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Healthy Lifestyle: Strawberry-Banana Tofu Shake Recipe Nutritious Snack

1 May

Slurping down empty calories is one of the easiest ways to derail a healthy eating plan. But beverages can also play a positive role in your smart snacking strategy. Instead of turning to fat- and sugar-laden sweets when a craving hits, try one of these natural drinks, slushies, or smoothies, perfect for sipping on the go.

This recipe makes a refreshing and nutritious snack — especially once you swirl in fresh fruit. Makes 4 shakes (188 calories each).

These drinks make a refreshing and nutritious snack — especially once you swirl in fresh fruit.

Soft silken tofu provides the best results for this drink. If you only have firm or extra-firm silken tofu on hand, however, you can add as much as a quarter cup of extra soy milk to achieve the desired consistency. To reduce the fat, use the lite variety.

You also can try substituting blueberries or raspberries for the strawberries, or you can experiment with other soft fruits like mangos and peaches.

This shake stores well in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Read more at Wholeliving.com: Strawberry-Banana Tofu Shake


Serves 4

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen, unsweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup plain soymilk
  • 1 small ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 package (12 ounces) silken tofu, soft, drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a blender, puree berries until smooth. Remove, and rinse blender.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in the blender.
  3. Puree until smooth and thoroughly mixed, scraping down sides with rubber spatula as necessary.
  4. Divide among glasses and spoon strawberry puree on one side of each glass. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator. If refrigerating, whisk to recombine just before serving.

Open Talk: 6 Great Alternatives To A Gym Membership

27 Feb

Everyday more individuals are seeking to either lose weight, increase muscle mass or improve their cardiovascular system. The first thought that comes to mind is to simply join a gym or workout facility. However, if you are one who cringes to the idea of working out with 50 or so strangers at any given time, then there are great alternatives for you to accomplish your fitness goals within your comfort zone.

Although a workout facility offers advanced equipment and the opportunity to get out the house, many individuals, mostly women, are tired of the ‘gym atmosphere’ since nowadays it’s being used as a pick-up-joint or a place to hangout. Working out in a gym can also become unsettling, dry and boring as many are poorly managed and offer very little motivation as members are surrounded by dirty machines, filthy locker rooms, low energy, depressed spirits, and bad music. And for those on a tight budget, gym memberships range anywhere from $20 to $100 per month, per individual, and in today’s economy, people are seeking to stretch their dollars as far as possible.

The first important point to remember about getting fit is that you need to enjoy any workout you do. The second important point is that fitness can only be achieved through consistency; consistency can only be achieved through motivation; motivation can only be achieved through enjoying what you do—and below are 6 enjoyable gym alternatives to get you started. Read More……..

Written By: Sanjana George
Source: Open Talk Magazine  26/02/2011

Open Talk: Key Tips To Avoid Falling Out Of Love

25 Feb

Does falling out of love really happen? Unfortunately, yes it does! At the beginning, you experience the feeling of being so in love but as days pass you surprisingly begin to realize that the feeling just isn’t the same anymore. Now you wonder… “Is the magic really gone for good? How could it happen that easily?”

Even though you cannot actually expect to still feel those butterflies in your stomach after a lengthy time of being in a relationship, it is important for you to stay in love with the person you consider special in your life. Loving someone and being in love with them are somewhat two different stories. Simply loving someone in not enough to sustain a strong, lasting loving relationship, however being in love creates a wonderful and joyful atmosphere to where as the relationship will stay nurtured for time to come.

Setting Expectations Toward Others Too High!

The good news is that you can actually avoid that dreary situation of falling out of love. To begin with, consider how high you’ve set your expectations. Are they realistic or something that can only exist in fairytales? You’ve always told yourself that you don’t deserve anything less and you’ve convinced yourself that you should always have what’s best for you. There’s nothing wrong with expecting good things for yourself, however if you really want to make your relationship work, then it’s time for you to detach your fantasies from reality. Read More………..

Written By: Jasmine Labbe
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010

Open Talk: Turn Your Hobbies Into Profits

22 Feb

Do you get pleasure from sewing, designing, or creating craft items at home? Perhaps you have gained a traditional skill like painting or carpentry, or maybe you like doing electrical repairs. All over the world, millions of people make use of the power of internet to guide them on turning their hobbies into businesses. Using a bit of organization, you could begin making additional household income simply by doing the things you enjoy and love.

Beginning a home-based business may appear to require a lot of time and investment, however you will find that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. The things you generate for personal usage at home may appear very common to you, yet other people will be grateful for your good workmanship. In our globe where most of the products we purchase are instant, disposable and mass-produced—people truly recognize the extra attention which goes into home-made goods.

To some who have found it difficult to squeeze hobby and recreation into their lifestyle are missing out in areas where they could be gaining. Consider the many benefits you would gain from engaging into hobbies: READ MORE…….

Written By: Glenn Silvestre
Source: Open Talk Magazine  17/02/2011

Top Remedies: 6 Signs To Being Over Stressed

28 Jan

Long and odd working hours, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and disturbed routine can severely affect your health.

Every time you are over-stressed, your body fights for re-balance, but excessive stress can cause various problems like heart disease, sleeping disorders, migraines and other chronic illnesses.

Most of the time our body signals the symptoms of stress, but most of us are not tuned or educated enough to understand them.

It is important to listen to what our body says and take steps early on to avoid serious problems later. Here are some signs that your body shows when you are overstressed. Read More…...


Written By: Bhuvanes Changrani
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010

Follow Up: Kristie Tunick Is Said To Have Scammed Us All!!!!

24 Dec

So everyone probably knows of Kristie Tunick,she contacted Kandee saying that she was in need of help because she had an unknown illness.

She said that she was in financial debt and all the medical insurance had given up on her. She said she only had 3 weeks left to live and she pled for Kandee’s help.

With a big and caring heart, Kandee decided to make a video to get people’s attention and help Kristie by passing it on so medical help can get to Kristie.

But then afterward’s, Kristie contacted Kandee again saying that Kandee was a liar about her illness and that she was going to sue Kandee.

Kristie and her fiance Brian, set the whole thing up so they can receive donations and media publicity. They refused all medical help but accepted donations.

After their scam was open to the public, they took down all the ‘carepages’ and even deactivated the facebook fan page.

Brain also has a criminal record for drug abuse. They left a nasty message to Kandee.

People like this are what makes the world a horrible place.

Summary: Now that you all are made very well aware this is a scam. Please show no more support to this story. I will not waist anymore time on this story period! There are people out there that can use real attention and help for this to be scam is so sad and disgusting to me. Really makes me sick to my stomach.

Now it makes sense why 20/20 has not did a follow up story like they said they would. I am sure they found this to be scam after their first television interview with 20/20.

Here is the link to the 20/20 story themselves for those that are curious where this actually started please go to the 20/20 website.  They reached out to a beauty guru named Kandee Johnson.  She is a make up artist who has a huge make up fan base on Youtube.  Kristie and her husband used Kandee Johnson to get ton of people to help her and send her money and actually said no to health care and just wanted the money.

The photos do show a sick Kristie Tunick that is not a lie. However to say you only have three weeks to live and that’s sure not the case is a scam! To play into her illness shows she has way more then her disease sounds like mental illness to me!

I am sorry to my “Heaven On Earth” readers!!!!!

Here is the link: 20/20- Kristie Tunick

Have You Put Friends, Relationships, Kids Over Your Happiness?

8 Dec

Whether you realize it or not, loss of identity occurs to many stay-at-home moms. Their entire lives are centered around taking care of everyone’s needs, sometimes twenty-four hours a day because time clocks do not exist in this job.

I share with you my personal experience of how one can lose themselves. As well as share with you how to gain that power back into your life that existed before kids, and marriage. By taking the blinder’s off. You can see the truth of your life. How it’s unfolded.

Losing yourself to make others happy is true falseness with oneself. Stop being controlling and coming up with the excuses no one does it better then you. The more you take control the more out of control your life becomes. The more overwhelmed you begin to get as time goes on living this way.

Learn to gain power back over your life. So that you can live the life that you truly dream t of as a kid as well as have a life of complete fulfillment.

You deserve to be happy like everyone else! Ask yourself the question are you happy!?

If your exhausted from being the best cheerleader for everyone in your life. Nothing to yourself. You need to get the control back into your life. So that you can be happy again and have the fulfillment we all desire in life.

So please watch my video. I share with you my brief life experience of how everyone has been more important to me. I am everything to everyone else and was nothing to myself.

I of course no longer feel this way. I learned to take control and spread my time more reasonably. I know no matter what I am a good person. That alone is enough for me.

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