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Top 5 Healthiest Foods For Summer

Keep yourself feeling energized all day long with these food tips from Dr. Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, naturopathic doctor and nutrition expert.

As you prepare for summer barbecues, camping, water-activities, and all the other fun things you can do in the warm weather, you may want to think about choosing foods that maximize your energy so that you can really make the most of the summer. You can start by thinking of what our bodies need to make energy—protein, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as vitamins and nutrients. It is with these ingredients that each cell in your body produces energy, and without them you feel depleted.

While it can be tempting to choose a quick fix, such as sugar or caffeine to give you a boost, these temporary sources of energy don’t actually help your body in the long run. Instead, they often lead you to crave more sugar and caffeine, and leave you feeling grumpy and tired, with a headache.
A great way to increase your energy is to choose energy-giving foods. By providing important nutrients, these foods also help with mood and focus. Here are five foods that will help feed your cells in a positive way this summer, while tasting delicious too.

Shish kabobs

Made with chicken, lamb or beef, vegetables such as green, red, and orange peppers, and onions, shish kabobs are a fun and delicious way to enjoy the summer while boosting your energy with protein from the meat and anti-oxidants from the vegetables. You can make your shish kabobs vegetarian by using mushrooms instead of meat.

Berries

Whether you pick them yourself or stop by the farm stand for a pint, berries of all kinds (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and others) contain flavonoids; cell-protective nutrients that reduce inflammation. I enjoy a few berries with organic granola and almond milk for a mid-afternoon summer snack. They are also scrumptious in a smoothie or baked in a gluten-free crust.

Nuts

Cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds all contain fats, carbohydrates and protein that are good for you, providing very efficient energy for your cells that will help you keep up with your summer activities. Keep them in your beach or travel bag to be sure you always have access to something to maintain your energy and mood.

Seeds

A common ingredient in trail mix, seeds such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds can be the perfect solution when you need a quick lift. They contain the nutrients, including potassium and zinc, which your body needs for energy that sustains you, especially in the dehydrating summer heat.

Salmon

The protein, carbs, and fats in salmon give your body exactly what it needs to keep you going. Choose wild salmon whenever possible to ensure you are not exposed to unwanted toxins, and if you prefer other types of fish, visit http://www.seafoodwatch.org to find out which local fish are safe to consume. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, salmon can be paired with veggies or greens for a tasty meal.

Stuck in a rut? Try these tips to get your intuition and life flowing again!

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Many of us often feel stuck in the proverbial rut, knowing we need a change but powerless as to how to bring a newer, happier life into being.  These ideas from renowned intuitive and Life Coach, Lynn Robinson, will be sure to help you get back your passion, creating the life you truly dream of!

http://lynnrobinson.com/5-ways-to-get-your-life-flowing-again/

Five servings in one meal? Easy!

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

We are in the midst of adding an extensive recipe section to the site, but I wanted to share this wonderful power drink with you now. Enjoy! : )

LYN’S “RAINBOW IN A DAY” SMOOTHIE (AKA “BLENDED SALAD”)

I began making variations of this drink after I bought my Vitamix. Like so many, I have very limited time in the morning but wanted to flood my body with nutrients and have the energy to get through often hectic days. I had many friends telling me they “Would love to eat healthily, if only they had the time.” This “drink” is the perfect answer.  Below is the original, but feel free to alter it according to taste or what you happen to have in the fridge.

Note: Please try to use organic whenever possible, and wash all non frozen produce before using. :)

  • 2-3 cups kale or baby kale. (Spinach may be substituted.)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I like to mix blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 beet, peeled (if desired)
  • 2tbs raw flaxseed (if desired)
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder (if desired)

Blend all ingredients with two cups of water, adding a little apple juice if you prefer more sweetness. Start blending on low, moving the speed up to ten for a few seconds if using a vitamix. I like to leave mine a little on the chunky side so that my digestive system still has to do some of the work, fending off hunger a bit longer.  Serves 2. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and combos to suit your taste!

LOVE YOU, LYN! 🙂

For beautiful summer skin, exfoliate!

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The warm weather, combined with an increase in outdoor activities and heavier use of sunscreen, can clog pores and lead to acne. To keep your skin looking it’s best, you don’t need to spend a fortune at the spa, simply create the perfect product right in your own kitchen!

Basic Recipe:  Use 1/4 cup raw sugar combined with a little olive oil or almond oil, to form a paste. You can also add a little honey which acts as a moisturizer. Simply massage in to clean, damp skin in circular motions and and let sit for 10 minutes. (The sugars not only exfoliate physically, but the naturally occurring AHA’s spend skin cell turnover.) Rinse with cool water and apply a light moisturizer. This same recipe works beautifully all over the body, especially rough areas such as knees and elbows. If you use self tanners, it’s also perfect for smoothing skin before application.

Store leftover product in sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.