Top 5 Healthy and Quick Meals You Wouldn’t Believe Exist

I wasn’t always interested on eating healthier foods. When I was younger, I used to eat anything that got in my way without caring if it will affect me or not. Eventually, it did. Pretty badly actually. I ended up getting irritable bowel syndrome. It was incredibly annoying and the doctor told me that it was best for me to start eating healthier and consider exercising a bit. I didn’t really like this idea but I knew I had to change. After a few months I’ve became almost obsessed with eating healthier and exercising.

It’s now been a year since I decided to change my lifestyle and I don’t regret a single thing. I also started learning to cook the most amazing dishes ever. Which leads to the reason why I made this article. To help you indulge yourself into a wonderful world filled with flavors you probably didn’t know existed. Now enough chit-chat and let’s get down to business!

 

California Veggie Grilled Chicken Pasta Bowls

I recently learned about this amazing dish. I love eating it during dinner! It’s definitely my number 1 guilty pleasure. And the best part about it is that it’s very healthy and cheap. Also it doesn’t take a lot of your time to create this heavenly dish which is perfect for those with a hectic schedule.

 

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca

I just LOVE this amazing dish. The flavors are simply amazing with every single bite I take. I always make this for my boyfriend and he just can’t get enough of it!

This is also a dish that is simple and easy to make. The best part is that you won’t feel guilty after eating because it is incredibly healthy!

 

Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Who knew healthy and burger could be in the same sentence? I was so surprised when I learned about this amazing dish. The first time I made it, it came out horribly as I’m still a newbie when it comes to cooking but by the second attempt it came out amazing.

This dish is also really loved amongst kids! So if you have kids then you should definitely prepare them this dish.

 

Cajun Shrimp Tostadas

I love shrimps so much and any dish that has shrimps in them is something I know I’ll definitely enjoy. If you are a shrimp lover just like me then I definitely recommend this dish. I made it for all my family and they just can’t get enough of it.

 

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I just love the simpleness of this dish. It’s incredibly easy and cheap to make. You can use either meat or chicken if you’d like. Or use anything you want.

Store-Bought Ingredients You Can Effortlessly Make Yourself

Caramel Sauce

When my friend told me how easy it is to make caramel sauce I didn’t believe her. I didn’t think it was so easy and it takes just a few minutes to be fully prepared! You’ll save yourself so much money thanks to this.

 

Granola

I tried making granola on my own and honestly it was a huge mess. However, that didn’t stop me from trying again… and again. By the third time I tried it came out incredibly delicious. I seriously envy people who can achieve anything on their first try. But then again, I am very clumsy when it comes to cooking. Eventually I achieve anything and I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to achieve this granola goodness.

 

Chocolate Syrup

You’ve probably never thought to make your own chocolate syrup, but once you see how easy it is, you’ll never go back to store-bought. The chocolate syrups sold in here are very pricey so you can probably imagine how happy I was when I realized I could make it by myself at a low price.

 

Corn Tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas are fun to make and they’ll make your Mexican dishes taste even better than they already do. You can find various recipes online that will give step by step instructions on how to make them. Even though I like following instructions I still always give it a slight twist and add anything I like to it.

 

Pizza Dough

Bhg.com says the following: “Lots of people will swing by their local pizzeria when that craving strikes, but there’s really no need when you’ve got everything for homemade pizza already on hand! This easy dough recipe whips up in just 30 minutes”.

 

Marshmallow Sauce

I love using marshmallow sauce as I’m eating some delicious chocolate pie. You can eat it with just about anything you’d like and the deliciousness gets better and better.

 

Pound Cake

The home-made version of pound cake takes flavors to a whole new level. It’s simply exquisite and you’ll enjoy each bite you take.

 

Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers

All you have to do is crush them in the food processor and stir in a little melted butter for the ultimate crunchy chocolate crust experience. The taste is like no other and its simply my favorite.

 

Piecrust

It only takes four simple ingredients and water to make a crust that beats store-bought pie crust. When I first started making my own pie crust I didn’t think it would taste that great but I was completely wrong!

 

Blackberry Jam

This easy recipe requires no pectin so it’s super simple to make! And it’s great on everything from toast to baked brie.

How to Effortlessly Make Your Toddler Sleep

Make Sure Bedtime is Happening at the Right Time

Mirakilane.com says: “That’s right – your toddler may be fighting bedtime simply because it’s happening at the wrong time. This may be the most-overlooked reason for toddler bedtime drama, in my experience. Specifically, I find that my clients tend to try to put their toddlers to bed too early.

Remember, older toddlers (2+) need about 6 hours (or more) of afternoon awake time, between when they wake from their nap and bedtime. So if your toddler is up from her nap at 3:30, then pushing a 7 p.m. bedtime just isn’t going to work for all toddlers”.

 

Take a Good Look at Your Toddler’s Schedule

In order to know if your toddler may be too tired at bedtime or not tired enough take a look at your toddler’s daily schedule. You must check the time in which your toddler has its nap. Also, check how low the nap lasts. Usually naps should be no longer than an hour.

 

Create a Visual Chart that Outlines the Steps of the Bedtime Routine

Toddlers actually enjoy routines. Use this to you advantage and make a visual representation of the bedtime routine. You can even have your toddler help you at making the chart. Your toddler will definitely enjoy helping you.

 

Offer Choices Whenever Possible

I found this to be very helpful when I was babysitting my friends’ kids. However, don’t give them too many choices. I recommend offering just 2 choices. This can help your toddler feel in control of what’s happening at bedtime.

Hopefully this article has helped you a lot at getting your toddler to go to bed. It may take some time on certain toddlers but remember to always have patience. These tips have worked a lot on all the kids I ever worked with!

Most Shocking Facts About Acne You Didn’t Know

We’ve all dealt with acne. Even I have had some nasty experiences during my teen years with acne. Unfortunately not everyone knows a lot about acne. Most of us are only told to wash our faces twice a day and we will be fine. However, it isn’t always that simple. There are other reasons why we may be getting acne. Some people sometimes believe that they have acne for the craziest and unrealistic reasons ever. So let me give you some actual facts about acne so you are well informed about it.

 

Topical Treatments Don’t Always Work

If you’ve ever experienced hormonal acne then you’ve probably noticed how even the strongest face wash and topical creams don’t always work. This happened to a friend and one day she finally had enough of the crazy acne she kept experiencing so she searched for professional help. Afterwards her skin became much clearer and now she’s acne-free.

If you ever experience hormonal acne its best to seek professional help. It may be frustrating at times but you must first understand the problem in order to solve the problem.

 

Painful, Cystic Bumps Are Normal

Relax, don’t be alarmed, and don’t take drastic measures. When you experience hormonal acne, it’s normal to have a couple of very painful and almost cystic bumps on your skin. However, don’t EVER pick on these pimples as it will leave you with a lot of pain and you’ll be left with scars.

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Is a Common Cause

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Is a Common Cause is a hormonal imbalance that usually causes small cysts to start growing on your ovaries. If you ever experienced symptoms such as: acne along with facial and body hair growth, irregular periods and trouble controlling weight, then it’s best to consult your doctor as it may be polycystic ovary syndrome.

 

Oral Contraceptives Can Help Regulate Your Hormones

That’s right, oral contraceptives help significantly at reducing acne on your skin. However, before using oral contraceptive you should first consult your doctor so they can prescribe the ones you need.

 

Your Diet Could Be the Issue

This is probably the most cause for those who experience acne. Your diet creates a HUGE impact on your body both inside and out. By not consuming enough water and by eating unhealthy foods, you’ll experience a lot of breakouts on your skin. By eating healthier and exercising, your body and skin ill thank you!

 

Male Hormones Are the Problem

There is a male hormone called androgen, which are present in both men and women. This hormone can increase oil production on your skin which increases acne too. If you have hormonal acne, the androgen hormone can be either elevated or low.

 

Adult Hormonal Acne Is More Common Than You Think

Did you know that it’s been proven that over 50% of people in their twenties and 25% of people in their thirties suffer from acne? I was so shocked when I first read about this. I always thought that acne was a problem experienced mostly amongst teenagers and pre-teens!

 

Spironolactone Can Help Too

Neha Madiya says on her blog the following: “Spironolactone, or Aldactone, is a medication most commonly used for high-blood pressure but, when used in conjunction with oral contraceptives, is known for producing excellent acne-clearing results. This medicine is an anti-androgen, which means it blocks the androgens, or the male hormones, in our bodies. This, in turn, allows for less hormone fluctuations and less acne!”

6 Effortless Tips And Tricks To Make Cooking A Lot Easier

Cooking can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Every time I cooked I always spent ridiculous amount of money on items I didn’t really use or need. I kept falling for the products sold on TV that kept telling you they make cooking a lot easier and it turns out it’s just a big scam. I would always get frustrated until I started using Pinterest. Seriously if you haven’t started using Pinterest you should start using it. It has helped me so much every time I was cooking.

 

All these tips are little secrets that not many people know. But don’t worry and simply stop spending ridiculous amount of money. I had to learn the hard way that the true easy way and efficient way to cook is by using things you already have at the comfort of your own home!

 

Grate Cold Butter

This idea is perfect and I loved it so much when I first tried this idea. The grated butter is perfect for adding to flour before baking biscuits, scones, muffins, amongst other baking or cooking goods. It also makes the butter melt much faster, so if your butter is too cold to spread.

I talked to my best friends about this idea and they absolutely loved it. I also told my mother about it and to all of us cooking hasn’t been the same since then.

 

Freeze Leftover Sauce

Don’t throw any leftover sauce! That’s a huge mistake a lot of people tend to do. Instead of throwing it away how about freezing it? Yes that’s right, freezing any leftover sauce is a great way to keep it fresh for a long time and you can use it whenever you like. You can use this trick with any kind of sauce, even with canned sauces.

 

Reheat Pasta The Proper Way

Yes, there’s actually a “proper” way to reheat pasta. I always wondered why every time I reheated pasta it didn’t taste that great. But then I stumbled upon an incredibly clever pin that talked about reheating pasta in the shape of a doughnut. By reheating your pasta in the shape of a donut the heat from the microwave is distributed a lot more evenly.

 

Rolling Citrus Fruit

Ever get frustrated when you have those gorgeous and gigantic lemons and once you squeeze them only a little amount of juice comes out? I honestly hate when it happens. But there’s a really simple and effortless trick to get the most out of not only your lemons but also your oranges and limes. All you have to do is roll them on a hard surface while applying slight pressure on them.

 

Wooden Spoon Trick

I’ve been using this trick for such a long time but I didn’t know a lot of people weren’t familiar with this trick. Whenever you’re boiling some water, place a wooden spoon on top of it to avoid spilling of the water once it starts rising.

 

Freeze Herbs In Oil

This idea is perfect for those who have hectic and busy lives. It definitely reduces cooking time as everything you need to add explosive flavors into your meals are beautifully frozen. Listotic.com says: “By freezing your herbs in olive oil you will prevent them from browning and getting freezer burn”.

 

 

 

How to Get a Beach Body with This 10 Minute Ab Work-out

To get the desired abs you don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money to go to a gym. At the comfort of your own home you can work-out for your rock hard abs. I will give you detailed information about the best and effective work-out routines you can do by yourself or with a friend.

There are different exercises the work-out different abdominal muscles, all of which are easy and fun to do. In order for these routines to work it is advised to maintain a healthy diet to easily burn fat and tone muscles. The only item you will need is a mat and dumbbells in order to perform the following work-outs.

 

Let’s start off with the chop

This work-out is perfect for legs, arms, core, and hips. For this work-out you have to wave your left arm across your body, while doing this your left leg must be slightly bent and toes touching the floor. Now you bend you right leg and rotate your torso to the right, then reach down until you slightly reach the floor. Do 20 reps and then switch sides.

Twist with dumbbells 1

Lie on your mat with both knees lifted off the floor until they are above your hips and point your toes directly towards the ceiling. While doing this you must hold a 5 pound dumbbell on each hand with your arms bent and close to your chest. Hold for about 2-5 minutes.

 

Twist with dumbbells 2

Repeat the same steps in twist with dumbbells 1 and move your torso to the left while stretching your right arm to the left side of your left knee. Repeat this process with your other side and do about 20 reps.

 

Under the bridge 1

This is my personal favorite and it is the easiest to do. While lying on your mat, extend your legs and extend your arms parallel to your body which will make it seems like a T. On each hand you should be holding a 5 pound dumbbell. Now lift your left leg and bend until your knee is above your left hip and toes pointing towards the ceiling. This workout is perfect for legs, chest, and core.

 

Under the bridge 2

For this you will need to lift your left knee and bend it. Then place both hands on the sides of your left thigh while your right hand is holding the dumbbell, now pass the dumbbell to your left hand while passing it under your left leg. Do 20 reps then switch legs and repeat process. For this routine I suggest slow and steady movements and remember to always control your breathing.

After you are done with each work-out you must let your body rest for only 15-20 seconds.

Involving a 10 minute work-out into your routine will have positive effects on your body and you will see results as long as you are consistent and patient. These workouts are best enjoyed with friends or family and while blasting your favorite music.

The most important and essential antioxidants to consume for better and healthier skin

Both our body and face need the best care in order to also look its best and antioxidants are a very important part in anyone’s skin care routine, no matter what age you are its important to always consume any foods or even products that contain antioxidants.

 

What are antioxidants?

Before telling you essential antioxidants you should be using let’s start off first by telling you what exactly an antioxidant is: a molecule which prevents other molecules from oxidation, if molecules enter an oxidation stage free radicals are then released and as a consequence various chain reactions are triggered and it can also kill or damage cells if the reactions were triggered in them.

 

Health benefits of antioxidants for the skin

Depending of the antioxidant that is being consumed it can have various positive effects on the skin such as protecting the skin against sun damage and therefor as well as skin cancer, reduce wrinkles, brown spots, reduce inflammation, acne, rosacea, eczema, acne scars, etc.

 

Essential antioxidants for the skin
  • Vitamin C: it is an excellent antioxidant which protects against dullness of the skin, prevents and gets rid of wrinkles, accelerates skin repair, etc. all these benefits are obtained when the vitamin C is applied directly onto the skin.

It is recommended that the amount of vitamin C that should be consumed is of at least 0.5-20% so its results are guaranteed.

 

  • Vitamin E: it is a very potent antioxidant which also helps to protect and nourish the skin from damage due to sun exposure it also reduces dryness of the skin such benefits can be obtained by taking in either natural or synthetic.

 

  • Green tea: my personal favorite and it is a great anti-inflammatory it also helps to moisten the skin and its benefits can be seen after regular usage of this glorious antioxidant.

 

Green tea is not only beneficial for the skin but it also promotes weight loss and prevents heart disease. By drinking green tea at least 3 times a day should be more than enough for the body and for the skin to absorb its nutrients.

 

  • Retinol: retinol has been shown to improve or diminish rosacea as well as treating moderate to even severe acne, the best part is that it also helps fade acne scars or brown spots, it is also an anti-inflammatory, treats psoriasis, etc.

 

Where to find these antioxidants

The antioxidants listed in this article can be found not only in your nearest drugstore but also in your own house, mostly fruits are the ones who contain antioxidants which is a better and cheaper option for those who don’t wish to buy or cannot afford products that contain these antioxidants.

 

Certain fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants such as oranges, purple grapes, red grapes, blue grapes, blueberries, red berries, nuts, dark green veggies (kale, broccoli etc.), sweet potatoes, carrots, also whole grains, fish, and beans provide the necessary amounts of antioxidants the body needs in order for the skin to improve.

 

How to keep a healthy and beautiful relationship

Relationships can be difficult at times since you are with a person in which no matter how much you have in common with that person they are still so different from you, which is why it is crucial to maintain a healthy relationship in order to overcome such differences.

 

Basic rules for a healthy relationship

 

There are various things to keep in mind when entering a relationship or when you are already in a relationship:

  1. Great relationships take time: even the healthiest relationships take some time in order to get to the healthy status; the key part in this basic rule is communication.
  2. Change yourself not your partner: getting mad at your partner for behavior that make him or her who he or she is isn’t their fault it is something that you don’t want to accept and again in this basic rules communication is also important in order to understand each other.
  3. Most arguments originate from fear or pain: sometimes people tend to get upset for what they may think is their partner’s fault but in reality it can at times be caused due to an inner fear or maybe losing your partner or some sort of pain experienced in past relationships.
  4. Men and women are different: this means that the way a man may analyze certain things or deal with certain things are different than how women deal with them, which is why it is best to talk to your partner in order to understand how he or she thinks.
  5. Honor each other in some sort of way: there is always a moment in which you or your partner can use to cherish each other which will help improve the mood of you and your partner.
  6. Anger is a waste of time: no matter the reason in order to be angry it is not even worth getting angry at, usually when people are dealing with this kind of emotion they cannot think properly and they can even say hurtful things to each other.
  7. Get regular tune-ups: sometimes it is good to seek for professional help; they can give the best advice and can definitely improve the relationship via exercises or even talking about how each person feels about the other.
  8. Find a way to stay and keep a healthy friendship: when you don’t just consider the person you are with your partner but also your best friend that is when you truly enjoy each other’s company no matter what happens between you and your partner, it also helps at communicating anything with him or her.
  9. Be your own reason for your happiness: do not be in a relationship with someone just because they make you happy, before getting yourself in a relationship you first should be truly happy with yourself in order to be able to make someone else happy as well.
  10. Receive in return what you give: if there is something you would like to receive from your partner such as love it is best to give love to your partner as well as with any other thing you would like to receive from your partner.

 

By following these basic rules many relationships will see a great improvement, in some cases however even if you follow all or most of these rules it won’t necessarily mean your relationship will get better but in order to see improvement it is best if you and your partner try your best to improve.