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5 Ways To Optimum Health Through Jesus Christ

Often time, the word “health” is misunderstood.

How do we achieve optimum health? Many of us think this only pertains to eating habits. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

To reach true optimum health, we must be diligent in mind, body and spirit. In order to accomplish this, we must honor God and acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God. Along with prayer, exercise and healthy eating, there are many ways to worship Him daily. Here are 5 ways to maintain health in spirit:

  1. Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 61). There is a difference between having a negative thought and actually speaking that thought into existence. Try to speak of the positive aspects of life. If you speak only of the negative, not only will those negatives come to fruition, others will distance themselves from you. Speak positivity! 
  2. Live by faith, not by sight. A large percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths, but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the media you ingest daily is edifying and your family, and for the Kingdom. We live in a secular world, that isn’t always prone to providing the best examples of Christian living. It is important to remember that our faith resides in the Lord, not in his earthly children. 
  3. Our attachments can make us sick. As Bishop Blake said on Sunday, we can’t plant our seeds in a thorn bush. Bad habits can be destructive to health, but even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health.
  4. Physician, heal thyself! More and more, we’re relying on statistics, pills, and physicians who do not share our faith in the transformative, healing power we have through Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17). Talk to yourself and talk to Jesus. He will steer you in the right direction in terms of healing, whether that be through a change in diet, a medical expert, or just a change in lifestyle!
  5. Guard your heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. Maintaining the health of your heart, and accessing the power of God’s universe through Christ, is key to a healthy and abundant life (Prov 4:23). Do your research. Determine was in good for your body and heart, and what isn’t. Don’t rely on others to tell you. God wants you to care for yourself and those around you!

Bishop Blake: Do You Want To Be Well? Do These 3 Things

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”  John 5:5-6 (NKJV)

In John 5, a man had been infirmed for 38 years; yet Jesus, before He would do anything for the man, asked him, “Do you want to be well?” That may seem like a strange question, but let me inform you that there are many people who say, “I want to be sick.”

Some choose to be sick because:

  • They don’t want to be held accountable. They don’t want to go through what they must endure both spiritually and biblically; they don’t want to rise up to the standard that the Word of God proclaims.
  • They do not want to endure the painful medical treatment, exercise, discipline or diet required to be made well.
  • They choose addictions, perversions, even mental illness; creating a false world into which they can escape, which frees them from the pressures and failures of life.

Jesus was right in asking this man if he wanted to be made well, because so many people settle for just any old thing. But I want to proclaim to you today that the saints should not be at the bottom, the saints ought to be the top! You’re not supposed to be “alright under the circumstances,” because God does not put us “under the circumstances.” You are above these circumstances!

Do You Want To Be Well? Do These 3 Things: Bishop Blake leads a powerful altar call at West Angeles COGIC.

In our lives, we should strive for the best: the best spiritually, the best physically, the best intellectually, the best materially, the best in our marriages, in our appearance, and in every area of our lives. We’re not here in the church just having fun, we’re here to establish lifestyles and habits that will give glory to God, and that will open us up to the blessing of the Lord in our lives.

If you’ve got God in your life, if you’ve got the Holy Ghost, you’ve got One in your life that gives you power to overcome and to surmount any obstacle, any difficulty, and any hardship that you might encounter.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE HEALED?

You don’t have to be below par. You can be everything that God wants you to be. Healing is yours if you want to be healed, but first, you must:

  1. Repent. Ask God’s forgiveness. So many folks never repent; they go in and out of life without repentance. But every once in a while, you ought to look up to God and say, “Lord at my best, I’m inadequate; at my best, I can’t come up to your standard. Lord, forgive me, and help me to turn around; help me to be the person that you’d have me to be. Lord, I’m sorry. I love you and praise your name. And if I’ve done anything that displeased you, then forgive me and try me one more time.  Lord, I’m here, seeking you with all of my heart.” Healing starts with repentance.
  2. Believe in Jesus. Believe He’s the Son of God; believe into His will and into His way. Put your hand in His hand, and your whole heart in Him. Believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. If you really love Him, then you’re on the way toward healing. Raise your hands and say, “Lord, fill me with the Holy Ghost! I want Your power; I want Your anointing. I want to walk righteously with You.” Step into Jesus; into His love, His power and His righteousness.
  3. Deny thyself. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). If you want to do God’s will, then you’ve got to set flesh and self aside, and when you do, God steps in and begins to heal you and take you higher than you’ve ever gone before. Live your life being filled with the Holy Ghost! Holy Ghost power can work healing in your life (Acts 1:8)!

The Bible tells us to examine ourselves; to take heed of ourselves. A person who is not completely healed cannot function at full capacity. What is your spiritual condition? Are you really healthy, or are you only slightly healed? Do you want the best from God? And do you want to do the best for God?

The power of God can work healing to your life. Lift your hands and say,

“Lord, I’m coming to you for a spiritual examination. If you find anything that does not belong in me, work on me and heal me so I can be the person You created me to be! Create in me a clean heart. Lord, I want to live like You want me to live, and to be what you want me to be. Fill me with Your power; fill me with Your anointing. I want to do Your will; I want to walk in Your way to win others for the kingdom.”

God will take you higher than you’ve ever gone before. God can heal you; God can fix you. If God wants to bless anyone, He wants to bless His people: and if you’re one of the people of the Lord, God wants to bless you!

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Jeremiah 6:14, Hosea 14:4, John 3:16, 5:6; Matthew 16:24, Acts 1:8, 1 Timothy 4:16, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 51:10.

Adapted from the sermon, “Do You want to be Well? by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  May 28, 2017, at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Watch the entire sermon on The Legacy Broadcast HERE.

Hear Pastor Donnie McClurkin sing, “Create In Me A Clean Heart” below:

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. West Angeles Church Of God In Christ makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with your doctor and other sources, and to review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Consult your doctor before starting any new eating or exercise regimen.

Black Women and Health: 8 Actions to Take Now

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light – 1 Peter 2: (NKJV)

Most medical research conducted in the United States does not include a detailed study of African American women or the uniqueness of the African American physiology.  That lack of knowledge has created disparities in the quality of medical care which African Americans receive. In 1984, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, previously the National Black Women’s Health Project, was formed in Atlanta, GA to address those disparities, and to address the health and reproductive rights of African American women. NBWHP was founded by MacArthur Fellow Byllye Avery, who was particularly influenced by the impact that public policy had on women of color and poor women.

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), based in Washington, DC, is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls – physically, emotionally and financially. Their mission is to lead the effort to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S.

Also, in 1995, Boston University’s Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) was launched, sending health questionnaires to thousands of women including Essence magazine subscribers and the members of  Black Nurses’ Association. For the past 22 years, the study has continued to gather data annually on the 59,000 women who returned completed questionnaires in 1995. The Black Women’s Health Imperative has used research of the BWHS to develop programs, initiatives and awareness to keep African American women healthy.

FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

Black Women and Health: 8 Actions to Take Now. Infographic, courtesy BWHI.org.

Black women are more likely to develop certain health problems than white women. Until the 1990s, most of the studies of women’s health included only small numbers of Black women or none at all. Improving the health of Black women required more knowledge of the causes of these health problems and also more knowledge about how women stay healthy. More knowledge meant more research.

Through collaborations between the two groups, findings from the application of their research have included:

  • Racism affects physical health. Experiences of racism are stressors that might result in health issues. Among participants under age 50, women who reported frequent experiences of racism in daily life or in housing, on the job, and by police were more likely to develop breast cancer. No other study has reported on this issue. Racism is also a contributor to increased obesity through changes in eating or exercise habits. In the BWHS, the occurrence of obesity was greater among women who had the greatest experiences of racism. This was the case whether women lived in segregated or non-segregated neighborhoods.
  • Stress is the enemy. Too much stress can contribute to the onset of diseases: not just psychological illnesses, but physical maladies as well, such as heart disease, obesity, and premature births.  Stress can also create chronic inflammation in the body, which can create other serious physical problems.
  • Breast cancer shows up earlier: and deadlier. Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age (median age is 58 for black women, 62 for white women) and die at a younger age than white women (median age is 62 for black women, 69 for white women).
  • Lupus occurs much more commonly among Black women than among other ethnic groups, and yet it is still a rare illness even among Black women.
  • Sitting for long periods increases cancer risk. Women who sit for more than 10 hours a day – even at work – have a 40 percent higher incidence of breast cancer, as compared to those who sat for fewer than five hours a day.
  • Beware of the night shift – The incidence of type 2 diabetes in the BWHS was greater among women who had worked a night shift for at least 10 years than among women who had not worked night shifts. A possible mechanism may involve sleep disturbances, which are increasingly being associated with adverse health effects.
  • More fried foods and meat mean more cancer. High intake of foods in the meat-fried food pattern was associated with a higher risk of cancer.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

Does God want us to be healthy? Yes! God has created us to follow His Word; God’s Word and God’s ways bring us health and strength (Proverbs 3). Here are 8 actions to take now, compiled from the findings of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the Black Women’s Health Study, with support from the American Heart Association, which can help us to achieve the optimum health which God intends for us:

Black Women and Health: 8 Actions to Take Now – You don’t need an acre to grow edibles; greens, lettuces and certain fruits and vegetables can even be grown in pots.

1. Be proactive about your health (Matthew 7:7-8, 1 Corinthians 6:19).  Get regular physicals, pap smears, and mammograms from doctors you can trust. Ask for referrals, ask questions, and get additional doctors’ opinions on diagnoses. Many doctors will treat us based on our weaknesses: not our strengths, or our ability to change our lifestyles and our eating habits! They will often not offer eating or exercise plans as solutions to common health problems. Seek out information about Black women’s health issues, and healthy eating and lifestyles. Be innovative! Our ancestors and forefathers have always created, invented, and “made a way out of no way.” Grow edibles!  Even if you don’t have the yard space, lettuces and certain vegetables can even be grown in pots or planters.  Create and discover new ways of cooking healthy at home (as opposed to eating out), which studies have found is associated with better health.

2. Get involved with your church. (Hebrews 10:25, Colossians 3:16). Studies show that religious involvement is associated with a healthy mental outlook. The Word of God provides peace, wisdom, and “strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8); church provides a support system of friends and neighbors, inspiration, and the opportunity to help others, among other benefits. Women in the studies who said they were very involved in their church tended to report excellent or very good mental health. Not surprising, right?

3. Change your environment – even if it means just taking a day trip (Genesis 12:1, Acts 7:3).  Most people tend to be happier when they’re traveling for leisure or vacationing, of course, but a takeaway learned from a recent Cornell University study is that people also experience a direct increase in happiness from just planning a trip. And according to a joint study from the Global Commission on Aging, and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, traveling actually keeps us healthier. The study found that women who vacation at least twice a year show a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who only travel every six years or so. Also, according to the BWHS, women who lived in poorer neighborhoods more often developed diabetes than women who lived in wealthier areas. So getting away from the ol’ neighborhood for a change of scenery holds benefits for the body, mind and spirit.

4. Fill your plate with mostly fruits and vegetables (Genesis 1:29). It’s not only healthy…it’s Biblical! Include whole grains, root vegetables, dark berries and dark leafy greens in your diet. High intake of foods in the fruit-vegetable pattern was associated with lower cancer risk. Avoid or cut down on processed foods; any food that has 20 ingredients or more should be viewed with suspicion. Cut down on serving sizes. Also important: drink lots of water.

5. Cut out excess sugar and salt (Matthew 5:13-16). Limit high-calorie foods like sweets. Avoid drinks with added sugar. Cancers feed off of sugars, and excess salt creates inflammation: which accompanies many medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

6. Stand! (Ephesians 6:13). Stand while working, preparing foods: whenever you can. Walk around for short periods at work, even if watching television. Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle which results in 10 or more hours of sitting per day also results in 40 percent greater breast cancer risk. A 50% greater risk for diabetes was shown in those who sat for five hours a day or more.

7. Exercise! (Isaiah 40:31) Vigorous exercise reduces hypertension and depression. Participation in vigorous physical activity was associated with a decreased occurrence of both depression and hypertension among BWHS participants.

8. Rest. (Genesis 20:10) Get adequate sleep.  Sleep deprivation has been shown to not only affect the sex life, memory and physical appearance, but it can also put us at risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Have stress-free mechanisms for relaxation. Prayer; hobbies such as art, gardening and being outdoors in nature; deep breathing exercises, stretching, listening to soothing, uplifting music: all are examples of relaxing activities we can engage in to keep stress at bay.

Finally:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2.

With the mighty resurrection power of Jesus as our guide, we can do all things through Him who strengthens us.

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Hear the voices of the Black Women’s Health Study Advisory Board speak about the impact and importance of the Black Women’s Health Study below:

Read Bishop Blake’s post, “DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL? DO THESE 3 THINGS”.  Please CLICK HERE to read.

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. West Angeles Church Of God In Christ makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with your doctor and other sources, and to review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Consult your doctor before starting any new eating or exercise regimen.

Our Health: 7 Ways To Achieve Optimum Health

It’s Men’s Health Month, but West Angeles wants us to achieve God’s best for our lives this month and every month. As we approach “Focus on the Family Weekend” here at West Angeles, here are 7 tips to keep you and your entire family in optimum health.

How do we achieve optimum health? In mind, body and spirit, we honor God when we acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God, but along with prayer, exercise and healthy eating, there are many other ways to worship Him daily.

Here are 7 ways to make achieving your best health a priority:

1. Exercise. If you’ve heard of the 21-day push-up challenge, then you know that men everywhere are being proactive about health by encouraging each other toward better health through exercise. But even if we haven’t accepted the challenge, regular physical activity still reigns as one of the most important things we can all do for our health, according to the Centers of Disease Control [1].

It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer.

Start slowly, and consult a doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.

2. Eat healthy foods (Genesis 1:29). According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, an initiative to promote a healthy eating lifestyle started by First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, everything you eat and drink matters [2]. Create a balanced diet by:

  • Focusing on whole fruits. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed without added sugar. Of course, fresh is always best, and for maximum benefits, choose whole fruits more often than 100% fruit juice.
  • Varying your veggies. Vegetables are divided into five subgroups and include dark-green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), starchy vegetables, and other vegetables. Choose vegetables from all subgroups.
  • Making half the grains you eat whole grains. Grains include whole grains and refined, enriched grains. Choose whole grains more often.
  • Varying your protein routine. Protein foods include fish, eggs, and plant sources such as nuts, beans,

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    seeds, and soy products (beans and peas are also part of the vegetable group).

  • Moving to low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Dairy includes milk, yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified soy, nut, or grain beverages (such as soymilk, almond milk, flax milk, etc). Choose fat-free (skim) and low fat (1%) dairy foods.
  • Drinking lots of water. Our bodies are primarily comprised of water; replenishing our intake of water keeps us hydrated, and keeps our bodies running smoothly. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars; eliminate alcohol.
  • Making oils part of your healthy eating lifestyle. Oils provide nutrients for the body, like fatty acids and vitamin E. They also enhance the flavor of your food. Some oils are eaten as a natural part of the food such as in nuts, olives, avocados, and seafood. Other oils are refined and added to a food during processing or preparation such as soybean, canola, and safflower oils. Choose the right amount of oil to stay within your daily calorie needs.

3.  Get annual check-ups and “guard your heart.” We do annual tune-ups and oil changes in order to maintain the health of our automobiles; likewise, seeing a doctor annually must be our priority for maintaining the health of our bodies. Proverbs 4:23 says to “Guard your heart,” yet, according to the American Heart Association, “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world today, and claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined [3]. We must make the health of our bodies a priority by going for annual check-ups with a doctor we can trust, and who share our faith in the transformative, healing power of Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17 6).

4.  Our attachments can make us sick. Bad habits can be destructive to our health. Smoking, stress, and other lifestyle choices can actually tax our organs and shorten our lives. Even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health (Matthew 11:27-29). Surround yourself with others who are positive and uplifting.

5.  Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking positiveness and light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you and those around you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 52:7).

6.  “Live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). A larger percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths, but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the media you ingest daily is edifying for you, for your family, and for building the Kingdom.

7.  Join a church. Joining a good church can keep you on the road to good health by:

  • Surrounding you with like-minded people who are of a common, fundamental belief,
  • Presenting opportunities for giving back, and
  • Increasing your knowledge of God’s requirements for living your best life, through closer relationship with Him and His word (Proverbs 4:20-27).

Even scientists have proven that faith leads to longer life and health [4]. Keep faith in Jesus Christ at the center of your life.

Psalm 103:1-5 says:

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Maintaining your health and the health and well-being of your family, and accessing the power of Jesus Christ, is the key to a healthy, abundant, and prosperous life.

 

To read more about good health in the Bible, please see the following  scriptural references:

Romans 12:1, Genesis 1:29, Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 3:7-8,  Jeremiah 33:6-7, Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:1-17, 11:27-29; Proverbs 4:20-27,  18:21; 2 Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 52:7, Psalm 103:1-5, Deuteronomy 7:12,15.


[1] -The Benefits of Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/. Accessed 6/29/2016.

[2] – Everything You Eat and Drink Matters — Focus on Variety, Amount, and Nutrition. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/variety. Accessed 6/29/2016.

[3] – Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – At-a-Glance, AHA.  https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_470704.pdf. Accessed 6/29/2016.

[4] – How Faith Can Heal. The Biology of Belief.  Time Magazine, February 23, 2009.  http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1879179,00.html. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601090223,00.html. Accessed 6/29/2016.

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HELPFUL LINKS:

  • For more information on how to eat healthy, click HERE to download Health.gov’s Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
  • For more information on recipes and healthy eating, including projects for children and the family, please Click HERE to go to Choose My Plate.gov. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
  • To learn more about nutritional topics such as Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets, Food Shopping, Cooking, Meal Planning and more, please CLICK HERE to access Nutrition.gov. http://www.nutrition.gov/
  • For more information on ways to stay fit and other men’s health initiatives, please CLICK HERE to go to Men’s Health Month.org. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MensHealthMonth! http://www.menshealthmonth.org/thingstodo.html

 

This post is not a substitute for the care of a doctor or nutritionist. “National Nutrition Month” is a campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Poster and photo, courtesy Men’s Health Month.org.

 

 

 

Healthy Recipe: Grilled Squash Salad with Kale and Quinoa

This Spring, we’re starting a new series…Healthy Recipes!

We’re taking back our health in order to begin to live the life God intended. Join us each week for new recipes here at Westa.org. 

Colorful, warm, and very satisfying, our Grilled Squash Salad with Kale and Quinoa combines dark leafy greens, twp kinds of squash, and organic red quinoa. We’ve tossed our ingredients with an easy-to-make, sweet-and-tangy Orange Dijon Dressing (please see below).

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is an ancient, rice-like ‘super-food’ which  is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy nutrients.

Butternut squash is rich in vitamins and beta-carotene. It’s also low in fat and high in fiber, which makes it a great, heart-healthy food. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.

And kale has zero fat, can help lower cholesterol, has high iron and calcium content, and is known to be a great detox food. No wonder these foods have become so popular!

You can serve this salad with grilled salmon for added protein – but it’s a full meal all by itself.  

 

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Grilled Squash Salad with Kale & Quinoa

½ butternut squash, cut into ½” cubes

2 yellow Summer squash, sliced lengthwise into ¼ ” slices

1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped into ½” strips

1 head of red leaf lettuce, washed and torn into large pieces

½ cup of organic red quinoa

1 cup of water

¼ cup of chopped toasted pecans

I clove of garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of seasoned salt

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of coarse-ground black pepper

Orange Dijon Dressing (below)

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cubed butternut squash with cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and seasoned salt.

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Toss until coated. Spread in a single layer onto baking sheet.

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Place onto the top rack of the oven and roast about 15 minutes until tender; the squash should turn a rich, orange color *(while you’re waiting, you can prepare our Orange Dijon Dressing; see below).  Remove from oven and set aside.

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In a medium frying pan, add one teaspoon of olive oil; sauté garlic until light brown.  Add kale and ½ cup of water; season with ½ teaspoon of salt, sauté about 10 minutes until bright green and softened. Remove to a bowl; keep warm.

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In a medium saucepan,  combine the quinoa, water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium pot.

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Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave covered 10 minutes. Remove quinoa to a small bowl; keep warm.

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Brush yellow squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with seasoned salt and remaining black pepper.

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Brush griddle with two teaspoons of olive oil.

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Heat; add squash slices to griddle. After 5 minutes, check for grill marks; then turn.  Grill remaining side; remove to dish, keep warm.

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Now that you have all of the elements prepared, it’s time to assemble!

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Add 3/4 of the chopped pecans to the quinoa (reserve 1/4 for a garnish); blend.

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Add lettuce and kale to a large bowl.  Add dressing; toss. 

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Add quinoa-pecan blend to the lettuce-kale mixture.  

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Spoon mixture into a large serving bowl.

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Layer with butternut and yellow squash and remaining pecans.

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Serves 4.

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ORANGE DIJON DRESSING: Combine ¼ cup of orange juice, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of coarse mustard, 1 teaspoon of honey.  Mix well. Enjoy!


*HELPFUL TIPS:

  • While the butternut squash is roasting, you can use the time to prepare other elements, like the kale, lettuce or dressing.
  • This recipe has several moving parts, so it might help to prepare some items ahead of time.
  • You can also substitute cooked barley or farrow for the quinoa.

Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

 

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March is National Nutrition Month: Here Are 8 Verses to Inspire You

March is National Nutrition Month, but it’s important to make healthy eating a priority every day. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and high blood pressure have become too common in modern American life – but we can start on the road to a healthier lifestyle by managing our nutrition today.

Does God want us to be healthy? Absolutely! We were created by Him for His purpose, and maintaining our physical being gives glory and honor to God (Romans 12:1).  Our walk; how we eat and live can inspire others to live healthier too: especially our children.

Here‘s a list of eight scriptures to inspire you to the road optimum nutrition and health:

Genesis 2:9 – And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Deuteronomy 8:7-8 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey

2 Samuel 17:27-29 27 Now it happened, when David had come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the people of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, 28 brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds, 29 honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

Proverbs 3:7-8 – Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

Psalm 103:2-3 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases

Romans 12:1  Living Sacrifices to God – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

This post is not a substitute for the care of a doctor or nutritionist. “National Nutrition Month” is a campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All verses, New King James Version.


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