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What You Need to Know About Fried Chicken Recipes

What You Need to Know About Fried Chicken Recipes

Submitted by: KC Kudra

As the weather gets warmer, summer is on many of our minds, and with summer thoughts come memories of clear, warm weather and delicious homemade fried chicken. If you are a fried chicken lover who wants to recreate those old family recipes, here are some tips to help you make this classic dish the right way.

A little fat once in a while is not so bad. Whether you decide to make fried chicken the main course for Sunday dinner or take it on a picnic, it is a delicious meal that brings back old memories. There are lots of different ways to make fried chicken, but all good chicken has a few things in common. It is cooked thoroughly, has a moist, juicy interior, and is not too greasy, with a crispy fried coating that tastes great.

There are a few aspects that are vital to making any batch of southern fried chicken a success. One of them is being sure you cut the tips off the wings to the last joint. No one really eats them, and wing tips are good for chicken stock later on. If you take them off now, you do not have to worry as much about crowding the chicken in the pan.

Space in the pan is vitally important. While it is okay for them to touch, you will need to make sure that there is no crowding. That means a skillet of twelve inches in diameter or more if you want to be sure your chicken will cook correctly. Choose a heavy skillet (cast iron is traditional), that will hold heat in well.

Cooking oil is common for frying chicken, but many others swear by melted shortening instead. However, no matter which oil you use, choose one with a high smoke point and keep the temperature in an ideal range. Get your fat too hot and it will smoke. Do not get it hot enough and your chicken will take far too long to cook, along with being greasy.

Ideally, you should use one half inch to three quarters of an inch of oil in the pan - you won't be deep frying your chicken, after all This is also great for other chicken fried dishes like steak, in addition to a country fried chicken recipe. If you use too little oil, the sides will not cook right. Of course, too much will make you feel like your chicken is swimming.

Flouring the chicken can be done by putting your chicken into a paper bag that is strong enough to hold it and dropping it in just a few pieces at a time. Shake the bag and the chicken is well coated. This method is not messy and coats the chicken well.

You can also use the shallow dish method of coating chicken by placing flour and spices into a pie pan or other dish and rolling them. This is messier, but allows you to see what you are doing.

You will need to remember to work with the amount of chicken listed in your recipe for the best result, and to trim fat and excess skin. If you are using chicken that has been deboned or with the skin removed, cooking times are going to be a lot different. These kinds of chicken cook faster, and you will have to reduce frying time to make sure the chicken does not get dry. Whole birds and bone in chicken take longer, and you may want to use a meat thermometer to tell you when they are done.

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Pitta Bread Recipe

Pitta Bread Recipe

Submitted by: Kit Heathcock

My kids love pitta (or pita) bread, those flat round breads that open into pockets that can be stuffed with anything and eaten in your hands, the ultimate takeaway food package. I first encountered it as a container for falafel, spiced chickpea patties and salad, a trendy urban street food in London way back then.

Now I use pitta bread as a freezer standby for lunch times when I discover we've run out of bread. Just pop a round into the toaster to defrost, then spread inside with cream cheese or ripe avocado and fill with cucumber slices or diced tomato, or cooked chicken and salad, to provide an instant popular meal. Recently though the pack of six breads, that I so casually toss into the shopping trolley and then into the freezer, seem to have got ridiculously expensive for such a simple food, more than twice the price of a loaf of bread and they vanish in an instant.

I turned to my Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook, the authority on all foods Indian and Middle Eastern, to see how complicated it would be to make my own pitas. It seemed no different to making ordinary white bread, just with the extra step of rolling the rounds and cooking them individually. Her recipe also makes twelve breads, so I had visions of having six for one meal and being able to stock the freezer again for another emergency.

I should have known my family better. The resulting breads were so delicious - warm, soft and fluffy inside, without the hard leatheriness of the bought ones - that they all disappeared in a twinkling, with just one half-piece left at the end of the meal and no photographs taken to show for it. The softer consistency made them a little less resilient as pockets than the bought pita, but we did eat them straight from the oven. I think cooling and then reheating them, or baking for an extra minute, would toughen the outside just enough to hold the fillings well without losing the inner softness.

Pitta Bread Recipe

450g / 1lb white bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 10g sachet (or 3 teaspoons) instant yeast or ¼ oz / 8g active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Sift together the flour and salt. Combine yeast, sugar and 60ml / ¼ cup lukewarm water in a cup and leave for five minutes until it starts to froth. Mix the yeast mixture and 250 ml / 1 cup more lukewarm water into the flour and add the olive oil. Mix together to form a dough, adding another few tablespoons warm water as needed. Knead the dough on a floured surface for approx 10 minutes until it is smooth, springy and elastic. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with a damp cloth or put the whole bowl into a plastic bag and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 ½ - 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

Punch the air out of the dough and knead briefly, then divide the dough into twelve pieces. Roll each one out to a ¾ cm / ¼ inch thick round and put on a floured baking tray. When they're all done cover the tray and leave to rise again for another 45 minutes. I use a black plastic bin liner for my bread to rise in - you can tuck it loosely around the tray leaving an air space above the bread dough so that it doesn't stick.

Preheat your oven to its highest temperature - about 220C / 450F if it will get that hot. Put a large cast iron griddle or frying pan in the middle of your oven to heat. (If you have a gas oven put it at the bottom where it is hottest). You can also use a heavy baking sheet or cookie tray. Once the dough has risen, put one or two pitta breads onto the griddle and return to oven to cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes until they have puffed up. Bring the bread out onto a plate covered by a damp cloth to cool off. Once cool they can be frozen in bags. Reheat under the grill or in a toaster.

One of these days I'll be organised enough to make a batch especially for the freezer, so that I have my emergency bread back-up. I think I'll have to do it in secret when the kids are at school though, or the pitta bread just won't make it to the freezer!

Copyright 2007 Kit Heathcock

About the Author: Kit Heathcock writes and copyedits for a number of websites from Original Orange. She contributes to a luxury travel website Just the Planet and A Flower Gallery.

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Meal of the Week 37 - Lasagna Rolls

Meal of the Week 37 - Lasagna Rolls

Meal of the Week 37 - Lasagna Rolls
By Gregory L Gomez

Meal of the Week: Turkey Lasagna Rolls w/ Salad
Leftover Meal Idea: Muffin Melts

Here's a fun way to enjoy lasagna but in a more individualized manner that will help keep calorie count low and in turn help keep you focused on healthy nutrition. Even though portion size and ingredients are a tad different than usual, that in no way sacrifices flavor or taste. If the meal is prepared as outlined below, you should have enough leftover to make some tasty muffin melts that you'll enjoy for work the next day. Those who desire a vegetarian/meat-less version simply do without the lean ground turkey and opt for an alternative of your liking.

Equipment Needed
- colander
- large pot for water/pasta
- large skillet for meat
- medium size stovetop pot
- large mixing bowl
- large oven pan
- parchment paper
- aluminum foil

Ingredients
Makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 box lasagna
1 jar Marinara sauce
1 cup diced spinach
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup cottage cheese (small curd)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 egg
salt and pepper

For Leftover Muffin Melts
- whole wheat English muffins

Directions

*Preheat oven to 425 degrees

1. You will need to boil a large pot of water (with optional dashes salt) to cook the lasagna al dente for about eight minutes. When that's finished carefully remove and drain using a colander.

2. While the water is boiling if you're planning to use lean ground turkey (or any other meat) for this meal you can start cooking this next. Open the container and empty the contents into a stove top pan, add some salt and pepper to taste, and on medium heat start dicing the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until desired wellness is achieved.

3. While the meat and lasagna noodles are cooking you can carefully dice the spinach leaves into small pieces using a sharp knife until you have a cup worth. In a separate small stove top pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with the 2 tablespoons minced garlic and the cup of diced spinach on low heat stir for a few minutes.

4. In a large mixing bowl add the egg, 1 cup Ricotta cheese, oregano, 3/4 cup cottage cheese, the garlic/spinach mixture, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese along with pinches of salt and pepper. Mix together well with a fork.

5. Right about now the meat and lasagna should be about done cooking. Lower meat to a simmer and add entire bottle of marinara sauce and mix well. You will have a nice, tasty meat mixture now.

6. Use a large piece of parchment paper and get ready to make the lasagna rolls. Simply lay out 1 entire noodle on the parchment paper and use a spoon to spread the cheese mixture evenly and thinly across one entire side. Then carefully roll the lasagna up from one end to the other.

7. Before you place the lasagna roll in your oven pan, spoon some of the meat sauce mixture across the bottom of the pan to give it a thin coating. Then you can place the lasagna rolls side by side but not touching. Continue to repeat this process until you finish all the lasagna rolls you plan to cook. You may have to use two separate oven-safe pans depending on how many rolls you plan to make.

8. Once all the lasagna rolls are prepared and arranged in the pan, spoon the remaining sauce over each one of the rolls. Then mix the remaining parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on top of all the rolls.

9. Cover the pan(s) with a piece of aluminum foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

10. Finally, while the lasagna is cooking you can prepare the type of salad you plan to serve with the meal. Once everything is done, serve appropriate portions and enjoy.

Leftover Meal Idea: Muffin Melts
If you are unfortunately left without any leftover lasagna rolls but still have some of the meat sauce mixture, here's a chance to make some delicious muffin melts. These taste very similar to Subway meatball sandwiches if you prepare the sauce with meat as described above. All you will need to purchase extra is some whole wheat English muffins, If you don't want to use those, or just want to use what you have on hand, you can always opt for a tortilla, pita bread, toast, or even a large piece of lettuce to use as a wrap. Simply spread the desired meat sauce mixture onto one side of the bread, sprinkle some shredded cheese and parmesan cheese on top, and cover with the other piece of bread. Wrap in a piece of aluminum foil until ready to be taken out and re-heated for a tasty lunch.

About the Author: Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, has been teaching 5th grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 17 years. He created 10Quickies.com to help teachers and parents provide children in 2nd-5th grades with a fun and inspirational way to review grade level math. He also wants readers to be mindful of their health and fitness especially since it's easy to overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can start focusing on your health starting today by using these 5 Healthy Eating Tips found here --> http://10quickies.com/article_5healthyeatingtips.html

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8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids
By Kristen Wint

If you're like me, teaching your kids as you go, imparting wisdom to them as they make their way along the road of life, how often do you sit down and really think about the essential life skills you'd like them to have? Take a few minutes to brainstorm what's most important to you and your partner when it comes to the competencies that are integral to setting your kids up for success and start focusing on them today.

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids:

1. Unconditional Love

By loving your children openly and wholeheartedly every day, you are showing them how to love themselves and others. Teaching kids to accept themselves for who they are will enable them to do the same with others. They must also be willing to forgive friends and family in order to love them unconditionally.

2. Social Awareness and Manners

Impart social and conversational skills from a young age by letting kids join in on adult gatherings from time to time. Don't make a habit of always segregating your children from the adults - they can learn a lot about etiquette, social cues and the art of conversation from watching grown-ups. These settings are also a good time to work on basic manners including the consistent use of "please," "thank you," "pardon me," as well as proper dining etiquette.

3. Respect for Others

Children learn respect from their family and it starts with family members caring for each other's physical space, thoughts, interests and needs. When kids feel that what's important to them is held in high regard by others, they will be able to emulate the same respect for their family and peers.

4. All Things Nature

Instill a lifelong love of the outdoors and of nature by spending plenty of time in the fresh air, in all kinds of weather. Let your kids climb trees at the park, plant seedlings in the garden, feed the birds in your backyard and jump in rain puddles on the street. All ages love summer camping, day hiking and picnics by the lake. When you give your kids a lot of exposure to our beautiful planet, it will make them appreciate it more and want to protect it for future generations.

5. Good Hygiene

Start early to create good hygiene habits that will stay with your kids forever - from teaching proper hand washing and teeth brushing techniques to tots, to encouraging daily bathing for sweaty teens. Make learning daily habits fun for young kids by singing, using props and giving out reward stickers. Good hygiene sets them up for good health and well-being in later life.

6. Food Preparation

Get your kids in the kitchen early, helping to select meals, prep food and cook with you. My son learned to prepare snacks with his classmates in preschool and loved it. He's been comfortable in our kitchen ever since and is not afraid to use a knife, stir a pot or get his hands dirty. Start by showing them how to make simple soups and pastas and work your way up to more complicated dishes.

7. Smart Shopping and Saving

Show your children the difference between whole foods and processed foods, how to eat in season and how to be savvy shoppers. Talk to them about brand versus non-brand, retail versus wholesale, and how to budget their money. Even young kids can save money in their piggy banks and learn how to bargain at a garage sale. Older children can open a bank account, start saving and help with shopping and errands.

8. Tidiness

With my recent goal of getting my house more organized, I've been reading "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo. She highlights the fact that most of us have never been properly taught how to tidy! Start early by teaching your kids how to fold clothing neatly so they can find articles easier, and have them sort through their personal belongings to keep only things that "spark joy." A tidy room means a tidy mind, and ensures children can cut through the clutter to focus on what's important.

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Cheap and Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Appetite

Cheap and Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Appetite

Cheap and Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Appetite
By Adrian T. Cheng

Chicken meat is affordable, easily accessible and most of all versatile, that's why it's a top favorite when it comes to dinner. Whether baked, fried, steamed or grilled, you'll never go wrong with chicken meat for dinner - it's easy to prepare, too, so no worries even if you're a cooking beginner.

Satisfy your appetite with these hearty chicken dinners you can make right at home:

Herbs and Spices Roast Chicken

What you need:

  • 1 whole chicken, rinsed and pat dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place chicken in a baking pan and brush olive oil all over meat. In a small bowl, mix together basil, paprika, oregano, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper and sprinkle mixture all over chicken. Roast chicken in a pre-heated oven (450F) for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 400F and roast chicken for 30 to 40 minutes more. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Garlic Chicken and Brown Rice Special

What you need:

  • 1/4 kg. boneless and skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a pan and cook chicken strips, garlic, red bell pepper and onion over medium heat for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil then add brown rice, peas, soy sauce, vinegar and chicken mixture. Stir to blend everything together until heated through.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

What you need:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Place chicken thighs in a 4-quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together garlic, ketchup, soy sauce, honey and basil until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture over chicken and toss meat to coat. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Enjoy your next dinner with these hearty and satisfying chicken recipes - easy on the wallet but heavy on the appetite!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger who promotes healthy eating. He has written numerous posts and articles about natural herbs and spices, shared countless of delicious and healthy recipes and reviewed kitchen accessories that are affordable yet of quality. You can view Adrian's posts about going green and other nutrition tips and tricks on his page.

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Helpful Methods For Building Muscle - Useful Facts You Might Not Know

Helpful Methods For Building Muscle - Useful Facts You Might Not Know

Submitted by: Erick Spires

Let's face it: Having lean and tight muscles brings you a notch higher in the "looking good" rating scale. For men, having bulked muscles and ripped abs add to their "hunky" appeal. While women don't like the idea of bulking up, they infinitely feel way sexier when their abs are lean and their arms don't sag. Thin is definitely not in where the word "sexy" is concerned. Being waif-like is equated to sickness, like the image of ramp models collapsing on the runway because they've eaten nothing but a stick of cheese all day.

There is no other way around building muscle except to follow a fitness program composed of diet and exercise. You cannot hope to build muscle by following only a diet or only a weight-training program. Both must be incorporated in one seamless fitness regimen so muscles can be gained. With the foundation of diet and exercise, follow these simple and proven ways to help you build muscle:

1. Make sure that you have sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in your daily diet. Compared to those who are not on any muscle building regimen, you need about twice as much of these macronutrients in your diet. In order for your body to sustain the entire strenuous activity, you need to up your intake of carbohydrates from fruit, grain and vegetable sources. You will also need adequate amounts of fat to stimulate production of testosterone so that your muscles will bulk up. Protein is needed to help your muscles recover and bulk up. Your meals should include lead meat, chicken, milk, eggs and fish.

2. When you notice that your diet is lacking in these nutrients, you can always consider supplementation. Fish oil is a good source of essential fatty acids so you can supplement with this if your diet is lacking in dietary fat. There are also protein shakes and drinks containing the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine that help you build muscle. You can consider taking these, too.

3. Train with compound lifts. This is not always a popular method since it demands proper technique to be able to successfully carry it out. Squats and deadlifts are examples of exercises that work the largest muscle groups of your body that help in muscle building.

4. Lest you believe that in order to build muscle you need to keep on working at it day and night, hold yourself before you waste all your efforts. You need to give your muscles time to rest and recover so that the fibers broken down during your weight lifting regimen can reattach themselves and further form new ones as well. Thus, do your weight lifting sessions on alternate days with each session lasting no more than an hour and only a maximum of three days a week. Alternatively, you can train different sets of muscle groups per day. For example, you can concentrate on your legs one day, your arms on the next, your abs the day after that, your back the following day and your chest the day after to complete your routine. What is important is you give the muscle group you train time to recover. Otherwise, you won't be able to bulk up.

5. Drink plenty of water to aid in recovery and build muscle.

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Traditional Southern Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day

Traditional Southern Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day

Traditional Southern Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day

By: Nicola Kennedy


An Easy and Delicious Mother's Day Breakfast

Make this Mother's Day unforgettable with one of these breakfast menus, or use your imagination and substitute.

Quick and easy but delicious, the breakfast casserole is put together the night before. A delicious cantaloupe smoothie and easy muffins make this breakfast memorable.

Western Ham and Egg Casserole
Make this casserole the night before, then refrigerate and pop it in the oven in the morning.

Ingredients:
8 slices white bread, crust removed, cut into cubes
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups cubed, cooked ham (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk

Preparation:
Place bread cubes in a lightly greased 12x8x2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham, onion, and green pepper. Whisk together eggs and milk; pour over ham and cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Remove from refrigerator; let stand for 30 minutes. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until set.
Western ham and egg casserole serves 8.

An Extra-Special Mother's Day Breakfast

Here's an elegant breakfast for anyone who loves to cook. Perfect for Mother's day or any special occasion breakfast. For a touch of indulgence, serve this breakfast with champagne and orange juice Mimosas.

Eggs Benedict - Fruit Compote With Pears
Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls
Strawberry Smoothies or Mimosas
Hot Coffee or Tea

Southern Breakfast

Here's a traditional Southern breakfast, from grits to biscuits and gravy.

Grits
Scrambled Eggs Deluxe
Ham with Red Eye Gravy
Biscuits with Sausage Gravy or Pecan Pancakes
Orange Juice, Hot Coffee, or Tea

Always remember to add a bud vase with her favorite flower to give any breakfast in bed that special touch. Don't forget the cards and her other gifts too, she will start out the day with a HUGE smile on her face and go to work showing off what her family did for her.

 

Author Bio
Nicola Kennedy has enjoyed some great Mother's Days, both as a grateful mom and a loving daughter. She can help you find great Mother's Day gift ideas with tips and news, information and views at www.I-Love-My-Mom.com

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Pregnancy After Miscarriage Can Cause A Lot Of Anxiety

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Can Cause A Lot Of Anxiety

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Can Cause A Lot Of Anxiety
By Hannah Bajor

Pregnancy after miscarriage is a common concern for many women that had a miscarriage as many times we fear will this happen again to me.

Statistics shows that up to 65% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage, however many of these women never even knew they were pregnant as they were diagnosed by serial hormonal testing. A general rule is about 20 -25% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage.

No two pregnancies are alike. Each pregnancy is a unique experience for a woman and the incoming child so we cannot compare one pregnancy to another. The success rate of a pregnancy after a miscarriage can be increased with these following tips:

Be nutritionally healthier prior to and during pregnancy. From the moment of conception your unborn child needs to constantly multiply every cell in their body to grow every organ and structure to be normal. The most common cause of an early miscarriage is an abnormal baby resulting from a defective egg or sperm. These issues are easily corrected to prevent a recurrent miscarriage. It is not good enough to just eat healthier as most of the food we eat lacks basic nutrition and minerals. But it is essential to take in a high quality supplement of vitamins and minerals that has a great absorption rate. A nutritionally healthy body will make your pregnancy after miscarriage stronger.

Keep your body constantly detoxified will also prevent miscarriages and make pregnancy after miscarriage easier. Many people are unaware that their bodies are in a constant toxic state unless they are taking antioxidants on a daily basis. Toxins can destroy healthy cells including the female egg, the male sperm and the growing fetus. Toxins comes from the following:

Pesticides on the fruit and vegetables we eat unless they are organic.

Additives and preservatives in our foods.

Pollution in the air we breathe.

Chemicals in the water we drink.

From within our own bodies, for example every time we work out we generate free radicals that are toxic to our bodies.

Medication we take.

60% of all pregnancies are unplanned and when a pregnant woman has ambivalence about her pregnancy it increases the chances of a miscarriage. Therefore, if you want to have a successful pregnancy, immediately accept this baby.

Listen to your body. If your body is telling you to take it easy and not to have intercourse during your pregnancy, then listen to your own inner guidance. Pregnancy is much more than a physical and emotional process. Pregnancy takes a tremendous amount of energy from the mother as so many things happen to the mother and the incoming baby all at the same time. Going against your inner guidance can off set a normal pregnancy.

Pregnancy after miscarriage comes with concerns that another miscarriage will happen. This is normal but may even cause another miscarriage. Regardless of your obstetrical history it is very important not to worry and have as little stress as possible. Be positive and bond with your baby. Let your baby know he or she is loved and wanted.

If you are having a hard time getting over the loss of your miscarried baby then maybe you might want to consider some energetic healing-coaching from an energy healer like myself, that can help you turn the corner of miscarriage grief and energetically get you back on track.

Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. Worrying about your ability to have a healthy pregnancy or having another miscarriage causes stress on your body and may prevent you becoming pregnant or interfere with the outcome of your current pregnancy.

Everything you think, say or do about pregnancy either before the physical manifestation of a pregnancy or during your pregnancy has a profound effect on your pregnancy and your unborn child. The outcome of any pregnancy depends on many factors.

Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less problematic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process and improve pregnancy outcome and maybe prevent another miscarriage.

Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. is founder, CEO and Visionary behind the Lumalove® brand of getting pregnant, pregnancy, infertility and miscarriage educational support products and services.

Hannah says "knowing my life's purpose gives one a hug advantage". Her 30 years midwifery experience along with her personal journey through ten years of infertility, having personally experienced a 16 week miscarriage and a near death experience delivering her second child has lit a fire in her soul that NO ONE can put out and that is to "change childbirth education as we know it".

Lumalove LLC helps couples globally access new and dynamic prenatal education and in doing so lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.

Take advantage of her FREE offer and download a miscarriage healing ceremony that will give you some definite actions to take to help cope better with your loss. To get your FREE Lumalove Miscarriage Healing Ceremony PDF then click on [http://www.LumaloveGettingPregnant.com]

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10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories

10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories

10 Healthy Snacks For Work - Each Under 200 Calories
By Gregory L Gomez

Oh those tasty snacks. The little treats that for many are thorns in the side and continually contribute to the inability to drop the excess weight. Many people often overlook the damage not having healthy snacks for work can cause but it is something that definitely needs to be taken into account.

Snacks are an important part of daily nutrition, however far too often when hunger between meals arises, many people opt to choose an unhealthy way to satisfy their appetite. This usually means a soda pop and bag of potato chips or a candy bar, all of which are not healthy contributions to the body.

Get In The Habit Of Taking Healthy Snacks For Work With You Daily

The reason why these types of snacks are so popular is because they are plastered everywhere we go - the corner convenience store, supermarkets, gas stations, work cafeteria, even those pesky vending machines. Worse yet, once we find spots with the snacks and drinks we like, it often becomes a regular habit that may be hard to break.

Did you know if you were to cut out just one soda or glass of juice a day, that alone would help you get rid of 1,800 calories per week or 26 pounds a year!?!

And that's just from eliminating one soda/juice per day! Imagine what you could lose if you got rid of all the other unhealthy snacks from your repertoire.

Stick with the idea that healthy snacks for work should each be under 200 calories. Your snack should be nowhere near the total calorie count of an entire meal. It's something that should be small enough to tide you over until your next main meal but be nutritious also.

Making Healthy Snacks For Work Does Not Take Much Time - Less Than 5 Minutes!

The reason why snacks are important is to keep your body nourished and your metabolism going. This helps keep you from going into "starvation mode" where you start craving anything and everything that crosses your path. If you get to the point where your stomach is growling for food, then you've gone too long without nourishment and you may likely overeat at your next meal.

Prevent this from happening by planning out your healthy snacks for work. It doesn't take a lot of time if you just stick with snacks that are simple, yet nutritious. Just be sure to add these items to your shopping list so the next time you go for groceries you will purchase these healthy options.

10 Healthy Snacks For Work, Each Under 200 Calories

Here are 10 healthy snacks for work. Enjoy a bottle/glass of water and you will have the ideal amount to tide you over until your next main meal.

1. Almonds with raisins
2. Celery sticks with peanut butter
3. Rice cake with peanut butter or honey
4. Carrots with light ranch dressing
5. Hummus with whole wheat pita pocket
6. Yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola or grape nuts
7. Mozzarella string cheese with 5 whole wheat crackers
8. Fruits: most are only 100 calories each! Take your pick apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, strawberries, grapes, melon, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, etc.
9. Granola bars: wide selection and varieties
10. 1/2 whole wheat bagel with peanut butter or honey

Hopefully these 10 ideas have inspired you to start creating your own healthy snacks for work so you will never have to resort to making unhealthy vending machine purchases on your break. Remember, maintaining a healthy life is a culmination of many small decisions made throughout your day. Snacks are definitely included in these decisions. Prepare yourself and you will have healthy snacks for work making it one step closer to a healthy life.

About the Author: Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, has been teaching 5th grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 17 years. He created 10Quickies.com to help teachers and parents provide children in 2nd-5th grades with a fun and inspirational way to review grade level math. He also wants readers to be mindful of their health and fitness especially since it's easy to overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can start focusing on your health starting today by using these 5 Healthy Eating Tips found here --> http://10quickies.com/article_5healthyeatingtips.html

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Three Most Common Causes For Low Blood Pressure

Three Most Common Causes For Low Blood Pressure

Three Most Common Causes For Low Blood Pressure
By Dr. Dorothy Adamiak, ND

Poor circulation and low blood pressure is more common than generally believed. As health practitioners and patients keep focusing on hypertension, hypotension is usually overlooked or dismissed. Yet, many of us may be experiencing blood pressure dips without being aware of it.

Sporadic bouts of fatigue, chronic exhaustion, frequent yawning, daytime sleepiness, mental dullness, poor memory and even brittle nails all may be signs of insufficient circulation.

The causes of hypotension may vary from person to person and depend on genetic, environmental and circumstantial factors. However, many of those can be controlled, provided that the individual is aware of them. Here is a list of just three most common controllable causes for low blood pressure.

    • Dehydration: Experts say that one should drink 8 glasses of water a day, yet despite this straightforward advice we frequently end up below the guidelines. It is because many of us rely solely on the sense of thirst. Yet, thirst has been found to be consistently unreliable. It simply cannot be used as a hydration gauge.

 

    • Nutritional deficiency: Everyone knows that nutrition is a very important determinant of health. Heart cannot pump without energy and blood cannot flow without being propelled. For that you need nutrients, and lots of them. Yet, a multivitamin won`t do in this case as crucial macronutrients for blood flow must come from food, not from pills. Among the most vital circulatory macronutrients are: sugars, electrolytes, and protein. These three are responsible for increasing blood pressure.

 

  • Adrenal fatigue: Stress, worry, and grief are very hard on the body and if prolonged they may lead to adrenal fatigue or even adrenal exhaustion. Fatigued adrenals alter production of hormones and neurotransmitters which in turn cause changes in the blood flow. Adrenal fatigue is largely an under-recognized phenomenon, although its extreme form called Addison`s disease is a well-known to health practitioners reason for chronic hypotension.

The above conditions are three most common reasons for low blood pressure. Fortunately, they are also easily reversible, especially if one works with a qualified health care provider that is capable of detecting the causes, determining the needs, and also the one that will be assessing the progress.

Causes for hypotention however, are not limited only to dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and adrenal fatigue. There are also other reasons. Among them are: hidden blood loss, anemia, nervous system failure, dysautonomia, food sensitivities, POTS, and others. Regardless of the underlying reasons follow these four simple circulatory boosters below, so you can experience an immediate improvement in your well-being:

    • Keep on drinking plenty of water and if possible drink it extra cold. Cold water has been shown to boost circulation to the same degree as coffee does.

 

    • Do not skip meals; low blood sugar that results from non-eating can contribute to hypotension

 

    • Add a pinch of salt to food; sodium lost during digestion and sweat must be replaced. Insufficient sodium contributes to low blood pressure and chronic fatigue

 

  • Adjust your diet to support adrenals; adrenals need large quantities of vitamin C. Add oranges, grapefruit, kiwis, and lemon to your diet to ensure a good supply of this nutrient.

To read about other reasons behind hypotension visit Dr D's blog http://goo.gl/8Xlhos

For a more comprehensive look, quick tips and permanent solutions to low and fluctuating blood pressure refer to The Guide, a comprehensive read on perfecting circulation: http://amzn.to/1PBZOx8

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