supergreen spirulina

spirulinaFor St. Paddy’s Day we whipped up a SUPER GREEN special, the Mint Cacao Spirulina Smoothie, which is our take on mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was such a favorite we decided to continue offering it at our Bethesda Row location until this coming Sunday! Spirulina (also referred to as blue-green microalgae) is a rich source of protein and iron. Spirulina contains significant amounts of niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also has essential amino acids, compounds that are the building blocks of proteins. You can read more about this super herb here on Wellness Mama.

national grapefruit month

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February is National Grapefruit Month and as someone who previously only knew what the super sugar-infused, processed juice (if we can even call it that) tasted like, I am proud to be sharing health facts about the real deal, today. Check out Nutrition Stripped’s comprehensive Spotlight on Grapefruit. McKel is a plant-based dietitian/nutritionist/health coach and our “go-to” girl for expert advice (and mouthwatering food photography). Also below we’re sharing some delicious looking grapefruit recipes from around the web. Stay warm out there today, DC. And Happy National Grapefruit February!

Rice Noodle Salad with Grapefruit and Peanuts shared by Eats Well With Others
Baked Grapefruit shared by Floating Kitchen
Grapefruit Brulee and Oatmeal with Buckwheat Honey, Almond Butter and Cream shared by Nancy’s Cravings (we’ve used our Vanilla Cashew Mylk as a dairy substitute in oatmeal and it’s been AMAZING! Extra creamy and protein packed!)
Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables shared by Foraged Dish
Grapefruit Bars shared by Technicolor Kitchen (we suggest replacing butter with a non-darily alternative and the eggs with either unsweetened apple sauce or banana for a plant-based version)

the kale craze

Not too long ago kale was a local farmer’s market find or rare commodity on a restaurant menu and now it’s EVERYWHERE. You can’t cruise the health scene online or otherwise without coming across an article about the amazing benefits of our favorite, contemporary leafy green. People are tossing it into their breakfast smoothies, replacing their romaine in traditional salads and stirring it into a pot of hot soup on cold days. But what exactly makes kale so good for us, anyway? Check out this prolific superfood’s profile infographic shared by instagram @fitnhippy.

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ps. How fun is Insee’s Eat Kale and Carry On notepad?? (And bonus, it’s on SALE!)

ginger – the fireball shot you won’t regret tomorrow morning

gingershotGinger may not be the tastiest (in my opinion!) or easiest to take down, and I’m hoping you disagree because you know how great the Ging is; but if you’re like me, ginger is taken strictly for the purposes below.

According to the National Library of Medicine (part of NIH), ginger is used throughout the world for treating a wide range of uses including:

  • Great immunity booster
  • Fights inflammation, especially arthritic pains
  • Reduces cramps
  • Stimulates circulation in these cold winter months
  • Strong antioxidant
  • Promotes appetite and digestion
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, morning and motion sickness

Quite the impressive nutrient profile, below are all the reasons why ginger is a super star amongst the superfoods. Highlighting a few components that make ginger so great:

Amino acids – because of these tiny little constituent guys, proteins can and are essential nutrients for the body. Over 40% of body protein found in skeletal muscle, 25% in body organs, and the rest found in skin and blood

Calcium –representing 1.5-2% of total body, mostly found bones and teeth, an easy way to take care of them

Essential fatty acids –of vital importance as an energy nutrient and must be acquired in the diet from plant foods

Not to mention, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and vitamin C are all present!

Need any more reason to get your ginger on? We have ginger shots waiting to keep you warmed, well and healthy!

Here are some of our favorite ginger inspired recipes from around the web:
Coconut Ginger Granola shared by My Purple Spoon
Quinoa and Kale with Baked Ginger Tofu shared by A Dash of Compassion
No Bake Gluten Free / Vegan Pumpkin Pie shared by Vegan Richa
Sweet and Spicy Korean Cauliflower shared by Blossom to Stem
Gluten Free / Vegan Garlic Fried Rice shared by Saucy Pear
Ginger-Maple Tofu and Apples shared by Healthy. Happy. Life.
Roasted Squash with Maple Ginger Glaze shared by Things I Made Today
Miso and Ginger Butternut Squash Soup shared by Mabel & The Wooden Spoon