nutritionist and exercise physiologist
nutritionist and exercise physiologist
Just kidding, you can have all of this delicious roasted tomato soup that you want!
Tomatoes get a lot of buzz in the nutrition world and for good reason. Tomatoes are loaded with the most well known antioxidant/carotenoid, lycopene.
What is lycopene, and why is it so great?
Lycopene is a carotenoid found in tomatoes which gives it that beautiful bright red color along with a host of other powerful health benefits. Tomatoes have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti inflammatory, and cardiovascular benefits. Lycopene has been linked with prostate cancer prevention in several studies. Continue Reading →
On the menu tonight: Coconut-Lime Pulled Chicken Tacos!
Coconut-Lime Pulled Chicken Tacos Makes 4 servings
1. Remove the meat from the chicken, then use your fingers to pull any larger chunks into bite-size pieces.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken, coconut milk, cumin, lime zest and juice, and hot sauce. Simmer until heated through and thick. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat. Stir in the cilantro, then divide the mixture between the tortillas.
3. Top each serving with shredded cabbage and avocado. Or choose any toppings you like!
When schedules get crazy and hectic, easy dinner recipes are a must – and this DELICIOUS ginger kale bowl couldn’t be easier to throw together after a busy day.
Simply chop up some garlic and ginger, stir-fry with some ground turkey (or a can of chickpeas for my vegetarian friends), add a bunch of kale and VOILA………..You just made a ginger kale bowl! The most complicated part of this recipe is the cauliflower rice (which is not complicated at all – just throw in a food processor and pop in the oven for 20 minutes). For heartier appetites, you can serve over rice or quinoa.
This yummy recipe is gluten free, dairy free and has vegan options. Cauliflower is high in glucosinolates, that may help lower the risk of cancer. Cauliflower is also high in Vitamin C and Vtamin K, an essential vitamin. Ginger is a digestive stimulant and helps with blood circulation and garlic is anti-inflammatory, the perfect combo for fighting winter germs . Kale is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, C, K and folate. It also helps combat inflammation.
Recipe inspiration from Food and Wine
OH, YUMMY GOODNESS!
I found this recipe on one of my favorite vegan websites, Naturally Sassy. These balls are VERY easy to prepare and can be made in under 5 minutes! I make big batch on Sunday and keep them in the fridge all week.
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2) Place the peanuts on a roasting tray and roast for around 5-10 minutes until golden brown, but not burnt.
3) Add the peanuts to your food processor and pulse until the nuts are coarse (around 30 seconds).
4) Add the medjool dates and cinnamon process again, for around 2-3 minutes.
5) Shape into balls and roll in the coconut. Yum! Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If you are looking for more great energy ball recipes,
check out my recipe for RAW BALLS.
I hear this alot from clients: “I am addicted to sugar.”
Why is it so hard to kick the sugar habit…..to the point that we actually feel like an addict? The answer might be found by taking a closer look at our biology.
In a 2007 study, researchers found that given the choice between sugar-water and cocaine, rats chose sugar water every time. Astonishingly, when researchers increased the concentration of cocaine, the rats still choose more sugar-water.
Conclusion? Our brains are hypersensitive to the effects of sugar.
When the sweet receptors in our brain are over-stimulated by sugary diets, the sugar easily overrides our mechanisms for self-control.
In other words, after that first bite of ice cream, it’s hard for most of us to stop. Our brain is literally telling us Go for it! Eat more!
Breaking the Sugar Habit
So if sugar can easily overrides our self-control, what are some strategies we can use to help break the sugar habit?
1. Don’t skip meals.
When we don’t eat enough food during the day, our body naturally craves a quick boost of energy like sugar. Remember that late afternoon candy binge? Do you find yourself snacking on junk food when you get home from work? Not going hungry is the simplest way to reduce cravings. So when you’re craving sugar, check-in with yourself to make sure you’ve eaten enough during the day. Did you skip breakfast? Only had a small lunch? Focus on whole foods like grass-fed meats, omega-3 rich wild fish, vegetables and greens, nutritious grains like quinoa and millet, and good fats like avocados, nuts, seeds and coconut oil. Adding sufficient amounts of these foods into your diet will dramatically cut your sugar cravings.
Tip: Have a green smoothie when you get home from work/school to avoid binging on junk food.
Dehydration can cause sugar cravings. When you feel a craving, try drinking alot of water. A great strategy is is to start your day by drinking water with lemon and having a green smoothie for breakfast. Get your system hydrated and infuse your body with easily digestible nutrients in the morning, and you will be setting yourself up for healthy eating for the rest of the day. I usually recommend 2 liters of water per day, so keep your water bottle full and with you at all times.
3. Eat fruit or use liquid stevia.
When you want something sweet, eat fruit or use stevia as a sweetener. Stevia is a plant with sweet leaves that is often used as a low-carbohydrate, low glycemic sugar that doesn’t feed yeast or fungus in the body or cause cravings. You can add stevia to teas, smoothies or deserts.
Tip: Add a dash of liquid stevia to lemon and water. This makes a delicious and healthy lemonade.
3. Eat sour and fermented foods.
When your craving says I need sugar, hit it with the opposite. Eat sour and fermented foods like sauerkrauts and kimchee. These foods give you a blast of probiotics and nutrients that cut sugar cravings. Look for unpasteurized krauts at your health food store or easily make them at home.
4. Take a high quality probiotic.
When our gut bacteria is out of balance, we crave sugar. Probiotics help replenish intestinal flora and restore balance to the digestive system. They help tip the scale back towards good bacteria and away from bad bacteria, fungus and yeast.
Most of us will enjoy sugary treats once in a while. And most of us will over indulge sometimes too! Do not waste any of your energy rehashing the details of what you ate or drank last night! Focus on the positives……..Who where you celebrating life with? Your body is an amazing and resilient ball of energy & vibrance! A few sweet moments debauchery are not going to change that. Start tomorrow with a nutritious green drink and go conquer the day!