We’ve all heard from a number of sources that we should eat more vegetables. Vegetables are arguably the most beneficial and nutritious foods you can possibly eat, giving you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and can even help prevent cancer. There are a number of ways you can get those veggies into your diet, including eating them raw, cooked, or even juiced.
Personally, I make a conscious effort to eat as many vegetables as possible. I get a minimum of 1 serving in with every meal (yes, including breakfast), and for lunch and dinner I often have 4-5 servings each. But I wanted to intake even more nutrients from these superfoods, so I turned to juicing.
Fresh juice (not pre-packaged crap you find in bottles) provides you with all the vitamins and minerals of the whole vegetable, minus the fiber. Juice allows you intake more than you would be able to if you were to eat the whole vegetable or fruit, because the juice contains far less mass than the complete fibrous veggie. I’m not recommending you replace your daily vegetables with juice, but you can certainly add juice into your diet to supplement it with extra veggies.
This juice recipe is the most delicious I’ve tried so far, and it will be sure to leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Try it out and let me know what you think! 🙂
Just put all the ingredients through a juicer and stir it all together before you drink it. Enjoy! 🙂
We’ve all had the moment while walking through the grocery store when we see two seemingly-identicle bins of fruits or vegetables next to each other with one obvious exception: the price. We think to ourselves: “Why would I pay twice as much for these apples, when I can just buy these ones?” This logic seems reasonable, until you learn the true difference between the two.
The cheaper produce I was referring to is termed “conventional.” These fruits and vegetables are treated with pesticides (usually synthetic), are often chemically-ripened, and are probably genetically modified (GMOs…eek!!). They are nowhere near to being grown in the way nature intended, which dramatically reduces their amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial micronutrients that are essential for a healthy diet.
Why have we, as a society, changed the way our food is grown? Simple explanation. Profit. By using these “conventional” farming practices, produce grows and ripens faster, lasts longer without spoiling, and can be mass-produced for increased earnings. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to support these huge corporations that are purely profit-driven, and who have lost sight of what truly matters: feeding society with quality food.
That’s where the beauty of organic farming comes in. Organic farming uses no artificial fertilizers, pesticides, are not chemically ripened, and if the produce is “Certified Organic,” then you can rest assured that it is not genetically modified. These seem like some great benefits of organic farming and produce, but the list of positives is just beginning.
Great Benefits of Organic Farming:
- It’s better for the environment. Organic farming means no chemicals being put into the water and earth. Everyone benefits from that!
- You aren’t ingesting tons of chemicals that reek havoc on your body.
- Deliciousness. Have you ever eaten an organic strawberry? If you haven’t, you need to do that. Right now. Unless you are allergic, of course. Try eating a conventional strawberry, then follow it up with an organic one. The difference is mind-blowing.
- Nutrient density. Organic produce offers a higher percentage of awesome nutrients than conventional. That means more vitamins and minerals, which is great for your health!
- Supporting small and local businesses. Most organic farmers do their farming on a smaller scale, and sell their produce locally. This is great for your local economy, and helps take away business from the huge conventional factory farms (buying organic may even persuade some of the corporate farming agencies to switch to organic practices…who knows?)
These are all amazing reasons to switch to organic produce if you haven’t already. But these are only the benefits of organic produce…there are still a multitude of great things about organic meat and eggs that I haven’t mentioned (post to follow). For now, check out the chart below for a quick explanation of what organic really means. It may surprise you!
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Watermelon Cake I made for Easter! So yummy…frosting was made with whipped coconut cream, sweetened with a bit of honey!
So many veggies…delicious!
With Easter around the corner, I decided to pick up a fresh ham from my local farmers market. I made it tonight with some roasted butternut squash, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and broccoli. So tasty! All enjoyed with a nice refreshing glass of white wine. I’m in heaven!
One of my favorite sides is roasted veggies, and they are so easy to make. For this, I diced up my veggies, tossed them with some melted coconut oil, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and paprika. Baked them all at 375 degrees (F) for 25 minutes (I threw the halved cherry tomatoes in with 8 minutes left on the timer), an voila! A super simple yet delicious side that will be sure to impress your family.
Being active is extremely important for overall health. Does this mean that you must spend hours upon hours in the gym? Absolutely not! Getting plenty of exercise can be fun and exciting…and can even include…zombies…
Just as the zombie craze is picking up in regards to television and movies, it is also gaining popularity in the fitness arena. The Zombie Run is a 5k where “zombies” chase after you, trying to steal your flags (a.k.a. life), while you run and complete several obstacles. I participated in The Zombie Run in Sacramento about a month ago, and I have to say, it was the most entertaining 5k I’ve ever ran.
I’m on the left! 🙂
I did this run with some of my family and my boyfriend. There were all different types of obstacles, ranging from mud pits that you must run through to 15 foot walls to climb over. It was extremely fun and a great team-building event that I highly recommend. It was much more of a “fun run” than a serious 5k (if that’s not obvious), as they didn’t even have a clock going for people to see their times coming in. But it was extremely entertaining!
If you’ve participated in The Zombie Run or other mud runs, another great one to do is Tough Mudder. This is a much more serious event, consisting of a 10-12 mile run with 20 obstacles that are much more daunting than those found at The Zombie Run. I completed this one with a group of friends last summer, and it was very challenging! It took us about 5 hours to complete.
If you’re looking for something fun to spice up your exercise and activities, I recommend trying out one of these mud runs. So much fun, you hardly realize you are working out.
“So you don’t eat dairy? But where do you get your calcium??”
This is one of the most common questions I’m asked about my diet. No, I don’t consume any dairy products. And no, I’m not at all worried about getting enough calcium. Why? Let me explain.
It is a complete fallacy that milk and other dairy products are the best and/or only source of calcium. The U.S, along with multiple other developed countries, have been brainwashed into believing that if you want strong bones, you must drink milk. According to the new American food pyramid for 2014, you should consume 3 cups of dairy per day. HA! (About 75% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant…so why is dairy so high on the food pyramid? Doesn’t make sense.)
There are many whole-food sources of calcium that most people are unaware of, kale being the best example. Just 1/2 cup of kale has 205mg of calcium, compared to only 150mg in 1/2 cup of milk. For a comparison of other food choices and their calcium levels, see the chart below.
Source: Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. – thepaleomom.com
Clearly, many vegetables and leafy greens are great sources of calcium. Almonds and salmon are good choices as well, and they also contain healthy fats and other great nutrients. To strengthen my argument, let’s take a look at absorbability, shall we?
In this study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they compared the absorbability of calcium in kale and in milk. The results showed that the calcium in kale was more easily absorbed and had better bioavailability than the calcium in milk (by about 10%). So when you eat kale, you are not only ingesting more calcium, but you are also absorbing a higher percentage of it as well.
The bottom line: if you’re looking to increase your calcium consumption, eat more kale! For an easy snack, try out my recipe for Crunchy Kale Chips. They are tasty and great for you!
Crunchy. Salty. Healthy? Healthy is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of chips, but not all chips are created equal. This is especially true with kale chips. These crispy little bits of goodness offer a variety of nutrients (iron, potassium, and Vitamin A, just to name a few) and are very low in calories. Although there are some great brands out there that can be found in grocery stores, nothing beats making them yourself at home for a fraction of the cost.
While walking through a farmer’s market this week, I saw one vendor with tons of fresh organic kale for only $2 a bunch. That’s much cheaper than normal, at least where I tend to shop. So I figured I’d pick some up and finally make these kale chips…I’d been wanting to see what all the fuss was about.
Man, oh, man! These chips pleasantly surprised me…maybe just a little bit too much. I ate the entire batch in less than 24 hours…oops! At least this was a guilt-free snack packed with tons of good stuff. On to the recipe!
Crunchy Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 tbsp. avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. paprika (or your favorite seasoning…cayenne is yummy too!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and THOROUGHLY DRY kale. (This recipe will not work if your kale is wet)
- Cut kale into 1-2 inch pieces, cutting the leaf away from the stem. Discard stems, put them in your compost pile, or save them for a salad.
- In a mixing bowl, combine kale with oil and toss with fingertips until kale is evenly coated.
- On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, lay kale out flat making sure there is space between each piece.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn! They cook up quickly.
- Once you remove chips from oven, sprinkle with salt and your seasoning of choice.