the food industry today!
  At my grandparents house, there was always fresh fruit. Of course, there were always other things too, but the good, important stuff was there. But things have changed. I remember my grandmother expressing disappointment at a woman in the grocery store that wasn't able to recognize a certain vegetable. I am surprised at how little women want to, or are able to, cook today. I think we need to get back to some basics in life, just for survival.
   That is one reason Juice Plus is helpful. We don't know how to cook right. We certainly don't know how to eat properly. Now is the time to begin learning and taking charge of this aspect of our health.
   No one, unless that person has unlimited funds and a lot of time to eat, can take the time out and money to buy enough fruits and vegetables to make sure that he or she has enough for 7-13 servings a day. Even harder, is to make sure it comes from organic or natural sources. No genetically modified food counts as real food. Juice Plus does make it easy and convenient to get the nutrition we so desperately need.
   There is more information about Juice Plus on my web site at:
Go to the tabs on the top of the page and see all the studies that have been done and are continuing to be done. It is all very interesting.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Growing an Avocado Tree

  I am not sure if the avocado grows into a plant or a tree, but I have a seed from an avocado plant that I want to grow into a large plant or tree that I can have so I can grow my own avocados. Here is one web site that tells how to do this. Just be aware if you go to this web site that there are a lot of commercials on it!

Grow An Avocado Tree!

Grow an Avocado Tree!
There's nothing more fun than growing your own Avocado Tree!
"How do I do it?"
Open the avocado and remove the pit from the center. You can eat the fruit of the avocado, it's yummy and is full of nutrients!*
Wash the avocado pit under cool running water, you don't need soap to clean it. With your fingers gently wipe away and remove any of the green fruit that might be on the pit. Rinse it well and then blot it dry with a paper towel.

Carefully push three toothpicks into the thickest width of avocado, you want to push the toothpicks into the pit about a 1/2" deep. (It's okay if you push them in deeper or even a little less) The toothpicks will help suspend the avocado pit in water and keep the top part of the pit in fresh air and the fat base of the pit under the surface of the water. Be careful pushing in the toothpicks, they have pointy edges and could hurt if they poke your hands, it's all right to ask a grown-up to help with this.

Suspend the pit over a glass filled with water....the toothpicks will rest on the rim of the glass and hold the pit in place so it doesn't sink to the bottom. Always check the water level in the glass and see that the water is covering the fat base of the pit by about an inch depth. If the water is below that level you'll need to add some more. Slowly and carefully pour in more water from a small cup to avoid splashing. 
Read more at the web site. This is a good start though.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Children Are Unhealthy Too

Here are some collected statistics on the well being of our children in America (from Juice Plus)

1. By age 12, an estimated 70% of our children have developed the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. (Bogalusa Heart Study)
2. 1 in 3 Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes. (Journal of the American Medical Association)
3. 1 in 4 children is obese. (International Journal of Obesity)
4. Nearly 50% of obese adolescents remain obese as adults ( International Journal of Obesity)
5. 7% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
6. About 6% of elementary school children and 7% of adolescent children miss 11 or more days of school yearly due to illness or injury. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
7. Over 93% of all children and adolescents do not consume the recommended 3 servings of vegetables per day. (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine).

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Americans Aren't Very Healthy

  Here is the first page of the Juice Plus presentation.

Americans aren't very healthy

(Did we think that they were?)

1. 80 million people have some form of heart disease. - National Heart Association
2. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his or her lifetime. - National Cancer Institute
3. Over 20 million children and adults have diabetes. - American Diabetes Association
4. 64% of adults are overweight - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
5. About 59% of adults do not engage in any vigorous leisure-time physical activity - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
6. Our national health care expenditures were 2 trillion in 2005 or $6,700 per person. - National Coalition on Health Care

Taken from the booklet The recipe for better health is as simple as 1-2-3.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quick Tip on How to Take Capsules if You Can't Swallow Them

   It has come to my attention lately that many people cannot swallow pills. I almost can't believe the amount of people who want the chewable Juice Plus instead of the capsules. I don't blame them. I love the chewables. They are very sweet and full of nutrition and are great for children. I am tempted to take them as well, not because I can't swallow capsules, but because they taste so good!
   So, if you are a person who wants to take Juice Plus, and you have the capsules, but realize you can't take them, don't despair! You can take the capsule apart and dump the contents onto food or into a drink. This is actually done by moms who want their children to take Juice Plus, but would rather put it into their food than have them take a chewable.
   Juice Plus also has a shake called 'Complete'. It comes in either vanilla or chocolate. You can order both flavors too. That way everyone can be happy. You can have the shake with only the protein powder added, or you can add fruit or vegetables too. Unless you really want to have a chocolate shake with vegetables and fruits, you might want to use the vanilla powder. But you might like strawberries or raspberries in your chocolate, and you can add those too. Just make sure you blend everything well or you might have chunks of fruit on the bottom of your drink!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Protein Powder Balls

Here is a recipe that I am trying to do by memory. When I was in Shaklee, I learned how to make peanut butter protein powder balls. I am pretty sure this is the recipe for them. I did look on the Internet and found some similar recipes, so if you use this recipe, and it needs to be firmer, use more protein powder or less honey. Use your own judgment and preferences on how soft or firm you want the protein powder balls to be.

1/3 honey
1/3 peanut butter
1/3 Juice Plus+ Complete® 

Combine ingredients with a spoon and form into balls. I would refrigerate them as they might be too soft if left at room temperature. Also, you can use any type of measurement. Whatever measurement you choose, just make the same measurement for each ingredient. I'm sure you can add variety by using chunky peanut butter or adding some chopped nuts. You could also add some oatmeal, but I would make sure it is refined or put through a blender or food processor. You can use the chocolate or vanilla flavor Complete®

Monday, October 10, 2011

What Juice Plus+® is

Here is an excerpt of what Juice Plus is:

Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits.
Juice Plus+ is a complement to a healthy diet. Juice Plus+ is the simple, convenient, and inexpensive way to add more nutrition from fruits and vegetables to your diet, every day. Juice Plus+ is supported by clinical research conducted by researchers at leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Juice Plus+ is recommended by thousands of doctors and health professionals around the world.

17 Fruits, Vegetables, & Grains

Juice Plus+® contains a wide variety of nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables reduced to juice powder concentrate using a proprietary process. Fruits and vegetables contain many phytonutrients, from such familiar vitamins as vitamin C and beta-carotene, to less widely known antioxidant compounds, including polyphenols and flavonoids. It also includes the carotenoids, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene. 

Apple, cherry, cranberry, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, tomato, oat bran, beet, brocoli, cabbage, carrot, kale, parsley, spinach, and brown rice bran are what Juice Plus is made from. 

We should eat between 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, preferably raw. Can this be done? Every day? Juice Plus provides the solution.

Avocado Melon Protein Drink Recipe

Avocado Melon Protein Drink Recipe

I am going to give you my version of the recipe. The end product is light green and tastes yummy. The recipe is adapted from a recipe put out by the California Avocado Commission and calls for a whole avocado!

1/2 cup cut up avocado
1/2 cup cut up cantaloupe
*1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
*1 cup milk
scoop of fresh yogurt (optional)

Blend ingredients very well in a blender or food processor. Make sure the blender or food processor has plenty of headspace.
   *Juice Plus puts out a protein powder called 'Complete'.
  * I usually use raw cow, sheep, or goat's milk. Any milk will do though.
Measurements for avocado and cantaloupe are approximate. This can be custom made according to your taste preferences.

Juice Plus, Health Tips and Recipes Intro

This blog page is being designed to bring up to date information on Juice Plus and Health Issues, and will have recipes that will lend itself to good health. Feel free to chime in. There will be no abusive talk about Juice Plus or nutritional issues, but it is ok to present your opinions on this blog. If you feel you have to attack another person you don't agree with, then there are other blog pages you can visit. But if you enjoy talking about good food and nutrition, please share your knowledge and expertise with us. You are welcome to join in and be part of the conversation.