April 4, 2016

Jambolan is an ancient fruit native to Southern Asia, and according to ancient Hindu scriptures, was the sole source of food that Lord Rama lived off of during his 14 years of exile! Mind-boggling, right? But what’s even more mind-boggling is the fact that Jambolan is proven to help regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. The key ingredient that is responsible for regulating this is called the jamboline, which inhibits excessive rises in the glucose level. Below you can find a recipe for a delicious smoothie, especially made for diabetics. This way you can have a treat for yourself that is good tasting and also good for you!

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Jambolan Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup de-seeded and finely chopped black jambolan
  • 2 cups low-fat plain frozen yogurt
  • 4 tbsp crushed ice
  • (Optional) 1 tsp sugar substitute

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients, and blend in a mixer till thick and creamy.
  2. Pour the smoothie into 4 individual small glasses.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info (per glass):

Calories: 58 kcal

Fat: 0.2 grams

Carbs: 10.3 grams

Protein: 3.8 grams

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

The pineapple...we all know it and love it. This sweet and tangy tropical fruit is multipurpose and can be used for literally everything, from alcoholic drinks like the piña colada to delicious desserts like pineapple upside-down cake. But, recently, there has been heated discussion about something else the pineapple can be used for; getting pregnant.

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According to many experts, pineapples are loaded with an enzyme called bromelain, which serves as a natural blood thinner, among other purposes. It's important to have thinner blood while you're trying for a child because more blood will be drawn to the uterus, encouraging the fertilized egg to stick more easily to the lining of your uterus, and reducing the chances of miscarriage.  However, according to ancient Chinese as well as modern medicine, there are some strict rules to follow. Those trying for a child must consume the right amount of bromelain (not too much, not too less) at the right time for this to work. But fortunately, we've provided you with the most effective method!

How to Eat Pineapple for Optimal Implantation

  1. Get yourself a ripe pineapple, preferably organic.
  2. Remove the pineapples exterior.
  3. Cut through the middle of the pineapple, from top to bottom. (Do NOT core it!)
  4. From each half, slice six to eight equally sized wedges.
  5. When you're ovulating, begin consuming one to two slices of pineapple each day.

Good luck to all you aspiring mommies :)

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April 4, 2016

Guarana is a flowering shrub or small tree in the Maple family, it is commonly native to Venezuela and northern Brazil. The fruit seed is a central nervous system that stimulant with thermogenic and diuretic properties. Guarana plays a vital role in Tupi and Guaraní Brazilian culture. The name "guarana" is resulting from the Tupi-Guarani word wara'ná. The guaraná fruit's color ranges from orange to red and contain black seeds which are partly covered by white arils. gF

Water extracts of the guarana plant are central nervous system stimulates, meaning the thee fruit contains caffeine. In Brazil,  they produces several brands of soft drink from guaraná extract.

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  • Guarana increases the metabolism, that helps in fat burning process. The caffeine in guarana helps to boost the metabolism as well.
  • Guarana improves the memory and cognitive function and stabilizes the mood and helps you focus.
  • Guarana decreases the risk of thrombosis, cardiovascular disease and cleanse the blood; which helps keep away blood clots.
  • Guarana is promoted in the health food industry as a weight loss agent. The caffeine in it boosts energy and acts as an appetite suppressor.
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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

The goji berry is a fruit that many of us over here in the Western hemisphere have never heard of. In fact, it's not berry-like at all. At least compared to the berries we normally eat, like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The goji berry is actually most closely related to the potato, tomato, eggplant, deadly nightshade, chili pepper, and tobacco. Crazy, right? But what's even more crazy is that this not-so-sweet berry is actually a sweet pleasure in China....for sexually active couples.

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Branded as "happy berries" in China, the goji berry is known to increase male fertility, help out with erectile dysfunction, and increase sexual libido for both men and women overall. Modern research undertaken in Beijing has shown that the berries contain a complex of polysaccharides known as LBP, which offer protection to the sperm cells and allow for increased stimulation of the male sex organs. Also, it has been found that goji berries really aid the body’s adrenal system, which is what controls how the sex hormones operate.

Looking to spice things up with your S.O.? Maybe add this goji berry, kale, and quinoa salad by blogger Holli Thompson over a romantic candlelight dinner to get the sparks going ;)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 large head of kale (I used curly leaf kale)
  • 3/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup pine nuts (you can substitute another seed or nut you prefer)
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced very fine

Directions:

Add dried goji berries to 2 cups of room temperature water, and allow to soak for about 20 minutes. Gently pour gojis into a fine metal strainer when plumped to discard water.

Add pine nuts to a seasoned very hot pan, and stir quickly. These burn easily, so as soon as you begin to smell the aroma, pull the pan off the heat and continue to toss.

When toasted, pour into a small bowl to cool.

Boil water for quinoa, (2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) and add quinoa. Reduce heat to simmer, and cover your pan. This should take approximately 12 minutes to cook. Remove pan from heat, and allow to cool. Fluff quinoa with a fork to loosen grains.

Trim kale from tough stalks and center stems, and slice into ribbons, approximately 1/2 inch wide. Add to a large bowl.

In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk your dressing together. Add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and seasonings and whisk until well blended.

After the quinoa cools, add to the kale. Set aside about 2 tablespoons of goji berries for garnish, and add the rest of the gojis, along with the nuts to your kale and quinoa. Add dressing and toss to mix.

Garnish with goji berries for a pretty red color!

Serve and enjoy! :)

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

The miracle fruit, also known as the miraculous berry, comes from a shrub native to West Africa. Right off the bat, you may be asking yourself: why is it called the miracle fruit? There are many documented reasons that justify the name of this fruit, including the fact that it helps to increase metabolism, reduce blood pressure & diabetes, and help out with overall health. But, the most interesting claim about this fruit is that it allegedly makes everything taste sweeter! What? 8O

Fruit-2When the flesh of the fruit is eaten, molecules called miraculin bind to the tongue's taste buds causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH when you haven't eaten anything sour, you won't be able to notice much of a difference on your tongue. But at a low pH, resulting from ingestion of sour foods, miraculin binds proteins and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, making your aftertaste sweet. This effect lasts for about 30 mins. So who knows? Maybe instead of adding more sugar to your cheesecake, you could just eat some miracle fruit beforehand :P

Just for funsies, these are the superhero transformations that have occurred in people's mouth after they've consumed miracle fruit:

Lemon -------> Lemonade

Cream Cheese -------> Cheesecake

Sour Cream -------> Ice Cream

Koolaid Mix -------> Powdered Sugar

Tabasco Sauce------->

Wait for it..............

Hot Donut Glaze? 8O

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

Woo hoo! It's Friday everyone! :D You know what that means. Nights out with friends, cocktail parties, and just adventures awaiting for the weekend. There's most likely going to be one common factor in all your endeavors: alcoholic beverages. But why are we blogging about this? Because we want to let you all know that you can incorporate your PlantOGram fruit trees into your Friday night libations! Whether you're hosting a party, or just bringing a cocktail over to your friend's, we've got some unique, fun drink options for you :)

1.) Dragonfruit Greyhoundtumblr_mnhlasL43s1s86rtco1_500Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium sized dragonfruit of your choice, squeeze out the juice in a glass.
  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 1-2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2-3 oz Cranberry juice

Mix ingredients and pour over ice into glass. Enjoy! :)

2.) Mango-Peach Sangria200907-r-sangriaIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bottle Viognier
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 mango of your choice, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice! :)

3.) Frosted Lychee & Cranberry MartiniSlushIngredients: 

  • 8 0z. lemon sorbet
  • 5-7 lychees, skinned and pitted
  • 10-12 cranberries
  • 6 oz. vodka

Place sorbet, lychee and cranberries in a blender and pulse until well combined and smooth. Add in vodka and gently pulse until combined. Pour into martini glass and serve with cranberry shrub for embellishment, and enjoy! :)

4.) Carambola Cocktailcarambola4Ingredients: 

• 2 parts of fresh starfruit juice with mint
• 1 part of vodka
• 1 part of lime
• Ice

Mix starfruit juice and mint with water and sugar. Then, mix in the vodka and lime. Shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of starfruit for embellishment :)

5.) Guava ColadadownloadIngredients: 

1 1/4 oz. Dark Rum
3 oz. fresh Guava Juice
1 oz. Coconut Cream

Blend with 8 oz. of crushed ice until smooth. Serve in specialty glass and garnish with a kiwi wheel, a tropical edible flower or a pineapple flag. Enjoy :)

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April 4, 2016

Treat your skin to a nourishing and refreshing twist to DIY body butters. These easy steps to making your own Mango Body Butter only takes about 30 minutes and you skin will love you for it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup shea butter
– 1/2 cup mango butter
– 1/2 cup almond oil
– mango essential oil (20-25 drops)

Tools:
– electric mixer or whisk
– glass bowl
– mixing bowl
– pot
– storage jar with lid

Instructions:

1. Fill your pot with water so that your glass bowl sits half immersed. Measure out your two butters and place them in glass bowl. Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the water to a low boil to melt your butters.

2. When the butters are completely melted, carefully remove your glass bowl from the pot of hot water. Stir in the almond oil and 20-25 drops of mango essential oil.

3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has cooled, whip it with an electric mixer or whisk until you have a soft and a creamy texture.

5.  To store, place in an airtight container and set in a cool place and it should last for about 4-6 months.

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

Fruit and yoga- they really are quite a potent combo. As PlantOGram is launching our original #FruitNYoga campaign this month, we have compiled together a list of fruit and yoga poses which, when paired together can yield amazing results! Whether you're aiming to get pregnant soon, increase your sexual libido, or just stay fit, we've got you covered! Join us for our  1st FruitNYoga, a guide on increasing your fertility, or chances of getting pregnant :)

The Fruit:27-health-benefits-of-pineapple-fruit

  1. Get yourself a ripe pineapple, preferably organic.
  2. Remove the pineapples exterior.
  3. Cut through the middle of the pineapple, from top to bottom. (Do NOT core it!)
  4. From each half, slice six to eight equally sized wedges.
  5. When you're ovulating, begin consuming one to two slices of pineapple each day.

The Yoga Poses:

Cobbler Pose

download (1)This pose helps to open up your hips and increases blood circulation in the pelvic area.

Supported Bridge Pose

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Especially in this pose, you raise up your pelvic area, in order to increase blood supply to ovaries and uterus.

Legs up the Wall Pose 

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Doing this pose helps to decrease stress levels in the lower area of your back is also a very powerful way to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Lotus Pose 

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Is known to energize the pelvic area- one of the simplest poses to increase fertility power. Also known to relieve menstrual discomfort.

Cobra Pose

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Increases blood flow to uterus and ovaries, and is known to improve overall total body circulation of blood and oxygen.

Good luck everyone! And have fun this month as you begin your Fruit n' Yoga journey :)

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April 4, 2016

Keeping your diabetes at bay isn't as much of a challenge as it once was. Nowadays, with all the sugar-free desserts, low-carb diets, and specialized exercise regimes, it's an easily manageable condition. However, sometimes it does suck having to always depend on artificial and synthetic products. We want to provide you with some natural, and fun ways help keep your blood sugar levels regulated with our 2nd edition of FruitNYoga for Diabetes!

The Fruit

There are actually a few fruit here that are awesome choices for diabetics and here is why:

Berries

[caption id="attachment_873" align="alignnone" width="300"]berries-for-heart-400x400 You're in luck if you're a berry lover! According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they're packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. We've got plenty of berry bushes at our store too! Check out our blackberry bush.[/caption]

Peaches

[caption id="attachment_874" align="alignnone" width="300"]peach-image-free-1 Who doesn't love peaches? Whether you're eating it in a dessert, dipped in cream, or even cooked, it's delicious. And apparently, a good choice for diabetics too! Fragrant, juicy peaches are a warm-weather treat and can be included in your low-carb diabetic diet. Peaches contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. You can also get a peach tree of your own right here.[/caption]

Pears

[caption id="attachment_878" align="alignnone" width="301"]download Pears are a low-carb fruit and a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Unlike most fruit, they actually improve in texture and flavor after they're picked. These juicy, versatile fruit can be paired off with anything, whether it's gorgonzola cheese on a pizza, fig, or even prosciutto! Pick out a pear tree of your choice here.[/caption]

The Yoga Poses

We've got 4 awesome yoga poses here for you which are proven to help diabetics keep their insulin and blood sugar levels regulated.

Vrikshasana

[caption id="attachment_879" align="alignnone" width="300"]VRIKSHASANA This yoga pose is renown for helping to stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas.[/caption]

Bow Pose

[caption id="attachment_880" align="alignnone" width="300"]Bow-pose-Dhanurasana1 The bow pose is known to help stimulate the functioning of pancreas and intestines, and therefore, helps control blood sugar levels. Organs like the liver, pancreas, and other enzyme producing organs will function actively by practicing this pose.[/caption]

Plough Pose

[caption id="attachment_882" align="alignnone" width="355"]halasana The plough pose stimulates the pancreas, spleen and activates the immune system by massaging all the internal organs including the pancreas. It improves kidney and liver functioning and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also rejuvenates the mind.[/caption]

Half Twist Pose

[caption id="attachment_883" align="alignleft" width="288"]7830-171 The half twist pose is known for massaging the kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, gall bladder and liver, helping to stimulate digestion and squeezing out toxins. It's a great pose for diabetics, as it concentrates on the pancreas.[/caption]

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April 4, 2016

Homemade Yogi Tea

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1 inch piece ginger, sliced thinly
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
4-6 whole cardamom pods, cracked
4-6 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves (do not overdo it with the cloves or it will taste like mouthwash)
Water
Black or green tea (optional)
Honey
Coconut or other non-dairy milk

  1. Add ginger, fennel, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon and cloves to a saucepan. Cover with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for one hour.
  2. Remove lid, add a pinch of tea if using, and let stand five minutes. Yogi tea can be enjoyed immediately, but can also be steeped overnight or all day.
  3. Before serving, stir in a few drops of honey and coconut milk. That's it!
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