The Benefits of Seed Protein

There is one thing that we can agree that everyone needs, and that is protein! Some may say animal protein is the way to go, others say plant-based protein, but in all the protein talk most people forget about these little guys - seeds! These tiny nibbles are packed with protein and can help satisfy hunger cravings the healthy way.
Here are just some of the benefits of your favorite seeds:

Flax Seeds (1 tbsp - 10.3g)

  • high in fiber, but low in carbs
  • promotes healthy skin and hair
  • aids in weight loss
  • can lower cholesterol
  • gluten-free
  • high in antioxidants
  • aids in digestion
  • high in Omega 3 fatty acids
 Chia Seeds (1oz - 28.4g)
  • helps stabilize blood sugar
  • aids in digestion
  • helps to treat anemia
  • keeps you energized
  • suppresses appetite
  • helps slow the aging process
  • helps prevent osteoporosis
  • aids in improving brain function
     Lotus Seeds (1oz - 28.4g)
    • good source of magnesium
    • low in saturated fat
    • aid in slowing down aging process
    • promotes increased energy
    • can treat sleeping disorders
    • helps stabilize blood sugar levels
     Poppy Seeds (1 tbsp - 8.8g)
    • rich in Omega-3s
    • promotes healthy skin
    • anti-inflammatory
    • good source of minerals
    • assists in treating cancer
    • assists in treating nerve disorders
    • promotes healthy bowels
    • helps to keep hair healthy
    • can be used to treat pain
     Pumpkin Seeds (1 cup - 64g)
    • helps to improve bladder and prostate health
    • relieves arthritis inflammation
    • protects bones
    • can lower bad cholesterol
    • boost immune system
    • helps to regulate sleep
    • can prevent intestinal worms
    • aids in fighting anxiety
    • helps to stabilize blood sugar
     Sesame Seeds (1 cup - 144g)
    • boosts nutrient absorption
    • can help to burn fat
    • aids in balancing hormones
    • good source of vitamins and minerals
    • helps in the treatment of cancer
    • used to improve blood pressure
    • high source of cholesterol lowering phytosterols
     Sunflower Seeds (1 cup - 140g)
    • promotes healthy bones
    • high in antioxidants
    • controls cell damage
    • promotes healthy skin
    • rich in minerals
    • anti-inflammatory
    • can help treat and prevent anemia
    • promotes healthy nerve function

    How to Purify Air in Your Home Naturally - Green Thumb Edition

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    Time to put away those toxic Lysol spray cans and give the air inside your home a natural purification. Instead of reaching for the air fresheners it's time to think green and use the healthy and beautiful presence of live plants in your home. Here are the top 10 plants and herbs that will purify your home naturally.

    note: Please advise your veterinarian before bringing plants into your home that could be toxic for pets. 



    1. English Ivy (the beautiful plant that climbs up the vine in fairy tales) helps to purify the air of formaldehyde 
    2. Peace Lily is a flowering plant that helps removes such toxins as acetone and benzene 
    3. Lady Palm helps to clear the air of chemicals like ammonia and is low maintenance which our green thumbs like! 
    4. Gerber Daisies actually absorb dangerous carbon monoxide and moonlight to generate oxygen at night
    5. Snake Plant is prettier than it sounds and in addition to formaldehyde works to remove nitrogen oxide as well
    6. Bamboo Palm works as a natural humidifier to keep a dry area humid
    7. Rosemary helps with cognitive function and to help clear the brain of free radicals. Absorbs carbon monoxide.
    8. Mint naturally makes the air easier to breathe if you have issues with your lungs and breathing
    9. Lavender and Jasmine help to naturally purify the air
    10. Basil helps to reduce carbon monoxide in the room


    April 18, 2015 by Mariko Crane

    Sweet Dreams: Best Practices for a Better Night's Sleep











    Aaah Sleep! It's something most of us just do not get enough of. If you're having trouble getting a good shut-eye and staying asleep through the night, here are a few simple tips to try before you hit the pillow tonight.

    1. turn off computers, tvs and don't look at your cell phone 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Staring at light from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle
    2. don't go to bed on a full stomach
    3. wash your sheets - it's easier to fall asleep in a clean and comfortable bed
    4. maintain a regular exercise regime
    5. don't drink coffee after 2 pm
    6. limit beverage consumption before bed
    7. take a power nap during the day (if you can)
    8. keep your bedroom dark and quiet
    9. spray your pillow with lavender and camomile scents 
    10. 10-15 minutes of meditation
    11. stretching before bedtime helps you relax and prepare for sleep
    12. honey, vanilla, and nuts all contain compounds to help induce sleep

    Watch this video featuring Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist who suggests getting a blue light to help you sleep better.

    April 13, 2015 by Mariko Crane