Summers not over and in NJ its peach picking season!!
My kids and I picked 3 big bags of peaches yesterday and its time to grab one and go, but grill, mash, chop and add to salads! Yum! My sweet treat today will be grilled peaches with some greek yogurt!
Did you know there are many health benefits of the peach! Studies have shown peaches to help cancer, obesity, cholesterol, blood disorders, eye care,skin care, and also maintain healthy bones, teeth and nervous systems! TONS of antioxidants (We LOVE that!) are in a peach, so start picking and enjoy this summer fruit!!
Sweet Summer Clean Grilled Peaches
- 1 large peach
- 1/4 C 4% greek yogurt plain
- cinnamon to taste
- honey to taste (optional)
- Grill the peaches on low until soft and you see grill marks with a little caramelization, about 2-4 minutes on each side.
- Mix up yogurt and cinnamon
- Drizzle a small amount of honey on the peaches to taste (optional)
- ENJOY this sweet treat!!
Its garden time!! August is where you begin to reap the benefits of your home garden! All that work, watering, weeding and talking to those babies…yup all worth it when you pick that fresh organic produce.
This is my Dad. He may have one of the best home gardens in the state. With a whole lot of TLC over the years and a lot of failed and successful attempts, he has it down to a science. He drops me bags of herbs, veggies and green goodness, but sometimes its hard to find something fresh to do with it!
TODAY, lets focus on this amazing CUCUMBER!!!
- HIGH IN NUTRIENTS: Vitamin C, K Magnesium and Potassium to name a few
- HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
- PROMOTES HYDRATION: 96% H2O
- MAY AID IN WEIGHT LOSS: Flavorful and LOW calorie
- MAY LOWER BLOOD SUGAR
So eat up and enjoy this summer Clean Cut Cucumber Salad, we sure will!
Clean Cut Cucumber Dill Salad
- 4 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced (or 1 big one like this pic! Estimate)
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup 4% plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tbsp chopped dill
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
- Add Greek yogurt, dill and apple cider vinegar to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Add in cucumbers and red onion to the bowl and fold everything together until well combined and the dressing has coated the cucumbers.
- Cover and refrigerate. Marinate a few hours and enjoy!
I have to be totally honest here, this past week I felt like I was having some major anxiety. Really for no good reason. Life is good, its summer, everyone is healthy. But last week, something was not jiving in my body. It clicked to me, my workouts lacked last week. Don’t you always feel better after a workout? I made it a PRIORITY to get all my workouts in this week. I am making sure
I get that ME time (facial scheduled for Monday!). And i am going to make sure my diet is balanced. Life happens. And sometimes we just can’t put a finger on why we feel the way we do. But clean eating can really help in balancing your mind. 6 simple ways to help balance life is to make sure we are eating clean!!!! Check out our list below: antioxidants, magnesium, flavonoids, Vitamin C,Omega-3 fatty acids and tea. WOW…clean eating all around. Maybe we have something here. 🙂
The CLEAN CUT fall kickstart begins September 17. Mark your calendar, because emotional eating is a big topic we will be covering.
- They help protect your cells from stress. In turn they may help ease anxiety.
- Berries, nuts, beans, and green veggies are winners in this group
- The natural calmer, magnesium will keep you in check
- Greens are great for magnesium. Spinach, kale and swiss chard to name a few
- Flavonoids in cocoa helps protect your cells. They can also help lower your blood pressure and boost blood flow to your brain and heart. In turn creating a feeling of less anxiety.
- DARK chocolate. Specifically 70% or higher cocoa.
- Studies have shown a diet rich in Vitamin C can help calm and create a better frame of mind.
- Oranges or any citrus fruit
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Studies have shown these fatty acids can help with depression and anxiety and help decrease inflammation
- Sardines, salmon, albacore tuna,
- Tea has that calming effect we all crave. Antioxidants in the tea leaves also help! Teas can especially be effective when paired with certain herbs
- Lavender and chamomile
A Matcha a day will actually Keep the doctor away…for real.
Green tea…..We’ve heard it has so many benefits. It does, But how many cups a day do we need to get all the amazing benefits from it? 5-7 Cups! Can you drink that much tea every day? With this new craze, which is old in history, we can get all the benefits it one cup, YUP MATCHA.
Matcha starts out just like any old green tea leaf. But 20-30 days prior to harvesting, it is covered from direct sunlight. This causes the chlorophyll to increase, intensifying the leaf. It is then ground down to a powder and used in our teas, coffee, ice cream, etc. This leaf is so concentrated with chlorophyll, polyphenols and catechin that just one drink made with this superfood give us all the benefits of 5-7 cups of green tea. SCORE!
And what are those benefits?
- It decreases free radicals. The less free radicals we have in our bodies the less cancer and disease we have.
- The catechin promotes relaxation and clarity.
- It is a natural antioxidant and boost the immune system.
- Helps maintain healthy alkaline levels which leads to a healthy metabolism.
- It is high in good caffeine called theophylline. Which will sustain energy levels with a slow, consistent release.
- Catechin also increase the metabolism leading to more weight loss.
It’s easy to get and easy to drink. The new apple a day is now a matcha a day! Drink Up!
Insulin: A hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high or too low.
Where to begin? These top 10 foods are in no particular order. They all have such a low glycemic level that your body doesn’t need much insulin to absorb them. Clean Cut’s goal is to keep your insulin level down so your metabolism is constantly working.
The foods you choose should have a slow absorption rate. The ones the breakdown quickly like breads and white potatoes cause a massive spike in insulin sending the message to our bodies to store it as fat. When we eat high amounts of fast carb foods (the whites, and cakes etc.) we send the wrong message to our body over and over again, leading to weight gain and a broken metabolism
Our goal is to keep our levels low and steady. Living a lifestyle like this will lead to overall better health and weight loss.
Natural fruits, veggies, proteins and fats all break down slower and in turn our insulin levels are lower.
Here are the top 10 foods that are extremely low on the glycemic index:
- Onion & Garlic (full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits)
- Leafy Greens (our super foods)
- Nuts (anti-inflammatory, good fats, low carb, high fiber)
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and chia, great to use instead of granolas, t ad
d to salads and have all the fiber and good fats and nutrients we want)
- Avocados (omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and amazing nutrients)
- Coconut (any form, oil, meat, flakes, flour, it’s the perfect fat)
- Herbs (full of flavor, minerals and vitamins and have some healing properties)
- Eggs (vitamin B12, protein and Fat, cheap and easy)
- Irish Butter and Cheese (keep cheese to a moderation, dairy causes the body to become acidic and inflamed, make sure it has no growth hormones in it)
- Oils (organic is best, olive, coconut, avocado etc. Stay away from palm oil, canola etc.)
With all this information, any of these when cooking or snacking are your best option to add and guarantee a low insulin level.