Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Foods to Keep You Hydrated


I often come across people that tell me that they hate drinking water. So I was doing some research and I was trying to see what ways I could find to help people stay hydrated, without having to drink only water. I don't recommend you give up water, not at all, but I thought these foods might help you get some ideas. I will attach a really amazing article to read to give you some more idea's too. I will post it at the end of this message.

Hydrating Fruits & Vegetables

Made of more than 90% water, these foods help you get your daily H20! I decided to type the info-graphic out so those with a hard time seeing can read the post better.

Strawberries (91.0%)
Radishes (95.3%)
Grapefruit (90.5%)
Broccoli (90.7%)
Watermelon (91.5%)
Celery (95.4%)
Spinach (91.4%)
Carrots (90.4%)
Cucumber (96.7%)
Tomatoes (94.5%)
Green Peppers (93.9%)
Cauliflower (92.1%)

If you would like more idea's on how you can stay hydrated by eating or drinking certain foods, please refer to the follow article: http://bit.ly/2jyy1VN

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Healthy Foods for Beautiful Skin!


Did you know that certain foods can give you healthy beautiful skin? Here is a list of some of those foods.

Super Skin Foods

Raspberry - Contains red antioxidants to combat free radicals & slows signs of aging.

Walnuts - Rich in omega-3 fats & B vitamins that strengthen your skin cells to lock in moisture.

Citrus - Vitamin C helps with collagen production to keep skin smooth & wrinkle free.

Avocado - Vitamin E replenishes skins natural moisture barrier to keep soft & hydrated. 

Yogurt - Helps reduce blemishes & breakouts.

Eggs - Amino acids helps build & repair muscle & skin tissue.

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Low-carb alternative!!!


Are you looking for a low-carb alternative to the twice baked potato? Well, I found the answer!!!

Twice Cooked Cauliflower

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut or separated into sections
1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces cream cheese
4 or 5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 1/4 cups), grated and divided
Salt and pepper to taste (may need none at all)
2 ounces bacon, fried crisp and crumbled

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a casserole dish and set aside.
Steam cauliflower until tender; drain, then mash well with butter, cream cheese and 4 ounces (1 cup) of the cheddar cheese; salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon into prepared casserole dish, topping with crumbled bacon and remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake until casserole is well heated and cheese on top melts, about 5-10 minutes.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Healthy game-day favorite!


Healthy Nachos/Taco Dip

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning
lettuce
tomatoes
cheese (your choice, I prefer Mexican)
nacho chip (Bite Size are best!)

Directions:
Combine together softened cream cheese and sour cream in a blender (or with hand mixer).
Add in Taco Seasoning and mix well.
Smooth into flat pie dish.
Add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese as preferred.
Serve Chilled with Nacho Chips (Bite Size are best!).

Recipe courtesy of: www.food.com

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Friday, January 27, 2017

An all time favorite!


Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

Ingredients:
1 lb Italian sausage, spicy or sweet, chicken or pork, with the casing removed, either is fine
2 T butter
1 onion, minced
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flake
2 bunched kale, with the stems removed and cut into pieces (You could also use spinach)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
about 2 cups potatoes, sliced (It really depends on what size potato you use how many you need)
8 c chicken stock
1/2 c heavy cream

Instructions:
In a large pot, cook the sausage over medium heat until cooked through and crumbly. Remove from the pot and set aside.
Add the butter, onions and garlic. Cook until translucent making sure to scrap up any bits off the bottom.

Add the salt, pepper and red pepper flake. Cook with the onions until they are golden brown.

Add the kale and wilt it down. Stir in the nutmeg.
Add the sausage back in and the potatoes.
Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Simmer until the potatoes are tender and the flavors have blended. Add more seasonings if you wish.

Finish with heavy cream and serve hot!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Skinny Breakfast Casserole


Skinny Hash Browns, Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:
Olive oil cooking spray or your favorite
12 slices bacon or turkey bacon, I used Oscar Meyer Center cut bacon
1½ cups onions, chopped
½ cup fat-free sour cream
½ cup fat-free cottage cheese
½ cup fat-free milk
2 eggs, I like using Egg-Land’s Best, beaten
2 egg whites
¾ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt or salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
4 cups frozen hash browns, not defrosted

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

To cook bacon: Line a plate with several paper towels. Place 6 bacon strips on the paper. Cover with several paper towels. Cook in microwave for 4-5 minutes until well done and crispy. Repeat with 6 remaining bacon strips. Add all cooked strips to clean paper towels and blot. Set aside.

Cook onions in microwave for 3 minutes.
In a large bowl, add cooked onions, crumble in bacon, sour cream, cottage cheese, milk, eggs, egg whites, ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt or salt and pepper. Mix well.

Pour mixture into baking pan. Spread evenly. Cover the top evenly with frozen hash browns. Make sure to break up the chunks of potato. Spray the top generously with cooking spray. Sprinkle top with ½ teaspoon seasoning salt or salt and a little pepper.
Cover casserole with foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes.

Remove cover and bake an additional 30 minutes. To crisp the hash browns, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on it while broiling to not burn.
Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes to set. Cut into 6 slices.

This casserole can be reheated and it freezes great too! It can be easily doubled and made in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Makes 6 serving (each serving, 1 slice)

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Healthy version of a classic the crowd will love!


Do you love pizza but avoid eating it because you're afraid of how unhealthy it might be for you? Well, I have the solution for that! And for you meat lovers out there, just change the toppings to your preference.

Easy Veggie Pizza with a Whole Wheat Crust

Ingredients:
1 medium red bell (capsicum) peppers, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium tomato , seeded and thinly sliced
2 cups baby spinach
2 cup mushroom , sliced
1 cup basil
4 cups light mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 cups pizza sauce
1  cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions:
Make pizza dough per directions for your bread machine.
Preheat oven to 450.
Roll dough out into 2 round circles.
Top dough with pizza sauce, 1 cup cheese, layer vegetables and basil, then top with another cup cheese.
Bake on pizza stone for 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted and dough is cooked through.

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Melt in your mouth GOODNESS!!!



I absolutely love these cookies. Delicious and healthy. You won't regret giving these a try!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl,sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In another another bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Stir dry ingredients in the cream mixture until just blended. mix in quick oats, walnuts and chocolate chips.

Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe courtesy of: www.food.com

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These are to die for!


Whole-Grain No-Bake Granola Bars

Ingredients:
2 cups puffed brown rice cereal (unsweetened)
2 cups old fashioned oats
1⁄4 cup roasted almonds, chopped
1⁄4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
1⁄2 cup dried fruit, chopped
1⁄2 cup peanut butter
1⁄2 cup brown rice syrup or 1⁄2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chip (optional)

Instructions:
Combine cereal, oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and fruit in a large mixing bowl.
Heat the peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla in a small sauce pan until warm. Do not boil.
Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture. Mix well while syrup is still warm. I use my hands as they are the best tool for this mixing job!

Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan.
Pack the mixture down firmly with moist fingers or the bottom of another 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.
The chocolate lover should sprinkle on the mini chocolate chips at this point and press them in firmly.

Cover with plastic wrap.
Cool completely.
Cut into 24 bars.

Wrap individually and store in fridge.
I have kept these in the fridge for 2 weeks and they still taste fabulous!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

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I love these healthy pancakes!!!


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3⁄4 cups milk or 1 3⁄4 cups soymilk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 (12 ounce) bag chocolate chips

Directions:
Beat the eggs with a whisk or hand beater until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) just until smooth. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. For thinner pancakes, add milk a couple tablespoons at a time until it's thin enough for you.

Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Pour heaping 1/8 cup of batter (or scant 1/4 cup) onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around the edges, then flip and cook until golden brown. Repeat until you've used all the batter. I use a griddle and cook 6 at a time.

*if your coconut oil is cold and solid, melting it on the griddle you're going to use before you add it to the batter will make it easier to stir in.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Time for some motivation....


Life is all about what we decide to make it. We have control over our own happiness, our own health, our own overall well-being. Instead of craving what we don't have control over, we need to realize that what we do have control over can become amazing.

I really want to help others take control of their overall well-being. I know I can't make anyone's life perfect, but I honestly think I can at least improve it. I can only help those who want my help. Saying so, I am here to help you. If you want more energy, if you want to lose weight, if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, I am here. All I can do is offer that help, it's up to you to take it. I will never force anyone to do something they don't want to do. I just want to help offer a healthy option.

Please contact me if you'd like to take control of your life, I will do everything in my power to improve the quality of your life. ;)

Monday, January 16, 2017

5 Ways To Deal With Loose Skin After Weight Loss

I was doing some research tonight and I came across this article. I'm currently on my own health and wellness journey and I was curious about how I could tighten my loose skin while losing weight, but I didn't want to turn to surgery. I hope you all find this article as helpful as I did.



Article Link:

5 Ways To Deal With Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Just sharing some thoughts and motivation...


Health and wellness isn't just physical, it's mental, it's emotional, it's spiritual. It's every part of yourself. When we surround ourselves with positive people, it enhances our overall health and wellness. I truly believe that.

We get back what we put in ourselves. So what do you put in yourself? We are deserving of the very best in life and allowing healthy people in our lives will much better benefit us than anyone that judges or criticizes what we do. Negative things, people, thoughts, it only causes us more damage to our overall health. I know it's difficult, but we need to realize that we deserve good in our lives and allow only good to surround us in all aspects of our lives.

Just wanted to share those thoughts with you all.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Diabetics will absolutely love this recipe!


Here is a tried and tested mouthwatering and sugar free carrot cake recipe that you can prepare at home and enjoy without any worry about the harms of sugar.

Healthy Carrot Cake

Ingredients:
Carrot Cake:
4 egg whites
2 whole eggs
1/3 cup of canola oil
1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup of apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup of water
3 cups of whole wheat grain flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of raisins
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
2 1/2 cups of fresh grated carrots

Sugar free cream cheese frosting for the cake:
1 1/2 cups of cream cheese at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons of butter
1 cup of splenda
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Directions:
Carrot Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks are formed and it doubles in volume.

Break in the eggs, one by one, and beat well.
Add the apple sauce, apple juice, oil and water and blend the mix well so that everything is well incorporated.

In a bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet eggâapple mix and blend well.
Stir in the grated carrots, add the raisins, and mix well.
Grease two 9-inch baking pans and pour the batter in the two pans equally. Smooth the tops.

Bake in the oven at 350F for about 25-30 minutes and then again at 325F for about 10-12 minutes.
Remove and cool on a wire rack before serving or applying frosting.

Sugar free cream cheese frosting for the cake:
Beat the splenda in a mixer to get a fine sugar mix.
Add the cream cheese and butter to the mix and beat well to get a smooth mix.
Mix in the vanilla extract.
Let the mix stand for some time before using.

To assemble the cake:
Place one cake on a serving stand and apply a layer of frosting on the top.

Put another cake on top of it and press lightly.
Cover the cakes using the rest of the frosting from all sides.
Cool the cake in the fridge for some time to let the frosting set before cutting up to serve.

Note: Use freshly grated carrots as the juices will keep the cake moist.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

A new way to eat tacos!!!


Tacos without all of the mess. If you like Taco you have got to like Taco Pie and it is really easy to make. Enjoy.

Easy Taco Pie

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 package Taco Bell seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (you could also use left over mashed potatoes and omit the butter and milk)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, optional

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add milk and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning. Remove from heat and add potato flakes until incorporated. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch pan.

Bake for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown.
In a medium skillet, cook beef and onions until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa and remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly.

Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes. Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut and serve with sour cream if you are one of those who like spoiled cream.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Time for some motivation!


Doing this not only boosts other people's confidence, but it does for yourselves too. Motivation and support is always the key to helping others.

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Share if you remember...


I'm trying to post a wide range of things on my blog, I hope you like my new "share if you remember" posts. Please do not use any of my images without asking my permission, the ones I've personally made have Health Choices for Life tagged on them.

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5 Advantages of Drinking Water in the Morning


5 Advantages of Drinking Water in the Morning

1. Balances your lymph system. These glands help you perform your daily functions, balance your body fluids and fight infection.

2. Water helps to purge toxins from the blood, which helps keep skin glowing and clear.

3. Helps with weight loss. Drinking at least 16 ounces of chilled water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning.

4. Increases the production of new blood and muscle cells.

5. Drinking water on an empty stomach purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients.

If you are interested in learning how you can get even more benefits from your drinking water, contact me for more information.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gotta love the classics!


I recently tried pecan pie for the first time and WOW, it was amazingly delicious. That's why I decided to share this recipe with you all.

Old Fashion Pecan Pie

Ingredients:
1⁄2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped pecans
20 whole pecans (for topping)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shells

Directions:
In a sauce pan, melt the butter, but don’t let it brown.
Mix in the sugar and corn syrup and cook, stirring over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves.

Stir in eggs; mix well. Stir in pecans.
Pour in pie shell and bake in 350°F oven for 1 hour, or until firm when shaken.

Recipe courtesy of: www.food.com

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Crock Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup


Crock Pot Split Pea and Ham Soup

Ingredients:
2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 cup dried split peas
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup quick-cooking rice

Directions:
In a 3 1/2-5 quart crock pot, combine ham, peas, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, thyme and pepper. Pour chicken broth and water over all.

Cover; cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in rice. Cover; let stand 5 minutes or till rice is tender.

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8 Clever Uses for Silica Gel


8 Clever Uses for Silica Gel

I usually just throw them away.. had NO idea you could use them for anything else!!!

When most people get a packet of silica gel in a shoe box or beef jerky packet, their instinct is to toss it. But savvy DIYers have long known that the omnipresent desiccants are good for a lot more than keeping jerky dry. Here are a few uses, including some great tips sent in by readers.

-Use in underwater camera casings
Underwater camera casings are great fun, but even if stray moisture and condensation don't ruin your camera, they can fog or streak across your lens. Fight this by stashing a packet or two of silica gel in the underwater casing, along with the camera.

-Toss them in your toolbox to keep your tools free of oxidation
"I am a line mechanic for Delta Airlines. We do all our work here outside since we don't have a hangar. So when an aircraft arrives with maintenance issues I have to wheel my tools outside, leaving them vulnerable to weather, and sometimes my toolbox gets filled with snow or rain. I have found that if I put two desiccant packs per drawer in my toolbox, it is just enough to dry them out and keep my tools from oxidation."
(Submitted by Aaron from Indianapolis)

-Dry out a wet cell phone
This one's an old favorite. If your phone becomes the unfortunate victim of a spill or swim, you can still rescue it—you just need to act fast. Remove the battery and any memory cards from the phone, then toss it in a bowl filled with silica gel packets (dry rice will work, too, in a pinch). Leave it there at least overnight before powering it on again.

-Keep engines dry while in storage
"I fly ultralight aircraft and use silica gel in my engines (snowmobile engines converted for aircraft use). I put the gel in old plastic 35-mm film canisters. I drill holes in the canisters smaller than the beads so they don't come out, and I put one inside each carburetor intake to help keep moisture out of the engine while it is in storage during the winter. This helps keep the bearings from pitting and the internal parts of the engine from rusting. Snow mobilers could benefit from this during the summer while their sleds are not being used."
(Submitted by Anonymous)

-Extend the life of razor blades
"It is understood that oxidation on razor blades causes premature dulling. I keep a Tupperware half full of silica gel in my medicine cabinet. After each shave, I blot any residual water off the blade and store the razor in the Tupperware with the silica gel."
(Submitted by Russell from Madison, WI)

-Fight camera condensation
If you're taking your camera out into the cold, it can face serious condensation when you bring it back into a warm room. Remove the battery and memory card, and place the camera in a bowl of silica gel to suck up the moisture.

-Dry out wet fishing flies
"Being an avid fly fisherman, I use silica to dry out my flies when fishing on a favorite stream. I crush or ground the silica into powder form, then place it in a film canister. When my fly becomes waterlogged, I place it into the canister, put the cap on, shake it for a bit, and voilĂ —my fly is dry again."
(Submitted by Tim from Flower Mound, TX)

-Create a dry travel bag
This one's for the road warriors. Toss a few packets of silica into a Ziplock bag to make an instant travel gadget bag, with enough water-fighting ability to withstand accidental luggage spills.

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DIY Scarf Ankle Wrap Sandals


Super Cute!! Who is going to try this?

These Scarf Ankle Wrap Sandals are so easy to make and they look great! Click the link for the Tutorial and check out the Barefoot Sandals too! http://snip.ly/RnwR

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