If you love vegan food and drinks, then hot maca chocolate is for you. It is a unique and exciting vegan treat that you can pair your favorite vegan snacks to satisfy your cravings. It’s also a great substitute for your coffee; not only will it give you a gentle boost, but it has a wealth of health benefits.
sHealth Benefits of Maca
Mental and Physical Energy
Incorporating maca into your daily diet can help boost your energy levels and increase endurance and stamina. It is ideal for athletes performing energy-demanding activities. Maca has also been shown to expand and sharpen mental memory and activity, making it an excellent remedy for fatigue.
Remedy for Menstrual and Menopause Issues
Maca can be helpful in relieving various side effects of menstruation and menopause. It is effective especially in alleviating hot flashes and cramps.
Adding maca to your diet can do wonders for the health of your skin. Maca has anti-inflammatory properties effective in fighting acne or blemishes. Maca can also help reduce the sensitivity of your skin.
Improves Mood and Balances Hormones
Maca can provide effective relief for those suffering from mood swings, anxiety, depression, and other pre-menstrual symptoms. Hormone-balancing foods like maca can help regulate mood, sexual function, and emotions and prevent diseases.
Packed with Nutrients
Maca is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. It contains glucosinates, which are powerful antioxidants usually found on cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables.
Knowing the multiple health benefits of maca, now you can enjoy it even more!
Here is the recipe for hot maca chocolate...
1 teaspoon of maca powder
1 teaspoon of cacao powder
1 mug cashew milk (milk of choice)
1 pinch cinnamon
What To Do
Heat the cashew milk and wait to simmer. Blend it with maca and cacao powder for few seconds. Then, pour the mixture into your mug. Sprinkle some cinnamon and cacao on top. Take a sip and enjoy its aroma and flavor.
With this simple recipe for hot maca chocolate, you can enjoy a delicious and healthy beverage. Start making maca part of your healthy diet and experience a more satisfying lifestyle.
Stay healthy! ☕
Imagine being able to rewire your brain’s functionality whenever you feel a burnout coming on. Meditation is not magic; it simply stems from your ability to practice mindfulness and switching your day off temporarily and hitting the refresh button. Most employees and leaders complain of stress and impending pressure to perform, and many workplaces have adopted meditation in their daily routine to beat the grind. Read on to see why!
Your brain’s ability to create newer and healthier neurons is facilitated by a few minutes of meditation daily. The brain’s center of memory, intelligence and learning are boosted and your ability to perform multiplies instantly!
The simple act of meditation strengthens the brain’s most used pathways and engages the least used ones too. Who wouldn’t want an instant upgrade? Check out this video to see more of what neuroscientists found out about the love story between meditation and the brain. A stronger brain means a stronger you!
Meditate Together to Stay Together:
Some studies show that meditating in the workplace increases employee engagement, satisfaction, and teamwork. Researchers have also observed increased creativity and improved problem-solving skills. Workplace bonds create loyalty and fraternity, and meditation sessions during work hours seem to foster that; a happy team ensures employee retention and a healthier social environment. Win-win for all!
Hocus, Pocus, Focus!
You have several post-its with “to-do” lists pinned on your desk, a file staring right at you, and 10 tabs open in your head – crazy, isn’t it? Stress and anxiety tax our ability to focus and lower energy levels. Meditation helps employees in controlling their response to stress by volumizing the brain’s cortex which assigns attentional resources – meaning you’re going to be better at ignoring stressful thoughts and attending better to your work!
Various workplaces are investing in their employees’ mental health. Some have hired performance coaches, introduced “personal days” off, and even renovated their architecture. Since we care, we won’t leave you hanging, check out this article to quickly meditate at your desk and have a productive day!
I don't know about you, but I LOVE to snack. I try to find snacks throughout the day that are tasty but help me during my health & weight loss journey......
Healthy Snacking Tip:
The key to healthy snacking is to find foods that have as much nutritional
value as possible that will fill you up so you aren’t hungry again an hour
later. For example: a 100 calorie ‘snack pack’ of chips or cookies will leave you
feeling hungry again very soon AND they are not providing you with any
nutrients. If you eat a banana and a few almonds, you are eating
something super healthy (vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.) that will fill you up
longer (and help you feel better) and help you avoid the sugar crash.
The more “whole foods” (unprocessed or minimally processed) you eat,
the better. Have different snacks during the week to keep it interesting and to
increase the different types of nutrients you are getting.
Healthy Snack Ideas
1. Almonds, walnuts or cashews (a small handful is a serving)
2. Sunflower seeds and raisins
3. Celery and almond butter (peanut butter or sun butter) 1-2 tbsp
4. Popcorn (air popped or stove top is best; not microwave popcorn)
5. Rice chips with hummus
6. Organic Blue Tortilla Chips and salsa or guacamole
7. Veggie sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber) and hummus or
8. Kale chips (make your own)
9. Zucchini oven chips (make your own)
10. Sweet potato chips or fries (make your own)
11. Apple slices with nut butter or sun butter ( my favorite😋)
12. Pumpkin seeds
13. Greek yogurt with granola (IF you tolerate dairy. Tip: read labels –
avoid high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors & sweeteners) You can also try non-dairy options following the same guidelines.
14. Green smoothie
15. Fresh fruit or fruit salad
16. Make your own trail mix with raw nuts seeds and dried fruit
17. Baby carrots and/or celery, cucumber with hummus
18. Dinner leftovers
19. For an easy on-the-go snack, check out Lara Bars (get the ones
without added sugar).
20. Mixed berries (or mixed berry smoothie)
4 cups of raw kale, washed & dried, stems removed, torn into bite-sized
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
2. Place the kale leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the kale.
3. Gently toss kale in the olive oil until all of the leaves are coated.
4. Place the kale leaves on a baking sheet, spread evenly.
5. Lightly season the kale with sea salt and ground black pepper. (you
can always add more later, so season sparingly.)
6. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the baking sheet and bake for another
5 minutes, or until the kale is crispy.
7. Let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy!
• 2 Cups Chickpeas drained and rinsed
• 1/2 Cup Water
• 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 2 tablespoons Tamari
• 3 Garlic Cloves
• 3 tablespoons Tahini (sesame butter)
• Splash of Lemon Juice
Directions: Puree all ingredients in a food processor and blend until
smooth. Add the Chickpea water slowly and as needed to make the
hummus the right consistency. Garnish with red pepper for added flavor (optional)
2 Avocados, riped
2 roma tomatoes, small
½ lemon juice
¼ cup purple onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 pinch salt
Puree and blend all together. Dip and Enjoy
I am excited and nervous to post my story and share my ideas and knowledge with you. If you are reading this, you may know that I advertised, promoted, and talked about writing this blog post since the start of the new year. It was a goal for 2019. Talk about Procrastination, but it is always better late than never. Never give in to your fears or doubts. Everyone has a story to tell and knowledge to share. So, here it goes, my first JAC in a Blog post.
Who is Jennifer Castro?
Well, some may say outgoing, while others may say shy and reserved. Both are correct. But, when I have something to say or find my tribe, I can talk for hours. If you ask my family, they will say, I never shut up. I bet my dad will agree when he reads this, ha!
One of the very first questions I ask my clients so I can learn more about their personality, and what time of day they are most creative is, Are you an early bird or night owl? To me, this is important to learn. I am a night owl, which is when my creativity shines. While my husband is sleeping, (he is an early bird), I am studying my craft, and working on my best projects. And, while I sleep at 4 am, my husband is the early bird that catches the worm, getting ready to get his first workout in for the day.
When I was younger, I always created a little spunk and attitude in everything. I found a way to make chemistry "cool" when I completed a project called "Gold with an Attitude." Yes, a science project about the periodic table, and I made it fun and interesting to the reader. You may be asking yourself, why is she telling me this. Because as I am still that spunky science geek, when I work with my clients, I find ways to make it fun, simple, and easy to understand.
Why Did I become a Health Educator?
Health has always been a struggle for me. My health issues started when I was around 14 years old. I remember being curled up in a ball, covered in vomit while I suffered from severe cramping. For years, being told this is normal because I was a woman. Can you believe the audacity of some doctors? I wish I could have lined them up and slapped some sense into them all. As I entered my twenties, I had enough of the suffering. I searched for doctors, specialists, and anyone that would listen to my symptoms, because being a woman and getting a period, was not a good enough explanation for me. Painful periods that confined me to my bed, crying, shaking, vomiting with blood everywhere. Warning, I make no apologies, if that is too graphic for some, but this is the reality for women who suffer from disorders such as endometriosis. I am only listing the bare minimum of symptoms (the list is long). When I did finally say, enough is enough, I was in college, barely making it out of bed each day. I finally took matters into my own hands by enrolling in medical courses and researching any information that I could find remotely resembling my symptoms. One night, as I was reading, I came across the medical term, endometriosis. I highlighted as much information possible, and as soon as the sun came up, I researched doctors in my area and made appointments. After sharing my research with multiple doctors, I found a specialist who agreed my symptoms were abnormal. I had a diagnostic surgery scheduled, and to make a long story short, I received a diagnosis of endometriosis, and three more complicated surgeries were necessary. I will later continue this story (this journey towards healing is long), but this is what lead me to want to enter a career in the medical and research field.
Flash forward to the present, if you follow me on social media, you know that I recently shared my diagnosis of an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease. I will share more details soon. I already have the title: Guess I wasn't a dizzy blonde after all. Returning to this post, Why did I decide to share my story. Simple, because I advocate for women who have health struggles and work with them so they too, can live their healthiest, happiest lives possible. If you would like to contact me to schedule a wellness consultation, click here to connect.
My weekly blog will consist of personal stories, a glimpse of my husband, who is on his fitness journey as a Spartan athlete, to recipes, healthy hacks, fitness motivation, and much more.
I will leave you with this quote, which I feel most describes me. Please share in the comment section one of your favorite quotes.
" She has a gypsy soul and a warrior spirit. She makes no mistakes for her wild heart. She leaves ordinary and regular to explore the outskirts of magical and extraordinary."
Jennifer Castro is a Health Educator & Patient Advocate who specializes in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. Coach Jenny is working towards becoming Board Certified while working as an Instructional Team Member for the College of Health Solutions at ASU. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small business & office settings, employee benefits and workplace wellness options