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Get Your Greens On!

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/16/2018 to Diet and Nutrition

Only nine percent of Americans consume the minimum vegetable requirement of two to three cups per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Are you part of that nine percent? If you realize you aren’t incorporating enough greens every day, or if you want to add extra nutrition into your diet, invest in a super greens powder!

Go Nuts with Nuts!

Posted by Ricky Seda on 3/13/2018 to Diet and Nutrition

Do you get those in between your meal cravings while at work? Trust us, you aren’t alone. One great snack you can buy in bulk nowadays are nuts and nut mixes. Nuts are full of nutrients such as protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Here is a brief rundown of nuts and their nutrient profile:

One Month Vegetarian Challenge

Posted by Kristen Baureis and Markus Bryant on 2/22/2018 to Diet and Nutrition

Our Graphic Designer Markus Bryant went vegetarian for the month of January! I sat down with him to see how his meat-free challenge went.

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/2/2018 to Diet and Nutrition

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sports of the year. Whether you are into football or not, many of us attend watch parties to hang out with friends, yell at the television, and load up on Super Bowl snacks.

Unfortunately, game day dishes tend to be filled with lots of sodium, sugar, and processed foods.  To avoid the sluggish, guilt-ridden food coma, opt to tweak your plates so they are packed with whole foods that nourish your body with from the inside out.

Check out these recipes for inspiration!

Here's Why We Should All Drink More Water

Posted by Ricky Seda on 1/30/2018 to Diet and Nutrition

Water! The most abundant element on planet Earth. It also makes up 60% of our body composition. You need it, can’t live without it! 
Here are some reasons why it’s important that we need to drink more water:

Protein Hot Chocolate Recipe

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 12/12/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

It’s that time of year for hot cocoa! While store bought hot chocolate can be filled with artificial ingredients and sweeteners, you can easily make your own hot chocolate with simple, healthy ingredients.

You can customize this recipe to your own liking (by adding stevia, marshmallows, no-sugar added chocolate chips, or a dash of cinnamon)

Healthy Fats vs. Unhealthy Fats

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 9/5/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Posted by Ricky Seda on 8/11/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

I don’t know about you, but I love food! I just don’t love the cost of food. Like many people, you may feel like these costs are keeping you from reaching your health goals, but have no fear.
Today’s article is all about eating healthy on a budget...

A Yummy Post-Workout Dish

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 8/3/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

I came across this recipe on Greatist, and I had to share with you all! This dish is packed with protein, complex carbs, veggies, and tons of nutrition!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Human Food for Dogs

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 7/17/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Being a dog owner myself, I adore my fur babies and I am quite mindful when it comes to their health. I eat fairly clean and I make sure they do too...

Now Foods Honey-Roasted Pecans

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 6/22/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

These pecans are the bomb! I personally love to throw them in a salad with apples, dried berries, sunflower seeds and feta or goat cheese with some type of light dressing, but they can be added to ice cream, smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, or any other dish that could use some sweetening!

Turmeric Coconut Chai Smoothie

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/4/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Wake up your digestive system with this anti-inflammatory smoothie! It contains antioxidants, detoxifying greens, fiber and probiotics. It’s the perfect amount of spice and creamy with a hint of sweetness.

Overnight Baked French Toast

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 4/20/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

This overnight french toast is sweet, healthy and packed with a ton of protein!

4 Ingredient Protein Bars

Posted by Markus Bryant on 4/12/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Try this quick and easy protein snack to get you through the day!

Garlic Roasted Carrots

Posted by Markus Bryant on 4/6/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Looking for a new way to eat carrots? Check out our recipe here...

Attending Gasparilla this Saturday? Here’s your Survival Kit

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 1/27/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

For those who are attending the Pirate Fest this Saturday, you know it’s going to be an exciting day filled of beads, booze, pirate outfits, and lots of walking in Downtown Tampa. Pirates take this day quite seriously; many start drinking as early as 7 am and keep the party going until 2 am. Since this will be by seventh year attending, I have a good feel on how the day will go and what I’ll need to do to stay on top of my game.

Based on my past experiences, I’ve created a Gasparilla Survival Kit that will not only help you make it through the day but it might even prevent you from getting a hangover (say whaaa?).

To avoid feeling absolutely terrible later on, make sure to at least include a few items (if not all) in your Gasparilla Survival Kit:

Coconut Almond Peanut Butter Smoothie

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 1/23/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

I just ran out of Vega One’s Nutritional Shake in mixed berry so I decided to switch it up and try the coconut almond flavor. Needless to say, it tastes amazing! Vega never seems to disappoint when it comes to quality.

I love experimenting in the kitchen when it comes to nutritional shakes/protein powders, and I was eager to see what I could come up with. I made the following smoothie this morning:

Resetting Your Body for the New Year

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 1/2/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

When it comes to holiday festivities, we tend to veer off track as far as nutrition and exercise goes. We consume foods that are high in sodium, sugar and fat which often leaves us feeling tired and sluggish. Many people strive to better themselves at the beginning of the new year through diet and exercise, but some lose motivation and fall into old habits.

Whether you are trying to bounce back into your normal routine or wanting to make lifestyle changes to your daily regimen, it’s important to reset your body so it’s prepared to make a healthy transition. Make sure to set attainable goals that aren’t too extreme; that way you will be more motivated to stick to your plan.

I have provided a list of recommended supplements to help you kick start 2017. 

Favorite Picks from 2016

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 12/29/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

There are many products I’ve tried from Vitamin Discount Center, and they all have benefited my health in some way or form. Although it was tough, I have narrowed down my top three favorite picks for 2016. If you haven’t already, I encourage you try one of these products this new year.

Healthy Holiday Treats

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 12/21/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

When it comes to holiday desserts, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are in the mood for something sweet, rich, crunchy, fruity or savory, there is a Pinterest recipe (if you don’t have your grandmother’s recipe) for everything.

While trying to find some inspiration in the kitchen, I stumbled across a few recipes that—although on the healthier side—will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Your Food Labels Exposed

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 12/13/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

Growing up, I believed there was only healthy food and junk food. I thought all fruits and vegetables came straight from the earth- natural and pure. I wasn’t aware of processed and artificial ingredients, but I knew junk food was packed with sugar and salt. Years later I came to the realization that not all food is treated equally, by any means. I remember reading an “organic” label and thinking, isn’t food already organic? If it’s not, then what is it? What’s happening to our food?

Taking Care of Your Body during the Holiday Season with Enzymes and Probiotics

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 12/6/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

The holiday season is a time to eat, drink and be merry, however these festivities may be tricky if we are trying to be mindful of what we are putting in our bodies.  We tend to overindulge on appetizers, alcoholic beverages, turkey and ham, multiple side dishes, and desserts. I am guilty of overeating as well, although I try my best to control my portion size. There’s just so much food!

Superfood Profiles

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 11/15/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

What makes food a "superfood"? There is no legal or medical definition for the term, but it generally means any food, spice or herb that is nutrient-dense and supports overall health and wellbeing. Superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols which help keep you healthy from the inside out. Although there are tons of superfoods out there, I have put together a list of my favorites, along with their health benefits.

Food Allergies

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 10/19/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

Food sensitivities and allergies are pretty common in today’s society; they have become more popular due to all of the processed and chemical-laced food that’s on the market. Symptoms can range anywhere from digestive issues to skin breakouts to swelling of the lips, tongue or throat.

Here are some of the most common food allergies/sensitivities...

Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bowl

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 10/11/2016 to Diet and Nutrition

Satisfying a sweet tooth can be difficult, especially if you’re in the mood for lots of chocolate, but you also want to be healthy. I was rummaging around in my kitchen the other day and made the most tasteful dessert I have ever created. Behold, the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bowl!