Archive for November, 2015

How to use a Spiralizer

 Spiralizing

Claudia and the Spiralizer

Claudia and the Spiralizer

After coming across a recipe on Pinterest I decided I needed to have a Spiralizer in my life. Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables and fruits into noodles and It is a cleaner more wholesome way too eat. Spiralizing is for all ages and my four-year-old granddaughter had a lot of fun turning the handle.

Spiralizing helps promote weight loss and maintenance. Without even noticing you are eating more vegetables which can help keep you fuller longer and help with your every day digestion.

Spiralizer vegetables have a similar texture and consistency to regular pasta and noodles. They are great for those who have autoimmune diseases such as Celiac’s. Also they are helpful for people who are vegan, vegetarian or Paleo lifestyles.

Encourage your kids to spiralize. They will love watching the vegetables turn magically into noodles but only under supervision because the blades are very sharp.

The guidelines for spiralizing are:

1. The vegetable cannot be hollow, seated or have a tough core.
2.  The  vegetable must be at least 1.5 inches in diameter.
3. The vegetable should be at least 2 inches long.
4. The vegetable must have a firm, solid flesh.

 

Crunchy Zucchini Noodle Wrap with Feta and Avocado

Crunchy Zucchini Noodle Wrap with Feta and Avocado

 

The Spiralizer comes fully assembled  and I decided to make a zucchini wrap with hummus as my first attempt.

I sliced off the ends of the zucchini and cut it in half. I decided not to peel it. I didn’t have any problems and it made great noodles.

I’ve also spiralized sweet potatoes and baked them in the oven. Those are pretty good too.

I researched before I purchased a spiralizer and decided that Amazon had the best one for the price.

With Black Friday and the Christmas holidays just around the corner, it might be a good time to buy one for yourself or as a gift for that someone special.

 

 

Wrap Recipe

Wrap Recipe

 

If you would like to learn how to use a Spiralizer, watch the brief video below.

 

 

Claudia

Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Drinking Coffee has Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Coffee

Health Benefits of Coffee

I drink two to three cups of coffee each and every day, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the health benefits of drinking coffee.

Trending today is the use of organic coffee which can be found in your local grocery stores and online. You can find coffee in bean, ground and even k-cup form.

More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this dark black beverage, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.

Dozens of chemical compounds within coffee provide a host of health benefit such as antioxidants and protect DNA directly.

Coffee is packed with antioxidants (caffeine is one of them) that soothe inflammation; inflammation damages cells in your body, which can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Coffee Health Benefits:

  • Coffee improves longevity.
  • Coffee protects our brains.
  • Coffee lowers your risk of stroke.
  • Coffee calms your stomach.
  • Coffee alleviates migraines.
  • Coffee helps protect your skin.
  • Coffee fights erectile dysfunction
  • Coffee protects your liver.
  • Coffee helps protect your skin.
  • Coffee also protects your colon.

 

Additional benefits

It also appears to improve cognitive function and decrease the risk of depression. I prefer to drink a cup of coffee to taking a draw full of pills.

If you count calories – You won’t break your calorie budget on coffee — until you start adding the milk, cream or sugar.

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels, of course drinking too much especially nearing sleep may not be too wise. Like most in life, moderate is the trick, too much of anything may have a negative impact on your health.

So here is to your good health – a cup of hot java in the morning to start your day of right.

Sources – WebMD & Mayo Clinic

Protein Shakes

Protein Shakes as a meal replacement

Protein Shakes

Protein Shakes

Specifically, I am personally using Isagenix product called IsaLean Shake which comes in a variety of flavors. At the moment I primarily use the “Dutch chocolate” flavor though I’ve tried several others over the past six months.

Available flavors:

Creamy French Vanilla
Strawberry Cream
Creamy Dutch Chocolate
Black Sesame (can be served warm or cold)

These shakes are a balanced 240-calorie, meal replacement clinically shown to support healthy weight loss and lean muscle growth with 24 g of high-quality protein. The shakes offer 23 vitamins and minerals, Protein, energy-fueling carbs, and good fats. Along with high-fiber content and active enzymes to aid digestion.

Keep in mind that I said meal replacement, so if your goal is to lose weight the product is ideal. Don’t treat it as a snack.

However, if you drink the shake in addition to your normal eating habits; I am afraid it is not going to help you lose weight.

Take a look at the above video for further information on IsaLean Shakes and their health benefits.

Not all protein shakes are equal, many use “soy” as one of their main ingredients.

Protein is an important nutrient needed by everyone on a daily basis. It is made up of essential and non-essential amino acids, which are the “building blocks” for healthy bodies.

Protein has a number of different roles in the body including the following:

  • Repair body cells
  • Build and repair muscles and bones
  • Provide a source of energy
  • Curb cravings
  • Control many of the important processes in the body related to metabolism

Give it a try, for further information on Isagenix products please visit the above Isagenix tabbed page.

Quote of the week – “Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”

Have  a great week, be back in a week to bring you more healthy living tips.

 

Relieving Stress with Meditation

Relieving Stress

Stress Management

Stress Management

It is a fact that 75% of Americans experience a mental or physical symptom of stress. A staggering 20% of Americans never try to combat this stress.

The power of meditation comes from the “relaxation response”; during meditation, our brain waves convert to a pattern that is as deep – and in some ways deeper – than sleep.

Personally I switch between meditation and relaxation exercises during my daily routine. I average somewhere between 12 to 28 minutes daily depending on the specific exercise I choose that day.

I’ve collected a variety of audio clips over the years to give me various methods of relieving stress that life brings us throughout our lives.

Active meditation has been shown to lower your heart rate and increase both your blood’s oxygen saturation and the delivery of oxygen to tissue.

The longer you practice meditation, the better; people who have practiced meditation for a long time have more gray matter than their peers.

Meditating can improve your health in the following ways:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Increase your longevity.
  • Reduce the likelihood of an admission to the hospital.
  • Improve your sleep
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Boost the immune system.
  • Reduce the number of visits to your doctor.

Below you will find a short less than six minutes video on how to get started in five easy steps, check it out.

There are a variety of free or nominal cost audio clips you can acquire; I use an online service called “Learn Out Loud” to download audio clips. Some are free and others do carry some cost.

Their service covers many subjects on self-help and development; check out their category called “free stuff”. You will find plenty of material on both video and audio format that is informative and educational.

Quote of the week – “You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself”