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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!

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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