Wednesday, June 12, 2019

12 Benefits of Being in Nature and the Outdoors

A friend recently shared with me (during a run in the woods!) that there are so many benefits to being outdoors. It's really great for our mental and physical health, and this naturally is of great benefit to the development of children as well.

Just as I set out to look into the research, I hit gold immediately, as Business Insider had a wonderful article on the topic, including the journal citations (and links to FULL studies!) for each of the various benefits!



I definitely recommend you read through this awesome article written by Lauren Friedman and Kevin Loria: Eleven Scientific Reasons You Should Be Spending More Time Outside

Here is a PDF of the article. 

I can't discuss benefits of being outside without giving a shout out to Vitamin D! Vitamin D is definitely a reason to spend time outside!

And for fun, a few pics out in nature!





Finally, in case you are curious what fueled me through this post...it was brownies, 100% Healthy Fudgy Brownies!


Healthy Fudgy Brownies



Saturday, June 8, 2019

Leafside Home Delivered Plant Based Whole Food Meals!

Leafside Home Delivered Plant Based Whole Food Meals

How's this for a logo? www.goleafside.com

This is such a fabulous idea for people who want to eat healthy on-the-go! For $7.99 with free shipping and handling, you can have a quick, nutritious and tasty meal! These are the first meals we tried!

I loved how you could really taste the raspberries in the sweet bowl! My daughter appreciated that you could NOT taste the mushrooms in the sweet bowl! Nice to for her to get some ERGOTHIONEINE. This is an amino acid primarily present in mushrooms, practically no other food, actually there is a little bit in some foods like organ meats and beans; however, mushrooms have 40x the amount of the closest competitor!

Ergothioneine protects our DNA!

Ergothioneine: A New Vitamin? - this is an article about antioxidants and aging, and here is a link to a video about ergothioneine!

I just love the amazing ingredients provided in one quick, effortless meal! Here is two examples! 

organic cashews
organic buckwheat noodles
non-GMO soy curls
organic white onions
broccoli florets
organic subdried tomatoes
white button mushrooms
organic nutritional yeast
organic flaxseeds
garlic
organic carrots
organic porcini mushrooms
sea salt
organic celery
shallots
organic miso powder
organic mustard seed
organic turmeric
organic lemon
organic black pepper
organic herbs & spices
B12

organic dates
bananas
organic oats
organic raspberries
organic quinoa
organic cacao powder
organic cacao nibs
organic Ceylon cinnamon
organic coconut flour, 
raw macadamia nuts
organic flaxseeds
organic spinach organic kale
organic peas, 
organic beets
organic porcini mushrooms
organic mustard seed
organic herbs and spices
B12


Some Awesome Smoothies:
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Some Savory Meals:
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The savory meals contain salt, however you can ask for SOS-free versions. Note: the ingredients will still include salt and/or miso even though there will be none. On the front there will be a sticker saying "SOS-free".

Also, note that leafside currently only delivers within the US. The company would love to hear FROM YOU where you are from, as they expand internationally.

I can't wait to try them all! Visit www.goLeafSide.com so you can try them too!

You can figure out which meals you enjoy the most and then have some come every few months to have some meals ready when you run out of time and don't want to eat junk!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tribute to the Vegan Junction (AMAZING RESOURCE!)

Thank you to The Vegan Junction (TVJ) for being awesome! I would like to thank a person, but it seems that this website is formed by a community! Well, that's lovely too! People working together to do things even better! 

Check out TVJ's post:
Top 50 Oil-Free Vegan Plant Based Recipe Websites




Woah! I am going to go out on a limb and say this might become one of my favorite resources to share with others because besides these recipe websites, they have all these other awesome "Top 10-ish" lists:

~Reasons Going Vegan Helps Save the Planet
~Health Professionals to Follow
~Whole Food Plant Based Cookbooks
~Plant Based Health and Nutrition Books
~Oil-Free Plant Based Recipe Youtube Channels

Plus, they have a whole tab about Vegan Athletes!

Also, I noticed the words SIMPLICITY and MINIMAL, other topics dear to my heart :) Here is one: Simplicity: the Key to Healthy, Plant-Based Living for Livelong Health
You might also enjoy a post I wrote about a method of organizing your things for life: 10 Reasons to Konmarie Your Home 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Vegan Junction!

COMMENTS: what are your favorite resource pages and sites? Leave a comment below so others can visit!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk with No Dairy, No Added Sugars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk (Non-dairy, no added sugars)

Here is a great way to consume some turmeric without even tasting it! I made it with about 1.5 inches of fresh turmeric root I was making up for not having it yesterday, and frankly, it was easier to throw that much in than to cut a piece. This recipe is that easy! Plus, if you can't taste 1.5 inches of turmeric root, I don't believe your taste buds would ever detect a quarter-inch portion in this drink.


Non-Dairy Chocolate Milk
This is great for breakfast, afternoon snack, or pre- or post-workout fuel! Plus, get 5 Dr Greger Check Marks.

The best part is probable that you get your daily dose of turmeric! Who cares, you ask? Me, nutritional science, anyone with inflammation, and anyone who doesn't want inflammation! Hello people, muscle soreness is often due to inflammation!

Regarding science, in recent years, more than 5000 medical articles have been published about turmeric's curcumin, and it may play a role in preventing and treating lung disease, brain disease, and a variety of cancers (p. 351 of How Not to Die).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk

2 Tbsp unweet cocoa
1 Tbsp ground flax
3 medjool dates, pitted (just split with hands) or 6 deglet noor
1/4 c peanuts (or hemp seeds for pure chocolate milk)
1/4" up to an inch of turmeric root (or 1/4 tsp turmeric powder)
Dash pepper
1 c cold water
1 c ice

Blend all but the ice until smooth (45 sec on my Blendtec). Add ice and blend once more (20 sec). Enjoy!


Other drink recipes to get your daily dose of turmeric
include hot cocoa, super juice, and ginger latte!
Snow day Hot Cocoa (see here MORE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC)
Super Juice (Majenta Magic Potion)


Ginger Latte


IN OTHER NEWS:


Super exciting! Dr. Michael Greger's NEW book is coming out:

Dec 10, 2019!

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On Sunday, I had the amazing pleasure and joy to run the Cleveland Marathon with these awesome womenSister Anna Rosa and Sister Agnes are shining examples of Christ's light! Consider donating to their special order. God bless!

Sr Anna and Sr Agnes were guests on a podcast to share their faith and fears of their marathon journey! ENJOY!

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Marathon Morning!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Easy Blueberry Muffins are an easy way to get some fruit (bananas and dates), flax, berry, and grain Daily Dozen Checkmarks with out any added sugar, oil, or salt!



Easy Blueberry Muffins

14 pitted dates
4 ripe bananas
1/4 c ground flaxseed
1/2 c warm water
2 c whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 c wild blueberries, tiny, frozen

In large mixing bowl, combine flour and powders. In high-speed blender, combine fruit, flax, and water. Add wet ingredients from blender to dry mixture. Combine only until dry is all wet, careful not to over-mix. Fold in berries. Fill muffin pan. I love silicone bakeware. I make a dozen muffins and then make what's left into "cookies" (you could probably get another 2-3 muffins). Bake at 350 for 60 min.

After you let them cool, muffins come out of silicone pan easily - no need to grease the pan. 

BERRY BUZZ
Try to have at least 1/2 cup of berries or 1/4 cup of raisins every day! It'll help your brain stay young and keep those aging free radicals way! Cherries and grapes also count! The darker the better! So for grapes, choose red over green, blackberries over raspberries, dark raisins over golden. More color means more benefit to your body! 

Easy Blueberry Muffins are very similar to Chocolate Cake Breakfast Muffins and Smooth and Sweet Banana Bread, and more flavors are coming! 

Feel free to share your concoctions here!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars

These hazelnut energy bars are addicting!

If you have ever had Nutella, and been missing the taste, this recipe will be exciting for you!

For me, the secret is buying roasted hazelnuts. I have tried roasting them myself, but haven't gotten that quite right.

You can check off the healthy foods of nuts, flax, and a fruit with this tasty snack!
See Dr Greger's Daily Dozen.


Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars / "Nutella" Squares
1/2c walnuts
3/4c hazelnuts, roasted*
1/2c flaxseed, ground
3/4c dates, pitted
1/4c cocoa, unsweetened
1 Tbsp water

Blend nuts, flax, and dates in a food processor ~ about 2 min. Then add cocoa and water to prevent cocoa from coming out the tiny openings of your food processor.

Form dough into whatever shape you like! It was fun pressing into a 9x9" pan and cutting into squares. Freezing briefly (20 min) before cutting helps, but is not necessary. Enjoy!

*remember, roasted hazelnuts are key!



Try other flavors! (I call these "Laraballs"...after Larabars :) )

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chocolate Cake Breakfast Muffins

Chocolate Cake Breakfast Muffins are a great way to start your day!

These treats are great for any time! They provide several Dr Greger check marks: 2 "other fruits", flax, and whole grains! Plus, they are nut-free, so they are great for school lunches and snacks!

You really can use this recipe as a healthy chocolate cake! It's very tasty and sweet!

Chocolate Cake Breakfast Muffins
Chocolate Cake Breakfast Muffins
10 dates, pitted
4 bananas (extra ripe = extra sweet)
1/4 c flaxseed, ground (so you absorb the nutrition, also I sometimes add another 1/4 c for more nutrition)
1 c warm water
2 c whole wheat flour (pastry flour makes them extra fluffy!)
1 Tbsp baking powder (Trader Joe's sells aluminum-free)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c cocoa, unsweetened (you could add a bit more for even more chocolaty treats)

Combine first 4 ingredients in blender. Combine last 4 ingredients in large bowl. Then add wet to dry and mix until well combined, careful not to over mix.

Pour batter into 9x9" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 min, or until cooked through. I love my silicone bakeware. 

You might notice, this is basically my Smooth and Sweet Banana Bread recipe plus 1/2 cup cocoa! So versatile! How do you mix it up?!

Here is another variation on proportions (without bananas) to make more of a "cookie" and it's still very nutritious!


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