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Posts tagged ‘nutrition’

Keep Your Tea Loose

Drinking herbal teas goes hand in hand for most people striving to optimize their health and wellness practices. Many people are aware that all teas are not created equal and that many tea lines contain pesticides, chemical flavorings and GMO ingredients. Attempting to improve your tea quality by selecting 100% organic products can still leave you consuming harmful chemicals due to the type of bags with which you are brewing.

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Vega One Change Giveaway

For many people, the New Year is about setting healthy intentions including improved nutrition habits. I have been a vegetarian for over a decade and an intentional vegan for about half of that time. Despite enjoying a plant-based diet, I have found that not all of my vegan food choices have been truly healthy (especially snacks). As part of Vega's #OneChange challenge, check out how I am focusing on tidying up my habit of being an unmindful "Serial Snacker". As well, I am sharing an exciting new Vega One giveaway.

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New Thrive Forward Kitchen Edition: Inspiring Plant-Based Nutrition

I call myself an 'intentional vegan'. Overall, I aim to consume a balanced plant-based diet on a daily basis allowing for minor 'exceptions' when required. Through thoughtful planning, I find this nutritional lifestyle easy to follow and highly rewarding. Some of the rewards come from learning new foods and techniques that can readily replace conventional omnivore diets. One new tool that I am excited to share is the new Thrive Kitchen Edition part of the Thrive Forward program.

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Wellness On The Go Vega Giveaway

Win a box of the new Vega One Nutrition Bars, a Vega T-shirt, and Tote Bag. The team at Vega has done it again! They have created a new, incredible nutrition product to fuel your whole wellness. Just launched, the Vega One Nutrition Bar takes the super goodness of the Vega One Shake into a chocolate covered portable snack.

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Rise Kombucha: New Flavours Launch

Kombucha has become all the rage with the yoga community becoming the side-kick to the yogi's mat - and for good reason. I was invited to a new flavours launch party by Rise Kombucha (based out of Montreal). They hosted a great event celebrating 2 new flavours, Mint Chlorophyll and Rose Schizandra.

WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?

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Vega Thrive Forward Giveaway

I have a great number of people asking me how to enhance their yoga and wellness practices with nutrition, and often, with inquiries about vegetarian/vegan diet plans. I frequently receive questions about how to get adequate protein, having variety in foods, how to cook, and simply just how to get started. I am excited to see the new Thrive Forward program to which I now refer everyone who is looking for guidance, tips, and inspiration in developing a plant-based diet and enhancing their whole wellness. I am also excited to be able to give away two Thrive Forward Starter Kits containing Vega products.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds Recipe

For the longest time, I would throw away the seeds and inner pulp of squash. I recently discovered squash seeds can be enjoyed much like pumpkin seeds. With this discovery, I proceeded with my first roasting of butternut squash seeds.

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Marinated Tomato Salad

Mid-summer means tomatoes are coming into full harvest. Tomatoes offer an abundance of health benefits and nutritional value. The pigment in tomatoes that gives them their bright red color is called lycopene. As a powerful antioxidant, lycopene eliminates free radicals that can damage cells in the body. The consumption of tomatoes has shown to reduce the incidence of cancers including breast, lung, endometrial, prostate, colon, and stomach cancers.

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Organic Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest

Sourcing out high quality, vegan protein has become a mission of mine. I was delighted to discover organic, raw hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest. Hemp is quickly becoming known as a highly sustainable plant for nutrition and consumer products (like clothing). After reviewing the overall health benefits of hemp, I am now hooked and look forward to integrating hemp hearts, hemp protein, and hemp oil into my regular nutrition plan.

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Empower Your Nutrition By Reading Food Labels

Food companies go out of their way to repackage and market their processed food items as nutritious and 'healthy'. These marketing strategies are rarely followed by improvements in the actual food quality. Therefore, we need to be diligent in knowing exactly what we are buying and putting into our bodies. Just by carefully reading and understanding food labels, you can empower your nutritional decisions. Here is simple list of food items we should avoid and replace as these common ingredients offer little to no health benefits and, in fact, may produce chronic health problems with regular consumption.

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Seven Common Mistakes When on a Healthy Weight Management Plan

Part of an overall healthy lifestyle is maintaining an appropriate body composition. When attempting to decrease body fat percentages, many people make some common mistakes that greatly hinder success in achieving effective weight loss.

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Raw Kale Slaw Recipe

I love kale for all of its’ bountiful, anti-inflammatory benefits and that it is so easy to grow. Kale has more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around making it nutrition-dense powerhouse.

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Yoga for Healthy Body Composition and Weight Management

An important part of a balanced health and wellness program is managing your body composition and understanding what is a healthy body weight for your body type. A consistent Yoga practice, a clean Yoga diet, and observance of Yoga principles and lifestyle habits can help you find this balance in managing your body weight.

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Vegan Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

I got inspired to make these Quinoa Chocolate Chips cookies from a recipe by Peggy Kostopoulous. With no processed sugars or traditional 'fats', these cookies are a fantastic treat that boost your nutrition. The blend of proteins and fiber help make these a medium glycemic treat which is ideal for post-exercise recovery as well as an intra-meal snack.

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Committing to Your Whole Heath Nutrition Plan

So you have decided to take the plunge into a more healthy and nourishing nutrition plan? Back up these great intentions with some simple strategies and tips to keep you motivated and make this a long-term routine with success.

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