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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: 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

 

 

 

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Healthy Food of the Day: The Tomato

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Spaghetti sauce, salsa, pico de gallo, ketchup – what do these all have in common? TOMATOES.

Surprisingly, tomatoes have a lot of health benefits. By nature, it contains a large amount of antioxidants which aids in the prevention of cancer and other serious diseases such as cardiovascular. Lycopene is one organic compound/antioxidant that tomatoes are well known for.

Lycopene is an antioxidant which appears to prevent the formation of harmful by-products of metabolism called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to be responsible for damaging the body’s cells, as well as their genetic makeup, leading to certain chronic diseases. Lycopene.com

In addition to antioxidants, tomatoes contain many vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial: vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, potassium and thiamin – just to name a few.

Folate and Potassium are two of the essential vitamins that the body needs to function properly. Folate aids in heart health, colon health, and healthy cholesterol levels.

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in human body, is a powerful element in improving health. Potassium helps maintain healthy muscles and brain function. If you work out frequently, especially weightlifting, snacking on something that is high in potassium will help the muscles recover and may slightly decrease the soreness. Organic Facts

It’s always best to eat vegetables RAW and uncooked, because heat damages the molecular structure of the food and in turn leaves little nutrients for the body to absorb. Here’s a recipe of a little something I throw together for dinner most nights. It’s high in potassium AND it includes tomatoes 🙂

Handful of sliced cherry tomatoes

1/2 cucumber cubed or sliced in small pieces

1 ripe avocado

Olive Oil

Salt/Pepper

Mix it all up – it’s sooooo delicious and REFRESHING.

Enjoy x

Sources: Global Healing Center, Self.com, Organic Facts – Tomatoes

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Homemade Ice Cream | Minus the Dairy

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I am beyond excited about this recipe. As a dairy and gluten intolerant person, when I hear the words “can have” and “ice cream” in the same sentence, I get pretty excited. Regular ice cream that contains milk, cream, etc is loaded with fat and sugar. Fat and sugars are definitely necessary in the diet, but not the kind found in most ice creams. I enjoy doing research on new ways to prepare food that does not involve processed ingredients like white sugar, brown sugar and MILK. In this recipe, I used: 1 organic banana, a cup of frozen organic raspberries, and 2 table spoons of flax seeds (high in fiber and good for digestion). I then topped it with organic roasted slivered almonds (which added a nice sweet and salty flavor). 

Guys, this was DELICIOUS and all natural. I’m going to be honest, I have trust issues when it comes to how food is prepared. It feels really good to know that I’ve put the work into a HEALTH conscious dish and dessert. Some people laugh about the idea of “consuming the earth,” but why not use the earth that God gave us to help our bodies remain a well oiled machine?!

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Now- as far as preparation, I used a food processor (only because I have not finished saving for my Vitamix yet) to get the creamy texture. I used as much frozen ingredients as I could to preserve the “icy” texture. I topped it with the slivered almonds and set it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Then…..

EAT UP 😉 X0

Photo on 5-4-14 at 2.44 PM #2

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Random Midnight Snack

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I know this is weird, but I LOVE eggplant. So I whipped this up –
I lightly sautéed some sliced eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper (not very much olive oil). After sautéing for about 3 minutes, I put the eggplant in the oven for ten minutes and then BAM! You’re done. It really is good!