- Practice a healthy diet and start exercising. Yes, we know you hear this all the time, but that’s because it’s crucial for our physical health. It only makes sense that eating the right type of nutrients will give you enough energy for you to function to your full capacity. Stop putting off your visits to the gym; your body needs movement! Studies have shown that enough exercise can lead to a longer life. These things are the key to a healthy body.
- Take a break. No matter how busy your life is at the moment, you must remember to take the time to rest. Your body needs to recover and sleeping is often the best way to recharge batteries. Besides sleeping another way of getting rest is by doing activities which require minimum physical activity. Check out some new hobbies, catch up on your summer readings or take a walk in the park. Try something that will allow you to break away from your current problems and will release stress.
- Think happy thoughts. A healthy body is nothing without a healthy mind. So if you want to feel and look great you must think positively! Studies have shown that smiling can change your mood and that laughter can keep people healthy, and can often heal sick individuals. This will keep your mind healthy and it will allow your body to feel better.
That summer heat is here and you want something to cool down or did you just finish an insane workout and you want a rewarding treat? Ice cream? Maybe. A popsicle? Sure. But aren’t popsicles unhealthy, loaded with calories and sugar? Here is a solution, there are delicious popsicles that are low calorie and full of healthy vitamins and nutrients, they can be made in the comfort of your own home using ingredients that you already have!
To make any popsicle, you will need a 3-ounce Dixie Cup to hold the mixture and a craft stick to place in the mixture when it is partially frozen! Or you can use ready-made molds like the Tovolo Groovy Freezer Pop Molds ($10 from Bed Bath and Beyond).
You can choose your favorite 100% fruit juice and pour into the mold! To be more creative, you can mix your favorite fruit juices! Or make your favorite smoothie and place into the mold!
After placing the mixture into the mold, place it into freezer and leave it until the mixture is completely firm. It should take approximately 5 to 6 hours.
To take the mixture out of the mold, briefly dip the molds into hot water. Then you are set to enjoy this refreshing and healthy treat!
The new hip way to bring lunch from home is in a mason jar. Now, I don’t know if you like going out for lunch or bringing it from home but here are some options which will make you think twice about shelling out the big bucks on a pricey meal from the restaurant down the block. If you like salads, bring one from home, with all of the ingredients arranged neatly in your hipster carrying container.
Why mason jars, you ask? Besides the fact that they’re BPA free, dishwasher safe, colors don’t bleed onto the sides, and they’re really damn cute, they also keep greens fresher than fresh and are travel friendly. You can even make a few at once and store them in the fridge for up to a week without fear.
Of course, you have to think about how to stack the ingredients of your handmade salad; liquidy and heavier ingredients on the bottom please! And then place your leafy greens right on top and you won’t have to worry about the salad becoming too soggy. So dressing on the bottom, ladies! Here are some options for all you lunchers out there:
Caprese Pasta Salad
2 tbsp basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 ½ oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 oz cooked penne pasta
½ cup fresh spinach leaves
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp easy lemon vinaigrette (see below)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
¼ cup red onion, chopped
1 cup cucumber, chopped
½ cup feta, crumbled
2 oz rigatoni, cooked
½ cup mixed greens
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Enjoy healthy lunching!
Recently, Self Magazine has come out with a revolutionary diet idea: you can still eat ice cream and lose weight! According to Self, ice cream can be part of any healthy diet as long as you control the portion size and bear in mind the saturated fat content.
For example, the new Burger King Bacon Sundae packs a total of 510 calories, 18 grams of saturated fat and 61 grams of sugar. Eating too many of those would add unwanted inches to your waistline. Instead, you might want to try a smaller portion (a kiddie cone perhaps?) and limit your intake to under 200 calories and less than 5 grams of saturated fat. That way, you can have your sweet treat without going overboard.
Ice creams containing trans fat are definitely ones you want to avoid because they can be detrimental to cholesterol levels, heart health and waistlines. Artificial ingredients aren’t good for you either and nutritionists recommend eating only ice creams which have ingredients you would normally find at home (like Haagen Dasz’s new five ice cream which only uses five ingredients: skim milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla). Looking for lower fat milk options means less calories and a trimmer waist as well. Full fat ice creams are generally made with heavy cream while gelato uses only 2% milk and sherbets use only 1%.
One last tip: slow churned ice cream is better for you! The slow churning process creates more air volume in your ice cream, meaning fewer calories and fat per spoonful. A cup of Edy’s Slow Churned Vanilla Light Ice Cream will only cost you 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. If vanilla is too bland for you, load it up with healthy toppings. Fresh fruit and crushed nuts with a bit of chocolate sauce is enough to make anything delicious.
In a recently compiled list on www.good.is, they named the 10 best foods to improve your appearance. They really didn’t need to tell us twice because if we can eat AND look good doing it, that’s reason enough for a dietary change.
And the awards go to:
- Organic Tomatoes – Loaded with Vitamins A and C, organic tomatoes are rich with antioxidants that help fight all sorts of illnesses. So no more need to shell out the big bucks on exotic antioxidants like goji and açai because you can just pop into your nearest Whole Foods and pick up a few ripe tomatoes.
- Green Tea – There has always been a lot of hype over green tea and its health benefits, some of which include better skin and even cancer prevention (to an extent). Grab some organic green tea in bulk at your nearest grocery store or have your local café brew you a cup at any time of day!
- Broccoli – Either you love it or you loathe it, broccoli has become a health food staple with its anti-inflammatory properties which help with arthritis, eye health, and even sun damage. It’s easy to cook up too; just steam some broccoli with some olive oil, salt, and garlic and you will have a delicious side to any meal!
- Salmon – Don’t underestimate the power of salmon! Fish have always been a source of lean protein (and lauded as “brain food” because of its brain stimulating properties) and salmon is the source of anti-inflammatory Omega 3s, healthy fats, and vitamin B12. Eat some and you’ll get glowing skin. Yum!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or in the words of Rachel Ray, EVOO) – If you’re going to use oil, make it extra virgin! Not only does it prevent heart disease and cancer, but it lowers cholesterol and has antioxidants. And in case you didn’t know, you can also use EVOO as a budget friendly eye makeup remover (it won’t clog your pores, promise) which will leave your eyes feeling moisturized and alleviate symptoms of aging.
- Dark Leafy Greens – Loaded with vitamins and iron (think Popeye), these greens can be snuck into any variety of meals. My favorite is spinach salad with cucumbers, grilled chicken and a dollop of hummus instead of dressing.
- Walnuts – These shelled suckers are packed with good fats (the monounsaturated kind), which is great for heart health, lowering cholesterol, boosting brain function, and reducing inflammation. You don’t need many of these to reap the benefits, though. Go easy.
- Blueberries – These fruits are low in calories and very high in Vitamin C and E along with fiber. And they’re tasty.
- Dark Chocolate – Do we really need to convince you? It’s packed with antioxidants and it even protects skin from UV damage. So swap out the milk chocolate for some dark chocolate and your body will thank you.
- Avocados – Known as the healthy man’s butter, avocados have a deliciously creamy consistency (and they are the core ingredient of guacamole, yum!) They’re also loaded with cholesterol-lowering power, potassium, folate, carotenoids, vitamin E, and happiness-inducing monounsaturated fats. Who needs butter now?!
So now you have another reason to eat healthy. It doesn’t even feel like a diet when everything is so delicious…
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