Smoothies are great for breakfast or a snack. Next time you have a smoothie add some raw spinach or kale to your delicious recipe. It’s an easy way to make a sweet smoothie more like a “green” one. All the major juice bars are going green all across the country, so why not do it at home too! Just chop up a handful of baby spinach or curly kale (about one-half cup) and toss it in. It adds a quick serving of healthy veggies to your daily intake and lends mellowness to sweet smoothies. It also gives you an extra boost of energy with every sip. (more…)
You’re not alone if your diet gets seriously derailed in the days leading up to and during your period. That time of the month–particularly for those coping with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)–can cause us to indulge in some seriously unhealthy cravings (French fries and ice cream for dinner, anyone?).
If you’re in that boat, don’t despair. There’s a scientific reason women jones for junk food in the days preceding and during that time of the month. Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone–the main reproductive hormones–plummet in the days leading up to your period and remain low for the first few days of it, according to gynecologist Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age”
“This sharp decline in hormones results in falling levels of mood-supporting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, causing cravings for foods that elevate them, like chocolate (dopamine) and starchy foods (serotonin),” explains Dr. Booth. (more…)