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Take Biotin Supplements for great health benefits!

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Biotin is an amazing supplement to help over health an even skin an nails.  If you suffer from a Biotin deficiency, you will typically experience hair loss and brittle nails, and taking supplements of this vitamin may help to halt this process. Biotin is essential for your metabolic process. This vitamin processes nearly every type of food that you ingest, including carbohydrates, protein and fat. When biotin levels are at the proper levels in your body, the food that you take in will be processed quickly. Biotin plays a major role in your blood glucose production. Since biotin is heavily involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates within your body, it is largely responsible for keeping your blood sugar at healthy levels

Learn more at: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/the-benefits-of-biotin.html

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Foods with fiber to keep you fuller longer!

So these are a few of amazing snacks that will be a good power snack for you that are packed full of fiber! Fiber is great for cleaning out your system and keeping you regular….if ya know what I mean! It also helps you to stay fuller a lot longer in between meals.

1. Black beans, cooked 1 cup – 15 grams of fiber

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2. STRAWBERRIES, 3 grams of fiber for 1 cup

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3. ARTICHOKES, 4.5 grams of fiber for 4 or 5 sm canned

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4.BUCKWHEAT COOKED, 9.6 grams of fiber for 1 cup!

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Garlic, Olive oil, & Raw Honey FACE mask!

Well, this is a GREAT face mask that I just tried and made up earlier this week. I have been reading up so much on garlic and all of its health benefits. So this mask contains garlic which is a powerful

Antioxidant that is supposed to help the skin repair acne and acne scars and prevent breakouts. The olive oil is the moisturizer in this mix and do I really need to explain? The fatty acids in here are great not just for your

skin but hair and nails. And honey is a good moisturizer as well but also a nice exfoliate. All of these ingredients are great for calming the skin, making it soft and fighting bacteria. I used minced garlic or you can use regular gloved garlic.

 

NEED:

Garlic cloves or minced garlic

2 table spoons olive oil

1 ½ table spoons raw honey or regular honey

DIRECTIONS:

Take all ingredients and mix them together in a blender or food processor. When all mixed up pour into a small container so that you can put the remaining of the face mask in the fridge for the next day.

Make sure your face is clean and washed, free of makeup! Then go ahead and apply this mixture all over your face in a nice circular motion around the face. Don’t press too hard if you are using raw honey because of the little sand

Like texture will bother your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, but please friends NO MORE than 25 minutes because garlic is a really strong antioxidant and it can burn the skin. If you start to noticed burning anytime under 25 minutes then

Please don’t use this method and wash it off right away. After you wash it off with warm water, pat dry your face and feel how smooth your face feels. But on your favorite moisturizer or a lil tiny bit of olive oil for extra softness and hydration.

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Black Bean Burgers Recipe!

Black beans are already great by themselves and at Chipotle BUT they are actually really great as a burger. I have had remade ones at Costco and I loved them. They are all vegetarian and full of flavor not to mention really filling. Here is a simple recipe for you guys to try out. Great for anyone to try! Yum!

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Black Bean Burger Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger rolls

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 small Romaine lettuce leaves, or any other type you have on hand
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Directions

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-low heat.

In a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, parsley, egg, and red pepper flakes and pulse to combine.

Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans and the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined.

Reserve 1/3 of the black bean mixture for Round 2 Recipe. Divide remaining mixture into 4 portions and form into patties. Place on hot oiled grill over medium-low heat and cook about 6 minutes a side or until heated through. Toast hamburger buns on a grill. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun. Top with lettuce, tomato and ketchup. Cover the burgers with the top of the bun and serve.

Use the leftovers from this recipe in Black Bean Enchiladas.

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Flat Belly Foods! (By Lauren Conrad)

This is so cool! If you haven’t checked out Lauren Conrads official website you guys should totally go and see all the amazing and fun stuff she has on there. She posted this blog about her top foods that will help you with getting or keeping a flat belly. Obviously to get rid of belly fat it is not just eating right alone, you have to work out your whole body (cardio) to take it off! But in the process of working on putting these foods in your diet will help you out a lot.

Photo & info from Laurenconrad.com

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  • Raspberries (as well as strawberries and blueberries) are packed with fiber, which keeps you feeling full longer (and—ahem—more regular). Plus they are packed with vitamin C, which is good for your immune system as well as your skin.
  • Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory; it helps reduce bloat and it also revs up the metabolism because it is a flavonoid. Eat up!
  • Oatmeal maintains blood sugar levels so you don’t crash and binge. Plus it’s full of fiber so it will keep you satiated.
  • Low-fat yogurt not only has calcium, but it is also a probiotic that fights fat storage and prevents bloat.
  • Almonds are packed with healthy fats that reduce food cravings while building muscle. Consider almonds the ultimate power snack.
  • Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help bump up your metabolism so your body burns fat faster and more efficiently.
  • Watermelon is—just as you expected—full of water (about 92% to be exact). It actually helps flush extra water from your system, which in turn reduces puffiness.
  • Garlic is a magical thing. It helps reduce fat in the liver, it detoxifies and it lessens bloating. To maximize its benefits, take a few fresh slivers of garlic and sandwich them between two thinly sliced apple wedges and smear them with a little honey. Eat this before bed to reap all the benefits.
  • Avocado is loaded with lots of healthy fats that burn fat while providing your body with energy.
  • Quinoa is a magical whole grain that is packed with protein (11 grams for just a half cup) and fiber so it keeps you feeling full longer.
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Easy chicken noodle soup

 

Everyone loves chicken noodle soup, it’s soothing to the soul some say. It’s the perfect pick me up when you are sick and a great snack if you want something light. This is a really simple and easy recipe that my sister makes and I love it. I usually just make this in a big crock pot so it will last for a week and it is so yummy. Image from google.com

April’s Chicken Noodle Soup

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Chicken stock & veggy stock
  • chopped carrots
  • onions
  • celery
  • rotisserie chicken
  • salt
  • pepper
  • bay leaf
  • Whole wheat egg noodles

DIRECTIONS:

Take a pan or a crock pot and throw all ingredients together and pour in the chicken and veggy stock and mix everything together. Start to cook on medium heat for 35 minutes and the last 10 minutes throw in the egg noodles. Then eat up! That simple!