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NATURAL ENERGY SMOOTHIES

By Princilla | Beauty, Health, Tips | NO COMMENT

Energy drink (1)By day I am intern. By night I am interviewer.

For the past nine weeks I have been juggling two occupations, after a long 12 hour shift I would be lying if I told you I did not feel drained. It has been a challenging experience but as a result I have gained a new fond respect for individuals working multiple jobs just to keep financial afloat. I commend them! Nonetheless, my experience as an intern has been rewarding, learning new aspects of marketing and working with charming business, savvy women. Still, in order  to keep up with the demands of a real career job, I need loads of natural energy to sustain me throughout the day, when caffeine fails.  Since purchasing my magic bullet I have been experimenting and researching smoothies to try. So after a few taste test, here are my top natural smoothie recommendations for those  needing a daily dose of oomph during these hot and festive summer days.

  • GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE (recipe courtesy of Kimberly Snyder)

Ingredient: 2 cups of filtered water, 7 cups of chopped spinach , 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 ½    cups chopped celery , 1 apple cored and chopped, 1 pear cored and chopped, 1 banana, 2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

  • CARROT GINGER SMOOTHIE ( recipe courtesy Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:1 banana, cut into chunks,1 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup bottled carrot juice, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 3/4-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, coarsely chopped

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

  • SUPER ENERGY SMOOTHIE( recipe courtesy of Montel Williams)

 

Ingredients:2 pints cut up pineapple,2 pints cut up watermelon,2 quarts coconut water,1 bag baby spinach,1 bag frozen blueberries,2 green apples or 2 bananas

Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together in a juicer, pour into 16 oz. servings. You can store or freeze extra smoothies to drink later. Enjoy!

 

  • HIGH ENERGY FRUIT SMOOTHIE (recipe and image courtesy of Rhonda Wylie)

 

Ingredients ¼  cup of water, ½  cup of blueberries, 1 orange, 1 mango, 2 kiwi, 8 cherry tomatoes, 4packets of Stevia sweetener( often sold as struvia), 1 cup of ice.

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender beginning with water and ending in ice, Start blender slowly then increase with speed till all ingredients become a  smooth consistency.

 

  • CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY  SMOOTHIE( recipe courtesy of Emily M. White)

Ingredients: 1 serving chocolate flavored soy protein,1 cup vanilla soy milk, light,1 cup frozen raspberries,1/8 teaspoon orange extract, 4 ice cubes

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

 

  • Important To Know:  Fruit smoothies and fruit juicing are  beneficial to our digestive system as they are  rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which ultimate help to sustain a healthy energetic life.
  • Tips: The ripest  produce are grown during the summer, so take advantage of buying fresh and or organic  fruits and vegetables from you local farmers market.

ENJOY!!!

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Easily Distracted?

By Princilla | Health, Tips | NO COMMENT

 

 

At some point in our early academic upbringing we shared a classroom with a child or friend who exhibited clear signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Aside from being hyperactive, this friend may have been disruptive, had difficulty concentrating and completing tasks. These classic ADHD symptoms along with others have commonly been recognized in children, but of recent years these same symptoms have become increasingly present in adults, especially in women.

In the June issue of Women’s Health magazine they dedicate the  “Is Your Mind in Overdrive” article to the alarming trend of late ADHD diagnosis in women. The article address some of the leading factors contributing to the trend, like the irregularities in our key neurotransmitters: dopamine and norepinephrine, our genetic liaison to ADHD, and the most revealing factor to be, the social expectations place on women which aid at masking the disorder through *coping mechanisms (*seeking to master, minimize or tolerate the problem). The late diagnosis of ADHD can be far more harmful to the mental state of women than in men, and can negatively affect work, interpersonal and personal relationships. Fortunately, there are medications that can help reduce the symptoms in adults, however it isn’t a magical pill that will fix all the problems and relationship difficulties. That’s why it’s so important to also make lifestyle changes that include regular exercise and yoga, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep.  There are many natural treatments that are effective and a great option to treat ADHD in adults, the article suggests:

  • “Supercharge your brain with foods such as nuts, vegetables, eggs and lean meat. Protein provides essential building blocks for alertness-inducing brain chemichals.”

 

  • If you have you have a major task ahead write down the tasks in small steps. Avoid putting off assignments.


  • “If your mind wanders off during meetings, force yourself to pay attention by taking detail notes or keep your eyes on the person speaking.”

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

  • “Each time click to open an email, text or facebook notification your brain gets a temporary dopamine surge leaving you happy then distracted. Avoid excessively checking personal accounts.”

 

 


  • Touch has an amazing ability to help improve self regulation, so treat yourself to a rubdown.

 

To read the full length article, pick up the latest copy of Women’s Health Magazine or visit http://www.womenshealthmag.com

For more information on the subject visit  www.adhdaware.org/

 

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