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Working Woman’s Diet Myths – Busted!
by Karliin Brooks, The Squeeze NYC
Karliin Brooks is owner of The Squeeze™ NYC, the first vegan burger bar in the city and author of The Squeeze Life: Your Guide to The Best Bare Body.
At a time when television depicts successful working women as caffeine-addicted wine-os who don’t eat (think Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal), Karliin debunks three pop culture diet myths with the facts and tasty alternatives.
DIET MYTH #1
“I need coffee or I just can’t function.”
If you’re looking for a morning boost but hate the coffee crash, pick up an apple. Why? Because apples contain 14g of natural sugar (preferable to the no-calorie nonsense going into our morning cup), that provides a surge of energy like caffeine, but the vitamins contained mostly in the apple skin are digested over several hours so you avoid the crash. Change up your morning routine by ditching the caffeine and opting for a fresh combo of greens with a hint of apple sweetness. For the girl on the go, this Green Goddess juice is packed with calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2, C, E, and K so you can own the day.
1 green apple
5 to 6 leaves kale
2 large handfuls spinach
4 to 6 celery stalks
3 to 4 sprigs fresh mint
Wash all produce well. Core the apples and cut all ingredients into juice-able pieces. Juice and enjoy
DIET MYTH #2
“Working through lunch is necessary to get my job done.”
Most people don’t realize that your body must be calm to actually digest and convert food into fuel. So to avoid an embarrassing desk nap, you’ll be much more efficient if you carve out time to look away from the computer screen, relax, and enjoy your meal. If you’re sitting all day, avoid heavy meals or too much protein since those require your body to use up significant digestion resources.
Kale is dense –don’t worry it’s still a smart food; but it contains less water than other leafy greens like spinach or romaine. So, next time you want a fast green fix, pack a bunch of kale (washed and dried) and this simple citrus dressing for a satisfying side of healthy.
Dressing (blend to perfection):
1 lemon juiced
1 lime juiced
3 tbsp hazelnut oil or EVOO
¼ tsp salt
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp red onion
1 red onion
DIET MYTH #3
“Wine and popcorn for dinner keeps my weight down and is good for my stress.”
If you’re stressed out, consider that leading medical institutions are now calling the gut a second brain. If this is indeed true, you must treat it with kindness and care. For anyone suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, popcorn can wreak havoc on your intestines. As for wine, it might be sabotaging your sleep quality. The real skinny? Booze relaxes your respiratory muscles and starts to suppress breathing, which could disrupt your sleep halfway through the night. Stop drinking at least an hour before bed to ensure there is less alcohol in your system.
Give your digestive system a break and choose a warm vegetarian soup like this butternut squash soup with ginger crème fraiche.
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water (for marinade)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled 4 cups water (for blending)
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
Combine the apple cider vinegar and water. Cut the butternut squash into 2-inch cubes and marinate in diluted apple cider vinegar for 2 hours. Rinse and set in freezer until frozen. Thaw butternut squash.Blend all remaining ingredients until smooth. Feel free to add extra water a little bit at a time to reach a silky puree consistency. Serve with a dollop of Ginger Basil Crème FraÎche.
If you can forego your glass of wine for the night, try some cherries to wind down- they reduce pain and inflammation, and improve sleep as they contain melatonin.
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon