How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? But how many of us ACTUALLY eat a good breakfast? When your mornings are busy like mine (hello new mom life) or you’re rushing out the door to beat the morning traffic, it can be difficult to find time to give your body the fuel it needs. Let’s face it, mornings are tough (especially with a newborn), but your breakfast shouldn’t be! Enter Overnight Oats - my favorite breakfast to prep ahead of time and have ready when I wake first thing in the morning!
As a new mom, especially if you are a breastfeeding mom, you may be desperate for quick, wholesome snacks that are super easy to make and loaded with nutrients to help give you energy and boost your milk supply. Enter my No Bake Cashew Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookie Bites that require no baking whatsoever, can be eaten with one hand, and are jam-packed with wholesome ingredients for you and for your breastfed baby (like oats, flaxseed and Brewer's Yeast, aka the "magic milk boosters")!
Looking for a delicious recipe that is super easy to make and has minimal hands-on time? Then I have the perfect recipe for you! With five main ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep time, you will have a wholesome meal on the dinner table in no time at all! Trust me when I say that your whole family will love this recipe too and they won't even know that it's actually healthy! This Healthy Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bake has been a life-saver during my pregnancy and I know it will come in handy when our baby boy finally arrives and I have very limited time!
When you hear about Zinc regarding your health, you probably only think of it as one of the many effective natural cold remedies and only necessary once in a great while to help you fight the common cold. Zinc, however, is required for the functions of over 300 enzymes and is needed in small amounts every day in order to maintain health. Zinc is involved in many important processes in your body and has significant therapeutic benefits for several common, chronic diseases (like fighting cancer or reversing heart disease). Read on to learn more about the health benefits and natural food sources of this powerful nutrient!
We have all heard of green tea and know that is has tons of health benefits, but have you heard of Yerba Mate tea? Well, Yerba Mate has even more health benefits than green tea, thanks to its active compounds (including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) and has higher polyphenol and antioxidant counts than green tea as well. While Yerba Mate may not be a nutrient, per se, it is worth being recognized in this series, so read on to learn about the numerous health benefits and natural food sources of Yerba Mate.
I bet you didn’t know there is a powerful nutrient that starts with the letter “X”! There is actually a group of phytonutrients named Xanthophylls, which keep your body’s cells safe from dangerous free radicals and boost your overall health. Xanthophylls are non-essential, plant-based nutrients that have numerous health benefits. There are 5 main Xanthophylls (Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin) and they all provide a host of health benefits. Read on to learn about the numerous health benefits and natural food sources of Xanthophylls.
We all know that drinking plenty of water a day is beneficial, but do you know why? Water is actually an essential nutrient with tons of benefits and makes up about 60% of the body! In addition to hydration, water fills the spaces in and between cells and helps form structures of large molecules such as protein and glycogen. Read on to learn about the numerous health benefits and natural food sources of Water!
We have all heard of Vitamin C and its ability to fight off the common cold, but did you know that Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining the health of collagen and connective tissues as well as acting as an antioxidant? Like most vitamins, Vitamin C is not made in your body on its own so you have to include plenty of food sources that contain Vitamin C in order to achieve these awesome heal the benefits. Read on to learn more about the health benefits and natural food sources of this powerful nutrient!
You probably haven’t heard of Ubiquinone before? Well, Ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q-10, is a vitamin-like substance that is made naturally in the body. Ubiquinone acts as an antioxidant that protects cells from the effects of aging and has been use in medicinal practices for decades. Read on to learn more about its health benefits and natural food sources!
Have you ever wondered how the food we eat turns into energy? Well, a coenzyme called Thiamine (or vitamin B1) is used by the body to metabolize food for energy and to maintain proper heart and nerve function. Without Thiamine, carbohydrates and protein cannot be properly used by the body to carry out various important functions. Read on to learn more about the wonderful health benefits and natural sources of Thiamine.
Did you know that there is a mineral that is actually vital for the human body? That's right, Selenium! Selenium is a trace mineral which is found naturally in soil and wholesome foods and plays a part in antioxidant activity, immunity, and is key to maintaining a healthy metabolism! Read on to learn more about the wonderful health benefits and natural sources of Selenium.
In need of an easy and healthy breakfast to grab and go this week? Then you need to try this Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Bake recipe! It is super easy to make, loaded with healthy ingredients, and tastes absolutely delicious - not to mention it's completely gluten-free and dairy-free (and fertility friendly)!
Did you know that there is a B vitamin that also has antioxidant properties within the body? That’s right, Riboflavin (also known as Vitamin B2) helps maintain healthy blood cells, helps regulate energy production and boost energy levels, helps prevent headaches, and provides many more benefits. Read on to learn more about the awesome health benefits and natural sources of Riboflavin.
We all know what superfoods are, but do you know what makes a superfood so super? Antioxidants! That’s right! And today we are going to talk about a type of flavonoid antioxidant called Quercetin that truly is super and provides a host of awesome health benefits (from heart health to boosting your immune system and longevity)!! Read on to learn more about those amazing health benefits and where to find good natural sources of Quercetin.
In search of the best oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies that are super easy to make and actually made with healthier ingredients? Then look no further for I have the perfect recipe for you and you probably already have all of the ingredients at home! Made with wholesome ingredients that are actually good for you and so tasty you'll want to eat these oatmeal cookies for breakfast, snack time, and dessert! And for a bonus for my breastfeeding mommas, these tasty cookies will even help boost your milk supply (thanks to the rolled oats, ground flaxseed, and optional Brewer's Yeast) and help keep you energized throughout the long days and even longer nights with a newborn!
I am sure that you have heard of Potassium before, but did you know that potassium is an important electrolyte and third most abundant mineral in the body?!? Potassium is needed for numerous cellular functions and is the main compound that interacts with sodium to perform many important functions every single day. Read on to learn the incredible health benefits of Potassium and where you can find this powerhouse mineral in natural food sources!
We have all heard of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, but have you heard of Omega-9 fatty acids? Well, Omega-9, also known as Oleic Acid, is a monounsaturated fat that can be produced in the body (unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) and can be found in your favorite bakery goods and your everyday soap or skin cream. Read on to learn about the health benefits of Oleic Acid and a perfect tasty recipe for Valentine’s Day!
It's my favorite time of the year - Super Bowl Weekend! And I am sharing one of my favorite flatbread appetizer recipes with you so you can make this super easy and healthy flatbread to enjoy during the big game! This recipe is completely Gluten-Free and Keto-friendly, simple to make, and very versatile - you can enjoy it as is or add your favorite toppings to customize your flatbread any way you like. And if you're like me, you'll want to make more than one so you don't have to share!
Did you know that Niacin is an important water-soluble vitamin and is a part of the Vitamin B complex? That’s right, Niacin (or Vitamin B3) provides several health benefits and helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, metabolism, brain function, and skin formation while also helping to fight against diabetes? Read on to learn more about the health benefits of Niacin and food sources of this important B Vitamin.
Did you know that magnesium is a major mineral that is crucial for your health? In fact, magnesium is one of the most important minerals when it comes to maintaining optimal health since it plays major roles in bone health, nerve health, heart health, mental health, and many more health systems. Unfortunately, even if you have a healthy diet you can still suffer from magnesium deficiency which can cause a number of conditions and diseases. Read on to learn about the numerous health benefits of magnesium and were to find the best natural sources.