“Eat Your Heart Out” is a new article about eating delicious food and being mindful about consumption. Since I strive to be mindful about the production of my jewelry I think this is a good opportunity to be mindful about more than just business. My first go at mindful meals comes in a teacup with vanilla Greek yogurt, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and blueberries.
Pepita in Spanish literally translates to “little seed of squash” which basically means, obviously you should eat them because everything about them is adorable and good for you. These little guys can do wonders for your body including provide you with a better night sleep through a tryptophan release, decrease inflammation in the body and even encourage healthy male sexual function! That’s right ladies, ya’ll better start spiking your fella’s yogurt with Pepitas.
Walnuts are incredibly delicious and healthy. Walnut consumption has been proven to decrease the risk of cancer in men and women. For some reason walnuts usually cure me from my chocolate cravings so I tend to use them as a chocolate substitute. Try eating a handful of walnuts whenever you’re about to leap in front of moving traffic for a chocolate bar.
Blueberries have amazing health benefits. They are well known for their powerful antioxidant properties but new studies have shown that blueberries can actually improve your memory. As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries were consumed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. No wonder they all had perfect skin and didn’t age a day in their lives!
Eating Greek yogurt once a day can really help with maintaining gut health. It can assist with weight loss and keep a happy balance of bacteria in your tummy. For those of you who are sensitive to dairy products, Greek yogurt is actually a lower lactose food, but if you prefer to stay off dairy products completely there are alternatives on the market shelf. The “So Delicious” yogurt made with coconut milk is quite popular among my Vegan friends.
When talking about nutritional healing, cinnamon is one of those foods that you might as well get a prescription for. This spice has been consumed for thousands of years in order to improve well-being. In ancient Egypt it was considered a panacea. Modern studies have shown that cinnamon can help with low blood sugar in people who suffer from Diabetes as well as lower negative affects of high fat meals. You can bet your shining stars that a pinch of cinnamon a day will keep the doctor away.