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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011

 

 


3 inexpensive ingredients = healthy & delicious

3/4 -1 cup banana chunks
1 cup skim milk
1 tbsp light peanut butter

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

 

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saw an article today (link) and thought I'd share.
click on the link above for more information on how these foods can make you a healthier person :)
see how many of them you eat!
 
 12 Best Powerfoods For Women
1. Parmesan Cheese - strengthens bones (sprinkle on top of salads/pasta dishes)

2 Apples - boosts immunity (great for snacks! or cut them up, sprinkle some cinammon and throw them in the oven for a sweet healthy treat)

3. Lentils - build your iron stores (i make a simple salad with lentils: canned smoked salmon, sprinkle of sea salt, lentils, and blanched spinach)

4. Broccoli - fights wrinkles (roast brocolli with a seasoning of rosemary & thyme taste SO good)

5. Potatoes - packs healthy carbs (especially sweet potatoes)

6. Spinach - is dense with key nutrients (add to smoothies ! you can't taste it, but you have just boosted the nutritional value of your drink)

7. Dark chocolate - stops stress and fights disease (yummy healthy treat. sometimes I throw a few squares in a small bowl and mix in blueberries and pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.  comes out all gooey and heavenly)

8. Mushrooms - deliver cancer-fighting antioxidants (add to casseroles or stirfries or your homemade pizza)

9. Sardines - fight heart disease (I've heard a lot of good things about sardines but i'm guilty of not eating it often enough.  if you don't like sardines, you can gain similar benefits from tuna and other fish)

10. Avocados - help flatten your belly (one of my fave foods. rye bread + sliced avocado + melted cheese yummm)

11. Capsicum - help protect your eyes (great in stir fries or salads, or grilled)

12. Wholegrain pasta - boosts energy (don't be scared of carbs, it's your body's preferred energy source, and your brain's only source of energy.  complex carbs are best)

 

 

 

3 Yoga Poses to Boost Metabolism


Eagle Pose
In addition to building strong, lean leg muscles, Eagle pose energizes the entire body and helps with digestion.
How to: Start in a standing position and bend your knees slightly. Lift your right leg up and around your standing leg and hook your foot and ankle behind your left calf. Sink your hips down and back as if you were going to sit on a chair. Cross your arms at your elbows and wrists in front of your chest and hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Come out of the pose, shake out your legs, and switch sides.

 

Bridge Pose
Bridge pose is a gentle inversion that works with gravity to open your entire chest and shoulder area. Because the chest is lifted up towards the chin, the thyroid gland is being massaged. (Your thyroid makes the hormones that regulate your metabolism.)
How to: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-distance apart and flat on the floor. Reach down with your fingertips to see if you can feel your heels.  If not, walk your heels a little closer to your body.
Press your weight into your feet to lift your hips up towards the ceiling. Keep your thighs parallel. Bring your arms underneath you and try to clasp your hands together (Don't worry if you can't do it at first). Roll your shoulders blades toward each other and hold this pose for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Release and roll slowly back to the floor. Repeat two more times.

 

 Twisted Chair Pose

Twisted Chair pose helps increase circulation by not only using every muscle in your body but also twisting, which wakes up your internal organs and aids in digestion.
How to: Stand with your feet and legs together. Begin to bend your knees and sink your hips down and back as if you were sitting in a chair far behind you. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Rotate your spine to bring your right elbow to your left knee. Try to keep your chest lifted the whole time. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

 

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