20 Kale recipes that will make you LOVE IT!

Hate Kale? Don’t think you could possibly learn to like it. Do you have visions of a pile of greens on your plate.
Kale can be so much more! Depending on what you mix it with, sometimes you can’t even taste it. If it’s a texture issue, chop it very fine and you won’t even notice it. If all else fails, put it in a smoothie with fruit and you will never know it is there!
Try some of the recipes below. I will guarantee that you will find a few that you will like and that will help you learn to start eating this incredibly healthy food that is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

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Time out for Health

STRESS! We are constantly dealing with it. And that’s not all bad. Some stress is good for us, if we had none we would be bored.  But at times we let stress get the best of us. Often it’s not our fault. Work, the demands of family, friends, agendas, social media and even plans for projects we enjoy, they all add up to being constantly on the go, constantly ‘plugged in’ with our minds whirling and our stress levels high. This takes a toll on us, physically, mentally, emotionally.  There is an excellent article HERE at Healthline that goes into 20 ways that stress affects us. I’m not going to re-hash it here, I want to focus on other aspects, but I recommend checking out the article after you are done reading here. Sometimes we think we operate best under stress, and for many people this is, in fact, true…for a while. But we ALL eventually reach a point where our bodies, minds and emotions hit that breaking point and we need to take that time out. That’s what I did this weekend.  I have a ton of things on my ‘To-do’ list, but instead, my husband and I decided that instead of working the whole holiday weekend in the garden, on the website, on household chores, that we would set it aside, turn our backs on it and just do something completely different. We went to the Botanical Garden in Naples Florida, and spent a few hours surrounded by the natural (and sometimes contrived) beauty of growing things. It was just under 100 degrees out, and I turned... read more

4 Simple Tips for a Happier 4th of July!

1. Hydrate! No matter what you do this 4th of July weekend, chances are you will be spending some time outside participating in activities with family or friends.  Or even if you just decide to take some time and go to the beach or for a hike by yourself. It is summer and it is warm out there! Your body always needs fluids, but even more when you are active or losing fluid by sweating or through exercise. However, if you choose high sugar or artificially sweetened soft drinks you are defeating your purpose! Instead hydrate with filtered water with a squeeze of fresh citrus or an infused  water like the one below:  Not only will your body get the benefit of the water, but the antioxidants and vitamins from the fruit will give you an extra boost.  Want to SUPER CHARGE?  Add a grind of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to the Pitcher for a kick of minerals and electrolytes! RECIPE: One of my favorite Infused waters combines the brightness of citrus with the refreshing taste of cucumber. As in any recipe you can vary the amounts to suit your taste, but start with this ratio and see how you like it. Slice all ingredients about 1/8 inch thick 2 gallons of water in a glass jar (decanter style is perfect, or use a dipper to dispense) 2 – 3 large oranges, depending on size 1 lemon, sliced 1 lime, sliced 1 large cucumber, sliced 1 handful of fresh mint (optional) A grind or two of Pink Himalayan Salt (optional, to taste) Directions Put oranges, lemon, lime and cucumber... read more

My 2 Favorite EASY Health Hacks

#1 Lemon Water (or lime water) – especially in the morning Why? It helps digestion — Drinking any water, especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. After 8 hours (hopefully!) of sleep, our bodies needs that hydration! Drinking water, with lemon also stimulates stomach acid production, which will help with digestion throughout the day. A common problem for many people, including me, is not having enough stomach acid, which causes incomplete digestion of the food we eat. So starting the process first thing in the morning can only be a good thing. It cleanses the liver — While we sleep, our bodies restore and regenerate. While we may be resting, our livers are not. They are working hard throughout the night destroying the toxins we put into our bodies all day. Lemon water helps the liver’s bile production and hydration. Even without the lemon, the water itself helps to flush all those toxins out of the system. This also helps you to have clearer skin, which is a very nice side effect of removing toxins and improving digestion. It helps maintain a healthy weight A group of researchers found that if you drink enough water, it will increase your metabolism: After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. (see reference link below for full article)   Lemons also... read more

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