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Are You Dehydrated?

A few years ago, I would get constant headaches and dizziness at random times and couldn’t figure out why. A few visits to the doc, and finally figured out that I was dehydrated! It’s not always easy to remember to drink water, especially for people on the go. Here are some of the things I’ve tried to keep my body hydrated and happy!

  • Wake up in the morning with a glass of water. If you start your morning with a glass of water, you’re already on the right start! I make it a part of my morning routine by drinking my water and also taking my vitamins too.
  • Infuse your water with fruit or veggies. For some people, water can be plain and boring, so infuse it with fresh fruit, cucumbers, or mint leaves. It helps to give your boring ol’ water some extra kick!
  • Drink while you eat. Drinking during your meal will help your digestion, slow down your eating, and keep you hydrated.
  • Eat more fresh fruits and veggies as snacks. Fresh fruits and veggies have more water content than crackers and chips. Plus they’re healthier too! Every little bit of water helps during your day.
  • Have your afternoon tea. I drink a selection of herbal and green teas midday. It’s a great pick-me-up and also helps to get some liquid flowing.

Any other suggestions for ways to keep hydrated? Share them in the comments below!! 🙂

 

Infusing bottle can be found here!

Simple Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia pudding with greek yogurt, granola, strawberries, kiwi, and mango

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Chia pudding with mango smoothie and fresh mango

Vanilla chia pudding is one of the easiest and most delicious things to make! I made enough to last for a few days with a variety of different toppings. Above, you can see some of the various ways I used mine. The chia seeds naturally help to create the pudding-like texture and gel everything together. I’ve tried the bulk chia seeds from Whole Foods as well as the pack from Trader Joe’s, and both work equally well. Here’s how I make mine!

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk, but you can use coconut milk or regular cow milk too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • honey

Mix all of the chia seeds, milk, and vanilla into a bowl. Stir it up and put it in the fridge. After about an hour, open it up and stir again. You can let it sit a little while longer before spooning it out to eat.

I poured out a small amount into a jar and mixed in the honey to taste. This will all depend on how sweet you like yours. You can top with your favorite fruit, add a smoothie to it, or mix with yogurt and granola for a delicious combination!

You can save this in the fridge by covering tightly, and it should last for a few days. It might start to get clumpy, but just stir it around a bit and it should loosen up.

Enjoy!

Cherry Tomatoes

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Cherry Tomatoes might be miniaturized versions of regular tomatoes, but these little guys are just as nutritious. Here are some facts about cherry tomatoes:

Cherry tomatoes have protein, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin A-06 in addition to other minerals essential for the body.  Vitamin B-6 helps your body metabolize protein and helps healthy brain function, and vitamin A helps you maintain good vision.

I put them in salads! Here’s what I made and ate yesterday. Enjoy!

Cherry tomatoes, edamame, kale, cranberries, almonds, and onions with a light lemon balsamic vinaigrette dressing

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#HEALTHY2015 – Superfood Supersalad and Scrumptious Sashimi

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As we say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the new year, it’s no time like the present to change your eating habits and begin a healthy fresh start! If you’re like me, the holidays are the time to spend time with loved ones, but it’s so difficult to resist the decadent food and delicious treats that are available in abundance everywhere!  My first meal of the New Year consisted of a salad featuring a multitude of different superfoods. I also decided to treat myself to some fresh sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley, California!

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(Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.)

My Superfood Salad contains the following:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Broccoli*

Brussel Sprouts*

Cabbage*

Chicory*

Cranberries*

Edamame* – I buy the frozen bagged edamame from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and boil it for about 3 minutes.

Hodo Soy Tofu (firm), grilled* – Be sure to buy the firm, because the softer ones tend to fall apart when grilling. This tofu is all the things that mass-produced tofu isn’t: flavorful, nutrient-rich, full of character, and high-quality. One serving contains 1/3 of our daily protein needs and 1/5 of our daily calcium needs. Fortunately I live near Hodo Soy http://hodosoy.com/ in Oakland.

Kale*

Pumpkin Seeds*

Red Quinoa*

 (* denotes a superfood)

TOKYO FISH MARKET

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I buy my sashimi from the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley. IMO, they have the freshest and largest, most reasonably-priced sashimi in the Bay Area. Many Japanese restaurants even come here to purchase fish for their menu.

I bought the sashimi pictured for about $20 total. I came home and with a sharp knife was able to cut it into slices ready to eat. This time, I got hamachi (yellowtail), salmon, and tuna. They also have delicacies like tako (octopus) and uni (sea urchin), among others, along with a good selection of tobiko (flying fish roe – the little eggs) in different colors. I also bought wasabi powder here. Mixed with water, it’s an easy and quick way to make your own wasabi!

Here’s to a healthy 2015. Happy healthy New Year everyone!

 

Benefits of Barley!

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Lately I have been incorporating barley into my salads. It has been cited as one of the world’s healthiest foods being a very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin.

The dietary fiber in barley allows the body to clean out the intestines, therefore helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Barley also helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body and also promotes beneficial bacteria in the body.*

Here is one of my favorite salads that is so simple yet good for you! Enjoy!

Ingredients: a cup of barley, 2 heaping handfulls of kale, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, chopped red bell peppers, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and oil.

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*source: World’s Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/