Sunday, September 21, 2014

Super Minerals For Super Health

Minerals are essential for a variety of bodily functions including strong bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function and metabolic processes that turn the food we eat into energy. But due to depleted soils, fast foods and picky eaters, many kids and moms are not getting the minerals they need, which means the vitamins they are eating are not being absorbed because minerals are the carrier of nutrients to our cells. 

If our cells are fed the right nutrients our immune systems are supercharged and our bodies function at its optimal capacity.

Some minerals to include in your diet every day are:

 Iron-- You need iron to carry oxygen throughout your body. Without it, you may end up feeling tired and even have trouble thinking straight.  Some of the best sources are oysters, beef, chicken, raisins, spinach and fortified cereals, chickpeas and  prunes

 Potassium-- Potassium helps regulate blood pressure by offsetting the blood pressure-raising effects of sodium. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that a diet high in sodium and low in potassium doubles a person's risk of death from heart disease. Some of the best sources are bananas, baked potatoes, raisins, tomatoes and artichokes, avocados, cantaloupe.

Calcium: Calcium is needed to build strong bones and teeth, but it also helps regulate your heart beat and helps prevent PMS Like potassium, calcium helps regulate blood pressure . Some of the best sources are organic milk, yogurt, cottage cheese spinach, beans, broccoli and dark leafy greens

 Magnesium: One of the most underrated minerals, magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in your body. Magnesium provides energy, helps keep your cells healthy and strong and enables your cells to communicate with one another and enhance optimal functioning. Magnesium also helps regulate blood pressure, keeps your bones strong and prevents insulin resistance and migraine headaches.
Some of the best sources are bran cereal, brown rice, almonds, Swiss chard and molasses.

 Zinc: Zinc is critical for keeping your immune system strong. It fights infection, making you less likely to catch a cold or the flu. It also helps wounds heal and  helps women have healthier pregnancies. Some of the best sources are oysters, crab, beef and pork and almond butter, oatmeal, wheat germ and eggs.

If you  feel you are not getting enough minerals through the food you are eating or you are low energy or your kids are having trouble focusing in school, consider adding a mineral supplement. My favorite one is Hu minerals. It carries over 79 major & trace  minerals, every mineral the body requires in one supplement. And they have it in different forms. Since I have turned so many clients onto it they have given me a special prom code. Call 888-765-0087 and ask for moms minerals special.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Who says nutritious can't be delicious? Healthiest back to school cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 18 medium cookies

Are you looking for an easy lunch box treat or healthy after school snack? These protein packed cookies are flourless and guilt free. Yes nutritious can be delicious!

1 ¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup natural peanut butter (make sure there is no oil) or sun butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
I teaspoon flax seeds
1-teaspoon baking powder
½ cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
3. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. With wet hands, form into 1 ½ inch balls. The mixture will be a little sticky. Then press cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
5.Bake for about 10 minutes or until brown.