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The Ultimate List of Hydrating Foods to Include in Your Weekly Meal

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When planning your weekly meals, you want to do more than just look at recipes that seem delicious. It’s important to make sure you stock up on all the right nutrients. Many people view that as the macro and micro nutrients. There is one specific nutrient that people forget about: water.

There are certain foods that are extremely hydrating for the body. The body needs water for all types of functions. A well-hydrated body will function correctly, have good working digestive and immune systems, and glowing skin.

Hydrating foods will also help you feel fuller in a shorter space of time. They help to fill up the stomach with fewer calories, making it easier to lose weight.

So, you want to follow a diet that is full of hydrating foods. When you’re planning your weekly meals, and some of the hydrating foods on this epic list.

Start with Your Cucumbers

The first on the list must be the cucumber. One cucumber is made up of 95% water and 5% fiber. It’s one of the best ingredients when you need something thirst-quenching. It’s technically better than a glass of water. Not only does it offer almost as much water, but it has plenty of fiber to keep your digestive system working. It’s also made up of plenty vitamin C (about 6% of your daily recommended amount of a cup), which will help to boost your immune system.

There are many ways to get cucumber into your diet. The most obvious way is to chop it up into a salad, but this can get boring after a while.

Why not opt for cucumber juice? While most vegetable juices are bad for you because of the natural sugars, cucumbers barely have natural sugars. You may lose the fiber, but you’re just getting all the water that will help to hydrate your body quickly.

You can also make a cucumber dip with yogurt (another ingredient to look out for on this list) or turn it into soup. Cucumber can also be spiralized and used in place of pasta in many dishes.

Stock Up on the Salad Greens

Your salad greens must be added to your weekly shop. You want to enjoy them in a meal at least once a day for all the benefits. You can get whatever salad greens you want. Look out for lettuces, kale, spinach, collards, and much more.

You’ll get just 15 calories in two cups of salad greens. Those 15 calories are mostly made up of water (around 90%), and the rest of the calories are extremely good for you. In fact, you’ll find salad greens on ingredient lists for all types of healthy diets. They’re good to keep your blood sugar levels down, your iron and calcium levels up, and boost your vitamin C intake.

Salad greens are packed with vitamin C, folate, beta carotene, fiber, and much more. They will keep every single order working effectively while boosting the health and look of your skin and eyes.

While you can eat them as part of a salad, you don’t need to. You could blend your greens down into a smoothie, mixed with a few fruits. The benefit of smoothies is you keep all the fiber, meaning your digestive system still gets the support. You won’t release the sugars directly into the blood stream, and you create a drink that feels more hydrating than eating your greens directly.

Salad greens tend to make good bases for most dishes. They can also be turned into dips, sauces, and even stews.

Grab Celery Sticks

There’s belief that celery sticks have negative calories. This isn’t true. You can’t get negative calories in food, but there is some truth to the statement. A stick of celery has just 6 calories. It takes more calories to burn and digest the food than you would gain from eating it. You can see where the idea of negative calories comes from.

The lack of calories is partially due to the water content. A stick of celery has a whopping 95.4% water. The rest of the vegetable is made of fiber. So, not only do you get the water for your body, but you also get plenty of nutrients to support your digestive system and make you feel fuller.

And let’s not overlook the nutrients that you’ll get from the celery sticks. Celery is made up of Vitamins A, K, and C, and folate. You’ll get plenty of help for your immune system, your eye health, and your cell health.

Celery is highly recommended for managing stomach acid levels and heartburn. The pH level helps to neutralize the stomach acid levels, helping to get rid of acid reflux. Of course, it’s also one of the best diet foods.

You don’t just have to snack on a stick of celery, although that is a good option. Try adding some hummus or yogurt to the middle of the celery sticks. You can create a cucumber and yogurt dip for your sticks to make them more appealing. Celery can also be added to stews and soups to bulk them out. Of course, celery juice is a popular option.

Make Sure You Grab In-Season Squash

Whether you love a winter or summer squash, you want to stock up on one in your weekly shop. Squashes are excellent (but overlooked) sources of water. Each squash will have a different water content, but a butternut squash is 88% water.

The benefit of squash is that you can use it in multiple ways. If you boil or steam, you’ll find the squash will take in extra water, making it even better for your body. If you bake a squash, you will lose some of the water content, but not all of it.

Squashes are also packed with vitamin A. In fact, one cup of squash can give you 400% of your daily recommended amount! Vitamin A is commonly overlooked, but necessary for good eye health. You’ll also get plenty of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Your whole body is looked after with this hydrated vegetable.

Enjoy Watermelon When in Season

Watermelon is one of the best summer fruits to stock up on. The name of the fruit should give away just why that is. There isn’t quite the same amount of water as there is in cucumbers, but around 92% of watermelons are made up of water.

While getting the hydration, you’re also getting plenty of other health benefits. The red color is an indication that there is plenty of an antioxidant known as lycopene. This antioxidant helps to protect the body from heart disease and some cancers—yes, this has been proven by studies. Not only are you getting the water content, but you’re putting your heart health first.

Watermelons are extremely easy to enjoy. You can just chop the fruit up into wedges and eat. Pre-cut them and cover with some cling film. It’s possible just to grab and go when you need a slice.

Don’t worry about eating the seeds in watermelons. While you can get some seedless ones, the seeds in watermelons are harmless.

Watermelons can make an excellent cake alternative. Chop the bottom slightly so that it stands up right and then use fruit kebabs to decorate.

Don’t Forget the Strawberries

Another summer fruit to add to your weekly shopping list is a pack of strawberries (or two or three!), as they are made up of 91% water! That’s not all, though. Strawberries are extremely sweet naturally, helping you to curb your sugar cravings and stick to your diet healthily.

While they are filled with natural sugars, those sugars won’t break down into the blood stream quickly. You’ll also get plenty of fiber to help slow down the digestive system and improve the absorption of all the nutrients.

Speaking of nutrients, strawberries are packed with vitamin C and that powerful lycopene antioxidant. You will also get plenty of folates to help with the growth of healthy new cells. Not only do you get the antioxidants and vitamin C to help prevent cells being attacked by free radicals, but you also get the support to grow more new cells.

Let’s face it. Strawberries are a highly popular summer fruit. You can just eat them straight out of the packet. Before you know it, the whole packet will be finished.

You can also eat strawberries in salads or make dessert recipes with them. Blend them down into a smoothie with some bananas to create a nutritious drink.

Finish Off Salads with Papaya

How about some papaya to finish off your salads or desserts? This tropical fruit isn’t quite as good as others already on the list, but it is good. About 88% of a papaya is water, with the rest full of fiber, natural sugars, and other nutrients. You have just 55 calories in a cup of the sugary fruit.

One of the benefits is that it helps to curb your sweet cravings. Like with strawberries, you feel like you’ve eating something sweet and naughty. This means you crave the sweet stuff less throughout the day, making it easier to stick to your diet.

It’s also an orange fruit, meaning that it’s packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. Your immune system is protected, as a papaya will help to fight against free radicals, cancers, and dementia.

You can eat papaya on its own as a snack. It’s also good as a topping on a dessert or chopped up with some nuts, strawberries, and blueberries with a salad.

Make Sure You Eat More Yogurt

Look out for plain yogurt and start stocking up on it. Depending on the type of yogurt you get, it’s possible to find it’s 85% to 88% water. The full-fat options will have more water than the reduced fat options. If you have the calories spare, you want to stock up on the fuller fat options.

Yogurts make excellent desserts. You can add a range of fruits into them. Strawberries and papaya are excellent choices to increase your hydration. However, yogurts can also help to create a smoothie base or even a dip base.

It’s not all about the hydration when it comes to yogurts. The fruit is also full of probiotics. You may have heard a lot about these in recent years. You need to get them, and yogurt is the perfect source.

The gut is full of bacteria. This can be good or bad bacteria, but you want to stock up on the good stuff. While the bad stuff makes you ill, good bacteria will make it easier for your body to absorb all your nutrients. The good stuff keeps your whole digestive system in check, avoiding fungal or yeast infections.

Look out for plain yogurt with “live & active cultures” on the packets. This means the yogurt is packed with the good bacteria.

While fruity yogurts will have the water content, you want to avoid them as much as possible. The fruity yogurts usually have added sugar, which means you end up with extra calories. It’s not worth it when you can make plain yogurt taste sweeter with natural fruits.

There Is Something for All Diets

Whether you want a vegan/vegetarian diet or you can eat anything, there is something for all diets. It’s time to plan your weekly meals with the above list of foods in mind. Stock up on the salad greens, celery, and cucumber for your light, watery, filling main meals and side dishes. Don’t forget about papaya and strawberries for your dessert.

You can cook the ingredients above in so many ways. Purposely look out for recipes that include them, whether they’re juices, smoothies, or even main meals.

When you get hydrating foods, you will continue to keep your organs working properly. We tend not to drink enough glasses of water (finding them boring), but eating hydrating foods makes up for that.

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Personal Growth Leads to Healthy Relationships, But Where to Focus?

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We often get the bug to take a course or get our life together. But the choices are endless and it can be hard to decide which activity or course would be best for us. This article is about putting your self to the wellness challenge. Recognizing where we are out of balance and focusing on that area will create a higher degree of wellness. And naturally, the more balanced we are personally, the better our relationships will be.

The challenge involves looking at four general areas of your life and rating how balanced your life is at this time. Caution: Examining your life in this way could lead to change! We start with the most obvious:

The Physical Self: Naturally, this involves looking at how you treat your body. Without a well nourished, rested, exercised, oxygenated body, you won’t have the energy to fully participate in your relationships. You’ve all experienced this when you’ve been sick. Not attending to this aspect of self is a way of saying, “I am not important.” Relationships require physical energy. Do you need to create more physical activity in your life?

The Emotional Self: This involves the concept of emotional intelligence or how well you handle your emotions. Are you able to access and acknowledge emotion? Have you developed the skills necessary to share feelings appropriately to create intimacy? Or do you repress uncomfortable feelings with addictive or compulsive behaviors? According to the current expert on Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Daniel Goleman, we can increase our emotional intelligence skills at any point in our lives. Only with a high degree of emotional skills can we ever hope to achieve great relationships. Do you need help in identifying and expressing feelings?

The Mental Self: This aspect of self involves paying attention to our mental needs. Like the physical self, the mind requires different things at different times. Sometimes it requires stimulation, at other times calming. Many people don’t realize they have the power to slow the mind down and to take control of their mood. Instead, they just let their mind run wild. Do you need to learn meditation, tai chi or self-hypnosis?

The Spiritual Self: In my experience with people, this aspect of self is often feared and misunderstood. Many people have shared with me that they have no spiritual beliefs, believing that because they are not practicing a religion that they are not spiritual. I explain there is a difference. And when I ask if they believe in something bigger then themselves, they always say yes. When we explore that further, they find they have more spiritual beliefs then they realized. How well do you nurture your spiritual self? How connected are you to purpose and meaning in your life? How open are you to receiving information about these things?

While all aspects of self are intertwined with one another, they are all as important as each other. Equal energy needs to be applied to each aspect to create balance. Each is critically important to the whole. Most of us favor development in some areas leaving the other areas weak and underdeveloped. As you look at your lifestyle in these respects, I’m sure it’s clear where you might be out of balance. After that, it’s about deciding to make a change. Both you and your relationships will benefit.

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Brighten Up Your Brunch Menu

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Waking up early is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare.

Try putting a twist on a classic breakfast by opting for Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon instead of pork bacon. It’s thick-cut, ready to cook and perfect for pairing with eggs, pastries or fruit. With a hearty taste and texture and 57 percent less fat than traditional pork bacon, duck bacon can satisfy hungry, waiting guests and give them a tasty start to their weekend.

This brunch recipe for Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast can be thrown together in an instant with mouthwatering ingredients. The addition of duck bacon adds a unique flavor and wow-factor that can leave guests asking for more.

Find more brunch recipes and information about cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Recipe courtesy of Chef Ben Vaughn on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Butter, for coating pan
4 large eggs
dash of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce bourbon
8 slices day-old sourdough bread
8 ounces Brie cheese
12 slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon, cooked crispy
8 tablespoons melted butter, for topping
maple syrup, for topping
powdered sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 375 F. Butter baking sheet well.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt, sugar, milk, vanilla and bourbon. Pour into flat-bottomed dish.

Submerge all bread slices in dish to soak up some of egg mixture. Work in batches, if necessary. Turn with spatula and soak other side. Do not soak too long or bread will be too saturated and difficult to handle. Gently transfer four soaked bread slices to prepared baking sheet.

Place 2 ounces cheese on each slice. Add three slices crispy bacon on top of each cheese portion.

Top with another soaked bread slice. Press filled bread together firmly.

Place baking sheet in oven; bake 15-20 minutes, turning after 8-10 minutes to brown both sides.

Serve immediately with melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

Source: Maple Leaf Farms

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Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Celebrates a Decade of Wellness and Success

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Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc. Senior Manager- Head of Finance and Shared Service Jeffrey Fietas, Senior Marketing Manager – Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Rose Montano, Assistant Vice President- Digital Division Jeryl Bandelaria, CEO Edward Ling, CEO and Ardijansah Calayag, Vice President – Corporate and Consumer Health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc.

From influencing the Philippines’ wellness landscape to making a difference to the lives of Filipino families, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass continues to grow by leaps and bounds and remains to be a sought- after superfood stalwart in the country.   

Founded in 2007 by Malaysian businessman Edward Ling, Wheatgrass CAN International (WCI) started with a modest beginning. Little did he know that in humble confines of a rented apartment in Dian, Makati will be the birthplace of a wellness brand that’s synonymous with vigor and vitality. As the country’s largest distributor of wheatgrass products with cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing benefits, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass is now considered a household name and continuously making waves in the country for over ten years.

That’s why Easy-Phamax Wheatgrass’ lifestyle-centric campaigns talk about relatable real-life situations that get to the heart of the consumers. “Sickness leads to bankruptcy, emotional pain, and ultimately suffering of the whole family. By riding on different monthly health awareness events and strategies that enhance product knowledge about wheatgrass, consumers were able to develop a serious desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle over time. Through our consistent marketing efforts, consumers of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass were able to discover its one of a kind health benefits, which all play a big part for the overall prevention strategy that could positively impact their future,” said Wheatgrass C.A.N. International President and CEO Edward Ling.

Because of our fast-paced, harried lifestyle, eating healthily is almost next to none. More often than not, vegetables are absent or inadequate in family meals thus the need for supplementation. And since one sachet of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is equivalent to 10 kilos of vegetables, the “No veggie, No problem” slogan strongly appealed to individuals who deviate from vegetables in their diet.  Each sachet is not only loaded with nutrients, its patented Indoor Organic Cultivation (IOAC) process is an assurance of the product’s safety and purity that’s guaranteed free from bacteria, mold, and chemicals. Additionally, its organic fertilizer that allows roots to grow and spread even in the absence of soil that contains the cancer-fighting abscisic acid is what makes Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass a powerful concoction.  

The Father of Wellness, Edward Ling adds “Wheatgrass is all-natural and has a unique property of nourishing the blood. Another factor that brings the product to the consciousness of the consumers is the wheatgrass’ chlorophyll content, which is considered the “green blood” of the plants that helps to sweep out toxins and heavy metals in the body. Well-nourished blood means optimum cell regeneration, which makes oxygen and nutrients get to travel around the body freely. In addition, healthy blood flow is the foundation of good health and one of the secrets of long life, so paying attention to our blood health should be a serious goal. “

The brand has been synonymous with the longest-running brand ambassador, sportscaster and fitness advocate Dyan Castillejo who truly remains to be one of the most influential personalities of all time. Her admirable physique, active lifestyle, and wellness advocacies encapsulate Wheatgrass C.A.N.’s mission of changing lives with optimum health as the beginning.  “With the goal of reaching out to the next generation, fifteen-year-old Matthew Castilejo-Garcia joins her mom Dyan as one of the lead ambassadors of the brand. Now overtaking the world through tennis, Matthew’s burning passion for sports and wellness makes him the perfect fit to launch our products to the young consumers,” added Ling.

To welcome the year with a bang, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass recently celebrated its decade of success and long-standing market leadership at the Manila Polo Club. Industry leaders, ambassadors, partners, colleagues, and supporters gathered for a night of revelry and thanksgiving with the freshest update of what’s more to come. With its people, the main asset of the company, its top sales managers and leaders like Vice President, Head of Corporate and Consumer Health Jansen Calayag Senior Manager and Head of Marketing Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Montano were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment during this event.  A strong advocate of preventive health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International’s head and shoulders above success are merited to its hard-working team who share a passionate goal of transforming lives.  Its empowered and talented wellness consultants, administrative department, sales and marketing team who work behind the scenes are considered the company’s greatest asset in reaching the vision of a lifetime of health and wellness.

Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass comes in original, honey, and lemon flavors and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.  For order and inquiries, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.

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One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas You Can Use this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll have to start looking for a gift soon.  Let Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, introduce you to some great ideas which you can use to wow your significant other.

This year, make Valentine’s Day one to remember when you treat your partner to:

A perfect combination

Those “His” and “Hers” items you find in department stores may seem cheesy to some, but there are more than a few products that are actually quite witty and useful, while at the same time very sweet. With a range that goes from pillows to towels to jewelry to clothing, there are more than a few ways to express your love!

A personalized keepsake

What could be more special than a gift that’s made for your partner alone? Personalized items have become such a hit that you’ll be sure to find names or initials on a multitude of items in just about any mall or shopping center. Make him or her feel one of a kind with something that’s undoubtedly theirs – just like you!

Try:

A handmade project

Nothing says “you mean a lot to me” like something you created with your own hands. This kind of gift adds the benefits of something personalized as well: not only is it unique, but it’s tailor-fit to what your partner needs and guaranteed to be useful and appreciated. Most of all, it shows you not only know your partner very well, but also care about what he or she needs.

Try:

A gift that keeps on giving

Who says gifts can only be useful once? For the practical partner, even the most unusual “gift” can be romantic if it can be utilized for long. Splurge on something your partner needs around the house, or get them something they’ve always wanted. Not only will they be very grateful, they’ll also be sure to remember you each time they use it.

A delicious feast

Who doesn’t love to eat? Valentine’s Day counts as the ultimate date night. Turn the date itself into a gift by going somewhere extra special. Binge on delicious food, share bites and stories, and most of all relish the calm and romantic ambience that only a very good restaurant has to offer.

A little something for the Earth as well

All kinds of love can be (and are!) celebrated on Valentine’s Day, so extend your care to all the people who matter to both of you. Make sure you show your love for family and friends as well, and while you’re at it, why not give a little something to the Mother we all love, our own planet? You can even turn this into a project you and your partner work together on — because why not?

An experience to remember

It’s one thing to get your partner an object, but it’s a whole other thing to get him or her an experience. Do something you’ve never done as your relationship takes to new heights, and get to know each other better as you’re thrown into all kind of situations or adventures.

A chance to learn something new

If you’re a business owner and you don’t always have time outside of work, yet neither you nor your partner would pass up the chance to discover new things, why don’t you check out a workshop or activity you’ve never tried before? More than just the introduction to what could be a new hobby, it would also be a great bonding opportunity for you two.

Valentine’s Day should be a special occasion simply because it’s there for you to celebrate the most special people. Don’t let it go to waste by giving your partner exactly what he or she deserves — the best!

Globe myBusiness provides digital solutions to local entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.  Follow Globe myBusiness’ Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/globemybusiness/  and check out our wonderful surprises for Valentine’s Day!

 

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