Five Breakfast Superfoods and our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Them!

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You don’t need us to remind you how important it is to start your day off right with the perfectly balanced breakfast.  We know how easy it can be to fall into a boring breakfast routine. Eggs, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Toast, Fruit – lather, rinse, repeat. We’re showcasing four of our favorite superfoods that can be easily incorporated into your morning routine to pump up the flavor and the nutritional content of your favorite breakfast staples.

  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are high in protein, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and fiber. We recommend making a delicious drink called “Chia Fresca” to make your mornings more enjoyable! Simply add 1.5 tablespoons of Chia Seeds to 2 cups of Coconut water, stir well and let sit for 10 minutes. Next add lime or lemon & stevia to taste.
  • Acai Berry: Amp up the antioxidants in your granola parfait by adding 1/3 of a cup of frozen acai berries into the mix! The acai sorbet is high in polyphenols, omega fats, amino acids, trace minerals, vitamins, and supports a healthy cholesterol. It also adds a nice creamy, and cold consistency that will make you feel like your indulging in a delicious berry sorbet!
  • Tumeric: Toss a pinch of ground turmeric into beaten eggs to add earthiness and cancer-fighting antioxidants to a veggie omelet.
  • Flax Seeds: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed in your bowl of oatmeal for brain-boosting omega-3 fats and two extra grams of fiber.
  • Almond Milk: Almond milk is a dairy free, creamy treat that is packed with protein and healthy fats.  Create a blueberry almond milk using 1 cup of almond milk & 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries! Blend & enjoy.

Discover the Magic of Quinoa

 

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If you are a client of DeliverLean, you have probably tasted a few dishes with one of our favorite grains – Quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wah). Quinoa boasts vitamin B, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium. It is one of the fastest-cooking grains and it can stay fresh in the fridge for a few days, so it is perfect for people on the go. We also love that Quinoa has eight amino acids and can help strengthen the body.

If you are interested in trying Quinoa, we suggest cooking up a big pot of it and then flavoring according to your personal preferences. Make sure to rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the bitter coating called saponin.

Basic Quinoa

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

 

Directions:

  • Using astrainer, rinse quinoa with cool water until the water runs clear.
  • Combine quinoa and water in a pot, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook covered for 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed.

 

Quinoa Instant Breakfast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

         Cooked quinoa – reheat for 5 minutes with 1/8 of a cup of water

¼ cup dried currants

¼ cup dried apricots

¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds

¼ cup almond milk

½ banana, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Reheat the quinoa and add all the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!

 

Benefits of vegan foods

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At DeliverLean we are committed to providing a variety of different options to our clients. Whether you are eating red meat, limiting your animal proteins to seafood or keeping to a strictly vegan lifestyle, we all can agree that eating your fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial for the body. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love vegetarian foods:
 
1. Vegan foods don’t have any cholesterol. All fruits and vegetables are naturally cholesterol free, so they won’t clog the arteries. On the contrary, the fiber in fruits and vegetables will help cleanse the body as well.
 
2. Fruits and vegetables are the easily digestible foods, meaning they won’t get stuck in the colon or make you feel full. If you want to feel thin and light, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet and reducing animal proteins.
 
3. Vegan foods promote health and happiness not only for the body but also for the planet. Conventional animal farming takes a big toll on the environment and by simply eating vegetarian meals you will decrease your carbon footprint.
 
4. Fruits and vegetables give us the vitamins and antioxidants that animal proteins don’t have. In order to survive and thrive, our bodies need vitamins and antioxidants to fight off the free radicals. Plant-based foods provide a plethora of the phytonutrients our bodies need.
 
5. Fruits and vegetables can help us decrease cravings for many foods. For example, whole grains such as rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, oats and oatmeal can provide the body with good complex carbohydrates and help your body stop craving junk food.
 
If you want to experience the benefits of vegetarian foods, try our vegetarian meals. You can also combine them with animal-protein ones to fit your individual needs. 

WHY TRY A GLUTEN-FREE DIET?

Pretty irresistible, if you ask me.

Gluten-Free Waffles! Pretty irresistible, if you ask me.

WHY TRY A GLUTEN-FREE DIET? There has been a lot of talk about gluten-free diets but not many people actually know what gluten really is. To shed some light, here is some basic information about gluten that can help you decide whether or not you would like to live gluten-free.

WHAT IS GLUTEN? Gluten is the elastic protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Oats are often included in that list because mainstream oats are contaminated with gluten. Think of gluten as glue that can hold proteins together. As a matter of fact, ages ago people used it to glue wallpaper. Today gluten is used in many products and because it is often genetically modified, it can become a common irritator to the colon.

GLUTEN INTOLERANCES: Gluten intolerance is a term that is used to describe three conditions: wheat allergy, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and celiac disease. A majority of intolerances to gluten can cause the immune system to produce abnormal response to the presence of wheat, rye or barley. Symptoms can include hives, difficulty breathing, and digestive problems; in serious cases, a person with this allergy can experience anaphylaxis, a sudden and severe reaction that can be life-threatening.

WHY AVOID GLUTEN FOR THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE There are areas in the intestines known as villi, which help absorb the nutrients your food provides. However, when someone has celiac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten by damaging the villi and as a result a person can be very undernourished even when eating a lot of food. No matter how much they eat, they can’t absorb the benefits.

SHOULD YOU AVOID GLUTEN? If you don’t have a severe condition such as chron’s or celiac diseases, we advise eating well-balanced meals and watching your portions. To experiment and see if you should avoid gluten, try going gluten-free for a week. To make things easier, we are happy to offer our gluten-free plan that you can try for an extended period of time. Notice if you see any changes in the way you feel and continue accordingly. We find that if there is no threat to the body, occasional indulgences in foods that contain gluten is ok. However, you can get your protein in other ways and therefore there is no need to have gluten in your food, unless it in moderation and for pure pleasure.

Why buying local produce is important

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Buying local produce is one of the latest trends in the health world! There are now large sections in Whole Foods that feature local produce, and many restaurants are even beginning to offer from farm-to-table options. At DeliverLean, we are very committed to buying as many local products as possible! Here are our top five reasons why we believe everyone should try to buy local as often as possible.

 

Freshness and Sustainability

Local products don’t have to travel very far to reach your table, and due to the short transient time, you will receive the freshest foods available.  You can also reduce your carbon imprint because of the lower gas usage.

 

Price

Because of the lower logistic costs, local products can be found at lower prices than the ones shipped from across the country. As a result, we are able to keep our own costs down and share these savings with you!

 

Supporting the community

When you shop local, you are supporting businesses that give back to your local economy with their taxes. As a result, those tax dollars go back to the support of your community and your local causes.

 

We help create jobs

When you support local businesses, you create more demand for their goods and therefore create more jobs to fulfill the demand.

 

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is what America was built on and it is how we grow as a country. DeliverLean was founded by two passionate entrepreneurs and we want to support other businesses like ours. We hope you do as well!

 

Celebrity Diets We Love

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Jessica Biel – Eats Every Three Hours

Jessica Biel follows the 3-Hour Diet of eating every three hours (six meals daily.) Jessica avoids processed foods at all costs, and splits her day into small meals of protein and carbs, with vegetables added in whenever possible. She also treats herself to dark chocolate if she is craving sweets!

Miley Cyrus – Gluten Free

Last April, Miley Cyrus was turning heads, sporting a new svelte figure she credited to her new gluten-free lifestyle. “Everyone should try no gluten for a week. The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing,” Cyrus exclaimed to her twitter followers!

Nicole Richie – One Greens Juice a Day

Nicole Richie describes herself as a juice fanatic! “I don’t go a day without a Greens Juice – kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and romaine. It’s actually really good!” Richie loves to drink her greens juices on the go so she always has a boost of energy while she’s running around. 

Guilt-Free Cheating!

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Have you ever had one of those days when you were consistently eating clean and then all of a sudden, you just wanted to throw in a towel and indulge? Well, it turns out you are human! It is completely normal to want to cheat on your food and knowing that can open a whole new world of stress-free possibilities!

At DeliverLean we realized that early on, which is why we encourage our clients only eat our food six days a week. We WANT our clients to have a day of eating whatever they like so they don’t feel they are on a “diet”. Think about how much you each during the week – if you are eating 3 meals a day, that’s 21 meals a week. So, if you indulge during 2 meals a week, that’s only 10%!

To help you stop feeling guilty, think about your work-week. You work some and then you play some. If you worked all the time, you would get burned out and would want to quit. The same with food! You gotta eat clean most of the time, so your body works properly, and at the same time it is ok to “cheat” so that you can relax and unwind!

If you are curious about 3 ways of handling some of your intense cravings, check out the blog post at OnJuice.com (link here to the cravings post). You may be surprised how easy it can be to prevent some of them!