Making Kids Food Fun (and healthy!)

Do your kids ever get bored of the same old lunch or snacks day after day? Well, MY kids don’t – they want peanut butter & honey sandwich (natural PB, whole wheat bread, and bee-keeper bought honey), yogurt, and they always get their choice of fruit – EVERYDAY. Period.
The other day I was bored of the same-old and decided to spice up their lunch a bit (again. Last time was raisins in their PBH sandwich).
It was time for….a scavenger hunt!
I took a small drinking cup and layered the bottom with vanilla yogurt. Then, I sprinkled some raisins and topped it with another layer of yogurt. After looking in the cupboard, I got a little gutsy and put a couple of globs of peanut butter as the next ‘layer’. Then, you guessed it, covered it with yogurt. Some other items to be hunted by these little hunters were things like chopped banana, grape, etc. I topped with sprinkles that I found in the cupboard left over from Christmas cookies.
Boy were the kiddos surprised when they realized I wasn’t kidding about having a scavenger hunt with their food! They enjoyed guessing what each item was as they tasted it, and I enjoyed the short leave from the mommy monotony.
What are some fun, and preferably healthy, ways that you ‘spice up’ the daily food grind?

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Apple a Day keeps the…

Apples Are a Top Health Pick

Crunch on this: Apples are a major source of disease-fighting nutrition neatly packaged in a delicious, easily portable, portion-controlled fruit. It turns out “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is based in fact. Science shows apples’ multiple health benefits — from your brain to your bowels.

With fall comes a bounty of crisp, juicy apple varieties to pick from. Check out the apple’s many juicy perks:

  • Studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes.
  • In the Women’s Health Study, women eating apples had a 13 to 22 percent decrease in heart disease risk.

  • Fiber in apples combined with the fruit’s strong antioxidant activity lowers cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Apples are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber to aid digestive health.
  • Apple pectin, an insoluble fiber, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Apples are a very significant source of flavonoids, a type of phytonutrient. In a Finnish study, flavonoid intake — mainly through eating apples — was associated with decreased mortality.
  • Several studies have specifically linked eating apples with a reduced risk for cancer, especially lung cancer. Scientists credit apples’ high concentration of flavonoids, particularly quercetin.
  • Apple peel is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant.

  • Research is showing a group of phytonutrients in apples could protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Quercetin, one of the phytonutrients in apples, has stronger anti-cancer activity and antioxidant protective effects than even vitamin C.
  • Apple’s phytochemicals fight bacterial and viral infections, and are anti-inflammatory.
  • Eating apples has been shown to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes partly thanks to the high concentration of quercetin in apple peels.

For better health, treat yourself to a healthy diet abundant with fruits and vegetables. Relìv nutritional products can also boost your intake of beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals and fiber. For example, FibRestore® is a rich source of carotenoids and other antioxidants with 21 herbs and 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber.


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Are You up for The Challenge??

The Slimplicity Weight Loss Challenge, that is!

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Average results in 6 weeks of following the Slimplicity program

Weight Loss  = 24 pounds

Metabolic Age Reduced = 24 years
% of Water Increased = 7%
Body Fat Reduction = 10%
Muscle Mass Increased = 5%
Waist Circumference Loss = 6 inches
Hip Circumference Loss =  5.5 inch
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Don’t Worry, be Happy!

Why Happiness and Health Go Hand in  Hand
Are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person? Hopefully, it’s the latter. Being positive and looking at the sunny side of life can keep you healthier, research is telling us.

One study found people who are happy, lively, or exhibit other positive emotions are less likely to get sick when they’re exposed to a cold virus. Researchers also found that when happy people contract a virus, they report fewer symptoms.

Stay Positive
So can you talk yourself into staying well? Maybe. This coming flu season, focus on wellness and tell yourself you refuse to get the flu rather than “I always get the flu this time of year.” One study shows a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies. Yet another study showed being positive helps your body produce more antibodies in response to vaccinations. Researchers believe the brain and immune system have an open, active communications line.

Studies also show health benefits of other positive characteristics. For example, showing compassion improves the immune system, while people who are forgiving and don’t hang onto their anger have fewer heart problems.

Have a Happy Heart
Supporting this, a Columbia University study showed happy people had less risk of heart disease over 10 years — quite simply, people with high levels of satisfaction had fewer heart attacks. The risk goes down for many reasons. In general, happier people engage in more heart-healthy behavior such as getting adequate sleep, not smoking and eating a nutritious diet. Also, while people are happy, their stress hormones decrease, blood pressure lowers, and the heart slows down. So by spending more time happy and relaxed, you protect your heart.

8 Happiness Boosters
For better overall health, kick that cynical, negative attitude to the curb. Here are some steps to feel happier and be more positive.

  1. Pet a pet. Whether it’s a dog or cat, petting a furry friend releases feel-good hormones and lowers stress hormones.
  2. Make yourself smile. Even when you don’t feel like it, smile. One smile leads to more smiles. And just smiling activates the happiness centers in the brain.
  3. Reach out. Hold hands or give a hug. Human touch releases positive hormones, reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Get creative. Creating artwork or writing in a journal to express negative feelings actually makes you happier by distracting you from the negativity.

  5. Hang out with positive people. Happiness spreads in social networks.
  6. See the light. Skip the news or violent television shows and movies and opt for funny, enlightening and uplifting entertainment instead.

  7. Get a fresh air fix. Take time to appreciate the wonder of nature. One study shows interaction with nature reduces depression, promotes healing, sparks creativity and even increases life expectancy. And a Swedish study found people who ran in parks felt 15 percent more restored than those who ran on treadmills or in the city.
  8. Nourish from the inside out. Putting the right nutrition into your body helps your mind and body function at its best so happiness can shine through. Eat a healthy diet abundant with fruits, vegetables and whole grains and add Reliv shakes to your day for balanced nutrition rich in stress-reducing, health-promoting ingredients.

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