BREAKFAST (contributor Sara Upton)

written by Contributor Sara Upton…

Eating a healthy breakfast does a number of positive things for you physically. For instance, it gives your body the perfect dose of energy that it needs to make it through your busy morning. It has also been linked to enhanced weight control. Up to 90 percent of people who have been able to maintain weight loss for more than year indicating that they eat this important meal at least five of the seven days per week. 

However, the key to making breakfasts work for you is to choose food options that supply a decent amount of nutrients while tasting amazing. What are some to consider?
Tasty Yet Healthy Breakfast Options
If you have a little bit of time on your hands, a breakfast burrito is a great way to get some nutritious foods in your system and satisfy your hunger at the same time. Don’t be afraid to load it up with veggies either. Peppers, avocado, tomatoes, and any others you want to add will boost the flavor while keeping it healthy. 

Another option, and one that is slightly more filling, is whole-wheat apple pancakes. By adding wheat flour, you’re consuming healthier carbs. The apples are good for you too as they are loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber, which is good for your digestive tract, lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes, and even has the potential of reducing your cholesterol levels.

If you don’t have a lot of time to make a meal, a nutrient-packed breakfast to consider is a simple green smoothie. Some ingredients that are great in green smoothies include kale, spinach, and parsley. Of course, you can always add other non-green foods as well, such as different fruits, flax seed, and other nutritious ingredients that you’ve grown to love.

Juicing is yet another alternative and one that a lot of people find enables them to start their day with a lot of energy without giving them a full stomach that can weigh them down. How is juicing different than smoothies? The main difference between the two is that juicing removes a large amount of the fiber. 

It’s still good for you, though, as many people have experienced improved health via juicing. Jil Larsen is one of them. She was able to reverse her skin disorder after just six months of eating healthier foods and juicing.

And here is one more idea for a quick and healthy breakfast for those crazy busy mornings…

Healthy Breakfast Tips
If you typically struggle with eating a healthy breakfast, here are some tips that can help:

  • Buy nutritious breakfast foods that you not only enjoy eating, but that you also don’t mind making, so you aren’t tempted to walk out the door without them.
  • Have a number of healthy food options on hand so you don’t get bored eating the same breakfasts over and over again.
  • Keep your fridge and pantry stocked so you can’t skip breakfast due to the excuse that there’s nothing to eat.

Click HERE for more details about the NOVEMBER BINGO CHALLENGE and sign up HERE!

Come join the fun!!

 

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Thank you Sara for encouraging us in these healthy ways!

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GINGER SHOT RECIPE AND FACTS

 

Ginger is a great ANTI-FOOD —» it’s anti-viral • anti-septic • anti-histamine • anti-inflammatory and just great if you have a head cold or sinus congestion.  It’s INTENSE NUTRITION!  BAM

If you live near a beloved JUICE BAR ♥, go in and ask for a Ginger Shot.

They’ll make one up for ya!

Or try this RECIPE from DELICIOUSLY ELLA

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 large knob of ginger, about 50g

Peel the ginger, then put it into a juicer and collect the juice. Squeeze the lemon either by hand or using a citrus press. Mix the juice of the ginger and lemon together, then drink the shot – don’t sip it though as it’s not the most delicious thing!

↓  THE CHALLENGE  ↓

Can you take a GINGER SHOT and keep a straight face like my little man Iver?

Now here’s a Juicy Tip from Juice Therapy •••
For a warm, comforting, nutritious drink, put a few slices of lemon and ginger along with a teaspoon of manuka honey into hot water.

Because ginger helps to tame nausea, it is beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy and its associated nausea as well as for pregnancy and its associated morning sickness.

Ginger has been referred to as “the king of anti-inflammatory foods” and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. The reason it is such a powerful anti-inflamatory is because it contains compounds or essential oils called gingerols that help to interrupt the inflammation process. Essentially they interfere with an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) that is involved in switching on inflammation and instigating pain. When we experience a cold, we feel all bunged up with mucus, although actually most of that feeling actually comes from inflammation of the of the mucous membrane in the nose and sinuses. Most conditions and pain in the body are associated with inflammation including all muscle pain, arthritis and even skin conditions. … read more here

For some fun Juicy Trivia, check out Juice Therapy! 

A ginger shot is one of the assignments in our Fall Bingo Challenge!  This is a great way to say motivated in November… Let’s do this together!  Come read → HERE ←about the challenge and get your family and friends in on this one… it’s gonna be FUN!!

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♥ HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY SEASON ♥

 

 

ADVOCARE PRODUCT REVIEW: MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES

Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast”
What you put in your body first thing in the morning really does make a difference in your day.  Fuel your body proper, first thing, and kickstart your metabolism and give yourself what it needs to run efficiently!  
 
Because of the craziness of the morning rush, we need some easy solutions and that’s why I’m highlighting the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes this week at the start of the school year.  This is my breakfast 4-5 times a week.  The other mornings I’m actually in the kitchen cooking something 
[Check out the video at the bottom of this post for the 3 minutes egg breakfast.  So good.  So easy.  And So not hard to clean up!]
 

REVIEW: LADERA GRANOLA

I want to thank Ladera Granola for sending me a bag of their granola to review!  I’m SO HAPPY to know about this company. We have tried lot of different brands and I will honestly say this is the most fresh, tasty granola we’ve ever had.  It’s opposite of bland and the texture is really nice.  

Ladera Granola began in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield – medical doctor and mother of 3.  This family business is on a mission to to promote healthy diets, active living, and sustainable business practice… and they make a fantastic product!  What’s not to LOVE??? It’s refreshing to find a company who cares about the quality of their food.

A few facts about Ladera Granola: 
  • Baked by hand and roasted at low temps to preserve the flavor and health benefits
  • No preservatives, trans fats or cholesterol
  • Granola is packed with proteins, fibers, minerals and natural oils
RASPBERRY PARFAIT
Recipe here
INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR 
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT LADERA GRANOLA?  “It tastes extremely good… like actual honey and oats… like real food.  The consistency was very nice.  It’s not sticky.  Taste good with any flavor of yogurt.”
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO EAT GRANOLA?  
“I like to eat it with almond milk as a substitute for cereal.  I like it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  And I’ll eat this kind dry.”
 
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS?  
“I’d like to try other flavors by them”
 
I definitely recommend this brand.  
It’s sold by the package and in bulk. 
 Go buy some right now! 
 
THANK YOU AGAIN
LADERA GRANOLA!
 
Follow Ladera Granola on Facebook here
Get recipes and healthy encouragement from their Pinterest here
And stay in the loop on twitter here
 
BE PICKY WITH WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY.  
YOU ARE WORTH IT!
HAVE A HEALTHY DAY FRIENDS.

3 MINUTE MEAL

Watch how I spend less than 3 minutes making a Slow-Carb meal with little clean up!  Serious.  There are no more excuses about not eating breakfast in the morning! Make sure you are getting your first meal with in the first hour of waking up!

 

A SLOW-CARB MEAL: Breakfast for Dinner

Here’s a slow-carb meal that makes everyone in my house happy!
 
BREAKFAST for DINNER

thePREP
1. Saute’ onion and bell pepper 
(and any other veggie you want to throw in there) 
2. In a different skillet, saute’ SPINACH in COCONUT OIL.
3. Add eggs to the onion and peppers.
4. Prepare bacon.  I cooked bacon in the oven
 375 for 20ish minutes.  It was good!
 I add FLAX OIL to the eggs.
 
THIS IS MY KIDS PLATE
VERY GOOD and FILLING!
EVERYONE is HAPPY and HEALTHY 🙂

The 14 Anti-Aging Foods List

We can’t turn back time, but we CAN

 slow down the inevitable aging process 

that we all must face!

We can improve our quality of life and reduce our risk of age-related diseases by what we eat!

Choose HEALTH by choosing these

Anti-Aging Foods:

  1. Wild Salmon

  2. Green Leafy Vegetables

  3. Blueberries

  4. Nuts

  5. Apples

  6. Cruciferous Vegetables

  7. Beans

  8. Pomegranate Juice

  9. Red Wine

  10. Prunes

  11. Dark Chocolate

  12. Oatmeal

  13. Spices and Herbs

  14. Tea


Anti-Aging: 12 Oatmeal

OATMEAL


Add oatmeal to your normal diet to slow down the aging process because it

  1. lowers cholesterol

  2. boosts immune system

  3. stabilizes blood sugar

  4. reduces risk of diabetes

  5. has special antioxidants to protect heart

  6. prevents breast cancer

  7. gluten-friendly – it has a small amount of gluten but studies have shown that adults and children with celiac disease can tolerate it

Add other Anti-Aging foods to your oatmeal… like

Check out  Mr. Breakfast.com for 144 

different ways to make oatmeal!

Let me know what you try and how you like it!