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Powdered Produce Has Made A Difference

Have you ever heard of powdered produce?

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Powdered produce is basically fruits, berries, ancient grains, and veggies that have been juiced and dried and ground to a powder. Powdered produce has made a difference in my life.  Since we started adding them into our diet, our immune system has gotten stronger and I have saved money.

water content of food

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water and they spoil quickly after harvest.  Many are as much as 85% to 95% water.   Water activates enzymes that help digest the fruits and veggies and also cause the food to spoil quickly soon after harvest.  If you remove the water, you preserve the nutrients and deactivate the enzymes.  The enzymes are reactivated again once the dried produce is re-hydrated.   It is a lot cheaper to buy produce that has been dried vs fresh, because once the water is removed, it takes up very little space, and has a long shelf life maintaining all its phyto-nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

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Having the raw nutrient dense produce in powdered form makes it easy to add them to your regular diet and boost your needed fruits and veggies that we all try so hard to get in every day. I am saving money because I don’t have to throw anything away,  it doesn’t spoil.

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With the addition of powdered produce to our diet, I can add a lot of additional fruits and veggies for pennies a day.  For example, by taking two berry + two veggie + two fruit capsules, I am eating the equivalent of over 30+ plants.   If I bought all those foods fresh at the store, it might cost me over $100 for the week to buy them fresh, and I might have some that spoils.

whats in JP capsules

By adding all these amazing healthy powdered foods to my diet, I can save a huge amount of money over buying all of them fresh.  For example if I just want fruits and veggies powders it will cost me about $10 a week, or I can also add in the berry powders too for another $6 a week. That is over 30 fruits, veggies, and berries a day for about $2.30 a day or about $16 a week.   That is a huge savings!   I buy only the fresh fruits and veggies we need now in season, and then add in these wonderful powders and I am money ahead.

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This is all natural food.  Each plant’s produce is fresh picked at the peak of ripeness.  Here are some videos to tell you more about the farms that grow these amazing foods and how this process is done.

It is harvested from organic and all natural farms, then right after harvest is juiced and dried at a low temperature to preserve all the nutrients and packaged for convenience.

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Powdered produce has made a difference in my life!  My family and I have been using the powdered produce from Juice Plus+ for a whole year now.

kids love it

The convenience and savings of eating this way is amazing.  It is really easy to take the capsules or the chewables, and some days I substitute an entire meal with the powdered shake mix for smoothies too.

Sunrise Shake

The complete food shake mix is so easy to use.  I make all kinds of delicious shakes and smoothies for my family.  It is made with pure whole foods without any preservatives, fillers, or artificial ingredients.   It comes in two flavors: French Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate.

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I always feel like I am eating a delicious desert like a DQ blizzard or a Wendy’s frosty when I eat them because they taste like ice cream.  But with the Complete shake powder, I am avoiding all of the artificial ingredients those restaurants put into their products.   And it is so easy to make. Just use 1 scoop (or a 1/2 scoop if you want less) of powder to one cup of any liquid of your choice and blend.  It comes out creamy and smooth.

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You can get fancy if you wish and add in more fruits and veggies or ice cubes or even coffee and top with whip cream for all kinds of tasty treats for about $1.85 per serving.  That is a complete meal with all the macro nutrients and micro nutrients of 20+ plant foods that feed your body for less than a cup of coffee.  You just can’t buy good food at these kinds of prices anywhere and you will be able to do it yourself and it will taste better and nourish your body at the same time.

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The biggest change we have seen in our life so far, in addition to savings in our food budget, is our health and wellness budget.  We have been healthy for an entire year, without even 1 day of sickness since we started.  No sickness for 8 people living together in our home.  That is amazing!   This produce is boosting our immune system.

Benefits of Juice Plus

Also my husband used to get a gout flare up every few months before adding this to our diet. We are so grateful that he has not had even one episode of gout (a form of arthritis) in a whole year.  Without a doubt it has reduced the inflammation in his body that was causing it, and he has been pain free.

kids eat free

Also Kids can be enrolled in the Children’s Health Study and get chewables or capsules for free when their parent or grandparent places an order.

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The study sends out a quick survey once every four months with a few questions to inquire what improvements you have seen from using the products.

After many years of learning about nutrition, and previously owning a healthy foods store too, I wish I had known then what I know now about this wonderful product.  You can’t get it in local stores.  It is only sold person to person and online.  That way the costs are kept as low as possible.   I believe in it so much that I opened my own business to sell it so all of my friends and family can have access to these wonderful food products.  It is a not a vitamin or supplement.  This is simple pure food.

This is real whole food and has a food label, because it is FOOD!  

Juice Plus is concentrated pure food nutrition from the purest fruits, vegetables, berries and ancient grains grown on family farms.  It is gmo free, and gluten free too.

real medicine

There are a lot of great doctors who are getting behind these true food products because they know their patients are getting healthier and recovering faster and seeing lasting changes and improved bio markers and labs.  If you want to get your doctor to join you on this journey, a great way is to have your blood drawn and then four or five months later after using these great foods daily, have your blood drawn again.  Most doctors see huge improvements in their patient’s lab work.   Here are some videos where doctors share what they have seen using Juice Plus powdered produce in their medical practice and at home.

Powdered produce is a great cost saving way to add more nutrition with real whole foods into your family’s diet and save money at the grocery store and the doctor’s office too.  The powdered produce comes in capsules, chewables (free for kids),  shake & smoothie powders, and food bars.

Juice Plus Products

Real and delicious wholefood food grown on family farms.   Juiced, powdered, and packaged by Juice Plus+

I offer these food products in my online store to share it with friends and family and anyone who would like to add this to their daily routine to improve their health with powdered produce. I am glad to host healthy living workshops and talk one on one to share more information with you about using these wonderful foods too.  Let me know if you would like more information.

Be blessed!

 

 

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical doctor and I do not give medical advice. I am sharing about my experience using this whole food product and how it has impacted me and my family.  Please consult your medical practitioner before making changes in your lifestyle to create a plan that is right for your particular situation.  

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Stay Hydrated

It is sure easy to get dehydrated!  Whew!

I am trying to stay healthy and I set a goal to drink one half of my estimated pounds I weight in ounces.  This sounds easy, but for some reason, I have a hard time getting it all in.  It is about the equivalent of 3 quart jars of water.   For example, a 200 lb person would try to drink 100 ml of water per day.  Water is necessary for all functions of the body.

You can add flavor and healthy nutrients to your daily water intake by adding fresh fruit, herbs (tea), pink sea salt, extracts or a drop of a food safe essential oil. For a delicious treat, I like to add one drop of lemon essential oil to an 8 ounce glass of water for flavor and health benefits.

 

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Summer Shape Up

Summer Shape Up starts today!

It is 30 days, are you up for a challenge?

I’m very excited to learn some new recipes, meet new friends, and getting healthy one simple change at a time. I have been getting my smoothie recipes lined up, and planning some healthy simple tweaks to my life.

A few of the goals I have during the challenge and I will add more as I go on this journey:

  • Drink more water and add lemon essential oil to each glass.
  • Drink a complete whole food smoothie once a day.
  • Eat a salad once a day.
  • Take my fruit, veggie, and berry capsules once a day.
  • Take my superfood supplements once a day.
  • Use essential oils everyday to help detox, cooking, detox my body, cleaning, etc.
  • Menu Plan each week to help me stay on track to reach my goals.
  • Walk or be active at least 30 minutes each day.
  • Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine each day.
  • Pray and read my bible every morning.

I hope you will join me.

Summer Shape Up

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Kid Approved Egg Burritos

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Our chickens have been on egg production overdrive this summer.   I am not complaining though.  We have enjoyed having an abundance of eggs because they were on strike all winter and I would have given anything for some fresh eggs then.  So I will take it while it’s available and not complain!

There are many ways of preserving eggs to keep them into the winter such as freezing out of the shell, boil them and pickle them in a sweet pickle or even beet juice, or storing whole eggs in buckets of sand in a cellar, and you can also crack them and dehydrate them to use in baking or smoothies later.  I have tried freezing them in the past and may put up some this way before winter arrives again.

I may put some eggs under a hen too and try to get her to hatch out some babies too.  It takes 5 to 7 months for a chicken to start laying eggs, so it is a long waiting process when you get started.  Then they usually lay 1 egg a day for a few months.  Then many stop laying for at least a month and up to three months in the winter depending on temperatures and the amount of daylight.  They also use this rest time to shed their feathers and grow new feathers each year.  Usually by their second or third year, the hens don’t lay every day, but maybe evey second or third day.  Most people butcher the hens for soup by their second season when they are less productive.

Lots of eggs

With farm fresh eggs, it is best to store them unwashed but wash them just before using.  This way they keep fresh longer. In the photo above you can see how the eggs look right out of the nest, some are very clean and some have a little dirt on them.  This won’t hurt the egg because they naturally have a protective barrior on the outside of the shell that protects them.  But once you wash them, you also wash away the protective barrier too.

Fertile egg yolk

Another wonderful thing about farm fresh eggs is that if there is a rooster around, your eggs will be fertile.  The yolks are also more yellow orange colored than store bought eggs and this is due to all the grass and insects the chickens eat all day and it creates an omega 3 richer egg.

I am thankful my kids love eggs and their favorite way to eat them is in Egg Burritos.  This is one of the fastest main dishes I make for my large family.  It cooks up in just a few minutes and is ready to serve.

Kid Approved Egg Burritos

Eggs (2 per person)

Butter for cooking

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Tortilla (any soft kind will do, there are many options for different diet needs)

Add In Options: cheese of your choice, sauted veggies, meat, salsa, guacamole, rice, leftovers, etc.

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Place a tablespoon or so of butter in a nonstick pan and add your eggs.  Scramble and continue to stir as they cook until desired doneness.

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Fill tortilla shells.  I find it very handy to place them in a cake pan while I am filling them as it helps hold up the sides of the burrito for me to fill.  Add cheese and even salsa if you wish and serve.  You can make these ahead, then cover and set in a warm oven until ready to eat.  They are also great frozen and reheated when needed.

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Eggs are such a great source of complete protein and easy to digest for most people.  They are delicious served anytime of day or night.  Eggs are very satisfying and help you feel full while nourishing your body.

Be blessed!

Melinda

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Easy Roasted Roots

Do you like root vegetables?  I sure do.  One of the easiest way to make them is to roast them in the oven.  This method keeps all the flavor and nutrients in the vegetable instead of in your water or broth.  It also carmelizes the sugars in the vegetables and they taste really mild and sweet.

I enjoy eating several roasted root vegetables all together and taste the seperate flavor of each one.

CHOOSE YOUR ROOTS

You can use any roots that you like.  Some root vegetables have amazing health benefits and all are full of minerals and vitamins.  Here are some ideas:

Sweet Potatoes
Turnips
Radishes
Red Onion (or white or yellow)
Parsnips
Beets
Radishes
Potatoes
Carrots
Leeks
Etc.

Easy Roasted Roots

2 Sweet Potatoes
1 Parsnip
1 Red Onion
4 Beets
4 Carrots

Peel and chop your veggies to the desired size for cooking.  The smaller sizes will cook more quickly than the larger sizes because roots are very dense.  I like to leave my beets slightly larger than everything else because honestly I want the nutrition of part raw part cooked beets and this is the best way I have found to achieve that.  Bake in an oiled pan at 300 degrees until done, about 45 minutes or so.

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Everything got nice and soft except for the center of the beets and that is what I want.  However, you can get the beets very soft by keeping all your veggies the same size and baking for the same length of time.  Again, if you leave some big and some small, the small ones will get soft all the way through but the larger ones will take longer to achieve if that is your desired result. Check on them often to be sure they are not burning and also to rotate them in the pan if needed.

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When they are done, they have the most amazing flavors.  You can use them many ways now like blend them into purees for soups or smoothies, pancakes and quickbreads, and also use them in roasted root sides and salads. YUM!!!

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Avoid Unhealthy Food

Here are some things to think about regarding healthy and unhealthy foods for you and your family. Check out the link for more information. Be wise and be blessed!

9 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid

This infographic “9 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid” uncovers shocking facts about unhealthy foods found in your local grocery stores, and why you should absolutely keep away from them. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

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Why Are Some Foods Banned?

Do you ever wonder why some foods are allowed in our country, but have been banned in other countries? Is there more we need to know to make informed decisions about what we eat and what we feed our families?

Check out this info graph about 10 foods that are allowed here, but banned in other countries. There is so much more to know, and you can read about it at the link posted. Be wise and be blessed!

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/superfoods.jpg" alt="10 Banned Foods to Avoid" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Are you eating <a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/10-banned-foods.htm"><strong&gtfood that's already banned </strong></a> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website. </p>
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Black Bean Quinoa Pilaf

This dish smells amazing!  It is fast, simple, and nutritious!  I am putting one foot in front of the other as I make wise choices to eat healthy.  Healthy doesn’t have to mean you spend hours in the kitchen.  Healthy meals can come together fast and easy.

Talk about fast, this meal comes together in 5 minutes by premaking some ingredients once a week and storing them in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to use them.  I make a big batch of several healthy foods like quinoa use them for several dishes throughout the week.

I use my premade quinoa, and fresh salsa from the fridge to make this quick lunch.   But if you don’t have those on hand, allow yourself an extra 15 minutes or so to cook your quinoa (dry quinoa and water and heat for 15 minutes), and to chop your fresh salsa veggies.

Black Bean Quinoa Pilaf

Black Bean Quinoa Pilaf

1 can Black Beans, drained

1/2 to 1 cup fresh salsa

1 cup pre-cooked quinoa, (or use 1/2 cup dry quinoa plus 1 cup water )

1/4 tsp chili powder (optional)

1/4 tsp cumin (optional)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Heat everything in a sauce pan over medium heat about 5 minutes if using premade quinoa.  You will need to cook for 15 minutes with a lid on if using dry uncooked quinoa and add the extra water.  Don’t cook too long or you might over cook your quinoa.  If you like your beans softer, heat them on the stove first until they become the texture you like.  Then add your quinoa after that.

Use this dish as the main meal, or as a side dish.  For the main meal, you can serve it with a side salad and fresh cucumbers, or use it as a filling for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, stuff it into peppers or potatoes or zucchini  or serve it like a taco salad, or blend it smooth into a dip and serve with veggies or tortilla chips for dipping.  You can also put this in the blender and cream it with water, broth, or milk of your choice to make a smooth protein packed soup and serve with tortilla chips or warm bread.

My personal preference is to make my quinoa ahead and add it with raw salsa both right at the end so this dish stays nice and fresh tasting.   I keep a double batch of quinoa so I have this ready to go in my fridge and another batch in my freezer to use for super quick nutritious meals.  It’s all good!!!

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Food Is Fuel and Medicine

This man inspires me.

He is extrodinary.

He lives life with passion and determination to overcome.

Check out this short video, you will be inspired too, by this man’s passion to live life to the fullest no matter his physical and mental challenges.

He also eats whole food nutrition to help fuel his body for athletic competition that seems impossible for a person to do, and completely crazy for a man in his condition to do.

I believe that you never know what you are capable of doing until you give it your best, do it with passion, use wisdom that comes from the Lord, and never give up.

Truly inspiring!

3 John 1:2 “dear friend, and I pray that all goes well for you. I hope that you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit.”

I am so happy that I listened to wisdom and became a part of this movement towards better health too.  I want to live extrodinary.   I have lived with determination to overcome great obstacles, and I have lived with passion, doing my best at everything I put my energy into while sharing and caring for others needs, but I also want to live with wisdom and purpose.

You can do this too!  You can over come health challenges and live an extrodinary life.  No matter how big or small, with whole food nutrition to fuel your body and help it recover, there is you can push the limits of what you think you can do and you can overcome.

God created our bodies, an engineering marvel, that science and pharmacuticals can not duplicate or fix.    Pharmacuticals can only mask the symptoms, but it doesn’t fix the problem. Who can fix our bodies then?  If science can’t do it, and doctors with meds can’t do it, who can help us heal? God can.  How?  He created the perfect fuel (whole food) to energize our body, and the perfect medicine (whole food (fruits, leaves, spices, seeds, honey, etc) and oils (olive oil, and fragrant essential oils) to heal it, as well as prayer, praise, faith, joy, forgiveness, and acceptance of the cuts and bruises Jesus suffered for our healing.  He desires for us to live in health and has made a way for us to do so.

Gods ways are not man’s ways. Science is only beginning to look at whole food’s ability to heal and they are finding is that whole foods contain micro-nutrients that are stronger and more effective than any pharmacutical.  No kidding!  And not only that, to work effectively the micro nutrients need the other micro nutrients in that plant to do the job.  So you can’t just remove vitamin C for example, and have it work as effectively in large quantities, as it can in smaller quantities if left in tact with it’s other nutrient co-factors in that food.  Things like blueberries, lemons, apples, pomagrannats, turmeric, raw honey, raw milk, grapes, clove oil, garlic,  frankensense oil, rosemary oil, cilantro, oregano oil, etc, are more bio available and stronger than any chemo drug or antibiotic that man has created. Why don’t doctors, hospitals, dieticians, pharmacuticals, etc tell you about this?  Because they can not patten and make money from selling you God’s creation, nature, natural, organic, symbiotic.  Pharmacutical companies can only make their billions from man’s creations, synthisized  nutrients and pharmacuticals that they can take credit for and prevent others from copying. Who knows your body better? Of course your creator, the guy who built it, the architect, the engineer, He knows best how to take care of it.

Listen to what God says about healing:
Revelation 22:2 “… On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations.”
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Ezekiel 47:12 “Fruit trees will grow all along this river and produce fresh fruit every month. The leaves will never dry out, because they will always have water from the stream that flows from the temple, and they will be used for healing people.”
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Psalm 104:15 “wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.”
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Psalm 107:20 “By the power of his own word, he healed you and saved you from destruction.”
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1 Peter 2:24 “Christ carried the burden of our sins. He was nailed to the cross, so that we would stop sinning and start living right. By his cuts and bruises you are healed.”
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Mark 5:34  Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”
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Malachi 4:2 “But for you that honor my name, victory will shine like the sun with healing in its rays, and you will jump around like calves at play.”

I believe that if a person follows God’s plan for health, no matter what health challenges / crisis may arise in their life, they can recover from injuries and illness, overcome chronic disease and debilitaion, and be the best that they can be no matter how old they are.  Acknowledging God’s authority in our life, and reverencing him, honoring him, and obeying him is truly wise and will lead us all to better health and wellness.

Be blessed!

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