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Morning Friends I Hope Everyone is Enjoying their Labor Day!!

Let’s get some Labor Day Activities going for starters, if you are a Yoga Lover see below..

Free Day Of Yoga

Today 5:00a to 11:00p

Free yoga classes will be offered at various yoga studios and other locations throughout Austin. Anyone who is curious about yoga (even children) can try a class for free this Labor Day. Bring your yoga mat, a friend, and a smile!

 

Have a Wonderful Day! 

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Did you know nature highlights beneficial nutrients in fruits and vegetables by giving them their vibrant color?  I read an article today on my Yahoo Home-screen explaining why your diet should be colorful and what colors you should be eating. I found it incredibly interesting!

Every vegetable color represents different benefits and nutrients, which means you should try to eat a wide variety of colors. Every wonder why eggplant and blue berries are blue, purple, and deep red? It’s because they contain anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, which are two antioxidants that have been associated with keeping your heart healthy, and your brain functioning optimally!

According to the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we should concentrate on eating three specific colors: dark green, red, and orange. The article says you should try to aim to eat this much of eat color per week:

You should eat 1.5-2 cups of dark green vegetables weekly.

Benfits:

  • Good source of Lutein and seaxanthin, which are phytochemicals that fight blindness by accumulating in the eyes, preventing age-related macular degeneration
  • Rich in beta carotene
  • Provide indoles and isothiocyanates, compounds that may help prevent cancer by increasing production of enzymes that clear toxins from the body.

You should eat 5.5-6 cups of red and orange vegetables weekly.

Benefits:

  • Red foods contain a phytochemical called lycopene. It may help to protect your body from  that prostate and breast cancers.
  • Carrots and sweet potatoes are so vibantly orange because they contain Alpha and beta carotene. Our bodies take these compounds, turn them into an active form of vitamin A, helping our eyes, bones and immune system stay healthy.

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A few months ago my husband decided he wanted to go completely vegetarian. He has always been a health conscious gym rat, so he decided to take it a step further and completely give up meat. I’ve been adjusting to the vegetarian way and coming up with new cooking ideas at home.

I saw an article today when I went to Yahoo.com to sign into my email about quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like crop used primarily for the seeds it produces. Quinoa is in the same family as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds and is a nutritional powerhouse, providing all 9 essential amino acids. Because of its great nutritional value, quinoa is considered a protein and can be a fantastic substitute for meat. An added bonus is that it is also gluten-free, making the food safe for people with a gluten-free diet.

Quinoa comes in a variety of colors and can be found at most grocery stores. It is one of those foods that makes being a vegetarian much easier because of its variety of uses, great taste, and nutritional value. My husband and I love it! It has become an essential ingredient in my kitchen.

Even if you may not be a vegetarian, I suggest trying quinoa! We are always striving for a more nutritional diet, and quinoa is very filling and healthy. The simplest way to eat quinoa is by preparing it like couscous:

  1. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residual resins
  2. Add to boiling water or broth
  3. Let sit for several minutes
  4. Fluff with a fork.

The quinoa seed can also be eaten like a breakfast cereal by adding some natural sweetner, cinnamon, or fruit. Other uses include adding to tacos, burritos, salads, scrambled eggs, or my personal favorite –veggie burgers. We also like to saute quinoa with broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, and green beans with a touch of spice. The uses are endless!

Here are a couple websites to get some more great recipes:

http://www.cookingquinoa.net/category/quinoa-recipes/

http://www.quinoa-recipes.com/

Give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

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