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SuperFood Breakfast Parfait

superfood parfait

Behold: The Breakfast of Champions! I’m serious! Whether you’ve got a tough day of work ahead of you, or you’re about to take final exams (or the LSAT), or you need a little extra fuel for your morning cardio workout, this quick and easy parfait has everything you need to rock your morning. Let’s take a close look at what’s in here –

While we love our Greek Yogurt (and what its pro-biotics do for our digestive systems), sometimes we make our parfaits with almond milk and hemp protein powder. Of course, you could do all three, but our vegan customers appreciate the flexibility of going without the dairy. Almond milk is packed with Vitamin E, protein and magnesium, and is derived from one of the healthiest nuts in the world, but is low in calories. For additional protein, one of my favorite additives is hemp protein powder because it contains all of the essential amino acids (which you can easily find in meat, but less easily with protein alternatives).

We’ve also included blackberries, rich in cancer-fighting, cell-renewing anti-oxidants, and walnuts. There are some foods that are so packed with health benefits, it’s better than taking a daily vitamin. Walnuts, in my opinion, are one of these true SuperFoods.

Walnuts have been linked to protecting against heart disease, strengthening the circulatory system, increasing sperm count in men trying to conceive, and – their age-old claim to fame – helping the brain function better with Omega-3s. Added bonus – walnuts have also been linked to helping people lose weight. In fact, this article calls it “the king of nuts,” because “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut.”

Really, we could have packed the cup with walnuts and called it a day. Just kidding!

Combined, these superfoods give you the slow-burning energy you need to feel fantastic, at least until lunchtime.

Eat Yourself to Sanity: Top 5 Stress-Busting Foods

Fall can be a stressful time of year, can’t it? The kids are back to school, you’re back to work following your summer excursion to a Caribbean beach, and the soothing embrace of the holiday season feels hopelessly far away. Wait, did I say “soothing embrace”? I think I meant “existential dread and pressure-packed gift buying”. In that case, we should also change “feels hopelessly far away” to read “looms ominously and approaches at warp speed”. Ah… Fall!

So how can eating well help you get a handle on your active, busy life? Below are five excellent stress-fighting superfoods that can help take the edge off and, as an added benefit, help balance your hormones without adding empty calories to your diet. You’ll be back to shopping for overpriced Halloween costumes with a smile on your face in no time!

1. Oranges. Research has shown that eating an orange can help you relax and return your blood pressure and hormone levels to normal.

2. Dried apricots. These contain both a natural muscle relaxant and magnesium – a known stress reliever.

3. Walnuts, pistachios, and other healthy nuts. In addition to regulating blood pressure, they also provide vitamins B & E.

4. Turkey. Tryptophan can make you sleepy, but it can also beat back anxiety and tension. Just keep your portion on the smaller side to avoid a long nap.

5. Fish. The omega-3 fatty acids in many fish can help regulate adrenaline and cortisol hormone levels, which flush away the lingering feelings of stress.