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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Clean Eating, Recipes | 0 comments

Kid-Friendly Smoothie

Looking for a healthy drink that taste good AND something your kids will drink? I made this the other day and it was all of those things! Ingredients: 1 cup Almond Milk 1-2 frozen (organic) bananas 1 Tablespoon Organic (Raw) Cacao Powder Small handful of ice Blend and enjoy! Optional add-ins: Blueberries or Raspberries Chia Seeds *You can use milk, and the bananas don’t have to be frozen, but that will help make it more shake-like consistency. Stay tuned for a future post on the different types of milks, as well as a homemade Almond Milk recipe. Why are those ingredients healthy? Almond Milk: does not come from an animal lactose free low in calories contains vitamins and nutrients, such as potassium, Vitamin E, Omega 3’s, calcium, vitamin D, Riboflavin (Vit B2) iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, zinc, antioxidants does not need to be refrigerated Bananas: Click this link to read this article about benefits of bananas. But, something to keep in mind, bananas are higher in sugar than say,...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Sugar Explained, Part 2: What Are The Different Types Of Sugar? Name That Sugar.

A recap: Sugar is considered a carbohydrate. All sugars are broken down into a monosaccharide, then into glucose. Thus, we can say: all carbohydrates are broken down to glucose. Carbohydrates are the fuel for our bodies. Glucose is the type of sugar found in our blood. A future post will further address how glucose is converted in the body, but for now let’s just discuss the types of sugars. Most people don’t talk about sugar in terms of monosaccharides or disaccharides. Most commonly you will hear the terms: fructose, sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup. What is the difference between sucrose and fructose? What is sucrose? Sucrose is commonly known as sugar. Sucrose is a type of sugar (two monosaccharides) that is made up of glucose (50%) and fructose (50%), with a weak bond that is easily digested. What is fructose? Fruit is comprised of naturally occurring fructose, hence the name. Fructose is a monosaccharide that is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and honey. So, what is High Fructose...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 2 comments

Sugar Explained. What Is Sugar? What Are The Different Types of Sugar?

Sugar Explained. What Is Sugar? What Are The Different Types of Sugar?

Generally speaking, we all know what sugar is. BUT, perhaps the confusion comes with the misunderstanding about what the different TYPES of sugars are, and how they break down in your body. To further confuse the issue, are sugar substitutes and the different types that exist. First, let’s start with the basics. What is sugar? Sugar is a carbohydrate. What is a carbohydrate? Simply put, they provide your body with energy. Your body uses carbohydrates (carbs) to make glucose which is the fuel that gives you energy and helps keep everything going. Carbohydrates are broken down into two groups: 1) Simple (sugar) and 2) Complex (starch/ fiber). Complex carbs need to be broken down first, before they are absorbed. Although simple carbs are easily absorbed, they don’t have as much nutrition as complex. Thus, to just say “good or bad carb” isn’t as black and white as some make it. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, are absorbed into the bloodstream and then are transported throughout the body. Blood glucose...

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Clean Eating, Recipes | 2 comments

Homemade Syrup Recipes: Cacao and Vanilla

Looking at the label of my Hershey’s syrup (I even had the Hershey’s Light Chocolate Syrup) I wasn’t thrilled with the ingredients. So, I decided to make my own. This one is really easy to make and no artificial flavors or synthetic additives. Homemade Chocolate Syrup: *1 cup organic sugar *1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Organic Cacao Powder) 1 cup water dash of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla In a small saucepan, add sugar, cacao, and salt. Whisk together gently. Add water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool. *My changes were reducing the added sugar amounts. Also note: organic cane sugar is still sugar and isn’t more “nutritious” but it is produced without synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which reduces your exposure to synthetic ingredients. I actually plan to have a whole post on sugar, but for the sake of recipe, I will mention that sucanat is considered to be less processed than cane sugar...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 2 comments

Organic: Is It Worth It?

In the last post, we discussed the actual perimeters of the term organic. So, what are the arguments against organic? I think most would say: Price. It costs too much and the difference is not worth the price. Organic is not more nutritious Organic farmers cannot provide enough for the masses Well. Yes, it can be more expensive. Again, let’s look at why the extra cost exist: Farmers have to use “old-school” pest control (versus synthetic chemicals), crop rotations, higher animal welfare standards and restricted use of synthetic hormones, leading to lower yields, which all mean that organic food costs more to produce. http://www.rsc.org/get-involved/hot-topics/organic-vs-non-organic/cost-of-organic-food.asp Not to mention, the government subsides conventional farmers. Organic farmers are not subsidized, plus they have to pay to get certified organic. Why aren’t more people outraged that it is cheaper to produce food that is processed and synthetic, over what is found in nature? In theory, shouldn’t processing something cost more than an apple off a tree? There are various ways to avoid paying...

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