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5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

Ways To ReEnergize

Our Top 10 Ways To ReEnergize⚡️

1. Green Tea🍵 – Experience an increase in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with working memory, which we need for problem-solving and focus.

2. Cordyceps🌱 – Also known as “the ginseng of mushrooms”, cordyceps enhance stamina and strengthen the immune system. We recommend Four Sigmatic products.

3. Holy Basil✨ – Studies show Holy Basil alleviates stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems, and inflammation! It’s also a powerful antioxidant.

4. IV Therapy💦 – Our Myer’s Cocktail is a vitamin and mineral rich formula consisting of Magnesium, Calcium, B-Vitamins, and Vitamin C. IV Therapy brings you back to working speed quickly.

5. Vitamin C Drip🍊 – Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and powerful free radical scavenger. We offer a Vitamin C Drip to strengthen the immune system and provide pain relief.

6. Music🎧 – Your favourite tunes can stimulate the body and mind to use energy more efficiently. It also allows us to release stress and tension, and move quickly into a state of flow.

7. Snack Break🍏 – Give your blood sugar a kick. Eating an apple is healthier than a chocolate bar, and will give you a boost of energy.

8. Switch Gears🎨 – Shift from a logical task to a creative one. Switching up activities will use different parts of your brain and let others rest, while still being productive.

9. Vitamin B Shot☀️ – Our Vitamin B12 shot is great for boosting energy, and consists of B12 and Folic Acid.

10. Acupuncture🧘🏻‍♂️ – We offer acupuncture to stimulate healing, reduce anxiety, pain, and hormone balance.


The Benefits of Being Outside on Mental Health

A simple walk in the outdoors can do wonders for our mental health; leaving us calmer, more relaxed, and more focused. Time outside has been studied and proven to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Contact with nature has restorative properties, increases energy, and improves feelings of vitality and focus. It has been proven to reduce symptoms of ADHD, improve creativity, and restore capacity for concentration and attention. It can also improve sleep quality and help reset our circadian rhythm (by waking up to natural sunlight vs artificial light.) Nature can also help with the grief process by improving self-awareness and positively affecting our moods. Get outside and reap all of these amazing benefits! ☀️🌱🐻🌷🌊

Herbal Tinctures

What Are The Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures? 

🌱Fast way to deliver medicine throughout the body
🌱Very concentrated, so requires less amount of medicine to consume
🌱Quick and convenient
🌱One of the only ways to get fresh, herbal medicines
🌱Very potent when dealing with acute manifestation conditions such as pain or anxiety
🌱Easier to digest and breakdown compared to capsules or tablets
🌱Tinctures are long lasting and have a much longer shelf life than fresh or dried herbs

Best Way To Improve Memory?

Q: What is the best way to improve memory?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic sharing her favorite ways to improve memory and overall brain function.

Need A Boost During Exam Season?

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic suggesting her favorite ways to boost energy for students, especially during crunch time.

Cold Busting Soup Recipe

Cold Busting Soup Recipe🍜

With flu season still looming over us, we’re sharing this Cold Busting Soup Recipe. It’s packed with Vitamin C to help reduce symptoms and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. The perfect meal for a sick day.

Ingredients:
-1 cup basmati rice
-2 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil
-4 big handfuls of spinach
-1 cup frozen corn
-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-2 1/2 cups cooked, diced chicken (can used canned)
-5 cups water
-2 chicken bouillon cubes
-1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions:
1. Cook basmati rice in a rice cooker, salt if desired
2. Sauté spinach on the stove top in garlic-infused olive oil until soft
3. Microwave frozen corn until defrosted
4. Pour regular olive oil in a large pot with cooked, diced chicken
5. Add the rice, spinach, and corn & cook on low
6. Boil water and add chicken bouillon cubes and coconut milk
7. Add the broth to the pot and cook on low for 10 minutes
8. Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies😋
Smoothies are a great way to add in extra nutrients (plus they’re quick and easy!) Our favorite trick is to replace ice with frozen fruit.

✨Berry Smoothie
Makes 5 cups
-1 cup cranberry juice
-1 cup coconut milk
-2 cups frozen berries
-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Green Smoothie
Makes 3-4 cups
-1 cup purple grapes
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 large handful of spinach
-1 cup water
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Tropical Smoothie
Makes about 6 cups
-2 cups canned, unsweetened pineapple chunks
-1 cup coconut milk
-3 cups frozen mango or peaches
-1 frozen banana
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

Framingham Heart Study

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of the Framingham Heart Study and heart attack risk factors. #FraminghamRiskScore

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