Vegan Mint Chocolate Mousse

By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

There’s nothing I love more than a healthy dessert and this one is at the top of my list. It’s not too sweet, but it’s extremely rich and satisfying. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory healthy fats and antioxidants from both the avocados and the cacao. So this is a dessert you can feel good about eating and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp crushed peppermint stick or chocolate shavings, optional

Directions:

  1. Place the avocado in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. While the avocado is blending, add the cacao powder to the almond milk and whisk together (using a whisk or a fork) until the mixture starts to thicken and is smooth.
  3. Once the avocado is smoothly blended, add the chocolate mixture to the blender or food processor and also add the salt, maple syrup and peppermint oil.
  4. Blend or food process for another 20-30 seconds or until smooth.
  5. Dish out mousse and add crushed peppermint stick or chocolate shavings if desired then enjoy!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 - 6

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories260
  • Fat16g
  • Saturated Fat5g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium140mg
  • Carbohydrates23g
  • Fiber13g
  • Sugars4g
  • Protein 8g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on product size and juicer used.

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Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Our skin is a clear indication of how well we treat our bodies — after all, we are what we eat and the state of our health and our diet is apparent on our body’s largest organ, the skin. Of course heredity factors, sun exposure, skincare and hydration factor in too but if we can look and feel better with a wrinkle-free, smooth, fabulous complexion by eating the right foods, then we might as well try!

What you eat has so much to do with how you look and how well you will age. If you eat rubbish, you will feel and look it too! Inflammation and free radical damage cause collagen breakdown in the skin, while antioxidants in the diet work towards neutralizing these free radicals which will protect your skin strength and health.

As we age the body runs a little less smoothly and we become more susceptible to age-related degenerative diseases. So what can we do about it? A recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with longer telemores, an established marker of slower aging. Research has pinpointed specific nutrients that help prevent harm from environmental factors, nutrients that will hydrate your complexion, and keep your skin cells looking their best. A healthy well balanced whole-food diet is very important in reducing the incidence of disease while also reducing the effects of aging, but here are a few foods that really have an anti-aging punch.

These foods will keep your complexion looking smooth by fighting those pesky (skin-damaging) free radicals:

1. Blueberries
These little fruits, 
including other berries such as blackberries, raspberries, mulberries and cranberries, offer large amounts of antioxidants such as flavonols, anthocyanins and vitamin C which helps reduce cellular aging. The darker black and blue colored berries provide the best anti-aging benefits because they have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Blueberries have also shown excellent promise for boosting memory in aging patients.

2. Leafy Greens
Bet you could have guessed this one! Dark leafy greens, particularly spinach and kale which contain the two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, have been shown to protect against the negative effects of UV exposure. Every time the skin is exposed to UV light, damage occurs and the cumulative effect of that repeated damage is epidermal DNA damage, persistent inflammation, oxidative stress, and suppression of T-cell mediated immunity. This then contributes to the increased risk of skin cancer and skin aging. A study demonstrated that women who consumed a higher intake of green and yellow vegetables had a lower incidence of wrinkles.

3. Cucumbers
Cucumbers are high in silica which helps form the collagen that supports a wrinkle free face.

4. Guava
Guava fruit contains a very high level of vitamin C which supports collagen production and skin appearance.

5. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are high in lycopene (so are watermelons!) which acts as an internal sunscreen protecting the skin from UV radiation, sunspots and aging. They also contain vitamin C for collagen strength and potassium which regulates the water and nutrient content of the cells in the skin.

6. Avocado
Avocado is such a gorgeous fruit, that also helps make your skin beautiful. Its essential fatty acids support healthy oils within the skin, and it also offers vitamin E and biotin which also offers skin, nail and hair nutrient support.

7. Pomegranate
These amazing seeds contain ellagic acid and punicalagin that support anti-aging by inhibiting free radical damage and protecting and preserving the collagen in your skin.

8. Wild Fish
Wild (oily ones especially) fish including sardines, herring, mackerel and wild salmon offer omega-3 fatty acids that support skin, hair and nail moisture and skin elasticity by strengthening skin-cell membranes.

9. Walnuts
Walnuts are particularly high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E which are naturally anti-aging and anti-inflammatory.

10. Dark {High Quality} Chocolate
Antioxidant flavanols found in dark good quality cacao helps reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light. It may also  increase circulation in the skin and improves its ability to retain moisture, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Here are some wonderful Edible skincare treatments from masks to scrubs for you to enjoy. Here’s to looking and feeling fabulous forever!

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My Journey of a Thousand Miles that Began with a 3 Day Reboot

By: Success Stories

Name: Paul Urfi
Age: 44
Location: United States
Reboot: 3 day
What Health Issues apply to you? High Cholesterol, Obesity
Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes
How did you learn about Reboot?
A coworker of mine (who had started their own journey back to good health and lost a bunch of weight) mentioned the documentary to me.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I saw a picture of myself (the “before photo and I didn’t recognize the person in the photo. I felt horrible, both physically and mentally. I knew I wasn’t performing at my best and I was starting to see and feel the effects that my lifestyle was having on my health and well-being. I was run down – even after a good night’s sleep I never felt great or seemed to have enough energy. I had numerous aches and pains and honestly felt much older than my age. My waist had grown to 43 inches and wasn’t stopping. I was cranky, irritable and just not a happy camper. I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin anymore. My doctor had me on medication to lower my cholesterol, clear my sinuses and was concerned about my blood sugar. 

I snored like a freight train and he suggested that I might want to consider a sleep study and a CPAP machine. I could see that I was on a path to ruin. I realized, after watching FSND, that my diet was the first logical place for me to start making changes. My diet was horrible… lots of processed foods, fast foods and I could probably count the number of servings of fruits and vegetables I ate in a week on one hand. I certainly wasn’t consuming FRESH fruits and veggies regularly either. Here’s a great example of what I was doing to myself. I figured out that on a daily basis, I was consuming at least 500 calories and over 6g of sugar just from peanut butter. Factor in all the other poor food choices I was making and it wasn’t a shock that I looked the way I did. 

How did the experience go for you?
I firmly believe that completing the 3 Day Reboot changed my life. Not just for the obvious health benefits, but because it gave me a small win that I was able to build on to make other significant changes in my life. I told myself if I could just make it through 3 days, then I could do anything. I won’t lie, it was tough for me at first – mentally mostly. I was reliant on food for so much more than just sustenance. I had to completely rethink my relationship with food and the Reboot helped immensely with that. 

Once I started paying attention to the food that I put in my body, things began to change for me. More important than just the types and quantity of food was the quality of the food. It wasn’t just about the calories (although they’re important), it was about the nutrients. I realized that even though I may have been consuming enough calories on my old diet (ok, too many), I was literally starving myself to death from a nutritional standpoint. My body was never going to get the vitamins and nutrients it needed for optimum health if I didn’t change my diet. Of course watching calories was important, but once you give your body the nutrients that it craves you’ll be surprised how easy it is to eat less. 

Throughout my experience (and even today) people ask me how I did it and my answer is always a disappointing “the watch what you eat and move your feet” diet. Most people know that to be true but don’t like the answer. There isn’t a “magic pill” and you don’t need to follow some complex food ritual to achieve results. I learned that going back to basics could help me achieve my goals. Once I completed the 3 Day Reboot, the ball was rolling. I incorporated juicing into my daily life and that helped me improve my diet overall.

As the pounds started to drop off I felt inspired to start exercising. I just walked at first…nothing crazy, just a little every day. I got a pedometer and started tracking my steps. I set some goals for myself; 10K steps a day. Pretty soon the pounds started dropping off faster. I was inspired! I joined a gym and began doing cardio and strength training workouts 3 days a week – something I still do today. Not long after that I realized that in order to keep my heart rate up I had to walk faster and faster which eventually lead to running. Once I started doing that I got the crazy idea that perhaps I could actually run a 5K… I ran my first 5K in September and just completed my 4th. My next goal is a 10K and then a half marathon. All of this because I decided that I could possibly do a 3 Day Reboot. The journey of a thousand miles does indeed begin with a single step. I’m still amazed myself. 

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
Ultimately I’ve lost over 70 lbs. (32 kg) in the past year. It’s the first few pounds that I saw drop off during and as a result of the Reboot that inspired me. It was that first small win and how I felt that provided the spark of change. It’s said that we won’t make a change until we’re aware that there is a problem or that there is another (better) way. The Reboot showed me that there was in fact a much better way and that I could feel and be better than I was.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Many.

– I am no longer on any medications.
– I’ve lost 9 inches off my waist.
– I now wear a size L shirt instead of a XL or XXL.
– I sleep much better and I don’t snore (much to the delight of my wife)!
– I just feel better – my spirits are up and emotionally and mentally I feel like I can take on the world again!
– My skin is the healthiest it’s ever been. I’ve suffered from cystic acne my entire life. That problem has completely gone away.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
Taking that first step. Once I started I kept reminding myself that it was achievable and I had a lot of support from family and friends. After the Reboot, as my diet began to transform, I didn’t beat myself up for any slips or “less than perfect” days. Each day was a new opportunity to make the best choices for my health that I could and that’s the bar I set for myself.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I still juice at least once or twice a day. Since starting this process we’ve joined a food co-op and visit the farmers market weekly. As a result the food available to myself and my family is much more nutritional and of higher quality. We cook more. I avoid dairy, alcohol, fast foods, refined white flour, refined white sugar, processed foods, and grains in general. I use fresh ingredients whenever possible and generally try to eat stuff that doesn’t have a label.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
The Reboot and juicing changed my life. The number of ways are almost too numerous to count but at the top of the list are weight loss, overall health and an improved sense of well-being. I never miss a chance to tell people my story if they ask. Juicing is now a part of my life and is always front and center in that story. It’s been the foundation for my daily food choices and will continue to be as long as I have any say in the matter. I tell people that even though I’m only in my 40’s I’m actually training for my 70’s and 80’s. The choices I make now will have a direct impact on my quality of life in future years. I had to make these changes in my life now. I want to enjoy my golden years with my best friend – my wife, I want to walk my daughters down the aisle and I want to spoil my grandchildren rotten (eventually).

My bucket list is long and I’m going to need to be healthy and active if I want to get to all of it.

Do you have a success story to tell? Share it here.

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Joe Shares an Update on Phil Staples

By: Joe Cross



G’Day Rebooters,

I am proud to announce that Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 is now available worldwide.

There’s not one word that describes the ups and downs of making a full-length feature documentary film. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 has taken just over 18 months, from 200 hours of footage and a massive team effort, to bring together. Usually, if you ask a filmmaker, they will tell you that the big relief comes after the film has been released. And I would have to agree with that. However, in this instance I think there is one person that is more relieved about the premier last night, and that is the star of our 2011 film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Phil Staples.

You may remember Phil as the truck driver that I met while I was traveling from the east coast to the west coast in the U.S. I’ve often said publicly that with respect to my journey, nobody really cares about a rich white guy taking pills. But when somebody who is just trying to scrape by, effectively living in the back of his truck, can turn his life around and affect change, well that’s something.

Documentary filmmaking is about transparency, honesty, and integrity. If you cross or break these principles you will not only let the audience down but you are letting down the countless number of people who worked so hard to bring the film to life. When we started filming Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 I was under the impression that my good mate, Phil Staples, was continuing to be a success story in his own eyes. When you read his personal account on MindBodyGreen, you will learn what I learned — the truth of his actual circumstances.

It didn’t take long for feelings of compassion and sadness to replace disappointment. It also became obvious after a very frank and honest conversation between the two of us, that when Phil was connected, he thrived, and when he was disconnected, he sank. This disconnection is not only unique to Phil, millions of people around the world feel more alone and more disconnected than ever. And for a vast majority of these people, placing their health as a number one priority, is nowhere near on their radar. And so what begins is a vicious cycle of self-loathing and depression, and in many cases finding friendship and connection in processed food. I for one, have spoken publicly about my own connection to sugar when I was bullied in the playground. I had no friends, but sugar wouldn’t let me down.

So if you have a moment and you’re interested in hearing from Phil, and his side of the story, and what it’s like to be the poster boy of success and deal with what he’s gone through, take a read at his letter. I’m extremely proud of his courage to share his journey with you. Phil has inspired thousands, if not millions of people. And as I said to him just the other day, now it’s time for this community to inspire him. I’d appreciate it if you could drop him your best wishes in the comments below.

Read Phil’s story in his own words.

Juice on,
Joe Cross

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Juicing vs. Blending: Everything You Need to Know

By: Joe Cross

One of the most common questions people ask me is “Joe, what is the difference between juicing and blending?” Now, you might think the difference is obvious – but it turns out there’s a lot of confusion about the two, and many people believe they are juicing when in fact they are blending. So, let’s clear things up!

When juicing, the machine extracts the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains), leaving behind the pulp. When blending, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders pulverize the whole produce to make a smoothie.

What can make this confusing is that these machines all use different names. If you see the term “Nutrition Extractor™”, for example, how do you know if you are juicing or blending? Simply ask yourself the question: is the machine removing the pulp? If not, it’s not juicing!

But Joe, which one is better?

The short answer is, I love both.

I look at it this way: we all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in our diet, whether we eat, juice, or blend them. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all good!

Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

When you juice you are removing the insoluble fiber – the pulp. Don’t get me wrong. Fiber is good for you. It keeps your digestive tract healthy and it slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients and some nutrients stay in the fiber. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70% of the nutrition right into your glass [1], and without the insoluble fiber your body absorbs 100% of these nutrients.

Take a look at the ingredients you use next time you make a Mean Green juice for example, and imagine eating that as a huge bowl of salad at every meal – you’d be chewing all day! Even in smoothie, that’s a lot of produce to consume.

Still concerned about fiber? One of our Reboot nutritionists, Claire, has written a great post explaining the facts about fiber and juicing.

On a Reboot, which is best?

You have two options when selecting a Reboot plan: juice only, or juice plus eating an exclusively fruit and vegetable diet. Both are great, and which you choose will depend on your goals and your current state of health. You can read more about these options and the different Reboot plans, or find more information in my book The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet.

If you are Rebooting for health reasons, or have modest weight loss goals, an eating Reboot may be a better option. However, if you are Rebooting because you have moderate to high weight loss goals, a juicing Reboot is a better option. When you juice only, you tend to lose weight more rapidly.

I’m frequently asked “Can I use my blender/Vitamix/NutriBullet on a Reboot?” You can, but if you do so you are doing an ‘eating’ Reboot: the plan you follow will be different, the juice recipes will need to be modified (they are a created for a juicer!), and the results you see may also be different.

Still confused? Watch me make a juice and a smoothie in the Reboot Kitchen. You’ll see what the difference is!

 

And to further help you understand the differences between juicing and blending we’ve put together the following Juicing Vs. Blending Infographic. Here’s a sneak peak (click on the image to see it in its entirety!)

[1] Nutritional yield analysis conducted via independent laboratory testing. See http://storypages.foodthinkers.com/keep-the-nutrients/ for more information and to download the full findings.

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