Food Combining and a smoothie for great Digestion

What is food combining ?

Food combining is the correct combination of eating food for best digestion and health. We do not want to eat concentrated proteins with concentrated starches. What is meant by a concentrated starch is usually a food with a 20 percent or more carbohydrate content. Potatoes, rice, bread, noodles, corn on the cob, and all grains such as wheat, rye oats, etc, would fall into the category. These foods need to be chewed well so that the enzyme ptyalin, which is secreted in the saliva, can start acting on the starch. The ultimate aim is to break down these starches down into simple sugars, which is the only way they can be absorbed into the blood stream. very simply, starch moves into the stomach, where it is churned up while the ptyalin continues to act on it.This mixture called chyme, then passes into the small intestine where further digestion takes pace with the aid of amylase or starch-spitting enzymes. The simple sugars that result from this breaking-down process are then absorbed into the blood stream and used by the body.

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Blue Smoothie Bowl with Almond and Oat Granola

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I have only recently jumped on this smoothie bowl bandwagon, I first saw them looking so delicious and exciting on some of my favorite blogs I follow. But I still thought why not just drink it? A smoothie bowl is so fun though once you try it, I like to make my smoothie thicker so its easier to eat with a spoon and add all kinds of fun and delicious toppings for extra texture.

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Banana and strawberry whip

nana and berry whipThis recipe is so yum, quick and so easy ! I promise.

Today is short post, I recently made this as i was craving ice-cream! Its winter I know but how gorgeous are these sunny days? Makes it all ok (;

In a previous post , I did a little write-up all about bananas and you can read that here.  This recipe is a simple but delish recipe using only 4 ingredients, great for an afternoon snack and a really great alternative to your normal ice-cream. Kids will love it, and you wont have them buzzing on a sugar high afterwards.

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Vitamin C Booster Smoothie

Boost your Immunity with this smoothie, packed with Vitamin C  goodness!DSC01817

 

I woke up feeling under the weather last week with flu symptoms starting and I wasnt too happy about it!  I had a 3 Hour Yoga workshop to teach and I wasn’t going to let this flu get to comfy in my body. So I whipped this booster smoothie up and it worked out to be super delish and gave me the great boost that I needed to get through the workshop! I was feeling so much better just a couple hours later. Thank goodness.

I recommend cutting out all dairy products if you have those in your diet, as well as all foods containing gluten, and up your intake of smoothies juices and raw fruit and vegetables, your body needs to rest and recover. Stay in bed and sleep or snuggle up on the couch and read a nice relaxing book or a romantic comedy movie to watch hehe (we all secretly love those)!

This smoothie is fulled with Vitamin C and anti- oxidents to build immunity and fight the flu.

 

Recipe

 

1/2 Pineapple

Juice of 2 Oranges

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Juice of 1 cm piece ginger and Turmeric

1TBS Goji berries

1TBS AIM Carrot Juice powder(or juice 1 carrot)

1 tsp AIM Barley life powder

1tsp Bee Pollen

1 Cup mixed Berries

5 Drops Bee Propolis (Optional)

Add water if needed

Blend and enjoy!

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Use what you have, there are a lot of different ingredients here, so get creative with what you have in your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with Oranges, lemon and pineapple. The Superfoods just add that extra kick!