Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Not your usual meatball — You’ve got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It’s a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative. #SweetPotatoTurkeyMeatballs #Meatballs

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Not Your Usual Meatball

 

Oh, yum! You will absolutely love these scrumptious sweet potato and ground turkey meatballs. They are perfect for appetizers, pasta, meatball sandwiches, or just on their own.

This recipe is super easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can even make a larger batch and freeze them. Quick and easy for those busy nights.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. – Ground Turkey
  • 1/4  Cup – Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon – Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Printable Recipe – Sweet Potato & Turkey Meatballs

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs Recipe
 
Not your usual meatball -- You've got to try these super tasty Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs. It's a quick and easy recipe that your family will love. A healthy and delicious meatball alternative.
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Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb. - Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup - Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon - Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Directions:
  1. Wrap the raw Sweet Potato in a couple of wet paper towels. Place in a dish with a little bit of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.
  2. Peel the sweet potato and mash.
  3. Mix the mashed sweet potato, Ground Turkey, Egg, Breadcrumbs, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper until fully incorporated.
  4. Roll small amounts of the mixture in your hands to form meatballs.
  5. Heat a skillet with Olive Oil over medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, place a few meatballs in the skillet to brown. Do Not overcrowd the meatballs so you have room to turn and roll for browning on all sides.
  7. Once browned, remove from skillet and place in a microwave-safe or oven-safe dish to finish cooking in your desired appliance.
  8. If finishing the cooking by microwave, cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until done.
  9. If by the oven, place the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
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These meatballs are delicious on there own served with tomatoes and lemony asparagus. A healthy alternative that is great for the whole family. Enjoy!

 

 

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Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

This shop, Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias

Be inspired by this story of personal strength and determination while eating a delicious and nutritious cup of Well Yes!® Soup.

 

Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

A Story of Challenge and Personal Determination.

 

There is something beautiful about a person who is confident, positive, and happy despite any struggles and challenges they may face. This type of person is an inspiration and encouragement to others with their strength and determination.

It is a mindset, one they live by day-by-day. One that starts with making good choices. Good choices such as eating deliciously crafted food, with real nutritious ingredients like Well Yes!® Soup. Good choices that inspire Moments of Yes!

 

Today, I’d like to share one such Moment of Yes!

My daughter, Rory, was born with a mitochondrial disorder — an energy metabolism disorder. What does that mean? Well, basically, she doesn’t always have the energy to make her body function properly. Because of this, she spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital while growing up, and that meant she missed a lot of schooling.

School Is A Challenge

The lowest point of her illness came when she was in the sixth grade as she spent six months in the hospital. She was at a children’s hospital, so that meant she could get some sort of schooling. But here is the rub, to qualify for schooling, your admission must last for two weeks, then your schooling may begin. Once discharged in the hospital’s computer system, even if immediately readmitted, your two-week waiting period begins all over again. Just think how crazy that is for chronically ill kids.

Well, during this six months in the hospital, they would try to get Rory home and discharge her. Sometimes we didn’t even leave the hospital room before being readmitted, others we’d get part way home before turning around, and a couple of times we made it home for a few hours before returning. That meant her schooling was constantly disrupted, and then you have to take into account the fact that she was gravely ill and not up to school as well.

Once Rory’s health stabilized somewhat, she qualified for medical home teaching through special education at the public school. They promised us that she would be able to achieve her high school diploma, after all, she had until she reached 21 years of age. It was important to me, but more importantly, the high school diploma was important to Rory. She is a smart girl; she could do the work and accomplish her goal.

Fighting To Make Dreams Come True

Of course, receiving only 2-hours of teaching 2-days a week, makes for slow progress, but that is all the California school district allows. As she turned seventeen, the school district suddenly changed their tune about Rory getting her diploma. They wanted her to take the test for her GED and move on her way. Her teacher was appalled, I was upset, and Rory was staunch in her decision that a GED was not acceptable to her. She was determined to earn her high school diploma!

With Rory leading the charge, we persevered. She earned her high school diploma! It was a fantastic and emotional day, a definite Moment of Yes!

Today, Rory attends a local college where she works hard and has attained membership in the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Can we say, “Proud Mama?” Well Yes!

Rory sips her favorite flavor, Tomato Carrot Bisque, from our vintage Campbell’s Soup mug.

 

Find Your Moment of Yes!

So, I encourage you to make your own Moments of Yes! Find the courage and the strength to make your dreams a reality. A great way to start is with a real, nutritious bowl of Well Yes! Soup.

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Well Yes! Soups are made with real, non-GMO ingredients with no antibiotics, contain no artificial flavors or colors, and is packaged with non-BPA linings. There are nine featured flavors. Some of our favorite flavors are Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice; Chicken Noodle; Tomato Carrot Bisque; Minestrone with Kale; and Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. YUM! These unique flavors challenge the status quo of canned soups.

So, say yes to the good stuff so you have what you need to say yes in the rest of your life. Well Yes! A Soup in the Right Direction®!

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Looking for another heartwarming story? Check out A Random Act of Kindness and see one woman’s amazing Moment of Yes! You just won’t believe what happened…

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Fried Tuna Pancakes With Potato Recipe

Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

Delicious and nutritious for any meal

 

How to Make Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic

Looking for a different way to use tuna? Try this tuna pancakes recipe that you will surely love.

Canned tuna is a favorite of many people around the world. When I was in college, I remember regularly buying canned tuna because it has many uses. It can serve as a snack, a standalone dish, and as a sandwich spread.

Do you want a tuna dish that’s different? Then check out this fried tuna pancakes recipe. It is a nutritious dish that you can prepare and cook in less than an hour. And it’s so delicious that your kids will love it, too.

Is canned tuna safe to consume?

Before we get into the recipe, I would like to focus first on canned tuna. Is it safe to consume? Or should you just opt for fresh tuna?

I mentioned this because there are some people who believe that canned tuna contains mercury which can harm the nervous system and other parts of the body. Mercury occurs in the environment particularly the oceans, and fishes like tuna can absorb it.

The good news is that canned tuna is very healthy and safe to consume because it doesn’t have mercury. And according to dietitians, fresh tuna steak is more likely to have mercury than canned tuna as the latter is made with younger fish.

Experts also agree that consuming a can of tuna every week is alright, even if you are pregnant.

What are the health benefits of canned tuna?

Canned tuna is also packed with many nutrients that can do a lot of wonders to your body. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote good brain function. This is an essential fatty acid that has also been shown effective in reducing inflammation in the body as well as lower risks of heart disease and cancer.

Canned tuna also has high levels of niacin, a B-vitamin that helps keep the digestive system healthy. Niacin can also keep the skin glowing and our nerves well-functioning. In fact, a three-ounce serving of canned tuna has about 11 milligrams of niacin.

Another good seafood source of niacin is canned oysters.

Finally, canned tuna has a good amount of vitamin B 12 that supports normal brain function and aids in red blood cell production.

How to buy canned tuna

While canned tuna is safe and healthy to eat, this doesn’t mean that you should just get and buy any canned tuna you see on the grocery shelves.

There are plenty of tuna species, but the best one is skipjack or light tuna. Fortunately for all of us, this is also the most commonly found in tuna cans on grocery store shelves. There’s just one problem with this tuna—it has a light gray color that is slightly unappealing to most people. But if you could not care less about the color, then I suggest you go for a canned tuna using this tuna type.

I also recommend that you shop for those canned tuna products caught by troll or pole-and-line. This is considered as the most environment-friendly and sustainable option. As such, canned tuna with labels such as “school caught” are the ones you should be getting.

You should also think twice about getting flavored tunas since these have excessive amounts of sugar and salt.

 

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic Recipe

This recipe takes about 20 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes of cooking time. It yields four servings.

Ingredients:

  • One large potato, peeled and cubed
  • Four cans of tuna, drained
  • One egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Step by step guide:

  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.

Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use these mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc.

  1. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.

Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.

 

Printable Recipe: Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

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Fried Tuna Pancakes With Potato
 
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Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes with potato, onion, and garlic for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.
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Type: Main
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.
  4. Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc. Find 5 Mustard Substitutes at https://cookthestone.com/dijon-mustard-substitute/
  5. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.
  7. Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.
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Conclusion

Canned tuna is a good source of nutrients especially if you are on the go. It can also be served in different ways. Try the recipe I shared above if you want something that’s delicious and easy to prepare. This is filling enough for lunch and dinner.

What do you think of this recipe? Don’t hesitate to write in your thoughts on the comments section below.

I want to thank Susan for sharing this amazing recipe and her beautiful photos with us today. I cannot wait to give this dish a try!

Be sure to check out Susan’s blog, Cook The Stone, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for something to go alongside these tuna pancakes, try my Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia or Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad.

 

 

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Slenderizing Recipes – Brownies And Baked Donuts

Find two slenderizing recipes that will help you shed weight while tasting great. You will love these Double Chocolate Brownies and Baked Donuts. #SlenderizingRecipes #GlutenFree

Please welcome Lucy Clark as she brings us two secretly skinny recipes that will rock your world, but not your waistline!

2 Tasty and Slenderizing Recipes

Going Beyond Your Imagination

Everyone is conscious about their health these days, and no one wants to eat food that may undermine that. That has resulted in the canceling of certain foods from people’s diets for fear of the health risks they pose especially on weight increase. However, with the right recipe, you do not have to limit what you eat. Instead of going food shopping and asking every vendor whether a particular snack is gluten free, how about you make the gluten free meals yourself for a change. Read on and get full recipes of two of the tastiest snacks that you would never expect to help you shed weight.

 

Secretly Skinny Double Chocolate Brownies

It does sound impossible that chocolate brownies could be delicious yet gluten free and refined, sugar-free at the same time. Well, it is not impossible with the right recipe. One aspect that makes it gluten-free is the use of oatmeal as a replacement for flour. Yogurt and applesauce instead of oil and powdered stevia and coconut sugar instead of white sugar. So as you can see it is not a mystery as it may seem, making a healthy, tasty, weight shedding chocolate brownie. This is how you do it:

Chocolate brownies with nuts and mint leaves.

Double Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ a cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ a cup cocoa powder
  • ½ a cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ a cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ a cup almond milk (preferably cashew milk)
  • 3 table spoons of egg whites
  • 2 table spoons of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • ½ a tea spoon of baking soda
  • 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 a tea spoon of stevia powder
  • 4 table spoons of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray an 8×8 glass pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then set the pan aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to your food processor and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add in 2 table spoons of your chocolate chips and pulse just until chips are incorporated into the batter.
  3. Pour batter into the greased glass pan. Smooth out the batter and top with the remaining 2 table spoons of mini chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top has cracked. The brownies should be set, but an inserted toothpick should not come out completely clean. If it does, they are over baked.

Secretly Skinny Double Chocolate Brownie recipe from Grounded & Surrounded.

Printable Recipe – Double Chocolate Brownies

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Double Chocolate Brownies
 
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Double Chocolate Brownies - a slenderizing and healthy recipe that will help you shed weight while tasting great.
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • ½ a cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ a cup cocoa powder
  • ½ a cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ a cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ a cup almond milk (preferably cashew milk)
  • 3 of egg whites
  • 2 of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 baking powder
  • ½ a of baking soda
  • 1 of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 a of stevia powder
  • 4 of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray an 8x8 glass pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then set the pan aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to your food processor and blend until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add in 2 of your chocolate chips and pulse just until chips are incorporated into the batter.
  3. Pour batter into the greased glass pan. Smooth out the batter and top with the remaining 2 of mini chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until top has cracked. The brownies should be set, but an inserted toothpick should not come out completely clean. If it does, they are over baked.
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Baked Donuts

You could search the world to find gluten-free donuts that are also low in calories or better yet you can bake some within the confines of your home. With the right ingredients and following the instructions as given you would not miss a thing. Plus your kids will just love these donuts; it is a guarantee that they will not get enough of them. And the best part is that you would not have to worry about them adding weight or any other health issues from these donuts. Though organic raw apples, blue grapes, and grape fruits do not make it on many people’s shopping list due to their availability and cost, they taste better when taken with these yummy donuts as juice while sitting in your lawn grass. That has been taken care of by this recipe for six.

Various colored fresh baked donuts.

Baked Donuts Recipe

Ingredients

Donut Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend G&S GF Flour Blend Recipe
  • 3/4 tea spoon Xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tea spoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tea spoon stevia powder
  • 2 table spoons egg whites or 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • ¼ cup of plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 table spoons of water

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 table spoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tea spoon of plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a tea spoon of vanilla extract

Topping

  • 3 table spoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 table spoon of sprinkles which is optional, but it makes it extra special for kids

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. You can taste test the batter.
  3. Grease donut pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray. Of course, it is a non-stick pan, but grease it anyhow, or the donuts will be a stinker to remove!
  4. Scoop batter into greased donut pan or put the mixture in a Ziploc bag.
  5. Cut the corner off of the bag and pipe into the donut pan wells.
  6. Bake @ 375F for 30-32 minutes or until donuts are fairly hard to the touch and golden brown. They may seem over baked, but the inside will be just right.

Topping

  1. Mix together glaze ingredients and pour onto a small plate.
  2. Dip one side of the donut into the glaze and then dip that same side in coconut sugar or top with colored sprinkles for the kiddos instead. Enjoy!

Baked Donuts recipe from Grounded & Surrounded.

Printable Recipe – Baked Donuts

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Baked Donuts
 
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Baked Donuts - a slenderizing and healthy recipe that will help you shed weight while tasting great.
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Type: Breakfast
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend G&S GF Flour Blend Recipe
  • 3/4 tea spoon Xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tea spoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tea spoon stevia powder
  • 2 table spoons egg whites or 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • ¼ cup of plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • 2 table spoons of water
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 table spoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tea spoon of plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a tea spoon of vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 3 table spoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 table spoon of sprinkles which is optional, but it makes it extra special for kids
Directions:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. You can taste test the batter.
  3. Grease donut pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray. Of course, it is a non-stick pan, but grease it anyhow, or the donuts will be a stinker to remove!
  4. Scoop batter into greased donut pan or put the mixture in a Ziploc bag.
  5. Cut the corner off of the bag and pipe into the donut pan wells.
  6. Bake @ 375F for 30-32 minutes or until donuts are fairly hard to the touch and golden brown. They may seem over baked, but the inside will be just right.
  7. Topping
  8. Mix together glaze ingredients and pour onto a small plate.
  9. Dip one side of the donut into the glaze and then dip that same side in coconut sugar or top with colored sprinkles for the kiddos instead. Enjoy!
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So, whether it is for dessert, snacks for a picnic or your kids’ birthday party you do not have to worry about gluten content anymore. With these recipes, you can rest assured that the tastiest of them are all here, and you now have the power to make them in your kitchen. Instead of digging deeper in your pockets to purchase other available fat burning foods to complement these tasty snacks, why don’t you start a small kitchen garden where you can grow a variety that becomes handy anytime.

Visit Lucy at her blog, Garden Ambitions, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

 

Looking for other healthy recipes? Try these Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries, Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad, or Peanut Butter Raspberry Smoothie Recipe.

 

 

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Garden Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Spring

Gardening is a fun and productive way to de-stress. Discover wonderful garden ideas and tips to plant, maintain, decorate, and beautify your gardens.

 

Garden Ideas

Tips and Tricks for Spring Gardening

 

Spring is fast approaching, and that means it is time to start thinking about your garden. So, I thought I would pull together a roundup of gardening ideas, tips, and tricks to help you along the way.

You will find a wide variety of information from planting; trellises; indoor, outdoor, and container gardens; disease prevention; pest deterrents; and more.

Planting and Growing

Sunflowers – How To Grow These Healthy Giants

Get a wow factor in your garden with these floral giants — sunflowers! Learn out to grow them from seeds and grow them to amazing heights.

Lilac Bushes – How To Plant Healthy Shrubs

Learn how to grow healthy Lilac Bushes. Lilacs are a gorgeous and fragrant addition to any garden and are one of the most carefree shrubs for maintenance.

5 Tips To Growing Gourds In Your Garden

Celebrate fall by growing gourds in your garden. Get 5 great tips. Use gourds for autumn decor, recipes, crafts, and more. Bird lovers will love them.

DIY Garden Projects

5 Metallic DIY Ideas For Your Garden

Check out these 5 Metallic DIY Ideas that are perfect for Your Garden! Easy DIY projects that add a little bling to your garden decor.

How To Create A DIY Rose Trellis

Roses come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Add a gorgeous DIY Rose Trellis as a focal point in your garden with a stunning climbing rose.

Indoor Gardening

How-To Create A Terrarium For Your Home

Bring the joy of gardening indoors with this fun and easy DIY Terrarium for your home. Add the beauty of plants to your home decor.

Container Gardening

Potted Plants Keep Your Deck Colorful And Festive

Keep gardening through the autumn and winter months with potted plants. get ideas for colorful and festive ways to make your deck a garden to enjoy.

Alternative Gardens

Aquaponic Gardening – Create A Self-Sustaining Garden

Ever wondered about an aquaponic garden? Aquaponics is a method of gardening that creates a system of self-sustaining gardening.

6 Ways To Create A Zen Experience In Your Backyard

Looking for quiet and tranquility? Take a cue from Japanese culture and create a Zen experience in your garden or a small Zen garden for inside your home.

Garden Maintenance

Shrubs – 5 Hassle-Free Trimming Tips

Great tips on how to take back control of your yard, and keep your plants healthy and beautiful with these how-tos for trimming your shrubs.

5 Most Valuable Home Improvement Investments

A garden beautifies your home. Get a few key tools to make the most of time and energy, and ensure you have the right tools for the gardening job.

Plant Diseases and Pest Deterrents

Plant Diseases – How To Identify Them In Your Garden

Keep your garden healthy and strong. Learn how to identify and care for common plant diseases. Plus get prevention and disposal tips.

Humane Ways To Keep Animals Out Of Your Yard

Animals can be destructive to gardens. Find humane ways to discourage and keep unwanted animals out of your yard with these great tips.

 

This post gathers a multitude of information and is a fantastic resource for garden ideas, tips, and tricks! PIN it to come back to for future reference.

I hope this spring and summer your gardens will be filled with beautiful flowers, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables. Take pleasure in the gardening experience, relax and enjoy!

 

 

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Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, And Blueberries

Vegan recipes that provide the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning. Have a Coconut Smoothie or Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast or snack.

 

Breakfast Recipes

Packed with Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries

In today’s fast food-oriented culture, it is vital more than ever, to seek out healthy and nutritious alternatives for one’s diet. Vegan selections provide such an option. This certainly includes breakfast, which is often considered by experts to be the most important meal of the day. Indeed, with a full day of activities in store, you want to have the nutritional energy to start your day off successfully.

This typically entails meal offerings high in protein and low in starchy carbohydrates. In addition, you are probably going to desire a morning meal that does not take up too much of your valuable time preparing. With this in mind, here are the vegan breakfast recipes that are exactly what the doctor ordered – delicious, nutritious and easy to whip up.

Creamy Coconut Flavored Protein Smoothie

This is an easily prepared breakfast option that seems more like a delectable treat, rather than the nutritious repast that it actually is. Not only will you find this healthy morning shake with a crushed ice right from your home cooler to be a delicious offering, but also fulfilling, due in part, to the respectable portions of protein (21 grams) and fiber (7 grams) that each serving contains.

Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • 1 scoop cup of protein powder (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana (frozen)
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk (non-sweetened)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (non-sweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut cream (this is optional)
  • ½ cup of crushed ice

Once you have all of your ingredients assembled and ready to go, the next couple of steps quick and easy. First, take all of your ingredients, except the coconut cream, and place in a blender. Blend your ingredients until they attain a creamy consistency.

Next, pour the contents from the blender into a large cup or glass. Separately, mix your coconut cream in a small bowl until contents become fluffy. Finally, pour the coconut cream on top of your smoothie. Your morning protein smoothie is now ready to serve.

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A delicious and healthy Vegan recipe that provides the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning.
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Type: Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop cup of protein powder (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana (frozen)
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk (non-sweetened)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (non-sweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut cream (this is optional)
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
Directions:
  1. Take all of your ingredients, except the coconut cream, and place in a blender.
  2. Blend your ingredients until they attain a creamy consistency.
  3. Pour the contents from the blender into a large cup or glass.
  4. Separately, mix your coconut cream in a small bowl until contents become fluffy.
  5. Pour the coconut cream on top of your smoothie.
  6. Your morning protein smoothie is now ready to serve.
3.5.3226

 

Protein Rich Blueberry Pancakes

No breakfast is complete without the presence of a few fluffy, golden brown pancakes. This high-protein vegan offering has the right balance of tradition, nutrition, and preparation ease to make it a first-choice culinary favorite for the entire family. In fact, with only 15 minutes required to prepare this meal, this pancake recipe is particularly inviting to early risers on the move.

You will need the following ingredients to get started:

  • ½ scoop cup of your favorite protein powder (vanilla works best)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup of oat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of almond milk (non-sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of egg whites
  • 1 fresh, large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of apple sauce (non-sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries (fresh)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup

With your ingredients on hand, it is time to prepare your batter. Begin by placing all of your dry ingredients (i.e. oat and coconut flour, baking powder, etc.) into a properly sized mixing bowl. Stir until contents are thoroughly combined. Once this is complete, add your wet ingredients, plus your eggs, to the dry contents in the mixing bowl. Stir until the contents are evenly mixed. Now it is time to add in your blueberries (or other berry options if you so desire).

Stir to combine all your ingredients. Let your mixed batter sit for about 5 minutes. While you are waiting for a batter, you can begin prepping your cooking pan by preheating and adding cooking spray (preferably non-stick). You are now ready to begin cooking. Pour ¼ to 1/3 cup of batter per pancake into your cooking pan. Cook each side of your pancakes for approximately 3 minutes or until the coloring becomes brownish gold. Now you are ready to serve and enjoy.

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Protein Rich Blueberry Pancakes
 
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A delicious and healthy Vegan recipe that provides the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning.
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Type: Breakfast
Ingredients:
  • ½ scoop cup of your favorite protein powder (vanilla works best)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup of oat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of almond milk (non-sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of egg whites
  • 1 fresh, large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of apple sauce (non-sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries (fresh)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
Directions:
  1. Prepare your batter.
  2. Begin by placing all of your dry ingredients (i.e. oat and coconut flour, baking powder, etc.) into a properly sized mixing bowl.
  3. Stir until contents are thoroughly combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients, plus your eggs, to the dry contents in the mixing bowl.
  5. Stir until evenly mixed.
  6. Add blueberries (or other berry options if you so desire).
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Let your mixed batter sit for about 5 minutes.
  9. Prepping your cooking pan by preheating and adding cooking spray (preferably non-stick).
  10. Once ready, pour ¼ to 1/3 cup of batter per pancake into your cooking pan.
  11. Cook each side of your pancakes for approximately 3 minutes or until the coloring becomes brownish gold.
  12. Serve and enjoy.
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These are just two great vegan recipes that provide the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning. If you are looking for a healthy alternative that will not impact negatively on your time and happens to be delicious, you cannot go wrong with these offerings.


~Amily Blanch

 

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Happy Healthy Pets – Jinx and Josie

Hey, everyone! It’s us, Jinx and Josie, we had a fun day at Kriser’s Natural Pet, and want to share how you can have happy healthy pets too.

Happy Healthy Pets

Jinx and Josie take their new harness leashes for a first run at

Kriser’s Natural Pet Store

 

We got new harness leashes! Is that a good thing? Jinx and I wondered. After all, we are just starting to have a little outside time in the gazebo. We like the fresh air, laying in the sunlight, smelling flowers from the potted plants, and chasing whatever bug crawls or flies by. But, if we are out too long, we start to get a little nervous.

Now, with these new harnesses, will mom, dad, and Rory want to take us out more often? Exercise is one thing, trash truck monsters are another! We hate Thursdays (that is when the big blue monsters roar loudly through the neighborhood, and give the trash cans a Disney ride with their massive claws). It’s scary!

 

An Adventure with Jinx & Josie:

We tried our harnesses on, and mom let us walk on the grass–that’s a weird feeling. LOL Next thing we knew, we were being placed in our kennel in the car. Yep, even pets need “car seats” for safe travel. We took our 20% OFF Coupon and headed to our local Kriser’s Natural Pet Store for a shopping spree! YIPPEE!!! What girl doesn’t love to go shopping.

Kriser’s is a really cool store that specializes in healthy, natural, and holistic items for your pet. Pets, like me and Jinx, are important members of any family, and Kriser’s wants to be sure they provide families with all they need to keep happy healthy pets.

The Kriser’s Pack (the people working in the store) were super friendly and oohed and awed over us. We both ate it up, especially Jinx…you know how he is. MEOW. But more importantly, the Pack was knowledgeable and willing to work with you to help you find the right products for your pet.

Quality and Safety are a priority in every product or service offered at Kriser’s with an emphasis on natural, holistic, nutritious, and healthy. Every product is hand-picked and approved by the founder and owner of Kriser’s Natural Pet.

Inside the Store:

Mom was impressed with how clean and well-organized the store was, and felt comfortable letting us explore the store on our harnesses, smelling and testing out everything we wanted. Let me tell you, there were some strange looking cats roaming around that store. Mom and Rory tried to explain that they were dogs, but we still thought they were strange looking cats.

During our adventure, we found a bed that is perfect for the two of us to cuddle in together, and some really cool toys too. Jinx’s favorite part was the loads of different types of food and treats, and the Pack was very willing to share the differences and benefits of each. You can definitely find one that will be perfect for you pet. And best of all, they are healthy and natural, a truly holistic way of caring for your pet. Your pets deserve the best, right? They even have a bakery section, COOKIES!

Kriser’s has supplements, chew toys (I think those strange cats mom keeps telling us are dogs like those a lot), and all sorts of pet supplies and accessories. They even have a beauty parlor! They call it grooming, but we all know that just means SPA DAY!

We couldn’t buy everything in one shopping trip, so we started our Christmas Wish List–one can never plan too early.

Look, we’re Movie Stars!:

Check out our video to see more of our super fun trip to Kriser’s Natural Pet Store.

 

Well, mom did not disappoint us. We got that wonderful bed that’s going to keep us cozy all winter long, and a few other things — a coon skin cap, a peacock feather butterfly, and a couple of Boinks (you can see Jinx’s blue one in the photo, I have a lavender one that I have stashed away for my own personal use), Open Farm grain-free cat food, and even some Primal Freeze-Dried Formula treats for those scary Thursdays, when the big blue monsters have gone.

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Take your pet to Kriser’s for a day of holistic health,  pampering and fun. Check out their website for special events. Having happy healthy pets is easy with Kriser’s Natural Pet! #KrisersHolisticHealth #HappyHealthyPets

 

 

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Sunflowers – How To Grow These Healthy Giants

We’re back in the garden with regular contributor, Megan Wild. You’re going to love these floral giants — sunflowers for your garden!

How to Grow Healthy Sunflowers

Add some wow factor to your garden!

 

One of the greatest joys of gardening is watching something you planted from a tiny seed grow and reach amazing heights – even towering over you. There’s no better way to get that wow factor in your garden than to plant sunflowers. Some varieties can reach 10 to even 16 feet high! To grow large, healthy sunflowers, though, it pays to follow a few best practices to give them the best chance to thrive.

 

Choose the Right Location

 

It should come as no surprise that sunflowers do best in a sunny location. They need at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day – the more the better. Sunflowers also need a soil that drains well, so planting them on a slope will often help keep their roots from becoming too waterlogged.

 

Another advantage of planting sunflowers on a slope is that picking the right plants can help reduce soil erosion and minimize flooding in other parts of your yard. Sunflowers have long taproots that anchor deeply and soak up a lot of excess water, which can help preserve the rest of your landscape.

 

Plant in Mid-Spring for Best Results

 

Sunflowers aren’t frost-hardy, so it’s best to wait to plant until all danger of frost has passed in your area. Prepare your soil by adding a low-nitrogen fertilizer and lots of compost. Turn these into the soil with a spade to loosen the planting area and allow roots to flourish. Press sunflower seeds into the prepared soil to about an inch in depth, making sure to plant seeds in rows 6 inches apart. Cover seeds with soil and water well.

 

If garden pests like birds, chipmunks or squirrels disturb your seeds, cover your planting bed with bird netting or chicken wire to protect them. Water seeds daily until they sprout.

 

 

Support Your Sunflowers as They Grow

 

Once your sunflowers sprout, they don’t need much care unless you are experiencing a drought. An inch of rainfall per week is the right amount, but if you get less, water your sunflowers deeply once per week to make up for the deficit.

 

When your sunflowers reach a foot in height, it’s time to thin them. For a row of dwarf sunflowers, you should pull out the weaker seedlings and leave the strong plants at a spacing of about one per every foot. For giant sunflowers, thin to one every 30 inches or so. It’s important to create enough room for your sunflowers to reach their full potential, so don’t skip this important step – even if it seems sad to kill half of your seedlings.

 

As your sunflowers bloom, they will need staking to keep them upright. Sometimes the seed heads get so heavy that the stems bend or break, so use strong bamboo stakes to hold them upright. Simply insert the stake into the ground a few inches from the stem and use garden twine to tie the stem to the stake every 6 inches or so. This will also help your sunflowers if you live in a windy area.

 

 

Protect Sunflowers From Predators

 

Sunflowers are tempting food sources for local garden critters, so you may need to protect them, especially if you are interested in harvesting the seeds for yourself. To do this, you can spray plants with a hot pepper spray or other squirrel deterrent. You’ll need to reapply ever few days, or after a rainfall.

 

To keep birds away from your sunflower seeds, tie a paper bag over the flower head as the seeds begin to develop. This won’t allow you to enjoy your flowers for their beauty, but it’s usually the only way to keep the local birds from making off with your crop. If you’ve planted a whole bed of sunflowers, you can select just a few to protect and allow the birds to eat the rest while you enjoy the flowers for their decorative features.

 

Once you get the hang of growing sunflowers, you‘ll never want to be without them. They are a brilliant feature in any garden, and they’re loads of fun for kids to enjoy – especially if they get to snack on the seeds in the autumn. Give these giant beauties a try for a fun garden project this summer.

~Megan

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Best Organic Sunday Dinner Recipes

Peter Minkoff brings us the Best Organic Sunday Dinner Recipes. These are simple and delicious; you’re going to love them.

Do you remember those major preparations for Sunday lunch in your family home? Few of us do something like that, but it seems that Sunday lunch is still firmly established as a time for family gathering. What about Sunday dinner, though? Then, I have to admit, that I myself am a little lazy. You know, I am waiting for this day for an entire week, hoping that I will be able to rest without doing anything other than cooking lunch.

Sunday Dinner Recipes

The Best Ideas for Simple Organic Meals

 

To make things even more difficult, I have made a firm decision to prepare healthy organic dishes for my family, so I have to consider many things when cooking. Although ordering a pepperoni pizza and watching TV would be the simplest option, I have found that there are many healthy and delicious meals which can be prepared in no time.

 

Here are some great ideas for your organic Sunday dinner.

Japanese Rice

This is such a simple meal that requires almost no time for the preparation and it is cooked in about 40 minutes. I prefer to use brown organic rice because it is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Cook the rice for about twenty minutes. Season with salt. Leave it to cool in the refrigerator. Scramble the eggs in a pan over medium heat. After the rice is cooled, add peas, carrots, onion and scrambled eggs and mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add a dash of salt and pepper and soya sauce. Pour the rice mixture in the pan, and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. You can serve it in rolls.

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Japanese Rice
 
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A Rice dish that can be served as a side dish or as the main dish.
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Type: Main Dish
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Directions:
  1. Cook the rice for about twenty minutes.
  2. Season with salt.
  3. Leave it to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Scramble the eggs in a pan over medium heat.
  5. After the rice is cooled, add peas, carrots, onion and scrambled eggs and mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  6. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add a dash of salt and pepper and soya sauce.
  7. Pour the rice mixture in the pan, and cook for 6 to 7 minutes.
  8. You can serve it in rolls.
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Curried Coconut and Chickpea

This is actually my favorite recipe, because I am crazy about both chickpea because it is packed with magnesium, iron, phosphate, zinc, calcium and vitamin K, and it is delicious. I cook this meal using Honest To Goodness coconut oil, because I am sure that it is as healthy and natural as it gets.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ tbsp coconut oil

Preparation:

Cook the cauliflower for 3 minutes. Heat the oil in a sauté pan on medium heat and add all the ingredients but the cauliflower, chickpeas and coconut milk and cook until everything is translucent. After, add the cauliflower and cook for another 3 minutes. Then add chickpeas, stir and cook for 3 minutes more and deglaze with coconut milk.

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Curried Coconut and Chickpea
 
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A great meal packed with magnesium, iron, phosphate, zinc, calcium and vitamin K, and it is delicious.
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Type: Main Dish
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ tbsp coconut oil
Directions:
  1. Cook the cauliflower for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a sauté pan on medium heat and add all the ingredients but the cauliflower, chickpeas and coconut milk and cook until everything is translucent.
  3. After, add the cauliflower and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Then add chickpeas, stir and cook for 3 minutes more and deglaze with coconut milk.
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Greek Pizza

Well, sometimes you have to have pizza, but if you do, make it a healthy one. Kids love it, and it is a good way to make them eat spinach, which is important for bone health, skin, hair, etc.

Ingredients:

  • Organic pizza dough (buy prepared or prepare by yourself)
  • 1 ½ cups yogurt
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 ounces diced black olives
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 tsp fresh peppermint leaves

Preparation:

Pre-bake the dough for about 10 minutes and set aside. Mix spinach and yogurt in a mixing bowl and spread it on a partially baked crust. Sprinkle with feta cheese, diced tomatoes, diced olives, sliced onions and peppermint leaves. Put it in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Greek Pizza
 
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For those times when you just have to have pizza, make it a healthy one.
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Type: Main Dish
Ingredients:
  • Organic pizza dough (buy prepared or prepare by yourself)
  • 1 ½ cups yogurt
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 ounces diced black olives
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 tsp fresh peppermint leaves
Directions:
  1. Pre-bake the dough for about 10 minutes and set aside.
  2. Mix spinach and yogurt in a mixing bowl and spread it on a partially baked crust.
  3. Sprinkle with feta cheese, diced tomatoes, diced olives, sliced onions and peppermint leaves.
  4. Put it in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
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As you see, it is possible to make a healthy and simple organic Sunday dinner without breaking a sweat. Enjoy your meal.

 

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Sleep Your Way To A Healthy New Year

 

Sleep Your Way To A Healthy New Year

Get the Tips to Solve Your Sleep Troubles

 

We’ve all heard that getting a good night’s sleep is important, and it is true. There is a long list of benefits associated with a proper and restful routine for sleeping. So, why not put Sleep on your New Year’s Resolution List? Sleeping well helps you stay healthy, just take a look.

Benefits to a Proper Night’s Sleep:

  • Better Health and Immunity
  • Decreased Risk of Injury
  • Better Focus and Memory
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Increased Energy
  • Better Sex Life
  • Better Metabolism and Weight Control
  • Be Happier and in a better Mood

So, when Alyse, from Casper, wanted to share this awesome Infographic on how to get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of, I was thrilled to accept. Below, you will find some common reasons you may not be getting the rest you need, and solutions to solve the problems. I hope you will find these tips helpful.

 

I know that I sometimes have trouble turning off my brain at night. Making sure I have things organized and under control helps keep stress away so my brain can get some rest. Doing a little reading before bed is always a help.

Tossing and turning is something else that plagues me at night. Magnesium–who knew? A handful of almonds may become my new best friend before bed.

Thank you, Alyse, for sharing the tips and solutions for getting a healthy night’s rest.

 

 

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Wishing you good sleep, sweet dreams, and a healthy New Year!

 

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