Energy Boosting Recipes

After a long weekend, you may feel a little sluggish trying to get back to your normal routine. Here a couple of energy boosting recipes to get you through the day…or week!

Green Smoothie

2 handfuls of spinach (you can throw in some kale or parsley if you have it)
1/2 avocado
1 handful shredded carrot
1 handful frozen mango chunks
1 handful frozen blueberries
1/2 inch of peeled ginger root
1 cup of almond milk (I use vanilla for sweetness)
Blend all ingredients, drink immediately, feel awesome

Oatmeal Raspberry Smoothie

One banana
1 handful frozen raspberries(or any other frozen berry)
1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
1 TBS honey
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup vanilla almond milk
Blend all ingredients, drink immediately, feel awesome

Hopefully these smoothie recipes will help you feel satisfied and give you the boost of energy needed to conquer your day! Enjoy!

May Day Ideas: A Basket for a Kiss

Are you ready to make your personalized May Day basket? Who’s going to be the lucky receiver of your gift? Grab some May Day ideas to make last-minute baskets so you can get your May Day kiss!

Colorful and beautiful baskets, that’s what May Day is for. During this holiday, people create great baskets filled with flowers and/or treats and leave them at someone’s doorstep. The purpose of this tradition is to give an anonymous gift to someone so, in other words, you’ll have to ring the bell and run away. If the receiver accurately guesses who the giver is, a kiss will have to be exchanged.

So, let’s get ready to impress someone with an amazing basket and probably you’ll be the lucky winner of a kiss! Use these basket ideas to show your creativity and spontaneity:

Paper May Day Basket

This is a great way to create an inexpensive and very-easy-to-make basket. You’ll also be able to create beautiful paper flowers with candies or chocolates glued on the flowers. Follow the steps here: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/printable-may-day-basket/

Cup May Day Basket

With a colorful store-bought cup, you’ll be able to make beautiful flower candy cups! Don’t forget to use the colors you like the most to show your personal style. Read the instructions here: http://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/rainy-day/flower-power-candy-cups/

Cupcake Basket

Put some flavor to May Day by baking delicious cupcakes and turning them into colorful cupcake baskets. Read the instructions here: http://sugarandmeringue.blogspot.com/2009/05/happy-may-day.html

Yogurt Container Basket

Are you a yogurt lover? If so, you can now recycle your yogurt containers and turn them into lovely May Day baskets! Include some lollipop flowers inside your handmade basket so the receiver can sweeten up his or her day. Read the step-by-step instructions here: http://www.howdoesshe.com/upcycled-craft-may-day-baskets/

Stress Awareness: Top 5 Stress-Fighting Foods

A change in your diet can help your body better respond to stress.

We all have experienced stress at least once in our life. Whether it is because you have a very demanding job or you have too many problems at home, our body reacts to these stressors, which then leads to stress.

For this, the nonprofit Health Resource Network (HRN) established the Stress Awareness Month in 1992 and it is celebrated every April in order to “increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.” Although our response to conflicts, bad memories or anxiety is mainly physical and natural, there are some changes you can do in your lifestyle to fight back stress. One of them is consuming food that improves your mood:

Blueberries

This fruit is high in antioxidants, which counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body and enhances cognition. Also, blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which combats stress.