Nutrition

Meal Plan to Lower Inflammation One Day at a Time

Hello! I trust you're off to a great start this new year but I spent a few hours writing a one-day meal plan, complete with recipes and tips, to help get you started. I wanted to share some of my knowledge and experience as a functional nutritionist to help you eat a little healthier while still enjoying your meals. You can download it below. This way of eating can decrease inflammation after our holiday splurge, strengthen the digestive system, [...]
spirulina powder

Spirulina: The Ultimate Smoothie Ingredient?

Spirulina I recently had an in-depth medical examination as a part of the World Trade Center Monitoring Program (I was present at WTC on 9/11/2001 and the months following) which included a chest X-Ray. I'm not a big fan of X-Rays and try to only have them when absolutely necessary.  I think checking my chest for tumors is a good reason to get one but it made me think about foods and supplements that can help the body deal with [...]
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Ingredient Insight: Cacao, The Power of Chocolate!

Who doesn’t love chocolate? This delicacy is actually one of the most nutrient-dense foods known to man, in its natural state, at least. Revered by kings and queens for thousands of years, it was actually used as currency throughout the Aztec world before being discovered by Europeans. That’s right, cacao, not gold (which was everywhere) was used as currency. Maybe they knew something the Europeans didn’t? What is cacao? Cacao is the seed (or nut) of the fruit of the [...]
Zenberry Smoothie

Zenberry Blood-Cleansing Smoothie Recipe

Beets contains natural pigments call d betacyanins that have potent cancer fighting properties on lab mice. They’re also one of the best sources of folate and betaine, two nutrients that work together to lower your blood levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Finally, the journal hypertension published a study that showed that the nitrate in beets may also help lower blood pressure. Blueberries can also help prevent [...]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream Smoothie

If you love chocolate chip mint ice cream but don't like the dairy, saturated fat and sugar, you'll love this recipe! It's hard to believe this smoothie is healthy, it tastes so good. 2-4 tablespoons Zenberry Greens 1 frozen Banana 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 2 kale leaves (spine removed) handful fresh mint leaves Ice if you need to make it thicker Blend in high speed blender. Top with cacao nibs for the crunch of chocolate chips.

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

Hello everyone! The topic today is protein. Yes, this macro nutrient is often the main focus of our western diets but should it get all the attention? Most of us have been raised in a protein-centered culture. One where the main focus of most meals will be the protein on the plate, right? The center piece is always the steak or chicken or fish. Some vegetables for garnish and maybe a tiny side salad. Don’t get me wrong, protein is [...]

Zenberry Helped Me Ride 975 Miles

I often try to get away to a warm location each winter to get a break from the freezing cold or indoor riding that is required to stay fit as a cyclist in NY.  This year I went back to Los Angeles which is a surprisingly great place to ride a bike. Warm and usually dry, the canyons that jut up from the Pacific Coast Highway leave plenty of climbing to get the body ready for the race season.  [...]