Beans could be the answer to your diet nightmares

So you’re a healthy eating convert, and you want to start making sure all your meals are perfectly balanced. If you’re on a limited budget, though, you might have a problem. There’s a reason why most people get too much carbohydrate and fat and too little protein: most kinds of protein are expensive. Meat and cheese, two of the best sources of protein, are also two of the priciest ingredients you can buy.

So, if you want to eat healthily on the cheap, what’s the answer? Well, it might surprise you. What you need is beans. 

Beans are a cheap crop, readily available in large tins for not very much money at all, and yet they are an excellent source of protein, and taste good too. There’s no shortage of variety, either: you can get everything from baked beans to kidney beans to butter beans, all lined up there in the same section for you. If you’re not sure of what to do with them, find some vegetarian recipes, which tend to be very bean-heavy,...

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Five Benefits of Turmeric Milk

Turmeric powder is often considered the king of spices and is frequently used in curries. It is extracted from Curcuma longa, which is a tropical herb. Extensive research on the properties of turmeric powder shows that it may provide antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can add turmeric powder in your cooking, or mix it with water for a quick, easy health boost. Turmeric milk can help strengthen your immune system, regulate your digestive system, clarify your liver, and purify your blood.

Strengthens your immune system

Turmeric milk can help enhance your general immunity to protect yourself against a large number of diseases. It is enriched with anti-viral properties, which is why it is often recommended to help fight influenza. It can be especially beneficial for children who are susceptible to influenza or other viral diseases like chickenpox and measles. It can help reduce the development or severity of side effects associated with viral illnesses.

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A Sweet Dessert For Spring Holidays

There are lots of delicious recipes that are sweet enough to enjoy on spring holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter! 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse 

This chocolate mousse is going to use avocado as the main creamy component. It lets you have a creamy and chocolatey dessert that is also healthy and delish.  

But it also uses spices that turn it into a Mexican chocolate dessert, perfect for Cinco de Mayo! What you want to use are ripe avocadoes, coconut milk, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract, raw honey, cinnamon, and some ground chilies. Mix them together in a food processor, cool in the fridge, then serve to your family or guests. 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe...

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Spring Fruits and Veggies For A Healthier You

When you are on any diet, you are allowed plenty of fresh produce, and encouraged to enjoy it as much as possible. Produce can get expensive, so it is best that you get the seasonal produce. Plus, this lets you try new recipes every few months. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are in season during the spring. 

Rhubarb 

In the spring, rhubarb is in season, and this continues through summer. This is a tart vegetable that is often used to combine with strawberries for pies and various other desserts. With just a few tweaks in the recipes, you can still make many of these classic desserts with rhubarb, strawberries, honey, and many other natural ingredients. When you start a diet, it is the perfect time to try something new. 

Spring Onions 

While regular onions are typically available year-round in most places, spring onions, also called scallions, are available in the spring and are best to get during this season. Spring onions are...

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Grow These Herbs in the Spring

One thing you will learn about being on the Eat to Live diet is that you will be cooking a lot more. This involves using herbs and spices to season your food, preferably fresh herbs while on this particular diet. Here are some herbs you can grow in your garden during the spring season. 

Parsley 

The first herb you can grow in the spring and use for your Eat to Live dishes is parsley. This is really good when you want to make dishes with rich flavors, similar to Italian and Mediterranean dishes. It is also an herb that is relatively easy to grow, so even someone without a lot of experience gardening can grow parsley. You will find both flat-leaved and curly-leaved parsley plants.  

Cilantro 

Another herb that is great for Eat to Live dishes is cilantro. Cilantro can be grown from the seed or by getting a cilantro plant, since it is a good herb for beginners. If you are going to make salsa to add to your Eat to Live dishes, you definitely want access to...

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4 Delicious Salads to Try Out

Salads are a great option for a filling lunch or dinner, or even as a snack in between meals when you’re hungry and want to fill up on veggies and lean protein. Here are some Eat to Live-approved salads to try out. 

Spiralized Veggie and Avocado Salad 

This first salad is going to use vegetables that have been turned into ‘pasta’ by using a spiralizer. These handy tools will take veggies like carrots and zucchini and turn them into cold veggie noodles that are perfect for beefing up your favorite salad. For this salad, try using different veggies to be spiralized, then add some cherry tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, and a little citrus juice like lemon or lime. Just mix it all together and you have a fresh salad with ingredients you can find in the spring. 

Mediterranean Chicken Salad 

Chicken is a wonderful addition to any salad when you choose free range chicken with no hormones. You can make yourself a chicken salad by starting with your...

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How to Read Food Labels

When you are trying to lose, gain or maintain weight, it is important to understand and know what you are putting in your body. Food labels have become increasingly easier to read and more informative for even beginning label readers to know what they are consuming. Food labels provide all the information you need regarding the nutritional values of a particular food product.

Reading the labels will make it easier for you to judge what type of food product is good enough to put in your body. With labels, you can easily compare the food products and select the best option for your diet.

As necessary as it is, reading food labels can be a little tricky at first, but here are a few tips to get you reading them like a pro.

  1. Servings:

    First things first. Check the amount and size of servings contained in a package because the nutritional values are written relative to that size of a serving. Serving sizes are mentioned to make it easier to compare similar amounts of food products. Every...
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Super Easy Eat to Live Smoothies

Smoothies are a wonderful addition to meals and snacks when you are eating to live. You can have smoothie during any time of the day, from breakfast to a post-workout snack, and there are an endless amount of combinations. Take a look at some of these easy smoothie tips and some ideas for putting it all together. 

Formula for Making Smoothies 

Before starting, here is an easy formula for putting your smoothie together: 

Frozen banana or ice + fruit + greens (optional) + yogurt + liquid + optional flavorings 

This is a really simple formula that will help you when creating your own smoothies. Of course, there are many variations on this as not all smoothies need yogurt and you may have just fruit and juice in your smoothie. However, this works great when you really aren’t sure what kind of smoothie you want to make.  

Simple Green Smoothie 

A green smoothie is ideal for clean eating if the smoothie is replacing a...

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Why Everyone Should Meal Prep

One of the tips you will be given often when you look up clean eating diets is that you should meal prep. The reason this is so effective is because it is more convenient and ends up saving time, plus it really gets ahead of those temptations you might have. Here are some of the top benefits of meal prepping and planning on the clean eating diet. 

 You Can Avoid Unnecessary Snacking 

The first reason you should consider meal prepping is so you can avoid snacking on foods that aren’t clean. This is a very common pitfall among people who are used to hitting up the vending machine at work or grabbing a few cookies for a snack. If you prepare before the week begins, you should already have all the clean snacks you need, from fruit and nuts to homemade clean baked goods and won’t need to grab a candy bar while at the gas station. 

It Ensures You Have Enough Food for the Week 

In addition to avoiding the little snacks that can add up fast,...

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Tips for Surviving the Eat to Live Lifestyle

While eating to live is one of the simpler healthy lifestyles to understand, it does have its restrictions just like everything else. The important thing to remember is that you are eating whole, fresh foods, avoiding most things that are packaged and processed, and are beginning to read labels and cook more at home. Here are some additional tips to help with your clean eating diet.  

Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies 

The first big change you might make is eating more fresh and frozen produce. A good portion of your meals and snacks will be of fruits and vegetables. If you currently eat a lot of fruit, but not much veggies, it’s time to switch it up. By having a good amount of both throughout the day, you stay full, get plenty of nutrients, and have enough variety in your diet so you don’t get bored. Frozen produce and even some canned veggies are okay, just make sure you are checking the ingredients to ensure it is clean. ...

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