This hidden gem is energizing and has the added benefit of turmeric’s renowned anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of those recipes you just have to try yourself to understand how good it really is.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 banana [Mango or Peach makes a good substitute]

3 leaves kale, large stems discarded and leaves chopped (1½ cups)

¼ cup flax seed meal

1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger [You could use ¼ teaspoon ground ginger]

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon stevia [May substitute 1 teaspoon of honey.]

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon black pepper [Increases turmeric’s absorption]

1 tablespoon almond butter

6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Per 1 1/3 cup serving: 221 cal, 10.9g fat (1.2g sat), 8.1g pro, 29g carb, 8.9g fiber, 113 mg sodium

 

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.

 

 

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The American Heart Association is at it again – giving coconut oil and saturated fat a bad name! Truth be told, the AHA is unreliable! They’ve become a lobbying group for the companies that make statin drugs and the companies that manufacture GMO foods. They don’t want people replacing corn and soy with coconut oil.

Many studies support the use of saturated fats and fats in general, and they can even be beneficial for heart disease and cholesterol levels when paired with a healthy diet. Here’s where the AHA is incorrect in reporting: Lowering cholesterol and lowering LDL by eliminating saturated fats (aka: coconut) does not change heart disease risk.

It’s so frustrating that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, but information is still extremely confusing for people, especially when it comes to preventing and treating it.

Here's the deal: The #1 way a person’s body gets into trouble is inflammation, which is typically generated by a diet high in sugar and carbohydr...

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Do you want to lower your stress levels or balance your hormones? Adaptogens do both!

The body's stress system controls hundreds of pathways that are responsible for inflammation. Adaptogens give the stress system an ability to "adapt," keeping inflammation levels in check. They also have a knack for bringing some zen to your adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones. 

Begin your morning by including adaptogenic herbs at breakfast. Ashwagandha, rhodiola, and maca are all herbs that balance our cortisol levels. Adaptogens are especially powerful when they're combined, so I'm a fan of using blends in smoothies. This smoothie also sneaks in some Brazil nuts, which are a hormone power food.

Adaptogenic Adrenal Balancing Smoothie

Ingredients: 

Take home message: adaptog...

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For a strong workout and killer stamina, these four B-vitamins are critical. The more active you are, the more B-vitamins you need because they’re extremely important for energy metabolism.

B-vitamins are crucial for breaking down food into fuel, transporting oxygen throughout your body, and increassing your red blood cell production to keep your muscles functioning properly.

The ironic thing about B-vitamins is they're drained by healthy habits – if you work out  and limit certain foods, you may be coming up short. For example, if you don’t eat meat or dairy or ease up on carbs in the form of grains, three top sources of B vitamins, there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough. Exercising regularly causes you to drain your supply of B’s faster than being sedentary as well. Marginally low levels of certain B’s have been shown to negatively affect athletic performance.

Fortunately, all it takes is a few simple eating upgrades to turn things around.

Here’s a list to determine whether you’...

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Detoxifying is not just for hippies! Harmful chemicals and toxins don't belong in the body, so removing them is a victory for anyone. A body full of toxins struggles and suffers and removing all that junk will drastically improve your metabolism, inflammation levels, brain health and the body's overall energy.  

Why Is Detoxifying Necessary?

The body is bombarded on a daily basis by toxic metals and toxic chemicals --- from air, water, food, industry, manufacturing, drugs, stress and sadly many other things. Processing toxic substances requires necessary nutrients, sleep and sweating. Without any one of these, detoxification is limited. 

How Do Toxins Impact The Body?

Toxicity is a cascade of events. When the body isn't detoxifying easily, the burden of these chemicals continues to accumulate and disrupts biological processes. At first these biological processes may simply show up as a skin rash, head cold or headache.

Then, as months go by and sleep gets worse due to skin rashes and headac...

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For those times you want something tasty and fresh, something sophisticated but also something healthy. This cocktail delivers on all counts. If you’re into juicing or have wanted to give it a try, this Juiced-Up Cocktail could be just the thing for that special afternoon pick-me-u. Can you say “Happy Hour”?

JUICED-UP COCKTAIL featuring NEOCELL

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 

½ raw organic red beet, scrubbed, trimmed and unpeeled

3 small or 1 large organic carrot, scrubbed, trimmed and unpeeled

1 medium organic unpeeled lime, washed

1 large organic unpeeled orange, washed

1 medium organic unpeeled apple, washed

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled

¼ cup fresh wheatgrass or 1 ounce wheatgrass juice

1 generous handful organic parsley, washed

2 scoops NeoCell Super Collagen

2 tablespoons raw organic agave nectar

Ice

DIRECTIONS

1. Using a high-powered juicer, juice the beet, carrot, lime, orange, apple, ginger, wheatgrass and parsley.

2. Whisk NeoCell Super Collagen and agave into the juice until completely dissolved. ...

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