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.
Bye 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.
Mix 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!
Pumpkins, 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!
Snacking on these 3 ingredients is sure to bring your cholesterol in below par!
Dates: Dates, nature’s finest candy, replenish energy and are rich in LDL cholesterol absorbing fiber. At Urban Remedy we love the sweet taste of dates in our Chai meal replacement smoothie and our Cookies! These treats are all raw, gluten-free, and all kinds of spicy sweet for simply happy snacking!
Jewel Yams: High in vitamins A, C, and fiber, eating these root veggies may in fact improve your skin and eye health in addition to lowering cholesterol. At Urban Remedy, you can catch us sipping on some jewel yams in our Beam juice.
Rice Wine Vinegar: Powered by 20 different amino acids, rice wine vinegar lowers cholesterol and boosts your immune system. Try adding apple cider vinegar to a quick vinaigrette over a crisp green salad or crunch on kale chips Urban Remedy style and get all the benefits of rice wine vinegar plus a mouthful of flavor!