Healthy eating = 100% mood ✔

Does your diet talk about your mood?

It is not only the food trends followed, based on a more organic and balanced consumption, or visits to the gym. It’s about our health, and that exceptionally this trend, which includes healthy diets and physical activity, is without doubt productively «fashionable» and includes achievable goals. Taking part in it should be included on our checklist, and why not? Turn it into a habit and a lifestyle. There simply are fashions that should come to stay.

However, don’t wait until your mood has become a real problem. Take action in advance and prevent emotions from choosing the food as well as the quantities you consume.

Start when you go shopping. Fill the cart with happiness enhancers, and avoid foods that will affect your energy, both physically and emotionally. Your cells are constantly regenerating with what we give our bodies, to optimize our mental health and positive moods.

Digestive system:

It is good to start being concerned about what we eat and take good care of our digestive system. It is said that the intestine is the center of our health. If you have a bad diet or go through stressful situations, serotonin, which is mostly produced in the gastrointestinal tract and transmits signals to our brain, decreases. This is almost always associated with gastrointestinal disorders.

Consuming bitter chocolate, for example, is beneficial. It is an excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid and precursor to serotonin. This nutrient can be found in foods such as soy, turkey, chicken, oily fish, walnuts, avocados, and bananas, among others.

Avoid sugar, gluten, saturated fats and processed foods, because in the long term they are related to negative moods.

Shake Me!® in your diet:

An excellent way to offer your mind and body all the nutritional benefits you need to stay healthy is with Shake Me!®. It includes all the nutrients you need for 100% mood and body functioning.

Vitamins:

Vitamin B6 and vitamin C are essential for the absorption of iron and tryptophan, which as we mentioned, are important nutrients for our health and mood. Vitamin B6, on the other hand, takes part in the production of antibodies and red blood cells, and strengthens the digestive system. We find it in fish, dried beans, potatoes, tuna, lentils, spinach, chickpeas,  and raisins, etc.

Vitamin C stimulates brain function, synthesizes minerals, and strengthens the immune system. It is found in foods such as citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, peas, tomatoes, and strawberries, etc.

Omega 3:

The only way to obtain these essential fatty acids is from your diet. Consuming them is associated with better neurological health, as well as generally reducing inflammation. It also reduces cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Depression and anxiety are mental disorders, and due to the beneficial effects of Omega 3 on the brain, studies indicate that consuming it can considerably reduce the symptoms associated with these disorders.

Foods containing Omega 3 fatty acids include Omega Me!®, fish, salmon, nuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed oil, etc.

Exercise:

Physical activity, especially in fresh air, has infinite health benefits. It increases your appetite, combats or prevents depressive episodes or low moods, reduces tension, stimulates your energy and helps you sleep better. All this is reflected in a positive state of mind.

We have already said that healthy eating doesn’t mean being boring. Eating healthy can also be delicious and by doing so, we encourage our body and brain to function better, have better balance and therefore increased energy, as well as mental and emotional fluency to bounce back from any setback.

The best destinations to spend New Year’s

New Year, New Life! Every beginning of the year is the perfect opportunity to achieve a new look, new resolutions and goals, achieve the best version of ourselves with the company of our best ally, VIVRI®. But why not start the new year someplace different? Does it happen to you that whenever you watch a Christmas movie during this season, you’d die to be in those places? That’s why we leave you with a list of the best places to close the year and welcome the new 2018.

Manhattan, New York:

Who doesn’t remember the movie New Year’s Eve along with its magical New York City setting? With a fabulous atmosphere found in only a few cities in the world, and whether it be Times Square or the Statue of Liberty, New York is the place where over one million people welcome the new year. This is the perfect place to enjoy with your best friends.

Orlando, Florida:

If you want to live a dreamy night with your family and Mickey Mouse in Cinderella’s castle, Orlando, Florida is your destination. You can enjoy one of your best vacations in the theme parks as this season they open until one in the morning. In each park there are different attractions such as laser shows, Cirque du Soleil performances, incredible parties, live artists and confetti everywhere. An experience you and your family will never forget.

Los Cabos, Mexico:

Sun, sand and sea to start the countdown. Los Cabos will captivate you with its beautiful landscapes and parties. During this season thousands of people from all over the world come to enjoy some of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches. You will be delighted with the best food, you’ll enjoy great music with bands and DJ’s so you can have the most fun among Mexican parties, Latin nights, catamaran parties or at a club at night.

London England:

God save the Queen! The best about celebrating here is waiting for Big Ben to mark the arrival of the new year. More than 250,000 people gather to celebrate and fill the streets of London with joy. And the best part is that the celebration does not end there! The next day is followed with a great parade where colorful floats, dancers and even you can see the horses of the Queen parade in the street. Can you imagine?

Sydney, Australia:

Our last destination takes us to the first place in the world where everyone shouts Happy New Year! Sydney, Australia is a spectacular destination as it celebrates with the most impressive fireworks show ever. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge colorfully illuminated this great show. In addition there is also a great parade to celebrate.

And you, in which destination will you receive the New Year?

Cucumber Surimi Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 10 pieces of surimi
  • 3 Tablespoons of masago
  • 3 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
Preparation

1. Slice the cucumber horizontally, making fine sheets. You can remove undesired seeds with a spoon.

2. Wrap the cucumber sheets around the surimi slices, making a wrap. Decorate with masago

3. Mix the soy sauce with lemon juice. Serve along with the cucumber roll.

Chewy Granola Bars

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     Ingredients
  1. 120 grams (1 1/2 cups) gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1 cup of raisins
  3. 1 cup roasted almonds, chopped roughly
  4. 2 medjool dates, chopped roughly
  5. 2 T dried berries of choice
  6. 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  7. Dash of sea salt
  8. 1/2 T cinnamon
  9. 2/3 cup brown rice syrup*
  10. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (can substitute for any light flavoured oil)
  11. 1 tablespoon coconut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix up the rolled oats, raisins, almonds, dates and dried berries. Add in the sesame seeds, sea salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave proof bowl, mix the brown rice syrup and coconut oil until well combined. Drop the coconut oil in it and break apart as much as possible.
  3. Heat in the microwave until melted (time depending on your microwave- for me it was 1.5 minutes)
  4. Remove from microwave and pour the liquid over the dry mixture and ensure it is very well combined
    Grease a cake tin/baking tray or line with parchment paper. Press the mixture into it and refrigerate immediately. Allow granola bars to set before cutting bars into 6 pieces.

Sprouted lentil rice burgers with portobello buns [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Ingredients:

  • Large portobello mushrooms, amount depending on how many burgers you are going to serve right away
  • 1 cup cooked sprouted brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked sprouted green lentils
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 handful spinach, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, stems removed
  • 1 big handful sprouts, washed and patted dry, then shredded by hand
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 3 radishes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

To serve:

  • Homemade mustard
    • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
    • 3 tbs brown rice syrup
    • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ⅛ tsp chili powderHomemade mustard
  • Avocado slices
  • Lettuce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat to 355°F and a spray a sheet of baking paper.
  2. Lay your mushrooms, stems cut, with the cut-stem side down and bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10.
  3. Meanwhile, blend together your spinach, radishes, and parsley in a food processor, until broken down.
  4. Add the rice, lentils, and spices and blend until mashed together (but not totally smooth).
  5. Add chickpea flour and pulse to combine.
  6. Set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes while the mushrooms bake.
  7. Once the mushrooms are done, transfer them to a covered dish and quickly form the patties by hand — make sure they’re not too flimsy and tuck in any bits that stick out when flattened slightly.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, flip, and bake another 10-15 minutes, until crisp.
  9. Serve with lettuce, homemade mustard, and avocado slices between the Portobello mushrooms.

Spiced sweet potato tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 very large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • ½ small red onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 15 oz pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1½ cups)
  • ½ cup frozen sweet corn kernels, rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon groun ancho chile, or to taste
  • Sea salt
  • Tortillas of your choice
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the sweet potato lengthwise into 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick sticks.
  2. Place a steamer basket in a sauté pan, and add 1 to 2 inches of water to the pan. Cover and bring to a simmer. Place the sweet potato wedges in the steamer, cover, and steam until the sweet potato is cooked through but not too soft, 7 to 10 minutes, making sure not to overcook. Remove the sweet potato from the pot and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, place the onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and cook over low heat until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved sweet potato, beans, corn, cumin, ancho chile, and salt to taste. Gently fold to coat the sweet potato with the spices. Cook over medium-low heat until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. Line a plate with a damp large, clean dish towel. Warm the tortillas one at a time for about 20 seconds on each side in a dry skillet set over medium heat. Or, if you have a gas stove, place a tortilla straight over the flame for a few seconds on each side. As you heat the tortillas, stack them on the damp towel and cover the tops of them with the towel to retain moisture.
  6. Place the avocado in a small bowl and use a fork to gently mash it.
  7. To form the taco, spread some avocado on half of each tortilla. Spoon some beans and sweet potato on top, and then add the tomato, scallions, and cilantro. Drizzle with some lime juice. Fold each tortilla in half. Serve at once.

Baked zucchini fries

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  • Working in batches, dredge zucchini in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  • Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Cajun-spiced barbecue ribs recipe

Ingredients:

For the rub:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the liquid seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid crab boil
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) coconut butter, melted
  • 2 racks St. Louis-cut spareribs

Instructions:

  1. To make the rub, in a small bowl, mix together paprika, salt, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cumin, black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  2. To make the liquid seasoning, in a medium bowl, whisk together butter, Worcestershire sauce, liquid crab boil, and Louisiana-style hot sauce. Set aside.
  3. Remove membrane from back of each rack of ribs and trim meat of excess fat. Season ribs liberally with rub all over.
  4. Fire up smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood when at temperature. When wood is ignited and producing smoke, place ribs in smoker or grill, meat side up. Smoke until ribs darken to a deep rusty red color, about 3 hours.
  5. Lay each rack of ribs on top of a sheet of extra-large heavy duty aluminum foil; tilt foil edges upward. Pour half of liquid seasoning over each rack of ribs, then seal ribs in foil and place back on smoker or grill for 1 hour.
  6. Open one end of foil and pour liquid seasoning into a small bowl and reserve. Remove ribs from foil and place back in smoker and continue to cook until ribs have a slight bend when lifted from one end, 1-2 hours more.
  7. Remove ribs from smoker, brush with reserved liquid seasoning. Serve immediately.

8 signs you aren’t getting enough vitamins

Even healthy eaters may fall short of key vitamins and minerals. See if you have any of these nutrient deficiency symptoms!!

Your nails are brittle:

When your body is running low on the mineral iron, parts of the body become weak and pale. This may express itself as brittle fingernails—or toenails—or pale inner eyelids. Women with heavy menstrual bleeding are at a greater risk for iron deficiency, as are vegetarian women—although men are more likely to have excess iron intake.

Sources: Shake Me!™, meat, seafood, spinach and chickpeas. Pair sources of iron with citrus or other vitamin-C-containing foods to increase absorption.

Your blood pressure is too high:

You may be low on vitamin D. This is one nutrient that’s difficult to get from food, as few options contain significant amounts. But here are a few that do: Shake Me!™, swordfish, salmon, and mushrooms grown in sunlight or UV light.

Your blood pressure is too low:

This is one of many possible symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. Others symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include unsteady gait, muscle weakness, and lack of bladder control.

Excellent food sources include Shake Me!™, clams, trout, salmon, fortified cereals and eggs.

Your leg muscles are cramping:

Your body needs the electrolyte potassium to build muscle and protein. A dip in levels of the mineral can cause muscle cramping, often appearing in the calf area. Potassium deficiency is rarely caused by low dietary intake—excessive sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of fluid are the more likely culprits.

Food sources include sweet potato, banana, avocado, and coconut water.

You’re feeling tired:

Feeling tired all the time and irritability are symptoms that you may have dipping vitamin C levels.

Shake Me!™, citrus, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, and broccoli are all excellent sources.

Your thyroid hormone production has dipped:

You would only know this for sure via lab work, and low levels might be linked with decreased intake of the mineral iodine, which could lead to hypothyroidism. Low iodine intake is especially worrisome for pregnant women—it can cause miscarriage and many other problems.

If you cook with salt or add any to your food, opt for iodized salt over sea salt and other varieties. Shake Me!™ and seafood also contain iodine.

You’ve had several recent fractures:

When you’re deficient in the mineral calcium, you’re at risk for osteopenia, a condition that causes low bone mass and heightens risk of osteoporosis and bone breaks. Bones reach max strength at around age 30—at which point they start to slowly lose calcium.

The best food sources of calcium include Shake Me!™,  leafy greens (collard greens, turnip greens, and kale), tofu, and edamame,

You have cracking at the corners of your mouth

Although not super common, a vitamin B6 deficiency can reveal itself through skin conditions—also including scaling on the lips or an inflamed tongue—as well as through depression or confusion. The body’s small supply of this vitamin typically lasts several weeks, so deficiency appears once the body is fairly depleted.

Dietary sources include Shake Me!™, chickpeas, tuna, salmon, fortified cereal, and bananas.

 

Cauliflower bagel

Ingredients:

  • 1 big cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground garlic
  • Sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Chop the cauliflower into pieces and and proceed to pulverize into a powder by using a blender.
  2. Mix the powdered cauliflower with almond flour, yeast, salt and garlic powder. Add the egg beat and mix until you achieve a homogeneous consistency.
  3. Add the mix to a bagel mold and top with sesame or poppy seeds.
  4. Proceed to place the bagels into a baking pan along with greaseproof paper. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 min. Once they have cooked, take the bagels out of the cooking pan and let them cool.
  5. Cut the bagels carefully and stuff them with the ingredients of your choice: avocado, tomato, salmon,  cucumber, etc.