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applesauce? who would have thought?!

Yes, it’s true. I’m one of those crazy people that doesn’t love syrup on their pancakes. But butter on the other hand… MMM! I know it isn’t the healthiest thing to be slathering butter all over my delicious fluffy pancakes. But I need something to moisten the short stack since I’m not a syrup fan. Lucky for me, I just heard of a new replacement for this unhealthy habit, applesauce! Who would have thought?

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First and foremost a cup of applesauce made with no added sugars contains no fat, has up to 80% of your daily vitamin C intake, is a good source of fiber and is only 100 calories!

Replacing butter with applesauce on your pancakes isn’t the only thing you can do. You can use applesauce as a substitute for baking and in plenty of other recipes. It’s a great way to satisfy that sweet craving while being nutritionally conscious. Use it with potatoes, in brownie or cake recipes and even on top of your breakfast muffin.

would you like some ibuprofen, ibuprofen or ibuprofen with that ache?

There has to be another option to cure small aches and pains. Maybe something homemade? Popping pain relievers sometimes feels unnatural. And using the same method of pill swallowing and a glass of water gets redundant. Using herbs or oils can make relief of any kind more relaxing and more natural. Natural healing feels healthier, putting your mind and body at greater ease. The following issues can be cured using the following ingredients.

tension headaches– chamomile essential oil, olive oil

back pain– devils claw herb

menstrual cramps– pressure on the arches of your feet

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dry hair and dandruff– coconut oil, shower cap

chronic stress– marjoram essential oil

food cravings– vanilla essential oil, unscented lotion

commitment to yourself

In order to live a healthier lifestyle, you need to make yourself a priority. I know it’s hard, considering how busy we are with all of our commitments. But doing something for yourself, even something as simple as changing your breakfast, can boost your energy. Feeling good about yourself is just as important as making that deadline. Your wellness can affect the choices you make and the positive energy you exert. Making just one commitment to yourself each day can lead you down a healthier path.

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Choose any commitment for today: Change up your breakfast, use the stairs instead of the elevator, hydrate, take a brisk walk outside, make sleep a priority, find 10 minutes to remove yourself from electronics and embrace the silence.

eat your feelings, it helps…seriously

Normally people try to avoid “eating their feelings.” In many cases people eat when they’re feeling intensely emotional in any sense. But have you ever thought of eating particular foods to chemically reduce stress rather than emotionally? Lucky for us there is a way!

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Avocados, leafy vegetables, complex carbs, oranges, hot tea and fish can all help reduce stress! Each food balances certain chemicals in your body. Avocados can lower blood pressure, complex carbs release serotonin, oranges can stabilize cortisol levels and blood pressure, and the fatty acids in fish can help prevent spikes in stress hormones.

just eggs

I have to admit how excited I was when I came across this article about eggs. As a college student, eggs are one of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest meals to prepare. There are so many different ways you can prepare an egg. Not to mention its a great source of protein, and almost no calories when just eating egg whites. And did you know eggs are the only food that contain natural vitamin D?! Not to mention they’re also a good source of vitamins B12, A and E.

ImageI’m always playing a guessing game when it comes time to decide how long eggs last. Apparently they last at LEAST three weeks after the printed carton date when refrigerated! Another fun fact: drop an egg in a cup of water, if it sinks it’s still good! If it floats to the top, toss it.

When boiling eggs, remove them from the pot and place them in cold water to preserve that perfect boil (rather than letting them overcook in the pot.)

risk-free cookie dough

You can’t deny the urge you have to pop a raw cookie dough ball into your mouth before you set them in the oven. You also can’t deny that it’s not the healthiest or safest thing to do (raw egg, etc.) But now you can, in a safe way! This vegan recipe for cookie dough is made to eat without baking. The best part is how quick and simple it is.

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The ingredients include cashews, oats, agave, maple syrup, vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Just throw the ingredients in the blender, roll into cookie balls and enjoy!

the pumpkin keg

In spirit of the upcoming holiday, Halloween, spice up the beer with some pumpkin! Although beer isn’t necessarily the healthiest drink of choice, it’s always fun to let loose during a holiday. Carve out a pumpkin, scoop out the seeds, and pour in the booze. The pumpkin infused beer is a perfect halloween kick! Use this same method with a watermelon during the summertime for refreshing twist.