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Amazing Health Benefits of an Aloe Vera Gel Drink

A vast majority of people are well aware of the Aloe Vera plant and its endless power of curing various human ailments. It can heal a number of health hazards, including weight loss, inflammation, sunburn, constipation and other skin irritations.

However, many of them are not acquainted with the health benefits of the Aloe Vera gel drink. A regular consumption of it helps you get rid of a number of diseases. Recent studies have established that Aloe Vera gel improves the immune system, reduces stress, and encourages normal blood sugar. It can save one from redness and swelling. It is completely natural and has no side effect on human body.

It is worthy to mention here that the juice of this plant tastes bitter. Therefore, one should be prepared for that especially when one is going to extract it directly from Aloe Vera leaves. A product made from it can give him or her a little relief from its real taste.

This article will discuss on the amazing health benefits of an Aloe Vera drink.

Given below are these:

1. Detoxifies the body

As the Aloe Vera gel drink contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other detoxifying elements, it can cleanse human body. It washes out all toxic elements from one’s body, leaving no side effects on his or her body. Your body does not contain any waste materials when you start taking it regularly.

2. Strengthens digestion

It improves our digestive capability and strengthens our immunity power. A regular usage can keep one far away from the diseases of the liver, pancreas and intestines. It has magical effects in reducing inflammatory pain in bowel syndrome, colitis and other gastric disorders. Moreover, it kills harmful bacteria and nurtures healthy bacteria in the intestines to enhance one’s digestion power.

3. Boost immunity power

As it releases wastes from your body, your immune system becomes highly powerful. The anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties of the Aloe Vera gel drink kill harmful germs that cause contagious diseases in human body.

4. Promote hair growth

It promotes hair growth. Being well packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, it plays a significant role to promote healthy hair. If you suffer from hair loss problem, you can take it regularly.

5. Improve blood circulation

It is very good for the heart. Taking it internally is highly beneficial for better blood circulation in the body. It is really good for fat burning. An obsessed person can lose his or her extra weight naturally. Moreover, it decreases the fat deposit rate in your body. A regular consumption saves you from cardiac arrest and blood clots in the heart and arteries.

After the introduction of the above-mentioned benefits through many recent studies, the demand for the Aloe Vera gel drink has increased significantly. Therefore, to ensure availability for everyone, many Aloe Vera drink suppliers have come forward with a wide range of product options. You just need to buy it from a reputable company having years of experience in manufacturing it. This will help you overcome the troubles of collecting leaves and extracting juice on a regular basis.

Why You Should Frequently Try New Recipes

Everyone has a choice about what food they make (or buy) and what they consume. It is, after all, up to you what you put into your body.

But I still find it hard to understand why some people only eat meat, potatoes and vegetables or only eat American food or only eat junk food.

Food is a pleasure. It is a joy. It is something to revel in, to enjoy, to get passionate about. We all have taste buds and we all take pleasure in eating, don’t we?

If you do not know how to cook, you can learn. If you do know how to cook but you are either too busy or you do not like to cook, then you can still make an effort to try new cuisines. Either buy good quality prepared meals, eat out or buy the prepared ingredients to make your own dish.

How to Find Great Meals

For example, if you want to see what a Thai curry tastes like you will get the best result by going to Thailand, the next best result by going to an authentic Thai restaurant, the next best result by making your own from scratch with good quality ingredients and the next best result by using ready-chopped and prepared ingredients (including a can of coconut milk and a Thai curry paste) to make your own.

Favourite Classic Recipes

There is nothing wrong with enjoying your favourite foods often. Perhaps you love burgers and fries or maybe you are a huge fan of Chinese food. There is nothing wrong with that. The point though is that you should investigate new cuisines every now and then because you might be missing something.

If you love Indian food, for example, you might love Nepalese food or Korean food. If you love the cheese and tomatoes in your favourite Italian dishes, why not try Mexican fajitas or enchiladas which feature similar ingredients? If you are a fan of delicate Thai recipes, what about making some Japanese recipes? The two cuisines are similar in some ways but strikingly different in others.

You Do Not Have To Eat New Recipes Every Day

You might want to enjoy your favourite classic recipes five nights a week, then eat out once a week someplace you have not been before and make something new another night. You will have a pretty good idea about whether or not you will enjoy something by reading the description (if it is on a menu) or reading the ingredients list (if you are planning to make it yourself).

There are few things as satisfying as stumbling upon a new recipe or a new cuisine which knocks your socks off with the first taste.

Some people grow up eating meat with potatoes and vegetables every single day with perhaps the occasional pizza or Chinese take out, but it is so much more fun to get creative and investigate all the world’s cuisines. You never know what amazing foods you will find!

Amazing Health Benefits of Cilantro

Recently I noticed I began to use cilantro at unprecedented levels in my cooking and had decided to look cilantro up on the web, even though I only recently started to cook and use it in my cooking and garden four years ago but never to the extent of my recent usage amounts.

I wasn’t going to search as to why I had been craving this herb, but what were its supposed effects, if any on our bodies. I was shocked to learn how great cilantro actually is for us and to our overall health.

It was only until now that I was curious what the herb was all about. And why the heck was I started to naturally crave this herb? I had to get to the bottom of this but promptly! I knew I had used it plenty of times in my ‘Oh So Famous Salsa’ recipe. But I needed to know what did cilantro do, if anything to us and our bodies. With the research I found, this article was created and I just had to share.

Who knew That Cilantro Was This Good!?!

Want a cure all for viral and bacterial infections and more? Well read on…albeit maybe novel, the ability to use cilantro greatly increases our ability to clear up recurring infections, both viral and bacterial especially when eaten with omega-3 enriched foods such as nuts. But there are many other wonderful side effects of eating Cilantro. Who knew?

Why Fresh?

Although we all like to use fresh herbs if we can get them, it seems that there are more benefits than first thought, especially when us foodies started to first go all hog-wild on the “got-to-be-fresh-happy” with the use of non-dried herbs in our cooking. So many of us grew up with dried herbs, and for many more, dried herbs that would stay in our cupboards for years. I know I am not alone here. That by the time we reached (some sort of ) adulthood, we wished to cook no more “out-of-the-box”, but back to the real deal, thankfully to food network stations everywhere telling us the importance of a dishes success depends on the use of the freshest of herbs.

This trend in “using fresh herbs as a must” is so true that McCormick, this past fall, placed out one page magazine advertisements in several magazines and even created a website to assist visitors in checking out just how old their herbs were in their cupboards. If you think I am kidding check and note if any of your spices from the McCormick’s is from the Baltimore factory, if so, note that this bottle is over 15 years old! Yuck! I had four or five in my cabinets that were promptly tossed. Yeah I know, who knew!

Using Cilantro In Your Cooking

Cilantro has a mild peppery taste, flat leaves and is similar looking to flat-leafed parsley. It is a family member of the carrot family – and as you can tell from its looks, the tops of this wonderful herb resemble that of a carrot top.

Cilantro is great as an edible garnish. If you mince it and sprinkle any dish you have before you, literally, including your breakfast eggs, you will receive its curing and healing attributes of the cilantro herb.

But I have recently resurrected its’ importance in being a main point in my daily diet. After a little research, I learned that cilantro seems to have some very interesting (and affordable) super health benefits and can be seen as a major cleaner of the body in ridding heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum from one’s body.

Yes, there’s more people, cilantro is also a blood cleaner. And heck why not eat what you love and detox your body simultaneously?

It seems that for years there have been drugs available to help rid the body of the heavy metals called, ‘Chelation therapy’ [which] using chemical agents like EDTA has long been used to help remove heavy metals” but it seems as if cilantro is one of the affordable natural substances than can remove these metals naturally.

So what do you do to get this herb to assist in your healing?

Best eaten raw, but you knew that already! Some suggestions include using cilantro pesto (recipe below) over pasta, spread onto toasted Italian bread, a dollop over your cooked meat, etc. you get the idea here people! You can also add this peppery herb to cooking, from any and all rice dishes, and pastas to meat dishes.

This herb is also very affordable in fresh bunches at your grocery store. My local store has them at $1.00 for (2) two nice-sized bunches. A small handful (2 teaspoons minced) used in your salads every day for two to three weeks which is the recommended amount to have its curing properties work on your issues it seems, will have you feeling better than you have been in a long while.

Do wash your cilantro very well though. The best way is to fill a large bowl with cold water, and gently put the tops in tops down into the bowl. Stirring the end of the bunch of cilantro, swishing it around will help loosed any soil that may be on it. You can then shake dry and place it in a bad, much the same you would do wish washed lettuce.

Want To Grow Cilantro?

Cilantro is super easy to grow from seed, – which is the coriander seed – hey who knew?!? But be sure to cut your plant often like parsley, for constant fresh growth. Likes sun, and the cilantro is a simple herb that also helps to keep the bugs away. Another natural remedy! A great plant for kids to try as one of their first herbs due to its quick growing in the garden and low-maintenance gardening requirements. Cilantro also does fairly well in a extra sunny kitchen window.

A friend of mine has a great cilantro ‘pesto’ though his is very hot, there are many variations I see on the web. The main point it that you will increase your ability to heal yourself from viral and bacterial infections – especially re-occurring ones with adding 2-3 teaspoons of fresh cilantro with your diet every day for two to three weeks.

I have started this trend of uping the use of my cilantro amounts now for a week, and my head seems clear and my body feels great. Now I know why from this research. I will let you all know how fantastic I feel in two weeks on this.

Here’s one recipe for Cilantro Pesto.

Cilantro Pesto

1 clove garlic

1 cup almonds, cashews, or other nuts

1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons lemon juice

6 tablespoons olive oil

Put the cilantro and olive oil in blender and process until the cilantro is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to a lumpy paste. (You may need to add a touch of hot water and scrape the sides of the blender.) You can change the consistency by altering the amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but keep the 3:1 ratio of oil to juice. (It freezes well, so you can make several batches at once.)

Other Personal Cilantro Recipes I have created and use:

One Pot Cilantro Chicken and Rice

Hot Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro
  • 1 head of garlic – yes a complete head
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (6-8 lemons)
  • Cardamom – freshly ground
  • 2 or more Hot peppers, dried scotch bonnets or green chilies
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into your food processor and ground till it becomes a pulp consistency.
  • Use if you dare as a condiment to anything – it really makes a plain dish pop with glee.

Cilantro Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 8 oz ranch dressing
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbl rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese, Parmesan or combination of cheddar & jack
  • 1 jalapeƱo, no seeds

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until smooth

Cilantro Cold Slaw

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 2 large granny smith apples, julienned
  • 1 large red bell pepper, stem, seeds and membrane
  • removed and julienned
  • 1 large green bell pepper, stem, seeds and membrane
  • removed and julienned
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, stem seeds and membrane
  • removed and julienned
  • 1 small head of green cabbage, julienned thin
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, julienned thin
  • 4 yellow fresh corn tortillas julienned thin and fried
  • 4 red fresh corn tortillas julienned thin and fried
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, whole
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except tortillas into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add dressing and tortillas and mix lightly being careful not to break
  3. up the tortillas too small.

Kick in the Pants Soup

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. can chicken broth (I prefer organic, non-fat, low or no sodium)
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 4 oz. can chopped mild green chiles (do not drain)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 to 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • tortilla chips (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a boil over high heat.
  2. Stir in tomato and green chiles.
  3. Return to boil.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  6. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  7. Add tortilla chips to taste. (optional)

There are many more interesting and delightful recipes out there on the web, these are just a few of course. Do get out there and check them out to try today!

Happy Healing Healthily in a Hurry!

As a side note though, there is one spice tin I keep simply for its name, shape of its tin and for the nostalgic purpose in reminding me of my mother’s kitchen cabinets which had more spices than any neighbor and was more organized than any kitchen cabinet I knew of then. And yes, she was a great cook and known outside the family for her parties full of fantastic homemade food. And for these reasons why I probably write so much on food besides cooking up a storm any chance I get. But I am loving my cilantro but hard, an herb she never got to learn to try. I will make sure my friends and family do not have the same experience but instead learn and more importantly add this oh-so affordable herb to their everyday diet for better health!

Ten Top Tips for Baking An Apple Pie

“Easy as apple pie” – how many times have you heard that? Well now you can make make apple pie like a pro and not have a nervous breakdown in the process! Here are my top ten tips for making the perfect apple pie every time.

1) Apples! Apples! Apples! The most important part of the apple pie is obviously the apples. If you are lucky and live in an area with apple groves then pick a combination of tart and sweet apples and put them in a pie within 24 hours. If you live nowhere near an apple grove I recommend Granny Smith apples for your pie. The tartness combined with the sweetness of the sugar/cinnamon mixture creates an amazing taste. Another combination that works great is McIntosh and Cortland apples but only if the apples are fresh.

2) Don’t burn the crust. When baking an apple pie, one of the big problems is burnt edges of the crust. To prevent this problem cover the edges of your pie with tin foil. But don’t scrunch it down around the sides. Because the foil reflects the heat, the pastry edges may end up under baked. Or, you can actually purchase an edge guard at your local kitchen supply store that is placed over the edges of the pie to protect them from burning.

3) Taste the apples! Once you add your cinnamon/sugar mixture taste test your apples. Do not be afraid to add more brown sugar and cinnamon to your mixture. You can’t spoil something good by adding something good to it!

4) Extra weight is a good thing!! If you bake your pie shell prior to adding the apple filling the pie shell might inflate. To prevent this from happening add dry beans to the bottom of the shell prior to placing it in the oven. Or you can actually purchase weighted beads that can be placed in the bottom of the shell to prevent the pastry from rising.

5) A mountain of apples is a good thing. Always prepare more apples than you think you will need. Make a mountain in the pie shell when you add the apples. Stretch the top pie crust over the mountain of apples as best you can. You will find while the pie bakes the mountain of apples will deflate. You will be left with a pie that has a sufficient amount of apples. Without the mountain you may end up with a caved in pie and few apples per slice.

6) The garnish: Ice cream. Don’t forget to offer ice cream with each slice of pie. Be imaginative. Vanilla ice cream is the standard scoop to add to a slice of apple pie. Try cinnamon or butter pecan ice cream instead. Cookies and Cream ice cream works very well, as does Pistachio and Peach ice cream.

7) Apple Pie with a twist! Instead of the standard apple pie, look for variations of the recipe. Try Dutch Apple pie or French Apple pie or apple pie combinations like Rhubarb/Apple or Cranberry-Raisin-Apple pie.

8) Caramel yum!! Instead of ice cream, drizzle melted caramel over your apple pie. This gives your pie an added sweetness that will impress your family and friends.

9) Sweetness other than sugar. If you do not think your apples are sweet enough but you do not want to add sugar, try 1tbsp lemon juice, some finely grated lemon zest, and 2 tbsp melted apple jelly. The addition of the jam adds a special sweetness to the pie.

10) Pretty as a picture. The top of the apple pie must be vented with a few slices of the knife through the top pie shell. Instead of simple slits add a pattern or pretty decoration. Cut your loved one’s initials in the pie shell, or a heart, or star. Your imagination is the limit!

Maggie gives you easy to make dessert recipes for all occasions! From every day dessert to special holidays, Maggie has it all! Best of all, these are “yummy-tummy” tested and guaranteed to be a hit without giving you a nervous breakdown in the kitchen!

Start Your Own Goji Berry Diet

Did someone suggest you to start a goji berry diet? If you are cracking your brain to find out your best berry diet, we have some suggestions for you which will surely make a difference and bring a change in your diet chart.

Breakfast: Goji berries can be had at any time during the day but youngsters prefer it as an excellent breakfast item. If you choose to have these health berries as your breakfast item you can have them with any kind of hot and cold cereals and with milk. You can include goji juice with your favorite juice and see the taste it brings to the general taste of your regular drink. You can have it blended in your hot delicious soup, include it in all baked foods and serve it with a lovely helping of salad. If you do not prefer your berries in any of these ways, you can always go for a handful of these berries just before your breakfast.

Mid day snack: Young girls who are on a strict diet regimen love to have these berries as a mid day snack. They love to have it as an energizing drink or as a jam which is spread over your favorite cake, bread and bun. Try it out in any form and enjoy the healthy benefits of this lovely berry. Teenagers often choose to have the berry as an energizing drink which is prepared especially with grated nuts, dates, nectar, honey and orange zest which gives it an amazing taste.

Lunch: If you wish to have goji berries for lunch it is best to include these berries in your regular soup or have it as a part of your salad. You can also add it to your vegetables, chicken and meat to give it an amazing taste. There is no suggested special recipe for this berry and depends on your imagination and creativity. One of the most popular ways of having this berry is mixing it up with various combinations of fruits and vegetables. Many people love to add a handle full of these berries in a big glass which is made up of cold water or hot water, herbal tea or juice and let it hydrate for a few minutes. The mixture soon becomes extremely delicious in its plump and juicy form making it a tasty delicacy. The taste of delicious chewy berries is the most delightful way in which you can use the berries. This makes one of the best meals with the use of goji berries and is very easy to prepare.

If you wish to have a healthier goji berry diet you can enhance its taste by adding pecans, pine nuts, apple slices, cherries, pineapple, coconut shreds and also walnut pieces to give it a lovely and rich taste. Children also love to have these berries in a mixed bowl of fruit salad with fresh cream or honey – perhaps the healthiest ways to have a diet rich in goji berries.