Most supplements don’t work. They’re made from poor quality ingredients and are poorly absorbed. Learn how to buy and take supplements to save money, and get better results with your health and weight loss goals. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
Try these refreshing salad side dishes, including Mouthwatering Melon and Mint, Hard to Beet, and Perfect Potato. [Read more…]
No matter the season, these delicious milkshakes provide a healthier indulgence to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.
Naturally sweet and packed with nutrients, these shakes are free of fattening refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, manmade fats and common allergens (gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs) found in most processed desserts. The ingredients used are mostly raw and unrefined to preserve nutrients that support overall health. Try one of the easy-to-prepare options below and you’ll be savoring each sip in no time!
Going gluten-free is a hot topic these days. Is it healthy or hype? The truth is that going gluten-free is not just a trend, but a healthy habit that greatly benefits most people. In the past 50 years, wheat has been hybridized to produce a greater yield, which has also produced a higher starch and gluten content. As this scientifically engineered wheat has increased, celiac disease has increased by 400 percent! To make matters worse, reactions to gluten are often misdiagnosed and undetected.
Eating healthy is an excellent start to losing weight and improving your overall health. Focusing on digestion is the next essential step. No matter how stellar your nutrition is, you’re not going to see the results you deserve if you’re not digesting food properly. According to gut guru Dr. Lipski, “…the best diet in the world won’t help if you aren’t digesting properly. You must be able to digest foods; break them down into tiny particles; absorb the food mash; take that through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream; assimilate nutrients and calories into the cells where they can be used; and eliminate waste products through the kidneys, bowels, lymph system and skin. Health can and does break down at any of these phases” (11 Digestive Wellness). Proper digestion provides your body with energy, allows cells to absorb nutrients, strengthens your immune system and improves your neurological health. With such a strong connection to your overall health it’s no wonder the gut is at the root of many health problems. [Read more…]
Steaming is one of the best cooking methods for improving taste and color, without destroying vital nutrients.
Although steaming is a quick process, you can chop your ingredients into smaller pieces for even faster cooking times. To save even more time, steam in batches so you have plenty of veggies to get you through the week. However, if you do steam for a prolonged period, be sure to check the water level and add more as needed. [Read more…]
Setting the stage for good health, this green superstar should definitely rock your daily diet. Although steaming is the best cooking method for broccoli, roasting really brings out its sweetness and is often more appetizing to picky eaters and nutrition newbies. Raw broccoli is fine in moderation, but too many uncooked cabbage family vegetables can inhibit the thyroid and decrease metabolism. In contrast, eating over-cooked veggies results in a significant loss of important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. For maximum nutrients and digestibility, enjoy al dente cooked broccoli that is not too hard or mushy soft.