This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.
You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
As you read through these bullet points keep in mind that most of them could apply to conditions inside and outside of the body! Aloe can be used directly from the plant, or purchased as juice and gels. Always make sure you are consuming and using the highest quality products to give yourself the maximum nutrition that aloe has to offer.
Smoothies are a great way to keep you going strong all day long. The protein, fat, and fiber in this recipe give you sustained energy, and the super fruit concentrates keep the immune system boosted when you may be most susceptible to “coming down with something”.
If you have been following us for a while now, you know we love supplements. Huge fans! But, as much as we love supplements, we always look to food first, then super foods and herbs, and then to high quality vitamins and minerals when needed. Potassium sits on the supplement shelf for purchase, but this a mineral you should easily be able to get from food, or super food concentrates.
Mushrooms are one of the most economical, readily available, and over looked super foods! We should all make an effort to include them in our daily diet! But here is the catch, for optimal nutritional benefit, they should be consumed cooked! Historically they are rarely consumed raw, so mushroom soup is the perfect solution.
What is the capacity of your diet to absorb free radicals and prevent oxidation in your body? It’s probably pretty good if you are eating foods with a high ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is all fancy talk for antioxidants, a term you are probably more familiar with.
What is a sea buckthorn berry? It is a small orange berry, and like most berries, they are extremely nutrient dense. What makes this berry unique is that it is the world’s richest source of omega 7. Like the goji berry, when harvested from the pristine mountainous land of the Himalayas, you get a superior product. Foods that grow and flourish in areas of high altitude, where temperatures and seasons can be extreme, have to be hearty, and always seem to have extra magical, nourishing powers.
If you are prone to the dreaded cold sore, below is a shopping list of supplements you may want to look into that can really help discourage the appearance, and/or support the disappearance of them. These supplements can be taken all year long or as needed seasonally.
Considered one of the most ancient common vegetables, cabbage is also one of the most economical and healthiest vegetables today. Although cabbage is technically a biennial herb of the mustard family, centuries of cultivation have produced other forms of the cabbage family that we are familiar with such as kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
What is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Yogurt is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria, and kefir is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. If you have ever tasted any kind of kefir, you notice it is in more of a liquid state compared to yogurt, and has a kind of a bubbly sensation similar to champagne.
Keep these three “A” words in mind when choosing ingredients for a post workout smoothie: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidants, and Alkalize. Always reach for greens and plants for the alkalize portion (that is why we choose plant protein vs animal protein post workout). Herbs and omega oils give you powerful anti-inflammatory action, and super fruits will give you the most antioxidant protection, whether the whole food or a concentrate is used.
Fruit salads offer a nice change of pace all year long. This is a quick, easy and healthy snack, breakfast main course, or side dish. Any combination of fruit and nuts can be used. You can choose fruits based on color to suit a party theme or season. Chia seeds are a rich vegan source of Omega-3’s, fiber and protein. They can be added to any salad, smoothie, etc. for a great nutritional boost! Use our Chia Fruit Salad recipe as inspiration for your own.
It is so easy to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie these days, it just takes a little practice, and willingness to try! Smoothies are really hard to screw up, thankfully we have many delicious super foods readily available that we can add to help us make up for the lack of nutrition in our typical daily diets. (more…)
Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.