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Healthy eating is a lifestyle that more and more people are finally subscribing to. …And corporations are totally taking advantage of it! Strolling the aisles of your favorite grocery store, you’ll pass innumerable products that label themselves as “health food”, doing their best to capitalize on this noble trend. We can all be a bit skeptical of ‘to-good-to-be-true’ advertising (rightfully so!), and food companies should not be exempt from our suspicions. While the FDA does have rules in place to protect consumers, food corporations can stretch the rules to their limits in order to satisfy certain ideals. So, for the common consumer, how do we know if a “health food” is actually that? Let’s take a look at a few products that you should be choosy with: Granola Bars: Often viewed as nutritious on-the-go snacks, granola bars are easy to stuff in a desk drawer or a backpack for a…

Happy 2018, Nashville! If you’re anything like me, you’re using the New Year to get back on track with some goals that you lost track of in 2017. Whether your goals are relational, financial, or habitual, I know they can be hard to accomplish! Some of the most popular new year’s resolutions revolve around the very general goal of “getting healthy”. These kinds of goals are some of the most difficult to keep. That’s because they require a lifestyle change. In addition to tweaking a routine or habit, health-based resolutions mean changing one’s mindset. Going into 2018, The Urban Juicer is even more excited about and committed to our mission of “Making Healthy Easy” for the Nashville community. By providing delicious and nutritious meals in a quick and friendly way, we’re striving to take the burden out of living healthy. Further…since we recognize that nutritious eating is just one piece…

If you’re anything like me, some days you just crave a good starch: pasta, mashed potatoes, bread…you name it. Unfortunately, those foods are not especially valuable for long-term nutrition. They provide quick bursts of energy, but a crash is usually pretty imminent. Thankfully, there’s a healthier substitute that I think will satisfy your craving! Enter: the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes share many qualities with white potatoes, but with a healthier spin. Let’s take a look at 5 of the top health benefits that sweet potatoes have to offer: Big On Beta Carotene Sweet potatoes are packed with a carotenoid called Beta Carotene. Carotenoids are the pigments that give red, yellow, and orange produce their color. When consumed, the body converts a sweet potato’s Beta Carotene into Vitamin A. In fact, one big sweet potato provides 100% of the FDA’s daily recommended value of Vitamin A! As far as its practical…

Summer barbecues just wouldn’t be the same without biting into a cool, juicy slice of perfectly ripe watermelon! It’s often assumed that this deliciously pink melon is “all water”, but it actually contains some surprisingly beneficial nutrients that will make taking a bite seem even sweeter! Let’s take a look at 5 of the health benefits that your favorite summer melon provides: Wet Your Whistle: Let’s start with the obvious: watermelon is hydrating! Being 92% water, this delicious melon is a tasty way to stay hydrated. In the summer, it’s especially important to take in enough fluids, so why not make it a little more enjoyable?! Gives your Skin that Summer Glow: Watermelon contains Vitamin A, which enhances the growth of body tissue. This helps to plump your skin, giving it a healthy, moisturized look and feel. Helps Heart Health: “Lycopene” is more than just what gives watermelon it’s perfectly…

Do you ever get that feeling that you alone could keep your favorite coffee shop in business? Coffee has become an increasingly social event. In the same vain as grabbing a drink at the bar, “meet me at *fav coffee shop*” is something many of us hear weekly, if not daily. While enjoying a cup of joe can be an energizing (yet somehow calming) way to start your day, it may be time to take it down a notch, and your body can tell you why. Caffeine can be great, but like all things in life, moderation is key! If you’re finding that you consistently need more than a cup a day, here are four reasons you may want to encourage yourself to have a few times a year when you try abstaining from caffeine… 😜: Caffeine is a stimulant, and triggers the nervous system to go into overdrive. It…

You get home from a long day at the beach, look in the mirror, and realize that the sunscreen you applied at 10 A.M. didn’t quite withstand the test of time…nor those crashing waves. Your nose and back are on fire, and you just know that the impending peeling skin is inevitable. What’s the first thing you reach for to soothe the burn? Aloe Vera is a widely used treatment for sunburns and other skin conditions, but its benefits reach far beyond the skin’s surface! Today, we’re providing an overview of exactly what aloe has to offer, and how it can be used to enhance your health. What’s Inside Aloe? The Aloe Vera plant provides a powerful punch when it comes to the nutrients humans need to stay healthy.  According to DrAxe.com, Aloe is a great source of “minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and more. Researchers at www.draxe.com go as…

Bee Pollen is a 100% natural source of nearly every nutrient that humans need to live well! Each granule of bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, lipids, flavonoids, and protein, making it a powerfully potent tool for improving one’s health. You may be familiar with the fact that local honey (because of bee pollen) provides relief from environmental allergies, but allergies are just one of many conditions bee pollen has shown to remedy. Let’s take a look at some other proven benefits of consuming bee pollen: Let’s start by talking about a surface-level benefit—literally. Bee pollen is often used in ointments made to soothe irritated and inflamed skin caused by eczema and psoriasis. The enzymes and amino acids present in bee pollen help regenerate damaged skin cells and protect them from future damage.  Secondly, bee pollen is a great digestive aid. Its enzymes assist in breaking…

Chocolate? Cocoa? Cacao? What’s the difference?!  There’s a lot of talk about chocolate (especially in dark form) being “good” for you. While there are certainly some nutrients to be found buried beneath the sugar in a decadent chocolate bar, the true nutritional benefits of chocolate are better realized in the raw, unprocessed ingredients of that sweet treat. But, again— what’s the difference? Cacao (say it: cuh-COW) is the unprocessed product of the Theobroma Cacao tree. This Amazonian tree produces cacao pods, which hold cacao beans. Those beans are typically roughly chopped or finely ground into cacao nibs or powder. Then, there’s cocoa. This is what you’d enjoy in your average chocolate bar. Unlike cacao, cocoa has been processed to eliminate much of the natural bitterness. Unfortunately, along with the bitterness disappears most of the nutrients. So, what’s the good in making raw cacao a part of your diet? Here are…

Activated Charcoal is recognized as an age-old remedy for victims of poisoning. Activated charcoal also started showing up in health-focused foods and beverages as a way of combatting the toxins that we ingest in processed foods each day. It may just be a fine black powder, but activated charcoal packs a powerful punch when it comes to promoting digestive health. What is it, and how does it work? Food-grade activated charcoal comes from coconut shell-based charcoal. It becomes ‘activated’ when the charcoal is brought to extreme temperatures in the presence of steam. This process produces millions of micro-pores on the surface of the carbon. Each pore is so small and complex that just one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the same surface area as half a football field. That’s crazy! It’s these microscopic pores that allow activated charcoal to do their job. Activated charcoal is an adsorbent (not to be…

From childhood, we’re told to eat more “leafy greens” and that when it comes to vegetables, “the darker the better!” It is important to include leafy greens in our diets because they are low in fat, high in fiber, include abundant vitamins, and are rich in folic acid. But that’s not all! There is one more little-recognized element found exclusively in green fruits and vegetables. That element is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. It is found in kale, spinach, apples, kiwi, green beans and more. Studies have shown that a diet rich in chlorophyll provides many health benefits. Here are just three to get your started: Chlorophyll helps curb hunger and limit those pesky cravings. In addition to suppressing hunger, chlorophyll promotes the secretion of a hormone called CCK, which assists in metabolizing fat and protein. This makes intentional consumption of chlorophyll a natural and healthy…