Best Foods for Strong & Healthy Joints

Best Foods for Health Joints

Today’s post is by Katleen Brown.

Most people recognize exercise as a great way to strengthen the bones and joints. In addition to exercise, the food eaten by an individual also contributes to the general body strength right from the bones, joints and muscles. Exercise for strength can be useless if there is no consumption of power-giving foods. Therefore, as you work on strengthening your joints and bones, consider adding energy providing foods to your diet in addition to exercise. Below is a list of the best foods for strong bones and joints

1. Natural Organic Oils

Natural oils including coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are great for general body health. Coconut oil is excellent in reducing inflammation and pain, plus hydrating the body tissues hence keeping the skin ever moisturized.  It also works against fungi, bacteria, and viruses that can attack the joints and the bones. Olive oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that are beneficial for joint and bone health. These oils can be eaten as a part of your daily diet, or applied topically to the skin.

2. Bananas

Whether the bananas are cooked or  raw, they yield the same nutrients to the body. They are rich in potassium, an essential substance for the joints and bones. Bananas are also rich in fiber which is good for digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Fiber helps prevents weight gain which in turn prevents joint pain as a result of excess weight. It is also a pure substance for overcoming cravings for unhealthy, sugary foods.

3. Onions

Surprisingly, onions play a significant role in strengthening the bones and joints. They contain sulfur which works against pain and inflammation hence right for joint relief.  Also, it helps us to reduce the amount of salt that we put on our meal using its flavor. Ordinary table salt contains sodium which can cause arthritis and high blood pressure. Garlic and leeks also have a high Sulphur content. Therefore, consider adding more of them to your regular diet  to strengthen your bones and joints.

4. Pepper

Pepper is an American spice rack staple and most of us use it regularly with our meals. Did you know that pepper contains vitamin C, which is great for removing spots on the surface of the skin and well known for pain relief? It also contains vitamin K and A that play the role of the antioxidants for joint relief and shielding the bones against damage by bacteria. All these vitamins work together with the immune system to protect the body against diseases.

Must watch video: Foods That Fight Arthritis Pain: 

5. Ginger and Turmeric

Both ginger and turmeric have the anti-inflammatory properties. It makes both of them effective natural substances to work against arthritis. Arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the joints accompanied by pain. Turmeric is also known to shield the body from heart disease and cancer. Curcumin is the substance that gives the turmeric the yellow color and is the main healing agent. Ginger, on the other hand, can also prevent nausea and plus adds a bright flavor to your meals.

6. Green Vegetables

Kale, a flavorful and healthy leafy green, contains manganese and vitamin C which reduce joint pain and repair damaged bone tissues. The presence of copper in the kale makes it great for building collagen, the primary agent in cartilage and ligaments. Kale has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These two properties are required for general bone and joint health. Vegetables are great for controlling weight gain; hence prevent arthritis due to excess weight. Spinach is also another green vegetable that is known for building strong bones.

7. Avocado and Papaya

These two fruits contain antioxidants that prevent the joints from damage. Papaya is rich in Vitamin A and C that possess antioxidant properties and reduce the risk of arthritis respectively. Avocado contains omega-3 fatty acids that protect the joints against inflammation and reduces joint pain. Also, it contains potassium compound that is great for the general health of the bones.

8. Milk and Dairy Products

Milk is a good source protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Drinking a glass of milk every day is a perfect way to build and maintain strong bones. Dairy products like yogurt are also great for the health of the bones. Therefore, taking them in moderate amounts can help you build your bone strength and avoid arthritis at the same time.

Conclusion

Whenever you think about healthy bones and pain-free joints, exercise and energy giving foods should be top of mind. Consuming food with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties is the best for joint relief. Additionally, food rich in vitamins, potassium, manganese and calcium is great for stronger bones. Healthy food alongside exercise is perfect for strong, healthy bones and joint pain relief. They are also great for controlling weight gain.

 

About the Author

Katleen Brown

Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

References

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/joint-pain/how-to-keep-your-joints-healthy-and-strong.html

https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health/natural-joint-pain-relief-supplements.html

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge comedy buff and one of my all-time favorites is Zoolander.  So I was super stoked when my brother sent me the trailer for Zoolander 2!!  Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are two of the funniest men on the planet and I can’t wait for February 12 to arrive!  So, which movie will you see if you win?
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Meal Planning Helper: Rotisserie Chickens (Video)

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One of my favorite meal planning tricks is to go to Sam’s Club (or Costco!) and purchase several rotisserie chickens for $5 each. We’ll eat some of the chicken for dinner that night. Then I will strip the meat off of the bone for all of the chickens and freeze it for later use.

 

 

I will take some of the chicken and mix it with either BBQ sauce or gravy and put it in the freezer. I’ll chop up the chicken breast meat and freeze it in one-cup portions. This makes it easy to thaw out and toss into soups, casseroles, stews, etc. I can hardly buy a whole uncooked chicken for $5 at the grocery store, so Sam’s rotisserie chickens save me money as well as time!

Don’t Waste Your Food Dollars (Video)

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Did you know that Americans throw away almost 30% of the food we buy? When we throw away food, it’s just like scraping dollar bills off of our plates and into the garbage! For every $100 spent at the grocery store, that’s $30 wasted! 

Buy only the produce you and your family will reasonably eat before it goes bad. Invest in storage containers that prolong the life of your fruits and veggies. I LOVE Tupperware for this! Wash and cut up produce when you bring it home so that it’s as convenient for your family to grab a quick snack or assemble a salad. Freeze leftovers within 24 – 48 hours if you don’t think someone in your family will eat them before then. Make your own “frozen dinners” instead of buying them at the store!

Should You Go For Weight Loss Shakes To Boost Your Morning Metabolism?

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This week’s post is by Katleen Brown.

Overview

Weight loss is a journey that most people wish could be made easier. All those intense workouts and dieting are not most people’s cup of tea. That’s why you will find most people looking for shortcuts through this journey. Take for example weight loss pills. Most of them don’t work. We know that pretty well, but still we go ahead and purchase them. Reason being we want an easier way out of this problem (weight) and spend that little fortune hoping the pills will work for us, even though they haven’t worked for other people. But why are we doing this? The time we are using rushing from one diet plan to another, one pill/ supplement to the other, that’s the time we should be spending in the gym reducing that weight. That is the time we should be using to change our lifestyle. After all, it’s the reason we added that weight.

You may have come across this hype about weight loss shakes that is going around. The promise is that if you take these shakes, then you are going to lose weight in no time. Well here is the sad news. A survey by the Canstar Blue Research Company showed that 25% of people who took these shakes added more weight instead of losing. Does this mean the weight loss shakes don’t work? Is there something these people were (not) doing that resulted in the weight gain?

Weight Loss Shakes at a Glance

Weight loss shakes are different meals in liquid form, which should provide one with sufficient amounts nutrients regarding minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They are in liquid form for easier digestion. You will get some filled with proteins, high in fiber or caffeine. The idea behind them is to provide you with enough energy and keep you fuller for longer. This way you do not take in too many calories and as a result, you lose weight. You can obtain them from the stores, or you can make them at home.

Must watch this video: Calorie Counting: How Many Calories A Person Needs Daily?

Weight Loss Shakes As Morning Metabolism Boosters

Science will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a bigger”, so the saying goes. It is true, and thus, you can’t take chances when it comes to what you eat during breakfast. Not unless you want to mess the rest of the day. Most people looking to lose weight will forego their usual morning meals for a weight loss shake. It will work in most cases for homemade shakes. For example, you can make a chia berry smoothie or a Vegan chocolate milkshake smoothie. With homemade shakes, you can be able to count the number of calories in them and also what nutrients they are offering. You can’t be able to do this with the commercial ones because you don’t even know what they contain. Also, you can’t compare the magic of real food with these shakes. Weight loss shakes will work greatly if used in place of your usual snack or a substitute for one the other two meals (breakfast excluded). It is because meals are better suited for morning metabolism than the shakes. If you take one of the shakes in place of a meal, you will decrease your calorie intake per day, and in the long term lose weight. It means that the weight loss shakes are great as a short term weight loss remedy, they won’t work in the long run.

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Make Weight Loss Shakes Work for You

The reason the shakes won’t work is because most people tend to see them as quick fixes for weight loss. They want them to make magically them burn fat and build muscle. With such a mindset, they don’t even take into account the total calories they are getting from them and other meals. The result is weight gain. So what can you do to make these shakes work for you? Below are tips.

1. Stop the poor eating habits.

They are partly why you added weight.  Eat more healthy foods and get rid of the junk foods. A high fiber diet, for example, will keep you fuller for longer and prevent you from taking in too many calories.

2. Consult a dietitian.

He/ she will give you a plan on how to take these shakes. According to diet and weight loss news, if you work with a dietitian, you are more likely to get better results than a person who takes the weight-loss shakes on their own. The reason being they may tend to forego meals for the shakes, and the result is a poor attitude towards meals and development of eating disorders.

3. A Get a lifestyle change program and stick to it

Making changes in your lifestyle will be necessary if you want to lose weight. Knowing why you want to lose weight will be a step towards achieving your goal. Exercise more, get a positive mindset and overall aim to develop a healthy lifestyle. The reason being that weight loss shakes work better when incorporated with other weight loss remedies. Alone, they won’t work.

4. Eat more proteins

Proteins have been shown to take more time to digest than carbohydrates. This way, they burn more calories and keep you fuller for longer.

Conclusion

Weight loss shakes are like super juices for weight loss; they won’t work unless you incorporate them with other weight loss remedies. When used in the morning, ensure that you can tell exactly how many nutrients and calories they contain to ensure your metabolism is given the boost it requires. Don’t forget to work with a dietitian who will walks with you throughout the journey. Above all, don’t take weight loss shakes as quick fixes for weight loss; they only work in the long run. They should be taken in line with other meals.

References

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/5-super-juices-to-try-out-for-healthy-weight-loss.html

https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health/8-tips-on-how-to-lose-weight-naturally-at-home.html

http://www.thedietinsiders.com/

 

Author Bio

Katleen Brown

Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, she likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on G+, Pinterest and Twitter.

Merry Meal Planning Monday!

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Today’s post is written by Kim Bergeron of Extreme Coupon Professors.

First of all, our family would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a little early. I hope you’re all enjoying the season, the festivities and more importantly, each other!

Well, we’ve got our Christmas and New Year’s food list and yes, we’re checking it twice. Really, we’ve checked it 9 or 10 times and the kids keep adding to it. I’m not surprised.

I’ve been having fun finding recipes online. One of my favorite resources has been Hannaford’s Holiday Recipes this year. By using some of their recipes and some of my traditional recipes, this is how we are breaking down our menu:

Dessert:
Yes, we have to cover dessert first! Would you think any differently? Everyone chose Chocolate Trifle. You can choose a different trifle if you’re not a chocolate fan, any trifle is so easy to put together. I have a beautiful punch bowl that I use layering chocolate cake, cool whip, chocolate pudding and crushed heath bar toffee. Make the day before for all the flavors of chocolate to mesh together.

I found another recipe for a trifle that I’m going to make for our New Year’s Eve Party. It’s an Egg Nog Trifle, yum. I’ve got the recipe for it HERE. 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Candy: 
Hands down, everyone chose the Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge. You can find my recipe HERE! Amazing!

Cookies: 
Loaded Chocolate Chip, M & M Cookies. We use the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe from the package and add mini M&Ms to the cookies.

I also make my favorite cookies-I call them Snowball Cookies. Another easy recipe, but the ingredients are a little more on the expensive side. These I really make because I love them and I only have them once a year.

Hannaford Christmas

Main Meal: 

Our main meal is not a sit down meal. It used to be, until one of my babes gave me a due date of December 23rd. So, we planned a pot luck and everyone loved it. Fourteen years later, we’re still doing it the same way. We even switched to paper/plastic plates and plastic cups. So many pretty Christmas choices and clean up is simple! 

Amazing Meatballs: EVERYONE will love these! Cook everything in your crockpot 4-6 hours, mix it up a few times during cooking, and that’s it. They can be eaten as is or offer finger rolls on the side.
Ingredients:
1 large bag of frozen meatballs, 40-oz or larger
3 cups of water
4 Tbl corn syrup
4 tsp vinegar
8 Tbl ketchup
2 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
16 gingersnap cookies

Lasagna: I make my lasagna a couple days before which makes my Christmas Day and Christmas Eve much more relaxing, enjoying the family and not slaving over the stove. We make a Caesar Salad to go along with our lasagna and garlic bread is nearby too.

Turkey: Here are a couple other make ahead meals that we enjoy on Christmas Day. I have a few extra turkeys in my freezer from the Thanksgiving sales. I cook the turkey ahead and then make several turkey pot pies. I usually make the turkey and pies the weekend before Christmas and I freeze the pies. I also make a turkey soup and freeze that as well until the day before I need it.

Finger Food*Finger Food*Finger Food: My family loves finger foods and the great thing about this is you can space these out all day. Some of our finger foods are hot wings & lime wings, shrimp cocktail, mini spring rolls and stuffed mushrooms. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! I found this recipe tonight for stuffed mushrooms and I’m going to give this recipe a go. Check it out HERE for yourself.

We have several people who pop over during the day and evening who typically bring goodies and/or a meal as well. There is always so much extra food.

Do you see a pattern here, though? It really boils down to plan ahead, make some meals ahead and enjoy the day! As the children get older and busier, our family time is so limited. I want to savor every moment, especially over the holidays.

I hope you enjoy some of our family recipes and you have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

 

Kim Bergeron and family

I’m a wife, mommy and a lover of life enjoying everything from playing board games to cooking to traveling. Finding deals for our family has allowed us to do the fun things in life with enjoyment and less stress. When I find a deal I’ll always share it on my blog, Extreme Coupon Professors. Hop on over to see all the ways to save! 

Purse Perfector + $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Are you always losing things at the bottom of your purse, gym bag, or briefcase like me?  Then you are going to love this giveaway of the Purse Perfector organizer PLUS a $10 Amazon gift card as an added bonus!  Your Strong Tower along with a great group of bloggers are super excited to bring our fans this awesome giveaway just in time for the holidays! If you win, you’ll get the Purse Perfector of your choice of size and color.  This will totally help you stay organized during the hectic holiday season!

What is the Purse Perfector?  Until a few short weeks ago, I had no idea!  Now I keep thinking, “Where has this been all of my life?”  The Purse Perfector was created by Lyn Marsteller out of her frustration with trying to find an attractive purse that also kept all of her contents organized and easily accessible.  She realized that it was really the inside of the purse that was the problem, so she created the Purse Perfector as a purse organizer insert that could easily go from bag to bag while keeping everything in easy reach.  Check out the video below to see it in action.


I (somewhat) jokingly say that I could survive the zombie apocalypse with the contents of my purse – everything but the kitchen sink is in there!  I was using the “pouch” method of trying to keep things organized.  I had a multitude of pouches of various sizes with similar things in each pouch (one with my wallet and checkbooks, one with lip balm and gloss, etc.)  It was better than nothing, but I still had problems finding things because they were hidden in pouches, and sometimes the small pouches were hard to find in my big purse.


When I received my large purse organizer, I honestly thought there was NO WAY it was going to hold all of my stuff!  However, I was pleasantly surprised that it accommodated everything.  The best part is that I can see all of my stuff and nothing gets lost on the bottom of my purse anymore!  It’s very easy to pull the Purse Perfector out of my current bag and drop into another one, which makes changing purses a breeze.  It also zips apart, so I can use half of it in a much small bag; it’s like a purse in a purse. I like that the Purse Perfector is made in the USA and is very sturdy and durable, so I will have for a good long time!


The Purse Perfector comes in two sizes and a variety of colors.  And it’s not just for purses!  It can help keep your suitcase, diaper bag, briefcase, backpack, and gym bag organized too.  It would make a great gift for busy professionals, frequent travelers, new moms, and anyone who wants to stay organized!  Order yours now to ensure delivery by the holidays and use code HOLIDAYSHIP2015 for free shipping!  (If you happen to win after you order, your purchase price will be refunded.)

Who is on your holiday shopping list who would love a Purse Perfector?

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Meal Planning Monday ~ Thanksgiving Countdown

Happy Thanksgiving Dinner countdown is on and it’s time to get those menus planned! Hello, it’s Heather from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond. Every year I anticipate Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a time to gather ’round the table with loved ones and remember how grateful we need to be for all that we have. It’s also a time I agonize over the Thanksgiving Dinner menu. I love planning and making this meal and narrowing down the array of side dishes and desserts isn’t easy.

 

I am not going to lie, I especially love Thanksgiving dinner tables loaded down with food. Every year as we make way too many dishes, I am reminded afresh of how blessed we are to be able to enjoy a table full of family, love, and food. The two biggest things I have found that help fill that table with less stress and a more frugal budget, is to keep the dishes simple and have everyone bring a favorite dish. This also helps keep the meal easy prep! Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes that make it to the table every year.

 

All About the Turkey

What is better than a beautifully roasted turkey with crispy flavorful skin? Here is my favorite roasted turkey recipe and a few prep tips for making that bird the main star.

 

 

Bountiful Sides

Amish Mashed Potatoes

Easy Healthy Sweet Potatoes

Gluten Free Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Easy Lemony Asparagus – roasted with a little olive oil, salt, and the juice of 1/2 lemon squeezed over top

Creamed Corn (I confess, from the can)

My mama’s crescent rolls

Green Bean Casserole ( My favorite way to make it is to dump a 16 ounce bag of frozen green beans in a casserole dish and mix with a batch of homemade mushroom soup, then bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.)

Homemade Cranberry Sauce (see easy recipe below)

 

 

Delicious Desserts

Homemade Apple Pie

Cranberry Ginger Crumble Bars

Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Homemade Clementine Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce has always been that one dish that can’t be left off the table. From cans of jellied cranberries to this homemade clementine cranberry sauce, the color and flavor has to be on my plate. This clementine cranberry sauce has all the tartness of cranberries with sweetness from the sugar and clementine to mellow it out, yet still have bright flavors. Enjoy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 1 clementine

  • 3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  • Zest and juice clementine, keeping both the juice and zest for the sauce.

  • Put cranberries in a wide-bottomed pan ( sauté pan or wide bottomed stockpot works)

  • Mix sugar, zest, and juice into cranberries.

  • Cook over medium heat, slightly chopping up cranberries once they get soft. (Use a hand masher or immersion blender.)

  • Heat until thick and bubbling.

  • Transfer to a bowl and chill before serving.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Makes: Approximately 2 cups

 

 

Heather McCurdy writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond where the food is (mostly) real and the making’s easy. She believes any one can cook. Just follow the steps, starting at #1. Read, follow, taste, venture out. Don’t be afraid to fail, then try again. Her other hats are homeschooling, editing fiction, ghostwriting, and culinary marketing. Oh, and she believes life is always better with dessert.

 

 

 

 

Win Cash for Christmas Giveaway

Are you getting geared up for the holiday shopping season? You should be, because Christmas is just a few weeks away!  I’m busy making my list and checking it twice.  

Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don’t we all!

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There will be four winners in this giveaway. Each winner will receive a gift card code to use on the online store or in the actual store.

Now its time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.

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