Summer is rapidly approaching which seems to be the biggest season for hosting dinner parties, especially barbecues. Even though summer is a more laid-back season for entertaining, there are still important dinnerware pieces you’re guests will notice but you will most likely miss. In order to keep up your fab style at your next party, I’m letting you in on some hosting secrets to make sure your dinner table looks as chic as you do (even if it’s just the patio picnic table!)
I’ve been eating and loving my Chia Seeds regularly for the last few years, ever since I Heard Dr. Oz talk about what a good superfood they are. Being vegetarian, and upon hearing how they’re packed with protein, has had me adding these yummy seeds to my salads, cereal, and oatmeal almost daily!
Today, March 23rd, we celebrate National Chia Seeds Day! Here are just a few fun facts on these yummy, nutritious seeds that might have you eating them daily in the near future too!
DID YOU KNOW?
Chia seeds are a complete protein, a rich plant-based source of Omega-3s providing fiber, antioxidants, minerals and more. Mamma Chia’s top-four favorite benefits of chia seeds include:
- Rich Nutritional Value: Gram per gram, chia has 8x more Omega-3s than salmon, 25 percent more fiber than flaxseed, 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, 2x more potassium than bananas, 70 percent more protein than soy beans, and 2x more calcium than milk.
- Satiety: Chia is a complete protein, which can help you feel more satisfied after a meal.
- Digestion: Chia seeds have both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can aid in digestion.
- Plant Protein: Chia has more than 4g of vegetarian protein per one ounce, and unlike flaxseed, chia does not have to be ground to reap its benefits.
Bikini Season is coming! Yay! But also.. Yikes! Winter eating has totally caught up with me and I’ve been scurrying to shed some of those winter pounds I collected while splurging on those warm comfort foods and yummy Holiday Treats!
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working hard to get fit and shed those extra winter pounds! Along with eating better and being more active, I found and have been using an amazing natural herbal supplement that has really helped me shed the extra weight FAST!
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It consists of 2 steps, the Morning Boost Tea and the Night Cleanse tea (taken every other night for 28 days!) These delicious and nutritious teas help Boost energy levels, prevent overeating, aid in digestion, help boost metabolism, cleanse the body of toxins, and also reduce caffeine dependencies! These tea’s are synergistically combined for maximum effects!
Made in Germany, SkinnyMint ethically sources it’s ingredients and stays true to itself as a responsible tea maker. SkinnyMint Tea emphasizes that this is about lifestyle change! They don’t promise miracles, but they do promise a kick start to healthy eating! SkinnyMint doesn’t believe in compromising your health for any extreme weight or fitness goals, but instead believes in stopping excess weight gain, and encouraging healthy behaviours.
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March is National Nutrition Month, which is a time to shed some light on our food choices and how we can develop some sound eating and physical activity habits. The health professionals seem to agree that American families desperately need both of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 21% of adolescents are considered obese, and over 17% of kids ages 6-11 are. Yikes! This is an epidemic we can no longer afford to turn our backs on!
“With so many processed and convenience foods available, so many families have lost sight of the connection between food and health. While many of these foods seem to fit in our busy schedule they may be setting us up for chronic diseases later on. Diet-related diseases like coronary artery disease often start in early childhood,” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “It’s important for families to make their health a priority through healthy eating and being physically active. Parents hold the key to making this happen, by being role models providing a culture of wellness in the home.”
One major problem that is plaguing kids today is the amount of added sugar that they are consuming. The CDC reports that Americans are consuming too much sugar, which can lead to health problems such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. They estimate 2-19 year-olds are consuming an average of 16% of their daily calories from “added sugars” (sugars and syrups that have been added to foods and beverages when they are prepared).
In addition to cutting back on the added sugar, there are numerous other ways that parents can help create healthy family habits, including these 6 Easy Tips:
1. Spend more time cooking at home, rather than dining out or grabbing fast food on the go. Food prepared at restaurants is often loaded with added sugars, fats, and sodium. Parents can help teach healthy habits by getting kids in the kitchen to help prepare the meals. Using Doctor Yum’s free Meal Maker Machine on doctoryum.org, families can quickly create custom healthy recipes, using ingredients they already have on hand.
February is a Heart Health Month, making it the perfect time to find ways to re-think what we eat in order to help lead us to better heart health. It’s an issue that most of us need to pay attention to, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. In fact, each year there are around 610,000 people who die from heart disease, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Further, each year there are around 735,000 Americans who have a heart attack. The good news is that there are things we can do to help reduce our heart disease risk, with what we eat playing an important role.
“Considering how many times per day and week that we eat, it’s important to consider our food choices,” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “This is especially true when it comes to our children because their bodies are developing and they are learning habits that may last a lifetime.”
According to the CDC, some of the risk factors for heart disease include diabetes, being overweight or obese, having a poor diet, being physically inactive, and using alcohol excessively. Improving the diet is likely to also help with the weight and diabetes issues.
Here are some tips for helping to re-think your eating for better heart health:
Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert recipe that will wow your family, or that special someone? Terra’s Kitchen‘s is packed with love and flavor, not to mention also low in sugar! A Valentine’s Day (or any day) chocolate indulgence with half the guilt and twice the jolt. This decadent, delicious mix of chocolaty goodness, with a hint of coffee flavor, is the perfect ending to an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner!
Valentine’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake
- 2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
- 2/3 cup high-quality cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream
- 5 tablespoons cold brewed coffee (we use Baltimore-based Zeke’s Coffee)
- Butter Coffee Pour Over (recipe to follow)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Generously grease a Bundt pan with butter (we used a heart-shaped Bundt for Valentine’s Day). Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream and coffee and mix until combined.
- Gradually add the dry JUST until incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt and bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes).
- Remove the cake from the oven and pour Butter Coffee Pour Over mixture over the hot cake. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan onto a plate or cake stand. Remove the pan and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar before serving.
Butter Coffee Pour Over
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup brewed dark roast coffee (we use Zeke’s Coffee)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Add ingredients to a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.