Smoky Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Smoky Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

Smoky Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

With the start of fall just mere days away, I am reveling at the thought of my favorite season of eating! Fall food is pure comfort, to me. Squash, potatoes, apples, pears, pumpkins, cranberries and all the other goodness. I just can’t get enough.

Thinking about this season soup comes to mind quite often. Soup is one of my favorite things and while I know gazpachos and chilled soups are a thing, they aren’t the same. I love a good, steamy, cozy bowl or mug of comforting soup and by the time summer is wrapping up, it’s about all I can think about.

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Italian Style Chicken Sliders

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Italian Style Chicken Sliders

Italian Style Chicken Sliders

It is no secret, my love of spiralized veggies. You guys have seen countless zucchini noodle recipes on this site over the years, along with butternut squash noodles, sweet potato noodles, cucumber ribbons and lots more. But, my friend Ali of Inspiralized, she takes this love to a whole new level and she has built an entire brand on cooking healthfully with the spiralizer! Ali even developed her own incredible spiralizer, The Inspiralizer, better than any spiralizer that existed before. I have switched over to it and I am in love. (You can buy it on Amazon or direct from her site)

You may recall her first book, Inspiralized which came out last year, that I told you all about and shared a recipe from. Ali is back at it again this year with her second book. Inspiralize Everything.

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Infused Waters to Keep You Hydrated this Summer

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, yet somehow water is still THE most common nutritional deficiency in our culture. Good news is, it’s a super simple one to remedy! There are plenty of varying formulas from all different sources in regards to how much water to consume, but it’s best to know that whatever formula you subscribe to, just like the nutrition from food and the dietary guides that we each subscribe to, we are highly bio-individualistic beings and there is no one definitive firm answer out there. Listen to your body and pay attention to what works for you.

As a guideline, I recommend to my clients that they shoot for half your body weight in ounces every day. For example if you weight 150lbs, shoot for 75 ounces of water daily, taking into account the need to rehydrate additionally for the consumption of diuretics like coffee, tea, fruit juices, alcohol and sodas or excessive perspiration. I also subscribe to the idea that we don’t want to be consuming too much more than 100 ounces of water daily, as too much water can also have negative affects, like diluting/flushing our electrolytes and causing mineral imbalances.

The best practice to follow is to slowly and mindfully sip on high quality filtered water throughout the day, all day, every day. Drink water before you start feeling thirsty – as thirst is a sure sign you are already on your way to dehydration.

Did you know that every single cell in the human body needs water to function properly? Much like the plants in your garden, your cells, too, can perk up immediately upon watering. It’s that simple.

“Chronic cellular dehydration of the body is the primary etiology of painful degenerative disease.” – Dr F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. 

What Roles Does Water Play in the Body?

Water Helps Your Body with the Following:

  • Improves oxygen delivery to cells
  • Transports nutrients
  • Enables cellular hydration
  • Moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • Cushions bones and joints
  • Absorbing shocks to joints and organs
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Removes wastes
  • Flushes toxins
  • Prevents tissues from sticking
  • Lubricates joints
  • Improves cell-to-cell communications
  • Maintains normal electrical properties of cells
  • Empowers the body’s natural healing process

Excerpt from “Water the Ultimate Cure”

Tips for Drinking More Water:

  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning (I prefer mine warm with a little lemon).
  • Carry a dedicated bottle or container with you are all times, at work, at home, even if you are just out running a few errands.
  • Use an app on your mobile phone to track your water intake or simply set an alert on your phone to remind you.
  • Choose water at restaurants instead of other beverages. not only will you save on calories while simultaneously hydrating yourself, but it also saves money.
  • When you are hungry, start with a glass of water before you reach for the snack. sometimes feelings of hunger are actually your body telling you that it’s thirsty. it may just curb the cravings.
  • Drink before you eat. 16 ounces 30 minutes before every meal can actually keep you from over indulging. make this a regular practice and you might even find yourself losing weight.
  • Infuse and flavor your water. 

BONUS: Add a pinch of high quality sea salt to your water, it adds trace minerals and helps to balance electrolytes

Infused Waters to Keep You Hydrated this Summer

Today, I am sharing with you one of my very favorite ways to stay hydrated…

INFUSED SPA WATER!

Infused water is not only a tasty way to stay hydrated but it is nutritional, healthy, fresh and all-natural!

How-to Make Infused Spa Water at Home:

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How-to Make French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Since I have begun seeing clients as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I am so grateful for my longstanding experiences with and my love for food. I am constantly asked the question “If I shouldn’t eat this, then what can I have, instead?”. I love having answers to this question.

I firmly believe that changing diet and lifestyle has to come from a place of both education and confidence. If I meet with a new client and tell them to stop drinking several Cokes daily, but don’t explain why, I can’t really expect them to want to make this change. Why would they? They are both chemically and emotionally attached and possibly even addicted. If I can take the time to explain the effects that the high levels of sugar are doing to their insulin resistance, if I can talk through the reasons why high fructose corn syrup is terrifying and explain the affects this one drink can have on their blood sugar, digestion, mineral absorption and so on, I have a much better chance of getting them on board for the long haul.

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