Good article on magnesium, why it is important and where you can find it in your food.
With a fresh year ahead, this is usually the time where we make resolutions to change bad habits and make better, healthier choices. This relates to all different aspects of our health including mind, body and spirit. Often we hear people resolving to eliminate bad habits by focusing on the negative of the habit to be changed, for example:
- Quit smoking
- Quit drinking
- Lose weight
- Stop eating junk
- No more beating yourself up for past decisions
- Exercise, no excuses
Now, I’m sure this “NO MORE” negative perspective works for some people, but I’m all about finding the positive. When I focus on bringing in the good, I do not feel like I am depriving myself of something that I want or am craving, but am focused on making good choices. How does the positive look?
- Quit smoking - Breathe fresh, clean air. Everyday. Smell and taste everything.
- Quit drinking - Drink 8 glasses of water a day
- Lose weight - Love making healthy choices to eat nutritious food and move your body.
- Stop eating junk - Eat 8 servings of vegetables a day! (You’ll be too full to binge on junk!)
- No more beating yourself up for past decisions - Love yourself, fully.
- Exercise, no excuses - Love how your body feels when you move it!
When our mind is focused on the negative we feel deprived, we are never aloud that thing we have taken away. By concentrating on the positive, we are inviting the good in without our mind being one-tracked on the word “NO”. For example, we see how delicious a fruit salad is and how good it makes the body feel. How strong our body feels and with more energy by committing to moving it everyday.
Take the time to find your positive resolution as you kick off the new year - Good luck with making healthy choices in the year to come!
There is so much more to the food we eat than filling our belly. Take a look at these 10 anti-inflammatory foods! Check out #5 - Cruciferous vegetables!
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre and protein. They also contain calcium and magnesium! Chia seeds become a gel like consistency. This is an easy recipe that you can put together and enjoy for breakfast with a piece of fruit or as a snack!
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberry’s
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- Cinnamon (optional)
In a large jar, combine the almond milk and maple syrup. Close the jar and shake to combine. Add the chia seeds, dried cranberry’s, slivered almonds, ground flax and cinnamon to the jar, close and shake well.
Refrigerate until thick, (at least 4 hours) shaking or stirring occasionally. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 medium chopped apple (approx 1 cup)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large mixing bowl, add your cooked quinoa, cooked oats (I use wheat free oats for my gluten sensitivity) and cinnamon. Then add the maple syrup, apples (your choice to leave skins on or not) and eggs. Mix until just combined.
3) Use paper towel and coconut oil to wipe down the pan so your bites do not stick.
4) Fill each muffin slot and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.
Makes 24 bites.
Delicious served with a little almond butter for added protein!
Great article that discusses how kids are bombarded with sugary treats… that are no longer treats, junk food is now the norm. Have shared a little bit of the article below.
"Healthy snacks should be the default, especially now that teens are developing coronary-artery disease and children under age 10 are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he said.
Close to a third of Canadian children aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, Statistics Canada reported in 2012. Type 2 diabetes, once considered an adult-onset disease, is increasingly common in children. A 2010 study published in the journal Diabetes Care estimated the minimum Canadian incidence rate to be 1.54 new cases per 100,000 children under age 18.”