Double Date

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DATES // your perfect energy booster

 

Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose and sucrose. Therefore, they are a perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy.

Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish.


Since I don’t consume any form of caffeine I typically have to get creative when that inevitable afternoon crash comes.

(Your body temp drops around 3pm on the reg, causing that lovely afternoon crash)

I have tried jumping jacks to get the blood movin’ but that typically causes some stares, peppermints (eating and smelling it’s oil), and a nice cold-pressed juice but those things can get redundant after a while.

When I found out my newest afternoon snack gave a great energy boost, I was given an even greater incentive to enjoy them.

I challenge you to put down your artificial sweetener filled coffee or your nasty Red Bull -esque energy drink and ingest something natural to help boost your energy.

Do you accept? If so, here is the recipe!

ALMOND BUTTER STUFFED DATES

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Medjool Dates

Almond Butter

Cacao Nibs

Goji Berries

  1. Cut open the center of the date, removing the seed. I use my hands typically but these guys can get pretty sticky.
  2. With a sandwich knife, fill the center of the date with almond butter as well as the top making it look like the date has been dipped into the almond butter.
  3. Roll or sprinkle your toppings onto the almond butter. This recipe can be used with so many other toppings; almonds, pistachios, shredded coconut, etc.
  4. Enjoy!

100 DAYS IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!

Quick tangent: I cannot believe I have gone this many days without getting a cold, sinus infection, etc. It’s honestly been “always something” since my freshman year of college!! (2005) This is a great feeling and I truly owe all of it to NUTRITION…food truly can be medicine. It’s proven so for me! I really cannot wait to see my friends and loved ones lives and health improve when they realize what you put in your body affect how you feel.

-C

Ch-ch-ch-CHIA {SEEDS}

AdobeStock_87911504-Small-e1445636301302.jpgCHIA SEEDS // high in many important bone nutrients

Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health.

This includes calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and protein. The calcium content in particularly impressive…18% of the RDA in a single ounce.

Gram for gram, this is higher than most dairy products. Chia seeds may be considered an excellent source of calcium for those who do not eat dairy.


 

I must admit, this may be my favorite breakfast to date. The flavors went together so perfectly–imagine a little sweet + tart all at once. (The toppings I chose for this breakfast were– mangoes, cacao nibs, goji berries, passion fruit and a few mint leaves.)

Not only did it taste great but it was very easy to make. The chia pudding I made the night before and then just added the toppings in the morning. Ate this bad boy while getting ready for work, my favorite way to have breakfast.

I slowly have been removing animal products from my diet to help my joint pain and inflammation. After my friend Kristin posted an awful video of how cows are mistreated at certain facilities and how nasty milk truly is being made, it was easy for me to quit the stuff.

Chia seeds have become a big source of calcium for me since removing milk from my diet. If you too have recently cut dairy from your life or have an intolerance, add some chia seeds to your diet to get that calcium! Especially for the females reading, its very important to have good bone health.

Here you go!

BEET CHIA PUDDING

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1 small raw beet (shave the skin off and roughly chop)

6-7 tbs chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 1/2 tbs of honey or maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. In a blender on high speed, add the chopped beets and almond milk until the beet is well pulverized.
  2. Pour into a jar of your choosing and mix in the chia seeds, honey and vanilla, stirring up to a minute to ensure no clumps form.
  3. Let sit overnight to enjoy the next morning or for at least 3-4 hours
  4. Enjoy!

92 DAYS IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY!

Chickpea Party

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CHICKPEAS // help support wound healing and bone development

Garbanzo beans also contain vitamins and minerals and significantly boost your intake of manganese and folate.

The mineral manganese helps support bone development and would healing and also help carry out chemical reactions important to your metabolism.

A 1-cup serving of chickpeas contains 1.7 milligrams of manganese, approximately 94% of the daily recommended intake for women, or 74% of the RDA for men, according to the Linus Pauling institute.

Folate,  or Vitamin B-9, aids in new cell growth and brain cell communication and protects against genetic mutations that contribute to cancer development.

Eating a cup of chickpeas provides you with 282 micrograms of folate, or 71% of your daily folate requirements, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center.


 

Some “fun” issues that come from having EDS (Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome) & Celiac is that my wounds don’t heal as well and I am at risk of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, my bone density is decreasing (slowly) but luckily thru research I have found ways that hopefully can help me in these departments.

When I came across the benefits of chickpeas, I knew they needed to be added to my daily regiment. Thank goodness for Instagram because I have come across so many recipes to integrate them into wonderful meatless but protein packed meals!

Do I know if this will help with my bone density or wound healing? No, but I am willing to experiment with really delicious and nutrient-packed meals to find out!

Today’s recipe was very easy to make and definitely out of the norm of what I typically create. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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CHICKPEA AND COCONUT CURRY SPINACH SOUP

2 tbs olive oil

1/2 onion diced

3 cloves garlic minced

1.5 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 can full-fat coconut milk

1 can chickpeas, drained + rinsed

1 tbs lemon juice

4 handfuls of fresh baby spinach

salt + pp to taste

  1. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over low heat
  2. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add in garlic, curry, red pepper flakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes
  4. Add in the coconut milk and chickpeas, bring to a gentle boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Lastly, add in the lemon juice and spinach and cook for 1 minute until the spinach leaves are lightly wilted.
  6. Taste, season with salt and pp and serve warm.
  7. Enjoy!

90 DAYS IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY!

 

Raspberries // your fats worst enemy

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RASPBERRIES // have the potential to improve management in obesity

Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone).

By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen production and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients like rheosmin may be able to decrease the risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver.

In addition to these benefits, rheosmin can decrease activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by our pancreas called pancreatic lipase. This decrease in enzyme activity may result in less digestion and absorption of fat.


Breakfast doesn’t have to be super fancy or well thought out–It literally can be the same cereal everyday but with different additives.

Why have just cereal when there are so many ways to change it up? I don’t care for repetition so by adding new “toppings” to my cereal I constantly feel like I am changing it up while getting delicious nutrients to start my day.

My current rotation for cereal toppings are:

granola + raspberries + chia seeds

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bananas + blueberries + chia seeds

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Other delicious and nutritious toppings include:

-goji berries

-cacao nibs

-strawberries

-coconut shavings

-flax seed

-hemp seeds

-passion fruit

-maca powder

-spirulina

How will you change up your morning routine?

83 DAYS IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY!

 

-C