Author: bgreen

Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

One of the most popular meals during hot summer months is a salad, but salads can be boring if they are simply made up of lettuce, cucumbers, and salad dressing. Adding different meal options, that are still healthy, can be easy by just varying the ingredients of the salads. One refreshing option is this chicken taco salad. The ingredients are best when fresh, and making healthier choices, such as substituting tortilla chips for the fried tortillas: 2 limes, grated zest and juice 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper, freshly ground 2/3 cup of olive oil 15 oz. can...

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The Right Way to Read Food Labels

Most people commit to the idea of living a healthier lifestyle without really knowing how to make healthier choices. One way to make healthier choices is to learn how to read food labels. Taking the time to read these labels does not have to be extra work, and it is not difficult at all. Food labels contain vital information that, when interpreted correctly, can help make healthier choices simpler. After learning the importance of certain parts of food labels, a quick scan of any label can be much more helpful than just looking at the calorie count. The first...

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Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

Concern about cholesterol levels in the body is normal for many people. Most have “high” cholesterol and are advised to be careful not to eat foods that will heighten their cholesterol levels. However, many people are unaware that there are different types of cholesterol—or proteins that carry cholesterol—in the body. The “good” kind of cholesterol is called high density lipoprotein, which is beneficial to the body because it transports cholesterol from cells to the liver where it is expelled from the body. The “bad” kind of cholesterol is low density lipoprotein, which brings cholesterol to the cells. When too...

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Natural Remedies for Summer Stings, Bites, and Itches!

Ahh, summer! The sun, the water, the good food…the mosquitoes, bees, and other creepy crawlies. You want to enjoy your time outdoors without getting stung or bitten, but you don’t want to subject yourself or your family to harmful, harsh bug repellants. Are there any natural remedies that actually work? Bee, hornet, or other stings. When stinging insects sting you, they inject venom into your skin that causes swelling, itching and redness. To combat this, you can use several natural products. Baking soda mixed with a little water to make a thick paste will help neutralize the acid in bee venom. In a pinch, toothpaste with baking soda in it can be used, too. Good old ice is a tried and true method for stings of all kinds, and can provide immediate relief from soreness. If you’re dealing with a wasp sting, you’ll want to neutralize it with something acidic, like vinegar. To avoid seeming attractive to stinging insects, don’t wear bright or floral patterned clothes. Forgo the heavy flower scented perfumes, too. Don’t forget, your shampoo, soap, or lotion could also attract insects. Mosquito repellant and bites. First, make your home as uninviting as possible for these pesky critters. Don’t leave any standing water around your yard, as this provides a great mosquito breeding ground. Foil their attempts to buzz into your home by putting screens on your...

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Fitness Ball Exercises

Using a fitness ball to support workouts can help to intensify and broaden different exercises. Fitness balls are simple yet effective tools that supplement workouts, so be sure to try using one for core, arm, leg, and back exercises. Physical activity that involves an exercise ball can also stimulate growth in flexibility and balance. There are many different ways to use a fitness ball during workouts. Some core exercises that can become more challenging with the aid of a fitness ball are the following: Sit-ups or crunches. These are the most basic core exercises that are done on a fitness ball. They aren’t much different than regular sit-ups and crunches, but the ball will help increase range of motion and area of impact. Plank pike-up. These moves are much more challenging than crunches. Begin with the ball under the shins, legs parallel to the floor, and the palms of the hands flat on the floor in front of the ball. Engaging the abs, bring the ball towards the body, shaping it in an inverted V. Hold this, and then ease back to the starting position. Do between 8-10 reps to truly challenge the core. Ball pass crunch. This exercise engages the core by crunching the abs in a way similar to regular crunches. Sit on the floor and lift the feet off of the ground. Place the ball between...

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