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Make Your Own Acai Bowl

Originally posted on KatieHartMorse:

I LOVE acaí bowls. I remember having my first one when I got to San Diego. I had never heard of them before, but fell in love instantly. They are refreshing and filling and healthy (well as long as you don’t put a ton of peanut butter and chocolate in it). Anyway, I wanted to start making them at home, because well, I don’t only want to be able to have one of my favorite things when I eat out. And I wanted to be able to put what I want in it.

make your own acai bowl

First, how is the word “acai” pronounced – aah-sai-eee

I said this wrong and was corrected multiple times when I first moved to San Diego, until I finally caught on. :) So, don’t feel bad if you have been saying it wrong.

Next – I needed to track down where to buy frozen acai packets. I know

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Benefits of using virgin olive oil

Originally posted on Get Fit or Get Fat:

At times we need an oil to cook with but many get confused on which oil to use. We would like to show you the benefits of using olive oil:

1. Helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
It has been studied that olive oil reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 50 %. Along with this, it may improve ones blood sugar level, blood lipid levels, and insulin resistance.

2. Raw olive oil is very healthy.
It is healthier that hearted oil and gives you the gray benefit of tasting great in salads and pasta.

3. Lots of nutrients !
Extra virgin olive oil comes with Omega-6, Omega-3, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

4. Improves your overall health.
Olive oil can improve your health by reducing inflammation, prevents blood clotting, helps reduce blood pressure, and helps cut the need for blood pressure medication. Cancer prevention is an…

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Overnight Oatmeal Mugs

Originally posted on Butter and Butts:

Don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning? Here’s what you need-

Overnight No Cook Oatmeal Mason Jars

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk (you can use soy milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (dahi)
  • 1/2 banana (can replace with any other fruit)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate chips

Procedure:

  1. Add oats, milk and yogurt to a mason jar/mug. Stir, and add flax seeds and peanut butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, add banana and chocolate chips.
Overnight Oatmeal Mug

Overnight Oatmeal Mug

Notes

  • Soak them in milk and curd (optional) overnight and add your flavours in the morning
  • Check the consistency before refrigerating. (It should be thick)
  • Though the recipe eliminates the need for any sugar but those who want to make the recipe sweeter, use honey (skip sugar)
  • I can’t digest a lot of milk and hence prefer to mix…

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Naanizza (Pizza on Naan) – Cook or Bake

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

Naanizza

About:

My earlier post Kulchizza (For recipe Click here) received very good feedback made me explore this version.

Here have used homemade Naan using whole wheat for a healthy variation. It tastes delicious with your favourite toppings. Using spinach pesto as a pizza sauce adds goodness of greens. Enjoy with your favourite toppings.

Serves: 3-4
Baking time: 8-10 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes

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Fuchsia Juice

Originally posted on SjSchafer:

10659251_4742782463807_6102900175737094260_nFuchsia Juice

There is so much nutritional information about sweet potato, and purple sweet potatoes, that it is hard to list all the benefits.
They are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, they yield amazingly high amounts of vitamin A and C, help in guarding the digestive system from heavy metals.
Steamed with just a little butter or EVO is a delicious way to prepare them because the fat aids in the uptake of Vitamin A.

Recipe for my Fuchsia Juice

1 lg purple sweet potato
2 carrots
3 ribs celery
1 cup diced butternut squash
2 small green apples
1 inch ginger

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Roasted bell pepper and tomato dip/chutney

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

Red roasted dip

About:

This dip is a delicious, aromatic with roasted pepper and tomato, packed with flavour and so simple to make. The roasting of the pepper and tomatoes brings out best in them and the flavour is simply addictive.

Health Benefits:

Tomatoes might well be nature’s perfect food. They’re fat-free, low in sodium, and have been shown to lower cholesterol. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium. Finally, tomatoes also contain phenylalanine, an essential amino acid important in the functions of the kidneys and bladder.

Bell Peppers are also rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, two powerful antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that damage our cells, lead to clogged arteries, and play a role in many other diseases. Bell Peppers are also a good source of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and reduce our risk of heart disease.

Yield s: 3/4-1cup
Preparation…

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SWEET POTATO WITH FETA

Originally posted on Fabulous Fit Food:

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Ingredients

4 smallish sweet potatoes
Olive oilor Greek salad dressing (Kraft Greek Feta and Oregano)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
2 Tbsp cilantro (optional)
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 red chili pepper chopped or to your taste
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp minced garlic

Method
Cut the sweet potatoes in half and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Prick them a couple of times. Lightly oil them and season well. Roast in a 375 degree F oven till tender – about 40 mins.  Meanwhile combine olives and cilantro in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl combine feta, red chili pepper, cumin and garlic. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked spoon in a portion of feta mix and top with olive and cilantro.  Drizzle a little oil or salad dressing on top.

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Leg Exercise Before Climbing Mountain

Originally posted on Health Tourism Guide:

Mountain climber is one of the plyometric exercises which strengthen multiple muscle groups in addition to the cardiovascular system. To this exercise, you must activate the core abdominal muscles in addition to those in both the lower and upper body.

The mountain climber is a great dynamic core stability exercise but you need to first be able to master the static push-up hold or plank position before you should ever try it. It’s absolutely critical to keep your arms straight with your hands directly underneath your shoulders while also maintaining a straight-body position from head to toe. A good mountain climber has your moving at your hips, not your lower back.                                 Leg Exercise

The mountain climber exercise targets your chest, shoulders, back, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and abs while also working your cardiovascular system. Begin in…

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Spiced hot chocolate

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:

Spiced hot chocolate

About:

This is a fragrant hot chocolate gently seasoned with a touch of cardamom powder, carom seeds, mace and vanilla. Using dark chocolate gives a mild chocolate flavour. For more chocolatey flavour feel free to include cocoa powder with some added sweet. I used semi-skimmed milk as a low-fat option but  adding cream, whole milk make it rich and thick if calorie intake is not a prob.

Health Benefits:

Carom seeds, also known as Bishops weed, is used both in cooking and as an important ingredients in many medicines. Carom seeds has used traditionally as a remedy for flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pains and bronchial problems. It is noted for its antispasmodic, tonic and carminative properties. Thymol, which is found in its essential oil is a powderful antiseptic and antifungal agent.

Mace has similar benefits as of carom seeds and few other benefits are – It can reduce vomiting, nausea and…

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