Broccoli: A Super food

Broccoli: A Super food! Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and cress among other things. All cruciferous vegetables come highly recommended for their nutritional value, but none more so than broccoli. You could do worse than including more of this green vegetable in your diet, and this article will show you why. To get an idea of broccoli’s nutritional content, have a look at this list: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Manganese, Dietary fiber, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, Calcium, Choline, Vitamin B1, Iron and Selenium. This list of 16 different nutrients doesn’t even cover everything that broccoli contains! Pound for pound, broccoli has one of the highest proportions of nutrients of any vegetable. But in order to understand just what makes broccoli good for us, it’s important to know what some of these nutrients do. (more…)

7 Signs That You Aren’t Eating Enough Vegetables

7 Signs That You Aren’t Eating Enough Vegetables We all know that we are supposed to eat 4-6 servings of vegetables per day, the question is? Are we truly eating the recommended amounts of vegetables each day?  Vegetables play a vital role in proper nutrition. Along with a diet rich in whole grains and fruits, veggies can deliver all of the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need for excellent health. Unfortunately, today’s Standard American Diet (its acronym is ‘SAD’ for a reason) is lacking in healthy vegetables. This is the same basic processed and sugar-filled diet that is prevalent in most modern societies and cultures. There wouldn’t be a problem if processed and fast foods delivered nutrition. However, they are lacking in most of the natural components and compounds your body needs to function properly. If any of the following signs sound familiar to you, you probably aren’t eating (more…)

5 Simple Tricks to Help You Drink More Water

5 Simple Tricks to Help You Drink More Water If you are like me, you probably do not drink enough water.  Did you know that simply drinking more water can repel and even treat Alzheimer’s disease? Water flushes your system, and regulates a healthy digestive tract. Water promotes heart health and a strong circulatory system. Your body is roughly 60% water, and uses up some of your water supply each day. That water has to be replaced. The problem is, you probably are not drinking enough. The average adult needs to drink at least 1 gallon of water each and every day for optimal health. Practice the following 5 simple tricks to help you drink more water on a daily basis, and your health will see a positive boost. 1 – Make a goal and stick to it – Human beings are great goal setters and achievers. If you just (more…)

40 Cures For Hangovers

40 Cures For Hangovers Alcohol – Hangovers This Brand New 61-page info product reveals why we get hangovers, the symptoms, the direct effects of alcohol, plus 40 different ways to remedy a cranium crushing hangover, (there are actually slightly more than 40)   Tip: Entered – “cures for hangovers” – in Google and returned 7,880 competing pages. While Yahoo returned only 2,390.   According to Google Keywords tool, there are 74,000 searches per month for this keyword (similar phrases don’t work out too shabbily either).     This is of high-quality content, original and unique. It is also informative, while still remaining entertaining.     Order right now, and you will also get: 1. “Hangover Cures” SEO optimized Articles/Blog Posts 2. A list of no less than 22 affiliate programs associated with ‘Hangover Cures’, some of which pay commissions straight into your PayPal account! 3. Master Resale Right Included     [YES] (more…)

Happy Easter – Great Ideas For Easter Meals

Happy Easter Great Ideas For Easter Meals May your day be filled with joy, laughter and sunshine.  Much love from danceandslimdown.com   Featured Article:   Great Ideas For Easter Meals Spring has sprung, Easter is just around the corner. One of the most celebrated holidays is Easter and part of the reason why this holiday is loved is the food associated with it. If you are hosting an Easter dinner with your friends or family this year, here are some good tips for some delicious Easter recipes. Maple Syrup Ham and Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows One of the most requested types of food to eat at Easter is ham and you can sweeten up the taste of it by adding some tasty maple syrup. While your store bought maple syrup should work, try to purchase maple syrup that is 100% pure and not made from corn syrup. Adding pure maple (more…)

Understanding DASD TEA

Understanding DASD TEA Check out our special DASD tea blend. I lost 300 pounds drinking green tea and dancing. So I believe in the power of herbal and green teas. I will not say that I lost my weight because of the tea. I lost because of increased physical activity. However, I believe that herbal tea aided in my digestion. See Benefits of Green Tea   Due to the nature of shipping and storing Teas etc. This product is actually step by step instructions on how to re-create and use this Special DASD TEA recipe to aid in your personal weight loss endeavors. These are all natural herbal tea ingredients, and is very simple to follow. See Green Tea Diet   I can send a sample of my personal blend by special request only. However; I am not selling the actual blend, simply the secret to reproducing the secret blend. (more…)

Green Tea – Benefits

Green Tea – Benefits Here are some of the benefits of green tea for physical, mental, and emotional health. (from http://www.theteatalk.com/green-tea-benefits.html) Special Note: Green Tea can be found everywhere now days, however; we have a special blend called DASD TEA that you can purchase in our shop. It comes loose and you will need a way to steep your tea.  Learn more about:  DASD TEA THE BENEFITS of GREEN TEA Fight and protect against chronic inflammation with green tea. Chronic inflammation plays a major role in the onset and development of many diseases and health concerns – cancer, diabetes, IBS, Crohn’s, PCOS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, infertility, premature aging, obesity, osteoporosis, and heart disease, just to name a few.   Prevent oxidative stress and the low-grade chronic inflammation. Another benefit of the antioxidants in green tea is their ability to prevent oxidative stress and the low-grade chronic inflammation that may result from (more…)

100 Healthy Snack Ideas

100 Healthy Snack Ideas The Top 100 Healthiest Snacks Bananas Blackberries Cashews Strawberries Greek Yogurt – hummus Acai Berries Blueberries Green salad Green Tea with Lemon Broccoli Florets Oatmeal Sweet Potato Fries Apples Green Salad with light protein Join Us 100 Healthy Snack Ideas Frozen Grapes (they are amazing)   String Cheese   Banana   Frozen Banana(peel it first, stick in the freezer overnight- it’s like a yummy popsicle)   Bananas Low-fat Yogurt   Sugar-free or fat-free pudding   Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans . . . so good!)   100-calorie bag of popcorn   Applesauce   Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)   Almonds     Apple   Apples   Skinny S’more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate)   Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)   Chocolate Milk   Hard Boiled Egg   Sunflower Seeds   Cottage Cheese   Sliced Cantaloupe   Handful of blueberries (2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip– optional)   Blueberries   Pita Bread and Hummus   Rice Cakes   Sugar-free Jello   Dried Fruits   Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)   Air-Popped Popcorn   Pistachios   Clementines (we call them Cuties or Clemmies)   Fruit Smoothie   Handful of olives   Pickles   Raisins   Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins) 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.   Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread   Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)   Orange Slices   Cherry Tomatoes   Graham Crackers   Small Green Salad with light dressing Green salad   Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)   Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)   Half of a Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices   Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)   Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)   Animal Crackers   Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip Strawberries   Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices   Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola) Greek Yogurt – hummus   Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries   (more…)

Acai Berry

Acai Berry The acai berry is a relatively new discovery to most parts of the world, including USA, but this berry has been in use for centuries. The Acai berry is usually only grown in the Brazilian rain forest region. However; there have been acai berry palms found as far as Maui, Hawaii. There are often difficulties in preserving and transporting the berry to different parts of the world due to limited shelf life.  There currently a huge worldwide demand for the Acai Berry. Acai berries are known to be the highest natural source of antioxidants present in nature.  The Acai even contains more antioxidants than red wine.  Red wine is considered the number one food for fighting against free radicals. Free radicals can cause severe damage to the human body. Acai berries eliminate free radicals and improve the body as a whole. Acai berries are great for various aspects (more…)

CRISPY Sweet Potato Chips

CRISPY Sweet Potato Chips I forget where I found this recipe… but I have been using it for a little while now and it works to give crispier Sweet Potato Chips than usual.  If you are like me, then you are most likely on an endless journey to discover how to get your chips to their crispiest deliciousness.   This recipe really hit it home.  It was her preparation techniques that made the difference. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my post on making other varieties of Sweet Potato Chips.  View by clicking here: Sweet Potato Chips   Reap the benefits of Living Paleo. View by clicking here: Your Paleo Plate   A Magical Crispy Sweet Potato Recipe Crispy Sweet Potato Chips STEP 1: Peel the sweet potato if desired, then thinly and evenly slice the potato – Make the slices as even as possible, which will ensure (more…)

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips Baked-Sweet-Potato-Chips In my opinion, there is nothing more delicious than sweet potato chips.  The amazing thing about Sweet Potato Chips is that there are so many ways to make them.  So I have scoured the land seeking out only the best and most delicious recipes… I want you to notice that the temperatures vary from recipe to recipe.  I believe that the most traditional “chip” is when they are cooked at 250 degrees.  However; the higher temperatures provide a different kind of chip. Not necessarily as crispy as the traditional method however.  This is very important if you are going for a more common potato chip feel.  It is easy to end up with soggy chips if you do not choose your methods wisely.   Traditional Sweet Potato Chips Recipe: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (121 C) and position oven rack in the center of the (more…)

Kale Ginger Cilantro Salad

Kale Ginger and Cilantro Salad Kale Ginger and Cilantro Salad with Bacon This is my secret Fat Burning salad. Kale Ginger and Cilantro Salad is the perfect fat burning salad and it tastes so delicious.  The secret is the combination of onion, ginger and cilantro. When you taste it, you will understand. It makes a very spicy yet delicious blend. For some reason the Ginger and onion mixed with the apple cider vinegar (optional) seems to create a natural fat burning combination.   It helps that the combination of foods are delicious together. I just want to mention for the record for those of you who are not accustomed to cilantro that I believe it is one of the most delicious herbs available.  It looks a little like parsley at first… small green leafs on stemmed plants.  It is yummy. I have heard some complain that they get a bitter taste (more…)

Living Paleo

Living Paleo: My Paleo Video Paleo Plate Example Last July my daughter introduced me to some crazy idea called a Paleo Diet.  This diet is based on the concept of only eating what a caveman or early prehistoric man would have eaten.   Some people like myself tend to look at Paleo more along the lines of a “natural food diet”.  I simply tell myself that the object is to avoid prepackaged food of any kind.  If you go 100% natural, you will go Paleo. Earlier today I was going through my Paleo content and found that I had actually made a video of me making a scrumptious looking paleo dish.  I will share the video below.   The most important aspect of Paleo eating is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.  As well as nuts/seeds  and some oils.  It does not include ANY starches except sweet potatoes.  Almond (more…)

Alkaline Diet

The Benefits of an Alkaline Diet Fresh Fruit The benefits of an alkaline diet is that the nutrients found in supplements, alkalizing foods, and water can bring the body back to balance. These vitamins, minerals, and herbs infuse the body with new energy, vitality, and better health. Alkaline foods and water must be consumed in order to provide nutrients the body needs to neutralize acids and toxins in the blood, lymph, tissues, and cells. When pH balance inside the body is ‘out of balance’ the body tries to correct that sensitive pH balance. That process shows up as uncomfortable symptoms, including colds, flues, allergies, diseases, viruses, and bacteria. When the pH level in our body is unbalanced, almost any area of the body can be affected. For example when the nervous system is effected as the result of unbalanced pH balance it shows up in the form of the depression. (more…)

Reasons to Use Coconut Oil

Reasons to Use Coconut Oil It is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you. People all over the world are experiencing the healthy benefits of using coconut oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are the top seven reasons why you should use coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils. Coconut Oil 1. Coconut oil doesn’t turn to fat in your body. Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil won’t make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quicker. People in the tropics have relied on coconuts (more…)

Grow Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden

7 Reasons to grow your own organic vegetable garden   During the last decades there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly among  humans and animals (bird’s flu being the most recent one). Food Pesticides   The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health. If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. Today I’m presenting you with seven reasons for doing this: 1. You will have no additives in your vegetables. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our (more…)

10 Ways To Get Antioxidants Into Your Diet

10 Ways To Get Antioxidants into Your Diet Antioxidants – Berries It’s no secret that antioxidants are incredibly beneficial to good health. It’s believed the antioxidants in food can help prevent cancer, reverse or slow aging, enhance your immune system, increase your energy and improve heart and other organ health. Given all we know about antioxidants and their beneficial properties, it’s amazing more people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables, the primary sources of antioxidants. Experts recommend a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but say getting 7-10 servings is best. Here are 10 ways to get more antioxidants into your diet. antioxidants – examples 1.Breakfast Breakfast doesn’t have to be a hurried toaster tart on the way out the door. Throw some strawberries, 100% juice and yogurt into a blender; pour your delicious mixture into a cup and head out the door. You’ve just added one (more…)

Does Green Tea Weight Loss Diet Work

Does Green Tea Weight Loss Diet Work Does Green Tea Weight Loss Diet Work ? The Chinese have been drinking green tea for centuries now. They are fond of using herbs and herbal remedies and rely on green tea to help a person lose weight. First Case: The people Of Japan The Japanese society almost appears to be addicted to green tea as local demand tends to push local supply of green tea to the limit. If you look closely, it is rare to see an over weight Japanese person. They attest their healthy weight to an insatiable thirst of green tea. Is a green tea weight loss diet conceivable? A fast quick answer is, yes! Whether a person consumes green tea or their dietary counter parts,a green tea weight loss diet does rely on the time tested benefits of green tea to help a person lose weight. Weight Loss (more…)

Fad Weight Loss Diets

Fad Weight Loss Diets fad-diet Obesity is a physical state that refers to excessive body fat. Chances are you have experienced the frustrations of dieting at least once in your life, if you have problems with your weight. Close to a hundred million Americans go on a Fad Weight Loss Diet in any given year and up to ninety-five percent of them regain the weight they lose within five years. Worse, a third will gain back more weight than they lost, in danger of “yo-yoing” from one popular diet to another. The conventional approach to weight problems, focusing on Fad Weight Loss Diets or weight loss drugs, may leave you with just as much weight and the additional burden of ill health. Today, an estimated sixty-five percent of all American adults are obese or overweight. Our culture obsesses about staying thin even as we grow fatter, but this isn’t about appearances. (more…)

Dangers of Packaged Foods

The Dangers of Packaged Foods Stop Eating Crap Stop Eating Crap I have made a big deal about the dangers of packaged foods recently because of the changes I have seen since going toward the PALEO way of thinking. Look, let’s be honest… We are NOT going to be able to live that Spartan lifestyle forever, especially since we live in the 21st century and not in the days of the caveman. However, there are certain precautions that we should exercise if we plan on living on this earth past the age of 60. I will just share this quick story about the dangers of packaged foods: About a week or two ago, I went shopping at a local grocery store with my brother, I was tempted to purchase a few packaged items because there was something special happening. Of ALL of the foods that I tried that were packaged, (more…)