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Best Winter Recipes

Best Winter Recipes

Best Winter Recipes

Winter is a beautiful time to relax and enjoy the little things in life. Winter is also a perfect time to bake and cook which is why we have provided you with the most popular winter recipes. 

 

10 Best Winter Recipes

10 Best Winter Recipes

1. Creamy Hot Cocoa 

Hot Chocolate is most comforting drink during the winter season. This recipe is very simple and easy to make and will taste fantastic. 

It’s old fashioned, it’s comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoo Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half Cream
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa

(Makes 4-5 Servings)

Directions:

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

 

Winter Recipes

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Winter Recipes

2. Best Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes are easy to make and taste delicious whether it be for breakfast, lunch, or supper.  Our fluffy pancake recipe is sure to amaze you.

Tall and Fluffy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3/4 cup cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

(Makes 4-5 Servings)

Directions:

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Enjoy
Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes

Tips for a Healthy Winter

Tips for a Healthy Winter


Get into shape and stay healthy this Winter!

1. Exercise is key!

You already know the obvious suggestions:  take stairs instead of elevators; take a walk during your lunch break. Here are a few that are less obvious:

  • If you’re watching your favorite winter  T.V series do some exercise while you watch! Standing Lunges or sit-ups during commercials are a perfect time-waster and can help get you into shape!
  • AVOID temptation! Avoiding temptation to unhealthy food can greatly improve your overall health and can help you make more healthier choices in the future.
  • You can even get moving while you get motivated — for fitness or other life goals. ‘”Get some inspirational music or find a motivational talk and download it to your iPod,” suggests Durkin. Walk while you listen for 30 minutes.

2.Get your Flu Shot!

No one likes to be sick, especially during the beautiful season!

3.Take Advantage of The Season

Winter is a very beautiful season with many awesome things to see! Go for a walk, or even a hike in scenic areas, studies show people are more motivated to get outdoor physical activity during the Winter season, perhaps this is due to the beautiful scenery surrounding you!

Tips for a Healthy Winter

 

Like always, feel free to leave your comments and your favorite Winter exercise and health tips!

 

Create a Better YOU

Create a Better YOU

Do

  • Start to think about anti-aging regimens in your daily routine. Research has shown that collagen and elastin (which gives our skin fullness and elasticity) decrease as early as age 25. Daily use of antioxidants and exfoliating cleansers with glycolic/salicylic/azelaic acids is recommended.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen daily and remember to reapply every two hours with sun exposure.
  • Eat right. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, healthy whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats (avoid trans fats and saturated fats) and water. Avoid processed foods and those high in sugar and sodium.

Don’t

  • Go to bed with makeup on. Start forming good cleansing habits that you can carry with you the rest of your life.
  • Use the same acne products that you were using in your teens. They can cause the skin to become red, dry and irritated. As your skin ages, find products more suited for adult skin.
  • Use tanning beds — UVA rays enhance skin aging and skin cancer risk.
  • Use products containing alcohol, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes.
Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

The immune system is one of the most important parts of the human anatomy. Your immune system is your body’s defense against infection and illness. It recognizes the cells that make up your body, and will try to get rid of anything unfamiliar. It destroys germs (bacteria and viruses) and parasites.  Many people suffer from poor immune system function, and this can stem from nutrient deficiencies.

Top 5 Immune System boosting Nutrients

To ensure a healthy immune system these nutrients are essential:

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – When your body comes in contact with a germ, your white blood cells go to work and attempt to destroy it. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids act like stimulants to white blood cells, increasing their activity rates. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are inflammation fighter and may help the immune system reduce irritation when illnesses and injuries occur. Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, flax seed, walnuts and soybeans.

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

2. Beta-Carotene – A type of A vitamin, beta-carotene is needed to manufacture the cells in your body that act as killers, targeting and destroying germs. In addition, beta-carotene is an antioxidant and supports the immune system by lessening the oxidizing effects of free radicals. Orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes and leafy green veggies like kale and collard greens are rich in beta-carotene.

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

3. Vitamin C – Studies have found that vitamin C assists the immune system in several ways. It is needed to produce white blood cells and functions as an antioxidant. In addition, it is used to make interferon, a substance that forms a protective coating over body cells to keep viruses from getting inside and infecting them. Dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, all colors of bell peppers, leafy green vegetables and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli.

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

4. Vitamin E – Another antioxidant nutrient, vitamin E is needed to produce many different types of immune system cells, including those that fight cancer and bacteria. Vitamin E is very easily found as it is found in many different types of foods, including seeds, nuts, broccoli, mango, tomato, kiwi and spinach.

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

5. Vitamin D – Although we most often associate vitamin D with bone health, this vitamin is found in many of the immune system cells and is required for the immune system to function properly. Studies have found that vitamin D deficiency puts people at an increased risk for autoimmune diseases, conditions in which the immune system malfunctions and attacks healthy body cells. Vitamin D is mainly produced by the human body in response to sunlight, but it is found in small amounts in some foods, including cod liver oil, salmon, tuna fish, beef and calf liver and egg yolks. Many dairy products are also enriched with vitamin D.

Top 5 Immune System Boosting Nutrients

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