Cleansing tea…and I’m a coffee person

Check out this awesome tea from yogafit.com .  I don’t always eat clean, not even 80% of the time I’m learning this go around.  But each time I attempt clean eating, I do usually pick up a new healthy thing I love.  This time around it’s this ginger, lemon, honey tea I make on the stovetop each night.  Then I sit down and read with it.  yummy.

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Butters and oils

In our training session this a.m., we got to talking about butters (healthier ones) and oils – for cooking or salad dressing.  Found a simple article that explains all of this from SELF, but here is the deal with Avocado Oil in case you were wondering…

According to Sasson, “avocado oil is the new kid on the block.” Much like coconut oil, it is beloved by the clean-eating community and surrounded by that same health food halo. However, unlike coconut oil, it doesn’t have quite as much saturated fat (only 1.6 grams per tablespoon). It is, however, packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and it has a high smoke point (375 to 400 degrees F) and neutral flavor without being chemically processed like canola and vegetable oil. It’s a bit more expensive than those more processed oils, but if you’re interested in avoiding refined foods, want that high smoke point, and don’t mind the splurge, then this is a great alternative.

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How to get your daily veggies and fruit in

Almost everyday I have a salad for lunch just to fit the veggies in.  Could be boring, but it’s what you add to make each one taste different.

Salad on the left is greens with pecans, goat cheese, strawberries, avocado and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Served with a sparkle water with natural blueberry flavor.

Salad on the right is greens with pecans, blueberries, chicken, pecans, avocado, and leftover roasted green beans (from dinner).  Yum.  What’s your favorite salad?

Vitamins…should you buy into the Thrive craze?

I’m going out on a limb here because I know a LOT of my friends are into Thrive these days…but I researched it several times this past week, and you know what?  The evidence simply is not there.  Oh, there are MANY testimonials – especially on FB pages, but where are the multiple research studies done that prove yes, this is a good thing? Nowhere that I found.  If I’m wrong, please let me know, and I mean that.

What is Thrive?  Started by a MLM (multi-level marketing) company called Le-vel in 2013, this vitamin will cost you between $100-300 per month.  You can use a vitamin patch with a slow release of vitamins and/or daily shakes.  And the only research I found? links it to:

  • abdominal pain
  • headaches
  • increased blood pressure
  • liver issues

Yes, you may have more energy – because it’s releasing caffeine into your system.  There is no FDA approval on this.  The full ingredient list has not been made available.  Check out Livestrong.com and Harvard School of Public Health if you don’t believe me…here’s what Harvard says:

“Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. It’s important not to go overboard with vitamins. While a multivitamin and a vitamin D supplement can help fill some of the gaps in a less than optimal diet, too much can be harmful.”

I do not think I have the answers – please know that.  If I am wrong, please comment below so I can read the research (not testimonials).  Thanks.