This smoothie bowl is an antioxidant beast! Mixed berries are a natural sweetener, and serve as a source of many important phytonutrients. Specifically, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are full of flavonoids, which help protect blood vessels and have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Serves 2 creamy smoothie bowls

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen mixed berries (9 ounces), plus fresh berries as a topping. I love using raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

1 cup almond milk, chilled

4 teaspoons chia seeds, plus extra for a topping

2 Tablespoons honey

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon sea salt 

Optional Toppings:

Blend frozen berries, milk, chia seeds, honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a blender until smooth. Pour the smoothie mixture into two bowls and top with whichever garnishes your heart desires.

Enjoy!

 

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Walk Your Way Happy

8/19/2016 6:00 AM

Whether you want to work things out, dream things up, or just feel a little brighter, walking delivers, and fast! As few as 10 minutes can pep you up and make you less tense and tired, according to Iowa State University exercise psychology researcher Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Ph.D. “Those are feelings people pay a lot of money to get via caffeine, energy drinks, and sugary snacks,” he says.

Walking may also act as an antidepressants. One study of nearly 2,000 women with symptoms of depression found walking about 30 minutes a day improved how healthy and energetic they felt.

Want to feel those effects? Here are three ways to tap into the mind-changing powers of a walk:

Make Walking Meditative

Tune in and become aware of every physical detail—the feel of your feet hitting the ground, the swing of your arms, and the sound of your breath— while silently repeating a soothing word like “peace”. This turns walking, even a short trip to your car, into a meditation that helps quiet mental chatter.

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DIY Coconut Body Scrub

8/17/2016 6:00 AM

This coconut-based DIY recipe not only exfoliates, but leaves your skin feeling silky soft, plus you feel a burst of alertness from the peppermint scent. Coconut oil is a very light moisturizer and sinks into the skin quickly, which appeals to a lot of people. 

DIY Recipe

1/3 cup coconut sugar or white cane sugar

1/3 cup turbinado sugar

4 to 5 Tbsp coconut oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Once in the shower, massage the mixture in circular motions along arms and legs, focusing on knees and elbows. Avoid your feet so things don’t get slippery.

Enjoy!

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Live Superfoods

Article courtesy of Dr. Oz The Good Life

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Argan is an oil pressed from the nuts of the argan tree, native to an area of southwestern Morocco. Moroccans use skin-nourishing argan oil head to toe and export it all over the globe. 

If you're looking for a way to incorporate this anti-aging, moisturizing, and all-natural oil into your daily beauty regimen, give this homemade exfoliating facial scrub and clay mask a try! It's significantly less expensive than what you can purchase in the store.

Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while giving you a younger fresher complexion. With the aid of the fine salt, the argan oil’s nutrients are more readily absorbed into your skin.

Use this exfoliator for more than just your face! If you have dry elbows or heels (or during an at-home pedicure) mix up a bit more to massage the dry and dead skin away!

Instructions

Blend ½ Tbsp argan oil with ½ tsp fine salt and apply to cleansed skin on forehead, cheeks, and chin. Rub gently in circula...

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Wheatgrass vs. Barley Grass

8/12/2016 6:00 AM

When you hear about “green” drinks, more than likely wheatgrass, barley grass, or both are included in the green concoction. Nutritionally, they both pack a big punch for only a small portion size.

These grasses are recognized by their bright emerald green color, which is due to their high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the plant equivalent of the oxygen-carrying red pigment hemoglobin in red blood cells.

The ideal time to pick the grass is when it’s about 12-14 inches high since the nutrient profiles of green cereal plants change quickly as they grow.

I’ve been wondering what the difference is between wheatgrass and barley grass, and it turns out there isn’t much, nutritionally speaking, but here are some standout benefits of each.

Wheatgrass

  • Wheatgrass is rich in P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, reducing inflammation.
  • Some claim they like the taste of wheatgrass better than barley grass, stating barley grass has a bitterer flavor. 

Barley Grass

  • Barley grass is pack...
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As the hot summer proceeds, you might expect to see algae floating in a lake or river, but in your food? Yep! Food producers have started to use the stuff to make new foods, including cooking oil and even natural food dyes.

Some more common types of algae you may have heard of are spirulina (blue-green algae) and chlorella (microalgae). Spirulina’s a classic smoothie-booster with its biggest claim to fame being its protein content, especially as an option for vegans. It contains 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons, plus iron and antioxidants like beta-carotene. Aside from spirulina’s nutritional benefits, people also eat to improve cardiovascular health—in particular, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and its anti-inflammatory properties.  

Research suggests another green variety, chlorella, is a concentrated source of chlorophyll, shown to have antioxidant properties. Chlorella may also improve immune function and is high in lutein, an antioxidant prized for its role in supporting e...

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