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What’s Trending – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar🍎 has been growing as the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community for great reasons. Many of its benefits are supported with science including aiding in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, killing bacteria, and promoting clear skin. Several studies show that the vinegar provides increased feelings of fullness, resulting in eating fewer calories per day. It also can lead to metabolic changes that support weight loss and curb your sweet tooth! 🍬

ACV lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the efficiency of insulin in breaking down sugar, even during a higher carb meal. The vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties that can kill harmful viruses and even improve facial and body acne. We recommend 1-2 tbsp daily.

Sourced from: Rd.com

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

These delicious and simple (dairy and gluten-free!) pancakes are best enjoyed right after cooking. With no added sugar, these pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast option. Serve them with maple syrup, yogurt, or ricotta cheese to add in some protein.

Ingredients:

-2 large eggs

-1 medium banana

Instructions:

Puree eggs and banana in a blender until smooth. Lightly oil a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, drop 4 mounds of batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, (2 to 4 minutes.) Using a thin spatula, gently flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the bottom, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a plate. Lightly oil the skillet again and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings; we recommend vanilla Greek yogurt and raspberries!

Sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/268783/two-ingredient-banana-pancakes/

No Sugar January – Sneaky Sugar Filled Foods

We are nine days in to our No Sugar January Challenge!

Our team has compiled a list of foods you may not realize can be high in sneaky sugars. 🚫🍰

-Fruit flavored yogurt
-Sauces and condiments
-Instant food
-Salad dressing
-Fruit juices
-Digestive biscuits
-“Fat-free” foods
-Granola bars
-Sports drinks
-Frozen yogurt
-Tomato sauce

Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Easy, baked, gluten-free chicken strips. This recipe is crispy and delicious on its own, or dipped in a homemade sauce.
Kids (and adults) will absolutely love these healthy chicken strips!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Splash non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Take out 3 shallow, flat-bottomed containers. (Rectangular glass Tupperware works great.)
  3. In the first bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. The eggs and non-dairy milk go in the second bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cereal and spices. Pulse multiple times until it resembles bread crumbs. Add this mixture to the third bowl.
  6. Take a chicken tender and dip into the rice flour, making sure it’s completely coated. Add the tender to the egg mixture and let any excess drip off into the container. Lastly, dip the tender into the cereal-herb mixture, making sure that is completely coated well with no bare spots at all.
  7. Transfer the covered chicken tender to the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
  8. If you have some sort of cooking spray, be sure to spray the top of the tenders. If you do not, don’t worry about it; it will just help them brown a bit more.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on the top rack. Turn the oven to a high broil for 3 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sourced from: https://themovementmenu.com/recipes/crispy-gluten-free-chicken-strips/

Colds and Flus

Dr. James R. Conway discussing the differences between a common cold and the flu.

Dr. Conway also shares his top five tips to combat colds and the flu. 🤧

 

No Sugar January Challenge

Join our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic for our January No Sugar Challenge. 🚫🍰🍭

Our staff will be avoiding all added sugars (honey and fruit are allowed!) Benefits include increased immune function, decreased inflammation, can help regulate hormones, and less brain fog.

What’s Trending – Kombucha

Kombucha is a mixture of bacteria, sugar, and fermented black or green tea. Kombucha is made by introducing a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) into brewed tea and sugar. This mixture is then left to ferment for anywhere between a week and a month. Fruit, herbs, and spices can be added for additional flavor. The tea dates back 2000 years to ancient China, where it was regularly consumed to remedy inflammatory ailments. Benefits of drinking kombucha include being a rich source of probiotics and antioxidants, can kill bacteria, and aids in better gut health. It is also full of Vitamin-B, which helps with energy and clarity. Local kombucha companies that we recommend trying out include Oddity Kombucha, August Market, O5 Rare Tea + Kombucha Bar, and local grocery stores including Whole Foods and Save On.

Sourced from: The Know

Healthy New Years Resolutions

We’re sharing some of our favourite New Years Resolutions as we head into 2019! 🥂

1. Wear sunscreen every time you go outside. Your skin will thank us later.

2. Maintain (and attend) primary care appointments. We know that life can get busy, but it’s important to put your health first.

3. Set an alcohol and caffeine curfew for yourself. As they can deeply effect your sleep, set a goal to avoid caffeine after 5pm and only have 1 small alcoholic beverage, if any.

4. Find an outlet for your stress that you can rely on when things feel a little “out of control.” This can range from hot yoga, boxing classes, painting, or just having a relaxing bath with no digital distractions.

5. Establish a “before bed” sleep ritual! This will help create a consistent sleep pattern. Some rituals include putting your phone away, creating a dimly lit bedroom, using aromatherapy such as a diffuser with lavender oil, reading a book in bed, or sipping on calming tea.

6. Exercise during the day. Even just 20 minutes of physical activity in the morning will help reset the body’s natural alarm clock, increasing daytime alertness and sleepiness at night.

What are your 2019 Resolutions? 🙏🏼

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