Nourishing Your Skin
Since our skin is the largest organ of our body, accounting for 16% of our weight, it deserves special nourishment, care and attention. Just like the food we put in our mouths matters, what we put on our skin matters too! Our skin is very absorbent, 60% of what we place on our skin soaks directly into our blood stream. Unlike our digestive tract, however, there are no filtering systems like kidneys or liver for our skin. No wonder the nicotine patch works! (Continue Reading)
Happy Gut – Happy You!
We understand that our brain contains the elements that make us feel good. One of the most important of these components is serotonin. What is lesser known is that this hormone is also in your digestive tract. If fact, many experts in the field of neurotransmitters call the digestive tract the “second brain”.
Dr. Michael Gershon, professor of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, described the body’s second nervous system in his book The Second Brain: (Continue Reading)
Creamy Tomato Soup – Gluten and Dairy Free!
Soup is one of my favorite things! It is rich, warm and comforting. I even like soup in the summer! Hey, we eat other hot meals in the summer, why not soup? Creamy tomato soup paired with a cheesy grilled cheese sandwich (made with a nice raw cheddar on gluten free bread) is just about as good as it gets! Of course this soup has a “secret agent” in the form of 3/4 cup of pureed squash, adding fiber, vitamins and minerals. The mild sweetness of the squash tempers the acid from the tomato sauce adding pleasant layers of flavor! (continue reading)
Balanced Meal = Balanced You
You are absolutely amazing! Your body is wonderfully made and incredibly complex.
When our bodies are running well, we feel great. We are engaged, active, hopeful, and full of life.
By design, our bodies have specific needs. These needs include the correct types and ratios of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and water levels delivered at the proper time. An optimum balance for each meal or snack is approximately 30% fat, 30% protein, and 40% carbohydrate delivered every 2 to 3 hours. This helps keep your body functioning at its best by balancing your hormones and keeping your metabolism elevated. (Continue Reading)
Pinto Bean Brownies!
Who would ever think that pinto beans and brownies would be a good combination? But, they are! What a wonderful sneaky way to add protein, fiber, iron and other essential nutrients to our diets. Kids will love this. The pinto beans work well because their flavor is so neutral and they adopt the chocolate and vanilla flavors as their own. Use your own soaked pinto beans to optimize digestibility and nutrition. If you need a refresher on how to soak beans read our article, The Benefits of Beans.
Why Add Squash To Your Diet?
Pumpkin and other winter squashes are not as common as they used to be in the American diet. Most pumpkin is consumed in the form of pie around the holiday season. Your challenge today is to include squash in a non-pie form in your diet. Why? Let’s look at this powerful vegetable a little closer and discover what it has to offer. (Read More Here)