Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid. Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day? I didn’t. My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar. Well ALL sweeteners, even the “pure” ones are sugar. And sugar impairs the immune system by suppressing white blood cells. Just one teaspoon impairs the immune system for up to four hours. Then there’s the blood sugar spikes and extra calories negatively impacting your body too. What are the options? Option A: Shun dessert and never eat ice cream again. Option B: Make Read More
I dream of smoothies in yoga class. The room is 105F degrees with 60% humidity and pools of sweats are making an island out of my yoga mat. I love every minute of the intensity. And after working that hard I want a reward. On the really tough days, visualizing myself sipping down a cool, refreshing smoothie is the only thing that gets me through class. I also wouldn’t hate one poured right over my head. There is an issue with smoothies though. Loads of sugar from the fruit. It is naturally occurring sugar but I still have to watch it. I can down 24 ounces in under five minutes. In real food that can equal one whole banana, ten strawberries, half a mango and a cup of coconut milk. That’s almost 400 calories and 37 grams of sugar. I wrote an article on the pros and cons of smoothies Read More
To juice or to smoothie? Both are exceedingly popular and both have their pros and cons. Let’s first become clear on one thing, juices and smoothies are not meals. All the weeklong juice cleanses touting health benefits are a nutritional disaster. Our bodies were designed with teeth for a reason. Biological needs are met when food is chewed. Yes, it’s true there is a lot of nutrition packed into one cup, yet the human body cannot run on a liquid diet. The act of chewing food actually begins the process of digestion. It starts in the mouth. When food it chewed it is mixed with amylase enzymes found in the saliva, which helps break down the food. This prepares it for the entire digestive system. The idea around juicing and smoothies is this, “let’s cram as many vegetables, fruits, powders, nut-butters and fancy superfoods into one cup and call it Read More
So many sweet summertime, summertime days to be celebrated! Warm nights call for backyard gatherings, weekly barbecues and maximizing al fresco dining. Get out your fancy glasses and cheers to longer sun-filled days. Take advantage of the season’s freshest fruits and blend up a drink to keep you nice and cool. I like to think of these festive beverages as parties in their own right. With their bright colors and fun garnishes, how can something so gorgeous not make you happy?! I wanted to highlight the very best summer non-alcoholic drink recipes. And I found THE BEST! These recipes come from some of my favorite creative ladies and one is thrown in from me. I know you’re going to love them! FRESH FRUIT SANGRIA MOCKTAIL by eatyourbeets.com EASY PALEO MOCKTAILS by stupideasypaleo.com STRAWBERRY LEMONADE WITH MINT by lexiscleankitchen.com NATURAL GINGER ALE by wellnessmamma.com WATERMELON AQUA FRESCA by iowagirleatsclean.com MACA PINA COLADA by juliedaniluk.com Read More
Peaches will soon hit their peak and there is only one drink to make with them. Bellinis! Traditionally made with champagne and peach nectar, I recreated it with fresh peaches, sparkling water and yummy tart cherry juice. Enjoy!
Coconut is a dairy-free girl’s best friend. It’s that huge sigh of relief when you realize creamy ice cream can still be a part of your life. I did a little dance the first time I tasted coconut whipped cream. I wanted to shout, “Yay! My tastebuds are no longer deprived!” Coconut makes a delicious alternative that’s rich in key nutrients. High in magnesium, 1 cup of coconut milk contains 88.8mg and this combined with it’s content of calcium keeps muscles and nerves functioning properly. It is also an excellent source of potassium, where 1 cup has over 630mg compared to 422mg in 1 banana. It is also rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6. A saturated fat, coconut is a medium chain fatty acid and quickly absorbed as energy in the liver. The body views it as priority energy and is therefor less likely be stored Read More