The joy diet

Hi everyone!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything but I’ve been really busy.
So the other day I was reading some articles on health.com and “The joy diet” catched my eye. It’s not an article I wrote myself but since I have no time to create a post I thought I’d share this with you!

The joy diet

Breakfast: Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa with Blackberries

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How-to: Bring 1/4 cup low-fat milk, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup rinsed quinoa to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon; top with 1 teaspoon agave nectar and 1 tablespoon toasted walnuts.Why it works: Quinoa is rich in hunger-fighting protein. Milk’s vitamin D may increase the “happy hormone” serotonin. And walnuts deliver mood-elevating omega-3s.

Lunch: Lemon Salmon and Navy Bean Salad

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How-to: Combine 1/4 (15.5-ounce) can of navy beans, 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a dash of crushed red pepper. Top 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine with bean mixture and 1 (3.75-ounce) can of sockeye salmon. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons lemon juice.Why it works: Salmon has omega-3s and serotonin-boosting vitamin B6. Navy beans are rich in magnesium, which helps banish PMS-related blues. Red peppers and lemon juice offer vitamin C, which repairs brain cells.

Dinner: Saffron, Shrimp, and Chickpea Paella

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How-to: Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 6 large shrimp (peeled, deveined) and 1 minced garlic clove; cook until shrimp are opaque. Transfer to a bowl. Combine 1/4 (14.5-ounce) can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained; 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed; and 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce in skillet. Add 1/4 cup cooked brown rice, 1/4 (15.5-ounce) can of chickpeas; simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture; cook until heated.Why it works: Saffron may alleviate depression. Chickpeas have folate and mood-lifting tryptophan. Shrimp are a good source of vitamin B6. And brown rice boasts magnesium.

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Healthy drinks!

All over the Internet and in a lot of health magazines you can read about healthy food. But I was wondering what I could drink to stay healthy. So I did some research and I picked my 5 favorite drinks from the list.

Here are some healthy drinks:

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1) Coconut water
In case you haven’t heard yet; coconut water is the new “it” beverage.  I drink it a lot because I really love it. Although a lot of people can’t stand the taste I think it’s refreshing.  But for the people who don’t agree with me, there is also coconut/pineapple water which tastes a little better.

 Coconut water is not water with coconut flavor added. It’s the fluid inside the coconut, not to be confused with coconut milk, which is an emulsion of coconut water and fresh grated coconut. So coconut water is a type of juice.Compared to other juices, coconut water has similar or fewer carbohydrates and calories in an 8-ounce serving. However, coconut water has more potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium than most juices.

I drink it a lot because it’s good for your skin. It’s very hydrating and I think it’s a little boring to drink plain water all the time.

I recommend this very much!

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2) Green Tea

The Benefit: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and cavities. Green tea contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body. The tea’s antioxidants may also guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels, inhibiting the formation of blood clots that trigger heart attacks and strokes. Green tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth; the flavonoids may build up bones as well, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay.

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3) Soy milk

The Benefit: Lowers risk of heart disease. Soy milk contains soluble fiber and soy protein, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and triglycerides, reducing the risk ofcardiovascular disease. If you’re drinking it instead of cow’s milk, buy soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamins A and D. One caveat: Soy contains phytoestrogens, which may be linked to an increased risk of breastcancer. Talk to your doctor about drinking soy milk if you have a family history of the disease or have had it yourself.

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4) Hot chocolate
For me this was the most surprising one 🙂 But it’s true, hot chocolate (without cream and marshmallows of course) is in the list of most healthy drinks.

The Benefit: Improves mood and may help protect against heart disease. Chocolate increases the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood. (Low levels of serotonin have been associated with depression.) Cocoa is also rich in polyphenols, plant-derived antioxidants that may protect cells against oxidative damage that can lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels, possibly putting you at higher risk for a heart attack.

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5) Orange juice

The Benefit: May ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity. An excellent source of vitamin C, orange juice is also a potent antioxidant that may protect against a variety of diseases including cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s lens that can lead to blindness) and lung cancer. Vitamin C may prevent oxidative damage that can cause cells to become cancerous, and it improves immune-cell functioning, enabling your body to fight off infections more efficiently. And it’s a good source of folate, which protects against neural-tube defects in fetuses. To get the extra benefit of bone protection, try some calcium-fortified orange juice.

Healthiest vegetables

Today I was looking for some recipes and I found this very interesting article about the ten healthiest vegetables.

Veggies are an important part of everyone’s diet. They contain dozens of important nutrients and have loads of dietary fiber. And just by getting your daily quota of five to nine servings, you help build your body’s immunity to things like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So what are the top veggies you should be eating to boost your disease-fighting potential? Read on to find out.

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Tomatoes

Though technically a fruit, tomatoes are most often served like a vegetable. Full of lycopene, these beautiful red orbs (and all tomato-based products) are renowned for their cancer-fighting capabilities. Not only are they chock full of vitaminy goodness (from vitamins A to K), they also keep our blood pressure in check and help to reduce the number of free radicals in our bodies.How to eat them: Heirloom tomato recipes

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Broccoli

Few foods measure up to the disease-fighting potential of broccoli. This cruciferous veg is packed with antioxidants that help reduce the risk of stomach, lung and rectal cancers. And because broccoli is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate, it is also good at boosting your immunity to colds and flus.How to eat it: Sesame-Ginger Frittata with Broccoli and Shrimp

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Brussels sprouts

These little green veggies are especially important for pregnant woman because they’re packed withfolic acid, a B-vitamin that prevents neural tube defects. Brussels sprouts are also packed with vitamins C and K as well as fiber, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids.How to eat them: Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a side of Brussels Sprouts(cooking video)

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Carrots

These orange-wonders are loaded with eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They’re also the richest vegetable source of some important antioxidants, like vitamin A. And because they’re rich in vitamin C, carrots protect your cardiovascular system from damage.How to eat them: Carrot Raisin Muffins

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Squash

A good source of anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, squash, especially summer squash, can help treat dozens of conditions including asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Squash is also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber.How to eat it: Summer Squash Ravioli

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Sweet potato

This root vegetable has dozens of anti-cancer nutrients like vitamin A, C and manganese. They’re also a good source of fiber and iron, so not only do they give you energy, they can also help regulate your digestive system.How to eat them: Sweet Potato Soup

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Eggplant

High in heart healthy nutrients, eggplants are rich in antioxidants like nasunin (a unique compound that protects your brain cells from damage). And because eggplants are loaded with fiber and potassium, researchers believe they may reduce your risk of stroke and dementia.How to eat it: Eggplant Parmesan

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Bell Peppers

Whether you prefer red, orange or yellow, bell peppers are packed with dozens of heart-healthy nutrients like lycopene and folic acid. And recent research suggests digging into a pepper every day may lower your risk of developing lung, colon, bladder and pancreatic cancers.How to eat them: Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers

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Spinach

This chlorophyll-packed type of produce is an excellent source of almost every vitamin and nutrient you need.Scientists believe a diet heavy in spinach may be able to prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, and arthritis to osteoporosis.How to eat it: Spinach Salad

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Onions

These pungent smelling veggies are particularly good for people suffering from (or at risk of developing) osteoporosis. That’s because onions are loaded with a peptide called GPCS which scientists believe slows your body’s loss of calcium. Onions may also be useful in the fight against heart disease and diabetes because they’re loaded with vitamin C and folate.How to eat them: French Onion Soup

Rimmel wake me up foundation – my opinion!

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My first review

This is my first review ever, so I’ll just share my opinion with you guys.

I bought this foundation a few months ago. I needed a new foundation ’cause I didn’t really like the foundation I was using at the moment. Also,  didn’t want to spent too much money, because my last foundation was quite expensive and I didn’t like it that much. I watched a few youtube make up tutorial videos to get some inspiration. In a lot of videos people recommended the Rimmel wake me up foundation. 
 Everyone was really happy with this new foundation, so I decided that I should give it a try.

A few months ago I bought the foundation. Ive got the ivory ‘cause it’s quite similair to my skin. I am really happy with this product. It’s so easy to put on your face. It’s not too tanned or “orange”. You don’t need a foundation brush, you can put it on with your fingers really well. It’s just perfect. It’s not too shiny although you could use some powder. (I think it will last longer if you use some powder)

So if you’re looking for a new foundation but you don’t want to spend too much money on it.. Rimmel wake me up foundation is a great choice! It only costs 10 pounds/14 euros.

xoxo