Summer barbecue season is here! When you think BBQ, I’m sure the image of a big, juicy hamburger pops into your head. However, this traditional cookout staple has the potential to pack on the pounds and sabotage any diet. Lighten up and slim down your summer meals with these tips to make your hamburger healthier!
Right about now, 3pm, you start to get a little grumpy and as I like to say, a little loopy. You’re feeling sluggish and you’re nowhere near as alert as you were 3 hours ago. You could reach for another cup of coffee or you could pop a piece of gum.
New research from Brain and Cognition show that chewing may increase your alertness by 10%. They think chewing increases blood flow to the brain making you snap out of your haze a little faster. You can achieve the same effect by chewing a number of things, but gum can satisfy your sweet tooth without making you pack on the pounds.
Today is National Pick Strawberries Day! These juicy red berries are not only delicious, but have a ton of nutrients and antioxidants – so it’s no wonder they have a day all their own. In celebration of this holiday, here are 10 health benefits of one of our favorite summer fruits!
1. They Boost Immunity.
One serving (1/2 cup) of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C—about half of your daily requirement. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant.
2. They’re Full of Fiber.
One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of your daily recommended intake of dietary ﬁber, but only 43 calories! The dietary ﬁber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating.
3. They Promote Healthy Eyes
The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts—the clouding over of the eye lens—which can lead to blindness in older age.
To a woman, “fat” is a terrible word. Whether it’s on your body or in your food, it’s never desirable! So much conflicting information has come out about fat that you almost have to be a nutritionist in order to make the right choices at the supermarket!
Are all fats bad for you? It’s been the subject of controversy for decades – most people are still flying blind when it comes to what’s in fatty foods. It’s tough because foods can contain more than one type of fat. In general, it’s all about picking good fats to help balance the bad ones. We know that saturated and trans fats will jeopardize your health and make you gain weight. Doctors now believe that you can be much healthier (and thinner) if you consume mostly unsaturated fats: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Consumed in moderation, the following types of good fats can positively affect your diet, health, and, ultimately, help you live longer and look younger.
I don’t know about you, but I’m past the bikini stage of my life. But just because I’m wearing a one-piece doesn’t mean I want to look frumpy. I came across a great swimwear site - swimsuitsforall.com - and they have the best one-pieces I’ve seen in a while!
They’re all about fit with suits to enhance or minimize your bust, showoff your legs, hide your hips, slim your core or give some extra length for us all tall girls! Check out our article on finding the right bathing suit for your shape for more info!
Bathing suits start at size 8 and go up to 34. The prices are affordable as well with plenty of great designs coming it at under $60 and sale items at under $35. Check them out and let me know what you think!
Like most working girls, I am always busy and on the go, which sometimes makes eating healthy a challenge! I pre-pack my meals to ensure that I’m getting all the proper nutrients throughout the day, and one of my favorite things to throw in my bag are nutrition and protein bars.
I’ve had my share of protein bars that not only didn’t taste very good, but that were loaded with sugar and fat. On May 4th, at the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women, I was lucky enough to get a taste of thinkThin® protein bars and I fell in love!
These bars are DELICIOUS, with little to no sugar, and are packed with protein to keep you satisfied while you’re out living life. My favorite of the thinkThin® line were the Divine Mint Chocolate Coconut bars. It was the perfect after-dinner treat that I enjoyed guilt-free!
I’ll be purchasing more of these during my next grocery run to keep in my bag for those unexpected moments when hunger strikes! Try them out and let me know if you love them too!
For more information on the pros and cons of protein bars, check out our blog article here!
Blend up this beauty so you don’t feel sluggish while playing on the sand & in the surf!
- 3oz coconut milk
- 3oz fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 of a small banana
- 1 peeled kiwi
- 1 scoop vanilla Live Rite
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- Blend until smooth
- Add an umbrella