Photo Credit to Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack Blog
The great thing about smoothies is that they are so easy to make. As long as you have quality ingredients and a great blender, the possibilities are endless. There are certain ingredients that are popular when it comes to smoothie making like bananas, pineapple and strawberries. Even vegetables are making more of an appearance like beets and green lettuces. However, grape smoothies aren’t something I run into very often. So when I saw a Green Grape Smoothie recipe created by Jackie, the blogger for Vegan Yack Attack, I knew I had to share it. What I also like is that you get added health benefits from the packaged greens and the healthy fat coming from the avocado. Click here to see the original recipe post.
If you’re looking for vegan (both savory and sweet) as well as raw recipes, the Vegan Yack Attack might be a great resource for you. Some of the dishes I thought looked delicious included the Pumpkin Chili Empanadas, Spicy Mushroom Eggplant Tacos and Carrot Cake Latkes. I bet you’ll find some tasty options on your own as well. Until then, enjoy this Green Grape Smoothie in good health.
Green Grape Smoothie
2 cups red seedless grapes
1 cup packaged greens (kale and spinach are great alternatives to lettuce)
1 medium pear, cored and chopped
1/2 cup frozen pumpkin pureé
2 Tbsp. avocado
3/4 cup coconut water
Optional: ice cubes
Place all ingredients into a blender and pureé until smooth! Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones.
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Suffering that comes from chronic disease can sometimes be eased simply by exercising. While being physically active in general can certainly do good, there are actually types of exercises that can be beneficial to those with specific chronic diseases.
Currently, there are three basic categories of exercise:
Aerobic Exercise helps raise your heart rate through repetitive movement of large muscles. (e.g. walking, swimming, etc.)
Strength Training Exercise helps increase the power, tone and efficiency of individual muscles by contracting isolated muscles against resistance (e.g. weight lifting)
Stretching helps improve or maintain the flexibility of your muscles.
One or more of these different types of exercises can help with the following:
- Heart Disease (Aerobic)
- High Cholesterol (Aerobic)
- Diabetes (Aerobic and Strength)
- High Blood Pressure (Aerobic and Strength)
- Stroke (Aerobic, Strength Training and Stretching)
- Cancer (Aerobic and Strength Training)
- Lung Disease (Aerobic)
As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.
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Looking for a supplement that may help with weight loss that you can take in conjunction with eating right and exercising? Preliminary studies have shown that Pyruvate may be something to look into. Pyruvate supplies the body with pyruvic acid, which is a natural compound that contributes to the manufacture and use of energy. It isn’t an essential nutrient since your body makes more than enough of its own; however, for weight loss purposes, an additional supplement is needed.
While there are pyruvate-only products on the market, some pyruvate products also contain a related compound called dihydroxyacetone. The body converts dihydroxyacetone to pyruvate and the combination of both products is known as DHAP.
A couple of studies found evidence that pyruvate or DHAP can aid in weight loss and/or improve body composition. When higher dosages of pyruvate are combined with an exercise program, there were significant decreases in fat mass and percentage of body fat as well as an increase in muscle mass. Another study also showed that pyruvate can block a regain of fat weight.
While this news is exciting, large studies with 100 or more participants are still needed to firmly establish pyruvate’s weight loss benefits. Please consult with your doctor before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.
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