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postheadericon Blueberries Make the Most Delicious Smoothies

Blueberries are delicious!

Blueberries

Blueberries

I love blueberries! They are not only full of flavor, they are chock full of nutrition. Breakfast time is when you need to get some nutrition into your body so you can feel good & give your body the energy it needs to start the day off right. Blueberries have tons of Vitamin C, are high in manganese, have lots of dietary fiber, lots of antioxidants, and are low in calories. The nutritional qualities of this special fruit are simply some of the best found in fruits. If you live somewhere in which fresh blueberries aren’t available, simply buy them frozen. Frozen blueberries are flash frozen (as all fruits are) so they still contain all the essential nutrients that will keep your feeling strong and healthy.

Recipe

This Blueberry Smoothie recipe is one that you will love so much you’re sure to add it to your list of favorite healthy breakfast meals. It’s easy to make and great for those mornings when you’re running late because you can throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend away, and then take it with you.

Ingredients

Apple Juice – 1 1/4 cups Orange Juice – 2 tbsp Banana – 1 large Blueberries – 2 cups, semi-frozen Raspberries or Blackberries – 3/4 cups (really, you can add any of your favorite berries here) Ice – for a little extra-added texture (optional) Walnuts – 1/8 cup (optional)

Directions

Simply toss all the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite container, preferable one that keeps drinks super cold so the smoothie doesn’t start to melt and separate as smoothies tend to do.

Suggestions

You can add blueberries to a variety of breakfast foods. Sprinkle them on top of your waffles, pancakes, or french toast. Or put them on your yogurt, along with some flax seeds, chia seeds, and granola.

 

postheadericon What Can I Eat? – Should be Rephrased to What Should You Eat!

What Can I Eat?

What Can I Eat? There are lots of healthy choices!

What Can I Eat?

So how many times have you found yourself standing in front of the refrigerator or pantry thinking, “what can I eat”? Maybe there’s not much in there because it’s time for a trip to the store. Or maybe you’re starting to get tired of eating the same ol’ thing and are looking for something new to eat. Or maybe… your body is telling you that it’s time to find a few new foods that are deemed healthy and nutritious to eat. Just maybe your body is speaking to you, telling you that it wants you to choose a few foods that can help you feel energized and feeling good throughout the entire day.

Food

Eating food is necessary to live, we all know this. But eating healthy food is essential if you want to give your body the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly. Unfortunately, we live in a society of fast and convenient foods. A society where food is something that is viewed as more of a product rather than a real, wholesome food that we need to eat to keep ourselves fit and strong. Fortunately, the truth about our current food systemis finally beginning to come out, informing us on all the extreme wrongs that are taking place in every single aspect of how food is brought to our table.

Food Choices

Try to make a conscience decision every single day when it comes to choosing the foods you’re going to eat. When you’re deciding on what your next meal is going to be and find yourself asking the ‘what can I eat?’ question, stop for a minute and think, ‘should I eat this food?’ ‘why am I eating this food?’ ‘is this food good for me?’ So, maybe the original question, ‘what can I eat?’ should be turned into ‘what shouldI eat?’.

Healthy Food Choices

FruitOatmealScrambled Eggs with Tofu • Whole Grain Pancakes or Waffles • Yogurt • Cereal – Grape Nuts

 

postheadericon Fruit! If You’re In a Hurry and Want to Eat Something that’s Quick & Easy to Make – Eat Fruit for Breakfast!

Delicious, Healthy Fruit Bowl!

Fruit

I absolutely love eating fruit for breakfast! Sometimes I’ll grab an apple and a banana, sometimes I’ll open up a can of pears and/or peaches (I usually rinse with a little water first in order to take away some of the sweetness that comes with the syrup it’s packed with), and sometimes I’ll go all out and but 5 or 6 different healthy fruits and cut them up into bite size pieces and throw them in a big bowl. Then whenever I want to eat a bowl of fruit for breakfast or just want a quick and healthy snack, I just pour some into a smaller bowl and eat away (usually with a toothpick since I’m reading or working and don’t want to get all sticky). Other times I’ll add this healthy food option to my healthy breakfast, such as on top of my yogurt or on top of my french toast.

Fruit Bowl

Sometimes I don’t feel like cutting up all that healthy fruit into a bowl, but when I think about the end result – a big, beautiful bowl of delicious and healthy fresh fruit – I start cutting away! The first time I started cutting up the variety of different fruits I bought, the knife wasn’t that sharp and it was much more difficult to cut the pieces into the shape and size I wanted. So be sure you have a really sharp knife so that the cutting up process is as simple as possible. (Be Careful!) My favorites right now (for cutting up and eating) include – red apples, green apples, oranges, pears, pineapples, red grapes, and green grapes. For the most part this stays the same, changing with the seasons for freshness and variety!

Healthy Fruit

Consider looking into the various types of benefits that eating fruit provides, which will allow you to better understand the full nutritional values you are giving your body. I eat some type of fruit every single morning and call it breakfast #1. Then about 20-30 minutes later, I’ll eat breakfast #2, whichis usually either a bowl of cereal, a bowl of oatmeal, or a bowl of yogurt. Yum! (This makes me feel I’m eating more than I am!) So what are some of your favorite fruits? Update: Recently, I tried for the very first time a persimmons, and it was really delicious! I bought them from a couple of friends who grow them and sell them at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market where I volunteer on Thursdays. Yay! A new addition to my list…

 

postheadericon French Toast – How to Make Delicious & Healthy French Toast for a Special Breakfast

French Toast Special Treat!

This is a fancy version of the classic french toast recipe. I absolutely love eating french toast and have so for years, so figured maybe it was time to look for a french toast recipe that I could eat from time to time that had a bit of a twist to it so I could make it for special occasions.

French Toast

French Toast. Sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? So exactly what is French Toast? Making French Toast is easy and consists of taking a slice of bread (needs to be dry or thick so it doesn’t fall apart), dipping both sides into an egg mixture, and then frying it in a pan until light (or dark depending on your particular taste) brown.

French Toast Nutrition

When you eat French Toast, you are eating a good amount of carbohydrates (bread) as well as some protein (eggs), which will help to keep you full longer and thus a good way to start the day. There are a variety of fruits and syrups that are used to add a particular flavor and/or texture to French Toast, which of course are all optional. Choosing a different flavor of syrup or adding different kinds of fruit allow for versatility so you never get bored eating French Toast! Syrups – Pure Maple (a favorite!), Boysenberry, Blackberry Fruits – Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Pears, Peaches Ingredients 3 large eggs (preferably organic and from free range chickens) 1/2 cup milk (made from cows that don’t receive any type of growth hormones or antibiotics) 1 tbsp unsalted butter (//100healthybreakfastrecipes.com/2011/07/is-butter-bad/) 1/2 tbsp agave syrup 1 tbsp orange juice plus 1 tsp orange zest pinch of coarse salt Sunflower Oil for cooking Your choice of bread (sliced thick is a good idea) –Brioche, Sour Dough, Whole Grain, Your Favorite Directions Heat oil in large pan turned on to medium to medium-high heat. While the pan is heating, place all ingredients into a shallow bowl and mix well. Add a tbsp of butter to pan and spread around well so bread won’t stick. Gently dip the bread slice into the egg mixture (let excess drip off) and then place into pan. Cook for 4 -5 minutes on each side, or according to your particular likeness. When you take the French Toast out of the pan, set it on a few paper towels for a few seconds to absorb any extra butter/oil so it doesn’t get soggy. Place French Toast onto a fancy plate and add your favorite fruit(s) and syrup, and a little bit of butter if you must. Powdered sugar is also a favorite among many and can be sprinkled on top once your masterpiece is complete.Enjoy!! If your French Toast recipe happens to come out exceptionally well, or you added something unique, be sure to share so everyone can enjoy!

 

postheadericon Fruits – When are Your Favorite Fruits in Season?

Fruits

Fruits are Yummy!

Fruits

Eating a variety of fruits is a really great idea. I used to only eat one or two fruits – banana and an apple – because they were easy to grab and eat on the go. Although eating a little bit of fruit is better than eating no fruits at all, I always wanted to eat more as well as a variety of fruits. Nowadays, I eat more fruits, yay! I finally expanded my fruit selection by experimenting here and there, and find that I tend to like the more popular types of fruits – apple (green and red), banana, grapes (green and red), grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, cantaloupe, papaya, pear, tangerine, plum, and all types of berries. I especially like to buy a variety and make a fruit bowl – delicious! Even though the availability of fruits can vary greatly depending on your particular region, there are still usually lots of fruit choices due to the fact that most foods travel by truck to get to the store for retail sale. Unfortunately, food milesare a major cause of pollution making it a great idea to buy any and all foods you can that are local to your particular area. Fruit makes a great healthy breakfast! Eat a variety of fruits for lots of great nutrition or add them on top or on the side of your breakfast plate. Currently, my favorite fruit is blackberries. What’s yours?

Fruits in Season

January oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, lemons, papayas February oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, lemons, papayas March pineapples, mangoes, April pineapples, mangoes, May cherries, pineapples, apricots June watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots July watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums August watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums September grapes, pomegranates, persimmons, eggplants, pumpkins, tomatoes October cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes November cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates, persimmons December pears, oranges, tangelos, grape fruit, tangerines, papayas, pomegranates, *If you can’t find your favorite fruits in season to buy, try buying them frozen. When fruits are frozen, they are flash-frozen, which keeps the nutritional elements intact.

postheadericon Healthy Food – How to Help Your Kids Make Healthy Food Chocies

Healthy Food

Healthy Food

Healthy Food

If you are a parent you know that most kids tend to be really picky eaters. If a food simply looks weird then it will probably be as difficult as pulling teeth to get them to “just give it a try”. So what should you do? I think that the easiest way to incorporate a new and healthy food into your child’s diet is to keep giving them new food choices. For example, buy a fruit or vegetablethat they have never tried before (preferably at your local farmers market) and have them give it a try. If your child tries it and doesn’t like it, praise them for giving it a try. And don’t be discouraged – what they don’t like today they may like tomorrow! Simply send this particular healthy food choice to the bottom of the list and try the next food. Eventually this particular healthy food will come back up and maybe they will like it the next time around. Also, remember that kids are very visual so make the food you’ve chosen look appealing while keeping it simple. Interestingly, studies show that it can take up to 10 times for a child to try a new, healthy food before it can be determined that this healthy food indeed needs to be omitted from the list. (for a while anyway!)

Some Healthy Food Tips

: -Try to buy fresh foods, they taste better and are better for you. -Don’t try to hide the food in other food. Your child should know what they are eating so they can ask for it again. Lifelong habits are being formed now. -Take your child shopping with you and only go to ‘healthy’ sections of the store–produce, dairy, etc. They will be more apt to eat something that they have chosen themselves. -Let your child help you prepare the meal. Engaging their natural curiously is a way to get them involved in what they eat. -Teach your child about food and where it really comes from, which is not the corner grocery store! Connect them with where food really comes from by planting a small vegetable or herb garden.

 

postheadericon What Exactly is a Crepe?

Most people have heard of Crepes Suzette, a very popular French dessert that is served in the best restaurants. But… what exactly is a crepe?

What Exactly is a Crepe?

Basically, a crepe is a very thin pancake. It’s usually larger (in diameter) than the pancakes you eat for breakfast and are usually filled with a variety of jellies or jams, chocolate spread, ice cream, or any other sweet ingredients, including fresh fruit. Yum! The batter is made from plain flour, eggs, milk and a drop of vanilla essence. A simple crepe is often powdered with sugar granules and lemon juice once cooked and ready to eat. If you want to get really fancy, crepes can also be filled with savory sauces, meat, vegetables and fish. In this case the batter is made from buckwheat and you don’t add the vanilla essence. This makes crepes a great choice for breakfast for those who normally don’t like to eat at breakfast time, as this type of crepe is a meal that can be eaten at any time of the day. If you’re short on time, you can buy crepes or crepe batter already made.

A healthy recipe w/vegetables that takes no time at all. Enjoy!

First, you need two crepes each, so cook and set aside. Now gather together your fresh mushrooms, fresh spinach leaves, sliced onions, cubed tomatoes, salt pepper, crushed garlic, parsley and oregano. Place the spinach in a heated pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and once it’s cooked down about halfway, add the mushroom, onion slices, and cubed tomatoes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook until it reaches your desired consistency. Place the vegetables into the crepes and then gently roll it up like a burrito. Place in a non-stick oven dish, sprinkle grated cheese over them and put them into the oven preheated to 200°C. Cook until the cheese has melted. It’s a simple, delicious and healthy meal ready in about half an hour.

postheadericon Vitamin C Benefits

Make sure you give your body the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin C! Every time a study is performed on this safe and effective nutrient, the researchers are always finding out that Vitamin C provides many more benefits than originally thought. Be sure to check to see exactly what your recommended daily intake should be by visiting http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-vitamin-c. Vitamin C: • Helps protect against immune system deficiencies and cardiovascular disease. • Helps people deal with stress. • Helps fight off colds. Doesn’t prevent them, though. • Helps skin wrinkling as we age • Helps lower risk of stroke. Of course, the best way to get your daily dose is to eat foods that are high in of Vitamin C. The following is a list of Vitamin C-rich foods along with the recommended daily intake amount. • Orange Juice – 1 cup • Tomato Juice – 1 cup • Cantaloupe – 1 cup • Kiwi – 1 medium-sized • Broccoli – 1 cup cooked • Red Pepper – 1/2 cup Tips for Consuming More Vitamin C • Add fresh fruit and/or berries to your muffins, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, and cereal. • Snack on pre-cut up fruits and/or vegetables, making sure to change it up so you never get bored! • Add dried fruit to your cereal for something a little different, or simply snack on the dried fruit. Yum! Good To Know Vitamin C is not stored in the body, so if you consume too much you simply pee it out later. Although, it is recommended that you don’t exceed more than 2,000 mg a day as this can upset your stomach.