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Need Plant-Based Protein Ideas? We Got You.

People who follow a plant-based diet always get asked the same question: where do you get your protein from? Fortunately, there are plenty of options on the market to fit your budget and your tastebuds! What is a plant-based protein?  A plant-based protein is a source of protein that comes from plant sources instead of animals. They are a major source of protein in a vegan or vegetarian diet, and they can be included in an omnivore diet too. Choosing a variety of plant-based protein sources is essential to a diet that is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Fiber ensures satiety at meals and has also been linked to stable blood sugars and improved levels of cholesterol. How Much Protein Do I Need? Everyone's protein requirements will vary depending...

Spring Gardening: What to Plant Now!

Spring will be here before you know it! That means it's time to stop daydreaming about your garden and start making your dreams into reality. Whether you're a veteran gardener or a plant newbie, the sheer number of seed choices available can be overwhelming. While you will have to do a little research into which plants grow best in your location, I've decided to round up a few of my favorite things to plant in March to get your garden growing. [caption id="attachment_5591" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Image credit: Debbie Hudson on Unsplash[/caption] Shrubs and roses Confession time: I love gardens for their beauty more than practicality. I'm learning how to care for fruits, veggies, and other edibles, but flowers are my first love. If the ground isn't frozen, March is...

Which Option Is Better For My Gut Health: Prebiotics Versus Probiotics

The digestive system is also called the second brain. It is a sophisticated system, and it needs regular care to function. Your gut thrives when you are active, eating an excellent diet, and managing your stress. But what can you do when things start to feel a little funky downstairs? Do you take a prebiotic or eat more probiotic-rich foods? What’s the difference, and which will be the most beneficial to your gut health.  What is a probiotic? Probiotics are health-promoting bacteria that live in your gut. Billions of bacteria work hard to ensure your daily digestion remains optimized. These bacteria are delicate, and they can die off. You may have symptoms of bloating, change in bathroom habits, and gas. Your first instinct may be to grab a...

8 Healthy Recipes To Shake Up Your Winter Menu!

In the winter it is easy to get stuck in a recipe rut. It can feel like everything is out of season, and you end up buying the same foods all the time. To break through these ruts it is important to try new recipes. Choose meals that are rich in vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains will ensure your meals are satisfying and nourishing. 1. Damn Delicious Quinoa Chili  Chili is a staple dish in the cold months, but it can often feel heavy and high in saturated fats. Substituting quinoa instead of ground beef is a great way to add lean protein to the recipe, but still, maintain the familiar texture! Add as many vegetables as you can to your chili to increase the vitamins...

Important Nutrients That Can Support Your Mental Health This Winter

If you have ever felt like your mood takes a turn for the worse in the grey months of winter, you’re not alone. Many people are affected by the decreased sunshine and the colder weather. Although you can’t control the daily weather, you can optimize your diet and include specific nutrients that have been proven to support mental health! Iron This mineral is essential to energy levels, immunity, and brain health. It is also one of the most difficult minerals to absorb from the diet, and many people are unknowingly deficient in iron. Women are at higher risk for iron deficiencies due to regular menstrual cycles. Vegetarians and vegans are also at elevated risk of low iron levels, and they may need to rely on a supplement...

Healthy Fall Fruits and Veggies to Eat This Season

Not sure what produce is in season? Read our list below to find out, and be sure to check out the recipes so you can add them to your weekly menu! Apples Autumn would not be complete without enjoying ripe apples in their prime season. There are so many different varieties of apples to try it can be a fun challenge for your family to try and taste as many as possible! You might be surprised by the difference in sweetness, sourness, and texture. All apples are rich in fiber which promotes heart health. Specifically, the soluble fiber in the fruit helps to lower your cholesterol. The peel of the apple will contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Different colored apples offer different vitamins. Add variety...

Thanksgiving Recipes You Must Try This Year!

For the past few Thanksgivings, I've become more adventurous in the dishes I make for the holiday (just don't ask me to make a whole turkey please; I'm not there quite yet!). Whether you're celebrating at home or with friends and extended family this year, I've curated a handful of my favorite easy and delicious dishes that will make everyone fight over who gets to take the leftovers home! Butternut Potato Puffs I absolutely love creamy mashed potatoes, but I love pumpkin and squash even more. Combining the two is a match made in heaven as far as I'm concerned. I like that this recipe cuts the heaviness of potatoes with silky butternut squash puree. It adds texture and a slightly more interesting flavor than regular potatoes alone....

Level Up With Our Favorite Drink Supplements

Supplements are a great way to add a little extra oomph to your diet. Not all supplements are created equal, though, so you have to choose the ones you decide to use carefully. It's always wise to do plenty of research into the ingredients and chat with your doctor before adding anything new to your regimen. I personally like finding supplements that I can either drink on their own or add to my smoothie or water bottle. I'm terrible at remembering to take vitamin pills during the day, but I never forget to sip water or drink my smoothie! Since there are so many supplement pills, drinks, and powders on the market, I've rounded up a few that I think give great results. This will provide you...

What to Eat Pre- and Post-Workout

There are many different approaches to fuelling your body to optimize your workout. Depending on what type of exercise you complete, and how long, the nutrition recommendations will vary significantly. Read on to learn how you can incorporate nutrition tips into your physical activity routine, and improve your performance! Before the workout Your body will need lean fuel. Avoid eating anything high-fat and deep-fried before a workout. For these foods to be properly digested, your gut needs to devote all of its energy to break down these foods. This will strain your digestive system while you work out because while you are exercising, blood flow to your gut decrease. The blood is redirected to your muscles, and they are supplied with fresh oxygenated blood. To avoid upsetting your...

My Favorite 3 Ways to Brew Iced Coffee

Making iced coffee is not as simple as pouring a pot of coffee over ice. If you've ever tasted that kind of “iced” coffee, then you'll know it's usually a bitter, watery mess. Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways to brew great iced coffee at home! Below are three of my favorites. In a French Press Brewing iced coffee in a French press is similar to brewing hot coffee; it just takes longer! If you want to try this method, be sure to start it about 12-24 hours before you plan to drink it. Simply double the amount of coffee you would use for a traditional French press, and leave the grounds to steep in the fridge overnight. In the morning, depress the plunger, and pour...