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Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Veggie Mess! 10 Must Try Recipes Shared By Popular Vegetarian Bloggers

Vegetarian eating is one of the healthiest ways to nourish yourself. All that fiber, all those vitamins and minerals… it does a body so much good!

Whether you’re a tried and true veggie, or just looking to lose a few pounds, give your digestive system a break, or do a little something to take the strain off the environment, there are lots of good reasons to try your hand at vegetarian cooking.

If you’re a veggie connoisseur, but just happen to be stuck in a recipe rut, or you’re new to exploring the vegetarian world and you’re stumped beyond baked potatoes for dish ideas, here are some great vegetarian recipes from a sampling of the best veggie (and a couple of vegan) food bloggers.

May they inspire you, entice you, and help you on your way to a healthier life with a lighter conscience.

1. Curry Garlic Sweet Potato Fries with Miso Gravy

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    If curried sweet potatoes wasn’t exciting enough for you, how about some tangy, miso gravy for dipping them in?

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    An ultimate in savory excellence, this recipe is full of umami and entirely meat product-free.

    2. Veggie Naan’wich with Feta and Chickpea Mash

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      Because naan is amazing and somehow gets even better when it’s enveloping soft feta and creamy chickpea mash.

      If you haven’t had naan before, it’s a delicious, fluffy, heavenly Indian bread traditionally served with curries. It’s great for dipping, spreading and rolling up other ingredients into. This recipe is an inventive take on the latter option.

      3. Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

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        Overnight french toast casserole involves “throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan the night before, letting them sit in the fridge overnight, and then baking them off the next morning.

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        Not a lot of effort for a luscious, seasonal breakfast idea.

        4. Three Layer Upside Down Apple Pecan Breakfast Cake

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          Another great vegetarian breakfast option if you’re thinking something merging between breakfast and dessert, crisp apples and toasty pecans make for an unforgettable combination.

          Upside down or right side up, you’ll enjoy shovelling this one in.

          5. Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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            Not quite so dessert-y, but, definitely a little sweet and more decadent than your average cereal bowl, this zucchini bread oatmeal will infuse a little extra spring in your step as you make your way to the kitchen in the morning.

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            6. Hearty Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

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              If there’s one thing vegetarians are known for, it’s salads. But if there’s one other thing they’re known for, it’s coming up with the most imaginative, varied and, yes, even hearty salads you could ask for.

              Golden butternut squash and crisp apples make this salad just that.

              7. Baked Black Bean Taquitos

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                Mexican fare is a great playground for vegetarian dishes.

                The variety of options with protein-packed beans and lots of exciting spices make such playful and satisfying dishes that even a borderline carnivore won’t miss the meat.

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                8. Savory Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

                  This unique recipe for savory oat bars featuring earthy olives and robust sun-dried tomatoes will have you thinking outside the rectangle. Or at least thinking new within it.

                  9. Soup of Celeriac, Sweet Onion and Fresh Mint

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                    Alkalizing and soothing for the body, this creamy, filling soup boosts the immune system while surprising in flavor with its balance between mild roasted root and bright flavored mint.

                    10. Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Lentil Balls

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                      And to top it off, another great vegetarian recipe that boosts the immune system and provides necessary nutrients.

                      Lentil balls add easily digestible plant protein and fiber that will help you feel full and satisfied, but not like you just ate a cow. Because you didn’t.

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                      Last Updated on August 13, 2018

                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                      They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                        1. Cardio for Stamina

                        If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                          • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                          • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                          • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                          • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                          The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                          These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                          2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                          The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                          Barbell squats
                            • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                            Zercher squat
                              • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                              Glute bridge
                                • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                Hyperextensions
                                  • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                                  Ab wheel rollout
                                    • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                    Cross body crunch
                                      • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                      Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                      3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                      Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                      Plank exercise
                                        • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                        Close grip pushups
                                          • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                          Chin ups
                                            • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                            These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                            4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                            You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                            5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                              If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                              Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                              With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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