Renewing our bodies is a consistent need every season of the year. Spring calls for cleansing and nurturing thus bringing fresh and nutritious foods into our bodies makes great sense.
Super foods like spirulina, kelp, bee pollen, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut oil and coconut water, pomegranate, are some examples of these nutrients. Spring is colorful and so should be our meals. Using a rainbow of colors like yellow, green, red, purple, white, orange, etc. will help to recharge our body in a unique and natural way.
Starting with an internal cleanse is always smart for our bodies to be able to eliminate toxins and better absorb nutrients. In his book Coming Clean Steven Horne, AHG, explains that cleansing herbs are simply herbs that stimulate or strengthen the body’s own detoxification systems. The herbs themselves he says don’t really do the cleansing, the tissues do. What the herbs do is supply nutrients that feed and support elimination functions or they may contain substances that help to activate or trigger different detoxification systems. Tiao He Cleanse or Clean Start are great choices to begin.
During and after the cleanse, our body needs good and easy foods to digest. Besides helping the body with a meal program that combines cooked and uncooked meals. I personally like protein smoothies that are loaded with whole foods. Some nutrients I include in those smoothies are coconut milk, coconut oil, chia seeds, bee pollen, spirulina, kelp, psyllium hulls, soaked almonds and a choice of a frozen or fresh fruit. To this I add Nature’s Harvest and Love and Peas protein powders which are easy to digest and absorb in the body, giving a perfect morning start or it could be a middle of the day little meal to complement your meals. Children love these as well!
Nature’s Harvest provides nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs for health and energy. It also provides 75% of the Daily Value for 18 essential vitamins and minerals. Contains green foods, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, nutritive herbs, fiber and more. Provides 13 g vegetable protein per serving. Supports the intestinal and circulatory systems. Is vegan, dairy-free and lactose-free. To list a few of the ingredients in Nature’s Harvest:
Vegetable Protein Blend (pea protein [from split yellow peas], adzuki beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, rice protein [from brown rice]), Green and Whole Food Blend (amaranth, brown rice grain, spirulina, quinoa, flax seed hull lignans, chia, chlorella, millet, alfalfa, carrot, broccoli, rice bran and rice germ, artichoke, spinach, asparagus, kale, beet, parsley, chlorophyll), sunflower oil, dietary vegetable fiber, pea fiber, bamboo fiber), natural flavors, Essential Fatty Acid Blend (flax seed, borage oil), Antioxidant Fruit Blend (mangosteen, goji, watermelon, blueberry, cranberry, grape skin, grape seed, pomegranate, acerola, lemon bioflavonoid), medium-chain triglycerides, Herbal Blend (ceremonial grade matcha, lemongrass, chicory, horsetail), potassium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, Enzyme Blend (papaya, plant-derived proteolytic enzyme, bromelain) and a whole range of vitamins including vitamin B, A, D and E.
Love and Peas, is another great protein powder made from split yellow peas. According to Herballure Inc Hart Book, Love and Peas protein powder is a great source of dietary fiber and has been shown to provide greater satiety than milk protein or whey protein in healthy humans. Other sources indicate that this split yellow pea protein may support the urinary system and may be effective and helping to maintain blood pressure levels that are already in the normal range. It is dairy free, gluten free and lactose free.
Use raw foods, mix colors, make a rainbow of veggies and fruits, prepare a variety of smoothies, just simply, bring spring into your daily life and enjoy.