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Slow Cooked Quinoa Mexican Tacos (0 Comments)

Published on July 7th, 2017 in Food Blog, Health Tips

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Today I am sharing with you classic meal with a twist. Do you enjoy tacos? We sure do. In our household, we usually have a taco Tuesday night whether it’s a soft or hard taco with either meat or shellfish style. But this time around I wanted to try something outside the box. I love to experiment. So, what i brought to you today is a meatless style that is packed full of flavor, nutritious and quite satisfying. It’s super simple to create by utilizing the crock pot, with just a handful of ingredients, and so satisfying.

 

 

QUINOA has numerous beneficial properties for overall well being, it is very versatile in many meals, and it’s a complete protein.

Have you ever experimented with this super food item? And, if so, how do you enjoy it in a meal or a dessert? Do tell! Curious foodies would love to know.

 

 

 

Let’s get on with the many healthy benefits of quinoa. Below is the list of why i recommend this item and how it will affect your health more positively.

 

 

 

HEALTHY BENEFITS OF QUINOA

A complete protein

Has all the 9 essential amino acids

It is gluten free

Helps to reduce cholesterol

Supports growth and helps repair organs

Rich in fiber

Packed full of antioxidants

Reduces cravings

Super satisfying

Controls blood sugars in the system

Produces red blood cells

Better immunity

Omega 3′s

Reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer and obesity

 

 

 

 

In the past i have used quinoa in desserts and other side dishes. On my blog I made quinoa chocolate brownies in my crock pot and it was surely a hit with my family. Super light, moist and tasty. So, if you never tried this super item i highly recommend it.

 

 

Quinoa is the perfect filling that is nutritious, gluten free and allergen friendly substitution for all types of meals. You may leave a comment, pin the recipe and let me know if you try this creative meal with a twist. Would love to know what you come up with!

 

 

 

So, let’s scroll down to get the recipe…………………………………….

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cans black beans, or preferred type (drained and rinsed)

1-2 whole corn, or frozen package (rinsed)

1 onion, peeled and diced

1 cup vegetable stock

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup quinoa, uncooked

3 tbsp taco seasoning, homemade (fajita recipe on the blog)

1 cup tomato sauce, homemade (marinara sauce on the blog)

1 can enchilada sauce

dash, sea salt

dash, black pepper

Garnish, handful cilantro

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In the crock pot, add in the quinoa, stock, black beans, tomato sauce, enchilada, corn and taco seasoning.

Stir well together. Let cook on high for a few hours. Make sure to check in between. For best results with quinoa not being mushy.

When ready, serve immediately. Garnish with the things you enjoy like avocados, sour cream, hot sauce, etc. Enjoy!

 

 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE: (per serving) calories 328g; total fat 3.1g; sodium 455mg; potassium 1114; total carbohydrates 61; sugars 4.7g; protein 16.1g

Benefits of Infused Pineapple Water (0 Comments)

Published on June 8th, 2017 in Food Blog, Health Tips

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If you are looking to gain more glowing skin, an energy boost and reduce unwanted cravings throughout your day, then this method may be the answer.

 

 

Firstly, do you enjoy pineapple? If so, how do you enjoy this simple super food? Do tell. Curious foodies want to know. My family and I love pineapple! There are so many ways in utilizing this item from smoothies, to salsa, snacks and main meals.

 

 

 

I’ve been doing some research on the healthy benefits of this method. It comes to find out that there are many wonderful nutritional qualities by adding this to your morning routine. The nutritional benefits are quite endless. To obtaining maximum results, it’s best to drink a glass first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It is easy to prepare and so delicious that you may not want to go without it once trying it. I encourage you to try it and you may like it.

 

 

Because it’s light, unsweetened and without that slightly sour taste with most pineapple, it’s quite enjoyable while easy on the stomach. It’s great for even the sensitive types.

 

 

 

 

So, how can pineapple water benefit your body. Just remember all bodies are not the same. And, of course, you have your own taste to consider as well. Scroll down further for the healthy benefits.

 

 

 

 

REDUCES INFLAMMATION

If you suffer from arthritis, this is quite helpful. By starting your day it can help to absorb nutrients while on an empty stomach.

 

NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT

While accompanying with a balanced diet and exercise you will feel more satisfied. It will reduce your cravings and therefore increasing your metabolism. It will keep you hydrated and maintain electrolytes in your body.

 

CREATES HEALTHY INTESTINES AND LIVER

Bromelain is an enzyme which helps to synthesize vitamins and proteins. It helps to cleanse of any impurities such as heavy metals. Eating pineapple can eliminate constipation too.

 

HEALTHY THYROID

Pineapple contains iodine and the bromelain will protect you from auto-immune diseases. It’s great for treating the thyroid glands.

 

Pineapple also strengthens your gums and protects your teeth. Also a cancer fighting machine.

 

 

 

 

So, how do you make pineapple water.

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

half a pineapple

1 liter of filtered water

 

DIRECTIONS

Normally i would cut up the whole pineapple, but you may just peel half the pineapple, cut into smaller pieces and add the pieces to the pitcher of water. Let it chill overnight. The next day, remove the fruit and drink throughout your day. But especially first thing in the am for maximum results. There are others alternative to enjoy this beverage but this is the most simplest.

 

 

 

I hope you try this and if you do, let me know. I would love to hear about your results.

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Cooked Ribs with Fresh Sweet and Spicy Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce (0 Comments)

Published on June 1st, 2017 in Food Blog

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Today I am sharing with you a fresh homemade sauce with a bit of spice, sweetness and a splash of honey whiskey for depth and flavor. Yes. I did say honey whiskey. This helps to elevate the flavor profile that i wanted to create for this meal. I enjoy making my own sauces. How about you? Although you may find the right sauce out there in the markets, but there is something about the freshness and taste of creating your own sauce. The flavor customization is endless and always brings more depth, brightness and personality to the meal that evening. The best part is being able to control what ingredients you utilize in the dishes you create without chemicals.

 

 

I believe in the importance of getting back to basics that will nourish your mind and body for optimizing overall vitality. When providing our bodies with core nutrients we are optimizing our mind, body and soul for overall well being in the short and long term. We are empowered when we have control over what we allow into our bodies. After all, the chemical laden crap in our food system affects our taste buds as well as other negative effects too. When you can not recognize an ingredient on the food label, your body won’t recognize it either and won’t know how to process it. Just by eliminating processed foods in a two week period, you can awaken the taste buds by consuming more fresh and flavorful foods. By eating more fresh, local or seasonal foods this allows us to connect to our communities, mother nature and each other.

 

 

When you consume more of the rainbow on your plate you will boost your health even further. A daily fix of colorful veggies and fruits will provide you an array of more nutrients your body needs. And, in turn, it will hard wire your brain to eat better, you are less likely to gravitate to unhealthy items and you will feel better inside and out.

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to nourish your mind, body and soul properly for overall well being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s scroll down further to the barbecue recipe………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVES:2

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey whiskey

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 tbsp mustard

1/4 cup maple

1 tbsp sriracha sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

1/2 chili powder

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp celery seeds

1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare the slow cooker.

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients together on medium low heat; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let cook until slightly thickened; about 10 minutes.

Remove from the stove; set aside.

You may dredge the ribs in the sauce mixture. Place the ribs on the bottom of the crock pot. Add the rest of the sauce into the pot. Cover with lid; let cook on low 6-8 hours.

When ready place on a decorative plate with veggies and/or starches, or whatever your heart desires. And voila! Ready to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: calories 458; total fat 8.4; sodium 693mg; potassium 288g; total carbohydrates 63g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 57g; protein 1.9g; vitamin A 21%; calcium 7%; vitamin C 2% and iron 9%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhubarb Berry Crisp (0 Comments)

Published on May 16th, 2017 in Food Blog

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Around this time of the year, rhubarb is quite popular and easily utilized in many dishes. Although it may taste like a fruit, it is considered a vegetable with wonderful nutritional properties. I am sharing with you a recipe i made a few years on my blog and decided today was the day to recreate this yummy treat. It has been on my mind to make this simple and elegant dish.

 

I LOVE when rhubarb is in season! How about you, have you explored using rhubarb in your dishes?

 

Did you know, that rhubarb dates all the way back to the 2700 BC where it was grown and used in China for medicinal purposes? And it came into America in the 1700′s from all the way from Maine to Massachusetts. Rhubarb does have many beneficial properties for your mind, body and soul for overall well being. Rhubarb is so versatile, nutritious and so tasty. Below are the numerous benefits of this simple super food item.

 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RHUBARB

Aids in weight loss

Stimulates bone growth and repair

Helps prevent Alzheimer’s

Stimulates production of red blood cells

Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

Strengthens your digestive system

Relieves constipation

Improves liver health

Improves sugar levels in your system

High in vitamin C, K, fiber and calcium

Antiinflammatory

Improves peristaltic movements

 

 

 

NOW let’s scroll down to the recipe…….

 

 

 

 

SERVES: about 6

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups rhubarb, cleaned and chopped evenly

2 cups blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1/3 cup coconut flour

1 juice of a lemon

1 zest of a lemon

2 tbsp maple syrup

dash, sea salt

CRUMBLE:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, or 1/3 coconut oil

1/3 cup brown sugar, or coconut sugar

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 cups rolled oats

1 tbsp cinnamon, ground

sea salt, pinch

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Ina large bowl, tossing gently the fruit with the sugar, lemon juice, zest, sea salt and flour.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, flour and the cinnamon; mix well with a fork. Add in the oats; mix to combine.

In a lightly greased baking dish, 9x 13, pour fruit mixture into the pan evenly. Add the crumble right on top with even distribution.

Allow to bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. You may serve chilled or warm.

 

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: calories 300; total fat 17g; cholesterol 41mg; sodium 158mg; potassium 432mg; total carbohydrates 40g; dietary fiber 7.3g; protein 5.4g; vitamin A 11%; vitamin C 43%; calcium 10% and iron 13%.

 

 

 

Slow Cooked Jerk Chicken (0 Comments)

Published on May 12th, 2017 in Food Blog

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Caribbean food! It always reminds me of my wonderful travels through the islands of Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba, the US virgin islands and many more with the culture of delicious and unique food, people and feel good vibes. How about you, what is your favorite island destination?

 

 

Today i am sharing a fresh and flavorful Jamaican sauce called “Jerk”. This style of cooking is when the meat is dry rubbed or a wet marinade with a very hot and spicy mixture. The term “Jerk” has said to come from the word Charqui, a Spanish term of Quechua origin for jerked or dried meat, which became the word in the English form Jerky. Jerk seasoning relies heavily on two items: allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. And other ingredients include cinnamon, cloves, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and sea salt.

 

 

Though Jamaican jerk sauce was derived from African ancestry and modified over hundreds of years as numerous cultures added their influences. From the start, changes had to be made since the Coromantee slaves found themselves in new surroundings on the island of Jamaica and were forced to use what was available to them. Naturally some of the original ingredients were added or substituted as necessary. One new addition to the recipe was the Scotch Bonnet Peppers which is responsible for the heat content found in Caribbean jerks.

 

 

Jerk cooking and seasoning has followed the Caribbean diaspora all over the world and different forms of jerk can be found at restaurants almost anywhere a significant population of Caribbean descents exists from the UK, Canada and USA. Although this seasoning is traditionally used in chicken or pork, you may find modern cooking of recipes also apply to fish, shellfish, shrimp, beef, lamb, veggies or tofu.

 

 

 

 

 

NOW you may scroll down for the recipe……………

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVES: 3-4

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of split chicken breast, or chicken thighs

1 lime, fresh

2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp black pepper

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 tbsp cinnamon, ground

1/2 tbsp allspice, ground

1/2 tbsp nutmeg, ground

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 cup pineapple juice or chunks

3 scallions, chopped

1 tbsp ginger, fresh or ground

1 tbsp soy sauce

1-2 sprigs thyme, fresh

1-2 habaneros or sriracha sauce, splash

1 package corn, organic

1 can or dried black beans

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare chicken. If split, you may cut in half for smaller portions. Dry pat the chicken and season with salt and pepper.

In a food processor, combine lime, garlic, spices, herbs, soy, scallions, sugar, peppers and pineapple; let pulse for about 20-30 seconds. Place the mixture in a medium bowl and immerse the chicken; let soak for about 30 minutes in refrigerator, or overnight.

In the crock pot, place the corn and veggies on the bottom. Then add in the jerk chicken over the veggies. You may add more pineapple chunks and sprinkled thyme to the pot. Cover the crock pot and let cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

When chicken is fully cooked, remove and place meat on a sheet pan with parchment underneath; broil for a crisp and deep brown color with the rack being about 4-5 inches below the broiler. Let cook for about 4-5 minutes or until desired texture.

While chicken is getting a good char on, slowly simmer the remaining of the jerk sauce over low to medium; about 5 minutes or until thickened. Then brush over the chicken and serve with rice, veggies and beans.

 

 

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: (servings for 3) calories 150; total fat 3.2g; cholesterol 25mg;sodium 700mg; potassium 384mg; total carbohydrates 22.6g; sugars 11g; protein 10.7g vitamin A 10%; vitamin C 114%; calcium 13% and iron 17%.

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Turkey Meatballs (0 Comments)

Published on May 4th, 2017 in Food Blog

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Growing up in an Italian family, my mom and Grandpa always made fresh sauce or gravy with meatballs every Sunday for dinner. And now I love creating my own version as well for my family too. It’s simple, versatile, with the freshest of ingredients and tastes like you’ve gone to heaven and back. Seriously. The aromatics just permeate throughout the home. I believe fresh is always best. It tastes so much better than the store bought varieties in the marketplace. So, why buy store bought when you can make it in your own kitchen along with delicious meatballs for your loved ones?!

 

 

 

With this meatball recipe I baked them in the oven and utilized lean ground turkey for a healthier alternative. although i enjoy the traditional route, I believe variety is the spice of life. Choosing lean cuts of meat can help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and promote heart health. Turkey meat is low in calories and fat, but high in proteins and B vitamins. It’s best to look for organically grown and pasture raised styles versus the conventional types that are laden with chemicals and such. It’s better for the animal, yourself and the planet with healthier choices. Not all ground turkey is lean as you think, so it’s important to read those labels before purchasing. Also look out for low fat and watch out for sodium content which may be higher than the recommended daily intake. Be mindful.

 

 

 

OKAY…..let’s move on to the recipe…..

 

 

 

 

YIELDS: about 20

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound lean ground turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup basil or parsley, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup mushrooms, diced

1/4 cup mozzarella, shredded

1 tsp sea salt, to taste

1 tsp black pepper, to taste

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease sheet pan with oil or use parchment; set aside.

In a saucepan, over med-low heat, saute onions, mushrooms and garlic until soft and fragrant. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, add the saute mixture into the bowl and the rest of the ingredients together. Mix well. Roll the meat mixture with your hands and place onto sheet pan.

Place the sheet pan into the oven; let cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle and cooked through.

While the turkey meatballs are baking, you can utilize this time to make the sauce if you have not yet. When the meatballs are fully cooked you may add them into the sauce or place separately and having a dipping bowl for the sauce when ready to serve.

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: calories 48; total fat 2g; cholesterol 25mg; sodium 136mg; potassium 89mg; total carbohydrates 22mg;dietary fiber 0.2g; protein 5.3g; vitamin A and calcium 1%.

Peanut Butter Blondies (0 Comments)

Published on May 2nd, 2017 in Food Blog

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These blonde beauty brownies that i am sharing with you are made with a secret ingredient. They are super simple to create, packed full of nutrients and tasty!

 

These lovelies are made with white (Cannellini) beans, maple syrup, organic peanut butter and dark chocolate chips. A soft, creamy and rich dough consistency that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. It is a vegan and gluten free style of brownie that can easily be whipped up in just a few minutes and baked with real food ingredients for your loved ones at home. Guilt free goodness.

 

Beans are a great alternative to incorporate into snacks and treats for added nutrients. They are highly rich in fiber and protein without be overloaded with calories. There are many benefits with this simple staple food item. Read on for more details followed by the recipe.

 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEANS

 

WEIGHTLOSS

These beans are very low in calories while providing a feeling of fullness to your meals.

 

REGULATES GLUCOSE LEVELS

Cannellini beans have the ability to help maintain healthy and normal blood sugar levels. Healthy amounts are normal but as a spike in blood sugar results commonly with diabetes which is quite destructive and impacts many people in the USA about 3 million each year. The amylase inhibitor helps to fight this problem and reduce the risk of diabetes due to high fiber content. Proper fiber consumption is vital in preventing the risk of diseases. the Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics recommends a high fiber diet like whole grains, beans, veggies, fruit and nuts.

 

HEART HEALTH

These beans help to protect your heart by lowering LDL levels in your system to reduce coronary heart disease. By eating a healthy diet it is very likely to regulate your cholesterol levels while being much safer than dangerous medications many doctors prescribe along with side effects too.

 

CANCER PREVENTION

Beans have an antioxidant level which helps to fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals in your diet and surroundings. They also contain polyphenols, an antioxidant, which decreases the risk of heart disease and cancer. Definitely a cancer fighting food item to incorporate to your natural clean diet.

 

SKIN PROTECTION

Beans play a powerful role in protecting your skin by the content it contains of ferulic acid which prevents sun damage. A study from the Duke University says when added as a topical solution of vitamin C and E, it doubled the protection of sunblock offered and reduced skin cell death when exposed to excessive rays. Wow!

 

GREAT FOR CROHN’S DISEASE PATIENTS

Recent research suggests that a plant based dietary fiber may actually help treat the disease. So, it’s a good idea to include these beans in your clean diet.

 

 

 

The best thing about these wonderful beans is they are valuable source of several nutrients, plus almost 25% of the daily recommended fiber intake. Just one serving contains 90 calories, 80mg of calcium, 19g carbohydrates, 7g of protein, 6g fiber and 270mg of potassium.

 

 

 

NOW…….for the recipe details

 

 

 

 

YIELDS: 16

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 can 15ounce of white beans, or dry

1/2 cup peanut butter, organic

1/3 cup maple, or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Grease a 8×8 inch glass or non-stick baking dish with oil or butter.

In a food processor, mix all ingredients until smooth except for the chocolate chips.

Add the chocolate chips and blend well together. Remove the mixture into the [prepared baking dish and distribute evenly with a spoon. You may sprinkle more chips or any other extras on the surface.

Place in the oven and let cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges or toothpick comes out clean in center.

Let cool completely for 10 minutes to allow to set. Then slice about 16 bars depending on size.

 

 

TIPS:

For cake like add in one egg.

You may replace or add in any other toppings like nuts, dried fruits or seeds.

You may warm up or have it chilled and store in refrigerator for about a week.

 

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: 90 calories per serving; total fat 4.6g; sodium 213mg; potassium 82mg; total carbohydrates 10g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 5.7g; protein 3.2g; vitamin C 1%; calcium 2% and iron 7%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Hydration (0 Comments)

Published on April 27th, 2017 in Food Blog, Health Tips

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Water is vital for overall well being from maintaining body temperature, more skin glow, removing waste from the body and lubricating joints. In order for your body to function properly hydration is crucial for every cell, tissue and organs.

 

“We forget that the water cycle and life cycle are one”. – Jacques Cousteau

 

 

HOW MUCH TO DRINK

 

Most people will tell you to consume 6-8 glasses of water, which is reasonable, but everyone’s needs are different from one another. Most healthy people can stay well hydratyed by drinking water whenever they may feel thirsty. But for some, they may need fewer than 8 glasses a day. The general rule of thumb is to check your urine. If urine is colorless or light yellow, you are hydrated. If it’s dark amber in color, you need to drink more to hydrate.

 

Most cases water is the best solution for hydration. If you are a coffee drinker like myself, consuming about 2-4 cup ounces is not harmful for most. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. For people with caffeine sensitivities, you may experience more anxiousness or jittery vibes. Be mindful. Other drinks or foods can help you stay hydrated such as cucumbers, watermelon, milk, teas, cantaloupe, avocados, coconut oil, certain nuts and soup broths. Also watch out for the sugar and salt content in juices especially with packaged drinks. Keep those to a minimum.

 

Sports drinks can be helpful when working out at a higher intensity level for more than an hour due to replacing electrolytes and energy. It also helps to absorb water. Just check the labels with some sports drinks due to high levels of sugar, salt and any caffeine listed. Remember to stay within the 200-300mg for caffeine consumption.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED

 

 

To reduce costs carry a reusable water bottle and refill throughout the day.

 

Try adding lemons, limes or fruit to your plain water to add taste and health benefits of nutrients.

 

Always consume water, before, during and after a workout session.

 

If feeling hungry, go for the water first. Thirst is often confused with hunger.

 

If you can not remember to drink up, schedule it in. Drink up when you rise, at breakfast, for lunch, and dinner, and when you hit the sack.

 

 

SIGNS OF HYDRATION

 

Little or no urine

 

dark urine

 

dry mouth

 

headaches

 

confusion

 

dizzy or feelingĀ  lightheaded

 

fatigue

 

 

 

Do NOT wait until you feel these symptoms of thirst. Drink plenty throughout the day.

 

 

People who workout at a high intensity or for too long, pregnant moms, breast feeding mom, someone who has medical issues or are sick may be at risk for dehydration. Older adults are at risk due to a delayed response to sensing thirst.

 

 

 

 

Remember water makes up half your body weight, always replenish. You lose water each day when going to the bathroom, sweating or even when breathing. Levels increase when it’s very hot or humid, physical activity or even a fever. And vomiting and diarrhea can lead to a rapid water loss too. Always be mindful throughout the day in how you feel and what you are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Benefits of Stretching (0 Comments)

Published on April 11th, 2017 in Health Tips

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A body in motion wants to stay in motion. A body at rest seeks more rest.

 

 

Stretching is so natural and automatic from the time we wake up in the morning and after a long period of being stationary. This simple healthy habit surely pay off.

 

While there are many health benefits to regular exercise whether it’s gardening, walking or hiking, incorporating daily stretching in our lives is vital. Whether it’s for your regular workout or just alone it is beneficial and important for our overall well being.

 

 

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

 

 

 

FOR THE BODY

The most obvious benefits of stretching is to promote more flexibility with a wide range of movement safely. The less we stretch or the less we move our bodies, we are likely to fall in that trap of muscle strains and soft tissue injuries especially as we age. Having an increase of flexibility will promote moving with more ease, improved balance and coordination.

Stretching also causes correct posture by lengthening tighter muscles that pull areas of the body away from certain positions. Being able to stretch those muscles of the lower back, chest and shoulder area can better align and improve your posture.

This simple benefit may help with preventing injuries due to providing more blood flow to the muscles which, in turn, better circulation throughout your body. This helps to reduce muscle soreness and helpful in a quick recovery from muscle and joint injuries. Research has shown a reduction in cholesterol when performing prolonged workouts like yoga in your body.

 

FOR THE MIND

When you experience chronic stress your muscles tend to contract and become tense. This tension can spread throughout every body part. Stretching and exercising can alleviate tensions quickly. A natural mood enhancer minus the side affects of medications. Just allowing yourself 20 minutes of mindful stretching a day can calm the mind and rejuvenate the soul in the process. It encourages those good feel chemicals of endorphins with promoting tranquility and euphoria. You may want to think about stretching more before going to bed for a comfortable sleeping experience.

 

TIPS FOR STRETCHING

Important to do this the right way in order to gain the benefits of this simple healthy habit of stretching. Most suggest to hold the stretch at the first sensation of resistance, then breathe your way through it. Always modify, adapt, and adjust the stretch to suit your personal needs. You may use padding for your knees, or try the same stretch in a different position like standing or sitting. Imagine and feel the tissues become more supple over time. It takes regular practice and always be mindful in how you feel.

 

 

It’s important to change your thinking from “I am so tight” to ” This is what my body needed” and “Becoming more flexible every time I do this”.

 

 

 

So, go ahead and stretch to nourish your mind, body and soul for overall well being.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Benefits Of Coffee (0 Comments)

Published on March 31st, 2017 in Food Blog, Health Tips

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Oh coffee, how do I LOVE thee.

 

 

I don’t know about you, but it is the one thing i can’t go without even for just one day. I AM a coffee lover. I love rising early to the smell and sound of coffee brewing before anyone else gets up before the day starts. Just the aroma, then that first sip and you feel like you’ve gone to heaven and back. But that cup of robust coffee may pack more than just an energy boost.

 

There has been numerous research emerging to suggest that coffee has many health benefits for our overall well being from preventing diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.

 

Here is a little history on coffee consumption back in the day for over centuries.

 

In the 17th century England and the popularity of coffee gave rise to a number of coffee houses which was dubbed “penny universities” because with a penny a person could buy a cup of coffee and have stimulating conversations with others.

 

 

Now, in the present, over 400 billion cups are consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverage. You may ask, what is coffees superpower?

 

 

 

THE HEALTHY BENEFITS OF COFFEE

The possible health benefits with drinking coffee may include protecting the heart and brain, liver cancer and diabetes.

 

COFFEE PROMOTES PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

Just having a cup of black coffee an hour before working out can improve performance by 11-12%. Caffeine increases adrenaline levels in your blood which helps for physical exertion.

 

WEIGHT LOSS

Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which helps the body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing overall cravings you may have with sugary treats.

 

BURN BABY BURN

Caffeine in coffee helps to break down body fat and use it as fuel for training.

 

MORE CLARITY

Moderate caffeine consumption intake about, 1-6 cups of coffee daily, helps you focus and improve mental alertness.

 

LONGER LIFE SPAN

Coffee lowers your risk of death by 25% of premature factors than those who didn’t drink coffee.

 

REDUCED RISK OF PARKINSON”S DISEASE

Studies have shown that regular coffee consumption increases brain health by 25%. There is evidence with coffee promoting more activity in the part of the brain affected by this disease.

 

COFFEE AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

Coffee helps to decrease your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

BRAIN HEALTH

High caffeine levels in your blood reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s while lowering risk of dementia.

 

MOOD ENHANCER

It helps to brighten your mood, helps fight depression and lowers your risk of suicide. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and producton of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, which elevates mood. Two cups a coffee a day prevents risk of suicide by 25%.

 

 

 

 

Although coffee has many benefits, here are some DISADVANTAGES of coffee.

 

 

 

Bad coffee can be toxic due to lots of impurities which may cause sickness, headaches or a general bad feeling. Invest in high quality and specialty coffees.

 

It can kill you if drinking between 80-100 cups in a short session. This dose is lethal but by time you reach this point, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 liters of any liquid is a lot even drinking water in that amount is bad.

 

Too much coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness due to the caffeine content. Your recommended (max) amount for caffeine is about 400 milligrams, about the amount of 4 cups of coffee. If you are sensitive, be mindful.

 

Use filtered coffee if cholesterol is high due to the cafestol and kahweol containing in coffee which raise LDL cholesterol levels. These two are mostly found in espresso, Turkish coffee and french press styles.

 

 

 

 

SO, COFFEE GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?

You should be mindful to coffee consumption if you have high cholesterol, sensitivity to caffeine, pregnant or a a child. But for others it can be beneficial for you with preventing serious diseases, boost your mind and body and help with weight loss. Remember good quality coffee is best that’s toxin free like most specialty types. So, go ahead and have that cup of Joe!!