I love this Cinnamon Tonic that Tiffany turned me on to a few years ago! It’s worth a repost. xoxo
It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cool, you may have even lit your first fire. So on your next visit to the grocery store pick up these simple ingredients. Among countless other benefits, ginger root is a powerful antioxidant and helps diminish bloating. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. (check out the study if you are interested) The orange gives a small dose of Vitamin C and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness—for serious Vitamin C boost add 1/2 teaspoon of one of BEC’s fav superfood Camu Camu—and last…… the cinnamon adds insane flavor and has all sorts of healing properties, anti-inflammatory being at the top of my list. For some reason cinnamon helps my clients diminish their sweet cravings. Yes you read that correct. It helps take away sugar cravings. I promise it’s worth a try.
Isn’t the BEC Green SmoothieTHE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER? Guys, it really is. But, believe it or not, I have a few ways to make it pack even more punch without realllllllly changing the taste (too much).
1. Mix in a little water. I like my smoothie with a looser texture so I used to add extra coconut milk (my current non dairy milk of choice). Recently I starting using half coconut milk, half cold water and you cannot taste a difference. Love the texture, love using less milk, and obviously it contains less calories!
2. Throw in some seeds. I used to swallow a spoonful of chia seeds every morning then it got to the point where I would rather stay in bed all day then walk down the stairs and choke down chia seeds. Now I drop a tablespoon of the white or black variety into my smoothie (we love the seeds by Health Warrior). Chia can makes things “gelatinous” but this small amount doesn’t change the consistency and adds Omega-3s, protein and fiber. Flax seeds are also always in my smoothie; they’re cancer and disease fighting so why not?
3. Camu Camu Powder. I love throwing some of this fine powder in my green smoothie every day. It is full of immune boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C.
4. Cinnamon has so many benefits we should all be sprinkling it onto everything all the time. To name a few it’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants and multiple nutrients, and can even boost your mood!
5. Change up your greens game. We know the usual green smoothie suspects…kale and spinach. But try mixing it up. Today I used a bag of romaine in mine and as usual, delicious. Try micro greens, beet greens, collards or dandelion greens (these last two can be bitter so maybe use a little less for your first attempts). Different greens give us different things, y’all!
6. Throw in a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. Just a bit won’t alter the taste but you get loads of benefits such as lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss, and fighting bacteria!
Do you have any smoothie tips that you love? Let me know!
Chlorella is blue green algae and it is also my current favorite superfood. I started reading about it a while back and just decided to go for it. I have a shot every morning. I know, I know. But it really isn’t bad and the benefits outweigh the scary color and interesting taste.
I have included several links here for you to read yourself but here are a few highlights:
Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies. It also promotes weight loss and MAKES YOU LOOK YOUNGER –Dr. Axe
Chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process –Web MD
I order microingredients brand here in powdered form from Amazon. Each morning I mix a teaspoon of chlorella with about two tablespoons of cold pressed coconut water (this stuff is so good on its own too FYI). Shake it up in a clean baby food jar (or whatever you have lying around) and bottoms up! It sort of “sticks” to the sides sometimes so I loosen the remainder up with water and take the rest down the hatch (like a boss).
I used to get sore hands and even have a little bit of a twitch in my hands at times and I think the healing power in chlorella has helped vastly. I also think it has helped clear my skin. And it’s easy! One shot and boom, you’re on your way to better health.
Try it and let me know what you think!
PS Featured Image from Collective Evolution. Learn more about them here.
Unlike the detox drink, you don’t have to worry about drinking it after a meal so it gives you plenty of flexibility. Drink it whenever you want! The ingredients are very different. This drink starts with filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, horsetail, red clover, cayenne and hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides.
I know, that was my question too.
Basically, to quote the website, this crazy blend “was carefully selected to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin density, increase internal collagen production and offer nutrients for optimal hair health.” Read more about the benefits and the details here.
But what’s with the fish?
“We source our collagen exclusively from fish scales as opposed to bovine (beef) or poultry (chicken) sources due to its excellent bioavailability (amount of the substance that your body actually digests and absorbs, from which it experiences an active effect).
Hydrolyzed fish collagen peptides are collagen amino acid strands that have been broken down into a smaller molecular size for easy absorption. In this state, case studies have shown 95% of the collagen strands are absorbed within the first 12h post-administration. Additionally, since collagen peptides are known to stimulate fibroblast cells (these make up the cell structure of the dermis), the effects of collagen ingestion are long-term in helping to promote collagen production naturally.”
And what are isoflavones?
“Red Clover contains isoflavones used to support healthy lymphatic function, immunity, healthy skin and balanced endocrine activity. Its active ingredients include daidzein, genistein, biochannin-A, and others which help to combat the subtle signs of aging, including decreased collagen production. Case studies have shown a direct link between isoflavone supplementation and increased collagen production, improved skin elasticity/thickening and wrinkle reduction, particularly in aging women.
Ingesting these nutrients–or phytoestrogens more generally–from products such as GMO-soy (where they are commonly found and extremely tampered with) is a different experience entirely for your body. All of our herbs are certified non-GMO.”
Read the nutrition info below and decide for yourself if you think it’s something you want to try. I plan to do it at least once a month. After six days I felt like my skin had gone through a cycle where I had broken out (maybe partly from last week’s detox as well) but was beginning to clear up. My skin looked brighter for real, my pores a bit less noticeable and the texture really smooth. Big changes for me who has never had very good skin!
UPDATE: I am on my second case in a four week period and I am obsessed. Ordering is so easy. YOU JUST TEXT THEM AND SAY SHIP ME A CASE. Genius. I will keep you posted with my progress but I am feeling great and my skin is clearing up nicely!