Blueberries, Fast Food, and Sunblock Oh My!

Blueberries, Fast Food, and Sunblock Oh My! 

This is an exciting month over at the Body Elements Chiropractic Clinic. Both Dr. Zaré and Keven are going on vacation! Keven will be traveling Europe with her husband for a whole month, but not to worry! The lovely Aubrey will be here to fill in while she is gone. Please be sure to drop by and give Aubrey a warm welcome. Dr. Zaré will be gone July 16th – 23rd, naturally she will not be able to take appointments during that time.

We have some other tasty tid bits for your enjoyment including a blueberry smoothie recipe (sweet!) and tips for healthy Fast Food eating.


Color Me Blue

July is National Blueberry Month! You can’t get enough blueberries in your diet. Whether you are picking them fresh from a bramble or buying them in a basket, they are more than just a tasty, low calorie treat. Packed with a powerful nutritional punch, and many cancer fighting phytochemicals, you can include them in all meals. In fact, due to the level of antioxidants in blueberries, they are ranked in the top 5 berries that are great for you!
This delicious smoothie celebrating these little blue beauties.1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup grape juice
1 – 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh blackberries

Combine the yogurt and grape juice in a blender. Add the berries and blend until smooth. Serves 2.
You can even throw in boysenberries, raspberries and loganberries. Or, put the smoothie into a self-sealing bag, freeze, and take it to-go!


Fast Food for Health?


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July 24th is National Drive-Thru day. Seems like an odd thing for a chiropractic clinic to celebrate doesn’t it? Many of us have lifestyles that revolve around our cars. Picking up and dropping of kids, running to appointments, to work and back, doing banking and an occasional fun trip too.With as much time spent in the car it is natural for us to take advantage of the multitude of drive-thru cuisine that is available. As much as two-thirds of the restaurants business is comprised of drive-thru dining. This day recognizes the convenience of drive-thru’s as they serve our nation’s time-hungry society.

With this leading convenience is it still important to identify the choices available beyond burgers and fries. Luckily, more and more restaurants are offering healthier choices. To learn about the nutritional advantages of your choice you may visit each restaurants website. Or you may visit nutritiondata.com and specify the item to learn about its contents.

Burgerville has some healthy options, with their Rouge River Salad coming in at only 260 calories compared to the 540 calories in a Big Mac. In fact, if a burger is what you want, Burgerville is a much better choice as they source most of their ingredients from local businesses and have much higher health standards. Another good options is Subway. You can pick up a quick cup of soup and salad or 6” sub and reduce the amount of fructose corn syrup ingestion.


Sun in Portland – Fact or Fiction

 

Yes, Summer has finally started here in Portland. Most of us are so sun starved we instantly get a sunburn the first few nice days we have. Just a reminder that one of the most prevalent cancers is also one of the most preventable. If you have long term sun exposure, and don’t use protection, you are taking a serious risk for Skin Cancer.Getting some sun is definately part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s important to remember that a tan today can be irreversible damage to your skin (your body’s largest organ) tomorrow. There are smart ways to go about being in the sun (and yes still get a tan!) without getting severely burned. Make sure a set a timer when laying in the sun unprotected. If you are very fair, start at about 5 -8 minutes per side in the sun. Otherwise don’t forget to apply SPF 30 or higher every time you’re out in the sun exploring the NW, and don’t forget to reapply often when exercising or swimming. Wearing UV rated sunglasses, hats and clothing are a smart idea when hiking. You can find most of these items at REI or online. Also, if its Vitamin D you’re worried about, take a supplement year round! This also helps with the all to common Portland Winter Blues.

 

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