• What is Kefir
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    9 Things You Should Know About Kefir

    If you have been paying attention to the latest food trends that are making waves as a result of being not only delicious but extremely nutritious, chances are you have heard of kefir. It might have become more mainstream in the last couple of years, but kefir has been around for centuries. What exactly is kefir and how does it play a role in benefiting our health and body? This article will give a detailed explanation of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this wonder drink, and more.   What is Kefir? What happens when you combine bacteria and yeast and allow them to ferment? You end up with…

  • chocolate benefits
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    What is Cacao? – What is Cocoa?

    Have you heard of this great stuff called chocolate? Sure you have: Americans eat 2.8 Billion pounds of it per year! You’re also probably aware that chocolate isn’t great for you. It’s a high-calorie food stuffed with sugar. But what if I told you that chocolate could actually be good for you? Welcome to the wonderful world of cacao! What is Cacao? Cacao is the word ascribed to the minimally processed bean (seed) that is harvested from the Theobroma cacao tree. But what are the Cacao Health Benefits? It’s a tree (Theobroma cacao tree) and if you think that is surprising those cocoa “beans” your imagining are not beans…they are…

  • details of quinoa
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    What is Quinoa?

    What is Quinoa? You’ve heard about it on TV. Maybe you’ve seen it in your health-food store. The health benefits of quinoa are legendary, even though it only became a staple of mainstream cuisine around 2008. But what is quinoa? And, more importantly, how do you say it? What is Quinoa? Quinoa is most often pronounced KEEN-wah. It’s an ancient Peruvian superfood that humans have been eating for at least 5,000 years! The edible part of the quinoa plant, the part served steaming hot in good restaurants, is the seed. These tiny little dots usually have to be harvested by hand and thoroughly processed. As you can imagine, that’s pretty…

  • Nutrition Facts of Asparagus
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    Asparagus Benefits with Bacon!

    Sometimes you come across foods that are packed with secret benefits – often overlooked. Today I bring to you one of those treats. Asparagus! It’s small, green, and looks a little tree-like. But do you know why this little vegetable is so important? What are the Benefits of Asparagus? Powerful Source of Vitamin K Anti-inflammatory A Natural Diuretic. Helps with Digestion High in Fiber High in Vitamin B1 Helps Fight Cancer Contains Antioxidants   Asparagus contains vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B-6, B-12, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, niacin (vitamin B-3), and folate. It also contains the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and fluoride.…

  • Diets,  Fitness,  Health,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Why it’s Hard to Eat Good and How You Fix It

    Problem: Eating bad foods causes weight gain, visceral fat, and life shortening health problems. The habit of eating “bad” is not your fault – high sugar and high carb foods are a staple of the western diet. Supermarkets are often a mine field of unhealthy foods. This post will show you how to eat clean. Good News: Although you may not be responsible for the problem. You are responsible for your own “recovery”. The simple and easy steps below will allow you to coast into the benefits and fun of living with a lean body. Challenge: Eating clean healthy food is hard even when its something I really want to…

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    5 Easy After Workout Recovery Meals

    What do you do after a work out? I will usually remember a little whey protein, but I don’t often eat. Bottom Line: After a workout it is important to refill energy stores (glycogen), stop protein breakdown, and repair muscle (aid protein synthesis). The sweet spot regarding time is the first 60 minutes after a workout for best absorption. Note: If your body is in a mild form of ketosis – and you know who you are. You would have to add fatty foods and skip the sweet potatoes. Don’t worry, your abs will thank you latter!   Halibut + Broccoli Halibut Nutrition Facts; 100-gram serving of halibut contains 140…

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    Nutritional Yeast Facts

    I have noticed a trend of people looking for information about Nutritional Yeast. So, I complied some interesting Nutritional Yeast Facts for you. Enjoy! Bottom Line – The more I study this topic the more I conclude nutritional yeast is an excellent way to boost your supplementation of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Note; our “everyday” foods have had about a 40% decrease in nutrient content in the last 50 years. Supplementation is now necessary for you to get what your body needs for optimum health. (source) Why is Nutritional Yeast Good for You? Nutritional yeast is considered a “complete protein” it contains 18 essential amino acids that the body can’t…

  • studying sugar
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    What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Sugar?

    What Happens When You Quit Sugar? Your risk of contracting about 70 health disorders will begin to plummet. Your brain will sharpen. You will soon crave less sugar. You will begin to lose weight. Here’s the bad news… you will (for a short time) experience signs of withdrawal similar to someone who is coming off drugs or alcohol (yikes). We all know of people that suffer from alcohol addiction. Although a person is sometimes pre disposed to this sickness the trap usually gets its start like this… A person takes a drink and at once feelings of fear, insecurity and discontent are quieted. The brain being the awesome thing that it…

  • What is the Keto Diet
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    What is the Keto Diet?

    The ketogenic diet is when you tell your body “hey, burn fat instead of carbs when you need energy” General Dietary Guidelines – 5% Carbs, 10-20% Protein, 70-85% Fats High fat, low carb, ample protein. We can change the bodies fuel by changing what we eat. The foods outlined below will build up “ketones” (energy from fat) and cut out “glycogen” (energy from carbs). Ketosis Expanded Explanation The USDA recommends that our daily diet consist of between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates. If you are like me this number is much greater. The American Heart Association says to limit added sugars (daily) to 38 grams or 9 teaspoons. However,…

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    Meal Ideas for Your 3 Year Old Child

    Healthy Meal Ideas for Toddler Do you remember when… Here is the old food pyramid shown below. Some hardcore health researchers were a bit taken back (horrified) by “added sugar” being on the pyramid. Furthermore, you have probably noticed a few recent diet recommendations where protein and fats are not so bad. The new food pyramid or rather “My Plate” is a bit easier to swallow Rapid growth and development occurs during the preschool years – ages 2 through 5. A child grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains 4 to 5 pounds each year.[1] Proper nutrition and opportunities to play and be physically active are critical to ensuring…