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Texture and veggies plus 11 Surprisingly Healthy Recipes for picky eaters

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Have you ever heard any one say they don’t like a certain food because of the texture? Maybe you’re the one giving that excuse.

All I hear when I hear that is a 4-year-old saying “I don’t wanna”

Not because they do not have the right to genuinely dislike something but because there are so many ways to cook now a days. You most likely just don’t like the food cooked the way you tried it.

A lot of people are traumatized because they were forced to eat soggy over boiled broccoli when they were younger by their mothers. So they say they hate broccoli because of the texture. Hmmm hello? Who wouldn’t? Lol
What kind of sense is that? There are so many ways to cook foods these days that is just an excuse.

If you don’t like it boiled, try it raw, baked, grilled, sautéed or stemmed. just FYI they all have different textures. You can also put your favorite seasonings, sauces or oils on them after they cook to enhance the flavor.

I dare you to try a food you don’t like cooked differently then you have ever tried.

Below are a few links to recipes that I am sure will make you rethink some of the most commonly hated vegetables.

Oven Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

 http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2011/11/oven-roasted-cauliflower.html

Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks

http://whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2012/06/cheesy-garlic-cauliflower-bread-sticks.html

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2011/06/basil-cauliflower-pizza/

Crispy Baked String Beans

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/crispy-baked-string-bean-fries/

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Onions

http://coleensrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/12/roasted-brussel-sprouts-bacon.html

Easy Cheesy Crockpot Cauliflower

http://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/11/crockpot-easy-cheesy-cauliflower-recipe.html

Easy Cheesy Crockpot Broccoli

http://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/11/crockpot-easy-cheesy-broccoli-recipe.html

Pumpkin Brownies

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/08/2-ingredient-pumpkin-brownies-recipe.html

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

http://www.livecrafteat.com/eat/creamy-cauliflower-soup/

Maple Glazed Carrots

http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/04/recipe-for-maple-glazed-roasted-carrots.html

Garlic Roasted Parmession Green Beans

http://www.asweetpeachef.com/sides/garlic-parmesan-green-beans/

Let me know what you try and what you think by commenting below!

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Tips to Drink More Water And Prevent Dehydration

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You are your very own body of water.

The average adult males is about 60% water.

the average adult female is about 50%.

Where is all this water?

Every part of the human body contains water. For Example:

  • Lungs: 90%
  • Blood: 82%
  • Skin: 80%
  • Muscle: 75%
  • The brain:  70%
  • Bones:22%

*Muscle contains more water than fat.

What happened when you don’t get enough water? Dehydration

Dehydration is when the body is lacking vital fluids. This occurs more often in the warmer months when people are working outside in the heat and don’t drink enough water but it can happen in many other scenarios. In some cases dehydration can be deadly.

There are several types of dehydration. The three main types are hypotonic dehydration, hypertonic dehydration and isotonic dehydration.

Hypotonic dehydration occurs when the body is lacking electrolytes and sodium.

Hypertonic dehydration occurs when the body is lacking water.

Isotonic dehydration occurs when there is an equal loss in both, which is most seen in human beings.

Signs of Dehydration

There are many different signs and symptoms of dehydration. The first sign is typically a severe headache, followed by dizziness. Another one of the first signs of dehydration is sever thirst, discomfort, and loss of appetite. Next, the muscles begin to cramp, particularly the muscles in the legs. Visual difficulties’ including fussiness, along with hypotension (decreased blood pressure), are also common symptoms. When the dehydration worsens, the symptoms increase and worsen as well. Respiration and heart rates will begin to increase as dehydration gets more severe. Patients often experience constipation because there is not enough water in the bowel. Clammy skin and fainting can also occur. People who are dehydrated may also appear as if their skin is a yellow tone, and their eyes may appear as if they are sunken in or dark. Blood pressure drops, and patients can go into a dangerous state of hyperthermia in hotter temperatures, which combined with dehydration can be deadly. Without enough hydration, the heart can stop beating, resulting in death. Dehydration symptoms normally start to become noticeable after the body loses about 2% of its normal water volume. When the body gets to a point where it has lost 10% to 15% of its normal water volume muscles start to become spastic, urination becomes painful and is greatly reduced, and the skin starts to shrivel up and wrinkle. When the body loses more than 15% of its water volume, it is usually fatal.

While the most common cause of dehydration is simple lack of proper hydration or consumption of water and other liquids, there are also other causes. Stress-related issues can also cause dehydration. Some examples of stress-related causes can include blood loss, diarrhea, shock, too much alcohol consumption, vomiting and burns to the skin. Infectious diseases can also be a cause for dehydration. A few examples of these diseases include cholera, yellow fever, and gastroenteritis. Malnutrition as a result of a high rate of weight loss, fasting, or diabetes related problems can also cause dehydration to occur. Too much weight loss can also take important electrolytes with it, which is why it is important for people who are diabetic or on a diet to stay properly hydrated.” http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/resource-guide-to-prevent-dehydration.htm

Here are a few tips on how to drink more water through out your day so you can prevent dehydration.

1. go to this simple water calculation page to find out how much water you should drink today. http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

*The average is 6-8 8 Oz glasses a day

2. Wake up and drink a big glass of water. Starting your day off with a glass of water is great for your body and will help you get  a jump-start on your water goal.

3. Keep a water bottle in the fridge. If there is a cold water bottle in the fridge then there is no excuse of I don’t have any cold water. and you can just pick it up and go when you in a hurry.

4. Always keep a water bottle with you.

5. Get a reusable water bottle to cut down on cost and waste of the plastic bottles.

6. Don’t drink other liquids when you drink coffee, soda or juice you are Just giving your body empty calories plus making it more likely that you wont drink as much water. If you need to stick to something like green tea, 100% juice or milk.

7. Drink a glass of water with every meal.

8. Eat more water based veggies.

*IF YOU HAVE A AWESOME WATER TRICK YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW OR CONTACT ME AT ALB@AUTUMNLEIGH.COM

Clean Eating

Clean eating, You have probably been hearing those words everywhere lately and wondering what the heck they mean. Some may Dismiss it right away thinking its a new fad diet, but its not! Clean eating has been around ever since people started eating! In fact your grandparents probably used to just call it food. Its simple, you don’t have to give up meat (I totally respect your choice if you do), starve yourself or do any crazy diet fad people are doing these days.

“I define clean eating as consuming whole, natural foods that have not been processed,” says Diane Welland, RD, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Clean.

At first its a little hard, just like letting go of all unhealthy things. You think your going to miss the GMO, sugar filled, processed, watered down “food”. In reality, you usually wont. Once your body starts actually getting what it needs from your food and you start feeling a little better and looking a little better after every meal you wont miss that junk at all. Even if you do, Eat what you want, get that craving out of the way. Enjoy life while you have it, just do so in moderation. If most of your meals are clean / organic and from the earth then those two or three Oreos are not going to kill you. Just don’t eat the whole sleeve.

The biggest advice I could give is to learn what your eating. Learn the Ingredients that are in the foods your buying. Once you learn what some of those ingredients are that your putting into your body and or your families body’s on pretty consistent basis hopefully you will make a better more intelligent choice about what your spending your hard earned money on. Once your body starts enjoying all those yummy whole healthy foods full of nutrients and vitamins you’ll start craving more healthy foods and less processed crap. You’ll probably even notice after awhile that those yummy processed treats your used to enjoy so much really taste really bad.

You don’t need to flip the script all in one grocery trip. Believe me you’ll probably end up wasting all that yummy healthy food you just bought because that’s not what your used to eating. try to change little things about your diet every day. switch One unhealthy snack a day to something a little better for you. it will help you mentally adjust to the switch and make it so you don’t feel like your depriving yourself every time you eat.

Also try to buy from a local food source and or  organic as much as possible, it puts money back into your community, supports your local farmers and supports your families health. Genetically processed food and big cooperation’s are not good for us or the environment. Lets stop supporting them!

Eating organically is usually associated with costing more, but It doesn’t always have to be crazy expensive and drain your pockets. In reality eating organically usually just seems more expensive because you buy food that you let go bad because you end up eating out anyways. Buy what your going to eat and freeze what your wont be able to use for later use. By buying bulk whole ingredients you’ll be able to get more food for your buck! You just have to make it.

Examples of Clean / Healthy foods that I eat on a daily basis:

Organic Potatoes, Free Range Organic Eggs, Free Range Organic Meat, Organic Quinnuoa, Organic Milk, Organic Whole Grains, Organic Flax Seed , Organic rolled oats, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Broccoli, Organic Apples, Pineapple, Bananas, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Spinach / Kale, Greek yogurt, Organic Frozen Blueberry’s.

the list could go on but ill leave that for a different post.

The thing about clean eating is that you can pretty much make most things that you enjoy that aren’t clean into a clean version. the stuff you buy at the store only has all that crazy stuff in it to make it last months on a self with out going bad and to fill the product with cheaper ingredients so they can mass produce it at a cheaper rate. So have fun, Google search your favorite store bought goodies / recipes and make your own yummy treat that’s you can enjoy but are not going to harm your body.

Below are links to some of my favorite  simple clean recipes you can make at home. Enjoy 🙂

Mango Fruit Roll Up

http://www.justataste.com/2013/07/healthy-homemade-mango-fruit-roll-ups-recipe/

PB` Banana Bites

http://nomnomnomblog.com/2011/05/11/a-taste-of-summer-and-a-new-video/

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

http://www.averiecooks.com/2009/10/raw-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough.html

Chocolate Cake

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2011/05/05/chocolate-cake-by-bodyrocker-natalie/

Oatmeal Pancakes

http://www.fitsugar.com/Recipe-oatmeal-Pancakes-9277040

Healthier Hardboiled Eggs

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2011/12/04/bodyrockers-eggs/

source of quotes: http://www.fitbie.com/eat-right/tips/truth-about-clean-eating
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or licensed dietitian. Please contact your physician to make sure this is right for you. I also do not have any affiliations with the link provided.