8 Superfoods That Actually Taste Good

It’s a well-established myth that healthy food tastes bad, and it starts in childhood. Despite heroic efforts from parents, kids will choose that bag of Doritos over a nice bowl of broccoli florets nine times out of ten. But healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad – and with the right recipes, even the most stubborn child will learn that nutritious food can be as delicious as junky snacks.

In this post, I’ll be focusing on a number of superfoods that boost nutrition for adults and children alike. Health.com defines the term as a catchall for “nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.” According to the post, those who incorporate superfoods into their diets have the potential to decrease their risk for chronic illness, live longer, and better their overall health – so try one of the recipes below to kickstart a healthy diet!

 

Acai

Acai berries are chock-full of antioxidants such as anthocyanin, which has been proven to prevent disease, lessen the risk of obesity, and improve cognitive function. Acai is flavorful and especially delicious as a juice.

Recipe Spotlight: Acai Smoothie Bowl

Pumps & Iron’s Acai Smoothie Bowl

Chia Seeds

Don’t be fooled by their humble appearance: these seeds pack a nutritional punch. Chia is brimming with useful fatty acids and needed minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. It’s also a useful substitution ingredient for those looking to go vegan or cut down on fats in baked goods.

Recipe Spotlight: Chocolate Chia Mousse

Yummy Mummy Kitchen’s Chocolate Chia Pudding

 

Kale

This particular leafy green has become a trend lately – and for good reason! It’s a low-calorie, vitamin-loaded vegetable brimming with antioxidants. Kale is particularly high in Vitamin K, which lowers the risk of many types of cancer and may even aid the cognitive function of those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Recipe Spotlight: Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Annie Chesson’s Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

 

Cacao

Who knew that chocolate could be healthy? Cacao is distinct from its more well-known sibling, cocoa, in that it isn’t subject to chemical processing. In regular cocoa powder, this procedure causes 60% – 90% of the original antioxidants to be lost! But by using cacao powder, health-conscious cooks can retain both the nutritional value and delicious taste of chocolate.

Recipe Spotlight: Superfood Hot Chocolate

The Healthy Maven’s Superfood Hot Chocolate

 

Seaweed

It’s salty, slippery, and…delicious? Those familiar with sushi and sashimi know that when prepared correctly, seaweed can be a delightful addition to a meal. This superfood is particularly wonderful for its iodine content. Iodine is a relatively rare find in food, but is vital for maintaining a healthy thyroid – which in turn regulates hormonal production.

Swap out your wheat wrap for seaweed!

Recipe Spotlight: Nori Tuna Wrap

Matt Ivan’s Paleo Tuna Salad Nori Wraps

 

Quinoa

Like kale, quinoa has seen an uptick in popularity over the past few years – and certainly deserves it! According to Julie Wilcox at mindbodygreen, quinoa is a protein-rich grain that contains every amino acid and has a high fiber content. As such, it’s an excellent staple for those who have or are at risk of developing high cholesterol.

Try it as a side or a deliciously healthy afternoon snack!

Recipe Spotlight: Avocado BLT Quinoa Salad

London Brazil’s Avocado BLT Quinoa Salad

 

Hemp Hearts

These wonderful seeds are a great source of healthy fats and proteins – in fact, they have the same pound-for-pound protein content as meats such as beef or lamb! Studies have also shown that eating hemp seeds can help lessen the risk of heart disease and reduce symptoms of those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema.

Try them as an appetizer!

Recipe Spotlight: Hemp Tabbouleh

Eating Bird Food’s Hemp Tabbouleh

 

Oats

Even as a cupboard staple, oats have a surprising number of benefits! According to Joseph Nordqvist at MedicalNewsToday, this fiber-filled food has the potential to limit the risk of coronary artery disease, lessen cholesterol levels, and to even minimize the risk for colorectal cancer.

Eat them as breakfast or dessert – or both!

Recipe Spotlight: No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Bless This Mess’s No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

 

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be an unpleasant process – so try a few superfoods! Your doctor will thank you for it, and you’ll probably feel a lot better yourself.

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4 Healthy Food Blogs to Read

*This post originally appeared on www.lidiascinski.net.

When many people think of healthy food, they think boring and difficult to prepare. Fortunately, neither of those are true! Many healthy meals are easy to prepare and very tasty. Every summer it’s a good idea to set some sort of goal. This summer why not commit to living a healthier life, eating better, and sharpening your cooking skills? Below is a list of blogs that will inspire your healthy cooking.

A Couple Cooks

A Couple Cooks was created by husband and wife Alex and Sonja Overhiser. The blog has gotten a lot of love over the years for its recipes and cooking tips. On the website, you can explore categories of main courses, soups, salads, breakfast, and dessert (Yes, even dessert can be healthy!). The blog is regularly updated, so you won’t have any trouble finding a recipe that you like. Skillet Eggplant Marinara is one recipe that the couple recently published. It’s very easy to make and looks delicious.

Green Kitchen Stories

Green Kitchen Stories focuses on simple vegetarian recipes. The first thing that attracted me to this blog was the colorful photos on the homepage. Each photo looks so delicious it’s difficult to resist reading each recipe. Some of the recipes, though, can be advanced. If you’re an inexperienced cook, you should wait until you feel confident in your cooking skills before attempting some of these recipes. I recommend starting with the Blueberry & Apricot Super Salad.

Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

How can you dislike a name like Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes? In addition to recipes, this wonderful blog features some helpful DIY tips on things like canning and drying herbs. While all of the recipes are vegan, a handful of the breakfast recipes outline some egg alternatives. Take a look at the site’s recipe box for a full list of all of the recipes. There are so many delicious recipes to go through!

Sprouted Kitchen

Sprouted Kitchen is another blog run by a married couple. Sara is the main author of the site, and she stresses cooking in tune with the season and using natural ingredients. There is a helpful section on the site called Tools that lists some recommendations for knives, pots, and pans. If you’re just starting to cook, then you can hold off on purchasing anything, but it’s something to keep in mind for the future when you become more experienced. I especially like Sprouted Kitchen’s bread recipes. Check out their Cast Iron Cornbread.

Summer Landscaping Ideas

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Summer is a fantastic time to reevaluate your home’s landscape, try new things, and clean up any winter damage. Even if you don’t have a large backyard or front yard, there are a lot of different ways that you can beautify the landscape that you do have. Keep reading for some easy ideas on how you can spice up your landscape this summer.

Light

Sitting outside once the sun goes down and the temperature drops is one of the best things about having a yard. If there isn’t much light, though, your yard won’t be an inviting space. There are so many different ways that you can add light to your landscape. One of the most popular is string lights. It’s also a good idea to highlight different areas of your landscape. For example, you can set up lights to guide the walkway, or position a spotlight to show off a particular plant. Here are some DIY outdoor lighting ideas from Buzzfeed.

Fragrance

Stop and smell the roses! Add some flowers to your yard to give off a fragrant scent. Cookouts shouldn’t be the only time that your backyard smells inviting. By adding flowers you also add color to the area. If you’re looking for some plant ideas, here is a helpful article on some of the fragrant plants that are native to California. In general, when planning your landscape it’s best to stick with native plants. Native plants are accustomed to the environment that they are native to, and, oftentimes, they require less water.

Water

Adding water to your landscape is a very popular idea. A fountain can be low maintenance if done correctly, and it can add beauty to any environment. Ponds are another popular idea, but they can be difficult to maintain. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into if you add a pond.

Birds and Insects

Who needs TV when the backyard is full of animals and insects exploring the area? If you’re an animal lover, then you should plant flowers that attract butterflies and bees. Plus you can add bird feeders or a bird pond.

Other Ideas

If you have enough space in your yard, you can add a gazebo. A gazebo is a great place for children to play or to just sit and enjoy yourself. You can also build a bench for your yard if you don’t have enough space, or you just want to test your carpentry skills.

3 of the Best Summer Workouts

Many fitness enthusiasts focus on exercising all winter long so that they can achieve a “beach body.” Even if you think your body isn’t ready for the summer, the summer will definitely be ready for you. The warmest season of the year is also one of the best seasons to be active. Great weather makes you want to get outside and enjoy life. Below are some of the best exercises that you can do this summer either on your own or with your family during vacation.

Swimming

The most obvious exercise to do during the summer is swimming. If you already belong to a gym, then it’s possible that you have been swimming all winter long. Still, there’s nothing like swimming in the ocean or going for a dip in a lake. Both locations make for great vacation spots. In addition to swimming, there are other fun activities you can do at both locations. For example, at the beach, you can paddle board or even try surfing. While at the lake you can go water skiing—something you should definitely try at least once in your life. Kayaking is another popular lake activity.

Hiking

If your family enjoys going to the mountains over the summer, then hiking is one of the first fitness activities you should consider. When you wake up in the mountains, the hiking trails are never too far from where you lay your head. Hiking can be as strenuous or as easy as you want it to be. It all depends on the trail that you choose and how hard you want to work while on vacation. Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and get fit at the same time. If you have never been hiking before, then you should read the American Hiking Society’s tips. The page includes information on just about everything you could ever want to know about hiking.

Biking

One of the best ways to enjoy summer weather is to hop on your bike and go for a ride. Biking is a fantastic form of exercise, and it’s great for all ages. If you don’t own a bike you can rent one while you’re on vacation. After the experience, you’ll likely want to buy a bike that you can use at home. While cruising along the beach can be a leisurely activity, it’s still a good workout—especially if you bike for a long distance. Mountain biking is usually more difficult, but it really depends on the type of trail you choose. No matter where you ride your bike make sure you wear a helmet and be aware of your surroundings. Stick to the designated bike trails and maintain a speed that you find comfortable.

Learn More About Crossfit

*This post originally appeared on Lidia Scinski.

Crossfit is a rigorous fitness program that enables you to improve your cardiovascular and overall physical health like never before. While performing Crossfit exercises can turn out to be quite strenuous, the program is known to do a world of good for your limbs and your heart, enabling you to carry out your day to day chores and activities with a great degree of energy. Keep reading to learn more about the exercise program.

It Can be Performed by People of All Ages

Crossfit exercises can be performed by you no matter what your age is. To learn more about what Crossfit is and what it entails, though, there are a number of important points that you need to keep in mind.

Crossfit is essentially a training program which builds conditioning and strength through challenging and varied workouts. The workouts test various parts of your functional strength with the goal of helping you to build a body that can withstand everything and anything.

Different from Conventional Gym Workouts

Crossfit training is different from the kind of exercises that you would usually perform at a commercial gym. When you take part in Crossfit programs, there will be a specific workout that you will have to carry out every day—for instance, squatting with 45 pounds or squatting with 135 pounds, whichever is more feasible for you.

Ideal for Masochists

If you are okay with the idea of experiencing pain in order to do a world of good for your body, then Crossfit is the right thing for you to take part in. The workout sessions last for long hours and leave you extremely tired and weary at the end of it all.

Helps Build Inner Strength

While losing weight is definitely likely when you take part in Crossfit, this is more of a fitness program that helps you to build your inner strength in addition to your physical caliber. When you learn to withstand pain, you acquire the discipline that is needed to survive shocks and untoward happenings that may arise in your life.

Careful: Injuries Can Occur

You need to remember that Crossfit can be dangerous if you don’t learn the exercises properly. It’s a good idea to not rush through any of the Crossfit exercises if you want to avoid hurting yourself when taking part in the program.

Now that you’ve learned more about Crossfit the next step is entering the gym. There is likely a Crossfit gym somewhere near you. Reach out to them and get started on your fitness journey!

How to Stay Motivated to Workout

*This post originally appeared on Lidia Scinski|Lifestyle.

Although using a food diary can help you with your nutrition, maintaining your fitness routine may require a different approach. Continue reading to learn five tips that will help you stay motivated to work out and stay active.

Switch Your Perspective

Try to stop thinking of yourself as sedentary and instead try to view yourself as an athlete. Rather than telling yourself you do not have time for fitness, be creative in figuring out ways to incorporate it into your lifestyle.

For example, if you are a parent, consider playing a game of tag, football, soccer, or basketball with your kids. You will build lasting memories with your children, set a good example of an active lifestyle, and, as a bonus, get in better shape.

Set Goals

Precise goals can significantly increase your chance of success. Set realistic goals with clear expectations and details on how to achieve your goal. Whether your goal is fitting into a certain pair of jeans or running your first race, define your goal; write it down; determine a plan of action, and work at it daily.

Set a Workout Schedule

Setting a weekly schedule can help ensure that you will stay committed to your workout. Consider sitting down to determine what time of day will work best for your workouts. Try using email reminders, apps, or calendar reminders to help you keep on track.

Keep it Fresh and Fun

The majority of people require variety and change to maintain their motivation. It also helps to make fitness fun and enjoyable. Try to find activities—taking a dance class, playing games and sports with your kids or friends, hiking in nature, jumping on a trampoline, rollerblading—that make you forget you are working out.

Rely on Others for Support

Although many people struggle to ask for help, it is crucial to have support in your fitness goals. Having a friend or a group that support you can help encourage you, make fitness more fun, keep you motivated, and hold you accountable. For example, if you planned a workout on your own, it might be easy to hit the snooze whereas if you are supposed to meet a friend you will not want to leave them waiting.

Final Thoughts

Set some specific goals, make fitness enjoyable, and find some friends to motivate and support you. Getting more active will increase your energy, boost your mood, and increase your overall health.