Baby – Fitness – Health

Have your Cake and Eat it Too!

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Have your Cake and Eat it Too!)
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Is your sweet tooth getting the better of you? You can have your desserts and eat them too if you follow these amazing recipes from Healthcheck Systems. Now you can lose weight and still enjoy your after dinner treats with these great dessert recipes.

Lemon Mousse

2 cups strawberries
1 bag gelatin
3⁄4 cup white sugar
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1⁄2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp. light olive oil
1 large egg
1 1⁄3 cups fat-free plain yogurt

Cut the strawberries into slices. Put a ¼ cup cold water in the bottom of a cup and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to stand until it softens. Whisk together ¼ cup water, sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil and the egg until stiff. Whisk in the gelatin. Layer the mouse and the strawberry slices and cool until set (about 3 hours.)

Toasted Almond Meringues

1 ¼ cups sliced almonds
1 cup egg whites
1 cup white sugar
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside for later use. In a skillet, heat the almonds gently over a medium heat until they start to smell sweetly. Set aside. Whisk egg whites to peaks, then slowly add confectioner’s sugar and salt, whisking constantly. Fold in 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup of the toasted almonds. Place large scoops of the meringue mixture on the parchment. Sprinkle the remaining toasted almonds on the top of the meringues. Bake in the oven at 200°F for two hours. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues to dry overnight. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes 18 meringues and each one contains 112 calories and 3g of fat.

Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga

February 15th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga)

Regular exercise can be a difficult regimen to uphold, especially in the colder winter months. But yoga is a gentle form of exercise that carries with it a plethora of health benefits. Just ten minutes a day will help to tone and strengthen muscles while lowering heart rate and blood pressure and improving mobility. Yoga is a great addition to your life if you want to stay supple and spry.

Toned muscles: Yoga is a gentle exercise which improves muscle tone for a leaner, lither physique.

Improved strength: When practicing yoga, all the muscles of your body get a chance to stretch or hold the weight of your body. This improves muscle strength. Yoga is really good at improving core muscle strength which is very helpful for people who suffer from back and neck aches. If you sit in a chair for much of the day, yoga will help to restore your muscle tone.

Flexibility: One of the best benefits of yoga is improved flexibility. Yoga poses stretch out muscles that have shortened because of long hours in office chairs or hunched over computers. Yoga also helps to restore movement to joints.

Reduced heart rate and lower blood pressure: The deep breathing and exercise you get when doing yoga helps to improve fitness and lower heart rates while keeping blood pressure down. You will feel more relaxed and have more energy when you practice yoga regularly.

Increased oxygen: The deep belly breathing that yoga requires will help to get vital oxygen to your muscles. Deep breathing also helps to reduce stress and calms your mood.

Yoga is a great way to introduce a healthy, relaxing exercise regimen into your life. If you suffer from stiffness, arthritis, backache or neck pain, yoga can go a long way to relieving your symptoms.

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Increase your Metabolism to Burn Fat

February 12th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Increase your Metabolism to Burn Fat)

Slow metabolisms are a result of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. Slow metabolisms compound weight issues as they reduce the amount of calories you burn. If you can increase your metabolic rate, you can burn more calories and have more energy. There are a number of ways to increase your metabolism, here are a few of the most accessible:


Instead of short bursts of activity, try to increase your heart rate for longer periods. You can monitor your heart rate with a heart rate monitor. Walking, jogging and even yoga are able to increase heart rate for long periods and this will help to increase your metabolism.

Spicy foods

Capsicum (red peppers) , chili and cinnamon are all spices that increase metabolism. Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisines offer these spices (and more) in abundance. You can add a little of these to your own dishes too.

Drink water

Drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water every day will also increase your metabolism and help you to burn calories. Drinking water will also keep you hydrated and help with digestion.

Fiber first

Fiber is a great way to keep healthy and burn fat. Opt for unrefined, whole grains in everything from your breads to your pizza crusts. Try oatmeal for breakfast and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

Don’t skip breakfast

Your metabolism gets fired up the minute you have your first meal. Delaying breakfast can lead to a sluggish metabolism all day. It’s also a bad idea to leave long breaks between meals. It’s better for your metabolism to have a number of smaller meals evenly spaced throughout the day than one or two large meals.

Go for green

Green tea not only improves metabolism, but it is also a great source of antioxidants and it lowers blood sugars.

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10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on 10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!)

Plan ahead: Don’t get hungry and order in or eat everything in the fridge. Plan your meals ahead of time and make sure you have the time to shop for the things you need.

Stress eating: Anticipate stress and take more time to relax. Start moderate exercise; something as simple as a walk around the block during your lunch break can relieve the stress that causes you to crave sugary treats or chips in the afternoon.

Eight glasses a day: You already know how important water is, but often we eat when really what our body is trying to tell us is that its thirsty. When you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water instead.

Snack packs: Snack attacks happen. When you are craving fried foods, sugar or savory snacks, make sure you have a snack pack on hand. You can make your own snack packs by slicing veggies and leaving them in a container in the fridge along with a hummus dip. Popcorn makes a great snack substitute; add hot sauce or lemon juice for a flavor twist. Roast pita bread as chips and make a healthy salsa dip.

Increased metabolism: Get your motor running with green tea, cinnamon, chili peppers or apple cider vinegar. Add cinnamon to your coffee, chili flakes to just about anything and apple cider to your salad dressing.

Slow it down: Don’t eat too fast. Make a rule to always eat at the table from a small plate. No eating out of cooking pots and pans, over the sink, in front of the TV or out of the fridge.

Whole wheat options: Always opt for whole wheat pastas, breads, wraps and pizza crusts. Whole grains clear your digestive tract and make you feel full for longer.

Eat the rainbow: Making sure you get your seven portions of fruits and vegetables is easy when you aim to fill your plate with different colored foods.

Get your eight hours: You are more likely to snack when you’re tired. Make sure you get enough sleep and if you are feeling hungry and cranky, try taking a nap before you head for the fridge.

Get the gear: Buying a pair of running shoes or heart rate monitors will help to inspire. Getting the gear will encourage you to exercise more and make good use of your financial investment.

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