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A Salad a Day Keeps the Weight Away

by Rebecca on May 13, 2014, no comments

At Urban Remedy, we have noticed the negative stigma attached to salads, and are just curious: What gives?! Salads can be delicious, nutritious, fresh, and a great weapon against weight gain. Here are a few helpful hints for how to get the most out of your salads.

untitluntitluntitlKale Salad Solo.jpgBye Bye Bread: Eating bread is one of the worst ways you can start a meal. Packed with gluten (unless you are eating a gluten-free variety), bread expands in your stomach filling you up, but with simple carbohydrates that spike your metabolism. These simple carbs diminish your immediate appetite, but leave you starving 30 minutes later. Instead, starting  your dinner with a salad course layers your stomach with leafy-green roughage, leaving you still hungry for the main event. Roughage is also rich in fiber (a mineral with laxative properties) to keep your regular digestion on track.

Oil-based Dressings: Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, meaning they dissolve in fat. So, if your diet eliminates all fats, these vitamins will have a hard, if not impossible, time absorbing into your body. The best way to combat this problem? Use oil-based salad dressings. Olive or nut oils are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of cholesterol), and provide your body with the best kinds of fats to aid vitamin absorption.

lettuceCollageMix those Greens: Different kinds of leafy greens sport different benefits. Mixing a variety of different leafy greens into your bowl bumps up the number of vitamins and minerals your are getting out of one meal. Plus, having this variety of flavor keeps the palate interested, so your salad doesn’t taste boring. At Urban Remedy, our Zen Salad and Shredded Kale Salad apply this mixing method for ultimate health benefits and taste bud satisfaction.

Don’t dread your salad! Just keep is fun and fresh, and you’re sure to be weight-free and flavor-happy!

Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux

by Rebecca on May 8, 2014, 2 comments

Are you a victim of acid reflux? Suffer no more! Take a look at these simple yet effective ways we’ve pulled together which can help you can reduce your acid reflux symptoms for a happier, healthier digestive system.

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Kale is rich in sulfur, calcium, iron and Vitamin A, which help support the stomach and heal duodenal ulcers, thereby lowering the stomach’s acid levels. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to close properly. While eating kale will not aid the LES’s function, the minerals found in Kale can decrease the stomach’s acid levels, which can help lower the amount of stomach acid available for escape. At Urban Remedy, we love Kale in all of our juice cleanses and salads. For a special crunchy treat, try our kale chips as your next afternoon snack!

Alkaline Diet

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For those of us looking for a more drastic change, switching to an alkaline diet maybe be the answer. An alkaline diet balances your body’s natural pH levels, neutralizing overly acidic stomach bile, thereby decreasing your acid reflux.

How to start: Decrease consumption of meat, poultry, grains, fish, milk, cheese, shellfish, and salt. Instead, try adding leafy greens, root veggies, fresh fruit, legumes and nuts into your daily diet. Our Super Green cleanse is a perfect way to jumpstart this kind of diet change.

Raw Purple Cabbage

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Eating raw purple cabbage or drinking raw purple cabbage juice (which you can find in our Pink Lemonade) are two amazing ways to tame your tummy. Cabbage is a naturally alkalizing food which helps regulate the body’s pH levels. In just 7 days, adding this leafy veggie into your diet can significantly reduce digestive issues, and even shrink ulcers!

Additional Perks? Purple cabbage is rich in sulfur, a premiere mineral for repairing and purifying the blood. Cleaner blood better transports oxygen throughout the body, increasing overall energy. Woo! Purple Cabbage also has anti-cancer causing properties. At Urban Remedy, we love purple cabbage in our Shredded Kale Salad.

With healthy ingredients available to diffuse acid reflux symptoms, it is easy to decrease your discomfort, and live tummy happy!

Coffee: The Benefits Behind your Buzz

by Rebecca on April 28, 2014, no comments

What’s our newest Urban Remedy obsession? Cold- pressed coffee! This delicious antioxidant oracle makes mornings burst with energy and afternoons perk right up. In addition to tasting delicious we just cannot get enough of are the health benefits!

So, Coffee is Good for me?

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Coffee is actually one of the highest antioxidant per capita drinks available on the market today. Studies have shown that the free-radical-fighting antioxidants in coffee have also proven to lower liver cancer risk. This bean-brewed elixir can even protect against cirrhosis of the liver. Research also demonstrates that coffee can boost certain hormone-regulating proteins crucial in maintaining the body’s decreased risk of type-II diabetes development. Sounds like a wonder drink to us!

Okay, but What about the Caffeine?

Yes, caffeine is a stimulant, and yes, you’ll find it in caffeinated coffee. There are 95mg of caffeine in a generically brewed caffeinated cup. Though when consumed in excess caffeine intake can result in unpleasant side effects, in moderation, this natural stimulant boosts energy and can even reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease. An all-natural energy boost with preventative properties? Yes please!

Oh, and What’s this about a Cold Brew?

When you think coffee, you probably think heat. Even an iced coffee must come from that previously brewed hot liquid, right? Not necessarily. You can also cold-brew! The cold brewing process garners the same coffee from the same ground coffee beans, but with added benefits. For example, cold-brewed coffee has lower acidity levels due to the lack of heat during the brewing process. This lower acidity level, while aiding digestion, also gives the finished product a slightly sweeter flavor. The down side? This process does take significantly longer than a heated brew; 12+ hours.

Oh but don’t you fret! At Urban Remedy, we’ve got your Cold-Brew ready to taste right now. For an extra special treat, try our Cold-Brew Light and Sweet, lightly sweetened with a touch of coconut sugar. Easy and delicious!

Final Fun Fact: Cold-brew coffee is very popular in Japan. Who knew?!

Young at Heart

by Rebecca on April 22, 2014, 2 comments

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in loveMaybe you’ve heard that love makes the heart grow fonder? Well, at Urban Remedy we believe healthy eating makes the heart grow stronger! Heart health starts with the food you eat to keep your circulatory system spritely. Here are a few of our favorite ingredients for maintaining heart health.

Garlic: High cholesterol levels are dangerous foes in the heart health game. With cholesterol-clogged arteries, blood (and therefore oxygen) cannot easily access the heart, putting this vital organ in danger of failure. Garlic has shown to lower cholesterol levels, making this herb a vital ally in your quest for heart health. At Urban Remedy, we love garlic in our kale chips!

Beets: Beets are blood cleaners. Full of antioxidants and nitrates, beet juice rids the blood of free radicals, keeping circulation efficient. Those perks not enough? As exercise is equally, if not more, important to your heart’s health, beets have shown to boost stamina, helping you hit the gym longer. We pack our After Party juice with the all that delicious beet power to keep your heart healthy, energy up, and taste buds happy!

03_31_14_heartHealthBurdock Root: Burdock root, used in many ancient folk remedies, is one of the best blood purifying herbs. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have shown to soften hardened arteries and eliminate toxins from the bloodstream. With increased artery flexibility and purified blood, the heart can more easily and steadily receive oxygen. At Urban Remedy, burdock root keeps our Beam juice heart healthy and totally delicious.

Cardamom: Cardamom, a spice native to Middle Eastern cuisine, can help lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when blood, muddled with toxins, pushes against its travel ways (i.e. your arteries) at an increased rate, slowing circulation and causing the heart to work harder. Purer blood travels better. Cardamom’s antioxidant levels cleanse free radical particles from the blood easing circulation, and pressure off the heart. An added perk? Cardamom is also a mood elevator! Nourish yourself with a healthy dose of Cardamom, to boost the moods of both your heart and mind! Huzzah!

Your heart does so much for you. This week, be your heart’s hero. Exercise and eat right to help your heart win its fight, for health.

Healthy Habits To Make You Sleep Soundly

by Rebecca on March 27, 2014, no comments

The New York Times recently profiled the causes of restless sleep. At Urban Remedy, we can’t stress enough how important sleep is for your overall health and wellness. First things first, without sleep, the body’s immune system weakens, motor skills slow, and in serious cases, one can develop adrenal fatigue, which affects your adrenal glands. This condition can leave you enable to get out of bed for days, reverse your daytime/nighttime energy levels, and leave you craving sweet and salty foods. No thank you!

For a better night’s sleep, try adding these three things into your daily routine.

PicMonkey Collage.jpgMagnesium: Magnesium is a main ingredient in the recipe for a good night’s sleep. This mineral helps balance blood-glucose levels, essential in steadying your body’s metabolism. Let’s say, you know… just for example, that you eat sugary snacks all day long, especially before bed. A few hours later, mid-REM cycle, guess what? You’re hungry again! So, you wake up! If instead, your daily diet consists of minerals like magnesium, which regulates blood-glucose levels, you are less likely to get hungry in the nighttime, and more likely to sleep soundly. Apple cider vinegar, cacao, and parsley are ingredients packed with this sleep-soothing mineral. Looking for a yummy nighttime snack? Try our Urban Remedy Hot Chocolate for some sweet cacao goodness!

Urban Remedy Be Calm Vanilla Nut MilkNight Cap: Keeping on the blood sugar kick, like Magnesium, adding a simple dose of cashew milk as a nightly night cap can keep you sleeping soundly. This bedtime treat can steady your blood sugar levels for an extended amount of time, giving you that full 8 hour dream-filled slumber. At Urban Remedy, we love to relax and add the sweet flavors of cinnamon and vanilla to our cashew milk night cap. Hungry for more? Our Nourish cashew milk includes cardamom, for added detoxifying action. Double duty!

Acupuncture: This ancient chinese ritual consists of sticking small needles into particular pressure points to alleviate tension. Studies have found that acupuncture can actual increase nighttime melatonin levels, a natural depressant produced by the brain to calm the body’s nervous system. Is chronic pain keeping your nights restless? Acupuncture can also lower symptoms of chronic pain. Pain-free bodies lead to dream-full nights! Sounds great to us!

Try changing up your daily routine today, for sounder sleep tonight. You know what they say… 8 hours a day keeps the wrinkles away!

Nuts for Nut Milk!

by Rebecca on March 25, 2014, no comments

Maybe you’re lactose intolerant. Maybe you try to avoid soy. Maybe you just love the taste. Whatever your reason is for loving nut milk, at Urban Remedy, we’re right there with you! Almond and Cashew milks are delicious substitutes for regular milk, packed with high levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and calcium to round out your beautifully balanced diet.

Almond Milk: The history of this delicious nut milk harkens all the way back to the middle ages. Rich in calcium for stronger bones, high in fiber for easier digestion, and packed with a whole slew of minerals, it’s easy to understand why almond milk stands the test of time. At Urban Remedy, we love our almond milk sweetened with dates and vanilla. For an extra special treat, try our cacao almond milk and mint cacao almond milk. Life just got a little sweeter!

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2 women2.jpgCashew Milk: Cashews are power-packed with minerals like magnesium, copper, potassium, and iron. Potassium decreases the body’s lactic acid production, eliminating cramping, while iron strengthens the blood, naturally boosting  your high-energy day. High in fiber and low in cholesterol, cashew milk perfectly compliments your daily diet. Other perks? It’s a perfect component in any gluten-free, raw, or vegan lifestyle. At Urban Remedy, we Relax with vanilla and cinnamon flavored cashew milk for a sweet and spicy treat. Craving even more spice? Try our Nourish milk, for that extra ginger-y kick.

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots Are Health Gold Mines!

by Rebecca on March 20, 2014, no comments

market-14.jpgCarrots, orange jewels of the earth, have been named one of the healthiest foods in the world. Not only do carrots support liver function and digestion, but these root veggies are also high in Vitamin A, which benefits the immune system and skin clarity. Available all year round, though freshest in the fall and summer months, carrots add fantastic crunch to any salad, and blend perfectly into juice. At Urban Remedy, we love carrots in our Ensalada juice and Carrot Kheer.

Still not convinced? Lets talk vision. The geranyl acetate found in carrots can lower your risk for cataracts and glaucoma. Great skin, and great vision to see it with? Sounds like a delicious recipe for beauty!

BeamIf anti-oxidants are on your mind, then carrots belong in your diet. Carrots contain the phytonutrient beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that eliminates free-radicals in your body to lower your risk of developing cancer.

Struggle with acidic foods? Try substituting carrot juice for orange juice during your morning. Same orange-y look, same sweet taste, less acidic aftermath. At Urban Remedy, we combine yams, dandelion greens, and burdock root into the mix for an irresistible Beam of flavor!

 

What Is The Difference Between Organic and Non-GMO??

by Rebecca on March 18, 2014, one comment

Assortment of fruits and vegetables inside boxEver walk through the grocery store and wonder, what’s the difference between organic and non-GMO labeled foods? So have we! At Urban Remedy, we’ve been investigating the differences between organic and non-genetically modified foods, and here’s what we’ve found…

Here’s the problem: Not all organic foods are completely GMO-free. Shocker!

The term organic refers to the chemical-free process by which food is grown. With that in mind, one would think these organic foods, free of chemicals, are also free of genetic modification, designating them as non-GMO foods. Unfortunately, existing USDA mandates protecting organic crops from GMO contamination fail to recognize the simple truth, that man-made laws have no power when faced with the force of Ms. Mother Nature.

Accidental crop contamination can occur from things like natural cross-pollination of crops by wind or birds carrying seeds from one field to another, or by finding minuscule traces of non-GMO ingredients in animal feed. These uncontrollable instances lead still-organic foods to no longer be completely GMO-free.

In fact, according to FDA mandate, the only certifiably non-GMO foods available in grocery stores are those labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’. However, not all organic foods are labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’. Some foods are also designated as ‘Certified Organic’ or ‘Made with Organic’, meaning most of their ingredients are organic, but not all. Recipes for products like these can allot between 5%-30% of space for ingredients like corn starch and soy lecithin, two items the USDA lists as non-GMO, but are possibly, not. So tricky!

Surprised by this little loop-hole? Here’s another! Certain antibiotics are also USDA approved for use on organic produce as fire damage preventatives. Yuck!

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in loveWith this information in mind, we’ve concluded that its better to think of foods labeled as organic as, instead, mostly organic. Your best bet to avoid genetic modification is to stick with foods labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’ or explicitly as ‘non-GMO’.

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Lemons For Health!

by Rebecca on March 14, 2014, no comments

lemon-water.jpgLemons, citrusy and fresh, are rich in Vitamin C, a uniquely water-soluble phytonutrient particularly helpful to the human body and its 50-65% water make-up. This water index provides ample entry surface area for Vitamin C to dissolve into our bodily systems and boost immunity levels. Score!

On double duty patrol, Vitamin C also has anti-oxidant properties that benefit the body’s general wellness. As Vitamin C travels through the body, it neutralizes free-radical cells that, left alone, can disrupt healthy cell production, leading to swelling, inflammation, and in severe cases, cancer.

Still not convinced? Lemon bioflavonoids can actually influence the cells in your body to engage either in mitosis, cell division, or apoptosis, cell death. These bioflavonoids can also benefit the liver and clear mucus.

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At Urban Remedy, we love lemons in our new lemonades. Tangy, tart, and refreshing, these lemonades perfectly quench your afternoon thirst. A splash of summer, with lasting health and wellness benefits? Sounds like a recipe for success to us!

We Go Nuts for Nuts!

by Rebecca on January 30, 2014, no comments

During this holiday season, chestnuts will not be the only legumes roasting on our open fire. Nuts are packed with protein and minerals to sustain your energy all season long. Here are a few of the nuts we go nuts for here at Urban Remedy.

Cashews: Power-packed with minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, and iron, cashews are a perfect snack to fuel your body on a cold winter’s day. Minerals keep your bones strong and your impulses sharp. They also keep your hormones balanced. Relax and sip some cashew milk before bed and dream sweet!

Walnuts: Proud members for the tree nut family, walnuts are a perfect snack to boost heart health and protect against type 2 diabetes. Rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, these legumes decrease your bad cholesterol, refueling your bloodstream with goodness. They can also lower your risk for excessive clotting. Quickly caramelized and tossed in a salad? Well don’t mind if we do!

Almonds: Did you know an efficient bloodstream makes for an energized body?Hearty and protein-rich Almonds help alkalize the blood and relieve qi stagnation in the liver. This process cleanses your whole body, helping your bloodstream function more efficiently. At Urban Remedy, almonds make our brownies, cookies, and brittles extra delicious. We know what your friends are getting for the holidays…

 

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