Lavender by your pillow

How to get a restful sleep

To get a restful sleep we need to follow a ritual of eating the right food and creating a right atmosphere to fall sleep. It is achievable, and is easy to follow a healthy routine to get sleep and stay sleep without using any over the counter help.

What we eat, how we unwind, and where we sleep effects how fast we fall sleep and stay sleep.

Two hours before you tuck yourself under the covers snack on food that will help your brain to produce hormones that will relax your thoughts and calm your nervous system. A healthy balance of hormones are the key to a good night’s sleep. Serotonin and melatonin need to work in harmony to keep the body balanced.

How Serotonin and melatonin work in our body:

Serotonin is the energizing happy hormone that increases positivity and relaxation. It helps us get out of bed and look forward to our day.

Melatonin is produced after the dark. When the environment around us is turned to night time. Making it extremely important to start our sleep ritual by turning the lights low and keeping our bedroom windows covered with curtains, blocking any light from entering the room.

😴 Enjoy snacking on food that can help: (2hours before bed )

Bananas

Peanut butter on wheat

Cottage cheese

Oatmeal

Almonds

Dark chocolate

Warm milk

😴 Create a relaxing surroundings:

Using natural essentials oil:

Rose, vanilla, sandalwood, Jasmine scents can relax our thoughts, helping us feel sleepy.

Reading & Avoiding electronics :

Enjoying a good book can relax our mind.

Blocking natural light:

Helps the increase of melatonin levels, telling our body it is night time, time to relax.

To keep our body and mind healthy we need to sleep. Our body needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep for a healthy strong immune system and a bright mind.

For a detailed list on meals and ways of relaxing please use the link below for “ How to asleep better” video.

Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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A Berry Story

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One way of eating your berries.. Berry season is here and Blackberry cobbler was on the menu

There are more than 30 edible berries that can be cooked baked and enjoyed right off the plant. Which ever is your favorite berry, they all share one thing they are the ultimate anti-aging superfood. Their high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals keep our brain young, skin glowing, and reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Grab a yogurt for snack or a meal on the go

With so many choices, all we have to remember is that plain yogurt has probiotics  that are good for our guts, and has calcium to keep our bones strong, and protein for our muscles.

Organic Greek yogurt adds more thickness to smoothies and parfaits. It is high in protein while still being low-cal. There is about 100 calories in a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. With fruits and honey added to plain yogurt we can lose the extra calories added sugar, and additives from flavored yogurts.

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Yogurt, with raisins, granola, berries, nuts, and for more flavor a dash of cinnamon, and for sweetness maple syrup

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13 Foods that keep us healthy as we Get older

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Breakfast,and healthy small meals- Oatmeal with berries dash of cinnamon, and tumric- yogurt, almond,walnuts, raisins and prunes. Green tea.

Blueberries
antioxidants, are linked to lower risk of heart disease, and blueberries have them more than any other fruits. Add blueberries to cold or hot cereals, and salads.

Raspberries
Great source of antioxidants, this little berry can slow down cognitive aging.

Prunes
It is common knowledge that prunes are full of fiber and help our gastrointestinal system, but they also help bone density,
and protect against osteoporosis. Potassium in prunes, help increase bone mineral density and decrease the risk of bone breakdown.

Cauliflower
Helps boost mind health. All cruciferous veggies including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale or arugula help with aging with a clear mind.

Tomatoes
Have Antioxidant and lycopene. lycopene helps to protect our skin against damage from UV light. We absorb the lycopene in cooked tomatoes. So add tomato sauce to your pasta.

Yogurt
Great source of calcium, protein, and probiotics. We need all three for healthy bones, strong muscles and healthy gut. Some Greek yogurts have more protein than other yogurts, and taste great in a parfait or as a spread with a favorite jam.

Nuts
Snacking on almonds, pistachios and peanuts may help us live longer. People who regularly eat them have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants, drinking green tea can help the skin repair itself from sun damage, pollution, and poor nutrition .

Tumric
potent anti-inflammatory. The cause of painful joints, and arthritis, is inflammation in the cartridge . Add a dash of Tumric to almost anything, not only it adds color to your food it is a also great for you.

Chili peppers
Capsaicin in the peppers helps protect against heart disease. So use it to spice up scrambled eggs chili, taco meat, and salsa.

Whole grain bread
The fiber in grain can help us with depression, cancer and heart disease as we age.

Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids, we need it to keep our mind sharpe, good for skin, and balance our mood. We can get more calcium my using canned salmon with bones every once in a while.

Eggs
nutrients in the the yolks may help decrease our risk of macular degeneration, and cataracts. And to help our muscles the amino acids found in eggs help rebuild and repair muscle tissue.

 

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Make a power Breakfast using these 10 Ingredients:

Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk

Easy to prep, and fast cooking. Have these ingredients on hand, to prepare a quick, delicious, and powerful breakfast.

Almond milk
Berries
Banana
Mango
Baby spinach
Pumpkin seeds Dates

Serve Egg, Spinach, Quinoa and Feta for one Powerful Breakfast .

Make it simple for yourself by stocking your pantry with canned, frozen or freeze dry ingredients for quick meals.

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