The Power of Leafy Greens, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

A lot of people complain, “It’s so hard to get my greens in.” And sometimes your kids won’t even touch the stuff. It’s not easy being green. Yet we still go on feeling irritable, with trouble sleeping, joint pain and congestion.

Making leafy greens a staple in your clean diet might have more power than you think. Take Popeye for example, clearly spinach equals super human powers. I don’t even feel like that after 2 cups of coffee. Leafy greens are a collection of the most nutrient dense foods you can find.

You want the list? Okay… magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, E and K. High in fiber, folic acid, and chlorophyll. Would you like blood purification, clear congestion, improved circulation and organ function, eliminate depression and prevent cancer? Want flush waste out and repair your muscles faster after a workout? Throw some spinach in your smoothie and over flow your lunch time salad with kale. Start considering greens as a main even instead of a side garnish.

I’ll even give you a list to choose from:

Collards, Kale, Spinach, Chard, Leaf Mustard, Broccoli Raab, Dandelion Greens, Watercress, Bok Choy, Chicory, Seaweed, Cereal Grass.

Gasp! You’ll have that sudden realization that you DO feel better when you eat leafy greens. And the childhood thought that it was a HUGE conspiracy to keep you locked at the dinner table goes out the window.

Learn more about the variety that could be on your plate here: http://bodyecology.com/articles/healthiest_greens_guide.php#.UQw0RO3ggmw

Foodie Friday: Save The Seeds!, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Before you throw away the guts of this year’s Jack-O-Lantern, save the seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great healthy snack packed with zinc, magnesium, and vitamins (A, D, E, K). A healthy dose of zinc helps to prevent Osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds also contain L-tryptophan to promote relaxation and have anti-inflammatory properties. Which is especially good when your wrist gets sore from all that carving! So quick and easy, when roasted they are great for a movie snack, party munchies, or a tailgate treat. Get creative with seasonings like cayenne pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, or just a light dusting of salt and pepper.

Check out these two variations on the pumpkin seed roasting.

And don’t forget to send us your favorite tailgating snacks for our Super Bowl Recipe Book! Hope this season’s pumpkin seeds inspire some other snacks!

 

Foods to Fuel, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

You are what you eat?

Almost. You use what you eat. If you don’t eat right you won’t use it right. There’s a science to choosing foods for before a workout. The wrong ones can get stored as fat and slow you down.

You got to put gas in your tank before you drive off, but make sure you’re pre-workout meal or snack is fully digested. A huge meal can weigh you down and decrease your energy. Leave about an hour for the dust to settle and make sure to drink plenty of water with it too. The pre-game snack should be 4 things: low fiber, low fat, low protein and a moderate carbohydrate. Think: whole grains, low fat yogurt, banana, veggie juice.

 If you’re working out first thing in the morning, be aware of your activity level before deciding to skip breakfast. Moderate exercise might be fine on an empty stomach, but if you’re hitting a high intensity for more than 30mins a slice of whole grain toast could be the difference between making it and faking it.

For more tips on what to eat before you exercise: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1074&page=3