Archive for July, 2013

Grab Some Grapes

July 5th, 2013 Lauren Griffith

Looking for a healthy snack that may help you shed weight? Grab grapes (with seeds): 16% Less Weight Gain with Seed Compound Preliminary research suggests that polyphenol compounds in grape seeds may repel pounds.  In a study, researchers looked at weight gain among mice fed a high-fat diet, with or without grape seed extract. Over a three-month period the grape seed fed mice gained 16% less weight on a high-fat diet than did the grape-less group. Moreover, the non-grape group ended up with 216% more abdominal fat (the […]


Roasted Chicken by Elizabeth Brown, MS, RD of Oxygen Magazine

July 5th, 2013 Lauren Griffith

Think you’re saving cash by buying pre-made rotisserie chicken at the supermarket? Not only can those ready-to-eat birds weigh you down with a heavy load of sodium and fat, they can also be heavy on your wallet. Solution? For about $20, you can buy a five-pound whole chicken and roast it yourself! Bonus: The leftovers can be re-made in to new lunch options and the bones can be used for stock! Ready in 2.5 hours Ingredients: 5 lb roaster chicken 1 tsp sea salt 2 tsp ground black […]


Detox with Spinach and Banana Juice

July 5th, 2013 Lauren Griffith

Try one of my favorite “green” juices that’s easy to make and has amazing health benefits. Contrary to what you might think, “green” juices, when prepared in the right way, taste sweet and delicious. But you really have to try one to believe it for yourself. Embrace more greens in your day, and support young and vibrant skin, with this Spinach and Banana Juice. Serving Size: 1 (16 ounces) ~ 120 calories Ingredients: 1 banana, peeled 2 cups of organic spinach* 1 cup water * Buy organic, if possible. Benefits: Spinach […]


Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad

July 5th, 2013 Lauren Griffith

FIT FACT: Quinoa (a grain-like seed) and edamame (green soybeans) are a dynamic duo. Both foods contain all nine essential amino acids to build and repair muscle, making each a complete protein. Plant foods are not typically complete protein sources, so these two are special. Ingredients: 2 cups frozen, shelled, edamame 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa 1 green onion, sliced (just green parts) 1/2 red sweet bell pepper, diced 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed […]


Yogic “Sattvic” Diet

July 5th, 2013 Lauren Griffith

Looking to attain a higher, pure self in your yoga practice? Sattvic food creates energy and a sense of contentment. This approach to eating goes beyond the physical daily allotment of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Food is seen as the prana, the life force carrier, and is judged by prana’s quality and how it affects the conscious self. List of Foods to Eat While on Yogic Diet: Organic Vegetables: Beets, squash, leafy green lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Organic Fruits: Apples, apricots, bananas, berries, dates, […]