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3 Salad Recipes for Spring Eats
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76
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Salads area a delicious addition to any meal. And with the warm Spring season approaching you’ll definitely want to try these fresh salads, loaded with flavor and more than just a few of your favorite veggies. Spring Salad Recipe #1 – Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad Add color and spring time flavor to your meal with this fresh-tasting salad. With a mix of fresh mint, sweet basil, parsley and chives this gorgeous watermelon salad pops! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks 1 cup (1-inch) cubed red seedless watermelon 1 cup (1-inch) cubed seeded yellow watermelon 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Directions: Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato, watermelon, and onion; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently. Spring Salad Recipe #2 – Roasted Rhubarb Salad Ready in minutes, this mixed green salad also offers a sweet taste from raising, along with a healthy dose of essential fats, and the refreshing flavor of goat cheese. Ingredients: 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh rhubarb 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 8 cups mixed baby greens 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip) 1/4 cup golden raisins Directions: Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss rhubarb with sugar in Read More »

4 Foods for Sustained Energy
Posted By on February 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 75
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Energy levels can be supported by eating foods that offer nutrients that sustain you, mentally and physically.  Eating a wide variety of foods that include different colors of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and a few of your favorite superfoods is a great way to boost overall health, and help maintain energy levels throughout the day. But many people have trouble getting through the day without the help of an afternoon cup of coffee, or three. So, this week we’re going to talk about the best foods for energy. 1. Beet Juice: This sweet and richly reddish purple juice adds easily to tons of fresh juice and smoothie recipes. But the taste isn’t the only reason to add it to green goodness blends. Beet juice has recently been discovered to boost energy levels, and stamina! Studies have showed that this is because beet juice increases plasma nitrite concentration, reduces blood pressure and has positive effects on the body’s responses to exercise. And if that’s not enough, the rich colour is indicative of the antioxidant content of this root veggie – it’s loaded with them. 2. Teff: This ancient grain contains large amounts of a newly-discovered type of fibre, known to help maintain steady blood sugar levels. This can help eliminate energy highs and lows caused by simple carbohydrates while also supporting weight loss efforts, colon health and a feeling of vitality. With a mild flavour, this gluten-free grain is easy to use in the kitchen, and versatile enough to boost the Read More »

3-Day Detox Menu for Overall Health
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Detox can be a great way to give your digestive system a rest. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to digest foods and beverages that you consume the gastrointestinal system is directly linked to your immune system and is responsible for a good part of your overall health and a feeling of well-being. Maintaining regular digestive and a healthy gut should include a detox period in which you allow this system to rest. But many people don’t know how to properly to a detox diet. Here is a 3-day detox menu to help you give your digestive system a rest: Recipes: Morning Detox Tea 1 green tea bag, 1 slice lemon, 1 tsp, Stevia Breakfast Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Lunch Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Dinner Detox Drink 1/2 cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp. lemon, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp. flax seeds Detox Bath 2 1/2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops lavender oil 3-Day Detox Menu: Day 1 Morning Detox Tea 1/2 Multi-Vitamin Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Omega-3 Supplement Snack: Favorite Drink Dinner Drink Detox Bath Day 2 Morning Detox Tea Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Probiotic Supplement Lunch Drink 1/2 Read More »

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 »

4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Losing weight isn’t easy, and it takes time, dedication and a commitment to reach your goals.   And many people, weight loss can become a challenge after just a few weeks following beginning a new diet. This is often due to the slowing of progress that many people experience when they first start out called a weight loss plateau. If you have started out strong, but have found that the weight has just stopped coming off, here are four reasons you might not still be seeing results. 1. You Eat ugar. Sugar offers a short burst of energy, but it also causes blood sugar spikes that may be slowing your weight loss. Sugary foods may also be downright addicting. Researchers recently tract the brain activity of 106 high school students and found that those who consumed sweeter beverages experienced a greater activation in the brains pleasure center than those who consumed lower-sugar beverage. Choosing low-sugar options may help reduce the internal reward system from being activated when you consume those not-so-good-for-you sugary foods, and reduce mental stimulation causing you to want to eat shortly after a sugary snack. 2. You Skip Breakfast. Eating small meals throughout the day can help maintain steady blood sugar levels to help keep you from reaching for sugary foods for weight loss success. Not only that, but by eating in the morning you also stimulate your metabolism and give your body energy from healthy foods to sustain you from the start of your day. Eating 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 »

300 Calorie or Less Dinner Recipes
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Calorie counting doesn’t have to mean you’re obsessively walking around with your weight loss journal. You can keep calorie in check by just keeping a few of these 300 calorie dinner recipes on hand. They’re delicious, easy to make and ready in just a few minutes to help make maintaining your weight loss easy, and guilt-free. Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie A pot pie can often hit calorie highs of up to 900 each. This satisfying substitution for your favorite comfort food comes in at just 298. Ingredients: 1 slice smoked bacon, chopped 1 1/2 cups cubed red potato 1 cup chopped carrot 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups sliced leeks (about 2) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough 1 tablespoon fat-free milk 1 large egg white Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450°. 2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crisp, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high. Add potato and carrot to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. 3. Slowly add broth to pan, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with dough, folding under and Read More »

3 Natural Anti-Aging Tips
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Anti-aging is a word that’s on the minds of many people, both men and women. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive anti-aging treatments, beauty products and procedures to maintain your youthful appearance. Here are 3 natural beauty tips, that actually work. 1. Sweat It Out: Just one 15-minute workout can help improve circulation in the skin to reduce dark circles, offer a natural rosy color to your complexion and also increase sweat production giving you a healthy, anti-aging glow. Not only that, but a sweat session also helps remove stored toxins and pollutants in the body, via the largest detoxification organ of the body: your skin. 2. Eat For Anti-Aging : Maintain your youthful appearance, and feeling of vitality by nourishing each cell from the inside out. Here are some of the best anti-aging foods out there, to add to your menu: Avocados: Loaded with healthy fats including Omega-3, and 6 avocados are delicious anti-aging veggies that can be used topically to support soft, supple and youthful looking skin. Keep them in your fridge at all times. Turmeric: This spice adds tons of flavor to your favorite recipes and contains a unique compound called curcumoids that enhances the actions of other antioxidants in your body to protect cells from free radical damage. This may help slow the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp Seeds: Toss these on top of salads, yogurt, hot cereals or anything else that a slightly sweet & nutty flavor works. These soft seed hearts contain Read More »

3 Colossally Good Kale Recipes
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Kale is a powerful green vegetable for boosting overall health. This nutrient-dense veggie is loaded with a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to promote immune system function and a healthy body. And due to its popularity, we put together 3 more kale recipes for your menu. 1. Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale and Sweet Potatoes This blend of oh-so-good-for-you ingredients also blends together to make a delicious meal. With a sweet taste this recipe is a full meal that provides all the amino acids your muscles need along with a powerful antioxidant punch that boots immunity in a number of ways. Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 10 ounces button mushrooms, quartered 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces 3/4 cup dry white wine kosher salt and black pepper 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce) Directions: Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute Add the kale, wine, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 10 Read More »