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Friday, January 29, 2016

Turkey Bones and Root Soup


Turkey Bones and Root Soup (photo by LivligaHome)


There are so many ways to make soup. Creating a homemade bone broth can add richness and health to the soup. The soup recipe below is made with a homemade bone broth. Bone broths are one of those “miracle” concoctions, good for our health and soul.

Chicken soup is the most well-known and commonly consumed bone broth. There are many other soups, however, that you can cook and enjoy that are made from bone broths. Bone broths are a great way to use up the excess bones you have. There is never any reason to throw those bones away again. Just make your own homemade bone broth to use in recipes, including soups. Pair it with a homemade bread or muffin and you have a hearty and healthy meal any time of year.

After Thanksgiving I always have bones leftover from the turkeys I roast. I put them in the freezer until I am ready to make a bone broth. Here is my recipe for the broth and then the soup I make with it. The cooking can be done in stages or in one day, if you have the time.

Turkey Bones and Root Soup

Broth
Ingredients~
3 turkey legs
Leftover turkey necks and bones
12 cups of water
1 large yellow onion, cut in quarters
20 whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Directions~
1. Combine all ingredients in a stockpot.
2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
3, Simmer semi-covered for 2 hours and the meat is falling off the bone.
4. Separate the meat from the bones. Cut the meat into medium chunks. Keep a couple of the largest bones to place in the soup, and then discard the rest. Set aside the meat and large bones to put into the soup.
5. Strain the stock, discard the onion and bay leaves and peppercorns. All the remaining broth will be used for the soup.

Soup
Ingredients~
4 ounces salt pork, chopped
1 large leek, pale part only, cut in half, clean and then slice crosswise
1 large parsnip, diced
1 large rutabaga, diced
1 medium turnip, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large potatoes, diced
All the turkey bone broth
3 cups water
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ cup parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions~
1. Spray a skillet with olive oil cooking spray. Add the salt pork and leeks, sautéing for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. 
2. Add all other vegetables to skillet and sauté for 5 additional minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. Then add the meat, broth, water, thyme, salt and pepper. Place a couple of the larger bones into the soup.  Cook on low for 5 – 7 hours.
4. Just before serving remove the bones and thyme sprigs then add the parsley and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Serves 8. Serving size: 1½ cups.

This is a great recipe to make a day ahead. The flavors in a bone broth based soup only improve with age. It can even be frozen to be eaten at a later date. Once the soup has cooled, skim off the fat from the top, then store in the refrigerator or freeze.

As for ratings on the soup. My husband gives this soup 5 stars. The turkey meat and rutabaga make the taste rich and the finish slightly sweet.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!



Monday, January 25, 2016

Healthy Lifestyle Tip--Turn Off The TV








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#TurnOffTv
#ListenToMusic
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review: The Pound A Day Diet by Rocco Dispirito


Livliga Live Vibrant 2016 Book Review

I love the first of the year when I can try out new methods to inspire me and renew my commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. This year I picked Rocco Dispirito’s The Pound A Day Diet to explore.

There is lots to like about this book. It is definitely designed to help you get organized. It lays out clearly a weekly plan with all meals and snacks accounted for to cover a 28 day program. The “why” of the program is explained in terms of the particular foods chosen, the goal of the calories per day and the psychology of enjoying a higher calorie day each week as part of the overall program.

The challenges come when you actually start implementing the plan. The first thing I found is that the grocery lists provided do not always map to the actual meal plan and recipes. I discovered it was better to go to the recipe and make my lists; otherwise I ended up buying way too much or didn’t have the right foods on hand.

The second thing I found in preparing the meals and snacks each day is that it requires a “from scratch” approach each time you eat. This takes a lot of time and also does not account for leftovers. This works well if you have a family of four eating each meal or have the time to commit to assembling each meal. I found I have to modify the plan. We ended up eating leftovers from the night before every other day for lunch, which made it much more doable. I also ended up focusing on the snacks that could be made ahead of time, still being mindful of the overall calorie count. This made more work for me.

You can tell a lot about a chef from his recipes. The Pound A Day Diet shows that Rocco Dispirito has a sweet tooth. Most snacks are sweet and dessert like. It is also obvious that he is Italian—there are many pasta recipes! Although I like desserts and pasta they are not things I crave everyday, several times a day. I ended up wanting more variety.

What I learned about the plan:
It needs more color in each meal and more variety of foods
It needs more vegetables as part of each meal
A big water bottle filled with ice and slices of lemon helps manage my hunger between meals

What I learned about myself on the plan:
I can work with my hunger between meals
I do not have an unlimited amount of time to fix meals, even when I am totally focused on healthy eating
I do not live for one pot meals; I much prefer the visual appeal of a protein, vegetable and grain on my plate

Favorite Meal:
Chicken Enchiladas, page 188
Turkey Alfredo, page 164
Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry, page 170
 
Favorite Snack:
Banana Cream Smoothie, page 100
On the go snack: Apple and cheddar cheese, page 128
Surprise favorite: Green Monkey Smoothie, page 102

Best Discoveries:
It is possible to live on 850 calories a day and stick to it
It is possible to lose weight, especially if you stick to this plan
Miracle Noodles are a great find!

An additional way for you to get organized for right-sized eating and long-term healthy eating, no matter what diet plan you choose, is to invest in healthy lifestyle dinnerware that uses the psychology of eating and subtle serving sizes in its very design. Livliga is the only dinnerware that does this! A great way to invest in real change and a positive mindset.

Here's to Living Vibrant in 2016!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Healthy Lifestyle Tip--Eat More Nutritionally Dense Foods



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Friday, January 15, 2016

Looking back--2016 New Year Fresh Start--Focusing on Mindset




This year will be known as the year of new paradigm shifts. This is the year of focusing on my mindset. Dr. Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University, has studied the power of mindset.  She has shown that it is our set of beliefs about ourselves and our capabilities that influence our ability to succeed. She shows through her research that it is possible to move from a fixed-mindset to a growth-mindset. It is through a growth-mindset that we can change entrenched beliefs while also changing old self-destructive habits to then achieve the success we seek.

In order to do this we have to first believe we can change. This means listening to the internal messaging that we currently have which has kept us from the change we desire. What judgments have we made about ourselves that we hold deep inside? At some point we believed something about ourselves that was limiting. We internalized a judgment about our imperfection, inability or ineptitude that provided the fixed-mindset we have been guided by for however long we have been unable to change. We have to name it to change it.

In order to change our fixed mindset we need to visualize the change we want. Then we need to make a concrete plan that outlines specifics that will help us achieve the change we desire. It needs to include the when, where and how.

When we implement the plan the key is to stick to it. We have to hold on to the belief that we can change and not give into the old fixed-mindset that keeps us from the change we want and desire.

Steps to Take in 2016 to Embrace a Growth-mindset:

  • Creating a mindful and ever present purpose- living a healthy lifestyle
  • Changing how I think about food and me- it is not who I am. It is what fuels me and provides great pleasure
  • Self hypnosis- getting my mind on board and reinforcing the growth-mindset, over and over again
  • New mantra- favorite food shift- visualizing healthy foods like: celery and chocolate PB2
  • Meditation- taking a few minutes each day to breath, relax and believe that I am worthy of feeling and looking good
  • Paying attention to how I feel and doing something about it- doing my exercises to heal and strengthen from injuries and tending to myself when I am tired or not feeling well
  • Adding time to my cardio work out-  increasing my time from 30 minutes to 40 minutes in order to go for the next 50 pounds. Consistently practice interval exercise
  • Mindful eating- eating what makes me feel good not the comfort food of indulgence
  • Log all food- even on "bad" days
  • Sleep more hours each night- get in bed at 10:30 and lights out at 11. Goal 7 hours
  • Making a healthy lifestyle permanent and sustainable- getting my mind, heart and body all on the same growth-mindset
  • Include Weight loss as part of the plan- Going for the next “50”. Total to lose- 57   pounds; looking at it in 3 segments of 19 pounds each. Target months-- April, August, December. 
    •  Sub goal 1: lose the weight over a years time
    •  Sub goal 2: lose 5 pounds per month
  • Why am I doing this?- My Ultimate Purpose
    • To live what I preach
    • To be a physical manifestation of what I preach
    • To be a better role model to others wanting to live a healthy lifestyle
    • To help eliminate physical pain exacerbated by weight
    • To improve my cholesterol numbers
    • To make life a little easier
    • To have more fun because I will have a deeper well of energy
    • To feel the success in what I preach--personally-- both inside and out
    • To prove it is possible to have a growth-mindset long term

This is the year of the Growth-Mindset.


Additional Note: 
I have been watching My Diet Is Better Than Yours and very interestingly the contestant Jeff was really struggling with his own mindset issues on the show this week. He was struggling in completing his tasks, slamming parts of the competition and expressing a lot of frustration. His Coach, Jay Cardiello, pointed out how we can really get in the way of our own success because of our mindset. So did the TV host Shaun T. The moment Jeff focused on the reality of his negative "fixed-mindset" and committed to personally doing something about it he started succeeding again and losing weight. He, in fact, was the winner of last night's competition! He did name it to change it!


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Healthy Lifestyle Tip--Take A Look At The Size Of Your Bowl








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#SizeMatters
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Friday, January 8, 2016

People are Lovin’ their LivSpoons!

Over the holidays many people sent me photos of them in action “Lovin’ their LivSpoons”. This is so exciting to see and now I want to share with you all the reasons people are loving them.
LivSpoons Make Serving Up Food Easy

They make fixing breakfast in the morning super easy. The ½ cup LivSpoon® measures the coffee for the coffee press and the 1 cup LivSpoon measures out the right amount of oatmeal.




You can’t beat the “flawless” way a LivSpoon measures the batter for making waffles and also makes it a whole lot less messy than it used to be with the gooey measuring cup I used to use that was such a hassle to clean up!
https://www.livligahome.com/Set-of-4-Measuring-Serving-Spoons-p/wsaa040.htm

So great for serving up soups and stews. Over the holidays with all the family and friends its great to have a pot of chili or soup on the stove ready to serve up. Using a LivSpoon makes it inviting and available for everyone.
https://www.livligahome.com/Set-of-4-Measuring-Serving-Spoons-p/wsaa040.htm
Serving up salad dressings and sauces is now a breeze with the smallest LivSpoon. I can’t imagine how I ever served them up before! Its so convenient and works on many different bowls, tureens and gravy boats.
https://www.livligahome.com/Set-of-4-Measuring-Serving-Spoons-p/wsaa040.htm
I love the way the LivSpoon makes my starches look. The ½ cup rounded serving of rice, grains or potatoes looks so pretty on my plate. The food just looks that much more appealing.
https://www.livligahome.com/Set-of-4-Measuring-Serving-Spoons-p/wsaa040.htm
Anything I have to measure is now made easier with my LivSpoons. They are really a cool and unique design. I also like the way it fits in my hand!

There is even someone who uses a LivSpoon to serve up their dog food. They love using the ¾ cup to measure out their dog’s food. They noted the LivSpoon is durable and that with the handle on them it makes it easy to reach down and scoop out the right amount of food for their beloved pet.
https://www.livligahome.com/Set-of-4-Measuring-Serving-Spoons-p/wsaa040.htm
Other people mentioned how they like the LivSpoons because they:
  • make filling muffin tins with batter so easy
  • serve up peas quick and easy and less eventfully (they used to roll off serving spoons and scattered)
  • makes baking and measuring so much more fun and effortless
  • are so much more attractive to use at the table when serving up portioned food
  • are the first spoon that measures a single serving of peanut in one scoop
  • allow me to measure my food in front of other people without making it a big deal or obvious
  • feel so comfortable in the hand
It is so great to hear about so many ways people are “lovin’ their LivSpoons”. The LivSpoon is the most recent elegant portion control product to be launched by Livliga.

The LivSpoon®, in addition to our other Livliga tableware, is the latest tool to help you control your food environment in an elegant and subtle way.

Happy New Year! Here’s to your happiest and healthiest New Year yet!


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Monday, January 4, 2016

Livliga Healthy Lifestyle Tip--Have A Passion For Life



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#FreshStart
#PassionForLife
#ChooseHealth
#Nutrition

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Ten Live Vibrant Blogs of 2015

As we embrace the New Year it is always a healthy act to look back and reflect on the past year. As a blog writer it is fun and absolutely enlightening to see what I wrote and what resonated with people as they search for information and look for resources or advice. With that in mind I thought I would share with everyone what our Top Ten Live Vibrant blogs were for 2015.

Enjoy and share!

  1. Keeping on Track in 2015
  2. Product Review--Zone PastaRX™--Protein Packed Pasta
  3. Good Luck Cookies*—full of health and herbal magic
  4. Marital Stress Escalates Heart Disease
  5. 6 Reasons to Use a Slow Cooker in the Summer
  6. Indulge! Eggs are No Longer on the Forbidden Foods List
  7. Adventures of a Healthy Lifestyle Start Up—First Trip to China
  8. Drinks- Rosemary Tequila Lime Smash
  9. A Doctor's Confession- The Truth Comes Out About Heart Disease
  10. Welsh Lamb and Root Soup--good for your heart and health!

The Live Vibrant blog hit a milestone during 2015 of surpassing 100,000 pageviews. It is thanks to you, our readers! It is an incredible journey we are all on living life to the fullest and always looking for ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle each day.

Here’s to you! Here’s to the New Year!

Here’s to Living Vibrant in 2016!