Blending in Bragança: Part 2

To give you a visual of how beautiful my home town is I’ve created a collage of photos of Bragança, and surrounding area. Pronounced /Brəah-ghan-ssa/ this is the largest city in the province of Trás-os-Montes, the most North/Eastern province in Portugal

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While in Bragança, I traveled in and around Trás-os-Montes to see family and friends. First up:

Vimioso, Trás-os-Montes 

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Variz, Trás-os-Montes 

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Santulhão, Portugal 

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Gimonde, Trás-os-Montes 

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Izeda, Trás-os-Montes 

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If you are ever in Portugal, I encourage you to visit Trás-os-Montes and all of the charming towns nestled in the rocky hills and gigantic mountains.

To emerce yourself more deeply into this stunning mountanous province I recommend The High Mountains of Portugal, a beautifully written story by the acclaimed Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi.

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In Love & Light,
Ruthenium

Blending in Bragança: Part 1

Welcome to Bragança, my birth town.

This place is so beautiful with it’s picturesque castle and I medieval cobble stone streets. It’s a quite place that is pretty but provides incredible food to eat. Everything is fresh here from the meats to the dairy, from the fruits to the vegetables. It’s not rare for people to have their gardens full of of fresh produce and their gardens lined with fruit trees. the most common are apple, peach, plums, cherry, figs and pomegranate trees, oh yes and let me now forget the chestnut, walnut and almond trees!

As you know, I love my greens so at the local market I picked up some super fresh Swiss chard to blend a smoothie full of goodness. Luckily, the peaches and walnuts were donated by gracious friends who are always willing to share what they harvest, these friends I tell ya’melt my soul.

For this simple recipe you’ll need:

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3 cups of Swiss chard
2 cups peaches
1/4 cup of almonds
6 cups of water

It’s enough for a party of 6-7 healthy folks. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Ruthenium

Ruthenium Juice is now on Steemit!

 

I’m thrilled to share with you that I discovered a really revolutionary social media platform called Steemit where you can find me @rutheniumjuice.

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This discovery came while I was watching a video on Youtube by famous economist Jeff Berwick; in the video Jeff said something extraordinary; he mentioned he made a ton of money from posting content on Steemit, a new platform that is based on blockchain technology.

Immediately after he mentioned this I started doing some research and found that Steemit isn’t your typical social media site, it’s a decentralized way of holding information that allows users to reward other users for the content they post and or curate.  It’s also a currency and can have many other applications.  It’s a cryptologist’s dream because it’s super secure to post your content on, trade currencies and as it appears, it’s a good investment tool too.

In a typical social media platform you have the owners and or investors.  These are the people at the top who harness most of the financial benefits of the company they have created.  With financial control comes operational control which at times translates into censorship or exploitation of content creators for example not displaying posts until content creators pay advertising dollars to promote their material. None of this exists on Steemit, you can make money based on how much the community liked your content.

The great thing about Steemit is that it decentralizes control so all users on the platform become stakeholders and have the power to up-vote (or like) content , users can also collect rewards for posting content that is beneficial to the Steemit community.  These rewards translate into steem, steem power and steem dollars which you can convert into real money or you can use it to pay for things where steem dollars are accepted.

Although I continue to do research, which I will share with you over the next few weeks, I’m pretty excited about posting my new content on my blog page Steemit; you’ll be able to find delicious recipes @rutheniumjuice.  Please follow me and vote for the recipes you like and always leave your comments.

Looking forward to connecting with you on Steemit!

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Don’t get beet up by the holidays!

It’s that time of year again! As we all start feeling the stress of completing holiday tasks like getting our shopping done, our gifts wrapped, our parties planned yada, yada, yada. Just remind yourself that there’s only a few more days left before it all starts to feel normal again.

Here are some tips for surviving the next few days:

  1. Sleep enough – getting enough sleep will ensure that you have a great reserve of energy when things get suddenly more demanding like that unexpected meeting at work or the surprise visitor at home.
  2. Plan ahead – make a list of things that you have to do daily and weekly and then stick to the items on your list. Whether it be shopping or making that run to your local charity to drop off a donation, include all of your
  3. Feed well – be sure to eat healthy nutritious food. Lots of fruits and veggies and good source of protein really make all the difference so load up on lots of colorful food items to ensure you are well nourished during these hectic days.
  4. Un-materialize your gratitude – We are all steadily trained to show that we care by buying gifts, this year I challenge you to give back to yourself by doing something for someone else that does not include buying a gift. This little act of kindness will invigorate you with positive feeling, giving you a boost to solder on through the next couple of weeks of December.  You may think you don’t have enough time for this but I promise if you fir this into your crazy busy schedule you’ll find that things naturally appear to slow down because you’ll be feeling very light on your feet.
  5. Stay hydrated – for this I have the right drink in mind for you, follow the delicious recipe below.
  6. Spare some time – sure you are planning holiday parties for your friends but don’t overlook the ones that are the closest to you. Make plans to spend quality time with your immediate family taking a walk in the park or watching your favorite holiday flick or even making a fire together and sharing favorite childhood holiday stories.  Avoid all distractions like your phone or tablet and really be present in the moment.

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1 red beet
1 golden beet
1 pomegranate
small chunk of ginger
½ lemon
coconut water

If you are slightly weary about juicing the pomegranate, don’t be here’s a great short video with a neat trick to seeding this amazing fruit:

Wash all ingredients, put them through the juicer, add three ounces of coconut water and enjoy.

To your health!

Cheers,
Ruthenium

Keeping you Green for Halloween!

As all of you know, I love green smoothies, so for Halloween I have a special recipe to keep all the monsters away!

I know you may be thinking that collards will taste monster-gross but I guarantee you that in combination with the right amounts of apple and cantaloupe this recipe will become of your favorites all year ‘round.  Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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3 green collards leafs
3 sticks of parsley
1 green apple
1 slice of cantaloupe

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Wash all ingredients.  Start with the collard greens and remove the bottom part of the stack, you’ll want to keep some of the stalk since there are beneficial nutrients in the stalk.  Cut them in long strips.  Then cut the parsley in chunky amounts.  Cut the apple in bite size pieces as well as the cantaloupe.  Toss the ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl. Voila a monstrous green smoothie for your devouring!

To your health!

Cheers,
Ruthenium

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games: Bronze, Silver & Gold

As a volunteer of the pan am games, it’s been pretty exciting seeing star athletes and exhilarating competitions right here in Toronto.

So far, I’ve seen some amazing, Rugby 7, hand ball and volleyball matches and some pretty fun concerts like Dragonette, Tribe Called Red.

For this special occasion I’m conjured up a new recipe that you must try if you like sweet things.  This recipe is a treat and can replace a sugary dessert.  It can be used if you want to reward yourself for doping something amazing; instead of having refined sugars this juice will satisfy the craving for something sweet.

The Bronze
7 strawberries
2 red delicious apples
a small bunch of parsley
½ lime

The Silver
½ lime
20 lychees
1 white radish
coconut water

The Gold
1 mango
1 peach
1 carrot
1 gold beet
¼ lemon
½ orange

I’d love to hear if you liked these recipes, write your comments below : )

To your health!

Cheers,
Ruthenium

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