Smoothies! So many options!

I love my morning smoothie!  It gives me energy, fills me up (especially if I add protein) and helps me get in more fruits and veggies. Benefits: Heartburn can be an issue as we age and many find that sipping a smoothie helps the digestion process and elimination process.  There is also less tendency for reflux Smoothies are natural laxatives Some studies show that incorporating smoothies into the diet may aid in weight loss The more amazing goodness you put in your smoothie from fruits and veggies the more you get the benefit! Smoothies are packed wit phytonutrients and help boost the immune system. Fiber, fiber, fiber!  Americans need more fiber and smoothies keep all that great fiber vs j

Legumes and Black Bean Brownies - no, really, they're good!

In one of the classes I teach we learn how to incorporate more plant-based foods into our diets and this week we talked about legumes. Beans are a great source of protein, and fiber as well as high in antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and copper and: Steadies blood sugar Hels you feel more full and satisfied Burns more calories than the same amount of carbs Acts as a natural anti-depressant and helps improve behavior and mood Is necessary for proper growth and development Help lower cholesterol Good for your heart How much do we need? Adults need ½ gram of protein per pound of body weight per day and children need about 1 gram per pound. Dried or Canned? Dried bean

Live Long, Play Long

The head of the school I went to, Dr. Bill Sears, stresses the importance of making health your hobby, and I agree. When Dr. Bill Sears set out to make health his hobby, he wanted to know the secret behind the long, healthy lives of a special group of people: Centenarians. We tend to hear about them mainly from the news, when we sit and marvel at how someone 113 sounds healthier and more able-bodied than many people half their age. While there may be some centenarians with some questionable theories about their longevity, many have some very important things in common. If you want to set your sights on a health span that happens to equate to a long life span, here are a few things you shou

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