When thinking about New Year resolutions, many people opt to commit to something food or exercise related. But have you ever thought about the impact certain beverages can have on your health? Americans consume nearly three times the daily recommended amount of sugar each day, and for many, a good portion of it comes from the things they drink. Excess sugar consumption is a contributing factor for health issues like obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease, and more, so it’s important to be conscious of the amount of sugar you ingest each day.
The holidays are a time for celebration with family, friends, and of course, food! Unfortunately, it is also a time when many struggle with over-eating and weight gain.
Healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes!
Start Black Friday with this healthy breakfast using leftover turkey! Turkey Frittata
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*To make this recipes healthier, substitute cream for skim milk. Directions:
(Recipe source: foodnetwork.com) You may also like Southwestern Turkey Soup!
Turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving are great but, if you're looking for something a little different, you've come to the right spot! Over the next three days we will be sharing easy and healthy recipes all using leftover turkey. Southwestern Turkey Soup!
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(Recipe Source: allrecipes.com) Check back tomorrow for a fun breakfast option using leftover turkey!
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how often do you find yourself saying that you don't have time to eat in the morning, you are never hungry for breakfast, or that you woke up too late to eat breakfast? Kick these bad habits with this delicious Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie recipe inspired by skinnytaste.com for a quick, energy packed meal on the go for your next busy morning.
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* You can also add peanut butter to include a delicious source of fats in your morning meal to keep you energized Directions:
Use the hashtag #Viverant to let us know what you're eating for breakfast this week!
Over the past few years, coconut oil has quickly become the ?super substanceª of the wellness industry. Its health benefits positively affect your entire body, inside and out. Not only has coconut oil been proven to be a healthy and tasty cooking agent, but also a positive addition to your skin, hair, and even oral hygiene routines. So don't let your use of coconut oil stop in the kitchen Check out some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil all year long.
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HEALTH Coconut oil is composed primarily of saturated fats that supply your body with HDLs (high density lipoproteins). HDLs help to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream and are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition, coconut oil aids in protecting against various infections because it contains agents that are able to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
COOKING Cooking with heat often destroys much of the healthy fat content in a variety of oils. Luckily, coconut oil is an exception to this rule as a result of its high saturated fat composition. Its ability to withstand heat makes coconut oil ideal for cooking. Not to mention the fact that it adds a wonderful taste to any recipe!
SKIN When it comes to the skin, coconut oil has properties that allow it to be used as both a moisturizer and an exfoliator. A coconut oil + sugar combination can simultaneously clear pores and restore moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling delicious!
HAIR Lathering coconut oil through the hair has many benefits. Coconut oil easily penetrates the hair shaft, helping to reduce protein loss and retain moisture, thus protecting against breakage and leaving hair shiny and soft.
TEETH Coconut oil can be used for a process called ? oil pulling ª to promote oral health. Simply insert a spoonful of coconut oil into the mouth and swish for twenty minutes. Spit then rinse the mouth with warm water. This process draws out toxins and bacteria from the mouth and leaves you with whiter teeth and fresh breath. How are you using coconut oil this week?
If the only thing you've ever done with a pumpkin is carve it and set it on the front porch, you're not alone! It's a shame pumpkins are only popular for two months out of the year, because there are several nutritious and delicious ways to eat these festive gourds! Pumpkins contain tons of vitamins and minerals (including Vitamin A and potassium) with very few calories Ò only 30-40 calories per one cup serving. They are also one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body to reduce risk of cancer, asthma, and heart disease. This fall, make the most of pumpkin season with this healthy Pumpkin Muffin recipe adapted from allrecipes.com! Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins
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