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Smoothie Time with Organic Living Superfoods

Smoothie Time with Organic Living Superfoods

Hey guys!

Let’s talk all things smoothies, superfoods, and …supporting your local food friends in today’s blog post! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that this word “superfood” can be a bit overwhelming. It seems as though each month brings a new superfood that is hyped up around it’s unique nutrients and benefits. With all of these new superfoods being introduced to the wellness community, how do we decide where to spend our money and understand what OUR bodies need? Let’s be honest, these superfoods aren’t exactly “cheap”. They are after all, a SUPER food for good reason! They’re usually rare to find, extremely labor intensive, and often come from indigenous locations – therefor driving up the cost for high quality products. With that, how can we make a wallet-conscious decision on which superfoods to invest in?

Honestly, I didn’t really have the answer to this until I was introduced to Organic Living Superfoods. Before I tried their product, I would usually dabble in 1-2 superfoods, depending on what items were on sale at the time. However, I couldn’t have been more excited to hear from Organic Living Superfoods, a company local to the Boston area and super passionate about providing high quality, 100% organic superfood powders to the community. I’m all about supporting local companies that are authentic and transparent in their process of sourcing real ingredients and OLS definitely sets the bar high here!

Not only are they transparent in sourcing the best of the best ingredients, but I’m quite honestly OBSESSED with their customized superfoods blend. This solves so many of my dilemmas around which superfoods to buy and invest in. Through their website, you have the opportunity to choose 10 of the 28 different superfoods they have to offer. Not only are their options endless, but they provide thorough descriptions on where it comes from, the insane amount of nutrients it obtains, what the well-known benefits are, and so forth. I found this part to be so helpful in choosing which superfoods I felt were right for me. PS – don’t be concerned with mixing different flavors – honestly, when it’s all blended together and then mixed into a smoothie for example, you would never be able to detect a funky taste! Once you’ve decided on your superfood smoothie blend of choice, it’s then packaged in a 10oz bag and sent your way!

Here’s what I ended up going with for my superfoods of choice (PS – these benefits were taken directly from the OLS site):
A S H W A G A N D A: you be familiar with this one from my latest blog post on my superfood coffee. As a reminder, Ashwaganda can aid in lowering stress & anxiety levels, improving sex drive, mood, menopausal support, fertility, and memory support.
B A O B A B: has been known to increase energy and stamina, improve sexual function in men and women (often called “herbal viagra”), reduce hormonal dysfunction during menopause, regulate hormonal imbalance, and enhance mental ability.
B E E P O L L E N: Bee pollen contains 96 known nutrients, and they’re all highly bioavailable. Bee Pollen contains 40% high quality protein, it’s packed with live enzymes, and is the highest dietary source of rutin, which helps controls blood pressure and increase the strength and integrity of cell walls and the heart. It’s also a natural antibiotic, it increases energy levels and endurance, and is an excellent free radical scavenger.
M A T C H A: known for having preventative cancer, anti-aging, and heart disease properties, as well as being a helpful weight loss aid, detoxifier, mind enhancer, and energy booster.
S P I R U L I N A: is high in chlorophyll, plant blood which has magnesium as its central atom and gives plants their dark green color. Human blood has iron as its central atom, which aside from that, they have basically the same chemistry and can readily repair tissues, strengthen immunity, boost energy, support cellular health, cardiovascular health and eye function.
M O R I N G A: contains powerful antioxidants and inflammatory compounds. It is also a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Moringa helps with balancing cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels (hence it protects against diabetes), boosting immunity, stimulating metabolism, aiding in digestion, promoting a feeling of well-being, and assisting in weight loss. It’s also a great energy booster, anti-bacterial, it protects the liver and kidneys, provides fast recovery after grueling workouts, and it can be used as a water purifier and due to its amino acid content.
L U C U M A: It’s been a symbol of fertility for millennia. It also helps to curb cravings and appetite. Lucuma is high antioxidants, fiber and B-vitamins like beta-carotene and niacin (B3).
G I N G E R: used as a digestive aid, helps to promote healthy sweating, a form of detoxification which is often helpful during colds and flus. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds — these substances have been shown to provide relief for those suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis – as they can help reduce pain levels and improve mobility.

…One more thing – did I mention that you can use my discount code at check out – CALLILOVESOLS for 20% off ANY of their products!

Now that you have a pretty solid idea of why superfoods can be such a great addition to your daily diet, here are some ideas for how to incorporate these friendly ingredients in day-to-day meals! Simply click on the photo and follow the link to the instagram pic for details on ingredients. I’m happy to go into detail on measurements in a later blog post if folks are interested! Unfortunately, I have a tendency to just estimate!

Green Superfood Smoothie
Warm Coconut Superfood Chia Bowl
Green Superfood Smoothie BOWL
Green Superfood Smoothie II

Enjoy!!

Make your own Grain Bowl

Make your own Grain Bowl

As we were exploring the streets of Boston a few weekends ago, passing numerous fast-casual health restaurants, we noticed one common theme on the menu – grain bowls. Of course, there’s always been hype around grain bowls in the past, but now more than ever, it seems as though every restaurant is jumping on that bandwagon. So what’s the craze over grain bowls anyway?
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– They’re versatile and customizable! Who doesn’t enjoy building your own bowl?!
– They keep you full. You have a balanced mix of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins which help to curb your appetite throughout the day.
– INCREDIBLY tasty source for all your necessary veggies and nutrients.

If you’re sold on the concept, why not start by trying this weeks spin on my grain bowl? I was inspired by the local and in-season veggies I stumbled upon at the farmers market. I bought a few items based on what looked the tastiest then built on the “grain bowl” from there! This is the best way to switch it up each week, while staying inspired by what’s fresh and local!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bulks of Bok-Choy
  • 1 bulk of Tuscan Kale
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 TBSP of Lemon Tahini (365 Whole Foods brand is great)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 zucchinis
  • Coconut Oil
  • Z’atar spice, pinch of salt & black pepper

Ingredients for the Baked Falafel:

  • 2 cans of organic, no-salt added garbanzo beans (well rinsed and drained)
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 squeezed lemon
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp of z’atar spice
  • 1 -2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp of dried dill
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 TBSP of Lemon Tahini
  • 2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of chickpea flour

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Directions:

Start by preheating your oven to ~ 415 degrees. Next, coat 2 baking sheets in coconut oil. Add your chopped bell peppers, zucchini, and cauliflower to the baking sheets. Coat them in a little bit of EVOO or coconut oil and top with some z’atar spice, salt & black pepper. Place in oven and let cook for ~ 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on these as they’ll cook fast. I prefer mine slightly charred, but they should be good after 15 minutes in the oven!

Once you get your veggies in the oven, bring a pot of water (2 cups of water) w/ 1 cup of quinoa to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, you can let that simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed. Once the quinoa is ready, stir in your lemon tahini for flavoring.

After you’ve setup you quinoa, you can then move onto preparing your falafel. You’ll add your garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, bunch of parsley, salt, black pepper, cumin, dill, and z’atar spice. Blend this well until it reaches a smooth, yet chunky consistency. Transfer this to a bowl and layer in your chickpea flour. This should reach a doughy texture – feel free to add more flour if needed. Once your roasted veggies are done, reset your oven to 375 degrees. Next, you’ll spray a baking sheet with olive oil and form small balls or patties. Bake the patties in the oven ~ 15-20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, turn the oven to broil and let them reach a golden brown (make sure to keep an eye on these – they cook FAST)!

Lastly, while your falafel patties are cooking, saute your minced garlic, olive oil, kale, and bok-choy until well done (5-10 minutes needed).

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Now that you have all your ingredients, layer in a large bowl your quinoa, sauteed greens, roasted veggies, and 3-4 falafel patties. This portion should be served warm. If you plan on eating the next day or save this for the week, heat up in microwave for about 2 minutes in a pyrex glass bowl. Then top with optional toppings such as avocado, shredded carrots, different variations of hummus (I chose to go with beet & kale pesto), and finally add in some crunch with Mary’s Gone Crackers (black pepper is my fave flavor)!

Enjoy!!

Spring Cleaning 101 – Going Organic with Beauty & Cleaning Products

Spring Cleaning 101 – Going Organic with Beauty & Cleaning Products

For today’s post – I’d like to talk about the benefits of swapping out your CVS brand makeup with organic and natural ingredients. A few weeks back, I was listening to a podcast where the woman had recovered from a variety of different illnesses and diseases by following a holistic nutritionist and her guidance on eating clean and shaking up her daily routine. This woman had struggled for years with various illnesses and it wasn’t until she met with this nutritionist where she realized that what she was putting in AND on her body could be affecting her health. So, slowly but surely, she began eating clean, whole foods that helped to nourish her body inside and out. One by one, she started replacing her cleaning products and makeup with organic, 100% natural options. And as one would assume, after just a few months, her illnesses dwindled down and she finally began to feel energized again. It was like a weight was lifted off of her just by simply adjusting the way she was treating her body. No prescription drugs needed – just 100% natural remedies.

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The more I thought about this woman’s experience, the more I realized this was such an easy switch that could help me in the long run. If you think back to 100’s of years ago, our population was SO much more in touch with nature. We weren’t surrounding ourselves with technology. We weren’t consuming all of these chemicals that are hidden in cleaning products like detergent, or in makeup like foundation powder. We were living in a world that hadn’t yet been tainted by all of these material goods.

Check out this article I found from the global healing center on the 6 reasons to go organic!

Some key highlights I found from skimming through this article are the following:

  1. Conventional beauty products contain petroleum-based ingredients such as aluminum. Aluminum is found through mining which has had a very negative affect on the environment, especially in places like the Amazon rainforest. Did you know that the deodorant you’re using likely contains aluminum? Did you also know that there have been clear links to breast cancer & alzheimer’s disease??

Pro Tip: Go 100% organic with your deodorant! There are so many options these days – Toms is a perfect example!

  1. Conventional makeup can leave your skin feeling damaged due to it’s intense chemicals used in these products. Whether it’s a CVS brand or MAC – if it’s not 100% organic, there’s a VERY good chance it contains chemicals that can be poisonous to the endocrine system. “Parabens and phthalates are two common examples of substances found in these makeup products” – both of which have been linked to cancer and type II diabetes.

  2. Did you know that not only applying these cosmetic products on your body can be harmful but also breathing in the aromas like perfume or lotions can be extremely toxic. The chemicals found in these have been linked to cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies, and birth defects.

Pro Tip: Choose products that are 100% natural like essential oils (i.e. lavender and roseship oil are great examples).

  1. As I touched on above, products that can be applied to your body like face washes, face lotions, body lotions, and body scrubs all too, can have harmful, long-term effects.

Pro Tip: As this article points out, “if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it.” So what are some good examples of body treatments that are both natural and energizing for your skin? Opt for body lotions such as cocoa butter which contains fatty acids that can help to keep your skin youthful and soft or a lotion derived from hemp oil. Other good products contain ingredients such as white tea, grapes, apricots, and pomegranate seeds.

  1. With summer quickly approaching, we all know the importance of protecting your skin (something I quite honestly need to get better with)! UV protection can be found in natural organic and mineral-derived ingredients such as Titanium oxide or Zinc oxide.

Pro Tip: I just recently picked up the brand “Yes To” Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. There are SO many options, so make sure to choose one that works well for you!

After reading through these 6 facts, it’s quite frankly an obvious choice to swap out your conventional makeup items, your cleansing, and cleaning products and go organic! If it means possibly lowering my risk of disease and cancer, decreasing the amount of harmful, toxic chemicals getting into my body, and leaving me feeling and looking more youthful and energized – I’M IN!

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My advice? Don’t feel like you need to go crazy right off the bat. Stores like Target and Wegmans carry PLENTY of natural products for a pretty good deal! Keep an eye out for sales, etc. – you’ll find them, I promise!

Here’s what I’ve started to swap out: Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Lip Liner, Lip Stick, Lip Gloss, Foundation Powder, Blush, Body Lotion, Face Wipes, Nail Polish Remover, Soap Bars. So yes, it is a work in progress and I have a lot to do! But hey, it’s a start and I’m already feeling better about the positive lifestyle changes I’m making!

going HAM for instagram

HEY! So, I have some exciting news to share (at least for me it is)… Eat, Run, and Everything in Between is finally on instagram! This means more food photos from just about every meal I devour during the day, PLUS my snacks (since I obviously need to be eating every 2 hours…), inspirational/motivational quotes, and even what an average day at track practice/meets may look like! As much as I try, it’s hard to put EVERY meal up on my blog, so I figured instagram would be a fun way to share with you all what a normal day for me looks like as far as nutrition and fitness goes. Of course, i’ll still be posting regularly on my blog…this is just one other way to spread the wealth to everyone! : )
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If you’re interested, follow me @EatRunandAllinBetween on instagram and let me know what you think! Also, I figured since I’m already on here earlier in the morning than I would have liked (i can’t ever sleep!! Too much on my mind, ah!), I would share yesterday’s meals with you all, because they were on PAR might I say.
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Breakfast was a big old bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, agave nectar, and PB2 powder! Delicioso!

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Lunch was a super powerbowl of mixed greens and spinach, topped with avocado’s (one a day keeps the doctor away…), sliced almonds, blueberries, chicken, onion, and reduced fat feta cheese. I dressed it with just a little bit of Apple Cider Vinegar and a few squeezes of fresh lemon!
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Made dinner for my boyfriend and I, personally I think it tasted better than Chipotle’s burrito bowls…just saying! Anyways, cooked up some brown rice, while at the same time through some chicken breasts (sprayed in E.V.O.O and covered in some spices) into the over on 375. While both of those were cooking, I sautéed some yellow pepper, mushrooms, onions, garlic, spinach, brussel sprouts, and lots of corn!! Of course, this meal would not be right without some soy sauce and spicy condiments (chili powder, pepper, dash of salt and cayenne pepper!) yummmmyy!
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And let’s not forget dessert…I don’t know what it is lately but i’ve been having AWFUL sweet tooth cravings!! And, it doesn’t help that our room is always stacked with baked goods and chocolates…ahhh! Anyways, tried to subside this craving with a little spin off of the PB&J dessert I posted last time. Sliced bananas, topped with PB2 (powder mixed with water), some cinnamon, unsweetened, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, Ezekiel Granola (from whole food’s), a side of Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt, and lastly drizzled in just a little bit of agave nectar! That did the job!

Anyway, look out for a post later in the day or tomorrow morning…I’m feeling up to a new challenge that I’m planning on sharing with everyone else as well!


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