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Nutmeg

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | 1 comment

Nutmeg is certainly one of my favorite spices in the fall and winter, so I just had to check out what health benefits are associated with Nutmeg. I think you will be surprised and pleased with the many health and medicinal benefits of Nutmeg. Benefits •Anti-inflammatory properties •May help with respiratory problems •Helps with digestion; Soothe stomach aches and stops diarrhea •Can help lower blood pressure •Relieves stress •May help increase blood circulation •May help dissolve kidney stones •Can help treat arthritis Intake Spice- Nutmeg is commonly found in the spice isle already grounded and ready to be added to your favorite recipes. Nutmeg is a great way to add flavor and health benefits to any dish. Nutmeg has a strong flavor, so you don’t need to add a lot to your recipe. Oil- Nutmeg oil can be used...

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This is a must with every workout!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Fitness | 2 comments

Whether you are swimming, running, or riding a bike…you should make sure that you do a proper warm up and cool down with your exercise routine. Unfortunately, a lot of people try to skip this essential workout “must”, without ever realizing that they are missing a very important piece to the puzzle. I’ll give you some reasons why a proper warm up and cool down are important. Warm up Warm ups should be easy and short. Having a proper warm up helps provide blood flow to your heart and muscles. With the increased blood flow, the lactic acid in the muscles is minimized, which increases the overall performance of the workout. Synovial fluid is released into the joints which allows increased elasticity in the muscles and increased flexibility for the tendons and ligaments. A good warm up also helps activate the nervous system...

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Banana Nut Bread

Posted by on Sep 23, 2010 in Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Recipes | 2 comments

Do you have a bunch of old bananas in your kitchen? Why not try making Banana Nut Bread or Banana Nut Pancakes? This simple recipe is extremely delicious, and when you taste the bread (or pancakes) you’d be surprised to find out that you’re eating something that is Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, and has no processed sugars or additives. Healthy food can taste great, and this recipe proves it.  Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg 1/2 cup chopped Pecans 2 Eggs, beaten 6 ripe Bananas, mashed 1/3 cup Raw Honey 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil Instructions: Step 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bread pan with coconut oil spray. Step 2) Mix rice flour,...

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Skinny Tip #4

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Skinny Tips & Quotes | 0 comments

Skinny Tip #4 Want a dessert? Try fresh Organic strawberries! Put Organic whipped cream on top if you are feeling naughty ; ) Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Solutions for Postpartum Depression

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in New Mom, Parenting | 1 comment

What is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum Depression is much more than feeling a little sad or tired. Postpartum Depression can effect woman usually for the first several months after giving birth, and can even last up to a year. Some of the symptoms include sadness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue,  changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns, and uncontrollable crying. Of course, talking about the symptoms is much easier said than actually going through it yourself. Many woman who have gone through Postpartum Depression have the guilt of feeling like they just aren’t happy being a mom. For many woman, that’s only the beginning. Causes of Postpartum Depression Many Doctors believe that Postpartum Depression is caused from a lack of vitamins and minerals in your diet, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and sometimes a combination of all three. Solutions for Postpartum Depression •Sleep, Sleep,...

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Whiten your Teeth!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2010 in Beauty | 2 comments

Whitening your teeth has become a fashion statement that seems to be here to stay. We all see the beautiful white smiles celebrities have, and we want the same bright smile too. You may have a healthy shade of white teeth, but compared to your friends and co-workers with bleached teeth, your teeth might just look yellow -but only in comparison. Cause of Discolored Teeth Simply put, colored molecules found in some foods and drinks can get absorbed in your tooth’s enamel surface. This causes your teeth to become less white with time. If you want a brighter smile, you may want to avoid red wine, coffee, tea, cigarettes, mustard, and even blueberries. Problem with Professional Teeth Whitening Most, if not all Teeth whitenings contain hydrogen peroxide. This is a harmful chemical that can destroy your gums and nerves and...

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Nuts about Berries: Large vs. Half size

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Anyone who is lucky enough to live in an area with a Cafe Zupas, knows that an all time favorite specialty salad is Nuts about Berries. As much as I love food for its taste…what about the nutrition and calories involved? I can only estimate, but I wanted to give an approximate calculation on what the calories were in the Large and Half sized salad. I have picked this salad apart with the ingredients involved, and I give you some pretty good estimates on how many calories are in this salad – the Half and Large size. Nuts about Berries: Half Size 4 cups Romaine Lettuce  = 32 calories 1/2 cup Mixed Berries = 50 calories 1 scoop Cinnamon Honey Almonds = 38 calories 1/4 cup Poppyseed Dressing = 254 calories Total Calories: 374 calories ———————————————————————————————————————————- Nuts about Berries:...

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Healthy Alternatives for your Junk Food Cravings

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Health, Weight Loss | 1 comment

What’s your junk food craving? Everyone seems to have specific cravings now and again! Whether it be sweet or salty, we sometimes tend to think of the junk food as a first choice to satisfy those cravings. Here are some ways you can curb your cravings in a healthy way. Healthy Alternatives to your Salt Cravings •Popcorn –Homemade popcorn made with coconut oil and a bit of real salt is a wonderful treat when you need something salty! •Jerky -When salt cravings come, it might just mean you need a little meat in your diet. Be sure to make your jerky homemade or buy the Organic or All Natural kind so that you don’t get any MSG or additives that usually come with processed meats. •Edamame -These are an easy snack to make, and a great alternative to something...

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