Plan ahead by packing snacks as needed to maintain even energy throughout your day. Although most people grab a granola bar, pretzels or something out of a vending machine, those processed products can leave you hungrier than before. Keep it simple by snacking on single-ingredient foods, such as fruit, nuts, and veggies. The less refined, the better. Make sure your snacks are balanced with quality protein, natural fats, and colorful carbs. [Read more…]
Unfortunately, inaccurate studies gave eggs a bad reputation for increasing cholesterol. To unscramble the myths, eating eggs may actually increase “good” HDL cholesterol while lowering the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Eating cholesterol-rich foods has little effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. However, eating foods high in refined carbs can increase inflammation, triglyceride levels, and “bad” LDL cholesterol. [Read more…]
With 30 grams of complete protein per 3.5 ounces, this metabolism-boosting food is great for a protein-rich snack, easy lunch, or quick dinner. Chicken is a good source of tryptophan, niacin, selenium, vitamin B6, phosphorous and choline. Include dark meat for more B vitamins and select pasture-raised chickens for more omega-3s. Avoid anything fried or heavily processed, such as chicken nuggets or microwavable meals. [Read more…]
A much healthier, whole food alternative to satisfy a sweet tooth, fruits are free of the refined sugars and chemical concoctions found in most processed desserts. Fruits are filled with fiber that helps curb cravings and antioxidants that support weight loss. Enjoy fruit with healthy fats, such as nuts, to help to lower the glycemic load (GL). Opt for organic to reduce pesticides, especially for fruits that don’t contain an outer peel such as apricots and berries. Try these 10 fruits and 25 fruity desserts below to beat the heat while enjoying a delicious treat. [Read more…]
Try these refreshing salad side dishes, including Mouthwatering Melon and Mint, Hard to Beet, and Perfect Potato. [Read more…]
Done properly, summer salads can be a great source of nutrients that keep you satisfied and energized without leaving you feeling overly full or fatigued.
Most salads are bland and boring with the same low-fat sugary dressings and chewy lean protein tossed with lifeless lettuce. Spruce up your salads, while benefiting your body by adding the flavorful ingredients below.
Each recipe utilizes Laird Superfood creamers as an easy way to pack in nutrients with minimal effort. Laird Superfood creamers, coffee and other products were created by world-renowned big-wave surfer, fitness guru and coffee connoisseur, Laird Hamilton. Laird Superfood creamers contain nutrient-dense ingredients such as fat-burning natural fats, anti-inflammatory turmeric, antioxidant-rich cacao, easy-to-absorb minerals and low glycemic coconut sugar. They’re also organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. [Read more…]
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. This protein consists of a wide range of amino acids that work like glue to literally keep your body together.
Collagen is a primary building block for hair, skin, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, cartilage and connective tissues. It’s is also important for proper digestive, gut, immune and cardiovascular health. [Read more…]
But, before you grab a candy bar, it’s important to recognize that not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate with a 70 percent cacao content or higher contains more health benefits and less sugar than milk chocolate varieties. Look for a bar with whole food ingredients and a sugar content of fewer than 10 grams per serving. Dark chocolate may not directly reduce body fat, but provides a healthier alternative to those conventional sweets that are sure to sabotage weight loss efforts. [Read more…]
Cooler weather signals the start of the holiday season with fall favorites and wintry delights to nourish the body and warm the soul. Although most of these veggies are available year round, they’re highest in flavor this time of year. Take a break from the usual popcorn tins, sugar cookies, and fruitcakes this time of year! With so many vegetables to choose from, there’s no excuse to skimp on greens.