Whole Food Plant Based Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

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Looking for a great WFPB compliant honey mustard salad dressing? Look no further! This dressing will go a long way so be sure to use sparingly until you determine how much fits your tastes!

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup Just Mayo
2. 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
3. 1/2 tbsp Organic Mustard
4. 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
5. 4 tbsp Honey
6. 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
7. Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended. Refrigerate.

Whole Food, Vegan Ramen

Vegan Ramen

This recipe is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a great source of whole foods and is dairy free! This meal is very filling, wholesome, and comforting. This dish is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.

Ingredients:
4 cups Vegetable Broth
4 cups Water
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1 pound Mushrooms, whole or sliced
1 Head of Broccoli, cut
1 pound Carrots, sliced
4 Celery Stalks, sliced
6 Scallions, sliced
1 pound Rice Noodles
Handful Kale
1/2 tsp Turmeric
Pinch Onion Powder
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Combine vegetable broth, water, soy sauce, carrots, celery, all seasonings, in pot and bring to boil. Boil until carrots are tender. Approximately 20 minutes.
2. While broth is boiling, saute mushrooms in soy sauce and garlic salt until tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
3. Add mushrooms, broccoli, and rice noodles to pot once all vegetables are tender and cook until broccoli and rice noodles are tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
4. Add a handful of kale to pot and cook until wilted.
5. Add scallion, serve and enjoy!

 

Potassium

What is Potassium?
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in our body and is vital for numerous functions and overall health. Potassium is required to keep the heart, brain, kidney, and muscle tissues in great condition. It is directly responsible in performing quite a few critical and important body functions and tasks.

What Does Potassium Do?
Potassium helps prevent strokes, reduces blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, and some mental health disorders. It also helps to enhance strength, metabolism, water balances, electrolytic functions, and regulates the nervous system.

Sources of Potassium
We all know that Potassium comes from bananas, but it also comes from many other sources as well. A couple of other excellent sources of Potassium also comes from avocados and coconut. Fresh citric fruits and vegetables are other great sources of Potassium. Nuts, potatoes, chicken, and salmon are also on the “potassium rich foods” list.

Deficiency Symptoms
Potassium deficiency is a very serious problem that can ultimately lead to death if left untreated. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • heart palpitations
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • anemia, severe headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • swelling occurring in glands
  • severe intestinal pain and
  • inactive reflexes.

Potassium Benefits
Aside from potassium curing blood pressure imbalances and reducing the symptoms of mental health disorders, it brings a whole range of amazing benefits. A few of them are:

  • Boosts heart health
  • Maintains water balance
  • Regulates fluid levels
  • Regulates neural function and
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels

It is very important to make sure your levels are in normal and healthy ranges. Too much of anything can be toxic. Before supplementing potassium, consult your medical professional first.

What is a Normal Level?
Severe Hypokalmia: Below 2.5 mEq/L
Moderate Hypokalemia: 2.5 – 3.4 mEq/L
Normal: 3.5 – 5.0 mEq/L
Mild Hyperkalemia: 5.1 – 6.0 mEq/L
Moderate Hyperkalemia: 6.1 – 7.0 mEq/L
Severe Hyperkalemia: 7.0 + mEq/L

 

The Role of Good and Bad Cholesterol

Oftentimes, when we think of cholesterol, we think of bad. We think of heart attacks, clogged arteries, hardened arteries, and even death. However, there are a few different types of cholesterol, and not all of them are bad. Because cholesterol is considered a fat substance, it is not water soluble. This also means that fat cannot move through the bloodstream on its own. To transport fat throughout the body, our bodies bind them to cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids. These are known as lipoproteins.

We have our HDL (High-density lipoprotein) as well as our LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) and even VLDL (Very low-density lipoprotein).

Before getting into each different type of cholesterol, I’ll talk about what cholesterol’s function in the body is. A few of the greatest roles cholesterol plays a part in are hormone manufacturing, digestion, and even the structural component of our cells.

Cholesterol plays a very important part in aiding in hormone production. Cholesterol produces steroid hormones which directly affects our weight, sex, digestion, bone health, and mental health. Without cholesterol, we could have major disturbances in those areas. Cholesterol is stored in the adrenal glands, ovaries for women, and testes for men, and is converted into the steroid hormone.

Cholesterol is also used to help the liver create bile. The bile from the liver helps our bodies digest food properly, especially fats. If our bodies cannot digest these fats, they can get pushed through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. In turn, this can lead to clogged arteries causing heart attacks and heart disease.

Cholesterol is also a major structural component of our cells. They help provide a protective barrier for our cells to prevent damage being done to them. When the cholesterol levels increase or decrease the cells change which affects our bodies ability to metabolize and produce proper energy. Our cell health and the role cholesterol play in that health affects numerous aspects of our bodies functions.

Now for the good cholesterol. High-density lipoproteins, or HDL, are the kind of cholesterol you want. HDL serves as the driving force within our blood stream. If our HDL is at a good level, it helps push out all excess cholesterol and plaque build up by sending it to the liver. In the long run, this lowers your risk of heart attack, disease, stroke, and even death. The ideal HDL level is 60 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter) or greater.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) are the bad forms of cholesterol. LDL’s are bad because they contain a much larger portion of triglycerides. When the triglyceride level is high, HDL level is low, and LDL level is high, it causes the fats to stick to the arterial walls. This results in them turning to plaque and increasing the risk of heart attack, disease, stroke, clogged arteries, and death.

There are numerous things you can do to increase your HDL and lower your LDL. To lower your LDL, you want to avoid saturated fats and trans fats. To decrease these fats, you want to eat more vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, and legumes than you do meats and processed foods. Some great choices to keep HDL levels higher and LDL levels lower are:

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Beans and legumes
  3. Whole grains
  4. Nuts (almonds, pistachios, peanuts, etc) and Seeds (chia, flax)
  5. Avocados

Another very important aspect of keeping HDL and LDL levels both at healthy levels is exercise. Food and exercise are the two most important ways you can keep levels where they need to be and reduce the risk of heart attack, disease, stroke, hardening of the arteries, and plaque build up.

Health Benefits of the Jalapeno Pepper

They’re spicy and they leave your mouth on fire. If you don’t wash your hands immediately after cutting them then everything you touch seems to be on fire too! But these things are so beneficial to our health. Who’d have ever known?

18 WAYS JALAPENO’S ARE IMMENSELY HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS

  1. Anti-oxidant
    • Antioxidants is a substance that protects our cells from harmful substances. Because jalapeno’s are high in antioxidants, they also provide strength to our cells.
  2. Anti-inflammatory
    • Jalapeno’s produce a chemical, Capsaicin, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Say bye bye to pain!
  3. Anti-carcinogetic
    • The heat produced in the body after consuming a jalapeno can kill cancer cells directly related to prostate cancer. The high amounts of antioxidants also prevents cell damage that is caused by cancer.
  4. Anti-bacterial/fungal
    • Capsaicin has antibacterial properties which can reduce and eliminate bacterial infections.
  5. Promotes healthy lipids
    • Jalapeno’s also serve as a thinning agent in the blood stream. They can help dissolve Fibrin, a protein that attaches to the blood vessel walls causing blocked arteries.
  6. Heart health
    • Capsaicin reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) while reducing platelet aggregation and also lowers blood pressure. Jalapeno’s also provide Vitamins A and C along with bioflavanoids, which are known to strengthen blood vessels allowing for more flex to adjust with ever changing blood pressures. This reduces the risk of having a stroke and/or heart attack.
  7. Natural analgesic
    • The capsaicin provided by jalapeno’s attaches itself to proteins called TRPV1 which tricks your body into thinking that it is being exposed to extreme heat. Once the body thinks this for a certain period of time, the nerve endings become desensitized to the pain.
  8. Helps to maintain blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health
    • Collagen has the main responsibility in maintaining blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health. Collagen acts as a type of glue in the body and is what holds the body together. As we age, our collagen production drops. Jalapeno’s can increase collagen production with its huge amounts of Vitamin C.
  9. Boosts immune system
    • Studies show that just one jalapeno provides over 50% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
  10. Aids in weight release
    • One of the chemicals, Capsaicin, found in jalapeno’s is a natural weight release aid. It is the main chemical found in a lot of weight release pills. With daily consumption, Capsaicin is released in the body and literally burns off fat as heat is produced in the body.
  11. Helps balance and regulate body temperature when cold
    • Jalapeno’s are an excellent source of natural warmth when cold. Jalapeno’s raise the body temperature naturally, thus making you feel warmer.
  12. Massive amounts of vitamins and minerals
    • Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K
    • Folates
    • Pantothenic Acid
    • Niacin
    • Riboflavin
    • Thiamin
    • Pyridoxine
    • Carotene A and B
    • Lutein-Zeaxanthin
    • Cryptoxanthin B
    • Copper
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Selenium
    • Calcium
    • Phosphorus
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Folic Acid
  13. Promotes healthy fluid loss
    • It is possible to have too much fluid stored in the body. When we do, it can cause problems with our hearts, breathing, and numerous other things. The heat produced by the jalapeno’s helps our body to lose some of the retained fluid.
  14. Helps prevent stomach and mouth ulcers
    • Because of the insanely high amount of antioxidants, jalapeno’s are able to kill bad bacteria in the stomach and mouth that could potentially cause ulcers if left there.
  15. Clears nasal passages
    • This one may be a little more obvious. But yes, the heat put off from the peppers is powerful enough to clear gunky airways. This is a great, and natural way, to aid in the fight against colds and sinus infections. Capsaicin is also responsible for this.
  16. Pain relief from migraine headaches
    • Yes, that was read correctly. There aren’t very many treatments for migraine’s. Want a natural and effective one? Eat a jalapeno on a regular basis. The Capsaicin (Capsaicin sure is pretty powerful, eh?) in the jalapeno inhibits the key neuropeptide, Substance P. Substance P is the main brain pain transmitter.
  17. Anti-aging properties
    • Regular and consistent consumption of jalapeno’s builds up quite a bit of collagen in the body which decreases the signs of aging.
  18. Nervous system improvement
    • Jalapeno’s are full of Folic Acid as well as Vitamins A, B, and C which are all essential vitamins for regulating the amino acids that keep the nervous system in optimum health. By consuming jalapeno’s on a regular basis, diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are significantly decreased.

What is the moral of the story?

Eat jalapeno’s daily! The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” should probably be changed to say “a jalapeno a day keeps the doctor away.” Jalapeno’s can be eaten raw, smoked, sauteed, baked, or any other way that you like them best. Isn’t it amazing how healthy something so very little actually is?

Love & Light to all