March Recipe of the Month…

Spinach-black beans-cauliflower-easy recipe-nutritionMixed Vegetable Black Bean Soup
INGREDIENTS:

* 1 bunch fresh spinach
* 1 box of Mushrooms
* small head of cauliflower
* 1 sweet potato
* 1 can organic black beans
* 4 cloves garlic
* 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
* 1/2 teaspoon of unprocessed sea salt

In a Medium pot saute garlic (4 cloves) in olive oil. When garlic is golden add washed spinach, mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a cup of water. Cook over low flame until spinach is soft.

In a separate pot cut up and steam cauliflower and sweet potatoes, until they are soft.

Add steamed Cauliflower and sweet potatoes to spinach and mushrooms. Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and a can of drained and washed organic black beans. Reheat slowly until hot.

How to Exercise -Tip of the week…..Dynamic Stretching

    Always do a proper warm-up before you begin your workout.  If muscles are cold and stiff it can result in sprains and tears.

   How to stretch, dynamic stretching,injuries-fitness A warm up using “Dynamic Stretching”  can greatly decrease the risk of injury. Stretching prepares the body for physical exercise.  It brings blood and oxygen to the soft tissue before exertion.  What is different about “Dynamic Stretching” is that it gently propels you to a full range of motion without incorporating jerky movements that force you beyond your range.  It should be a series of rhythmical, smooth, intentional stretches with no more than 10 to 12 repetitions.  Its purpose is to increase core and muscle temperature and stimulate the nervous system.  Examples of “Dynamic Stretching” would be swinging or rotation of arms and legs as well as rotating the trunk of the body.

    In general, movements should resemble the movements which will later be performed in that Dynamic stretching, how to stretch, exercising, weight training-fitnessparticular activity ( ex.– a martial artist would simulate one of his techniques in a more gentle and controlled fashion). It is now being recognized by many coaches as a means to increase sports performance and greatly reduce injury. Take a few minutes to incorporate it into your routine and you will soon see how beneficial it can be.