Add More Greens to Your Diet!

Did you know that less than 7% of Americans are eating their recommended daily servings of vegetables?

That number is staggering to me.

As a Nutritionist, I recommend a high intake of fresh vegetables – both cooked and raw. With today’s busy schedules, work travel, finicky eaters, etc – reaching and optimal amount can be a challenge.

While there is no substitute for eating your vegetables, you can give your diet a boost by using a powdered greens product.
My personal favorite is PHresh Greens.

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Just 1tsp of Phresh Greens provides 3-4 servings of vegetables. Think about all of those added nutrients.

Just add it to water, juice or your favorite smoothie! pHresh Products™ pHresh greens® Raw Alkalizing Superfood is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their highly alkalizing properties. It is a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy rich vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes. pHresh greens® is highly bio-available and provides your body with a rich natural source of vitamins, trace minerals, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients beneficial to health. It is also made with True Intention ensuring that you will get all the ingredients’ nutritional benefits without any harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives or fillers. Its all natural organic ingredients have been carefully slow dried to help retain its life energy. pHresh greens® is made from the natural produce itself, thus ensuring you are getting the vital nutrients of the ingredients from a natural state, it’s just like harvesting produce from your own organic vegetable garden!*

  • Non-GMO and Non-Irradiated.*
  • No Yeast, Nuts, Soy, or Animal Products.*
  • No Herbicides, Pesticides or Synthetic Chemicals.*
  • No Preservatives, Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or Sugars.*
  • Gluten Free*
  • Contains no Egg, Wheat, Dairy or Caffeine*
  • BPA Free*

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Why Raw Green Superfood?

Super foods by definition are foods that are nutritionally dense, high in fiber and are believed to help fight disease and increase longevity. Green superfoods are foods with outstanding qualities that are high in chlorophyll content. Most green superfoods are the ones you’ll find in nature that don’t require any kind of processing or refining there by keeping them in a raw green superfood state. You’ve probably heard of superfoods, but may not know what makes them so “super”. Loaded with essential nutrients that enhance energy, fight disease and help detoxify. Green superfoods is a term usually used to describe young cereal grasses such as wheat grass, barley grass, oat grass, as well as spirulina, chlorella, collards, broccoli, kale and other leafy vegetables. A diet comprised of green superfoods enables grass-eating animals to continually maintain their weight, strength, and vibrant health. Raw green superfoods are among the world’s most nutrient-rich, dense and beneficial foods on Earth. A quality green supplement is a concentrated power source of important phyto-nutrients (live sun energy) and the minerals, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, carotenoids, and antioxidants which have been stripped from most modern foods of today. Raw green superfoods are rich in chlorophyll, often called the ‘blood’ of plants. It has the same molecular structure of human blood with the exception of its center atom, which is magnesium based rather than iron.*

What makes this product better than other greens on the market?

pHresh greens® is:

  • Made with all organic ingredients*
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  • Naturally balanced source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, carotenoids, phytonutrients, enzymes and dietary fiber*
  • Great for detoxifying and cleansing*
  • Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants*
  • Alkaline green vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes, all help to balance pH levels

Enjoy this delicious Blueberry smoothie recipe!

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  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Phresh Greens

Toss ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Blendtec Blenders – Free Shipping

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I was recently asked by the nice folks over at Blendtec to represent their products. In case you’re not familiar, Blendtec makes high powered blenders, mixers and mills. The Blendtec company has an excellent reputation, so I graciously accepted their offer.

I just wanted to take a moment here to familiarize you with their products.

Blendtec is mostly known for their high powered blenders. Similar to and of comparable quality to Vitamix.

If you’re wondering whether there’s a difference between the two – well, yes and no. Blendtec and Vitamix are equals in my opinion when it comes to function.

Vitamix is well loved for it’s simplicity.

For those that like gadgets with buttons and a more “techy” look, you should consider the Blendtec blenders.

Whether you are a culinary novice or a seasoned chef, Blendtec makes your life in the kitchen easier and your life outside healthier. From hearty soups and whole grain breads to green drinks and frozen treats. The possibilities are endless.

The Designer Series™ brings a whole new level of beauty and functionality to the kitchen.

The Designer Series blender has been engineered to bring a whole new level of beauty and functionality to the high-end blender category, without compromising the famous power and efficiency of our Total Blender Classic.

Features include:

  • Complete speed control
  • Vivid icons
  • New sleek design
  • Easy, fast cleanup
  • Versatile functionality
  • Blend Cycle Icons—More than Just Pretty Pictures
  • The touch area has illuminated, easy-to-read, universal icons that enable you to effortlessly select our signature blend cycles. These cycles are optimized to deliver great blends with a single touch.

Factory Certified Refurbished models are available at a deep discount.

Certified Refurbished means these blenders have passed inspection and meet stringent standards. With a full 7-year warranty, you can buy a discounted reconditioned blender with confidence!

I am able to offer shipping on any of the Blendtec products, please contact me if you have any questions.

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Vitamix Sale!

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Start 2014 off right and get that Vitamix you’ve been dreaming about!

Vitamix is having a sale from January 1st thru the end of February –

They are offering a temporary reduction on Standard Reconditioned Machines:

•       Standard Variable Speed: $299 (add $20 for Brushed Stainless)

•       Standard Programs:  $349 (add $20 for Brushed Stainless)

•       Standard 2 Speed:  $279

Every customer who purchases a Standard Variable Speed or Standard Programs Reconditioned machine will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:

•        10 Vitamix Machines

•        50 Extended Warranties

•        140 Smoothie Cups

Backed by a solid warranty, the reconditioned models are really a great value. If you call them up, they will even give you a payment plan.

Need help deciding? Just shoot me an email!
As always – when you use my code, you get free shipping – *Enter code 06-008081 at checkout!
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Vitamix – Free Shipping Offer

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What can I say, I LOVE my Vitamix. It is, by far, the best purchase I’ve made. It really is something that I use every day – usually more than once a day! Smoothies, nut based milks, soups – the possibilties are unlimited.

Yes, there are other blenders on the market that are cheaper, but the quality just doesn’t compare. If cost is a concern, Vitamix offers refurbished machines and even a payment plan to make it easier.

Trusted by more professional chefs than any other blender to create fresh, flavorful dishes from whole-food ingredients, Vitamix is in a class all its own. These self-cleaning machines allow you to chop, blend, cream, purée, and more—through every course of the meal—with a single appliance. With commercial quality and unsurpassed engineering, you can buy a Vitamix once and have it for life.

  • Coveted by restaurants and professional chefs worldwide
  • Able to make smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, and more
  • Renowned as the world’s most versatile, most durable blender

Vitamix is one the BEST investments in your health that you can make!

*Enter code 06-008081 and get FREE shipping!

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us.  I know it can be hectic and stressful, to say the least.  With so much to do, it;s really easy to get frazzled and exhausted.  We eat things we know aren’t good for us simply because they are in front of us and it’s the holidays, right? The carb loaded sugar feast that runs from Thanksgiving through New Years can really take it’s toll and it weakens the immune system…the next thing you know, you’re sniffling your way through New Year count down. The good news? It doesn’t have to be like that.

This holiday season, boost your immune system and ward off cravings and hunger at the same time.

Here are a few tips:

1. Juice or blend veggies every day.  Drink at least 2 8oz. glasses of veggie juice a day for all the great antioxidants that will feed your immune system.  Focus on dark leafy greens.  Fresh vegetable juices are so nutrient dense, they keep you satisfied and help curb your cravings.

2. Eat a raw garlic clove a day. Garlic contains allicin–a sulphur compound, and many other health-boosters, which have potent antiviral and antibacterial qualities. *Make sure it’s raw – cooking destroys allicin’s potent effects.

3. Take care of your gut.  Over 60% of your immune system is contained in your gut. Boost your immune system by taking probiotics.

4. Get plenty of vitamin C.  Juice/Blend up fruits and veggies that are rich in vitamin C.  And take supplemental C with flavonoids.  They work together to make each more effective.

Here are few foods that are high in Vitamin C:

  • Strawberries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Brussell Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Cantaloupe
  • Red cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple

5. Avoid sweets.  Sugar beats out vitamin C in the immune cells and weakens them.  I realize it’s the holidays, but it’s well worth it to pass up all the treats.

6. Get extra sleep. A well-rested body has a higher capability to fight off infections and viruses. Go to bed early. Sleep in on the weekend. Powerful healing hormones are released during your deepest sleep.  Also hormones that control your appetite get out of whack when you don’t sleep enough, making you crave carbs in particular.

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Healthy Fresh V-8 Juice

Store bought V8 juice is loaded with sodium and artificial ingredients. Make your own instead!
Ingredients:
  • 5-6 Tomatoes
  • 3 Stalks Celery
  • 3-4 Carrots
  • 2-3 leaves Romaine
  • Watercress (sm handful)
  • Spinach (Large Handful)
  • Italian Parsley (sm Handful)
  • 1 Beet
  • Optional: 1/2 lemon or lime

Directions:

Put all ingredients in the juicer & enjoy!

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Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

How can a diet of raw foods and fresh juices be so beneficial?

The most important aspect of raw foods and fresh juices is the energy that you receive from live foods.  This energy is used rather than stored as fat (which is what tends to happen with the standard American diet). Raw foods contain plenty of enzymes –  cooking detroys these beneficial enzymes.  The plant enzymes combine with your own digestive enzymes and speed up your metabolism.

Cooked foods take much longer to digest, and therefore tend to be stored in your body as fat.  But raw foods – and especially fresh juices, are digested very easily.

Every time you eat cooked and/or processed foods, your system has to divert resources and energy into your digestive process. Raw foods and fresh juice makes use of the enzymes within those foods to aid your digestion, sparing your digestive system from a lot of hard work.

Therefore, a juice and high raw foods diet means you have more energy. Awesome, right?

An additional benefit of juicing and raw foods is the reduction of acids. Raw foods and fresh juices help alkalize your body.  As you alkalize your system, you will lose weight and feel lighter.

Excess toxins are stored in your fat cells. An organic, raw food diet is the lowest in toxins of any diet. On a fresh juice and raw diet, you have much less of a daily toxic load, which allows your body to start removing the excess stored toxins in your fat cells. The high antioxidants in juice and raw foods will help to bind up toxins and carry them out of your body. This results in a dramatic fat burning effect.

When eating a diet high in raw foods and juices, it is really difficult to eat too much.  Due to the high fiber and water content in a juicing and raw food diet, you will find you feel fuller and satisfied much more quickly. In addition, your liver (your fat-burning organ) will be operating at it’s optimum level and remove toxins rather than storing them.

No matter how many pounds you want to lose, a juicing and raw plant-based lifestyle really is the best choice.

Within couple of weeks of juicing veggies daily and consuming at least half your food as organic raw foods, your metabolism will boost up a notch and you’ll be losing excess weight and feeling completely rejuvenated!

Wondering how to start? Try adding one pound of raw veggies to your diet every day and drink two 8-10oz. glasses of fresh juice (veggie based) daily. Don’t forget to eat your fruit too!

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