Though it is winter, spending time indoors and bundled in sweaters can make one miss light chilly summer treats. Whip up some healthy ice cream at home in a few seconds.
Just blend and freeze:
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/3 cup almond milk
Don’t like strawberries? Try experimenting with other fruits, like blueberries or mangoes. There’s never a “wrong way.”
In a few short hours, you will have a cold summer treat that will make you think you are on a tropical vacation.
Adapted from rawfoodnation.com
Don’t have time to hit the gym? Maybe you don’t have extra cash to buy fitness equipment. Not a problem! You can get a solid strength training workout at home with just the help of a chair. This workout focuses on developing strong legs.
1: Seated Hand Push
Sit on a sturdy chair. Rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Place your palms on the outsides of your knees. While keeping your palms and arms stationary, push your knees outward against your palms, as if you were trying to push your palms away. At the same time, press inward with your hands, preventing your thighs from pushing them outward. Hold this isometric contraction for 1 minute, breathing normally. Release and proceed to Move 2.
2: Seated Leg Raise
Sit on a sturdy chair. Rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Rest your hands on the chair at your sides. Exhale as you lift and extend your right leg. Hold for 30 seconds as you breathe normally. Then inhale as you lower your right leg and exhale as you repeat with your left leg. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing normally. Release and proceed to Move 3.
3: Seated Bridge
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair. Rest your feet on the floor with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Rest your palms on the chair at your sides. Exhale as you lift your hips, allowing your palms and feet to support your body weight. Continue to lift your hips until your body resembles the shape of a bridge. Hold for 20 to 60 seconds while breathing normally. Release and return to Move 1. Repeat Moves 1-3 once more, and you’re done.
Adapted from: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/slim-hips-and-thighs-exercise-tips?page=3#ixzz2GoBsd22z
The tough thing about recovery is gathering the strength to continue when you have strayed from the path. When that happens, it is best to remember why you chose to start the journey to recovery in the first place. Take each day at a time, and with a renewed sense of purpose, continue to work on becoming a healthy, happy you.
You are enough.
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- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 2 Tbs. rice bran or canola oil
- 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 Haas avocados
- 20 rice paper rounds, 6 or 8 inches in diameter
- 10 green lettuce leaves
- Leaves from 1 bunch fresh basil
- Leaves from 1 bunch fresh mint
- 2 carrots, coarsely shredded
- 1/2 English cucumber, cut into thin strips
In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, soy sauce and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves; set aside.
Halve, pit and peel the avocados, and then cut them into 1/2-inch dice.
Place a wide, shallow bowl of warm water on a work surface. Lay a clean kitchen towel next to the bowl. Dip 1 rice paper round into the water for a few seconds to soften, then lay it flat on the towel. Dip a second round into the water and lay it directly on top of the first one. Using another towel, pat the top of the rice paper dry.
Center a lettuce leaf on top of the stacked rice papers. Starting about one-third in from the edge closest to you, arrange a few of the basil and mint leaves in a line across the lettuce. Top with a small row each of the carrot, cucumber and avocado; be careful not to overstuff the roll. Lift the bottom edge of the rice paper up and over the filling and then roll once to form a tight cylinder. Fold in the sides of the rice paper and continue to roll the paper and filling into a tight cylinder. Set aside, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining rice paper and filling ingredients to make 10 rolls.
Cut each roll in half crosswise and arrange, cut side up, on a platter. Place the sauce alongside for dipping and serve immediately. Makes 20 rolls; serves 8 to 10.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers, by Amy Sherman (Oxmoor House, 2008).
Thank you Williams-Sonoma (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/cucumber-and-avocado-summer-rolls-with-mustard-soy-sauce.html) for the recipie and picture!