Micronutrient Monday!

MicronutrientsYacon rootToday’s Micronutrient Monday focus is the Yacon Root. What the heck is it you ask? It looks kind of like a sweet potato, but has many hidden talents that come alive inside your body! It BANISHES bad digestions, regulates regularity and activates absorption of nutrients. It’s a powerful antioxidant, and studies show that yacon may help support ideal blood sugar levels and healthy cardiovascular function.

Yacon is a tuber grown in the Northern and Central Andes from Ecuador to Argentina. It’s become a star with diabetics due to its sweet but low glycemic substance called inulin.

Now I’m going to throw some REAL SCIENCE at you! C,mon, don’t click off the page! Read up buttercup and feel educated about the properties that lie in this root that YOU NEED!

  • Yacon contains fructooligosaccharides, an indigestible natural sweetener.
  • Fructooligosaccharides (or FOS) taste sweet, but break down slowly, passing through the digestive tract unmetabolized, and thus have very low caloric value. As an additional nutrition bonus, these FOS have a prebiotic effect, meaning that they are used by “friendly” bacteria (probiotics) that favor colon health and digestion.
  • Probiotics are the good, healthy bacteria strains that live in your intestines, help to digest food, and help keep you “regular.” These healthy bacteria need special nutrients called prebiotics to grow and thrive.
  • A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, conducted by the Institute of Organic Chemistry, suggested that four different components of yacon each provide their own “potent antioxidant activity” and have been shown to reduce blood glucose levels in rats. Read more here.

Now that you know all about the Yacon Root, are you ready to give it a try? Every single glass of Shakeology is filled with this wonder of mother nature. Get yours now – you owe it to yourself :-)

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Banana Bombs

Little nuggets of chocolate and banana and a protein rich cake...
Delicious bites of light, fluffy banana-hazelnut cake & bananas coated in rich, silky dark chocolate…..

I recently discovered FlapJacked Protein pancake mix and have been sharing their products with all of my health-conscious “Fit-foodie” friends. This recipe uses their Banana Hazelnut mix which is a blend of Whole Oat Flour, Buttermilk, Whey Protein Isolate, Banana, Hazelnut Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt and Xanthan Gum.

“This protein pancake is loaded with potassium and fiber. Hazelnut meal adds vitamin E in addition to B vitamins (including folate) and is also a rich source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. With only 200 calories per serving, our Banana Hazelnut Protein Pancake Mix has a sweet, nutty flavor while modestly packing 16 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber in each serving.”- FlapJacked

INGREDIENTS
1 cup FlapJacked Banana Hazelnut Protein Pancake Mix
1 cup water (or unsweetened coconut milk)
1/2 – 1 cup 60% dark chocolate (or semi-sweet) chopped
1 large fresh bananas (chilled for 1 hour)
4 TBSP almond or peanut butter (I used Whole Food’s fresh ground almond butter)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Prepare FlapJacked Pancake mix as directed on the package and cool. You can do this 1-2 days in advance. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler pan until chocolate is melted.  While heating the chocolate, Layer the following:

1 Pancake
1/2 TBSP Nut butter
1/4″ banana slices
1/2 TBSP Nut butter
1 Pancake

Cut into Bars and dip in melted chocolate until coated.  Place on wax paper in the refrigerator until firm. (about 30 minutes)

ENJOY!

NUTRITION FACTS:
Serving Size: 1 bar (10 servings)
Calories 79
Fat 4g
Carbohydrates 8g
Fiber 1g
Sugar 2g
Protein 3g

Micronutrients vs. Macronutrients

cd0ee4d3-7113-45f7-80bb-c6ada0a14bf1_oqjbfeDo you count calories? Are you familiar with macros vs. micros in your foods? Macronutrients are basically “Food 101”: protein, fat and carbohydrates. The Basics. The numbers that the average person will look at when determining whether or not they choose to eat whatever it might be.

Some of us count macros but we choose to go a little deeper. We take a look at actual ingredients in our food. We dig into the Micronutrients: vitamins and minerals that are not produced in the body and must be obtained through food sources. Micronutrients can also be ingested in pill form (aka a Vitamin) however, these are highly processed micronutrients and harder for your body to break down and absorb. Your best bet for Micronutrients – WHOLE FOODS.

Shakeology is made from whole foods that have been harvested, freeze dried and ground. Each glass of Shakeology does contain your typical macronutrients which are all right in line with a diet based on high protein, low carb and low saturated fats. However, it’s the micronutrients that put Shakeology head and shoulders above any other shake on the market.

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I’ve been drinking Shakeology for over three years and can tell you, personally, my sugar cravings have been dramatically reduced, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been sick, my hair is thicker, my nails are longer, my skin is more resilient! I’ve also ditched my multi-vitamin. I’m getting all of my macronutrients and micronutrients from my diet and my daily dose of dense nutrition aka Shakeology.

Here’s a look at the numbers and the ingredients in my shake:

Micronutrients vs. Macronutrients

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