3 Ways to Incorporate Ginger into Your Diet

Ginger is used in a variety of ways in many people’s diets including to help settle stomach upset during pregnancy. Though the spice is available in candied, powdered, pills, and tea forms many people are still not sure how to add it into their diet directly. If you are considering adding ginger into your new diet routine or health care routine, here are three ways to prepare and use it easily for effective results.



Teas

One of the easiest ways to add ginger into your diet is by using it in tea form. There are three ways you can do this. You can buy dry ginger and place a small amount into hot water, allowing it to steep for several minutes. The piece of ginger can be removed or it can be eaten at the end of the tea if you would like. You can also use powdered ginger. If you choose this option, you can place it along with other tea leaves in a tea infuser or alone in the hot water. You will need to strain the portion of the powder that does not dissolve easily. The third way is to purchase ginger in an already prepared tea form and follow the directions issued by the tea manufacturer.



Juicing

When you are juicing, you may wonder how to incorporate ginger into your juicing routine. The most common way is to put ground ginger into the juice at the start or end of the juicing process depending on what type of juicing machine you are using. You can also use ginger oil. If you choose to use a ginger oil or liquid, make sure it is labeled as food grade as some are for stress relief or topical use and not meant to be ingested. You can also use powders in the juicing process but remember some powders may not break down completely and may cause a gritty texture in the final product.



Capsules

If you don’t want to add more to your juicing or teas, or if you don’t like the hot spice feeling that ginger can offer, you do have another option. You can use ginger powder in capsule form. These can be purchased at most stores and health food stores throughout the country. All you would need to do is follow the directions by the manufacturer and take one to three capsules once to several times a day. Start off with the manufacturer directions and lower the intake if you feel it is too much or causing heartburn of any kind. Remember, it is a spice and if you have heartburn issues you will need to be cautious.

These are only three of the more common ways to incorporate ginger in your diet. Remember, ginger can be found in many forms including raw and in powdered form. This means they can be added easily to different aspects of your diet routine and in imaginative ways that are only limited by you.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. If you have some ideas on using ginger, share below.

To your health!

Pamela

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Three Superfood Food Bowl Ideas

When you think about superfoods, you probably think about juicing, powders, capsules, and smoothies. You probably don’t think about actual food bowls that are full of the superfoods you need in a day. If you are trying to have a well-balanced and solid meal, you can choose to go with a superfood bowl. These bowls contain three or more superfoods to create a full meal with a medium to low caloric intake and high nutrient output. If you have never tried a superfood bowl, consider these three bowls to get started.


Super Packed Breakfast Bowls

You may be under the misconception that the only type of superfood bowls available are for dinner or lunch. The truth is, you can incorporate superfood food bowls into your morning routine. Use traditional rolled oats in an overnight oats recipe as the base for your bowl. Add a cup full of mixed nuts such as walnuts and almonds. Add one cup of berries that are suitable for your goals. For example, blueberries are ideal for memory boosting and anti-aging goals. To finish off your bowl you can add chia seeds or Greek yogurt and honey.


Sprouting Superfood Bowls

One of the leading superfoods that most people try to incorporate into their routine are sprouts. Sprouts are easy to grow yourself and easy to find at most farmer’s markets and health food stores. You can use various forms of bean sprouts mixed with chia seeds, leafy greens, nuts, and a ginger or fruit based dressing. These superfood bowls are ideal for lunch or a very light dinner if you are short on time or just need to pack in the nutrients and not calories. If the sprouts are not enough, add some heft to the bowls by adding cubed sweet potatoes or quinoa.


Avocado Smoothie Bowl

If you like the feel and taste of various soups, then an avocado smoothie bowl may be an ideal way to get superfood food bowls into your daily eating routine.  These bowls are incredibly easy to make and can incorporate more food than you think. Start off with an avocado and a little olive oil in a blender. Mix them until creamy then add kale, chia seeds, or Greek yogurt. You can heat this mixture and serve as a soup with sprouts, nuts, or both on top to finish them off. This is an ideal superfood food bowl for colder months when soups and stews are a welcome change.

If you are concerned about how to incorporate these superfood food bowls properly, remember that most of the vegetables or fruits can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. There may be some nutrient loss, but it will be small and unnoticeable if you are on a healthy superfood routine and exercise plan.

Do you have a few superfood bowl ideas?  Please share them below with out community.  We’d all love to hear your ideas.

To you health!

Pamela 

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Four Superfoods for Juicing

Most people who juice at home tend to go with the very basic juice mixes. These usually consist of something like apples, oranges, and carrots. In some instances, you may decide to add kale or another green leafy vegetable. The problem is that you may get into a rut with these juices and decide to leave juicing all together. Instead of dropping it and tossing the juicer away, consider these four superfoods to add to your juices to give them a kick and change them up enough to keep you interested.


Ginger

You may not think that ginger is suitable for juicing, but it can be a great spice to add to give your simple juices a kick. One of the most popular methods to add ginger is into a sunshine juice which consists of orange, apple, and pineapple juice. Add ginger food grade drops, ginger powder, or fresh ground ginger for an added spice and kick. It can change the flavor and give your basic juice a boost. It can also be made ahead of time if you are looking for a way to add juicing to your meal prep plan.


Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood that many people avoid because they don’t like the texture of the raw seeds in their juicing. If you want to add chia seeds, but also don’t like the raw texture, you do have another option. Simply soak your chia seeds overnight in either water or some of your leftover juice from a previous juicing session. The chia seeds will soften and will blend better with your juice while still giving you the same nutrients. These should be added halfway through the juicing in order to blend them properly into the mixture.


Pomegranate

Pomegranate is another superfood that leaves people a little perplexed on how to incorporate them into juicing recipes. These are actually easier than you may think. Simply open your pomegranate and spoon out the round ball like seeds. These are what you add to your juicing. You can add them in between two hard components or at the end of the juicing process to incorporate them as much as possible. If you decide you don’t want to cut and spoon out the pomegranate seeds another option is to have frozen pomegranate on hand. 


Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the juices that can stand on its own and give you great benefits as a simple juice to break up the juicing recipe rut. Watermelon gives hydration and energy boosts naturally, and has been noted by some to be a bigger boost of energy in the morning than even coffee provides. You can jolt this juice up a bit by adding chia seeds, other superfood fruits, and ginger.

There are many more superfoods, superfood rich powders, and mixes that you can add to your juicing. By just thinking outside of the box, you can make subtle changes to your juicing recipes that will keep you interested and change the taste for the better. These changes will also give a boost to your vitamins, minerals, and nutrient intake without heavily increasing calories.

Have fun experimenting with superfood options and juicing.  And enjoy!!

If you have juicing ideas, please feel free to share them with our community below.


To your health!

Pamela

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Healthy Lifestyle – The Choice is Ultimately Yours

When it comes to “dieting” or eating healthier the choice is ultimately yours. You are the only one that knows your body and whether you have what it takes to see it through.

There are many things to consider when you decide to go on a “diet.” Most prefer to call it a lifestyle change. If you focus on “dieting” too much you may end up eating differently for a short amount of time but if you are like me, you get bored with what you are doing and quit. Soon you’ve stopped eating healthier, gained your weight back (and it usually comes with friends), and you are right back where you started. Trust me – been there, done that.

When you want to live a healthier lifestyle or lose weight there are a few things you should consider doing. First, you have to focus on it as being a lifestyle change and not just a temporary “diet.”

At the beginning of the year I decided that I had to make a lifestyle change instead of just trying to diet.  It has been interesting and I have lost almost 40 lbs so far.  



Lifestyle Change, Then Diet

Due to the enormous amount of information about diets on the internet, people who yearn to lead healthy lives end up being confused as to which diet will help them achieve their goals – mostly weight management. The pendulum of which “diet” works keeps swinging back and forth. People try adapting to different diets but only a few are lucky to find one that helps them to successfully manage their health.

The diet debate is almost extinct. Now and then, people who try to reduce weight through dieting confess “cheating on their diets.” The major reason behind failing to keep up with a diet plan is that the plan is not parallel to the person’s lifestyle. Often, lifestyle is the best ally when it comes to eating and living healthy. A diet that goes well with your lifestyle is easier to maintain.

The realization that lifestyle comes before diet is triggered by the knowledge that the body is not a machine that efficiently produces output according to the input. Body systems are integrated in such a way that improvement of the whole depends on how well all the systems are coordinated.

For example, a person desiring to reduce weight may always eat healthy food but fails to handle emotional distress. According to research, stress leads to weight gain in some people. Having a lifestyle that supports the well-being of the entire body is the only way to achieve healthy living.

In support of the case of lifestyle over diet, many nutritionists have indicated instances when some of their clients have tried different diets but fallen off the wagon. The result of such failure is discouragement and frustration. Pro-lifestyle nutritionists are more concerned with helping a client develop a plan that they can follow while they make new lifestyles changes. They note that the greatest problem associated with weight and health management is adherence.

So the first thing you have to do is focus and commit to a lifestyle change.



Steps to Implementing a Lifestyle Change

When beginning a lifestyle change you should start by doing a few things to aid in your success. A few things to consider implementing to help you obtain a lifestyle change and ultimately a healthier life you should consider 1) starting an exercise regime if you are not already exercising; 2) start a food journal; 3) think positive; 4) start a motivation board; and 5) focus on progress.

  • 1) Exercise – This is a hard thing for some people. I know this is one thing I struggle with just because I have problems with my feet, and I have arthritis in my knees. Being more active than you are currently is the goal. Exercise is important to your health. If you can ride a bike, walk around the block, run a mile, go swimming, go hiking or workout at the gym, then do so. Make it a habit. If you need to start out slow and work up to a longer time each day, that is a good thing.
  • 2) Food Journal – Most people eat what they want, when they want. They rarely think about how food affects them or why they are putting on the pounds. I know I have broken several habits in the last few months that I’m pretty proud of just by being more mindful or what I was eating. Keeping a food journal helps you to identify the foods you are eating, how they make you feel, and why you may be adding a few inches around the waist. Be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

      For example, I personally know that I need to eat more protein and less carbs. When I began to write down what I was          eating each day it helped me recognize how much I was eating and pinpoint those things I needed to leave out of my             diet.

     There a lot of people who can eat more fruits and vegetables and less protein and they lose weight and feel better.                 Journal what you are eating to determine what type of plan you need. A really good book to read is “Eating for Your               Blood Type.”

  • 3) Think positive – You know you need to get healthier or lose weight. You know you need to accomplish what you set out to do. The only way to achieve that is to think positive and stay positive. Each day, tell yourself that you can do this and that you are worth it. Also, you should find a buddy or a family member who will help to encourage you when you need it. Whatever you choose to do to make your life better, stay positive.
  • 4) Get motivated – What is your why? Why do you want to have a healthier lifestyle? Like me you know you need changes in your life, so you need to get motivated. One way to do this is to make a motivation board. Make a list of the reasons you want to make a lifestyle change and get healthier. Make yourself a promise that you are going to stick to your program no matter what. Don’t fall to pieces if you “fall off the horse” one meal or one day. Just get back on the horse right away and don’t wallow in the muck.

      There may be many reasons you feel you need a healthy lifestyle change – it could be to lose weight, or you may need          to bring your cholesterol down or your sugar or your blood pressure. Whatever the reason, get yourself motivated and            get going.

      Clean out your pantry and your refrigerator. Develop a menu and shopping list and get excited about your new healthy            life. Decide what program or plan you’d like to try. There are many out there that are good healthy programs, or you may        want to do your own thing by eating healthier. Whatever it is just get motivated and keep it up. Read more about the                program I am on.

  • 5) Focus on progress – As you get started, weigh yourself and take pictures. Add these to your motivation board. Focus on your progress as you start losing weight or start to feel better by eating healthier and exercising. As you start to see changes or movement on the scale, you’ll get more excited and more motivated to keep going. Stay focused on you and what you are trying to accomplish.

Implementing these few things in your new lifestyle will help you meet your objective of a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, positive thinking, keeping food records and focusing on progress rather than perfection are the ultimate solution to health management. If you are able to make and enhance these lifestyle changes, it becomes very easy to follow diet plans that help you to achieve the overall objective of healthier living. But remember – the choice is ultimately yours!



To your health,

Pamela

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3 Great Superfood Smoothie Ideas

Smoothies are a great way to get all of your nutrients in one easy to drink meal. You can stuff them full of fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and even protein powders to give yourself the massive boost you need. You can also use them to fill the void you may have with vitamins and certain minerals throughout the day. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the many ways you can make smoothies to fit your dietary needs or tastes. Here are a few easy methods for how to make a smoothie and how to change up your superfood smoothies to give it a different flavor.


Milk Based Smoothies

When you hear milk based smoothie, you may think about typical dairy milk. The truth is, you can use any type of nut milk to make a smoothie and to fit with vegetarian or vegan eating habits. These smoothies are usually creamy and offer more of a milkshake feel to them. These are ideal bases for fruit-based smoothies and early morning smoothies where you need to add a calcium or protein aspect to your drink. These are fairly easy to make and require only a small amount of milk. Ideally you will be adding your fruits or vegetables to the blender first and adding one quarter cup of milk to start with. You can also drizzle your milk in throughout the blending process until you reach the consistency you want for the smoothie.


Yogurt Based Smoothies

Yogurt based smoothies generally use Greek yogurt that is thicker and has more superfood properties. Some of these yogurts already have some fruit added and are ideal in cases when you may want a certain fruit, like blueberries, but are unable to get them out of season. These smoothies usually use about a half cup of yogurt, or small yogurt serving, per blended smoothie mixture. If you feel that the consistency is too thick, consider using regular yogurt that is not as thick or more water based fruits and vegetables.


Pure Juice Smoothies

Pure juice smoothies tend to use things like bananas as the base to replace the yogurt or milk. A banana, apple, and berry or mango smoothie is a prime example. To add liquid, you would use water until you reach the right consistency. Alternatively, you can also add fruit juice that has been premade or bottled.

These are only three of the ways you can use to make smoothies. There are many other ways that fit different eating habits such as vegan, vegetarian, and even flexitarian diets.

Leave your smoothie ideas below and share with our community.

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Pamela

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