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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…

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…

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…

The average adult body consists of up to 65% water. That’s crazy! We use that water to complete almost every bodily function, including regulating body temperature, moistening body tissue, and lubricating joints. A few other functions, such as breathing, digestion, and sweating, each send that water out of our bodies. Not sure about you, but for me these are each part of my daily routine, so consciously replenishing my 65% is essential. Our bodies run at tip top shape when we take in 2 liters of water every single day. I know it can be tough (and boring) to drink that much plain water every day, so I thought it’d be fun to share some delicious infused water recipes that may motivate you to stay hydrated! Citrus Medley: Fill your glass with slices of as many citrus fruits as you’d like! Think grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. The result will…