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Holistic anti aging/skin care interview  part 2

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Holistic anti aging/skin care interview part 2

I had the privilege of interviewing a fellow health coach who specializes in holistic skin care. Lizzie is an ACE certified trainer and coaches women to eat for boundless energy and glowing skin in her practice Lizzie May Wellness…check her out here!

Check out Lizzie!!!
Check out Lizzie!!!

This is part two of our interview going over the top mistakes, questions, and solutions for the best skin of your life! Check out the first part of the interview here

I know I shouldn’t pop zits but its so hard not to! Any suggestions on how to minimize a breakout?

Yes, try as hard as you can not to pop pimples as doing so often leads to scarring and excessive hyperpigmentation, which can take longer to disappear than the actual pimple. If the zit has come to a head you can follow this protocol. As far as minimizing a breakout, ice is a very effective tool to reduce swelling and redness. If I get a rogue pimple, I simply wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth or tissue and apply to the bump for 30 second intervals (30 seconds on/30 seconds off) for 5 minutes. I find that many women treat pimples so aggressively with harsh, drying spot treatments that end up doing more harm than good. It’s very important not to over dry your skin: it will only make breakouts worse. Instead, prime your skin for optimal healing with hydrating, calming, anti-bacterial spot treatments. I love essential oils for speedy healing of pimples and minimizing hyperpigmentation in one fell swoop. One of my favorite zit zapping combinations is one drop of lavender oil, one drop of frankincense oil, and a dime sized amount of pure d-alpha tocopherol vitamin e oil, applied directly to the pimple and left on overnight. Acnevir is another good gentle, homeopathic topical treatment.

Is there a way to tell why I break out in certain areas on my face and not others ?

In my opinion, yes. While not all people agree with the concept of Chinese face mapping, I have found it to be very accurate in terms of troubleshooting skin problems and more importantly, identifying potential health problems that are causing those skin problems. I really like this guide for determining the cause of breakouts.

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Does the food I eat really make a difference for my skin?

Yes! The old adage “you are what you eat” is true! We are what we eat-our cells and organs are literally made up of the foods we eat. What we eat affects our hormones, and our hormones affect our skin, so if we are eating junk, we will more than likely be setting ourselves up to have problematic skin. Many dermatologists are now realizing the important role of a clean diet in the health of the skin, and there have been a few good studies published in medical journals about diet and acne. I find these developments very promising! The tricky part of prescribing a diet to someone is that due to bio-individuality, no one diet works for everyone. That said, there are basic rules you can follow to ensure flawless, healthy skin. I recommend eating lots of nutrient-dense, whole, organic, unprocessed foods and drinking plenty of filtered water. I also recommend eating low-glycemic foods and avoiding cow’s milk if you are struggling with acne. Research has shown that dairy is inflammatory, and leads to redness, pus, and can worsen breakouts. Even if you choose organic milk, free of Bovine growth hormone, you must realize that all dairy products contain intrinsic cow proteins that can wreak havoc on your hormones and your skin, resulting in increased oil production and clogged pores. It is also important is to steer clear of commercial oils, which are high in Omega 6 fatty acids and can be very inflammatory. Examples of commercial oils include vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats. Instead, opt for fats like real, grassfed butter, olive oil (do not heat), and eat plenty of fatty fish (if you eat fish), which is high in anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s. I am currently writing an ebook that includes diet tips, recipes, and more in-depth food and supplement recommendations for clear, radiant, youthful skin. It will be sold on my website later this year.

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Can fine lines and wrinkles be reversed?

Yes! I have personally witnessed many cases of fine lines and wrinkles disappearing, without the use of any topical products. In my opinion, the most effective and rewarding way to reverse fine lines and wrinkles is through diet and proper supplementation. When I say “supplementation” I’m not talking about synthetic vitamins, but rather highly bio-available, pure supplements and herbs that the body recognizes and assimilates instantly. As I’ve mentioned before, the health of our skin depicts our internal health so if we eat foods to optimize cellular health and glowing skin, we’ll feel more energetic, happier, and beautiful skin will be an added bonus! The benefit of addressing fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out is that you won’t only look your best, you’ll also feel your best and truly have an “inner glow.”

How can I fight wrinkles and saggy skin?

There are quite a few ways to do this, which is exciting! For some people, the range of anti-aging techniques out there can also be overwhelming, a sentiment I understand completely. Beyond the basics of avoiding too much sun exposure, staying away from cigarettes, and minimizing alcohol and caffeine consumption, here are a few of my favorite wrinkle-fighting tips: From a topical perspective, Retin-A can stimulate collagen production and can reverse fine lines and wrinkles. It is the only product approved by the FDA to do so. Retin-A, a vitamin A derivative, works by increasing cell turnover within the skin, stimulating collagen production and exfoliating the top layers of skin to reveal younger looking skin underneath. However, Retin A is not without side effects and if you are looking to take the topical approach, I think rosehip seed oil  is a great, natural alternative. Rosehip seed oil has been extensively studied for many of the same functions attributed to Retin-A, and has been shown as effective as the chemically formed, Retin-A but without Retin-A’s harsh side effects, like redness and over-drying of the skin. First and foremost, silica, known as the “beauty mineral” is my secret weapon for wrinkle reversal and prevention. If I had to suggest one thing to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin, I would recommend taking Bamboo extract, which is the richest known source of silica. Bamboo extract contains over 70% organic silica and is 10 times more potent than horsetail silica. If our bodies are deficient in silica, our skin’s elasticity will become impaired, leaving us much more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging skin. Unfortunately, as we age, the body retains less and less silica, leaving us much more prone to wrinkling and sagging. Silica prevents and reverses wrinkling of the skin by supporting collagen production. Bamboo extract, due to its high silica content, is such an amazing skin rejuvenator and I have not seen anything work as fast or as effectively in naturally plumping and smoothing the skin. Finally, in order to fight wrinkles and prevent saggy skin, you want to have good circulation in your face at all times. One fun tool that I use to improve circulation in my face is inversion therapy. I use an inversion table and try to spend 10 minutes upside down every day. If I don’t have my inversion table, I do handstands or headstands against the wall. If I don’t feel like doing handstands, I hang off the side of my couch (be careful if you try this!) Inversion therapy reverses the effects of gravity and allows the skin to rest while being pulled in another direction, while also increasing blood flow to the face. It’s both relaxing and energizing! I find my face looks rejuvenated after a good inversion session. I may or may not have written my answers to this interview while hanging upside down:) 

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On the left is before I started using the bamboo extract. On the right is after 2 weeks of using 30 drops a day.
On the left is before I started using the bamboo extract. On the right is after 2 weeks of using 30 drops a day.

For the last month I have been testing Ancient Balance’s new bamboo extract and I have to share the results. *I am not being paid by this company. These are my personal experiencesCheck out my before and after pictures from using only 3 weeks! I am in love with this product because my skin feels and looks like it has been plumped up! I have received so many compliments that my skin looks like I am glowing and I have even stopped wearing my normal make up. About Ancient Balance Bamboo ExtractAncient Balance Liquid Bamboo Extract is sourced directly from the leaves and stems of the Moso Bamboo grass, an edible grass that has been used medicinally for centuries in China, India, and Tibet. Bamboo, which is anti-bacterial in nature, has been used traditionally to ward off disease, increase energy, balance hormones, increase sexual performance, detoxify the body, strengthen bones, smooth skin, and avoid infection.Bamboo extract is the richest known source of silica: it contains over 70% organic silica and is 10 times more potent than horsetail silica. Silica, known as the “beauty mineral”, prevents wrinkling of the skin by supporting collagen production and promotes growth of thick, strong hair, nails, and teeth. In addition, Silica has a strong influence on the absorption of minerals required by the body for peak health and is an essential mineral for bone health as well as arthritis prevention.The founders of Ancient Balance are committed to finding and bottling the cleanest and purest form of liquid moso bamboo available. While other companies use a dry, capsuled, or mixed form of bamboo, we take pride in the purity and potency of our liquid bamboo.

BUYANCIENTBALANCEBAMBOOEXTRACT HERE!!!

3 weeks using Ancient Balance Bamboo Extract - 25 drops a day
3 weeks using Ancient Balance Bamboo Extract - 25 drops a day

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Holistic anti aging/skin care interview  part 1

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Holistic anti aging/skin care interview part 1

I had the privilege of interviewing a fellow health coach who specializes in holistic skin care. Lizzie is an ACE certified trainer and coaches women to eat for boundless energy and glowing skin in her practice Lizzie May Wellness…check her out here!

Check out Lizzie!!!
Check out Lizzie!!!

This is part one of a two part interview going over the top mistakes, questions, and solutions for the best skin of your life! 

What is the number one mistake women make with their skin?

In my opinion, the number one mistake women make with their skin is focusing on topical solutions rather than addressing the internal causes of skin conditions. I meet so many women who spend a fortune on products to fix persistent acne, yet they eat junk food, live on diet soda, are stressed beyond belief, and their hormones are completely out of whack. You can’t fix your outward appearance without fixing your health. I truly believe that radiant, blemish free skin is best achieved by internal means. Topical treatments can definitely enhance the skin’s appearance but they’re not nearly as important or sustainable as clean eating, stress reduction, hormonal balance, and proper sleep.

Will regular facials really make that much of a difference for my skin?

I do find value in facials and I think they are especially beneficial because you are taking time out for yourself to relax and be pampered. Stress wreaks havoc on the skin, so anything that you can do in the area of self-care is a positive in my book. One of my favorite elements of facials is facial massage. Facial massage improves the health of the skin, increases lymph and blood flow, removes toxins, softens wrinkles, and results in glowing skin. If you are going to get a facial, make sure to find an aesthetician who gives facial massage as part of the treatment. I also am a huge fan of at-home facials and DIY facial massage, which is an easy, more affordable option than weekly facials. I personally do the Tanaka facial massage on myself and I simply follow along with this youtube video. As for at home facials, I like this how-to guide.

What’s your favorite moisturizer for dry skin?

Weleda Skinfood, hands down. It’s super thick but my skin has been clearer than ever since I started using it and it hydrates better than any moisturizer I have found. It’s especially great for long flights! Due to the thick texture, it takes a little bit of time to sink into the skin, but it leaves you with the softest skin of your life. Refinery29 just wrote an article about it if you want to learn more.

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What’s your favorite cleanser for dry skin? Combo skin? Oily Skin?

I’m a huge fan of the oil cleansing method for all skin types. When following the oil cleansing method, I recommend that you use less castor oil if you have dry skin and follow the recommended ratios (on the linked guide) for your respective skin type. Out of everyone I have recommended this method to, only one woman experienced a week-long “purging period,” and then her skin cleared up without future problems. I like to add lavender and frankincense essential oils to my oil cleansing mixture for extra benefit as they are calming, anti-bacterial, and they have a very uplifting scent.

What are your make up suggestions for tinted moisturizers and/or cover ups?

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I love Jane Iredale products: they’re cruelty free, non-comodegenic, and they always exclude parabens and phenoxyethanol.

Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream  is one of my favorites.

Another brand I really like is Vapour, especially their Atmosphere soft focus foundation. 

W3LL People’s Narcissist foundation concealer stick is another favorite.

Mineral Fusion makes a great concealer. It covers dark circles, blemishes and discoloration as well as anything I’ve found at Sephora. It’s free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, and talc. It’s also hypo-allergenic and hasn’t caused breakouts on myself or anyone I have recommended it to. 

As for primers, my favorite brand is 100% Pure.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!!!!! 

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Shopping list, protocols, and support for my 10 day cleanse

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Shopping list, protocols, and support for my 10 day cleanse

Hello fellow health warriors! Spring is here and with the entrance of warmer weather we begin to notice the clutter that has built up around us through the winter months. While it is important to clean your home, organize your car, file paperwork etc. it is also just as important to do the same for your mind, body, and spirit. I am embarking on another 10day cleanse led by a fellow classmate of mine at the Integrative Institute of Nutrition. She is a toxicologist, doctor, and a beautiful soul. Follow the facebook page she has started with the cleanse protocols, recipes, and adaptations here

The word cleanse has been confused for many, mainly that it is associated with some sort of fast track weight loss plan; that is not what this cleanse is about.

I believe a Spring cleanse is a time to:

  • Limit the stress on your digestion by eating  blended, nourishing foods
  • Rebuild your immune system after the taxing cold weather of the previous months
  • Refresh our minds and intentions for the months ahead.

Here is my shopping list for what I will be using to build meal replacing smoothies and raw blended recipes:

Liquids

  • Chaga tea (detoxifying)
  • Green, white teas, puerh (cleansing for blood)
  • Coconut and other nut milks (homemade if possible) almond milk, pumpkin milk, flax milk etc.

Healing spices 

  • Turmeric (anti inflammatory)
  • Cinnamon (blood sugar regulator)
  • Cayenne (metabolism, intestinal cleanser)
  • Ginger (digestive aid) 

Vitamins, minerals, adaptogens

  • Maca (adaptogen/hormonal health)
  • Carob (bowel conditioner/protein source)
  • Raw cacao (caffeine/antioxidant) 
  • High quality green powder. I like Healthforce naturals but pick your favorite

Fiber 

Protein 

  • Hemp
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella,
  • Nuts/seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, almonds, cashews, flax etc)
  • Nut seed butters (almond, cashew, sunflower, etc)

Healthy fats

  • Flax oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado
  • Nuts/seeds (pumpkin, cashew, sunflower, almonds)
  • Nut/seed butters

Low glycemic sweeteners 

  • Lucuma
  • Pure stevia
  • Dates (fruits can be used as well)

Vegetables

  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Herbs (parsley, cilantro, mint)
  • Cucumber
  • Red cabbage
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados

Fruits

  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Mangos
  • Pineapple

Dr Rhea suggests in order to make a meal replacing smoothie:

Start by using one from each category (you’ll notice overlap too) and switch it up so you’re not consuming too much of one thing. Remember, moderation is key. Add the supplements to a beautifully balanced concoction of vegetables and fruits – see my recipe album for specific recipes and ideas: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.511991548846468.1073741826.397072023671755&type=3 Organic, if possible. Here’s a list of the clean 15 (those veggies/fruits you DON’T have to buy organic) and the dirty dozen (those you definitely want to purchase clean & local if possible): http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ Top up your blender with filtered water, coconut water (look for ones with no additives) or a dairy-free milk of choice – hemp, almond, rice or for those dairy-lovers, raw, organic). 

Here are some of my own recipes that can be incorporated over the 10 days. Just make sure to keep all the ingredients vegan and raw unless noted below:

 

 My daily protocol looks something like this:

Note: You can switch these meals around to different times of the day and modify to your nutritional needs and personal preferences. Again please go to the RAWjuvenation page for cleansing protocols. 

Wake up:

First “meal”

Lunch

  • Low sugar green juice
  • Drink slowly
  • 1Tbl flaxoil or coconut oil for added calories if needed

Snack

  • Raw recipe of of pudding rich in fat or nut/seed pesto

Dinner

or

  • large glass of homemade nut milk with cinnamon

or

Eat/drink when hungry.

Meditate.

Take long walks outside.

Take part in a creative project.

Connect with loved ones. 

Remember to join the group for more support but you do not need to deprive yourself of food. Add in raw blended recipes when craving something more filling, drink homemade nut milks for snacks, juice as much as possible, meditate, do yoga, start a creative project…reflect, rebuild, restore. Find clarity, peace, and your inner voice again. Cleansing is a beautiful way to honor your self and allow new blood, ideas, and energy into your life. 

Follow me on my Facebook page for my daily meals, recipes, and videos during my 10 day cleanse journey!

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Spring cleaning.... of your diet - Raw Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Spring cleaning.... of your diet - Raw Pumpkin Seed Pesto

I need to catch you up to speed here. So it is day 4 of a 10 day raw whole food juicing/smoothie cleanse that is being run by the beautiful and talented Dr Rhea of RAWjuvenation. I have chosen to go completely raw,  blending all of my food to give my digestion and body a break from the heavy foods of winter. So far, so good. I start my morning with a probiotic, oil pulling, a huge glass of lemon water, then I fill my day with superfood smoothies, nutrient rich, low sugar, green juices, more lemon water, and the occasional blended raw food like this:

This was inspired by one of Dr Rhea’s recipes up on her Facebook page. The best part is that this recipe is a dump and puree method and this pesto is incredibly versatile. You can use it as a dip for a crudite platter, a spread for sandwiches, or even thinned out with some additional olive oil as a sauce or salad dressing. Basically, it is good on everything! 

How are you cleaning up your diet for the Spring? 

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Raw Pumpkin Seed Pesto 

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Vegan - Raw - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Sugar Free - Paleo 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 large handful of parsley (about 1 cup packed)
  • 1 large handful of cilantro (about 1 cup packed)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbl lemon juice
  • 1 capful of apple cider vinegar (brand Bragg's)
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a work bowl of a food processor and blend until a well combined and blended to the consistency of your liking.
  2. Taste for seasoning and keep covered in the fridge until ready to eat.

Notes

  1. The seeds can be substituted for any other nut like walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts etc
  2. The herbs can be substituted for other herbs like basil, dill, chives etc
  3. For a richer pesto use 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. Thin with extra olive oil for a salad dressing or sauce

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Pain Relief Tea - For aches, pain, and inflammation

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Pain Relief Tea - For aches, pain, and inflammation

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Are your bones and joints feeling the effects of this winters cruel weather like mine are?

If you answered no then that’s great! For the rest of us injured, arthritic, or just plain ol tired folks out there who said yes I have something that may help.

I make this tea when I am fighting inflammation and especially when my back is bothering me. I don’t take pain killers, over the counter NSAIDS or Tylenol because of the effects they have on the liver and stomach. In addition to the harms I am allergic to most other drugs so I have had to become pretty resourceful in how I fight pain after 3 back surgeries. Now you may say “oh but I only take Tylenol sometimes and its sold over the counter so it can’t be that bad”. I thought the same thing and ended up with esophageal burns, ulcers, stomach and intestinal bleeding that I am still trying to heal. 

An excerpt from Natural News regarding Tylenols dangerous effects:

“Even when taken at recommended doses, acetaminophen, the primary active ingredient in Tylenol, can cause major damage to the liver, potentially leading to liver failure and even death…The drug is so toxic that as many as 80,000 people are rushed to the emergency room annually due to acetaminophen poisoning, and another 500-or-so end up dead from liver failure.”

Read more from this article about the deadly effects of Tylenol

Ok so enough of the scary talk , lets talk natural solutions to pain that you can make with food right from your kitchen.  

Here are the active ingredients in my pain relief tea:

Turmeric-  Is a natural anti-inflammatory due to its content of curcumin (this gives turmeric its famous orange color). In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.  Turmeric may also benefit your digestive system by stimulating your gall bladder to make bile, speeding breakdown of dietary fats.

Ginger- Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger has also been shown to aid in gastrointestinal issues and very effective in aiding the symptoms of nausea, motion sickness, and sea sickness. *

Cayenne – Gets its heat from large concentrations of a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages.

Lemon- An excellent source of vitamin C which not only helps strength the immune system but it also neutralizes free radicals in the body. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, and cause a lot of inflammation, or painful swelling, in the body.*

Black pepper- Due to its analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties black pepper has been shown to aid with poor muscle tone, arthritis, muscle and/or nerve pain. The oils in the black pepper has these properties which is why I strongly suggest you use freshly ground or buy black pepper essential oil. 

Both ginger and turmeric are generally considered safe and without significant side effects, and both are available as capsules from health-food stores. However, each may interact with certain prescription medications, and neither should be taken if you are pregnant. Always check with your physician if you ever have any concerns about adding a new food or supplement. 

Pain Relief Tea

Serves 4

Vegan - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Paleo 

Ingredients

  • 40 oz filtered clean water (about 5 cups)
  • 4 - 1'' coins of ginger (or use 1 Tbl powdered ginger)
  • 1 Tbl + 1 tsp Powdered Turmeric (organic high quality if you can)
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1-2 Tbl Maple Syrup or Raw Honey to taste (see note)

Instructions

  1. Pour the water into a large sauce pan.
  2. Squeeze the lemon into the water and place the squeezed lemons into the pan too.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and warm over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  4. Whisk to combine the spices.
  5. Remove from the heat. (This can be left overnight to infuse further with the ginger too)
  6. Strain into mugs and stir in raw honey or maple syrup to taste.
  7. Keep stirring while drinking this because the spices will settle to the bottom.
  8. You can also stir the spices together and pour hot water over while whisking for a quicker version without the ginger. (see notes below)

Notes

  1. I drink mine unsweetened because I like to keep my sugar levels low and I consume this drink regularly. Adding raw local honey will make this a great immunity boosting drink. Feel free to add your sweetener of choice according to your taste.

If you need a quick single serving

  1. Mix 1 heaping tsp of turmeric, pinch of cayene, tiny pinch of black pepper, 1/2 tsp powdered ginger (optional but recommended) and pour hot water over while whisking to combine. Squeeze half of a lemon and drink immediately

*References

 

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Pre Workout Snack of Champions

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Pre Workout Snack of Champions

Welcome to my latest obsession…

You may think I’m crazy for putting beets into chocolate and making a pudding, but don’t knock it until you try it. I do have a love for beets in general but a friend of mine turned me on to the combination of chocolate and beets and it really is a match made in heaven! This recipe would be perfect for curbing a sweet tooth but I actually think this is the PERFECT pre workout snack. 

Beet pudding before a workout? Really?

Really. 

Beets are high in nitrates and this creates a chain reaction where the body converts the nitrates in into nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a compound that enhances blood flow throughout the body and helps lower blood pressure. Many body builders take nitric oxide or pre workouts supplements that have nitric oxide for enhancing their workouts. The increase in blood flow yields better lifts for weight training and better blood flow for cardiovascular events. 

In addition to the increase in blood flow there is a nice balance of carbohydrates from the beets, energy boost from the cacao/chocolate, and vitamin C from the raspberries that give your body the proper balance for a killer workout. You could also eat this after a workout with some protein powder mixed for a complete post workout snack. I have been eating this for breakfast all week with some chopped almonds or hazelnuts on top and it is RIGHTEOUS! I feel so clean after I eat this and ready to take the day on.

Here is a link to a post I did about the health benefits of beets in pre and post workout nutrition.

Chocolate Raspberry Beet Pudding

Serves 4

Vegan - Sugar Free - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Paleo 

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Steamed Beets (about 3-4 large beets or 5-6 small beets)
  • 1 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (or High quality Cocoa powder or Carob Powder)
  • 1/2 Cup Non Dairy Milk (Almond, Rice, Coconut etc)
  • 3 Cups Frozen Raspberries (Cherries would be amazing!)
  • 25-30 drops of Liquid Stevia or sweetener of choice to taste (Recommended Brand - Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Steam beets in a steamer over simmering water for 10-15 minutes or until a knife is easily pierced through the skin. Allow to cool.
  2. Once the beets are cooled rub the skins off with your hands. ( I suggest wearing gloves and doing this over the sink to prevent staining on your skin)
  3. Slice the beets into small pieces and place in the work bowl of a blender.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
  5. Taste for sweetness and adjust if necessary.

Notes

  1. If seeds bother you, heat the raspberries in a pan until softened with 2 TBL water and then mash with a fork. Strain the raspberries into the blender through a sieve to remove any seeds, pushing the solids with a spatula.
  2. Carob would be a great substitute for chocolate if you have any issues with caffeine or histamines that are in raw cacao/chocolate

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