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Afternoon Snack: This Banana Soft Serve May Change Your Life (You Have to Read This!) ~ Glamour MagazineDo I have a treat for you... It's the best soft serve ice cream you'll ever taste, but it's 100% raw, 100% vegan, 100% unprocessed, and 100% delicious. It's also kid-friendly and ridiculously simple to make." Who knew that a food processor could turn frozen bananas into our new favorite fro-yo? Here's how: Take 2-3 frozen bananas and toss them into a food processor. Let it process for about five minutes, stopping every so often to scrape down the sides. As each minute passes, the bananas will get light, fluffy and take on a creamy texture ~ sort of like soft serve! I tried it, and this stuff is seriously good ~ and satisfying. I like sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on top of mine ~ or you could also dust with cocoa powder, too. Read More http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/07/afternoon-snack-this-banana-so.html#ixzz1lYlUe5Sy
Are Fitness Foods Making You Fat? Learn which fitness industry junk foods you should avoid if you want to lose weightBy Jenna BergenPower. Energy. Greatness. These are three words I would like to think describe my fitness routine. They are also three words commonly used on packaging (or in marketing campaigns) for sports drinks, energy bars, and the other packaged foods that make up the bloated "fitness junk food" industry. But if you're an everyday gym-goer, can they really boost your performance? Or are you just shelling out your cash for, well, calories? Probably the latter. "If you add these products to your diet without subtracting other foods, you're just adding back the calories you're burning during exercise," says Eve Pearson, RD, a sports nutritionist in Dallas. Here, the five fitness junk foods that could be making you fat—and their budget-friendly better-for-you alternatives. How to Stop Overeating After WorkoutsSports Drinks "A sports drink is basically sugar water with a sprinkle of salt," says Nancy Clark, MS, RD, author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook. "Only a very select group of people need the extra sugar to stay energized. The rest of us are fine with water." The problem: Millions of Americans guzzle sports drinks when they don't need them, simply upping their calorie intake. "You might as well have a soda," says Clark. As for the extra sodium, Clark reminds us that there's a public health campaign aimed at getting us to reduce our intake of the white stuff. "However, if you're exercising for more than 3 hours in the heat, a little more sodium is helpful. But you could just as easily put a pinch or two of salt on your oatmeal before you exercise to get it into your system." Energy Bars While an energy bar may sound like a great pre-workout snack, a lot of them are nothing more than glorified cookies, says Clark. Many bars—especially those pegged as "meal replacements"—can pack a staggering 300-plus calories, easily negating the ones you're about to burn off on the elliptical. If you're going to reach for a bar, read the nutrition label first. The American Heart Association says women shouldn't eat more than 25 grams of added sugar per day, and men should stick to under 37. "These bars can easily have more than half that," says Pearson. Instead, opt for bars made with whole foods, like KIND or LÄRA bars—or just grab a handful of nuts. Sure, we're a little biased, but we're especially wild about the new Planters Men's Health Nutrition nut mix, from our good pals at Men's Health magazine. . One serving of this pistachio-almond-peanut combo has 6 grams of protein and just a touch of salt, making them low-sodium but totally satisfyingA few of my favorites are Pure Protein Bars, P90X Bars (delicious, although a little high in the sugar) & Shakeology.For more idea's , Also see my "Must Haves"
Infused Water Recipes For Summer
One of the most important things to do for your body is to stay hydrated – especially during the hot summer months. Infusing your water with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs is an elevated way to stay hydrated. It’s simple to do, and will have you feeling like you’re lounging at a spa. It’s a great thing to do when you have guests over, too. It’s unexpected and just so refreshing. Who could say no to a cool glass of water with a twist? Here are three of my favorite infused water recipes.
Watermelon and Cilantro Infused Water
Watermelon is my favorite summer fruit. It’s light and juicy and the color just fits in with the season so well. I’ve always felt that cilantro has the ability to make any food or drink taste fresh, so the combination of these two ingredients is just magical. Fill a glass jar halfway with cut up watermelon. Add a few leaves of cilantro (split in half for maximum flavor) and fill to the top with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
Blackberry and Mint Infused Water
Aside from tasting delicious, my favorite part about this drink is the way it looks. The blackberries sit at the bottom and the mint leaves at the top, with an ombre effect of color in between. Muddle a small handful of blackberries (I just used a bowl and a spoon to do this) and add them to a glass jar. Top with a few leaves of mint (split in half for maximum flavor), and fill to the brim with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
Cucumber, Cilantro, and Dill Infused Water
This recipe is my favorite of all. These three greens come together in perfect harmony in this light, crisp, refreshing summer beverage. I’m going to keep a large jar of this drink in my refrigerator all summer long. Add a few slices of cucumber (peeled, if you so desire) to a glass jar and top with a few leaves of fresh cilantro (split in half for maximum flavor) and a tiny bit of fresh dill. Dill is very flavorful, so start with a very small amount and add more if necessary. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking.
What’s your favorite infused water recipe? We’d love to hear some more!
Source: Healthy Summer Recipes
A Healthy Recipe Even I Can Make!
Spoon onto a sheet of wax paper. Roll up the contents into hot dog/cigar shape. Stick in the freezer. Ready in about 90 minutes. Cut off little bites or eat the whole thing. Eat it frozen or throw it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
- 1/2 medium-size banana
- 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (organic minus hydrogenated oils, preferably)
- 1 cup unsweetened granolaMix and mash all three ingredients into a bowl.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 90 minutes
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Carbs 47 g
Protein 14 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Saturated Fat 4 g
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Grab some Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet (otherwise known as purple) and mix up a batch of rainbow ice-cubes.
Ok, so you may have noticed that ROYGBV = six letters and my ice-cube trays have 7 sections in each row. I mixed some blue and purple gels together to make an extra color that we’ll call Indigo, so I could fill the tray.
Pop the tray in the freezer, and fast-forward. Happy Holiday... Whatever Holiday you prefer!
A little food coloring and some water sure go a long way—surprise your kids with rainbow water this Holiday.
Enjoy & Please leave a comment!
6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise 1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, peeled, pitted and diced 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion Garnish: chopped fresh chives Preparation
ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Green Deviled Eggs Recipe
March 15, 2013
We”ll be eating green on St. Patric’s Day.
Photo courtesy Avocados From Mexico.
Although we start every St. Patrick’s Day with a green bagel, each year we look for new, fun green dishes for our celebration.
This year it’s Avocado Deviled Eggs: Avocado replaces the mayo in this party classic.
This recipe, yields 12 deviled eggs.
GREEN DEVILED EGGS
1. COMBINE the egg yolks and avocado in a small bowl; mash until smooth.
2. STIR in yogurt, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper; mix thoroughly. Stir in jalapeño and onion
3. SPOON into egg white shells, dividing equally. Arrange on a serving plate. Cover lightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 3 hours. Garnish with chives before serving.
Inside Out Peanut Butter Shakeology Cups 03/05/2013
2 tsp. Chocolate regular or Vegan Shakeology
2 Tbsp. PB2®
2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil
2 Tbsp. water
2 mini cupcake holders (foil are best)
1 - In a microwavable dish, melt coconut oil. Stir the PB2 into the coconut oil & set aside.
2 - In another small dish, place Shakeology & gradually add water to get the Shakeology into a thick, pudding-like consistency.
3 - Now, take the foil liners & put a tiny amount of the PB2/coconut oil mixture on the bottom of the foils.
4 - Next, add a layer of the Shakeology.
5 - Finally, top off with another layer of the PB2/coconut mixture. Pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes and enjoy! ***If you keep them in the freezer overnight, the middle will freeze solid so wait a few mins before enjoying :)
Shaun T's Fix Your 5 Problem Areas Cheat Sheet From DoctorOz.comTarget your problem areas with this 5-week plan from Shaun T, creator of the Insanity Workout. His combinations of foods and exercises are designed to help you shape your butt, thighs, waist and more on a daily basis. Shaun T, the creator of the Insanity Workout, has created a combination diet-and-workout regimen designed to bust your most common problem areas. Each food and exercise target a specific fat zone on the body. By eating certain foods at certain times of the day, you can maximize their effects.
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According to Shaun T, it takes about four weeks for the body to respond to these changes. But with his plan, he’s giving you five weeks to start noticing a difference and giving you some wiggle room for any slip-ups.
Most importantly, to correctly follow this plan, you should eat most of your food before 3 p.m. A new study found that people who ate 60% of their food before 3 p.m. lost weight faster. The people who ate later lost less weight – and it took more time to lose the weight. They also had lower insulin sensitivity, which is a risk factor for diabetes.
According to Shaun T, you should eat all the foods and meals on this 5-week plan before 3 p.m., with the exception of dinner.
Below, learn why the foods in Shaun T’s plan work well to target specific problem areas.
Pumpkin to Target Back Fat
Pumpkin has a low glycemic load (as opposed to glycemic index). Glycemic load combines a food’s glycemic index (which refers to the refined quality of carbs) with the quantity of the food available. Because pumpkins have a low level of carbs, it’s great for not only back fat, but fat all over the body. It’s also a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. You can have pumpkin in soups or in breads made with whole-grain flour.
Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese to Tighten Your Thighs
Ricotta cheese has 337 mg of calcium per half-cup, which is 34% of your recommended daily allowance. Studies show that boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss in those who are calcium deficient. Calcium has been shown to regulate the way fat cells store, build up and break down fat. When your body is deprived of calcium, it conserves it, prompting the body to produce higher levels of calcitriol, a hormone that triggers increased production of fat cells. In fact, by giving calcium-deficient obese women an extra calcium supplement, British researchers were able to trigger 13 pounds of weight loss.
Microgreens to Slim Your Waist
Multiple studies have connected belly fat to chronic levels of inflammation and cortisol, the stress hormone. However, high doses of vitamin C have been shown to decrease cortisol levels after stressful events.
But why microgreens? These greens provide nutrients at a much high concentration. In fact, they have 4 to 6 times the nutrients than mature leaves of the same plant. Red cabbage microgreens have the highest amount of vitamin C, which is 6 times higher than the amount found in mature red cabbage. Don’t hesitate to add some into your salad during lunch.
Plums to Battle Bat Wings
Like belly fat, arm fat can also be linked to higher levels of inflammation. Therefore, antioxidant-rich foods can help reduce bat wings. One antioxidant-rich food that is know to help is prunes. They’re known for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic acid and chlorogenic acid. These substances have antioxidant properties. Fresh plums will also work.
Freekeh or Quinoa to Get a Better Backside
Both freekeh and quinoa are good sources of fiber, which battle estrogens. Excess estrogens influence gluteofemoral adiposity, or butt fat. This is why teenage girls develop wider hips during puberty. One way to battle fat in this area involves eating more foods rich in insoluble fiber, which interrupts the circulation of estrogens in the body. Freekeh is a Middle-Eastern whole grain. It is actually whole wheat picked before the wheat has fully matured; hence, it’s also called “green wheat.” If freekeh is unavailable where you live, quinoa is a good alternativeTo See The Complete Dr Oz Clip With Shaun T Click On Link Below :
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The Big Rocks Of Life
By Dr. Stephen R. Covey,
First Things First
This Is By Far , One Of My Favorite Analogies Of Prioritizing One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.
As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.
When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.
Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!"
"No," the speaker replied, "that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all."
What are the big rocks in your life? A project that you want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.
OK, Seriously. What Is Ayurveda? (A Primer) Guest post by: By Lisa Munger Trying to explain Ayurveda in an “elevator pitch,” that is to say, in one or two minutes, is nearly impossible. But as an Ayurvedic teacher and practitioner, I’ve been asked to do so many times. It’s hard to encapsulate a discipline like Ayurveda, which by its very nature is all-encompassing. Given that, here’s my best shot.
You may have heard of traditional Chinese medicine, things like acupuncture, chi and the like. This tradition has made its way into Western culture more than Ayurveda, which is essentially the Indian system.Ayurveda is often referred to as a sister science to yoga, as they come from the same tradition. In fact, in the timeline of our understanding of yoga asana (poses), Ayurveda precedes yoga.Ayurveda categorizes everything–our minds, bodies, interactions, natural world, food, energy–as comprised of a mix of five basic elements. Earth, water, fire, air and space (sometimes called ether).Each person has a unique constellation of these elements in his or her body and mind, a pre-set constitution determined at the moment of conception that remains in place throughout one’s life. This is your dosha, or Prakriti. Essentially, this means that if you already have more fire in your make up, it will probably be the first element to go out of whack.This is particularly true when you combine an understanding of those five elements with the seasons.As you might expect, summer is fire/Pitta season (think hot, humid days); fall and early winter are air/space or Vata seasons (think: windy and cold), late winter and spring are earth/water or Kapha seasons (think: heavy, wet snow and ice).So if I’m a Pitta person, summer is likely to be a challenging time for me, as the fire in the external environment is increasing, the element of fire already present in overabundance in my body/mind will ramp up too. This can leave you feeling high Pitta symptoms: irritable, quick-to-anger, envious, gossipy and really competitive. In the body, you might feel a front of the head: acne, headaches, an acid stomach, or diarrhea, to name a few.The elements in an individual’s constitution can also be affected by lifestyle, diet, exercise and essentially all the variables of life. So in Ayurveda as in life, there are no hard and fast rules. (Rats! That would make it so much easier, huh?) Thus, bringing your body and mind into balance, Ayurvedically, is always a moving target. You never “arrive,” a good notion to give up anyway.A basic tenet of Ayurveda is “like increases like.” Therefore, to balance your mind/body, applying the opposite quality will bring you more toward the center line. Think of qualities as how they represent the elements. For example, if I am a Pitta (high fire) person by nature, sweating and pushing through a super hot Bikram yoga class in the middle of the dog days of summer is not going to bring balance to my body or mind. It will only increase the fire element that is already there. This is where it gets tricky. Though an intense physical practice (or whatever your equivalent is—a long, hard run; a competitive sport; a hot, spicy meal; a heated debate) may feel good, it is working to increase fire, which, as a Pitta, I need to rein in. In that way, a Pitta during summer particularly will find more balance by steering away from hot, super-rigorous yoga, and find more balance with a practice with poses to calm and cool the body and mind (twists, forward bends emphasizing long, fluid breath). Same goes with what foods you’re eating and stimuli or lifestyle you expose yourself to. It all affects the elements, because everything is made up of the elements.The elements:
Ayurveda teaches us that if a dosha (our unique individual make up of elements) increases too much, it fosters an environment where disease can take hold. So, keeping our eyes turned toward balance remains an important focus, and at the same time, something we never really achieve, just work toward.It is common for our predominant dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) to increase more quickly than other doshas because we tend to do and live with what we know best.For example, if your dominant dosha is Kapha, due to the slow, earthy quality of Kapha, you may be naturally inclined toward calming activities. If you're not moving enough, eating lots of cool, dense foods (ice cream, mac n’ cheese, creamy casseroles, or cheese and other dairy (especially when cold). In excess, this quality may lead to mental stagnation (getting stuck in a rut) or physical stagnation (weight gain, especially round the middle) and congestion, often in the form of mucus. (Yuck, I know.)If your dominant dosha is Pitta, you may be naturally inclined to rigorous exercise (hot yoga), competition, envy and find yourself constantly moving toward achieving. Look around the room in your next hot yoga class. You’re likely to see a room full of Pittas. The Pitta person loves the rigorous, challenging nature of the practice (as a Pitta myself, I know this impulse well), but that type of practice will throw Pittas out of whack more than any other type. That’s the rub.If your dominant dosha is Vata, due to its light and mobile nature you may be naturally inclined to move around a lot—never completing a task or sitting still for long. In excess, this quality will lead to inability to complete things, flightiness, anxiety, insomnia and constipation. (More about Vata in my next post as Vata season–fall–is right around the corner.)If a dosha increases in our bodies, Ayurveda suggests that we will want to decrease it in order to restore a healthy balance to our constitution.For example, if Kapha has increased due to excess stagnation in your life, more activity can be your medicine. If earth/water have increased due to excess coolness, you can use heat as a medicine. Too much heaviness? Use lightness. See how that applying the opposite quality thing works?One of the practical aspects of Ayurveda is that anything can be used as a medicine because everything that exists is made up of the elements and their inherent qualities. This includes but is not limited to: herbs, foods, drinks, environments, colors, smells and lifestyles. As you can see, writing a primer is tough, because Ayurveda pervades nearly every aspect of life!For now, we’ll start here. If you’re interested in learning more about your Prakriti (individual make up of the elements that sustains over a lifetime) or Vikriti (current imbalance), Breathe Deep Naturals has a nice self-test. It’s often a good idea to vet your responses with someone who knows you well to make sure you’re seeing yourself clearly.If you find your Prakriti is difficult to discern, listen to your intuition. What qualities are the most like you, over the course of your lifetime.
- Earth: stable, dense, heavy, grounded – KAPHA
- Water: cool, smooth, fluid – (can work to mediate KAPHA or PITTA)
- Fire: hot, light, intense, fiery – PITTA
- Air/Space: dry, cold, light, mobile, erratic – VATA