First Step to Being Healthy

First Step to Being Healthy

Many will say family comes first over anything. That is a positive statement and a well intended one. Look at this picture and put the signs in order, the order you wish to

in-what-oder-do-you-put-these-signsput them. These are priorities of life, which one should come first?

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I personally would put Health in the number one (1) spot. Why you may ask? Without good health it would be impossible to give your full attention to the other five, which includes Family. If you have good health, then you can put the family first.

How do you choose to eat?  How do you choose to eat? There are so many choices today on what to eat. Most of the time when we choose something to eat, we don’t think how that food correlates to a health us. At the Health News Library website that is their model: Learn How Food Correlates to a Healthy You.

We asked them if we could share some of their info-graphics about different foods and how they effect your health. There is also a small portion of an article and a link to the website to completely read the article.

Here is the first info-graph:

Benefits of water first thing in the morning

Water Is Our Body’s Lifeblood

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The male body is made up of approximately 60 percent water and the female is 50 percent. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces.

Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few….Read More

Broccoli and cancer

Broccoli – Why It’s Good for You

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and cress to name a few. All cruciferous vegetables are highly nutritional value, eating 4 servings of this vegetable group per week keeps cancer away.

More Great Reasons to Include Broccoli in Your Diet

Broccoli’s has a list of 8 different vitamins are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid (B-12), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.

The mineral content of broccoli makes this vegetable a supporter of heart health. The minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium. Other minerals include: Manganese, Choline, Iron and Selenium…Read More

 

5 Diabetes Busters

Natural Supplements for Controlling Diabetes

Food is always the best source for good nutrition. Many times though our bodies need extra help towards continued surviving. Natural supplements can help meet your goal to being healthy.

The usefulness of natural supplements depends on your sex, age and the stress factors in your life. Also natural supplements are derived from food sources that are readily recognized by the body for up-take.

Natural Supplements and Diabetes

Alpha-lipoic acid: Can improve glucose uptake and prevent glycosylation, which causes sugars to abnormally attach to proteins. It can also improve eye and nerve health. Good place to start is 100 mg to 600 mg a day. Higher doses are effective treatment diabetic neurophathy, which causes nerve damage…Read More

Also read: Exercise and Diabetes 

Benefits of raspberry leaf tea

As children or young adults you might have been told laughing is good for the heart. But have you ever been told what crying really does for you?

Crying releives stress and depression

Also if your interested they have a Family Fitness Page, which states:  Family Fitness is just as important as health eating. As parents and care takers we should be and need to be role models for our children.

Children notice everything going on around them. That includes them seeing what we eat and how active we are as parents. Modeling in healthy eating habits is as important as modeling healthy activity (FREE e-books are also offered).

 

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Creamy Chicken Florentine

Creamy Chicken Florentine

I found this recipe on the side of a tub of garlic Philly cooking cream. But I didn’t use the Philadelphia product, because of the added artificial flavors and chemicals. I make my own garlic cream as well as added the other ingredients the recipe called for.

The recipe calls for pine nuts, and pine nuts provide a good amount of both vitamins E and K. These vitamins have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. Vitamin-K helps form blood clots to prevent bleeding after injury, and vitamin-E helps with producing red blood cells essential for moving oxygen throughout the body.

These small nuts also have the trace minerals manganese, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Wow, a lot of nutrition for such a small nut.

Here is what you will need for the featured recipe – Creamy Chicken Florentine -.

First prepare the garlic cream sauce.

Garlic Cream Sauce

2 tablespoons butter, no salt

8 garlic cloves, minced

1 (14 ounce) can organic chicken broth, no salt

2 cups whipping cream

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon arrow-root starch

1/4 cup cold water

In a large saucepan, melt butter, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Add whipping cream and salt and return to a boil, stirring frequently.

Mix water and cornstarch and add to sauce. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

After the sauce is made, set aside.

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Next you will need:

1 lb. Chicken breast cut into bit size pieces

1 cup red bell pepper, diced

6 oz. package baby spinach

1 cup garlic cream sauce

2 cups Penne pasta

2 tbsp. pine nuts

Cook Penne pasta; according to package instructions.

In a heated skillet with 2 tbs. of olive oil add chicken and red pepper and cook until chicken is no longer pink but oblique in color. Add spinach stir and cook 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of liquid. Stir in garlic cream sauce. Stir until mixed about 6 minutes. Add the two cups cooked penne pasta and mix in. Next add the pine nuts and mix till well incorporated.

Remove from heat, plate and serve.

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If you wanted you can lightly roast the pine nuts to increase their flavor. Roasting them would be done the same as you would roast other nuts, like almonds or pecans.

Spread the nuts over a cookie sheet and place in the oven on 350 for about 8 to 10 minutes, stir the nuts once. To add more intense garlic flavor to this recipe, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of garlic powder with the nuts before roasting them.

To learn more about cruciferous vegetables, such as spinach is, link here to the Health News Library and scroll the page to review the articles and add to your knowledge on nutrition.

 

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Warm Brussels sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad

Warm Brussels Sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad

The high fiber that Brussels sprouts contain can lower cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.

The vitamins and minerals found in Brussels sprouts, include vitamins C, E, and A, and the mineral manganese.

Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin-K  about 273.5% per 8 ounce. Vitamin-K promotes healthy bones, prevents calcification of body tissues, and also helps as an anti-inflammatory agent, and also essential for brain and nerve function.

Studies have shown it can ward off cancer with only 4 servings a week compared to 10 servings a day of any other vegetable that isn’t part of the family of cruciferous vegetables.

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Warm Brussels sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad   

1 lb. baby potatoes, washed, skins left on

10 oz. Brussels sprouts, sliced

6 min-sweet peppers, seeded, diced

4 tbsp. avocado oil, divided

1/3 cup almonds, slivered

1 tsp. dried dill

¼ cup balsamic vinegar infused with pomegranate

½ tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Wash potatoes and roast in oven 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside.

Slice Brussels sprouts and sauté in heated pan with 3 tbsp. avocado oil.

Add slivered almonds and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes.

Add mixture to potatoes. Set aside.

Wash peppers and remove seeds. Dice and add to salad mixture.

Mix in 1 tsp. dry dill. Add balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp. avocado oil and mix until well incorporated.

Next add 1/2 tsp. salt and mix in well.

Plate and serve with your favorite meat.

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