Updated on December 28, 2015
Important Habits of Centenarians1) Wake up early
2) Exercise in the morning3) Drink more water and herbal teas4) Naps- Have less dependence on caffeine and just rest if needed5) Lift weights for healthy bones and muscles
6) Religion/Faith are important to each culture
7) Be optimistic
8) Create a List of your Goals9) Get outdoors, yet protect yourself from the sun (hats, protective clothing, sunglasses)Important Eating Habits of Centenarians1) STOP EATING BEFORE FULL- Only eat to 80% full, it’s hard to do, but it’s great for digestion and weight control.2) Eat your smallest meal later in the day. Try to eat your largest meal for breakfast or lunch, when you still have time to burn energy.3) No more than four ounces red meat once per week. For many centenarian cultures they don’t eat a lot of meat.
4) Eat more plants in the form of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and especially beans
5) Eat slowly6) Use more herbs and spices in cooking, less salt7) Avoid sugar in all forms. A little honey or stevia is okay, as long as consumed in small amounts
Updated on January 2, 2016
This soup will rejuvenate your skin and body. With lots of orange vegetables, your body gets a healthy dose of Vitamin A and C, which help protect your cells from damage and improve the look of skin.
Clear Skin Soup
Makes 8-10 Cups
3 Small Sweet Potatoes (Peeled and diced)
1 Cup Shredded or Diced Carrots
1/2 Cup Frozen Beans (I use lima, navy, or kidney depending on what I have)
1 Onion (Peeled and Diced)
6 Pieces of Garlic Peeled and Diced
Optional: Any other veggie in your refrigerator- I threw in a few grape tomatoes, a few pieces of broccoli, and some snowpeas I had leftover from a Christmas veggie tray.
1 carton Trader Joes Carrot Ginger Soup
1 carton Trader Joes Low Sodium vegetable broth
1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1 Tsp. Ground Turmeric
1 Tsp. Parsley
1 Tsp. Ground Chipotle Seasoning
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
Pour in about half a cup of Low sodium vegetable broth. Saute the onion, carrots, and sweet potatoes over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then add in the garlic and any other vegetables you want to add (except for the beans!) and saute everything for an additional 2 minutes. Next pour in all remaining liquids, beans, and all seasonings. Turn the burner to medium low heat and let your soup simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Updated on January 2, 2016
If you are obsessed with Mounds bars-then this recipe is your new best friend!
Coconut Protein Bars
Serves 8 or 4 Hungry People
1 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/4- 1/2 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Soy Protein Isolate Powder (Depending on your consistency)
1/2 c. Vitafiber
2 Tbsp Honey
5 Drops Sweet Leaf English Toffee Sweetener
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
Combine all wet goods in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 to 1.5 minutes. Watch for it to start boiling-then its done.
Pour the wet into dry and mix well. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and form into one big bar.
Freeze for 30 minutes. Or stick in the refrigerator for a few hours. Cut then store in the fridge.
Updated on June 20, 2015
It’s officially Summer here in sunny Florida! Yesterday the heat index hit 107 degrees, ON THE OCEAN. No ocean breeze can save us from this heat spell. So naturally everything in my diet turns to cold and hydrating foods. This one is simple to make and only takes about 5 minutes!
Why would your body benefit from this cold treat?
- Low in Fat
- Low in refined sugars
- Good source of fiber
- Contains 60% of your DV of Calcium
- Contains over 100% of your DV of Vitamin C
- Low glycemic impact
- Pineapples have been shown to provide bromelain – a fat burning enzyme that also fights inflammation, manganese and thiamin- both vital to energy production, and Vitamin C for antioxidant and immune function.
Pina Colada Ice Cream
3/4 c. Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I used about dice-sized 8 chunks)
1/2 medium Frozen Banana
3/4 c. Dannon Light n Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/4 c. Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse about 3-5 times. Then scrape the sides. Repeat until well mixed and the desired “soft serve” consistency has been reached. Then devour 🙂
Desire more of a coconutty pina colada flavor? Add in 1/4 tsp. of coconut extract to get a stronger coconut aftertaste!
Want is sweeter? The banana and pineapple are sweet enough for my tastes, add in a little stevia or honey if you’d like to make it sweeter.
Tip for Pineapple Picking: Go for green! They aren’t as ripe, but pineapple is sweet enough. When you pick the greener pineapple, it is supposed to have a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals, including bromelain.