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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.

Health and Wellness: Health Benefits of Juicing

23 Nov

Jennifer Nicole Lee

Juicing fresh, organic fruits and vegetables is one of the most health promoting practices in the world. A regular juicing habit has been shown to increase antioxidants, energy, vitality, clarity, detoxification, digestive health and immune strength.

Fresh fruit and vegetable juices contain high levels of antioxidants which promote longevity. Antioxidants are a type of nutrient that slow down the process of cellular death and improve the process of cellular renewal.

In simple terms, that means it helps you live longer and feel better while you’re here. Antioxidants are highly concentrated in foods that are bright red, orange, green, blue, and purple. This promotes wrinkle free skin, strong joints, better vision, heart health, and a wide variety of other benefits.

A regular juice nutrition habit is known to increase energy, vitality, and brain activity. Freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices are loaded with enzymes. Enzymes break foods down into components your body uses to build bone, flesh, and cartilage.

Everything your body does, it does because enzymes are there to make it happen. Your cells produce ATP, adenosine tri-phosphate, which is pure metabolic energy. This ATP is the fuel your body uses to do everything you do. Enzymes turn foods into nutrients, nutrients build cells, and these cells produce energy.

The increased nutritional content of fresh juices also enriches the blood flowing into your lungs. The blood then has improved oxygen content which is carried to all the cells of the body, including the brain. The better the quality of blood that reaches the brain, the better the brain can do its job. The end result is increased clarity, concentration abilities and energy levels.

Detoxification is another one of the health benefits of juicing. Your body is detoxifiying all the time.

Even as you read this, your liver is cleansing your blood. Your digestive system is clearing waste material left after all the good stuff has been utilized, being swept along by insoluble fiber. Old skin cells are being shed while new ones take their place.

Fresh fruit and vegetables can help this process by providing an abundant source of nutrients your body uses to cleanse, particularly chlorophyll. Chlorophyll from wheat grass juice, barley grass juice, lettuces, broccoli, kale, collards, and other green veggies assists the body in the detoxification process.

In order to get the full health benefits of juicing, include lots of fresh green vegetables. In addition to drinking the juices, be sure to eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables. The fiber in the whole fruits and vegetables will help with the detoxification process by cleansing the intestines.

Better elimination and digestive health can also be accomplished through drinking fresh juices from a good juicer. Elimination is vitally important to get rid of all the nasty toxins from industrial waste and other man made chemicals. Juicing can be used with fasting to give your digestive tract a break from constantly digesting. This allows the natural cleansing mechanisms in your body to do deeper cleaning.

Extra chlorophyll from juicing leafy green vegetables is helpful as is the extra vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids like beta carotene). The carotenoids nourish the lining of the intestines and promote a better environment for beneficial flora to thrive.

This provides the additional benefit of stopping the accumulation of bad bacteria. Once again, in order to get the full health benefits of juicing, it is best to partner the drinking of fresh juices with eating whole fruits and vegetables. As good as juicing is, you still need lots of fiber.

The final benefit of juicing I want to cover is faster healing. Healing is a general word used to describe the process of cellular repair. Your body is the only thing on the planet which will heal you. Other things, like herbs and fresh juices, help your body accomplish this.

All the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables are the raw materials your body uses for this process. Using a juicer to extract these nutrients increases the amount normally available and provides them in a form your body can use with little or no energy expenditure. In simple terms, that means they are easily digested and utilized by the body.

The result is faster healing of all the tissues in the body, including skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, organs, cells, and even DNA. There is literally not a single cell in your body that cannot be healed. Juices from fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs can help with all of it.

In conclusion, there are many wonderful health benefits of juicing. A good quality juice extractor can literally change your life for the better. Reading juicer reviews is a great way to get an idea of which juicer will be right for your juicing needs. If you would like to see for yourself, do some research, read some juicer reviews, and get yourself a good juicer. Then enjoy playing around with the endless combinations of healthy juices you can make in your own home. You’ll feel health and vitality surging into your life.

Summary: You can pretty much buy a juicer at any store in your local neighborhood. It will allow you the convience of making your own juices.

Once you get used to your juicer it will become more of a healthier lifestyle for you, and your family member’s and will provide a nice source of well being and health to your life.

Nothing more lovely then waking up in the morning to a nice fresh glass of juice made from your juicer. By passing all that sugar and processing that a lot of our grocery store juices are made from. Allowing your body the health benefit’s that natural juice provides.

You can make any flavor from vegetables right down to your very own fruits.

Your getting that direct source of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies truly need to provide overall health and wellness.

I can’t say how much I absolutely love drinking homemade juice and how much more energy it provides me throughout my day!

Dare to stay healthy with a nice glass of cold home squeezed juice from out of your very own kitchen.

If your like me and health places great importance to working out daily. Start weeding out the bad drinks and wheeling in the drink’s that will provides you health and wellness and a lifetime of good health!

Losing A Loved One: Coping With Death Of A Loved One

4 Nov

Everyone has to deal with the death of a loved one at various times throughout life. It is one of the conditions that is commonly faced without training or education.

The loss of a loved one is made especially difficult to confront because we live in a death denying culture. Here are 10 things you can do as part of your journey through grief that have worked for others through the years and they can work for you.

1. Find someone you trust to talk about how the death is affecting you. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself and increase the stress you are already under.

2. Be willing to listen and be open to others who have experienced similar losses and how they have dealt with them. Choose those ideas that you feel are appropriate for your use and let the rest go. Much can be learned from others who have been there and done that.

3. Practice taking your attention off your sadness and focusing on a diversion like a pleasant memory of your loved one, gratitude for all that you still have, or any topic of interest. In changing your attention it will help if you walk to another room or perform some other physical task. Switching attention is a critical life-long skill to develop.

4. Allow yourself to express your emotions. Crying is a normal human response to loss. It has a purpose: helping you cope with loss through emotional and physical release. If you can’t cry, write, paint, or draw what you are feeling.

5. Begin your new routines. With the absence of your loved one, you will have new tasks to fulfill. It’s a new life. Perhaps grocery shopping, caring for your home, car, or apartment, maybe even eating at a different time, will be different. Establishing these new routines early on is important in your grief work.

6. Trust mystery and the unseen. Many so called coincidences and synchronicities, and in some cases, special helping dreams and visions may occur. Look for them. Ask for them. They will come. They are normal. I tell every client I work with that there is nothing wrong with praying for a sign that your loved one is okay.

7. Take a daily stress break. For at least 20 minutes each day, find a quiet place, recline, and put your feet up to rest. Listen to music or the sounds of nature.

8. Discover and grieve your associated losses. For every major loss there are usually a number of secondary losses. They could be financial or have to do with meaning, transportation, companionship, dreams of the future, sex, social interaction and more, all of which are now altered. Some secondary losses will not occur for years (a graduation, anniversary, etc.). Determine these losses, talk about them, and grieve them.

9. Start looking for ways to help others even as you grieve. This ancient piece of wisdom is well founded because by seeking to give of your time and treasure to others you are taking the focus off of yourself. Your love will heal and be returned.

10. Replenish your spiritual beliefs. Many mourners find comfort in prayer and being alone in nature to speak with their creator. Nature is great therapy and thinking of your faith and values in a beautiful setting can bring comfort, new awareness, and solace. It has long been known that the more you focus on a particular thing you create more of it. Create new insights from your spiritual beliefs and how you will allow them a more prominent place in your recovery process.

We all experienced a loss at one point in our lives. Sharing my personal experience of what it was like to lose the greatest thing on earth on a important day as the birth of my son! His birthday!

I share with you my personal experience. How I coped during the most difficult time of my life. Losing my father David G. Hackett to lung cancer.

I truly believe like I said in my video, that our love one’s are in a better place. Living free, happy and at peace.

Thank you for watching my video.  I leave you knowing that your loved one is happy.

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