“Spring” into Fresh, Fruity & Healthy Flavors with Nutri Maqui

As the winter chill becomes a distant memory, and we transition into spring’s vibrant colors and sunny warmth, it’s time for a seasonal shift in our diets as well. Instead of hearty bone broths and root vegetables, spring calls for light, crisp and refreshing flavors that keep us cool as the weather heats up.

So, for a fruity treat that satisfies your sweet tooth, quenches your thirst and fuels your body with nutrients, try these healthy popsicle bites. Featuring the bold tanginess and antioxidant benefits of Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice, this recipe is a perfect afternoon snack for the kids or crowd-pleasing dessert at your next backyard cookout!

Note: This recipe yields 8 servings, so adjust the ingredients accordingly to feed large groups.


NUTRI MAQUI POPSICLE BITES

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice

1/2 Fresh Strawberries

1/3 Plain Greek Yogurt

1 sprig Fresh Sage Leaves

1 tsp. Raw Honey

All-Natural Stevia (to taste)

Nutri Maqui Popsicles Ingredient List

Preparation:

  1. Hull the strawberries and slice into bite-size chunks.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree into liquefied.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into eight of the muffin pan slots.
  5. Place the muffin pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the freezer and insert toothpicks in the center of each popsicle mold.
  7. Return to the freezer for another 30 minutes or until the popsicles have set completely.
  8. Lift up the plastic wrap in order to cleanly detach the popsicles from the muffin pan.
  9. Drizzle more honey on top for extra sweetness if desired.
  10. Enjoy…go ahead, it’s guilt-free!

Nutri Maqui Popsicles Before Freezing

Nutri Maqui Popsicles After Freezing


This recipe was originally featured on the Nutri Lifescience website. Reblogged with permission.

The Argument Against Forbidden Fruit

demonizing fructose

I’m no wellness expert.

Just a self-taught observer of health industry trends — who sometimes can’t resist aiming a snarky “say whaaaat?” at said trends.

Don’t get me wrong. You won’t find this girl disputing EVERY superfood discovery, holistic remedy or fitness craze that bursts on the scene. I’ve been known to guzzle kombucha and swear by kale, after all. But certain nutritional advice, I just can’t get behind.

Like demonizing fruit, for instance.

You haven’t heard? The fructose content in these plant by-products [formerly-known-as-healthy] causes weight related issues.

And the logical defense against this grave peril? Put down that apple. Back away from the produce stand. Eliminate fruits from your diet. All of ’em. Seriously…get with the times.

I’m not convinced, though. This claim carries a suspicious whiff of extremism that I don’t accept at face value.

Avoiding sucrose (a.k.a. refined sugar) makes total sense, but cutting out fructose — a natural carbohydrate which our bodies metabolize into energy — seems like overkill.

I digress, excess sugar consumption in any form leads to addictive cravings and medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes. But the keyword here is excess.

On average, the USDA recommends 1/2 cup servings of fresh fruit 3 times per day, so overindulging could negatively impact your well-being. However, research indicates you’d have to overindulge like it’s your job before these health risks would even take effect.

study, during which participants consumed about 60 grams of fructose, showed spikes in blood sugar levels after ingestion. No bueno, right?

Well…yeeaaah. Until you break down those results.

Here’s what the study conveniently forgets to mention — this fructose amount equals 9 bananas, 5 apples or 120 strawberries. Since when did you last devour 9 bananas over a 24-hour period?

…….Anyone???  Case. In. Point.

Besides,  fruit contains nominal fructose levels, compared with other sweetened pick-me-ups. While an apple has about 13 grams of fructose, a medium Coke has 33 grams.

The takeaway? Any food, whether plant-based or processed, can become harmful in EXTREME quantities. Fruit — or, even the fructose molecule — is not your nemesis, though. When enjoyed in MODERATION, it’s a wholesome addition to any diet.

Sure, those wellness gurus might demonize “nature’s candy,” but what’s the alternative? Satisfying your sweet tooth with actual candy?

Perspective, people.

fruits are friends

 

The Mindfulness Model: Why Listening to Your Body Trumps any Diet

Ever collapse on the couch with that “emergency” Doritos stash after a chaotic week, then proceed to finish every single crumb without noticing?

Yeaaaah…We’ve all been there. Once or twice.

In fact, the average person spends approximately 38,003 hours eating over the course of their lifetime. Talk about a feeding frenzy! So, give your choppers a break and practice the art of mindful eating instead. 

Because, let’s be honest, our “instant gratification” culture has reduced this to a lost art.

By deliberately pacing yourself and savoring each bite throughout a meal, you’ll become more aware of your body’s internal cues which send the brain “hunger” and “fullness” messages. If you tune into these signals, they’ll take the guesswork out of knowing when to drop that fork.

Anyone can cultivate mindfulness — just slow down and listen. After all, the human body is constantly communicating, even when we’re too hurried or preoccupied to get the memo.

The infographic below explains how replacing those absent-minded munchies with mindful eating habits will help you make permanent strides toward a healthier, balanced and physically empowered lifestyle.

How to Master Mindful Eating


Shout-out to Health Perch for providing the featured research and  infographic.