Power Foods

The power foods I enjoy to stay healthy, rejuvenate my skin and boost my energy:

Walnuts keeps skin moist and supple.  Eating walnuts at dinner may deliver better sleep.

Almonds contain vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for skin health.

Whole Grains eaten daily helps decrease stomach fat.

Eggs increases blood levels, may stave off macular degeneration by protecting the retina from light damage.

Soy may reduce your risk of developing endometrial and ovarian cancers and diabetes and prevent a recurrence of breast cancer.

Apples provides hefty protection from the “burning” UVB rays that trigger skin cancer.

Strawberries protects the elastic fibers that keep skin from sagging.

Tomatoes helps keep skin from turning red, helps avoid fine lines and lowers your chances of heart disease.

Romaine Lettuce provides vitamin A, which revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil fatty acids help skin resist UV damage, lowers cholesterol, helps prevent obesity, and wards off hunger pains.

Dark Chocolate improves blood flow to the brain. And it makes me feel so happy!

The closer you are to the source of your food, the fresher and more vital it is. Try contacting local farmers, checking out a farmers market or even growing food in your own yard.

Shopping local at the farmers fruit and vegetable stand can be an interesting adventure. You can usually taste the fresh ripe produce before you buy it. The food growers have a vast knowledge and enjoy sharing advice on ways to prepare new recipes. They often become your special friend after your second visit.

My yummy healthy recipes and more: http://pamprentice2020.wordpress.com/category/healthy-lifestyle/

My Mission

“My current mission is to develop intriguing videos to help promote a healthy lifestyle. I want to educate others on how to maintain a full active life.  If I succeed in teaching people how to be healthy I create the opportunity for more people to become, and stay healthy.”

I was raised in Michigan in a rural village on a tranquil lake. Spending time in nature gives me fuel for my positive attitude. My career and passion for travel has taken me around the world. I love meeting people and exploring where I visit.

Because I am an artist and designer, I have an intense motivation for being creative and producing colorful objects from recycled materials.  I am also driven to beautify the land by sharing plants with other local gardeners.

I navigate through life by setting goals and I seek completion in all my projects.  This gives me peace of mind, which allows me to pursue new adventures.

My video channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/pamprentice2020

You have been given the freedom to choose how you live your life.  Anything is possible, it’s up to you! 

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Diet to Increase Your Energy

Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.  A deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension (increased blood pressure).

Try adding more potassium in your diet from natural food sources:

Herbs fresh or dried are packed with nutrients and potassium. Chervil contains the most potassium. It is followed by coriander (cilantro) leaves, parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, mint, ground turmeric, saffron, and oregano.

Avocados ripe are great when made into guacamole or in a salad.

Paprika and Red Chili Powder add color and a nice spicy kick to any dish. Paprika provides higher potassium. Chili powder is great also while adding zip to any recipe.

Dried Apricots, Prunes, Zante Currants, and Raisins can be chopped and served in a salad or eaten alone as a snack.  A good source of fiber and many other vitamins.

Pistachios and Other Nuts lightly salted are a delicious snack, and a great addition to salads. Other nuts high in potassium include beechnuts, ginko nuts, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pine nuts, coconuts and walnuts.

Pumpkin, Squash and Sunflower Seeds dry roasted in the oven for an energy snack. Flax seeds and almonds are best when eaten raw.

Pompano, Salmon, Halibut and Tuna should be grilled or baked with dry heat to preseve the potassium content.

White Beans provide the most potassium. Followed by adzuki beans, soy beans, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, navy beans, lentils, split peas and black beans.

Kiwi, Dates, Bananas make a fast snack, breakfast bread or smoothie and adds healthy sweetness.

My favorite go to healthy recipes:  http://www.pinterest.com/pamelaprentice/pam-prentice-2020-food/

Healthy Diet Tips

Small modifications to your lifestyle, like tweaking your diet, can help start the process of losing weight and becoming healthier. It is important to eat small snacks throughout the day, but also to make healthy choices.

Snacks will take the edge off, keep blood sugars stable, and prevent overeating.  Eat a snack high in fiber and include some protein. This will keep you feeling full longer. Choose small meals that are incredibly low in calories, easy to make, super filling, and they taste great. By using chopsticks you will eat slower and savor each bite. Make each serving low in sugar and fat with high fiber.

Dieting becomes easier when eating delicious foods. Herbs, both fresh and dried, give a blast of flavor to low fat cooking. Using smaller plates and bowls really does help provide a guide to the amount of food you should be eating. Colorful small dishes are positive tools to bring enjoyment to each snack and reminds us how to gauge realistic portions.

Check out my Healthy Lifestyle Food Favorites:

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