Natural Allergy Relief

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Summertime is here! The sun is shining, the grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom. For some people, this sounds like a seasonal utopia, for others, an allergen nightmare. For years, I was ‘that girl’; the girl who avoided picnics, wore long sleeves outdoors in the summer time, and had a strange phobia of wheat fields. I also took every allergy medicine available and spent two of the four seasons in a medically induced haze. Still I could find no relief!

 

Out of frustration and exhaustion, I took to the internet to see if there were any alternatives to, what I assumed, could only be a torturous daily regimen on my body. I was actually researching possible surgeries when I stumbled upon a blog article that was quite frank in stating that my diet and lifestyle could be the reason for my aggravated allergies.

 

Hm… I considered this thought as I snacked on a bag of chips next to me. After all this time, could I be the reason for my suffering? Unlikely, but… Just maybe.

Three hours later, I sat staring at my computer, as article after article explained that a lifetime of adhering to the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet had left my body in an exhaustive and inflamed state, at war with what it thought was the ultimate enemy, pollen.

 

Each article said the same, change your lifestyle, detox your body, strengthen your immune system. Sheesh, surgery sounded easier… But, with some apprehension, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

 

I went to my local health store and proceeded to wander aimlessly down the aisles, choosing things at random, which had strange ingredients like ‘nutritional yeast’. Yikes. I was all but overwhelmed by the choices when an employee of the store noticed me and guided me to their juice bar.

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A quick introduction to juicing gave me the basics; nutrients, enzymes, hydration. Plus, I could do juice! Juice wasn’t scary.

 

It’s been four years since my first juice and the results have been astounding. I participated in my first 5K, went to an outdoor garden party, and even wore mascara! Trivial things for some but huge achievements for me.

 

I now focus on a diet that is rich in whole foods (even kale chips!), detox regularly, and keep my immune system boosted. When I do have the occasional flair up, I turn to foods that naturally reduce inflammation and strengthen my body rather than to the devil’s cocktail I had devised in the past. Can it be difficult? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

 

– Kali Carter, this mama-to-be loves getting lost in big books and even bigger cities.

 

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Growing Alfalfa Sprouts at Home – Fun & Easy!

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We covered growing sunflower sprouts in our last post. This time I will explain how to grow alfalfa sprouts. They are very easy to grow and cost effective! Two tablespoons of those tiny little seeds can fill a whole half gallon glass jar.

Select high quality organic seeds for sprouting and soak them for twelve hours. I usually soak mine in the evening so they are ready to go the next morning. This post covers alfalfa sprouts but the method will work for any small seeds like clover, broccoli, and radish. You can even mix them together. After soaking rinse the seeds twice and you are ready to grow!
Growing the sprouts is very simple. You have several options of what to grow them in. They make sprouting systems that you can purchase but I use a mason jar or even a sprouting bag (http://www.e3live.com/all_products/nut_milk_sprouting_bag.html). A sprouting bag is very simple to use. You hang it near your sink and simply rinse it several times each day to water your sprouts. A mason jar needs a lid that allows you to rinse and drain the water without losing any seeds. You can purchase one or fit some screen or cheesecloth under the ring of the jar. When using a glass jar make sure you keep it at an angle with the opening down so the extra water can drain out to help prevent mold. One tablespoon of seeds should give you approximately 1 ½ cups of sprouts.

Keep your sprouts moist and out of direct sunlight for the first four to five days. When they are close to the size you want for eating (1/2 to 1 inch) put them in a window for the next day or two so they can use the sunlight to turn dark green. When you are ready to harvest your sprouts (1 ½ to 2 inches) give them a final rinse and let them dry. There is no cutting or extra step involved with your smaller seed family. They will keep in your fridge for five to seven days. Store them in a container with a paper towel to absorb extra moisture and keep them crisp.

Sprouts are good in so many things. You can add them to salads and sandwiches, eat them plain, juice them, and use them into smoothies. Sprouts also make a great healthy snack for kids. How do you use your sprouts? Tell us in the comments below…

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

Growing Sprouts Can Be Fun & Easy!

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Growing Sprouts at Home

We’ve covered why growing sprouts is good for you in a previous post, but I wanted to share how easy of a process it is to grow them. In this post I’m going to cover sunflower sprouts. This is my absolute favorite to grow and eat. They are rich in chlorophyll, protein and nutrition. Add them to your salad or even a wrap. My kids eat them right out of the bag!

STEP ONE – Selecting and storing seeds:
Purchase high quality organic seeds for sprouting. Not only are they healthier and chemical free, but I find there is a higher sprouting rate with the organic seeds. Store them in a cool or cold dry location and plan to use them within two years. The longer you store them the lower your germination rate will be. That means that not as many of your seeds will sprout.
STEP TWO – Soak:
To grow your sprouts first you must soak your seeds for at least eight hours. Soaking your seeds will bring them out of dormancy so they are ready to grow. I soak mine overnight, or even up to twenty-four hours, depending on the type of seeds.  Rinse the seeds and make sure they are clean (no rocks, sticks, empty shells) – then put them in a mason jar. The amount of seeds you soak and grow will depend on the size of your jar and tray you are planting them in. If you use a full size gardening flat you can expect to plant approximately three quarters of a cup of seeds per tray.  If you don’t have a special sprouting lid, any other type of mesh product will work. Use a ring on your jar to hold the mesh over the opening. Our nut milk and sprouting bags work well for rinsing seeds. Rinse your seeds twice and fill the jar with water. I take an extra step and soak the seeds with a tablespoon of liquid kelp to increase the germination rate. You can also add food grade hydrogen peroxide to your soaking water to sanitize the seeds.
STEP THREE – Plant:
The most important thing to remember is sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! This is a food product you will be growing and sprouts can easily grow mold if they are not in sanitary conditions. I use food grade hydrogen peroxide to disinfect my sprouting area. Sanitize your planting trays and fill them with an inch of a quality organic soil. The addition of earthworm castings can boost your sprouts growth as well. Follow the directions on the bag for adding them to your soil. They will increase the growth of your sprouts. Drain your seeds (I do not rinse
 mine) and evenly spread them on your tray. Water them and cover the tray with another tray or a damp paper towel.
STEP FOUR – Grow:
Sprouts do not need a lot of special care. After two to three days you can remove their cover and a bright window will provide them enough light. Keep them moist by watering them once or twice per day. You do not want them to be too wet or they will grow mold.
STEP FIVE – Harvest:
Harvest your sunflower sprouts before their second set of leaves have fully developed. It’s best not to water them the night before you harvest so they are dry – which makes it easier to pull off any remaining seed hulls and they will also last longer if they are not damp. To harvest your seeds cut them off close to the soil line with a sharp knife or scissors. Brush off any hulls and discard discolored sprouts. Store them in a plastic bag with a paper towel to draw away any excess moisture. Sunflower sprouts should last in your fridge for about a week (unless you eat them sooner!).

Growing sprouts is easy! The time and effort you put in to them is minimal other than harvesting, and the resulting fresh food is worth it! Next time I will cover growing alfalfa sprouts. What are your favorite sprouts to eat?

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

Growing Sprouts at Home – Easy & Delicious!

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There are many great reasons to grow sprouts – here are just a few:

Sprouts are the delicious and crunchy. They are plants grown from edible seeds (usually alfalfa, clover, sunflowers, but your options are endless) that are grown anywhere from a few days to a week. They are very nutritious and can be included in almost any diet for health benefits. Growing your own sprouts is really easy and worth the effort! Here are some things to consider if you are new to growing your own.


Sprouts don’t take a lot of space – sprouts can be grown in the smallest of spaces in your kitchen. You have several options including sprouting trays, kits or even just a mason jar.  Sprouting doesn’t require direct light or an overly warm space. Pick a spot near water and a window and you will have sprouts in no time!  Our sprouting/straining bags also work great and are reusable:  http://www.e3live.com/all_products/nut_milk_sprouting_bag.html.Sprouting is less expensive – sprouting your own seeds is much cheaper than buying sprouts at the store. For the same several dollars you would pay for a small container, you could purchase enough seed to grow many times the amount of fresh sprouts. You can also customize your blend of seeds to match your preference or needs.Sprouts don’t take a lot of time – sprouts grow quickly and easily. Make sure they are watered on a regular basis and ignore them until they are ready to eat. They are one of the most rewarding things to grow and you can set a routine to provide them to you weekly. It’s much quicker than waiting on a garden.

Sprouts are delicious – fresh sprouts are amazingly delicious and nutritious! These barely grown plants pack a nutritional punch that can be enjoyed on sandwiches, salads, and even in smoothies. Most sprouts are mildly flavored and have a nice crunch to them. We will show in an upcoming post how to grow some sprouts from start to finish.

Growing sprouts is a great way to extend your food budget and improve your health.  Give it a try! You’ll be amazed at how simple it is. What kind of sprouts do you enjoy growing? We’d love to hear about your sprouting adventures in the comments below.

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

Get Ready for Fall – Nutritious & Delicious Pumpkin Smoothie

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Here’s to crisp breezes and falling leaves…

Celebrate the season with a PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE. It’s like a pumpkin pie in a glass.
But before you sip it, give the smoothie a nutritional boost. Blend in a tsp of our fresh-frozen E3Live or E3AFA powder (www.e3live.com).

 

Pumpkin Smoothie
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ very ripe medium-sized banana
¾ cup almond milk (or other nut milk)
2-3 pitted dates (or other sweetener of your choice)
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice
and don’t forget to add…
1 tsp E3Live (fresh frozen liquid, or E3AFA powder)

Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

 

We invite you to discover more healthy Recipes!

Have a happy autumn,
— from your family at E3Live

Easy Changes for a Healthier You!

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Do you ever find that it is difficult to take the time to exercise or watch what you eat? Unfortunately one unhealthy choice in the day can lead to one more.. and then another. While that can be discouraging, the same is true of the opposite! Small healthy choices can lead to other healthy choices in your lifestyle and make you feel better. Some small changes are so simple to add into your routine that you’ll be eagerly looking for new ones.

DRINK WATER – This is a quick and simple way to head down the road to good health. If you cut all the soda and juice from your diets (or especially energy drinks!) you are doing several good things for your body. Drinks other than water are often filled with sugar, chemicals and stimulating ingredients like caffeine. Drinking water will help to flush these toxins out of your body and keep you well hydrated. It also cuts out extra calories that you don’t need. Plus, drinking water will help your skin look clearer and feel softer. If you want some flavor try some unsweetened tea or lemon in your cup.

TAKE THE STAIRS – If you find that you don’t have the time to go to the gym try taking the stairs. You can also park your car further out in the parking lot and take those extra steps in. All around us are opportunities to walk further and exercise during our day. Every extra step you take is a simple and healthy choice.

INCLUDE RAW VEGETABLES WITH EVERY MEAL – If your diet isn’t as great as it should be start including raw vegetables with each meal you eat and as snacks. Eat them first to help you feel fuller and prevent overeating. There are many choices available to you and farmers markets are a great place to shop for seasonal produce. If you take the time once per week to package them into individual servings you will have prepared snacks for yourself that require no effort. Carrot sticks, celery, bell peppers and other crunchy vegetables store well after they have been sliced.

GET SOME EXTRA SLEEP – We are all familiar with staying up too late. Try to make your bed time fifteen minutes earlier each week until you are hitting at least 8-9 hours of sleep per night. Getting extra sleep will help you be more alert during the day and make healthier choices. You will also be more alert during the day if you are fully rested.

TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY – Take a break from sitting at your computer for long periods of time or talking on the phone. If you are starting to feel fatigue or stress get up and move around for ten minutes. The physical activity will clear your mind and ease tension in your body. It will also prevent snacking out of boredom.

Small and simple changes can lead the way to bigger ones. With each small change you accomplish add another one into your daily routine. This way nothing is overwhelming you and you can feel good knowing you are living a healthier lifestyle.

What are some simple tips you have for healthy lifestyle changes?  Tell us in the comments below.

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

A Big Thanks to YOU! 20% Off Special From Your E3Live Family (and some yummy recipes too!)

BIG Thanksgiving Special! — 20% Off Your Entire Order!
As a special thanks to you, our amazing E3Live family, please enjoy 20% off your entire order from now until Nov. 26th at midnight est. Use coupon code:  THANKS2012 during checkout (online or call-in), regular offer details apply*.

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with fun and laughter, good friends and family time, or perhaps just a break from the hustle-bustle of everyday life.  Whether you are staying at home, visiting loved ones, or traveling – we hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday!

Here are a few fun recipes/ideas for this holiday to make at home or take to dinner – enjoy!

Veggie platter in the shape of a turkey – cute!

Courtesy of Facebook page Saving and More.

Topiary veggie tree:

Photo Courtesy of and Directions here:  http://expressyourcreativity.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/vegetable-christmas-tree-centerpiece.html

E3Live Pumpkin Smoothie:

This thick and creamy pumpkin smoothie is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, so yummy! Great as a breakfast drink, snack, or even a fun Fall dessert!

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana

3/4 cup almond milk (or other nut milk of your choice)
2-3 pitted dates (or other sweetener of your choice)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice
For a nutritional boost, add 1 tsp of E3Live or E3AFAPlace all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, making sure the ice is completely crushed.  Pumpkin puree can be made by removing seeds from a sugar (pie) pumpkin, cutting into cubes and processing in a high-speed blender until pureed.  Enjoy!

Fruit tree:

Directions for making this fruit tree:
http://ginger-and-garlic.blogspot.com/2009/12/espresso-chocolate-truffles-and-wish.html#more — with Lettie Mae Griffin-robinson.

Love,

Your E3Live Family

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