Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

I bought some sweet potatoes and have combing the web to find some great healthy recipes.


First up is this awesome Sweet Potato Kale and Quinoa Fritters from Yes, More Please!, love that name.


How about some Sweet Potato Grain Free Brownies from Make the Best of Everything.


Oh man this looks good, I'll minus the bacon, but this Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet with Bacon from Allergy Free Alaska sure sounds good.


Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadila from Health.com


Sweet Potato Pudding from Health.com


Check out this sandwich Roasted Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwich from the Kitchn.


Sweet Potato & Kale Gratin from Oh My Veggies, love the organic ingredients.

Sweet Potato Glow Spirals from Happy, Healthy, Life


Gluten Free Sweet Potato Cheesecake from Serious Eats


Check out this healthy Sweet Potato Smoothie That Tastes Like Ice Cream from MindBodyGreen



Which recipe would you like to try? Me? All of them.









Real Food Fridays #64 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight. Due to Thanksgiving this party will be running for two weeks

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Real Food Fridays #63 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Features
This is a great post on sprouts and their nutritional properties very thorough More Nutritional Information About Sprouts from Back to the Basics.

Joy in My Kitchen shared Tangy Carrot Slaw






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

30 Days to a Better You Challenge Day 13

Your Mind Challenge with Krista Nelson from Just Get It Done Now!

Raissa Portela
3 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Art Without Leaving Your Chair
“Art Awakens the Senses. Art opens the heart and mind to possibilities and fuels the imagination. Art is a process of learning to create ourselves and experience the world in new ways. Arts support the bigger picture view of life: beauty, symbols, spirituality, storytelling, it also helps us step out of time allowing one to be present in the moment. Art keeps the magic alive.” – 10 Reasons Why Art Is Good

1. Visit Artsy.net
“Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.”

2. Visit Google Cultural Institute
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends.

3. Ted Talk: How Painting Can Transform Communities
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What’s made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.

 Your Food Challenge with Ela Whitten from Ela's Living Foods Makeover

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 Today's challenge: Do a google search to identify foods that are seasonal right now. Take a
look and see if there are any fruits or veggies that sound good or interesting but that you hardly
ever eat. Write down on a fresh page in your notebook what seasonal foods you’d like to try in
the upcoming weeks.




Your Fitness Challenge with Joyce Wheeler from It's Your Life



Your Soul Challenge with Diatta Harris from Femme Fital Fit Club


Monday, November 10, 2014

30 Days to a Better You Challene Day 10

The posts were not here the last couple of days due to life. I once again have the reigns and we are back. The challenges were posted on the Facebook group if you would like to see what you missed.

Mind challenge with Krista Nelson from Just Get it Done Now!!

When I Grow Up I Wanna Be...


What did you used to say you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you achieve that goal? Did you change your mind about that one and select something else? Are you still working toward your dream? Have you stopped dreaming all together?

Dreams are encouraged when we are young to get us passionate about something and moving in some defined direction. Along the way, we gather information and make decisions. Sometimes those decisions take us way off course. And maybe we are better for it. It’s nice to know either way. You owe it to yourself to question: Am I living the life of my dreams?
  1. If you are living the life of your dreams, you deserve to be congratulated. Please share your story with someone. Your truth will encourage them.
  2. If your dream life is on its way, keep dreaming. Get excited as if you are living that dream right now.
  3. If you don’t have a dream, be careful about getting one. I read this quote: “No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.” – anonymous
Food Challenge with Ela Whitten from Ela's Living Foods Makeover

Your challenge: Learn from anything that was less than ideal in yesterdays breakfast and
adjust tomorrow’s breakfast accordingly. If this means you have to go to the store for different
food, go if possible. If all you can do tomorrow is crowd out some things that are less than ideal,
then just do that! Repeat the AM journal assignment you did yesterday.

Good health isn't about finding that dietary sweet spot and staying there forever. It’s about
constantly being in tune with what you eat and how it makes you feel and making small shifts
toward “better” all the time.

Fitness Challenge with Joyce Wheeler from It's Your Life





Soul Challenge with Diatta Harris from Femme Fital Fit Club





 









Sunday, November 9, 2014

Spice Things Up Giveaway

Fall is in the air and I feel like "Spicing Things Up" around here so we have an awesome GIVEAWAY for you!

We're giving YOU a chance to win MARY'S PEPPER PACK!
A variety of sweet and spicy peppers. 
One packet of each:
Cal Wonder 
Anaheim 
Black Hungarian
PURPLE Jalapeno
Serrano


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, all of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds. 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Maintaining Your Weight During the Holidays



 
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The holidays are upon us and with them comes food, lots and lots of food. There are all sorts of parties, office parties, family parties, friends’ parties, Christmas parties, and New Years parties. With these parties comes food, so what can you do to still participate, but maintain your weight. There are a number of things one can do to maintain their weight while still partying.




Think About it
Thoughts to process while at a party are that there are more parties and food to come. What time of the day is it? If the party is a night you should refrain from eating at all for two reasons. The first being that food is energy for our bodies and odds are you are sitting, talking, and drinking. You are not burning any calories this way. Secondly it is bad for the digestive system. You will go home go to bed with undigested food in your stomach which cannot digest probably.

Moderation is Key
Moderation, eat in moderation, do not fill up a plate with gobs of food. Make healthy choices, view the options before grabbing a plate and decide which foods have the least amount of calories. If there is something you want that contains high calories make that the smallest part of your plate.  Sweets, we love them, but here too moderation is key. If there is an appealing pie or cake that makes your mouth water, cut a sliver. Sweets that do not have to be cut are easier to just take two or three at the most.
What are You Packing 
Traveling for the holidays is something a great number of people do. The one thing many fail to pack is work out gear. No matter what type of work out you do there is a way to continue during your holiday travels. This can get a little tricky, like taking your tread mill, or your weight bench and weights. Instead think of ways you can modify your work out. It might not be the work out you are used to, but just remember, something is better than nothing. If you have a health club membership to a chain like Snap Fitness, check and see if there is a location close to where you will be staying. If you are staying in a hotel try to find one that includes a gym.

Combined Eating  
Combined eating is an important factor for maintaining your weight during the holidays. Foods digest at different rates, if eaten in the wrong order foods are left undigested. Fruits digest the fastest, eat these first and alone. Vegetables are next, eggs, and fish also digest quickly only a half hour. Cheese takes up to five hours, and meats vary depending on what it is. Be aware with meats they take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to digest. Fats also digest at a slower rate, lastly do not eat protein and carbohydrates together as they cancel out each other’s enzymes. This explains why we feel lazy and horrible after Thanksgiving dinner, stuffing, turkey, and potatoes should not be eaten together.

Using these simple suggestions will aid you in having a happy, healthy, holiday meals.

What tricks do you use for maintaining your weight during the holidays?