Rachel's Raw Bars

My dear and radiant student Rachel, has generously shared her secret (no so much now) recipe of these DELICIOUS bars. The recipe can be changed with equivalent ingredients, for example, instead of almonds, you can use cashews, and so on. Ingredients: 1 cup of pitted Medjool dates (take out the pits just before to mantain moisture) 1 ½ cup of old-fashioned, gluten-free oats 1 cup of raw almonds (can be substituted by any combination of nuts and seeds) ½ cup of chopped 72% dark chocolate (cocoa powder can be used but has less nutritional value) ½ cup shredded dried coconut (unsweetened, no additives added) ¼ cup dried blueberries (can be substituted for cranberries, goji berries or dried cherr

Important Nutrients for a Healthy Aging

Older adults (55+ years of age) have special nutritional requirements, mostly because human physiological functions change with age. In relation to aging and nutritional status, the body decreases its ability to absorb many important nutrients, which can affect the immune system and, consequently, increase the risk for other health conditions or problems. It is important to eat a balanced diet and ingest (or supplement) specific nutrients that are particularly essential for a healthy aging. These are: Vitamin B-12 With aging, the stomach produces less gastric acid and, as a result, Vitamin B-12 is less likely to be absorbed. Vitamin b-12 has a crucial role in creating healthy red blood cells

Healthy Green Smoothie

My facebook friends demanded the recipe for the smoothie I'm helding at the picture, when I posted it this morning. The truth is... I don't have one or a single recipe, because I add and change ingredients every time, according to what I have available or what I feel like in terms of taste or even what purpose I have in mind. There are some "basic" ingredients and I do try to add the following: 1 type of vegetable 1 type of fruit (usually berries) 1 protein source (plant or algae protein) 1 healthy fat (nuts,seeds or liquid omega-3's) and 1 liquid (coconut water or milk alternative) So, since we're talking about eating "clean" for the beginning of the year, I thought about a smoothie I usual

New Year's Detox Tips

Detox diets can vary greatly, from intense fasting to excluding only certain types of foods. However, in the majority of cases, “detoxifying” or “cleansing diets” involves getting rid of foods that may overload organs like the liver, for example. Avoiding sugar, alcohol, saturated fats, etc, is usually recommended. Below are some general tips to start the New Year feeling like you are giving your digestive system a good "bath": 1) Try to follow a detoxifying diet for at least 1 week to notice results; 2) Begin by excluding sugar, refined or processed foods, alcohol, saturated fats, cheese and any foods or meals that are not prepared at home (you won’t know what’s inside); 3) Include a large

New Year's Resolutions

We all have hopes for the New Year. Some of us have specific resolutions. Many of us hope to improve our eating habits. For those who want to eat healthier in 2015, I have some (general) tips: 1. Don't make unrealistic goals. To promise yourself you will never eat junk food again is not sensible. Keep it simple and real. Something along the lines of "I will include veggies in at least 1 meal a day" or "I will only get organic milk from now on..." 2. Organize your time. Include physical activity. If you haven’t found something (some kind of exercise) that you enjoy doing, this year should be devoted to that. You can’t try to have a healthier life only by eating healthier: you need to include

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