Why you should drink green juices or smoothies?

green-smoothie1Looking to incorporate more greens and vegetables into your diet but aren’t sure how?  Do you run low on energy? Or long for more vibrant glowing skin?  I may have an idea for you….

If you aren’t someone that has already jumped on the green juice or green smoothie wagon, you may want to be.  These are two great ways to pleasantly get more dark leafy greens and alkaline vegetables into your daily diet.

One of the best investments I’ve made in my health and my family’s health is my juicer.  I finally bought it last winter after much trepidation ….would I really use it enough to justify the cost? Is it too big and cumbersome? You get the drill, but I started juicing right away and didn’t stop for months so I quickly put those doubts to rest.  You don’t need a juicer though; a basic blender can get you on the road to making smoothies today.

What’s the difference?  Well when vegetables and fruits are put through a juicer all the juice and nutrients are extracted for you to drink and the fibrous portion is with held in your juicer basket.  Juices are the easiest on the body to digest since there is no fiber for the digestive system to have to break down; they are a smoother drink without the pulp and are fully packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll.

When making a smoothie the fruit and vegetables along with water or milk and other ingredients are added to a blender and blended to your consistency of choice.  Smoothies contain all the vitamins and minerals from the ingredients as well as the fiber from the fruit and vegetables for a more substantive drink.  Which you choose to go with really does depend on your preference and what it is you’re looking for.  Here is a how to and a couple of my favorite recipes.read more

The Easiest Way To Keep Yourself Healthy

 

When I first learned about this practice I was a little put off and a bit perplexed, how could swishing oil around in my mouth be beneficial to my health let alone cleansing?  I’m a bit embarrassed to say that what finally sold me was when I learned of its great teeth whitening capabilities.  I was curious enough and ready to give it a try based on this promise alone though I soon learned the benefits of oil pulling went far beyond what I imagined. how-olive-oil-works-3

 

Originating in India from the teachings of Ayurvedic medicine oil pulling was later introduced to the western world by Dr. F. Karach and studied even further by Dr. Bruce Fife.  To many the idea of oil pulling and its claims were too simple to be taken seriously and therefore dismissed and discredited.  But why does something have to be complex to be effective?  Besides there is little risk in trying something so natural so I decided to give it a go.  read more

Dairy-free chocolate mousse

 

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day!  Just a quick idea for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day if you’re game. 
 
I’m always looking for creamy delicious dairy-free alternatives for my little ones but they are quite particular in their tastes so it isn’t always an easy feat.  This recipe was appealing on all counts as it had few ingredients all of which I had on hand (always a bonus), involved coconut and was a hit with both my children.  In fact, the consensus was that it was actually a bit too chocolatey.       We decided that next time I should put a bit less of the cocoa or perhaps mixing it with some whipped coconut cream to lighten the whole mousse in general (ok, that one was my idea, wish I thought of it sooner).read more

Decipher your winter workout needs

 

_MG_6410 The weather in the Northeast has been brutally cold as of late, as I understand it the cold front has affected much of the country so we’re not alone but I’m ready for it to pass.  As I’ve chosen to hibernate the past couple days it got me thinking about how dramatically exercise routines change come the winter season and how that can affect our mood and our health in general.  One of the main principles of Ayurveda is how ‘like increases like’ which means that if you are feeling cold and damp eating or drinking something cold in nature will only increase that feeling.  Makes sense, don’t you think?  So what happens when we begin to apply this idea beyond the food and drinks we consume and carry it over into our fitness routines?  Interesting.read more

The magic is in the chewing.

photo (21)This time of the year is definitely the most popular for  many considering a cleanse, the start of the New Year.  Whether it is a fresh start mentality, we’ve overindulged over the holidays or we just think we should you’ll see all kinds of cleanses offered in January. Although I completely understand the desire I do think this time of the year in cold weather climates can be difficult for many body types.  There are some body compositions that just can’t take anything too harsh like complete juice or liquid cleanses and/or raw food cleanses.  If you’re a Vata dominant person you may find that too many raw. cold foods and drinks leave you feeling the same, raw and cold which then leaves your immune system vulnerable.read more