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5 Actions to Create Your Best Summer Ever

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  1. Pretend it is Labor Day and someone is asking you how you spent your summer.
  2. Decide this will be your best summer EVER!
  3. Create a wish list of 15 value driven, fun activities – one for each week.
  4. Post your list on the fridge.
  5. Share your list with your family and friends for accountability!
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5 Ingredients to Eat Healthy Each Day from the 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook

Health is the foundation for you to live the life you want. Here are 5 easy ways to put health in your life every day while lowering your risk of disease.

1. Eat breakfast.

Mom was right. Breakfast is important and the key to energy and health. Without breakfast you don’t get fuel and won’t have energy. Breakfast also helps to maintain a healthy weight. People who lose weight and keep it off eat breakfast every day. Choose from whole grains, eggs, turkey, yogurt, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Eat at least 2 food groups. But limit sugar. It will zap your energy and raise your appetite later in the day.

2. Pack snacks.

Snacks are mini meals. They help control appetite and weight. The best snacks include protein and fat, which satisfy for a longer time. Portable snacks include celery with peanut butter or hummus, turkey rolled in lettuce leaves, oatmeal with walnuts, string cheese and whole grain crackers.

3. Drink water.

Water is an important nutrient. You need to drink water throughout the day. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Every sip is an ounce. Start your day with a glass of water before breakfast. Drink water to help you eat less. Keep water in your car, workout bag, desk and on your kitchen counter. If you are tired, drink more water. You are probably dehydrated.

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4. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables.

We need 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Include a fruit and/or vegetable at each meal and snack. Select from a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat at least 3 colors a day.

5. Eat desserts that count.

We love desserts. But you can satisfy your sweet tooth with healthful foods. Try regular or frozen yogurt with fresh fruit. Bake or poach pears and apples. Try frozen grapes, raspberries or bananas.

See more in the cookbook!

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5 Ingredient Curry Chicken

Curry used to be an exotic dish and now is every day fare in our house! This curry takes minutes to prepare unlike real Indian curries which can take practically a whole day. Easy, quick and delish!

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  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk, can use “lite” to save some calories
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Salt and pepper

Serve over brown rice.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small sauté pan.   Stir in the curry powder and cook for one minute. Add the coconut milk and cook until reduced by half, about 6 to 7 minutes. Toss the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the chicken strips until the outside of the chicken has turned white. Stir in the coconut curry sauce. Cook for a few more minutes on medium heat and serve over brown rice! Yields 4 servings

I am trying to keep this curry to five ingredients but gorgeous and tasty additions would be pea pods and sliced red peppers. If I garnish any dish with pistachios or peanuts it is a win in this house. I threw in some exotic looking black sesame seeds. If you need more of a kick a dash of red pepper flakes would flame it up nicely!

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Keep Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice in your freezer for those super busy weekday nights where you need to get dinner on the table fast. Typically brown rice takes 50 minutes to cook. These sweeties only take 3 minutes in the microwave! Gotta love that!

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Abundant Monday

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Photo by Emily Wolf ewolff.smugmug.com

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Abundant Monday

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Photo by Emily Wolf ewolff.smugmug.com

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5 Things to Improve Work/Life Balance and Taste Life!

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Taste Life this May by trying these 5 simple things!

  • Sip a cup of soothing chamomile tea before bed and celebrate National Sleep Better Month.
  • Sit in silence (what I call nature’s natural organizer) for 15 minutesto hear what you need to hear.
  • Make May Magic..do one small little thing you always thought was impossible.
  • Create the belief that this summer will be the best summer of your life…what top 5 things do you wish to do?
  • Gary (my husband) says to get your bike tuned up so it is ready to go!
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