Monday Motivational Meal - Apple Peel Pancakes

Monday, October 25, 2021

 

Apple Peel Pancakes

As the seasons change it is fun to try new recipes and get re-inspired with healthy fresh ingredients. Apple Peel Pancakes are a great way to make use of leftover peels. They are whimsical to look at, easy to make, and tasty to eat. Enjoy serving them up on our Celebrate Healthy Lifestyle dishes! Happy Fall! 


Get the recipe here.


Looking for more fall recipes? Check out more ideas on our blog!

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Take Advantage of Our Closeout Sale!

Friday, October 22, 2021

 

Everything Must Go! Huge Livliga Sale!


Make sure to take advantage of our HUMONGOUS Sale now! Get 60% OFF and FREE Shipping while you can! Now is the time to make sure you have all of the Livliga Tableware you have dreamed of as part of your healthy lifestyle! All sales are final.

 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

Monday, October 18, 2021

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos are great for anytime of year! The idea is to keep it easy, tasty and healthy. Our recipe is also gluten free if you use corn tortillas. This makes for an easy leftover lunch too...whenever you eat this delish meal, make sure to serve it up on Livliga's Healthy Lifestyle dinnerware!

 

Get the recipe here.

 

Looking for some additional slow cooker recipes? Check out more ideas on our blog.

 

 

 
 

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Guest Blog: Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew By Shelby Kinnaird

Friday, October 15, 2021

 

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew by Shelby Kinnaird
Cuban-Style Beef Stew called Carne con Papas Served Up on Livliga!

Fall has arrived and you know what that means: it’s slow cooker season! Dust off your pot and let’s make a Cuban-Style Beef Stew called Carne con Papas.

When I told my friend Anna Norton, CEO of DiabetesSisters, that I was writing a healthy slow cooker cookbook, she told me about a traditional Cuban recipe from her mother, Caridad Tang. Anna had taken her mother’s recipe and adapted it for both the slow cooker and to make it more diabetes-friendly. She wanted to make sure she exposed her son to the foods of her childhood.

Let me tell you, after this dish had been cooking for a few hours, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the beef stew my mom and grandma used to make. The aroma was intoxicating and very familiar even though I don’t have a drop of Cuban blood in me.

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew by Shelby Kinnaird
Cuban-Style Beef Stew ready for Slow Cooking!


This stew may just bring back some childhood memories for you too, no matter where you’re from.

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew Recipe

Note: This recipe appears in Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook. Diabetes not required to enjoy the book!



Guest Blogger Bio

Shelby Kinnaird, Founder of Put on Your Apron, hosts fun, healthy cooking experiences online and in-person. She has written three books, Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook, The Diabetes Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers and The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter for Diabetes. A passionate diabetes advocate, Shelby leads two DiabetesSisters support groups in Richmond, Virginia. She has lived with Type 2 diabetes since 1999.

 



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Book Review - Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook by Shelby Kinnaird and Simone Harounian

Monday, October 11, 2021

 

Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook

I want to mention upfront that I received a complimentary copy of this book and was asked to share a review of my honest thoughts regarding “Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook.” The thoughts below are my own and come from reading the cookbook and testing out some of the recipes.

This is a great Slow Cooker cookbook! I have been a follower and admirer of Shelby Kinnaird for many years. The partnership between Shelby and Simone Harounian shines through this book. It is clear they want to help people live life as their healthiest selves. They do this throughout the cookbook by sharing their expertise, experience and passion. Shelby and Simone put their personal and practical knowledge on the line for all of us. It is clear they have put thought and their love for us and good food on every page.

First they share why slow cookers can be great for your health. This includes a section about “Eating Healthy with Diabetes” which is an uncomplicated overview of the basics. It is a great reference guide for those living with diabetes…and honestly relevant to all of us wanting to eat healthy.

Then there is a section on “Golden Rules of Slow Cooking.” You are going to love this part! Again it is filled with common sense advice when using slow cookers. We all need to be reminded of these Golden Rules!

There are many other parts of the book that help you be a better cook and a successful chef with a slow cooker. For instance, they guide you on how to make a balanced meal using the recipes in the cookbook. Shelby and Simone also point out that there is always room for Comfort Food in a healthy lifestyle and they list some of their favorites they have included in the cookbook.

Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook by Shelby Kinnaird and Simone Harounian
Sweet and Sour Scallops from Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook


When checking out the merits of a cookbook it is a must that you also check out the recipes. I can say I have prepared two recipes so far: “Sweet and Sour Scallops” (see photo above) which I served with brown rice and steamed edamame as well as a side dish, “Orange Carrots and Parsnips” which I served with roasted pork and steamed broccoli. The ingredients included are primarily fresh and focused on wonderful combinations of whole foods that are accessible at your local grocery store. Both were easy to follow, created attractive dishes, and were tasty. My true test is to share recipes with my family and if they say the recipes are a “repeat” then I know they have hit the mark. Both recipes were voted to be “repeats.”

If you are looking for a slow cooker cookbook that also provides a great resource for those living with diabetes as well as those wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, this book is for you. I for one am adding it to my bookshelf with my other favorites that I use regularly. I recommend this cookbook.

Check out the other Book Reviews on our Live Vibrant Blog!





 


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Livliga's BIG CLOSEOUT SALE!

Friday, October 8, 2021

 

Livliga's Huge Sale

October rings in Livliga’s BIG CLOSEOUT SALE! Get 60% OFF and FREE Shipping NOW! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity people! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SALE and live life as your healthiest self! Dreams can come true! All sales are final.


Vivente on sale!
Stock up with these great prices!


Kidliga on sale!
Think great gifts at great prices!


This sale continues through October! Woot!

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Monday Moitvational Meal - Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Monday, October 4, 2021

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

 

Pumpkin makes us think of the fall, pumpkin patches, the turning of the leaves and the festivities to come. Pumpkin is very versatile and easy to add to your diet in both sweet and savory dishes. Incorporating pumpkin into your diet is a wonderful way to reap health benefits. Try our easy recipe for a pumpkin spice protein smoothie and remember to serve it up in our stylish Aveq beverage glass for your perfect 8 ounce pour!
 

Get the recipe here.

 

Like smoothies? Check out our other smoothie recipes on our blog.

 

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Livliga is Closing its Retail Doors with a HUGE SALE at unheard of prices!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Final Sale with 60% OFF and Free Shipping!

 

Dear Friends and Supporters-

Livliga has a big announcement to make. We are closing down our retail operation. This was not an easy decision or one that came without a lot of consideration. As many of you realize, because of the profound effect of the Pandemic, Livliga, like so many other businesses, was challenged with trying to get product manufactured, shipped and sold through our retail channels. We have not found it possible to overcome these obstacles, even after so many months.

As a thank you to all our customers we are offering all our regularly priced products at 60% OFF and FREE Shipping…while supplies last. As you understand, all sales will be final. This is a now-or-never offer that will allow everyone to collect all their favorite Livliga tableware. Please help spread the word!

What’s next? Livliga is transitioning to a new business model. We are now only offering our product through licensing agreements. These agreements will be tailored to the specific interests and needs of each company. Should you be interested in finding out more or would like to pursue a licensing agreement, please contact us so we can assist you in meeting your needs.

We will also be offering consultation services. Livliga’s success is as a result of years of research and development. With 3 utility patents and 3 national awards we have been able to help people live healthier lives. We want to make our years of experience available to others. To make an appointment or to find out more about our consultation services please feel free to reach out to us.

Walt and I so appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support as we developed our tableware line, launched it, and expanded it over the years. Our retail operation grew every year…thanks to you!

The Livliga Team is so proud of the innovation we introduced to the Health and Wellness industry. We are eager to continue to expand the possibilities through our licensing and consultation services. It took a lot of talent to deliver our unique and effective line of tableware so we plan on leveraging that intelligence as we move forward.

All of us are humbled by the difference we have made in so many people’s lives. We get notes, emails, and reviews everyday from people sharing their stories on why Livliga works and how Livliga has made a difference in their lives. There can be no greater success than those stories!

We look forward to our next adventures in continuing our mission to help people live healthier lives. Let us know how we can work together to advance this effort for all of us.

Live vibrant!

Sheila and Walt Dietrich

 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Monday, September 27, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers


Stuffed peppers are so satisfying and versatile. They are an easy go-to in the fall when we want a heartier meal that is colorful like the leaves we see turning multi-colored in our front yard. Can't beat serving up these beauties on Vivente for a healthy autumnal meal!

Get the recipe here.


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🍁Livliga's Clearance Sale Continues through September 30!🍁

Friday, September 24, 2021

 

Livliga's Clearance Sale Continues thru Sept 30!

Livliga is thrilled to offer our second ever “Warehouse Clearance Sale.” Because you are customers and loyal followers of Livliga, we want to make sure you are in the know to take advantge of this awesome sale. 

Kidliga on sale now!


Livliga's Clearance Sale continues through September 30. EVERYTHING is 50% OFF for all regularly priced items...and FREE SHIPPING is included! Help us clear out our overloaded warehouse and get set for a healthy autumn ahead! Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware!


LivSpoons on sale now!
 
You can also wrap up your favorite mugs, bowls or plates and give them as gifts to those you love and have on your holiday gift list. There is nothing more uplifting than a set of 4 Celebrate mugs, each with their own inspiring phrase and images, to give to a friend!  This is a perfect time to add to your collections of Livliga or acquire your favorite pattern to serve up your healthy holiday dinners and more. Now is the time to save up and get ready for healthy holidays ahead!

Just Right Set on sale now!



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Monday Motivational Meal - Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

Monday, September 20, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Apple Cider Doughnut Cake


Apples and Autumn go together! There is nothing better than this packed-full of healthy ingredients Apple Cider Doughnut Cake from @MarthaStewart . And we think it looks particularly scrumptious served up on our Aveq side plate! Oooh...yum!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Why Livliga Works - Helps Right Size Your Eyes!

Friday, September 17, 2021

 

Livliga Helps Right Size Your Eyes By Right Sizing Our Plates

Our eyes make all the decisions about the food we eat. Our eyes send messages to our brain about the food we are eating…what it looks like and whether it looks like enough. These are visual cues. Unfortunately, our eyes can only perceive relative size and amounts. If we use large plates then it will take more food on that plate for our eyes to see the amount of food served up as enough. If we place a smaller amount of food on a large plate our eyes will perceive it as puny.

We live in a super-sized world. This means our frame of reference for portion sizes is super-sized too. We have no idea what right-sized amounts of food looks like. In fact, when you ask someone what a standard recommended serving size is for something like mashed potatoes, what do you think they will say? Most often, we have found, they will say it is a cup. Actually, the standard serving is ½ cup for mashed potatoes and all carbohydrates. This is always an eye-opener.

Standard Serving Size of Mashed Potatoes os 1/2 Cup


That is why Livliga was created, to help right size our eyes when it comes to portion sizes and also to provide the guide to serve up those right-sized portions. We do it with the design of the dishware. First, each dish has been right-sized. For instance, instead of a 12 - 14 inch plate you can buy at places like Ikea, our plates are “normalized” at 10.5 inches in size. They don’t look small…they look “just right.” We are also right-sizing your food environment. Every dish has been specifically designed to be perfectly portioned to make all servings look plentiful.

Some might wonder why the size of the plate…or bowl…or mug matters…the reason is that it better frames the food served up on the dish, making it look more plentiful. It is important that our eyes perceive the food we eat as enough. If we don’t, what do you imagine we will think and do? Typically, we will feel deprived and denied. And when we feel we are not getting enough, we will end up serving ourselves more and ultimately overeating. This is why we get stuck in the pattern of overeating and not living the healthy lifestyle we want.

Livliga provides a complete suite of right sized products for a healthy lifestyle


Livliga has created an entire suite of product that works as a system to normalize food quantities so that you can serve up perfect portions for a healthy lifestyle. This is so innovative that we now have 3 patents and 3 national awards. More importantly, we have satisfied customers who tell us how well it works for them.



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Monday Motivational Meal - Sloppy Joe

Monday, September 13, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Sloppy Joe

There is nothing better than a Sloppy Joe when you are ready for a simple meal that can accommodate a few or many. This recipe is one that is also mindful of your pocketbook. It has the classic flavor of a Sloppy Joe yet has been updated to be more health-balanced. Try it out and make sure to serve it up on Livliga's mindful eating dinnerware!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Friday, September 10, 2021

 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Smoothies are a mainstay for our family. During the summer months our breakfast is a fruit smoothie. We may make fewer smoothies during the colder months but it is still fun to explore a variety of options and ingredients for smoothies. Pumpkin makes us think of the fall, pumpkin patches, the turning of the leaves and the festivities to come.

Pumpkin is also a great healthy resource to include in the recipes we make including pancakes, muffins, chilis or smoothies. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pumpkin is incredibly healthy. What’s more, its low calorie content makes it a weight-loss-friendly food. Its nutrients and antioxidants can boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, lower your risk of certain cancers and promote heart and skin health. Pumpkin is very versatile and easy to add to your diet in both sweet and savory dishes. Incorporating pumpkin into your diet is a wonderful way to reap health benefits. Below is an easy recipe for a pumpkin spice protein smoothie.

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 5 1/3 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 large frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender. 
  2. Blend until smooth.

Serve immediately. 

 

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Nutritional Information 

Serves: 1. Serving size: 1 glass. Calories: 331; Fat: 2g; Sodium: 99g; Carbohydrate: 47g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Protein: 33g.


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Livliga's Warehouse Clearance Sale Extended!

Monday, September 6, 2021
Enjoy a Health Pampering End-of-Summer with Livliga

Take the time to celebrate the end of summer with our super-duper warehouse clearance sale! Never before seen discounts on all our regularly priced products! Treat yourself to 50% OFF EVERYTHING and free shipping! Help us clear out our overloaded warehouse and get set for a healthy autumn ahead! Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware❗


Livliga's 50% Inventory Clearance Sale


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Enjoy and Live Well!




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🎉Kick-off Your Labor Day Weekend with 50% Off Site-wide + Free Shipping!🎉

Friday, September 3, 2021

 

50% OFF Site-wide Sale plus Free Shipping!

Take the time to celebrate the end of summer with our Labor Day Warehouse Clearance sale! This weekend is all about taking a rest while recognizing your hard work. Treat yourself to 50% Off regularly priced items and free shipping! Take advantage of these savings now through Monday, September 6th. After all, taking a rest and pampering yourself is good for your health. Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware! 

 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Watermelon Gazpacho

Monday, August 30, 2021

Monday Motivational Meal - Watermelon Gazpacho

 Looking for a quick and simple no cook meal? Try this fresh and satisfying twist on a summer favorite from @MyPlate...watermelon gazpacho...and to make it the perfect meal...make sure to serve it up in a beautiful Livliga Healthy Lifestyle soup bowl!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Apple Peel Pancakes

Friday, August 27, 2021

 

Healthy Apple Peel Pancakes


As the seasons change it is fun to try new recipes and get re-inspired with healthy fresh ingredients. This time of year we can start looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard to pick our own for an adventure or go to the grocery store to fill our carts with locally grown late summer/early fall produce.

Something my family loves is slow cooker apple butter from the fresh harvest of apples I bring home. Last year when making the apple butter I had a lot of apple peels and got inspired to make use of them. In doing some research on spiralized recipes I realized I could come up with my own “Apple Peel Pancakes!”

Apple Peel Pancakes are a great way to make use of leftover peels. They are whimsical to look at, easy to make, and tasty to eat.   And, because of the peel used, they are packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Here is the recipe I came up with riffing off of a recipe from Spiralize this! cookbook by Martha Rose Shulman:

Apple Peel Pancakes on the Griddle

Apple Peel Pancakes

  • 2 cups apple peel, cut into 4 inch strips with scissors
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Cooking Spray

Directions

  1. Preheat griddle to medium high heat.
  2. Heat butter in a cast iron skillet. When melted add the peels and brown sugar to the butter. Sauté for 3 minutes, just until they begin to color. Remove from heat.
  3. Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  4. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, then add the buttermilk, whisk together, then add the oil and vanilla, whisk together again.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, whisking together. Do not over mix. A few lumps are fine.
  6. Spray griddle with cooking spray. Drop batter in ¼ cup LivSpoon amounts onto the griddle. Distribute a 12th of the apple peel across the top of each pancake.
  7. Cook until bubbles begin to break through, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook about 1 minute on the other side, or until nicely browned. Remove and place on a platter in a warm oven while the next batch of pancakes is cooked. Continue until all the batter is used.

Apple Peel Pancakes on a Platter


Serve while hot. Makes 12 4-inch pancakes.

Nutritional Information

Serves 4. Serving size: 3 pancakes. Calories: 370; Fat: 17.3g; Carbohydrates: 43.3g; Dietary Fiber: 3.5g; Protein: 11.8g.

Tips

Use slow cooker apple butter as an alternative to maple syrup.
Freeze leftovers to enjoy these pancakes on another occasion for a quick fix breakfast.


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Monday Motivational Meal - Moroccan Spiced Oranges

Monday, August 23, 2021

 

 
 
It is always nice to have a variety of tried and true side dishes that you can add to a menu to complete a meal. I look for flavor, color and ease of preparation when I add favorites to my list of side dishes. This Moroccan Spiced Oranges recipe from @cookinglight is a light and flavorful choice...especially when you serve it up in Livliga for right-sized joyful eating! 

Get the recipe here.


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Why Do You Love Livliga? Learn Why A Customer Loves Our Celebrate Collection!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Our customers always leave us motivated and inspired with the feedback they give us about our product. Check out one customer's story about why she loves our Celebrate healthy lifestyle dinnerware and enjoys using it!

 

Customer Quote or Livliga Celebrate Dinnerware
 

 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Spicy Apple Chutney

Monday, August 16, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Spicy Apple Chutney


Chutney is a great condiment to add zest and dimension to any meal. There are many varieties. The best is to make your own with fresh fruits from your local market or your own fruit trees. Check out our recipe and don't forget to use our handy, lifestyle enhancing Livliga plates to measure up your chutney as part of your balanced meal.

Get the recipe here.

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16 Ideas for Practising Self-care with Snacks and Meals

Friday, August 13, 2021
Chai Tea

Self-care is a cornerstone to living a healthy lifestyle. Often when we think of self-care we think of ways to take time off, pamper ourselves, and focus on calming our inner-self through meditation, yoga, or specific music. Food can also play an important part in our self-care. Types of food, how they are prepared as well as the herbs and spices we use can enhance our health and well-being.

Here are some ideas for food that can enhance your self-care and inspire you.

 

Simplicity

Spices to Enhance your Health

Chocolate Indulgence

Picnic Fun

Backyard Barbecue Just Because

Slow Cooker for Cooler Summer Dinners

No Cook Meals to Cool Down Your Emotions

Refreshing Drinks to Quench Your Thirst


No matter the moment it is always possible to add a little self-care into it to support your healthy lifestyle and your well-being. What new ideas do you have?

Live vibrant!



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Monday Motivational Meal - Deviled Eggs

Monday, August 9, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Deviled Eggs


Deviled eggs are one of this family’s favorites. They are great as a side dish/appetizer for brunches, picnics, cookouts and backyard barbecues. They are great to bring along to a potluck. Summertime seems to call for a batch of homemade deviled eggs. Try our recipe and remember to serve them up on Livliga's right-sized healthy lifestyle side plates!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Making Peace With Feeling Hungry

Friday, August 6, 2021

Making Peace with Hunger

I have avoided feeling hungry all my life


I have avoided feeling hungry my entire life. I have been scared of it and how it makes me feel. It is truly symbolic of the emptiness I can feel and can trigger my feeling that life might not be going so well. That is until a friend of mine said something very meaningful to me: “Hunger is just a state of being. You can control how you feel about it.” Somehow I had always believed that the “state of being” and how I felt about it were one in the same. By separating those two things I realized I actually could exert a control over my reactions in a way I never thought possible.

Here are some tips on how you can help yourself move through your hunger


  • Be ready with a plan on how to address your hunger
    •     Have planned, health snacks ready
    •     Think about when you want to schedule what you eat during the day…this will help you in communication with yourself about managing your hunger
  • Acknowledge when you feel hungry
    •     Think about how long ago it was when you last ate
    •     Is it time to eat your snack or do you want to wait awhile?
  • If it is not time to eat, lean into your hunger
    •     Think about why feeling hungry is a good thing…believe it or not hunger makes your body healthier and it helps you think better!         
    •     Take a number of deep breaths…and smile…
    •     Next let go of thinking about it…move on to thinking about other things
  • Introduce new habits that help you move on from feeling negatively about your hunger
    •     Stand up and stretch when you are feeling hungry
    •     Take a brief break and walk around your home or office
    •     Move on to a necessary task at hand
    •     Drink a tall glass of water or make a soothing cup of tea…sip and enjoy


Hunger may never become my close friend but I can certainly can work with it. I no longer need to be afraid of hunger. I can acknowledge it, lean into it and learn to co-exist with it. I no longer need to stuff myself with food in order to try and kill it. Remember, hunger is just another message your body is sending to you. You can control how you respond to that message.


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Monday Motivational Meal - Baked French Fries

Monday, August 2, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - Baked French Fries

Its seems life can't be lived without French fries. There is a way to enjoy them in a healthy lifestyle...bake them! Enjoy the crunchy flavorful goodness of a fry with our recipe...and make sure to serve them up on our award-winning, right-sized dinnerware for the life you want to live!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Adventures of A Healthy Lifestyle Start Up — Livliga As A Case Study

Friday, July 30, 2021

 

Livliga Beehive Interview As a Case Study

You know you have been around awhile when…you are used as a case study in business school!

As a healthy lifestyle company we have had so many adventures and learned a lot a long the way. I have always welcomed and been willing to share my experience in hopes it might inspire and help others. One of my entrepreneurial tenets is that it is important to make time to help others. Others helped me the same way as I was developing Livliga.

The help I have given has taken on many forms over the years. I have spoken to many people one-on-one in phone calls and zoom meetings and over coffee…lots of coffee. I have been interviewed for podcasts, like the Beehive. I have been interviewed for books written for entrepreneurs and starts ups, like Main Street Entrepreneur and Makers Who Made It. I have made presentations to peer groups, like the USDA/ MyPlate and the Denver University School of Business.

What surprised me recently was when I found out Livliga and my start up story are now part of online business courses and and case studies for business schools. I first learned of this from my husband. He called me up after having facilitated an order for a customer. He often likes to ask people how they learned about Livliga. This time the customer said she had learned about us through a business course she had taken in Utah…the university had used our company as a case study. She was impressed with our story and wanted to invest in our product! I was very flattered and curious. So next I went online and found out we are also part of an online course by MyEducator. In fact we are part of Lesson 3—New Venture Creation and are featured in the chapter called, Knowledge From Personal Experience. Google is amazing. I would never have known this if my curiosity had not been piqued.

Lesson learned? It is important to be a participating member of the various communities we become a part of as a start up, entrepreneur, and woman business owner, as examples. And if you have been around long enough people start telling stories about you! Having our story told beyond our own blog and website is not only humbling but a great way for more people to learn about Livliga. And truthfully, we have more than one story to tell. There is the story of inventing the product but that story is not only personal, it is a story about the birth of an innovative product and business. Hopefully that story is already spawning the next generation of innovation to help people live healthier lives.


 

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Monday Motivational Meal - White Wine Kir Spritzer - A Refreshing Summertime Drink - Without Alcohol!

Monday, July 26, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal - White Wine Kir Spritzer

When it is hot outside you can't beat the ease and thirst-quenching satisfaction of a White Wine Spritzer. Try this new twist that is alcohol free and adds the delicacy of raspberry essence. For easy measuring use our gorgeous Livliga Aveq Wine Glass with built-in measurements!

Get the recipe here. 

Why not add some homemade healthy appetizers? Check them out here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spicy Green Apple Chutney

Friday, July 23, 2021

 A Great Summer Canning Recipe

Spicy Green Apple Chutney

 

Chutney is a great condiment to add zest and dimension to any meal. There are many varieties. The best is to make your own with fresh fruits from your local market or your own fruit trees. They tend to use less sugar than jams or jellies and are an additional way to make the most of seasonal foods to enjoy through out the year.

 

Green Apples on our Apple Tree

We have this young apple tree that has produced an abundance of apples. In fact, there were so many apples that we were advised to reduce their numbers by half! Of course, the Midwesterner in me could not just throw away the little green apples…I had to come up with something fun to do with them. So here is the result…Spicy Green Apple Chutney! Seems this is a very British thing to do…all recipes were from uk sites. The one I liked best and used as a basis for the recipe below was from Ball. It is actually yummy and will be great with meats.

Our little green apples required a lot of cutting and coring…we did not bother to peel them…which makes the chutney even higher in fiber and antioxidants.

Little Green Apples
 

Spicy Green Apple Chutney

Ingredients

  • 6 granny smith apples (about 8 cups), cored and quartered
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½  tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp  butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 ½ ounces water
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced dried apricots

Directions

  1. Cut each apple quarter vertically into 3 chunks. Place apple, vinegar and next 7 ingredients in a stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Cook, stirring often, over medium-low heat 30 minutes or until apples are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and water; cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until shallots are caramel colored.
  3. Add shallots and apricots to apple mixture. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Ladle hot apple mixture into hot jars, leaving a little headspace. Wipe jar rim with a clean cloth. Centre lid on jar. Apply band, and adjust to fingertip-tight.


Makes about 8 - 8 ounce jars of chutney.


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