7 Great Vegetables to Grow Indoors

If you have an indoor garden, you might be interested in the list of the best vegetables you can grow indoors today. Then you can transfer them to the ground when the weather warms up or you can keep them in pots on your patio. In fact, it’s a great idea to grow vegetables indoors because we should eat them every day to get all the necessary nutrients we need to be healthy. Here are seven great vegetables to grow indoors.

1. Mushrooms
One of the best vegetables to grow indoors is mushrooms, which are an excellent source of vitamin D. You can purchase a special soil that has the makings for a fresh batch of healthy mushrooms. To get the best results, keep your mushrooms in a cool dark place. It’s so simple, isn’t it?

2. Lettuce
Typically lettuce grows in compact small bundles, so I think it’s not difficult to keep a few pots of it in your sunroom or kitchen. I love mixing different varieties of lettuce in the same pot. For instance, I mix spinach with arugula. You can also buy mixed greens and plant them in a big pot. One of the best things about lettuce is that it can regenerate so feel free to snip it for your healthy salad.

3. Beans and peas
Bean and pea plants are not big and it’s easy to grow them in the house. You can grow them up in your sunroom, and when summer comes move them outdoors. Don’t forget to set up the trellis. The great news is that many bean and pea plants look amazingly decorative and they can add to your décor during the spring.

4. Carrots
Since carrots grow under the soil you will need a very deep pot. Keep a pot of carrots in your kitchen for a delicious snack that is high in essential nutrients and low in calories. The awesome thing about carrots is that you can grow them year round. Just make sure you keep the containers in a warm area. You can also grow carrots in troughs.

5. Potatoes
Potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable I grow indoors. It’s not hard to grow potatoes in buckets or large pots in your house. But, it’s better to seed them in the containers, and when the weather gets warmer replant your potatoes outdoors. I suggest trying different kinds of potatoes to jazz up your favorite recipes.

6. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are another great vegetable you can grow indoors, especially if your windows are sunny and they face south. Opt for smaller varieties, such as cherry, pear or grape tomatoes that will not take up much space as traditional tomatoes. Since tomatoes like sun and warmth, make sure your kitchen or sunroom is always warm.

7. Green onions
Green onions are rich in beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein and they are one of the best foods to eat every day. Save the white ends with the hairs on the end and plant them into a little pot. Put the roots down, surround with dirt and add water to it. Don’t worry, they’ll regrow on their own. Remember, green onions need a lot of water, so keep your eyes on them.

Start growing the above veggies and enjoy fresh produce every day. Do you grow any vegetables indoors? Share your tips with us, please.

7 Healthy Foods to Eat to Combat Sugar Addiction in the Body

Nowadays lots of people suffer from sugar addiction and that is a real problem as it can lead to numerous diseases. If you are a sugar addict, don’t get upset. There are so many effective ways that will help you to solve this issue. For example, by adding certain healthy foods to you diet you will be able to reduce sugar addiction in your body. Surely, when you decide to ditch sugar, it may be rather difficult for you at first. I know some people who even had various disorders and depression while trying to give up sugar. You can be sure that your life will not stop without sugar. It is possible to stay happy and healthy consuming other foods instead of sugar. Do you know that this sweet product affects our body in the same way as a drug? That’s why it won’t be so easy to give it up. Though, by including the following wholesome foods into your diet you can reach the desirable result in no time and your sugar cravings will not bother you anymore.

1. Green Vegetables
Whether you like green vegetables or not, try to eat them every day. That doesn’t mean you should become a vegetarian, you simply need to add a few veggies to your main courses. For instance, you may cook your favorite omelet and serve it with red bell pepper and asparagus. These foods are not only efficient in fighting sugar addiction, they also make your dishes tastier. It will be a good breakfast for you. Now, when you have started your sugar-free diet, it would be better to replace your morning cereal, no matter how hard it is. Being rich in chlorophylls green vegetables are the best choice for those who want to get rid of sugar addiction. Most of these foods are full of chromium, which is necessary to stabilize your blood sugar. To prevent sugar cravings you have to consume a great number of B vitamin and green veggies are a wonderful source of this vitamin.

2. Protein
In order to fight sugar successfully your body needs proteins. When it comes to sugar addiction, these nutrients are considered to be the most efficient. They will provide your body with the amino acids that balance your blood sugar. What is more important – you will not crave sugar any more. Plus, protein contributes greatly to a healthy metabolism in your body. Aren’t these good reasons for you to include foods high in proteins into your daily menu?

3. Smart Snacks
Most of us usually don’t pay much attention to the snacks we consume. Very often we are extremely busy during the day so that we have no time to eat a substantial meal. As a result, we choose different snacks but they can’t give us all the nutrients and vitamins we need, moreover, they may even damage our health. I would advise you to look for smart snacks, avoiding those made of processed foods. In such way, you will minimize your sugar intake. What are these snacks? Such foods as grape tomatoes, raw nuts, carrots, plain Greek yogurt and many others are known to be smart snacks. They will help you to cope with sugar cravings easily. In case you have a strong desire to eat some sweets, you can try low sugar fruits as a substitution. Strawberries and grapefruit are among the lowest sugar fruits, so you’ll definitely benefit from these sweet and delicious foods. Personally I give preference to raw vegetables and nuts.

4. Huge Salads
It would be nice if you had salads in your menu every day. We generally use veggies, leafy greens and raw foods to cook these dishes and all these ingredients are incredibly important for our nutrition. I would recommend you to forget about cheese, croutons and other high fat foods when making salads. Here is the recipe of my favorite salad. Take some spinach and romaine leaves and put them into a big bowl. After, squeeze one lemon over the leaves. Then, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and sprinkle with some black pepper. You can use any kind of vinegar like apple cider or balsamic to give your salad savory taste. These foods will keep your blood sugar under control. When the greens are ready, you can take some lean meat, like chicken or fish and add it to your salad. There are also some other sources of proteins such as nuts, quinoa, lentils and seeds. They may be used for this salad either. Vegetables like zucchini, scallions, peppers, carrots, squash will make this dish look nice and colorful. I’m convinced you’ll like this huge and tasty salad. Include it into your lunch menu and you won’t be hungry throughout the day.

5. Dark Cocoa Powder
I think this is one of the most marvelous and delicious foods that you can try for your sugar-free diet. Dietarians recommend buying unsweetened dark cocoa and using it for making smoothies or homemade mocha. What is the benefit of dark cocoa powder? It has intense chocolate flavor that is believed to combat sugar cravings. For me, it works magically. Every time I consume dark cocoa powder I don’t want any other sweet things. Another option you are supposed to try is raw cacao powder. I should admit it is even better than dark cocoa powder as it contains lots of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that the basic elements for your body.

6. Healthy Fats
Those people who have just started to remove sugar from their diet should bear in mind that healthy fats are the most essential nutrients that lower blood sugar and burn fat in their body. You will be amazed with the results when you combine them with leafy greens, vegetables and a lean protein. Foods like raw coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, avocado, raw coconut meat, flax oil and hemp oil are the greatest sources of healthy fats. By adding them to your eating plan you’ll manage to fight sugar addiction and prevent weight gain.

7. Stevia
It has been proven that stevia is one of the most salubrious herbs that help people to fight various health problems. This herb is a wonderful natural substitute of sugar because it has a sweet taste and lowers blood sugar at the same time. Today you can find so many varieties of stevia; some of them are low quality and have a bitter taste. I give preference to liquid stevia which is alcohol free; it can be used at any place whenever I need. This food tastes perfectly when added to unsweetened smoothies and yogurt. Perhaps, you won’t find any other natural product that is sugar-free, gluten-free and calorie-free like stevia. When you buy stevia at the supermarket, make sure it is a high quality item, don’t stick to cheap varieties.

Having noticed that you are a sugar addict you should start fighting this health problem immediately. At first it may seem that sugar addiction is not dangerous for your health, but, in fact, it is one of the reasons you may have wrinkles, acne, heart disease and diabetes. Don’t be afraid to combat sugar addiction in your body, it’s not as difficult as you think. Do you suffer from sugar addiction? What foods do you usually eat to prevent sugar cravings?

A Green Box of Ideas for Earth Day

Earth Day is great for discussing with kids what can be (or used to be) found on Earth, why it is there, and what can be done to protect it. I only wish more people did that regularly, instead of limiting it to some one-day activity, and while there are lots of fun Earth Day ideas, most don’t seem effective unless related to something you will do, or at least use, on a regular basis. So I thought of a different kind of project, the one that would encourage us to have more Earth Days on our calendar of activities.

The Green Box
As much as I’m fond of organizing things nicely, but still tired of coping with a tornado of objects being scattered around daily (most parents are familiar with that natural phenomenon), it’s not surprising I would come up with something like this. The Green Box originally was what shoes came in, but with some glue and pictures cut out of magazines, a box can be turned into a work of art. Besides being decorative and symbolic, it can hold all those treasures of natural origin you and your kids collect during walks or holidays: stones, twigs, acorns, seashells, etc.

If you have shoeboxes of different size, you can simply place the smaller ones into the biggest, so that your storage space is neatly divided into several parts for sorting these art and craft materials. Just made sure I could snap a photo of it before it starts overflowing and we will probably have to make another “treasure chest”:

The Green Box
Any small bottles or containers we plan to re-use also belong there, along with loose buttons, toy parts or other odds and ends that inspire some decoration or construction ideas. Instead of being discarded or scattered, they go to the Green Box now – so natural and recyclable materials share a home. Before, all these things could be found on any shelf, among toys, next to books or clothes, and almost anywhere around the house. I was quite patient and tolerant about their invading every possible space, and even tried to gather them into some biscuit containers, but whenever something ended up broken or lost, I was often blamed for throwing out a unique valuable. Now such objects have a new green home, and a definitely brighter future.

Where ideas live
Where Ideas Live
Green is symbolic, but this or any other color doesn’t have to dominate – you can mix different colors and use any pictures of flowers, foliage, fruit, insects, landscapes, or natural textures for your creative design of the box. As for ideas of what can be done with all those riches you collect there, they literally start springing out of the box the very moment you begin filling it! Better still, you start noticing more things around that deserve a new life or a creative makeover. For example, as seen on this photo, a painted yogurt container and a mug with a broken-off handle are filled with soil to grow small plants, while a shampoo bottle holds some colorful pencils. Here are some more ideas of projects for Earth Day:

Make a tree
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You have probably seen the lovely Coffee Tree decorations made using a cone or a round foam base. These are not easy for the kids to make, but since my son wanted his own coffee tree, I decided to simplify the process. A flat shape cut out of cardboard makes it easier to glue coffee beans on:

Make a Tree
The cardboard from boxes that’s hollow inside is perfect for this, as well as for adding other decorative elements by dipping them in glue and sticking them in like this:

Coffee Tree
That’s how we made a tree and a sunflower with leaves and petals cut out from yellow paper and scraps of magazines left over from decorating the Green Box:

Sunflower
Some like it in the pot
Some Like It In the Pot
While it would be great to plant trees or sow seeds together in your garden or backyard, you can also experiment with pots or window boxes. Another fun thing to do is to decorate the pots or potted plants you already have at home:

Pot
Sponge painting
Sponge Painting
Natural materials such as dried leaves can be used for creating a picture, but these weathered skeletons of leaves that delighted me with their fancy lace texture turned out looking not too lovely when glued onto paper. It was a gloomy black-and-white thing that really lacked some color, and it was disappointing. A piece of sponge is perfect for such situations when you need small or fuzzy color accents on top of something that’s already painted or fixed on your “canvas”. Sponge daubs of different colors made this picture come alive. So keep a piece of sponge in your box – and in case your kids tear a sponge again while playing in the bath, it just turns into something useful for art. Sponge painting is a great technique that’s always fun, at any age!

Would you like to suggest some more ideas for projects involving those “hidden riches” we adults often fail to notice? How do you store and showcase them, what are your favorites and what makes them so special?

7 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Greens Every Day

If increasing the number of greens you eat every day is one of your health goals, let me help you out there. Most of us strive to eat healthy, but sometimes healthy foods are not as delicious as we want them to be. It’s essential to consume fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals the body needs, but how to eat greens when you don’t like their taste? A few years ago I couldn’t even imagine me eating a lot of veggies every day. Yes, I consume plenty of greens daily, though I don’t actually like them. Here are a few effective tips I follow to eat more greens every single day.

1. A veggie omelet
A veggie omelet is a healthy, protein-packed meal to eat in the morning and it’s one of the best ways to consume more greens every day. Throw in roasted red pepper, spinach, tomatoes and kale for a hearty and super delicious omelet. I also like to add red onion and green peppers to my omelet. A veggie omelet is much healthier than a bowl of sugary cereal and it’s a simple way to sneak more nutrients. Plus, it’s oh-so easy to make!

2. Green smoothies
One of my favorite ways to eat more greens as well as fruits every day is green smoothies. I often start my day with a green smoothie, especially when I know that my day will be stressful and highly productive. Having a green smoothie in the morning is an effective way to increase your energy levels, speed up your metabolism and overall improve your health. Grab Swiss chard, spinach, dandelion and kale, and add some herbs, fruits and healthy fats to make a healthy and nutritious smoothie.

3. Veggie salads
If you one of those people who usually eat burgers or fries for lunch, you need to break this bad habit. High in fat, cholesterol, calories, and numerous artificial additives and ingredients, fast food is probably the worst thing you can eat. I suggest you to try eating a veggie salad for lunch. Grab lettuces such as baby spinach and arugula, which contain lots of essential nutrients, add some lean protein such as tuna or chicken, and enjoy your healthy lunch daily!

4. Add more greens to wraps and sandwiches
Are you a big fan of wraps and sandwiches? If so, start adding more greens to them. I usually add a baby spinach, romaine lettuce, or kale to my sandwiches. You can also add cucumber slices, shredded carrots, tomatoes and chicken for a healthy and tasty sandwich.

5. Raw vegetables
Snack on raw vegetables instead of chips, crackers, cookies, or chocolate bars to boost your daily intake of greens and veggies. Baby carrots are a great and popular snack, but I suggest you to snack on cucumber slices, raw celery, zucchini, bell peppers or pieces of jicama. To make your snack more satisfying, add a healthy dip such as hummus.

6. Add more greens to casseroles and pasta dishes
Another sneaky way to eat more greens is to add them to your pasta dishes, casseroles and other baked dishes. Add roasted broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms to your pasta or go ahead and make spaghetti out of squash. When you add greens to meals you already make, you add more essential nutrients and vitamins to your healthy diet.

7. Add greens to tomato sauces
Tomato sauces and spaghetti are wonderful opportunities for added veggies and nutrients. Try adding bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms to your tomato sauces. I usually add celery and carrots to my tomato sauce; it tastes great, plus I know that I get enough greens every day.

There are many benefits of eating greens daily. They are good for your hair, your skin and your eyes. Being aware of your vegetable and fruit consumption is a great way to eat healthy and have more energy. Once you start to eat more greens daily, you will notice a huge boost in energy and a dramatic improvement in your skin. When you eat healthy, your skin looks healthy and young too. Do you love eating greens? What’s your favorite way to consume more greens every day? Share your tips and tricks with us please.

17 Cool Summer Patio Ideas for Every Budget

Looking to update your patio this summer? Get inspired with these cute patio ideas. Though not all of them are DIY, you can create your own version or add your own ideas. When it comes to decorating, the sky is the limit. Try one of these cute summer patio ideas and enjoy your hard work in the end.

1. Rustic Simplicity


rustic simplicity
Add some fun color to your garden with this DIY summer patio idea.

2. Luxury Simplicity


Luxury Simplicity
Have some cash? Invest in a luxury furniture for your garden and relax.

3. Cozy Corner


Cozy Corner
Want something unique? Buy some bricks and wood boards and get creative.

4. Vintage Simplicity


Vintage Simplicity
Who said you should splurge on luxury furniture? Tea table, two chairs and some flowers are all you need to decorate your patio this summer.

5. Jaw-Dropping Luxury


Jaw-Dropping Luxury
This is a dream patio (the key word is dream here) that only few can afford.

6. Japanese Style


Japanese Style
Look at this cute table. Love those little chairs too. The great news is that you can create this patio yourself. It is easy.

7. Party Heaven


Party Heaven
Party junkies will love this patio idea for sure.

8. Regal Elegance


Regal Elegance
I would definitely move in this patio for summer, if not for good.

9. Green Heaven


Green heaven
Not everyone is lucky to have a lush garden, after all.

10. Outdoor Living Room


Outdoor Living Room
When you can’t say goodbye to your living room.

11. Lazy Summer


Lazy Summer
When you have a big family, tons of free time and food. Or, when you live alone but crave lots of space.

12. Pinky Beauty


Pinky Beauty
Your girls will love to spend their summertime in your patio.

13. All In One


All In One
Eat and fall asleep without leaving your seat.

14. Blue Obsession


Blue Obsession
A friend of mine made the same patio himself. Who is next?

15. Fireplace Patio


Fireplace Patio
I think fireplace here is like a piece of furniture. Or, someone can’t break up with a fireplace.

16. Modern Patio


Modern Patio
This idea is pretty cute too. Even if you do not have a garden.

17. Single Lady Heaven


Single Lady Heaven
Who said a summer patio should be complicated?

Now that I have seen these cute summer patio ideas, I am going to update my own patio this weekend. I love the Japanese style patio, but not sure I could create it myself. Which of these ideas do you like the most?

Which Teas Are Healthiest?

You know that a cup of tea can do you good, but are there different health benefits to the different varieties? Black, green, oolong, and white teas all come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis). It’s how they’re processed that sets them apart and gives them their distinctive flavors. Black is made from leaves that have fully oxidized; their chemical makeup changes when they’re wilted, bruised, and exposed to air (kind of like a cut apple that sits on the counter). Oolong is partially oxidized, while green is not oxidized. White is also not oxidized, and it’s made from young leaves or buds. And they all will deliver a slightly lower buzz than a cup of coffee: it takes up to four eight-ounce cups of black tea to deliver roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Black tea

Black tea may be a heart helper. While black tea is not quite as high in flavonoid antioxidants as its green counterpart, it is good for your heart and may help reduce cholesterol levels. And it can also help boost your energy levels. Feel free to tackle your afternoon slump with black tea, which tends to have a higher caffeine content than green tea.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with good-for-you antioxidants that may keep you in great form long-term. It may also help fight certain diseases: “The polyphenols found in green tea not only reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering your total and LDL cholesterol but may also reduce your risk of breast cancer,” says Sonia Oyola, MD, of the University of Chicago.

White tea

Sipping white or green tea may help with weight loss, thanks to caffeine and antioxidants called catechins. It’s also a plant powerhouse. “White tea is the least processed,” notes Dr. Oyola, “so compared with other teas, it has a higher amount of polyphenols, which are known to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.”

Kombucha

Kombucha—tea that’s fermented using sugar and a starter culture from (good) bacteria and yeast—can be an excellent source of probiotics, which may help reestablish a balanced gut microbiome and improve the health of your digestive system, says Dr. Oyola. Just be aware that some varieties may contain alcohol (though usually less than 0.5 percent).

Weight loss teas

Are so-called “detox teas” for weight loss worth a try? Nope—here’s why: Some slimming teas combine caffeine with a diuretic, causing you to shed water weight, not actual fat. They may also contain herbs like senna, a natural laxative that can come with undesirable side effects (think stomach cramps and diarrhea). If your aim is fat loss, a clean diet and exercise are a safer bet, says Cynthia Sass, RD.

9 Things You Should Practice Daily to Be More Beautiful

Appearance is one of those things that really matter to all women. We can spend hours trying different things that may help us look more beautiful and attractive. Nowadays some of beautifying practices are quite expensive and they are not available for everyone. However, there are lots of simple and affordable ways that we can use daily in order to have a fantastic look. But first of all, every woman should clearly realize what beauty is. Our inner world is the main thing that makes us beautiful. If you are a happy and peaceful person who lives in harmony with the environment, everybody will see those positive emotions and feelings on your face. You can spend huge sums of money on various cosmetics and other things, but if you are always sad and discontent you will never look beautiful. It is necessary to remember that your beauty and health come from inside. Though, your shiny hair, clear skin and your physical health are also very important. Try to add the following things to your daily routine and you will understand that being healthy and beautiful is very easy.

1. Eat Green Vegetables
We used to think that only vegetarians consume a big amount of green vegetables. I should say it’s a wrong opinion. Green foods are extremely beneficial to your health and you should definitely include them into your daily diet. By eating greens you will not only improve your health but you will contribute greatly to your beauty either. These foods are known to have numerous benefits that can change your life for better. For instance, they will cleanse your blood, digestive tract and even your skin. It has been proven that these veggies are helpful when it comes to such problems as stress and anxiety. Being rich in fiber, greens give you a nice opportunity to be full for a long time and forget about hunger. Another reason why you should eat green vegetables is a great number of chlorophylls that are efficient in cleansing your body, preventing acne and they may treat your muscles successfully. You can cook these foods in different ways. I usually like to make a huge salad with fish or an omelet with greens for breakfast. Some of my friends prefer various green smoothies made of kale or spinach. It’s also a splendid idea to have a whole grain sandwich with leafy greens.

2. Sleep More
It’s a well-known fact that our sleep influences both our physical and mental health. Plus, it is one of those factors that can alter the way we look; everything depends on how many hours we sleep during the night. The main rule you should stick to is to sleep as much as your body needs. Otherwise, you will be constantly tired and depressed, your skin will be subjected to different negative changes. Moreover, there is a big possibility you will suffer from overweight. If you don’t want to have dark circles around your eyes, you should sleep as minimum 7 hours per night. No matter how busy you are, try to go to bed earlier, let your mind and body rest. When you sleep, your skin cells are regenerated and as a result you get fresh and glowing skin.

3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another wonderful way to care for your face and body. It can be a perfect substitute of cosmetics like anti-aging cream, face cleanser and hair conditioner. This oil is full of minerals and vitamins that can help you to avoid dry skin, wrinkles, cellulite and eczema. Just make sure you apply this product on your skin regularly. In contrast to various creams, coconut oil is light and it is easily absorbed into your skin so that every cell of your body can receive enough nourishment. Perhaps you don’t know that everything we put on our skin can get into our blood within 20 minutes. That’s why you’d better not use chemicals to care for your skin. I recommend you to choose coconut oil as a natural alternative that will provide your skin with lauric acid and Vitamin E and help you to combat wrinkles, dry skin and bacteria.

4. Drink Rooibos Tea
This exotic tea is one of my favorite beverages that I drink regularly to improve the health of my skin. You may also add this red tea to your eating plan since it is packed with antioxidants and it doesn’t have caffeine like other kinds of tea do. Taking into consideration all the positive qualities of this yummy drink, I should mention that rooibos tea is an effective remedy for dry skin, inflammations, red skin, blemishes and other skin defects. Today this tea is available at most supermarkets. Don’t miss your chance to regale yourself with this exquisite and tasty beverage.

5. Exercise Regularly
Doing physical exercises is an excellent way to keep fit and have a good mood. Nothing can make you more beautiful than your toned body and a bright smile on your face. You don’t need to tire yourself in the gym every day, some simple exercises will be enough to get rid of depression, burn calories and stabilize your heart rate. Make it a rule to move daily and you won’t have any problems with your blood flow. Consequently, you’ll have a nice blush on your cheeks and your face will look fresh and much younger. It is advisable to exercise no less than 30 minutes daily. There is no need to get upset if you lack time to do sports. All of us have an amazing opportunity to move at home while doing chores or playing with our children outside. In addition, regular physical activity can guarantee you a good and healthy sleep that also plays a crucial part in your beauty.

6. Eat Vitamins
Once you have decided to keep to a balanced and healthy diet, you should do your best to consume a large quantity of vitamins every day. That is the key to your fantastic appearance. Keep in mind that natural foods like raspberries, blueberries, sweet potatoes, yellow, red and green veggies are an enormous source of vitamins and minerals that your body can get through your meals. Dozens of recipes can be used to create delicious and wholesome dishes from these ingredients. Such healthy choice has numerous advantages including clear skin, a good physical shape and positive emotions.

7. Eat Omegas
Another group of nutrients that have a great impact on your beauty are omega 3 fats that can fight wrinkles, inflammation and acne successfully. Thus, it is reasonable for you to add foods rich in omega 3 fats to your eating plan and as a bonus you will have an attractive and slim body. You can get these useful fats when eating salmon, halibut, trout, flax, walnuts, acai berries and other foods.

8. Gratitude
Without a doubt our life is very busy and we always have to cope with different problems. Despite this fact we shouldn’t forget to be grateful for everything we’ve got. Maybe you don’t even realize, but you enjoy lots of blessings that make you a happy person. Stop for a moment and think about all your achievements, I’m convinced you have so many reasons to be proud of yourself and to be happy. If you are satisfied with your life, you will be the most beautiful woman in this world. So, it is really important to be thankful for the smallest things that make your life pleasant and comfortable. When you’re grateful, you learn to appreciate those things that are the most significant for you and you understand the greatest values of your life. When you are grateful for your success, you’ll have a charming smile and everybody will notice that.

9. Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Hair is the biggest treasure for every girl. We spare no efforts to make it perfect. Very often we don’t know how to care for our hair properly and because of this we can’t reach the desirable effect. For example, most women tend to wash their hair daily in order to keep it clean and shiny, but they don’t even guess that by doing this they only harm their hair. If you want to have a beautiful and healthy hair, you should wash it every other day and use a conditioner that suits your hair type. Women who have dry hair are recommended to buy moisturizing shampoo. Those who worry about dandruff should look for a shampoo that can cleanse the scalp without drying it. By washing your hair every other day you’ll protect it from damages and it will grow faster.

We shouldn’t take our beauty for granted. This is a special gift that was given to us by nature and we must constantly refresh it and care for it. Being beautiful is not as difficult as it can seem to you. I hope that all these things will help you to be a pretty and happy woman. Which of them would you like to include into your daily routine? Can you give any other tips on how to improve our beauty?

10 Foods to Eat to Fight Stress

There are many ways to combat stress, but one of the best ways is to consume stress-fighting foods. Most of us live in a hectic, crazy, busy world where stress is almost inevitable. While a little stress can be good for you, when you are constantly feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and anxious, it can cause huge damage to your health, your productivity, your mood, and even your relationships.

Too much or prolonged stress can even lead to short-term and long-term physical problems, such as high blood pressure, impaired memory, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease and a weak immune system. Eating stress-fighting foods, exercising on a regular basis and practicing yoga can help you reduce your stress levels and improve your mood without any medications. Today we’re on a journey to discovering the best foods that can help us fight stress and live a more peaceful life. Read on…

1. Brown rice
Brown rice is an excellent source of B-vitamins, which are essential for the proper function of all tissues, cells, and organs. B-vitamins promote heart, immune, brain health as well as healthy mood. Eating brown rice can help you combat stress and prevent different types of mood disorders. If you often experience moodiness, try including brown rice into your healthy diet and enjoy a stress-free life.

2. Spinach
Spinach is packed with Vitamins A, C and B-vitamins and is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which help decrease stress hormones in your body, stabilize your mood and make you feel better. One cup of spinach will be enough to help your body combat stress. You can use spinach in your salad, smoothie, omelet, and sandwiches.

3. Salmon
Salmon is a super-nutritious food that can work miracles on your body. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids that increase happy brain chemicals such as serotonin and help regulate stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Moreover, omega-3 fatty acids help improve your brain function. Try eating 2 to 3 servings of salmon per week to reduce your stress levels. If you don’t like salmon, opt for another oily fish like sardines, tuna and mackerel.

4. Green tea
Green tea is loaded with potent antioxidants like polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids, and boasts numerous powerful health benefits. Drinking green tea has calming effect on your mind and body, thus helps reduce stress. Next time you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, take a short break and drink a cup of green tea. If you are not a green tea lover, you can opt for chamomile or mint tea. Although I like black tea, I can’t recommend you to drink it to reduce stress. If you want to reap all the health benefits of green tea, avoid smoking cigarette and drinking alcohol.

5. Avocado
One of the best foods to eat to fight stress is avocado. Avocado is a great source of protein, essential minerals, vitamin E and vitamin C. It also contains potassium, fiber and healthy fat. Avocado helps keep the nerve cells and the brain cells healthy and help to reduce your stress levels. Moreover, avocado may help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce risk for heart disease. You can eat avocado fresh or add it to your salads and smoothies.

6. Blueberries
Antioxidant-rich food, blueberries, can also help you fight stress. Blueberries are rich in vitamin E and vitamin C, manganese and magnesium, which are helpful in lowering the stress levels. Eating blueberries regularly helps to fight insomnia, depression and other mood disorders. Due to rich fiber content and low calorie level, blueberries aid in weight loss. Add some blueberries to your oatmeal, Greek yogurt, fruit salad, or eat them with cottage cheese. If you don’t like blueberries, you can opt for cranberries instead.

7. Oranges
Oranges are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A and B vitamins. They help fight the free radicals related to stress and heart disease. One of the best ways to enjoy the health benefits of oranges is to drink a glass of fresh orange juice each day. I also add oranges to my fruit salad, desserts and water. A few slices of orange or a glass of orange juice will help you fight stress in no time.

8. Dark chocolate
Consuming an ounce and a half of dark chocolate each day can lower the level of stress hormones in highly stressed people. The thing is, dark chocolate is rich in magnesium, an important mineral that helps combat fatigue, stress, irritability and even depression. While many people like dark chocolate, there are people, including me, who don’t like it. If you are one of them, opt for chocolate milk or dark chocolate desserts whenever you feel stressed out. It will reduce your stress levels and boost your mood.

9. Almonds
Get some stress-relief eating almonds, which contain vitamins E, B2, zinc, magnesium and healthy oils. Moreover, almonds are an excellent source of fiber. When I have a hard, stressful day, I usually snack on raw almonds. It helps me cope with stress better and faster. I also add almonds to my desserts and baked goods. If you don’t feel like eating almonds, you can munch on pistachios and walnuts to boost your energy level and reduce your stress hormones.

10. Milk
It has been proven that people who drink milk on a regular basis feel less stressed. Milk is rich in calcium, vitamins A, D, protein and antioxidants, which help to combat the free radicals that get released when you feel stressed out. A glass of warm skim milk can help you calm down in no time. If you’re suffering from stress-related insomnia, try drinking a glass of warm milk before hitting the sack and you will have much better sleep. If you don’t drink milk, consider consuming yogurt or almond milk.

Stress affects all aspects of your life and it’s important to know ways to fight it. Improve your mood, boost your energy levels and reduce your stress levels with these healthy foods to eat to fight stress. Just don’t forget to exercise daily; running is a proven way to combat stress. Have you ever tried eating foods to fight stress? What’s your favorite food to eat to cope with stress better?

10 Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine

The green movement is everywhere and your beauty regimen should be no exception. You can help sustain the planet and also include some natural products designed to enhance your beauty in safe, non-toxic ways. Give these tips a try and see how beautiful a green beauty routine can be while you help safeguard the planet.

1. Less Frequent Showering
Some people actually take a couple showers each day. This results in a lot of consumed water. While an after-work-out shower is a necessity, try to cut back on your water consumption. Do you need to shower every day, even on days when you’re hanging out at home? If you do need that shower to get you going and to feel fresh, cut your shower time in half. Moreover, you don’t want to wash your hair every day and shouldn’t. Over-washing strips your hair of its protective oils. So cut back on the hair-washing and shower time for a green bathing routine.

2. Refill Those Bottles
Depending on how many sinks you have in your home, you might have just as many soap bottles. That is an awful lot of plastic and think of how often you replace them! Whenever you can, purchase refill bottles so you aren’t buying so many dispensers. You can purchase your own permanent dispensers and then simply refill them from the refill bottle. This is a much greener way to keep your hands clean!

3. Back to Basics: Bar Soap
If you really want to go green in a big way, don’t buy body wash in a plastic container or any hand soaps dispensed from plastic. Instead, use bar soap. Many people grew up only knowing the bar and it’s just as green as it ever was. Bar soap is also cheaper so give it a try and add up you cost-savings for the year! Not only will you be reducing your plastic use, you’ll be benefiting the planet with some tried and true best practices.

4. Spend Less on the Dress
If you’re going dress shopping, you might consider visiting some great second-hand shops or even a dress-rental boutique. If you plan to wear the gown or dress once, this is definitely a greener way to go when it comes to fashion. You might also consider borrowing a dress from a friend for a special occasion. Not only will you save money, you’ll be supporting the ‘reuse it’ movement and contributing to the sustainability of the planet.

5. Purchase Fair Trade Products
Whenever possible, try to purchase fair trade products that support fair business practices around the world. While it’s always great to get a good deal, it’s not nice to think about the exploitation of others–even if they are halfway around the world. The Fair Trade labels means that the business is not in the business of exploiting their cheap labor force. You can contribute to this green practice by supporting sustainable businesses that are responsible to the humans in their employ.

6. Epsom Salt
There are many products on the market that promise to help you distress or relax. Lotions and creams promise to ease the ache of sore muscles and deliver some pampering rejuvenation. Yet an old fashioned bath with Epsom salt can achieve these results naturally and less expensively too. All you need is about a half cup of salt and a hot bath to get all the benefits you need.

7. Ban the Petroleum-Based Candles
Aromatherapy is part of a lot of beauty regimens. Perhaps a bath and an aromatherapy session is how you begin your day or unwind from one. Be sure to avoid unhealthy petroleum (traditional wax) candles and opt for natural soy candles or beeswax. Don’t release harmful toxins into the air you breathe or your family breathes. Choose natural aromatherapy products that are eco-friendly and designed to release powerful scents without damaging the planet.

8. Use Natural Ingredients
Since brushing with mashed-up strawberries can whiten your teeth and coconut oil can moisturize your body, why purchase products that cost triple or more and contain questionable chemicals? Find out how Mother Nature’s natural ingredients can impact your beauty routine for the better. You’ll not lead a greener lifestyle, you’ll enjoy safe and toxin-free practices that work.

9. Make Your Own Products
Once you begin to learn which natural ingredients are ideal for your beauty regimen, you can begin to experiment with mixes. Mix your own almond paste with some olive oil, for instance, to create a powerful exfoliation scrub. You can even make your own shampoos, conditioning treatments, scents, soaps, and more. These new creations can be fun and you’ll know exactly what’s in them – only the best Mother Nature has to offer!

10. Shop Eco-Friendly
If you don’t have time or the inclination to make your own beauty products, you can still purchase only eco-friendly products made with natural or organic ingredients. This way you still support a healthy planet and a healthier you, too! There are increasingly more all-natural brands to choose from. Do a search for specific natural brands and beauty items that you use.

Follow the aforementioned tips and you will definitely green your beauty routine. Use natural makeup and personal care products to avoid toxic products and you will be astonished at the results.

7 Vegan Foods That Are Good for You

We used to think that only vegans consume various fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, grains and nuts. However, there are crucial reasons every person should eat regularly at least a few vegan foods that have lots of health benefits. You’ll find different vegan dishes that can be a wonderful alternative to your favorite foods. So, you’d better think thoroughly before refusing to try them. If you really care about your well-being, you are supposed to include some vegan foods into your eating plan. Take a look at the list of the most popular dishes for vegans and choose something to your taste.

1. Banana Ice Cream
No matter whether you are a vegan or you tend to eat traditional food, you’ll always miss certain things like dairy products and meat. It’s almost impossible to find a person who doesn’t like ice cream, especially in hot summer weather. Without a doubt this is one of the most preferable desserts all over the world. But milk is the basic ingredient that is used for making ice cream and this is a problem for vegans. Fortunately, there is a solution that allows them to enjoy this yummy sweet product. You’ll be amazed to know that bananas can be the perfect substitute for delicious ice cream which is full of fats. All you need is to mix bananas in a blender, place this mixture into special containers and keep it in the freezer for several hours. Your ice cream is ready!

2. Cashew Sour Cream
Today vegans have a great opportunity to eat different kinds of food including dairy. If you have decided to join the vegan world, you can make sour cream out of cashews. Just soak them for a while and when they are soft enough blend them adding some water. Your sour cream will not be worse than that produced from cow’s milk. Sour cream is not the only dairy product which can be cooked out of nuts. For instance, vegan cottage cheese and shredded cheese are also available for you.

3. Homemade Almond Milk
Milk is one of those foods that provide our body with all the necessary minerals and vitamins making us healthier. Almond milk is an excellent vegan choice for those who can’t live without this wholesome natural drink. It can be easily found at the nearest supermarket, however, its ingredients may be harmful to your health. That’s why it would be a splendid idea to get your own milk out of almond. The recipe is very simple. You have to soak almonds beforehand, blend them with water and when the mixture is ready, strain it with the help of cheese cloth. Make it a rule to drink this milk regularly and its benefits will soon be evident.

4. Green Smoothies and Juices
Nowadays fresh smoothies and juices enjoy a great popularity among those who choose to lead a healthy lifestyle. Though, vegans were known to incorporate green smoothies into their diet long time ago. By making smoothies you’ll be able to receive numerous nutrients that are contained in leafy greens such as spinach, kale, dandelion greens and Swiss chard. Sure, it’s better to start your day with a glass of green smoothie rather than with high-caloric breakfast.

5. Hemp Seed Salad Dressing
Most of us usually serve salads with yummy dressings that are high in saturated fats. These components have a ruinous effect on your body. Taking into account this fact you have to remove creamy salad dressings from your menu. In this case hemp seeds will be the most suitable decision for you. Mix together a little lemon juice, water and hemp seeds. This counterpart of your traditional salad dressing is very good for you because hemp seeds are an enormous source of omega-3 fatty acids.

6. Agave Nectar
Honey is truly one of the most delicious and healthiest natural foods. We like to add this sweet product to various desserts, pancakes and simply use it as an alternative to sugar while drinking tea. Being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants honey is considered to be salubrious to our body and its healing properties are immense. On the other hand, honey is an animal food and vegans can’t consume it. To replace this natural sweetener they mostly use agave nectar that is worth trying, even though you are not a vegan. According to the conducted medical researches agave nectar helps to stabilize blood sugar but we can’t say that about other sweeteners.

7. Walnut Taco Meat
Taco is a Mexican dish which is well-known around the world. I think this is the best food to eat when you are hungry and don’t have much time to cook. In spite of the fact that meat is the major ingredient used for taco, there is a vegan option for those who avoid all animal products. In order to substitute ground beef you have to take chopped walnuts, sprinkle them with spices, add your favorite vegetables and don’t forget about tortillas. Then you’ll be able to savor this awesome vegan food.

Vegan cuisines are multifarious and they enable you to experiment with conventional dishes that you like very much. Moreover, if you eat at least some of these foods, you’ll contribute greatly to your health as they have plenty of benefits. Do you like vegan dishes? Which of them are your favorite ones? Have you ever tried any foods mentioned above? If you know other vegan recipes, please, share them with us.