Superbowl Vegan Recipe: Green Dream Hummus

Green Dream Hummus

No Superbowl party is complete without chips + dip! This year though, skip out on the processed dip from the store + whip up this incredibly wholesome rendition of homemade hummus. It’s as simple as making a quick smoothie and features the ultra nourishing powers of Green Dream, a detoxifying blend of organic maca, mesquite, hemp powder, chia seeds, vanilla, and spirulina—an antioxidant-rich, blue-green algae that is packed with protein, minerals, and vitamins!

Gather This: 
  • 1 can cooked chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • fresh parsley or dill (for garnish)
Do This: Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor + blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh parsley and dill (we also added some turmeric for healthy color!) Enjoy with pita bread, veggies, or your favorite wholesome crackers!

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About Sophie: 
Sophie Jaffe is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness.

Through her holistic approach to wellbeing, Sophie has learned that total wellbeing begins with total nourishment, which is why she created her unique line of cleanses and superfood products. These healing products have helped everyone from George Clooney to Sophie’s own dad, and have become essential components in the lives of thousands more.

When Sophie isn’t crafting revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on how to live a life full of unbounded energy, bliss, and balance on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her two beautiful children and loving husband.

http://www.thephilosophie.com

Juicing vs. Blending: A Guide for Your Inner Nutritionista

smoothieNowadays, you can’t swing a yoga tote without knocking over five juice and smoothie stands. The secret is out! Juicing and blending are all the rage but unlike most trends, these are here to stay. But to juice or to blend? Both are so delicious and so incredibly healthy – which one is best? What’s a girl to do? Before giving up on both and drowning your sorrows in a carton of coconut ice cream, let me explain why juicing and blending are both awesome and then I’ll tell you my own personal fave!

Juicing
Juicing is the process in which water and nutrients are extracted from fruits and vegetables while insoluble fiber is removed. What you have left over is like pure liquid gold – delicious naturally flavored water that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and other phytronutrients which pass directly into the bloodstream providing instant nourishment at the cellular level! The downside is that juicing can be a bit expensive compared to blending because it requires handfuls of fruits and veggies just to get one glamorous glass and of course you lose the fiber in the process. Juicing can also cause blood sugar levels to rapidly spike, particularly if you’re juicing mostly fruits (which is why I tell my clients to juice mainly vegetables and to flavor with fruit). Try to drink a fresh glass at least every other morning and be sure to drink it right away since light and air will break down the juice’s valuable nutrients.

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Blending on the other hand uses up the entire fruit or vegetable—skin and all—meaning that you’re retaining all the fiber. So unlike juicing, a blended smoothie is much more filling. And that’s not a bad thing! Dietary fiber is vital to good health and optimal nutrition. The blending process even helps to mechanically break apart the fiber making it easier to digest than eating whole and sparing you of the chewing process.  This makes smoothies an excellent snack or meal replacement option, particularly since blending is typically faster than juicing. The downside however is that there’s a limit to how much you can cram into your stomach or Vitamix so fiber aside, you’re getting less nutritional bang for your buck in a single serving of smoothie compared with juice.

And the winner is…
If I had to choose a favorite between the two, it would be juicing and here’s why. By removing the fiber, we lighten our digestive load meaning our guts don’t have to work as hard to break down the food or absorb nutrients, leaving the body more time and energy to spend on repair. This is particularly helpful for those of us (like me!) with stomach diseases or disorders that inhibit the digestion of fiber (ahem, IBS). And when you consider how quickly nutrients are absorbed through juice, juicing can even replace supplementation for some, helping to save a little extra money. Plus juicing is hella hydrating! But hands down the best way to achieve vibrant health is to incorporate both juices and smoothies into your daily routine so they’re both winners in my book. I’m sure we can all raise a glass to that. Cheers!

HeadshotBeata Rydyger, BSc, RHN, is a Holistic Nutritionist, Health Writer, and Natural beauty expert. Find more of her below: 

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5 Tips to a Joyous 2014

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Joy McCarthy www.joyoushealth.ca

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time for renewal and the perfect opportunity to establish some new habits for a joyous 2014. Here are my top habits that don’t require any dieting, deprivation or denying yourself of any goodness whatsoever! All of these habits will set you on a permanent path joyous health.

Cook your own food.

One of the first questions I ask when consulting a new client is “do you like to cook?” and if they say no, then my next question is “are you willing to cook if this is going to ensure you reach your goals” and the answer is always “yes”. I ask this question because it often determines success or failure. Most of us do not have the financial freedom to hire someone to do all the cooking for us, but we can carve out time in our schedule to make our own food.

Cooking your own food is a fantastic way to improve your eating habits. When you cook your own food you are more likely to make healthy choices because you have more awareness of what you are putting in your body. If you are concerned that “healthy” means flavourless, then you just need some yummy inspiration, which leads joyously well into my next point.

Try one new recipe per week.

A simple way to get some motivation in the kitchen is to try out a new way to cook your favorite veggies, or find a vegetable or spice in the supermarket you’ve never eaten before and look up recipes that appeal to you. This is a great way to increase your vegetable intake, and it’s a fun way to introduce new foods! Try a recipe from my book JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting, the “Clean Beauty Smoothie” is the perfect start to your day.

Give 20 second hugs.

The average hug lasts a measly 3 seconds! Hugging promotes the release of the love hormone, oxytocin. This lovely hormone eases anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also bonds people. Hugging is a great way to feel more connected with your loved ones. To ensure you have release of this love hormone make your hugs last, at least 20 seconds. You’ll be glad you did!

Dry skin brush.

The perfect way to feel rejuvenated and invigorated is to dry skin brush every single morning before you shower or take a bath. Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels that exchange nutrients and pick up waste products from your circulatory system. When you dry skin brush, you enhance the removal of toxic waste products as well because your skin is your largest organ of detoxification. Plus it makes your skin GLOW!

Listen to Music

Just as minerals are essential to brain health, so is music. In fact, scientists have found that listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain linked to pleasure.

Music is great for kids too. Listening to music regularly before the age of 7 has a significant effect on the development of the brain a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggested.

You know how you feel when a great tune comes on the radio – joyous! You can listen to music anywhere – in the car, at the office or at home. It’s also a great way to enhance your workout! I highly recommend a daily dose of the music mineral.

 

Author of: JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting

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Chocolate Cuties

 

 

 

Start you week off with a little bit of chocolate and cuteness in your life. Check out this amazing recipe from one of our fav gals Amberlea K!ChocolateCutiesA