Little Additions, BIG Benefits

23 Feb

Smoothies. Protein shakes. Meal replacement. Bulking. Cutting. Pre-workout. Post-workout.

UGH.

Chances are, you’re throwing something in a blender and drinking it for a reason.

Here are a few suggestions that are light on the wallet but HUGE in nutritional benefits.

Kale. Spinach is good and all, but kale takes the cake on nutrient-dense leafy greens. Also: holy fiber, Batman!

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Chia Seeds. Sssshhhh. Just hear me out: first, they have NO taste. Like, none. Second, they’re rich in omega-3’s and antioxidants. Third, they kind of develop a gel-like consistency in smoothies that is really, really delicious – and keeps me feeling full for hours.

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Flax Seeds. Toasty, nutty flavor. Fiber, omega-3s, great source of magnesium. PS: so freaking good with peanut butter – extra crunch!

050Coconut water. Yes, you’ve heard me praise this as “nature’s gatorade” and chances are, if you’re working out with me I am both 1) drinking it and 2) telling you why you should be drinking it, too. Smoothie a little thick? Coconut water. Feeling a low on energy and thirsty? Coconut water. Suffering from the flu? Coconut water. Sweating buckets? Coconut water. You get the picture. It’s awesome. Electrolytes, B-vitamins, minerals, bio-active enzymes…JUST BUY SOME AND DRINK IT ALREADY.

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Cold-Pressed Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil. Good fat. Lauric acid (increases good cholesterol). Controls blood sugar, improves thyroid function. Increases energy, speeds up metabolism, and helps the body burn fat more efficiently, thanks to medium chain triglycerides. Just put a few teaspoons in and blend away. I could type about coconuts forever. Just trust me.

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Oh! Cocnut oil is also a FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC moisturizer, conditioner, and sunburn soother. Ok. I’m really moving on now.

Do something good for yourself and try a few (or all!) of these additions. And let me know what you think 🙂

I’m also plugging bodybuilding.com because of the sweet gear they hooked me up with AND MOSTLY because it really is one of the best “fit” places on the web – there is something for everyone from nutrition and basic strength-training to professional bodybuilding and power-lifting. Plans, advice, and killer instructional videos. Check it out!

I’m feeling super legit tonight.

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G’night!

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2 Responses to “Little Additions, BIG Benefits”

  1. tina February 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Jessi,
    have any helpful hints to help heal three herniated disks in a lower spin with bone spurs. Besides physical Therapy and injections. Doing these all ready. 😦

    • Jess February 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      Tina, for now, follow your physical therapist’s instructions to a t. When he or she gives you the go ahead for exercise, I would suggest slowly beginning a strength-training program (which ALL women should being doing!) to prevent future issues. Let me know what’s up and I’d be more than happy to set you up on the right track after recovery 🙂

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