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Monday, June 26, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle--reusable water bottle


Friday, June 23, 2017

The Negg™--the new improved way to peel an egg!

This spring when we attended the International Home + Housewares show I had the pleasure of being introduced to another start up—The Negg™—with a new invention created by a female entrepreneur. As a follow up to that initial introduction I was sent the gadget to try. There is nothing more fun than trying out something new, especially when it is designed to make our experience in the kitchen easier. And as a person who is committed to helping people live a healthier lifestyle I am particularly interested in items that help us eat healthier. An egg peeler definitely qualifies.

The Negg is actually a very simple concept and very easy to use. It is the “new-fangled-thing” to help us peel the perfect egg. I don’t know about you, but I have been in pursuit of the easiest and most consistent way to peel eggs for years! I even wrote a previous blog siting a video that shows you how to peel an egg by blowing it out of the shell! Clearly I was desperate. A process seemingly more for fun with kids on a rainy day.

The Negg is super simple. It reminds me of the way I peel garlic by placing cloves in a jar, sealing it and shaking it until the skin comes off. Although you can’t shake the egg the way you do the garlic, it is through shaking in a sealed container that you peel the egg.

Here is what I found:

The first thing I discovered is that you need to read the instructions first. How you prepare and boil the eggs is as important as using the gadget to peel it. In my eagerness to try out the Negg, I went ahead and put eggs in my pot with water and boiled them as I always do. Big mistake. The instructions tell you to turn your eggs upside down while you bring your water to a boil…THEN…you turn them over and place them in the boiling water for 12 minutes. You can see the difference between the two methods by the photos I took for comparison. Those I boiled the usual way did not peel at all well. The eggshell stuck to the egg and I ended up with the usual chunks of egg white adhering to the shell.

Another part of the experience was learning how to shake the egg in the Negg. If you shake too hard you end up mangling the egg. If you shake too lightly you don’t get the egg to peel. It requires a bit of finesse.

What proved to be the biggest challenge for this new way to peel an egg is the membrane inside the egg. Just like with any other method, the membrane can make or break your ability to peel an egg without taking out chunks of the egg with the shell. I did find, as they mention in the instructions, if you pull off a small amount of the membrane, once the peeling starts, it allows water to seep underneath to help you peel the egg successfully. It does require an extra step but I did see the advantage of doing that to end up with a good-looking peeled egg.

All in all I found that the Negg was easy to use and made it easier to peel my eggs. The majority of my eggs peeled well and made for attractive looking hard boiled eggs.

The retail cost is $17.99 and it comes in 4 different colors. There is a discount if you buy multiples. It is dishwasher safe and made in the USA.

Verdict? This is a product I plan to use. From my experience, I would also recommend it to others. May you find it makes cooking in your kitchen a little easier too!

Looking for egg salad recipes to use up all those perfectly peeled eggs? Try this Livliga simple egg salad recipe out and look forward to another new “summery” egg salad recipe next week from my kitchen, which you will find on this blog.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle--An Annual Park Pass


Friday, June 16, 2017

Fathers As Cornerstones To Their Child’s Healthy Life

Father's Day

We know parents are key role models in their children’s lives. There are many studies that show us the power of the parent in influencing a child’s life, both positively and negatively. When it comes to a child growing up healthy, eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle the behavior a parent exhibits is profound.
Father's Day with Livliga
Some might think that when it comes to food and eating, it is the mom who is the source and guide. Physical activity from sports to summer fun is often on the mom to organize. Not any more. Roles have shifted and responsibilities are shared between parents. Being a father today is much different than it was just a couple of decades ago. Fathers are often equally engaged in their children’s lives from making meals to hauling kids to and from their extracurricular activities. There are no set rules any more.
My husband and I have shared responsibilities, pretty much equally, our entire marriage. In fact, our youngest when she was little had a name for us “momdad” or “dadmom” that she used indiscriminately. We were equal in her eyes and either of us could be looked to in order to help her with whatever need she had.
Livliga Father's DayI remember when the first movies came out about stay-at-home dads like Mr Mom with Michael Keaton. It was such a big deal. My amazing husband took on that role himself for a few years. The kids learned a lot about how a role isn’t defined by your gender. Instead they see the importance of the responsibilities that need to be met in a family and how we all take on roles that are needed to support the health of the family and make it thrive. 
Living a healthy life is not just about the food served at the table. It is about how you live life every day. Especially in the volatile world we live in today, it is about how you meet personal challenges and face crisis. It is also about how you celebrate life and acknowledge the big moments. The choices we make are how our children learn to react to similar situations themselves. They are learning from us and watching how we behave.
Being present in your child’s life can only be possible if we choose to be present in our own life. In the stress-filled lives we all live it is really hard to do. We often would rather escape into our phones, the TV or mindless eating. The good news is life is a journey. None of us is perfect and we all have plenty to improve on to live the best and healthiest life we can. By being willing to change and including our kids in the process we are doing the best role modeling possible. 
Father's Day
My kids are very lucky. They have seen their dad face multiple personal challenges and as a result of them embrace change, however difficult, to make life better for him and his family. Two big changes their dad has made is first to stop smoking and then to stop drinking alcohol. They have also seen him wholly embrace living a healthy lifestyle from working out every morning at the YMCA to bike riding and kayaking to changing the amounts and types of foods he eats. What an incredible gift he has given his children. He hasn’t told his children how to live a healthy life, he has shown them, one change at a time. He is healthier and happier for it and so is our family.
Father's Day 2017
Dads are so important as role models for their children. In this era of global volatility and escalating obesity, especially in our children, dads are cornerstones to their child’s healthy life. Real dads facing real challenges as part of life’s journey with the willingness to change will help their kids live healthier lives.
May we celebrate dads on Father’s Day and everyday. To their health! Live vibrant!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle--workout clothes in closet


Friday, June 9, 2017

Backyard Vegetable Gardens as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Backyard garden
Backyard Gardens can fit in almost anywhere
It is nearly summer which brings so many healthy possibilities. For most of us it is the time of year we feel the healthiest. We spend more time outdoors enjoying a variety of activities and we tend to eat simpler meals with fresher foods because they are abundant and readily available.

For those of us who are consciously working on living a healthier lifestyle investing in a vegetable garden is a great way for us to spend some outdoor time. It is one of the most rewarding activities because we can not only benefit from the physical activity of tending the garden but we can also benefit from the bounty of what can be harvested from gardening.

As we want to become more aware and in control of what we eat--focusing on fresh whole foods--having a vegetable garden is a perfect way to control the quality of the food we eat. If we choose to add fat, like oils or butter, or salt, or a sweetener to the foods we harvest, we can make that choice and then we will know exactly what we have added. No more guessing games with the highly processed and refined foods we are used to buying prepackaged at the grocery store. We are in control.

Raised garden bed
Three raised beds allows us to have room for tomatoes,
herbs and a few other favorite vegetables
It is amazing what you can grow in a small space or in pots on the patio. My husband and I put in three raised beds in our backyard three years ago. You do have to pay attention to where you put your beds and what grows well where you live. Even with those steps there is a lot of experimenting that goes with gardening. Making sure you have good soil and a source of water that is consistent takes some time to refine. For instance, this spring for the first time, we saw lots of worms in our beds...a good sign the soil is rich in nutrients for a great season of growing vegetables and herbs.

This year we planted four varieties of tomatoes (Purple Cherokee, Green Zebra, Juliet and 4th of July) that will mature at different times through out the summer. We also planted arugula, kale, cucumber, zucchini, and yellow squash. New this year we are trying out broccolini. One whole bed is devoted to herbs. They are great as a seasoning but also fresh added to all variety of salads and other side dishes. The standard collection of herbs we grow are: mint, basil, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, oregano, sage, chives, parsley--curly and Italian, cilantro, and dill.

Vegetable garden
The abundance of vegetables allows you to share!
If you haven't yet gotten started with your vegetable garden it is not too late! Just pay attention to how long a type of vegetable or a certain variety of vegetable takes to mature and choose accordingly. We have found, for instance, that tomatoes can take a really long time to mature so we now choose one or two varieties that have a short time to maturity from 30 - 45 days.

I find that gardening has a wonderful rhythm to it. It is great for thinking about things or about nothing at all. At the end of any time spent gardening I always feel renewed and accomplished. It is an activity that is good for the soul, the mind and the body.

When our garden is at it's full maturity there is sometimes an overwhelming amount to harvest. That is when it is fun to share the fruits...and vegetables of our labor! I am a firm believing that sharing our healthy lifestyle with others is the greatest gift we can give...and there are so many fun ways to share, including giving our friends and family vegetables and herbs fresh from our garden.

Remember to enjoy and live vibrant...and have the sunscreen handy!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle-- sunscreen and bug spray in the cabinet