Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

This is a quick meal that you can create anyway you like. For this salad, I added rotisserie chicken, mixed greens, grape tomatoes, red onion, carrots, pears, tricolor bell peppers, blackberries, sunflower seeds, and a little lime vinaigrette. Quick, easy, healthy, for when you are in a hurry.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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In Houston, on the Northside of downtown, there is a place that has held my heart for many years. This place is Canino’s Farmers Market located at 2520 Airline Drive,  Houston, TX 77009. Canino’s has everything that one can imagine in the way of fresh produce and vegetables at about 25 to 40% less than retail grocery prices. Much of what Canino’s offers is locally grown in Texas. It is a great place to explore, save money, purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, dry beans, rice, nuts, flowers, and local raw honey and preserves. During my trip yesterday, I asked if I could take photos and share them on my blog. The manager graciously approved. So here are some images from Canino’s Farmers Market.

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So how does one get energy? Redbull, Monster, sugary drinks, junk food, vending machines, drugs? I hope not!

Energy is supplied to our bodies by consuming delicious natural foods from the Earth. Food should be consumed in it’s purest form which is raw for maximum energy potential. When you cook or process food, it loses much of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Exercise will help you metabolize food better, but energy itself comes from the food we eat.

So what is the difference in processed vs. raw state? In processing of food, the processing leaves the original raw food dead. When a food is raw, it contains enzymes that are living. Think of it this way. One can have two batteries, both of which are the same size, shape, and appearance, but one of them may be dead. The fresh battery has electricity to deliver energy. The dead battery can fill the the battery compartment, but all it is doing is taking up space. No energy! In terms of food, this is called empty calories. A raw nut can be planted and it will sprout, but a processed nut will rot in the ground. Raw gives life and energy!

The reason so many today pop antacids, allergy meds, or a host of other meds, is because many are consuming dead food. Empty calories. The best health medical plan around is eating raw food. Food that has life! Food that gives us life! Processed food, fast food, sugary drinks, energy drinks, and vending machines are slow suicide. Your killing yourself slowly! Bloating, weight gain, depression, fatigue, and illness are all apart of eating DEAD food. Empty calories!

So what are some of the raw energy foods? Raw nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes/beans, grains, honey, and olive oil. The best way to eat these are in there natural state. Meat is o.k., but reduce it as much as possible because studies show 95 to 98 percent of toxins in your body are from meat. Especially red meat. Ask yourself, “If I were on Earth 500 years ago, how would I have found these foods?” No grocery stores, no boxes, not frozen, no jars, no processing. Raw! You would have not seen the illness, depression, or lethargy either. Food years ago was alive, and not dead.

Your organs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, and digestive tract suffer considerably on a diet of dead food. They cry out by spewing the toxic garbage right back up your throat to get your attention. Your body screams,”Hey, you are feeding me crap!” Most folks deal with it by popping an antacid. These drugs also effect your organs, weaken your immune system, and body. It doesn’t have to be this way. Chose raw food and life!

Water is another vital part of energy. Often when we are hungry, a glass of water can cure this craving, because we are actually dehydrated to a degree. Drink plenty of water.

I must say it saddens me to have watched so many in life fall apart physically, because of poor lifestyle choices. It saddens me to watch co-workers waddle, limp, and breath like they have ran a marathon with only one flight of stairs walked. I listen to people tell me,”Your food looks so good and healthy.” While they eat dead food at the lunch table. Junk! Again, it does not have to be this way. If you are reading this, and I am describing you, then chose RAW, chose LIFE. Purchase 75% or more of your food from the produce section, and stay out of the grocery store aisles. This is where most of the dead food resides in coffins. I mean boxes. If you must eat frozen, then chose organic foods. Leave energy drinks and fast food alone. This change will help reduce stress on your body, give you ENERGY, and change your whole outlook on life.

For more information, I recommend the following book.

http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Energy-Recipes-Smoothies-Supercharge/dp/1603424679