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Vitamin D: The Sunshine “Vitamin”

Vitamin D: The Sunshine “Vitamin”

Did you know that you’re a lot more like a plant than you realize? Not because you grow roots, and not because you have leaves or flowers, but because you actually have the ability to make one extremely vital nutrient out of sunlight, everyday. How’s that for cool?

The nutrient I’m talking about is called a “vitamin,” but it’s actually closer in structure and function to a hormone—it’s main jobs are to help you absorb calcium for strong bones and to boost your immune system to fight off illness.

The vital nutrient our body magically makes out of sunlight everyday is, of course, vitamin D.

It’s nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin” because our skin produces it when we’re exposed to UVB rays. When sunlight hits your skin, the UVB rays turn a type of cholesterol into vitamin D (just another reason we should get comfortable with the idea that we need cholesterol in our lives and in our bodies).

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5 Hidden Sugars (Even Paleo Foods Have Them!)

5 Hidden Sugars (Even Paleo Foods Have Them!)

Sugar seems to be everywhere, and most of us are consuming a lot more than we really should be. Why? Because they’re hidden in foods that most people wouldn’t expect. It’s not just desserts and sodas that we have to worry about. Some of these are even found in Paleo-friendly foods!

The current dietary guidelines suggest women limit daily sugar intake to 25 grams of sugar (6 tsp) and 36 grams for men (9 tsp). One large apple alone has 23 grams of sugar, so we really can’t afford all these “hidden” sugars.

Some obvious places that we’ll find sugars include cereal, we usually skip it when we’re eating Paleo, granola bars same story. Protein bars almost always have added sugar and a whole slew of other bad ingredients.

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Green Chimichurri Sauce

Homemade Green Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is an amazing flavor sensation that hits the sour, salty, and bitter notes in a way that can make the most simple of dishes sing. Originally from Argentina, chimichurri comes in both red and green varieties. The kind I love the most (and use most often) is green chimichurri.

This bright, flavorful sauce is exceptionally amazing on steak and other red meat, as well as chicken. It can be a little overpowering for lighter fish, but it tastes so good that you might not mind it 😉

You can find chimichurri sauce in most grocery stores, but store bought sauces can be full of preservatives and high in sodium. Instead, I suggest making it yourself. It honestly couldn’t be easier to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already! So gather them up, grab your food processor, and give it a try!

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