Working out….sigh. It can be a tough one to start because of time or physicality. It’s easy to join a gym but not so easy to go 5 times a week. So start small with something we all do on a daily basis, walking. Now is the perfect time to start a walking plan. especially since its spring and summer is right around the corner.
Walking is great because, well, you can do it just about anywhere. Walk your neighborhood, your local mall, or you could go to the gym and hop on the treadmill. See it’s as easy as that.
For optimal results, walk for about 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If you find that you’re not getting enough out of just “normal” walking routine, shake it up a bit as suggested here.
The most important thing, enjoy your time. Get out of your head for a bit, crank up the tunes and if walking outside, take a moment to take in your surroundings.
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Pesto Chicken Pizza
1. ½ cup Pesto sauce
2. ½ cup Spinach
3. 1 chicken breast
4. ½ cup low fat mozzarella cheese
5. 1 premade whole wheat pizza crust
a. Preheat oven to 450°F.
b. In a blender combine the pesto sauce and spinach and blend until smooth. Set aside.
c. Cook the chicken breast in a sauté pan or in the oven until cooked through. Once cool, cut into bite sized pieces.
d. On a sheet pan, spread the spinach peso on the pizza crust. Evenly spread the chicken over the crust and top with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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The beginning of the New Year is a great time to start healthy habits. An easy way to incorporate more vegetables into the diet is to start participating in Meatless Mondays. This small change can have a large impact on your health, wallet, and make you try foods you might not have before. Here’s a sample meal plan of what a Meatless Monday could look like!
Exams can be a stressful time! Eating can easily fall down in priorities, but it shouldn’t. Here are 5 foods to eat the week of finals to help reduce stress and keep you focused!
1. Green leafy vegetables
a. They contain folate which helps produce dopamine
a. Keep blood sugars stable so you won’t crash and promotes serotonin production
a. Keeping the bacteria happy in your gut during times of stress can help to keep you focused
a. Antioxidants and phytonutrients in blueberries aides in improving your bodies response to stress
5. Dark Chocolate
a. Not only does it taste delicious, it can help stress causing hormones like cortisol!
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In honor of national cookie day, here is a gluten free, no sugar added vegan cookie recipe for you to make and bake in less then 20 minutes.
Recipe (courtesy of FOOD Bites)
1 Cup of Oats (gluten free)
1/2 of craisins or raisins
Pre-heat your oven to 350. Place aluminum foil on cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Mush all the ingredients together by hand in a bowl. Form small balls, place on cookie sheet and flatten.
Cook at 350 for 15 to 2o minutes.
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No one looks forward to cold and flu season, but like most viruses, they can be prevented just by being proactive. As a matter of fact, what you eat can actually help boost your immune health.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin C but it’s not the only important vitamin to fill your diet with throughout cold and flu season. Instead fill meals with an array of healthy vitamins just by eating a high plant based diet. Foods such as carrots, squash and cabbage are rich in vitamin A which is high in antioxidants and C which helps protect against immune deficiencies. Garlic is also known to boost immune health especially when chopped or crushed, releasing an enzyme known as allicin. Due to a lack of sunlight in the winter months, supplement your vitamin D intake by introducing fatty fishes like salmon and tuna.
Another preventative measure– good gut health. By populating your gut with good bugs like those found in probiotics, you could prevent or lessen the symptoms of the cold or flu. You can find natural probiotics in yogurt, sauerkraut and raw cheeses that are made with goat’s and sheep’s milk.
By boosting your immune system with food and following the usual recommended flu and cold season advice—getting plenty of rest, washing your hands frequently and getting a flu shot annually, you should be well on your way to a cold and flu free season (fingers crossed).
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Pumpkin. Its everywhere and in everything. You can find pumpkins in stores well into December as they can be stored up to a month at the right room temperature. So jump on the band wagon and create your own pumpkin dish, like a pumpkin pie or pumpkin risotto using the fresh flesh of a roasted pumpkin. The pumpkinbilities are endless.
Pumpkin. Its everywhere and in everything. You can find pumpkins in stores well into December as they can be stored... MORE