Nutrition

Top Reasons Why You Should Eat A Balanced Diet

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When you’re hearing about a new fad every week, the concept of “healthy food” can be confusing and very often distorted. I propose that we throw fad diets out the window, and take a closer look at why we should all be eating a balanced diet, with fresh eyes.   It’s Not Complicated   As humans, we like to over complicate what is really in fact quite simple. It’s easy to demonize certain foods and avoid others altogether. The truth is that eating a balanced diet is not complicated! There a few basic rules to follow sure, but apart from the basics, it doesn’t take much brainpower to achieve a healthy lifestyle.     Prevents Disease   In an attempt to live a healthier lifestyle, society puts a great emphasis on weight. While it is true that obesity is the leading cause of a whole host of health issues, it…

Nutrition

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are known to be one of those trendy superfoods that many healthy influencers sprinkle on their Greek yogurt. Let’s take a closer look at what’s so great about this superfood and why you should also try adding it to your diet.   Nutrient Dense It’s not for nothing that this superfood is eaten everywhere, chia seeds are extremely nutrient-dense. The seeds of the plant are actually related to the mint plant. In ancient times they were known for their ability to provide your body with energy. He word “chia” means “strength” in Mayan. Despite their being famously known in ancient times, it’s only been a recent addition to our modern-day diets. Their small size really packs a punch with almost 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. These tiny seeds also contain 30% of your RDI of manganese and magnesium,…

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Nutritional Yeast/Brewer’s Yeast

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Between more people adhering to a plant based diet and the increase in those that are lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive, more people are discovering nutritional yeast. With a nutty cheesy flavor it’s become a staple among vegans. Most commonly found in a natural or health food store, rather than the large box stores and standard grocery stores. Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. It’s a great source of B-complex vitamins and comes in flakes, granules, or a powder. Vegans use it to replace cheese in recipes for its taste but it may have some health benefits as well. Nutritional yeast can help to lower cholesterol, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation.  It is also one of the only plant sources of B12 and can boast of being a good source of high-quality protein. Having a long shelf life, nooch is…