Can you feel it!?! Spring is definitely in the air. The crisp mornings, vibrant greenery, elongating daylight, and the optimism that it can all inspire… Its one of our favorite times of year! (Sorry for the teaser if you’re part of our East Coast tribe. It won’t be long now ; )
We love granola like most folks, but we’re sorry to break it to you: most of the granola you’ll find in stores is kinda crappy from a health perspective! We know, you thought granola was a health food, right?
We all know that we should be eating more dark, leafy greens. The top reasons include:
- They’re a dense source of nutrients, especially vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, & antioxidants
- They contain plant compounds that are very detoxifying
- Fiber, fiber, fiber ; )
Many of us don’t realize how many man-made chemicals we are exposed to throughout the day. If when we get up in the morning we shower using shampoo and conditioner, brush our teeth, style our hair, cook our eggs in a non-stick pan, put away some of our children’s toys, and take a big whiff from our new Glade plug-in, we’ve already been exposed to so many chemicals that our livers will have their job cut out for them.
It’s one thing to make a huge long list of new years resolutions, but it’s definitely another thing to follow through with them. If you only commit to making one positive change this year, focus on drinking plenty of water: the most important nutrient in your body.
Winter Solstice is just around the corner. The weather has gotten chillier, the nights are long, and the winter fruits and vegetables are back in season.
When folks think of “healthy food” salads often come to mind. Not only does a salad provide you the opportunity to get a lot of vegetables in at once, but the array of colors can be just as pleasing to the eye as the flavors are pleasing to the taste buds. And no, salads don’t have to be boring or unsatisfying! Come out of your salad rut and experiment with some of these fresh, REAL FOOD ideas!
I think that when it comes to nutrition, the topic of fat is still the most misunderstood. We have been taught that certain fats should be avoided all together due to health risks, others should be used but only in small amounts, oh and a whole other group of fats is so important everyone should be taking them. No wonder we are confused!
We are entering a new growing season which means that we’ll start seeing some more local varieties of fruits and vegetables. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many reasons to focus on eating food that is in season.
Our bodies have the natural ability to detoxify on a regular basis as a way to maintain homeostasis, or balance. Our livers are constantly working to filter out substances which are either foreign or are waste byproducts of our metabolic processes. (We must actually detoxify from our own hormones in this way.)