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3 Moringa Winter Salads

Soups are warm and cozy in the wintertime but salads can be too!  With rich and savory flavors including lots of superfoods, salads can be as hearty and healthy as soups this season, especially when they are combined with Moringa.  Moringa Powder can be used when cooking salad ingredients, blended into salad dressings or sprinkled atop any of your favorite wintertime salads.  This superfood of all superfoods adds over 90 bio-nutrients that will keep your body revved and energized during the winter months.

Here are three of our favorite Moringa winter salads.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Brussels Sprouts, Kale & Cabbage Salad

moringa-powder_1Salad Ingredients:

Brussels Sprouts

Kale

Red Cabbage

1 Tablespoon Moringa Powder

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Pomegranates

3 Tangerines

1 Pomegranate

1 cup walnuts, almond slivers or pistachios

Dressing Ingredients:

2 tablespoons tahini

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1½ tablespoons Moringa Powder

5 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1)      Steam Brussels sprouts until tender.  Slice into small chunks.

2)      Chop kale and cabbage into long shreds.

3)      Sauté Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage in olive oil and Moringa Powder for 5 minutes until soft.  Place in serving bowl and let cool.

4)      Add in tangerine slices, pomegranate beads and nuts.

5)      Mix ingredients for dressing in a separate bowl.

6)      Toss salad mix with dressing and enjoy

Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories.

Roasted Squash & Cranberry Salad

Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons Moringa Powder

Baby spinach

½ cup dried cranberries

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Salt & Pepper

Directions:

1)      Peel your butternut squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut into cubes.

2)      Toss with olive oil, onion powder, nutmeg, salt, pepper and Moringa powder.

3)      Lay squash cubes on a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until cubes are tender and golden.

4)      Let cubes cool and then add to a bed of spinach leaves and top with cranberries.

Adapted from Budget Bytes.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa

3 cups vegetable broth

3 tablespoons olive oil

Cubed tofu

2 tablespoons salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup chopped basil

4 tablespoons Moringa Powder

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar or natural sugar alternative

3 minced garlic cloves

1½ cups edamame

3 cups assorted cherry tomatoes

½ cup green onions

½ cup shredded carrots

1 can black beans

Directions:

1)      In a saucepan, cook quinoa in vegetable broth and 2 tablespoons Moringa powder until broth is absorbed into quinoa grains.

2)      In a separate pan, sauté tofu in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon Moringa powder until golden brown.  Sprinkle with salt.

3)      In a large mixing bowl, add remaining olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, basil, Moringa powder, mustard, sugar and garlic.

4)      Add quinoa to the sauce mixture.

5)      Pour in steamed edamame, black beans, green onions and carrots to the quinoa and sauce.  Stir lightly until all ingredients are moist.

6)      Serve chilled.

Adapted from Cooking Light.




3 Surprising Tips for Diabetics and Prediabetics

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects millions of people worldwide.  According to the American Diabetes Association, in the US alone, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes – that’s close to 10% of the population.  Plus approximately 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a precursor condition to Type 2 diabetes in which blood sugar levels are elevated but not to the extent of a diabetic.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.  It also leads to other potentially life-threatening health problems including cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.  Diabetes is a disease that must be monitored by a physician for proper care.  However, diabetes is not a death sentence.  Most diabetics are able to control their symptoms through prescription insulin and other medications, as well as a modified diet.

There are some surprising tips that can help diabetics and prediabetics as they work to combat the symptoms, side-effects and risk factors of the disease.  Today we’re exploring three little-known tips for diabetics and prediabetics:

1)  Sleep Apnea is more prevalent in diabetics.  A recent study shows that over two-thirds of people with Type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a condition in which some or all of a person’s airway is obstructed during sleep, causing them not to get enough oxygen.  It is often marked by snoring, choking, gasping for air or moments of non-breathing during sleep, combined with daytime fatigue, high blood pressure and possibly high body mass index.

Sleep apnea can cause elevated nighttime glucose levels and an adverse reaction to insulin.  Luckily, the condition can most often be corrected by wearing a nighttime breathing mask.  By getting a proper diagnosis and using the treatment mask, diabetics can manage their overnight symptoms more effectively.  In some cases, this treatment works better than prescription medication.

starter_pack_22)  Moringa helps stabilize blood sugar levels naturally.  While diabetics and prediabetics should be under a physician’s care, they should also know about the natural alternatives like Moringa that can supplement symptom management.  Insulin is largely regulated as a reaction to food.  When the body has proper nutrients, insulin is more likely to function properly, meaning it is released in response to sugar stimulation to break down glucose for energy.  This vital metabolic process is disrupted when nutrition is off-balance and blood sugar levels become unstable.  Moringa is perfectly formulated by nature with protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber to help maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Additionally, Moringa has specific nutrients that are helpful to diabetics and prediabetics as they manage symptoms and risks of further health problems.  Moringa is a potent source of magnesium.  Magnesium is one of the best nutrients to effectively manage diabetes because it helps regulate blood sugar and metabolize proteins naturally, in addition to supporting muscles, nerves and heart function, all of which is affected by diabetes.  Vitamins found in Moringa including Vitamin A, B and D help reduce risk of diabetic blindness, nerve damage and supports the pancreas in secreting insulin appropriately.

3)  Personal habits make a big difference in increasing your risk.  If your attitude about personal care is lax, you may suffer the consequences.  And it’s not just about checking the boxes, it’s about thoughtfully making decisions for your best health, whether you are already managing symptoms or are trying to avoid the diabetes diagnosis.

Eating smart is essential, which includes eating the right foods and eating slowly to keep blood sugar levels in line.  Plus, a combination of cardio and strength-building exercises are best for keeping diabetes at bay.  Buy personal care and skin care products that are free of chemicals that can increase toxic risk of diabetes and other diseases.  Sleeping is important to give the body a chance to relax, repair and rejuvenate for a new day.  Maintaining personal relationships lowers risk of more serious side-effects of diabetes, as does lowering stress from work and erratic schedules.

For those living with diabetes or at risk for diabetes, these three surprising tips can help protect your health.  Managing diabetes is possible when you know the facts and you take responsibility for your health.  We hope you’ll make Moringa part of your diabetes management or prevention.




New Year, New Attitude for Health and Happiness

Happy New Year!  What a wonderful opportunity we all have to start afresh at the beginning of a year.  It’s a time for reflection and improvement and for making choices that align with the person we want to be.  To ensure we each meet all of our New Year’s resolutions and personal goals, there are two priority places to start: your health and your happiness.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions of all time is the goal of getting healthier.  It’s so popular because without good health, everything else in our lives falls flat.  A vibrant and strong body is important for every part of life, from being physically active and enjoying hobbies, to keeping an agile mind and maintaining interpersonal relationships.  Healthy bodies can work harder, think smarter, enjoy more and live longer.

Many people focus their health efforts on exercise and nutrition during this critical time of starting the New Year off on the right path.  We couldn’t agree more that both of these aspects of improving health are crucial to meeting your goals, and Moringa is a simple way to assist with both.  Moringa is an amazing full-body nutritional supplement jam-packed with a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and anti-inflammatories that bodies crave.  We have the good fortune of living with modern luxuries but our bodies were meant to thrive on nature.  So adding an all-natural multi-nutrient supplement to your daily health routine is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay healthy and strong.

moringa capsulesMoringa’s powerful blend of nutrients from Mother Nature herself is like no other plant known to man.  It contains 47 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories and 25 bio-available vitamins and minerals, plus all 23 amino acids required for normal human function.  Pound-for-pound Moringa has exponentially more Vitamin C than oranges, Vitamin A than carrots, calcium than milk, iron than spinach and potassium than bananas.  When bodies are nourished and satisfied nutritionally, they can do their jobs to the best of their ability.  And when Moringa is part of your daily diet, you’ll have more energy and strength for exercise, you’ll recover faster and reap better results from the break-down and rebuilding of muscle and you’ll increase stamina and flexibility.

Along with a healthy body comes a healthy attitude.  A healthy attitude about health, yes.  But also a healthy attitude about life too.  Whether we like it or not, our attitude controls so much of our behavior and what we can accomplish.  While it may not seem to make a difference on a daily basis, a positive attitude is make-or-break when you step back and look at the big picture.   Nutrition plays a large role in emotional balance and achieving a positive attitude.  When the body experiences stress, adrenaline and other chemicals react and deplete the body of essential nutrients.  Counter-balancing stress with wholesome nutrition is important to ensuring emotional stability and a bright outlook.  Moringa is one of the most effortless ways you can counteract stress for a happy attitude that can better handle the challenges of every day life.

Making choices for your health and happiness should be a priority for everyone.  Use this period of rejuvenation, reflection and resolution to put your best foot forward when it comes to your attitude about health and happiness.  Let Moringa be part of your plan for a healthy and happy New Year!