Mar
22
2012

green and gorgeous…

With the arrival of Spring, I thought it would be a great time to share simple ways to incorporate more gorgeous greens into your day.  With Spring comes sunnier days, lighter clothing and more time spent outdoors.  Now is the time to gently elevate our food choices and prepare our bodies for the new season.  Greens are loaded with chlorophyll and naturally help us detox, create beautiful glowing skin and boost up our energy. I love scouring the shelves of markets and health food stores to see what new adventures lay about.  Below are a few fun foods and simple ways to add in more greens.

1. Lydia’s Kale Chips: These kale chips ROCK!!  Best tasting, healthy chip snack I have come across in a good while.  Along with being tasty, they are low in calories, rich in nutrients and packed with beauty minerals.  Kale is also great at supporting the body’s detoxification system.  This is the type of snack I recommend to clients and friends to take to the movies, on road trips or while traveling on planes.  Fun to crunch and munch and know you’re doing your body good. Available in three flavors – mega green, Herbs de Provence and sassy spice. You can find Lydia’s at Whole Foods, Erewhon and at their on-line store.   PS…they make other wonderful snackin’ treats too!  Enjoy!

2. Matcha Green Tea:  Did you know that green tea has been shown to support blood sugar and insulin levels, relieve headaches, lower cholesterol, raise metabolism for weight loss and support the immune system? I love introducing clients and loved ones to Matcha green tea.  Loaded with antioxidants,  research has reported that the health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.  You can find Matcha at your local tea shop or your community health food store.  Try also experimenting with adding some to your shakes and smoothies, muffins or create a Matcha Latte (my favorite! And, if you are local, try Hugo’s for an awesome Rice or Soymilk Matcha Latte…DELISH!)

3.Arugula: Also known as the “queen of the cruciferous vegetables,” arugula has a strong, spicy flavor that is complimented with healthy fats like olive oil and avocados.  One of the BEST sources of vitamin A, arugula protects the nucleus of each cell from radiation and is great at helping the body to detox! Due to its high sulfur content arugula is also an excellent liver purifier.  All this protection adds up to one fabulous SUPERFOOD and BEAUTY enhancer!  Click here for a delicious fantastic tasting  lemon Arugula Salad created by Chef Pam Reims, of Culinary Bliss/LA.

Here’s to living green and a glorious spring!

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