Easy Vegetable Juices

We love vegetable juices here in the East West Essentials office. So much so that we’ve started making our own and we even had a mini office competition for the best one! :) Here are some of our favorites. We hope you like them!

Vegetable Juices

Green drinks tend to be more powerful and so you will want to start off slow and gradually increase. Ultimately, you never want more than ¼ of your juice to be green juice.

I never drink my green juices alone. Not only are they powerful in that they can cause loose bowel movements, but their taste is rather strong. Green juices are usually mixed with apples, celery, cucumbers or carrots.

Kale-Apple-Carrot Juice

Ingredients:
3 Kale Leaves
Small handful parsley
4 5 carrots, greens removed
1 apple, seeded

Directions:
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7 Must-Haves For Your Fridge

One of the main reasons we hear from our clients as to why they don’t eat clean and healthy is, “I’m too busy!” I get it. When you’ve worked a full day, tended to your kids, home, friends and family who wants to start cooking? After all, people don’t flock to fast food restaurants for the nutritional value, it s the convenience that usually lures people in.

Dr. Jeanne Wilson is helping with this common quandary by sharing her list of the 7 “must-haves” for the busy person’s fridge. Avoid the temptation to eat “fast” by stocking up on the following:

1. Precut vegetables: Carrots, celery, onions and other “no need to cook” veggies, such as  cherry tomatoes, avocados cucumber. Having these ready to go cuts down on prep time – and excuses!

2. Fruit of all colors: Pineapple, apples, berries, kiwi – make a color palette, the more the better! You can also buy precut for speed and less prep time.

3. Nuts and nut butters: Almond butter, cashew butter, good old peanut butter
pine nuts, sesame seeds. These are easy to eat or add to any meal or snack.

4. Salsa: Red and green. Top it on a meal, use it as a no-cook side or just as a snack.

5. Spelt tortillas or pita bread: These are Read More »

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Is Frozen Yogurt A Bad Idea?

Do you have a question for our expert and East West Essentials‘ co-foundersDr. Jeanne Wilson? Post it on our Facebook page and we will answer you.

Q: Is frozen yogurt an unhealthy food? What are some of the ingredients in that are bad for you? What’s a better choice?

Most commercial frozen yogurts are loaded with sugar or worse yet. artificial sugars. Many are also non-fat, which makes the rate of sugar delivery into the blood stream happen even more quickly. The toppings are killer too!

Once we freeze yogurts we are loosing Read More »

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Beat Acidity & Inflammation… By Eating!

I encourage my patients to keep a journal, tracking how they feel, what they eat and other daily habits including sleep and exercise. It is a wonderful way to discover any patterns that may be beneficial or detracting from your overall health and wellness. Recently, a patient and I tackled an ongoing issue of inflammation and bloating this way. This is a common challenge, and I want to share with you the methods we took to treat this!

It is a general consensus of holistic physicians and nutritionists that acidic foods exacerbate inflammation and alkaline foods reduce inflammation. Of course, a good physician will also take into consideration other possible causes of the inflammatory condition you may be experiencing.

You can Google the web, as there are numerous alkaline and acid forming food lists. My suggestion would be to try Read More »

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Mango Morning Shake

Maybe it is the warm summer weather, but lately I have been loving fruit shakes to start off my morning. This is my current favorite – and don’t forget to eat within 30 minutes of waking to kickstart your metabolism for the day!

Ingredients (one serving):

  • 2 scoops East West Essentials Optimal Protein Powder
  • 1 sachet Est West Essentials Optimal GI
  • 4 frozen organic mango chunks (or your favorite fruit)
  • 1/2 small packet of stevia
  • 1/2 cup of organic OJ or apple Juice (or water)
  • 3 ice cubs

Blend and enjoy! Add more or less of anything for your personal preference.

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Raw Food Myths Vs Reality

foodmashupI have been adding more and more raw food into my diet lately. Although I don’t practice an entirely raw food lifestyle, I enjoy many of the benefits. But as this has progressed I’ve ben surprised at how little people know – or think they know – about eating raw. To that end, I have composed some great information for anyone curious about raw food!

Myth: Raw food diets consist of only fruit and vegetables.
Reality: A raw food diet consists of many foods other than just fruits and vegetables. Seeds, nuts, nut milks, sprouted grains, seaweeds, juices, fermented foods, processed foods like soy sauce, kimchee, misoraw nut butters and cold pressed oils.
 
Myth: You cannot eat out anymore if you adopt a raw food lifestyle.
Reality: Raw food restaurants are becoming much more popular these days. You can look one up on Yelp in the city you live in. Salads and fruit smoothies are easily found in most all cities.
 
Myth: Eating raw foods is more expensive.
Reality: Just because it is a raw food doesn’t mean it is more expensive. Fruits and veggies go a long way! You can make several meals from different raw foods. Now, eating healthy may be more expensive in general as a whole… but not just because it is raw foods. 
 
Myth: All raw food is cold.
Reality: Food Read More »
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Survive Summer With Chinese Medicine!

1796668_668626016532703_44505411_nHello my friends, and welcome to summer! How are you enjoying it so far? This is a wonderful time of year, it is great to get outside and soak up that sunshine (and Vitamin D!).

According to traditional Chinese medicine, each season is ruled by an element. Summer is associated with the element of Fire. The ancient theory of The Five Phases was introduced almost two thousand years ago, and discusses the idea that the structure of the cosmos reflects the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Season is associated with an element, with the Earth element relating to the change in seasons every three months. And along with its associated element, each season is related to parts of the human body and certain forms of energy.Summer is not only correlated with the element of Fire, but with the heart, small intestine, and the tongue. Knowing which element relates to each season can provide knowledge from traditional Chinese medicine regarding health in that season. Special attention should be paid to those aforementioned organs during summer. Fortunately, when the Fire element is in balance (as it often is in summer), the heart is strong and healthy.
My suggestion to you? Enjoy LIFE and GOOD HEALTH!
-Take a Read More »
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Could Nut Butters Be The Secret Culprit Behind Your Weight Gain?

0210p117-nut-butter-mGood, ole’ peanut butter may be full of proteins and fiber, but the real butter magic appears in a variety of other nut butters available to us: almond, sunflower seed, cashew, pecan, hazelnut, macadamia and tahini (just to name a few!) butter have all grown in popularity and for good reason. Although most nuts and seeds share similar qualities, each boasts its own nutritional perks–from fat-burning potential to cancer protection–that become concentrated when the nuts are ground into butters. They contain protein, unsaturated fats, and antioxidants, and are naturally low in carbs. But, like most foods, can you get too much of a good thing?

I recently sat down with a new client who had adopted a very healthy meal plan, but had come to see me because she was gaining weight, and no matter what she did her scale continued to move up. After a quick evaluation it was clear that her choices were excellent, it was the portion sizes that had me concerned, specifically with one food in particular: almond butter.

This client was enjoying 3-4 tablespoons of almond butter each day. My recommendation to her was Read More »

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Dr. Wilson’s Quick Fertility Tips

Are you trying to get pregnant? We have an entire line dedicated to women’s and men’s fertility, and for the pregnant woman as well. Our East West Essentials co-founder, Dr. Jeanne Wilson, is a fertility expert. Today she shares some of her quick tips to increase fertility!

Women trying to get pregnant, or who are pregnant, need to increase their protein intake by 20%. Consider incorporating a protein powder, like East West Essentials, into your diet to help meet your body’s needs.

Approximately 40% of infertility cases are male-related. Excess weight in men can lower testosterone levels, which can lead to lower sperm count, motility, and/or sperm quality. Even small amounts of weight gain can make a big difference. If you are looking to shed some pounds try our 10-Day Optimal Cleanse prior to trying for a baby.

My best to you! -Dr. Wilson

 

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Yogurt Covered Frozen Strawberries

My family made this delicious treat yesterday and it was perfect a hot day! It is so easy to make – all you need are strawberries, vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt, parchment paper and a freezer. They were a hit with kids and adults!

 

 

Directions:

 

  • Wash and dry strawberries
  • Cut strawberries in half
  • Dip in your favorite vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Place flat side down on parchment paper
  • Freeze for at least 3 hours

-Straight from the kitchen of East West Essentials’ very own Heather Wilson!

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