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Why Cleanse? And Why Right Now?

January 11, 2017 |
We all know what happens at the beginning of every New Year: We generally make a slew of big promises to ourselves that never wind up coming to fruition. Or we do well with them for a week or two, and then slip right back into our old self-destructive habits.

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5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

November 23, 2016 |

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is nearly here. It’s a time for celebration, gratitude, family, and for most of us, a little indulgence. It’s also a season where many of us grapple with the mental tug-of-war that is maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are five tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle this season:

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An Apple a Day

October 7, 2016 |

Everyone knows the old Welsh proverb that goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. What many people may not realize is that there is a surprising amount of truth in these wise words. Along with the banana, apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in the world. Studies show that they can potentially be amazing for your skin as well as offering anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.

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Healthy Holiday Treats

December 11, 2015 |

With the holidays fast approaching, we’re more tempted than ever by all the rich, not-so-healthy foods around us. And while indulging now and then is part of life, we can all use a few delicious-but-nutritious snacks to enjoy in between those moments of heavy meals and treats. Here are a few easy, tasty, and fortifying dishes you can whip up this weekend:

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Healthy Helpers: Tasty Foods That Aid Digestion

October 28, 2015 |

So now it’s out there. Even if you’re a hard-core meat lover, you can’t ignore the latest findings about how too much meat can be cancer-causing.

So here’s where I have some incredibly good news: In between all of those epic upcoming holiday meals (whether you do them with or without meat) that are in front of us, there are also plenty of other lunches, breakfasts, and dinners that we can use to reasonably balance out those other heavy holiday meals.

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Superfood: A Quintessential Quinoa Recipe

October 13, 2015 |
Swapping out bulgar wheat in favor of quinoa makes it gluten-free. Not to mention (and this is a big bonus here) quinoa is a complete protein, since it contains all of the essential amino acids. It’s also high in iron and calcium, and a good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, and fiber. The following recipe is chock full of superfoods that make it a healthy, digestible dish. It’s fantastic as a post-cleanse meal, or enjoy it during your Glow Cleanse!
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Your First Fuel: Breakfast is Served

October 2, 2015 |

Our new breakfast items will set the tone for your whole day. Eating a satisfying, delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy weight, and to remind yourself that you’re a person who values healthy choices. When you make the right choices, you keep your metabolism cranking, your mental clarity and energy levels high, and you set your entire day on the right track.

I also recommend starting with a green juice to kick off your day. So add it to any of our brand new breakfast items offered at our location at Healthworks in Back Bay, including the following two. Both are bolstered in nutritional value since they contain our almond milk which is loaded with protein, antioxidants, plus vitamins such as E and B complex, and minerals such as manganese, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and fiber.

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Detox Soup

September 14, 2015 |

Fall’s switch in temperatures means we’re finally warming up to the idea of soup—and this one is the ideal for transitioning from any of Labor Day vacations excesses, into a healthier routine. It’s a flavor-rich creation full of great taste and things that are good for you. And if you want to serve it for more than one, simply multiply the measurements per person.

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Apples: the fall superfood

Superfood: Apples

September 10, 2015 |

Did you know that apples, one of our favorite fall foods, are powerful detoxifiers that work to cool your body from the lingering heat of the summer?

So much so, in fact, that you can consider them one of your most potent fall beauty staples.

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Go Nuts for National Trail Mix Day

August 31, 2015 |

Today is National Trail Mix Day—the perfect excuse to make yourself a tasty D.I.Y. version of the healthy, energy-packed snack. Making your own means you can avoid the prepackaged ones that can be high in sugar, and also have the ability to customize it to your preferred combinations.

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Got Milk? Sure. But Which Kind is Best For Your Body?

August 26, 2015 |

Dairy can be very difficult for the human body to digest—for a bevy of reasons.

First, our bodies have a hard time breaking down the protein molecule in the cow’s milk called casein. Second, since milk is pasteurized, many of its good attributes are processed out, including its natural enzymes.

Butter and cream, on the other hand, don’t contain casein and are much easier to break down. Goat and sheep’s dairy are also easier to digest. Other very good options are almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk, and goat milk.

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Superfood: Tomatoes

August 18, 2015 |

Summer—and August in particular—is the ideal time of year to eat tomatoes in New England. Not that they don’t taste great all the time, but during this small seasonal window, they’re locally grown and in their peak, meaning they taste sweeter, lusciously acidic, juicier, and more like a fruit (which technically, they are) than at any other time.

They’re also a treasure trove of nutrition, including a type of phytochemicals that bring all kinds of health perks. That jelly-like stuff around the seeds? That’s packed with vitamin C, as is the rest of the tomato. It’s also a great source of lutein, zeaxanthin, as well as vitamins A, E, and the B vitamins, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.

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Superfood: Blueberries

August 11, 2015 |

Blueberries do a body good! This little fruit softens dry skin, boosts your brain, and may even prevent cancer. In fact, they could just be the king of antioxidant foods; they protect our bodies from damage by free radicals–unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to aging and diseases. And they do way more, too….

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How to have a Power Picnic

July 29, 2015 |

Fields overflowing with flowers and the scent of fresh pine, sun-dappled blankets and lazy afternoons… all over a tasty meal that makes the buzz of nature completely civilized.

The great outdoors is calling—there’s no better time of year for dining outside, and no better way to do it than with creative dishes made of powerfully nutritious, delicious ingredients.

To pack a perfect picnic, don’t forget the below list of essentials, and then whip up a salad full of superfoods, as in the recipe that follows. Happy power picnicking….

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Grilled steak for healthy summer eating

Know the source of your meat

July 24, 2015 |

This is one time of year that, more than many others, celebrates the glory of the barbecue. Grilling meat is embedded in the culture of American summer. And though I wouldn’t ever advise anyone against enjoying it if it’s what they enjoy, it is worth having a conversation about how do to it the right way—for your own health, for the health of our planet’s animals, and its entire ecosystem as a whole.

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National Ice Cream Day: The Healthy Version

July 20, 2015 |

Happy National Ice Cream Day! (It was this past Sunday, July 19th, in case you missed it). The obvious way to celebrate it is to grab a cone of your favorite cold stuff and get licking. But here at Nourish Your Soul, we’re taking a healthier approach; we’re making our own cold-pressed juice and nut milk popsicles!

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Everything in Moderation… Even Excess

July 13, 2015 |

Summer’s here and we’re surrounded by fresh fruit and veggies that are in season! BUT… instead you find yourself overindulging in not-so-healthy foods. You’re not alone. Maybe it’s the BBQ, picnics, drinks, or just eating more on vacation. Instead of feeling light, you feel bloated, hung over, and far from your best self.  Believe me, we’ve all been there!

There’s no black and white when it comes to our well being. Going to extremes is never good for anyone emotionally or physically. We all know that eating healthy foods (meaning whole, fresh, and not processed) is the way to go, but there are times when we indulge too much and overeat, or just plain make the wrong choices. I’m here to say it is OKAY to do that sometimes. Let go of the guilt; it doesn’t help. The way we live should never be all or nothing. When we fall off the wagon, we just need to get back on track to find the right balance.

So how do we do that? It’s about nourishing your soul.

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Don’t Overheat This Summer: Go Ayurvedic

July 6, 2015 |

Every time you’re feeling overheated this summer, remind yourself of this: The teachings of Ayurveda, yoga’s wellness branch, combine the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) and put them into play as a way to deal with summer’s heat.

The essential idea of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illnesses by keeping a balance within your mind and your body by staying conscious with the help of good hydration, diet, lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.

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Grilled vegetables for healthy summer barbecue

Veggies That Rule The Grill

June 29, 2015 |

People tend to think of meat as lord of the grill, but summer’s bounty of fresh veggies is here to prove otherwise. This recipe is a healthy, amazingly tasty, and easy-to-make alternative to carnivorous dishes. Bring a platter of it to a barbecue and watch friends dive in.

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Recipe: Braised Cucumbers With Dill

June 19, 2015 |

I’ve made no secret about my enthusiasm for the greatness of cucumbers. And as fantastic as they taste raw, fresh cukes are also delicious braised in olive oil and tossed with leeks and dill.

This is just the kind of simple, easy, no-fuss recipe that’s perfect for summer eating. Enjoy!

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Superfood: Dandelion Greens

June 17, 2015 |

When we think of dandelion greens, most of us picture a pesky summertime weed on our lawn. And yes, they certainly are that. But did you know they’re also a nutritional powerhouse—and a tasty one, at that?

Dandelion greens are a natural healer, with detoxing properties and loads of nutrients that are known for detoxifying the liver, acting as a diuretic for the body, promoting radiant skin, diminishing bloating, and helping bone health and weight loss.

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The Beets Are Back

June 8, 2015 |

Ah, beets. Those boldly hued, sweet-flavored, healthy harbingers of summertime. They’re as appropriate at a sophisticated luncheon in a smartly dressed salad as they are wrapped in tinfoil and thrown on the grill at a casual barbecue. Now that summer’s underway, they’re with us to stay for a while—in New England that means June through September.

Nutrition-wise, this root vegetable is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains, and both are hugely helpful to our detoxification systems, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

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Superfood: Watermelon

June 1, 2015 |

What’s more refreshing and nutritious than sipping on our watermelon mint juice? Not much at all, thanks to its main ingredient—that perennial summer favorite, the watermelon.

Sweetly delicious on its own, the fruit is made even more crave-worthy when we add the bright flavor of mint. But even if it weren’t as tasty as it is, we’d still want to eat it for health reasons.

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Changing… Inside & Out

May 28, 2015 |

Changing ourselves can be an incredibly hard thing—especially if we’ve faced (or are facing) a big life challenge that has us feeling scared and/or stuck.

To me, cleansing has come to be synonymous with starting over—nutritionally and physically, sure, but also mentally and philosophically, too.

I know how powerful it can be to start over. Years ago I went through a tragedy myself, and eventually, after a long period of intense sadness and feelings of helplessness, I started changing my habits.

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The Magic of Matcha

May 18, 2015 |

A finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder, matcha has been a focal point of Japanese tea ceremonies for more than 900 years. The Buddhist monks honored it as a health elixir for its potential to heighten concentration and enhance the metabolism.

The organic tea is high in antioxidants called catechin polyphenols, which are linked to everything from decreased cancer risk and reduced cholesterol and blood pressure to boosted metabolism.

It’s also high in antioxidants; one cup provides five times the amount of any other food. Antioxidants are responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger looking skin, and an increased immune system.

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Another Great Post-cleanse Meal

April 26, 2015 |

So you’re nearing the end of your cleanse (or are thinking ahead to when you will be)? Transitioning back to everyday healthy eating doesn’t have to be tricky; it can actually be pretty darn easy and downright delicious.

Take, for example, this fresh springtime favorite that we love at Nourish Your Soul. It employs unsweetened coconut milk instead of the unusual milk or cream, which keeps things light and healthy. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes to make, and can be done days ahead of time so when you need a simple meal, just open the fridge and reheat. That also makes it the perfect dish to incorporate into your #springfittraining regimen. Enjoy!

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Superfood: The Powerful Cuke

April 15, 2015 |

What a mighty ally the cucumber is! They hydrate us, replenish us with vitamins and minerals while helping eliminate toxins. They’re loaded up with anti-oxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. What’s more, they aid in weight loss, digestion, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood pressure. Now that’s a power veggie.

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Superfood: Bee Pollen

March 26, 2015 |

The bees are back! Warm weather has them about to buzz back into action, which means we get to reap the benefits of their pollen—a powerhouse of health-rich elements for our bodies and brains. At Nourish Your Soul, we offer it as an add-on to any smoothie.

For starters, it contains up to 40% high-quality protein (more than any animal product) and all of the essential amino acids, making it an excellent food for nourishing the brain and building strength.

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Tips for transition to springtime foods

March 22, 2015 |

This is a great time of year to lighten up, and shed some layers… both emotionally and physically. Consuming spring’s bounty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes will rid the body of toxins, cleanse your organs, and fend off the damaging effects of food additives. It’s also a great time to move your body and breathe. Here’s how:

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