Nutrition

Is Drinking Juice Good For You?

Growing up, I remember starting many mornings with a glass of juice at breakfast. During cold and flu season, I’d chug some OJ in hopes of boosting my immune system. And I’ll never forget that summer in high school when (for nearly eight hours) I attempted my first “juice cleanse”.

Like many people, for most of my life, I assumed that store-bought juices were a healthy way to incorporate fruit servings into my day. Sure, you don’t need to go overboard, since by the ounce juice can carry as many empty calories and sugar as soda. But in terms of getting an extra boost of vitamins, a big glass of fruit juice is a great way to do it… right? Continue reading “Is Drinking Juice Good For You?”

Nutrition

Fruit-Infused Water: The Benefits, Myths and 20 Fruit Water Recipes

Ah, fruit water. It’s delicious, nutritious and refreshing, right? Personally, I love the stuff. There’s usually a pitcher of it somewhere in our fridge at all times. I’m not sure when it first started picking up in popularity, but I do remember hearing and reading about all kinds of perks this fruity fitness fad had to offer.

There actually are a lot of health claims online about the health benefits of fruit-infused water. Many of them revolve around the idea that it can detoxify the body. But like many internet fitness trends, some of these claims have been a little misinformed or exaggerated. Today we’re going to take a look at fruit water, some of the hype surrounding it and what kind of benefits it really has to offer. Continue reading “Fruit-Infused Water: The Benefits, Myths and 20 Fruit Water Recipes”

Exercise, Nutrition

How to Stay Healthy on Vacation

Vacations are a great opportunity to step away from everyday worries and de-stress. Unfortunately, they’re also often the place healthy habits go to die. It’s sometimes ironic since many people use them as motivation to begin getting in shape in the first place.

You work hard to build healthier habits and self-discipline but after a week or two of vaycay bliss, it all seems to vanish when you get home. It can feel harder to get back into the swing of things as you return to normal life. Junky cravings can skyrocket and discipline to workout may plummet. So how do you enjoy your trip and stay healthy on vacation? Continue reading “How to Stay Healthy on Vacation”

Lifestyle

3 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthy

If there’s one goal that I think everyone should have for their diet, it’s to eat high-quality foods. We should aim to consume more natural, wholesome foods and fewer overly processed ones. It’s trickier said than done, given the deceptive advertising within the food industry. Many items on store shelves marketed to us as “healthy,” “natural” or “organic” start to become pretty questionable when you actually read over the ingredient list. At the end of the day, the best option is usually just preparing our meals at home from quality ingredients. Continue reading “3 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthy”

Recipes

3 Craveable Cauliflower Recipes

Cauliflower is a surprisingly versatile vegetable. I didn’t eat much of it growing up and when I was exposed to it, it was either plain steamed cauliflower or those raw pieces that no one eats on those veggie party platters. Neither of those things was particularly exciting, so for years, I assumed cauliflower was the boring, tasteless vegetable that people sometimes ate out of obligation more than enjoyment.

In reality, quite often the magic of any ingredient is in the preparation. As it turned out, there were many delicious ways to enjoy cauliflower that I just hadn’t been exposed to yet!

Cauliflower is actually a quite the superstar of versatility in the veggie world. Today I’m going to share two of my favorite cauliflower recipes from the past on the blog as well as my latest cauliflower obsession. Not only are they absolutely craveable, they’re also all vegan, Whole30 and Keto diet adaptable! Continue reading “3 Craveable Cauliflower Recipes”

Lifestyle, Nutrition

How to Grow Your Own Herbs & Reduce Sodium Intake

If you read my post on 8 Ways to Eliminate Bloating, you may remember that high levels of sodium in your diet can cause issues with bloating and water retention. In fact, that’s really just one way an over-abundance of sodium can be harmful. Our bodies require moderate amounts of sodium for regular function, but many American’s are consuming close to twice the amount of sodium recommended by USDA guidelines. Continue reading “How to Grow Your Own Herbs & Reduce Sodium Intake”

Lifestyle

How to Respond to Online Body Shamers

I think most people can relate to feeling pressured to meet some kind of societal standard of beauty. Social media, with its positive aspects, often magnifies that drive to compare our lives (and bodies) to other people. And unfortunately, it’s sometimes fueled by the way the Internet enables strangers to throw stones from behind a keyboard. Continue reading “How to Respond to Online Body Shamers”

Nutrition

I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month

Collagen products have been picking up popularity in recent years. Magazines, beauty experts, and celebrities have raved about the benefits of collagen for its supposed cosmetic properties (Jennifer Aniston reportedly accredits it to her ever-youthful glow while Kourtney Kardashian has praised its overall skin and health benefits). Could collagen supplements really live up to the all the hype they’ve been generating? I decided to find out. Continue reading “I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month”