Paige Hinton http://www.paigehinton.com Lifestyle, wellness and Dream Builder coach Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:27:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 Healthy Summer BBQ Recipes http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/08/09/healthy-summer-bbq-recipes/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/08/09/healthy-summer-bbq-recipes/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:20:20 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1862 FB Header

The hot days of summer are a time of celebration, holidays and backyard barbeques.  You may feel like you have to ditch your healthy eating when you commit to attending or throwing a BBQ, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

There are countless ways to eat healthily at your friend’s BBQ. If you are hosting the event, you have a tremendous amount of healthy and delicious options to choose from while planning your menu.

Here are a few healthy menu options for your summer BBQ. These recipes are slimming, filling, tasty and perfect for weight loss goals and overall wellness.

 

APPETIZERS

 

Guacamole

Ingredients:

3 avocados, mashed

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tomato, diced

2 tablespoons lime juice

Jalapeños (optional)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Watermelon Pizza

Slice watermelon and cut into triangles, like a pizza.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, sprinkle feta cheese (optional), sprinkle almonds or walnut slices. Top with any other desired fruits such as pomegranate seeds, strawberries or blueberries.

 

ENTREES

 

Grilled Vegetables

Simple as that, but oh so delicious! Drizzle veggies of choice (I highly recommend zucchini, red pepper, and tomatoes) with olive oil and fresh herbs. Grill to preferred tenderness.

 

Portobello Burger

Drizzle olive oil over Portobello caps and grill until cooked through. Use Portobello caps as a burger bun. Place burger of choice (veggie, black bean,) between Portobello caps. Top with toppings of choice and enjoy!

 

SIDES

 

Cucumber Dill Salad

Ingredients:

3 cucumbers, sliced

1 white onion, sliced

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 stalk green onion, sliced

2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill (if you don’t like dill use mint).

Directions: Toss all ingredients and chill before serving.

 

Chickpea Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1/2 red onion, sliced

1 tablespoons garlic, minced

1 cup cucumber, chopped

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in halves

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Freshly cracked black pepper.

Directions: Toss all ingredients and chill.

 

Avocado Potato Salad

Ingredients: 2 pounds small red potatoes

3 avocados, mashed

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions: Cook potatoes until tender. Cut potatoes and stir in remaining ingredients.

 

DESSERTS

 

Chocolate Banana Nice Cream

Ingredients:

2 bananas

3 tablespoons cacao powder

Directions: Slice bananas and freeze for 30-45 minutes. Blend frozen bananas with cacao powder. Blend until smooth and top with any additional desired toppings.

Grilled Pineapple A La Mode 

Ingredients:

Pineapple cut into rings

Vegan Coconut milk Ice Cream

Directions: Slice pineapples and grill briefly until warm. Top with your favorite vegan coconut milk ice-cream and sprinkle with honey.

 

Now it’s your turn. Let me know what you think. Did you try any of the recipes? Leave a comment below and share your favorite healthy BBQ dish

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Detox Spinach Bowl for Summer Weight Loss. http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/08/02/detox-spinach-bowl-for-summer-weight-loss/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/08/02/detox-spinach-bowl-for-summer-weight-loss/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:19:50 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1857 Detox Spinach Bowl

I am a huge fan of detoxing. I offer guided detox several times a year and it’s a wonderful way to cleanse with the support of a group and coach.

Your body is meant to detox on a daily basis but we keep clogging it with wheat, dairy, processed foods, and sugar. I’m raising my hand in guilt right now. Many people think of detoxing as lacking but here are my thoughts on keeping your body clean as you can.

Detoxing is not about self-deprivation.

Detoxing is a way to reduce aging, have more energy, and eliminate toxins that are directly linked to several health challenges.

When you detoxify your body, you’ll look and feel better. You’ll begin to awaken your senses and vibrate at a higher energetic frequency, increasing your desire to live life to the fullest. Detoxing gives you more energy, improves your sleep, and makes your skin radiant.

You’ll also get rid of familiar aches and pains. Even the symptoms of tiredness, headaches, and digestive disorders can be reversed after detoxification.

You’ll start to lose weight once your body starts to detox. Once you remove inflammatory foods like wheat and soy, processed foods, and foods that are high in sugar, you will find that weight loss happens naturally.

Detoxification is also a great way to hit your body’s “reset” button. Our busy lives sometimes force us to make unhealthy food choices. Seasonal detoxing is the perfect time to hit the reset button and incorporate self-care into your daily routine, identifying the right foods to help you reboot and beautify your body.

Detoxification speeds up your digestive system and makes it more efficient. You will find that you have more energy because your body is better able to absorb essential nutrients.

The benefits of detoxification are undeniable. It is the perfect solution for common health problems in men and women in a fast-paced world.

I want to give you a recipe that will help your body detox even if you’re not actively on a detox plan right now, but enjoying the summer and eating lighter meals.

 

Detox Spinach Bowl

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

6 cups spinach

Sea salt and black pepper to taste*

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup sprouts

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 avocado

Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Melt coconut oil in large pan. Add chopped garlic. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the spinach. Let the spinach wilt for about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Serve in a bowl with chickpeas, sprouts, hemp seeds, avocado, and lemon juice. Top with your favorite salad dressing.

* I love adding spices to any and all dishes. This dish would be great with Italian spice mix, paprika, or even a little chili powder if you want to experiment with the flavor.

I want to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share with the community if you made the above recipe and added any extra spices to the mix.

 

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Roasted Chickpeas- A Great Snack for Your Summer Travels http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/07/26/roasted-chickpeas/ http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/07/26/roasted-chickpeas/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:02:04 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1852 Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve talked many times about how I love snacks on my blog. My favorite snack is fruit, which is so good for you! Plus, it’s so easy to take a banana, apple or orange on the road with you.

Many people have asked what I snack on besides fruit so I wanted to share my favorite, easy to travel with and high fiber snack…Roasted Chickpeas.

When you roast chickpeas, they become a crispy, crunchy treat that you can eat by the handful (or on a salad if there are any left). This savory snack helps you keep your healthy lifestyle while you are on the go and can easily be carried in your purse or bag. These slightly addictive roasted chickpeas are low calorie and perfect for your fit figure and weight loss goals

Fair warning- be careful not to eat the whole batch in one sitting or you’ll be a little too gassy for you’re the other travelers around you!

Roasted Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS

1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix until chickpeas are well coated. Spread the chickpeas onto a baking sheet. Roast until slightly crisp, about 45 minutes. Store in a baggie for travel or store in a glass mason jar for home.

Do you have a go-to travel snack that you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below and share.

 

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Healthy Hormones With Food http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/07/19/healthy-hormones-with-food/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1848 carrot-1085063_1280

Having balanced hormones such as estrogen, adrenaline, testosterone, and insulin is an integral part of enjoying a healthy life. When our hormones are functioning properly, our bodies can operate at optimum levels and to our greatest benefit keeping us healthy. When we struggle with out-of-whack hormones, it can indeed throw our health and lives for a loop and this seems to be happening more and more lately. Luckily, there are simple things we can do on a daily basis to help our hormones stay on track and these easy things involve the foods you put into your mouth.

Before we begin getting into different foods that are helpful for balanced hormones, let’s dive into the importance of hormones to our health.

So what do hormones do? Hormones are tiny molecules that function as chemical messengers and triggers all sorts of responses in different parts of the body. There are various types of hormones, but here, I want to share about five important types of hormones.

 

  1. First, we have cortisol, the stress hormone. When you’re in a stressful situation, this hormone raises your heart rate, provides your brain with extra oxygen and releases energy from fat and glucose. Many of us have constant high levels of cortisol due to stress. This is the hormone that will leave a ring of belly fat around your stomach and it’s hard to get rid of the fat if you stress levels stay high.
  1. Secondly is testosterone, a hormone that we commonly know as a male hormone, but women have it too. Testosterone influences your sex drive, muscle mass, and brain function.
  1. Moving on to melatonin– this hormone regulates your sleep cycle. Melatonin is activated by the pineal gland in the brain later in the day when the sun begins to set.
  1. Next up is estrogen, which is responsible for the growth and development of female characteristics and reproduction. Estrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and fat tissue.
  1. Lastly, adrenaline produced in the adrenal glands participates in the body’s fight-or-flight response. This hormone allows us to cope better with stressful and dangerous situations.

 

Foods That Help Balance Hormones Naturally

 

  1. Fats

Healthy fats are the building blocks of many different types of hormones. Some sources of these important healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado, eggs, and certain kinds of fish such as salmon and tuna.   Consuming these healthy fat sources allow you to fuel the healthy hormone production you need.

  1. Nuts

Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is a building block of hormones, and it also helps reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, Omega-3’s are excellent at promoting cell-to-cell communication.

Other nuts and seeds high in Omega-3’s include pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and beechnuts.

  1. Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that encourage a healthy gut. The link between probiotics and a healthy gut is that these two balance important hormone levels in the body. Several foods provide probiotics naturally. Fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut have live probiotics. Liquids such as Kombucha and bone broth are also filled with essential probiotics.

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that’s extremely beneficial to you. This spice helps to balance your hormones naturally, and luckily, it is very versatile for how it can be used!   Turmeric is also an incredible anti-inflammatory that can assist you with having healthy digestion. You can use this spice in your meals, take it in capsule form, or even create a turmeric latte and enjoy it as a hot beverage.

  1. Green Veggies

How many times have you heard it’s important to eat your greens? This isn’t new information, for sure — but it certainly is ever so true.   Green veggies including things like Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, broccoli and asparagus help metabolize estrogen and balance hormones. So try to find a place for green veggies on your plate as often as possible.

 

What To Avoid

 

Now that we know some foods that will help balance your hormone levels, it’s also important to know which foods you can avoid so they do not interfere with your hormone levels.

  1. If you consume caffeine, be mindful not to overdo it. When you do consume too much caffeine, to the point that it interferes with your sleep, this can cause your cortisol levels to increase and your hormones to fluctuate as a result.
  1. Alcohol can be a deal-breaker too. Besides the fact that consuming high levels of alcohol can damage your organs, it can also interfere with your testosterone and estrogen levels.
  1. Sugar is typically a good thing to avoid anyway — but indulging in processed sugar is another way to throw your hormones into a tailspin potentially. Sugar can be tough to kick, but lowering your intake over time is better than nothing at all. You can do it!
  1. Eliminate toxic bath, household and beauty products. The toxins in these products create havoc on your hormonal system. Switch to all-natural products.
  1. Reduce stress. We all know too well how we feel when we’re stressed and it doesn’t feel good.

 

Overall, add in more hormone balancing foods into your daily routine (all natural foods grown from the Earth) and begin reducing the “avoid” list. It’s okay to make this change over time to make it last, so start one step at a time.

 

I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share how you keep your hormones happy and healthy.

 

 

 

 

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8 Ways To Feel Forever Young Overnight http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/07/12/8-ways-to-feel-forever-young-overnight/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1815 person-731141_1280

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine waking up feeling five or even ten years younger in your appearance, confidence, weight loss and aura. Ahhh… that feels so good, doesn’t it? The secret to feeling and looking 10 years younger is reducing gut inflammation. Yes….I am serious. Gut inflammation can result in a lack of motivation and an increase in autoimmune disorders, tiredness, and irritability, leaving you feeling worn-out and exhausted. These three simple steps will have you feeling younger, more vibrant, and healthier overnight.

1. Eliminate sugars, bread, and pasta from your diet. Replace those unhealthy carbs with natural options like berries or starch vegetables. Gut inflammation is often exacerbated by food sensitivities. Some food sensitivities are so hidden you may not know you have one without a food sensitivity test. Proactively removing unhealthy carbs and white flours from your diet will aid in the replenishment of your gut lining and reduce the inflammation in your gut.

2. Try some bone broth. Now, please know that I’m a vegetarian, 99.5% vegan, but know many people who have used bone broth with amazing results and that’s why I’ve included it here. Grass-fed bone broth helps to build antibodies, tighten skin cells, and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s packed with gelatin and collagen which rebuilds your gut lining and helps to strengthen your immune system. Bone broth contains potassium and glycine which aids in liver detoxification. Enjoy it warm for dinner in a soup. Grass-fed bone broth can be found at your local health food store.

3. Eat probiotic foods. Do you like sauerkraut, kimchee or coconut keifer? These foods are said to be healing for your gut and full of probiotics, which replenish your good gut bacteria. Can I just take a probiotic pill? Yes, but probiotics pills have only about 20 different strains and your body might need a different strain (plus supplement pills scan get expensive fast). Go ahead and take a probiotic pill but also have fermented foods with your meals at least once, preferably twice a day.

4. Eat dinner early and eliminate snacking before bed. If you keep eating before bedtime you only extending the time your body has to work at digesting the food you ate that day. When you keep your body working to get rid of the food you ate late night, it has no time to actually go into healing mode as you sleep. Personally, I made this change when I was in my 20s’ and have never looked back. I wake up refreshed, with a flat belly, feeling full of energy and refreshed.

5. Laugh, laugh a lot. Laughing is pure joy and keeps you in a high vibration. Laughing makes you feel wonderful and is healing for your soul. Talk to a toddler (kids say the funniest things). Play with puppies and laugh at how cute and clumsy they are. Watch good clean comedy (Big Bang Theory anyone!) or remember past events with loved ones that made you chuckle.

6. Slow down and enjoy the simple things. Take time to read a book or a slow walk in the park. Don’t move too quickly from one task to another (something I need to work on) and be grateful for the moment. Slowing down makes you feel younger at heart when rushing makes you feel stressed. Always remember, stress will age you quicker than anything.

7. Decide to be happy. I know this is a hard one for many people, including me, because we determine our happiness by external events and people but true happiness is an inside job. You have the capacity to be happy right now if you choose. Happiness makes you smile form your heart and nothing makes you look younger and feel young than a happy smiling person. Every day for the next 40 days, at one point during your day when things may not be going the way you want them too, choose to just be happy right then and there. It doesn’t matter what going on in your external environment. If you’re stuck in traffic choose to be happy and sing along to the radio. If someone is upset with you, know that it’s not about you and send them a blessing and choose to happy. If something happened at work, do your best not to get in a tizzy, take a deep breathe in and remember in the big picture… YOU ARE OK… don’t let anyone, anything or situation rock your boat. Choosing to be happy can be done and the more you try the easier it gets.

8. Last but not least, establish a regular, calming evening routine. Brushing and flossing your teeth every night is crucial to feeling better the next morning. Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health! Spend a little time before bed winding down, reading a book, or writing a journal entry. Meditate or go for a moonlight walk. Ensure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, and commit to taking a little time out of every day for yourself. I personally love an essential oil infused coconut oil self-massage with an inspiring and spiritual book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein or Marianne Williamson or a short mediation to relax my body. The greatest change comes from within and the willingness to commit to the change

 
These five simple steps will usher in a big difference in your overall health and wellness. I recommend committing to these lifestyle changes for at least 21 to 40 days to really begin to see changes and fully repair the inflammation in your gut. By then, you will already have forgotten about those old habits that used to be your norm. That feeling of lethargy and lack of motivation is in the past. You’re well on your way to a healthier, younger you!

Remember, change can be uncomfortable especially if your use to eating late, drinking wine before bed to unwind or staying up watching late night T.V, but you can do it. Stay committed. To your goal of feeling better and looking better and close your eyes for some ZZZ’s.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a Forever Young ritual you do that keeps your body, mind, and emotions forever young? Leave a comment below and share. I’d love to hear it.

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CHILLED AND SPICY CANTALOUPE SOUP http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/07/05/chilled-and-spicy-cantaloupe-soup/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:46:00 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1811 Spiced Cantaloupe Soup

I always look forward to eating melons in the summer. They are refreshing, delicious and hydrating, not to mention how healthy they are for your vitality and weight loss goals.

I’ve written in previous blogs about my stand on fruit….it’s great for you and has fiber built in so it’s not sugar bomb going into your body (diabetics should consult with their physician when adding fruit into their diet). Fruit is full of anti-aging and energy supplying nutrients. Plus, the satisfying sweetness helps fight off the candy bar cravings that seem to hit at our weak moments.

When I was a teenager, my family had a recipe for cantaloupe soup and I remember it being so good as we ate it on the back porch during the hot summer months in Georgia. I wanted to recreate the recipe for you Paige style…simple and delicious!   Enjoy!

Chilled and Spicy Cantaloupe Soup

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 cantaloupe, peeled and chopped

1 carrot, roughly chopped

½ cup sunflower seeds

1-inch piece of fresh ginger

Handful mint leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Hey, I would love to hear what you think of the recipe. Leave a message below and let me know if you blended up this goodness and if you made any changes for your taste buds.

 

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Tahini Oatmeal Balls http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/29/tahini-oatmeal-balls/ Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:08:53 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1805 Sweet Oatmeal Tahini Balls

Want to know a little secret? I always have some combination of protein balls in my fridge to snack on when I need an energy boost or a quick bite to hold me over until dinner. Energy balls, protein balls or snack balls- no matter what you call them, they are a healthy treat to keep your hands out of the cookie bag and keep the weight off. Cue the fireworks!

With 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favorite protein ball recipes with you. It’s the perfect snack to take with you if your traveling on a plane or by car or just share at the backyard party you plan to attend. No matter what your holiday plans are, make these protein balls and keep them with you for a healthy, quick snack.

Tahini Oatmeal Balls

Serving varies due to size of balls

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups rolled oats

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons chia seeds

½ cup tahini

5 dates

¼ cup water or dairy-free milk

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Mix well. Scoop and roll into balls and store in airtight container.

 

Ok, It’s your turn. I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share a healthy snack you’re going to make for the fireworks.

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Say Goodbye To Wrinkles In 6 Easy Steps http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/22/say-goodbye-to-wrinkles-in-6-easy-steps/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:27:46 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1797 strawberry-629180_1280 (1)

Lately, many ladies have been complaining to me about their skin, specifically wrinkles. Being over 40, wrinkles are can become a big concern.

Are you struggling to get rid of your wrinkles? Do you feel the promises from the expensive creams and lotions to eliminate your wrinkles are empty promises? I do. That’s why I want to share with you the key to diminishing and preventing future wrinkles is right in your home and includes your day-to-day lifestyle. Consuming high-quality plant proteins, fruits, vegetables, and getting adequate sleep can all contribute to decreasing your wrinkles and preventing future ones!

  • The next time you take a trip to the grocery store, make sure to stock up in the produce department! It’s crucial to consume at least 7 to 9 (or more) daily serving requirement of fruits and vegetables to maintain adequate health and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. All vegetables and fruits are good to eat. I particularly like fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cranberries, lemons, and bananas.
  • It’s time to toss out the refined sugar and replace artificial sweeteners with organic, natural sweeteners such as raw local honey found at your local farmers market, real maple syrup, and Stevia. Just so you know, excessive sugar consumption can damage your liver and cause breaks in your DNA, leading to autoimmune disorders. Consume any sugar in moderation. Training your body to break the habits of sugar-overloads is key in being an overall healthier you and saying goodbye to those wrinkles!
  • Get outside and into the sun! Moderate sunshine provides your body with necessary Vitamin D to replenish the vitamins and elasticity in your skin. Aim for at least 10 minutes a day of moderate exposure, but be sure to slather on your chemical free, all natural SPF after (slowly build up your sun exposure starting at 5 minutes a day without protection and then smartly build from there). Be sure to reapply and take all other precautions such as hats and an umbrella if you’re planning any prolonged periods of sun exposure.
  • Create a loving life-long relationship with coconut. Replacing vegetable or canola oil with coconut oil and olive oil is a simple way to slow your skin’s aging. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your morning smoothie, indulge in some coconut crisps, replace standard dairy with coconut milk, or rub unrefined coconut oil on your problem spots. Every night I massage my facial skin (and whole body) with coconut oil to get the oil infused with my skin at the same time getting blood flow to my skin.
  •  As Frankie Goes to Hollywood says, ”RELAX”. Stress is one of the primary contributors to premature aging because it reduces the natural collagen and elasticity in your skin essential to preventing wrinkles. If you can, start every morning off right with a few minutes of meditation or catch some quiet time in the afternoon after work. Read a good book, practice some yoga, go for a walk, or relax by the beach after a long day at work (if you’re lucky enough to live by a beach…I’m dreaming). Remember to take a little time out of the day for yourself. A stress-free lifestyle is one that reaps astounding rewards! If you don’t have time for any of this, don’t stress yourself out trying to get unstressed. Just pause, and breathe consciously for 5 breaths for stress-relieving benefits.
  • Plump up your skin with H20. I know you know this so I’m just gently reminding you to drink water. If you get dehydrated it will show in your skin so drink water, green juice with cucumber and coconut water while avoiding dehydrating coffee and alcohol.

These 6 simple steps are a great start to a healthier, younger, wrinkle-free appearance. Make small changes to your time and energy and see how that healthy, natural glow blossoms!

 

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8 Amazing Foods That Fight Inflammation (and help with weight loss) http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/14/8-amazing-foods-that-fight-inflammation-and-help-with-weight-loss/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:12:54 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1792 figs-1620590_1920

Have you heard the news? The medical community is saying that inflammation is the cause of most disease and discomfort.

Inflammation is an immune response that our bodies use to protect itself from irritants. Although, when inflammation gets out of control — your body is in a constant state of attack. This is when the damage can happen and leave us with a host of uncomfortable health issues to deal with. Please remember, all inflammation isn’t bad. Any acute inflammation that protects the body such as a cut, broken bone or infection is actually good.

Some foods can cause inflammation, such as the unhealthy junk foods loaded with sugar and chemicals our bodies don’t recognize. There are also foods that can fight inflammation, allowing an anti-inflammatory benefit to sweep through your digestive system. Here are eight of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods for you to enjoy more of on a regular basis!

LEAFY GREENS

Hearing leafy green vegetables are good for you probably isn’t a surprise. We know how beneficial they are, packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that fuel the body optimally. But in case you didn’t know, they’re also great for fighting inflammation. They’re rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which restore normal cellular balance as well as fight inflammation.

Try a collard green wrap with hummus and chopped veggies or sautéed kale instead of rice with your next Mexican meal. I personally add greens to my smoothies and fill up with green juice.

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory nutrients. They boast a wealth of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory flavonoid also found in olive oil, citrus, and other dark-skinned berries. Blueberries are high on the pesticide list, so buying them organic — and local, if possible — will be most advantageous to you.

Get creative in your kitchen and instead of jelly on your toast try mashing up blueberries and topping your toast with this powerhouse berry.

BEETS

Beets are chock-full of betalain, a fantastic antioxidant that helps curb cell damage caused by inflammation. Aside from being anti-inflammatory, beets also assist with natural detoxification and provide the body with a slew of powerful antioxidants.

Toss beets in olive oil and salt and pepper and roast them in your oven until fork tender. Chop the beets and add some walnuts or goat cheese up and serve them as a side dish at your next BBQ.

PINEAPPLE

Who doesn’t love a fresh pineapple on a hot day? Aside from quenching our thirst, pineapples are also rich in two antioxidants that hold anti-inflammatory properties — bromelain and quercetin.   When spring allergies hit, I always reach for some fresh pineapple to soak up the anti-inflammatory properties that help combat my spring allergies.

Personally, I love pineapple cut up in a big bowl with other fruit and a fork. Simple and easy.

CELERY

Having celery on your plate frequently is incredibly beneficial. Not only is celery packed with antioxidants and prebiotic, but also has plenty of anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Coincidentally, an abundance of potassium, vitamins, and antioxidants in celery can also help fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

It easy to add chopped celery to stir-fry’s, salad or soup. Another tasty way to get celery is with almond butter spread on the celery sticks. To me, this is a perfect snack.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is a cruciferous veggie that is packed with fabulous antioxidants. In addition to magnesium, vitamins, and potassium, broccoli is also a significant source of anti-inflammatory carotenoids and flavonoids.

Other cruciferous veggies that host a bounty of benefits as well are Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower.

I’m not someone who love broccoli raw so I always sauté, roast or add to casseroles (I’m from the south and we love casseroles). Broccoli can be added to anything, even homemade veggie burgers.

FIGS

Figs contain many beneficial nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and calcium — along with antioxidants that naturally help reduce inflammation in the body. Along with pineapple and blueberries, figs also contain quercetin that assists with combating inflammation. It naturally reduces the release of histamine which can stop the symptoms of an allergic reaction and halt inflammation.

Forget the sugar filled Fig Newtons. Add dried figs to your next smoothie or fresh figs to your next salad.

WALNUTS

Nuts are high in unique phytonutrients, which come with huge anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other beneficial nutrients you get from walnuts include potassium, copper, and magnesium.

Walnuts are a staple in my house. I love walnuts on my salads or just by the handful with a few goji berries.

It’s easy to fight inflammation with our drugs and as we all now know, prevention is the best medicine. Allow healthy food to fuel your body to fight inflammation. Besides being an inflammation buster, eating and living a healthy lifestyle might make you spontaneously burst out with a song in dance on how great you feel.

I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell me how many of the above foods you eat in a day or week!

 

 

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Quinoa http://www.paigehinton.com/2017/06/08/roasted-cauliflower-with-pesto-and-quino/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:53:30 +0000 http://www.paigehinton.com/?p=1785 RFSpring17 Roasted Cauliflower with Pesto and Quinoa

Move over kale! Cauliflower is the hot new veggie these days, although this amazing vegetable has been keeping people healthy for centuries. You can make a vegan cheese sauce with it, make soups creamier with it, and make pizza crust, mashed “potatoes,” and buffalo wings with cauliflower.

It’s so much fun to get into the kitchen and see what you can create, but sometimes you just want to cook something simple and quick that you know is going to be delicious. That’s when I turn to the good old standard of roasted vegetables—in this case, cauliflower.

In the recipe below, I layer this amazing white vegetable with an herb pesto that assists your body in its daily detox job and quinoa for protein.

Personally, I love pesto and any variation of this green sauce is always exciting to me. If you don’t prefer any of the herbs used in my recipe, just change it. That’s the beauty of pesto—it’s a playground of tasty creativity.

This recipe is a perfect summer dinner with not so much time in the kitchen and plenty of time for an after-dinner walk or play. Enjoy!

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH PESTO AND QUINOA

SERVES 2

1 large head of cauliflower, chopped

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons Detox Pesto (see below)

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 cups mixed greens

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 425 or 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Add chopped cauliflower to a large roasting pan. Massage with coconut oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes until tender. Remove from the oven and coat with Detox Pesto. Serve on top of quinoa and mixed greens.

 

QUINOA

SERVES 2

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water or vegetable broth

DIRECTIONS

Add quinoa and liquid to a pot over a medium flame. Bring to a boil, then lower the flame and cover. Simmer the quinoa for about 15 to 20 minutes. The quinoa should be tender.

 

DETOX PESTO

MAKES 2 CUPS

1 cup cilantro

½ cup parsley

½ cup mint

½ cup pumpkin seeds

1 garlic clove

1 lemon, juiced

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Combine the cilantro, parsley, mint, pumpkin seeds, and garlic in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until finely chopped. Add the lemon juice and slowly add extra virgin olive oil in a steady drizzle. Blend until the mixture becomes a smooth, light paste. Add enough olive oil to keep it moist and spreadable. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Did you try the recipe? Leave a comment below, and let me know what you think!

 

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