Tiny Seeds With Explosive Health Benefits

Tiny Seeds With Explosive Health Benefits

If your like me the first time I ever heard the word Chia, was the Chia pet commercials advertised on television. I often wondered since I started eating Chia seeds if it was the same seeds used in those Chia Pets and yes they were.

The Chia seeds were a prized food used by the Aztecs and Mayans. These tiny seeds were known for the great source of energy they provided. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength.

Chia Seeds are a tiny seeds with explosive health benefits. Chia seeds are one of natures richest antioxidants. One of the many benefits of antioxidant rich foods is slowing down the signs of ageing.

Many of us could stop with that, right?  Antioxidants also may play a role in disease prevention such as cancer and heart disease among providing many other health benefits.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber providing 11 grams per once. High fiber diets may protect against type 2 diabetes as fiber is essential for balancing insulin levels.

If you are looking for nutrient dense foods to add to your diet for your weight loss goals Chia seeds are a simple addition.

They keep you feeling full longer, therefore may help with your appetite. Chia seeds are also a great source of plant based protein and can replace some of the nutrients lost in exercise, in addition to preventing dehydration.

Chia seeds are not only noted to help boost metabolism, but may help reduce belly fat as well. They can help regulate bowel movements and promote healthy stool.

A surprise to me was finding out that Chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and the best part is they are so easy to add to your diet! Omega 3’s can help lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and reduce inflammation.

Consuming a diet high in plant based foods is noted for reducing the risk of disease and supporting overall health.

5 Simple WaysTo Use Chia Seeds

1. Add to cereal, yogurt, or oatmeal.

2. Make your own cereal using your favorite nuts, seeds, and fruits with some almond milk

3. Add to your salads

4. Add to your favorite juice or smoothie recipe

5. Add to any pancake, muffin, or dessert recipes

Be sure to check out Dr. Axe article for further information on the benefits and uses of Chia seeds.

Have you used Chia seeds? If so, share your favorite use for them!

To your health,

Jenay Green

sources: Web MD, Dr, Axe, Medical News Today, Science Daily 2007

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Beat The Heat And Get Healthy With Watermelon!

Beat The Heat And Get Healthy With Watermelon!

 

In the U.S., July is National Watermelon month and the harvest peak for the fruit. Watermelon is a great way to beat the heat and get healthy this summer!

Watermelon seems to be a staple at summer picnics and parties for a great reason. This nutrient dense food full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants make an excellent choice for snacking.

Watermelon is 92% water and full of electrolytes to help prevent dehydration. This is a great choice for when you want to slim down for summer,and have the energy to keep up with all the summer activities! Watermelon is a low calorie option for weight loss and it keeps you feeling full longer.

Watermelon is also very alkaline.If you are looking for an alkaline promoting diet, watermelon is a great addition.

 Watermelon contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has had a lot of buzz in the nutrition world with good reason. In a study men who had the highest levels of lycopene in comparison with those who had the least were 55% less likely to suffer a stroke.

Watermelon is also helpful in keeping the body from a deficiency in potassium and magnesium, which can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.

Watermelon has a cleansing affect on the body that can help prevent kidney stones. It is also very soothing on the digestive track and may help relieve acid reflux.

Increasing consumption of plant based foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Watermelon because of its high fiber and water content can also help relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements.

3 Things That May Surprise You About Watermelon

1. May help men with erectile dysfunction.

2. The rind is edible and contains blood building chlorophyll. Check out this article for many of the health benefits included in eating the rind.

3. The black seeds are edible and contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. Check out this article for some of the ways to enjoy the seeds and improve health!

Whether you are looking for a refreshing sweet treat to beat the heat, or have health and weight loss related goals in mind watermelon is a great choice to add to your diet this summer!

What is the one thing in this article that you did not know about Watermelon? Answer by leaving a reply below and if you found this article helpful, share with your peeps!

To Your Health,

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Sources: Mercola.com, Medical News today

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Chew Your Way To Better Health!

Chew Your Way To Better Health

Do you know how important chewing your food is for your health? If you are like most people you may have never thought about it. With millions of Americans having digestive issues, it is a subject worthy of looking at.

I know you want to feel your best and treat your body right, right? By paying attention to this one simple thing, you can chew your way to better health!

Chewing your food is the first part of your digestive process. As you chew you break the food down into smaller particles that makes digestion easier. Think about chewing each bite between 10 times for softer foods and up to 30 times for vegetables or meats.

Having the food broke into smaller particles makes it easier to absorb nutrients from your food and prevents the improperly digested food from entering your bloodstream and causing adverse effects on your health.

Are you looking to shed a few pounds? If so, chewing your food properly could be your solution. As you chew properly, around twice as long as normal you will inadvertently decrease portion sizes, calorie intake, and weight loss could be a side effect!

Your stomach does not get the signal from your brain for about 20 minutes that you are full, so if you eat like I have my whole life, in 20 minutes I am long done and have overeaten many times before I realize that I am full.

I have had slow digestion and issues with constipation and realize how not chewing my food has had a negative effect on my health.

You should not be in a hurry or stressed when eating a meal. This will cause you to eat too fast and not chew your food well. Here is a great article on the importance of relaxing at each meal!

Saliva contains digestive enzymes that aid in the digestive process.The more enzymes that are exposed to the food you eat the better it is broken down. Saliva also helps lubricate your food and makes it easier on your esophagus.

Chewing is a workout for your teeth and helps keep them strong, another great reason to do some extra chewing at your next meal.

When the food you eat is not broken down properly as it enters your intestines it actually can putrefy, potentially leading to gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping, and other digestive issues.

With so may suffering from digestive problems, it makes me wonder if chewing our food properly would eliminate many of these issues? A product that I recommend that contains digestive enzymes is FibRestore. If you are interested in learning more contact me.

Have you been chewing your food properly? Do you have digestive issues? leave a reply below to answer. I also challenge you to chew your way to better health for the next 90 days and report back your results!

To Your Health,

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Jenay Green

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source: mercola.com

3 amazing healthy salad recipes

3 Amazing healthy salad recipes 001

I know you want to eat healthier, and like the rest of us, you want your food to taste great as well. If you eat a lot of salad already that is fantastic, but I know you get bored of the same thing all the time, so I am going to show you 3 amazing healthy salad recipes.

Finding ways to get enough vegetables can be a challenge, I know, but there is no better way to get a variety of vegetables in your daily meals than in salads. You may be surprised by this, but there are plenty of salads that are not healthy.

If you are drowning your salads in dressing, croutons, cheese,, etc you may be surprised how many calories you are taking in. You want your calories to come from nutrient dense foods that nourish your body. I don’t know about you, but if I am going to load up on calories, give me a cheeseburger and some fries!

Eating a salad everyday is a great way to get your vegetables, help with weight loss, and improve your health. Enjoy these recipes and remember eating healthy is supposed to be fun and taste good!

I always cut all the veggies up into really small pieces, I like my salads better that way. Take the time to make a big salad like this and eat on it for the next few days. Take a whole lemon and squeeze it over the salad and it will keep fresh longer.

The dressing amounts is for an individual salad. I am not big on exact measurements, I add to my liking, so If you want more of a certain vegetable and less of another that is fine.

 Strawberry pecan salad.

The base of this salad is spinach. Then load up veggies. Add 2 carrots,1 cucumber,1/2 cup onion,2 raw garlic cloves minced, 2 stalks celery, 1/2 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, strawberries, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar. I cut my veggies up into really small pieces.

Greek feta salad

The base of this salad is mixed greens. Then add 2 carrots, 1 cucumber,broccoli, 3 raw garlic cloves minced, 2 celery stalks, 1/4 cup onion, 1/2 cup of feta, and olives to your liking. Then use the olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar for dressing.

Avocado salad

The base of this salad is spinach. Load all your veggies as before but this time add green or red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper to your liking and an avocado. Add black beans. Add a tablespoon of ground chia seeds. This time use salsa as your dressing. Either make homemade or find a brand without sugar.

These are 3 amazing salads that not only taste great, but are good for you. Be sure to leave a reply if you have any questions or anything to add. If you found this information helpful then please share!

5 quick tips for better health!

5 quick tips for better health!simple step

We all want to be healthy right?. It seems as if everywhere you turn, you are bombarded with health information.Some of this information can be conflicting and leave you scratching your head and confused.

Here are 5 quick tips, that are simple to apply, to help you achieve better health.

1. Drink more water

As simple as this may seem it is vital for your health and the functions of your body. You should aim to have around 6- 8 glasses a day. To get exact numbers based on weight click on this link. If you replace the sugary beverages with water, this one simple step could result in weight loss and better health. Take a look at this post for more information and benefits of drinking more water.

2. Get moving

If you are not an exercise person, then don’t label it as exercise! Sometimes just the thought or sound of that word makes people anxious. Find something you love to get your heart rate up and do it! Playing is what I like to call it and everyone loves to play!

For helpful information on the importance of building muscle and the weight loss connection, I recommend this book by Dr. Don Colbert. It is a very easy read and will equip you for weight loss.

3. Find creative ways to add more fruits and veggies to your daily diet

Do not assume you do not like something until you have tried preparing it several different ways. Some people love eating fruit and veggies and others not so much. Refer back to this post for simple ways to add vegetables to your diet. To create awesome meal replacement smoothies and juices I recommend the Nutribullet.

4. Eliminate fast foods

This is a problem in our society. We are fast paced, which often resorts to choosing fast foods, which can have a negative affect on our health. The only fast food you should have is Gods version (fruits and veggies) and it does not get any faster than that! Fresh whole foods are better for your waist line and your overall health.

5. Find a  whole food supplement

This is a simple way to get an array of your essential nutrients. I started over 11 years ago with a whole food product called Reliv that has had a positive affect on the health of our household. It is amazing what happens when your body gets what it needs! For further information on this nutrition and our personal testimony read our results here and get with me.

Apply these 5 quick tips for better health today, be consistent and you will be on your way to a more healthy you! Remember you did not get in the shape you are in over night, so remember that when changing your habits!

If you found this information useful please remember to share! Be sure to comment below on reply.

To your health,

Jenay Green

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How to get crazy motivated to work out!

How to get crazy motivated to work out!How to get crazy motivated to work out

You may be thinking, nothing will get me crazy motivated to work out, but I challenge you to read this article and re-think that. Working out has a list of health benefits that are virtually endless.

First of all ,working out decreases risk of heart disease.  February being heart health month this is a great time to do your heart a favor and get moving! Exercise can help lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol. I have known people to have elevated blood pressure and retake it after a workout and it have come down.

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people today is that they have no energy. Exercise will increase your energy levels. I hear people say, I am to tired to exercise, but if you just do it, then you will start to feel better and have the energy to exercise!

Cancer is something we all want to take preventative measures for. Exercise can reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as type 2 diabetes. Alzheimer’s Research Center says exercise is one of the best weapons against the Alzheimer’s.

According to Harvard Medical school psychiatrist, John Ratey, exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of memory, mood, and learning. Exercise helps prevent Osteoporosis, reduces the risk of falling, and improves cognitive function among older adults.

A University of California study showed fewer signs of ageing in a group of women who performed 45 minutes of exercise over a 3 day period in compared with those who were inactive. If you were not already convinced for all who want to find ways to defy your age, exercise may be your answer!

Exercise also reduces the detrimental effects of stress on the body. It can help reduce symptoms of depression, in some cases as well as anti-depressants. It can also help relieve anxiety and its symptoms.

For all you married couples, that are looking for a spark in your love life, exercise can improve your sex life! This may be just the answer to get your spouses crazy motivated to exercise!

Exercise improves your moods by releasing  feel good chemicals in the brain. After a good workout you also feel a sense of accomplishment which can spill over into other areas of your life. Discipline in one area of life can result in motivation to get more accomplished in other areas of life as well.

Exercise improves your chances to live longer, and can greatly improve your quality of life. Maybe the most obvious and sometimes the biggest motivation for exercise is weight loss. Exercises raises metabolism, improves muscle tone, and sheds unwanted fat.

Consistency and hard work lead to results! I saved the best reason to exercise for last.The inspiration it can give others!

Getting fit can equip us to be better for those around us. We can be better servants for God, better spouses, parents, employees,etc…. Bottom line focus more on all reasons you need to work out and eliminate your excuses!

I hope you are crazy motivated to exercise, and you pay it forward by sharing this article with everyone you know.

To your health,

Jenay Green

 

Sources; Mayo clinic, Harvard T.H. Chan, U.S. News Health, Web M.D

How to improve health with Pumpkin

                                        How to improve health with Pumpkin


If you are looking for a variety of foods to add to your diet to improve health pumpkin is a great addition They are in season and can be used in many different recipes. Pumpkins are rich in a host of vitamins and minerals that contribute to improved health.

Pumpkins are rich in disease fighting antioxidants.  For radiant skin not only can you ad pumpkin to your diet but it can be used as a mask on your face.

Pumpkins contain a high level of vitamin c which is great for helping protect yourself against the cold and flu season. Pumpkins may also play a role in cancer prevention. With the fatty acids that pumpkin seeds contain as well as them being free of saturated fat and cholesterol they are a heart healthy food.

If you are looking for more energy pumpkin may be just what you need.They have more energy fueling potassium than bananas. For athletes after a hard workout they help restore the bodies electrolytes.

Great news for those looking to add some variety of foods to your weight loss arsenal. Pumpkins are very low in calories as well as high in dietary fiber. The high fiber content will keep you feeling full longer, not to mention the host of nutrients your body is receiving to boost health.

Looking to add more protein?  Pumpkin seeds are a concentrated source of protein. Pumpkins are rich in minerals that are important in improving overall health. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids which gives them the bright orange hue.. They are also known for improving the health of your eyes.

Pumpkins seeds also contain an amino acid that is important in production of serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in our moods as well as our sleep. If you have better sleep you will be in a better mood anyway, but good sleep is an important element in maintaining overall health.

Ways to add pumpkin to improve Health

1. Energy boosting smoothie
blend pureed pumpkin with a protein powder, coconut milk and chia seeds.

2. Satisfying trail mix
add raw pumpkin seeds to cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins or dates and a little sea salt.

3. Salad topper
add raw pumpkin seeds to any salad

4.Roasted vegetable medley
add chunks of pumpkin to your favorite vegetables and roast them cover with olive oil and your favorite spices

5.Roasted pumpkin seeds
cover baking sheet with pumpkin seeds sea salt and olive oil

If you have any great recipes or ideas to add pumpkin to your diet please join the conversation and leave a reply below. To your health,

Jenay Green

Sweet news for improving health

Sweet news for improving health

This delicious fruit can easily be added to a variety of recipes and has a host of amazing benefits for your health. Adding Mangoes to your daily diet is sweet news for improving your health.

Mangoes are high in vitamin C an antioxidant that improves immune function. With cold and flu season coming up this would be a great preventative measure to take. Mangoes are rich in over 20 vitamins and minerals which is known for reducing the risk of disease.

It has been noted that Mangoes have been effective against all cancers but has been the most effective on breast and colon cancers. With the high vitamins, potassium, and fiber content they have also been linked with helping ward off heart disease.

A lot of Americans suffer with digestive issues. Mangoes are great for elimination problems because of the high water and fiber content. The vitamin k has also been linked to a decrease risk of macular degeneration improving eye health.

Improved bone health is also a benefit of consuming mangoes and has a positive effect on your hair, skin, and nails as well. You can use it topically as a mask as well as enjoying it in your diet for radiant skin.

For those looking to lose weight mangoes should be a part of your weight loss arsenal. Mangoes are rich in fiber that will not only cause you to feel fuller longer but helps in calorie burning. Mangoes are nutrient dense as well as low calorie.

If your like me and the years have not improved your memory the glutamine acid found in mangoes helps keep cells alive and boost memory. It also is named the love fruit as it can increase vitality in men.

Mangoes are rich in iron for those who are suffering with anemia. They also help alkaline the body which is important as a vast majority of the foods and drinks we are consuming are very acidic.

Mangoes are low glycemic. You can also boil the leaves of the mango and let them soak over night to make a tea that helps regulate insulin.

Recipes for adding mangoes to your daily diet

Sunrise smoothie

1 c  mango chunks                                                                                                               1/2  banana                                                                                                                                1 tsp lime juice                                                                                                                          1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger                                                                                                        2 tsp raw honey                                                                                                                        2 c seedless watermelon chunks

Early morning energy smoothie

2 c frozen mango chunks                                                                                                         1 c coconut milk                                                                                                                        1 tsp protein powder                                                                                                                 3 to 5 kale leaves                                                                                                                       1/2 frozen banana

You may also add a mango salsa to fish, chicken, or bean recipes as well using mangoes in a regular salad for a sweeter taste.

I hope you learned something new today that will inspire you to get on the path to healthier you. Please join the conversation by adding your comments at the bottom of this article and sharing this information with others. To your health,

Jenay Green

Would you like Healthy Snack Ideas?

Would you like healthy snack ideas?

would you like healthy snack ideasIf you are like me then you are always looking for healthy snack ideas. As a personal trainer I have diligently sought out the tastiest healthy snacks for myself and clients.

The reason I am calling them snacks instead of meals, is because I find it more beneficial for my health and waistline to eat smaller portions. I prefer the healthy snacks to be as close to the way God created them as possible.

We all know fresh fruits and veggies are the healthiest snacks but may need ideas on ways to incorporate them. I like to make my own trail mix by adding raw nuts in a baggie with sea salt and some dried fruit for that salt and sweet mixture.Think small portions. Whatever you put in the bag you will most likley finish.

I also love chocolate and I have found a bar called Endangered species dark chocolate
that is sweetened with filtered beet sugar. I will either take a couple of squares along with some strawberries or some other fruit or add this to my trail mix.

Another healthy snack I enjoy is a called a larabar and the coconut cream pie has only 6 ingredients with no added sugar.Another one I love is kale chips. I make these myself. Take the kale,wash it and toss in a big mixing bowl with sea salt and olive oil then put on a baking sheet for around 15 minutes at 375. Play with time and temperature according to the way you like it..

My favorite healthy snacks are made with the a high powered blender. You can be creative and have fun. I use almond milk(unsweetened vanilla) as a base. Kale or spinach works really well for a green veggie. I usually ad a half of a frozen banana, 2 tablespoons of organic flaxseed, some berries,and a half of an avocado. I no longer use a nutri-bullet but this video will give you the basic idea.

Another great healthy snack idea I love is the Greens plus energy bars.When I had my health club these were a favorite with my clients. Another snack I enjoy is hummus with raw veggies. These are some of my favorite healthy snack ideas.

If you found any of these healthy snack ideas helpful please be sure to leave a comment. To your health!

Jenay Green

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