Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you will have the energy you need to make it through your workday. Caution, by using one of these high-end blenders you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic. A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it changed mine! Read on to find our picks for best smoothie blender…
We all indulge in pasta every once in a while (maybe more than we should!). Pasta is an easy go-to meal for most Americans and one that often times displaces most of our plate space for brightly colored veggies.
Imagine, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but this time, you would be fulfilling – heck, even surpassing – your daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you made zucchini/butternut squash/parsnip/sweet potato zoodles?!?
Turning your vegetables into healthy zoodles (zucchini noodles) is a fun, easy way to create innovative stir fries, salads and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits) using a kitchen spiralizer.
On average, Americans tend to consume about two thirds less fruits and vegetables every day than is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of course, the caloric intake and the amount of each food group tends to vary person to person, based on weight, height, sex, and most of all, activity level. But, there is no denying that fruits and vegetables should be the main source of nutrition on our plates. But which is better in the battle of juicing vs blending?
If you ask me, chia seeds don’t really have a taste, but some might describe them as slightly nutty. Either way, they are an easy add in to smoothies or morning oat topper. They can even be used as an egg substitute or, drum roll please… can make the most delicious and satiating breakfast, snack or dessert all on their own. And, without further ado, here are two of my favorite chia seeds recipes for you to try out…
This gluten-free brownie recipe is quite simple with only 6 natural ingredients, and can be made with only ten minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of bake time. They will have a still-warm delicious taste after cooling for 5-10 minutes. Oh, to boot, one of these muffins has only about 159 calories (but who is counting these days anyhow?) and a whopping 4.2 grams of protein. A dessert with protein (in a non-dairy form), magnesium, iron, and antioxidant rich for fewer than 200 calories? Plus a source of healthy fat to restore what I need for proper muscle recovery and future workouts?
Have you ever stopped to notice how you might feel after eating a piece of birthday cake? A sandwich? A bowl of pasta? Pizza? Most of us don’t always take our time to mindfully ingest our food, and to notice how we feel while we are consuming it and also after we are finished. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to eating a piece of birthday cake, a giant chocolate chip cookie, a few slices of pizza, or a bowl of pasta, I tend to feel rather heavy and lethargic. Sometimes I even find I need to stop whatever social situation I am in, instantly, and lay down to take a nap, only to wake up with a somewhat unsettled stomach. There have even been a few times when I discovered that my skin started to take on less clarity and more blemishes. But, first things first: what is gluten, anyway?