Benefit Your Body

     Over the years, we've become more aware of what we put into our bodies and the different effects ingredients have on our overall well-being.  Today we're going to show you health is not just a trend, it's a way of life.  2017 will have more neighborhood stores focusing on your health through various foods. We'll also begin to see new product announcements.  This is the time to start to learn what’s available and what you can do to integrate essential ingredients into your diet. 

     Inflammation fighting foods are becoming a huge part of our life and rightfully so because inflammation is linked to arthritis, heart disease and possibly Alzheimer’s.  Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response that helps us heal. When inflammation becomes out of control, it can damage the body.  Inflammation-fighting ingredients are everywhere now.  Turmeric is on the top of the list as an inflammation fighter; soon you'll be seeing turmeric lattes.  Cauliflower rice and nut milks are also substitutes for inflammatory ingredients. Virgin olive oil is another good plan to add anti-inflammatory action to your food.  And let's not forget the powers of ginger.   Take a 1/2" piece of ginger, shred or dice and put in a cup with boiling water.  Add honey and a piece of lemon and make this your daily morning beverage.  Do your body a service and nourish your bodyby eating anti-inflammatory foods every day. 

     Plant proteins are coming around in a big way as well. The idea that protein must come from an animal has gone away.  Pea protein and protein from hemp are everywhere; in delicious powders so you can add them to your smoothie, in nutrition bars, and even in potato chips.  Every time beans, lentils or peanuts are combined with grains, say rice or corn, a complete protein is created. Quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds are all a great sources of protein. Green veggies will pack a decent amount of protein too. One cup of spinach will give you 7 grams of protein. Soymilk is also a great source of protein.

     When our bodies are in a good place, we feel stronger and we are able to fully embrace the day. Beauty and confidence often begins deep within us. Treating our bodies will not only have a physical effect but an emotional one as well. Just a few small changes, such as adding ginger to your diet, can make a world of difference, and it's easy too! 

     Another fail proof way to boost your confidence and get your day off to a great start is to wear something you love. Or, perhaps it’s time to add a few new pieces into your wardrobe. Either way, dressing in a way that makes you feel good is another important way for us to treat our bodies right.

To close we wanted to share part of an exciting article about Starbucks! 

"Starting today, Starbucks is now selling vegan overnight grains. This is not a drill.

The blend of steel oats, quinoa, and chia seeds is soaked in coconut milk and topped off with shaved coconut and sliced almonds. And as you would expect with a supergrain, this breakfast comes with a good amount of protein: 6 grams per serving. Actually, the whole idea for adding a new protein-rich item to the menu came from the fact that Starbucks’ protein bistro box is currently the best-selling lunch option. The chain recognized that its customers wanted more protein options and crafted this tropical, hearty dish.
The overnight grains are being introduced at about 600 New York Starbucks locations, and if the initial rollout is a success they’ll be added to menus across the country. Time to put that feta wrap on the back burner…"

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Credit: Health and Wellness 

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