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Calorie conscious Thanksgiving desserts!

       
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Calorie conscious Thanksgiving dessertsSave your dessert calories this Thanksgiving season!

There is no doubt that the first thing that comes to mind during the holiday season is the opportunity to share with loved ones. Yet, the holidays are also notorious for our indulgence with scrumptious dishes. Still,are plenty of ways to indulge and save some calories in the process. Here are some ideas that may help you be less calorie conscious even when consuming those delicious Thanksgiving desserts.

Rule 1- Combine and save! Before slicing that pecan pie into a huge triangle, cut that same slice in half. Fix your dessert dish with at least 6 tbsp. of low-calorie whipped cream and add fruit to your plate. Sprinkle the fruit with a natural sugar alternative such as Stevia, or Truvia. You will be surprised how the different flavors combine to fully satisfy your sugar craving without leaving you buzzed out.

Rule 2- Make protein your dessert! Try something new this year: substitute bread and starchy desserts with creamy, milky and savory ones. A very popular savory dessert is cheesecake. Yes, cheesecake! A protein cheesecake recipe calls for:
• 12oz Fat Free Philadelphia Cream Cheese
• 1 container of plain Greek yogurt
• 2 Whole Eggs
• 1-2 tbs (or more) of alternative natural sweetener
• ¼ Cup Milk or coconut milk
• 1.5 Scoops of whey protein, or almond flour
• 1tsp Vanilla Extract
• Dash Salt
You can add fruit and whipped toppings and make it a dessert to remember.

Rule 3- Make mini-desserts! Rather than baking huge pies and cakes, why not make miniatures that everyone can share and enjoy? You can sample two mini desserts for the same calories as one big one, and still get the most out of it without overspending your calorie budget. Jell-O shots with fruit inside make great mini desserts. Just make your gelatin as you normally do, add fruit, and chill. Serve in individual mini containers or chill them individually prior to serving in mini muffin wrappers. Add whipped cream before serving, and enjoy!

Rule 4- MINT! MINT! MINT! – Make a liquid dessert that also helps to tame a crazy tummy! Warm, mint lemonades flavored with alternative natural sweeteners make a delicious alternative, especially with a dash of milk or whipped cream melting inside. At neatly zero calories, this refreshing and calming drink will make your tummy much happier than eating a whole pumpkin pie.
Do not forget: Minty sherberts also make great palate cleansers. Using nothing but shaved ice, mint flavoring and alternative sweeteners, this dessert is sure to be a hit to remember.

You can have it all and eat it too! Just be wise about portions and ingredients, and have yourself a happy holiday season!

Get Your Body Ready for the Holidays

       
Monday, November 10th, 2014

As the holiday seasons approach, this means the approach of gooey chocolate and caramel candies, Christmas punch, office parties, kid’s treats, and just about every tempting goodie mankind can produce. For those who love to indulge in the holiday taste treats but also want to not gain the pounds, you can prepare your body for the holidays to get the best of both worlds.

Get Your Body Ready for the Holidays

Weight Supplements

There are many types of natural supplements that you can take to help relieve the bloating and weight gain that often accompanies the holiday season. Here are a few of the better weight management supplements that are actually effective:
• Green tea
• Fennel
• Chickweed

Other types of supplements may work by stimulating your adrenal system and boosting your energy to burn more calories. SeroVital – hgh Dietery Supplement is just such a product. This product will also enhance your natural muscle tone, so it will help lessen those unsightly holiday bulges.
When using supplements, it’s important to remember that they can take several weeks to be noticeable. You may want to start your supplement regiment about six weeks before the holidays roll around for best effect.

Get Up and Move

Long before you begin the rounds of Christmas and New Year’s parties, start a regular exercise program. This need only be 30 minutes a day, walking around the block if necessary. If you know that you will be increasing your consumption of calories, you must also increase burning those calories or they get stored as fat.
Turn marathon shopping into exercise. Walk the dog more often. Incorporate salsa dance moves while you’re cooking. Whatever it is, as long as you’re moving, you can help fight bloating and weight gain. Even better, exercise, thanks to the tasty dopamines and endorphins it produces, makes you feel happier. And what could be needed more during a holiday season?

Skip the Caffeine

Yes, coffee, tea, soda and other drinks high in caffeine are tasty and they do give a quick burst of energy. Unfortunately, you pay for that quick fix later when your energy levels crash. A better option for a quick pick me up is either vitamin B tablets or a protein snack. These two options can help you feel zestier and they won’t cause the crash later on.

By preparing carefully, you don’t have to skip the dessert trays because your jeans are a bit snug. Plan ahead and prepare your body for the holidays and you can have your cake and eat it too!

Health and Beauty Benefits of Nutmeg

       
Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Health and Beauty Benefits of NutmegMost people are familiar with nutmeg as a common kitchen spice. However, few people realize that its benefits go far beyond making tasty treats. Nutmeg is also has potent benefits for health and beauty. Here are just a few of the things you can try it for.

Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s strongly advised that you see your dentist. However, you can’t always get to the dentist right away. In that case, you can temporarily control the pain by placing some nutmeg oil or powder on the affected tooth. Eugenol, a substance also found in cloves, will numb the area for a time. This can keep you more comfortable until you can make a dentist appointment.

Even Complexion

Are you looking for a natural, inexpensive way to enhance your complexion? If so, just combine honey and powdered nutmeg into a paste and rub it gently onto your skin. Within days, you’ll notice a clearer complexion and reduced appearance of acne scars. Furthermore, nutmeg contains powerful antiseptic properties that can help prevent additional breakouts caused by bacteria.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Clear skin isn’t the only thing nutmeg’s antiseptic properties are good for. It can also help prevent tooth decay through the same action. Eugenol is highly toxic to the harmful oral bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel, which is why it’s so often added to toothpastes. However, you can get the same effect just by sprinkling a little nutmeg powder onto your toothbrush during your regular brushing routine.

Digestive Aid

You’ve enjoyed a big meal of pizza with drinks and dessert, and now you’re bloated and it feels like your dinner is just sitting in your stomach. This happens to everyone occasionally, especially when overindulgence in unhealthy foods is involved. Fortunately, nutmeg offers an easy and delicious solution to these problems. The spice has been used for thousands of years as a digestive tonic to relieve gas, indigestion, bloating and heartburn. One easy way to use nutmeg for this purpose is to steep a quarter teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water and drink it as a tea.

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common problem that affects millions of people, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or unsightly. Furthermore, these fungal infections can be notoriously difficult to treat, and many over-the-counter drugs have unreliable effects. If you’ve tried other treatments only to have them fail, give nutmeg a try. It contains a number of potent antifungal compounds that can help thwart stubborn nail fungus.

With all of the things nutmeg can do, it’s no wonder that it’s long been one of the world’s most prized spices. Try adding it to your daily health regimen and beauty routine to take advantage of its numerous benefits.

Healthy Squash Recipes

       
Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Healthy Squash RecipesSquash are a delicious, versatile vegetable that can be combined with an array of different ingredients to create tasty dishes. Zucchini, a summer squash, and butternut squash, a winter vegetable, are two squashes that are both healthy and very appetizing.

Baked Zucchini with Savory Sauce

Ingredients

Zucchini
• 3 zucchinis
• ½ cup of Panko breadcrumbs
• 1 cup of dried breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• ½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 2 large eggs, beaten

Sauce
• 2 plum tomatoes, halved
• 2 small red peppers
• ½ cup of cubed French bread (sans crusts)
• 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
• 1 ½ tablespoons of smoked almonds
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
• ¼ teaspoon of Spanish paprika
• 1 garlic clove

Directions

Zucchini: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut each zucchini in half, and then cut each half into 8 wedges. In a large mixing bowl, combine both types of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Dip the zucchini wedges in the beaten eggs then dredge them in the breadcrumb mix. Place the pieces on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with the dipping sauce

Sauce: Preheat the broiler. Cut and seed the bell peppers and remove the membranes. Place the peppers (skin side up) and tomatoes on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes or until the outsides are blackened. Place the peppers and tomatoes in a plastic bag and let stand for approximately 15 minutes. Once the time is up, peel the peppers and tomatoes, and then chop them into tiny pieces, saving any liquid. Place the peppers, tomatoes and the rest of the sauce ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth.

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

• 1 ½ pounds of peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash
• 3 cups of fat-free chicken broth
• 1 teaspoon of olive oil
• 1 clove of minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped sage
• ½ cup of chopped onion
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Use a large stock pot to sauté the garlic, onion and olive oil for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the sage, salt, pepper, chicken broth and butternut squash. Bring the contents to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. Puree half of the soup in a food processor, and then add back to the stockpot, or use a stick blender and puree until the soup is partially smooth, leaving some chunks. Garnish with fresh sage and serve warm or hot.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

       
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOnce again October is upon us and so is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the disease affects both men and women, it remains the second leading cause of death among women. Because of this, it’s important to join together this month to discuss and work toward finding a cure. Whether someone close to you has suffered or you simply want to help end it, every single person is welcome to join this fight.

What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer can occur anywhere in the body. It happens when the DNA within a cell becomes damaged, mutating the once healthy host. This mutant then begins to replicate unchecked within the body, invading other, healthier parts. Luckily, with all of the research and work going into officially stopping it, breast cancer rates have been dropping since 1990. This is often attributed to better screening and early detection techniques.

How is it Diagnosed?
Nowadays, there a great many ways to check for breast cancer. The main method is known as a mammogram. This is a special type of x-ray that allows the doctor to find any suspicious tissue. Ultrasounds work the same way as those done for pregnant women, the only difference being it is performed on the breasts. The MRI is another scanning method and provides the most detailed visuals of the breast tissue. Other times, the doctor can remove a small bit of tissue to run a biopsy on. This test determines if the sampled tissue is cancerous or not.

What about Self-Exams?
For early detection, a self-examination method has been developed and can be done in three locations. While bathing, use the fingers to move around the breasts in a circular motion from the outside to the center. If you notice and lumps or hardening knots, have them checked out by a doctor. The exam can also be done in front of a mirror. Simply raise your arms over your head and then flex your chest muscles after putting your hands on your hips. Watch the breasts intently to see if there is any dimpling or puckering. Finally, lie down with a pillow under one shoulder. Like in the bath, use your fingers to check the tissue in a circular motion with different amounts of pressure. Note if there are any strange lumps or discharge from the nipples.

How Can I Help?
While you may not be a millionaire, you can still help the cause and help yourself. During this month, many companies put together products that donate proceeds to breast cancer research. Items like a Murad Hydrate For Hope Set or a AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream 50% More Breast Cancer Awareness Edition are great ways to keep yourself healthy and clean while helping continue the steady decline of breast cancer.

Juice Your Way to Healthy Skin

       
Friday, September 5th, 2014

Juice Your Way to Healthy SkinWho doesn’t want fresh, healthier, younger looking skin? It turns out that one of the best ways to achieve and obtain that much coveted youthful glow may be as simple as having a nice refreshing drink everyday. Turns out that what we eat and drink has a huge impact on how we look, from the health of our hair, to the look and feel of our skin. We all know that proper diet, hydration and exercise are key to looking and feeling your best, but you may not know that fruit and vegetable juices can do wonders for the look and feel of your skin.

Juice Your Way to that Youthful Glow

Juicing fresh fruits, vegetables and greens has a huge wealth of well known health benefits, but it also has quite a few beauty benefits as well. These tasty concoctions are absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and other wonderful goodies. Adding these to your diet will provide a ton of benefits, from helping you lose weight, reducing toxins in your body, and even making you look healthier.

What Juices Are Best for Skin?

There are tons of different combinations of juices that not only taste great but do wonders for your skin as well. Vegetables like carrots are great choices for juicing as they are inexpensive, provide a good amount of juice and contain a ton of beta carotene with helps fight the signs of aging. It is wonderful when paired with pretty much any fresh fruit juice.

The leafy green kale is another powerful source of skin regenerating vitamins and minerals. Kale is rich in B vitamins and other essential nutrients as is also known to help fight acne. Adding a bunch of this to a fruit drink makes it barely noticeable, except in how you feel!

Lemons provide a powerful punch of flavor while also providing a powerful cleansing benefit.

Many different greens and herbs like watercress, different lettuces, parsley and so on are also great juicing additions. Beets provide a nutrient-packed sweet burst of juice as well.

Who would have thought that one of the most powerful tools we have in maintaining skin health and appearance can also be breakfast? Raw juice blends like those described will not work overnight, but boy do they work. They provide noticeable and lasting benefits for your skin, giving it a better tone, smoother appearance and more healthful glow. Why not reap the many benefits of juicing and also get that great looking skin in the process?

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty Craze

       
Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty CrazeThe paleo diet is a new kind of diet that is gaining followers all over the world. It is based around consuming what followers believe their ancient ancestors consumed in the same proportions. So the paleo diet makes use of more red meat and less whole grains than modern diets, for example. The paleo diet has some specific beauty benefits.

One of the most important beauty benefits is that the additional red meat in the paleo diet is a great source of zinc. Zinc plays a key role in the health of nails and hair, two of the most important elements in the beauty arsenal. More zinc will make nail polish go a lot further and reduce the need for special hair care products.

The paleo diet also can improve the skin, by removing processed grains and sweetened products from the list of allowed foods and cutting down on industrial fatty oils from seeds. Both of those categories contribute to acne and other skin problems. That frees you up to stop buy less skin treatments and start investing in some nice face makeup to bring out your natural beauty.

In terms of overall health benefits, the results of the paleo diet speak for themselves. Cutting out new, industrialized foods and replacing them with protein-heavy and nutrient-rich meats is a good way to find a diet that will be both healthy and enjoyable to eat. The paleo diet has recently become the most popular diet on Instagram, due to the fact that happy dieters are sharing their results with the world. It’s a good diet both for the basic health benefits and for the beauty side effects as well. The benefits of the paleo diet mean you can stop using makeup to cover up flaws and start using it to emphasize your best features. Another benefit is that having beautiful and clear skin with no need to cover flaws will free up some money so you can purchase higher-end products.

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine

       
Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Beauty Benefits of Caffeine
Caffeine is perhaps one of the most consumed substances in the world. It is found naturally in foods and drinks such as chocolate, coffee and tea and is a stimulant that can benefit the body in a variety of ways. One of these benefits is that it can help to enhance beauty. Consuming caffeine can be good for both your insides and your outside and you will be delighted to know that it can benefit you in the following ways.

Detoxifies the Liver

Your liver can be cleansed thanks to caffeine. This is because caffeine is what is known as a natural enema. As a result, your liver is cleared of toxins and your colon benefits as well. In fact, a study at Duke University has proven that caffeine may even be capable of reducing fatty liver in individuals who suffer from fatty liver disease that is unrelated to alcohol.

Lowers Risk for Diabetes

Caffeine can reduce your risk for developing diabetes when you consume five cups of coffee per day. The favorite beverage is high in antioxidants and has healing properties. However, to truly gain this benefit, only drink coffee that is free of sugar.

Weight Loss Aid

Caffeine can also help you to lose weight. Drinking caffeinated coffee and eating dark chocolate – in moderation, of course – can assist you in losing weight when you decide that it is time to shed those extra pesky pounds. Caffeine tends to naturally curb your appetite, meaning you will eat less and can avoid overeating.

Improves Skin Condition

The use of caffeine in skincare products is growing increasingly popular. Such products can make the skin smoother and more toned. It can also fight the effects of aging by giving the skin better elasticity. It is also good at treating dark circles under the eyes that come as a result of lack of sleep and soothing redness and inflammation.

Reduces Cellulite

Caffeine can help to reduce cellulite due to its natural diuretic properties. Skin cream that includes caffeine can reduce fluid retention, which can eliminate this unsightly and embarrassing problem. It is even possible to reduce cellulite by using instant or ground coffee by rubbing it directly on the affected areas of the body.

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health

       
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health
Your body shape says a lot more about you than simply how good you look in your favorite pair of jeans. In fact, your body shape can be a great indicator of your overall health. Most nutrition and health experts can judge the well-being of their clients simply by taking a quick glance at the shape of their bodies. Here is a look at what your body shape can tell you about what the current state of your overall health is.

Hourglass

This is the most common body shape for women, and it is also the beauty standard that has been the most desirable for women since the early days of Hollywood. Women with hourglass figures and a healthy BMI tend to be in good health. An hourglass figure is also indicative of a woman who has a high level of fertility due to the increased estrogen levels that large breasts and hips represent.

Apple

This is the body shape in which a woman has narrow hips and shoulders and an ample middle. This is a very risky category for women to be in. Numerous studies have shown that people who have a larger waist than other areas of their body are at a higher risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Women who are in the apple category need to take care to stay as fit as possible to keep their waist smaller than their hips.

Triangle

This is another body shape that is considered to be very feminine and attractive. Triangle shapes have a narrow waist and a shapely bottom, but they may not be as full in the bosom as the traditional hourglass shape. Women in this category are generally in good health, but they need to be sure to avoid their hips from carrying too much weight to avoid health problems. Like women with hourglass figures, women who have a triangle shape are generally more fertile due to their higher levels of estrogen.

Ruler

The name says it all. Women who have a ruler shape are narrow in the hips and bust. Although women who have this shape may not like their less feminine look, a ruler shape actually is indicative of a woman who is in good health. However, it is important for women who have a ruler shape to keep their waistlines from getting larger than the rest of their bodies in order to avoid health problems.

Inverted Triangle

Women with an inverted triangle shape have broader chests and torsos than other women. These areas are larger than the hips and waist. This is another body shape that is not considered to be traditionally feminine, but women with an inverted triangle shape are usually very athletic and in good health.

No matter what shape you are naturally blessed with, you can be healthy. The most important thing to remember is to keep your waist narrow in proportion to the rest of your body in order to avoid health risks.

The Beauty Benefits of Meditation

       
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Beauty Benefits of MeditationMeditation is a great way to clear your mind and get in touch with your inner self. However, you may not know that meditating can make you look more beautiful. Meditation has many benefits, but most people don’t realize that it can directly affect the way you look, and for the better.

Weight loss

Did you know that meditation can actually lead to weight loss? You won’t literally be burning a bunch of pounds while meditating, but the practice can lead to you losing weight in other ways. Think about the reasons that many people over eat. Things like bad time management and stress are common reasons that people make poor food choices and overindulge.

When you meditate, you do some serious thinking and figure out what is important to you. If losing weight happens to be one of those things, you can use mediation to figure out why you are overweight. Meditation is also a great stress reliever, and stress can lead people to overeat.

Meditation is considered a type of exercise, as it allows you to work out your brain. By being motivated enough to find the time to meditate, you are now familiar with the practice of being committed to something that is good for you. You have accidentally acquired skills in time management and staying dedicated to a task. These new found skills will allow you to be better at sticking to a diet or an exercise schedule.

Confidence is beautiful

Have you ever heard the expression that people are attracted to confidence? Or, have you ever seen a really beautiful person who lacks confidence? They still look great, but their uncertainty is a true physical flaw. You may have even seen someone who you didn’t really find physically attractive, but they were so confident that everyone wanted to be around them. This is because confidence is beautiful.

When you meditate you learn about your true self. By doing so, you begin to feel more comfortable with who you are. Meditation will literally make you more confident in yourself as a person. You will be proud of yourself and all of your flaws. You will walk with a certain swagger and present yourself in a way that makes you look better, and in turn be more beautiful.