Under The Sea!


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The sea remains a mystery to us all. Man may have walked on the moon, but we have yet to get to the depths of our very own planet. New sea life is discovered each day, and we still have no real grasp on what goes on under those choppy waters. In fact, it’s thought that 95% of the sea remains unexplored. Of course, that number could be even more. We have no real way to know. We may have developed ways to map out the seafloor, but few of us would consider that as a thorough exploration. The fact remains that most of the sea has never been seen by human eyes. What’s the betting there are some amazing sights to see?

But, instead of dwelling on what we don’t know, we’re going to focus on what we do. One thing everyone can be sure of is that the sea offers many health benefits. Mainly because of what it provides us to eat. It provides a wealth of tasty ingredients for us to sink our teeth into. Better, those ingredients are some of the healthiest foods we can eat. In fact, some of the health benefits can be hard to believe. But, the proof is in the pudding, or the main dish, as it were. People who eat a lot of seafood are a testament to how good the diet can be. There are a variety of reasons for that, and we’ll look at those later. For now, let’s talk about the types of things you should be eating.

It’s important to state that battered fish is not going to help you. It may come from the sea, but the coating of saturated fat surrounding it can ruin the health benefits. Instead, you want to be eating fresh, pan cooked seafood. You don’t have to stick to fish here. There’s a wealth of seafood for you to try. Visit Citarella for more information about what’s available, or head down to your local store and see what they offer. Fresh is best, so buying local is a sure way to get top quality ingredients. Though, your options may be a little more limited that way. If you want to try something different, you might have to look further afield.


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Believe it or not, it’s not only seafood that can bring health benefits. Ever heard of a little thing called sea salt? The benefits you find in fish are also often in this little gem. The best thing about sea salt is that it’s natural. Unlike iodized salt, sea salt still has all its natural benefits. In short, that means it’s tastier. But, it also has health benefits galore. There’s no denying that it will cost you a little more, but it’s a price worth paying. This will give your meals a better taste, and help your health.

And, it’s important not to forget seaweed. This seemingly exotic ingredient is well worth getting your head around. It provides all the benefits that seafood, and sea salt offer. Plus, it has the advantage of being a versatile ingredient which you can use in many dishes. Seaweed is often used in Japanese dishes like sushi, yet many of us still curl our noses at the idea. It’s time to get our heads around seaweed as a diet staple. As well as being good for our bodies, it has significant benefits in the beauty department. You can get anything from seaweed face masks to shampoo with seaweed on the ingredients list. Seaweed is durable and has an astounding ability to regenerate.Therefore, it makes sense that it will have regenerative benefits for skin and hair.

 

So, that’s what you should be eating/applying to your face! But, why? You’re probably dying to know about those astounding health benefits we’ve been talking about. Well, you’re in for a treat. The first thing worth mentioning is heart health. Just about anything you can find in the sea seems to be good for your heart. Seafood, salt, and weeds, all have this in common. Where seafood is concerned, this is thanks to omega-3 fatty acids. We all try to avoid fats, but don’t let the fatty part of omega-3’s name put you off. Fat doesn’t get healthier than this. There are various reasons why omega-3 can help your heart. It has been proven to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health states, “People who consume more fish have a lower risk of dying from heart disease.”

Sea salt can help your heart, too. Salt water can contribute to reducing high cholesterol and regulate irregular heartbeats. There’s less evidence of the heart health benefits of seaweed. Even so, animal studies have shown that it, too, makes a difference. Brown seaweed, especially, seems to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke!

But, what about the less likely health benefits? The main one worth mentioning is the fact that these foods can help stave off, and even treat, depression. This is a new revelation, but it’s now believed that omega-3 can help with general outlook and mental health. Sea salt can also help here. It’s thought to preserve serotonin and melatonin – two hormones linked to stress and wellbeing. Seaweed also has an effect on hormones but in a different way. It contains lignans, which can help to block estrogen chemicals linked to cancer.

And, the one we’ve all been waiting for – weight loss. There’s no magic link that means fish will help you lose weight. But, there’s no denying that individual choices have definite weight loss benefits. Halibut, salmon, and scallops are some to look out for. But, this is by no means a comprehensive list. It may also surprise you to find that sea salt has weight loss abilities of its own. This is because it can help your digestive system, and keep things clear. Which, in turn, reduces bloating and weight gain!

 

 

The Clean Eating Phenomenon: Make It Work For YOU

Healthy eating has recently been given a new zest of life. As the clean eating revolution takes over and gym bunnies are multiplying by the second, it’s easy to get lost in the hype! Plus, what works for your friend might not work for you, so everyone’s healthy lifestyle plans are going to be different. If you’re feeling motivated, but don’t want to completely give up your treats (who does?!) then stick around to find out how some small diet changes can have a big effect on your body.

 

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Re-invent convenience food


If you have a large family or a demanding job, chances are you’ve relied on convenience meals more than a couple of times. Although not harmful to you if eaten occasionally, microwave meals and processed foods can have a detrimental effect on your health if consumed regularly. This is because of the large amounts of salt, preservatives and fat they contain in comparison to normal food. In fact, the excessive amount of sodium in these meals can actually be addictive. This is why so many people to reach for the convenience food time and time again. If you want to cut down on these kinds of food but still need food that’s quick and easy, why not try simple batch cooking? Spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon making a huge portion of food for the week. Pasta and homemade sauce is a good bet for this as it’s easy to plate up and is filling too. Split the final mixture into multiple portions and set aside to have throughout the week. Plus, the homemade version of a pasta sauce will typically contain much less salt than a shop bought one.

 

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Discover new kinds of food


The clean eating phenomenon has brought certain foods into the mainstream which we wouldn’t have looked twice at before. Kale is a leafy green vegetable with plenty of health benefits and can even be made into chips by roasting them with a little salt. Wholegrains such as quinoa are being used instead of white rice to keep you fuller for longer. Adding flax seeds to your morning porridge can provide you with vital nutrients for the day. The list goes on, as there’s plenty of healthy alternatives you can use to overhaul your diet. If you’re completely new to cooking, a healthy cooking course could be perfect to help hone your skills.

 

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Trick yourself


Many of us don’t actually have a bad diet – we just eat far too much. If this sounds like you, consider purchasing smaller plates and bowls. With a large plate, we are more likely to pile the food on to make the plate appear ‘full’. However, unless we are doing huge amounts of exercise every day, a lot of us are actually taking in more than we are burning off. This is the entire principle behind weight gain. If you still need that slice of chocolate cake (and we all do from time to time), serve it on a side plate or a saucer rather than a dinner plate. You won’t serve yourself as much and because of how your brain registers the piece of cake, you will feel full too.   

Tropical Smoothie

  
Finally! I am back at it again with a new smoothie. 

I feel like I have been “off my game” over the past week, and it feels good to have created a great, new smoothie to post.

This is full of fruit, and tastes so good. I have been enjoying it when I get back from the gym. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Crushed Ice

1/3-1/2 cup Frozen Mango 

3 large chunks Fresh Pineapple, chopped

1/2 tbls Chia Seeds

1 cup Orange Juice 

Put all ingredients, in order shown, in your Ninja Single Serve Cup, or another blender, and blend until smooth. 

With the ice and frozen mango, it may be a thick slush, add more orange juice until it is all blending evenly.

Pour into glass and enjoy!

“Ochango” Smoothie

  
Here’s another Leopard Print Lindsay smoothie to add to your book!

I call it the “Ochango” after a juice I had years ago, that I have never been able to find again. It was made by Ocean Spray and was an orange, cherry, mango juice; thus the name “Ochango”.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Crushed Ice

1/2-1 cup Chopped, Frozen Mango

1/2-1 cup quarted Cherries (I used “Sweet Cherries)

1/2 tbls Chia Seeds

1 cup Orange Juice

Place in Ninja Blender, single serve cup, in that order. (Or in any other type of blender, in that order.) 

Blend until smooth (add more orange juice if too thick), and enjoy!

As always, let me know what you think if you try it!

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Let’s Talk – Passing Runners

  

Being a runner, a “road runner” I guess, I pass many different people during my outings. Today I’ll be covering the whole “passing runners” topic from a few different views. I hope that runners/walkers, bikers, and drivers alike benefit from this post. 

A lot of this is probably “common sense”, but we all know that isn’t that common these days. 

Passing a Runner while Driving

As a runner, and I am sure any other runners have to do this, I run on the road. (Now before I go further, yes, I know there are “off road” paths and trails, but sometimes getting to those takes extra time we don’t have, and we just need to get our run in.) I always make sure to run against traffic, and I stay as close to the curb, or edge as I can, and I see that the majority of runners out there do the same. 

While driving, always give extra space, even when a runner is in a bike lane. This not only show us that you SEE is, but that your respect our space on the road as well. 

Giving us space also allows for us to avoid things in our path you may not be able to see, thus giving us room to get around them safely. Seriously, I really do not want to step in that dog poop…or on that dead frog. 

I have, sadly, had encounters of some pretty poor drivers. One person actually started crossing the line TOWARD me during a run, another turned in front of me causing me the need to slow down nearly to a stop in the middle of the road. These things should not happen and are not okay. Pay attention while driving and be aware of those around you. 

Also keep in mind, running is hard. Whether the runner is doing 1 mile or 10, they’re out there giving their best effort, working hard. Give them a wave or a thumbs up, this is such a great boost, and keeps us going. 

(My favorite yet was the bearded biker dude who said “WOW!” as he passed me recently. Yeah, that made my day.)

Passing a Driver while Running

Runners, the same courtesy should go for us as well. 

Be sure that if a driver didn’t give you space it wasn’t because they didn’t have room in the other lane to give. 

If they do give space, always be sure to acknowledge it with wave. It’s amazing what a little kindness can do. 

If they give you a thumbs up or wave, again, acknowledge it! Seriously, kindness is free, spread it around!

  
Runners Passing Runners

I feel like I shouldn’t even have to cover this, but sadly after today, I’ll address it.

If you’re going to pass another runner, same side, same direction, or not; don’t just pass them like they aren’t there. Say something, wave, smile! 

This happened to me and it actually really bugged me. 

I heard the person coming and stayed my path, leaving plenty of safe space from traffic. When they passed I looked over to give a smile and say hello, and it was like I wasn’t there. 

We are all working hard when we are out there. Let’s boost each other up, encourage each other, and watch how much happier we all are by doing so!
My last thought to drivers: Keep in mind that I can see you while driving, GET OFF YOUR PHONE! 

  

The Smoothie

For those who follow me on Instagram, you possibly saw me post this recipe there a couple months ago. This is one of my favorite breakfasts! I created this mix on my own a while ago, and with the help of my dear friend, Peggy (@hashtag_peggy on Instagram) I added oats to give it an extra boost.

Ingredients:
1 6oz container of Vanilla or Strawberry Yogurt (I use store bought, and Strawberry)
1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup Frozen Peaches, chopped
1/4 tsp Chia Seeds (I use my fingers and do a pinch of them)
1-2 tbls Ground Oats
1/2 cup 1% Milk

Directions:
Place in blender, in order of listing, and begin blending. Use a spatula to scrap the sides if needed, and blend until there are no more “chunks”. If the smoothie is thick, and not blending evenly add a little more milk. Once blended, pour into a glass and enjoy!

I can drink the whole thing, and it tides me over until lunch. It’s just so chock full of yummy goodness!

Suggestions and Tips:
With the ground oats, try starting off with 1 tablespoon, this add a texture to the smoothie, and some may not like the thickness/texture it adds.

I also grind my oats in a food processor and store them in a sealed container. This makes it much quicker to make the smoothie.

Pre-chopping your frozen peaches and strawberries makes the process go a lot quicker as well. I do this and store them in a sealed container in my freezer.

Happy Blending!