As individuals we have the choice of participating in our own health care. We can constantly discover new and healthy ways to nourish ourselves, connecting to our inner source of healing. We are more than just a physical body. Our body has an energy field of life force pulsing within and around it. Food gives us life so we need to eat foods that contain life as well. When we eat, we nourish ourselves to maintain our ‘life source,’ known in the East as Chi or Prana. When choosing food it is helpful to ask yourself the question “How close is this food to its original source of life?” In other words, how many processes has it passed through since it was harvested from a field? The more processed the food is, the less Prana, life force, it contains.
• A vegetable picked today is more nutritious than a vegetable picked months ago, as it is still filled with the life soaked up from the earth and the sun. A freshly cooked vegetable has more life energy then a canned vegetable, as it has avoided factory processing.
• However, a canned vegetable has far more life energy than a box of mac & cheese. Processed foods contain little or no energy. In fact they can cause more harm than good.
• Whole grains are closer to their natural state then processed grains. For example brown rice is what white rice was prior to processing; therefore it is closer to the original state of growing in the fields.
• Whole grain products do not equal whole grains. A bowl of oatmeal or high quality granola is less processed and therefore contains more life than a box of “whole grain cereal.” Whole grain cereals may be made from whole grains but they are no longer whole grains. As a processed product, they act more like sugar in the body rather than like grain.
• Organic has more life energy than conventional, providing a higher content of vitamins and minerals due to factors such as the soil that is used.
Edamame Dip & Cumin Corn Chips
Making your own corn chips is easy. This way you get to use the highest quality oil as well as bake chips rather than frying.
Edamame are young soybeans. They are a good source of protein, are easy to digest and are exceptionally high in fiber.
1 c. frozen shelled edamame
2 c. boiling water
3 T. olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove
Salt to taste
2-3 T. water (as needed)
Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add edamame. Return to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain immediately and let cool.
Blend with all other ingredients adding water as needed to create desired smooth consistency.
1 packet 6-inch corn tortillas (usually 10-12)
Juice of 2 limes (4 Tbs)
1 ½ T. olive oil
3/4 t. ground cumin
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine oil, juice and cumin in a bowl and brush the mix on both sides of each tortilla. Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges and spread out on a baking tray. You will need two baking trays to fit all chips. Once all chips are on the trays, sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, turn them over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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