Healthy On the Go Breakfast

Morning can often be quite stressful and rushed, and the importance of a healthy breakfast is usually swept to the side. Fortunately, even if you do not have time to sit down and enjoy a full morning meal, there are plenty of healthy and quick alternatives that are perfect for eating on the go.

Muffin

Breakfast Muffins
Breakfast muffins have always been an extremely popular on the go breakfast option, because not only are they easy to make in advance, but they will store in the fridge for up to three days, or up to a month in the freezer. The fillings that you add can be completely up to you, whether they be your favorite fruits or whatever you happen to have lying around the kitchen. From mashed bananas to blueberries to cinnamon to honey chopped nuts to dried fruit, this on the go breakfast can be packed with so much goodness. If you have made a batch to freeze, simply pop one in the microwave to heat it up and it will quickly be ready to dash out of the door with you.

Fruity yoghurt

Dressed Up Yoghurt
While a pot of yoghurt is a great on the go breakfast, it lacks a certain level of nutrition, and the artificially sweetened flavors that have become popular do not contain many benefits. If you tend to find plain yoghurt too boring, try dressing it up a bit each morning. Rather than grabbing a pot to take with you, open it at home and top it with a sprinkling of fruits, chopped nuts, seeds or anything else that you would like.

Smoothie

Breakfast Smoothies
Breakfast smoothies are the ultimate in portable breakfasts, because not only are they easy to drink with just one hand, but they are packed with all sorts of body-boosting vitamins and minerals. Strawberry and banana is a classic flavor combination, but you can throw just about any fruit into the mix. Adding some nuts will give you some extra protein, and will make your smoothie even creamier, while adding some kale in with your sweet fruits will help to balance out the bitterness of the greens.

A`vocado sandwich

Avocado Toasted Sandwich
Avocado toast is another healthy breakfast classic, but, if this is too difficult to eat on the go, turning it into a sandwich is a great alternative. If you would like an extra dose of protein, quickly fry an egg to add to the sandwich, either wrapping it all up to eat on the go or storing it in a plastic box to eat a bit later. Don’t forget to opt for wholemeal bread rather than white bread, as this will give your body some extra fibre and minerals.

Healthy breakfasts can be easy, with just about any classic breakfast having a healthy, and portable, alternative. From a breakfast smoothie that you can sip while driving to a toasted avocado and egg sandwich that you can enjoy once you get to work, these on the go breakfasts will ensure that your day starts off with all of the nutrition that your body needs.

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Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Woman having a salad

With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

Skin Redness – What Helps, What Doesn’t – OROGOLD Reviews

Young woman touching her red cheeks Skin redness is an issue that many people suffer from, and, unfortunately, there is no single cause of this problem. Whether you suffer from a chronic skin condition, such as rosacea, or a temporary sensitivity, such as contact dermatitis, it is always important that you know the difference between what is going to help you, and what might just make it even worse.

Anti-Redness Diet
This diet focuses on reducing the inflammation that occurs within the body, clearing away any internal heat that is likely to have built up. The meals that you eat should be predominantly vegetable-based, with a side portion of a rice or sweet potato dish. Foods to avoid include soy, dairy, wheat, nuts, eggs, corn and shellfish, and your intake of sugar and sweeteners should be limited. Avoid food and drinks that contain ‘heat’, such as spicy food, alcohol and hot beverages.

Applying honey to the skinHoney
Honey has many anti-inflammatory properties, and manuka honey, produced by bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka tree, is especially high in antioxidants. It also has antibacterial effects that benefit acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis, and should be applied directly to the skin each day to eliminate redness, as well as keep skin moisturized. When buying manuka honey, look for one that has a UMF/OMA rating of at least 15, as this rating system, developed by scientists in New Zealand where the honey is from, describes the activity level of the honey.

Oatmeal 
Oatmeal, colloidal oatmeal in particular, is a natural remedy that is used to help skin redness. If the redness is occurring mostly on your face, make a facial mask from it by mixing a couple of teaspoons of colloidal oatmeal with some water, and applying it to your face for ten minutes, about 4 times a week. You can also regularly take oatmeal baths, which will help to soothe the skin all over your body.

Taking a hot showerAvoid Hot Showers
Hot, or even really warm, water can have a negative effect on your skin, washing away all of its essential oils and moisture, and leaving you with skin that is dry, scaly, and possibly red. To avoid this, stick to warm showers that do not last for more than 10 minutes. You should also avoid using hot water when cleansing your face, and purchase a makeup remover that does not need to be rinsed off.

Healing Teas
Certain teas have also been seen to be very beneficial in combating skin redness. Green tea works especially well for rosacea patients, whilst chamomile and peppermint tea helps any sort of facial redness. In addition to drinking the teas, you can also make a topical compress from them, pouring cooled, steeped tea onto a cloth and pressing it onto your face for 1 minute, a couple of times a day.

No matter what the cause of your skin redness may be, there are many steps that you can take to help to reduce this. If the redness is worrying you in any way, it would be best to seek the advice of a dermatologist, so that you can better understand the possible underlying cause of the issue.