Thursday, April 25, 2013

Taste, and See: Two Smoothies!

Our smoothies are back! Take a glass from the life-giving springs!
"Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, "Give Me a drink," you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water' " (John 4:10).
"And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17).
Okay, maybe that does not convince you. Perhaps this will:
"In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations" (Revelation 22:2, emphasis added).
"Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine" (Ezekiel 47:12, emphasis added.)
Whether you believe it or not, green smoothies, green juices, and leafy salads are really good for your body - just as important and water, in a way. You see, water gives life; chlorophyll holds it. Water refreshes and revives; food heals and sustains. This is why eating the wrong food reduces optimum health.

Unfortunately, the greens are not back in season; but we are getting a high dose of beta-carotene. Now beta-carotene does not directly translate into vitamin A; it must be assimilated by the body, and your body is smart enough know how much it needs and only convert just that much. This conversion happens in the colon: so whatever is not converted it excreted as waste. In my opinion, plant-based beta-carotene is the best source of vitamin A for this very reason - there is no to get  hypervitaminosis A. The most that will occur is orange pigmentation of the skin (called carotenosis).

Almost-like-Banana Smoothie (yields nearly 6 cups)

  • 1 cup of roughly chopped celery (about 2-3 celery stalks)
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped apples (about 1.5 medium-small apples)
  • 2 cups of roughly chopped carrots (we had small carrots, so I cannot tell you how many carrots to use)
  • 4 generous tablespoons ( or 1/4 cup) of raw hemp seeds
  • 1/4 of a lime (with skin - although mine had been zested a bit before hand)
  • As much water as you could like (I think I did 4-5 cups)
Blend in a high-powered blender until smooth (if your blender is a weaker model, cut the foods into smaller pieces). Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Basic Carrots Smoothie (yields 5.25 cups)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 4-5 large carrots (about 3 cups, roughly chopped)
  • 1 small apple
  • About 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1-6oz yogurt (I used WholeSoy's lemon flavor)
  • 1 cup of leftover smoothie (If you don't have this, then just add more water or another yogurt carton.)
Cut foods into pieces that the blender can handle. Add as much water as you need to, and blend till smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Taste, and See: Restoration

This blog has not been very active of late: my sincere apologies are extended. Sites like these are important in these last days; and we need to focused and ready.

The PlugIn2God theme for 2013 is "Restored!". I have been focusing a lot on Daniel, Revelation, and health. (I also want to cover Genesis, the Ten Commandments, and Christian character.)

God wants our bodies to be "living sacrifices", holy and acceptable to God: and Paul calls this "reasonable service". For all of the wonderful things that God has given us, we could at least give Him our health!
 " 'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.' God calls for a living sacrifice, not a dead or dying one. When we realize the requirements of God, we shall see that He requires us to be temperate in all things. The end of our creation is to glorify God in our bodies and spirits, which are His. How can we do this when we indulge the appetite to the injury of the physical and moral powers? God requires that we present our bodies a living sacrifice. Then the duty is enjoined on us to preserve that body in the very best condition of health, that we may comply with His requirements. 'Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.' " 
(Taken from Testimonies for the Church, volume 2, p. 65)
John wished upon his fellow churches that, above all things, they would "prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Through this letter in Scripture, God is telling us that Heaven values our physical health just as much as our spiritual well-being.

This year, we are focusing on both. To be in full and vibrant health is to have the capacity to know the Lord better. But our motives should not be of this world. "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight... : but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36). If our motives were of earth, we would fight for animal rights; we would fight for non-GMO foods; we would fight for veganism. There are things that we would fight for. 

Now are these things wrong? Absolutely not. They are all valid purposes in and of themselves. But we need to be peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). One good work for us to do is to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).