Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 11 – Mango Lassi

Good morning and happy Friday.

Have I got a treat for you today. Do I say that almost every day!? Well it’s true today 😉

This morning I had to run to the grocery store to pick up garbage tags and the beautiful ripe and ready red mangos caught my eye. I purchased two and knew exactly what I was going to do with them!

Medical Medium “Life Changing Foods” book has a beautiful dairy free mango lassi recipe that I have been wanting to try out. Today was that day!

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Ingredients used: Mangos, Banana, coconut milk, mint leaves

Smooth, creamy, sweet and delicious. Another 10 out of 10! I will be adding this to my routine.

Now let’s take a look at each individual ingredient and the benefits.

Mango: According to Anthony Williams (Medical Medium) “Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. 

They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Mangos can help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. Mangos are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation. 

Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. Mangos are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better nights sleep. In some countries mangos are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid. 

Mangos are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. Mangos are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. Mangos are one of the worlds most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. “

Banana:  One of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76 percent water and full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese. They are a great electrolyte food and good for busy people on the run. They are anti viral and anti fungal . They are a great food choice for those suffering from chronic illness. They are a great food for lowering blood pressure. According to the medical medium ” Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions”

Coconut milk: Coconut milk is delicious and a great alterative to cows milk. It can benefit health in several ways, such as by stimulating weight loss and lowering cholesterol.

Mint: Mint leaves are rich in nutrients, may improve irritable bowel syndrome, may help relieve indigestion, may decrease breast feeding pain and may help to mask bad breath!

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What a wonderful way to start the day.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend. And Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family!

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 9 – Banana Milkshake

Good morning!

Woke up craving something sweet – so I turned to The Medical Medium Life Changing Foods book and scoped out the smoothie situation. I landed on the perfect option: “Banana Milkshake” Yes please! Reliving my child hood…without all of the nasty ingredients we used back then lol

This recipe is simple, nourishing and full of amazing potassium and electrolytes to kick off your day in the right direction.

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Ingredients used: Raw bananas, frozen bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut water, dates

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Bananas: One of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76 percent water and full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, copper and manganese. They are a great electrolyte food and good for busy people on the run. They are anti viral and anti fungal . They are a great food choice for those suffering from chronic illness. They are a great food for lowering blood pressure. According to the medical medium ” Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions”

Coconut Water: According to the medical medium “Coconut water is a highly nutritious, cleansing, and refreshing juice that is lightly sweet and packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known. It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood. In our body, plasma is what makes up 55% of human blood and coconut water is identical to human plasma, which makes it a universal donor. 

Some claim that drinking coconut water gives a person an instant blood transfusion. During the Pacific War of 1941-1945, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water-siphoned directly from the nut-to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Coconut water has also shown significant anti-cancer, anti-thrombotic, and anti-aging benefits due to its high cytokinin content. It’s bioactive enzymes help to significantly support digestion and metabolism. 

Coconut water is low in calories and is an excellent weight loss drink. It also has the ability to hydrate the body on a deep, cellular level making it an essential beverage for athletes and those that live a busy, active life. It also has been shown to help balance pH levels, boost the immune system, and support kidneys in filtering toxins and reducing the risk of kidney stones. 

Coconut water is highly beneficial for cardiovascular health as it can help to reduce blood pressure and increase healthy circulation. It is also a vitally important drink for those who are suffering with a chronic illness such as migraines, sinusitis, COPD, fibromyalgia, asthma, PCOS, cardiomyopathy, chron’s disease, epilepsy, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism, arthritis, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Coconut water is excellent for skin conditions and can be applied topically to heal, soothe, and hydrate skin. Coconut water is a universally appealing drink and is considered safe in pregnancy, infants, and the convalescent. Young green coconuts are readily available year-round in tropical regions such as Hawaii, South Florida, Philippines, Bermuda, Jamaica, Brazil, Thailand, and India and more recently coconut water can be found packaged and bottled and available in supermarkets throughout the United States and around the world.”

Dates: Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina.

Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers. They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration.

Cinnamon: According to the Medical Medium: Cinnamon has been used for healing and medicinally throughout history. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.  It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease.  It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties. 

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I give this delightful recipe a solid 7 out of 10. I added some ice to cool everything down after the fact…as it was a bit warm for my liking at first. Still a nice healthy sweet treat to start the day!