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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…

 

The Greatest Antioxidants in Your Kitchen

by Rebecca on January 16, 2014, one comment

During the wintertime, eating antioxidant rich foods eliminates potentially cancer-causing free radicals from your bodily systems, adding energy to your body and calm to your mind. Here are five ingredients packed with all the antioxidants you’ll need for enough energy to weather, well, the cold weather!

 Chia Seeds: Packed with healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants, chia seeds may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia and celiac disease. At Urban Remedy we love chia seeds in our Chai meal replacement smoothie. Mmm spiced deliciousness!

Vanilla: It’s not just an ice cream flavor people! Vanilla is a powerful antioxidant. For full vanilla flavor, nothing beats our Urban Remedy cookies, healthy enough to snack on any time of day!

 

Black Currants: Black currants contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Sprinkle some dried currants on any salad for some beautifully bright tartness.

Cacao: Chocolate-y and delicious cacao is antioxidant-rich with essential minerals like magnesium and iron. Delicious in brownies or brittles, this super-food is super-scrumptious.

Garlic: Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with its antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. At Urban Remedy, our kale chips pack all that garlic-y goodness into one simple snack.

Fuel your body with antioxidant-rich foods this wintertime and hibernate happy!

In Support of Fruit!

by Rebecca on January 14, 2014, no comments

The Well section of the NYTimes just ran a piece in support of fruit! Here at Urban Remedy we are major fruit supporters. Here is a list of our favorite fruits, and what makes them so good for you.

Bananas: One of the best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure, bananas are the perfect fruit to eat after a workout, first thing when you wake up in the morning, in a juice, or just as a snack any ol’ time of day! Normal blood pressure keeps your circulation steady, providing your body with an even flow of oxygen and therefore energy throughout your entire day. Another fun potassium fact? This mineral also aids muscle cramping, so ladies, you know when you’ll need ‘em. At Urban Remedy we love bananas in our Chocolate Banana smoothie and our brittles.

Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants that reduce the kind of cell damage possibly responsible for cancer development. Talk about a superfood! That’s not their only claim to fame… Blueberries also improve your vision and promote weight control. Whether you drink them down in a juice, yummy smoothie, or just grab a handful on the go, blueberries are a fantastic fruit to add into your diet. We love sipping on some blueberries in our young love juice and greenberry smoothie. Sweet and super!

Raspberries: Nature’s sweet tarts, raspberries purify the blood and benefit the liver and kidneys. Pure blood carries increased levels of oxygen to your organs, naturally boosting energy, while a healthy liver and kidneys amplify your body’s detoxing efficiency. Sounds fabulous to us! You can find raspberries in our warrior juice as well as our PB&J smoothie. Drink your way to a healthier you.

Mood Boosting Yoga Poses

by Rebecca on January 9, 2014, no comments

The winter can be stressful. At Urban Remedy we want your winter memories to be family filled instead of catastrophe ridden. Here are a few yoga poses to destress after even the most anxiety inducing holiday soirée season.

Child’s Pose: Kneeling on the ground, sit back on your heels and touch your forehead to the mat with your arms either stretched out in front of you, or lying by your sides. Often encouraged as a resting stance during challenging classes, child’s pose stretches your low back, while also reseting your nervous system. With child’s pose in your back pocket, that failed holiday casserole will never get you down again!

Standing Forward Bend: With your feet planted shoulder width apart, slowly fold over one vertebrae at a time until your hands reach your shins, feet, or the floor. Considered an inversion because your head is below your heart, this pose increases blood flow to the brain, reinvigorating your mind with energy and clarity. Perfect for another round of grandpa’s ‘jokes’…

Corpse Pose: Shavasanah, or corpse pose, is typically the final pose of any yoga class. Used as a gateway to post-workout meditation, this pose is a perfect remedy for calming all pre-holiday party jitters. Lie on your back with your palms facing up and focus your attention on the breath. If your mind needs a bit more help calming down, try counting down to 10 without any other thoughts popping into your mind. A thought popped up? Start back at 10. Just like that, you’re a countdown away to holiday bliss!

Ingredient Spotlight: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by Rebecca on January 7, 2014, no comments

Rachael Ray’s not the only foodie in love with EVOO. Here at Urban Remedy we know that extra virgin olive oil contains phytonutrients like polyphenols that protect against inflammation, an underlying cause of many health issues. With lower inflammation, you’re less likely to feel that achey stiffness of winter, for a season full of energy and cheer!

Why Extra Virgin? Extra Virgin refers to the grade of oil you are getting. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade olive oil, equipped with the purest and freshest olive flavor. Mmm!

Where can you use extra virgin olive oil? Pretty much anywhere you would normally use butter. Also, if butter is just too near and dear to your heart to lose try using a half butter/half EVOO combo to get that same buttery taste with less calories and fat. At Urban Remedy we love extra virgin olive oil on our kale chips, the perfect crunchy salty snack on a cozy winter’s day.

 

Yoga Poses for Your New Year’s Figure

by Rebecca on January 2, 2014, no comments

 

At Urban Remedy we know that this New Year you want to look and feel your best. Celebrate a renewed commitment to yourself with some easy to do yoga moves. Here is a list of our three favorite yoga poses to keep your energy up and your waist trim!

Eagle Pose: Bending your legs and balancing on one foot, wrap your other leg around your stable leg hooking your foot behind your calf. Then cross one arm over the other and wrap until both palms touch. Hold, then switch sides. This wrapping and balancing pose aids digestion, keeping your waist slender and your look fabulous!

Bow Pose: Lying on your stomach, reach around and grab each leg in hand. Gently push against your hands with your legs and lift your body like a bow off the ground. A few minutes in this pose massages and stretches your stomach muscles and boosts your energy making you a sharp shooter.

Spinal Twist: Lie on your back with your arms stretched out in a T-shape. Keeping your arms in place, cross one leg over the other. Hold, then switch sides. This twist massages your organs and glands, increasing circulation and digestion for a quick little slimming trick!

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Cranberries

by Rebecca on December 31, 2013, no comments

Cranberries are this holiday season’s tangy superstar. Fresh, sweet, and festive, these berries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants making a dish with cranberries the healthiest companion for all of your traditional holiday favorites.

Why so healthy? The antioxidants in cranberries help eradicate cancer-causing free-radicals from the bloodstream and body, lowering your risk for mutant cell growth.

Feeling a cold coming? Pop a few cranberries for a kick of Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, helping you fight off even the peskiest virus.

Oh and if that’s not enough… the phytonutrients in cranberries act as anti-inflammatories keeping your body and mind mellow in wellness this holiday season.

This year, keep calm with cranberries!

Ingredient Spotlight: 5 Pumpkin Facts

by Rebecca on November 28, 2013, no comments

Health benefits of pumpkinPumpkins, they’re not just for carving! Pumpkin is a winter squash packed with nutritional benefits. It’s the perfect seasonal ingredient and here are five reasons why…

1) Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. Eat some pumpkin to keep your digestive system running smoothly for a happy tummy.

2) Pumpkin seeds help reduce bad cholesterol, so they are a perfect snack after gorging on Thanksgiving dinner. Try roasting them up for more fabulously nutty flavor.

3) Full of beta carotene, pumpkin is a great antioxidant and perfect for ridding the body of free-radicals. This winter give your body that cancer-free, care-free feel with a hearty helping of pumpkin.

4) After a workout, pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack because they are full of potassium, a mineral that keeps your muscles cramp-free.

5) Don’t let cold and flu season get you down! Pumpkin is full of vitamin C to boost your immunity and keep you virus-free all winter long.

This season, pumpkin is more than just harvest décor. Snack on some pumpkin for a happy, healthy you!

So You Want Skin that Can Weather Any Storm…

by Rebecca on November 26, 2013, no comments

Happy skin? Happy life! While cleansers and creams are definitely essential skincare components, eating the right foods keeps you glowing from the inside out all winter long. Test out adding these four ingredients to your diet for simply radiant skin.

Tumeric: Used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory to treat digestive and liver problems, Tumeric also boosts skin health. Thirsty? Boost your glow with a juice.

Carrots: Yes, they are good for your eyes, but did you also know carrots are great for your skin? Try a handful as a crunchy afternoon snack, or drink them down in an Urban Remedy Beam juice full of carrots and Jewel Yams, another skin-healthy treat!

Cucumbers: Purify your skin with the fresh taste of cucumber. Slice some cucumbers into your salad and feel the effects… on your face! At Urban Remedy we use cucumber in all of our juice cleanses, so drink up for skin that just won’t quit!

This season, eat right and that dry, chapped, winter skin will never see the light of day! Stay skin happy!

Ingredient Spotlight: Seeds

by Rebecca on November 21, 2013, no comments

At Urban Remedy we love seeds. Full of antioxidants and omega oils, seeds are wonderful additions to any juice or salad. They add that extra boost of healthy. Here are three types of seeds we can’t live without.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds have healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein and antioxidants and may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia, and celiac disease. At Urban Remedy we love chia seeds in our Chocolate Banana meal replacement shake. Such a sweet, healthy treat!

Flaxseed: Whether blended into a smoothie or toasted and tossed over a fresh kale salad, flaxseed is a wonderful source of fiber. Hailing from ancient Babylon, flaxseed is a longtime cherished ingredient sure to steady digestion and possibly even reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds make a great bagel topping and also work wonders for eliminating bad cholesterol and reducing high blood pressure. Imagine that! Our Urban Remedy kale chips are covered in sesame seeds, and we can’t get enough!

Looking to shake things up? Try sprinkling some seeds over you next meal, and watch your health blossom!

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