KEEP CALM AND EAT YOUR BRUSSEL SPROUTS

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Most likely you have been given the advice to ‘find balance in your life’, or to ‘decrease stress in your everyday’. Many of us hear this advice and think “Yeah right, trying living a day in my shoes and explain to me how in the world I can remove some of this stress!” Well, one way to begin this de-stressing journey starts with confirming that you have a sufficient amount of magnesium in your body.

In order for our bodies to function properly we require 6 essential minerals; magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, selenium.  Today we are focusing on magnesium, the one I refer to as the ‘calming mineral’. Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults

If you have low levels of magnesium it can cause irritability, headaches, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeats, muscle spasms or twitches, constipation, and insomnia. Not only does magnesium help to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, but it also helps to keep you heart rhythm steady and support a healthy immune system. This essential mineral has a calming effect on your entire nervous system.

There are many ways to increase your intake of magnesium. My favorite one that forces you to spoil yourself a bit is to enjoy a warm (not hot) Epsom salt bath. These amazing salts have been around for hundreds of years, and are actually not even a salt, but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium. Indulging in an Epsom salt bath not only calms you, but will also help to ease all sorts of muscle aches and pains. Also, be sure to include foods high in Magnesium into your everyday diet like spinach, swiss chard, black beans, almonds, cashews, potatoes, pumpkin seeds, avocado, bananas, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Although, magnesium may not be the most abundant mineral present in our bodies, it certainly is an important one! There are also some great options for magnesium supplements out there. Just make sure you are getting a good quality supplement that your body will absorb effectively!

Turkey Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ pound sliced turkey bacon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 pounds brussel sprouts, cored and shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bake bacon in the oven until crispy. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir until browned. Add brussel sprouts, garlic and onions. Add the seasoning and cook until sprouts are tender (10-15 minutes).
  3. Stir in bacon just before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Kiki is an AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Spinning/Indoor Cycling Instructor, Barre Instructor, R.I.P.P.E.D and TRX Certified Group Exercise Instructor. Kiki’s is a passionate wellness professional whose goals are to help others of all ages understand the importance of clean living. We are all made up differently, therefore it’s important to work with a certified wellness coach to achieve personal goals.  It’s critical to understand what fuel (nutrition) work best for each individual. Kiki’s vast experience qualifies her as a knowledgeable, passionate, enthusiastic health coach and fitness instructor for adults, young students & athletes.  Being healthy has always been an important part of Kiki’s life.  Her philosophy is— fad diets don’t work, clean eating does! Decrease inflammation in your body and then rest falls into place.  Eating right is a lifestyle choice-- a conscience decision to feel good inside and out.  When you feel good, you are confident, you are strong, you are healthy! Aside from taking time to personal train her loyal clients, coach individuals from school age to seniors citizens both in person and virtually, teach health and wellness classes in schools, and work with companies on the importance of corporate wellness, Kiki is a dedicated wife and mother of four active children.
 
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