Still on CRACK- How much Sugar Should We Consume?

In case you’re wondering…

The American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowance of sugar:

spoonful of sugar

•3 teaspoons of added sugar for children

•6 teaspoons of added sugar for women

•9 teaspoons of added sugar for men

If you consider a can of coke or glass of orange juice can contain around nine teaspoons, then take into account all the hidden sugars in our food… That’s above and beyond : O

 JUST SO YOU KNOW
The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year. That’s roughly 22 teaspoons every day for every person in America. To make matters worse, kids consume about 34 teaspoons every day — that’s more than two 20-ounce sodas — making nearly one in four teenagers pre-diabetic or diabetic.

THE REAL SKINNY
Even though the American Heart Association has a recommended daily allowance, ” the REAL SKINNY is that just a spoonful of sugar will set you in a tailwind spiral downward into the abyss of addiction of the worst kind and beyond.”jb

It’s no wonder America’s health is doomed and health care makes a fortune.

We have been sabotaged : /

Don’t be a victim, take control of your own health people.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Books to Read for the Health of It

Lately, I’ve been getting asked a lot of the same question, the information you share is off the beaten path where do you get all this information.

The laundry list is long but here are few to get you started on the path to optimal health.

Here is my reading list :

“Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by James L. Wilson

“Why Isn’t My Brain Working: A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain’s Health ” by Datis Kharrazian“Grain Brain : The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by David Perlmutter-

“Grain Brain : The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by David Perlmutter-

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_6?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=grain+brain+by+david+perlmutter&sprefix=Grain+%2Cstripbooks%2C224

“The Big Book of Health and Fitness” By Dr. Phillip Maffetone

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Health-Fitness-Prevention/dp/1616083794/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429842783&sr=1-2&keywords=maffetone

“The Paleo Diet For Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance” by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=“The+Paleo+Diet+For+Athletes%3A+The+Ancient+Nutritional+Formula+for+Peak+Athletic+Performance”+by+Loren+Cordain+and+Joe+Friel&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3A“The+Paleo+Diet+For+Athletes%3A+The+Ancient+Nutritional+Formula+for+Peak+Athletic+Performance”+by+Loren+Cordain+and+Joe+Friel

“Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health”  – Jo Robinson

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=“Eating+on+the+Wild+Side%3A+The+Missing+Link+to+Optimum+Health”++-+Jo+Robinson+&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3A“Eating+on+the+Wild+Side%3A+The+Missing+Link+to+Optimum+Health”++-+Jo+Robinson+

and finally, to keep me grounded

“The Power of NOW” by Eckhart Tolle

Click on any of the links provided to enjoy the read.  If i didn’t provide a link you will have to resource your own.. apologies.

I hope you learn a lot and use it for good health : )

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Almond Coconut Choc Chip Cookie ReCiPe- gluten free & Paleo friendly

choc chipcookieIf you’re like many people today you’ve realized that you have a sensitivity to gluten.. This Sucks!

Finding a sweet treat can be challenging.  Here’s a recipe I’ve been playing with for a while and it’s finally ready to put out there into the universe and just in time for a 4th of July Sweet Treat.

They are healthier than the average cookie but still it has sugar and calories so tread lightly.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Almond Flour
¼ cup Organic Honey
¼ cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (pure – alcohol free)
1 large egg, whisked
2 Tbs Coconut Flour
¼ tsp-1/2tsp sea salt
½ cup Enjoy Life choc chips (allergen free)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl combine Almond flour, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix with electric hand mixer until smooth.
3. Add coconut flour and salt, mix well.
4. Fold in Chocolate chips
5. Refrigerate until the batter has firmed up a bit,
(about 10-12 minutes)
6. Drop a spoonful on to the cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
7. Let cool and enjoy your sweet treat : )

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Warm Kale & Asparagus Salad- the recipe you asked for

kale asparagus saladHere’s a recipe straight from JBeFit Kitchen…

Cooked kale scores 1000 out of a possible 1000 points on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI guide).  No surprise that leafy greens top the scale as a low calorie food with high nutrient value.

Another veggie packed with antioxidants.  Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

Warm Kale & Asparagus Salad recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
2-3 shallots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb fresh asparagus spears, 1 inch long pieces
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
1 packet Nustevia (@ Wholefoods)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 small container kale or blend
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil add shallots, tomatoes & garlic, saute over med to low heat until soft.
2. Add vinegar & stevia to skillet
3. Add kale, basil, asparagus and garlic powder.
4. Cook for 1 minute or until salad is wilted but not dark green

DO NOT PASS BRIGHT GREEN …you risk lose nutrients and flavor

Top with sliced Turkey, Chicken ,white fish or *tofu

 The dressing works great on cold salads too!

No excuse for lack of time

prep time: 15 min.  cook time: 15 min.

Enjoy : )

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Chickory Root – The Coffee Alternative

Are you looking for a coffee substitute, well neither was I until I had to remove coffee from my diet : ( !

Here comes Chickory root with it’s health boosting benefits…

It looks and tastes something like coffee but is caffeine-free and less expensive than the real thing.

This medicinal herb, helps purify the blood and detox the liver.

Chicory root…

•Supports digestion, and the breakdown/metabolism of fats by increasing bile production

•Contains inulin which helps regulate blood sugar levels and pulls toxins from the body when we visit the bathroom

• Inulin can regulate blood sugar levels and pulls toxins from the body when we visit the bathroom and boosts immunity.

• Chicory is full of antioxidants

• Reduces inflammation in the body

• Studies show that it’s antibacterial and anti-fungal

• Helps boost digestion and relieve constipation. : )

OK,  I’ll admit it’s not coffee and I surely do miss my morning cup and boy do I hope this is temporary, but in the meantime I will enjoy the deep, dark, slightly bitter & rich taste and all the benefits of my cup of chickory root : )

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Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Sautéed Basil Pesto Zucchini & Yellow Squash Veggetti®

vegetti squashThis Summer pair is a light dish for hot weather months.  Though available year around zucchini & yellow squash are best in summer.

Prep time: 10 min  Cook time: 10 min

NO EXCUSES!

 

Ingredients:
Veggetti® see pic*veggetti
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 Tbs EVOO
2 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
Coconut butter, a dollop

Directions:

  1. Veggetti® the zucchini & squash
  2. In a blender put EVOO, garlic & basil, chop
  3. In a large skillet, on medium heat, add oil mixture
  4. Add veggetti squash and sauté on med heat until soft .
  5. Add salt & pepper and simmer on low heat to let flavors blend
  6. Top with a dollop of coconut butter

FYI:
An entire medium zucchini – 33 calories, .6g fat, 6g carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 2.4g protein
One cup yellow squash-18 calories, .2g fat, 3.8g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 1.4g protein

My friends LOVE this one & I hope you will too..Enjoy!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Broccoli Soup Recipe -Vegan, Paleo or Not this is a Nutritional POWERHOUSE

broccoli soupVegan, Paleo or not, here is a simple & tasty recipe for Broccoli Soup.

Besides being high in both soluble & insoluble fiber this Powerhouse is a rich source of •vitamin-C
•vitamin A
•iron
•vitamin K
•B-complex vitamins,
•zinc
•phosphorus
•phyto-nutrients
Broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which  can block cartilage –destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation and may help to fight osteoarthritis.

Clean & simple with whole ingredients you can eat this anytime, it’s low in carbs, high in fiber, and nutrient dense too!

BROCCOLI SOUP RECIPE
serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped (or shallots, which I prefer)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls Coconut or olive oil
1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets
3-4 cups chix, veggie or no chix-chix stock ( your choice)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
salt ( optional to taste)
cilantro (optional too)
Directions
Sautee onion & garlic in olive or coconut oil in a skillet for about 20 min on low heat til soft.
Meanwhile, in large pot bring 3 cups of stock to a boil with chopped broccoli
Reduce the heat & simmer 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Put both mixtures in blender & puree til smooth.
Return to large pot and heat slowly.
Add 1/4 tsp nutmeg (be careful too much will mess it up)
add pepper & salt to taste (if Paleo, no salt)
for a more liquidy soup or to reheat add the remaining broth.
Garnish with cilantro for an extra kick

Soup is Good Food : P

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Chocolate “Love Potion” Improved & Passover Friendly too(recipe)

If you’ll recall a little while back I introduced you to a Chocolate “Love Potion”

My friend Ivette shares an updated version that adds a little more spice to an already spicy treat.  Thanks Ivette!

And BTW, if you’re keeping Passover you don’t have to give up a thing : D !!!!

Paleo Choc Pudding Recipe  (added ingredients in red ) 

2 ripe avocados  (Use one avocado for more silky mousse and 2 for thicker more fudge mousse.)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey, organic agave or maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 dates, soaked and pitted
Dash of cinnamon 
Dash of Himalayan sea salt
Optional – red pepper flakes

Blend ingredients in the food processor, serve room temp or chilled

Top with sea salt and/or red pepper flakes  & your set for a delicious treat!

whipped cream is optional but ooooh sooo good : P

Happy Passover & Bon Appetite!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

“The Healthy Show”

P& me wide[1]Q&A

We live in a multicultural society, and we are eating food from different cultures and countries. We also want to try the new gourmet restaurant or the new diet. Some people want to go vegetarian, but they get tired in the process…

HOW DO WE EAT HEALTHY with all this influence around us?

What will be your best advice to our audience?me full body

There are so many options today.. More than ever I Feel.   There’ s Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb, Low Fat , High Protien, The Ducan Diet, just to name a few…

The best advice I can give is to find a nutrition plan that works for you.  What might work for someone else may not be right for you.  Think of it as a way of life, NOT a diet. It’s something you will have to live with day in and day out. It requires Discipline.

The one thing that will work for everyone is to think WHOLE.   Lean Protein sources, healthy fats, fresh vegetables & fruits…organic whenever possible.  When eating complex carbohydrates stick to unprocessed sources like potatoes and butternut squash. Whole foods – means nothing processed.

photoHow did you become a nutrition specialist?

     When I began strength training, my trainer taught me that if I was going to be training hard I had to eat to supplement my training. That is eating the right food at the right time so I could see the results of what I was training for.  Working out alone just wasn’t going to cut it.   Eating right had to be integrated in the plan.  Soon it became a way of life and I improved with time as did my physique. I wanted to learn more so I went back to school and got certified.me cropped

Thank you Kiko Ricota & Mauricio Portillo  for the opportunity to appear on your show, Penelope Sosa for making it easy  & Valerie Girard for your beautiful make-up artistry.
I feel blessed.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Rock Star Vegetable Does it Again (Faux Risotto Recipe)

risottoIn this weeks tip I share with you another cauliflower recipe that is nutrient dense & delicious ENJOY!

 

 

 

Squash & Asparagus Faux Risotto Recipe
1 cauliflower
2 medium yellow squash
6-8 asparagus spears
1c veggie broth (or any broth you prefer)
2 tbsp coconut oil
½ c onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves , finely minced
¼ c cooking wine (optional)
1 tbsp coconut butter
fresh basil
pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut cauliflower into pieces, then lightly, very lightly steam
  2. Put in blender on chop setting for a rice like consistency,  (too much steam and blending will mush into a mash) …set aside
  3. In large saucepan, sauté onions & garlic in coconut oil over medium heat ( about 3-5 min)
  4. Stir in cauliflower (if adding wine add)
  5. Add broth, stirring often and wait for the mixture to absorb the broth before adding more ( about 15 min)
  6. Add squash & asparagus. Continue to stir until veggies are soft. (Add more broth if necessary)
  7. Remove from heat, add fresh basil & pepper & a dollop of coconut butter.

This is really good!

And check out the points on the ANDI guide for this recipe alone:

Cauliflower -295 points
Asparagus –234
Squash- couldn’t find yellow squash but acorn squash 444
Basil- 518

Almost Carb-free, grain-free, vegan, Paleo and Nutrient Dense too.

Buen provecho!

If you have any healthy recipes you would like to share please send them to me and I will blog them along.

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In peace, health & with much love,joycethumb

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer