Not only do I love creating healthy smiles, I also am extremely passionate about full body health. I strive to lead a healthy lifestyle myself and feed my body whole, plant-based foods that give me focused energy all day long and fuel my work-outs.
People always ask me the inevitable question: “Where do you get your protein?” . Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and we can
get all of those essential amino acids from a diet rich in plant-based foods. Ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth, legumes, dark leafy greens, sprouted tofu, raw nuts… All of these delicious whole foods provide not only protein, but vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and energy to keep you active!
Incidentally, plant-based diets tend to be more alkaline in nature, which then leads to less inflammation. Also, the antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables may strengthen immunity and increase the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation. As a Dental Hygienist, I get excited about anything that helps with reducing inflammation in the mouth. Raw nuts and veggies are great options for snacks. Snacking on veggies like celery and carrots help to keep plaque off the teeth and the calcium and phosphorus in raw nuts help to neutralize cavity producing acids.
I am on the go constantly, and one of my favorite ways to get a fast and easy blast of nutrients is with a smoothie. With Fall in full swing around here, pumpkin-spiced everything is all the rage. Here is a recipe for a delicious smoothie that is great for breakfast or after a work-out!
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Smoothie
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
1 cup spinach
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup organic canned pumpkin
1/4 cup raw oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Blend with ice. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Enjoy!