Broccoli and Chickpea Salad Recipe

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  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Steam broccoli until tender. Steam chickpeas just to heat through. Allow broccoli and chickpeas to cool slightly. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, ginger, and thyme in a large bowl. Add broccoli, chickpeas and shallots. Toss to coat and season with salt, pepper, and top with parmesan cheese.

 

Benefits of Matcha Tea

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There are many health benefits of drinking matcha green tea. They include mental alertness/clarity and better immune defense. Matcha promotes relaxation and helps promote prevention and treatment of many medical conditions including but not limited to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and diabetes. It also helps in maintaining heart health and works as an amazing energy booster which is great for weight loss. Matcha tea bushes are grown inside to reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching the plant which reduces the rate of photosynthesis and helps slow the growth of the tea bush. This makes the leaves a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. By doing this it allows the tea to achieve the maximum of health benefits.  Therefore since you are drinking the whole plant even the leaves (ground to a fine powder) just one cup of matcha equals the benefits of drinking ten cups of green tea. But if drinking Matcha is not really an enjoyable experience you can add it to smoothies, milk shakes, baking, oatmeal, or lattes and adding honey to help sweeten.  I have added the blueberry and raspberry matcha tea to my diet to help aide in my weight loss and better health journey.

Simplicity Teas: Teas with intentions

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I received this wonderful box of teas from Simplicity Teas. Simplicity Teas is a monthly subscription box  ($14.99 a month) that allows you to taste test each tea- for tea lovers they recommend the Tea Enthusiast package. Each purpose themed package comes with three to four .5 oz specialized loose leaf teas. Your first package comes with a unique tea infuser. Each package is created with an intention in mind such as optimized digestion, beauty, detoxification, or getting the best sleep of your life. Each tea is organic, hand curated with herbs to provide a specific purpose (besides just tasting great!) to help improve a certain facet of your life and help you reach your health goals. Discover new and exciting flavors of teas! Simplicity Teas are created in small batches, packaged with love and each package provides you with roughly 15-20 cups of tea.

I really love the Simplicity Tea box because I am a huge tea drinker and love to try new combinations. I love how they have different blends for morning and night. They also have Sweet Tooth Pleaser that tastes like gingersnaps but without all those calories. The Good Choice tea is great to help curb your appetite and reduce those snack cravings. I really enjoyed try all these wonderful teas.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product.*

Copper Health Copper Knee Sleeve

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I have stuck to my fitness routine for almost two months now. I even have commit to at least five days a week to the treadmill and yoga. All of this does make my knees a little sore. I  have read a lot about copper compression sleeves and thought that I should give them a try.  I found Copper Health copper knee sleeve  for a great price and decided to add this to my treadmill routine. After only one use I could tell a huge difference and will use this brace every time I run. I could tell a huge difference in not only the swelling that I usually have is gone but the pain is gone also. If you are looking for a copper sleeve that will help with pain and swelling than you should give Copper Health copper knee sleeve a try.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Bake sweet potatoes on a 400 degree F oven until they can be pierced with a fork. Coo, peel and cut into 1 inch pieces. Place cooked potatoes in a 2 quart covered baking dish. Combine orange juice, butter, brown sugar and spices in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar and butter are melted: pour over potatoes. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Slimmed Down Key Lime Pie

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  • 1 ready to fill cookie crumb or graham cracker crumb crust
  • 1 tablespoon plain gelatin
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice or key lime juice
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Sugar substitute to equal ¼ cup
  • 13 ounce can cold evaporated skim milk
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 4 serving package instant vanilla pudding
  • Dash of lime zest, optional
  • Light or fat-free whipped topping
  • Thin lime slices for garnish, optional

 

In a blender container, combine plain gelatin and fresh lime juice. Wait one minute until softened, then add boiling water. Cover and blend on high speed until all gelatin granules are dissolved.  Add sugar substitute, evaporated skim milk, water, pudding mix and lime zest. Cover and blend smooth. Chill in refrigerator for about 20 minutes until mixture begins to set. Spoon into prepared pie shell and chill several hours until firm. Top with dollops of whipped topping and garnish with lime slices, if desired.

Serves 8.