Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wellness in Fall

Why wait for New Years to get back into healthy habits? Fall is the perfect time to create and learn new health routines! The kids are in school,the weather is cool,crisp and fall foliage is beautiful!

1.Brisk morning walks will get your heart rate up,even minor activities like raking leaves help!
 2. Watch TV and exercise! Many people love fall for the new fall television line up,kill two birds with one stone by working out while you watch. If you like to focus on one thing at a time,let watching TV be the incentive,allow yourself your tv time only if you've reached your exercise goal for the day!
3.The veggie and fruit selection is in abundance during the Fall season!! Soo many new and delicious recipes,from soups to casseroles!
4.The time change! Your body will be tired earlier in the evening which allows you to fall asleep faster and longer! That alone does wonders for your health!
5.Learn to ski when the snow falls or play a sport at the beach (it's less crowed during this time of season)

            There are so many ways and reasons to enjoy a healthy routine during the season!
                                       By this time next year you'll be a pro! Have fun!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Organic vs Non-Organic

Purchasing LOCAL and Organic fresh fruit and vegetables is important but not everyone can afford to purchase certified organic produce at all times. Here is a list of of produce that we should always try to buy organic and a list of conventionally grown produce that is safe to purchase.

Always Organic:
1. Cherry Tomatoes
2. Apples
3. Hot Peppers
4. Grapes
5. Cucumbers 
6. Celery 
7. Potatoes 
8. Spinach 
9. Strawberries
10. Kale

1. Cabbage
2. Avocados
3. Grapefruit 
4. Onions
5. Mushrooms 
6. Mangos 
7. Grape Fruit
8. Sweet Potatoes 
9. Kiwi 
10. Grapefruit

Real Food is Medicine!!
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Healthy Halloween Treats!

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays for kids,scary stories,dressing up and of course yummy treats! Here are a couple fun and simple Halloween treat ideas for the kids,without all the crazy sugar followed by cavities and stomach aches!
 Ghost Bananas
 Cut bananas in half pieces:
     3 dark chocolate chip pieces for the eyes and mouth
 Clementine Pumpkins:
     Peel clementines and add a piece of celery for the "pumpkin stalk" on the top.

These are just a few!
There are some really great,fun and easy ideas out there on the internet so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Love goes wherever Rosemary grows!

Rosemary,the scent of the season! We see and smell it in almost every holiday dish but did you know this small but mighty herb has some pretty amazing health benefits?

1.) When used as an oil it can help treat a cut or acne.
2.) Helps with digestion and can be used as a cleanser for your digestive system.
3.) Can improve memory by 60-70%,try sniffing it before a task or test!
4.)Helps fight aging,not just physical aging but brain aging as well.
5.)Helps fight cancer and its great for our eyes!

                                            And it's DELICIOUS!
         Be sure to pick some up at your next trip to the Farmers Market!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quick and Easy Snacks

First and foremost,in order to break the dependence on "fast food" aka processed food,you'll have to set aside just ONE day a week to prepare ALL snacks and meals! Meaning,washing,dicing and blending every fruit and veggie. Prepackage and store your snacks for when you're on the go! It's that EASY. Not only does preparing our own snacks and meals keep us healthy but it also saves us major money!!
Here are some quick and easy snack ideas:

1.) Celery,peanut butter topped with raisins.
2.) Homemade trail mix,prepackage your favorite nuts,seeds and dark chocolate chips!
3.) Fresh fruit! Whatever is in season,right now apples,persimmons and grapes are a great choice this time of year.
4.) Veggies,carrots,snap peas,celery,radishes,etc,ALL filling and tasty.
5.) Eggs,the best protein here on earth,vegetarian fed and range free eggs are the healthiest and have the best taste. There's so many ways to enjoy an egg,scrambled,poached,fried and boiled.
6.)Cheese! Just be sure the cheese contains no additives or artificial coloring.
7.)Smoothies,any fruit or veggies mixed with water and sometimes milk for a richer texture.
8.) Quick banana nut oatmeal cookies: mash 2 overripe bananas with 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and a 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans. Bake at 350 for 15mins
9.)Guacamole,you can't go wrong with guacamole! Its a perfect dip for carrots,cucumbers and celery. 10.) Edamamaes,sprinkle just a pinch of sea salt and you're ready to enjoy!

The list goes on and on when it comes to preparing your own "fast food" and all without having to leave to leave home! So get creative and get to prepping your favorite snacks!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Montclair's Community Certified Farmers Market

Be sure to check out Montclair's Community Certified Farmers Market at our great NEW location! We'll have a FREE bounce house for the kids to play in as well as live music! all while you shop! So stop by and pick up all your favorite goodies like fruit,veggies,honey,tamales,elote,Italian ice cream,kettlecorn,roasted nuts,jams and baked goods,we'll have it all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4 Week Soda Detox!

We all know soda isn't healthy for us or our families but quitting it can be a bit difficult. Here is an easy 4 week detox program that helps with quitting this beverage.

WEEK 1: Make the switch from regular soda to diet soda (just for one week) If you already drink diet soda try drinking one can less than you'd normally drink,a day.
The sugar content in one regular soda is through the roof! 

WEEK 2: Remember caffeine is a main ingredient,so caffeine withdrawals can be unpleasant,tough it out and try taking ibuprofen. Also foods with high levels of vitamin B such as chickpeas,spinach and whole-grain cereal can be added to your diet to help with the caffeine withdrawals.
This week you can switch to DIET and CAFFEINE sodas only.

WEEK 3: Whatever amount of soda you're drinking now,week 3,cut it in half. As you cut your soda intake in half you'll find other fizzy drinks to have,try carbonated water with a splash of juice or coconut water.

WEEK 4: No more soda at all,diet or caffeine doesn't matter its all no more! If you have a strong craving for a soda or maybe fixating on drinking one,try chewing sugar free gum or distract yourself.