Celebrate The 4th of July With Our Favorite Recipes

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July 4th is one of our favorite holidays because it is communal and free of typical holiday stress. You are there to enjoy company, share stories, eat delicious food, and watch the nighttime firework shows.

 

When it comes to most BBQs or family cookouts on July 4th, a lot of meats, fatty foods, and carbs are par for the course. Let’s change it up this year, so that we aren’t contributing to the country’s growing obesity rate. Not to mention, it’ll be nice to take it easy on your digestive system. There are many healthy dishes that boast tons of bold flavors, and we’ve got the recipes.

 

If you make the following recipes, let us know how they turned out for you. Tag us on social media so we can see how you celebrated your Fourth of July.

 

Grilled Vegetable Medley:

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The char from the grill adds another level of flavor to this dish. The basil vinaigrette helps to bring out the inherent flavors of each vegetable.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers:

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You can’t have a Fourth of July get together without a burger, and this is one of our favorite ones to eat. This burger has sweet potatoes and avocados. What more do you want from a recipe?

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Grilled Eggplant Tacos:

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When you make this recipe, make sure not to slice the eggplant too thin. If the slices are thin, they cannot support the toppings.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Hearty Eggplant Burger:

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We got excited from the above eggplant recipe and decided to add another burger, because why not? This eggplant burger has the perfect amount of crunch and the homemade vegan mayonnaise brings it all together.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs:

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These grilled vegetable kabobs have everything that’s great about summer. Colors, bright flavors, grill marks, and some great summer produce items like mushrooms and zucchini. The herbs that coat the kabobs heighten the flavor profile and make for an aromatic dish.

Click here to make the recipe.

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    Q: I just started the Full Body Cleanse today! I reviewed the recipe section for ideas but I'm either allergic to the fruit or don't care for the vegetable. Based upon the Full Cleanse process, are there any other food combination or recipes I can do? I made the veggie shake but it was 'spicy' not sure why? Is there anything else I can add? I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

    A:

    Could you explain a little further? What do you mean by allergic to the fruit? Do you have certain fruit allergies or getting a reaction to the fruit? 

    Changes in your body are going to occur. Know that your body builds up a culture of bacteria designed to digest your current diet. Your taste buds may have been hijacked by high fat, high sugar, high salt, chemically processed foods. It will take 3 days or more to begin the chance in culture. You will find as your body cleanses your taste buds will be significantly different.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I'm preparing to make the hemp seed infant milk recipe. Would I need to add Moringa Seed and/or Iodine Phosphate to your recipies? Also, could I freeze this Hemp seed milk and use later?

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    Yes, add Moringa and Iodine Phosphate to it (for nutritional purposes). And yes, you could freeze it the milk and use later, though fresh is always best.

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    Q: I want to make some natural shampoo, and every recipe asks for nettles. Where I can get dried nettles, and what plants are they? Where can I get MSM to use in my shampoo?

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    Try a local herb store in your city or look for mail order. Try Mountain Rose Herbs (on the Inter-net).

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    Q: I want to make some natural shampoo, and every recipe asks for nettles. Where I can get dried nettles, and what plants are they? Also, where can I get MSM to use in my shampoo?

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    Try a local herb store in your city, or look for mail order. Try Mountain Rose Herbs (on the Inter-net).

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    Q: Good Day to you. July 07, I was diagnosed with having the auto-immune disease Myasthenia Gravis. Since then I have had several hospital stays, including a surgery to remove my Thymus Gland...(beleif that this was one cause)and taking many medications, one of which suppresses my immune system, the others include steroids which have terrible side effects...etc. My latest hospital stay, I was placed on the vent and intubated, because of the Myasthenia and an infection that my body couldn't fight off (suppressed immune system) that further complicated the MG restricting my respiratory system. That was a truly scary and painful experience. I am only 32 and I have been searching for a more natural approach to eradicating this Dis-Ease of the body which they say there is no cure. My thoughts are, they are not looking for cures...if they did, that would mean the pharmaceutical companies no longer have reason to continue to poison and make dependent on them those whom they make the medications...which eventually cause other problems...meaning they don't make money if cures are found. The continuous pill taking and side effects are causing more problems than the original diagnosis. Please let me know if any of your products are a possible answer to my prayers. I am desperately seeking...in addition to keeping the faith and staying strong in prayer, a more natural approach to dealing with MG and taking care of my body, the temple of which the creator has kept alive in spite of this potentially dangerous ailment. Thank you in advance for your time.

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    You didn't have to have your thymus gland removed. This gland is the seat of the immune system so the doctors removed your natural defense and then gave you toxins which are really exacerbating your situation. I recommend that you perform the FULL BODY DETOX and after performing, take a daily regimen of RAINFOREST TONIC, IMMUNE BOOSTER EXTRACT, KHEMETIAN GOLD, ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD. You can overcome your present health crisis! Just stay strong, focused (on your healing), and POSITIVE! Every problem including with health is an opportunity!!!!!!

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

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    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: My husband has scar tissue on his head. He was hit on the head with a bat by some attackers (years ago). The top of his head is extremely hard like a rock --the entire thing is scar tissue. In the back towards his neck but still on his head is a larger patch of raised scar tissue. It is so severe that he has lost and appears to be losing more hair off the top of his head (I think it's because his skin isn't breathing or getting oxygen. He's tried everything from drinking Aloe Vera and applying this to all sorts of products. Currently he is using the skintight products (razor/hair bump, as well as the coco butter) however after reading your article about alcohol, I know they contain this so I don't want him to keep using it even though we are seeing some larger results than we ever have before with that product. We are both vegetarians. He has been a vegetarian for 15 years. He used to eat soy burgers etc., but has completely cut that out for about 3 months. He is now in his third week of raw food (as prescribed by your website) just drinking the green juice from Bolthouse (algae, wheatgrass, spinach etc.) and eating large spinach and vegetable raw salads. We are using the recipe that you included in your e-books. We will continue on a diet like this for the next year while we cleanse our bodies and keep this lifestyle. However, with all of that, my question for you is-- Do you have any recommendations for him to remove his scar tissue? I thought the OZ OIL would help. In addition, I'd like to buy him the FIBRIOD BUSTER and/or any other fibroid kits- but the website says they are for women (only?). Any recommendations you could make would be most appreciated.

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    I would tell you to keep using natural products (shea butter, OZ OIL, FIBRIOD BUSTER, MSM SULFUR, etc.) and let the healing take place at its own course. The more you focus on what you don't like (his head injury) the more it will magnify (not heal). His body is programmed to heal and it will but you must remain open to let the body heal at its own pace. Just continue to eat, think, and live right. He'll heal! Just give it time! Let nature do her thing!

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    Q: I had some problems with my Menses this month. Kindly suggest me and please help me out. Last month I had my periods on 2nd of July it ended within 5 days (normally I have periods for 7 days). On 13th of July I had sex with my husband that caused slight bleeding for 2 days. This month I am having clotting (during my menses time) no menses. Doctor gave me a tonic (contraindicatory in pregnancy) to have my periods. Now I?m having my periods properly but when I stopped having my tonic again the clotting starts. Could u please lemme know the probable reasons for this.

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    Your health situation is called DYSMENORRHEA (dysfunctional menses) which means your hormonal system is impaired. The clotting is a good sign because your uterus is expelling old, toxic waste which would otherwise become cancerous if it was to stay in your body.

    The meds(tonic) is bringing the menses back but stopping the beneficial clotting. This is dangerous! You need both the menses and the clotting and doctors cannot help you here. Dherbs has the ideal remedy for you. We recommend that you perform the Full Body Cleanse for 20 days. After the cleanse, perform the Female Cleanse for 20 days. After these two kits, your menses may be normalized without any need for medicine.

    After the two cleanses, take 3 capsules of Menstrual Cycle Formula and Female Hormonal formula and drink 1-2 cups of Female Health Tea daily and you will greatly benefit your ailment and overall health.

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    Q: I had plastic Surgery a breast implant on JUNE 23 AND BY JULY 30 -They have to be removed proteases because I got and infection /bacteria called Mica -Fortuitism and the doctor gave me antibiotics name Levoflxacina 500 mg -1 per day, I have been taking them for the last 5 weeks. I was going to start the FULL BODY DETOX, the day that I have to go back for emergency to get my proteases out from both breast. Only one breast got the bacteria but I removed both. I really do not want to keep taking the antibiotic because I get tired and sleeping with. What do you advise me to do?

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    Try our FULL BODY DETOX!

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    Q: How can I make the transition from cooked food, to raw food? Do you have any raw recipes for children? How can I get kids to eat raw?

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    Children do as you do, so let the child see you eating raw food as well. Fruits are the best raw foods to eat, as they are naturally sweet. Purchase "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual", for the numerous raw food resources to assist you in this transition.

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    Q: First off, thank you so much for your responses to my questions regarding my husband heart murmur and weed smoking. Secondly...I am on my third day of the Full Body Detox & it is challenging and invigorating at the same time. My newest question is...how can I make the fruit smoothie that you recommended for drinking in the morning? & can you send my a recipe?

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    A few recipes are in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

    Use 1 cup of fruit juice (of your liking), 1 cup of frozen fruit (i.e. banana, strawberries, mango, etc.), 1 cup of ice (optional). Blend for about 30 seconds! Drink and enjoy!

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    Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    Q: I did the survey and haven't gotten the discount coupon. Also, I can't find the help with menus for me a true meat eater trying to make this work. I am willing to try this for the 3 weeks but I expect your help and please make it good. Where are the menus on your site...FREE for my 3weeks worth. My friends are looking not just at me cause I will do my part...but dherb and your support system not your pocket. Show me the support!

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    YOU'LL GET THE COUPON SOON. WE ARE A LITTLE BACKED UP AT PRESENT. DHERBS.COM IS REALLY OUT THERE ACROSS THE NATION. WORD HAS SPREAD SO FAST! BY ALL MEANS PERFORM FULL BODY DETOX. YOU'LL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM IT AND YOU WILL RECEIVE ALL THE ASSISTANCE YOUR NEED - GUARANTEED. NOW AS FAR AS THE MENUS, THEY ARE NOT ON THE WEBSITE. THE MENU (DAILY FOOD REGIMEN) COMES WITH THE ACTUAL KIT, BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND OUT WHAT THE CLEANSE' DIET IS BY VISITING OUR â€FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE†(WHICH YOU CAN FIND UNDER "MORE SERVICES" BOX ON OUR HOME PAGE). THANK YOU FOR GIVING DHERBS.COM A TRY! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

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    Q: I was looking at your recipes for infant milk. I am breast feeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vitamin a, c, and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipe a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!

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    Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract, and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    A:

    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: Secondly my father is still doing the dialysis 3x per week and getting thin. He has a diet that does not allow him to eat certain things and the doctors are forcing animal protein on him. They say it is the renal diet but it does not make sense to me.

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    GOD!!!! THEY ARE KILLING THAT MAN. ANIMAL PROTEIN KILLS THE KIDNEYS. IT REALLY DOES! IT BREAKS DOWN INTO CAUSTIC AND CORROSIVE ACIDS.

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    Q: I was curious Dherb.com are you going to make available the crystals and stones you always speaks about on Dherbs.com? I have purchased several items thus far and plan to purchase more kits and regimens in the near future. I have searched for some of these crystals and stones in my local community but have difficulty in selecting the stones or finding them all together.

    A:

    We list great sources and references for crystals and chakras in the Dherbs Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual (available on-line). Look under SUGGESTED BOOKS.

    All of our Elixirs are made from crystals and can be purchased on our website. These can be used for healing purposes as well.

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    Q: Do you know of any cookbooks or recipe books for Afrikan vegans?

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    Interesting you inquire because Dherbs.com is working on one that we just started compiling last week. Stay tuned! We hope to have it (e-book edition) completed within the next 3 months.

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: My question is this, Will you make women and men deodorant in the future? A lot of products in the store are not healthy at all, and it leaves your under arm with a stain on the clothes.

    A:

    HAVE YOU READ OUR ARTICLE ON â€BEWARE OF DEODORANTS AND ANTIPERSPIRANTS†LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION IN THERE! WE MAY PRODUCE THESE ITEMS IN THE FUTURE, RIGHT NOW WE ARE CONCENTRATING ON ALTERNATIVES TO DRUGS WHICH ARE KILLING PEOPLE, MORE SO THAN THE PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS. BUT I'LL KEEP THIS IN MIND.