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  • Top 5 Reasons to Eat Kale and a Delicious Way to Enjoy

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    Here are my top 5 reasons to eat kale;

    • Kale is incredibly detoxifying - Kale contains indole-3-carbinols, sulforaphane, among many other super powdered plant nutrients that keep your liver and hormones happy.

     

    • Kale is low in calories and packed with nutrition - Kale contains more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any food on the planet.

     

    • Anti-inflammatory- one of the reasons kale helps combat inflammation is the omega 3’s it contains. In only 100 calories of can your get 350mg of omega 3’s. Vitamin K is also a key nutrient in reducing inflammation and kale happens to be a star in this nutrient.

     

    • Kale is an excellent source of fibre and magnesium - both help keep bowels happy and healthy. Fiber gently sweeps the colon keeps it clean and helps food pass along at an ideal speed and magnesium helps draw water into the bowel keeping it hydrated. Trust me you don't not want a dehydrated bowel, think pebble poop that is hard to pass. No thank you!

     

    • Antioxidant Rich - In addition to familiar antioxidants like vitamin C and beta carotene, kale provides us with at least 45 others (probably much more as we continue to learn more and more about foods). Antioxidants are important for so many things including keeping our heart healthy, immune systems happy and each one of our trillions of cells thriving.

     

    • Ok, so now that we understand why our bodies and each one of our trillions of cells love kale, let make it taste amazing so we love to eat it. I think this recipe does just that. It is my current fave way to enjoy this leafy green. And best part is the salad can store in the fridge and stays good for at least a day. I love that. I make it for dinner and have a salad ready to go the next day for lunch.

     

    Here is the recipe!

    Creamy Dinosaur Kale Salad 

    Ingredients 

    • 1 bunch of Dinosaur Kale, washed, dried and chopped finely (also known as Lacinato or tuscan kale)*
    • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • a pinch of sea salt

    Place all ingredients into a large bowel and massage lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt into kale. Set aside and make dressing**

    Dressing 

    • 1 cup of cashews (preferably soaked for at least 4 hours and then drained, but not essential)
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1.5 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (or more to taste)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove

    Add all ingredients into a high powdered blender of food processor and mix until smooth and creamy.

    Putting It All Together 

    • 1 chopped apple
    • 1/4 cup dried current
    • 1 grated carrot
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped

    Add the dressing and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and Enjoy!!

    Please not all extra salad ingredients are optional. Add whatever you like!

    *Can also substitute for your favorite variety of kale

    **Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit can further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration and makes it easier to digest because the lemon breaks down the hard fibers.

     

    Now go ahead and buy kale! Let me know in the comments below how you feel about kale. Have tried it? If not, what stops you from buying it? If you have, what is your favourite way to enjoy?

     

    Source - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

  • Shedding the baby weight

    Getting back into shape after having a baby can be tough sometimes. If you are breastfeeding, that takes up most of your day and if you are bottle feeding your day is spent making formula sanitizing bottles, not to mention changing diapers, laundry, keeping up with the house cleaning, etc.  You are sleep deprived (no matter how well your baby sleeps they still need to feed during the night), super busy and often looking for quick fixes when it comes to meal time. It is so easy to get into the carb/sugar and often caffeine cycle to get you through your day. I am here to tell you from personal experience and also from my professional knowledge as a nutritionist, with a few changes you will feel better and prevent those overwhelming cravings for the wrong foods.

    Here are my top tips to get back in shape post baby;

    1. Get moving - put your baby in the stroller or even better a baby carrier (adds extra weight to burn a few extra calories, just make sure you have good posture so you don't hurt your back) and go for a walk. Moderate exercise is also a great way to combat stress and reduce unwanted cortisol (cortisol is known for is ability to aid in fat storage). And it also will burn some extra calories while soothing your baby. My little girl was always happiest in the baby carrier. If the weather does not permit, hop over to your local mall and do some laps or try putting on some music and shaking your booty or my favourite rebounding (mini trampoline) for 10 minutes to 1 hour.

    2. Ditch the sugary treats and refined carbs! I know this one may seem tough when you are not sleeping. Our bodies scream for sugars and carb’s when we are lacking sleep. First thing you need to remember is those sugars are such a short energy boost and will leave you more fatigued in the end. Second thing to think about is enjoy ‘TREATS’ that wont affect your blood sugar the same way. My go-to is organic dark chocolate, must be 70% or higher or I bake cookies using low glycemic coconut sugar and whole grain flours.

    3. Eat small amounts of protein rich foods throughout the day. Protein is essential for keeping our waist lines in check. It is key in balancing your blood sugar and it also promotes glucagon which is a mighty fat burning hormone. Ideal protein foods include hempseeds, lean meats, beans, lentils, greek yogurt, high quality protein powder and eggs. Aim to get some at every meal to beat the cravings and keep you feeling full.

    4. Don’t drink your calories!!! This is such a critical tip. Drinking juices and pop do not make you feel full at all. All they do is spike your blood sugar, followed by fat storage, then a crash and then you crave more sugar. Stick to herbal teas and water to hydrate your self.

    5. Sleep when you can!! It is so important to get as much sleep as possible. When we are not sleeping properly our cravings can be out of control. So instead of reaching for the cookies as soon as your baby goes down for the night, sometimes just go to sleep. If sleep is not an option, try taking deep relaxing belly breaths to decrease the effects of stress and balance hormones.

    Hope these tips will help you get back to your best self post baby. I know they helped me!

    I am curious, do you have any more tips to help shed the baby weight? I would love to hear from you!

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