Category Archives: General Nutrition Information

Olive Oil…The More It Makes You Cough, The Better It Is For You!

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Has olive oil ever tasted so peppery to you that it actually made you cough?  Maybe you’ve even done tastings at those cool stores (The Olive Tap in Medina, OH or The Olive Scene in Chagrin Falls, OH) where some olive oils tasted buttery and others had a strong bite.   Ever wonder what that’s all about?  Well, even if you HAVEN’T given it a second thought, you should! Continue reading Olive Oil…The More It Makes You Cough, The Better It Is For You!

Delicious Lentil Canoes! Ridiculously easy, nutritious & Yummy!

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If you are anything like me and don’t like making long, complicated dishes with ingredient lists a mile long, then YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!!!  These make great appetizers/ hors d’oeuvres (I had to google how to spell that 😉 ) and are even kinda pretty!  These can also be served as a side dish or even as a meal!  Did I mention that they’re packed with great nutrition?  I’ll get to the nutrient density in a minute, but first….. Continue reading Delicious Lentil Canoes! Ridiculously easy, nutritious & Yummy!

SO, These Two Smokin’ Hot Guys Walk Into a Bar …

 

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They ask the bartender for a red wine and a vodka with cranberry juice (unlike the guys in this picture who are holding beers, but never mind that!). What happens next is sort of a mystery, but can you guess which one of these smoke stacks is gonna burn off their drink the fastest?  Think you know?  …….It’s the dude with the red wine!  ‘Why?’, you ask?  Well READ ON – cuz this is the stuff ya gotta know before your NEXT raging pub crawl! 😎  Continue reading SO, These Two Smokin’ Hot Guys Walk Into a Bar …

Sauces Can Help You Eat Everything From Raw Veggies… To Poop!

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As promised, here are a few of my favorite sauces/dressings that I use for many different purposes.  The bottom line is that there are certain vegetables that I just do NOT appreciate raw (ie. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions…).  However, so many of these veggies have certain phytonutrients that are only available in their raw state (and different nutrients available when cooked!  **SEE MY LAST BLOG.)  But I want to delight in ALL of these health benefits, so I figured out ways to do that – and now I devour these babies R-A-W!  And you should too!  Here you go   …. I gotcha covered!

Sauces!  I’m a TOTAL sauce-a-holic!  Give me a great sauce or dressing and I swear I’d eat just about anything, EVEN POOP!  (Kay, MAYBE not poop – but you get the jist.  Actually, with the right sauce maybe I would eat poop 😯 ….EW!  But anyway)  I WANT ALL OF THESE NUTRIENTS!  Disguised under liquid yumminess – is how I do it!  So here they are…. Continue reading Sauces Can Help You Eat Everything From Raw Veggies… To Poop!

Eat Raw or Cook? Here’s What Ya Need To Know!

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So here’s my challenge, and maybe you can relate!  I know that some veggies offer more health benefits when eaten raw (broccoli, peppers, beets, ONIONS – OY!) and some vegetables’ nutrients are better absorbed when COOKED (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes).

THEN, there are those vegetables that offer specific advantages when cooked, but DIFFERENT health benefits when eaten raw!  Take cruciferous vegetables for example.  When eaten RAW, Continue reading Eat Raw or Cook? Here’s What Ya Need To Know!

Fight/Prevent Cancer JUST By Chopping BEFORE Cooking!

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I find this to be so fascinating!  Did you know that if you cook your vegetables BEFORE chopping them, you destroy those amazing cancer-fighting compounds?  I know!  Crazy, right?  Just imagine some of your soup recipes.  You throw your veggies in a pot of water with all of your ingredients.  Once soft, you pour into your blender/vitamix – and voila!  You’ve just succeeded in destroying those protective, cancer-fighting weapons you SHOULD have had in your arsenal.  And by the way, those compounds (now destroyed  🙁 ) are thought to be potent enough to change the course of cancers already in your body.  That’s SO not good!  So how do you make your soups AND fight cancer at the same time?  Ya just gotta do it a little backwards! Continue reading Fight/Prevent Cancer JUST By Chopping BEFORE Cooking!

Feelin’ the Thanks-iness?

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Today is a day to give thanks. Obviously on this day we are supposed to look at our lives and assess all of our blessings, focusing on what we’re, ….. well, …GRATEFUL for! Easy enough, right?  Well, for me, not so much. This year it’s a bit challenging because I am not with my mother – and her absence is felt like a ton of bricks.

Last year, my mother lost her battle with breast cancer. I sincerely believe that she would be here today, showering her grandchildren with cha-chkas, if it wasn’t for her horrible diet. See, my mom, like SO many others from her generation, was raised on meat and potatoes. Even when people became a bit ‘enlightened’, she couldn’t adhere to the adage of ‘you are what you eat’. Had she made some changes to her diet, even after being diagnosed, I believe she’d be celebrating with us today.

Every day I fight the food battle in her honor. My goal for the iavril blog is to motivate and help people know HOW to be healthy! It’s way too important and irresponsible to just look the other way. So, at the risk of sounding incredibly preachy, hear me out! 😯  Continue reading Feelin’ the Thanks-iness?

Starting Friday, Get Back To Your Inner ROCKSTAR!!

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Get ready!  It’s coming!  MAJOR FOOD COMA!  But I actually can’t WAIT!  Once again, this year I’m prepared.  I’m totally armed with my food-hangover remedy and I’m gonna share it with all of you cuz I’m feeling the thanks-iness!  Let’s not store that fat we inhale at Thanksgiving!  Kay?  Here’s how we’re gonna do it!   It’s easy, I swear!

Continue reading Starting Friday, Get Back To Your Inner ROCKSTAR!!

Hello! My Name Is Avril Burg, and I’m a …….. FREAK!

 

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About a month ago I met an old friend for lunch.  I knew the restaurant she chose didn’t have any protein on the menu that I was willing to eat.  Not that that’s a huge deal, but I always like to get protein in with each of my meals.  That is not easy to accomplish when eating out and following a vegan(ish) diet.  So I did what any freak who cares about their health would do.  I brought my own (protein)! 

Having to be sneaky about my “crazy” eating habits is nothing new for me.  For years I’ve done things that used to make my family cringe.  For example, bringing brown rice to Hibachi restaurants that only serve white is something my family is quite used to.  OR, bringing chopped romaine lettuce to places that only serve iceberg.  OR, bringing tempeh, tofu or a protein-powder envelope to a restaurant that doesn’t offer a protein that I will eat – this behavior is second nature to me!  Sneaking my kale from my purse to my plate?  No problem!  So proud to say, that is a routine I’ve got down!  Or so I thought.  Continue reading Hello! My Name Is Avril Burg, and I’m a …….. FREAK!

Drink Your Green Smoothie RIGHT AWAY For Maximum Nutrition Benefits!

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GOT GREEN SMOOTHIE?

Some tips for getting the most bang for your nutritious buck from your awesome glass of nature!

I used to take all morning to drink my smoothies or green drinks (now combined into one green smoothie).  I’d leisurely read the paper and start my laundry with my green smoothie by my side – taking my sweet time!  Sometimes it would take me up to two hours to devour the whole glass!  Then (years ago) I overheard someone at Whole Foods telling a customer how crucial it was to “DOWN THAT MOTHER” as quickly as possible in order to reap all of the amazing benefits.  So I went on an investigation and here’s what I found out! Continue reading Drink Your Green Smoothie RIGHT AWAY For Maximum Nutrition Benefits!