Drink to Your Health

Happy almost-weekend, friends! 

I have a confession to make - I'm a big fan of smoothies and juices. I think they are a great way to get in a bunch of nutrients that are easily digestible. That being said, there are many smoothies and juices out there that are massive sugar bombs (looking at you, apple juice). Here are my thoughts in the whole juice v. smoothie debate (it's a thing): drink your veggies | eat your fruit. 

If you're ordering or making a juice, make sure it's filled with tons of veggies. Add some lemon or ginger if you want to brighten it up. This is a chance for your body to absorb some amazing nutrients. Our bodies absorb juices so quickly, and if we're drinking a juice that's primarily fruit, our blood sugar is going to spike and it's not much different than a candy bar. 

If you're into smoothies, feel free to add some fruit. No need to go crazy - I still promote a primarily veggie smoothie, but since we are keeping all of the fiber in the smoothie, it will create a steady absorption into the body. I also use smoothies as a chance to add in all of the goods: collagen, adaptogens, spirulina, bee pollen (the list goes on and on, but this is the perfect time to up-level your daily nutrient intake). 

My fave smoothie + juice recipes are posted here: 

Green juice + Berry|Chia smoothie + Detox Smoothie

 

**Frappuccinos, no matter how colorful, are not smoothies. 

Health Food Trend Recap

Happy Hump Day, friends!

After taking some time to digest (literally and figuratively) everything from the Natural Product Expo, I wanted to share some of our favorite finds + trends. With over 3,000 exhibitors featuring their products, it was such an incredible opportunity to better understand where the natural food industry is headed.

Here’s a glimpse of what we saw and what you can expect to see in grocery stores soon:

Trends + Themes:

Bone Broth || ....in every possible form. This is a trend I’m very excited about. Bone broth is similar to your normal chicken/beef/veg stock, but bone broth is cooked for a longer period of time (usually 24+ hours) to allow all of the good stuff like vitamins, minerals to pull from the bones and ligaments into the broth. Beyond the vitamins and minerals, you’re also getting a pure form of protein and collagen via the gelatin  (gut repair + glowy skin superstar). There are quite a few brands featuring bone broth in all forms: powdered, liquid, frozen, blended with vegetables (our personal favorite). The top bone broths we saw were organic, grass-fed, and made in small batches. This company  is absolutely nailing the bone broth trend - if you see their products in a store, definitely try some out!

Collagen || We’ve been testing out collagen in our diets for the last year and loved the effects (see below), so it’s exciting to see so many new options. The most common collagens are in powdered form, meant to mix in with your morning coffee, tea, smoothie, etc. Personally, we add it to our bulletproof coffee in the morning and our green smoothies. This company makes extremely high quality, well-sourced collagen and is the most delicious one we’ve found.
Benefits of collagen:

  • Aids in new collagen growth within the body (repair ligaments + bones!)
  • Improves elasticity in skin + hair + nails

Probiotics+ || More than just a supplement now, this good-for-your-gut bacteria was added into all sorts of products: granola bars, drinks, shots, chocolate bars, you name it. I’m a firm believer that a healthy gut is one of the key essentials to overall health, but this trend might be a bit overdone. Some of the products contained such a trace amount of probiotics, that once mixed with sugar and preservatives, the likelihood of reaping any of the benefits is likely gone. When looking for probiotics, try to find products with 10 billion+ CFUs (the good stuff). This ensures you’re getting the biggest bang for your... gut... ;) Our favorite products in this category are these tasty drinks.

Other trends:

  • Nut butters: Holy moly, there were so many nut butters. If you were craving a cinnamon-raisin peanut butter, you’re in luck. While there were so many nut butter companies, it seemed as if all of the owners of these companies were the sweetest, most adorable and genuine people - you just can’t dislike a nut butterer.
     
  • You couldn’t go halfway down an aisle without meeting a meat (or vegan!)  jerky producer. This isn’t your normal run of the mill jerky, either. We’re talking Rosemary Date Chicken Jerky (free-range, of course).
     
  • Alternative milk options were out in full swing. There were your go-to almond or coconut milks, but this oat milk caught our eye and was so delicious!
     
  • Ketogenic diets: We will definitely continue to follow this trend - it’s looking like this will be the new trendy diet. “Keto” is a diet that strives to get your body into ketosis, where it burns fat for energy over blood sugar. This is done by consuming a high-fat diet and occasional fasting.
    There are studies that are suggesting it results in fat loss, improves overall strength, and has been used to fight late stage cancer (crazy, right?!).


That’s a wrap! As always, there are a million things to focus on in the health world. If you decide to try something new out, see how you feel, and do what makes you feel your best.

xo-

ModWellness

(ModWellness is not sponsored by these products - this is strictly our own opinion and things we dig.)

Some of Our Favorite Things

Good afternoon!

Kyle and I just got back from the Natural Product Expo West in L.A., followed by a week vacation in Kauai (so dreamy). It’s taken a few days to collect our thoughts and ideas, but I can’t wait to share with you some of the products we discovered.

To start off, many of you ask what some of my ‘go-to’ products are, so I’ve listed out some of the products that are currently stealing my heart (and pantry space) every day.

Keep a look out this week for the top products + trends I’m most excited about in the next year.
 

  1. Greens || I know, this is not the most exciting, but if you look in my fridge right now, 90% of the produce drawer of it is filled with green leafy veggies (kale, lettuce, chard). Greens are critical for all aspects of our health. If there’s any tip I give out to anyone, no matter what condition you have or what your goals are, it’s to eat more greens. Every meal, I attempt to have at least half of my plate be green veggies. Raw, sauteed, pureed, or powdered, your body will thank you. If you’re looking for a way to get even more greens into your diet (and who isn’t??), I love these powders - filled with spirulina, *list other ingredients*.

  2. Ghee || I didn’t know I could be such a fan of clarified butter, but I put this stuff in/on everything. With one of the highest smoke points of all fats (485 degrees), no lactose, and a multitude of digestive benefits, this is my go-to fat. Ghee is also a cure-all in ayurveda, which makes it that much cooler. I currently add it to my coffee, use it as a cooking oil for vegetables, and sub it whenever a recipe calls for butter - which is saying a lot because we LOVE butter. My favorite brands are this and this

  3. Turmeric || Continuing with the Ayurveda trend, I introduce one of nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory foods. Go ahead and toss your ibuprofen, and snag a bottle of turmeric. Turmeric is a root (similar to ginger) with a bright orange color that is filled with curcumin, which gives it its strong anti-inflammatory + antioxidant powers. I take turmeric every morning via capsule, but also use it as a spice in many of our savory dishes. As a supplement, I’m in love with this brand and in cooking, I am a big fan of this.

  4. Collagen || Not just for plastic surgery anymore ;) Kidding aside, I am a big fan of adding this flavorless protein to my coffee in the morning and green smoothies. Not only is this a great source of protein, it also helps your skin glow and improves connective tissue in your body (win/win/win). My go-to for all things collagen are these guys.

  5. Fun treats || It’s time to get a little less serious and focus on fun treats that aren’t loaded with gluten + sugar. Unless I’m doing a full sugar cleanse, I’m all about those indulgent treats that are paleo + gluten-free + (insert diet here). If I’m craving something sweet, I typically make my berry cobbler or bake up some delish cookies.
     

While this isn’t all my pantry consists of, these are a few of the staples that I typically keep stocked.

I would love to hear what some of your staples are - drop us a note!

Xo-

Meredith
 

(ModWellness is not sponsored by  these products - this is strictly our own opinion and things we dig.)

Welcome to ModWellness

..and all things wellness related!

 

This launch has been a labor of love filled with many deep breaths, lots (and lots) of recipe testing, and maybe a few glasses of wine. Many of you have asked what ModWellness is all about, and I’d like to take a minute to break it down below:

Health Trends : You’ve probably come across so many articles, instagram posts, blog posts, emails, flyers, words of advice, news segments (enough already?) on what you’re supposed to or not supposed to do/eat/drink that you might feel like you’re in a sea of conflicting advice. We’ll break it down for you - we live for testing health trends out on ourselves, and will be brutally honest on how we feel. Example: probiotics changed Meredith’s life while Maca powder had no effect (wah, wah). Kyle thrives on cold plunges but has seen little benefit from pine pollen tinctures. We will break everything down so you know whatsup.

Coaching : This is available in many forms. One-on-one, group programs, online intensives, you name it. If you’re interested in a customized approach to improve your health, want accountability as you launch a new diet, or just need that extra vote of confidence as you launch a wellness regime, I’m here for you. You have all of the tools you need to succeed, I’m here to help you find them and learn to use them.

30 Day Restarts : These are 100% online and give you the accountability you need to kickstart a healthier self. We’ll send you diet suggestions + recipes, exercise tips, lifestyle + energy boosters, and tools you need to plan ahead.

Recipes + Grocery Lists: If we’re giving you advice, we want you to know we practice what we preach. Every week, we’ll be posting out grocery lists with a few recipe ideas so you are equipped with the information you need to live a healthier lifestyle

Moderation! We are strong believers that with any diet, there should be a lot of green vegetables, but there must also be an element of moderation and forgiveness. Nobody is perfect, so rather than shun that, let’s embrace it. If you want a cookie or glass of wine after that healthy dinner, go for it. We aren’t judging (in fact, we’re right there with you!)

If this sounds like something you want a bit more of in your life, follow us on insta, like the facebook page (links all around) and sign up for emails on the right.

Cheers!
Meredith + Kyle

Almond Flour + Berry Cobbler

Topping Ingredients

2 cups almond flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 c. melted butter/ghee/coconut oil

3 tbps. honey

1 tsp. cinnamon

splash of vanilla           

                   

Mix Ingredients

4 c. mixed berries

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

splash vanilla

3 TBSP melted butter/ghee/coconut oil

1/4 c. honey

 

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix dry ingredients for toppings, then set aside. In a smaller bowl, mix the melted ghee/butter/coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients then mix until fully combined. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, toss all ingredients until berries are coated in mixture.

4. Evenly distribute berries in a 8x8” pan. Roll or press out the crust to ½-¾” thick. Place over the berries and bake until crust is golden brown (20-25 minutes).