What's more comforting than a big piece of cheesy, meaty lasagna? The flavors meld together to create a dish that's sure to make you forget a stressful day at work. Of course, you have to wonder how many calories and fat are in this comfort food classic. While, many lasagna recipes may not be healthy, that doesn't mean that you can't make healthy lasagna.
Lasagna, of course, start with ground beef. In order to make this dish healthy, you must look for a healthy ground meat. While you can use ground turkey, or even chicken, I highly recommend using 93% lean ground beef. This ensures that the flavor of your favorite dish stays as authentic as possible.
When it comes time to add sauce to your ground beef, remember that many store-bought sauces as loaded with sodium. Instead, why not consider making your own sauce? This doesn't mean using canned, store-bought tomato products either (which are also loaded with sodium). You should use the freshest ingredients possible. This is another great reason to have a garden and to do home canning each summer. That way, you're always able to make healthy pasta sauce for lasagna and other Italian dishes. Of course, lasagna wouldn't be very tasty without all those cheesy layers.
When it comes to making the cheese filling for your healthy lasagna, be sure to mostly use low-fat ingredients. You can find low-fat ricotta and cottage cheese. By using these two ingredients alone, you will make your lasagna healthier. …
A summer get together wouldn't be the same without potato salad. Unfortunately, this popular summer side dish is loaded with fat and calories. While many people choose to reinvent potato salad by using a healthy vinegar-based dressing, this isn't necessary. It's easy to make a healthy mayonnaise-based potato salad, if you know a few tricks.
First of all, don't peel your potatoes. Many people peel their potatoes before boiling them. But, did you know that most of the nutrients are in the skin of the potato? When you leave the peel on, you are actually adding nutrients to your potato salad. Just be sure to thoroughly scrub the skin to remove excess dirt.
As your potatoes are boiling, you will need to make the dressing for your potato salad. While, regular mayonnaise is a big no-no, light mayo is perfect for your healthy potato salad. I highly recommend using Kraft Light Mayonnaise. This is one of the only low-fat mayonnaises that taste close to the regular version. Next, add fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. Sea salt is healthy, because you use much less of this high-flavor salt. If you like a tangy flavor, you can also add mustard to your healthy potato salad dressing. Still, the most important note you need to remember is to only use enough dressing to lightly coat the other ingredients.
You might think you should avoid adding hard boiled eggs to your healthy potato salad, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Hard …
So far, it is not all bad news. Well at least not for everyone. Medicare Part B premiums will not increase this year. However, for some California residents it may as well because the state will no longer pick up the bill for their Medicare Part B premiums. Social Security benefits recipient will receive the largest cost of living increase granted in 26 years…5.8%. So all is not totally loss…but these small gains will be offset by another Senior Citizen health care increase. A very important one! Medicare Part D premium and co-payments will increase for many of them. Medicare Part D covers prescription drugs.
Medicare and its various programs provide health care coverage for over 50% of the senior citizen population in the U.S. This is the only affordable health care option available to many of them. With the great majority of them living on a fixed income, even the slightest increase in one of their monthly expenses can result in cataclysmic ripples thru their economic well being. With 48 of the 54 available Medicare Part D plans expecting to raise premiums anywhere from 8% to 63%, it is not difficult to understand the anxiety and scary scenarios concerning basic survival that is plaguing some of the seniors.
Add to this, a decrease in the number of no premium due Extra Help plans, beneficiaries increased co-pay responsibilities and a move to encourage enrollment in generic drugs programs even though many brand name drugs have no generic alternative, and it …
The health benefits of chocolate have been debated for years. There is little doubt that cocoa does offer some antioxidant effect. According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. from Mayo Clinic, cocoa beans contain flavanols, which can assist in repairing cell damage from heart disease. Eating chocolate may also help lower blood pressure. It all sounds real good, but don't jump on the chocolate band wagon just yet.
Of all forms of chocolate, dark chocolate has the most health benefits because it contains the most cocoa. When you walk down the candy aisle at the local store, you may see bars displaying the percentage of cacao. This is the amount of cocoa in the product. The more cacaos the bar has, the more antioxidants it contains. Overall, one square of dark chocolate has more benefits that some fruits, such as strawberries. In fact, dark chocolate contains 8 times as many antioxidants as strawberries.
At least one corporation has turned healthy chocolate into a business. Xocai is marketed by MXI Corp. for its antioxidant properties. According to the manufacturer, Xocai improves oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). Now I don't know what that means exactly, but it sounds nifty. Brunswick Laboratories tested the Xocai products and did support the reports coming from MXI Corp. The problem is Bruswick doesn't know what ORAC means either or how much is a good thing.
One strategy that MXI Corp. uses for the Xocai products is weight loss that focuses on meal …
With the price of food skyrocketing at an alarming rate, it is becoming difficult for families to stretch their budgets. Everybody has seen articles online and in magazines on how to save money at the grocery store. Some of these tips may sound similar to those articles and some might be something new to think about.
Eliminate junk food
Do your shopping without the distraction of kids or spouses. Taking these people along on a shopping trip will make junk food magically appear in the cart that was not on the list. This is an old tip but one worth repeating. It is very important.
Water or milk instead of soft drinks
If people would only use colas and sodas as a treat, so much money could be saved. A healthy diet requires water and a lot of it. This is something you can get right from your tap at home. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water, purchasing a filter to improve the quality of that water is still going to be cheaper that the amount of money spent on soft drinks. Milk is something that children should be drinking. Having milk in the house that is competing with soft drinks only makes that milk go bad because nobody drank it. That is a waste of money.
Purchasing fresh fruits in quantity
When fruit is in season, it is so much cheaper to purchase. This can be purchased in such quantities some of it can …
Fertility herbs for healthy sperm are popular and relatively inexpensive. These are some facts about Horny Goat Weed and other common fertility herbs along with shopping information.
Fertility Herbs for Healthy Sperm: Overview
The Mayo Clinic and other medical authorities cite the scarcity of research conducted in relation to most fertility herbs and the lack of compelling evidence for any herbal supplements in promoting healthy sperm and treating fertility. However, people have been using them for centuries and many of these herbs have not been associated with any major negative side effects for most people. So these are some facts if you want to experiment with Horny Goat Weed and some other fertility herbs with less colorful names.
Fertility Herbs for Healthy Sperm: Horny Goat Weed and Other Herbs
Horny goat weed is a herb that grows in Japan, Korea, and China with the scientific name Epimedium grandiflorum. It's often used in Chinese herbal medicine where it may be called Chien-Hsieh or Yin-Yang-Hua. Horny Goat Weed is believed to improve sexual performance by increasing testosterone production, and helping to cure impotence, spermatorrhea, and premature ejaculation. It's also widely used in China and Japan as an aphrodisiac. There are no major safety concerns except contraindications for pregnant women and people who are hypersensitive to Epimedium. Other fertility herbs used to promote healthy sperm include including ginseng, maca root, and yohimbe bark extract. Speak with your doctor before trying these herbs as you may not be able to take them if …
Some people might find it weird, but health benefits of electronic massager were recognized centuries ago. People in ancient Roam were using electric fish to cure muscle pain, increase blood flow, and also for electronic stimulation. Muscle pain can slowly but certainly restrict your range of motions. It can reduce your work efficiency and cause many troubles in your daily routine. Therefore, it is necessary to cure muscle strain and pain as soon as possible. Electronic massagers offer a wonderful solution for this issue. That’s why it is widely used across the globe.
It is user-friendly and quite beneficial for your health:
Electronic massagers are available everywhere. You get various types of massagers to choose from and all of them are easy to use. You just need to check the instruction manual and start using it. Some massagers come with pods, which you need to place on your muscles. These pods will stimulate your muscles and you will feel much better.
The days of complicated massaging units are over. Modern electronic massagers are super user-friendly and anyone can use them. You can easily customize the settings according to your requirements and enjoy the massage at home.
Nerve retraining properties:
Nerve damage can be a big cause of severe pain and restricted motions. People experience pain when nerves cannot send indicators accurately. It causes discomfort and pain. You can use an electronic massager to retrain those nerves. Electronic massagers are designed to perform this task in a flawless manner.
Money is tight for many of us now. For this reason, most of us cannot afford the luxury of going to a spa. Yet, we all under stress, maybe more than usual. We need to relax for both our emotional and physical health. One way to do this is by enjoying a relaxing shower and turning it into an almost spa treat. All you need a little bit of time and a bit of imagination. What is the best thing about a spa? One thing is the mood that they set. You can set up your own spa mood. First, find you some really great scenting candles (lavender may be the perfect choice if you like the scent). If they make enough light for you to see, turn off your overhead lighting and use these in place. Now find some relaxing music to play. Soft jazz, classic or New Age music are most people favorites.
Now turn on your
shower and allow it to just stream for a few minutes. By running hot water your
bathroom will soon have a steam like effect.
Get out your favorite
loofah sponge or brush and your favorite body scrub.
Turn the shower water
down enough that it is still warm, but not enough to burn you. Step into the
shower and allow the water to run all over your body. Using the brush or
sponge, scrub your favorite body scrub all over your body. This will stimulate
your skin and remove any dead …
Many are talking about how much parents are spending taking their children for a day at the spa. Several parents do this once a week or more in some cases. The question is, is this ok? How will this later affect our children? I would never imagine taking my four year old son to the spa for a day of relaxation, but believe or not, some people do. Some people spend thousands of dollars every month to help their children feel better after all the stress of a day in the fourth grade. There are actually some spas available now that are just for children.
So, is this ok? I
would think so, in moderation. It might not be my thing as a parent, but maybe
for someone else, it is. I think moderation is the key word here, though. Where
the problem begins is when parents start doing this on a weekly or bi-weekly
basis. Children start getting used to this and this is where issues arise.
Not only do these
children start to think that they are better than other children because they
are pampered on a continual basis, they also start to look at themselves
differently. They start to see their looks as one of the key components of
life. They see how they look to others as a very important thing at the ages of
ten and eleven when they should be focusing on more kid-friendly things like
Imagine enjoying a deeply relaxing and restful experience in a private spa, surrounded by nature’s beauty, trees, birds and butterflies! It’s the perfect setting for you to experience the “touch of nature” at Nature’s Touch Spa in Ocean View, in Cape May County, New Jersey. Here’s the right place where you feel relaxed the moment you enter, retreating from everyday life! It’s one of the “best kept secrets” in Cape May County, where many have come to relax with therapeutic massages, spa therapies and facials. Massage therapies can be combined with skin care and body treatments for additional health benefits. Nature’s Touch Spa offers a wide variety of relaxation therapies for both men and women. Try a Hot Stone Massage! This treatment combines traditional Swedish massage techniques with warm, smooth basalt stones and cold marble stones placed on key tension areas of the body to help balance, calm and create a feeling of wellbeing.
A host of body
treatments are available, too, including Buff and Bronze, Salt Glow,
Rosemary Mint Awakening, and Unwrapped, which is a very restful
spa experience where you lay on a warm massage table while aromatic steam
cleanses and detoxifies your body underneath a Steam Bath Canopy. This therapy
allows you to accomplish the same results as a body wrap without feeling like a
Nature’s Touch owner, Kathy Gillespie, recently
welcomed Linda Stout Dawson to the Spa’s staff. Linda explains, “My
passion for massage was ignited when I was a little …