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Nutrition nuggets are my little pearls of wisdom in the field of health and nutrition.  Here I talk about nutrients, healthy foods and useful tips to achieve and maintain optimal health.

A new kind of milk

 

An increasing number of people cannot tolerate milk. This could be due to a multitude of reasons but the most common ones are: an intolerance to the sugar component of milk (lactose) or an allergy to the protein molecule of milk (whey or casein). It is not always easy to identify the exact trigger. The symptoms are usually bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation and/or diarrhea. In most cases, the solution is simply to stop drinking milk and stop eating dairy products.

 

For those of you that have not heard of lucuma, it is an exotic, slightly sweet subtropical fruit grown in South America, primarily in Peru. It is so popular that the nation's favourite ice cream flavour is lucuma! This is due to its unique flavour, somewhere between maple syrup and caramel.

With the advent of spring, I decided to give my body a “spring clean” and tried a juicing cleanse with Radiance Cleanse. It helps that I personally know the two ladies at the helm of the company: Christina Agnew and Clare Neill. Christina and Clare are two genuine health advocates who know all there is to know about detoxing and cleansing. The end product is tasty, nutritious and effective.

Radiance Cleanse Juices

Feeling sluggish mid-morning? Skipping breakfast every so often? Bored with what breakfast has to offer? Stocked up on high sugar, low fat cereals?

STOP!

 

 

Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day as it kick starts your metabolism and sets the tone for the rest of the day. There are numerous options out there depending on time, lifestyle, personal preferences or intolerances, but I have started preparing nutrient-rich smoothies in the morning and I have not looked back.

Chia seeds are a powerful superfood. Chia Seeds are member of the mint family and are native to Mexico and South America. They are low in cholesterol and sodium but rich in protein. They are high in fiber and offering three grams of omega-3 in every serving (eight times more than salmon!). Gram for gram, chia is the richest whole food source of Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) and fiber found in nature.

chia seeds

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