All posts tagged: superfood

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info. It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations. Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today. Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, …

Fit Friday: The 411 On Superfood Elixirs

While they are a convenient way to incorporate healthy additions to your foods, superfood powders and supplements can begin to resemble potions and elixirs if you don’t know what they’re for or what to do with them. It can be overwhelming trying to decipher trending superfoods and what their actual purpose or benefits are. To make it simple I included a little cheat sheet below of popular ones and how you can integrate them into your diet. Maca (Root) Benefits: increased fertility (both male & female), hormone balance, immunity booster, increase in energy, stamina, memory & focus Forms: root is ground into powder How to use: mix in smoothies, smoothie bowls or juice Cacao Benefits: excellent source of monounsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients as well as rich antioxidant properties Forms: powder or nibs How to use: mix in baked goods, protein balls/bars, smoothies, smoothie bowls, oatmeal or on top of yogurt Spirulina Benefits: rich in chlorophyll (gets its energy from the sun), high in protein and a great source of antioxidants, B …

Wellness Wednesday: Super Powder Matcha

You’d be hard pressed to walk into a coffee shop or juice bar and not find something of the matcha variety. I’ve seen everything from doughnuts to lattes using the green powder to tint and flavor drinks and food while also adding a nutritional punch. When I first came across matcha it was in the form of brewed tea and I was instantly drawn to the rich, slightly bitter flavor (I may be in the minority but I’m not a huge fan of sweet teas and drinks). I knew it was high in antioxidants but that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge. After enjoying a luscious almond-milk matcha latte (so yum!) my curiosity was piqued to find out some other benefits of the ancient tea. Below is what I found to be the most intriguing benefits of matcha and I’ve also included a simple way to enjoy the super powder at home. Top 5 Benefits of Matcha Detoxes-there are high levels of chlorophyll in matcha (hello vibrant green color!), which removes heavy metals …

Fit Friday: Festive Pomegranate Bark

Holiday season is in full swing and I could not be more in the spirit! I am indulging in the festiveness this time of year brings in a BIG way. I found myself indulging a little too much this week with all the treats and gifts coming through our home and at work. To ensure I don’t go too far off the deep end, I am keeping up with my regular workouts and making a plan to meal prep and prepare some things that satisfy my cravings that I know are nutritious too. The most important thing to remember around the holidays is to not make such a big deal or beat yourself up over the foods you don’t always have. Giving these foods power over you by labeling them “bad” or off limits will only make you want them more and indulge later. Pick up the brownie, enjoy every bite and move on. With that said. It is always a good idea to set yourself up for success by bringing healthy options to your gathering …

Wellness Wednesday: Don’t Pass On Grass

You may or may not be familiar with the amazing benefits of consuming wheatgrass. Whether you are familiar or just reading about it for the first time, I hope you come away with something you didn’t know and hopefully are inspired to run to the nearest bar (juice bar that is) and order up a shot! There are a few people I know who’ve undergone complete diet and lifestyle changes as well as rigorous chemotherapy to fight the cancer in their body. All instances, although different types of cancer varying at severity and diagnosis, were recommended to take wheatgrass shots twice daily. I don’t know what it is exactly and I wouldn’t feel so passionate about spreading the word if I it wasn’t for the affects I felt personally. It is very simple. The days I take a shot of wheatgrass I have more energy and feel focused and the days I don’t, I don’t. I give fair warning though, wheatgrass takes some getting used to as it does taste similar to what I imagine lawn clippings …

Wellness Wednesday: Moringa

I had a request a little while back to incorporate Moringa into a recipe.  Before I could deliver on this request I wanted to learn a little more about the “it” superfood so I had more to say on the topic instead of a simple recipe. First off, if you aren’t read up on Moringa (which I wasn’t entirely) the short-hand version is it is a powerful superfood that is gaining popularity because of its high nutrient content, antioxidants, and healing properties. There are many claims to what the Moringa plant can prevent and treat but I’ve only included benefits found from multiple sources which also seemed to be the most backed by scientific research. So here they are, the top 10 benefits of Moringa. Top 10 benefit of Moringa Brain health-Moringa supports cognitive function and brain health because of its high levels of antioxidants as well as large amounts of vitamins C and E which help fight oxidation (oxidation leads to neuron degeneration). Accelerates healing-it has blood clotting properties which means a reduction in wound healing …

Motivation Monday: Balls to the Wall

With the holiday known for thanks and gluttony around the corner, I like to do things to prepare so I am able to enjoy time with family and friends and not worry about my diet and exercise. As with any occasion on the horizon, I like to up my workout regime by 1 or 2 days a week and really focus on nourishing my body with whole, nutrient-dense foods. I like to limit my alcohol consumption and up my water intake so that I am feeling hydrated and detoxed. Holidays usually mean you are exposed to foods you don’t normally eat on a regular basis and maybe indulge in a little more alcoholic beverages but that doesn’t mean you need to over-do it or fear that it will derail you. I’ve looked into a lot of studies that show the power of stress and trying to be “too clean” with your diet actually ends up hurting you more by releasing too much cortisol in your system and making your body hold on to fat. Instead …