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|Posted on May 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Eat This, Not That! Tips for Creating Healthy Summer Salads.
As the weather heats up your appetite might change and you may start craving lighter, less dense food options. Many will look to salads as a healthy option but not all salads are created equal.Don't get caught eating salads loaded with extra sugar and fat taking you further away from your nutrition goals.
When preparing salads at home or eating out be sure to follow these healthy summer salad tips.
Healthy Summer Salad Tips
- Choose dark greens for your base. Greens such as kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce have more fiber, folate, and vitamin c compared to iceberg lettuce.
- Add protein. Proteins such as chicken breast, salmon, and tuna make a great addition. If you’re eating out make sure to ask for double protein because more than likely the amount included won’t be enough.
- Skip the cheese but add walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds or pumpkins seeds to include a good source of fat. Remember to measure out your portions.
- Go easy on the salad dressing. Try to find a salad dressing that’s low in sugar and fat. If possible make your own. When eating out it’s best to ask for the dressing on the side so you can control how much goes on your salad.
|Posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Benefits of Working Out with a Buddy at Baobab Village
- Makes the workout more enjoyable.
- Reduces the anxiety and stress often associated with exercise.
- Burn more calories with a buddy than by yourself.
- Assistance with performing exercises correctly.
- More likely to achieve your goals.
- Holds you accountable.
- Makes it easier to try new things!
|Posted on May 21, 2018 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Looking for an easy food swap recipe to share at summer cookouts? Look no further. This chocolate avocado pudding recipe puts a healthier twist on a classic food. We dare you to give your friends a taste before you tell them the secret ingredient!
2 ripe medium avocados , peeled and chopped
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey or raw agave nectar (or other sweetener of choice)
1/2 cup milk (regular or almond milk, coconut, etc.)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients, until smooth, in a blender, food processor or using a hand held mixer. Serve immediately, or chill first.
Recipe originally posted on Seeded at the Table
|Posted on May 15, 2018 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
Benefits of Infusing Play into Fitness
PLAY almost ALWAYS generates laughter and laughter is one of the best forms of medicine.
Infusing PLAY into your workout allows you to accomplish many things at once. In addition to working on your fitness and weight loss goals, infusing PLAY into fitness will help:
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Sleep
- Elevates Mood
- Increases Energy
- Bolsters Self-confidence
Laughter generated through play, releases endorphins that enhance overall well-being. Endorphins elevate mood, strengthen the immune system and relieves some physical pain. Laughter also increases serotonin (the calming hormone) and lowers cortisol (the stress hormone).
So, why NOT get your laugh on through play? Are you game?
Come play with us!
|Posted on May 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Healthier Food Options for Everyday Foods
Want a quick and easy way to get started with healthier eating? Try food swaps!
We have given you a list of everyday foods that can be swapped out for healthier options. Remember just making small changes consistently can lead to big results.
Want to learn more about making healthier food choices? Call for more information about our Wellness Coaching Service. Our wellness coaching program will help you curb cravings, eat fulfilling and tasty meals, lose weight, manage stress, and achieve the goals you desire as you live your best life.
We look forward to helping you reach your goals!
|Posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns Food Swap
This week's food swap is spaghetti squash hash browns. These hash browns will be a great addition to any Saturday morning brunch menu. Be sure to try this healthier version of an old favorite that will be sure to delight your taste buds.
- 2 cups cooked & shredded spaghetti squash (about 1/2 small cooked squash)
- 1 tablespoon oil (olive oil is a good choice)
- Seasoning to taste
Heat the oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat.
Press the water out of the squash with paper towels.
Form little patties (2 tablespoons or so) by pressing the squash firmly between your palms.
Place the patties gently on the warmed skillet and let cook for 5-7 minutes per side. Only flip these once if possible to get the nice browned effect.
Transfer to paper towels to drain, then serve warm. Sprinkle with some salt if desired.
Recipe originally posted on The Honour System
|Posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Cauliflower Pizza Food Swap
Cauliflower may not be your go to vegetable but it makes an excellent food swap when you want pizza. With a little planning and preparation you can use cauliflower pizza crust to enjoy your favorite pizza.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Put ½ of the cauliflower florets into bowl of food processor, pulse until it resembles rice (about 30 seconds). Transfer into a large bowl and place other ½ of florets into food processor to repeat above.
Microwave pulsed cauliflower for 5 minutes OR add all to a pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil to let it cook for 5 minutes with a lid on.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.
Let cauliflower cool for 15 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, transfer cauliflower to a clean dish towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze of excess moisture -- make sure to do this until no water comes out and the cauliflower is dry. This is very important to the success of the recipe.
Next transfer cauliflower pulp to a large bowl and add in egg, mozzarella, parmesan, coconut flour, garlic powder, oregano, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine and form a soft dough.
Place dough in the middle of the prepared pan and push out with your hands to form a 9-10 inch circle, with about ¼ inch dough thickness.
Bake for 20 minutes until crust is firm and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven, then top with pizza sauce and cheese (or whatever your heart desires). Bake for 5-10 more minutes until cheese is melted, then turn broiler on for 1-2 minutes to get cheese nice and golden brown and bubbly. Make sure to watch carefully!
Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes minutes before cutting into 8 slices and serving. Serves 4, 2 slices each.
**Recipe orginally posted on Ambitious Kitchen.
|Posted on April 4, 2018 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Secrets to a Peaceful Marriage
Want to know a few secrets to a peaceful marriage?
Secret ONE: Peace comes when you treat your relationship with the Improvisation Mantra of “YES AND…” NOT “Yes, but…”
Yes AND suggests you are listening and considering what is being offered by your spouse; AND, you desire to build on it with what you have to offer, always seeking to be in the moment and looking for cohesive connection opportunities.
“Yes, but” is dismissive and tells the lie that you are considering his/her side when in fact you just are waiting for the window to present YOUR side, your way, your pre-fashioned outcome.
Approach each exchange with your spouse as a “YES AND” opportunity and expect good things to happen!
Peace comes when we accept the limitations of others. Sometimes we expect too much and impose unrealistic expectations on others thus priming the stage for disappointment. Learn to meet people where they are at and come alongside them for the journey. Stressing over the limitations of others will SPILL over into your marriage and manifest emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually. It’s called daily baggage and it is often inadvertently dumped on the spouse.
Peace comes when you CEASE trying to get your spouse to change. You don’t have the tools to make this happen. When we cease trying to get others to change—we can offer alternative ways of handling and or viewing a situation but ultimately we must rest in the fact that the decision for someone to change is NOT our problem to own.
Do you seek daily to find opportunities in the little things to connect with your spouse or are you often stuck in yesterday’s list of disappointments as you begin each day anew? Not saying this is easy, but a big step is to become aware and take action. Perhaps the assistance of a marriage enrichment group or coach may go a long way to helping you and your spouse produce the fruit of peace in your marriage.
Seek peace in your marriage and pursuit diligently. Love and live well!
In good health,
Baobab Village Wellness Group
|Posted on April 3, 2018 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Protein Bar that Packs a Powerful Punch
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All protein bars aren't created equally.
The Baobab Village team has found a protein bar that not only tastes good but is good for you.
ONE Protein bars come in a variety of different flavors that will make your taste buds happy. The Baobab Village Team has personally tried and recommend the Lemon Cake, Maple Glazed Doughnut, and Chocolate Brownie flavors.
Each protein bar has 20 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. If you need a quick snack or preworkout meal ONE Protein Bars will do the job!
Try one today and let us know which flavor is your favorite.
|Posted on March 27, 2018 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Declious Fudge Brownie Food Swap
Have you made changes to your nutrition but still want to enjoy your favorite foods? We have good news; you can. With some research and planning you can prepare your favorite recipes with a few food swaps to make them healthier.
Over the next few weeks we will share some of our favorite food swap recipes. Our first recipe is Black Bean Avocado Fudge Brownies. The ingredients in this recipe will surprise you and your taste buds.
Black Bean Avocado Fudge Brownies
- 1 - 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 of a large extra ripe avocado
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (important to use a VERY good quality powder!)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.
Place all ingredients besides chocolate chips into blender or food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter. If the batter is WAY too thick and won't process then add in a teaspoon or two of water. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. Add in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and fold into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips. You can also fold in nuts or swirl in peanut butter. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean and top of the brownies begin to crack.
Cool pan completely then cut into 12 delicious squares.
If you try these delicious brownies let us know. Share a picture of your creation on our https://www.facebook.com/baobabvillagewellnessgroup/" target="_blank">Facebook Page.
Recipe originally posted on https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-avocado-black-bean-brownies/" target="_blank">https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-avocado-black-bean-brownies/