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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Workout Whisperer

It’s time to get healthy for a happier you. Psych out that voice in your head that places obstacles in the way of your workouts. You can do this! Here are some common excuses and ways to fight-on anyway.

“I don’t have time.”

No matter how little you do or how slow you go, you’re still ahead of those still sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing. Small bursts of intense exercise followed by short recovery periods can be just as effective as longer ones.

“It’s bad weather.”

Write down SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely – reasons behind your desire to exercise as a reminder. Find an indoor activity to get moving, such as vacuuming the entire house or doing sit-ups while watching your favorite show!

“I’m bored.”

Stop zoning out while working out by flipping through a magazine. Pay more attention to what you’re doing and challenge yourself. Make sure to do frequent check-ins on your form and breathing.

Substituting Dried Herbs for Fresh

Don’t fret if your recipe requires a few sprigs of fresh herbs, but you would rather not spring for the whole bunch. Use dried herbs instead – 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of fresh.

Because dried herbs tend to have a concentrated flavor, the substitution works best for hearty varieties like thyme and sage, which mellow during cooking.

Stick to adding basil, mint, parsley or other fresh herbs which have a more delicate flavor, just before serving.

Grandma’s Right!

When Grandma told you to eat your soup back in the day, she was on to something. Several studies from respected institutions found that the heat, the liquid and the antibiotic activity of garlic (a common ingredient in soup) can erase symptoms and support the immune system. One bowl of soup provides water, electrolytes, calories and plenty of nutrients.

Pumpkin Pancakes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
 
 
Directions:
 
  1. In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17036/pumpkin-pancakes/

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