The Best Vegetables To Have Stocked In Your Kitchen For Optimal Health

Fruits and Vegetables have been long known to be such an investment in your health. They are loaded with minerals and antioxidants. We all know that antioxidants fight free radicals that cause inflammation. Inflammation, in return causes many diseases and sicknesses. It is best to keep your kitchen loaded up with these vegetables that are known to keep your health afloat. These are ones I keep stocked on the daily.

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AVOCADOS- THE BEST FAT

Avocados are a super healthy fat that our body needs. It is also known as butter fruit because it provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. It has been known that eating avocados can help reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It helps with keeping a beautiful complexion and increased energy. They are best mixed in a morning smoothie or even topped on a rice cake for a quick, and healthy breakfast.

KALE- THE BEST GREEN

Kale is an ultimate superfood in my opinion. Kale is high in fiber and water. It helps to prevent indigestion and helps to prevent constipation. It contains many B vitamins, and C vitamins which helps with iron absorption. It is very nutrient dense, and has a low calorie content. Kale is very heart protective and very anti-inflammatory. It helps to prevent inflammation in the body. I love using Kale in smoothies mixed with avocados and a banana. It’s a daily staple in my diet.

PEPPERS-THE BEST CARB

Bell Peppers and Jalapeno Peppers are the bomb. Who doesnt love eating them on a nice summer night? Peppers are low in calories and very high in Vitamin C. They come in various colors, and each one has a significant taste. They are loaded up with many vitamins and minerals and are amazing added to salads and also great for eating on their own. I love cutting them up and eating with a good hummus. They are good for eye health and help with anemia prevention.

These are just a few of the array of vegetables that should be added to your daily diet. Vegetables are so important in keeping your body healthy and your mind happy. The importance of vegetables should be in every persons diet on a daily basis. There is many ways to incorporate them into your diet.

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The Best Avocado Toast Ever

I am a huge avocado lover. Matter of fact, my family jokes with me on how many avocados I eat in a day. One of my favorite breakfast choices is my avocado toast. It is healthy and it is great fuel for any morning workout. It provides you with great , healthy fats and avocados are loaded with amazing monounsaturated fatty acids. This amazing fruit provides us with 20 vitamins and minerals. Yes! We are getting our vitamin intake. Here is my take on amazing avocado toast.pexels for avocado toast

I use Ezekiel bread which is made of sprouted whole grains, and seeds. It’s not one of those breads you find in the stores that is loaded with fillers, and flour. It provides you with more protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. It contains no phytic acid, and is not concentrated with large amount of gluten. I go ahead and put that in the toaster. While my bread is toasting, I take a small avocado ( organic preferable) and slice and cut. I then mash the avocado and mix a bit of pepper, and onion powder to it. Make sure you take it easy on the onion powder. I don’t use much at all. Once that is mixed up and mashed really well, I spread on my toast. I then add a great mixed red pepper flake spice to the top of it, and add a bit more black pepper. I do add some great herbs to it once in a while, and then I eat with either a boiled egg, or a fried egg made only with coconut oil. It is so yummy. If you are looking for a great, quick breakfast option, this avocado toast is not only delicious, but so super healthy for your body. It is imperative you eat healthy breakfasts to give you the proper fuel to get your morning going . Happy Thursday!

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My Weekly Fitness Routine

Hey Ladies!

I wanted to share with you something that everyone ask me about.. my Fitness routine. I can’t tell you how many people ask me what I do to stay in shape, what classes I take, what I eat, and so forth. I’m here to share that with you. First off, I don’t feel 100 percent unless I move on a daily basis. It gets my heart going, me energy levels up, and I feel so much better all around. Now I do have days where I don’t feel like doing anything because my plate is full for the day. I just tell myself that I have to devote at least an hour to me everyday. I feel like once you find that balance, everything else falls into place. fitness routine

I do love changing my Fitness routine up every now and then. I don’t know about you, but I get bored very easily with the same workout. I think I have done everything under the sun, and YES I do have my favorites. First thing in the morning, I always start my morning with a warm glass of lemon water. I feel this just gets everything going, especially my metabolism. It’s also great for de-toxing the liver. I will then make me something light. This usually involves a piece of avocado toast with a bit of crushed red pepper. YES! it’s delicious. I try to break up what I want to do every Sunday. I figure out what workouts I want to do ,and what areas I want to work. A typical week looks something like this:

Monday– I usually go to a HIIT class, or head straight to the gym for 30 min of cardio, and work my arms.( machine work)

Tuesday- This day usually involves a hot yoga class. Once I hit that class, I’m pretty beat. It is the BEST workout in the world.

Wednesday- I usually go to a Pilates class or head to the gym for cardio and work my legs( Machine work)

Thursday– This day again involves a hot yoga class.

Friday– I love heading to a spin class or kickboxing class. I then try to do a power walk ( if weather permits)

Saturday– I usually head to the gym early for cardio, or I do a Swork -IT workout at home. The best app for at home fitness.

Sunday– I never workout on Sundays.  This is my day with the family and my day to pretty much eat and drink what I want. This is my no limits day. It usually involves some amazing dinner, or a great meal out.

If I’m on vacation, I always find the gym, or a yoga class that is close, or go for a run. I always try to find at least 1 hour to move.

No matter where you are or what you are doing, Fitness should always be fun. Find what you like and stick with it, or be like me and move around a bit. Either way, your health depends on it.

 

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Ways to get back in shape after vacation

Vacation is something we all love, and we should. It’s a time to unwind, eat delicious food, and drink our favorite cocktails. Enjoying our favorite things can put a dent into our fitness and diet regimen and can put on some extra unwanted pounds. If you are one that hits your vacation spots and finds a way to add in some fitness, that’s wonderful. If you don’t, there are ways to get back into shape once vacation has ended.

The last thing you want to do is fall off the band wagon like some people do. They go on vacation, eat bad food and drink highbrow calorie drinks, then get back and has lost motivation. Don’t let that happen. You will do your body no good. Here are my top ways to get yourself back in shape:

1. Eat at home- you just spent a whole week eating food from restaurants that is probably loaded up with some fats. It’s time to head to the store, stock up on greens, fruits, fish and good healthy protein and start making your meals at home. It’s healthier, and saves on the calorie intake. 

2. Get motivated to hit the gym. Take your body back to the gym.  Start burning those calories. If you aren’t a gym person, try a great app like SWORKIT . It will literally burn the calories in no time. You can’t lose that motivation.

3. Give the alcohol up- Alcohal is full of unwanted calories. IF you are trying to get back in shape, give up your cocktails for a while. Give your liver a break. It just adds to the unwanted caloric intake.

4. Take in the water. Water is the best thing we can put in our bodies. It clears out toxins and helps with breaking down inflammation. Have a water bottle with you all the time.

Doing these proactive concepts to your everyday living will get your body back in shape. Strive for 30-45 minutes 4xs a week for workouts. You will feel great!

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Zucchini noodle & shrimp salad

It’s time to throw away that pasta , and replace it with delicious zucchini noodles. You will replace the carb filled , non nutritious pats with antioxidant filled zucchini. The most amazing thing is, you will not taste a difference. Zucchini noodles are perfect for those pasta dishes that the whole family will love. 

If you are making this recipe, it’s best to use a vegetable spiralizer. It’s easiest that way to get gorgeous zucchini noodles. 

This will serve 2 people. If you want more, you can double the recipe. 

– 2 small zucchini

-2 cups shrimp

-1/2 cup pesto 

-1 cup Parmesan 

– Pepper to taste 

-2tsp olive oil 

In a medium skillet, pour the olive oil in and put on low to medium heat. Once it warms up, throw the zucchini noodles in and cook for about 5-7 min . Set them aside. Throw in the shrimp , until it’s cooked on both sides. Pre cooked shrimp is ok to use also. Throw in the pesto and Parmesan. Place the zucchini noodles back in and stir. Add in pepper. It’s so delicious. Enjoy! 

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