Mardi Gras is a time of celebration that includes parades, costumes, music, and indulgences of different kinds. One fun indulgence that’s been around for roughly 300 years as part of this tradition is the king cake.
February is designated as American Heart Month to remind everyone to take care of their heart to enjoy a long, healthy life. There are quite a few things you can do to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Here are a few of the big ones:
• Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked to ID any existing issues
• Eat heart healthy foods such as leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats
• Get regular exercise
• Quit smoking
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Get enough sleep
If you want to show someone you care on Valentine’s Day, but don’t want to throw off their normally healthy habits, we have some ideas for you:
• Dark chocolate-covered nuts can provide you with flavonoids and protein instead of just empty calories.
• Give red fruits such as cherries, strawberries, and even Ruby Red grapefruit to impart your loved one with fiber, antioxidants, and sweetness from natural sugar.
• Consider a hike or activity that gets you both out doing things.
• Cook something new (or an old favorite) together with your Valentine. This allows you to know exactly what you’re eating and control the ingredients to make smart choices.
• Fruit smoothies are a sweet way to pack all the benefits of whole fruit into a single glass. A frozen banana and some strawberries, cherries, and raspberries will give you a festive pink drink that’s nutritious.
• Our low-carb protein balls are a great way to indulge while keeping the calorie-count low and even getting in some protein!
We are excited to announce that we now carry SCJ Wellness Organic Elderberry Syrup, which is made with Southern Indiana raw honey! There are many health benefits to elderberry, let’s take a look at them:
• Immune Boosting
Elderberry syrup may relieve flu symptoms and reduce the length of time the flu lasts when taken by mouth within 48 hours of the first symptoms.
• High In Vitamin C
There are 52mg of vitamin C in one cup of elderberries, which accounts for 87% of the recommended daily intake.
• Phenolic Acids
These powerful antioxidants help reduce the harmful effects of oxidative stress in the body.
• Reduce Inflammation, Stress, and Bacteria
As well as reducing stress and fighting bacteria, elderberries are rich in anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties.
For more information, please visit www.SCJWellness.com
When it comes to making things sweet, there is no shortage of options. One natural choice that’s become popular recently is coconut sugar. Let’s look at what it is and why it’s different than regular sugar:
• Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from dehydrated coconut palm sap that flows through the plant.
• It’s minimally processed, unlike refined white table sugar.
• The color and shape is similar to unprocessed raw sugar but with more variation of light and dark browns and granule size.
• It contains trace amounts of iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and even polyphenols and antioxidants. Regular sugar offers none of these.
• It also contains a fiber called inulin that helps slow glucose absorption and give coconut sugar a lower Glycemic Index than regular sugar.
• Coconut sugar should still be used in moderation since it’s not a low-calorie food.
They’re crunchy, orange (usually), and included on our menu regularly. Carrots are powerful vegetables that you’ve likely been eating since you were a kid and there’s a reason they keep showing up - they offer a variety of health benefits.
- Weight Management: Carrots are 88% water and that combined with their fiber content help you feel full for longer. This can help you avoid making poor food choices and overeating. They’re also low in calories with only 52 in a one cup serving.
- Eye Health: One large carrot can provide 200% of your daily needs of Vitamin A, which promotes lung, skin, and eye health. Additionally, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin help protect your retinas and lenses.
- Blood Sugar Regulation: Carrots are low on the Glycemic Index, so not only do they not spike your blood sugar, their soluble fiber content can help balance it. They also support a healthy digestive system and feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.
- Lower Blood Pressure: The potassium found in carrots helps to lower blood pressure by balancing the negative effects of salt.
- Variety of Vitamins: There are many vitamins and minerals in carrots including beta carotene (that converts to vitamin A), biotin, K1, and B6. These help with everything from metabolism to bone health.