2 Healthy and Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry Banana Smoothie 

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Ingredients:

-2 cups of strawberries

-1 peeled banana

-1 cup of almond milk or coconut water (you can use regular milk almond milk is just a healthier alternative)

-1 cup of ice

-1 tablespoon of honey or sugar to sweeten (optional)

Make sure to wash off the strawberries before using, and blend all of the ingredients until it is smooth.

 

Green Smoothie 

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Ingredients:

-2 cups of fresh spinach

-1 cup of mango

-1 cup of pineapple

-1 peeled banana

-2 cups of water or almond milk

Blend until you have a smooth and drinkable texture!

 

Thank you for reading what are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?

What Eating Just One Ounce of Coconut Oil Does to Your Weight

What Eating Just One Ounce of Coconut Oil Does to Your Weight

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How can eating oil make you lose weight? I know, it sounds like a crackpot idea. But there’s medical evidence that supports the health benefits of coconut oil in your diet. At least it’s something that tastes good!

Jenny Hills at healthyandnaturalworld.com shared this post about how to lose weight with coconut oil. She begins by explaining what studies have discovered about the magic that happens when you eat coconut oil. For one, you change your metabolism for the better. But you don’t have to swallow a spoonful to get the positive effects. The article goes on to describe how to include it in your diet every day. Learn how to use coconut oil to help you lose weight and feel healthier when you click the link below.

All About Antioxidants

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants our molecules that prevents the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation makes free radicals, which can cause chain reactions that could lead to cell damage. Experts believe that free radicals play a factor in atherosclerosis (blood vessel disease), cancer, and other diseases. Some vitamins found in antioxidants are Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It is very important to get antioxidants from vegetables rather than supplements, because they can be harmful in high doses. Eating the vegetables will make you feel better and it is completely natural.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants 

-Beans

-Goji Berries

-Pecans

-Plums

-Onions

-Eggplant

-Red Grapes

Three Healthy Snacks That You Need to Try

Three Healthy Snacks That You Need to Try

You may hear people say that to lose weight or to be healthier you need to cut out snacks, and try to only eat the three necessary meals. However studies have shown that an American eats 2.2 snacks each day and gets one-quarter of total calories in snacks. Eating healthy snacks has many benefits like your nutrient intake, sustain energy levels, improves mood, and boosts energy.

Walnuts- Walnuts have a great source of nutrients and minerals that are important for your healthy. They are also an amazing source of plant based protein. Walnuts have a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in them. These acids help lower blood pressure and is very beneficial for all parts of the cardiovascular system. Antioxidants are very important for your health, because they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals. Walnuts have antioxidants that are so powerful that researchers call them remarkable! Research has also shown that walnuts can help prevent chemically induced liver damage. Something that is really interesting about walnuts is that they can help reduce the chance of you getting cancer. Walnuts can prevent the chances of getting prostate and breast cancer. There was a study with mice where they had to eat 2.4 ounces of whole walnuts for 18 weeks. Their prostate tumors had gotten significantly smaller and grew slower than the mice that consumed fat from other foods. Try eating a handful of walnuts a few times a week to help your health, and prevent your chance of cancer!

Avocados- Avocados have been shown to lower cholesterol by 22 percent. They are very rich in healthy and satisfying fats. They can reduce your chance of getting a heart disease, because one avocado has more than half the fiber and 40 percent of folate you need daily. Avocados also contain  Vitamin C that helps to strengthen blood vessels and capillaries, this can help improve immune function for diabetics. They are a good source of B Vitamin which helps you fight off diseases and infections. Avocados can also promote eye health because they have an excellent source of carotenoid lutein. This is known to help protect against age related macular degeneration and cataracts. If you want to feel full longer you should try eating avocados, they are high in fiber and low in sugar! Avocados are high in fat but the good thing is that it is monounsaturated fat, which is actually good for you. It helps lower your cholesterol you just need to make sure you eat them in moderation.

Dark Chocolate- Dark chocolate being a healthy snack? No you did not misread that, it can actually be very beneficial for your health if you eat it in moderation. Of course you do not want to be eating it all day everyday but you should incorporate into your diet for some days. It is loaded with nutrients that are good for your health. Dark chocolate is made from a seed from a coca tree that contains the best source of antioxidants in the planet. Antioxidants clean up free radicals, destructive particles that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Studies prove that eating this chocolate two to three times a week can lower your blood pressure. This is because it is improves your blood flow and possibly prevent the formation of blood clots. The best part is that dark  chocolate even helps your brain! It increases blood flow to the brain and your heart, which can help improve cognitive function. I am not saying to go eat a big bar of dark chocolate every day. Try eating a small chuck twice or three times a week and see if you notice any difference!

 

These are three very simple snacks that can have a real impact on your health. The best part is that they are all tasty and easy to use for different meals. Try putting some avocado on whole wheat toast or making a guacamole. You can mix the walnuts with some dried fruit and other nuts to make you own trail mix. Do you love these snacks and have your own recipes with them?

 

5 Benefits of Lemon Water


Everyone knows that water is key to living a healthy life, but sometimes the no taste can get a little boring. Adding lemon to your water does not only add a little taste, but also many more benefits for the body. Lemons contain calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. For some people drinking too much lemon water can lead to heartburn, but keep in mind that too much of anything is never good. So why do I love drinking lemon water so much? Keep reading to find out the advantages of this refreshing drink.

Helps Digestion- Lemons contain a lot of acid in it which is really healthy for the digestive system. The acid helps food digest more correctly and faster, which allows the digestive system to stay on track.  Some people have really bad indigestion and bloating that can be helped by adding lemons to your water.  Lemons reduces the amount of mucus that is produced, and dissolves gallstones. Drinking lemon water can help with this by keeping the digestive system regular.

Cleanses the Body- Drinking lemon water can help reduce your chance of getting cardiovascular disease. It does this by cleaning out calcium stones and prevents calcium deposits from building up in the arteries. Lemon water provides your body with hydration, antioxidants, and electrolytes. This helps to detoxify the liver because it insures the increase production of bile. Bile is needed for digestion it is an enzyme that stimulates the liver.

Healthier Immune System- Lemons allow your body to absorb more iron, which is a necessary nutrient. If you do not have enough iron in your body you will not make enough oxygen red blood cells. Without these cells your body can not get enough oxygen to the brain. Lemon water also contains Vitamin C that helps to boost the immune system. Having a healthy immune system is very beneficial because it helps you better fight off the common cold or flu.

Better Skin- Antioxidants are substances that can be found in lemons. These antioxidants can help reduce the size of blemishes and wrinkles on the skin. Drinking water that actually has some taste and promotes to clear you skin, it does not get much better than that.  If you have scars or age spots you can apply it to the areas.  This will help reduce the appearance because it is detoxifying your blood. The antioxidants flush out the toxins to help your skin glow and look younger.

Weight loss- I always hear my mom talking about how lucky I am to be young and have a fast metabolism. She clearly did not know that drinking lemon water can actually help speed anyone’s metabolism up. This is because lemons contain potassium, and potassium is key for a healthy metabolism. Like I said before lemons also contain Vitamin C, this helps to support the carbohydrate metabolism which prevents craving’s.

Who new that drinking a simple glass of lemon water can change your whole life? Just adding a few glasses into your day can make all the difference, and lead you to a healthier lifestyle. Try incorporating more of this drink into your daily routine. Do you love lemon water? What other advantages have you seen from drinking lemon water?

 

 

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