Daily Greens™ New Year’s Cleanse


Appetizer: Almond Butter Wraps

Directions:

  • Wash + arrange 5-6 romaine lettuce leaves on a plate
  • Inside each place:
      ½ tbs. of raw almond butter
      Drizzle of raw agave
      Carrot and celery sticks
  • Roll into a wrap and enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


Dinner: Winter Grapefruit Salad

Directions:

  • Toss the following in a large bowl:
  • Inside each place:
      Baby kale leaves
      Handful of watercress (leaves from 3-4 stems)
      Handful of finely chopped basil (10-12 leaves)
      Handful of finely chopped cilantro (2-3 stems)
      ½ thinly sliced bulb of fennel
      1 large (2 small) peeled grapefruit slices
      1 tsp. almond oil
      Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Garnish with 1 thinly sliced avocado

Daily Greens™ Cleanse Tour – Northern California

Daily Greens™ Founder and Book Author, Shauna Martin is continue the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse and going West! In mid-January, she is hitting Northern California Whole Foods Market stores to share a more gentle and nourishing way to cleanse one’s body of toxins.

Come anytime within the times listed below to sample Daily Greens juices and simple recipes from the Daily Greens™ New Years Cleanse Cleanse Menu, as well as ask any and all questions you may have regarding Daily Greens™ and our Cleanse Philosophy!

Nor Cal Cleanse Tour

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Why a Cup of Joe Makes You Go-Go

In the United States alone, over 400 million cups of coffee are consumed each day or 146 billion cups each year – now that’s a lot of coffee! In addition to its taste and high contents of caffeine, many individuals drink coffee as a laxative to help move the bowels. But how exactly does it aid in digestion? Many people who experience symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or general digestive issues find that coffee relieves their constipation and discomfort. What they often don’t know is that this laxative effect is produced by the combination of stimulant compounds in coffee, including oils, acids and caffeine. These same stimulants can, when consumed at even what is considered moderate amounts (e.g. 2-3 cups coffee in a day), irritate the stomach lining, increase acid production in the digestive tract and sometimes decrease absorption of essential nutrients. The result is often stomach upset, acid reflux and nutrient deficiencies (namely calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc, B vitamins, manganese and copper).

Containing various oils, acids, and compounds like caffeine, your daily cup of joe harms your stomach and intestines by irritating the linings. As our bodies begin the process of digestion, large amounts of hydrochloric acid is produced, often leading to heartburn. In addition, coffee jump starts the process of digestion, not allowing the intestines to properly or efficiently absorb the nutrients. This often causes harm and inflammation in the intestines. Not to mention, caffeine is a strong diuretic and leads to dehydration and loss of electrolytes by causing increased fluid flushing through the kidneys.

If you’re a heavy coffee drinker and rely on that daily dose of caffeine to function, we recommend switching to organic black tea. Although it may contain less caffeine, it is filled with amazing antioxidants, including high quantities of catechins, antioxidants that fight and potentially prevent cell damage. After a few weeks, give organic green tea a shot. With its high levels of antioxidants and tea polyphenols, green tea cleanses the blood, helps with blood sugar regulation and provides steady energy. The form of caffeine provided in green tea does not have the same jittery, irritating effect as the caffeine from coffee, largely due to its theanine content, an amino acid that helps keep green tea’s caffeine effect steady and gentle.

So how do you get your daily bowels moving naturally? By filling them with fiber and roughage from raw fruits and vegetables! Our favorite way: green smoothies. For a few of our favorite recipes, click here. Other effective ways to help move your bowels include, incorporating 1-2 tbsp ground or soaked flax seed to smoothies or salads or 1-2 tbsp chia seeds to a bottle of water, letting it soak for a couple of hours. Chia and flax seeds are high in anti-inflammatory Omega 3s and fiber, both of which help to keep digestion smooth and easy.

Not only will your body’s intestinal tract thank you for upgrading your morning liquid, but will also improve your overall health.

Butternut Squash with Spinach

With the holiday season, it’s time to pull out all your best cooking tricks to impress your family and friends! Combining the sweetness from the Fall squash with the bitterness of the spinach and the bite from the garlic, this simple, plant-based recipe is sure to be a winner – though we may be a little biased.

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Below’s recipe has been edited to be a hearty dinner for one, so feel free to multiply the ingredients to any number of servings!

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 Butternut Squash, seeded
    • 1 Bunch of Spinach, stems removed
    • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced
    • 2 Tbsp. Dried Cranberries
    • 2 Tbsp. Pine Nuts
    • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
    • 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

Ingredients

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)
  • Place the squash half into a small glass casserole dish and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and maple syrup into the center hole of the squash.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until squash is soft (check if done by inserting a knife into thickest portion of squash, making sure it is soft all the way through).
  • Meanwhile, in a medium non-stick sauté pan, sauté the cranberries and pine nuts in 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil until the pine nuts are brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in the same sauté pan. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until brown.
  • Add the spinach and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing with the garlic, until the spinach is wilted but not cooked.
  • To serve, place the butternut squash on a plate or serving platter and arrange the wilted spinach around the outside. Sprinkle the squash with pine nuts and cranberries, and enjoy!

This is #HowICleanse

The beauty of the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Seasonal Cleanse is its simplicity and versatility! In addition to being a gentle alternative to strict juice cleanses, the Daily Greens™ Cleanse leaves room for your creativity and taste buds to go wild. All you need to do is following these brief guidelines:
  • Eliminate coffee, alcohol, animal products (including dairy), gluten and grains
  • Infuse your body every day with vital nutrients via 3 green juices (i.e. breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack)
  • If you’re hungry during the day, snack on raw, fresh fruit
  • For dinner, load up with fiber from fresh, raw veggies – for recipe inspiration, check out our Seasonal Cleanse Recipes
And that’s it; the rest is up to you and your body!

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Daily Greens™ Cleanse Tour at My Fit Foods – Texas

Daily Greens™ Founder and Book Author, Shauna Martin is taking the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse on the road! In December, she’s hitting Dallas and Houston to share with Texas a more gentle and nourishing way to cleanse one’s body of toxins.

Come anytime within the times listed below to sample Daily Greens juices as well as ask any and all questions you may have regarding Daily Greens™ and our Cleanse Philosophy!

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Houston – Saturday, December 6th, 11am-2pm – 1151 Uptown Park Blvd, #8
Dallas – Wednesday, December 10th, 5pm-8pm – 2600 E. Southlake Blvd, #160

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Daily Greens™ Cleanse Tour at Whole Foods – Texas

Daily Greens™ Founder and Book Author, Shauna Martin is taking the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse on the road! In December, she’s hitting Austin, Dallas and Houston to share with Texas a more gentle and nourishing way to cleanse one’s body of toxins.

Come anytime within the times listed below to sample Daily Greens juices and simple recipes from the Daily Greens™ Fall Cleanse Menu, as well as ask any and all questions you may have regarding Daily Greens™ and our Cleanse Philosophy!

Cleanse Tour Dates

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Are you catching enough zzzzz’s?

The significance of sleep is often disregarded. It’s nothing new. Yet, most of us still have a difficult time achieving the recommended 7-8 hours per night. We know that it is important to get enough sleep, but why is it important? What does good sleep hygiene practically do for us?
When we get 7-8 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night, our bodies not only feel energized and strong throughout the day, but our brains also function more clearly, our comprehension and memory skills are sharper and our hormones are balanced. Additionally, adequate sleep can help improve skin tone and quality, immunity, productivity, stress response and tolerance and mood. It also helps slow the aging process and prevent premature wrinkles.
And that’s not all! I work with many of my clients to help them improve their sleep hygiene, even if that means a short nap in the middle of the day. The reasons I prioritize this as part of our nutrition sessions include the fact that weight loss and maintenance are simply easier to achieve due to the natural boost in metabolism they experience with adequate sleep. Additionally, it is easier to make a healthy food choice when they feel rested and alert. More energy during exercise (higher calorie burn, perhaps?), efficient muscle repair, strong muscles and bone tissue and smooth digestion are just more benefits of good sleep hygiene. The reason they experience these benefits of good sleep is largely because of the change in hormone balance. Adequate sleep is responsible for helping to regulate our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, etc.), reproductive hormones, hunger hormones and other hormones in your gut that are responsible for smooth digestion and absorption of nutrients. A chronic lack of sleep can leave you with low energy, a low sex drive, fertility issues (these can occur with longer, more severe sleep issues), digestive discomfort, increased hunger and cravings. And what’s worse for your body weight and health than constant cravings and low energy? If you feel dragged down and sleepy, you will be less likely to make good food and exercise choices. And a lifestyle of poor choices will only contribute to weight gain and chronic health issues down the road. So, consider sleep an instant energizer AND a long-term investment in your health. Good sleep today will improve your body’s strength, immunity and resilience tomorrow.
      – Lauren Minchen, MPH, RDN, CDN

@LaurenMinchen

Trust Your Gut

A short guide to a happy, healthy gut

Did you know our intestinal tract is commonly called our “Second Brain”, containing all the same tools as the brain (e.g. neural circuitry, neurotransmitters, and proteins)? Our guts play quite the vital role in maintaining mental clarity and emotional stability, as well as strengthening our immune system. In the words of Kris Carr, it is “the epicenter of your mental and physical health.” But many of us aren’t listening to the #2 in command!

Our guts contain an army of trillions of bacteria that help process food, produce nutrients, and fight diseases. These bacteria are called probiotics. They promote healthy breakdown and absorption of nutrients from food. They also help prevent bloating, indigestion, gas, diarrhea and other forms of digestive discomfort. These bacteria latch onto receptors in the gut and feed on the plant food that we eat, like fruits, veggies, herbs and other plant fibers. Antibiotics, food preservatives and some medications can wipe out good bacteria or compete with our good bacteria for attachment to the receptors in our guts. This competition can prevent the growth of good bacteria and lead to the development of weak digestion and chronic disease.

Common issues associated with weak digestion include fatigue, fogginess, frequent colds, aches and pains. However, a chronic imbalance of good bacteria can lead to more serious illnesses, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, various autoimmune diseases, colon cancer and acid reflux. In addition to limiting antibiotic use and chemical preservative consumption, eating a diet rich in plant fibers and probiotics can help prevent this chronic imbalance from developing. Natural food sources of probiotics include kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, organic yogurts and kefir. In addition to these foods, I often recommend including a daily probiotic capsule to ensure you are providing your gut with the healthy bacteria it needs on a daily basis. A probiotic with at least 10 billion bacteria can be helpful in meeting your needs. Additionally, consuming at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic to reduce your consumption of chemical preservatives) can help provide the food that good bacteria need to thrive in your digestive tract. Practice incorporating a natural source of probiotics into your routine at least every other day and natural sources of plant fibers (fruits and veggies) daily to keep your body healthy and balanced!