We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes?
These 7 techniques will help to drastically reduce stress from your life and can easily be integrated into any lifestyle or routine.
1. Go to Bed Earlier and Wake Up Earlier
We all know how important sleep is. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier can help you start the day off just right. If your mornings are chaotic, it is likely that the rest of your day will also follow this energy. To prevent this from happening, give yourself time in the morning so you can relax and get ready for your day at a more leisurely pace. You can even organize yourself the night before, so you can spend time in the morning doing things that you actually enjoy like reading, journaling, meditating and so on. You can even create your own power morning ritual. Continue reading “7 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Less Stressful”
Broccoli is detested by so many people, and that sentiment is wholly undeserved. This green veggie is versatile and delicious, plus it pairs beautifully with butter and cheese(which is always a bonus, in our book).
The reason broccoli gets such a bad rap is because too many people cook it beyond recognition. It’s not the broccoli’s fault ― this nutritious vegetable deserves better.
If you’re a broccoli hater, we have a guide for you. A number of do’s and don’ts that’ll ensure you eat the best broccoli of your life ― and forget all about the bad broccoli of your youth. If you’re already a broccoli fan, you might find a new cooking method below.
One of the best ways to practice healthy eating is to surround yourself with a variety of nutritious foods. Having spent a good part of my career helping clients get healthier, one of the first things we discuss is food shopping. If you buy healthy foods and ingredients, you will cook with them and eat them. If you bring lots of junk food into the house, guess what? That’s what you’ll eat.
Making smart choices in the grocery store really is the key to good nutrition, at least when eating at home. While some people love grocery shopping (I do and love seeing the new products), others see it as an onerous chore. Picking up a few simple shopping tips, however, can make your trip to the market much healthier.
1. Shop from a list.
Before heading out to the supermarket, plan ahead, and take stock of what ingredients you need to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the week. You can keep a paper shopping list or keep a running list on your phone so you know you won’t forget it. You can also download your favorite smartphone app.
Do your shopping, spend a few hours cooking on the weekend, and enjoy the fruits of your labor all week long. A lot of thought goes into curating them, ensuring there’s a good balance of nutrition and delicious fun.
This is going to be a delicious week. And it’s all thanks to the fruits and vegetables that we loaded up into just five simple recipes. Most of us want to eat more fruits and vegetables, but we don’t because they take some preparation to make into a meal.
If you take the time on Sunday to make the recipes we’ve picked out, that problem will be solved. And you’ll be fueling up on delicious dishes that’ll leave you feeling great.
We have a spring veggie frittata for breakfast. There are herb marinated beans for lunch ― serve them on toast or atop a bed of greens. Chicken-and-lemon risotto makes for a filling spring dinner, and toasted green beans are the perfect complement. And then, there’s a poppy seed fruit salad for dessert with a crunch we never realized we wanted.
Cold oatmeal for breakfast? It may not sound appetizing, but don’t judge it before you try it!
Cold oats or grains are nothing new or unusual. Muesli is a traditional Swiss dish that consists of uncooked oats, fruits, nuts and milk. Instead of cooking the oats, it is soaked in the milk until it has softened.
This cold bowl of oatmeal is a refreshing and surprising breakfast. It’s nothing like cooked oatmeal that is gluey and super thick when cooled.
I prefer this chilled oatmeal because it is ready when I wake up in the morning. There is no need to heat it up, however you can warm it up in the microwave if you’d like. We’ve all heard that oatmeal is good for you. It’s full of fiber, lowers your cholesterol, and keep your full all morning. Continue reading “No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal”
Have you ever worried that you should be buying more food that’s super healthy – maybe even some that’s organic – but thought you couldn’t afford it. If so, you’re not alone. Many people want to eat a healthier diet, but don’t think it’s possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. They know that real, whole and organic food costs more than regular old grocery store food, so they assume that a super healthy diet is out of their price range.
That’s what I thought, until I tried an experiment and figured out some tips for saving money on real and even organic food. Once I implemented these tips, I realized that you can eat healthy food without spending more. Even though it costs more. That seems kind of crazy, I know.
Here’s what happened. Recently, my family ate a real food, primarily organic, diet for a month. Although our normal diet is fairly healthy, we read about the anti-inflammatory benefits of a “clean” diet and wanted to see if it would reduce the arthritis pain in my husband’s hands. (It did.) Continue reading “7 Ways To Eat Healthy Without Going Broke”
Coconut oil has long been loved for boosting your beauty routine, but it has also become a popular choice in the kitchen for anyone wanting to eat healthy.
Coconut oil contains high levels of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which the liver uses as a source of energy. It is also revered for its boost of good cholesterol ― though reports say it can also raise your bad cholesterol, too.
While the verdict is still out on whether coconut oil is healthier than other popular cooking oils, such as olive or vegetable, one thing we know for sure is that it is a versatile ingredient to add to your pantry. You can use it just as you would butter, in anything from baked goods to vegetable sautés. And thanks to its high smoke point, it’s a good choice for frying, too.
It’s a tactic that Allison Hubbard, 39, used to help her cut out added sugars from her diet—and lose 128 pounds. No small feat considering that 73 percent of the packaged foods lining supermarket shelves contain added sugars, according to research in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “By eating meals rich in healthy protein sources, my desire and cravings for sugar went away all together,” she says. “The sugary desserts I used to eat weren’t even a thought on my mind.”
The science: A small University of Missouri study found that increasing your protein intake actually reduces the degree to which the sight of crave-worthy foods activates the brain’s reward centers.
I used to make these nachos all the time as a “single lady dinner” on nights spent by myself or with girlfriends who were also into “hippie dippy” meals. Where my fellow hippies at? (Raise your hands!)