Healthy Food

Looking & Feeling Beautiful & Radiant

A couple of weeks ago on the Mom Show we talked about a Spring Detox. Doing a basic detox is a great way to kick into a healthy life style shift. Life's busyness can get in the way of us feeling good about ourselves. Here are some tips on how to feel radiant from the inside out!

Supplements: Supplements can be very helpful for your body to feel good and balanced. A good food-based multivitamin is a nice start. Make sure it is food-based, they are much easier for your body to absorb. Some other key supplements are B Complex, fish oil, magnesium and vitamin D-3. This regimen will help with long lasting energy, improved mood, healthy cholesterol and strong immune system.

Sleep: Eight hours of sleep every night is ideal. Sleep deprivation can wreck havoc on your body. Sleep helps your skin glow, your mood to be steady, you body to be free of illness and of course good energy levels! If you have to wake up early, plan to go to bed and hour or two earlier. Do something relaxing before bed to help you get into a deep sleep such as reading for 10 minutes, a bath or meditation.

Water: Try and make 3 liters of water per day your goal. Get a water bottle that holds a liter and keep track of how many you drink. If you need something more exciting than water, try adding fruit. You can add any fruit to water. Put it in the fridge overnight; pour it into your water bottle the next morning and you have an amazing tasting beverage! Water does wonders for wrinkles and just helps you feel good in general.

Skin Care: There really is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on skincare, unless you want to of course! If you are looking to save money and have beautiful skin, you can keep it simple. Buy a micro-fiber cloth and wash your face with a gentle soap in the morning and before bed. After washing use a toner is important; it helps your moisturizer soak into your skin. Use a moisturizer with an SPF to protect your skin from sun damage daily, even in the winter. Last, use an eye cream for around your eyes, not face moisturizer. The skin around your eyes is sensitive and needs something formulated for that area.

Exercise: There are so many exercise programs out there today. There is something for everyone! Whatever route of exercise you use, whether it be walking, running, yoga, a home DVD or crossfit, it is important to move your body for at least 30 minutes per day.

Diet: The main thing to keep in mind for your diet is eating whole foods. If you can stick to fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, nuts and whole grains, that is key. Stay away completely from all processed foods. Sleep, water intake, exercise and diet all work together for a healthier, more radiant YOU!

15-Minute Pregnancy Chili

Pregnancy Chili

It is officially fall, mamas, and with fall comes cooler weather, changing leaves, football and chili! Here’s a super easy and quick recipe that calls for turkey instead of beef. It’s the perfect, simple dish for your pregnant belly and your family too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • 16 ounces of pinto beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 28 ounces of chopped, stewed tomatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin powder
  • ½ cup of salsa

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, brown turkey with chopped onions
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salsa to turkey mixture
  3. Cook until hot
  4. Serve chili with corn bread, cooked rice or on top of a baked potato.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese to taste.

Recipe transcribed from: food.com

 

Spinach and Banana Muffins for Toddlers

Spinach & Banana Muffins for Toddlers

If you have a toddler, you know that getting them to eat their vegetables can sometimes be a challenge. Moms and dads often have to get creative to ensure that their little ones are getting all their essential vitamins and nutrients. One great way to do this is by disguising veggies in a yummy treat. Try this low-sugar, high nutrient recipe for Spinach and Banana Muffins that is sure to have your toddler asking for more!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of fresh organic spinach (uncooked)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup of organic pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Put first seven ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend.
  3. Combine remaining dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add spinach mixture from blender to the dry ingredients.
  5. Slowly mix dry ingredients into spinach mixture until combined using a spoon or spatula. (If too dense, add a splash of milk. Should resemble pancake dough.)
  6. Scoop batter into greased muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes for mini-muffins or 17 minutes for regular-sized muffins.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe transcribed from: The Tribe Magazine

Linguine with Shrimp, Asparagus, Artichokes, and Red Peppers

Shrimp Linguini

This pasta dish is the perfect combination of lean protein, fiber and vitamins impeccably suited for your growing bun in the oven and your taste buds. Easy to prepare and kid approved, it’s sure to be a hit for the whole family.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound of spinach or whole wheat linguine
  • ¾ pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, quartered 
  • 2 cups of asparagus, chopped in 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup of roasted red peppers, cut in strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of minced parsley

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to directions on package
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook until pink for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Make a well in the center of pan and add garlic. Sautee until fragrant (approximately 30 seconds).
  4. Add asparagus, artichoke, red pepper and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn off heat and add butter. Toss with shrimp and vegetables to make sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Drain pasta, setting aside 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
  7. Add shrimp and sauce to pasta and stir. Add pasta water and stir.
  8. Serve warm and garnish with parsley.
  9. Enjoy! 

Recipe transcribed from: babycenter.com

Broiled Pork Chops with Apple Slices

Pork Chops with Apples

Are you running out of healthy dinner ideas for your family? Try this quick and easy pork recipe for a dinner rich in protein and folate; two nutrients that are a must for every pregnant mama!

Ingredients:

  • 4 4-ounce pork loin chops
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 half of an orange (for juice)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Rub pork chops with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Line a 10 by 12-inch pan with foil and place pork chops in pan; fold up edges of foil and set aside.
  4. Warm oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat.
  5. Add apple and cook until brown, approximately 2 minutes each side.
  6. Add beans, cayenne pepper and remaining salt and pepper.
  7. Pour juice from orange over mixture and cook until beans brown, for about 5 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer.
  9. Place pork chops under broiler for 5 minutes on each side. 
  10. Top with apple slices and bean mixture and serve.

Recipe transcribed from: fitPREGNANCY