Protein is one of the most important nutrients for a healthy breakfast as it makes you feel full and helps burn more calories throughout the day. Eggs are a great choice as an average size egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. Just be careful with high-fat protein choices such as bacon or sausage, linked with higher risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
2. Whole grains
Morning hours are the best time for carbohydrate intake and whole-grain choices are the way to go. Whole-grain foods such as oatmeal, cereals, low-fat granola, breads, and English muffins are full of essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Fiber is really important for digestion and adding fruits and whole grains to your breakfast can be a great idea. Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation and can be found in these traditional breakfast foods such as bananas, apples, cereals, muesli, and oatmeal.
4. Low Sugar
Choosing low sugar ingredients are not only a good choice for the morning hours but also for lunch and dinner. The time between dinner and the next morning’s meal is the longest your body goes without food and eating a full and healthy breakfast can improve the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day.
Waking up thirsty is a sign that the body is naturally dehydrated after a long night of sleep. Breakfast is the best time to refill the tank and nothing better than water or juice to provide the cells much needed fluids as well as helping flushing out unwanted toxins out of the body.
These delicious sweet potato balls are packed with nutrition and easy for tiny hands to hold to practice hand/eye coordination. The nutty flavored hemp seeds give baby Omega 3 & 6 plus protein. Flax meal has lignans which, contain both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. And finally the one tablespoon of wheat germ provides your babe with one gram of dietary fiber, five percent of recommended daily value of folic acid and four percent of recommended daily value of phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
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The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids are back in school, this can only mean one thing. Fall has officially begun. One of the biggest highlights to fall besides enjoying the incredible temperatures is the fun that Halloween brings. Children and adults get to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties either at homes or in school and eat delicious treats. It’s common for people to focus on unhealthy snacks this time of year (Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween), but it’s important to note that healthy snacks can be just as enjoyable.
We know avoiding traditional, unhealthy candy is the best option for our health. Besides the high sugar content, there are also other unwanted ingredients you might not want yourself or your children to consume. While it’s understandable that we may indulge a little this Halloween, maybe we should all think about fueling those splurges with healthier alternatives instead.
The SpOoKy Ingredients Inside Candy
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn and an alternative to sucrose (table sugar). Much of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, making high fructose corn syrup highly likely to be a GMO product.
Saturated and Trans Fats
Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources and can raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL levels which can increase the risk for heart disease. While some trans fats occur naturally, most are artificial and made through the process of hydrogenation. Partially hydrogenated trans fat can increase unhealthy LDL levels and may lower healthy HDL levels which may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form. Partially hydrogenated oils are full of trans fat which may negatively impact your heart health.
While natural flavors must be derived from plant or animal material, artificial flavors are synthesized in a lab.
Natural dyes have been used for centuries to color food; however, synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have granted approval to just seven synthetic food colorings for use in food. These include; Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6. Today, most synthetic food dyes are derived from petroleum, or crude oil.
Chemical Emulsifiers & Preservatives
These pertain to ingredients such as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate or PGPR and Tertiary Butylhydroquinone or TBHQ. These preservatives and emulsifiers may have detrimental health effects.
Artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose (splenda) and aspartame.
Make sure you leave some time this Halloween to be active. If possible walk from house to house when trick-or-treating instead of driving. Remember to be safe, wear reflective materials and walk on the sidewalk not in the streets.
Lifestyle Tips for a Healthier Halloween
Just because you fill up an entire king size pillowcase with treats doesn’t mean you have to eat it all in one night or even one week. Moderate the intake of candy and other treats by setting limits and discussing with children beforehand how much they are allowed to eat.
Balance the intake of candy with other healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, crackers and pretzels.
Don’t spend the night filling up on candy and junk foods. If you are having a party, give your guests some healthier alternatives and more nutrient-dense foods.
Remember to eat a well-balanced dinner before trick-or-treating. This will prevent children from overeating candy and snacking throughout the night.
Remember that there are healthier choices for candy which have less fat, calories and sugar content.
Store the leftover candy in places that are “out of the way” so you are less likely to indulge in a treat.
There are plenty of options for parents and children besides throwing away leftover candy. You can donate to a local Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospital, or help support the troops by giving leftover candy to Operation Gratitude.
Nothing staves off the Fall’s early morning chills like a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal. But let’s be honest, it’s hard to get too excited about what is essentially breakfast’s equivalent of a favorite pair of slippers. After all, oatmeal is just some cold flaky oats and some heated water or milk, right? In its purest form, sure. But it doesn’t have to be! Add a little flair to your oatmeal game with some of these healthy add-ins.
Nergia shots are gluten-free, vegan, eco-friendly, and contain non-GMO ingredients. Created by America’s Naturals for health-conscious men and women in need of a natural boost, these delicious shots are the perfect product for people who want more out of life but aren’t willing to compromise to get it.
A little extra energy will help you get through the day but when you’re committed to watching what you eat, keeping it natural, and avoiding artificial sweeteners, preservatives and products with ingredients you can’t pronounce, this task may not be easy. Nergia is the perfect solution for this problem with 100% natural energy made from the finest seeds, berries and bark. Instead of using preservatives, Nergia is pasteurized and contains no high fructose sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, using only pure and natural low and no calorie sweeteners.
Nergia has under 20 calories per serving and is made from botanicals sourced from South America, creating a perfect bland of seeds and berries from deep within the Brazilian Amazon rainforest where some of the world’s most important botanical resources have been discovered.
Additionally, Nergia is packaged in a glass bottle to deliver you pure and natural taste without the flavor of plastic. All renewable glass bottles are naturally BPA free and PVC free.
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Imagine if you could find a supplement that can help improve digestion and maintain a healthy weight by reducing stored body fat and raising metabolic function. On top of that, this product may help balance hormone levels, improve cognitive function, work as an energy booster, fight bacterial infection and viruses, and absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods. Sounds good? This wonderful supplement is MCT oil.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that can offer all the numerous health benefits mentioned above. Coconut oil is the best source of MCTs as roughly 65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs.
MCT oils contain good fats which ideally should be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily since there’s less work for the body to break apart carbon bonds. MCTs are smaller and can permeate cell membranes more easily without requiring special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them.
After digested, MCTs healthy fats are sent directly to the liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter the metabolism. Additionally, MCTs contain antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in other foods with saturated fats including whole milk, butter, cheese, full-fat yogurt, and palm oil.
Healthy hydration is essential for our bodies and Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary product to our customers. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, portable powder drink mix that uses the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) to deliver hydration to your cells faster and more efficiently than water alone.
Based on science pioneered by the World Health Organization to combat dehydration in developing countries, Liquid I.V.’s Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) uses a specific ratio of potassium, sodium, and glucose to deliver water and other key nutrients directly to your cells. The specific ratio of electrolytes used in CTT creates a current in the bloodstream that allows water to be absorbed in the upper digestive track. Typical fluids pass through the entire digestive system, losing water and vital nutrients along the way, before entering the bloodstream. Think of Cellular Transport Technology as an expedited water delivery system in your body, resulting in rapid hydration and a wholesome feeling for you.
Liquid I.V allows your body to perform at the highest level and is great for exercising. Additionally, it can minimize the effects of jet lag as dehydration is one of the primary causes of it as well as its negative symptoms including fatigue, headache, nausea, and anxiety. It can also enhance calorie burn as Liquid I.V. helps you more efficiently absorb water, stay hydrated, and improves your ability to physically perform and increase calorie burn. Plus, drinking the proper amount of water daily is critical as you age as it aids in digestion, circulation, absorption, and even secretion.
By gaining deeper understanding of essential oils and how to use them safely, you can understand how to bring more balance, happiness and vitality into your daily life. Learn how to make DIY essential oil holiday gifts to share with others this holiday season!
A soft, not grain-based flour produced from dried coconut meat, coconut flour is a natural byproduct of coconut milk production. This soft, fine powder is suitable for baking and popular among those adhering to grain-restrictive diets such as paleo diets. Coconut flour is gluten-free and rich in protein, fiber and fat which makes it exceptionally filling. A great source of manganese, it also contains lauric acid, a saturated fat known to support the immune system, the thyroid, and promote good skin health.
2. Brown Rice
Brown rice flour has a stronger, nuttier flavor than conventional wheat flours and is an excellent choice for muffins and cookies. This flour can be gluten-free and it tend to behave differently from conventional wheat flour when baked and may make your baked goods a little brittle, but also richer in fiber.
Tapioca flour comes from the cassava plant and is a gluten-free starch that can help improve not only the flavor but also the texture of gluten-free baked goods. Tapioca flour can help building the structure to gluten-free goods, making them chewy and more like traditional recipes.
Almond flour is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Perfect for pancakes, muffins, bread and brownies, this soft, delicate crumb is actually a flour used in many traditional baked goods. Just like tapioca, almond flour is often used for the texture it brings to baked goods.
In an ideal world healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region or socio economic class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that lofty ideal. It’s well known that many of the highest quality health and wellness items do come at a premium, but would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or kick those payments down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?
Let’s face it – unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to shop around four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant-seeming memory. However, thanks to technology and the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a drain on the little free time you have left. Below you’ll find some of my tricks for living the healthy life, frugally.
Do Your Homework – This is numero uno for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea. But now, all you have to do is punch in what you’re interested in and viola! You’ll be able to scan multiple sites that carry that item and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Three out of four times you’ll find the best prices are here.
Be a Saavy Shopper – Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their proprietary blends of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. Just check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those in your fancy brand name offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.
DIY Baby! – This is probably my favorite way to save because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just gotta know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), Lucky has got you covered.
Pay Attention to Holidays – You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.
Check Your Inbox – Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)
AlwaysAutoship’n – As a working mom, my brain cannot remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I get an extra 10% off!
After making plans to attend a residential course to learn the ancient meditation called Vipassana, I told my friends about it. Their collective response included the words “relaxing” and “retreat”. I let them know that it’s actually intense and challenging – about 100 hours of meditation packed into 10 days – and noble silence, meaning no speaking, writing, gestures, or eye contact. Their encouraging facial expressions twisted as I added that course participants awake at 4am, the last vegetarian meal of the day is served at 11am, and there are no phones or internet. No reading, stretching, yoga, or entertainment is allowed and the accommodations are very modest. I realized it didn’t sound very vacation-worthy, but I knew it offered the possibility of changing my life.
Now that I’m back I can tell you that indeed, it did change my life for the better. And yes, it was different than an average vacation. I didn’t come home tan – or enlightened – but I now understand the choices I make and how they result in happiness or misery. I am now acquainted with this simple non-sectarian technique that has been trusted for over 2,500 years by people of all backgrounds and faiths. The practice helps me stay focused, loving kind, and receptive. I’m more emotionally balanced – responsive, not reactive – and I know how to enjoy life more thoroughly. I now recognize when I’m multiplying a physical pain into a mental pain, and vice versa.
What is Vipassana?
Vipassana is mental training that helps practitioners see things as they really are, not as they would like things to be. This provides groundwork for transformation through self-observation, and liberation resulting in true happiness, harmony, love, and compassion for self and others. The highly concentrated 10-day teaching (as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin) offers a way to become established in this technique that can provide understanding of the depth of your mind and the way it works – to understand at the experiential level (not just intellectually) – in the framework of your own body – how and where you started generating negativity and multiplying misery. By understanding and using the technique, you can locate the roots of your misery and break free from old habit patterns.
Vipassana is the simplest, yet most difficult form of meditation because it asks so little of the practitioner. There is no visualization, mantra, or breath control. The technique only requires equanimous awareness of bodily sensations and the impermanent quality of all things. Basically, it’s a body scanning process that can be learned intellectually in minutes. However, a concentrated and almost continual practice of at least 10 days is necessary to establish experiential understanding of the technique and its benefits. Awareness is moved systematically through the body while sensations are observed objectively and neutrally. Pleasant feelings are not to be craved and unpleasant feelings are not to be averted.
The course merely provides a Kindergarten-level understanding, yet for many, the subtle sensations experienced are so different than the gross sensations they are accustomed to, they may think they are experiencing enlightenment or bliss. During the 10 days, one learns to sweep one’s awareness of subtle sensations throughout the body, the result of which can feel something like a shower of tingling vibrations. Not all the sensations are pleasant however. Many people have to work through a variety of physical and emotional pains, so it can be cathartic and healing as well. Experienced practitioners explore even subtler sensations, penetrating their awareness through muscles and organs, while more advanced practitioners go even deeper, becoming aware of the subtlest of sensations, even into the depth of the spine.
During the course, one is to consider it as working in isolation. This is the first time that most people will ever be alone with their mind with no distractions. While everyone’s experience is unique, many get a chance to power through internal struggles in a way that makes them stronger.
Session duration is usually 1 or 2 hours long with 10 minute breaks in between. After 3 days of being able to shift position and futilely attempt to gain comfort, participants are asked to resist the urge to move during each 1 hour sitting. This teaches strong determination and practitioners learn they can make it through nearly torturous mental and physical pain. Everything arises and eventually passes away.
There are no charges for the course, food, or accommodations. Expenses are met exclusively by donations from students who complete the course. Donations pay it forward by providing someone else with the opportunity to experience the benefits of Vipassana. About 300 Vipassana centers located globally offer this unique experience to learn the basics of the technique in an uninterrupted, safe environment where one can practice almost continuously without concern for the chores of a householder. Volunteers silently cook, clean, and manage daily tasks so students may focus on learning and practicing.
If you are interested in learning more about the pure, original form of Vipassana and its benefits, visit dhamma.org. There are also many interesting anecdotal videos you may want to explore that have been posted online by individuals who have experienced the 10-day course. If you do not want to commit to 10-day course, know that the simple act of quieting the mind and paying attention to breath is in itself an act of meditation and can be a very beneficial way to begin a meditation practice.
Fall is here so it’s time to celebrate with flavors of pumpkin and spice with this easy autumn dessert. It’s gluten, dairy and peanut free which makes it perfect for a school party or just as a healthy treat.
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Recent scientific discoveries about the process of aging have uncovered the importance of several critical nutritional supplements to reverse the symptoms of the aging process. Watch as Tim discusses the central role that these nutrients play in reducing wrinkles, thickening hair and nails, strengthening joints and bones, reducing pain and inflammation and increasing energy.