Prayers

Good Morning! I don’t really have too much time to talk this morning. If you follow me on twitter, you’re aware that we had a fire at our home last night. So needless to say I have enough to worry about today.

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I did want to drop in today & just remind you how important it is to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you on a daily basis. You never know when a life could end, so always smile, and always remember how lucky you are to live the beautiful life you live ❤

GOD IS GOOD!!

I wanna talk about Salt

Today I want to talk about Salt.

Salt is a crystalline mineral mainly made up of sodium Chloride.

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Sounds harmless right? However, that’s not always the case. I am not disagreeing that Sodium isn’t required for bodily function, because it is.  What I’m saying is that when you start abusing your sodium intake day after day, that’s when the problems occur.

Excess amount of sodium can completely throw the body out of balance, raising your risk for severe medical risks. To list a few, there are:

  • High Blood pressure The amount of blood in your circulation is a key factor determining your blood pressure. When you consume more salt than what your kidneys can handle, the extra salt preserves water and your blood volume increases, raising your blood pressure.
  • Heart Disease and stroke When you consume too much sodium and your blood pressure is too high, over time the added pressure can make your vessels less elastic and more vulnerable to buildup of fatty deposits called Plaque. When this occurs, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) develops.
  • Other problems Too much or too little salt in your everyday diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or electrolyte disturbance, which can cause neurological problems. Keep in mind though, that drinking too much water, with insufficient salt intake, will actually put you at risk of water intoxication.

Oh & did I mention that if we were to cut salt intake by a third, we would save tens of thousands of lives per year AND shave $24 billion off of health care costs.

Not sounding to harmless now, huh? Unfortunately, not many people or corporations see it that way. Take 1/3 of Denny’s FAMILY restaurant menu for an example. Adults shouldn’t be consuming any more than 6000 milligrams of salt a day and kids ages 4-6 shouldn’t be consuming no more than 3000 milligrams. Well, looking at the menu you’ll see that there isn’t ONE Kid’s Meal for fewer than 470mg. Let’s not even talk about the Adult Menu. If you were to order a classic cheeseburger WITHOUT CHEESE you’re looking at 1560 milligrams. That’s not even including your choice of a side, or your drink. I mean, to me that’s horrible!

We can’t always control the amount of sodium we intake while dining out, we CAN control it in our homes. Here is a list of foods that are high in salt for you to consider:

  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Pickles
  • Soy Sauce
  • Pizza
  • Bread (such as crumpets and bagels)
  • Some breakfast cereals

Instead of eating those, try incorporating Beans, Salmon, Fresh fruit & vegetables, and rice into your meals. Such a simple fix!

I know this post has been rather long, so I’m going to end it here. I hope if you learned anything, it was the severe medical risks that a high sodium diet can do to your body, not that Denny’s is a horrible place (even though that is something to keep in mind next time you’re looking for a place to dine out. HA!)

Have a great day ❤

The elevator to success it out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… One Step @ a Time”

-Don’t forget to enter my CHOBANI giveaway HERE

Chobani Review & Giveaway!!!

Good Morning and Happy Monday!!

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 Over the weekend, I received a lovely package from Maria who works @ Chobani. Maria was gracious enough to send me a sample pack containing a wide variety of flavors to try.

Before I give my thoughts on some of the flavors, I think it’s important that you know Chobani is…

  • Made with Only Natural Ingredients
  • Gluten and Kosher Free
  • Has 2x the amount of protein compared to regular yogurt
  • Has five live and active cultures and three probiotics

One other thing to keep in mind is that Greek Yogurt is much thicker and creamier compared to regular yogurt. Some will even argue that it tastes a bit sour or bitter. However I have always preferred it over regular yogurt. I find it to be much more voluminous and filling.

…and now onto my thoughts & honest opinions

Blueberry: My Favorite!

  • It could have to do with the fact that I’m obsessed with blueberries in general, either way though I found this flavor to be the creamiest of them all. Usually when I’m making a Blueberry Banana Smoothie in the morning I’ll use fresh blueberries, but I decided to switch out the fresh for the yogurt. Boy, am I glad I did! Not only did it still taste like blueberries, but the thickness of the yogurt made my smoothie that much creamier.

Vanilla: Very Versatile

  • What I like about vanilla is that I can make it my own. What I mean is, it’s so simple to add granola, fresh fruit, or peanut butter on top to make it taste how YOU want it too.

Apple Cinnamon: Least Favorite

  • Since I truly believe in honesty, I have to tell it how it is. Unfortunately, this flavor just didn’t do it for me. I found it to be very very sweet! I had tried it in the past, and was hoping that my taste buds had changed since… they haven’t.

With all that being said, I give Chobani a 9/10. It would be a 10, however the sugar in the fruit flavors are a bit higher than my liking. Great taste though, and will definitely always be my favorite Greek Yogurt out there!

Oh, and before I forget (not like I really could), Maria was kind enough to offer one of my readers their very own sample pack!!

To enter this giveaway, you have 5 ways to do so: 

  • Like Chobani on facebook
  • Follow Chobani on Twitter
  • Follow Jessie Loves To Run on Twitter
  • Come up with a clever tweet on twitter revolving this giveaway & leave a comment with the tweet URL
  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite Chobani flavor

This giveaway will last from Today, June 3rd until Saturday, June 8th.

**This giveaway is only open to readers in the States**

 

Who am I??!!

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Drooling yet?! 

I have no idea what’s gotten into me these past few days, but man am I on a roll with recipes! To be honest, I’m not even sure who I am, Ha Ha! Whatever the reasoning behind my kitchen addiction lately, I’m all in!

The recipe I’m about to share is unlike any other! I’ve made countless different veggie burgers, and unfortunately NONE hold. I’m not sure if it’s me, or what, but I’m just not a fan when that happens. I mean who likes eating a burger that falls apart on them at the first bite? Mise well just eat meatloaf!

Alright, enough rambling… here’s the recipe…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3/4-1 cup vegetable broth
  • 8 baby carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup parmesan breadcrumbs
  • 2 egg whites, or 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Preparation:

  • Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add quinoa, and cover until liquid is absorbed (10-12 minutes).
  • Once quinoa is cooked, add to food process along with carrots, onions, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.
  • Pulse until combined to the consistency you want (I like mine to  be a little chunky).
  • Form into 4 large patties, or 8 sliders
  • In a nonstick skillet, spray with nonstick cooking spray; cook burgers until browned on both sides

and we all knew when you eat a burger, you gotta have some sweet potato fries….

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So that’s exactly what I had, except mine were in chip like form. I topped them with one packet of powdered stevia & some maple syrup!

& now it’s time to wake Joshua up for breakfast, and let the dog(s) out. We’re dog sitting for the next 2 weeks, so with Roxy & the puppy.. things are about to get crazy over here, Ha Ha! Have a great start to the weekend.

..”At a certain point, you’ll know when, you’ve reached a time for change. No going back… you’ve come to far. Don’t look down at all things that could go wrong if you fall. You can deal with them when and if they ever even happen. It’s your time to use those wings of yours and fly” ❤ 

Health, Happiness, & Balance

Good Morning, beautiful & wonderful readers of mine!! I have some really exciting news to share with all of you ❤

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As many of you know, I have been enrolled at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition working towards becoming a Holistic Health Coach.

Not only has Integrative Nutrition taught me a great deal of information, but my journey so far this year been extraordinary, more than I could have ever dreamt of.

I’ve known I wanted to be involved in the health field for quite sometime, I just wasn’t sure what part. Was it the personal trainer aspect, or was it dealing more with nutrition. Well, I can 100% say it’s for Nutrition.

So where does the exciting news fit in?…Well, I have officially started my own Holistic Health Coach business.

After much thought, I’ve decided on the name “Health, Happiness, & Balance”.

I’ve also been working very hard on my website, which you can view HERE, and have even put together a facebook page, which you can view HERE

I will be working with individuals on how to reach their health goals, including stress reduction, increasing energy, and losing weight. I want people to know that they have the opportunity and MY support on creating a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life <3.

Nothing could possibly be more rewarding to me than knowing that I attributed to their success and happiness. Seeing a smile on an individuals face is what keeps me wanting to be the best Holistic Health Coach I can be. I want to know everything there is to know about certain foods, or certain supplements. No journey is ever simple, but it is what you make of it. You have control of your own destiny in life.

So yes, that’s my exciting news for all of you. Please if you have the time, check out both my website & facebook page. I would be so grateful if you did.

..”The future depends on what you do today”

It’s not about comparison

Hello my beautiful readers!!

Not only are we half way through the week, but it’s also What I Ate Wednesday.

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What I Ate Wednesday is a link up hosted by Jenn @ Peas and Crayons. It’s a day where we can come together and share what we all love- FOOD. It’s not about comparison, judgement, restriction, or guilt.

Alright, now onto my meals from yesterday, Tuesday May 28, 2013

Meal #1: Smoothie. In the mix: Pineapple-Coconut water, 1 banana, Light n’ Fit blueberry Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. coconut pb, xanthan gum, ice. Topped with coconut flakes & another tbsp. coconut pb

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Meal #2: Egg Omelet. In the mix: 2 eggs, tomatoes, feta cheese, and ground flaxseed. On the side I had melon & grapes

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Meal #3: Wrap on a spinach flatout wrap. In the mix: turkey deli meat, tomatoes, cucumber & mayo + raspberry chobani and baby carrots

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Meal #4: Two slices flaxseed bread (recipe HERE) topped with a mixture of tuna, chopped apple, raisins, celery, cucumber, and laughing cow cheese

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Meal #5: Acorn Squash stuffed with brown rice/quinoa mix. In the mixture: Brown rice/Quinoa mix, laughing cow cheese, chickpeas + unpictured pineapple juice

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Meal #6: Ricotta Bowl. In the mix: ricotta cheese, baked sweet potato, chopped apple, 1 tsp. syrup, 2 tbsp.almond butter

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..and there you have it! Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to head over to Jenn’s page to see what others had either yesterday, or throughout the days.

& because I have been really enjoying a quote at the end of each post to give you guys some inspiration, here’s one…

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”– Mahatma Gandhi