Drink Up for Health!

Water is our ultimate life force. Staying hydrated has unlimited benefits for your health including weight management, supple skin and improved kidney function and digestion. As crucial as it may be, it is easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. As the weather heats up, it is time to make drinking water a priority. Your life depends on it!

Picture your house plant that you’ve forgotten about. It has dry soil and the plant may be starting to wilt. The first time you water it, the water runs right through and out of the pot. As you continue to water it, it is hydrated and able to HOLD ONTO the water you pour while the plant begins to stand upright and come back to life.

Now picture the inside of your body- is it hydrated and able to absorb water in order to nurture your mental and physical daily tasks? When you first start to drink the necessary water your body needs, it may go right through you. Frequent bathroom trips will likely lessen as your body becomes more hydrated and is able hold onto the water you drink.

Here are some tips to increase water intake:

-Find a BPA free water bottle you LOVE
-Take that water bottle with you everywhere you go
-Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and before every meal
-Use an app that keeps track of intake, and sets reminders on your phone to drink
-Start a “Water Challenge” at work or home. Set a goal that everyone must meet, such as 3 water bottles a day. Discuss  the changes you all notice, tuning in to things like increased energy, decreased appetite and improvements in digestion
-Jazz up your water! Adding cucumber, mint, orange slices or lemon can make drinking water more enjoyable and had added nutritional benefits.

Remember, we live in Oregon, home to some of the best water in the country! Take advantage of that and drink up!

Shaved Asparagus With Arugula Recipe

I found this super easy and delicious recipe on The New York Times Wine & Dining page.

A couple quick tips: For those following a Cleanse Diet, you can simply omit the parmesan from the recipe and it still tastes fantastic. You can also leave out the prosciutto and it will still have great flavor as well. It is quick to put together with very few ingredients and no cooking.  For some additional protein and a great compliment – try adding some crumbled roasted Hazelnuts on top.

Bon Appetit!

– Jake (Sarah’s husband)

Best Nutrition Cookbook Ever

Veggie Stir Fry

My favorite cookbook is “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.” This book is chalk full of tasty whole foods recipes and teaches you the importance of eating a heavily plant based diet. There is no understating the phrase “food is medicine.” The recipes are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, guilt free and finally – not flavor free!! For those of us with allergies, food sensitivities, diabetes or numerous other health ailments; this book is a blessing. The other insanely cool part about this book is the way they so clearly and concisely break down the foods and the how and why each food benefits your health.

Make just a few of these recipes and you quickly come to realize that the authors (Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre) took the time to build, test and refine the recipes by having their children and friends test each revision. The result is a collection of completely “eatable” meals! I think it is an especially interesting and impressive feat in that recipes in this genre are typically mundane or flavorless.

They have a great website

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Recipe for green smoothie 

Recipe for Kale sauté  … I just realized this is two kale recipes in a row. I love kale and promise to move on from it!

Cheers to good health!