Spice Up The Kitchen

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

The cool autumn air has me in the mood to spend a little more time in the kitchen, which makes my family really happy! They are getting bored with our summer dinner rotation of chicken breast, grilled burgers, sandwiches and eggs. Now that soccer season is done, we even got to sit together at the dinner table just last night. The aroma of roasted Italian garlic potatoes is still lingering in my kitchen this morning. Good thing we have leftovers!

I’m not terribly adventurous in the kitchen, but you wouldn’t know it by the inventory of spices in the cupboard. Even though I have a pretty good variety of seasonings, there are a few staples that I buy in bulk and that I rely on for about 80% of my recipes. Spices add great flavor to your food, mix up your taste buds, but also have health benefits.

My Top 3 Spices:

  1. Cinnamon: I add a dash to anything sweet: oatmeal, yogurt, Reliv shakes, pancakes, sweet potatoes and fruit. But don’t be afraid to add a little cinnamon to your meat such as pork loin, chicken breast or even meatballs. One of the many health benefits of this multipurpose spice is that it helps regulate blood sugar. Throw a teaspoon of cinnamon in your Reliv shake with ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar – Hello Snickerdoodle shake!
  2. Cumin: Something about the aroma of cumin makes my mouth water. Cultures all over the world incorporate cumin into their cuisine, and it’s often mixed with other spices for curry and taco seasoning. Try adding it to any of your favorite savory recipes like chili, stews, meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. This multitasker has been used by ancient cultures for centuries to improve digestive health.
  3. Italian Seasoning: This staple is a combination of spices (basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley and thyme). When a recipe calls for one of the individual spices, it’s easier to grab the big container of Italian Seasoning than digging around the cabinet for each individual spice. Stir some into plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a protein-packed veggie dip. Sprinkle it on a baked potato or eggs for an instant flavor boost. This blend also perfectly complements any tomato-based soup or recipe and it really enhances the flavor of beef. The antioxidant benefits of this blend may help explain why our Italian friends are so healthy!

There are many health benefits hiding in the spice rack, so go ahead and try some new flavors!

 

Health Benefits of Fall Flavors

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Happy Fall! Reliv in St. Louis is experiencing the first few days of actual fall weather and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. The best parts of fall are the fruits and vegetables! I prefer to eat produce that is in season to keep grocery prices down and to really embrace the season. Some of my favorites include sweet potatoes, cauliflower, apples and so many more. There are also many health benefits that come from fall produce, making them an attractive option.

Here are some of my top fall fruits and vegetables:

  • Apples: A fall staple, apples are a true delight! Apples are good as a snack, used in salads, baked for a yummy dessert or even fresh pressed for a healthier apple cider for making a Reliv smoothie (see the recipe on Instagram). Each serving contains antioxidants and 4g of fiber. We recommend pairing an apple with a healthy fat or protein for a snack that fuels your body and keeps you satisfied longer.
  • Pears: Pears have always seemed like a fancier apple to me, and are great for dressing up a salad. Your dinner parties will be instantly upgraded if you add poached or baked pears to the menu. Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and contain 4g of fiber.
  • Cauliflower: This trendy vegetable is used in everything these days—from pizza crust to mashed potato alternatives. It is one of the most versatile veggies that is a great carb alternative. You can use it in a soup instead of rice or serve it up in a veggie tray. Cauliflower is known for its Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Sweet Potatoes: More nutrient-rich than regular ole potatoes, sweet potatoes are great mashed, roasted, baked as fries and make delicious Thanksgiving staples. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which I need along with my Reliv Arthaffect® during colder months because my joints get swollen and inflamed! Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin: I saved the best for last. You cannot celebrate fall without having pumpkin in your diet! It’s the perfect texture for pies, puddings and Reliv shakes! You can add spices to get the perfect Reliv version of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte shake. Pumpkin has 3g of fiber per serving as well as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Take advantage of this flavorful time of the year to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Enjoy!

Tricks to Keep Treats Healthy this Halloween

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Is the abundance of Halloween treats overflowing from the grocery store isles and into your cart? It can be very tempting when you’re walking past the endless displays of fall-themed sweets. Here are some ways to fight the temptation and come up with your own healthy versions of Halloween-themed treats! Continue reading “Tricks to Keep Treats Healthy this Halloween”

Fall Into Fall: Get Active with Your Family!

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The leaves are starting to turn and the air is crisp. Pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves and making its way into our homes. Fall is officially here! What better time to get outside and active with your family than in the breezy, bright red and orange, 60-degree weather? Here are some ideas t get you started: Continue reading “Fall Into Fall: Get Active with Your Family!”

Lean Green Nutrition Machine from Reliv

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! In celebration of all things green, I’d like to share my favorite green Reliv smoothie recipe with you all. This is an easy one to make and doesn’t involve too many ingredients. It packs a naturally sweet and healthy punch that will get your day off to a great start!

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Here’s how you make the Lean Green Nutrition Machine smoothie! Continue reading “Lean Green Nutrition Machine from Reliv”

Reliv Recipes

Reliv Recipe: Straight Up Strawberry

This smoothie is the perfect midmorning or afternoon snack for strawberry lovers. Caution: This smoothie is so delicious, you will be tempted to suck it down faster than a zebra at a watering hole with a lion on the prowl, which may lead to a serious brain freeze!Ingredients:

  1. 1.5 cups whole frozen strawberries
  2. 3 ice cubes
  3. 1/2 scoop Delight®
  4. 2 scoops Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener
  5. 1 scoop Reliv Now®
  6. 10 oz. water

Directions: Blend it.

Reliv Recipe: Straight Up Strawberry

 This smoothie is the perfect midmorning or afternoon snack for strawberry lovers. Caution: This smoothie is so delicious, you will be tempted to suck it down faster than a zebra at a watering hole with a lion on the prowl, which may lead to a serious brain freeze! Continue reading “Reliv Recipe: Straight Up Strawberry”