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DIY Popsicle Recipes
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Popsicles are a great way to cool off, and to get in a few servings of fruits. Make these DIY popsicles at home to welcome Spring. White Peach and Strawberry Fizz Popscicle 1 ½ cup sliced strawberries ¾ cup thinly sliced white peach segments 1 tablespoon fresh mint, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest 3 cups sparkling white grape juice Directions: Pour the sparkling grape juice into a large measuring cup, and allow to settle for at least 5 minutes to reduce some of the bubbles before adding to the mold. Thinly slice the strawberry and peach pieces so they easily fit into the popsicle mold, however are large enough to be seen. Set aside. Add a small amount of mint and lemon zest to each popsicle mold. Add the slices of fruit, alternating so they can be seen when unmolded (about 3-4 slices of each). Fill each popsicle mold with the white grape juice, leaving about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the mold (the liquid will expand slightly as it freezes). Gently tap the molds on the counter top to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Watermelon Kiwi Popscicle Ingredients: 3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to 1/2 a watermelon) 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced 1 peach or nectarine, diced small handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped Directions: Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree Read More »

3 Potato Skin Recipes That Satisfy Cravings
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Potato skins are a satisfying side dish, and appetizer. But they can add unwanted pounds to your waistline if they don’t stay on your cheat day menu. Eat them a few days a week with these healthy versions of one of everyone’s favorite foods. 1. Southwest Sweet Potato Skins A Southwestern take on this potato skin classic brings some spicy flavor and refreshing flavors, that are delicious any time of year. Ingredients: 4 small sweet potatoes 1 medium red onion, chopped ½ cup yellow bell peppers ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped ¼ cup tomatoes 1 tablespoon fresh  lime juice 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon sour cream for topping Directions: 1. Pre-heat oven to 425˚ and cut the sweet potatoes in half placing each with the cut side up on a baking tray. Bake until the potato has softened, about 25-30 minutes. 2. While the sweet potatoes bake, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and add diced onions and bell peppers. Let sauté until onions become translucent. Stir in tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice an continue to cook until mixture is heated through, set aside until the potato skins are done. 3. Once sweet potatoes are soft, scoop out the insides leaving ¼” of sweet potato in the skin. Turn skins upside down, brush with remaining olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the Read More »

Breast Lifting Exercises for Naturally Beautiful Boobs
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Breasts are possibly one of your favorite body parts. And if you’ve ever wondered how to defy gravity and give the girls that extra lift, here’s your chance. These breast lifting exercises work to build your chest muscles, when incorporated into your workout regimen 3 to 5 times a week. Try 15-20 reps of each breast lifting exercise three times. All you need is some dumbbells. Pectoral Flys—Lie on your back with your arms to your sides grasping the dumbbells. Lift the dumbbells above your chest; your elbows should be pointing out to the sides. Lower your arms, and repeat. Push-Ups—You know the drill, but focus on keeping your core tight and your body straight with your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. T-Plank—A twist on the classic push-up; place dumbbells on the floor to grasp while in the push-up position with your legs wider than your hips for stability. Lift your right arm while holding the dumbbell and open your body all the way to right making a “T” shape. Return to the starting position, and do on the left side. Alternate and repeat for a natural breast lift. Brest Lifting Push-Up—Lie down on your back and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Extend your arms straight up turning your palms to face inward, while keeping your elbows tight against the body. Lower the weights to one inch above the chest, and press up. Repeat. Dumbbell Lateral Shoulder Raise—Hold dumbbells in front of you. Raise upper arms to your Read More »

6 Squat Variations that Up the Ante
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Squats are a classic exercise that really works the leg and butt muscles, but sometimes mixing it up is necessary. Let’s take a classic move, and turn it into the ultimate workout. Do 12 to 15 reps of each exercise three times for a complete squat workout. The Classic With your feet spread shoulder-width apart, lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Drive your weight down in your heels. Pause, and then slowly push yourself back up. Body-Weight  This squat helps strengthen the power of your legs by driving down your entire body weight into the squat. With feet shoulder width apart dip your knees in preparation to leap, and then jump as high as you can. Land, and immediately squat down and jump again. Pistol This squat relies on your upper leg muscles (hamstrings and quads) to hold your body weight up, and gives you killer legs. Stand with your arms straight out in front of you and raise your left leg slightly off the floor, and hold it there. Push your hips back and lower your body to the ground (your left leg should be extended out in front of you). Pause, and then push your body back into the starting position. Repeat and then switch legs. Wide Stance Barbell  Adding the barbell gives you more weight to drive down, and results in a great butt. Hold the bar across your upper back and squat with your feet Read More »

Natural Bad Breath Remedies for Dental Health
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Bad breath can put a damper on your day, and your overall health. Intrinsically linked to your overall health, and immunity, good dental hygiene is important, and so are dental habits. So here are a few ways you can keep your mouth healthy, clean and smelling fresh. Parsley: Rid your mouth and your body of bad breath odors by chewing on that little green garnish. Parsley is one of the greatest herbs for oral health an you can use this as a simple mouth rinse by stein the leaves in hot water like tea. Also an excellent digestive aid, parsley acts as a diuretic to help reduce bloating and rid the body of excess water for slimming effects, and a flatter belly. Yogurt: Recent studies have shown that a single serving of this creamy treat may help reduce the amounts of odor-causing compounds in the mouth called hydrogen sulfide. Also healing to balance bacteria in the mouth and in the gut, this sweet treat may help to support overall oral health and healthy eating habits. Also a good source of vitamin D, yogurt promotes a mineral absorption to promote strong & healthy teeth and bones. Berries: Sweet little berries contain large amounts of antioxidants including vitamin C known to help create an inhospitable environment of “bad” bacteria that can cause gum disease and gingivitis, major causes of halitosis. Getting large amounts of this immune boosting vitamin also gives your overall health a boost and can help support regular digestion to Read More »

Swimming Workouts for Hot Summer Bodies
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Swimming workouts are a great way to get your swimsuit body started before the weather gets warm enough to break out bikinis. Who has a body that is perfectly toned with broad shoulders and a small waist all year anyway? If you want that kind of physique, try these workouts used by swimmers to maintain long limbs, broad shoulders and a very toned torso. This full body workout will deliver that sexy & slim swimsuit body for summer! Cardio Swimming is all about cardio. You are constantly moving and you’re going to build your distance as you build your technique. Swimming properly is essential for swimming effectively and for longer periods of time. There are four main types of swimming workouts that you can implement. All of these will sound similar as these types of workouts are a part of most physical exercise, but something different and great about swimming, is that if it’s done properly it’s way less damaging on the body. Sprinting—It requires doing a short distance very quickly. This really builds endurance, and can be quite effective once you’ve been swimming for a while. Intervals— Similar to sprinting, but requires a fast pace followed by a slower pace to allow the body to recover. Repeating this regiment requires the body to work harder as it adjusts to the varying levels of speed. Circuits—Having a routine in swimming is a good idea, but alternating the strokes in the routine is essential for a good workout. It’s also important Read More »

Mass Building Gym Workouts
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Mass building is of the biggest challenges and it can be difficult to stick to the kind of schedule it takes to create the bodies like those that grace the covers of magazines. But if it’s important to you, all it really takes is a little time, determination, (maybe a few supps) and of coarse some real lifting in the gym, to get the results you want. With this mass building workout, focus on key areas on different days and repeat for six weeks. Day 1 is chest and triceps; Day 2 is leg day; Day 3 is shoulders and abs; and Day 4 is back and biceps. For the odd-numbered weeks (i.e., weeks 1 and 3) you’ll be doing three sets of six repetitions plus a pump set of 25 reps. For the even-numbered weeks (i.e., weeks 2 and 4), you’ll be doing 12 reps on all sets. Pick days and times you can commit to, and go for it. Mass Building for Odd-Numbered Weeks Remember do 3 sets of six, for each exercise with 1 set of 25 at the end. Day 1: Chest and Triceps Leverage Incline Bench Press Dumbbell Flyes Bodyweight Dip Cable Press-down Day 2: Leg Day Squats Leg Press Lunges Lying Leg Curl Standing Calf Raise Day 3: Shoulders and Abs Upright Row Seated Bent-Over Lateral Raise Kneeling Cable Crunch Day 4: Back and Biceps Dead-lift Bent-Over Barbell Row Lat Pull-down Barbell Curl Incline Dumbbells Curl Mass Building for Even-Numbered Weeks Remember to do Read More »

Motivation Tips for Lasting Weight Loss Success
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Motivation is an important part of long-term weight loss management. And while you may be struggling now to achieve your goal weight, studies have shown that over time, it gets easier. Researchers have found that people who successfully maintain their weight loss for 2-5 years increase their changes of long-term success.(1) Start in the Kitchen: While many people think that long hours in the gym equals weight loss, about 80 percent of slimming success really happens in the kitchen. Long-term weight management means making lifestyle changes, not just following fad diets. So to stay motivated, focus on setting simple goals like eating a balanced diet, choosing low-fat options when you can and eating regular meals. Reaching small goals, like choosing an apple over a doughnut can help you stay motivated little by little, until long-term healthy habits stick. Find Inspiration: Professional athletes and figure models don’t get on the covers of magazines without hard work and a commitment to their goals. While you don’t have to look like them, pinning up a few pictures of someone who is inspiring to you may help you stay focused. Choose someone you admire and find out how they reached their goals. This can help you to stay motivated when working out or eating healthy is the last thing on your mind. Make Friends: A Stanford University found that participants who received a phone call about how their progress was going every two weeks increased the amount of exercise they did by about 78% Read More »