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Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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First of all, I love sweet potatoes.

My God, do I love sweet potatoes.

Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A — the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections.

So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato latkes (which are sort of like pancakes).

You can see the entire write up over at Vegetarian Times: Sweet Potato Latkes, but below is my summary (and review).


Brain Food Recipe Review: Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Looking for a sweet little morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up without the guilt of a ton of sugar or calories and some serious brain boosting?

I highly recommend this chocolate banana milkshake!


Top 10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas for Active Couples

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Original Photo: epSos.de | CC

Original Photo: epSos.de | CC

AH! Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!

For those of you into Valentine’s Day with no idea what to do, I know that strikes panic in your hearts (pun intended).

(Not mine, though; the beau and I already ROCKED OUT to Kings of Leon last weekend. Seriously, who wants roses when you can dance around to “Sex On Fire”? Not this chick.)

Don’t worry, though, I’ve come up with 10 healthy and active Valentine’s Day ideas perfect for all you couples, almost-couples, and we’re-just-friends-right-now-leave-us-alone folks.


Junky Desks Might Cause Junky Diets, One Study Suggests

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Do you do your best work at a clean desk? Or, do you prefer a little mess?

What about those of you who work from home, or frequently have lunch in your office? Does a clean or messy work environment influence what you choose for lunch?


15 Ways to Nourish Your Mind and Body On Bad Weather Days

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

Alicia Sparks | All Rights Reserved

For some of us, it’s hard to get out of bed on these cold, dreary winter days…

…much less get out of the house!

Still, we have to take time to nourish our bodies and minds, weather (pun intended — I’m here all night!) the sun’s shining, the clouds are bursting, or — in most of the east coast’s case lately — snow is swirling all around us.

Because so many of us are used to nourishing our minds and bodies outdoors (walking our dogs, heading to the yoga studio, meditation walks in the park), taking care of our minds and bodies indoors might seem challenging.


Last Minute Shopping? 5 Mind and Body Holiday Gift Ideas

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Greetings last minute holiday shoppers!

Well, I can only assume you’re shopping last minute, if you’re reading this post today :)

Don’t worry, I’ve put a few things off ’til the last minute, too.

(It’s been a rough season, to say the least.)

Fortunately, I’ve had time to come up with this list of mind and body gift ideas for your loved ones…

…or maybe for yourself!

(After all, who says you can’t treat yourself this season, too?)


5 EASY Ways to Start Scarfing Almonds TODAY

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like almonds, and if I do, they’ve kept it a secret from me–as they should.

I LOVE ALMONDS.

Mostly, because hello, they’re delicious, BUT there are plenty of health reasons, too, and some of them are specific to our brains.

They’re packed with Vitamin E, riboflavin, and L-carnitine so they can help boost brain activity and slow cognitive decline; they’re alkaline forming which can help increase your energy; and some say almonds can help prevent neurological conditions.

So, how do you go about adding these little crunchy bits of magic to your diet? You don’t have to be a culinary genius, that’s for sure.


So, I’ve Been Treating My Body Like Crap. Guess How That’s Working Out?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Gray Flowers

As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently.

I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out.

(Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don’t actually feel guilty for that.)

I haven’t hit the track, I haven’t practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)–I haven’t even worked out at home. I’ve eaten any ol’ thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can’t remember the last time I had a full glass of water.

Maybe Sunday.

The point is, I’m falling apart physically–during a time when it’s especially important to hold it together–and it’s causing me to fall apart mentally.


Product Review: ‘Hungry for Change’ Documentary

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Have you watched Hungry for Change yet?

A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let’s stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye.

I suppose it was the documentary’s cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye.

Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley.

So, what’s Hungry for Change all about?


Dr. George Drinka On Junk Foods, Healthy Foods, and the Marvels of the Media

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

We’re fortunate enough to have a guest post today from Dr. George Drinka, child psychiatrist and author. Dr. Drinka’s upcoming book, When the Media Is the Parent, is posed to educate parents about the massive role media (think television, video games, and the Internet).

Today, he’s talking with us about the role media plays in childhood obesity, fast food advertising geared toward children, and how, in time, the media might even help promote healthier eating.


 

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