Green Tea vs. White Tea: Which is Healthier?

9 Apr

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Among different types of tea, green tea is often the one touted as the most health-promoting due to its high amount of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant. But if you really look beyond the hype and the plethora of green tea products available wherever you go, there is another type of tea that is grossly underrated and superior to green tea in terms health benefits.

White tea contains more antioxidants than green tea, has a gentler flavor, and contains less caffeine.

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Gluten Free Chickpea Crepes Recipe

2 Apr

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Being gluten-free and a lover of crepes can sometimes be a challenge, but not today! These chickpea crepes are not only delicious and easy to make, they are also versatile as all get-out. There are no limits to the variety of savory things you can dress them up with. They make the perfect weekend brunch :)

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Gluten-Free Paleo Banana Berry Mini Muffins

30 Mar

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Looking for a sweet treat that’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and low in sugar? You’ve come to the right place! These tasty little morsels are the perfect bite-sized snack.

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Avocado Berry Smoothie/Sorbet Recipe

16 Mar

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This recipe came about because one day I asked my kiddo what he wanted to eat and he said “avocado smoothie!” So into the kitchen we went and came up with something truly delicious. Since avocados are so rich and creamy this recipe can either be a filling smoothie with the right amount of liquid, or a delectable sorbet you can eat with a spoon. I’m always conscious of the amount of sugar I consume so while there’s a few different fruits in here, they are all in small quantities and the avocado balances them just right so that the end result is just a tad sweet.

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How & Why to Practice Mindfulness

9 Mar

Inspiration 2I can’t say for sure, but I imagine that back in the good ol’ days before widespread technology and internet, it was easier to make time for things like meditation, reading, taking walks, enjoying the company of family and friends, and other forms of “doing nothing.”

But these days, our minds are so persistently occupied and entertained that it can be a challenge to slow down, be grateful for what we have, and simply appreciate quietude.

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9 Life Lessons from a 3-Year-Old

4 Mar

elliot superhero 3Meet Elliot. He’s 3 ½. He’s my awesome kid.

Prior to starting a family of my own, I didn’t have much experience with kids. I grew up as an only child in a small family and, aside from a brief stint as a nanny in the midst of post-college job searching, I wasn’t particularly drawn to interacting with kids. The first real relationship that I’ve had with a child is with my own, and it has completely rocked my world.

You may or may not know this, but…

Despite being irrational and emotional little tornados that make no sense and expect the world of you, kids are incredibly wise teachers in the art of living.

Perhaps it’s their disguise as unknowing or borderline insane half-humans that makes them the unlikeliest of heroes, but if you listen and embrace them with an open mind and heart they can guide you to joy and fulfillment so expansive you’ll believe in miracles.

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Conscious Cleanse Book & Program Review

9 Feb

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 11.53.28 AMEvery once in a while I like to hit the reset on my diet and digestion with a gentle cleanse.

While many people choose to opt for juice cleanses and other varieties of detox that basically entail not eating anything at all, that approach does not work for everyone and it is not necessary to go to such extremes in order to experience the benefits of cleansing.

When embarking on a cleanse, it’s important to consider your starting point (meaning what your current diet is like) and your goals (weight loss? Identifying a food allergy? Clearing up acne?). Knowing that will help guide your decision in which cleanse is right for you.

As a selective and conscious omnivore who believes in moderation without deprivation, my preferred periodic cleanse of choice is to simply go vegan for 1-2 weeks. The elimination of meat, eggs, and dairy while increasing consumption of veggies and other wholesome vegan-friendly fare is generally all it takes for me to feel renewed. But recently I have experienced another type of cleanse that has left a very memorable and positive impression on me. Continue reading