Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7 Chia Seed Benefits and Facts - A Superfood Primer



Chia is quite the amazing superfood that is packed with benefits in a itsy bitsy little package.  We have a bunch of chia seed basics and benefits to share with you thanks to the good people over at Abe's Market.

7 basics to catch you up on Chia:
  1. Chia seed comes from the desert plant salvia hispanica, native to parts of Central and South America. 
  2. Evidence shows humans have used chia seeds as far back as 3500 B.C. 
  3. Chia served as fuel for Aztec warriors before going into battle and Aztec messengers used it on their cross-empire journeys. 
  4. Chia was thought to have magical powers due to the strength and energy it gave those that consumed it. 
  5. Chia actually comes from the Aztec word chian, which means oily. 
  6. More recently, chia earned the name "runner’s food" by powering the Tarahumara Indians on their legendary long distance runs, as written about in the New York Times best seller Born to Run
  7. Although small, chia is packed with power; chia is the ultimate superfood.

7 CHIA SEED BENEFITS & FACTS

Chia seeds are the world's richest plant-based source of protein, omega-3 fatty acid and fiber. To put this into context, ounce for ounce, chia has more omega-3 than salmon, more protein than tofu, more calcium than milk, more fiber than oatmeal and more magnesium than broccoli.
  • Omega-3: reduces inflammation, lowers bad cholesterol and improves brain function.
  • Fiber: 11 grams of fiber per ounce of chia.
  • Protein: plant-based, vegan protein.
  • Minerals: high concentrations of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, all necessary for important bodily functions.
  • Satiation: absorbs 12 times its weight, leaving you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Blood Sugar Regulation: helps regulate insulin levels.
  • Gluten free: chia is a seed, void of gluten or grains.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

How to Stay Fit WITHOUT a Gym Membership

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To stay healthy, its important to stay active.  Whether or not you have (or can afford) a membership to a gym, there are plenty of ways to get your exercise without spending big bucks.  Just a few ideas are:

Hit the Playground:  A playground has lots of equipment designed for play that can also be used for getting fit.  Do pull ups on the monkey bars, do dips on a park bench, push your child on the swing, just have FUN!

Free Fitness Videos:  Do you like the idea of an exercise class or direction in your exercise, but don't want to pay for a class or videos?  If so, you can get fitness videos for free. Either rent free DVDs from your local library or go online to YouTube where you’ll find free full-length video. Lionsgate BeFit has over 600 free videos available from top trainers like Jillian Michaels.

Community Resources:  Many cities have community education programs where you can take group classes for low prices. Many also have “open gym” nights with volleyball or basketball that is open for anyone who wants to join in, again often for just a few dollars. Check with your local school district – they usually can provide information.

Be a Volunteer:  Volunteering can be a great way to get active while doing good.  Look for opportunities like walking dogs for an animal shelter, doing yard work and shoveling snow for senior citizens, etc. You can find lots of opportunities through Volunteers of America.

How do YOU stay fit outside of the gym?


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gluten-Free Cookies 50% Off with FREE Shipping

50% off Certified Gluten-Free Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies! For all you gluten-free readers, there is a great deal right now on Home Free Certified Gluten-Free Cookies - actually 50% off with FREE shipping!  Here's what you get for $18:

1 Box of about 32 chocolate chip mini cookies
1 Box of about 32 vanilla mini cookies
(2) 1.1 oz. single serve bags of chocolate chip mini cookies
(6) 0.95 oz single serve bags of double chocolate mini cookies
(2) 1.1 oz. single serve bags of vanilla mini cookies
(2) 1.1 oz. single serve bags of vanilla mini cookies

The cookies are vegetarian/vegan, kosher pareve, low sodium and the vanilla cookies are low glycemic.

This offer is valid only through 2/10/14.  Limit 1 per person. Valid for residents in the contiguous-U.S. only.  ORDER HERE

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Ultimate Green Smoothie Recipe


You know that awesome feeling right after you finish a workout, like you can take on the world?  It awesome comes right before or right after that overwhelming feeling of exhaustion where your muscles are completely taxed, but the gratification you feel for pushing yourself, for having a great yoga session, for beating your bestie at tennis — whatever it is — can't be bottled. But you CAN fill up a glass with goodness to make sure you don't let your workout go to waste. Fuel up with this fantastic hydrating post-workout smoothie packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants and a whole bunch of goodness that will help you give yourself a post-workout hug. This recipe comes to us courtesy of Abe's Market.  Ready to blend? 
Ingredients:
Instructions:
  1. Blend all ingredients together
  2. Pour into a Greenware disposable cup (made from 100% plants) for easy on-the-go transport. 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

FREE Shred it with Weights Workout from Jillian Michaels on Lionsgate BeFit

Now that the weather is turning colder, many of us will be turning to inside-the-house workouts.  Keep motivated with something new!    Available online exclusively on the Lionsgate BeFiT channel, Jillian Michaels' “Shred it with Weights Workout- Level 1” is a boot camp-style workout routine that utilizes a kettle bell (or a free weight), and even includes variations for beginners and advanced users that you can do right in your living room!

From her top-selling fitness DVD, “Shred It with Weights,” Jillian will inspire you as you navigate through a series of arm presses, squats, lunges, explosive dead lift rows, aerobic intervals, and dynamic stretches that will re-shape your body and have you looking and feeling your absolute best, and seeing results within a week.




About Lionsgate BeFiT
Lionsgate BeFit is an ad-supported one-stop shop for free, high-quality fitness programming that features original new shows focusing on the latest trends including complete workout systems, mobile content and highlighting top trainers and brands along with an extensive content catalog.  The trainers showcased on the YouTube network are world-renowned experts in their fields that include Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Kym Johnson, Rainbeau Mars, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks, Jr, Mary Helen Bowers, Dolvett Quince and Scott Herman among others.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

FREE SHAPE Magazine 1-Year Digital Subscription


With a FREE 1 year digital subscription to SHAPE Magazine, you not only can work on your own shape, but you can avoid sending a bunch of extra paper to recycling! Sign up for free and you'll recdive a full year of the magazine, starting with the October 2013 issue. No strings attached. You'll never receive a bill. This subscription was purchased on your behalf by JudysHealthySnacks.com. 

Shape Magazine is edited to deliver useful techniques and an understanding of fitness. Top experts from diverse fields of exercise, nutrition, psychology and beauty join forces with nationally known journalists to make each issue a how-to manual for a healthful lifestyle.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Suja Elements Cold Press Juices - $1.50 Printable Coupon


Suja Elements Smoothies are organic and cold-pressed juices.  A little about their product:
Each Suja Elements juice is packed with vital nutrients your body needs, like amino acids, antioxidants, proteins, and omegas. All of our juices are cold pressed, never heated, and High Pressure Processed (HPP) to preserve the freshness. These epically refreshing juices have about 20% less sugar than leading brands and no added “natural” flavors, colors or preservatives. We have nothing to hide, what you get is what you see! Choosing a refreshment has never been easier, Suja Elements is organic cold pressed juice for the greater good!
There is a new printable coupon for $1.50/1 Suja Organic Juice.  If you print while it's still available and take it to Whole Foods, they have a 4-pack for $4.99 which will make your final price $.87 per bottle for organic juice!

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