No Bake Healthy Bites – Fun & Easy Recipe!

I had so much fun making these amazing Healthy Bites for my Whole Foods Market Park City and H3B  Healthy, Happy and Whole Lecture Series this morning. Check them out – great for an energy boost

No Bake Healthy Bites

Ingredients:

1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats

½ Cup Ground Sunflower Seeds

½ Cup Almond Butter

½ Cup Ground Flax Seed

½ Cup Cacao Nibs or Mini Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 Cup Raw Honey

1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional) 

Stir ingredients together in bowl, chill in fridge 30 minutes, take out of fridge, roll into 1 inch balls, store in air tight container in fridge.  Great healthy, energy snacks for kids on the go!

Julie Tao, Health Coach, Tao Spa Solutions

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Julie’s Recent Blog Posting on Dr. Sear’s Wellness Institute

Check out my recent blog posting at Dr. Sear’s Wellness Institute on Preparing the Body for Pregnancy Here

Exciting News: a new L.E.A.N. Start Online Class has been scheduled for this Summer!  Check out our site to register at www.taospasolutions.com

Class runs from July 15 – August 25

Fun online learning for families. L.E.A.N. Start is a series of fun and interactive educational classes that give families the tools and information to develop a lifetime of achievable healthy habits for the entire family.Gather the entire family together and learn how you can simplify your life while improving your overall health, weight, energy, and focus. L.E.A.N. Online includes six interactive eLearning segments, hands-on learning activities, family challenge activities, free downloads, and more!

Hope to see you in class this Summer!

In health,
Julie

 

Ahhh the Benefits of Steam

It is always amazing to me how the world of spa and the world of motherhood crossover on an almost daily basis.  As a spa professional, the benefits of steam are numerous and the majority of spas have steam rooms or steam showers for guests to enjoy.

In a spa setting, relaxing in a steam room and taking deep long inhalations boosts the immune system, clears out impurities in the skin’s pores, loosens congestion, eases sinus pressure and more.

At home when infants and young children are feeling sick, congested, coughing or having difficulty breathing, sitting in the bathroom with the hot water from the shower running to produce a steamy room benefit the children.

Why is it then when we grow up and become young adults do we forget this natural remedy when it is there all along whether in our bathrooms or at our favorite spa? Exposing our children to spa in the teenage years keeps these natural remedies top of mind.  Spa is a way of life, a necessity, not a luxury.

 

Berries ~ Superfood to Boost the Immune System

As today’s headlines continue to show alarming rates of the flu across the US, I am focusing on increasing the quality of nutrient dense foods at our dinner table.  It is so very important to boost the immune system during times as the present, where our bodies are being exposed to viruses and bacteria wanting to attack the body.  Top of this list are the amazing super powerhouse foods ~ berries ~ full of anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, fiber and flavonoids.  When I am talking about these superfoods, I am referring to blueberries (my favorite), strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and the delicious blackberries.

I mentioned 4 reasons that the berry is such a powerhouse as they contain anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, fiber and flavonoids.  You might be wondering what these benefits are and why they are so beneficial to your health.

Anti-oxidants:  known to boost the immune system and neutralize damage caused by free radicals trying to attack the immune system.  Brightly colored foods with rich, deep blues, oranges, reds, greens and yellows are full of these immune booster and disease fighting superheros.  Berries are rich in anti-oxidants and blueberries have the highest levels of antioxidants than any other berry.

Phytochemicals or Phytonutrients: these are plant-based nutrient rich foods full of vitamins and minerals, which focus on preventing disease and sickness.

Fiber: the stringy stuff holding our fruits and vegetables together encouraging healthy active digestion, lowers cholesterol and gives you that full feeling without over eating.

Flavonoids: part of the phytonutrient, flavonoids aid the immune system by protecting the cells of the body against environmental pollutants and work with the body to allow for proper functioning.  Assisting the body in fighting off infections, flavonoids are responsible for bringing the rich reds, oranges and greens to fruits and vegetables.

As all fruits and vegetables are important in boosting the immune system and protecting the body from infections and disease, I am particularly fond of the berry…especially during the cold and flu season.  Lets hear what your powerhouse food of choice is for protecting your immune system…

Resources: www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org, www.livestrong.com

 

Portion Control

We often see the words “portion control” pop up in the news, in magazines, and from our doctors.  Portion control has become quite popular as restaurants continue to deliver over sized meals and fast food establishments continue to “super-size” servings.  I mean for a long time our society has thought more is better, right?  Well not the case at all.  Your goal should always be to super-size the amount of nutrient dense foods you are consuming, not the portion size.  Our bodies need more nutrients and less fluffed food.  When choosing your next meal, think quality of food, not quantity.  Bon Appetite!