Six We Don't Skip
Struggling to keep your health strong during hectic & stressful times?
Double down (or up?) on your nutrition game.
The 6 must-haves below are foods that hit the health support trifecta:
inflammation-fighting, digestion & gut health, and energy.
Check out the what, why and how to get them in....
Turmeric & Ginger
Turmeric comes from the turmeric plant. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
1. Anti-Inflammatory that helps keep your cells healthy (proven disease-fighter)
2. Assist in healthy weight maintenance: curcumin has proven to suppress inflammatory markers that contribute to weight gain
3. Encourages brain health, helping to improve mood and memory.
*Blend into in salad dressings
*Use the spice in teas or lattes (eg. chai)
*Add to stir-fry and curry dishes
*Blend the root or extract into smoothies
(packed into our green and athlete blends)
Ginger is the root of the plant Zingiber Ufficante (say it with us).
1. Treats nausea naturally by keeping blood pressure consistent and digestive function stable. Side tip: can help reduce morning sickness
2. Inflammation fighter that's also proven to help reduce menstrual & bloating pain
3. Reduces the levels of stomach acid through the intestinal track & can help with chronic indigestion.
*Add pureed or slices into teas. Here's a recipe for fresh ginger tea
*Blend in smoothies (find it in our greens blends). Dice the root so your blender blade doesn't thread it.
*Add pureed ginger to and soups eg. root veggie soups (yam, sweet potato) with coconut milk bases are a fave. Have you tried our Sweet Potato Coconut Soup yet?
Dandelion & Cayenne
Dandelions are part of the daisy family and considered a flower. The entire dandelion (root, stems, pedals) is edible.
1. Detoxifying support: helping the liver to flush out toxins and support digestion
2. Improves cholesterol by raising HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) “good cholesterol”
3. Bone health: dandelion greens are a good source of Calcium and Vitamin K
* Dandelion root tea (steep dry dandelion in hot water)
* Add to salads or lightly sautéed the greens
* Boost your smoothies (concentrated extracts are our fave format - find dandelion in our Greens D-tox, The Remedy & Pumpkin Patch Soup blends)
Cayenne is a type of chili pepper, related to jalapeno pepper...
a little goes a long way.
1. Assists in boosting metabolism and reduce hunger due to the active ingredient capsaicin (thermogenic).
2. Proven to help lower blood pressure
3. Supports digestion by aiding the delivery of enzymes to the stomach.
*Spice up any batch dish with a dash or two
*Make homemade hot sauce. Here's the Martha Stewart recipe
*Add to your smoothies (find them both in our Greens D-tox, The Remedy)
Spirulina & Lions Mane
Spirulina is an ingredient made from blue green algae.
1. High in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate the immune system
2. Contains chlorophyll, which supports detoxification
3. Contains protein and amino acids that your body needs to maintain cellular & bone health as well as key organ function (excellent vegan diet support ingredient)
4. Good for eye health thanks to a nutrient it contains called Zeaxanthin
*Mix/blend into smoothies or juices. Found in most of our deep green blends
*Add to soups (green/veggie pureed ones are best)
Lion's Mane (turkey tail)
Lion’s mane, a mushroom extract, is an adaptogen, which means is helps you body manage its stress response (and negative impacts on your health), reduce inflammation & helps keep your cells healthy.
1. Mental function: memory, concentration/focus, cognition
2. High in antioxidant properties & a superstar for cellular health support/disease-fighting
3. Energy-boosting (body & mind)
4. Fosters the production of the bioprotein nerve growth factor
*Mix/blend into smoothies or juices. Get a full dose in our Shroom Energy & Daily Chai smoothies.
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The Rainbow Kale Salad
One of the ways we pack in a bunch of the above ingredients all at once is this salad:
Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey
1 tablespoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 tsp fresh ginger, small-chopped
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
1 tsp lions mane extract
1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
1 bunch kale (organic dino kale is best)
½ cup dandelion greens
1 cup purple cabbage shredded
1 cup carrot, shredded
1/2 cup chickpeas (roast for extra crunch)
1 avocado diced
1/4 cup hemp seeds shelled
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 lemon wedge
Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a bowl OR place them in a blender for 30 seconds & blend until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of filtered water to thin it out if needed, but slightly thicker is best.
In a large bowl, place kale greens and add dressing. Massage dressing into kale leaves for about 2 minutes (until volume reduces by about 1/3). Then add purple cabbage and toss to coat. Let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes, so the dressing can continue breaking down the kale and cabbage.
Portion the salad into two bowls and divide up the toppings (shredded carrot, pumpkin seeds, avocado, hemp seeds or almond slivers). Squeeze lemon over top.
(you'll feel your body & mind thank you)