Jalapeno’s aren’t just hot…..they are downright naughty in nutrition. They are packed with vitamin C which aids in healthy tissue repair, immunity, and fights the dreaded effects of aging. They have tons of vitamin A for skin and eye health, as well as antioxidants to help prevent the onset of disease. Let’s not forget the massive amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese and copper which all play a role in promoting healthy blood cells! Grrrrrrrr.
But that’s not even the sexiest part of this superfood! Jalapeno’s contain capsiacin in them which not only act as an anti-inflammatory and vasodilator (promoting healthy blood flow), they actually boost your metabolism! Jalapeno Juice Immune Booster
Now that’s hot.
We all know that Cheetos aren’t good for you and Snapple is not a superfood. But what about the many foods that we think are “healthy” or “all-natural” choices—but just aren’t? We’re talking your everyday snacks, like fruit-bottom yogurt and popcorn.
It’s so easy to be misled in the grocery store, warn health evangelist Frank Lipman, MD, andEleven Eleven health coach, Jenny Sansouci. “Terms like ‘natural’ and ‘healthy’ aren’t regulated—they’re marketing copy,” the pair explains. “So they can refer to an item that’s full of sugar, chemicals, and preservatives.” Eek!
Here are 10 red-flag foods that might be hiding in your kitchen right now. —Jennifer Kass and Melisse Gelula
Most agave is highly processed, says Dr. Lipman. “As a result, the bottled version doesn’t remotely resemble the agave plant,” he continues. Agave is also high in fructose. “High fructose sweeteners of any kind can cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, insulin resistance, and obesity,” says Lipman. Instead, try coconut sugar, which is less processed and contains a scant 9 percent fructose.
2. Gluten-free sweets
“Gluten free” doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Many gluten-free products are still high in refined sugar, and are often made with high-glycemic grains like corn, rice, and potato starch, Dr. Lipman cautions. Your best bet is to make your own gluten-free baked goods with high-nutrient flours, like almond or coconut, using natural sweeteners, such as raw honey or pure maple syrup.
3. Boxed cereals and granola
Cereal and granola are often just boxes of sugar disguised as health foods, says Dr. Lipman. Which means they can give you a sugar spike and crash, instead of keeping you properly nourished. “You’re better off making your own muesli using gluten-free oats, nuts, seeds, and fresh berries,” he says.
4. Popcorn (or non-organic corn)
The vast majority of corn in America is genetically modified, says Dr. Lipman. Plus, microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals, and the butter is totally artificial, he warns. Upgrade by using organic popcorn kernels. You can pop ‘em on your stove with coconut oil and sea salt, or in an air popper.
5. Soy milk
Soy is one of the largest genetically modified crops. And while organic soy milk is a better choice, it’s still “highly processed, a common allergen, and hard to digest for many people,” says Dr. Lipman. Organic almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk are better options.
6. Enhanced Water
Watch out! “Many of these are essentially sugar water, regardless of how many vitamins they pack in,” says Dr. Lipman. Keep things simple: Plain or sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime is best.
7. Low-fat crackers
“Most crackers on the market are high in refined oils, sugar, salt, and gluten,” says Dr. Lipman. “The low-fat versions are even worse, because they have to add sugars and chemicals to make up for the taste of the fat.” Read ingredient labels thoroughly, or use whole foods to make equally crunchy (but way-better-for-you) snacks, like kale chips.
8. Whole wheat bread
“In addition to being packed with gluten, whole wheat bread is often sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, just like white bread,” says Dr. Lipman. “Take a look at the ingredient list on your supermarket bread, and you’ll likely be surprised at how long it is!” If you want a bread sans processed sugar (and chemicals), try making your own—or go for Ezekiel.
9. Pasteurized fruit juices
The cartons and bottles of juice sold in the supermarket and served in restaurants contain tons of sugar. (We’ve spied up to 48 grams per 16 oz. in some!) Plus, pasteurization removes most of the beneficial nutrients, says Dr. Lipman. A better option? Go to a juice bar for a raw, cold-pressed option or make your own green juice or smoothie from scratch.
10. Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt
Many fruit-added yogurts are full of sugar or corn syrup, meaning you can ingest 30 grams (that’s a day’s worth of sugar) even before your 9:00 a.m. meeting. While organic yogurt is definitely better in terms of dairy quality, it’s important to choose an unsweetened version and add your own berries, advises Dr. Lipman. (Goat and sheep’s milk yogurts are often easier for people to digest than cow’s milk, he adds.) Sugar and dairy can also cause acne, studies show, as well as a host of other health issues.
Q: How do you stay in shape with such a busy schedule?
Luckily, part of my job is spinning on a bike! Along with being the Assistant Store Manager at the new lululemon athletica store on Knox Street (#knoxrocks), I also teach 5-7 classes per week as Master Instructor at BEYOND Pedaling in Snider Plaza. And yes, I pedal just as hard as you do during those 45 minutes
I also try to throw in a couple of Pilates sessions and yoga every week. I’m currently doing a September yoga challenge–30 days of yoga! I like being busy…
Q: For many people like you – on the run all day, what advice would you give for getting in some healthy meals?
Cook larger portions of healthy meals so that you have leftovers for the next few days to take to work. Cut up some veggies on Sunday to have grab-and-go snacks ready for the week. Keep your pantry stocked with staples to make quick and easy meals that don’t stress you out. Bored of your everyday fare? Check out Pinterest for new healthy options. Or just get creative with what you have on hand!
Q: Is there a skin or beauty product that, if put out of production, would drive you to track down the last remaining stock on ebay?
I’m super basic with my beauty routine since I’m running from one place to the next, BUT I do love coconut oil lotion, Rosebud salve and Rosehip facial serum.
Q: What has been the #1 challenge in starting and running your new store?
Learning in the moment. New store = new questions, new people, new challenges, new victories. I don’t know all of the answers or situations yet…and that’s okay. We have to be okay with not knowing all of the answers and embracing “the process.” The team is INCREDIBLE and the Dallas lululemon guests have been supportive and loving. We couldn’t be happier right now. Come visit.
Q: Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day?
I’d like a few more hours for (a) sleeping (you don’t want to know how many hours I get per night) and (b) playlisting (yes, I made it a verb).
Q: What are some of your workout essentials?
Love me some Spotify and music blogs–I have several that I read religiously. For footwear: my Pearl Izumi All Roads for spin or New Balance Minimus shoes for running around. For clothing: lululemon, obviously. I literally live in athletic wear, and lululemon has the best mix of pieces for different workouts and lifestyles. I have to wear sweat-wicking items for spin (look for the products containing luxtreme or silverescent!). Oh, and espresso and coconut water. Those are definite pre- and post-workout necessities.
Q: #1 vacation spot?
Something active like hiking or being outdoors. I’ve loved sightseeing in Europe and would adore to go back. I’m not big on the beach scene…too boring. As you can tell, I like to be on the move.
Q: Lastly, why do you cleanse with Roots?
Juicing was all the rage when I lived in Venice, California, a few years ago. I got into it there and then met Brent right when he was starting Roots Juices. I’ve done the three-day cleanse and the five-day, and I was able to maintain a normal workout schedule during both. The key is this: you MUST eat clean leading up to the cleanse and EASE out of the cleanse cleanly too. People who have pizza and wine the night before won’t feel so great. Your body will be too shocked by the change. I love how Roots Juice cleanses give you that little spark to get back into a healthy routine if you’ve been slipping for a while. Who wants to do one soon?!
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Which Salad dressing to Never Eat-If you want to eat truly healthy, support your fat loss goals, protect your body from inflammation, and avoid some of the nasty additives in processed food, one thing you should eliminate is typical store-bought salad dressing.
I personally NEVER buy pre-made salad dressings from the store anymore, and here’s why:
1. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain fairly significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Unless you’re in a health food store, it’s almost impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn’t contain large amounts of HFCS.
2. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain heavily refined soybean oil and/or refined canola oil… both of which are VERY unhealthy. Yes, that’s correct, canola oil IS unhealthy, despite the marketing propaganda you’ve been fed claiming that it’s healthy. If interested, you can read more about why canola oil is NOT healthy here.
Due to the refining process of both soybean or canola oils, the polyunsaturated component of the oils is oxidized and makes these oils very inflammatory inside your body. In addition, soybean oil is WAY too high in omega-6 fatty acids which throws your omega-6 to omega-3 balance out of whack. And as you know, most people already consume FAR too much omega-6 oils to begin with.
We know that olive oil is healthier, but when it comes to store-bought dressings… Even salad dressings that claim to be “made with olive oil” on the FRONT label are deceptive, because if you read the ingredients on the BACK label, they are almost ALWAYS made of mostly refined soybean oil or canola oil as the main oil, with only a very small amount of actual olive oil as a secondary oil.
So here’s how to avoid all of these horrendously unhealthy store-bought salad dressings and make your own quick and easy SUPER-healthy dressing…
Healthy-Fat Blend Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Fill your salad dressing container with these approximate ratios of liquids:
- 1/3rd of container filled with balsamic vinegar
- 1/3rd of container filled with apple cider vinegar
- fill the remaining 1/3rd of container with equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and “Udo’s Choice EFA Oil Blend”
- Add just a small touch (approx 1 or 2 teaspoons) of real maple syrup
- Add a little bit of onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper and then shake the container to mix all ingredients well.
This homemade salad dressing mixture is delicious and healthy, and I pretty much never get tired of it!
The reason I choose to blend the extra virgin olive oil half & half with the Udo’s Choice Oil is that they make up for what each lacks… Although extra virgin olive oil is healthy and contains important antioxidants, it is mostly monounsaturated, and is low in the essential fatty acids (EFAs). The Udo’s Choice Oil is higher in unrefined polyunsaturated oils with a good healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
There are several variations of the Udo’s Choice Oil, and one of them (labeled DHA 3-6-9 Blend) even contains a DHA algae oil blended into the mix along with organic flax oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, rice bran oil, oat germ and bran oil, and a few others.
Overall, blending Udo’s Oil with extra virgin olive oil makes nearly a perfect oil blend for salad dressings with a great taste and maximum health benefits. If you can’t find Udo’s Choice Oil Blends (you can find Udo’s at almost any health food store), there are other EFA oil blends on the market…just make sure that they are COLD-processed to protect the EFAs. You should never heat an EFA oil blend.
Give this homemade super-healthy salad dressing a try! You’ll do your body a favor by avoiding the harmful additives in store-bought salad dressings.
Ginger juice benefits are wide and plenty!
From the tables of India to the juicery at Roots, ginger has a host of benefits that might surprise you.
Feeling queesy or nauseous? Chew on some ginger. If the bitterness is too much, add a bit of honey.
Soreness from a great workout? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help. You can even add ginger to your bath for a great immediate relief of soreness and aches.
The cold season is coming up and ginger can help. Grab some ginger tea to help congestion. If you don’t have ginger tea, simply add some ginger slices to compliment your favorite tea.
Just like the spicy Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. Ginger roots has some aphrodisiac properties that can be a bonus.
Got morning sickness? Ginger improved 75% of people with morning sickness and stomach flu.
Next time you are at the store, remember to grab some of this awesome root!
Our Hydrate, Fat Fighter, Liver Cleanse are among several juices that have ginger.
The Great Debate
Ok, so you’re clear on what side of the Twilight debate you are on (Team Edward, duh)…..but maybe you are still on the fence about which green drink side to join…..Team Juice or Team Blending? Well Roots blog is here to clear things up for you.
So, just what is the difference? Juicing separates the juice from the fiber while blending blends all the produce together, fiber and all (smoothies!).
Juicing provides an instant infusion of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to your bloodstream. When fiber is removed, your digestive system is given a much needed break and your cells can focus on rest and repair! It makes the nutrients more readily absorbable to the body in larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole or blended into a smoothie.
But fiber is no bad guy by any means!! In fact, it is absolutely necessary! Green smoothies have their own unique place in our diets. They can support digestive health by sweeping toxins through the digestive tract and aiding in regular….ahem…..elimination. They can satisfy hunger and help sustain energy over time.
So basically, there is no juice vs smoothie debate really. They are friends. There is no need to decide! It’s like Sex and the City…..if you’re needing tough love advice, you would go to Miranda. If it’s warm, fuzzy advice you are seeking, Charlotte’s your gal. Go see Samantha if…….actually just don’t.
So if you’re needing a rush of nutrients in a hurry, grab a juice! If you’re needing a meal replacement, grab a green smoothie!
Here @ Roots Juices, we got pretty much every nutrient you need in juice form. So grab the gals and replace your nightly cosmo with a cocktail of nutritious proportions!
Most healthy eaters include natural and organic nut butters in their diet, even though they can be calorically dangerous. Why? Peanuts, almonds, and other nuts provide lots of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
But what if your morning spread on sprouted toast could yield even more nutritional benefits—and flavor?
Enter the next generation of nut butters, which experiment with interesting, culinary nut blends, add superfoods to the jar, and enhance flavor without resorting to unhealthy additives like corn syrup.
Here are three new-era nut butters (all made by inspiring entrepreneurs) to dip your spoon into now…
Founder Mark Overbay discovered the incredible flavors of handcrafted nut butters as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe, and decided to try to whip them up back home in North Carolina. His creations (he literally hand makes each jar) combine peanuts with almonds, cashews, or pecans, and then add a touch of sea salt and local wildflower honey. The result is an all-natural culinary product that tastes utterly amazing. Bonus: Big Spoon’s Chai Spice Nut Butter (not pictured), which adds spices like blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon and digestion-friendly ginger to a peanut-almond blend.
Creating a better energy bar was the original inspiration for the founding this New York City company, and when husband-wife athlete power couple Catherine and Jason Walsh discovered chia seeds, they knew they had their star ingredient. They first created raw, vegan Chia Charger bites meant to power workouts, and later they expanded the line to include chia-laced peanut butters, which come in three flavors—classic, coffee, and chocolate—and with a hearty spoonful of omega-3s, protein, and antioxidants. The products are non-GMO verified, but not organic.
When Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi adopted children from the Ukraine who were in need of a nutritional boost, she started blending nut butters and superfoods together in attempts to create something that would help and that they’d gobble up. It worked so well that she turned her creations intoNuttZo, a line of USDA-certified-organic butters that combine pretty much every nut you can crack (peanuts, cashews, almonds, brazil, hazelnuts!), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and chia), and sea salt. NuttZo comes in crunchy, creamy, chocolate, and peanut-free (for the allergy-prone) variations—and, in case you hadn’t noticed, upside down labels.
So what’s the deal with parsley?!?! (<–said using my best Jerry Seinfeld impression.) The deal is this….once thought to only freshen breath and garnish a fine meal…turns out this herb has much more to add to its resume!
PARSLEYObjective:-To lower your blood pressure, rejuvenate your adrenal glands, fight fatigue, benefit your kidneys, and boost your immune system
-To provide a natural source of beta carotene (the antioxidant that helps prevent diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, and stroke), folic acid, B12, vitamins A, C & K, magnesium, potassium, and calciumPast Jobs:-Has treated anemia with its high iron content
-Has helped ease pain associated with arthritisSpecial Skills:
-Makes meals look snazzy
-Makes breath more jazzy
Parsley is clearly qualified. Welcome him to the team by grabbing a Greenology juice @ Roots Juices! So what’s the deal with Parsley?
Melissa McGaughey, C.H.C, L.S.N.
Enduralife Nutrition Introducing Partnership with Roots Juices
Melissa is a wife, mom, and the owner of Enduralife Nutrition and M3 Promotions. I have always been passionate about nutrition, health & fitness. After having a baby, I decided to follow that passion, so that I could help others reach their health and nutrition goals. I believe that healthy eating is a way of life and dieting doesn’t produce lasting results.
I studied to be a health and nutrition coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. I expanded my nutrition and fitness knowledge by becoming a Licensed Sports Nutritionist and am currently working on my Masters in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training at the National Association of Sports Nutrition in San Diego.
My coaching method is based on whole, natural food nutrition and bio-individuality. I understand that each client is unique and has different goals that they want to reach. What works for one individual, may not work for another.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with my clients to help them make simple lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
So, kombucha as a thing isn’t necessarily new — it’s been around for hundreds of years. But the fizzy, fermented concoction, which is said to have originated in China around 220 B.C., is just getting bigger: Big-name bottlers like Coca Cola’s Honest Tea, Celestial Seasonings, and Red Bull have all dabbled in the fermentation game in the past five years. And, SPINS market research shows that in the last year, kombucha-based beverage sales increased 60 percent.
All of this despite a (so-called) kombucha-related SCRAM debacle starring Lindsay Lohan, a well-publicized industry setback (in which some makers had to pull the stuff from shelves and reformulate it), oh, and a couple of reported deaths linked to the drink (but we’ll get to that later).
For those of us still reaching for $5 bottles of this effervescent and pucker-inducing beverage, we offer a deeper look into the storied drink, which, through it all, has been touted for its ability to energize and improve health by allegedly preventing cancer, improving digestion and liver function, and revving up the immune system.
But first, a quick primer on what this stuff is. Kombucha isn’t a mushroom, despite popular belief. It’s a mixture of black tea, sugar, and SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). During fermentation, the yeast breaks down the sugar in the mixture. After seven to 10 days of fermentation, the drink contains organic acids, tea, vitamin, sugars, and minerals, and packs a sourish party-in-your-mouth punch that tastes a heck of a lot more exciting than water. Many mixtures are low in calories and sugars, making the drink an attractive alternative to juices and soft drinks.
But, is it really as healthy as people say? Is kombucha safe to home brew? And, what about those Kombucha-related deaths? We spoke to a few leading nutritionists to sort out the Kombucha story once and for all.
Though the maker of GT’s has credited kombucha with helping heal breast cancer, and others have claimed that kombucha helps with stimulating the immune system, hair growth, and other ailments, health experts agree that there is no scientific backing to support such claims. The American Cancer Society notes that no scientific evidence supports these health claims. (Dr. Andrew Weil and Mayo Clinic internist Dr. Brent A. Bauer have indicated similar positions.) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Andrea Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D., who specializes in healthful shopping and vegetarian eating concurs. “If you’re drinking kombucha because you think it’s going to cure cancer and fight all kinds of disease, it probably won’t,” she says. “There’s really no evidence that it has any of these benefits yet.”
2. Kombucha packs healthy ingredients, but not as many as you may think.
Though few studies have been completed on kombucha’s health benefits, a Cornell University study concluded that “Kombucha may be a healthful beverage in view of its anti-microbial activity against a range of pathogenic bacteria.”
The probiotics that most formulations include are also believed to help aid digestion. Giancoli says, “Research on probiotics is wide and varied. But, as far as research is concerned, the best evidence points towards better immunity and better digestive health, meaning you eliminate regularly and don’t get an upset stomach as much. For people with gastrointestinal problems, probiotics may help them feel better and may help alleviate some of those symptoms.”
However, both Giancoli and Dr. Daphne Miller, author of The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets From Around The World note that choosing different sources of these nutrients — for example, an unsweetened yogurt as a source of probiotics, protein and calcium, or fermented veggies such as sauerkraut, for obtaining lactobacillus and other beneficial bacteria — can serve as more nutritious options in the long run, as these options contain less sugar and empty calories.
Some formulations also include a bevy of B vitamins, some of which are known to be involved in energy release, according to Giancoli, while B12 and folate play a part in new cell synthesis. And, while many kombucha drinkers report a boost in energy after consuming these drinks, Miller notes that the bulk of the credit should go to kombucha’s effervescence, alcohol, and caffeine content.
Finally, many brands also tout organic acids on their labels, but Giancoli notes that our bodies produce these acids on their own as part of our metabolism, and the jury is out as to whether we need additional supplementation.
3. Choose your brew carefully — not all formulations are created equally.
According to beverage industry publication, BevNet, some kombucha makers question their competitor’s nutritional labeling, saying that that actual sugar levels, bacteria types, and number of organic acids included in the drink aren’t accurately reported. Others think that some companies’ brews secretly use forced carbonation. As of now, there isn’t even a legal definition of what constitutes “kombucha.”
Intra-industry bickering aside, our experts say that nutritional labels still serve as great guides when choosing which concoction to drink. And, as with most dietary choices, it’s important to read labels when buying kombucha. While some formulations are lower in sugar and calories than sodas, Miller says, “Many commercial formulations contain just as much sugar as your average soda.” Giancoli encourages us to observe calorie content as well, with some bottles packing 100 calories in an eight-ounce bottle.
4. For most people, Kombucha is safe, and far from a killer.
While kombucha has been linked to a few deaths — in 1995, two women who shared the same kombucha starter died of cardiac arrest, for example — the bottled tea is safe for most people to consume. Though those worried about safety may want to steer away from home brews, according to Giancoli, who notes that the acidity of the drink can leach out metal compounds. (She cites a case in which home brewers used a ceramic pot with a lead in the glaze and contracted lead poisoning.)
“There’s potential for fungal contamination, lead poisoning, and bacteria contamination, all of which can make you ill,” she says. “If you’re going to drink kombucha, buy a pasteurized bottle, because that’s going to give you the lowest risk of contamination and the safest kombucha you’ll probably find.”
Researchers have also noted that molds can occur in homemade kombucha, which can produce toxic and carcinogenic mycotoxins. “Certainly there is the risk of mycotoxin contamination, especially in home brews, but a much larger risk is that you will drink empty calories,”Miller says.
Bottom line: “While kombucha is a tasty drink, it has no clear nutritional benefits,” Miller says, adding, “I have seen many patients add a couple hundred liquid calories to their day by drinking it. For a refreshing drink consider unsweetened green tea or water with lemon instead.”