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Chlorophyll Water

Chlorophyll Water

I have been drinking this stuff for years. I especially like to down it before I run long distances or sprint because it helps increase energy by aiding the body in producing red blood cells. Chlorophyll is almost molecularly identical to hemoglobin, the molecule found in red blood cells that carries oxygen, thus oxygenating the blood. It differs only in its central element. In hemoglobin, this element is iron, in chlorophyll, it’s magnesium. Because of this similarity, it helps to power me through long or rigorous workouts, and it is calorie-free.

Additionally chlorophyll is an excellent detoxifier, as it binds to heavy metals and helps remove them from your body. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, and can help with digestive issues AND reduce body odor. Not bad attributes for a calorie-free beverage!

Choose a brand that is sourced from plants like alfalfa and without additives or preservatives. It should be available at most health food stores. My favorite is DeSouza’s. Add about 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to 32 ounces of water and I like to mix mine with a few drops of peppermint oil. Happy Health!


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Merry Bloody Christmas!

Although I am a trainer and all about healthy choices, I imbibe from time to time.  But when I do, I imbibe healthfully!  Below is a recipe for Bloody Marys, a trifecta of goodness: 1. They contain booze for a happy buzz.  2. They contain tomato juice for a healthy beverage. 3. They are acceptable to drink before noon!  If you’d like the healthy beverage without the buzz, just omit the alcohol.

This recipe was passed from my Grandfather to my Uncle to me.  Seriously. It’s one of the only traditions that has survived the many years.  We drink them every Christmas morning. I am drinking one now! Happy Health!

* My culinary posts are meant to be guidelines, not recipes. They are different from what you would usually find in a cookbook, because I think cooking should be inspired and new every time you do it. If you like heat, add a sh**load of cayenne or jalapenos to one of my recipes. If my guideline calls for cilantro but cilantro tastes like soap to you, leave it out. When I cook, I get a buzz from the thrill of creation. The same can happen to you.

Bloody Marys

Bloodies 2

1/2-3/4 cup tomato juice (I like the more natural ones from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and you can also opt for a low salt version if you are watching your salt intake)
1 jigger vodka
splash Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. horseradish
splash lemon juice
splash hot sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot but you can use any)
dash black pepper
dash celery salt

Combine all ingredients over ice. Stir with a celery stick.  If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with green olives, pickled veggies, a cocktail shrimp or bacon.

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Tomato Flavor Boost

There are still a few precious weeks of summer remaining, which means a few more weeks of luscious summer produce. Tomatoes fresh from the garden (or for me, fresh from the farmer’s market) are juicy, sweet, and wonderful in lots of salads and dishes. Most people know tomatoes and basil go together like peanut butter and jelly, what I didn’t realize until recently is that the basil doesn’t have to actually be served with the tomatoes. Basil has such a strong flavor, it can dominate a dish, which is fantastic if that’s what you employ your basil to do, in, say, a Caprese salad. But serendipitously, I discovered another way to use this herb. At the farmer’s market, I bought both tomatoes and basil at one stand. I put them both in the same bag, and when I sliced the tomatoes for a salad and bit into them, they had the slightest hint of sweet basil that had seeped into their skins – which elevated their flavor without dominating them. Try storing your tomatoes with a sprig or two of fresh basil. You salads will love the boost! Happy Health!

Tomato Basil