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28 Sep

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Are you doing this in your kitchen?

September 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

Have you felt the energy in the air the past few days? From the Jewish holidays, to the change of seasons, and the beautiful full moon last night, there’s a lot of shifts going on this time of year!

Let’s ride that natural “shift” wave and carry the good energy over into the kitchen. You’ve gotten so many tips from me over the years (and if you’re new WELCOME!!), but I realize that there may still be mistakes happening in the cooking department that are making the whole healthy thing much harder than it needs to be. And I don’t want cooking to be hard for you – I want it to be FUN!

Here are the top three cooking mistakes that you may be making (and what to do to fix them!):

  1. All your knives are dull-ville – Honestly, I’m SO guilty of this, all my knives are insanely dull just because I get too lazy to get them properly sharpened by a professional! But having a quality, sharp knife makes chopping those crunchy veggies so much easier (and quicker!). You can order a sharpener online or find a someone locally – Google “knife sharpener,” contact a restaurant supply store or call your local kitchen store. Or, go buy a brand-spankin’ new knife! You are worth it.
  2. You don’t take the shortcuts – My clients ask me all the time: “Robyn, isn’t it cheating if I buy something pre-made?” and my answer is always “No, it’s SMART!” Pick the pre-cut veggies and pre-washed greens, keep your freezer stocked (cubed butternut squash, greens, shrimp), buy already-cooked rotisserie chicken (throw it in a pan with coconut oil, salt and pepper. Add some greens and you’ve got a delicious dinner in 5 minutes). These shortcuts often make the difference between being able to pull together a quick home-cooked meal and grabbing something you’ll regret on the way home.
  3. You under season – Healthy food does NOT have to mean bland food. I’ll repeat this again: food that is good for you should taste good too! My go-tos for amping up the flavor on any dish: Salt (yup, I said salt! High quality sea salt like Himalayan or Celtic is good for you – your cells need it to function properly, it packs important minerals and actually keeps your body hydrated), freshly ground black pepper, Italian seasoning blend, and curry powder. Most of the time I just use S&P and coconut oil and that’s it! Be very generous with herbs and spices – you usually need more than you think!

Have a feeling you need a little more support to make these shifts [and more] in the kitchen?

Join me for “WTF With Your Gut?!”                        

A One Day NYC Immersion / Sunday, October 18th 10AM – 4PM East Village, NYC

During this special one day experience you will learn:                       

  • How to stock your pantry and fridge with good-for-your-gut foods       
  • My favorite quick and easy recipes for Fall
  • The absolute latest info on the healthy you market – what’s valuable and what’s ignorable
  • And most importantly – what and how to cook for your healthiest you!                                                         

Check out all the details here and reserve your spot today {space is very limited as this is a highly personalized and intimate event!} and then invite your BFFs to join!

21 Sep

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Are You Making These Mistakes? [PLUS Upcoming NYC Event!]

September 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

How’s everyone’s belly feeling? How did the summer treat you? How are you feeling in your body? I’ve gotten A LOT of emails and comments on social media saying my peeps are back to school, back to routines, and unfortunately back to feeling like sh*t a lot of the day. That’s no fun!

So today I wanted to address what you might be doing that you THINK is good for your digestion but are sadly all wrong (and could be the culprits behind bloating, gas, and other ick feelings).

Here are the 3 biggest digestion mistakes you might be making:

  1. You chug water with meals – Drinking water during meal time (or even snack time!) dilutes your gastric juices (especially your HCL, the acid in your stomach). Aim to finish a beverage 30 minutes before each meal and wait an hour after before drinking more. Filling yourself up on water (or other liquids) will not help you feel full, save it for in between.
  1. You think a salad a day will save the day – Your digestive system likes to be kept warm to be working at its best (hence the term “digestive fire”). Try swapping soup (like my Healing Greens Soup) for your standard salad or incorporate some simple steamed or roasted veggies with meals and notice how you feel afterward.
  1. You take the wrong probiotics – A product may advertise as being high in probiotics without actually having the live cultures you need. What about your fat-free Greek yogurt with packaging that tells you it’s “loaded with probiotics” you say? It may be, but it’s also most likely loaded with excess sugar and not nearly a fraction of actual probiotics they claim to contain. If you are taking your probiotics in pill form, be aware that not all supplements are created equal. Most mainstream market supplements are heated improperly and are not from a high-quality, trusted source. I recommend taking a quality probiotic or, better yet, get your probiotics from live foods like sauerkraut!

Thing you might be missing the mark in more areas when it comes to how well you’re digesting your food? Have a gut feeling that something in your diet is not agreeing with you? I want you to feel freaking fantastic this fall so I created a unique one-day workshop experience to help you dive deep and identify what is working (and what definitely isn’t) with your food and your body.

During this special one day experience you will learn:

  • What’s making your belly and body feel so bad (or even just meh)
  • My secrets to optimal and easy digestion to have you going #2 like a PRO!
  • The absolute latest info on the healthy you market – what’s valuable and what’s ignorable
  • And most importantly – what and how to cook for your healthiest you!

Join us for “WTF With Your Gut?!”

A One Day NYC Immersion

Sunday, October 18th 10AM-4PM, East Village, NYC

In addition to the full day immersion, you’ll also receive the following bundle of resources to take home with you: YHY Shopping List, Fresh for Fall Recipe Booklet, and my 3-Day Digestive Cleanse PLUS an option to join my *new* YHY Membership Program.

Check out all the details here and reserve your spot today {space is very limited as this is a highly personalized and intimate event!}

What’s the biggest digestive mistake you’ve made? Let me know in the comments below!

22 May

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Don’t let this be what derails you (plus a secret weapon supplement you have to know about)

May 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

I’m doing a little dance!

Why? Because Memorial Day weekend is finally here, which means summer fun can officially begin!

I love it all: endless hours of sunshine, beautiful leafy green trees everywhere, light and easy salads for dinner, it’s all so delicious.

But with summer comes bathing suits…and endless BBQs and pies…and snacking on chips during long weekend afternoons…and then the food coma on Monday…and then the cravings start…and before you know it your “once in a while” ice cream treat becomes a nightly must-have or you’ll DIE.

Sound familiar?

When it comes to feeding our bodies as naturally as possible and taking supreme care of ourselves, weekends (especially holiday weekends) can often be a bust. We spend all week being so “good”, eating our dark leafy greens, going to bed at a reasonable time, etc., only to toss it all out for an indulgent weekend food (and booze!) fest.

Sick of the cycle of sabotage and struggling through the beginning of your week?

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Here are 3 tips to help you have the best (food) time possible this weekend:

1. Decide what your weekend is going to look like before it starts.

Do you need your weekend to reboot and eat healthfully? Or do you want to indulge at the fancy Saturday night restaurant and eat to your heart’s desire? A healthy mix of both? Either way, decide on Friday what your weekend will look like and stick to it. Beginning your weekend with a game plan will make it that much easier.

2. Make one easy, healthy recipe.

I know, you’re out playing but hang on! If you have one delicious, light dish in the fridge you’ll be much more likely to eat that instead of ordering in a bagel, egg, and cheese for the second morning in a row. This salad is a great option, it’s super satisfying and will stay yummy for the whole weekend.

3. Try this secret supplement.

Weekend indulgences used to put my healthy eating habits out of whack for what felt like weeks on end. When I take this supplement after an indulgent meal I never wake up with cravings nor the dreaded belly bloat. Best. Thing. EVER! What’s my secret weapon supplement? Well, that’s the goods reserved only for my Rockstars. 😉

If you’re getting my emails (Yay! So happy you’re here!) you’ve probably heard about The Rockstar Roadmap, my 6 week program designed for awesome and busy as f*ck people who want to make this whole nutrition thing happen (i.e. learn what to cook on regular weeknights when you have zero energy, how to recognize when you’re full, what you need to eat to not feel bloated after every meal, the list goes on!).

The program starts next week and I don’t want you to miss out!

To get your cute bootie moving, I’m offering an awesome special for the next 5 people that register: A bonus coaching call with me, PLUS I will personally mail you the secret supplement mentioned above in Tip #3. Yup! It will be on it’s way to you, maybe even in time for next weekend. :)

The community of Rockstars is growing and now is your chance to join us on the journey to getting and staying healthy.

Get all the details and enroll here!

If you have any questions about the program or wonder if it is the right fit for you, reply to this email and ask away.

Have a great weekend!

PS Did you miss the Rockstar Q & A call Tuesday night? I’ve got the recording up for you with a VERY special bonus you don’t want to miss but it’s only available for a limited time! Click here to grab the quick recording and your rockin’ bonus.

16 Jan

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10 Tips to Help You Stay on Track

January 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Last week I shared my reboot soup recipe with you, and a couple of weeks ago we discussed ways to be your healthiest you in 2014. Now it’s time to check in!

How are things going? Are you identifying what’s working for you and what’s not?

I bet you’re totally rocking it, and to help keep you on track, I’m sharing 10 tips to help keep you moving toward your healthiest you! [Be a rockstar friend & share these tips with your peeps!]

  1. Focus on building habits – In order to build lifelong change, you need to create healthy habits for yourself. Choose one habit to focus on at a time and you’ll slowly build these into your daily life.

  2. Make it easy on yourself – Put a glass of water on your nightstand each night to help you drink water each day. Lay your workout clothes out the night before. By making it easy to do the right thing, you’re giving your mind a break and just running on autopilot!

  3. Track your progress – It can be such an energy boost to see all that you’ve accomplished! No victory is too small. Consider journaling, collaging, notes in your cellphone, spreadsheets, whatever you enjoy to track the progress you’re making.

  4. Find support and encouragement – Achieving a goal is always more fun when we have a support system in place. Not only can they support us when we’re feeling weak, but they can offer the encouragement we need to keep going. I’m going to be announcing a very exciting way to really get the support you need in 2014 soon! Get on the waitlist here {or email me at support@yourhealthiestyou.com} to be the first in line.

  5. Be gracious with yourself – Sometimes you’ll miss a workout, or decide to eat something indulgent. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed. We’re all human, and we all have missteps. Realizing beforehand that this will happen and accepting it will help you move on quickly and keep working toward your goal.

  6. Develop a reward system – You can reward yourself in many ways that still support your goals. Get a massage, take the dog to the park, read a new book, visit a new park. There are plenty of ways to reward yourself for all your small victories. Bonus: this will put you in a great mindset and encourage you to continue to reach your goals.

  7. Try something new – By focusing on yourself and what you love to do, you’re putting yourself first and creating happiness. Trying something new might be even more fun for you. Take a painting class, learn how to knit, or volunteer your time for a worthy cause.

  8. Focus on fewer goals – If you find yourself drowning under the pressure of too many goals, just set a few aside. You don’t have to accomplish everything at once, and accomplishing one goal is better than accomplishing none (have you picked your one?).

  9. Refine your plan – It’s a great idea to create a plan to help you achieve your goals. Sometimes, though, you need to refine your plan and that’s OK. Review what’s been working and change what hasn’t (and it’s okay to ditch what’s not working or happening for you!).

  10. photoShare your progress with others – Celebrate your success! Shout it from the rooftop! Let others know how you’re progressing and you’re doing two things: bolstering your conviction and helping others work toward their goals!

What’s your favorite tip for staying on task and reaching your goals? I’d love for you to share it in the comments below!

09 Jan

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Is Your Body So Over Holiday Food? [Perfect Recipe Inside]

January 9, 2014 | By | No Comments

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At some point, you honestly just don’t want it anymore.

The cookies. The cakes. Pie for breakfast. You’re starting to naturally say “No thank you!” and reach for the good-for-you stuff again.

It’s a new year! And we all want to feel great in our bodies again.

The unfortunate part?

Your cravings haven’t caught up with your brain.

How can you hit the reset button when you’ve eaten nothing but sugar, bread, and baked goods for a week (or weeks!) straight?

Give yourself a reboot with my own personal Reboot Soup recipe!

The sweet root veggies will calm the cravings and the greens will give your body the nourishment it’s really been craving. Have some for or with lunch and dinner for a couple days and you’ll wake up less bloated, re-charged and ready for 2014.

Reboot Soup (Click to share this recipe on Twitter!)

Ingredients

2 carrots
3 inches of a daikon radish (looks like a giant white carrot)
2 onions
2 garlic cloves
1 cup each peppers (any but green), spinach and tomatoes
1 box vegetable stock
Juice of half a lemon
2 sage leaves
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp coriander
Sprinkle of dried basil, ginger, and cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to coat pan

Directions

  1. Drizzle bottom of large soup pot with olive oil, just enough to coat.
  2. Chop all your veggies – carrots, daikon, onions, garlic, peppers, spinach, and tomatoes.
  3. Add garlic and onions to pot and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining veggies, along with the vegetable stock, sage, thyme, basil, ginger, cayenne, lemon juice, cardamom, coriander, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Add water if necessary to make sure vegetables are covered with liquid.
  4. Once all your veggies are soft (you can easily pierce with a fork), blend the soup. I recommend an immersion blender right in the pot but you can also use a blender and puree in batches.
  5. Taste and add additional seasoning if necessary. Enjoy!

What do you do to get back on track? I’d love to hear what you think of the Reboot Soup recipe. Give me all the delicious details in the comments below!

05 Jan

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New Year, New You: Ways to Detox in 2014

January 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Did you catch my recent segment on CBS news? If you want to start 2014 with less stress and a revitalized mind and spirit, check out this fun segment for some great ideas!  I shot this piece in Los Angeles but check your area for new and healthy happenings.

During the segment we made an awesome healthy and detoxifying salad together.  I’ve included the recipe below!


Your Healthiest You Massaged Kale Salad for CBS

Ingredients:

About 4 generous cups washed, de-stemmed and chopped kale (one large bunch)
1 avocado
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of ½ to 1 lemon (depending how juicy your lemon is)
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cucumber, chopped or grated
1 carrot, grated
1 cup sprouts, sunflower or alfalfa
½ bunch mint, chopped or torn

Directions:

Prep cucumber, carrot and mint and set aside. Sprinkle cayenne pepper, sea salt and pepper over kale in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice. Cube avocado flesh and add to kale mixture (I like to add ½ of the avocado to massage and then add the remaining half later to enjoy in pieces in the salad).

With clean hands, “massage” the kale so that all of the oil and avocado are coating it and it begins to wilt (the avocado should be completely mashed into the leaves). Wash hands and add additional veggies and mint and mix well. Taste and add any additional salt or pepper or lemon juice. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to detox? Let me know in the comments below!

06 May

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Spring into Summer with Ayurveda

May 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

Your Savvy Guide to Seasonal Eating

AyurvedaIt’s that time of the year. Spring cleaning and cleansing. Are you looking for a way to bring balance into your every day this spring?

Ayurveda is the science of living in harmony with nature. As we transition from winter to the warmer months, our health can get a little funky. You may be dealing with digestive problems, constant allergies, sleepless night, weight gain over the winter, migraines and more.

Join Health Coach Robyn Youkilis for a totally free, content-packed class where you will learn:

  • What you must know about Ayurveda
  • The keys to finding balance for your body type
  • The real reason Ayurveda can help you spring cleanse
  • Specific easy to incorporate action steps for bringing Ayurveda into your life
  • Robyn’s advice on a daily routine (hint: it’s not complicated!)

Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 pm EST (5:30pm PST)


You will leave the call knowing how to boost your energy the natural way and what foods and supplements to focus on to help you feel balanced and naturally slim.

SIGN UP HERE!

30 Jan

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My Top 3 Cold Weather Detox Foods

January 30, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time when my inbox is flooded with emails asking what the best detoxes or cleanses are and my top tips for detoxing. I totally get it. We’ve just been through the holiday happenings; grazing at cocktail parties and indulging in sugar and spice and everything nice, unfortunately, we’ve also just realized that we didn’t quite get back on track after the holidays like we had planned or hoped maybe you need more time!

It’s only natural that we mentally and physically crave a break; an opportunity to clear out all the junk and allow our bodies to reboot.

The funny thing is (and this is depending where you live), the colder months can be the most tricky when it comes to safe and gentle detoxing. Our bodies naturally crave warmer and cooked foods to help combat the cold and often cooling juices with a lot of fruit can feel disconnected from our environments.

In light of the colder climates AND our desire to naturally reboot our bodies I’m bringing you my top 3 foods that will warm you through the winter AND detoxify your body.

Miso Soup


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Loaded with minerals like zinc, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper and B vitamins, miso floods your body with nutrients and naturally slims your waistline. Eaten with almost every meal in Japan (even breakfast), miso is a fermented food with tons of live probiotics that help improve digestion. Miso is both gentle and strengthening and during times of detox it will help soothe your digestive tract and help you feel full.

Kale

Good ‘ol kale.  We all love it, can’t get enough of it.  A healthy eating hall of famer (kale has been featured as the food of the month here), kale really deserves it’s continued spot in the sunlight.  For detox purposes kale acts as a blood purifier, a liver cleanser and immune system strengthener.  In addition, kale is loaded with chlorophyll (that’s why it’s such a dark green!) and micronutrients.  Kale even has fiber, helping scrub out your colon and giving your body a nice natural flush; exactly what those organs need to get rid of the gunk.

Super Spices

Cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper are all warming for the body and act as natural detoxifiers.  Easy to add to homemade dishes and find when eating out and on-the-go, these super spices pack some heat and help shed pounds.  These spices are referred to as “thermogenic food”, meaning they raise the temperature of the body and help boost metabolism so you burn more fat.   They also act as natural digestive aids (especially ginger and turmeric), helping to break down your food, mucus (from too much dairy) and reboot your digestive system.  Cinnamon even has fiber and can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce sugar cravings!

Add these warming winter detox foods to your daily routine or kick it into high gear with a more thorough cleanse by making the Green Miso Soup below and having it for 2 meals out of your day.

Now I want to hear from you, what detoxes have you tried? Do you prefer to save the juice for warmer months? Let me know in the comments below! You can also read my previous posts on detoxing here and watch additional videos here.

Happy warm detoxing!

Green Miso Soup

Ingredients:
2-3 tablespoons organic miso paste
3 cups water
2 bunches of greens such as spinach, watercress, kale, mustards and collards, chopped
Ginger, grated
Garlic, minced
Green onion or chives, chopped (optional)
Sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a medium to large pot with garlic and ginger.
  2. Once boiling, add your greens and turn heat down to a simmer.
  3. Add green onion or chives and cook a minute or two until greens are tender.
  4. Remove soup from heat.  In a small bowl combine 2-3 tablespoons miso paste with a small amount of the soup liquid.  Combine thoroughly with a fork and then add the miso mixture to pot.
  5. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper and blend soup with an immersion blender.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  A sprinkle of cayenne pepper or a squeeze of lemon are additional natural detoxifiers and add nice flavor.

23 May

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Anyone Else Have Cleansing on the Brain?

May 23, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Here is my Your Healthiest You Menu for navigating cleansing:

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Video: I created a “Gym N Juice” video that covers all of the hottest juice cleanses out there. In the video I answer your burning cleanse questions like “is this cleanse going to suck?”, “can I still workout?” and more! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE! Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts and questions.

Read Juicing VS Blending 

Juicing VS Blending: Do you have your own juicer or blender and are curious about which route to go? I have a great blog post up on my website by way of my alma matter Institute for Integrative Nutrition. If you’re curious about which one is right for you this article will answer all those questions and more. If you dig the school and are thinking about attending let me know and I’d be happy to talk about my experience with you and any scholarships available. READ THE ARTICLE HERE!

Contact me about your private session 

On-on-one Support: Have specific questions about which cleanse you want to do? Need something customized? I’m your gal. I’ve created a unique “Quick Fix Cleanse Session” just for you for only $79 from now until May 31st. To sign up or ask questions shoot me an EMAIL ME HERE! Special bonus – anyone who signs up to work with me after this session will receive an additional 20% off of Cooler Cleanse!

Register for Robyn’s Cooking Club 

Cleansing Cooking Class: Robyn’s Cooking Club is this Tuesday, May 22nd! What I like to do most often to help me naturally detox is cook up some delicious and naturally slimming foods. Whenever I want to feel lighter and lose a pound or two I’ll follow these simple and YUM recipes for a couple of days and voila, my bikini bod is beach ready. :) And don’t worry, they’re 100% man approved (just ask my man!). REGISTER HERE!

 

18 May

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Juicing vs. Blending: Which is right for you?

May 18, 2012 | By | No Comments

Recipes for green juices and smoothies are popping up all over the place and these beverages are slowly becoming a more mainstream approach to healthy eating and detoxing. One thing is for sure – green juices and smoothies are good for you. But is one better than the other? Here is a short comparison to help you learn the ins-and-outs of green beverages. Hopefully this will help you pick which is right for you!

Green Juice

What you need: Juicer, 1 to 2 pounds of your favorite green vegetables

Advantages: Juicing is great because it extracts all of the water and nutrients from vegetables, leaving behind only the plant fibers. This means your body is better able to absorb the nutrients without having to digest the dense bulk of the plant. Plus, you can fit an incredible quantity of vegetables into a single glass of green juice, leaving you with simple, smooth and delicious drink that packs an incredible nutritional punch!

Disadvantages: Juicers can be very expensive and hard to take care of. They need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use to prevent rusting. Stocking enough fresh, organic vegetables to make daily juices can also be somewhat expensive. Although they are very high in nutrients and vitamins, juices can’t keep you full for long because your body processes the liquid so quickly.  Finally, it’s worth noting that though green juices typically are usually low in sugar, several store bought juices can have a very high glycemic load and may cause blood sugar imbalances.

Try this recipe: Green Juice

 

Green Smoothie

What you need: Blender, ½ to 1 pound of your favorite green vegetables, 1 cup of ice.

Advantages: The biggest advantage to making smoothies is that the only equipment you need is relatively inexpensive – a blender. Smoothies also tend to be a little bit more filling since the plant fibers are present (but still easy to digest, compared to raw whole vegetables.)

Disadvantages: Compared to digesting juice, your body will have to work a bit harder to digest a smoothie and absorb the nutrients. Also, because it’s difficult to pack in the same volume of vegetables into a blender, your smoothie won’t be as nutrient-dense as your green juice. Using a high quality blender, such as a Vitamix, will lead to smoother, more enjoyable smoothies, but the price is comparable to a juicer.

Try this recipe: Green Lift Smoothie

The bottom line is when it comes to green beverages, whether you prefer smoothies or juices, it’s hard to go wrong. Just pick your favorite vegetables, and blend or juice away. Your body will thank you!

This article was written by Lauren Caster via Institute for Integrative Nutrition.


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