Happy New Year Everyone! First off let me introduce myself. My name is Jennifer and most of you will recognize me as the Store Manager of our Manitou Springs location. I love to do yoga, rock climb and most importantly I love CHOCOLATE!!! I am taking over the blog and our Instagram for the next 30 days as I kickstart 2018!
For the next 30 days I will be incorporating lots of Superfoods into my diet, while cutting out grains, processed sugars, and alcohol. Follow along with me on this journey on Instagram at @RadiantlyRawKitchen.
5 ways to kickstart 2018
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a fermented juice from crushed apples and contains pectin, vitamins B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C; small amounts of sodium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Moreover, it contains significant quantities of acetic and citric acid.
How to use:
For the next 30 days I will be starting my day with ACV. The recipe I found is 2 Tbsp ACV, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 1 Tbsp Raw Honey mixed into 8 ounces of water.
There are so many awesome health benefits with this drink! First off it will help me with goal #2 by drinking more water, but it will also help to cleanse my liver and regulate blood sugar. ACV helps to reduce inflammation, promotes a healthy immune system and aids in weight loss.
2. Drink more WATER!!!
Do I even need to go into detail??? But seriously... 75 percent of the American population fall short of the 10 daily cups prescribed by the Institute of Medicine – which, in medical terms, means that most people in the U.S are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration
How to drink more:
Most of us have smart phones anymore these days, so why not let technology help us. I personally have an apple watch that encourages me to move and things like that. There are tons of apps out there that are designed to help us to stay hydrated. I downloaded an app that works with my watch to remind me throughout the day to drink water.
A less techy way to stay hydrated is to decorate a clear water bottle with times to take a drink.
One more trick with a Superfood twist is to add goji berries to your water for added health benefits and a nice snack at the end. (Check out previous blog post for all things goji berries and other fun ways to use them and head on over to our website to purchase).
3. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds can absorb 12 times their weight in water, forming a gel which slows your digestion and leads to a sustained release over a prolonged period of time to help you consume fewer calories. Basically they help you feel full longer. Chia seeds also help you absorb more nutrients because of the growth of probiotics in your stomach! Chia seeds have the perfect nutrition profile for weight loss. They have 20% protein, 20% omegas and 40% fiber!
How to use: There are endless ways to use chia seeds! If you eat them dry to detox your body make sure to follow up by drinking TONS of water. I personally like to make a batch of chia seed pudding at the beginning of the week to last me for a few days. Play around with different recipes and ratios to find your favorite!
I like to add fruit and a little extra almond milk to my chia seed pudding and drizzle lavender honey on the top.
Spirulina is a type of seaweed, and the only plant source of vitamin B 12. It has 2x's the amount of protein to beef, and the same amount of iron.
Packed with omegas, which contribute to weight loss and it is so nutrient dense it acts as an appetite suppressant. Its packed full of magnesium, calcium, niacin, potassium and iron. Spirulina also regulates blood insulin and glucose levels, boosts your metabolism without leaving you hungry. Spirulina also absorbs the fat from the food you take in, rather than your body system struggling to extract the same.
How to use it:
You want to sneak it into your smoothie just like you sneak your spinach into your smoothie. Some people also dilute it by mixing it into water and drinking it. I prefer it in my smoothie! There are also lots of great salad dressing recipes for spirulina. Click here to find spirulina!
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a friendly fat for weight loss, it contains medium chain triglycerides that help your liver burn energy more efficiently and help contribute to weight loss around your abdomen. Coconut oil also helps to rev up your metabolism. A high metabolism burns calories faster and leads to increased energy levels. Studies support that if you eat 1-2 tablespoons of unrefined coconut everyday weight around the abdominal section will decrease.
How to use: While trying to boost your metabolism it is important to be consistent. Make sure you are not heating the coconut oil above 115 degrees as thats when nutrients will start to breakdown. You can even add some into your chia seed pudding! Its also great to blend into drinks.
Check out our website for unrefined coconut oil!
Please follow along with me for the next 30 days as I kickstart my 2018! Check in on social media as I will be posting my favorite superfood recipes and updates about my experience. There also might be some contests so stay tuned!