Coffee is one of those things - you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream. You know how it makes you feel. How it affects your gut, your mind, your sleep.
Not to mention the crazy headlines that say coffee is great, and the very next day one saying you should avoid it!
YAY OR NAY?
There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It's a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you're used to drinking. Even the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee isn’t consistent. We often hear that an average cup contains around 100 mg of caffeine, but that’s an average. A cup of coffee can contain anywhere between 50 and 400 mg of caffeine.
A cup of coffee contains a lot of things other than caffeine, like antioxidants and other compounds. Which is why drinking a cup of coffee has more benefits then taking a caffeine pill. But do the benefits of coffee outweigh the...
Smoothies my FAVORITE meal of all time. Not only are they delicious, you can pack in SO MUCH dense nutritional oomph in such a small package. Here is one of my all time faves (not to mention, my kids favorite too - They call it their HULK SHAKE because it's green!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 chopped peach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 an avocado (or 1/4 cup of frozen avocado chunks)
Add ingredients to blender in order listed (you want your greens on the bottom by the blade so they blend better and have the chia on the bottom to absorb some liquid before you blend).
Wait a couple of minutes for the chia seeds to start soaking up the almond milk.
Blend, Serve and Enjoy!
Tip: Smoothies are the ultimate recipe for substitutions. Try swapping different greens, fruit or seeds to match your preference.
Bonus: Chia seeds not only have fiber and essential omega-3 fatty acids but they contain all of the essential amino acids from protein.
Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat. It is the philosophy that places like Weight Watchers has turned into hundreds of millions of dollars. This theory has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it's certainly not the “holy grail” of health.
There is nothing better then an incredible meal (especially if you didn't have to cook it, am I right?). It doesn't matter if it is a holiday feast, a night out at the newest restaurant, or a meal with friends. Eating may even be my greatest joy in life (at least top 3).
And it's not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the wine, the decorations, the wine and the ambiance (did I mention the wine?).
It is way too easy to indulge on those days, which isn’t a terrible thing – it’s a holiday after all. But it doesn't always stop there.
Sometimes we overeat when with friends on the weekends. Or by ourselves on a Tuesday (because nobody likes a Tuesday). Or All. Da. Time.
HERE ARE THREE TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING AT MEALS.
(Psst, turn these into HABITS and ditch the willpower!)
Tip #1: Start with some water
A lot of us have heard that it's possible to confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger. But when your nose is filled with the scent of burg...