April 1, 2018

In my opinion, eggs get an awful rap in the world of nutrition, but to me they are an egg-cellent choice when it comes to eating healthy. ( More on this is a future post!)* Here some of my reasons for devouring a couple of them at least once a week: 

• Protein. Protein is absolutely a necessary nutrient – it builds and maintains muscle, which helps reduce fat. It supports brain function and boosts our metabolism. And as part of a healthy meal, it helps us feel satisfied, longer. A study cited by Healthline showed that wo...

January 2, 2018

From Café Sunflower

With the freezing cold weather and flu season upon us, here is the perfect recipe to help keep you warm and healthy!

This delicious, satisfying soup contains spices high in medicinal qualities and has powerful carotenoids and antioxidants that can protect your body from free radical damage.

Turmeric boosts detoxification, fights inflammation, reduces blood sugar, boosts cognitive function, promotes healthy mood, and supports weight loss. Saffron is high in manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar, metabolize carboh...

October 26, 2017

Because we can get most vegetables any time of the year, we may forget that certain vegetables are at their peak flavor in the Fall. A few of my favorite vegetables harvested in the Fall include eggplant, green beans, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes (yams) and of course, winter squash. See Fall Veggie list below. These Fall vegetables are high in fiber, helping us feel fuller, longer, and keeping our digestive system running smoothly.

The most popular Fall vegetables are winter squashes -- butternut squash, acorn squash, and pumpkin, t...

May 14, 2017

Do you sometimes have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Are you waking up in the middle of the night or before your alarm goes off? It’s important for you to understand what’s causing your sleep struggles, and use tips like the ones below to prepare for a restful night.

Getting enough sleep has a positive effect on our health; our bodies are in restore and rejuvenation mode while we’re sleeping; this can help us heal from illnesses and reduce aches and pains in our joints or muscles, for example. Deep sleep also helps reduce st...

December 31, 2016

The New Year is upon us! Have you had time yet to reflect on last year and contemplate your goals for 2017? If not, over the next week or so, consider asking yourself these questions:

1. What were 2016’s positive highlights for you? ( Note: this answer usually helps you get back on track if you need to for the future! )
2. What were your biggest challenges?
3. What made you happiest in 2016?
4. What is one goal you want to achieve in 2017?
5. What bad habit do you want to get rid of next year?

As you reflect on these questions, you are...

September 5, 2016

One of the best healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily life is to eat leafy greens. It’s hard not to notice how mainstream “green drinks” are at your local health food store, and healthy boutique restaurants and juice bars are popping up all over the country! Today it’s easier than ever to eat, drink and slurp your greens! Eat them raw, steamed or sautéed; mix them into a pureed soup; or drink them in a variety of smoothies and juices. We all know greens are good for us, but many of us shy away from eating them. According...

July 15, 2016

Many nutritional studies continue to show that eating spinach helps improve health and reduce the risk of many health issues, from cancer to memory loss to strokes, and heart disease. Here’s a short list of what makes Spinach a SuperHero to your health!

~ Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes
~ Protects against the occurrence of cancer, including colon, lung, skin, oral, stomach, ovarian, prostate, and breast cancer
~ Helps regulate blood pressure
~ Helps build muscle and strong bones
~ Helps prevent memory loss and co...

June 5, 2016

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup almond milk 
1 handful of spinach 
1 serving of vanilla Vega protein shake 
1 tsp of raw cacao 
1 frozen banana 
3 brazil nuts 
2 pitted dates 
1 tsp honey 
sprinkle cinnamon

 

Directions: 

 

Blend in Vitamix/blender. Enjoy!

November 3, 2015

 

November is one of my favorite months of the year… it feels like a giant pause button before the rush of the holidays begin. But November can also be challenging to our health, nutrition and fitness goals. When faced with Thanksgiving entrees, drinks , and desserts, we are often tempted into old habits or mindless eating. And when we overindulge during Thanksgiving, we’re eating foods that are typically high in calories, low in nutrients and contain a lot of sodium, sugar, and saturated fat. That’s one of the main reasons I encourage...

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