Walnuts for Brain Health (via OREGON ATHLETIC CLUBS)

Nuts are a great option for people trying to get in more protein with their daily food regime. I usually buy a variety of nuts and keep them in containers in my kitchen area. I keep the whole gamut of nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, sometimes macadamias and also pumpkin seeds. Nuts are quick and easy and I will often have some for breakfast as the good essential fats (omega 3) in them are great for the start of the day. The balance of protein and fat keeps me full longer and I find that my mental acuity in the morning is much better and that I can focus more. For me it was a clear difference when I started adding them to my morning as I usually wake up at 4:50 to 5:am in the morning and begin work at 6am. I need to be on first thing in the morning, charged up and ready to give the necessary energy to my clients who are most likely still sleep walking.

Of course some people are allergic to tree nuts, so I recommend trying other choices like cottage cheese or eggs. Also pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein. You can use a fish oil supplement to get the Omega 3 fats necessary. Take a look at this post on Walnuts and how they affect brain health.

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Healthy Juice Recipe

I received a gift from a client a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was wonderful. I’m always making fruit shakes and things like that so it was a very thoughtful gift. It was a little book by Tarla Dalal called Health Juices for Daily Use.  The book has tons of recipes for healthy juices that you can either make with a blender or a juicer. I’m used to making juices with my blender so I was going to make an attempt at a few of the juices using the blender until just a few days ago another client brought a juicer that she no longer had use for as she would be moving back to the United States. The timing couldn’t be any more impeccable.  So I popped open the book and found a recipe in the section titled Cleansing Juices and found an interesting one called Minty Morning.

This juice is quite simple and only contains two ingredients; oranges and mint leaves. Dalal’s book says that…

“Oranges boost overall resistance and also stimulate the salivary glands thus aiding digestion. Mint on the other hand is rich in iron and vitamin C. It is also the best digestive and cooling herb. By combining the health-giving properties of oranges with mint;  this juice makes for a powerful cleanser”

Check out the recipe.


4 medium sized oranges, peeled and separated into segments

8-10 sprigs of mint with leaves roughly chopped

For more of this recipe check out Tarla Dalal’s book Healthy Juices for Daily Use.

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