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Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Parsley

Parsley Blog
Before starting off this week’s post, let’s welcome back Quinoa Taboule to the Grab & Go section at Revitalive! Quinoa Taboule is our gluten-free version of the traditional Middle Eastern salad, with red quinoa instead of bulgur wheat, and with a wonderful mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lemon, and – you guessed it – parsley.

Parsley originated in the Mediterranean region of Europe (likely in Greece and/or Italy) and has a history one would not expect from such a flavorful, popular, and healthy food. Ancient Greeks used parsley, but not for food; they associated it with death, believing it sprang from the blood of the god Archemorus, “the forerunner of death.” They used it to decorate tombs and as crowns for the victors at funeral games (which celebrated the lives of those who had recently passed).

Contradictorily, Hippocrates of ancient Greek times may have been one of the first people to use parsley as medicine. Since that time, parsley has been used for digestive and urinary tract problems, for rheumatoid arthritis, to build blood, to bring on a late menstrual cycle, to reverse baldness, and as a poison antidote. An interesting mix of treatment options!

It may not have been until Charlemagne’s time in the Early Middle Ages that parsley became popular as a seasoning, and Catherine de Medici is said to have introduced it to France in the Late Middle Ages.

Now, parsley is one of the most popular herbs in the world. It is often used to garnish dishes, but like in taboule, it can also be used as a main ingredient. Parsley is super high in vitamin K, which is important for bone health, has three times the amount of vitamin C as oranges, and has double the iron of spinach. It is also a good source of vitamin A and folic acid.

Beyond vitamins, parsley has flavonoids with antioxidant effects, and its oils may help prevent cancer and protect against chemotherapy’s side effects.

The potential benefits of eating parsley include:
• Improving digestion
• Stimulating the appetite
• Relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
• Promoting urination
• Bringing on a late menstrual cycle
• Freshening breath (by chewing the fresh leaves)
• Reducing gas and bloating (by chewing the seeds)
• Preventing cancer
• Protecting against the toxic effects of chemotherapy

Parsley can be found in the following salads and juices at Revitalive:
• Lean Green juice
• Spicy Green juice
• Kale Caesar salad
• Quinoa Taboule

The ancient Greeks sure knew a lot, but we’re happy that their superstitions about parsley are not true. Come in to try one of these salads or juices to find out what they were missing!

Kale Caesar Salad

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Parsley-Lemon Photo: http://spoonwithme.com/2012/08/13/fresh-summer-tomato-pasta-with-lemon-garlic-and-capers/

References:
Dr. Weil: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/REM00044/Parsley-Dr-Weils-Herbal-Remedies.html
VeraVeg.org: http://www.veraveg.org/Veg%20History/Veg%20History%20Italian%20Parsley.html
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-792-PARSLEY.aspx?activeIngredientId=792&activeIngredientName=PARSLEY
West Virginia University: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/herbs/parsley.htm
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=112

flax seeds

Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Flax Seeds!

flax seeds
At Revitalive Café, we offer a delicious menu of smoothies, which are made fresh when ordered. You may have tried our Berry Bliss smoothie, the classic Evergreen, or our rich Maca Mocha. But we also have a variety of options of smoothie boosters to give an extra kick of protein, flavor, antioxidants, energy, omega 3’s…you name it! Flax seeds, one of our smoothie boosters, provide several of these benefits.

Flax seeds have a unique and powerful combination of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. They are also a great source of protein! By themselves, these nutrients have a number of health benefits, and acting together, they are capable of even more. Lignans, the lesser known of these, have antioxidant effects, and flax seeds are the best source of them in human diets. Flax seeds have seven times the amount of lignans as sesame seeds and over 300 times the amount as in sunflower seeds!

Flax seeds are also one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.

The fiber in flax seeds is a combination of both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber, which work together to keep things moving in the digestive system, not too fast and not too slow. Flax seeds are especially known for their soluble fiber content, called mucilage. Mucilage can improve the body’s absorption of nutrients by forming a gel that slows down the rate that food travels from the stomach to the small intestine.

Together, the nutrients in flax seeds may have the following benefits:
• Reducing inflammation
• Protecting against cancer, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers
• Improving cholesterol ratio
• Regulating digestion
• Lowering blood pressure
• Preventing of heart attacks
• Increasing absorption of nutrients

If you buy whole flax seeds, it is best to grind them before using them; if swallowed whole, they will go undigested through the digestive tract, preventing you from gaining any of their wonderful benefits.

Next time you’re getting a smoothie at Revitalive this summer, try out flax seeds as a booster or try one of our many other nutritious options!

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Photo: http://naturalremediespocketguide.com/8-tips-balancing-cholesterol-levels-without-drugs/

References
SFGate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-ground-flaxseed-smoothies-5332.html
University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/flaxseed
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=81
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

Watermelon

Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Watermelon!

Watermelon
This week’s post is about a fruit that we’ll all likely be enjoying this weekend: that steadfast summertime treat, watermelon!

Lucky for us, watermelon is beneficial for more than just our taste buds. It is a good source of vitamin C as well as lycopene, a nutrient with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lycopene gives watermelon its red color, so the riper a watermelon is, the more nutrition it has. (Also, the sweeter it is!) When buying a whole watermelon, its ripeness can be judged by its weight; the water content increases with ripening, so a heavier melon is more nutritious. With cut watermelons, look for ones with more of a rich red hue than lighter pink.

Watermelon is also a great source of citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to produce a compound that can relax muscles and lower blood pressure. In one study, athletes who drank watermelon juice before working out had reduced heart rates and a reduction in muscle soreness the next day.

Even the rind and seeds of watermelon are beneficial, despite being cut out, spat out, or never even there if a seedless melon is bought. The seeds are a good source of protein as well as essential minerals including iron and magnesium. Just an ounce of them can provide between 10 and 35% of each of these nutrients and other minerals. It might take quite a few pieces of watermelon to eat this many seeds, but seeds can also be dried or roasted and eaten as a separate snack.

Interesting Facts: Watermelon as a Kidney Cleanse

Watermelon is one of the best natural remedies known for kidney stones mostly because they contain the highest water content (92%) of any food. Watermelons are also diuretic, meaning they help to increase urine flow, which helps flush kidneys when dealing with kidney stones. Watermelons are also extremely high in potassium which assists your body in dissolving kidney stones. Potassium can also help lower blood pressure, essential for kidney health. Watermelons are also high in nitric oxide and lycopene (as mentioned earlier) which aid in maintaining kidney health.

It’s not just the watermelon fruit that supports your kidneys; the black seeds of watermelon are also useful for cleansing both the bladder and the kidneys helping remove stones.

Revitalive uses organic watermelon (flesh, rind, and seeds!) in its Minty Melon juice. Try some today to kick off this Fourth of July weekend!

Prevention

If you have already experienced kidney stones, or are otherwise at risk due to dietary choices, eating watermelons regularly can help prevent the formation of stones. Drinking watermelon juice several times a week is a great way to prevent stones without any side effects. Also, if you are ever experiencing a tight, painful sensation in the kidneys, even just subtle, you may be experiencing kidney stress. Watermelon juice is a great remedy even if the sensation is mild, in order to bring things back into balance.

Did you know that watermelons are the best foods to juice, since there is so much juice yielded per fruit? At Revitalive we add both limes and mint to increase both the taste and the cleansing benefits of the juice.

Vitamin C, lycopene, citrulline, potassium, protein, minerals, and more… watermelon is more nutritious than you thought! But that’s not what you were wondering about, was it? You knew it probably had some good stuff in there – it’s a fruit! Your real questions have still gone unanswered. What about the sugar content? It’s so deliciously sweet that the sugar must cancel out the benefits! And is watermelon a GMO? You’ll be happy to hear the answers:

Q: Since watermelon is so sweet, am I eating a lot of sugar?
A: Despite watermelon being so sweet, a regular serving size would not have that much sugar. Because watermelon has such a high water content (over 90%), you’ll probably start feeling full (or will be going back for a second hamburger/veggie burger) long before that point.

Q: Are seedless watermelons genetically modified?
A: Seedless watermelons are actually not genetically modified; a genetically modified organism (GMO) is a plant or animal that has been crossbred with the DNA of bacteria, viruses, or a different species. Seedless watermelons, on the other hand, are a cross between two types of watermelon plants. This is called hybridization.

Cold-pressed minty melon juice

Cold-pressed minty melon juice

Credits:
Watermelon photo: http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood/2013/06/vegetarian-recipe-2/

References:
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riva-greenberg/gl-and-gi_b_863126.html
National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130820-watermelon-nutrition-health-food-science/
Non GMO Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
Self.com: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3147/2
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/31/AR2010083102643.html?sid=ST2010083102729
World’s Heathiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

Fall Favorites

We love fall. We love the weather, the leaves turning colors, and most of all the delicious local apples that are in season. We use the awesome local apples paired with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to make our delicious apple cider. We love juicing apples during the fall; there are so many flavors and varieties.

Another one of our favorite parts about fall is pumpkins, which is why we created our pumpkin parfait. They are made with fresh young Thai coconuts.  The taste is incredible – light & creamy, smooth and similar to a pumpkin mousse. Simply delicious!

So come on down to our café to try one of our fall favorites!

Revitalive Juice and Kale Chip Giveaway!

Enter Our Give-a-Way to Win This!

We LOVE our juices and kale chips so much, and we think you would too – that’s why we are giving away FIVE different juices and a bag of kale chips for free! All you have to do is go to our Competwition site and click “Enter Now!”. You’ll automatically follow @competwition and @Revitalive on Twitter, and you’ll tweet the Competwition prize details and a link to your followers (this will only happen once per entry) and you’re in! On September 4, the Competwition site will randomly select a winner. We will notify you via Twitter and mail your juices and kale chips right to your front door! Here are the different kinds of juices you will win:

• Probiotic Punch
• Green Lemonade
• Lean Green
• Bunny Boost
• Tropical Green

And a delicious bag of kale chips! So click here to enter!

No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win: Revitalive will award one (1) winner with five (5) juices and one (1) bag of kale chips. Winner is responsible for providing Revitalive with an accurate shipping address.The Revitalive Juice and Kale Chip Giveaway is open and offered only to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia.

LIMIT: ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. Award date is September 4, 2012.

More Green Juice Please!

At Revitalive in Newburyport

we love our greens so much that we offer 3 different daily green juices, wheatgrass, kale bowls, kale chips and MORE. My favorite green juice has been the Tropical Greens lately.  The sweetness of the pineapple allows us to cram more green into the juice without you really noticing (aside from the color of course).  Anyway, give greens a chance and stop in for some GREEN at our vegan cafe in Newburyport:)