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September 28th, 2015

Exercise for Your Mind

Posted by: Jane Brady

With so many diet trends we are now seeing, whether it be for reversing toxic health conditions or to help maintain or achieve a healthier weight, it’s hard to overlook the fact that food is always the hot topic of discussion. What to eat, how many calories, carbs, sugars, fibers, the nutritional facts about what we are putting into our bodies have never been so scrutinized; and healthier, more knowledgeable families are the results! What has also experienced a spike is finding a workout activity that you can actually enjoy while simultaneously challenging your body. Yoga, spin classes, and cross-fit are just a few of the popular “get-moving” activities that even busy parents are making sure to find time for. Health enthusiasts all agree, that a balanced diet accompanied by a stimulating workout regimen create the desired results for all those who are the long journey of achieving the best version of you.
 
Besides the most important, which is overall physical health and an increased amount of energy to take on the many responsibilities of your day, regular exercise has been proven to improve how we handle stress triggering factors in our lives. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise will:
 
  • Help reduce fatigue
  • Increase mental alertness and concentration
  • Produce endorphins!
– Hormones sent out into the brain and nervous system during physical activity that act as a natural pain killer.
– The same effects are achieved in massage therapy, meditation and acupuncture.
 
  • Lowers tension
  • Stabilizes mood
  • Improve self esteem
  • Reduces anxiety
One of the main benefits of living healthy active lifestyles is overall cognitive function. Scientists have even acknowledged how exercising helps with aging, and “keeping the brain young”.
 
To help you get a head start on your workout regimen, visit our superfoods page and shop our Sambazon organic free-dried acai powder as well as our Navitas Naturals organic acai powder, great supplements to have for your health goals this year.

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September 1st, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cereal with Chia Seeds

Posted by: Lorraine Arteaga

While there are definitely endless options when it comes to making the healthiest breakfast entrée for you and your family, there are definitely some items that should remain consistently a part of your daily meal preparations. One of them is the versatile chia seed. Here are just a few benefits of adding chia seeds to your balanced diet:
  • Reduces glucose levels and sugar cravings
  • Reduces hunger, ideal for weight loss program
  • Helps you feel energized
  • Pre-workout enhancer
  • Improves endurance
  • Contains high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Two tablespoons contains 11 grams of fiber
Chia Seeds have a neutral flavor which makes it easy to add to practically anything, from smoothies, drinks, and hot cereals. Chia seeds can also be ground into flour and used in baking recipes as an alternative for people with gluten allergies. Since the texture of chia seeds changes and expands when added to liquids (almost to the consistency of pudding!) nutritionists have found it ideal for keeping your appetite satiated longer in between meals.
 
This week in our Food Hot Issue kitchen, we tried a delicious recipe using the Glutenfreeda Apple Cinnamon with Flax instant oatmeal but with a few added fresh ingredients that are now in season. We added honey crisp apples along with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, which is a natural ailment in helping to lower blood sugar as well as help with muscle spasms, digestion issues and even the common cold. For an added nutritional bonus, add chia seeds for a hearty and very filling start to your day!

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp. of chia seeds
  • Single serving packet of instant oatmeal
  • Your choice of either hot water or milk
  • 1 honey crisp apple (in season)
  • Ground cinnamon
Serves 1

Directions:
Soak the chia seeds, anywhere between 1 hour to an entire day. Empty contents of packet into bowl then add ½ cup of boiling water or milk for a creamier oatmeal. Add chia seeds and stir. Let sit for 2 minutes. Then, cut the apples to preferences, we opted for thin slices. Sprinkle as much ground cinnamon and enjoy.