Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Strawberry Mint Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Mint Smoothie Recipe



Summer is coming and it's time to start getting that "summer body" ready. It's way to easy for many of us to momentarily forget about bathing suit season. Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and vegetables into your system. What's easier than taking a bunch of delicious foods and mixing them up in a blender with some ice? In my opinion, almost nothing. I love a good smoothie on a warm summer or spring morning followed up with a little bit of gardening... Ahh, that's the life!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup strawberries (~9 oz)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple (whatever variety you prefer)
  • 5- 10 leaves peppermint (leave a couple for decoration)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup water or orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of Berry Flavored Super Food Blend

Directions

  • Rinse all the strawberries. Core the apple. Peel your banana.
  • Place all ingredients into a blender or Nutribullet. Personally I find the Nutribullet perfect for 1 person. Its not as bulky as a big blender and its easier to fit the containers in the dishwasher or just screw a cap on the Nutribullet container and put it in the fridge for later. 
  • Blend all ingredients until mixture is drinkable. Some people prefer more ice, some people don't like as much ice. Remember, you can always add more ice but once it's added you can't take it out!
  • Serve and enjoy! Garnish with a slice of strawberry or a fresh mint leaf if you're feeling fancy!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

3 Must Have New Tech Gadgets For Camping

3 Amazing New Tech Gadgets For Camping

#1 Jackery Portable Solar Generator

 Jackery Portalbe Solar Generator Review

In this day and age almost everyone has electronics. And if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to go places that you have never gone, you too will probably rely on electronics like much of our society today. The days of map reading are over and people need energy, thats where the Jackery Portable Solar Generator comes in. 

Features:

-Rechargeable Battery, No Gasoline Required: Recharge your Jackery Explorer on-the-go with 102W solar panel (just 7 hours or less with full sun) or via the included AC adapter wall outlet in 6 hours (Solar Panel Is Included)

-All-in-One Outdoor Generator: With 500 watt-hour huge capacity powers up your smartphones (iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, iPhone X) (40+ Recharges), laptops (3-6 Recharges), TVs (3+ Hrs), small appliances (mini refrigerators or coffee machines) and more. Small and light, ideally suited for the outdoor life and even unexpected power outages anywhere

-Off-Grid Power Supply: Keep all your gear powered. Plug in your devices in the multiple options: 110V/300W Continuous, 500W Peak AC Outlet, 12V/120W car socket and two 5V/2.1A USB ports. 

-Powerful LCD flashlight offers a light for camps, cabins and unexpected outages

-What's Included: 1*Jackery Powerpro 500Wh, 1*102W Solar Panel, 1*AC Adapter, 1*User Guide, 24-months product warranty backed with our friendly customer service available 7×24 hrs.


#2 Bioite Camp Stove 2

 Biolite camp stove 2

Kind of following the same idea as the previous item, we all like to have our technology and our energy. And with the Biolite Camp Stove 2 you can charge your USB devices simply from the act of burning wood. All you need are a few small sticks and a way to start the fire and this gadget is designed to harness the energy from the fire and convert it to electricity. Many years ago this would have sounded like a crazy far fetched idea but in this and age its a real possibility.  

Features: 

  • CampStove 2 generates 3 watts of usable electricity and stores it in it's internal powerbank for USB charging of LED lights, mobile phones, and other devices. The internal, rechargeable 2600 mAh battery stores excess power to charge devices, even without a live fire.
  • USB charge output with 50% more power than our previous CampStove 1, with updated thermoelectrics creating even more electricity from fire, and Smart LED Dashboard gives you real time feedback on fire strength, power output and fan speed settings
  • Internal jets have 4 fan speed settings to circulate air for improved combustion and efficiency to boil 1 liter of water in 4.5 minutes
  • Lightweight aluminum legs fold up for nested portability and durability for camping, backpacking or power outages
  • The FlexLight is a portable, pliable USB gooseneck for quick, controlled light and internal fire-starter makes setup a breeze.

#3 GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier

 GRAYL water purifier

In any kind of camping or survival situation water is going to be vital to your survival. Humans can go many days without food, but in a bad situation things can started to become deadly with 48 to 72 hours of your last drink of water. Even with a water purifier you still must find a water source and depending on your environment, that may not be easy.  The Grayl Water Purifier provides you with a way to filter clean water out without the risk of sickness. Getting sick in a survival situation means you lose water fast, and thats the opposite of what you need.

Features: 

  • Ideal for global traveling, outdoor adventures, emergency preparedness, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, survival
  • Fast and easy-to-use, simply Fill. Press. Drink.™ No sucking, squeezing, pumping, prolonged waiting, ultraviolet bulbs, or batteries
  • Award winning [ONE PRESS] design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from virtually any fresh water source in the world
  • Removes 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, SARS, Rotavirus); 99.9999% of disease-causing bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium)
  • Filters particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic); zero aftertaste, eliminates bad odors, improves clarity and flavor

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Homemade Spinach And Feta Pizza Recipe

Homemade Spinach And Feta Pizza Recipe



Ingredients 


  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flour, for sprinkling to help with stikcing 
  • 1 whole wheat pizza dough 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or grated
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 2 bunches spinach 
  • Salt and ground black pepper 
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles 
  • 1  mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • 1/2 provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, chopped 
  • Slices cherry or roma tomatoes (optional)
Cooking Directions

Oven Instructions: Preheat oven 450F.

Take a paper towel and lightly oil your Teflon Pizza Pan to help with sticking.  On a clean work surface, lightly dust with flour. Use a Rolling Pin to roll out the pizza dough. When your dough is rolled out to the size of your pizza pan, place the dough on the oiled pizza pan. Toss it in the over for a couple minutes until golden brown. 

Quick Tip - This is where many people mess up homemade pizzas! Many people try to cook it all at once and they end up with a crust that didn't cook right but cheese that was browning!

In a large skillet with some Olive oil, saute the onions and garlic.  Add the spinach to the onions and garlic, saute until the spinach wilts. Season with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you prefer. 

Now take your partially baked pizza crust and add the garlic spinach mixture then top that with the feta and mozzarella. Place the pizza back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. When the pizza comes out of the oven, top with the tomatoes oregano and black pepper.

Serve and enjoy! 

Your friends and family will be pleasantly surprised when you bring out a pizza and it's not the same old pepperoni or sausage! 



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Low Fat Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Low Fat Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Whether you are aware or not, shellfish and fish have been part of the human diet since before year 0. Even people from ancient times had knowledge of how to farm fish so they wouldn't have to travel out to sea to catch their food. Not only has fish been a huge part of the human diet, but it has also been a massive driver of economy. With the health benefits received from eating salmon it's no wonder that this type of fish is one of the most popular. Salmon has a very distinct color and taste, and the taste is certainly not for everyone!

Salmon is very nutrient dense and is a very good source of high quality protein, vitamins and minerals like potassium, selenium, and B12. It's a good idea to replace some of the red meat you eat with fish like salmon. As Americans we tend to eat way more beef than we really should. Not to mention the Omega 3 Fats that are present in salmon, these help to contribute to healthy brain function and have many other positive effects on health! 


Ingredients



  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce (regular soy sauce will work, just reduce salt)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • green onions, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Cooking Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non stick cooking spray or rub with some paper towel and oil, set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, garlic, pepper, salt, and sesame oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk into the mixture.
  • Bring to boil and boil about 1-2 minutes until the mixture just starts to thicken. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for later.
  • Place the salmon in the pan and pour the sauce on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-17 minutes until the salmon is opaque in the center. I like to remove the aluminum foil the last few minutes of baking to brown the tops. Remove from the oven.
  • Brush the top of the salmon with the reserved ¼ cup of the sauce. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Delicious served with rice.
Remember that many Americans are actually eating healthy food and doing proper exercise but tend to have TOO MUCH FOOD! Learn to control portions. It's not your fault,  you grew up in a time and place where we are blessed to be able to eat until we are full. Unfortunately, that's part of the reason some of use are looking to lose weight. That and the problem of unhealthy food being massively lower priced than healthy food! How annoying! If you struggle with portion control then try to follow a more strict diet like the "3 Week Diet." These programs have a high success rate for those who stick to the plan!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Full Body At Home Workout For Women

Full Body At Home Workout For Women


full body at home workout for women
Photo Credit: Fit Approach


We all know how tough it can be just to squeeze in even 1 hour for fitness per day. People have very busy lives, being obligated to working the majority of the day while trying to find time to love and cherish our families. There is a big trend of people signing up for gym memberships and honestly I just think it's a really good marketing campaign. I know full well that you don't need 1 piece of equipment to obtain a healthy, strong body. Sure, much of that equipment may help you in your process, but is it absolutely necessary? No. Many of us don't really like to workout in public with other people anyways. Honestly, that's what lead me on my quest to find and share these full body at home workouts for others to enjoy also. Just stick to the plan, much of this can be done is less than 10 minutes per day, but trust me when I tell you it's going to kick your butt if you give it your best! If you put 30% effort in,  you will get 30% of results, so push it! 

Three Day Full Body At Home Workout Plan



Day 1 

Keep in mind: Do the most repetitions you can in the amount of time stated. You will see already why this is going to be tough. Do your best on Day 1, even if you can't do everything continue pushing until the end. Don't give up thinking "I can't even do this so it's pointless." Instead tell yourself "Next time I am going to get further than I got today." Dig deep and push out those last few, painful reps!

Decline push-ups (30 seconds)(Feet raised on a bench or wall)
Side plank—left (30 seconds)
Push-ups (60 seconds)
Side plank—right (30 seconds)
Incline push-ups (30 seconds)(On a bench or set of stairs)
Rest 60 seconds focusing on breathing and resting.

Repeat this 4 times. Feel like jello. Rest. You have done well. 

Day 2

Do these exercises in this order to give your muscles a chance to rest in between while you work a different group. 

Lateral/Side lunges (10 reps each leg)
Leg raise (20 reps)
Body weight squat (20 reps)
Plank hold (30 seconds)

Complete this 5 times.

Day 3

Do each of these exercises to the best of your ability with maximum effort for maximum results.

Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)
Side Plank (30 seconds)
Squats (30 seconds)
Tricep Dips (30 seconds, use a chair or bench)
High Knees/Running in place
Plank (30 seconds planking with the utmost ferocity)
Wide armed push ups (30 seconds)
Crunches/Sit-ups/Twisting Crunches

Repeat this 3 times and you will thank yourself later!

Complete this 3 day rotation to the best of your abilities. It will be tough on some days, especially in the beginning, but as you keep digging deeper and pushing harder and harder everyday you will build a little bit more strength and endurance all while burning calories! Tell yourself you can do it, because you can! It's mind over matter! Consistency is key and results will come! 





Monday, November 9, 2015

Low Sodium Oven Roasted French Fry Recipe

A Healthier Way To Season Fries!



Are you looking for a healthier way to season your french fries? French fries are so darn good it can make them almost impossible to resist at times. In order to allow myself to enjoys these tasty little guys once in a while, I came up with this french fry seasoning recipe that has extremely low sodium in it! These fries are also baked which really helps to keep the fat content down. 

Sometimes it can take a little getting used to when you lose all that salt, but you don't need it! You will get plenty of sodium elsewhere in your diet. Share the seasoning recipe and help your family and friends have one more healthy option in their lives!

Ingredients


  • 4 potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

The Delicious Directions


1. Preheat the over to around 450 degrees farenhiehgt (or 230 C)

2. While the oven is preheating, cut your potatoes into desired fry size wedges. 

3. In a large bowl mix the oil and spices together ( leave a small amount of seasoning for the fries after they are baked) and toss all the fries around in the bowl to make sure you coat all the fries with the oil/seasoning mixture. Place the coated frys on a baking sheet with tin foil. 

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 450 F or until crispy and brown. 

5. Remove the fries from the oven and sprinkle with a small amount of remaining seasoning and serve! 





Friday, August 14, 2015

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe


                Hello again! I hope everyone's summer is going well! I know I have been enjoying the nice weather and getting as many cookouts in as possible. And what's better to drink in the warm, summer sun than a tasty and healthy drink! We whip up a pitcher of this before leaving and just keep it in a cooler with ice at the cookout. And I often have my kids request smoothies for dessert at least 3 times a week. (Hey, at least they aren't asking for ice cream.)  Guests have proven to love it when you surprise the with a strawberry banana smoothie at a cookout! This only takes a few minutes and is friendly for most dieters. Enjoy and stay cool! 

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:


  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup slice strawberries

Directions To Prepare:

Place ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Pulse twice to chop the fruit, stir well, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Enjoy!