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24
JUL

DIY Watermelon NuStevia Popsicles

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes at 12:24 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Cool off this summer with these Watermelon NuStevia Popsicles! Simple and sweet with no sugar added, they make the perfect summer snack.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped, seedless watermelon
  • 4 drops Vanilla NuStevia Drops
  • Optional: strawberries, mint, get creative!

Directions:

  • Blend the watermelon, Vanilla NuStevia liquid drops, and optional ingredients until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, dividing evenly (add more optional ingredients if you like!). Freeze overnight and they are ready to go!

Recipe from NuNaturals.




20
JUL

10 Easy Ways To Make Every Day A Detox

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Health Foods at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cup of ginger tea with lemon and honey on wooden background.

Performing regular body cleanses and detoxes are essential for good health and healing, but some people tend to think detoxing should be a one-time event, ranging from 24 hours to 2-weeks. Detoxification doesn’t always have to be a dramatic juice cleanse or intensive fasting. In fact, we should be making smaller lifestyle choices every day to continuously clear the body of toxins since we are often in contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. In order to prevent a buildup of these toxins, here are 10 easy ways to make every day a detox.

1. Natural, organic foods

Eating whole, organic foods is one of the best ways to improve your body’s detoxification process and reduce the intake of toxins. Choose fresh organic vegetables and fruits instead of fast food, processed food, GMO products and pesticide contaminated foods.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is also a simple way to detox your body. Removing toxins present in your skin creates better circulation through daily oil massages and skin brushing. Before taking a shower, take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body to improve results.

3. Drinking water

You can purify your body by drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated all day and having adequate amounts of water is essential as your body needs water to produce saliva, help with perspiration and remove plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.

4. Exercise

Exercising helps you sweat and consequently release toxins through your skin. Sweating it out in the sauna can also help your body eliminate waste through increased body temperature and perspiration.

5. Herbal tea

Drinking herbal tea can offer different cleansing benefits as these infusions are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are high on health benefits. Look for ingredients such as ginseng, ginger, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass and cinnamon.

6. Purify the air

Breathing clean air is another way to reduce your exposure to toxins. Clean up the air in your home and keep up a high-quality, toxin-free air by reducing smoke, fumes, mold, and microorganisms.

7. Vitamin C

Increasing vitamin C intake is especially helpful for detox since it induces the production of glutathione, which is a compound that flushes toxins out. Try to eat fruits high on vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples, and papayas regularly.

8. Probiotics

Probiotic supplements are one of the best ways to enhance detoxification. These products, as well as digestive enzymes, can help your body digest and process the food you’re eating.

9. Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an effective way to detox the body. While hot water relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, cold water stimulates them, and this process may decrease inflammation and naturally remove toxins from tissues.

10. Fiber

Increase fiber intake as the kidney and liver are crucial for the filtration of the toxins in the body and thus promote overall cleansing.

What are some little steps you take every day to keep your body as toxin-free as possible? Let us know in the comments.




13
JUL

5 Key Ingredients to Look For In A Meal Replacement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Convenient and tasty, it’s no wonder meal replacement supplements are popular right now. They’re a great choice for people on weight-loss diets, and also help folks on a fitness program as well as those running on a tight schedule. With so many options flooding the shelves, it can be hard to choose the best for your needs.

The majority of top-quality meal replacements contain most if not all of these ingredients but some products may adjust the quantities to target a specific nutritional need. If you are interested in trying out a meal replacement and perhaps joining this eating trend, let’s look at 5 key ingredients to look for in a meal replacement.

1. Protein

Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and muscle repair but it also plays an important role on fat burning and metabolic rate. Every single meal replacement product contains protein but some of them may come from vegan sources.

2. Vitamins and Minerals

The importance of vitamins and minerals requires no explanation but its addition to meal replacement supplements ensures that you are not missing nutrition required to keep your body healthy. Low sugar carbs are a main source of vitamins and minerals.

3. Healthy Fats 

Healthy fats are extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they can improve joints, control inflammation, support brain health and maintain eyes and skin in great condition. Good sources of healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, almond butter, almonds, and walnuts.

4. Low Sugar Carbohydrates 

Low sugar carbohydrates provide sustained energy for your body as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Low sugar carbohydrates are broken down slowly to minimize peaks and troughs in blood glucose levels and are often a valuable source of fiber too.

5. Probiotics

Considered a plus in many meal replacement supplements, probiotics keep you healthy by topping up the bacteria in your gut. Adding probiotics to your meals can help minimize digestive upsets, weight gain and issues digesting food properly. Look for foods high in probiotics such as natural yogurt, Greek yogurt, raw cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and acidophilus.




7
JUL

How To Make Fruity, Delicious Hibiscus Tea Roll-Ups

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes,Teas at 11:07 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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This recipe is one of my all time favorites. Growing up I was a candy fiend and could never get enough of the gummy, chewy sweets. When I finally decided to cut out sweets and focus on healthier foods, I scoured the Internet in search of healthy ways to get a candy fix and keep my diet on track. Although the conventional, Fruit Roll-Up branded snacks invoke nostalgic memories of grade school cafeteria lunches, I knew the excess sugar and artificial flavors would only worsen my candy cravings!

Luckily, Alvita has provided an easy-to-make, healthy fruit roll-up recipe using their hibiscus tea! These roll-ups are fun to make and customizable depending on your fruit flavor preference. Bake up a batch on Sunday to keep the kid’s (or your own) lunches stocked for the whole week!

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
2 teabags Alvita Hibiscus Tea
1 cup sliced peaches (frozen is fine)
1 cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the Alvita Hibiscus Tea Bags and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. In a blender, puree peaches and strawberries.
  4. Pour tea into a saucepan. Add sugar and heat to medium heat until liquid has evaporated by 50%.
  5. Add pureed fruit and lemon juice into tea mixture and continue to cook until the mixture thickens, around 20-30 minutes.
  6. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with either a splat mat or wax paper in a  very thin layer.
  7. Bake for 3 to 4 hours until the mixture is barely sticky anymore.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Peel off of used wax paper and place on fresh wax paper. Cut into long strips. Roll up for storage or eat immediately.

Looking for a low-sugar option? Substitute sugar for your favorite natural sweetener. Let us know how your fruit roll-ups turn out in the comments!




29
JUN

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Hempseed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Can you think of a supplement which offers a variety of proven health benefits but it has yet to become popular in the United States? Hempseed oil comes to mind as this intriguing oil perfectly fits the label of a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some as its association with cannabis has kept it from common use by many people. However, it’s important to understand that hemp is a health food and not marijuana. Hempseed oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, and will not make you high!

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, and omega 3 as well as tocopherols, and vitamin E antioxidants. Plus, hemp seeds are packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus. A great source of high-quality nutrients, hemp can certainly provide a lot of health benefits. So, let’s look a 4 surprising health benefits of hempseed oil.

1. Cholesterol

Considered a great product to promote proper cardiovascular function, hempseed oil can help lower cholesterol by accelerating metabolic processes as it contains an optimal 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Higher metabolism ensures that fats burn at a quicker rate and are not deposited on the artery walls. An excellent vegetarian option for omega-3 and omega-6, hempseed oil is also a safer, mercury-free fatty acid supplement.

2. Immunity

Hempseed oil is a great product to boost the immune system. The essential fatty acids in hempseed oil have been shown to promote and regulate healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function, increasing the resilience of the body against the common cold and flu.

3. Healthy Skin

Hempseed oil can support healthy skin and promote beautiful hair and nails as it helps increase the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues.  Hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. Plus, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from hemp may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin, reducing skin dryness to alleviating itching and irritation.

4. Hormonal Balance

Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid which can help regulate hormonal balance. Gamma-linolenic acid is eventually converted to the protective hormone prostaglandin PGE1 that regulates the hormonal balance and supports menopausal health.




24
JUN

10 Great Sources of Antioxidants

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Green breakfast smoothie in bowl with superfoods like chia, quinoa, goji, fresh berries and sunflower seeds.

Adding antioxidants to your diet is essential for overall good health. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the process of oxidation, a common chain reaction in a cell that eventually leads to the damage or death of the cell. Foods rich in antioxidants can help to reduce this oxidation process, keeping the cells healthy. Measured by the ORAC scores, let’s look at 10 great sources of antioxidants to add to your diet.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best antioxidant foods and can be easily added to your breakfast. Loaded with antioxidants, particularly wild blueberries which have a 14,000 ORAC score, blueberries can also be added to your diet in juice, smoothie, and yogurt form.

2. Goji Berries

A popular superfood, goji berries have a 25,000 ORAC score and have become a staple source of antioxidants. Goji juice is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of this amazing berry.

3. Kidney Beans

Beans contain cysteine, which is an antioxidant that helps flush out free radicals from the body. Kidney beans in particular are one of the best sources of antioxidants among all types of beans.

4. Cranberries

Cranberries are known for their high antioxidant properties, especially flavonoids that may increase the antioxidant activity in the body, but the fresh fruit isn’t so easy to add to your diet. The best option is cranberry juice, when the fruit is usually processed to supply the juice in the market.

5. Dark Chocolate

Some people may be surprised by this but dark chocolate has a 21,000 ORAC score and is a delicious option of a high antioxidant food.

6. Nuts

Nuts are rich sources of vitamin E, which in turn are a great food source to supply antioxidants to your body.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli contains a high amount of vitamin C, making it another food source rich in the amount of antioxidants. Plus, broccoli has selenium which helps fight the damage to human body cells.

8. Fish

Fish has high amounts of selenium, which helps to save the cells of the human body from getting ruptured or damaged in any form. Among fish, you can consume various types like shellfish, salmon, and cod to keep the adequate amount of antioxidants flowing in the body.

9. Coffee

Yes, a good cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Like many teas which contain lots of antioxidants, coffee is an easy way to get antioxidants on a daily basis.

10. Ripe Bananas

Did you know that the riper a banana is, the higher is the antioxidant property? That’s right. A ripe banana plays a big role in controlling the oxidation process in the body.




23
JUN

Turmeric Tea “Golden Milk” Shortcut Recipe

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes,Superfoods,Teas at 10:34 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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Looking for a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric? Golden milk has taken over the wellness world for it’s creamy, spicy flavor and health benefits, and its calming effect has made it a nighttime beverage of choice.

Did you know you can make golden milk with tea? So convenient! This amazing recipe from Alvita is super anti-inflammatory and makes for a wonderful, healthy nightcap.

Ingredients
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 teabags Alvita Turmeric Root Tea
¼ tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp black pepper
1scoop Reserveage Collagen Replenish Powder
2 tsp honey (optional)

Instructions
In a small saucepan, heat almond milk until hot, but not boiling, about 3-5 minutes. Add tea bags and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in ginger powder, black pepper and collagen powder, stir until combined. Pour into mugs, add honey if wanted and drink immediately.

Have you ever tried golden milk? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!




22
JUN

Meet Maca Powder: Your New Superfood Staple

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for a new superfood to add to your diet, look no further. Originally from the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca is a vegetable related to radishes and turnips that contains high levels of protein, fat and minerals. Maca can be eaten baked, dried, or mixed with vegetables, and its popular powder version can be used for delicious and refreshing maca shakes. Let’s look at what makes maca powder a very special superfood.

1. It’s packed with nutrients

Maca is it a natural source of healing nutrition. Loaded with nutrients, maca has a higher calcium level than milk and is very nutrient dense. Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 75% carbohydrates, and 5% fiber. It has over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids and a rich source of phytonutrients. Maca also contains 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic, and steric acid), vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E, and a variety of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sulphur, sodium, and iron.

With so many nutrients, it’s no surprise Maca offers a lot of health benefits. Maca has a positive effect on hormone balance as well as energy levels and it can also help to enhance the immune system, stamina, memory and focus.

2. It tastes great

Maca flavor is another highlight as this pleasant tasting root is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded down. Maca has an earthy taste with a nutty flavor, making it a perfect complement to smoothies. Like the rest of the roots in the cruciferous family, it’s low in calories as one teaspoon of maca powder has only 10 calories.

3. It’s incredibly versatile

Versatility is another good word to describe maca. Considered an “adaptogen”, a name given to certain herbs and plants that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, illness, or stressful situations, maca has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac with the ability to increase sex drive and improve fertility, increasing semen volume and sperm counts. Consuming maca often makes people feel more energetic, and help them to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins.

Wondering the best way to get Maca in your diet? It’s an excellent choice for smoothies and shakes, and maca beverages can taste really good. Check out this easy-to-make peanut butter and banana Maca smoothie below!

Peanut Butter & Banana Maca Smoothie

Glass of banana smoothie on white wooden background from top view

Ingredients

Just add all the ingredients to the blender (add a little ice if desired) and enjoy!

Have you ever tried Maca? What are your thoughts? Let us know below!




20
JUN

5 Reasons To Add Acai To Your Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 9:19 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Raw smoothie drink.

These days, everyone is on the hunt for antioxidant-rich, nutrient-packed superfoods—and it’s no surprise why! Purchasing food with the most benefits is not only great for your health but also ensures the most bang for your buck. Acai berries are increasing in popularity—you’ve probably seen vibrant, Instagram-worthy acai bowls all over social media—but are they worth the hype? While new and trendy in American culture, these berries have been used for their medicinal properties in Central and South America for centuries. Let’s explore some of the properties of acai and how you can reap all of their sweet, juicy benefits.

1. Antioxidants, antioxidants, antioxidants…

Acai’s best quality is its amazing antioxidant content. While a lot of berries contain high levels, none quite pack the free-radical fighting punch of acai. According to a study done by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (NSRC), acai has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits in the world. Because of this, acai has powerful healing properties that earned them the superfood title. Adding Acai berries to your diet will help boost your body’s ability to fight free radicals, helping to prevent cancer and other diseases.

2. Skin health & anti-aging effects

Another amazing result of Acai’s high antioxidant content is its effect on the skin. It can help slow down the aging process caused by oxidative damage to the cells. It also increases the regrowth and regeneration processes in the body due to ample amounts of vitamin C and Iron and can help skin stay firm and youthful due to its fatty acids content.

3. Healthy digestion

If you’re in the process of switching over to a healthier diet, incorporating acai into your new routine can help cleanse the body of toxins collected from unhealthy eating habits. Like other berries, they’re a great source of fiber which helps keep the digestive system functioning properly.

4. Immune system booster

Due to its high vitamin C content, Acai berries are helpful at boosting your immune system. Their phytochemicals and antioxidants help increase the functionality of immune cells, making it easier to fight infections and ward off free radical damage.

5. Energizing effects

Acai berries can help increase the body’s energy levels and stamina. They contain amino acids which are incredibly helpful in boosting energy, as well as other properties that help improve cognitive function and focus—reducing fatigue and brain fog.

The best way to get acai…?

I’m all about the acai bowl craze. Not only do they taste as amazing as they look, but they’re an easy, versatile way to work the beneficial berries into your diet. I opt for the dried powder acai, but frozen works just as well!

Energizing Acai Bowl Recipe

Smoothie bowl with fresh berries, nuts, seeds and homemade granola for healthy breakfast

Ingredients

1 tbsp acai powder
1/2 avocado
1 cup spinach or kale (or another leafy green you prefer)
1 serving of plant protein (This one is my favorite)
1 dash vanilla extract
3-4 drops of stevia if you like extra sweetness
1/2 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries
Assorted fruits, nuts & seeds for toppings (i.e bananas, strawberries, blueberries, almonds etc)

Instructions

Add all ingredients together and blend away! The mixture should be thick enough so that you can eat it with a spoon. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever you like. I like to keep my sugar intake low, so my go-to toppings are chia seeds, hemp seeds, and sliced almonds, but many people add additional fruits like bananas & blueberries. It’s highly customizable to your nutrition needs!

Have you tried acai berries and experienced the benefits? What are your favorite ways to eat them? Let us know below!




8
JUN

How To Follow A Mediterranean Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 2:28 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Salmon seasoned with salt, cashews, walnuts, sliced avocado, and olive oil on a butcher block, garnished with parsley.

Over the last couple of decades, the Mediterranean diet has been studied by researchers all over the world. The general consensus from these studies revealed that the diet is nothing short of amazing. The Mediterranean diet consists of increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains and fish, while limiting red meat and sweets. So, why has this diet become so popular? Maybe because it’s flexible and offers users ease of compliance. Maybe it’s because Mediterranean food is delicious and the diet allows users to drink red wine in moderation. Or, maybe it’s because all of the research over the past couple of decades shows an incredible amount of health benefits. One meta-analysis article showed that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with significant improvement in overall health status.

Benefits of a Mediterranean diet to consider:

  • Prevention of major chronic diseases
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity
  • Reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cancer
  • Low in processed foods and sugar
  • May help to lose or maintain a healthier weight
  • May improve mood and decrease depression
  • Naturally low-glycemic foods, which may help control blood sugar

Key components of the Mediterranean diet

Base every meal on these foods and eat them daily:

  • Legumes and Beans: chickpeas, lentils, and fava beans
  • Olives and Olive Oil: extra virgin olive oil is preferred
  • Whole grains and whole wheat pasta
  • Nuts: cashews, almonds and sesame seeds
  • Vegetables such as leafy greens, garlic, onion and other non-starchy veggies like eggplant cauliflower, artichokes and tomatoes
  • Fresh organic fruits such as grapes, apples, strawberries and avocados

Eat these at least two times per week:

  • Fish (wild caught preferred) and seafood

In moderate portions (daily to weekly):

  •  Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese & yogurt
  • Poultry

Eat these a few times per month in small amounts:

  •  Red meat
  •  Sweets

Organic Mediterranean bean salad recipe

Organic Ingredients:
◦ 15 ounce can of dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
◦ 15 ounce can of fava beans drained and rinsed
◦ 15 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
◦ 1 cup of organic corn
◦ 1 large organic tomato, chopped
◦ 1 small organic red onion, chopped
◦ 1 avocado, sliced
◦ ½ organic cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped.
◦ 1 cup of organic parsley, chopped.

Dressing:
◦ ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
◦ 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
◦ 2 garlic cloves, minced
◦ ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
◦ ½ teaspoon of cumin
◦ salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1.  In large mixing bowl, combine kidney beans, fava beans, black beans, corn, tomato, onion, cucumber and parsley. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper and whisk.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss together.

Other helpful information:

  • On top of diet, the Mediterranean lifestyle encourages individuals to be physically active and enjoy meals in a relaxing environment with others vs. on the go. Try to set aside time to sit down and enjoy your meals.
  •  Most of the foods found in the Mediterranean diet can be found on the perimeter of the grocery store.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables that vary in choice of colors as each color has specific properties and nutrients.
  • Replace butter and margarine with healthy, unrefined oils as often as possible.
  • The Mediterranean diet has broad definitions since there are many countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • In summary, the diet should focus on vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes and whole grains. Enjoy fresh, wild caught fish and seafood, while limiting poultry, eggs and cheese. Rarely eat red meat and avoid sugar.




6
JUN

Xylitol-Sweetened, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 9:05 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Fresh baked, homemade peanut butter cookies and milk.

If you’re trying to avoid excess sugar, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice sweet treats! Xylitol is a wonderful, all-natural sugar substitute with a number of health benefits. It’s metabolized without insulin, giving it a low glycemic index and can even help promote healthy dental hygiene.

This recipe uses xylitol instead of sugar and makes about 2 dozen small cookies.

You will need:
1 large egg
1 cup Xylo-Sweet
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup creamy, natural peanut butter
1 tsp. water
1/3 cup chopped peanuts or these sugar-free chocolate chips* (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric beater to mix the egg, Xylo-Sweet, baking powder and vanilla for about a minute. Then add in the peanut butter and water mix them together. *Note: the mixture is fairly dry. Be sure the peanut butter is mixed well with the other ingredients.
  • Add peanuts or chocolate chips if using and blend into dough.
  • Use a large non-stick cookie sheet. Measure out a heaping teaspoon of batter for each cookie, roll into a ball, and then smash down with a fork.
  • Bake 15 minutes, or slightly longer, until cookies feel firm and are slightly browned.

This is a quick and easy recipe when you’re in need of that sweet fix. If baking isn’t your forte, try these amazing low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy free cookies from Simple Mills.

What are some of your favorite, low-sugar recipes?

*recipe sourced from Kalyn’s Kitchen.




1
JUN

10 Minute, No-Bake, On-The-Go Energy Bites

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes at 10:00 am | By: Madeline Reiss

Granola bar on wooden background

Whether you’re packing for a hike or in need of snacks to power through the work day, these no-bake energy bites are incredibly easy and take minutes to make! They’re a delicious, healthy alternative to sugary granola bars.

Ingredients (makes about 20 bites)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter!)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
*Optional: Dried cranberries, cherries or other fruits

Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Pop them in the freezer for about an hour until they set. Enjoy as you wish, and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer. You can customize these based on your favorite flavors or nutritional needs with dried fruits, raisins, chia seeds, etc! In addition to a healthy snack while on the move, these bites are great for curbing sweet cravings!
What are some of your favorite snack recipes? Share below!




31
MAY

All About CBD Oil And How You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Homeopathy,Personal Care,Supplements at 10:33 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?

CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.

Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:

1. Relieves pain
CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

2. Helps ease nausea
The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.

3. Can help manage seizures
While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.

4. Balances and supports mental health
While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.

5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails
In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.

6. Can improve your sleep cycle
You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.

How Can You Take CBD Oil?

Tinctures
If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!

Capsules
For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.

Liquids
If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.

Body Care
Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.

No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.

Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!

 




22
MAY

How To Choose A Black Seed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes,Supplements,Uncategorized at 10:11 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon.

Introduction:

You may already be familiar with castor oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, red palm oil and many other oils currently on the market. However, one of the most widely used oils today with great medicinal properties is Nigella Sativa or more commonly known as black cumin. This plant is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and southwest Asia and its use can be traced all the way back to King Tut. In old Latin, it is called “panacea” which translates to “cure all.” The shrub of this plant produces fruits that have tiny black seeds that can be pressed to extract the oil. Its medicinal properties stem from the presence of thymoquinone—one of the major active chemical components of the essential oil. Thymoquinone is believed to have a wide range of medical applications and benefits we’ll discuss below. This plant has become one of the top-ranked, evidence-based herbal medicines to date, and there have been over 600 scientific, peer-reviewed articles published about black seed oil benefits.

 

Benefits of black seed oil to consider:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Supports liver health and helps protect the liver
  • May have anti-cancer properties
  • Contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc and iron as well as both fixed oils (fatty acids) and volatile oils
  • May help treat a variety of common health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, bronchitis and asthma
  • May be helpful in treating against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • It may help increase milk production in nursing mothers
  • May act as an appetite stimulant
  • May help to boost the immune system
  • Rich Source of Essential Fatty Acids

 

What to look for when choosing a black seed oil

  • Extraction: the method by which the oil is expressed or extracted from the seeds matters! Slow, cold-pressed means that no heat is used during the extraction process. High temperatures may cause rancidity or cause some of the more volatile oils to evaporate. Avoid any oils that use chemical extraction.
  • Purity: the product should be 100% pure Nigella Sativa oil and not filled with additives.
  • Storage: look for oil that is stored in a dark, glass bottle that will protect it from both air and light.
  • Quality: Look for unrefined vs. refined oil and make sure it’s organic!

Other important tips about black seed oil

  • Make sure to store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • It can be used as a spice or preservative! In fact, the seeds have been added to many Persian foods including bread, pickles, sauces and salads.
  • Do not confuse it with black cohosh, cumin, curcumin or nutmeg.
  • Supplements made from black seeds are usually made up of the basic seed extract in either a crushed powder or oil form.

 

Homemade black cumin seed salad dressing:

  • ½ cup black seed oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 fresh chopped garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. Ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and mix/shake until blended together.




17
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Laird Superfoods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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