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Daily Nutrition Nibble: Don’t Forget to Eat Breakfast!

Your body gets most of it’s energy from the foods that you eat early in the day. That’s why it is so important that you never skip breakfast! Eat foods that provide your body with a natural lift of energy like oatmeal, yogurt, berries, bananas, and smoothies.  You can also get in the habit of juicing your own fruits and veggies. This is a fantastic way to get a lot of nutrients your body needs early in the day. Need an early morning-mid afternoon snack? Try some raw nuts  or veggies dipped in hummus. You can even add some chia seeds to your hummus for an added boost of protein. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of good quality water, especially first thing in the morning. This helps to flush the toxins out and gives you natural energy. Have a good morning!

Authen-tip: Asparagus for Longevity

Did you know that tasty asparagus is loaded with beneficial nutrients that can help us live a long and healthy life? It is packed with vitamin A, potassium, and folate which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Studies have also shown that asparagus is effective in preventing kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Asparagus is loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, C, and K. It’s also full of folate, B vitamins, dietary fiber, manganese, and iron. Asparagus is a good food for promoting a healthy heart, good digestion, and strong bones. Asparagus is also very high in glutathione which is an amino acid compound that has potent antioxidant properties. Be sure to include this tasty veggie in your diet!

Smoothie of the Day: B-Vitamin and Omega Fruity Swirl

B vitamins are important for us to include in our diet not only because they promote optimal health, but because they give us a natural lift of energy. Omegas (good fats) are important for not only promoting healthy cells and healing in our bodies, but for giving us a boost of brain power. The pineapple in this smoothie is a good source of manganese, fiber, and vitamin C. The banana included provides your body with vitamin B6 and potassium. I always add some type of flax or chia seed oil to my smoothies to promote a healthy heart, skin, hair, and nails. Give this smoothie a try today!

B-Vitamin and Omega Fruity Swirl

  • 1 C fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 fresh mango, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 C pineapple juice or coconut water
  • 1/2 C coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp flax oil
Using a blender, process the pineapple chunks, mango pieces, pineapple juice, coconut milk, banana, and flax oil until smooth. You can add a few ice cubes to make this beverage cold if you wish.

Authen-tip: Stress Busting Teas

We all have a lot going on in our lives. Between working, raising kids, running errands, and paying the bills, things can get down-right stressful! There are many healthy ways to deal with stress, but sometimes all you really want to do is relax with a nice cup of tea. Did you know that certain types of tea are able to help stomp out stress? Chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, kava, passionflower, and licorice are perfect teas for helping you unwind and relax. I personally drink Holy Basil tea when I need to relax…it works every time! These teas are loaded with nutrients that help nourish our central nervous system and glandular system. Many health food stores (and regular grocery stores) carry these teas. Stock up on your favorite so when things get hectic, you’ll be prepared!

Authen-tip: Chew your Food

Remember when mama use to tell us to “chew the food before swallowing?’ Well, it turns out she was right! Chewing our food at least 20-30 times before swallowing helps us digest what we are eating. The physical process of chewing (and creating saliva) helps to break down our food, allowing us to digest and absorb nutrients much easier. Our stomach doesn’t have teeth (obviously) and it relies on gastric juices to help us break down food. Let’s help our tummy out by chewing thoroughly the next time we eat!