Back in October of last year, I posted my top 7 Tips For Boosting Immunity With Green Smoothies.
Tip #5 was: Get Affordable or FREE Greens at your local Farmer’s Market
I want to talk about this again, as I receive countless emails every month from readers who want to include more fresh organic vegetables and leafy greens into their diet but find the cost a challenge.
To recap on tip #5: Most people ask to have the greens cut off of their beets, turnips, and carrots, etc. at market stalls. Ask your local vendor for any tops they have cut off for other customers. These greens are absolutely loaded with nutrients, and very often you can pick them up for free (they are just going to throw them away) or for a couple of bucks.
Another top tip for getting affordable produce is to make friends with the stall owners, and at the end of the day you can pick up large boxes of surplus produce for a song! This can include leafy greens, as well as other seasonal fruits and veggies. You can then create all kinds of smoothies, juices, salads, and other delicious creations for a fraction of the cost.
A nutrient-dense green smoothie is a quick, easy, delicious way to get your daily dose of greens and other fruits and vegetables in one hit. It is also a fabulous way to help inspire confidence in novice cooks and children. Picking up seasonal produce boxes at the market keeps things interesting and diverse, and expands the family’s gustatory repertoire and experiences.
We are in the thick of allergy season, and I am always looking for natural “drug-free” remedies. I struck the JACKPOT when I discovered that parsley juice can alleviate the symptoms of air borne allergies. I got this tip from HEINERMAN’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HEALING JUICES where John Heinerman shares examples of parsley juice curing sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and even asthma!
I suffer from chronic hay fever, so I tested this on myself, and it really works! For the best results, drink a glass of parsley juice every day for 3 weeks. Then once your symptoms have reduced, drink a glass three times a week, and then drink once a week to maintain the results.
Parsley juice is a wonderful all-round health promoting food. The rich mineral salts help to neutralize acids in the body, purify and alkalize the blood, tissues, and organs, detoxify the skin, assist with the elimination of heavy metals like mercury, help with urinary tract health, bladder infections, and flush out the kidneys.
Get Tess’ recipe for healing Parsley Juice!
It’s a new year, and many of us have made resolutions to be healthier. If you want some healthy inspiration, look no further than Pinterest.
I find it so much more fun than doing a straight google search. It is visual and stimulating, and you can quickly connect with like minded pinners, and discover all kinds of riches. I find so many wonderful new websites through this fabulous resource.
Check out my Healthy Holiday Detox Board that was featured with top brands and celebrities such as Dr Oz, Katie Couric, Paula Deen & the TODAY show, Starbucks, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Patagonia, Babble, Parent’s Magazine, Esquire, and others for 30 DAYS OF PINSPIRATION.
I have pinned all kinds of healthy ideas from green smoothies and juices, cleansing and detox recipes, workout tips, homemade skin care and cleaning products, product suggestions, favourite books, and more.
My Omega Juicer Giveaway and 3 DAY JUICE CLEANSE proved to be very popular after pinning it to this board. Participate in the cleanse at your leisure, or join our private Facebook Group January 18-20, 2013. You can sign up for free here. We will facilitate live chats, moderate discussions, and share information and experiences about juicing.
We are so excited to be celebrating our first year at The Balanced Platter. It’s been an amazing year and we’re so grateful for all of your love and support.
We couldn’t have made it this far without our amazing contributors. They’ve shared so many fabulous recipes and ideas with us.
Amy and I thought it would be fun to celebrate by sharing some of our most popular recipes AND giving away some of our favorite gluten-free resources!