Crockpot Chicken and Veggie Soup

When I have a sore throat all I want is chicken soup and muffins, blueberry muffins! I didn’t have any muffins stashed in my freezer or have the desire to make them but I DID have all the ingredients to make this very soup! What is your go-to food when you are under the weather?

All you have to do here is chop a few veggies and throw them in the crockpot, it doesn’t take long at all. Ready in 2 hours on High or 4 hours on Low.

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Ingredients:

1# organic chicken breasts (or thigh if you prefer)

2 medium carrots, sliced

3 celery stalks and leaves, sliced

1 shallot, chopped

2 small zucchini, sliced

1/2 tsp pink salt

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf (remove before serving)

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

6 cups filtered water

Method:

1. Cut veggies and add to crockpot then add whole chicken breasts to crockpot (you will shred these once cooked!).

2. Pour in water and stir in spices.

3. Cover and set to cook on High for 2 hours or Low for 4 hours.

4. remove chicken from crockpot and shred, then add back to soup and stir.

5. Ladle soup into bowls.

Yield: 8 cups

I think she liked the soup?! Honor preferred to put it in the pocket of her bib and pick it from there and eat it Smile

Plenty made it to the floor for our dog to happily lick it all up, hah!

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Please enjoy my short, sweet and embarrassing video talking about our dinner :)

Double Chocolate Lactation Support Cookies

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If you’re a new mom and breastfeeding like me, you want to make sure your milk supply keeps up with your baby’s needs and something to keep up with your wild appetite due to increased caloric needs while breastfeeding. Enter lactation support cookies, of course! There is a classic recipe on the web, however it contains loads of white flour and white sugar, and those don’t support good health one bit.

Here is a no-bake version with tons of healthy ingredients plus the beneficial ingredients of oats, flax, and brewer’s yeast all noted to support good milk production. Plus no baking means more time for you to bond with your baby!!

Ingredients:

1 + ½ cup rolled oats

2 T. ground flax

1 T. brewer’s yeast

1/3 cup honey

2 T. coconut oil

pinch pink salt

2 T. organic cacao powder

¼ cup hemp seeds

½ cup dairy free chocolate chunks

2 T. water

Optional Topping: ¼ cup unsweet coconut flakes

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor except water and chocolate chunks. Pulse until well combined.

2. Add in the water if batter needs it then pulse in the chocolate chunks.

3. Scoop out cookie batter by the tablespoon with a mini ice cream scoop and roll in coconut flakes.

4. Serve immediately or store in a glass container in the fridge.

Yield: 16 Cookies

 

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An Apple a Day Keeps Cholesterol at Bay

We’ve all said it before…”An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

But did we really believe it?

Well, it’s true.

Research from Ohio State University finds eating a single apple each day for four weeks can improve your LDL cholesterol by an amazing 40%.

These low density lipoproteins are often pointed out as the “bad guys” when it comes to your heart health. But they are critically important to your health. They travel through your bloodstream and do their best to repair damage to your arterial walls.

However, they do have a “dark side.”

“When LDL becomes oxidized, it takes on a form that begins atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries,” said lead researcher Robert DiSilvestro, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University.

The research involved a group of healthy patients who ate apples less than twice a month.

During the four-week study, 16 of the participants ate a large Red or Golden Delicious apple daily. Another 17 participants took capsules containing 194 milligrams of polyphenol extract – a type of antioxidant found in apples. The final 18 subjects took a placebo containing no polyphenols.

The placebo had no effect on oxidized LDL cholesterol. Taking capsules containing polyphenols had some effect. But it wasn’t nearly as much as eating a fresh, ripe apple.

According to DiSilvestro this could either be because there are other things in the apple that contribute to the effect. Or these bioactive compounds might be better absorbed when they’re consumed in foods.

No matter which is true, the evidence is clear…

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away!

Dana Nicholas is a writer, guest blogger, and consultant for Nutri Health Supplements. Dana is passionate about helping people enjoy more active, vibrant lives through nutrition and supplementation. Visit Nutri-Health at www.nutri-health.com

Extend Your Life by Staying Connected with Others

It’s well-known that people who are overweight or obese face some serious health risks as they age. However, it turns out obesity may not be nearly as dangerous as being lonely.

In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, loneliness expert John Cacioppo revealed some startling information.

It turns out feelings of extreme loneliness can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by a whopping 14 percent. That’s about twice as high as the risk of dying early from obesity.

Does this mean you’ll die early if you live alone?

Certainly not!

It’s not solitude itself that poses a negative outcome. Rather, it’s a personal sense of isolation; based on your own feelings and emotions.

“Older people living alone are not necessary lonely if they remain socially engaged and enjoy the company of those around them,” says Cacioppo.

During their research, Cacioppo and his team identified three core dimensions to healthy relationships.

§ Intimate connectedness – having someone in your life that affirms who you are.

§ Relational connectedness – experiencing face-to-face contacts that are mutually rewarding.

§ Collective connectedness – a feeling that you’re part of a group beyond your self.

How can you keep these connections intact?

Stay in touch with former co-workers, take part in family traditions and share good times with family and friends. These opportunities keep you connected to the people you really care about… and the people who care about you.

“Retiring to Florida to live in a warmer climate among strangers isn’t necessarily a good idea if it means you are disconnected from the people who mean the most to you,” said Cacioppo.

Writer Bio

Dana Nicholas is a writer, guest blogger, and consultant for Nutri Health Supplements. Dana is passionate about helping people enjoy more active, vibrant lives through nutrition and supplementation. Visit Nutri-Health at www.nutri-health.com

Five Fun Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

If you worry about your memory and want to keep it sharp, here are 5 tips to boost your brain power.

Being an active learner throughout your life is a good way to keep your mind youthful, because maintaining sharp brain health requires constant learning. The more you use your brain, the more brain cells your body will generate. And, experts believe that the more brain cells you have in reserve, the lower your chance of developing age-related cognitive decline.

Here are some fun ways to stimulate and challenge your brain:

Memorize a Poem or Song: This kind of focus and concentration has been shown have positive effects on memory. Pick a favorite poem or song and look at it visually while saying it out loud to help you remember. Repetition is key to remembering something, so say it in the morning when you wake up, and again at night before you go to bed. Before long, you’ll have your favorite poem or song memorized.

Play Card Games Like Concentration: Any card game will help stimulate your brain and keep it working. Concentration is one game that’s great for your memory and can be played either alone or with a group of people. In this game, all of the cards are laid face down on a surface and two cards are flipped face up over each turn. The object of the game is to turn over pairs of matching cards.

Try Brain Teasers: These fun games really challenge your mind to look at something in a different way or focus and concentrate to solve a problem. For example:

Find the Familiar Word

If you cross out five letters in the group of letters below, the remaining letters (in their current order) will spell a popular fruit. What is the word?

B F I A V N E A L E N T T A E R S

(The answer at the bottom of this page)

Have a Chat: If puzzles and games are not your thing, try having a chat with someone. Memory researchers have found that spending just 10 minutes a day talking to another person can support your memory as much as puzzles and games.

Switch your routine. Try using your non-dominant hand to write, brush your teeth, hold your computer mouse, or switch the channels of your TV with your remote control. Yes, it will likely feel a bit awkward. And, it will take more time to do what you are trying to do. But, when you use your non-dominant hand for tasks, you are actually strengthening the pathways in the opposite side of your brain.

Answers to Brain Teaser

Cross out “fi-v-e-le-tt-ers” to make the word BANANA

This article is written by Lauren Kent the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Health Supplements and Health Store.  Assisting people and helping them find quality natural supplements and health products online is what Lauren has been doing for several years.  Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotic Supplements to Joint Health products.