Browsing Category: Health & Wellness

I Love Pudding!

I am an absolute sucker for pudding…..heck what am I saying, I absolutely LOVE just about any sweet!  I am partial to pudding though.  Anyway, I just came across this recipe on the Honest Fare blog, that has a healthy twist so I had to share! Quinoa pudding…..wow not sure about you, but sounds amazing to me! I’m thinking I may play with it and try substituting some of the cows milk for coconut milk. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

What’s Your Intent?

If you’re anything like me you have things floating around in your head all of the time from smaller daily ideas such as, “i’d love to start meditating twice every day” to bigger picture things such as “i’d love to learn a foreign language.”  The hangup for me is often accountability when it comes to actually accomplishing some of these goals.  That’s why when I stumbled across this site not long ago I loved the concept!  Intent.com is “a community where members can share their dreams and aspirations, and receive support from others. This is your online destination for turning your intention into tangible action, and inspiring others to do the same.”  It was founded by Mallika Chopra, daughter of infamous Deepak Chopra.

Cleanse with Kale

I love summer time including all of the indulgences that come along with it…..homemade ice cream, blueberry pie and great BBQ to name just a few!  As fall quickly approaches I’ve found myself feeling a bit sluggish from all of this summer goodness and think a brief cleanse may be in order.  I’m not one for long, strict cleanses.  A few days to a week at most, is about all I typically have the willpower to accomplish but even just a few small shifts in my diet can really make a big difference.  With that in mind I went on a search and found some great kale recipes that are fantastic for detoxing.  I plan to try them out within the next month, I’ll keep you posted!

Organic Is Not Healthier? Part 2

Ok, so it’s not just me.  It looks like Consumer Reports has come to the same conclusions as we did about eating organic, and why it is important.  I know, that is 2 references to Consumer Reports in 2 days. I don’t actually read the publication that often, it’s just a coincidence.  :)

So, back to topic.  Read this article, as it spells out what I was trying to say a few days ago very nicely.  They get into the science of it all, and break down several issues with the original study.  At the bottom they also provide a great link that I find very useful.  It breaks down which foods it is most important to buy organic.  Since organic is usually more expensive, this is a great tool to help budget your shopping, and only spend more on the things that are most important.  I have also been nice enough to provide you direct access to that article here!

 

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Yoga At Home

I really enjoy yoga, not to mention feel amazing on the days that I dedicate even just 10-15 minutes to practicing first thing in the morning.  I also enjoy going to yoga classes however find it can be a bit expensive and often find it difficult to set time aside to go to an actual studio.  For me I like the flexibility of practicing at home when it’s most convenient for me.  I’ve been subscribing to different yoga websites for a few years now.  Most of them have great yoga videos that I can watch on my computer to build my home practice.  Although these sites are fairly inexpensive, I’ve just found a great site that offers a fantastic selection of yoga videos and best yet is 100% free & wanted to share it with you!  http://www.doyogawithme.com

Healthy Eats NYC

 

Although I’m not Vegan, I enjoy trying tasty food that’s healthy too!  This is a great list of Kris Carr’s (the super awesome woman behind crazysexylife.com) favorite NYC Vegan restaurants.  I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a few of them & hope to check all of them off of the list at some point!  Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan I’d encourage you to give some of these a shot if you’re ever in The Big Apple!  Oh, and let us know if you have any favorite spots that offer some healthy fare too!

 

Smiling Babies Do More Than Warm the Heart

 

As a parent to a 4 month old baby I can attest that my husband and I will do just about anything to make our child smile.  Before becoming parents we’d watch our friends and family with young children doing the “dog and pony show” to cheer up their children and we’d laugh at how silly they looked and vow that would never be us. Ha! Just the other day I caught us in one of those moments….he had just woken up from his nap and was cranky so my husband broke into a children’s song complete with hand gestures and all and within seconds I was right there with him belting out the tune.  Oh the things we do to get a child to smile and laugh!

Turns out the more a baby smiles and laughs the better it is for his development.  According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, “positive, smiling babies tend to sleep better, have more regular habits and are healthier in general. The interaction that’s involved sets the stage for better interaction with others when the child is older.”

So the next time you parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends catch yourself doing a song and dance or a goofy face to coax a baby’s smile, although you may feel ridiculous, know you’re doing that baby good!

Liven Up Your Oatmeal

I try to eat as healthy as possible without compromising flavor however, I’ve been a bit bored with my normal breakfast options lately.  In a moment of breakfast boredom desperation, I came up with a new twist on my morning oatmeal.  Try adding a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (or almond butter if you prefer), a dash or two of cinnamon and a half of a banana sliced up.  Not only is it healthy but it’s yummy too!

 

Where is My Milk From?

I don’t know about you, but I really like knowing where the food my family consumes is coming from.  This is a neat tool you can use to locate exactly which dairy your milk products come from.  You simply enter in a code that is located on your milk, yogurt, chocolate milk, soy or organic milk, coffee creamer, cottage cheese, ice cream, etc. Check it out!

http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com/