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Watermelon Granitas Tutorial

24 Jul

Freshtopia shows how to make a great summer treat, watermelon granitas. Take a look.

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Homemade Lavender Rose Lemonade Recipe

16 Jun

Here is a great recipe from Sheenalyoung. I love lemonade so I can’t wait to try this one.

 

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Healthy Eating Challenge~ Phase 3

26 Apr

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd

Phase Two Recap:

I went off track during Phase Two, but I am ready to do better for Phase 3. I still haven’t been eating as badly as before, but I had too many sweets. I also haven’t improved my water intake enough.

My Phase Three Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  • I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Phase Two

27 Mar

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

Phase One Recap:

I had my ups and downs in Phase One, but overall it went well. I am feeling more energetic, my skin looks better, and I am paying more attention to what I eat. The part that I really need to focus on is my water intake. I didn’t meet that goal during the last phase. I am adjusting my goals for part two.

My Phase Two Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

Four Bean Vegan Chili Recipe

19 Mar

 

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Melisha writes:

VeGAn&MeliSHOUS

 
Four Bean Vegan Chili
serves 6-8
15 min prep
50 min cook time
 
Ingredients:
 
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 15oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can whole kernel corn, drained
2 jars of medium chunky salsa
2 4oz cans of chopped chili peppers (optional)
 
1 medium sized green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium sized yellow pepper, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 jalepeno peppers, coarsely chopped
 
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 chili pepper
1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
 
 
Directions
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers (optional). Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
Mix the salsa into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, white beans and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 40 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.
You can also add vegan sour cream such as Tofutti as well as vegan cheese such as Daiya.  It gives an authentic and pleasing taste to this healthy spin on traditional chili.  Feel free to experiment and make it personal.

Thanks to Melisha for sharing this recipe. If anyone else has a healthy recipe to share, please send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

Swarthy Daisy’s Morning Smoothie

10 Mar

In this video, Swarthy Daisy shares her morning smoothie and some great information about the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. Whether you are participating in our health challenge or not, this is a great video to check out. She also has lots of other fun and informative videos on her channel.

If you have a healthy recipe that you’d like to share, please send it to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

Lentil Soup Recipe from Eating Beautiful

1 Mar

 

Dalia of Eating Beautiful submitted this recipe. This is great for those of you who are participating in the NR Healthy Eating Challenge. Even if you aren’t, you could still try this healthy meal.

Dalia writes:

This one is for the pressure cooker.

Lentil Soup
Serves 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (5 ounces), diced
1 onion (3.5 ounces), diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (225 ml) crushed or pureed tomatoes
2 cups (450 ml) water
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup (7 ounces) lentils
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Preheat pressure cooker to saute setting. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes and water; season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils and bay leaf.
Set the cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes.

Follow Dalia on Twitter @eatingbeautiful and check out her website Here.

Thanks for the recipe! If any of you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge ~ 10 Healthy Recipes to Try

28 Feb

 

It’s Day 1 of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge. I am off to a great start. I’m feeling enthusiastic, and I think that this is going to be beneficial for all of us who are participating. To help get you started, here are 10 recipes. Check them out and see if you like any. If you would like to share a recipe with everyone, please send it to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com. I received some from two participants already, and those will be posted soon. Also, I have gotten a few sponsors for us to do a few fun contests throughout.

Non-Vegetarian

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

Five Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Spinach Salad with Chicken

Turkey Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

Oven Fried Chicken

Vegetarian

Curry Baked Sweet Potatoes

Vegetarian Taco Salad

Raw Tomato Soup

Meatless Sausage Omelet

Avocado Burrito

Send any updates that you would like to share with the group to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge

19 Feb

Welcome to the NR Healthy Eating Challenge!

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

My Phase One Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly vegetarian/vegan for the first phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on cooking fresh meals at home
  • I will eat breakfast every day
  • I will have green smoothies no less than 3 times per week

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • Vegetarian Times Magazine
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

 Join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team SparkPeople (Thanks, V for that idea).

Registration is free. Join and keep track of your food and water intake.

If you have recipes, updates, experiences, idea, tips, etc… to share with the challenge participants, send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com. I’ve already received some great recipes that I will post soon. Leave your Phase 1 plan/goals in the comments section.

Guest Blogger: Healthy Eating from Head to Toe

10 Feb

Healthy Eating from Head to Toe

Edward Stern is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and writes for http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com.

Edward writes:

You are what you eat, and you are what you don’t eat as well. One of the best indicators a healthy diet is through natural hair and nail strength, and their general appearances. Hair and nails, along with skin, can be the first physical indicators of well-balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins, in  minerals, or one lacking in one or more of the aforementioned areas.

Hair and nails are made of proteins, specifically keratin, collagen, and elastin. Proteins provide the foundations for cells, and so having a protein-rich diet is important in general, but especially so to promote healthy hair and nail growth and appearance. Hair that is shiny and strong along with nails that are glossy and smooth can best be achieved by eating a protein-rich diet. Great sources of protein that are also relatively low in calories, fat, and cholesterol include fish (especially salmon), chicken, eggs, beans, and legumes.

Of equal importance is eating a nutrient-rich diet that covers several important vitamins and minerals. These nutrients help rebuild and repair tissues, helping strengthen hair and nails and helping them recover from any damage quickly and coming back stronger than ever.

Vitamins A and B both help maintain and repair cells, and can be found in protein-rich foods such as tuna, salmon, and other fish, as well as potatoes, turkey, and eggs. Fish oils, either ingested as part of a fishy feast or a supplements, are truly outstanding for growing (and keeping) healthy hair and help nails too, and should be a staple of any diet additionally for their omega-3 properties which help with mental sharpness and improving memory. Kill two birds with one stone by eating protein-rich dishes that also are plentiful in nutrients such as vitamins A and B.

Vitamin C, found in many fruits and juices, is great for building collagen, which is one of the foundational proteins of hair and nails. Vitamin E is found in many vegetables and is great for growing beautiful, healthy-looking hair.

Minerals are important as well, particularly iron and zinc. A lack of iron makes hair brittle and can cause it to fall out, while a lack of zinc causes hair loss and brittle nails. Thankfully, both can be found in protein-rich dishes. Eat fish and legumes for iron and a good helping of protein, and consume dairy products for zinc and some more healthy proteins.

By eating a diet high in healthy proteins and covering important vitamins and minerals, it is not difficult to promote healthy and strong hair and nail growth. Eggs and a glass of milk at breakfast, a bean soup for lunch with a juice smoothie on the side, and a salmon fillet for dinner will have you feeling great, eating plenty of protein, and cover your bases for vitamins and minerals that build the nails and hair you’ve always wanted.