Sunday, September 15, 2013

Vacation Temptation

We all know what it is like to go on a vacation and indulge in the most appetizing, but unhealthy foods.  We all use the excuse, "but I am on vacation" or "I'll diet when I get back." I mean, why not? You are supposed to enjoy your vacation, right?! Well I am going to give you some tips on how to enjoy your vacation by still keeping healthy.

1. Eating out on a vacation is normal and bound to happen! If you are going to eat out for dinner and you know it is going to be a large meal, go light on the other meals throughout the day. And if you are eating a large meal out, try and get some type of fruit or vegetable as your side to balance it out.

2. Stocking up on some groceries when you get to your destination is always a good way to keep from eating out for every meal and also a good way to save some money! Even if your hotel doesn't have a refrigerator, you can still get some healthy snacks like bananas, grapes, granola bars and much more.

3. Pack a snack for the long drive or plane ride. We all know how convenient it is to just stop at a fast food restaurant on the road or grab a Cinnabon at the airport. Instead of having that temptation, pack some fruits and vegetables to snack on during the trip. These will curb your appetite and help you fight off the urge to eat something unhealthy that you might regret later.

4. Bring your Juice Plus with you. It is hard enough to get the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables at home, let alone on vacation. So pack your Juice Plus to get those extra nutrients that you probably won't get on a vacation.

Hope these tips help the next time you pack your bags and hit the road!

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen

The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce released a list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of pesticide residue. They recommend to buy the organic products for the dirty dozen, if possible. Obviously organic food is more expensive, so if it is not possible, continue eating your fruits and vegetables! A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regardless of pesticides, is still more beneficial than a diet without fruits and vegetables. And, of course, pair these with your Juice Plus and you will be getting every essential nutrient daily!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Salad

I don't know about you, but this hot weather has me craving a cold, crisp salad with some fresh fruit! It is healthy and appetizing and will keep you in your summer swimsuit shape. Always a good way to get your share of fruits and vegetables! So here is a recipe that I really like:


  • large nectarines, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 3/4 cup Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing
  • (10-oz.) package gourmet mixed salad greens 
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 
  • (4-oz.) package crumbled feta cheese
  • large green tomato, diced*
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • (3.5-oz.) package roasted glazed pecan pieces


  1. 1. Toss nectarines with 1/4 cup Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing.
  2. 2. Layer gourmet mixed salad greens, nectarines, strawberries, and next 4 ingredients in a large glass bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 8 hours. Toss salad with remaining 1/2 cup dressing just before serving.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Green Smoothie

I recently got a new blender (Vitamix) and instantly became obsessed with making healthy smoothies. I have been trying out many different recipes and have found a lot that I really enjoy. So, every once in awhile I will post some recipes that I would like to share with you! Here is one of my favorite recipes so far:

1 large banana
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
2 cups of spinach
1/3 cup yogurt 
1/2 cup milk or almond milk
1 cup ice

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Greek yogurt is a healthier alternative and makes the smoothie very creamy.
I also like to choose different yogurt flavors to add a different taste each time.

This is just one delicious and refreshing way to help you get your daily fruit and vegetable servings. Again, it is really hard to get all of the fruits and vegetables you need, which is why Juice Plus is an easy and wonderful way to get your daily fruits and vegetables!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Facts About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have gained a lot of popularity lately as the new "superfood," and for very good reason too. They are extremely healthy, and you can put them on just about anything you want! Here are some facts about why chia seeds are so beneficial:

Chia seeds are...

  • Eight times more omega-3 than salmon
  • Seven times more vitamin C than oranges
  • Three times more iron than spinach
  • Five times more calcium than milk
  • Two times more potassium than bananas
  • Gluten free
  • 20% protein
  • High in dietary fiber and antioxidants

Chia seeds can also absorb 12 times their weight in water, which keeps your body hydrated longer. This is good for athletes to help build their endurance. When you put chia seeds into water for about 30 minutes, they expand into a gelatin like substance. This gel is also formed in the stomach when you eat chia seeds. Researchers believe this slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbs into sugar, making this beneficial for people with blood sugar problems.

This is a drink you can find at health stores that contain chia seeds. You can actually see the seeds in their gel form. 

Here are a few recipes that contain chia seeds you may like:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cancer Fighting Foods

Dr. Oz and Dr. Robynne Chutkan built a food plan to help you fight and prevent certain types of cancer. Remember: the brighter the food, the better it is for you!

Red Foods
Red foods such as tomatoes, red peppers, and berries contain antioxidants, lycopene, and flavonoids. These foods help fight and prevent against ovarian and pancreatic cancer.
Dosage: At least once a day

Orange Foods
Orange foods such as carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and mangos contain a lot of fiber, quercetin, and B-carotene. These foods help fight and prevent stomach cancer.
Dosage: At least twice a week

Citrus Foods
Citrus foods such as grapefruits, lemons and oranges contain vitamin C, flavonoids, and antioxidants that help fight and prevent against stomach and esophageal cancers.
Dosage: At least once a day

Green Foods
Light green and dark green foods such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, bok choy, broccoli and many more contain lutein and folate which are important for you on a cellular level. These foods protect against ovarian, breast, lung and pancreatic cancer. Definitely the most important food group!
Dosage: At least twice a day

Neutral Foods
Neutral foods such as garlic, chives, onions and mushrooms contain a lot of vitamin D which helps against stomach, ovarian, and colon cancers. These foods also help your immune system.
Dosage: At least once a day

Getting all of these foods as much as Dr. Oz recommends you to seems very difficult and expensive if you ask me! At the end, Dr. Oz says if you can't get it from foods, you need to take a supplement to help you get all of these recommended nutrients in your diet. Juice Plus is a perfect solution for that because of the variety of fruits, vegetables and grains that are included.