Archive | September, 2016

Increase Your Nighttime Sleeping to Decrease Your Daytime Napping

20 Sep

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Increasing your sleep at night will help fight off daytime drowsiness.

Harvard recommends the following:

If you think you may be sleep-deprived, try getting less sleep. This advice may sound odd, but determining how much sleep you actually need can reduce the time you spend in bed not sleeping. This process makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes more restful sleep in the long run. Here’s how to do it:

  • Avoid napping during the day.
  • The first night, go to bed later than normal and get just four hours of sleep.
  • If you feel that you slept well during that four-hour period, add another 15–30 minutes of sleep the next night.
  • As long as you’re sleeping soundly the entire time you’re in bed, slowly keep adding sleep on successive nights.

Eating for Energy!

9 Sep

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Eating foods that are dense in nutrients, meaning great sources of vitamins and minerals, will help keep your energy levels consistent throughout the day.

  • Include whole grains and protein at each meal to keep your blood sugar level stable and energy level high.
  • Avoid sugary, greasy and high fat foods for lunch.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/family-health-12/slideshow-energy-foods

Have a Labor Day Picnic!

4 Sep

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Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends by having a healthy picnic or BBQ with a recipe like the one below:

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 8 Asparagus spears
  • 1 Green or yellow bell pepper, red
  • 1  Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 1 Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Olive oil, extra virgin
  • 8 Aluminum foil sheets large enough to wrap around one chicken breast

Instructions

    1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
    2. For each foil pack, prepare two sheets of aluminum foil; place the sheets one on top of the other for durability.
    3. Place one chicken breast on each stacked pair of foil sheets; season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
    4. Brush each chicken breast with 1 to 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce.
    5. Divide equally and arrange vegetables around each chicken breast; season with salt and pepper.
    6. Drizzle chicken and vegetables with little olive oil.
    7. Fold the sides of the foil over the chicken, covering completely; seal the packets closed.
    8. Transfer foil packets to the preheated grill rack and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done, turning once.
    9. Chicken is done when thermometer reads 165 F.
    10. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes.
    11. Serve.

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