Dreamy Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream with Alyson Bridge

We know that for many, Labor Day means the end of summer. But just because summer is over doesn’t mean that our love affair with ice cream has to end too. Fortunately for those of us in places where the weather is still blazing hot, ice cream remains our go-to treat to cool off after a long day of work. Even if you’re in a colder climate, you can still enjoy a scoop of delicious homemade ice cream (maybe keep the heater on?). Because let’s be honest- we love ice cream no matter the season!

Why Homemade Is Better?

Although it does take more work than crackin’ open a carton of store-bought ice cream, homemade is worth the extra effort. You know exactly what’s into your ice cream and you have control of the ingredients based on your own tastebuds. Homemade tends to taste fresher and more pure than store-bought. It’s guaranteed fresh and you can use high-quality organic ingredients – straight from the farmer’s market! Some companies add unnatural ingredients to stabilize the cream, thicken it up, and keep it from crystallizing. Furthermore, a lot of store-bought ice creams have more air whipped into them. For this reason, homemade ice cream is usually creamier and richer. It also means no chemicals, no preservatives, and no ingredients you can’t pronounce.

 

[ Alyson's Homemade Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe ]

Ingredients:
Organic Coconut Milk – Two 13.5 cansHomemade Ice Cream
Dates – Five with seeds removed
Stevia – 1/8 teaspoon
Chocolate Chips – Half cup
Macadamia Nuts – Half cup
Peppermint Extract – One teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – One teaspoon
Salt – Half teaspoon
Coconut Palm Sugar (optional)

Directions:
1. Put one can of coconut milk and all five dates into a blender
2. Blend until dates are dissolved into milk
3. Add the other can of coconut milk, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, stevia, half of the chocolate chips, and salt into blender.
4. Test the batter. Add in coconut palm sugar and extra stevia and salt if needed. Blend.
5. Add in macadamia nuts and remainder of chocolate chips to blender. Blend quickly to mix in.
6. Add batter to ice cream maker and follow directions of the maker.

 

 

Get Control of Your Hormones!

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The following is a guest post written by my good friend and colleague Dr. Anna Cabeca, a hormone and anti-aging specialist. One of her specialties is helping women and men balance their hormones so they can feel better, look younger, and even lose weight.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then this blog post is for you…

  • Your mood changes unpredictably or you’re depressed.
  • You’ve gained weight over the years and dieting doesn’t work as well as it once did.
  • You’re tired most of the time and you use caffeine to help you get through the day.
  • You experience sleep problems such as difficulty getting to sleep or waking up in the wee hours of the night.
  • Your interest in sex is lackluster (or nonexistent).
  • Your mind feels hazy or scattered and you have difficulty concentrating.
  • You’re experiencing obvious hormonal issues such as PMS or hot flashes.
  • You have lost your edge at work or lost interest in your usual activities.

It’s easy to think that these symptoms are just a part of normal aging, but they aren’t.

If your hormones are balanced then there is NO reason why you shouldn’t have abundant energy, a fit body, and feel fantastic for decades to come.

Your body uses many different hormones to stay healthy and happy but in today’s post we are going to discuss three of the most important ones.
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Cooking Oils: Can you fry your food and eat it too?

You’ve probably heard about the various cooking oils, and the different benefits they all offer. From Olive Oil to Coconut Oil, some are better than others, they say. Many have been named, but which is actually the best for you? Find out with us as we go through a variety of cooking oils!

 

Cooking Oils

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Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly a third of the people that live in the U.S. believe that they have a food allergy. Yet, only 4% of teens/adults and 5% of children actually have food allergies.

Why do so many people have difficulty identifying food allergies?

Some researchers believe that “food allergy” is often misused because people are not fully aware of what the term actually means. And this results in their loose use of the term.

Food Allergies

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Why Laxatives Give False Relief

Did you know that each year, Americans spend more than $700 million on laxatives? The United States supposedly has the highest rate of laxative use compared to several other countries.

Yet, statistics show that as many as 40% of people use laxatives incorrectly. At least 15% of diarrhea cases are due to incorrect laxative use. (1) Furthermore, laxatives are often abused by people who seek to lose weight. The individual mistakenly believes that the laxatives can work to rush food and calories through the gut and bowels before they can be absorbed.  But that doesn’t really happen. Let’s explore this question: Why do laxatives give a false sense of elimination? What are healthier alternatives to laxatives?

What are laxatives?

laxativesLaxatives are substances that can help an individual have a bowel movement, an indication that the body is cleansing. They are used to relieve and prevent constipation. Because different types of laxatives work in different ways, their effectiveness can vary from person to person. In general, bulk-forming laxatives (also referred to as fiber supplements) are the gentlest on the body and safest to use long term. Stimulant laxatives are the harshest and should be used sparingly.

When a bowel movement is forced, it can disrupt the body’s natural mechanisms. Laxatives should only be taken to relieve or prevent constipation, because they can produce adverse reactions that can physically impair the digestive system. Constant intestinal movements as a result of  using laxatives tend to give individuals a false sense of waste elimination. While it is true that some of the individual’s bodyweight does shed during the process, it is important to keep in mind that ultimately it’s really just water weight.

A common misconception of laxatives is that they can help with weight loss. What you really need to know is that overusing laxatives can be dangerous. Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are potential side effects. Diarrhea causes too much water loss. This could lower the blood pressure, increase the heart rate, cause dizziness and fainting. Laxatives can also change levels of important minerals in your body. This can lead to kidney stones, heart and muscle problems.

 

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Easy Ways to Improve Digestion and Speed Up Metabolism Naturally

DigestionIt’s 1 pm and you just finished your lunch not too long ago. Now it is time to get back to work, but all you want to do is take a nice, long nap. Your body feels heavy and your mind is starting to fog. Sorry to break it to you – but you may be in a food coma.

Food comas are no joke! They can be especially dangerous in the workplace. Known as post-prandial somnolence  (Fancy huh?) to the medical world, a food coma is defined as a normal state of drowsiness following a meal.

To break this concept down even more, think of it as a series of chain reactions. When you consume food, your body goes into a general state of low energy due to the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to the increase of mass in your gastrointestinal tract. This then leads to a specific state of sleepiness caused by hormonal and neurochemical changes related to the rate at which glucose enters your bloodstream and the downstream effects it has on the transport of amino acid in the central nervous system. In other words, your energy is being diverted to aid in digestion, so “non-essential” functions such as, exercise and muscle exertion are placed on the back-burners.

As a general rule of thumb –  the bigger the meal, the harder it will be for you to stay awake! When you eat a lot at once, your parasympathetic nervous system ends up shifting more of its energy to help with digestion. What you eat also matters. When you consume foods loaded with fat and sugar, they are quickly broken down into glucose (the simplest form of sugar). Your body uses glucose for fuel and this increase of it will cause a spike in your bloodstream. To counteract this surge in blood sugar, your body then releases more insulin to clean up the excess glucose. However, the increase in insulin causes your brain to produce more serotonin and melatonin, which are neurochemicals that make you feel sleepy.

If you’re concerned about feeling sleepy after eating, we have some tips that can help you improve your digestion and overall gut health…
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Embracing Healthy Family Practice with The Wellness Mama

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Katie, the Wellness Mama, joins Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai on The Health Bridge. As you may already know, Katie is the mother of five children and it’s tough being a mom. In this episode, these three health and wellness gurus share parenting tips and strategies to teach our children healthy habits.

 

 

How do we make sure our kids (and perhaps even us) are eating healthily despite the fact that most kids’ menus are filled with unhealthy options? Is it possible to encourage children who hate vegetables to give them a go? And how do we make sure our kids are getting enough activity if all they want to do is play video games?

You’re really going to have to watch or listen this episode to get the full picture. However, we want to provide you with a great resource for healthy recipes for kids’ meals. Super Healthy Kids has an index of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack ideas. If you’re looking to spice things up for your family, give this resource a try. Sometimes we have to be creative when it comes to encouraging our children to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s not an easy feat, but nothing is impossible. Good luck!

 

 
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Foods that Lead to Weight Gain with Guest JJ Virgin

As we near summer, we’re all thinking about getting that perfect beach body. Some of us are probably starting an exercise routine and trying to get our diets in order.

 

This week on The Health Bridge, Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome nutrition expert JJ Virgin to go through a list of the foods that we often consume, but will make us gain weight. Why do these foods lead to weight gain? What happens inside of our bodies when we eat these foods? What can we do to help our bodies burn fat?

Check out this episode of The Health Bridge for JJ’s blacklist! You may be surprised by some of the foods on this list… because you might be eating them.

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Simple Tempeh Reuben Salad Recipe


Summer Bock and Robyn Youkilis come together to create a salad version for a favorite, yet not so healthy, sandwich… the classic reuben. They have created a salad that has all the great flavors of the reuben, but without the guilt. This simple recipe is easy to make and sure to satisfy your cravings!

In Summer and Robyn’s recipe, they use tempeh as a substitute for meat. If you’re a vegetarian, you may already know about this soy-based superfood. If you’ve never heard of tempeh before stumbling onto this delicious recipe, then let us explore what this food has to offer.

 

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Foods That Fill You With Vitality with Steven Masley

You are what you eat. We hear it all the time. And often we’re told what we’re not supposed to eat. But what about things we should eat? What are the foods that will fill us with vitality?

There are so many labels at the grocery store that tell us foods are “heart healthy” or “high in protein”, but what does that all actually mean? Can the sugary bowl of cereal really be heart healthy? Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome guest Steven Masley to The Health Bridge to discuss what foods we can and should add that could help improve our daily lives.

Here’s a quick recap of the 5 foods that fill you with vitality and amplify your sex life.

#1 – Fiber: fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts, beans and nuts.
#2 – Lean and clean protein. Get off the chemically enhanced meat.
#3 – Healthy fat, especially more MUFA’s: avocado, olives, olive oil.
#4 – Beneficial beverages which includes clean water, tea, and red wine.
#5 – Fabulous flavors, including the extra-dark chocolate, spices, herbs and chili.

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