7
Mar

Top 10 Juicing Ingredients

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

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Part of the fun of juicing is experimenting with different fruits and vegetables until you find some delicious and nutritious combinations. It is an absolutely amazing feeling to take such healthy ingredients and turn them into something that is edible and mouthwatering. Who says healthy eating can’t taste good???!

However, doing this without any guidance can lead to you creating some pretty funky tasting juices which you simply cannot finish. It happens to the best of us. That’s why today I’m going to be sharing with you 10 of the top ingredients you should be juicing along with some recommendations for what goes best with what.

1) Beets

Beets are packed full of iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamin B9 and vitamin C. Studies have shown that beet juice is a powerful cancer fighter and also does a great job of protecting against heart disease, cleansing the blood and boosting the kidneys. I think they kinda taste like dirt, so juicing helps me make this powerhouse veggie palatable. They go great when paired with sweeter fruits and veggies.

Juice Beets With: Apples, celery, cucumber and carrots.

2) Carrots

The eyesight veggie! Mom knew what she was talking about when she told you to eat your carrots. They contain high levels of manganese, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin C and vitamin K. In terms of health, carrot juice has been linked with healthy skin, strong vision and optimal liver health.

Juice Carrots With: Apples, cucumbers and tomatoes.

3) Cayenne

Cayenne is a hot, spicy pepper that revs up your internal engine and is packed full of capsaicin, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. It’s a great way to give your juices a kick and it also has lots of health benefits which include boosting your metabolism, reducing inflammation in your body and promoting healthy skin.

Juice Cayenne With: Carrots, red bell peppers and tomatoes.

4) Celery

Celery is extremely low in calories and a great addition if you’re trying to lighten your juice. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse and loaded with calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin C and vitamin K. Celery juice has numerous health benefits which include calming your nerves, cleansing the digestive system, promoting restful sleep and protecting against gout.

Juice Celery With: Anything.

5) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is both sweet and spicy and goes great with fruit juices. It contains high levels of calcium, iron, manganese and vitamin K. In terms of health benefits, it’s been linked with cancer prevention, improved blood glucose control and a healthier brain.

Juice Cinnamon With: Apples, blueberries and grapes.

6) Cucumbers

Cucumbers are another light choice for light and lean juices. They are very hydrating and they are packed full of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B5, vitamin C and vitamin K. Studies have shown that cucumber juice can boost your energy levels, keep your skin and hair healthy, protect against cancer and support healthy joints.

Juice Cucumbers With: Carrots, celery, lettuce and spinach.

7) Granny Smith Apples

Granny smith apples yield a sweet, crisp juice. They’re also a top source of vitamin C. Research suggests that apple juice boosts both the brain and the heart.

Juice Granny Smith Apples With: Anything.

8) Mangos

Mangos produce a sweet, refreshing, tropical juice and also provide you with lots of vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. The juice supports healthy growth, healthy skin and strong vision.

Juice Mangos With: Anything.

9) Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are packed full of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B9, vitamin C and zinc. Mint juice has a tingly, cooling taste and cleanses the blood, soothes chronic pain and stimulates digestion. It is great for detox juices and fasts!

Juice Mint Leaves With: Celery, cucumber, lime, lemons and oranges.

10) Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of copper, lycopene, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. They yield a mild but pleasant juice that studies have shown can protect against cancer and heart disease while also keeping your blood vessels healthy.

Juice Tomatoes With: Celery, carrots, lettuce and radishes.

Happy juicing!

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4
Nov

The Top 10 Foods You Really Don’t Want to Feed Your Kid

by Guest in Healthy Eating

Foods You Really Don’t Want to Feed Your Kid

As parents, we agonize over what’s good for our children and what isn’t. Some decisions seem easy, like ensuring your child eats breakfast every morning. Other decisions can get a little more complicated, like what they’ll eat for breakfast. As we all know, what children what and what’s good for them aren’t always the same thing.

Indulging is totally fine from time to time. But every day? Put these 10 foods on the back burner when it comes to your child’s regular diet.

1. Processed Lunch Meats

Nitrates and hormones and antibiotics? Oh my! These meats seem so easy to buy—they’re not too expensive and make sandwich making a snap. Honestly though, you’ll want to avoid giving your kids processed lunch meats on a regular basis. Yes, processed meats also include hot dogs, sausages, and other weird meats like bologna. Just don’t do it. Processed lunch meats contain high levels of sodium and bad fats in addition to preservatives. There have been studies done linking high consumption of these meats to various types of cancer. Not to mention the animals they came from were tortured and sick. So, they’re best avoided.

2. Snack Cakes

These too are cheap and easy to buy. Reading the ingredient list can put some bad thoughts into your head, though—partially hydrogenated oils, sugar (of course), high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and food dyes? Ouch! Your kids may beg you for these at the store, but make snack time more fun by making healthy versions at home and teaching your kids how to read the ingredient list.

3. French Fries and Potato Chips

The header for this one should have said “anything fried”, but fried eggs and such are ok compared to French fries and potato chips, both of which have one of the highest free radical contents of all food. The way they’re made (at high temps with oil and fat) make them some of the worst foods you can eat. Steer your kids towards healthier options. And remember, McDonald’s French fries are not gluten-free or vegetarian. (Don’t believe me? Google the ingredient list, please).

4. Frozen Pizza

Nearly every kid adores pizza. However, making pizza at home can be a lot of fun and much healthier than the frozen stuff you buy at the store. A typical frozen pizza is likely to contain BHA and BHT, two preservatives that’ve been shown to cause cancer in high levels. They also contain tons of fat, sodium, trans fats (the worst fats ever!) and words that you’ve no idea what they mean, such as “flavoring”. Get creative with custom pizza creations and teach your kids how to make their own food—avoid frozen pizza.

5. Juice

Juice in itself might not seem so bad, especially if you’re buying organic juice that doesn’t have any added sugar. However, there’s a reason that apples are apples and not apple juice: fiber. Taking the juice out of the fruit without the fiber means your body is going to suck up that sugar and have a sugar spike because there’s no fiber to help the body process it. Limit juices.

6. Soda

You knew this one was bad. High fructose corn syrup, enough sugar to inspire scary type-2 diabetes statistics, and artificial flavors? Your kids shouldn’t be drinking these. You can create your own sodas with carbonated water, herbs, and fruit juices. Or, you know, just pick up some kombucha at Whole Foods. That too.

7. Candy

Even organic candy still has sugar in it. Conventional candies contain sugars, artificial flavors and dyes, and other scary ingredients like preservatives. As many kids really enjoy candy, try to limit their consumption of it or again, make a fun project of making your own at home with raw sugar or sugar replacements like honey or dates.

8. Fast Food

Nothing terrifies me quite like the ingredient list of a fast food restaurant. Even the ones you might think are “better” (think Chik-fil-A and Subway) have really scary ingredients in there. Eating out all the time isn’t healthy to begin with, but if you’re going to eat fast food, go for something that’s a little healthier like Chipotle, which banned GMOs and has very minimal, healthy ingredients.

9. Cereal with a Cartoon Face on It

Many cereals and other brands that kids love are specifically marketed to them. This means putting ponies, pirates, or cute little animals on your kids’ cereal. Keep your kids away from breakfast cereals that have cartoon faces on them. I promise they’re not any better than eating a candy bar. Think fresh fruit for breakfast with home-prepared oatmeal. Really, you’ve got a lot of options besides Lucky Charms.

Dr. Jakob Taylor of True Weightloss Solutions understands the challenges that parents face. “Balancing what we should be feeding our children and ourselves with what we see on TV, read in the paper, or find in the grocery store can seem overwhelming.  We are bombarded with messages from celebrities or colorful catch phrases pitching us products everyday. One easy way to help stay on course and filter the noise is to follow a simple guide:

F – fruits and vegetables

O – organic lean protein

O – omega-3 fatty acids

D – drink more water!”

10. White Bread

White bread (and white flour) is not doing anything for your kid’s body. It’s been stripped of its nutrients and left to give your body blood sugar spikes after PB & J time. Stick to whole wheat and make sure your child doesn’t have a gluten intolerance before packing on the bread. Eliminating white bread is best, no matter how “good” it tastes.

Your child’s health is one of the most important things to you. Take this opportunity to teach your child about healthy eating habits, reading labels, and learning about ingredients. Limit or avoid these 10 foods when it comes to your children’s diets. Make fun activities out of learning about new foods and making creations at home!

Guest post by Jenn Ryan

19
Oct

Autumn Farmers Market Tips

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

Autumn Farmers Market Tips

When the warm weather fades and the cool, crisp air of autumn arrives me may forget that the local farmer’s market is still going strong. As supporters of local food we need to remember that they still need our support and that fresh local food is still the best. So put down that baking pan, bundle up, and visit the market.

Stock Up On Fall Favorites – There are plenty of crops that thrive in the cool weather and bonus…they are perfect for our fave fall comfort food recipes. Try some of these fall foods that your farmer’s market is likely to have:

Apples
Pears
Nuts
Squash
Potatoes
Arugula
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Collards
Kholrabi
Parsnips
Spinach
Turnips

Get Creative With Your Recipes – Okay you love potatoes but did you know that parsnips and Kholrabi can replace them in your beef stew? Yep, you can barely tell! If you cannot stomach salads in this cool weather than make a warm spinach salad. Try some new recipes and give those mystery veggies a try.

Preserve Your Bounty – You can dehydrate, pickle, can, ferment, and freeze all the bounty of fall so that it will last through the cold winter months. That way you can enjoy those last tomatoes, cukes, and apples long after the snow has driven them into the deep recesses of your memory. All it takes is a little planning and some storage space. Then you have healthy winter foods stocked up and ready to go.

 

Enjoy!

6
Oct

Preserving Fresh Herbs

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

preserving fresh herbsWhen the the weather starts to turn cold we inevitably gather up the last of our warmer weather garden crops and this often includes bunches of fresh herbs…basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, cilantro, dill, raspberry leaf, lemon verbena, peppermint, oregano, etc. Farmer’s markets might also be selling these herbs in large quantities for the same reason. What do you do with this wondrous bounty so it won’t go to waste?? Preserve it!

Herbs can easily be preserved so you can enjoy their distinct and aromatic flavors during the cold weather months to come. The two best ways to preserve herbs is dehydrating and freezing.

Dehydrating Fresh Herbs

Lay your fresh herbs out on your dehydrator trays and process on the lowest temperature setting to preserve the flavor. Most herbs are dry and ready to be stored after only a couple hours. They are ready when they easily crumble and the stems snap.

After dehydrating you can store in sterile mason jars, in cool dry places.

Freezing Fresh Herbs

Just sticking a bunch of herbs in the freezer directly will usually result in discolored herbs. Blanching for a short period can help with color retention if that is important to you.

A much easier way to freeze herbs is to puree them in a food processor or Vita-Mix first. After you have made your puree put it in a silicone cube tray and freeze. Once frozen pop them out and transfer to a freezer safe storage dish. Now you can easily add them to soups, stews, and crockpot meals.

You can also chop up your herbs and freeze them in water, butter, olive or avocado oil, and even broth. Use the same method to freeze and store. Herbs and oil are great for stir frys and sauteed dishes. Herbs and water are good for soups and cocktails. Herbs and broth are great for soups, stews, and sauces. Herbs and butter equal herb butter for crusty bread or potatoes. Yum!

Don’t let those fresh herbs go to waste. Preserve them!

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16
Sep

#WeekOfWellness Begins! RSVP Today for Free Samples!!

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

#weekofwellness

Hello all and happy Wednesday! Today marks the opening day of the Week of Wellness!!! I am sharing because I know you will want to be be a part of it. Why? Free samples of natural, healthy products!

#WeekOfWellness runs from September 16th-23rd. Some amazing brands have joined up to offer some great products during this week long event hosted by Sampler.

If you are not sure what Sampler is, let me give you a brief run down. Sampler allows you to send product samples to your friends. Your friends will all love you for sending them great new products to try and if you get creative and form a buddy system then you can send each other free samples (wink, wink). Then YOU get product samples as well!

When you register for the event, you will have access to a calendar that will tell you the exact times (EST), day, & which company is launching samples. You also get the times for special flash giveaways. It’s adds a little fun to your week and gives you the chance to win some great prizes. Then you go to their Facebook page and follow the link to send the samples. Oh and share the event with all your friends so that they can give and receive samples as well.

It’s THAT easy.

week of wellness buddy system

If you want to be eligible to win the BIG prize basket that will be filled with goodies from the sponsored sampling brands, make sure you RSVP to win on my Facebook page right now. Just look for the tab.

Why RSVP?

– to claim your entry into a drawing for the Grand Prize Basket!

– to unlock the calendar of events for The Week Of Wellness!

Also don’t forget to “Wish for it”. After “RSVP’ing”, users will receive exclusive access to the calendar and will have a chance to go and “Wish For” the product samples they would like to receive. It’s a helpful way of letting your friends know what you are wishing for!


Want to learn a little bit more about the awesome companies that will be participating? Here is a tasting…

Numi Organic Tea

organic numi tea

Who doesn’t love tea? Especially when the weather turns chilly. This turmeric tea collection is amazing. Turmeric has so many health benefits so I love the idea of blending this spice of life with an herbal tea. The Three Roots tea has ginger, licorice, and rose. Fields of Gold has chamomile and lemon myrtle. Golden Tonic has lemon, verbena, and lime. Amber Sun has rooibos, cinnamon, and vanilla. They are outstanding!

Go Raw

go raw

The company makes a great selection of raw, sprouted snacks that are organic, gmo free, vegan, nut free, and gluten free. Its junk free food!

I was sent a variety of yummy treats including sprouted watermelon seeds with celtic sea salt. They are REALLY good! Also, Zesty Pizza sprouted flax snax, Sweet Spirulina sprouted bites, Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps, and a pumpkin seed sprouted bar. Sprouting makes everything more easily digestible. Raw foods are healthier and contain more intact nutrients. These are powerhouse snacks that taste good to kiddos and adults alike.

Barleans

barleans fish oils

I am a big fan of fish oils and Barleans makes some good ones. These two are flavored…mango peach and lemon zest. They have EPA/DHA 720 mg  and Vitamin D3 400 IU per serving. It is recommended you have two teaspoons a day. There are no artificial flavors or colors and it has xylitol instead of sugar. The flavors help make it more palatable for everyone and they are third party tested to make sure they are free of environmental contaminants.

These oils are specially important for my family during long, cold Ohio winters when the sunshine vitamin is in short supply. Fish oils help us stay balanced and energized.

Explore Asian

explore asian

These alternative pastas are gluten free, organic, vegan, and kosher. If you are trying to avoid the carb overload and unhealthy ingredients in conventional bread based pasta then these might be for you. Shown in the picture are Edamame Spaghetti, Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucini, Thai Brown Rice Noodles, Black Bean Spaghetti, and Soybean Spaghetti. Their pastas are rich in protein and dietary fiber. Now you can have your spaghetti and eat it too.

Wild Zora

wild zora

These probably excited me the most as a paleo lover. They are gluten free, grain free, nut free, and soy free. The meat is also grassfed, free ranged ranged, or otherwise grown as naturally as possible. The meat and veggie bars I got were Turkey Masala Spinach, Lamb Rosemary Spinach, Parmesan Tomato Basil Beef, Chili Cayenne Apricot Beef, and BBQ Hickory Tomato Beef. The ingredients list reads like most of my recipes. All the ingredients and spices are recognizable and pronounceable!