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This may sound crazy, but these waffles are good! There are very few ingredients and they are easy to make. Did I mention how good they are for you? Can’t beat that. My kids ask for them all the time and my husband likes them more than regular waffles. I like to pop cold ones in the toaster and eat them plain when I need something quick as I am running out the door.
4 Cups Rolled Oats (or Quick Oats)
4 Cups of Low Fat Milk (or Soy Milk)
1/4 Cups Oil
2 tsp Salt
Mix ingredients and let stand overnight, or until thickened. Whip with whisk. Spread on hot greasedwaffle iron. Bake until browned. EASY HUH?
Drink Water! “Water (check out the link) is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” …Mayo Clinic
One of the benefits of drinking water is you are replacing high-calorie drinks such as juice or soda. Often when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. With water having no calories, it makes a perfect choice and can help suppress appetite when drinking it before eating.
If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired. Water helps rev up energy.
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. Obviously, there are many reasons for headaches, but dehydration is a common cause.
Skin (check out the link)
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. If there is a buildup of toxins that have not been properly eliminated via kidneys they get flushed through the skin and acne results.
Water, along with fiber can help with constipation, which is often a result of dehydration. Our digestive system needs plenty of water to digest food properly. Also, water can help cure stomach acid problems.
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Kale. What a super food! It is so rich in vitamins-A, in particular. I grow this right outside my backdoor so I can quickly pop outside and grab a few leaves to add to salad. An herb garden close to your home is wonderful for convenience in adding fresh herbs to your diet. Grow it right outside your back door if you can. The more convenient they are, the more you will end up using the fresh herbs. My favorites are parsley, rosemary, oregano, basil, chives, and mint. I have a fabulous strawberry mint recipe I got from my sister-in-law, who is an amazing cook, and who also happens to have my same first and last name! That recipe will be in a following post. REMEMBER, CONVENIENCE IS KEY!
Tuscan Kale Chips
(Adapted from Bon Appétit)
A bunch of Tuscan kale leaves (also referred to as lacinato kale), rinsed, dried and thick part of stems cut off
Preheat oven to 250°F. Toss kale with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes for flat leaves and up to 33 minutes for wrinkled leaves. Transfer leaves to rack to cool slightly then dig in!
A reminder about POSTURE…
Our posture affects us more than we might think. There are many causes for ‘bad’ posture including: tight muscles, overweight, and sleeping positions. Here (Mayo Clinic) are some great tips for working on improving your posture. Use a pillow between your knees if you are a side sleeper. Regularly stretch your neck, back, shoulder and pectoral muscles. Stand straight and elongate your spine, lifting your head up. Of course, you don’t want to make it so you are uncomfortable, but it improves your posture immensely. Plus, you feel more confident. It also looks more attractive.
The glorious sun.. Sunshine is good for you in many ways. Obviously, we need to be cautious with the danger of skin cancer. Here are some wonderful benefits of partaking of the gift of sunshine:
1. We get a large portion of our Vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium; in essence it helps keep bone and teeth healthy.
2. Sun can boost our level of serotonin, which is a happy hormone. Mayo Clinic explains serotonin here.
3. The higher serotonin levels due to sun exposure help suppress appetite.
3. Being outside in sunshine warms your muscles which can reduce pain and stiffness.
4. A small amount of sun exposure (5 -15 minutes) unprotected can aid in later protection from sunrays.
5. Sunrays can aid in treating jaundice.
6. Sun helps the kidneys through the elimination of waste with sweating.
7. Studies have shown that lowered levels of Vitamin D can cause a rise in Cholesterol levels.
These are some pretty wonderful reasons to get outside! I have only listed a few of the many great health benefits of the sun. Remember to be cautious of the damaging effects of the sun.
My husband and I feel so proud of ourselves when we get our 15 or so minutes of sunshine!