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3 Day Gluten-Free Diet Menu
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Gluten-free diets aren’t just for those with celiac disease. In fact, many people find that a gluten free diet offers many health benefits even if they don’t have severe allergies to this type of protein. If you are considering going gluten free, here doctors suggest removing foods containing gluten from your diet for a few weeks, to see if there are any benefits gained from leaving this common ingredient out completely. Here are a few things to watch for if you are wondering if a gluten free diet might benefit your health. Common digestive upset including gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. These are also often symptoms experienced after consuming gluten for adults, and children. Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin on the back of the arms is sometimes the result of a fatty acid, and/or Vitamin A deficiency, secondary to the malabsorption of fat caused the damage gluten can do to the gastrointestinal tract. Brain fog, a sluggish tired feeling after eating and fatigue is also common for people after consuming gluten. Immune system problems including reoccurring infections, or the diagnosis of autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis or even multiple sclerosis. Dizziness, or a  feeling of being off balance and other neurologic symptoms are common for those with even slight gluten intolerance. Migraine headaches and/or chronic fatigue, and pains that doctors cannot pinpoint the cause of. Sudden mood changes, anxiety, depression, and trouble paying attention for extended periods of time. Going Gluten-Free Gluten is Read More »

Digestive Health Foods: The Best and the Worst
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Digestive health is something that affects your immunity, energy levels, overall health and sense of well-being. While another gift-giving holiday approaches, along with tons of tempting foods, including chocolates, cakes and candies to and from your Valentine, your digestive system may need an extra boost after the goodies are gone. So here are the best, and worst foods for your digestive system to help you maintain a feeling of vitality all year long. Best Foods for Regular Digestion: Papaya contains digestive enzymes including papain that helps to break down proteins in the digestive tracts. After a hearty steak dinner with your loved one, sweeten the meal and support your GI tract with a few slices of this delicious fruit. Avocado is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a combination of essential fats including Omega-3, and Omega-6 to support healthy mental functions, muscle building and joint health, but it also aids in the release of existing enzymes in your mouth that support the digestive process. Bananas are a great on-the-go snack and you can add them to your daily menu to help neutralize the acidity of gastric juices. This promotes regularity and satisfies a sweet tooth. Leafy Green Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients including a specific compound that promotes intestinal health. They also can help to balance bacterial levels in the gut to support immune system function, and a healthy gastrointestinal system. Mangos are just plain delicious, and they provide the body enzymes that help to cleanse the Read More »

3 Chocolate Cake Recipes You Can Make for Valentine’s Day
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Chocolate is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your overall health. Cocoa contains healthful antioxidants and also boosts the production of important brain chemicals involved in maintaining your good mood. So as one of the sweetest of holidays approaches, get your apron on and try some of these decedent chocolate cakes out. You can always make another one for your Valentine. 1. Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake This cake is Mexican in origin and is loaded with nutrients. Full of zucchini, it also has a delicious glaze on top, and satisfies chocolate, and veggie cravings. Soooo good! Ingredients: For the Cake 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup butter 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk 3 cups grated zucchini 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup chopped walnuts For the Glaze: 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: The Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter mixture. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt Read More »

3 Gluten-Free Recipes That Are Surprisingly Easy
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Gluten-free menus don’t have to be difficult to make. If you’re going gluten free this year, here are 3 go-to recipes you can use any day of the week! Gluten-Free Pizza Crust This is a must-have recipe for anyone ready to go gluten-free. Add any of your favorite toppings to customize this dough, and make pizza night your way. Ingredients: 1 cup tapioca starch 1 cup sorghum flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup brown rice flour 1/2 cup GF millet flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 tablespoons organic light brown sugar 1 and 1/4 cups warm water (between 110 – 115ºF) 1 teaspoon organic light brown sugar – for proofing the yeast 1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast 1/4 cup good olive oil 1/4 cup beaten organic free-range egg whites (or egg replacer for two eggs) 1/4 teaspoon light tasting rice vinegar Directions: Grease two 12-inch pizza pans and dust lightly with gluten-free cornmeal or rice flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the GF flours and dry ingredients. Proof the yeast in 1 cup warm water with a pinch of sugar. Add the proofed yeast and water to the dry ingredients. Add the oil, eggs and vinegar. Beat the dough until smooth and sticky. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water if you need to. The pizza dough should be creamy smooth and not too thick- it’s not sturdy like typical bread dough. Will have the Read More »

Most Common Food Allergies You Didn’t Know You Had
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It’s estimated that about 1 in every 5 Americans suffers from some kind of food allergy. They are a common cause of a variety of symptoms that often go unnoticed. But if you find that you aren’t feeling your best, try eliminating some of the following foods for a few days and if you start to feel better you may want to eliminate them completely. Here are the top 4 most common foods that cause allergies: Coffee allergies are usually caused by the amounts of caffeine contained in this popular beverage. They can be difficult to detect because the stimulating effects of coffee often mask the symptoms. Common symptoms including itchiness of the mouth and throat, skin discoloration, and sensitivity to light can occur along with restlessness, nervousness and even mood swings. Milk allergy is usually caused by cows milk but can also occur with sheep, or goats milk. This is an easy allergy to avoid with all of the milk substitutes out there like soy, and almond mil. Common symptoms range from mild to sever and can include everything from wheezing, to vomiting hives and digestive problems. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, but they are also among the top foods for allergies, especially in children Symptoms usually occur just a few minutes after eating foods that contain eggs and range minor skin rashes, to nasal inflammation and sever digestive problems. Wheat allergies are very common and going gluten-free ahs become popular because many people have Read More »

Go Organic! Monsanto Protection Act Removed From Spending Bill
Posted By on October 6th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 56
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Organic eaters have finally made their millions of voices heard! The Monsanto Protection Act has been removed from a Senate spending bill, which is music to the ears of many who’ve been hoping this would happen.This resolution occurred earlier this week and the provision is set to expire at the end of the month. This takes away protection of the biotech company to ultimately end the sale of GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) known to have damaging health effects. It’s been a heated debate, but organic eaters have finally made the impact they were hoping for. However, the fight against GMOs isn’t over yet. There are still labeling laws that do not require genetically modified organisms to be listed on foods, and other products you use every day! So stay true you organic foodies, with these great natural foods: Bob’s Red Mill makes organic ingredients for a healthy lifestyle. With so many gluten-free blends to choose from you can make a gluten-free lifestyle easy! Use these flours, baking ingredients, hot cereals, soups and others part of your organic cabinet essentials. Here’s a recipe from Bob’s you can use today! Ingredients: 1 cup wheat bran 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat flour 1/2 cup natural raisins 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup honey 2 Tbsp organic vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten Directions: Step 1 Stir together: bran, flour, soda and baking powder. Then stir in raisins and set aside. Blend milk, molasses, oil and egg. Read More »

Quest Bar: Curb Cravings, and Satisfy Hunger with These Low-Carb Bars!
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Quest Bars are low-carb, gluten-free protein pars that can help you reach your diet and weight loss goals! These protein bars have just a few non-fiber carbs to help you lose fat, build lean muscle, and control your carbohydrate intake. Quest Bars are all created with complex carbohydrates, almost all from inert fiber so you feel full, while maintaining stable blood sugar levels. If you have found that low-carb dieting is the key to your success, add Quest Bars to your diet to help you reach your goals. Until now there was really no way to get the same kind of progress offered by such a unique combination of carbs, and protein. But you can get a perfect meal, that fits right in you pocket with these tasty bars. Try a Quest Bar in any of the following varieties to reach your finish line! Vanilla Almond Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll Chocolate Brownie Strawberry Cheesecake Mixed Berry Bliss Coconut Cashew Peanut Butter Supreme Lemon Cream Pie Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Nut Muffin Quest Bars and Other Nutrition Bars Dare to dream of reaching your health, diet, or fitness goal in just a fraction of the time! At Quest, they know what it’s like to pursue a dream, and reach a goal. Their mission is to provide a protein bar that offers the highest quality protein, along with other nutrients proven to cut cravings, reduce appetite, increase satiety and help you reach your goals, faster. Quest Bars Read More »

Easy Quinoa Recipes for Energy and Stamina
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Quinoa is a grain used by the Ancient Aztecs as an energy food before battle. If ancient warriors ate this grain to provide their bodies nutrients necessary for sustained energy through a battle, imagine what it can do for you! When it comes to the nutrient profile of quinoa, it really doesn’t have much competition. Here’s how it breaks down: just one cup of quinoa contains protein, essential fats, vitamins including vitamin A, E, and B along with minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium along with slow-digesting carbohydrates and fiber! With all of these nutrients packed into a light and fluffy grain, you might want to consider adding this super grain to your diet. There are SO many different ways to use it, but if you haven’t heard about quinoa yet here are a few ideas to help you bring it to your table. Quinoa Smoothies This versatile superfood can really transform any ffood. Add it to any smoothie recipe to boost nutrient content or to make a perfect protein shake, either pre or post-workout! It’s a low-glycemic grain and a great alternative to harder to digest protein shakes, for pre-workout energy, or post-workout recovery. Here’s a simple quinoa smoothie recipe you can try: Strawberry Banana Quinoa Smoothie 1 cup cooked quinoa, rinsed ½ large banana 1 cup strawberries ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp honey Add all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Use any other fresh fruits or veggies you’d like taste, and Read More »

Going Gluten-Free: A Full Meal Menu Plan
Posted By on March 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 25
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Gluten-free diets are great for people with Celiac disease, or for those who simply would like to try a new, healthy diet. Gluten-free cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, or difficult. Many people suffer from symptoms of celiac disease or simply experience allergic reactions when they eat foods that contain gluten (a preservative protein used to flavor foods). These symptoms often go unnoticed, and many people don’t even know they are experiencing symptoms until they go gluten-free and realize the health benefits. So we put together a full menu for you to try, whether you are going gluten-free or already have discovered the numerous benefits of a gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free Appetizer – Smoky Chipotle Hummus Ingredients 2 (15.5 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste) 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 2 cloves garlic Directions Place the garbanzo beans, water, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, chipotle pepper, garlic, and cumin in the bowl of a food processor; blend until smooth. Add the red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Pulse the mixture until the ingredients are coarsely chopped into the hummus base. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and chill until ready to serve. Gluten-Free Soup – Lentil Soup Ingredients 2 cups dry lentils 2 quarts chicken broth 1 onion, diced 1/4 cup tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ground cumin Directions In a large saucepan combine lentils, broth, onion, tomato Read More »

Raise the Bar – Organic Snacks for the Holidays
Posted By on December 31st, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 22
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Organic snacks are a great way to get essential nutrients your body needs for health and energy, especially during the winter season. The holidays can leave you overworked and undernourished not to mention in a hurry. Make these your go-to organic snacks. KIND organic snack bars provide everything your body needs to stay healthy from the inside out including healthy omega fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. No fuss, no mess – just fast, delicious nutrition on-the-go. Essential Nutrients for Your Health KIND Bars combine fruits, nuts and other Superfood ingredients to deliver a healthy alternative to processed food snacks. These organic snacks pack in tons of nuts that contain essential fatty acids like omega fats which support proper mental function, a healthy immune system, strong and healthy joints and more! Did you know that omega-3 fats have been shown in clinical studies to support weight loss? A recent study found that a diet rich in omega fats including long chain omega-3 fatty acids can actually help reduce food intake by helping you feel fuller longer. Researchers reported that subjects who ate a dinner rich in omega fats felt less hunger and more full up to 2 hours after eating, when compared to counterparts in the study. If you’re looking for an organic snack that satisfies hunger and is also good for you, KIND bars offer a variety of flavors and combinations that will please your palate and help keep you healthy and slim. Check out these great KIND bars here. Read More »