4 Ways to Get Rid of Your Bad Breath Once and For All

Orthodontist offers tips on how to get rid of bad breath once and for all

It’s something that none of us wants, but at some point we likely all experienced it. Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a condition that leaves you running for your toothbrush or worse yet, prompt others to run from you. June is Oral Health Month, making it a great time to nip this common problem in the bud. In fact, it’s so common that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that up to half of the US population has suffered from it. That’s a big enough problem that knowing what causes it and how to get rid of it should become a higher priority.

“Having halitosis can be quite embarrassing and it’s something that nobody wants,” explains Dr. Michael Florman, a Los Angeles-based orthodontist and the chief executive officer of EverSmile, Inc. “Many people are just not sure how to tackle the problem, so they continue to suffer in silence, often afraid to talk and open up to those who come near them.”

The NIH reports that bad breath is caused by food residue and bacteria that accumulates in the furrows of the tongue. Those accumulations are then broken down by volatile compounds that lead to the unpleasant smell. Bad breath can also be caused by poor oral hygiene. Some of the same bacteria that causes the bad breath can also lead to cavities and gum disease. Additional things that contribute to bad breath include smoking and chewing tobacco, certain medications, and medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which has the bad breath originating in the stomach, and also dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when people do not produce enough saliva. There are still other conditions that can cause bad breath, such as respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, bronchitis, postnasal drip, and sinus infections.

While there are many factors that can contribute to having bad breath, there are also things you can do to help rid yourself of it. Here are a few ways to help get rid of and prevent bad breath:

  • Good oral hygiene. Certain remedies are obvious to reduce or eliminate bad breath depending the etiology. Brushing your teeth regularly, flossing and scraping your tongue all reduce bacteria that cause bad breath. The only way to make sure that you have good oral hygiene is to visit your dentist regularly. Visiting your dentist will help determine if you are maintaining good oral hygiene, if you have gum disease or bad teeth.
  • Drink and snack better. Drinking water will help keep odor under control because it helps move those acids through the digestive tract. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, because bad breath can be a sign of dehydration. Also, eating a healthy snack will also help settle down odors from the stomach.
  • Try commercial remedies. Over the counter remedies such as using mouth rinses, toothpastes, and sugar free chewing gums all can help. Regular brushing and flossing removes bacteria and plaque from teeth and gums. One of the newest products on the market to combat bad breath is EverSmile WhitenFresh. Unlike other breath fresheners, WhitenFresh uses patent pending hydrogen peroxide and surfactants to kill bacteria that cause bad breath, gingivitis, and tooth decay. The gentle WhitenFresh formula is sprayed into the mouth up to four times per, each time reducing the number of the bacteria and odor causing molecules. WhitenFresh can be used when on the go, and makes an incredible added benefit to daily brushing and flossing routines. An additional benefit derived from using WhitenFresh is that it also whitens teeth.
  • Keep food in mind. If you want to avoid bad breath for a particular meeting or date, be sure to avoid eating those foods right before it that help to cause it. These foods include garlic, onion, and fish. If you eat these foods and plan to be around others, you can help mask it by chewing on some parsley, or chew some gum. Keep mind, however, that it will only help reduce the odor for a short time.

“Bad breath is not attractive, but it’s not something you are stuck with either,” added Dr. Florman. “Your best route to eliminating it is through good oral health care. If you still have it regularly speak with your dentist or doctor about what could be causing it so that it can be addressed. Getting rid of that bad breath will give you more of a reason to smile.”

EverSmile has created a line of products that will help those with braces, aligners, and retainers keep their devices clean. At the same time, they will be able to clean their aligners, whiten their teeth, and freshen their breath. The products are now available in 4,600 CVS stores around the nation. The line of products includes EverSmile WhiteFoam, which gently cleans aligners or trays, EverSmile OrthoFoam, which cleans under and over braces, and EverSmile WhitenFresh, which is a freshening and tooth whitening spray that kills bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay.

EverSmile products use patent pending EverClean™ technology, which cleans and whitens using proprietary surfactants, solvents, and hydrogen peroxide. It breaks up organic stain particles that discolor the teeth and dental appliances.

Dr. Florman, who practices in Los Angeles, is considered to be one of the top Invisalign providers in the country and has over 25 years of consulting experience for oral care companies including for Colgate, Arm & Hammer, and others. Dr. Florman has invented multiple dental products has brought several products from inception to commercial success. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at: eversmilewhite.com.

About EverSmile

Located in Los Angeles, EverSmile’s mission is to create new and advanced oral care products that will change patients’ lives. Currently in development are our new sensitivity-free whitening agents, dry mouth formulations, low-abrasion toothpastes, and a complete children’s dental line. For more information about the company and products, visit their site at: eversmilewhite.com.

May is National Mobility Awareness Month, There are Things People can do to Help Those with Challenges

May is National Mobility Awareness Month, there are things people can do to help those with challenges 

Photo compliments of iWALK2.0.

May is National Mobility Awareness Month, and a great time to take stock in this important topic that the majority of us take for granted, at least until we are presented with a mobility challenge and are able to see just how important our mobility is. Mobility issues affect more people than most realize. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 18 million adults find it difficult to walk a quarter mile, and that roughly 40 million adults have some physical functioning difficulty. For those who may know others who have mobility challenges, there are things they can do to help with the challenges, as well as reduce the risks that they may become worse.

A device that is helping people to be more mobile is the iWALK2.0. The iWALK2.0 is hands-free, pain-free alternative to using crutches and leg scooters.  It’s easy to learn to use, intuitive, and safe. From the knee up, the leg is doing the same walking motion that comes naturally to it. The device is essentially a temporary lower leg, which gives people their independence and mobility back as they recover from an injury. The device helps to make it possible for people to engage in many of their normal routine activities, such as walking the dog, grocery shopping, and walking up or down stairs.

“Mobility is something that is essential and when we have it in a diminished capacity it can affect both our body and our mind,” explains Brad Hunter, the innovator of iWALK2.0 and the chief executive officer of the company, iWALKFree, Inc.  “The goal is to help make limited mobility more tolerable and find ways to still be able to enjoy life. That’s what we have done with creating the iWALK2.0.”

Here are 5 ways to help someone in your life who may have limited mobility:

  1. Focus on accessibility. It’s easy to overlook those devices that may make life simpler for those with mobility challenges, but they can be a tremendous help. Take stock in the devices and items that the person has and determine if there are better ones that can be offered up to help them with mobility. For example, many people have found that the iWALK2.0 medical device provides much easier mobility for those with lower leg injuries.
  2. Offer your help. Many people with limited mobility, whether temporary or long term, are too proud to ask someone for help. By offering it they will be more likely to take the assistance that they need.
  3. Keep them social. Mobility challenges can weight on one’s mind and mood, making it important that they stay social. Find them social groups that would interest them or support groups, where they can share, talk, and have a few laughs.
  4. Help them exercise. Limited mobility doesn’t mean there are no ways they can exercise. Today, there are people who do chair yoga, chair exercises, swimming workouts, and more. Find something they can do to keep as active as possible and keep them doing it, as it will help their mental and physical health.
  5. Offer healthy foods. Having mobility challenges may make it more difficult for them to exercise, which could help lead to weight gain. Providing them with healthy meals and snacks can go a long way toward keeping the weight down and their health in good condition.

“Making just some small changes can provide big results for someone with mobility challenges,” adds Hunter.  “When they have your support, the best devices, and are keeping their mind and body as engaged as possible, they will do much better.”

Clinical research, the results of which are on the company website, shows that patients using the iWALK2.0 heal faster, and have a higher sense of satisfaction and a higher rate of compliance. The iWALK2.0 sells for $149 and is available online and through select retailers. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the device. The device can be used with a cast or boot, and comes with a limited warranty. For more information on the iWALK2.0, visit the site at: http://iwalk-free.com. To see a video of the iWALK2.0 in action, visit: iWalkFree.

About iWALKFree

The iWALK2.0 is a hands-free knee crutch, made by iWALKFree, Inc.  It’s a mobility device used instead of traditional crutches and knee scooters. It offers more comfort and independence, with the hands and arms remaining free. The device offers people a functional and independent lifestyle as they are recovering from many common lower leg injuries. For more information on the iWALK2.0, visit the site at: http://iwalk-free.com.

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration

Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family. However, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration.

While staying hydrated may seem easy, healthy hydration is not always a given. For example, the water coming out of your faucet can travel through miles of aging pipes before it reaches your home, potentially picking up unwanted contaminants such as lead, pesticides and industrial pollutants along the way.

These tips can assist in achieving healthy hydration throughout the summer months:

Drink Plenty of Water. It may seem simple, but consuming an appropriate amount of water can be especially important when temperatures reach sweltering levels. Since the human body is 60 percent water, it’s a vital step for your health to make sure you’re getting enough of it, which is why Healthline recommends 6-8 glasses (8 ounces each) of water per day.

Make Sure It’s Pure. In addition to drinking the right amount of water, it’s also important to drink the right kind of water. Consider installing an in-home filtered water solution like the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration system. It’s certified to reduce more than 70 contaminants, including 99 percent of lead – more than any other brand, according to NSF. Filtered water can be used to refill water bottles and ice cube trays, prepare infant formula, cook and make beverages like coffee, tea and even smoothies.

“Staying hydrated is especially important during the hot, summer months,” said Deb Mudway, PUR marketing vice president. “Our lead-reducing faucet filtration systems make it easy to enjoy cleaner, better-tasting water at home or on-the-go.”

Take It To-Go. Keeping a bottle of water with you when you’re out and about is a convenient way to stay hydrated. Rather than disposable plastic water bottles, consider using a refillable, BPA-free bottle, which is a more environmentally friendly choice and typically more affordable.

Add a Little Flavor. Quench your thirst and add some refreshing flavor and nutrients to your water by infusing it with strawberries, kiwi, orange, mint or melon slices.

Eat Water-Rich Foods. An overlooked option for maintaining proper hydration is eating fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumbers and celery that naturally contain water. For the freshest results, wash your fruits and vegetables with filtered water prior to eating them.

Find more ways to ensure cleaner water consumption for proper summer hydration at PUR.com. (Family Features)

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PUR

Drink Your Way To Glowing Skin

Lulu Ge recently left her corporate career leading change and transformation at the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, GILT Groupe, Lord & Taylor, etc. (Hudson’s Bay Co) to become the first U.S. organic importer of a rare handpicked antioxidant-rich superfood she discovered while traveling through China’s border with Tibet.

Her love for Chinese herbs started at a young age; her grandfather ran a hospital in the Southern Chinese province of Hunan where she grew up drinking homebrewed super fruit elixirs, adaptogen teas and medicinal mushroom tonics before they were trendy. It wasn’t until the demands of her career left her feeling chronically tired, stressed, immune-deficient and on the edge of burnout that she found her way back to these ancient healers. The unsustainable hours, lifestyle and a feeling of ‘is sacrificing my health for success really worth it?!’ left her wanting to do something more purposeful, sustainable and connected to her Chinese heritage.

As she explored finding a new career, she discovered the use of Chinese herbs – especially a type known as adaptogens, which help naturally lower stress levels in the brain and rebalance the body – were on the rise. Unfortunately, most companies using adaptogens prioritized getting the lowest price over quality. This mentality is cheapening production methods and hurting many indigenous communities in China whose livelihood depends on wild harvesting and sustainably growing these precious plants.

Lulu saw this as an opportunity to launch a brand focused on social impact and health by introducing Chinese herbs that are beneficial for well-being while also putting resources back into the indigenous regions where they are sourced. Voila! Sustainably sourced black gojis are the first product of ZenChi Health Teas + Tonics.

Lulu is currently receiving her MBA at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has a previous Masters of Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in NYC with her husband Justin and practices Ashtanga yoga daily. Her guilty indulgence is brunello and french fries.

ABOUT ZENCHI

ZenChi means ‘to cherish and treasure’ in Chinese. We believe in cherishing our health in order to unlock our greatest potential and live a long, fulfilling + laughter-filled life. We strive to make a positive social impact by partnering directly with indigenous communities in China and putting resources back into these regions. ZenChi Background Info

Why black gojis?

Lulu spent this past summer traveling through remote, high elevation regions of China and meeting with different indigenous communities known for sustainably harvesting the highest quality herbs throughout the country. It was in the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau that members of the Salar people, one of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, introduced her to their precious superfruit used in Tibetan Medicine for 300+ years.

While it’s in the same family as the red goji berry more familiar in the West, the black goji is much more rare and has the potent antioxidant known as anthocyanins.

What are the benefits?

The anthocyanins found in black gojis offers anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits acting as an amazing immune booster. It also helps the body naturally produce collagen, which supports healthy skin and digestion.

The people of Tibet have used black gojis for centuries to help with everything from cleansing the liver and kidney to enhancing blood circulation and detoxing to reducing stress as this superfood contains a variety of minerals and amino acids.

How does it work?

You can literally see the nutrients flow out. Due to its high levels of antioxidants and water soluble polyphenols, black gojis immediately release potent streams of purple micronutrients when infused in water.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy its benefits?

1. Sip as a hot tea or cold water infusion: the black gojis turn either purple or blue depending on the pH of the water, creating a stunning micronutrient-rich beverage to enjoy throughout the day!

2. Squeeze some lemon into your black goji water and watch it transform into a natural pink lemonade.

3. Mix black gojis into your yogurt or trail mix for a nutrient boost.

4. Infuse black gojis into your milk-of-choice to create a calming purple latte.

5. Enhance your favorite smoothie bowl or chia-seed pudding with this antioxidant powerhouse.

Open Your Eyes to a Whole New World of Non-dairy Delights with Milkadamia

Open your eyes to a whole new world of non-dairy delights with Milkadamia–the quickly growing dairy alternative that’s making a big difference when it comes to your health and the planet’s. We, at InFluential Magazine, love the commitment Milkadamia makes to Regenerative Farming and protecting the Earth!

Their rich and creamy, never roasted always raw macadamia nut milk is so close to dairy that #mooismoot, and they’ve done it all without sacrificing their ethics or the health and safety of other animals.

How is Milkadamia making a difference?

  1. Free-range Trees — They grow trees that support life, not trees on life support, by not using irrigation systems and minimizing human interventions

  2. Regenerative Farming Practices — Their farms are run as naturally as possible using holistic farming techniques that rebuild soil health to drawdown carbon and harness rainwater.

  3. Natural Habitats — Their macadamia trees are grown in the place they originated, guaranteeing the climate and waterfall they need to thrive.

  4. Bigger Forests — Milkadamia planted 35,000 new trees last year, providing homes for beneficial wildlife like owls.

In addition to being deliciously free of dairy, soy, GMO’s, and gluten, Milkadamia is cholesterol-free, an excellent source of vitamins D and B12, and packs 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk.

Milkadamia is available in Original, Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla, and Latte Da in the shelf stable section of 5000 retailers, as well as freshly chilled in the refrigerated section of Walmart stores nationwide.

Marcia Nelson of InFluential Magazine says, “I am avid almond milk drinker. After trying a brand that was not truly organic, I was somewhat skeptical about trying the Milkadamia.  To my pleasant surprise, it was very smooth; not chalky. Milkadamia Original has great flavor. The price point is reasonable. I will be making a trip to Walmart to make a purchase of Milkadamia for my family”.

Learn more about Milkadamia by checking out their website www.milkadamia.com and their Instagram @milkadamia.

6 Reasons You’re Tired That Don’t Have to do with Sleep

Being tired seems to be part of the routine for so many people. You’re asked to do too much—for yourself and others—with too little rest. When you want to fit in work and kids’ school and work, along with your own pursuits such as exercise and hobbies, the finite restrictions on time can mean that you end up sacrificing that most necessary piece of daily life—sleep.

But have you ever stopped to think about that perhaps there’s something else other than a packed schedule that’s contributing to your fatigue? There are medical conditions at work that may be making your body and your mind tired. Take, for example, food sensitivities. If you are reacting to a certain food, your body make react by bloating, having gas, or being constipated, to name just a few symptoms. What else can be causing sleepiness? This graphic can help explain it.

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“6 Reasons You’re Tired That Don’t Have to Do with How Much Sleep You Get” on Health Perch

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Coach Walls serves up some effective ways to help kids fight obesity all year long, and improve their game

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 people between the ages of 6 to 19 has obesity, which is excess body fat. A contributing factor to this problem is taking in more calories than are being burned. While it’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, many are falling short. There are millions of young people who participate in sports, but when their season is over for their sport of choice, they often don’t know what to do to keep fit until it starts back up again. The good news is there are things parents can do to help their kids keep fit during the off season.

By taking steps to keep fit during the off season, your young athlete will be a better athlete once the season starts back up,”explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “It’s important that they don’t hang up their equipment and call it quits for a few months. They need to do things to keep in shape all year long.”

Many athletes have the idea that in order to get better at their chosen sport they need to just keep playing more of that sport. Some end up playing their chosen sport 10-12 months out of the year. However, this is too much and will increase injury risks from not diversifying movement patterns. It’s important to take a break from the favorite sport, but keep active and fit during that period. Here are Coach Walls’ tips for keeping young athletes fit between seasons:

Strength train. Focusing on strength training during the off season will help create a stronger athlete when the new one begins. Find a sports performance training center that can help young athletes enhance their physical abilities and reduce risk of injury.

Cross train. It’s always a good idea to get kids cross training by playing other sports during the off season from their main sport. Choose one that compliments the primary one, but works on skills, movement patterns, and conditioning that are similar to the primary one. For example, if your young athlete’s main sport is soccer, encourage them to do some track during the off season. They will gain speed and endurance skills that will can be put to use when they are back on the soccer field.

Stay active. Encourage kids to stay active all week long, aiming to get at least an hour of physical activity every day. Whether it is taking a walk, bike riding, or actively playing outside, they will benefit from daily exercise.

Focus on nutrition. This is a great time to get kids into healthy eating habits. Get them involved in learning what healthy fuel sources are before they workout. Learning about nutrition and practicing making healthier choices will go a long way toward helping them to keep obesity at bay.

Teach mindfulness. Playing sports is often half-mental. Teaching kids mindfulness can give them a huge boost when it comes to playing sports. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness entails being aware of the present moment and accepting things as they are without judgment. By doing this, they explain, people are better able to shift their focus to their performance, rather than distracting negative experiences such as anxiety.

Don’t overdo it. While you want to help keep your kids fit between seasons, you also want to give them some down time to relax. Maintain a balance between keeping them physically active, but giving them the rest their body needs.

Most athletes focus only on their season, overlooking how important what they do during the off season can be,” added Coach Walls. “When you take the time to work on the off season you will see how it improves athletic performance all year long.”

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPTStrength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, and has an online coaching program. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high-performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs.The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

Sources:

American Psychological Association. New mindfulness method helps coaches, athletes score. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/08/mindfulness-method.aspx.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity facts. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm.

Engage at Every Age

You are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. No matter your age, there is no better time than now to start.

To help do just that, consider these tips from the Administration for Community Living:

Be Well

  • If you don’t usually exercise, choose a low-impact activity that you can do a little at a time. Walk for 10 minutes in the morning, sign up for a tai chi class or learn gentle stretches, for example. Remember, it is wise to consult a health care provider before beginning an exercise routine.
  • Exercising is less of a chore when you do it with people you enjoy. Gather a group of friends or join a class. Some senior and community centers even offer free or low-cost options.
  • Good nutrition is vital. Keep an honest record of what you eat. If you have a condition like diabetes, consult your doctor before changing your diet. Nutritionists can be excellent resources, whether you have special dietary needs or not.
  • Eating healthy foods and staying active may reduce physical health risks, and you also can exercise your mind by reading, playing games, taking a class or simply being social.

Reinvent Yourself

  • Second or even third careers can be personally and financially rewarding. Determine whether you have the skills needed for something new. If not, seek out classes or training, and remember to ask whether financial assistance is available.
  • Express yourself through the arts. Learn to paint or draw, dust off those dancing shoes, take an acting class or finally write that novel. As a bonus, studies show the arts can improve brain health.
  • Keep expanding your knowledge and growing by learning a new language or taking a computer class. Or, if you’re more an adventurous type, maybe you’ve always wanted to travel and discover other cultures.

Give Back

  • Consider using your experience to serve others. Volunteers meet a range of community needs, from mentoring at-risk youth and providing job training to helping families recover from disasters. Find opportunities by visiting local organizations or charities.
  • Pick and schedule service activities that match your skills and interests. If you are handy, assisting with a nonprofit housing organization may be most rewarding. If you enjoy working with kids, contact a local school to talk about ways you can help.
  • If you want to help others more informally, consider helpful tasks like driving neighbors to appointments, babysitting for working parents or tutoring kids in your neighborhood. If you are a member of a spiritual community or club, ask if there are outreach programs that need assistance.

Increasing your well-being – physically, mentally and emotionally – can be made simpler by finding activities that fit your personality and interests. Visit oam.acl.gov to find more information and resources to engage at every age. (Family Features)

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Administration for Community Living

Spring Forward Into a Slimmer You with Healthy, Fiber-Filled Carbs

Pereg Helps Lead the Way with Fat-Burning, All-Natural Foods

 

Spring is a great time to enjoy the bounty of the season. When you eat foods that are in season, they are not only more affordable, they are also fresher and packed with the highest amount of flavor and nutritional value.

It’s also a great time to consider shedding those extra winter pounds. Spring is actually the best time to find foods that are packed with fiber – a weight-loss super star. You can still have your carbs and slim down if you choose the right ones.

The following fat-burning foods are good choices to keep you fueled and full all day, that are low in calories but packed with taste.

LENTILS – Although lentils include all the beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied. They are great for blasting belly fat.

CHICKPEAS – Super affordable and tasty, chickpeas deserve a spot in any health-conscious kitchen. Each serving comes packed with nutrients, from iron to B vitamins. And chickpeas have plenty of nutrients that can help you lose weight, too. How? Chickpeas are a great source of protein. Your body burns a lot of energy – in the form of calories – to help break down the protein.

QUINOA – Quinoa is higher in protein than any other grain, and it packs a hefty dose of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Quinoa is also a great source of fiber and B vitamins, and it’s gluten-free.

QUINOA FLAKES – Quinoa flakes are made from pressed quinoa.

You get all the healthy benefits of quinoa with a more familiar breakfast texture and a quicker cooking time. Use it as a great alternative to oats for a quick breakfast.

KAMUT – Kamut is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s also high in protein while low in calories. A half-cup serving has 30% more protein than regular wheat, with only 140 calories. Kamut helps to reduce cholesterol, blood sugar and inflammation.

BANANAS – Bananas help reduce stomach bloating and are a good source of potassium, which can help lower water retention and prevent muscle cramping during a workout. Bananas are also rich in glucose, a highly digestible sugar, which provides a quick energy boost.

SWEET POTATOES – Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, nutrients and can help you burn fat. The magic ingredient here are antioxidants – they stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which prevents calories from being converted into fat. They provide a great energy boost before a work out.

BROCCOLI – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that’s rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. It has nearly 1 gram of fiber per 10 calories. Fiber helps keep you regular and helps maintain healthy bacteria levels in the intestines. Broccoli also aids in digestion by helping to keep your stomach lining healthy.

BUCKWHEAT – Like quinoa, buckwheat is gluten-free and a complete source of protein, which means it supplies all nine-essential muscle-building amino acids the body cannot produce on its own. It is also high in magnesium and fiber.

TEFF – Teff is a mild, nutty whole grain and a complete protein that’s rich in vitamins and fiber. It is also rich in calcium and iron. Diets rich in calcium have been associated with lower body weight and reduced weight gain over time.

BLUEBERRIES – A cup of blueberries has 21 grams of carbs, but they couldn’t be better for you. They are loaded with polyphenols—chemical compounds that prevent fat from forming— and that actively burns belly fat.

By incorporating these high fiber carbohydrates into your diet, you’ll feel fuller longer, get many of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, and burn fat while enjoying good, healthy food.

Pereg Natural Foods (www.pereg-gourmet.com) offers an extensive line of all-natural grains and ancient grains including quinoa, teff, buckwheat, kamut, lentils and chickpeas, among others. They manufacture all their products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer.

This recipe incorporates many of the fiber-filled, fat burning foods that will help you spring forward to a healthier, slimmer you!

PEREG RECIPE: BABY QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Ingredients

1 cup Pereg’s Baby Quinoa
1 sweet potato
1 small red onion
1 red pepper
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for veggies
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP honey
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees;

Prepare Baby Quinoa according to package directions

Dice the onion, sweet potato and pepper into small pieces

Put on a sheet pan, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper

Roast veggies till golden brown and soft (about 25 minutes)

Mix honey, ¼ cup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a container, until completely mixed

Once the Baby Quinoa has cooked and rested, mix with the roasted veggies and dressing

Enjoy this dish at room temperature.
All Pereg products are certified Kosher by the OU and CRC, and are 100% natural, free from preservatives and additives. They are also dairy and lactose-free. Pereg is available at leading supermarkets, health food & kosher food stores and online for direct consumer purchase. Find recipes at: https://www.pereg-gourmet.com/blogs/recipes.

About Pereg Natural Foods

Pereg Natural Foods is a leading producer of premium spices and spice blends, ancient grains, gluten-free flours and an extensive line of quinoa and couscous products. Pereg Natural Foods are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on its website at www.pereg-gourmet.com. Follow Pereg Natural Foods at www.facebook.com/PeregNatural, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram

 

 

 

 

Spring is a great time to enjoy the bounty of the season. When you eat foods that are in season, they are not only more affordable, they are also fresher and packed with the highest amount of flavor and nutritional value.

It’s also a great time to consider shedding those extra winter pounds. Spring is actually the best time to find foods that are packed with fiber – a weight-loss super star. You can still have your carbs and slim down if you choose the right ones.

The following fat-burning foods are good choices to keep you fueled and full all day, that are low in calories but packed with taste.

LENTILS – Although lentils include all the beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied. They are great for blasting belly fat.

CHICKPEAS – Super affordable and tasty, chickpeas deserve a spot in any health-conscious kitchen. Each serving comes packed with nutrients, from iron to B vitamins. And chickpeas have plenty of nutrients that can help you lose weight, too. How? Chickpeas are a great source of protein. Your body burns a lot of energy – in the form of calories – to help break down the protein.

QUINOA – Quinoa is higher in protein than any other grain, and it packs a hefty dose of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Quinoa is also a great source of fiber and B vitamins, and it’s gluten-free.

QUINOA FLAKES – Quinoa flakes are made from pressed quinoa. You get all the healthy benefits of quinoa with a more familiar breakfast texture and a quicker cooking time. Use it as a great alternative to oats for a quick breakfast.

KAMUT – Kamut is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s also high in protein while low in calories. A half-cup serving has 30% more protein than regular wheat, with only 140 calories. Kamut helps to reduce cholesterol, blood sugar and inflammation.

BANANAS – Bananas help reduce stomach bloating and are a good source of potassium, which can help lower water retention and prevent muscle cramping during a workout. Bananas are also rich in glucose, a highly digestible sugar, which provides a quick energy boost.

SWEET POTATOES – Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, nutrients and can help you burn fat. The magic ingredient here are antioxidants – they stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which prevents calories from being converted into fat. They provide a great energy boost before a work out.

BROCCOLI – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that’s rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. It has nearly 1 gram of fiber per 10 calories. Fiber helps keep you regular and helps maintain healthy bacteria levels in the intestines. Broccoli also aids in digestion by helping to keep your stomach lining healthy.

BUCKWHEAT – Like quinoa, buckwheat is gluten-free and a complete source of protein, which means it supplies all nine-essential muscle-building amino acids the body cannot produce on its own. It is also high in magnesium and fiber.

TEFF – Teff is a mild, nutty whole grain and a complete protein that’s rich in vitamins and fiber. It is also rich in calcium and iron. Diets rich in calcium have been associated with lower body weight and reduced weight gain over time.

BLUEBERRIES – A cup of blueberries has 21 grams of carbs, but they couldn’t be better for you. They are loaded with polyphenols—chemical compounds that prevent fat from forming— and that actively burns belly fat.

By incorporating these high fiber carbohydrates into your diet, you’ll feel fuller longer, get many of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, and burn fat while enjoying good, healthy food.

Pereg Natural Foods (www.pereg-gourmet.com) offers an extensive line of all-natural grains and ancient grains including quinoa, teff, buckwheat, kamut, lentils and chickpeas, among others. They manufacture all their products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer.

This recipe incorporates many of the fiber-filled, fat burning foods that will help you spring forward to a healthier, slimmer you!

PEREG RECIPE: BABY QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Ingredients

1 cup Pereg’s Baby Quinoa

1 sweet potato

1 small red onion

1 red pepper

¼ cup olive oil, plus more for veggies

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

2 TBSP honey

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees;

Prepare Baby Quinoa according to package directions

Dice the onion, sweet potato and pepper into small pieces

Put on a sheet pan, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper

Roast veggies till golden brown and soft (about 25 minutes)

Mix honey, ¼ cup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a container, until completely mixed

Once the Baby Quinoa has cooked and rested, mix with the roasted veggies and dressing

Enjoy this dish at room temperature.

All Pereg products are certified Kosher by the OU and CRC, and are 100% natural, free from preservatives and additives. They are also dairy and lactose-free. Pereg is available at leading supermarkets, health food & kosher food stores and online for direct consumer purchase. Find recipes at: https://www.pereg-gourmet.com/blogs/recipes.

About Pereg Natural Foods

Pereg Natural Foods is a leading producer of premium spices and spice blends, ancient grains, gluten-free flours and an extensive line of quinoa and couscous products. Pereg Natural Foods are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on its website at www.pereg-gourmet.com. Follow Pereg Natural Foods at www.facebook.com/PeregNatural, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

 

Snack Bars Take the Tahini Craze to Health, Delicious New Heights

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

New! Absolutely Gluten Free TahiniBar super seed energy bars in three flavors, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Pistachio.

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

Health Benefits - Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.  Much lower in calories than many other bars, this 100% gluten-free treat is available in three delectable varieties – Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla – and sold in packs of 7 bars (4.4 oz.). The MSRP is $2.49 – $2.99 per bar.

Absolutely Gluten Free is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ, and currently has a line of gluten free flatbreads and crackers, Superseed Crunch, Blondies and cauliflower crusted pizza, among other items, available in stores nationwide.  Follow them on FB and Twitter @AbsolutelyGF and online at www.absolutelygf.com.