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The Importance of BCAA’s

 

Short for Branch Chain Amino Acids, these amino’s join forces to give us the best workout recovery tool money can buy. They come in different forms, but powder might just be the most popular because they can come in various flavors. These amino’s are found naturally in foods but especially if you are vegetarian and vegan, you will want to supplement these.

So why take BCAA’S:

  1. MUSCLE RECOVERY
  2. MAINTAIN WORKOUT INTENSITY
  3. AID IN THE BUILDING OF MUSCLE

That soreness that you feel after a workout is totally normal but COMPLETELY uncomfortable. BCAA’s have been linked to easing the the soreness, helping the body push out the build up of lactic acid in the muscles and maintaining the immune system in the process.

I like to refer to myself as a “pure-ist,” meaning I don’t like to use flavored BCAA’s. They are typically sugar free and use artificial sweeteners which have been linked to many health issues (I can speak from experience). I recently started ordering from BulkSupplements and I couldn’t be happier with the product AND the price.

Here is what I recommend – the impact on my training and workouts have been AMAZING. They work with any lifestyle – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.

BCAA 2:1:1 (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Powder (my favorite, can be mixed in water or smoothies!)

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Capsules

Like I said, the prices and customer service are amazing. Go out and try it. x

Information source: Livestrong.com

 

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Healthy Food of the Day – Coconut Oil

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At 240 calories per ounce, organic coconut oil is still considered one of the most healthy types of oil to be used in cooking as well as other holistic remedies. Coconut oil is great for the hair and skin and is a great replacement for dairy products in cooking and baking. While coconut oil is high in fat, it’s not necessarily a “bad fat.” It is also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties to help fight and prevent infection.

According to Organic Facts.net, It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.  Fortunately, coconut oil can also help with weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

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Interested in cooking with coconut oil? Check out this blog about the uses of coconut oil at the Whole Foods Market website.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sources for this article: Self.com Organic Facts.net

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#IheartMatcha

I recently discovered matcha tea and I am in love. Lately, I have been consuming way too much coffee. Life has gotten crazy. I was doing a shoot in downtown Raleigh last month and stopped in at my favorite spot, Raleigh Raw. I decided to get a Matcha Tea Latte just to give myself a little boost. It was just what I needed. I ordered a matcha tea latte with almond mylk, organic maple syrup, cacao nibs, and mint. It tasted like a marvelous mint chocolate chip latte. matcha-green-tea-latte12-660x440

Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the best latte. Sadly, it’s not offered at many spots here in Raleigh. I decided to pay Whole Foods a visit and found a great brand.


What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha powdered green tea is:
a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse a natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent a sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters

It is a great source of balanced caffeine.

It contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind.

It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.

What positive experiences have you had with Matcha Tea? x

Source: Matchasource.com  

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Newest Addiction…

Do you ever visit Raleigh? Or do you live in Raleigh? 

If so, you have to check out Raleigh Raw. Here’s just a few things they have to offer. The drink I’m holding [in the top photo] is Kombucha tea infused with coffee beans. They also have smoothies, juices, and organic coffee. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this place in Raleigh. There needs to be more of these! 

Raleigh Raw – check it out. #fuelthehustle #healthyliving #raleighraw

 

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Strawberry Mousse

So this post is coming a little late, but I just have to share. My boyfriend and I did a Ruck Run last month with NC State ROTC. After completing it in about 45 minutes, we went over to the Farmer’s Market. The weather was perfect. As you know, strawberries are in season and we bought a huge bucket. My goal this year [and hopefully forever] has been to eat as close to paleo as possible. With all the food allergies I have, it just makes sense. I immediately got on Pinterest to find a way to use these strawberries. Here’s what I found:

PALEO STRAWBERRY MOUSSE by Rubiesandradishes.com

1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled 10-12 large strawberries (enough to make between 1½–2 cups strawberry puree)
2-3 Tbsp. honey (to taste)
1 Tbsp. gelatin

  1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator before beginning. This will help separate the layer of coconut cream from the liquid layer below.
  2. Scoop out only the solid coconut cream layer from the top of the can, and place into a chilled mixer bowl. (Keep the bowl of coconut cream cold in the fridge while working on the following steps.)
  3. Pour the remaining liquid from the can into a saucepan with the gelatin, and stir them together while heating over low to medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the honey to the warm gelatin mixture and stir until it is well incorporated.
  5. Clean and cut the strawberries into small pieces and add them to a blender along with the warm gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. The chilled strawberries should help cool the gelatin mixture, but if it is still warm, allow it to cool.
  6. Whip the coconut cream into a whipped cream using a chilled beater.
  7. Fold the strawberry mixture into the coconut whipped cream, and immediately pour the mixture into serving dishes.
  8. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

 

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I made a version for me (gluten-free) and a version for the guys. It turned out AMAZING.

Give it a try, enjoy and let me know what you think x

 

 

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Healthy Food of the Day: Cauliflower

I will be the first to admit, cauliflower looks absolutely disgusting. On the other hand, I have grown to appreciate this hideous vegetable due to my gluten allergy. It is a great substitute for “starches” that are loaded with gluten. The nutritional benefits to cauliflower are unbelievable. It is loaded with potassium and vitamin c. You typically reach for a banana when you are seeking some type of potassium. Cauliflower contains 320mg of potassium [with 27 calories] while bananas contain 422 mg [with 105 calories].  This is GREAT for someone who is seeking out more nutrients and less sugar. The great thing about cauliflower is the texture. It is a great substitute for flour and can make recipes that are seemingly high in carbohydrates, contain HALF the usual amount. cauliflowerVitamin C is another vitamin that can be found in cauliflower. One cup of cauliflower has 52 mg of Vitamin C. This is another low carb option to supply the body with something that keeps the immune system strong.

The recipe I posted earlier this afternoon is the main reason why I thought to post about cauliflower. It is the first time I have used cauliflower in a recipe and it was very easy to work with. If you want to see alternative ways cauliflower can be used, check out the Organic Authority.com. You may be surprised at what you find.

Have a wonderful week, everyone x

Sources:

Livestrong.com