Sweet Treat In The Heat!

Here’s a healthy dessert I came across on Pinterest: Watermelon Strawberry Mint Popsicles

“These low-calorie watermelon strawberry mint popsicles are sweet, refreshing, and, with only three ingredients, a cinch to make.”

INGREDIENTS- Makes about 8 popsicles

4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon (about half a medium melon)
12 fresh mint leaves
10 large strawberries (leave four whole and cut the rest into bite-size chunks)

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend watermelon, mint leaves, and four whole strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Put a few chunks of strawberries in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Fill halfway with watermelon mixture and then add a few more strawberries to each mold. Fill almost to the top with the mixture and place the sticks on top.

3. Freeze for at least three hours and enjoy!

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Steps To Cut Out Processed Foods

Sometimes it’s good for our bodies to cut out processed foods every once in awhile. It’s easier to take small steps rather than doing it all at once. Here are some great tips by Lisa Leake to cut out processed foods in weeks.

Week one: Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.

Week two: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup)

Week three: All meat consumed this week will be locally raised and will be limited to 3-4 times per week

Week four: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Week five: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

Week six: Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.”

Week seven: All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.

Week eight: Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.

Week nine: No refined or artificial sweeteners.

Week ten: No refined or hydrogenated oil

Week eleven: Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal.

Week twelve: Avoid all added sweeteners.

Week thirteen: Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients

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Author: Lisa Leake– Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients as well as another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Yahoo! and has also been turned into a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

For more information: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/steps-to-cut-processed-food.html

Have Good Food, Eat Good Food!

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Good foods to have on hand:

1. Whole Wheat Tortillas: Most of the carbs in whole-wheat tortillas are complex carbs, so you don’t have to worry about a spike in blood sugar levels.

2. Eggs: You can eat eggs in all different ways with all different foods! Get creative 🙂

3. Milk: Whether it’s non-fat, soy, almond, rice etc.

4. Almonds: Put your almonds in the fridge to prevent natural oils from oxidation.

5. Peanut butter: Peanut butter is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and Folate.

6. Cottage cheese: This food is packed with casein which helps keep you feel full longer.

7. Mushrooms: They are packed with antioxidants

For more tips on eating healthy foods: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/10-foods-you-should-always-have-your-fridge?page=10

Healthy Living While on Vacation

Happy Friday everyone! Since summer is almost here, I feel it’s appropriate to share ideas on how we can keep a healthy lifestyle while on vacation and when we are traveling! Let’s face it, when we are away from our normal routine, most of us tend to step away from our healthy, active lifestyles. 

I am excited to share an article written by Cole Millen. His article shares wonderful tips on how to stay on track while traveling. He points out important key tips on ways to say no to tempting foods you may be offered, why it’s important to stay hydrated, doing your research before leaving for a trip, exercising while you are away, and plenty more! These are all awesome ways to keep your body on track to living a healthy lifestyle. 

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Going on vacation is a fantastic endeavor that can create memories that last a lifetime. However, it can be quite easy to not eat healthy and gain weight when visiting a different city, state or climate. Here are some tips for staying healthy, eating nutritious foods and in keeping the pounds off when going on vacation.

When it is time to go on the vacation, be sure to eat an excellent meal before getting on a plane or riding in a vehicle. When a traveler is full, they are able to make great decisions when offered expensive food on a plane or when visiting a gas station that offers sweet temptations in the form of candy bars or sugary sodas. It can help to bring healthy snacks such as low-fat trail mix or dried fruit for a long trip. In addition to this, be sure to drink plenty of healthy liquids such as water. Water can help reduce the pangs of hunger as well as keep the body hydrated during the trip.

Before going on the trip, do research in the area that will be visited during the vacation and carefully consider the food and dishes that will be consumed. Some areas are known for healthy foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Other locations are known for having deep fried foods. Consider the restaurants that are in the community. Some restaurants are known for healthy dishes. In fact, a number of them post their menus online, with the result that individuals can know exactly what they will be having. When looking at food served at potential hotels, go online or give each one a call and ask specific questions about dining options.

Often times determining which hotels and restaurants offer healthy options can be difficult. I have found that a little research goes a long way in this regard. On a recent trip out west, I found a great site called Gogobot that listed reviews for Las Vegas hotels regarding not only their amenities and offerings, but also the restaurants in the nearby area. This made it easier than ever to determine with choices had the best alternatives for my healthy lifestyle. Some hotels offer healthy choices for breakfast such as breakfast cereals and well as fresh fruit while others feature donuts and other sugary pastries. A fantastic breakfast or dinner can be a huge difference maker when on vacation. It is important to get the necessary energy to have a great day. The reality is that knowledge of the local diet will help individuals and families prepare for the road ahead.

When you are looking for a restaurant to eat at, take time to determine the type of food that is prepared and the way it is prepared.  It is best to stick with healthy option foods that are baked, boiled, broiled, fat free, fresh, light, and whole grain.  Some things you want to stay away from are basted, battered, breaded, buttered, country style, creamy, fried, and smothered.  Try to add vegetables as your side as often as possible. The key to being at a restaurant is to eat in moderation. Don’t just clean your plate because it is in front of you. Acknowledge that your body is telling you that you are full and ask for a box.

Be sure to do some walking in the vacation area to keep the heart rate up as well as keeping the metabolism in check. Furthermore, walking can keep the body and mind strong and vibrant while experiencing new things and as one is relaxing. In addition to this, be sure to keep a water bottle handy at all times. Sometimes walking and visiting sites can make one weary and it certainly helps to have a water bottle available. Many hotels have complimentary refrigerators and ice machines, which can keep water cool in the daytime.

Staying healthy while on a vacation does not have to be difficult. While it does take time to do effective research and to be intentional about what to eat, it is worth it. The body feels great while on vacation and is relaxed when it is time to go home.

Written by: Cole Millen

Everyone be sure to check out Cole’s amazing blog for unique thoughts and perspectives about health and travel: http://colemill.blogspot.com/ and if you want to get in contact with him for questions or comments feel free to email him at colemillen@gmail.com

If anyone has healthy topics they would like to hear more about on my blog feel free to email me at colombo.danielle@hotmail.com — don’t be shy 🙂

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Simple Healing Foods

Remedies straight from the kitchen!

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1. Banana

2. Raisins

3. Yogurt

4. Apricots

5. Tuna

6. Ginger tea

7. Basil

8. Pear

9. Buckwheat Honey

10. Cabbage

11. Turkey

12. Figs

13. Orange Juice

14. Garlic

15. Chamomile Tea

16. Potatoes

 

Find out why these foods help heal stress, stomach aches, and headaches! http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/16-simple-healing-foods?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Prevention-_-Food-LT-_-16FoodsThatHeal

Sexy Snacks!

Here are some key foods you can add to your diet to help maintain good health & feel energized!

1. Salmon: Wild caught salmon is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that help maintain the fluidity of our cell membranes. They keep our cardiovascular systems healthy by reducing inflammation, preventing excessive blood clotting, and keeping fats in the blood at healthy levels.

2. Avocado: They’re anti-inflammatory, so they support a healthy cardiovascular system and blood sugar regulation. In addition, they’re high in fiber and rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, the fat-soluble vitamin K, folate, and B vitamins. They’re also a source of high-quality protein.

3. Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in a chemical called citrulline that helps make nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. It also contains the phytonutrient lycopene and beta-carotene, which act as antioxidants, protecting our cells.

4. Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans are a good source of L-arginine which gets converted into nitric oxide. Walnuts also contain a plant-based omega 3 fat that’s necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

5.  Leafy Greens: Fresh spinach, kale, collards, arugula, mustard greens, as well as herbs like parsley and oregano contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which is purifying to the blood and helps to increase blood flow. Some, like kale, also contain essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. They’re a rich source of vitamins, including the fat-soluble A and K, and C, as well as minerals that keep the body rich in alkaline and improve energy levels.

6. Seeds: Seeds such as pumpkin and sesame are rich in zinc, as well as additional essential nutrients.

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Read more: http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/galleries/sexy-snacks#2