I’ve come to a point of clarity with the assistance of my clients in what allows a dietary lifestyle to be successful.
My answer… creativity!
I spent many years of my teens and early adulthood dieting. Trying this diet, doing that diet, taking these food products, yada yada. Throughout the time and course of all of these diets I’ve incorporated into my own life, there were never any real skills to instill as lifelong principles that would help me to live in a state of optimal health. Not to mention, they severely lacked creativity! There isn’t much creativity that goes into prepackaged protein shakes, bars, or “just add water” meals that assist you in losing weight, or healing your body from the inside out.
Many of these diets and short term lifestyle foods are actually making you worse.
So, what can you do that is SO SUPER SIMPLE to reinforce your health, lifestyle, & creative self? Eat whole foods, eliminate the toxins from your food life, & use awesome herbs to enhance flavors and healing abilities of food.
This recipe was originally intended to be a salad dressing. With a different end result of what I was originally intending for it to be. This in itself is what makes food creation an adventure! I could have added more water to achieve the goal of a dressing. But little did I know I was in search of a sauce that I could put on pretty much anything savory, share it with my clients, and with YOU!
My personal experience in the dieting world was nothing but short term successes and boredom. Everything was portion control, calorie counting, and food deprivation. Now, let me be so clear that I am more than grateful for those experiences because they’ve allowed me to gain great perspective and experience in what works and what simply DOESN’T!
The best part…My clients are reaching their weight loss and health goals at lightening speed! They’re enjoying their entire journey of converting their lifestyle to a whole food based way of eating through the power of creativity in their own kitchens!
As mentioned, the key to food creation (in my personal opinion) is keeping oil free while using herbs that have full ability to nutritionally support the body while healing it from the inside out.
The two noted herbs in this recipe…
When scientists tested basil oil in diluted concentrations against several common but serious multidrug-resistant bacteria, including some of those listed above, it strongly reduced the negative effect of the bacteria. Research data noted the encouraging results of the tests, especially in light of the high level of resistance of the bacteria.1
Another study debated the traditional use of basil to treat several respiratory diseases and the symptoms of tuberculosis, exploring the possible use of basil against actual tuberculosis symptoms. Test results were affirmative, with the conclusion that basil could be used to formulate new and natural anti-tuberculosis treatments.2
Since basil extracts reduce sugars as well as free radicals in your body, tests were conducted in relation to its effect on glycemic index, leading researchers to conclude that basil extracts may have the potential to inhibit diabetes.3
One impressive study showed that washing produce in a solution of basil or thyme essential oil in just a 1% concentration diminished the number of infectious Shigella bacteria, which can produce intestine-damaging diarrhea. This result proves that ingesting basil and thyme in as many ways as possible, especially fresh in salads and their dressings, helps ensure the safety of the fresh produce you bring to your table.
Not surprisingly, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids.
It’s the flavonoids and volatile oils in basil that give it the most health benefits, the former protecting on the cellular level, with antibacterial properties related to its volatile oils. Among these are estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene, all capable of restricting the growth of numerous harmful bacteria, including listeria, staphylococcus, E. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin.
- The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
- It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C, which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of cilantro leaves provide 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.
- It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, is also required for maintaining healthy mucusa and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) may help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provide about 258% of DRI. Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building through promotion of osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s diseasepatients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
So, in the spirit of oil free & whole foods, lets get to making some serious deliciousness!
2 large avocado
1 handful of fresh cilantro
1 handful fresh basil
1/2 Tsp garlic granules
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp pink salt
Lemon juice (1 whole lime)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of purified water
1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Soak cilantro and basil in purified or high alkaline water to remove any surface residues from your herbs. Soaking your herbs can enhance the aroma and flavor of them 🙂
Cut avocados in half, remove the pit, and toss “meat” into blender.
Toss all ingredients into your high speed blender, squeeze juice from lemon, and blend on low.
Pour into a glass container for storage and serve as a dip for veggies, sauce for meatless tacos and lentils!
LOVE, love, love this sauce and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!