Muscle Soreness reliever / Alivio del dolor muscular

I know it’s summer and I should be all relaxed and laying on a beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, but that’s just in my dreams, the reality is that for most moms, summer means double the work. Kids are always hungry, recital rehearsals, swim practice and let’s not forget that we still have to work, right? well, the thing is that not only I feel overwhelmed with my children at home since I work from home, but I’ve been running and doing some circuit training at the park, while Liah is at swimming class, which is great, but my muscles are killing me, it is a combination of muscle soreness and stress. So I want to share with you this wonderful tip that is helping me relieve the soreness of my muscles and at the same time allowing me to take some me time.relieve_stress_post_work_out natural_hair_stress_relieve

Soak in Epsom salt nightly: Add 1 cup of lavender-scented Epsom salt to your warm bath, some bubbles, light a candle  and soak in for 10-20 minutes- Just add wine, lol. Epsom salt — actually magnesium sulfate — is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans that are looking for a safe, easy and economical alternative. Find it in your local pharmacy or grocery store.

Epsom salt added relaxes your sore muscles, decreases inflammation by increasing the blood flow to your muscles and also prevents bloating, helping you get a flatter stomach. You can also soak a clean towel in warm water with Epsom salt and place it over the sore muscle.

 

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Spirulina for natural hair growth / Espirulina para hacer crecer el cabello.

spirulina_for_healthy_hairSpirulina is one of those surprises and new addition to my healthy life and natural hair power foods. How I found out about spirulina? well, you all know that I am a little crazy and my blogger friend and nutritionist Fernanda from heavenlyskinnykitchen.com told me about a healthy back in shape challenge and I said “count me in”.  I don’t believe I am out shape, in fact, you all know that I am very active, but I am the one that believes that surrounding yourself with positive people with your same goals in life is always a good idea, plus you don’t know what you may learn, this is how I knew spirulina and right away I started my research and what I found out is just amazing and worth to share.
Spirulina is a type of algae, loaded with proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin B 12, Vitamin E, calcium, iron and phosphorus, as well as amino acids, essential fatty acids and beta carotene. There is scientific studies that proves the effects of Spirulina on hair growth and those diagnosed with alopecia often turn to spirulina as an alternative treatment. It strengthens the immune system and it’s antioxidants effects does wonders to hair growth.

Spirulina is one of the few proteins that has a high positive impact and effect containing 70 % high-valued protein which is so important for our body, hair, and nails .
Spirulina comes in pills and powder, but I chose the powder to add to my smoothies, it smells similar to seaweed.hair_growth_natural_smoothie

Hair growth smoothie by Fernanda
2 cup spinach
1 cup pineapple
1/2 red apple
1 celery
1 lemon juice
1/2 banana
1 tsp spirilina
Chop, blend, enjoy

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Healthier Super Bowl Snacks/ Snacks saludables para el super Bowl

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healthier_super_bowl_snacksThe holidays are over but as a multicultural family, there is always an excuse to celebrate, eat and drink. If you are like me, a party  curly girl, but also has a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and loose those turkey pounds, healthier snacks and drinks can help you get in the game while keeping your new years resolution. The super bowl is the perfect excuse to get together with family and friends. I plan to make my life easier with not only easy, healthier snacks and drinks but also using Rubbermaid containers for the majority of the party food. Using plastic containers make leftover storage easier and also avoids any incident of breaking my expensive china.

Healthier snacks, here I go:

1.Baked Sweet potato chips: These are awesome, crispy, healthy and flavorful – Rinse, dry and slice the sweet potatoes as you wish. Toss the slices with olive oil and sprinkle salt. Lay a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 1.5-2 hours at 200 degrees and flip once or twice during the baking process to make sure they crisp up on both sides.

2. Stuffed Mushroom: This is the perfect snack for your healthy eating resolutions, loaded with Niacin, copper, selenium and pantothenic acid. You can pretty much stuff your mushrooms with anything, I did mine with quinoa and mozzarella cheese.

3. Humus and Pita chips

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Hummus is a nutritional snack that is low in calories. Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are the main ingredient in hummus. Chickpeas have no saturated fat, no cholesterol, high in protein, making them a perfect addition to a vegetarian’s diet or one who would like to cut back on red meat. I am all about nutrition, but also making my life easier, so I used this great tip to display this delicious snack on an upside down Rubbermaid container, using the lid as the snack plate, I added some labels and silly notes with sharpie to make it even more fun.

4. Tea in a Mason Jar: Don’t drink your calories, some people don’t take into consideration that drinks are loaded with calories, so if your New Year’s resolution is to stay healthy, this simple solution is great and loaded with antioxidants. The cool thing about this is that nobody will notice that you are drinking tea, because the mint makes it look like a mojito, lol. Brew the green tea, when cooled down, add honey and lemon to taste and mints. Since I am going for an easy solution, I will display the waters and drinks in a Rubbermaid plastic container as well.

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5. Rasberry spritzer: If you like a more fancy, martini look alike, try this delicious and low calorie drink. Mash a few raspberries and add sugar (optional) pour it in a martini glass, add sparkling water and decorate. I used sharpies to customize my glass.

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The ultimate morning beauty smoothies / Batidos Saludables

Juicing seems to be the new trend right now and in fact, drinking freshly juiced fruit and vegetables can benefit your health, plus it is a good way to add nutrients from fruits or vegetables that you don’t like or don’t consume as much. I will share 3 amazing beauty smoothies (best tasting smoothies I’ve ever had)  that will keep your body detoxed and beautiful from the inside out, but before that, if you are planning on doing a juicing diet alone know some important facts.

  • There is not much research that juicing is the only way to stay healthy and that you should avoid solid foods, Juicing is just an easier way to consume whole and more fruits and vegetables.
  •  Your digestive system is made to handle fibers and nutrients from most foods, the claim that juicing is the only way to get fruit’s fiber is not supported by scientific research.
  • Make only the juice or smoothie you will consume at the moment to avoid bacteria and other bad stuff when in contact with the air.
  • Wash the fruits and vegetables carefully and thoroughly with a clean knife
  • If you decide to do a cleanser juice with the smoothies below, make sure you don’t do it for more than 3 days and include one multivitamin, one Fish oil and one probiotic supplement a day. You can also add Green tea in the morning followed by the first smoothie after one hour. Repeat your favorite smoothie as a snack between meals (smoothie)

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1 cup Water
1 cup Rasberries
1 cup Spinach
1 tbs Flaxseed
1 Banana
2 tsp Lemon Juice 
1 tbs Almond butter
 

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1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 cup pineapple
1/2 squeezed lime
1 cup kale
1 celery stalk
1/2 cucumber
1/2 Green Apple
1 tbs Melted coconut Oil 
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1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
1 cup kale
1/2 cup Mango
1 cup Blueberries
1/4 Avocado
1 tbs Flaxseed
1 Tbs lemon Juice 
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper 
 

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Amazing alternative for Hair loss / Increible alternativa para la calvicie

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Prince Guillermo. photo source class.com

Hair loss can affect both  male and female, and like almost anything in life, prevention is the key. Right after Prince Guillermo was seen eating a big bowl of asparagus at a restaurant, the green vegetable was in very blog and tv shows. Some people concluded that he was eating asparagus because of it reputation in helping with hair loss.

 

Facts:

  • Helps prevent premature aging.
  • Thanks to it content of glutathione reduces oxidative stress (a disturbance that favors the generation of cancer)
  • Its high content of vitamin C reduces free radicals  and protects the immune system.
  • Prevents the appearance of baldness or alopecia.
  • Its B vitamins promote the proper functioning of the central nervous system.
  •  Stimulates hair growth.

I loved asparagus and  now I love it even more: grilled, broiled or what about this crostata by AdrianasBestrecipes.com or a  Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus

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Waiting for 3 kings day like a Queen /Esperando a los Reyes magos como una Reina

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
 

How lucky am I to be able to celebrate Christmas all the way till January 7th,? In Dominican Republic, and most parts of Latin America and Europe we celebrate the three kings day on January 6th, this day is like Christmas to us, because this is the day when kids and adults actually receive presents, read more here  .

The tradition (In Dominican Republic) is basically just leaving the tree kings some cookies, milk and grass for their camels. I try to keep all my traditions intact no matter where I am, it is not an easy task, but certainly not impossible.. This holiday I have been eating like crazy, and for that reason I am ready to get my healthy eating back on track, so I won’t take any excuses for any unhealthy habits, and for this reason in celebration to the 3 kinds day, I will treat myself with a healthy day, just like a queen.

Let start with a healthy green Smoothie

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ingredients:
1 banana
1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 cup 2% milk
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
ground cinnamon

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preparation:
Place the cut and peeled banana in a bowl, place in the freezer. Once frozen, place the bananas, avocado, milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend at high speed, enjoy!! For more Recipes visit TomaLeche.

And since we are working with avocado (my favorite natural ingredient for hair) Let’s do a hair mask, agree?

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Combine and mix well: One avocado, One egg and a lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your hair for about 20 minutes (as a pree-poo).– I do not recommend applying any source of heat to homemade masks, in this case you could cook the egg, auchhh.– Lemon can change your hair color if exposed to the sun.– Rinse and follow by a sulfate free shampoo. style as usual.

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Hair Friendly Hot Winter Drink / Ponche saludable para el invierno

Winter is here to stay for a few months, and in order to stay warm and healthy from the inside out, hot drinks can be our best friend. One way to do so, that I learned from Mexicans, is with this delicious and hair friendly ponche.
This ponche is made with fruits, and you may find a variety of recipes all over the web, but mine of course is light and hair friendly.

Ingredients:

  • water, I don’t have to explain how good water is for our hair, right?
  • Guavas, with 4 times more vitamin C than oranges, no wonder why this ponche is so good for our hair and skin. Guavas also contain antioxidant properties, and rich in all the vitamin B groups
  • Sugar Cane, rich in calcium, iron , magnesium and potasium.
  • Apples, ripe apples also contain Procyanidin B-2, two natural compounds that aid hair growth
  •  Cinammon, and excellent  antioxidant.
  • Tejocotes, loaded with vitamin C and B
  • Honey (original ponche is with piloncillo)
  • Walnut, Raisins, Prunes and almonds are optional but I highly recommend them.


Pour all the ingredients in a pot to boil for 30 minutes or so, what about the quantity? I have no idea, lol I just added pretty much the same amount of all the ingredients, one stick of cinnamon, few walnuts, almonds, prunes and raisins and honey to taste. You are going to love this drink, and if you need to get extra warm, well… add tequila or Ron 🙂