Missing Summertime? Try this Caribbean Turkey Salad!

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Caribbean Turkey Salad (makes 6 servings)

Ingredients:

1 package (24-ounce) lemon-garlic-flavored marinated tenderloins

10 cups mixed salad greens

1-1/2 cups julienne-sliced jicama

1 firm but ripe avocado, pitted and diced

3 tablespoons pomegranate juice

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges

1 packet sugar substitute (such as stevia)

1/4 teaspoon jerk seasoning/cajun blend

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Cilantro sprigs, as garnish (optional)

Directions:
Remove tenderloins from package and grill as package directs. Meanwhile, cut vegetables and prepare dressing. For dressing, in a bowl, combine pomegranate juice, lime juice, sugar substitute and jerk seasoning until blended. Whisk in olive oil until well combined and set aside.

To serve, toss salad greens with half of the dressing until lightly coated. For each salad, place 1-1/2 cups of greens on six chilled salad plates. Diagonally cut tenderloin into slices and then into strips. Top each salad with 1/6 of the turkey tenderloin strips, jicama, red onion and avocado. Drizzle each salad with the remaining dressing. If desired, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

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3 Brand New Ways to Stay Healthy in 2014

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Want to make 2014 your healthiest year yet?  Here are some brand new wellness tips to help you become the healthiest and happiest person on the planet!

> Swap saturated fats for monounsaturated fats!

Translation:  Eat lots of Omega’s to boost your immunity.  Avocados and walnuts are good sources of Omega 3’s. Pomegranates are a good source of Omega 5. Consume Macadamia nuts and sardines– a good source of Omega 7.  Lastly, olive Oil gives you your Omega 9’s!

>Have 3 healthy snacks a day and make sure one serving is a serving of nuts (1 ounce.)

Nuts increase immunity leading to longevity.  They also suppress appetite.

> Get up from your chair every 15 minutes and take a 10 minute walk every 2 hours.

Movement and exercise fight heart disease, diabetes, and aging.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

What’s the worst food EVER for your body?

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If you were to ask me this question a few years ago my answer simply would have been, ” a donut.”  Donuts are loaded with carbs, trans fats and tons of sugar! I always felt like there was a brick in my stomach after eating one!  As bad as donuts are, that is not the answer.

The worst thing we can feed our body is in almost everyone’s kitchen.  It’s in almost every packaged food product.  We use it to cook with.  We use it to bake with.  It gets used every single day.  How scary is that?

So what is it??

Answer:  Vegetable Oil!   (Margarine is just as bad too, it’s made from these oils) 

Vegetable Oil is one of the most chemically altered foods in our diet; it’s made up of four different genetically modified seeds!  It was non-existent in the American diet until the early 1900s when new chemical processes allowed oils from seeds to be extracted.  Vegetable oil doesn’t separate naturally.  It’s very toxic and destroys our arteries; yet it’s called “Vegetable Oil” so many people think it is healthy.

Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and oxidize easily. Inflammation and mutation in cells occurs from oxidized fats. That oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, and PCOS.  That is not good news.

Throw your Vegetable Oil and Margarine Out!

Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil instead!

Olive oil is linked to longevity and can help your heart.  It’s full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect your cells. Your bones, digestive system, and brain also benefit from Olive oil.  Coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants, boosts immunity, relieves stress, benefits digestion and heart health, and is even good for you skin and hair!  Don’t eat processed or artificial food.  It’s terrible for your body!  Stick to a cleaner diet, and consumer foods that can be eaten in their original forms like apples and yams.

Take care of yourself, now and always.  To your health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)