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Quick And Easy: 12 of the Most Delicious Health Food Combinations

Quick And Easy: 12 of the Most Delicious Health Food Combinations

When different flavors complement each other the result can be a pure delight for the tongue. But did you know nutrients can also be matched, boosting your body with perfect synergy?

Get the greatest health kick for each delicious bite with these 12 health food combinations!

1. Cancer Kicking Guacamole – Avocado & Tomatoes

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    Thank the Aztecs for guacamole. Not only did they create a tasty dip but also an elixir for good health.

    Tomatoes are packed with a cancer-kicking antioxidant called lycopene. Avocados boost the body’s absorption of lycopene, as well as simply being a supreme source of healthy fats. Together in guacamole, they double down on cancer-prevention power.

    It’s simple to make at home with three easy steps:

    1.  Mash 3 peeled avocados in a medium bowl
    2. Add a lime’s worth of juice, half a diced onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 tomatoes and 3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
    3. A final pinch of cayenne pepper can be added if you think you can handle it!

    2. Healing Spice – Turmeric & Black Pepper

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      Turmeric is known as the healing spice thanks to an amazing antioxidant called curcumin. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic! If you are sick or injured these properties will contribute to improved recovery speeds.

      It’s difficult for the body to fully absorb curcumin, but combine it with piperine from black pepper, and the bioavailability of curcumin skyrockets up to 1000 times!

      You can add this amazing spice of life to almost any dish that requires an extra kick. It’s a top choice for spicing up grilled chicken breasts!

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      3. Chocolatey Treat – Dark Chocolate & Apples

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        Yes, you heard right, chocolate apples can actually be healthy! Though not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content and a higher concentration of antioxidant filled cocoa. This also includes catechin, a powerful heart function booster that exceeds the powers of green tea!

        Apple skins contain a wonderful flavonoid called quercetin. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and can even prevent blockages/clots in your arteries. Once paired up, these two will boost blood circulation and heart health in perfect harmony.

        When it comes to dessert time, dip a rosy red apple in dark chocolate guilt free!

        4. Healthy Skin & Hair – Sweet Potato & Coconut Oil

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          Usually, chips and fries are considered devishly unhealthy snacks. But these sweet potato chips baked in coconut oil might actually improve your complexion!

          Sweet potatoes are a highly nutritious slow-release carbohydrate. They are also bursting with Vitamin A, essential for hair and skin maintenance. Since it’s fat soluble, the absorption is greatly enhanced when taken with a fat source. So coconut oil is an ideal candidate as a natural fat source.

          Snack your way to silky hair and smooth skin sweet chips by making these at home:

          1. Peel and slice a couple of sweet potatoes
          2. Apply a healthy helping of coconut oil
          3. Bake for around 20 minutes, longer if you prefer them crispy!

          5. Muscle Growth Toast – Wholemeal Bread & Peanut Butter

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            Eating large amounts of a single protein source may seem ample for muscle recovery, yet recent research indicates otherwise. Since the body can only digest and absorb a certain amount of nutrients, stacking them up isn’t that effective.

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            Instead, look for proteins that complement each other and increase bioavailability. For example, the amino acid profiles of peanut butter and wholemeal bread match up perfectly. With a completed spectrum, protein synthesis can be increased by as much as 50%!

            So for a convenient hit of protein, go for thick sliced bread with a generous spread of peanut butter!

            6. Super Antioxidants – Lemon & Green Tea

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              To cover the all extraordinary benefits of drinking green tea, it would require an entire article. It’s widely recognized as rich in brain and body boosting antioxidants, making an ideal coffee replacement.

              But here is a little-known secret, you can maximize your absorption of these amazing nutrients with lemon. The potent shot of vitamin C multiples your body’s intake of heart preserving catechin by 5 times!

              Supercharge your green tea with fresh sliced lemon, or squeeze in the juice for the best results!

              7. Workout Recovery – Bananas & Yogurt

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                To build muscle effectively, you need to allow ample recovery time between workouts. However, you can use certain foods to speed up bodily recovery, allowing you to train frequently and effectively.

                Bananas are an athlete’s prime choice of carbohydrate, rich in amino acids and glucose. All of these nutrients are vital for muscle repair, but their absorption can be doubled by the presence of zinc. Yogurt happens to be a rich source of this mineral, perfect for doubling up your muscle fuel.

                Fortify your body’s recovery by slicing up a banana or two in a bowl of yogurt.

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                8. All Day Energy – Oatmeal & Orange Juice

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                  Oatmeal is already an awesome source of morning energy and the essential mineral iron. It reinforces oxygen transportation, boosting both muscle and brain function.

                  Our bodies cannot easily absorb iron from a plant-based source such as oatmeal. However, in the presence of Vitamin C absorption is up to 6 times more effective. An absolutely abundant source is freshly squeezed orange juice.

                  So, maximize the energy kick from your morning oatmeal with a glass of orange juice!

                  9. Bone Strengthening – Asparagus & Parmesan

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                    Asparagus is a potent green vegetable, it’s packed with healthy nutrients and fiber. Inulin, in particular, helps the body to balance levels of good bacteria. On the other hand, Parmesan cheese is an ideal source for bone-toughening calcium.

                    Boil, grill or fry up some asparagus, then top it off with plenty of grated Parmesan. Your bones and teeth will thank you for it!

                    10. Fast Protein Delivery – Eggs & Ginger

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                      A champion’s breakfast would not be complete without eggs. They provide healthy fats and protein, making them great for muscle recovery and growth. This makes them ideal for waking up the body and priming it for recovery or performance.

                      When ingested, ginger stimulates minor contractions in your stomach muscles. This boosts protein digestion and speeds the absorption process in the intestines. Thus, essential nutrients and protein are available for the body to use quicker.

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                      Cook up your eggs up any way you like, just make sure you add sliced ginger to shuttle protein into your body!

                      11. Juicy Steak Perfection – Steak & Rosemary

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                        For the die-hard meat lovers amongst us, there is nothing more satisfy than grilling up a steak. It’s a prime chunk of protein and fat, but as an animal based source, it is not without downsides. Grilling and flaming will produce carcinogens in red meat, specifically, HCAs, that can contribute to cancer.

                        Thankfully, these risks can be mitigated by using a handful of rosemary. It’s full of antioxidants, rosmarinic and carnosic acid. When it is added to a meal, HCA absorption is reduced to minimal levels.

                        So next time you fancy a juicy steak, be sure to spice it up with delightful rosemary!

                        12. Heart Health Booster – Salmon & Garlic

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                          Cholesterol levels have long been linked with heart health. Further research now points toward the balance of healthy HDL and unhealthy LDL.

                          Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. It helps balance the cholesterol scale favorably and significantly boosts heart function.

                          Garlic’s strong taste also brings protection against infection, reduces blood pressure, total cholesterol, and contributes to the prevention of blood clots.

                          For a delicious meal that bolsters your heart health, grill up a salmon steak and marinate it with a pinch of garlic!

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                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                          • (1) Research
                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                          • (3) Creating the outline
                          • (4) Drafting the content
                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                          • (6) Revision
                          • (7) etc.

                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                          2. Change Your Environment

                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                          6. Get a Buddy

                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                          Reality check:

                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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