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Spring Picnic Ideas: 15 Healthy Picnic Recipes

Spring Picnic Ideas: 15 Healthy Picnic Recipes

Although it is still cold in most places, we are all looking forward to when it will get warmer again. The spring is one off the greatest times of the year to go outside and enjoy life. Nothing is better than having a great picnic with friends and family to celebrate the warmer weather. If you want to stay healthy but don’t have all of the time in the world, these recipes can help you.

You may not have all the time in the world to plan a great picnic, so here are 15 healthy and quick recipes to make your picnic the best you’ve ever had!

1. Honey Grapefruit Salad

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    This easy, yet delicious fruit salad will be a winner for sure. The grapefruit helps to reduce your blood pressure and removes toxins from your body. How can you beat that?

    2. Broccoli Feta Omelet

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      This hardy sandwich will fill up everyone! Broccoli is a great source of fiber and helps prevent cancer. So eat up!

      3. Spiced Chickpea Snack Mix

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        Need something to snack on? Even snacks can be healthy now! These chickpeas are spicy, delicious and great for your body. They even lower your cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

        4. Rhubarb Mint Soda

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          When you go on a picnic, you also need a drink. Why not make your own healthy soda at home? Rhubarb is good for your eyesight and mint helps with weight loss.

          5. Middle Eastern Rice Salad

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            Since a picnic often is a form of lunch, it is important that it fills you up. Salads are always a good idea. Try this variation with brown rice. Did you know that because brown rice is a whole grain, it is great for healthy digestion? And that’s not all! It also helps prevent breast cancer, diabetes, and more!

            6. Turkey Sandwich

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              This is not an ordinary sandwich. It has turkey, which is  rich in protein, and apple, which is good for weight loss. Why go for a standard sandwich when you can make something this delicious?

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              7. Chicken Wings with Herbs and Honey

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                Chicken wings are loved by many people. Although most variations are not very healthy, these wings with herbs are a great way to add some protein to your picnic. They are easy to make, with only three ingredients!

                8. White Bean and Herb Humus

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                  Easiest way to eat healthy? Serve some raw vegetables with delicious humus! This humus recipe is quick and easy, yet delicious and healthy. The main ingredient in the humus is white beans, which are high in fiber, iron and protein. This will give you a great energy boost!

                  9. Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

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                    Another salad? Yes, because you can not go wrong with a salad. This one is refreshing and light. Most people don’t know that arugula is actually very good for wound healing and brain health.

                    10. Key Lime Pistachio Bites

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                      Want an easy, healthy bite? Here you go! These delicious bites are quick to make, and if you don’t finish them, you can store them for over a month. Pistachios are great for bone and skin health.

                      11. Spicy Avocado Wrap

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                        Avocado is getting more popular every day. And it should!  These green beauties have a lot of benefits for your health and they are deliciously creamy. Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruits (yes, avocadoes are fruits – berries to be precise). They also have plant-based fats, which contains no cholesterol. You can’t go wrong with these wraps!

                        12. Vegetarian Burger

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                          How simple it sounds. But do not underestimate the power of these burgers. They are not only a healthier option, but some say, also tastier. One of the main ingredients for the burger is sweet potato. Did you know that sweet potato is good for your lung functions and detoxifies your body from heavy metals? It’s a mouth full but you will benefit from it.

                          13. Melon Bran Pots

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                            Melon is delicious when it gets warmer outside. These pots are easy to take and easy to make. And of course super healthy to eat. Using the melon of your choice or a mixture of different ones, has great benefits. Most melons are great for weight loss. Watermelon is great for hydrating and improves your mood.

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                            14. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

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                              Smoothies are a standard in the healthy lifestyle. You can mix and match your favorite flavors and take it on the go. So, a smoothie recipe is a great option for a healthy picnic. Strawberries are great for weight loss and they keep you looking young! This recipe is bound to be a hit!

                              15. Tropical Sherbet

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                                You need a dessert to celebrate the good weather. This recipe has frozen fruits and yogurt, so it’s healthy and delicious. Mango lowers risk of heart disease and clears your skin. Now you really have a reason to celebrate!

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                                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                4. Feed Your Brain

                                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                6. Write it Down

                                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                7. Listen to Music

                                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                8. Visual Concepts

                                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                9. Teach Someone Else

                                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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