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New Year – Find that Balance

2016 is off and running.  This weekend marks the half-way point of the month of January already!!  I realize that food appears to have no direct correlation to Real Estate, but, as many who know me understand, I believe you need to be the best you can be in order to be successful.

Real Estate is my passion, but I know the more balance I have in my life around my health, family, spirituality, finances, fitness, the better I will be able to pursue my passion.  Here are some food tips as we set off on this Yew year that can help you be the best “you” possible too.

Go make it a great one!  Rob

10 Foods to Eat Everyday

With all of the different healthy eating habits that are trending these days, it is hard to keep track of them all. To keep up, you need to know which foods are healthy, which to substitute, and what superfoods you should eat regularly for optimal health.

Get back-to-basics with this list of foods you should eat every day—and the benefits of doing so.

Berries

Berries
Berries are a good source of fiber, which is needed for a healthy digestive system and helps to promote weight loss. Raspberries have the most at 8 grams of fiber per cup.

Nuts

 Nuts
Nuts contain sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. To be more specific, walnuts have high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, which may help with improved mood and heart health

Spinach 

Spinach
Spinach contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It also is a healthy source of folate, which can form healthy new cells and produce DNA.

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Oranges
Oranges are a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamin C. One orange contains a day’s dose of vitamin C, and helps to create white blood cells and antibodies to fight off infections.

eggs

Eggs
Eggs are a good source of protein, which can keep your appetite satisfied for a longer period of time. Egg yolks have two antioxidants that can help keep your eyes healthy and shield your skin from damaging UV rays.

Broccoli 

Broccoli
Broccoli contains vitamins C, A, and K, which are good for keeping your bones healthy. It also has a healthy amount of sulforaphane, which is thought to help prevent cancer.

 Yogurt

Yogurt
Yogurt contains good bacteria that can help decrease the risk of intestinal illness. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12, and protein. 

 sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a good source of alpha- and beta carotene, which convert into vitamin A and help with your eyes, bones, and immune system.

 Beans

Beans
Beans are a good source of iron, and contain the kind of fiber that benefits blood cholesterol levels. A 1/2 cup of cooked navy beans provide 7 grams of fiber.

tea 

Tea
Tea contains flavonoids that can lead to healthier teeth and gums as well as stronger bones. You can boost the power of the flavonoids by drinking your tea freshly brewed.

 

Some Healthy Food Ideas for the New Year

Healthy Food Hacks

In our busy everyday lives, healthy eating can be difficult—especially with the convenience of takeout and vending machines. But small steps go a long way toward an overall healthy lifestyle. These healthy food hacks into your daily routine to help steer you in the right direction.


Simple substitutes.
Finding healthy alternatives to your favorite foods is an easy way to cut calories fast without depriving yourself. A simple switch of using plain greek yogurt instead of mayo, or olive oil instead of butter, can help you feel better about what you eat while treating yourself to your favorite foods.


portions

Use smaller plates.
One of the best ways to eat less is to serve yourself less. Scientists have found that larger plates make you think you have less food, which results in dissatisfaction. So trick your brain into being full by decreasing your plate size.

Check out the quick and handy tips for measuring portions.


Cook once, eat twice.
After a long day, it is hard to find motivation to make a healthy dinner. Cut your kitchen time in half by making larger meals that you can eat for the next two days, or freeze leftovers for a night you really don’t want to cook.


Make your own flavored water.
We have all heard it before, “Drink more water.” For some of us, this is hard because water can be boring. But drinking water doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Infuse waters by steeping fruits and other ingredients in the fridge overnight.


superfoods

Sneak seeds into everything.
Seeds are both small and mighty. These superfoods help you stay full longer by helping you reach your daily recommended protein intake. Add some quinoa into your morning oatmeal for key essential nutrients and disease prevention benefits.

Learn about other superfoods you can add to your daily routine.


Get a good night’s sleep.
There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to reset your body and mind. Studies have shown that people who get quality sleep on a daily basis tend to make better food choices, which can result in smaller waistlines.


 

Holidays: Happy, Festive, Hectic and Stressful

The holidays are happy, festive occasions. But they can also be hectic and stressful. This all-natural nourishment can be just the remedy you need. It’s the perfect way for your houseguests to replenish their skin from holiday travel. Or use it as a post-holiday treat to yourself.

Avocado Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of aloe juice
  • 2 cups of cane sugar
  • 10 drops essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Slice avocado in half, discarding the pit. Spoon out the fleshy green part of the avocado from the skin and place it into the food processor.
  2. Add in the olive oil, aloe juice, and essential oils, and mix until you get a smooth, thick green liquid.
  3. Pour the liquid into an air-tight container, and mix in the sugar evenly.
  4. Store the finished scrub in the refrigerator.

NOTE: The quality of this scrub is due to its freshness, and will only stay good for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator, before turning brown due to oxidation.

Instructions for use:
Use the fresh avocado sugar scrub in the shower for total-body exfoliation, or as a gentle facial-exfoliating cleanser. The ingredients will leave skin soft, with a natural glow.
Gently massage the avocado sugar scrub onto skin. Rinse off with warm water.

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Giving Back – Food Donation Shopping

 Giving Back – A Food Donation Shopping List

When you’re at the grocery store stocking up on everything you need for the upcoming holiday feast, remember those who are less fortunate. Providing a few nonperishables to your local food drive can make a real difference for a needy family. Consider adding some of these high-demand items from each food group to your list the next time you go food shopping, and help curb hunger in your community.

Go make it a great one while making a difference for others this holiday season.  Rob

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Fruit and Vegetable Group
Canned vegetables (low sodium, no salt added) are a side dish staple that is always needed. But they are not the only options for helping the hungry meet their recommended servings. Vegetable juice, 100 percent fruit juice, and even spaghetti sauce are great ways to add fruits and vegetables. Dried or canned fruit (in light syrup or in its own juices), are healthy dessert options.

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Grain Group
It’s easy to focus on holiday dinner, but don’t forget that the hungry need to eat breakfast and lunch, too. Oatmeal and multigrain cereal are easy and nutritious. Other great grain options include whole grain crackers, quinoa, whole grain rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese.

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Protein Group
Nothing satisfies hunger quite like protein. Canned meat and fish, such as chicken, beef stew, chili, tuna, and salmon, will keep without the need for refrigeration. Hearty soups, such as split pea, chicken noodle, or turkey and rice, make a great meal on their own. Peanut butter, canned beans, and nuts are also great protein options.

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Milk Group
Choose dry or evaporated milk to make sure those in need get enough dairy.

Food Donation List