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Free Food and Family Bonding! (Let’s get growing!)

We’ve heard it, we’ve longed for it, we don’t have time for it. The benefits of growing your own produce; are they real? You bet they are! Starting the process of having your own garden can seem daunting. The soil, weather,  time and energy, and not to mention all the critters that seem to eat your fresh goodies before you get the chance, are all valid reason why we would just rather go to whole foods or our local grocery store.

Hand dropping seeds into soil

So were diving deeper past the “organic is better for you, support your local farmers, and getting away from pesticides” benefits (all very important), and looking at the true happiness gardening can bring you and your family.

Yes, its hard work. Yes, there may be some whining when its hot and everyone would rather be playing and relaxing than potting soil and pulling weeds, but the benefits you reap from gardening with your family will surpass these minor struggles. Bonding with your loved ones over the labor ends with an accomplished day, a nice dinner, and relaxing time that is truly enjoyed (instead of weekend boredom). The feeling will only grow.

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As you watch your plant(s) develop, it will be an exciting journey with your family. When you finally get to pick the fruits of your labor, you enjoy the rewarding experience with them. You have accomplished memories and taken pictures that will last in your young one’s hearts forever, and with you. Not to mention you get to eat what you grow! What you create from the earth will taste so much better and it’s free!

Plan a weekend of gardening with your family this year. You can start off with herbs and small vegetables like peppers in potted soil, or start a whole garden in your own back yard!

What will you do with your loved ones this spring?

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The start of the New Year is the perfect time to get back on track with eating healthy. For most of us it is easy to lose sight of your resolutions, but with these helpful tips you’ll be sure to stay healthy:1. Control your portion size

Downsizing your dishes is a great way to cut out extra calories. Try using a smaller plate or bowl; this will help make your portions seem larger than they are.

2. Stay active

It’s always important to stay active. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. The opportunities are endless. Aim for around 30 minutes every day.

3. Cut out the processed foods

Processed foods may seem low in calories, but they can be filled with tons of hidden ingredients that are bad for you. Stick to the fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Take care of your skin

The sun does lots of damage to your skin over time. Regular facials can help reverse the effects of sun damage. It’s also important to wear sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy.

5. Think positive

Always think positive and expect good things from yourself! Just by changing the way of thinking, you’ll be looking in be mirror at a much healthier you.

Here’s to a healthy, happy new you!

Delicious Ways to Color Up Your Diet

MV6104Combine ROYGBIV in your New Years resolution to brighten up your diet. Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables representing all colors of the rainbow gives off antioxidants that help protect your body from harmful compounds.

Red/Pink fruits and vegetables protect against prostate cancer and heart diseases. Try a Quinoa & Smoke Tofu Salad with tangy fresh flavors to add red/pink on your plate. Green helps reduce the risk of cataracts and atherosclerosis. Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts is high in vitamin C and A. Purple food item, such as blackberries and eggplant, prevent inflammation. Apart from standard recipes, Roasted Eggplant Dip goes well with pita chips.

Eating right along with weekly massages throughout the year helps your body stay in tiptop shape. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.

It’s National Soup Month, so eat up!

January is National Soup Month and there is no better way to celebrate then indulging in a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Soup can be a meal or a snack. It can fill you up when you’re watching your waistline or help you defrost on a chilly day.


If that’s not enough to persuade you to cook up a pot of homemade comfort tonight, consider this: Soup also saves time and money. A large batch can feed your family for several days and costs only a few dollars. Here are some healthy ingredients you may want to throw into your next pot.

Beans – Rich in dietary fiber, which has been shown to have a number of benefits including decreased risk of coronary artery disease

Spinach – Provides folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and needed to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia

Sweet Potato – Packed with potassium to help maintain healthy blood pressure and strong bones

Kale – Filled with Vitamin A to keep eyes and skin healthy and help to protect against infections

Broccoli – A natural source of Vitamin C to help build your immune system and fight off cardiovascular disease

Don’t forget to add your favorite seasoning, broth and protein. Now, what are you waiting for? Prepare a pot tonight. Your soul will thank you.