Should I trust GREEN?

Should I trust GREEN?

IMG_1916Don’t be fooled by the color green. The food industry has already realized that people {adults and kids for that matter} associate the color green with being healthy or with healthier products. That is the reason you see so many companies changing their “look” for a healthier one {keeping the same nasty ingredients} Obviously #Coca-Cola couldn’t stay our of it, and they came-up with their “new and improved” {if you want to believe them} Coca Cola LIFE.

Even though they have shied away from their usual red label {studies showed that red means danger, and in sodas that is absolutely right} This drink is still packed with sugar {a can of Coca-Cola life has 22grams of sugar compared with regular coke 35 grams… it is TOO MUCH SUGAR} The new coke is sweetened with sugar and stevia {please remember all stevias are not the same. Its “goodness” relies on the processing. Even though stevia comes from a plant it can be highly processed and packed with chemicals. Always read the labels.} Removing some of the sugar and replacing it with stevia doesn’t make this drink healthy. It might have less calories {if you are into counting} buy still it’s packed with artificial food coloring, caffeine, phosphoric acid and 19% of your recommended daily sugar intake.

So please don’t be fooled by this attempt to make an unhealthy drink healthier- drink water, herbal teas, cold-press juice, coconut water, green tea and even #organic coffee. Sodas are really bad for you, and your kids, they have no nutritional value whatsoever and with the amount of sugar they have, they should be consider poisonous. Talk to your kids, the only way they can make the right food choices and maintain their health is if they know why things will harm their body, and what are better options.

No te dejes engañar por el color ver de el Nuevo empaque de la CocaColaLife- Las compañías de alimentos ya se han dado cuenta que las personas asocian productos con etiquetas verdes con salud – ahora entiendes porque tantas compañías están cambiando su “look” a uno mas sano y saludable {sin cambiar sus ingredientes} La CocaColaLife es casi lo mismo, lo único que hicieron fue sacarle un poco de azúcar y agregarle #stevia {pero recuerda aunque la stevia es una planta, no todas las marcas de stevia son hechas iguales, unas son súper procesadas y cargadas con químicos} La nueva CocaColaLife tiene 22 gramos de azúcar {el 19% de lo recomendado consumir} en comparación con la regular que tiene 35 gramos – OJO agregar stevia no hace a un producto mas sano, esta bebida igual esta cargada con colorantes, cafeína, acido fosforico y azúcar. Las sodas no tienen ningún valor nutricional, y lo único que causan es daño a tu sistema. Así que si tienes sed toma agua, o busca otras opciones como te frío {hecho en casa}, agua de coco, te verde, aguas aromáticas, y hasta café #orgánico -

Should you drink Kefir?

Should you drink Kefir?

IMG_1234Have you heard about Kefir? If you have been wondering the aisles of the health-food store lately you most likely have seen some Kefir on the refrigerator aisle. Kefir is a cultured and microbial-rich food {mostly drink} that restores your inner ecology. It contains strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast {symbiotic relationship happening here} that give this drink antibiotic properties and {for some} the path to endless wellbeing and youth. Kefir can be made from water {sugar water, You Read it Right or coconut water} and milk {cows, goats and even coconut milk} and it’s pretty easy to make.

Made by gelatinous white or yellow particles {which are called grains or as we call them “magic bugs”}, they look like small pieces of cauliflower and come in different sizes {depending on how long you have had them for}. Once the grains ferment the liquid being used by incorporate their beneficial bacteria into the final product {24-48 hrs}, you can remove the grains, drink the liquid and start a new batch. I am telling you it is super easy to make, plus by making it your self you save tons of $ compared to the price in the store.

IMG_1241I know it sounds weird, but is true. You have more friendly bacteria {on healthy, nourished people, eating a well balanced diet- if not it could be the un-healthy bacteria living in your gut and causing a lot of trouble} living in your gut, than cells on your body. That is why it is CRUCIAL that you take care of it. Think of the healthy-bacteria as your army: they help you digest, keep your immune system working properly, they even communicate directly with the brain {preventing depression, anxiety and insomnia} so you have to take care of it, this means eating the right foods and drinks {specially fermented foods & drinks, plus a well rounded diet packed with green vegetables and very low in sugar}, maintaining stress under control and staying away from conventional medicine specially antibiotics {limiting their use until it is absolutely necessary}.

Are you still wondering if you should try some Kefir, here are some reasons why I think you should:

  • Tryptophan an amino acid that can have a relaxing effect is found in kefir.
  • The probiotics found in Kefir can help treat and diminish digestion problems {it helps support intestinal tract functioning, regulates bowel movements and keeps the digestive system healthy by balancing the gut-flora}
  • Kefiran is a polysaccharide produces by the kefir grains, and some research has shown it can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, and it can also be found in kefir. This mineral is essential for our bodies to use carbohydrates and proteins for cell growth and energy.
  • Kefir helps support a healthy immune system {remember your immune system resides in your gut, a healthy gut means no more sick-days}
  • Kefir curbs unhealthy food cravings {because it helps in the absorption of nutrients}
  • Kefir acts as a natural anti0botic {preventing the growth of harmful bacteria}
  • It is an easy and in-expensive way to include probiotics into your daily life
Broccoli Sprouts tiny but mighty

Broccoli Sprouts tiny but mighty

IMG_1905Researchers found that broccoli sprouts had the following effects on patients with autism: calming, social responsiveness, increase sociability, improved verbal communication and repetitive actions. There needs to be further research done on the compound {sulforaphane} found in broccoli sprouts {can also be found in kale and cabbage}, but this is a good start. There is no harm in increasing your consumption of broccoli sprouts as they not only help to relieve these symptoms, but sulforaphane has also been found to have antimicrobial properties and kills cancer stem cells {which slows tumor growth} and detoxify the body of environmental pollutants.

Científicos descubre que uno de los compuestosIMG_1904 en los germinados de brócoli puede aliviar algunos de los síntomas relacionados con el autismo. El compuesto es Sulforafano {que también se encuentra en la col y el kale o col rizada} puede calmar, incrementar la sociabilidad, mejorar la comunicación. Todavía se tienen que hacer mas estudios, pero es un buen comienzo. A todos nos viene bien consumir #germinados de brócoli ya que no solo alivian los síntomas del autismo, pero también se ha comprobado que el sulforafano tiene propiedades antibacteriales y puede matar las células cancerigenas {lo que impide el crecimiento de tumores} y ayuda a purificar el cuerpo de sustancias contaminantes.

Why I love goat cheese, and why you should love it too.

Why I love goat cheese, and why you should love it too.

I primarily recommend a plant based diet, your plate should be full of vegetables, gluten-free whole grains, nuts and seeds; but I also think that some people need to add some kind of “animal protein” in small amounts. As I always say: The animal protein should be your side dish, not your main dish.

One of my favorite ways to consume animal protein is through Goat Cheese, these is the only form of dairy I consume on a regular basis. It is easy to use, convenient, fairly priced, packed with flavor and a good source of protein. Goat cheese has so much flavor that a small amount goes a long way. You can use it to make dips, or stuff vegetables, add it to your wraps, salads, or to your roasted vegetables. You can’t beat a plate of roasted butternut squash topped with rosemary, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. Y.U.M.

Even though I am not an advocate for cow’s milk and all it’s products I still love goat cheese, and you can always find goat’s milk yogurt on my fridge {my girls love it, I get the plain kind and we add our own fruits or maple syrup or home-made granola}. Why do I prefer Goat’s milk over Cow’s? Here is why.

IMG_17891-    Cow’s dairy has become an industrialized product, cow’s are raised in massive numbers, treated poorly, given hormones, antibiotics and fed a grain diet packed with Omega-6 {which creates tons of inflammation}. In the other hand Goat’s dairy is still a “niche market” far less popular than Cow’s milk, so there is not much demand for the product. This means Goat’s milk products are still made in small batches, by family farmers and by artisanal cheese makers using traditional ways. (As always pay attention to the labels, because as the demand grows some goats are starting to be raised in the “industrialized way” and products from this animals should be avoided).

2-    If you are sensitive to cow’s lactose you might still be able to eat goat’s cheese, because it contains less lactose than cheese made from cow’s milk.

3-    The cheese made from goat’s milk has shorter amino acid protein chains than cow’s milk, making it more digestible than cow’s milk cheese.

4-    Goat’s milk has a chemical structure very similar to breast milk and the fat globules are smaller, making it easier to digest than cow’s milk.

5-    Goat’s milk cheese has more Vitamin D, Vitamin K, thiamine and niacin than cow’s cheese. It is also a good source of riboflavin {a B vitamin} and phosphorus.

6-    Calorie wise, compared ounce by ounce goat’s cheese tends to have 40 fewer calories, less than ½ sodium and around 3 grams less of protein compared to cow’s cheese.

Hope all these reasons gets you motivated to start adding more goat cheese to your diet and start cutting out on the cow’s cheese.

As with any dairy product always choose products made with high quality milk, from grass-fed animals, organic and if you can always choose raw. Make sure to read labels {It makes all the difference, is the best way to know what you are really buying}. Your cheese should only have a couple of basic ingredients: milk, starter culture, salt and an enzyme called rennet. That’s it, stay away from processed cheese containing any other ingredients like additives, colorings, preservatives.

By following this suggestions you will be consuming a nutritionally superior product but also better tasting.

These are my top 3 goat cheese choices-  {you can find most of the time in my fridge}: soft goat cheese {very similar to cream cheese}, Goat’s Feta {the same as Feta only it is made with goat’s milk and has less sodium} and shredded Pecorino {made from Goat’s milk, has a strong flavor, and we use it instead of Parmesan cheese}.

Breakfast Choices

Breakfast Choices

Breakfast is one of the most important meals – specially for kids – And we tend to choose the “wrong” foods all the time. What your kids {and you for that matter} eat first thing in the morning will affect their cognitive ability, concentration and behavior for the rest of the day, after all it is the meal that “breaks fast” after almost 10-12 hours without any food. A sugary cereal doesn’t do anything more than spike the sugar levels and creates havoc on the body, raising insulin and storing fat, making it hard to concentrate and feeling an energy slump latter in the morning, when kids {and adults} tend to reach for another sugary treat.

Tomorrow before you reach for the box of cereal think it twice. I always recommend my clients eating fruits first thing in the morning. It enhances your digestion, helps with detox, fills you with fiber. Also fruits is digested in less than 20 min, by eating it on an empty stomach you are able to absorb all it’s nutritional goodness, and take advantage of all the benefits it brings to your health. When your kids {or you} wake up, offer them fruit and a glass of water. Let them get ready for school {showered, dressed, organized} and offer them breakfast after. I always recommend eggs with a sprouted toast, there are also some brands of frozen waffles like this one which are low in sugar and high in whole grains {and gluten free}, you can also make your own batter from sprouted buckwheat and have it ready on the fridge. Other options are homemade granola, cold granola {with almond milk, bee pollen, cacao powder, maple syrup, hemp seeds or anything you like}, sprouted corn tortillas with scramble eggs. The options are endless, you just have to literally think outside the box. Remember eggs are on of the worlds most perfect foods, they are a great source of protein, vitamin and minerals {kids can eat 7 eggs a week}. Stay away from all those sugary processed foods. Their body, report-card and teacher will thank you.

breakfastLet me know if this helped you and what changes you have made to your kids breakfast?

El desayuno es una de las comidas mas importantes – especialmente para los niños, pero es en donde tendemos a escoger las “peores comidas” cargadas de azúcar, colorantes y químicos. Lo que los niños {y adultos} desayunan va a marcar su comportamiento el resto de el día, no solo a nivel cognitivo, pero emocional y físico. Mantente lejos de todos los alimentos empacados y procesados, es mejor ofrecerles fruta y huevos o avena. Recuerda los huevos son una comida perfecta, una de las mejores fuentes de proteína, vitaminas y minerales.

Should you Sprout?

Should you Sprout?

People ask me if sprouting increases nutrients in legumes and grains and decreases carbohydrates? The answer is NO, but you do get more “bang for your buck” nutritionally speaking when you sprout any nut, seed, grain or legume.
Why? Sprouting increases all the micronutrients and macronutrients bioavailability – they are easier to digest and the body is able to assimilate them better.
It does not add any nutrient the food didn’t have before- but by being more “available” your body takes advantage of all the nutrients in that food. At the same time sprouting doesn’t take away the amount of carbohydrates in a food, but the actual seed/grain/legume that sprouts uses its own carbohydrates as a source of energy to grow into a little plant {and converts this carbs into other nutrients to feed the plant}, so yes the amount of carbohydrates available is reduced. Remember you can eat sprouts raw or cook them {like beans, lentils, buckwheat, quinoa}.

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Muchos clientes me preguntan si germinar aumenta los niveles de nutrientes en las plantas. La respuesta es NO, pero si. Cuando se germina un grano, semilla, legumbre o nuez aumenta la bio-disponibilidad de los micro y macro nutrientes presentes en esta comida, esto hace que sean mas fácil de digerir y el cuerpo pueda aprovechar al máximo todos los nutrientes. Por ende si los germinados tienen un mayor valor nutricional, pero porque los nutrientes están mas disponibles, no porque su composición cambia al ser germinados.
Por otro lado los carbohidratos {azucares presentes naturalmente} disminuyen, no porque el germinar los desaparece, sino que el proceso hace que el grano/semilla/legumbre use los carbohidratos como energía para crecer y alimentar a la planta. Recuerda que los germinadas no solo se comen crudos, pero también los puedes utilizar para cocinar {las lentejas, frijoles, quínoa etc.}.

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