Beauty, Carbohydrates, fiber, Health, potassium, Raw, Science-based nutrition, Smoothies, triptophan, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Well being

Why add cocoa?

In the past two days I have been adding cocoa powder to my smoothie recipes- a recent ingredient for me. In the spirit of this blog, I thought I would offer an accessible study, which exposes some of the established nutritional and health benefits of cocoa intake, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Find it here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.long

and try adding a scoop of cocoa to 3 cups of Kale, 1 cup of spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 table spoon of flaxseed and 1 cup of almond milk. Super tasty, rich in iron, potassium, vitamins A and K, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

I have increased my intake of iron and carbs in proportion to an increase in running mileage–about 10K/day.

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Enjoy!

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Morning!

Beautiful–waking up to a cool, sunny, breezy morning, perfect for the upcoming 10K. Slowly upping energy levels with a cup of coffee and a glass of green goodness. 

4-5 cups of spinach, 1 carrot, almond milk, cocoa, and flaxseed for iron, fiber, protein, and vitamins. 

A strong run is in my near future!

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Veganfit lifestyle

How about waking up with a raw, vegan vitamin drink, going for a lovely 10K run in the city, and coming back to a recovery feast of protein, iron, vitamins, carbs, and fiber, all of it both delicious and beautiful?

For the recovery drink, I used 4-5 cups of spinach, 1/5th of a pineapple, 2 spoons of cocoa powder, 2 cups of almond milk.

I made the hummus with spanish olives, garlic, and roasted red peppers, with a hint of lime juice.

Later tonight: some sprints and the mandatory weights for faster legs and stronger bones and muscles. I needed that!

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Happy weekend!

How is this for breakfast? Kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, carrots, strawberry, lime. Very slightly sour, light and refreshing, vitamin C, A, B, potassium and fiber-rich, hydrating and nourishing. Ready for today’s 10k!

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Evolution of compassion into veganism

This little article in the huff post struck me as insightful, sincere, hence powerful. What a lovely and personal narrative on the richness of compassion and regard.

I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaina/animal-rights-and-plant-b_b_3660146.html

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Why I eat this much

A while ago I blogged on what I eat on an average day. I am often told I consume incredible amounts, quite a lot for a person my size. Well, this 

http://www.artfido.com/blog/photographic-series-showing-what-200-calories-looks-like-in-different-foods/

gives an answer more eloquently than I ever will. Can we all agree that it’s smart to be vegan :)?

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In support of a non-processed (raw), veggie diet!

Once again, I am not going to hide the happiness from having found confirmation of what the basic ideas behind the Vegan Glutton are: low-processed (or better yet, raw), veggie/vegan diets show marked benefits over a long period of time on health, body weight, and, consequently, quality of life, fitness level, and overall well-being.

Read on Harvard’s summary of findings from a longitudinal study on diet and weight gain here:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/diet-lifestyle-weight-gain/

Add more veggies to your diet, stay active and AWAY from meats and fried foods. Opt for a meat-free, plant-based diet. It helps you, and it helps animals, too.

Go Vegan!

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On Hydration: WATER

Well I simply can’t help but post this wonderful summary of the reasons to avoid the numerous sugary, artificially sweetened, not to mention colored, substitutes to the best, healthiest source of hydration: water. Remember how lucky we are to have access to it, and be aware of the detriments to your appetite and health–physical and mental, every time you feel tempted to grab a soda or a sports drink.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/

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Harvard on common misconceptions about fats

It always strikes me as nonsensical that simply labeling a food item as “fat free” or “low fat” immediately links that item with an idea of health, diet, and weight loss. Of course, the notion of reducing fat intake as a means of reducing body fat has the appeal of sounding logical and straightforward. But is it?

Imagine I gave you a pack of sugar. Fats? None. Fat-free? Absolutely. Healthy? Conducive to a decrease in weight? Certainly not. And here comes my first point: most low fat and fat free products are very high in sugars/carbohydrates. Imagine what happens to a “dieter” who commits to a low fat diet, without regard for other nutrients…almost certainly this will be a dieting disaster, and a very unhealthy one.

But there is an additional problem (my second point), that has to do with understanding fats with more specificity: not all fats are created equal, and drastically reducing plant-based fats in your diet can in fact be dangerous.

The Harvard School of Public Health offers an in-depth and accessible overview of the aforementioned concerns, and goes deeper. Check it out here, be sure to substitute animal fats with oils derived from plants, and, most importantly, GO VEGAN!

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/

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