I was asked by lots of people on the live Twitter chat for my healthy snack options for the holidays. So I’ll post some of my favourite healthy holiday recipes over the next few weeks for you.
It’s easy to indulge over the holidays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to over indulge. I like to have healthy, delicious snack options prepared ready in the fridge to keep me on track. One of my favourites is crudités with freshly made dips. The recipes below are really easy, packed with nutrients and are loved by all my family.
Introducing a few activities into your working week will assist with managing stress and may also help you be more productive.
Here are a few ideas…
Start the day nutritiously – this helps keeps your energy levels up and assists concentration. See Nourish Your Body From The Inside for Miranda’s vitamin packed super smoothie.
Walking and fresh air – try to fit in a 20 minute brisk walk, or walk to work if you can… good for you and the environment.
Take a break – download a meditation practice on your iPhone or smartphone, there’s so many wonderful apps that are free and cater for short work breaks and stress relief.
Get a good nights sleep – so important as it’s when your body is best equipped to repair and restore.
Dr. Ian Mussman shares with us his reasons for recommending daily fresh green juice as a cornerstone for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin and optimal health, and answers some common juicing questions.
Fresh vegetables have some of the highest vitality and nutrition of any food available, however no one eats enough vegetables! You are not eating enough vegetables.
Dr. Ian Mussman gives us the skinny on Good Fats Vs. Bad Fats
All fats are not created equal.
I recommend that everyone educate themselves so that they include the good fats in their diet and avoid the bad ones.
In my experience, most people don’t get enough good fats in their diet. This can lead to a variety of issues, some of them serious.
For instance, fi you are deficient in good fats, your skin, connective tissues, and joints dry up. Importantly, your brain and nervous system also require a lot of good fats to function optimally.
Eggs are one of the best complete protein sources readily available to us. They are packed with choline, an important B vitamin for brain health and reducing inﬂammation, they also contain the antioxidant lutein for healthy eyes and B vitamins to facilitate energy production. Choose certified organic free-range eggs.
For maximum energy and vitality, I make a green power smoothie each morning that is alkalizing, nutrient dense and high in vitamins and minerals.
Typically my own recipe is:
- The water from a young fresh coconut (or half a glass of coconut water)
- Half a glass Goat or Almond milk
- 1 Tablespoon Acai powder
- 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
- 1 Tablespoon Spirulina
- 1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao powder
- 1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Raw Vegan Protein Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
Dr. Ian Mussman shares with you the top ten list of toxic food offenders that will not only damage your skin but will make you age faster if you eat them routinely.
Stop adding sugar to your food. You are already ingesting too much if you eat a typical western diet. Start reading labels and stay away from any food with over 20 grams of sugar per serving, and keep your total sugar intake under 60 grams per day at a maximum.
In addition to making you gain weight and precipitating obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, sugar causes skin glycation (wrinkling).
- 1 Whole organic (or free range) chicken
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 onions
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1 whole lemon
- ¼ Teaspoon Turmeric
- 2-Teaspoon Himalayan Rock Salts
- 3 Teaspoon BRAGGS Liquid Aminos
- 1 Sprig of Rosemary
Add these items to your shopping list and it will assist in boosting your health, well-being and nutrition. I have refrained from mentioning specific brands but I personally prefer certified organic where possible and I love to shop at local organic markets for fresh produce.
Alkaline Water – having the correct acid/alkaline balance in the body is essential to good health and drinking alkaline water is a great way to maintain this balance whilst staying hydrated. I try to drink between 2 to 3 litres of alkaline water a day.
Chia seeds – are a fantastic source of vegetarian Omega Oils, the elusive vitamin B12 and they’re also highly stable due to their powerful and naturally occurring antioxidants – with 4 times more antioxidants than blueberries. They’re very high in fibre and a great source of protein. Chia is nutritionally loaded with 5 times more calcium than milk, 3 times more iron than spinach, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli and 2 times more potassium than banana’s. I add to salads, my morning oatmeal, smoothies and muffins.
This muesli is packed with vitamins and minerals, is easy to digest (because it’s been soaked) and has a soothing effect on the central nervous system.
- 2.5 cups of organic oats
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup linseeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup sultanas