We’ve gathered our top tips on how to socialize while still eating clean to help you navigate the parties and gatherings while sticking to a special diet (or 21-Day Clean Program). It can seem impossible as treats and indulgences are constantly being offered up but with proper preparation, you can enjoy the party and focus on friends and family.
Loaded sweet potatoes sound like the ultimate, indulgent comfort food. Usually piled high with ingredients like sour cream, bacon, and cheese, they may taste good, but it's better for our health to have a clean version. We've chosen sweet potatoes as the base for this vegan version, and with spice-rich veggies, heart-healthy oil, and garlic you'll get just as much flavor without the food coma.
Sixty to eighty percent of our immune system is located in our gut. Poor gut health has been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and more. Gut imbalances can also lead to big inflammation, so naturally, we want to tend to this inner garden as efficiently as possible.
Why eat seasonal produce? When you eat seasonal food you absorb more vital nutrients from the soil it has grown in. Locally grown food has more flavor, because it was picked when ripe. Try buying your acorn squash from a local farmers market and see if you can taste the difference. This is perfect fall food, especially if you are looking to eat less meat or meat-free!
Ginger root has long been used as a medicinal food, and no wonder, with the health benefits of ginger ranging from pain relief to calming an upset stomach. This powerful anti-inflammatory not only has effective medicinal health benefits, but it's tasty, too! Check out the top 10 health benefits of ginger to find out how and why we make ginger part of our regular routine.
Chocolate and cherry is a classic flavor combination. Often reserved for dessert, we decided to toss this dynamic duo in the blender for a decadent morning smoothie. Spoiler alert: there may be chocolate sauce involved.
The cold weather months can leave us vulnerable to increased colds and flu. A strong immune system more readily fights off invaders, leaving us with few to no symptoms, but if we are run down by stress overload, poor diets, or lack of quality sleep, our chances of getting sick increase. Luckily, in addition to your yearly 21-Day Cleanse, there are simple, daily steps you can take to boost your immunity, and help optimize your immune system's ability to kick out viruses and infections.
Don't be fooled by the green color of this salted caramel pudding - it tastes as decadent and delicious as the sugar and dairy-laden versions we're all familiar with. While we love the flavor and texture of traditional salted caramel pudding, there are few benefits to the body, which is why we created this version. The coconut caramel adds the perfect flavor for a dessert you won't be able to put down. This is makes a great snack to counter those sugary cravings, even on the 21-Day Program!
Most of us are familiar by now with golden milk, the benefits of turmeric, and several other recipes stemming from Ayurveda. But what is it really? Ayurveda literally means “the science of life” (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge. It is an ancient holistic healing science over 5,000 years old focusing on all areas of health, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, digestion, detoxification, sleep, and the mind. Achieving balance on all levels of being, not just eating a healthy diet, represents vibrant health.
The macrobiotic movement is about not so much about adhering to one specific and unchanging diet, and more about learning how different foods affect you and consciously choosing, preparing, and eating meals that fit your needs as they shift over time – similar to the philosophy of the 21-Day Clean Program.