Protein is essential to add to your diet for a variety of reasons – obtaining essential amino acids, weight loss, muscle tone, hair, skin and nails or even to improve your health overall. Incorporating protein rich veggies into your diet may be tough at first, but only if you don’t know which types of protein to look for.
Including protein into your diet does not mean that your diet has to be bland. It can be full of rich flavor and essential nutrients. Zest up your diet with some of these protein packed choices such as wild fish, free-range chicken, grass fed beef (birth-to-death), and raw dairy products (usually available at your local Farmer’s Market). For carbs pick those that are high in fiber, like some tasty whole grains from heirloom seeds such as Ezekiel (sprouted grain bread), nutrient-dense organic vegetables, seeds and nuts.
Vegetables often get overlooked when it comes to filling up on protein, because it’s hard to know which vegetables exactly are great protein choices. It can get a little tricky when it comes to knowing which vegetables actually contain a healthy dose of protein, but these surprisingly protein packed greens are sure to be some nutritious pick-me-ups.
Topping the list of protein rich veggies to make sure are in your grocery cart are beans (in a limited amount), cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, artichoke, kale, brussel sprouts, asparagus and superfoods such as spirulina, chorella and blue green algae to name a few. Some of these protein rich veggies may already make it onto your plate, but they may just stay there for decoration. A great way to simmer up to these protein rich foods is to lightly steam them, and add flavorings such as garlic and herbs to give them just the kick they need.
Protein rich veggies pack nutrients into your diet to give you a kick into your diet without letting you have to suffer the effects of what you are missing from not having sufficient protein.
1. Pack some protein rich veggies to snack on during the day. By bringing some broccoli with you as a snack, you’ll be more apt to munch on it throughout the day. You can also include sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts that are high in good fat and protein to keep you satiated throughout the day.
2. Lightly steam some veggies in a garlic and herb blend. By lightly steaming the veggies, you won’t lose all the protein but still make them appetizing. The garlic and herb sauce will make sure that there is no protein rich veggies left on your plate.
3. Call it a wrap! For a quick and easy lunch packed with protein filled veggies, try adding some to a wrap for a quick and fulfilling way to get your protein and vegetable quota for the day. Using Nori Sheets provides you with tons of trace minerals from this seaweed vegetable.
4. Drink up! If it’s a hot summer’s day and you’re looking to quench your thirst, why not blend up some protein rich veggies into a power shake. I use a mineral broth as my base in lieu of orange juice or apple juice which are both loaded with sugar.
5. Go raw. There’s no shame in simply reaching for some protein filled veggies in the raw. Enjoying some dehydrated kale chips is a great way to get your fill of protein while enjoying the end of a warm summer’s day.
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At Anne’s Kombucha we are kombucha connoisseurs, so we want to introduce you to you some popular kombucha flavors. Of course Anne’s Kombucha is our favorite kombucha so we will take you through some popular kombucha flavors that we make, but there are some other flavors out there that we enjoy as well. There are many varieties of kombucha and all of them have a unique flavor and quality based on the brewing process and ingredients. Enjoy!
Ginger is not only a popular kombucha flavor for its unique flavor profile but also for its healing abilities that have been used since ancient times. For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate. Other reported benefits includes effectiveness for reducing nausea and digestion issues, as well as improving absorption of stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory and a natural powerful painkiller. It strengthens the immune system. The organic freshly pressed ginger root in Anne’s Ginger Kombucha adds spice and slightly sweet notes to this kombucha tea. This was the very first kombucha flavor we made over 6 years ago and is still our personal everyday beverage. We just love ginger!!!
Blue green algae is one of most nutrient dense foods on the planet and it has been dubbed as a superfood. In Anne’s Kombucha we include Wildcrafted Organic Klamath Blue Green Algae, USP Certified Organic Spirulina, and Super Soft Cell Wall Chlorella all of which contains vitamins, minerals, simple carbohydrates, lipids and biologically active enzymes that are great for your health. Blue Green Algae is 70% vegetable protein and contains a high concentration of nutrients – over 65 vitamins, minerals and enzymes and the complete spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten nonessential amino acids…and they are all easily absorbed by the body. It has a slightly natural sweet taste, beautiful blue-green color. Our personal experience has been to drink half the bottle 45 minutes to 1 hour before working out and the remainder within 60 minutes after exercising. Love it and love the results!
The combination of organic cranberries and organic lime in this popular kombucha flavor is the perfect combination to wake up your senses and energize your day! Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. Drinking cranberry juice has been shown to block urinary infections by binding to bacterial so they can’t adhere to cell walls. The National Institutes for Health is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections, its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections. We use organic dried cranberries lightly coated with organic sunflower oil and organic apple juice to balance the tart flavor. We think this is one you will enjoy especially as an afternoon non-alcoholic beverage.
We love pineapples for their sweet and tart tropical flavor, so it was a no-brainer to infuse this awesome flavor into our Kombucha. We add organic raw pineapple, blended in our Vitamix and mix it with our Kombucha Tea base to make this flavor stand out. In addition to being a popular and delicious flavor, raw pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, a mineral necessary to build bones and connective tissues as well as bomelain enzymes to help prevent bruising and reduce age spots and fine lines. It lessens the risk of hypertension, maintains good eye health, prevents plaque and keep teeth health, is effective in reducing constipation and irregular bowel movements. Pineapple contains enzymes that make skin elastic, improve skin hydration, and remove damaged and dead cells. Thus, it helps us achieve a clear and glowing complexion. It’s a wonderful flavor for non-Kombucha drinkers or children who are not used to the sweet and sour taste of a tradition Kombucha Tea.
There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a nice cold watermelon, and the same goes for this refreshing flavor of Anne’s Kombucha. One of the main health benefits of watermelon is its status as a powerful antioxidant, found in vitamins A & C, which helps to neutralize free radicals that can lead to inflammation, general sickness and chronic illnesses such as stroke or heart attack. Lycopene, a carotenoid found in abundance in watermelon provides additional cancer fighting health benefits of watermelon. It is also known to have fat burning benefits due to its high water content which makes your metabolism work more efficiently. In this flavor, the ginger gives some soft heat while the watermelon adds a refreshing sweetness. Its perfect harmony makes watermelon ginger a very popular kombucha flavor!
Not only are the flavors of Anne’s Kombucha delicious, but they are also as healthy as you can get! Anne’s Kombucha is gluten free and does not contain any GMOs, colors, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners. Bottoms up!
To learn more about Anne’s popular Kombucha flavors, visit www.anneskombucha.com
What are probiotics and what are the benefits of probiotics? Anne’s Kombucha is loaded with probiotics, so we want to give an intro into the world of probiotics and what they mean for your body. Kombucha is essentially made up of a living culture of microorganisms that are beneficial to your health. The probiotic content in Anne’s Kombucha is over one billion organisms, so we feel like we should explain what that means for your body and health.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the natural balance of the intestines. Basically, probiotics keep in check the amount of harmful bacteria in our stomach and intestines—kind of like little warriors keeping harmful bacteria at bay.Many probiotic foods are produced by the action of yeasts, lactic acid bacteria, or a combination of both. If you think you have never eaten food with probiotics, think again! Probiotics are commonly found in fermented foods with added active live cultures such as yogurt and soy yogurt. Perhaps you are familiar with probiotics in yogurt by another name—acidophilus—a variety of probiotic. Probiotics are also found in other fermented foods such as miso, kimchi, tempeh, sauerkraut, kefir, and of course, kombucha! Because of the health benefits of probiotics, they are also available in pill form as a dietary supplement.
Health Benefits of Probiotics
The health benefits of probiotics are plenty. Many benefits of probiotics relate to the digestive system, but scientists are studying how probiotics may have a positive influence in the prevention and treatment of several very serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Studies suggest that the friendly bacteria in probiotics could help prevent and treat:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic Inflammation
- Infections of the digestive tract
Not only are probiotics known to help with the above ailments, but they are also connected with preventative benefits as well. Probiotics are noted to enhance mood, fight allergies, boost immunity, and detoxify the body. Probiotics have also been related to reducing or eliminating symptoms of depression, fibromyalgia, and anxiety.
A great way to get in on the wonderful health benefits of probiotics is to incorporate them into your diet. Pick up some up Anne’s Kombucha at Whole Foods, Jimbos or other local markets and get those one billion lactobacillus bacterium working for your health. Your body will thank you!
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If you’ve ever tried Kombucha, you know that Anne’s Kombucha is more than just a step above the rest. What is it that makes Anne’s Kombucha so much more energizing and refreshing? Anne’s secret is flower essences! Anne’s Kombucha is the first Kombucha on the market infused with organic flower essences.
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are the blossoms of plants prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water, then further diluted and preserved. These preparations embody the distinct imprint, or energetic pattern of each flower species.
In holistic healing flower essences are used in vibrational medicine. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and even the foods we eat.
What flower essences does Anne incorporate in her Kombucha?
Anne’s Kombucha contains six flower essences, each chosen with a specific purpose to benefit the body and mind.
Cherry Plum: Cherry Plum is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. The flowers are white and about an inch across, with five petals. We add cherry plum essence to assist in composure during challenging times. Cherry plum supports the ability to see life in a positive, broad perspective.
Clematis: The name Clematis is the Ancient Greek for “a climbing plant”, most probably a periwinkle. There are over two hundred and fifty species, often named for their originators or particular characteristics. The clematis flower is added for concentration and creativity. Clematis essence helps support the body on an energetic level.
Impatiens: Impatiens is often used as an herbal remedy for the treatment of bee stings, insect bites, and Stinging Nettle rashes. They are particularly used after Poison Ivy contact to prevent a rash from developing. Impatiens is valued for encouraging patience and empathy towards others. This flower essence supports relaxation of both the emotional and physical body.
Olive: The olive is one of the oldest cultivated plants of the Mediterranean and is thought to have been grown at least 5000 years ago in Egypt and on Crete for its highly valuable oil. The Olive flower essence has the power to restore peace to a distressed and tired mind, and give strength to an exhausted body. It is especially beneficial for people who have suffered from stress, trauma or illness for long periods of time.
Rock Rose: Rock Rose is a small family of plants known for its beautiful shrubs, which are profusely covered by flowers at the time of blossom. Rock rose flower essence inspires courage and calmness and helps the body maintain present awareness.
Star of Bethlehem: The Star of Bethlehem flower restores the body’s ability to heal itself; supports inner strength, vitality and mental clarity.
Dr. A.M., a family practitioner from New Mexico, has been incorporating various flower essences into his practice for years and sees his patients returning again and again for more essences. “The flower essences make available natural healing for anxiety, stress and depression,” Dr. A.M. said. “Our patients LOVE them!”
What’s new at Anne’s?
Today, these essential flower essences can be experienced in 3 new ways with Anne’s Kombucha in her 3 new Kombucha flavors: Original, Watermelon Ginger and Pineapple. So start enjoying the benefits of these organic flower essences today with a revitalizing bottle of Anne’s Kombucha.
No matter where you live in San Diego today, you are probably not too far from a Whole Foods Market. With locations in Hillcrest, La Jolla, Encinitas and a new location to open soon in Del Mar, more and more San Diegans are enjoying the variety of fresh and appealing food that Whole Foods has to offer.
Whole Foods is known for its focus on whole body health and wellness. The company has been ranked among the most socially responsible businesses and placed third on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s list of Top 25 Green Power Partners. They have an extensive variety of mostly organic fruits and vegetables, high quality soups, salads and pizza, as well as a number of hot and cold pre-made foods, and a variety-filled salad bar. The store offers cheese and wine tastings on the weekend, and throughout the week there are often samples of new products offered.
With all the reasons to love Whole Foods, there’s no question why Anne’s Kombucha chose Whole Foods as one of the exclusive markets to carry their kombucha tea. Available in ginger, blue green algae, and cranberry lime, Anne’s Kombucha has quickly become a favorite Whole Foods product in San Diego and Orange County alike. Be sure to pick up Anne’s Kombucha at your local Whole Foods Market, with new flavors including original, watermelon ginger and pineapple arriving soon!
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