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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Feeling Better Morning To Night

Purple Monstrosity Fruit Smoothie


2 Frozen bananas cut into chunks

1/2 Cup frozen blueberries

1 Cup orange juice

1 Tablespoon honey (optional)

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)


Place bananas, blueberries, and juice into a blender, puree. Add honey and or vanilla. Use more or less liquid depending on the consistency you prefer for your smoothie.

 Fresh Veggie Bagel Sandwich


1 bagel, sliced in half

1 tablespoon coarse-grain brown mustard

1 leaf romaine lettuce

2 (1/4 inch thick) rings green bell pepper

4 slices cucumber

2 slices tomato

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 slices red onion

1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts


Spread mustard onto the cut sides of the bagel. Layer the lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, and tomato on one half. Season the tomato with salt and pepper. Top with onion and alfalfa sprouts then cover with the other half of the bagel. 


Summer Nights Eggplant


2 large eggplants

1/2 cup olive oil for frying

2 medium onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 small tomatoes, chopped

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste

4 cups dry bread crumbs

1 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. Remove the leaves from the eggplants, and slice in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the centers of the eggplants, leaving a half-inch shell so they resemble 'canoes'. Cut the center portion into small pieces, and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for a few minutes, until tender. Add the eggplant pieces, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Then, stir in the tomato, green pepper, and parsley. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

4.Remove from the heat, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs until evenly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the four eggplant shells. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top. Place the eggplant halves on a baking sheet.

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are browned and the cheese is melted. Serve hot or cold. I prefer them chilled.

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Eating healthy is the key to feeling good.

Enjoy these delicious recipes for a complete and healthy day!


Monday, March 8, 2010

A Little Random Does a Person Good

Enjoy These Strange and 

Interesting Health Facts!

For some reason I love knowing strange and random facts, and this characteristic has caused me to be known as “the girl full of useless information.” Although the weird and random facts in my head may seem pointless, they often come in handy! Here are a few fun and interesting health facts that I really enjoyed!

  1. You should not exercise within two hours of  bedtime.
  2. Inhaling the scent of roses at night improves memory.
  3. People who don’t have close relationships have weaker immune systems.
  4. Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories.
  5. A tiger’s skin is stripped, not just its fur.
  6. A study showed people who commit random acts of kindness are happier, which leads to a longer life.
  7. People with dogs have lower blood pressure and live with less stress.
  8. Laughter provides a boost to the immune system.
  9. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
  10. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  11.  Butterflies taste with their feet.
  12.  It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  13.  Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s.
  14.  Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  15.  When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh less.
  16.  Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  17.  A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.
  18.  You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  19.  Your nose can remember about 50,000 different scents.
  20.  Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning! 

The Sunshine Vitamin

"Did you know!?"

It is a proven fact that people are less happy during the winter months or in locations that do not receive a lot of sunlight; this is because they are not getting the essential Vitamin D3 from the UVB rays!

I recently began taking a D3 supplement once a day and have felt great! I hate this cold dreary winter weather and cannot wait for the spring and summer months, but in the meantime, I know my body needs the D3 Vitamin to function properly.

There are a tremendous amount of benefits from the D3 Vitamin including: maintaining calcium levels, helping bone growth, boosting immunity, regulating blood pressure, lowering risk of cancer, preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, as well as just making you happier and more energized!

What have you got to lose?! Check with your doctor to see if the D3 Vitamin is right for you!