Eat your way to a healthy gut

For the past couple of years, we have been hearing about the importance of our gut health and how the bacteria that live in our digestive system play such a crucial role in our overall health and well-being. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, cancer, diabetes, fatigue and some skin issues like eczema and rosacea have all shown to be somewhat linked to imbalances in our intestinal flora.

The sooner we recognize that the food we put in our mouths has much bigger implications than just happy taste buds and a full stomach, the better. Abnormalities like dull skin, chronic fatigue, and headaches can all be related to our food choices. Once we understand this, we can truly begin to take action and live a healthier life.

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Now that we know that our gut could be the “root” of most of our health conditions, how do we restore it and maintain a healthy and happy gut? Before we start restoring our bacteria and start packing it with new, positive bacteria colonies, we should remove and avoid all factors that could damage the good bacteria.

According to Dr. Jose Axe, one our favorite experts and author of Eat Dirt, some of the factors that can destroy your gut flora include: antibiotics (of course, take if your doctor prescribes them, but make sure to restore gut flora after!), refined sugars, modified grains, artificial coloring, processed foods, some dairy, and pesticides or strong chemicals.

Now that we’ve covered what you should avoid, we can move on to the good part: what exactly should we eat? The answer: Fermented foods + Probiotics

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As far as probiotics, there are so many types nowadays that is tough picking a right one, so we recommend you pick one with specific strains and from a trustworthy brand. Our personal favorite is Theralac because it has the five main strains and replenishes all that healthy intestinal flora we all need!

Here are our top three favorite foods to eat our way to a happy and healthy gut:

1.     Kombucha: Do we need any more reasons to drink Kombucha besides its delicious and refreshing taste? Well, actually yes we do – it’s completely packed with probiotics! After a cold serving of Kombucha, the bacteria in your gut will be like Beyoncé’s army – ready to slay.

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2.     Raw Sauerkraut: Raw sauerkraut is super diverse and really easy to add foods. Just put it atop your favorite salad and soups for your daily dose of healthy bacteria. Do you feel like making your own? Try this recipe by LPN.

3.     Kimchi: This Korean culture staple NEEDS to be in your diet. A study found that consumption of Kimchi helps boost your immune system! So, next time you have the flu and are looking for a speedy recovery, make sure to hit that kimchi jar. We work with Small World Food based out of Rochester, NY. They make the most amazing and natural Kimchi Jars and other delicious fermented products like sauerkraut and miso. Stop by our store and stock up on some fermented veggies!

If you want to learn more about the healthy gut movement, we recommend picking up a copy of the aforementioned Eat Dirt by Dr. Axe or Gut by Giulia Enders. They are both light reads and they will leave you striving for a healthier gut and most importantly, a healthier version of you.

 

 

Your Skin Game Just Got Better

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We have all heard about exfoliating and how important it is but what do we really know about exfoliating? What is it? How often should we do it? Why do we need to do it?

Our bodies are a beautiful thing. They are these perfect machines that are constantly changing and regenerating themselves, especially our skin. Our skin is made out of cells that are continuously changing into newer cells and replacing old ones! So where do those dead cells go? How do we remove them? They naturally fall and become dust but until they fall, they stay on our skin clogging our pores, making it look dull and dry.

This is why exfoliating your body and face should be one the most essential steps in your skincare routine! By exfoliating your skin, you help remove dead cells and create room for those new skin cells to glow.

Exfoliating has many other benefits such as evening out the tone of your skin, increasing your circulation, brightening your skin, as well as opening up your pores, so the products that you are applying penetrate your skin even more!

Before you try any of our recommendations, make sure you test exfoliating in a small part of your skin to gauge your tolerance and what type of exfoliation you like. Don’t forget your skin is delicate and it should only be treated with the most respect and care. If certain exfoliators irritate your skin, make sure to consult with your dermatologist. We have rounded up our favorite products below. And the best part? They are all available for you to shop at our store!

FACE

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For our face, we only want the best and the most gentle exfoliator in the market. We are absolutely OBSESSED over Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator! This mask leaves the face SO bright and radiant! It is literally like giving your skin a brand new reset to a fresh start. Gently apply it in a circular motion and leave it on for 10-60min for best results!

After exfoliating make sure to moisturize deeply. We like using Olive Gold 03 because of the amazing healing and nourishing properties of super oxygen!

 

LIPS

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The lips are that area that we often forget to exfoliate. We leave it only for the winter when our lips are super chapped! We should exfoliate our lips with the same frequency as we do with our body/face, two times per week. The effects of the sun and summer heat can leave your lips feeling rough and dry. We love Stewart & Claire Mint Julep Lip Scrub made out of natural butters and oils and gentle enough to leave your lips ready for that perfect kiss. Apply with a small toothbrush (just for this!) in a circular motion, and finish up with a deeply moisturizing lip balm like Air Repair Rescue Balm.

 

BODY

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If you are going to exfoliate your whole body (as you should) why not do it with a scrub that smells heavenly? We absolutely love the S.W Basics Body Scrub. It leaves your skin super soft and smooth. The only problem? It smells so good that everyone is going to want a piece of you! And to top off this amazing ritual of self-care and self-awareness finish with our favorite body oil by Oxalis Apothecary. It will soothe your skin and calm your mind.

 

Kelp Noodles with Kale Avocado Pesto and Vegan "Parmesan Cheese"


Kelp Noodles Kale Avocado Pesto Vegan Parm Recipe

Welcome to our health-obsessed and wellness conscious Grass Roots Juicery Blog! We love our community, and through this blog, we hope to inspire and encourage you into living a healthier life and happier life. Because, well you already know-HEALTHY LIFE, HAPPY LIFE!

For our first article, we wanted to share a recipe with an awesome ingredient that we’re crazy about - Kelp Noodles!

Kelp noodles are amazingly thin, crunchy and clear “noodles” made out of Kelp. Kelp is a type of seaweed that is rich in iodine content, which can aid in thyroid hormone production. Since kelp noodles don’t require cooking and can be used similarly to other noodle and pasta dishes, they are becoming increasingly popular in gluten-free and raw diets. Kelp noodles are extremely versatile and fun to play with since they adopt the flavor of anything you add them to. 

For this recipe, we knew we wanted something refreshing and crunchy for the summer, but still creamy enough to hold the Kelp noodles. So, we came up with this amazing vegan-friendly recipe of a kale avocado pesto topped with some vegan nut parm. We added some grape tomatoes and roasted asparagus to complete the dish and we can’t wait to tell you how to make it.

Kale Avocado Pesto Dressing Recipe

Best of all, you’re guaranteed to have some leftover dressing, which you can totally use as the perfect summer dipping sauce. 

Kale Avocado Pesto Dressing

KELP NOODLES + KALE AVOCADO PESTO

INGREDIENTS

Vegan "parmesan cheese" ingredients:
4 oz raw pine nuts
1 tbsp raw sesame seeds ( used black, but you can use regular)
2 lemons zest
1 tbsp wheat germ
½ of salt
½ of pepper

Delicious Vegan Kelp Noodles with Avocado Kale Pesto Recipe

Kale avocado pesto dressing ingredients:
Bunch of Kale
Half Haas Avocado
½ cup of water
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup of vegan parm   

Noodles ingredients:
1 bag of Kelp Noodles ( used Gold Mine, available at our Grass Roots Juicery Store)
4 oz of grape tomatoes
1 bunch of roasted asparagus chopped
 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start by making the vegan “parmesan” cheese. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend with a hand blender or add to your food processor. Pulse all ingredients until your parm feels crumbly.

2. Next, in a large bowl (or in food processor directly) add the kale (leafs only), half an avocado (diced), chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and aprox ¼ cup of the vegan parm you made before. Add a little bit of water and start blending. Add remaining cup of water and blend until sauce is smooth and has a creamy consistency. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

3. Rinse kelp noodles thoroughly in warm water. Leave them for a little in the warm water so they soften up a bit. Since kelp noodles are super long, try breaking them or cutting them up with kitchen scissors.

4. Roast some asparagus (usual olive oil, salt pepper at 425 for 8-12 min) and cut them into 2” pieces. 

5. Add the kale avocado pesto dressing to kelp noodles and mix thoroughly with grape tomatoes (halved) and chopped asparagus. Top with some more vegan parm for extra crunch and enjoy!

 

And that’s it! Enjoy the perfect summer meal that will transport your taste buds to the beach even if your body has to stay in the city.