Are you tired of the same old vegetables day after day in your regular meals? Would you just LOVE to add something different that has an absolute TON of health benefits? Look no further than that lovely, ruby vegetable that dyes everything in your life pink! BEETS!!! Beets were historically cultivated for their leafy tops and the root was used as an alternative to cane sugar. Today, the leafy tops are often bypassed for the hearty root beneath. Beets can assist your body in amazing ways, for example they aid in lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure, when left untreated, can cause extensive damage your heart. In addition, your arteries can gradually build up with plaque, leading to strokes, kidney disease, and often vision loss.
Ingredients: 1 whole spaghetti squash, roasted, seeds removed, and scooped out 2T extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, finely sliced Salt and pepper ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 whole ripe tomato, sliced ½ cup mozzarella cheese
In today’s post, let’s talk about Core Training. Are crunches and endless sit-ups the first thing that comes to your mind about core training? Don’t worry, you’re not alone…It’s time to rewire the way you think about how to train your core in order to strengthen it in a more balanced and functional way. When considering which exercises to implement into your exercise routine, it is important to consider which muscles and movement patterns each exercise is actually targeting. For example, when performing a crunch or sit-up, the muscle that we are predominantly recruiting is the rectus abdominis (the “six pack” muscle area.) There’s nothing wrong with strengthening your rectus abdominis, however, it is important to consider that there are many other muscles around the same area that make up your core. It’s time to recruit more of your core musculature, let’s dig a little deeper. You also want to…
Ingredients: 3 large red bell peppers 1 lb. lean, ground turkey 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1 small red onion, chopped 1 tbsp. garlic powder 1 tbsp. onion powder 1 tbsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. chili powder 1 cup frozen corn 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce OR 12 oz. jar of your favorite clean salsa 3 tbsp. freshly grated cheddar cheese Fresh cilantro for garnish
We’ve all heard the classic saying before: Did you drink enough water today? Chances are in most cases we either forget how much water we’ve had, or we know most certainly that we haven’t had enough. And who can blame us? Our modern North American lifestyle has many of us seemingly caught in a constant deluge of working overtime, eating fast food, and for the most part ignoring our true path to optimal health. In these fast-paced times, many of us are looking for simple yet effective information and solutions that can help us win the battle of our personal health. For a moment let’s forget the fad diets, and leave behind those commercials telling you which foods to eat: Let’s focus on water.
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small red onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups broccoli, chopped 2 cups sliced red cabbage 2 cups julienned carrots 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained 2½ cups chicken stock 2 tsp ground ginger 1½ tsp salt 1½ tsp pepper 2 cups frozen edamame, thawed 2 cups precooked, chopped chicken Peanut Sauce: ¼ cup peanut butter 3 Tbsp water 3 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp sesame oil ¼ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ tsp ground ginger For Garnish: Handful Cilantro ¼ cup Chopped Peanuts