Natural Anti-Wrinkle Facial Scrub Recipes

November 23, 2013 by  
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There are lots of cosmetic facial scrubs in the market developed by many companies worldwide and they all boast of their natural ingredients, of its best components. They may do, but isn’t it good to take a break from these usual routines and go natural for a while?

Across the internet there will be lots of homemade, DIY recipes for facial and body scrubs and with the widely known benefits of scrubbing for health and beauty, isn’t it the right time to start whipping up your own scrub?

Scrub as Anti-wrinkles

Keeping your skin young and glowing is extremely important. It shows your regard for health and beauty. It can even show your inner health as well as the skin tends to project what’s within you.

Facial scrubs stimulate the skin of the face to induce cellular regeneration. Proper blood circulation as well as the right cleansing. Plus the inculcation of natural ingredients can benefit your face.

Wrinkles are often caused by dry skin and other toxifying components. Once you take good care of your skin, moisturize it and get rid of the environments’ harmful blemishes, you may start seeing the real glowing skin you have.

1st Recipe

The first recipe is a popular one. The ingredients include:

2 tbsp. of honey

3 tbsp. of brown sugar

2 tbsp. of olive oil

A drop of lavender (optional)

Mix the said ingredients above. Mix well and finally drop the lavender for the scent. As it was set, you can now start to scrub it all over your body. Or you can opt it for your face only. Massage in a slow circular motion. The sugar bits will cleanse your skin from embedded dirt and the honey and olive oil will moisturize it and leave it to glow.

2nd Recipe

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. ground up oats

2 tbsp. argan or neem oil

A drop of scent (optional)

This one is a gentler alternative. Mix the oats with the argan or neem oil. Mix them well and drop the scent if desired, can be lavender or rosemary or any fragrance you want. Check for the mixture’s consistency. You can add ingredients more according to your desire; just make sure it will do as a facial scrub.

The oats can do a gentle cleaning while the neem or argan oil is very beneficial to the skin. It will smooth out your skin and moisturize it.

3rd Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. of sea salt (refine it a little)

2 tbsp. of coconut oil

A drop of aromatherapy scent

Caution, this scrub may be a bit to harsh for the skin. So to keep it good for the face, try to ground the sea salt a little to pulverize it and make it not to harsh for the face.

Now, mix the 3 ingredients. Once they are already good, you can use it to scrub your face. Do it slowly as the salt may sting and scratch you. Salt has natural benefits of the skin and coco oil is highly heralded in the cosmetic world. The best ingredients to fight off wrinkles.

4th Recipe

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. used coffee grounds

1 tbsp. of extra virgin oil

1/3 tsp. of pure grade A honey

Mix all ingredients above. If everything’s okay with the mixing, then apply it in the face. Make sure you have clean face before the application. Massage it gently and let it stay for 2 minutes.

Coffee is very beneficial as it can detoxify the skin up to its inner layer. Leave it be and let the antioxidants be absorbed thus preventing wrinkles and premature aging. Honey loosens the dead skin while olive oil will moisturize it.

5th Recipe

2 tbsp. of crushed papaya

2 tbsp. of Greek yogurt

1 tbsp. sugar

Mix 3 and apply to the face. Massage well. It can double up as a mask too. Apply thickly and let it stay for minutes as desired.

The above recipes are all natural and very skin friendly. They take care of your skin and slowly reduce wrinkles.

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October 24, 2011 by  
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Healthy Tip: Ice Cream Alternative

October 18, 2011 by  
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*Re-Upload* Original Upload Date: April 10, 2010 Something New! I love this “recipe” and thought I’d share it with you all! I’ve been eating this since my high school track days ( cue Twilight Zone…) and thought you’d all like it as well! It’s packed with nutrients and it’s a desert that you will NEVER feel guilty about eating..shoot, eat it twice a day if you want! It’s so thick and creamy that you will probably crave it MORE than ice cream! It’s really simple, but sometimes people don’t think of these simple and easy ways to substitute everyday foods with a more healthy, natural alternative! If you like it, let me know and I will share more tips! Nap ps FAGE is a little on the pricey side for yogurt, but for EXCELLENT reason. You definitely get what you pay for, and can feel good about the choices you’ve made. I’ve included two links below, so get your coupon and give it a try! For a cheaper alternative, try Chobani. They do not treat their cows with growth hormones as well, just beware the yogurt will be sour,lol…FAGE is not sour at all! Free Coupons: www.fageusa.com www.facebook.com Visit My Second Channel For More Recipes! : youtube.com Catch Me on Twitter! : twitter.com FTC Disclaimer: I don’t receive free products nor am I paid for making these videos, and I’ve purchased everything featured in this video myself.

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Top 3 SECRET Reasons Women Can’t Lose Weight

September 27, 2011 by  
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Ask your questions on FB (ONLY way)- www.facebook.com Follow on Twitter- twitter.com FREE FEMALE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM- www.divineinnotime.com [WEBSITE] http [SEE ALL MY VIDEOS] omarisuf.com [MY OTHER FITNESS CHANNEL] www.youtube.com [FACEBOOK] www.facebook.com [TWITTER] twitter.com [FREE MALE FAT LOSS] fatasstobaddass.com [FREE FEMALE FAT LOSS] http [WEAR MY CLOTHES] chefbuff.spreadshirt.com Weight loss can be a bitch. And we don’t like bitches. Besides sabotaging your diet and just NOT working out, if you are actually working out, eating your greens and still can’t lose weight, this video is for you. Here are the three most probable reasons why consistently working out is NOT producing results for you. You Aren’t Fit Enough How do you lose weight? By forcing your body to adapt to new challenges. If your work outs are getting more intense, every single week, you are doing something right, just give it time. For complete beginners, usually the first 8 weeks are just spent getting the body fit enough to lose weight. How do you know if you are fit enough to effectively lose weight? Well as a standard rule, you should be able to do 50 burpees. I’m in my house, I’m not going to demonstrate this exercise. If you can do less than 50 burpees in 2 mins, you are at adequate fitness level to lose weight effectively. If not, better keep busting ass. Your metabolism is wrecked Have you crash dieted before? Have you been known to binge sometimes and starve at others? Would you say you

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EASIEST Diet For Women to Follow (Don’t Starve Yourself Thin!)

September 25, 2011 by  
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Ask your questions on FB (ONLY way)- www.facebook.com Follow on Twitter- twitter.com FREE FEMALE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM- www.divineinnotime.com [WEBSITE] http [SEE ALL MY VIDEOS] omarisuf.com [MY OTHER FITNESS CHANNEL] www.youtube.com [FACEBOOK] www.facebook.com [TWITTER] twitter.com [FREE MALE FAT LOSS] fatasstobaddass.com [FREE FEMALE FAT LOSS] http [WEAR MY CLOTHES] chefbuff.spreadshirt.com [LET ME BE YOUR TRAINER] omarisuf.com Everybody likes to follow a diet. Atkins, Zone, South Beach, Raw, Mediterranean. You know what I think? Fuck all yall because its Sabotage! Diets are like cults and cults only lead to insanity. You guys ask me a lot what a good diet is. Well first, I like to replace the word diet, with healthy eating. Second, there is no magic diet that works for everyone, it depends your age, activity, metabolism and goals. BUT I will give you something today that will MELT inches off your butt, put money in your bank account and …..(pause) Ok maybe not. Heres the truth: this is a ridiculously smart, easy to follow sample day of how to eat healthy. I AM NOT SAYING this will give you the body of your dreams. I am saying this is a hell of a lot better than how 99% of people eat and if you eat anything like this, you are WELL on your road to sexiness. We got OATMEAL for breakfast, YOGURT for a snack, SALAD for lunch, FISH for a snack and BREAST for dinner. That’s a balanced day. Different protein sources, a variety of green vegetables, properly timed carbs and good

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Healthy Tip: Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Feta Cheese

September 10, 2011 by  
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*Re-Upload* Original Upload Date: July 01, 2010 Long Overdue, but just in time for the July 4th Holiday! No need to skip the burgers this summer for fear of weight gain, just substitute the red meat for a leaner version, Turkey! Now, I don’t eat meat often, but when I do, I ALWAYS opt for chicken or turkey…in fact, I can’t remember the last time I bought or ate Beef…who needs it!? Go lean, feel great, and be happy! I bet once you try these burgers, you’ll wonder why you ever ate beef in the first place… Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Feta Cheese: 3 lbs. All-Natural Turkey Meat 1tbl. lemon seasoning 1tbl. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1.2 tbl. pepper 1/2 Frozen Spinach (when defrosted) 3 oz. Feta Cheese Colby Jack Cheese Whole Wheat Burger Buns Makes 12 1/4 lb. Burgers …or if you’re my husband…6 1/2 lb. burgers, lol! ENJOY! Visit My Second Channel For More Recipes!: youtube.com Catch Me on Twitter! : twitter.com FTC Disclaimer: I don’t receive free products nor am I paid for making these videos, and I’ve purchased everything featured in this video myself.

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EASIEST Most EFFECTIVE Diet For Women to Follow: Binge, Eat, Starve, WTH?!?!

September 3, 2011 by  
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Ask your questions on FB (ONLY way)- www.facebook.com Follow on Twitter- twitter.com FREE FEMALE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM- www.divineinnotime.com [WEBSITE] http [SEE ALL MY VIDEOS] omarisuf.com [MY OTHER FITNESS CHANNEL] www.youtube.com [FACEBOOK] www.facebook.com [TWITTER] twitter.com [FREE MALE FAT LOSS] fatasstobaddass.com [FREE FEMALE FAT LOSS] http [WEAR MY CLOTHES] chefbuff.spreadshirt.com Want to know the honest truth about losing weight ladies. Its not all about numbers. A calorie just isn’t a calorie. And theres no wonder food. The BIGGEST program, women face are that they either binge, starve or eat well. And for weight loss, this can shut down EVERYTHING. This is why someone can be CONSTANTLY dieting and NEVER lose weight, maybe even gain weight. Hi, I’m Chef Buff and I’m here to help. BINGE Days These are days where you might be good for a good portion of the day. But nighttime rolls around you eat a cookie, than some ice cream, than some crackers, before you know it, you are at Dairy Queen sipping on a root bear float! Binge days are days when your eating is out of control. The solution is to PLAN your days out STARVE Days You want NONE of these days. Its where you grab a coffee in the morning, maybe with a bagel and then until nighttime you eat NOTHING. Then you eat a little something and go to bed. This wrecks your metabolism Solution: TIME your meals, eat 5-6 small meals CONSISTENTLY EAT WELL Days Congratulations, this is when you sink up and eat well! If you

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EAT HEALTHY CHEAP: Tips to Save Money on Food (Do NOT Eat Like a Broke Ass College Student)

August 1, 2011 by  
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ask your Q on FB- www.facebook.com FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER- twitter.com MY OTHER CHANNEL JUST FOR WOMEN www.youtube.com FREE GUY FAT LOSS PROGRAM- fatasstobaddass.com ALL MY VIDEOS! http I know what its like to have to eat on a budget. Despite an awesome scholarship and good job, I was a broke ass college student. I blame it on the wine and women. Mainly the women though. Those damn support payments Whatever the reason, here is the BEST guide to saving YOUR money at the grocery store, to maximize the amount of high quality food you eat, without exploding your bank account. When shopping smart, even if you are bulking, you can spend less than -60 a week with high quality food. TOP TIPS 1. Shop for the deals on the meat. Every week at all the grocery stores, meat varies in price. Sometimes chicken breast is .99 a lb sometimes its .99 a lb, you have to pay attention to the sales and strike while the iron is hot. Stock that shit up in the freezer 2. JOIN a large discount retail store like COSTCO, Sam’s Club or Trader Joes. These warehouse facilities sell Olive Oil, Peanut Butter, Tuna and Egg Whites for FAR cheaper than anywhere else. Buying in BULK always saves you money. 3. When it comes to meat, which is the most expensive thing to buy, look for large cuts of meat on sale that you can butcher yourself. Also ask the local butcher for last-date meat discounts. Chop it up and freeze the rest, you’ll save A LOT of money this way. 4. When it comes to produce like vegetables

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May 28, 2011 by  
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Subscribe for more news. Like/Dislike, Comment, or Favorite this video. —————– en.wikipedia.org ^ b. English is the de facto language of American government and the sole language spoken at home by 80% of Americans age five and older. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language. ^ c. Whether the United States or the People’s Republic of China is larger is disputed. The figure given is from the US Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook. Other sources give smaller figures. All authoritative calculations of the country’s size include only the 50 states and the District of Columbia, not the territories. The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the US , the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, DC , the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Caribbean and Pacific. At 3. 79 million square miles (9. 83 million km2) and with over 308 million people, the United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and the third

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Smart and Skinny with Laurel House… because being just skinny is just stupid

April 27, 2011 by  
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This episode of “Living Fit in Real Life: Smart & Skinny with Laurel House” is all about how to be Skinny long-term. There are lots of stupid ways to get skinny. I know, because I have tried too many of them. If you want to be skinny, long term, forget about quick fixes, be smart about it by multi-tasking your meals and working out more efficiently for less time and still burning more calories… because just skinny is just stupid. For more Exercise TV Workout Videos and Products, go to bit.ly

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DIET RECIPE – Healthy Recipe for Breakfast

April 11, 2011 by  
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In this diet video I share my recipe for my healthy breakfast – for more diet and fitness video tips visit my site: www.BodyRock.Tv

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FITNESS – Cardio Exercise Workout 4

March 24, 2011 by  
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Part 4/5. Visit www.BodyRock.Tv For more Free Fitness Videos, Workout Routines and Healthy Diet and Exercise Plans.

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Great tasting, zero alcohol, low calories: holiday cocktail recipes

December 22, 2010 by  
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Hey, wanna try some real cool cocktails this New Year without the day-after complaints and the lifetime risks? Well, that’s what we are bringing you with this post today – recipes for great tasting cocktails without the alcohol and the calories. Yuck! Mocktails, you might say. Well, let say, just give it a try. I sure did and loved it. What’s more, every can drink them – the kids, the pregnant, the alcoholics, the drivers. Perfect for family-friendly holiday gatherings where you can really drink to everyone’s health.

Here are some recipes, courtesy of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the American Institute for Cancer Research:

Holiday Citrus Punch

The orange juice and cranberry juice in this recipe offer a healthy dose of cancer-fighting antioxidants like vitamin C. You’ll get the most vitamin C if you use freshly- squeezed orange juice, but refrigerated or frozen concentrate will also do the body good.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups 100% cranberry juice
  • 4 cups sparkling water or club soda
  • 1 orange, sliced horizontally into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 lime, sliced horizontally into 1/4-inch slices

Directions

In large punch bowl, combine juices and sparkling water or soda. Float orange and lime slices on top and serve.

Yield: 20 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Each serving provides:

  • Calories: 33
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Protein: Less than 1 gram
  • Dietary fiber: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 1 milligram

Sparkling Grape Party Punch

This recipe packs a hefty antioxidant punch. The grapes and grape juice provide a powerful dose of resveratrol — the same cancer-preventing antioxidant in red wine — with none of alcohol’s drawbacks. And, the orange juice and lemon juice in this recipe gives you a generous amount of vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (46 oz.) 100% grape juice
  • 1 bottle (25 oz.) sparkling apple-grape juice
  • 4 to 6 cups sparkling spring water
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups 100% orange juice
  • 2 to 4 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 thin lemon slices
  • 4 thin orange slices
  • 2 cups frozen grapes

Directions

Make sure all beverages are cold. Pour grape juice, sparkling apple grape juice, sparkling spring water, orange juice and lemon juice into large punch bowl. Add ice, if desired.  Top with lemon slices, orange slices and grapes.

Yield: 16 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Each serving provides:

  • Calories:91
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: Less than 1 gram
  • Dietary fiber: Less than 1 gram
  • Sodium: 10 milligrams

Healthy Hispanic food for everyone – even for diabetics

April 2, 2009 by  
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mexican-tacosI love Mexican food. Tortillas, enchilladas, tacos, to name a few. Unfortunately, like many delicious food, they can be full of calories and cholesterol. The National Diabetes Education Program has come up with new tool to help Hispanic Americans (as well as all Hispanic food lovers regardless of ethnic origins) enjoy their traditional dishes without damaging their health. The campaign Más que comida, es vida (It′s more than food. It′s life) consists of recipes and cooking tips designed to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is a joint venture of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But why specifically Hispanic food?

Compared to whites, Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes. More than 10 percent of Hispanics aged 20 years and older have diagnosed diabetes. Among Hispanics, rates of diabetes are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican-Americans, and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans.

Other statistics according to a national examination survey:

•·        In 2002, Hispanics were 1.5 times as likely to start treatment for end-stage renal disease related to diabetes, compared to non-Hispanic white men.

•·        In 2005, Hispanics were 1.6 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to die from diabetes.

The Más que comida, es vida campaign gives simple, easy-to-follow tips on how to make traditional Hispanic dishes healthier and lower in calories and fats. The tips consist of a few adjustments in the preparation, ingredients, and of course – portions.

According to Betsy Rodríguez, public health advisor of the National Diabetes Education Program′s (NDEP) Hispanic/Latino Work Group:

Meal preparation is a critical component of diabetes control. Studies show that overweight or obese individuals can prevent or delay diabetes by losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of their total weight.

One of the recipe books is called Ricas recetas para personas con diabetes y sus familiars (Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families), which of course available for free download in both Spanish and English at the NDEP site.

The booklet contains a comprehensive introduction to diabetes and its management. With each recipe is an accompanying “Nutrition Facts” table and diabetic exchanges calculated based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange System.

My favourites?

Avocado Tacos for starters, Rice with Chicken, Spanish Style (Arroz con pollo) and Tropical Fruits Fantasia for dessert.

Bon Apetito!

A Recipe For Life — Zucchini Grinders

August 14, 2008 by  
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Hola! From Chile’

Yes, I am sharing this Recipe for Life all the way from South America, at least I was there when I first wrote it, but technology (or lack thereof), made it impossible for me to post it. The recipe doesn’t have a South American flair, but it DOES have amazing flavor and of course, its’ healthy, inexpensive and quite simple. Why, because that’s the prerequisite for all the recipes that you find here on Thursdays. It’s a recipe for life. Your hectic life as a caregiver.

You may have a kazillion zucchini from your summer garden, if not, be sure you can find them very easily and they are quite inexpensive this time of year. So, enjoy!

Zucchini–The health benefits of zucchini are many. It contains vitamin C and lutein. A great combo for antioxidants and eye health. In addition, zucchini is very low in calories and high in water content. It also contains a decent amount of folate, potassium and vitamin A. (source: www.organicfood.com.au)

Zucchini Grinders

Ingredients

  1. 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 medium zucchini, cubed
  3. 1 small sweet onion chopped
  4. 2 small cloves garlic chopped
  5. 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  6. salt to taste
  7. 1 Tablespoon dried or fresh basil (or to taste)
  8. 1 cup red sauce (spaghetti or marinara)
  9. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or soy substitute if cheese is an issue for you)
  10. 4 (6 inch) French or Italian sandwich rolls, split

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Lightly saute’ the zucchini, onions and garlic until browned and slightly tender. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and basil
  4. and stir in the marinara sauce.
  5. Cook and stir until sauce is heated.
  6. Spoon a generous amount of the zucchini mixture into each sandwich roll.
  7. Top with a handful of shredded mozzarella.
  8. Close the rolls, and wrap individually in aluminum foil
  9. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until bread is heated through, and cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and ENJOY!

Cooking, Recipes, Grocery Shopping and More…

June 26, 2008 by  
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shopping-cart.jpgBeing diabetic doesn’t mean boring meals or uninspiring shopping experiences. Turn a challenge into an adventure. Here’s some ideas.

Have you seen the American Diabetes Association Virtual Grocery Store yet?

Create a profile and sign in first. Then explore all there is to offer on this great site.

  • Virtual Grocery Store Tour: lets you see your ordinary grocery store through the eyes of a diabetic trying to make smart choice.
  • A Recipe File with recipes and a place to store your favorites. It also includes tips to modify recipes.
  • Meal Planning help with exchange lists, the food pyramid and information on how to read labels.
  • Express Lane, ideas and recipes on how to eat fast food that is healthy.
  • Shopping list lets you import ingredients from the site’s recipes or just add your own grocery needs. It is printable to take with you to the store. Read more

Good Eating and Cancer

May 5, 2008 by  
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Spring has arrived and summer approaches here in the U.S. and Canada. That means an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a great time to try a healthier living lifestyle.

Raw Food

The My Crazy Sexy Cancer Community has a great raw foods group that generously shares recipes and thoughts on the raw foods lifestyle.

And if you’re feeling lucky, My Wooden Spoon is running a contest this week giving away a Cuisinart Food Prep. The last day to enter is May 7, 10 PM CST.

Antioxidants

A few great recipes that incorporate antioxidant rich foods are available at Eating Well. Everything from strawberry bruschetta to blueberry ketchup!

The Super Food Connection

Super Foods are foods that are rated high in oxygen radical absorbency. They include:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Tea (green or black)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt

Check out Sunfood Nutrition for great articles and sources of information and ordering super foods and raw foods.

Eating Green

The Food Network offers great ideas on eating green; meals and shopping that are good for you, including an eating green guide.

GoVeg.com offers a free vegetarian starter kit. You can also get a free Johnny Rockets Streamliner, veggie burger, “During the entire month of May PETA has teamed up with Johnny Rockets to celebrate World Vegetarian Week (May 19 to 25).”

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Introducing A Recipe For Life

April 11, 2008 by  
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If we were to play a word association game and I said, “Alzheimer’s disease” what words would come to your mind?  Well, I am not a mind reader, so I can’t say for sure what you would say, but I am going to guess that, “stress” might be one of the words.

It’s an incontestable fact; Alzheimer’s disease and stress go hand in hand.  Stress for the caregiver and for the one who is physiologically and emotionally battling the monster, Alzheimer’s disease. 

The last couple of days, I have posted about grief from the perspective of the caregiver and the Alzheimer’s patient.  The process of grieving adds another layer of stress to the, already complicated, matter of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Today, I am introducing, “Recipe for Life.” A segment that will be of benefit to Alzheimer’s caregivers and patients alike.  “Recipe” will focus on various aspects of nutrition and health that will be of benefit to those affected with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers specifically, and everyone else in general.  Good nutrition is essential to good physical and mental health, so it’s important that you keep yourself healthy and strong.

Last week in Caregivers Corner, I talked about water, juice and smoothies, they are an awesome threesome to keep you hydrated, healthy and energized.  Today, I’ll give you a healthy, simple and delicious recipe that you can chew versus drink.

Today’s Recipe for Life:

One Pot Wonder-Lentils and Rice (adapted from What’s Cooking Vegetarian by Jenny Stacy)

Benefits:  Lentils are high in dietary fiber and protein, they cook quickly and combined with a whole grain, such as brown rice they pack an extra punch to make a well rounded, complete protein dish.  There is an excellent article by Rebecca Livermore about the health benefits of lentils, click here to see Rebecca’s article. In summary, they are not only high in fiber and protein, but they also provide iron and folic acid.  They are an excellent food for fighting cholesterol, constipation and coronary heart disease.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups DRY  lentils (your choice, red, green or brown)

1/3  cup long grain rice (brown is best nutritionally, but white will work fine)

4  Cups of vegetable stock

1  leek cut into chunks (its okay to use a small onion)

3  medium cloves of garlic crushed

1  14 ounce can of chopped tomatoes

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garam masala (Indian Spice, curry will work too)

1 red bell pepper sliced

1 cup small broccoli florets

1 cup can or frozen corn

1 cup French style green beans

1 TBS fresh basil, shredded

Instructions

  1. Place lentils, rice, vegetable stock in medium-large pot, cover and cook together for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the leek, garlic, tomatoes, cumin and garam masala or curry, red pepper, broccoli and corn.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the fresh basil and enjoy this “Recipe for LIFE!”

Diabetic Vegan Recipe

April 10, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

Veganism is popular and healthy

I need to start this off by saying that I am not a Vegan. My family eats more vegetables than meat based dishes, though we do consume meat. When I share vegan and vegetarian recipes, I am not condemning meat eaters at all!

Veganism has gained a lot of popularity among the health and eco-conscious. With the issues that elevated protein can cause in diabetic, I thought it may be a good idea to share recipes all diabetics can incorporate into their diet. So, if you are a vegan/vegetarian diabetic, this recipes is dedicated to you!

And if you aren’t vegan or maybe not diabetic, impress your friends with a dish that is tasty, but meatless! For you carnivores, you can replace the tofu with ricotta cheese.

Spinach OR Broccoli Casserole

*1 cup of cooked brown or wild rice
*2 cups silken tofu (or mashed semi-firm, OR ricotta cheese)
*1 package raw spinach or raw broccoli
*2 green peppers, chopped
*2 cups grated soy cheese, you favorite flavor
* 1 teaspoon salt (sea salt is wonderful)
*1 clove garlic, run through press.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Place in a baking dish that has been prepared with olive oil (lightly). Slivers of almonds can be placed on top before placing in the over. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes, longer if needed, up to 45 minutes. 5 minutes before removing, top with a meltable soy based cheese substitute.

Diabetic Recipes Page

March 24, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

Just in case you have not noticed yet, there is a new page to Battling Diabetes. This page was created to make it easy for you to find the recipes posted here.

I like easy, don’t you?

If you look to the left and scroll down a little, under the ‘Tag Cloud’ box you will see ‘Site Pages’. Here is what you are looking for:

Diabetic Recipes Page

Click on the link for Diabetic Recipes and you will find the new page. The recipes are listed in order of meal and are linked right to the post they appear in. More recipes will be added and eventually we will have the largest list of diabetic recipes!

If you would like to request a recipe be listed, just email me. Also, if you have a favorite recipes that is not diabetic, email me and I will experiment until it can be prepared to fit into your diet and lifestyle.

Don’t forget to join in on the newest cookbook contest!

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