Lunch Today: Carrot Ribbon Salad

carrotsCarrots may not be the hip new veggie but they are one of my favorites. Super versatile, the carrot can be eaten raw, steamed, stir fried, stewed, and shredded.

Carrots also have countless health benefits. High in beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, they are great for your eyes and can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as night blindness, which keeps eyes from adjusting to the dark.

Carrots also contain high amounts of soluble fiber, largely from pectin, which could be the reason they have been shown to lower cholesterol.

So enjoy this easy fresh carrot salad. Simple yet tasty, it makes a great side dish to fish or chicken. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Carrot Ribbon Salad”

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7 Spring Cleaning Strategies to Feel Healthier, More Energetic and Happier

spring-clean-your-lifeWe’ve all heard of “spring cleaning,” which is a time to get rid of what you no longer need, declutter, change over your closets, and get ready for longer days, more sunshine and more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. While spring cleaning can be a great way to get your home in shape, it’s also a great time to tune up your life to feel healthier, more energetic and happier. Here are seven areas that may need your attention after a long winter:

1. Your eating plan: Short days, holidays, vacations and travel over the last few months may have left you with winter weight gain, raging sugar cravings and some unhealthy eating habits that need to go. Want to look and feel better ASAP? Ditch the sugar and refined foods and instead opt for whole, real, nutrient-dense foods. Skip “frankenfoods” that come from a factory for foods that come from the earth. Your body will respond by happily shedding those extra pounds while giving you tons of energy, better sleep, clarity, a greater ability to focus, fewer cravings and so much more. Continue reading “7 Spring Cleaning Strategies to Feel Healthier, More Energetic and Happier”

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Snack Today: Maple Granola

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A tapped maple tree with a bucket catching the sap, and boiling the sap.

It is maple syrup-making time around these parts. We are lucky enough to live in an area where maple syrup is in abundance and seeing the process from tapping to pouring it over waffles and pancakes has become a tradition for our family.

Maple syrup is the result of boiling down the sap collected from maples, over hours and hours. The result is liquid gold that is at least 66% sugar. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup and this is one reason for its hefty price tag.

Maple syrup also has phenolic compounds, the same antioxidants found in  berries, tomatoes, tea, red wine and flax seeds. But because it is a high-calorie, high-sugar food, it should be consumed in moderation. That being said, maple syrup is our main sweetener. We love the taste, the versatility and pureness of it.

Here is an easy granola recipe using maple syrup as the sweetener. I use this as a topping for Greek yogurt. It provides a satisfying crunch and sweetness, yet still manages to be healthy! Continue reading “Snack Today: Maple Granola”

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