Easter Dinner Ideas

Easter is just a few short weeks away, and here are a couple gorgeous Easter dinner ideas. A bit most refreshing and refined than the normal glazed ham and thawed peas. Simple and natural, just what you want to gather around for a beautiful family meal.

 Salmon with Cucumber-Radish Relisheasaterdinnersalmon

  • 1 side of salmon (about 2 1/2 pounds; preferably wild), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced radish
  • 1/2 cup diced, peeled English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (about 2)
  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast salmon until just cooked through (it will be opaque around edges), 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Meanwhile, stir together radishcucumberhorseradish, scallions, and remaining teaspoon oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with salmon.

easterdinnerside2Potato and Leak Galette with Watercress

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small leek, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise and rinsed well
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup watercress, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. STEP 1

    Place potato in a bowl of cold water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain well in a salad spinner or squeeze in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water. Combine potato, leek, flour, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Scatter potato mixture in skillet, and press lightly with a spatula to make sure it holds together. Cook until underside is golden, about 6 minutes. Flip. Raise heat to medium-high. Cook until underside is golden, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Turn out galette. Toss watercress with lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and place on top of galette. Slice into 8 wedges.

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cacao-bliss-8ozI am all about Artisana Cacao Bliss. I feel like I have discovered gold!! Pure, raw chocolate, coconut gold. And that is exactly what it is. A creamy blend of Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter. ALL so good FOR you and TO you.

They sell it is jars and little 1 oz packets. When warmed, it’s like a rich nectar that you can spread on toast, fruit slices, or mixed in smoothies and juices. Or, what I do, is put the little packets in the fridge and wait till they get cold and solid. It becomes the most decadent, sinless chocolate bar you’ve ever had melt in your mouth!

HERE are the little packets I’m talking about. They have many other nut butters to choose from as well, but I just can’t NOT get the cacao bliss.

If you actually have the will power to not spoon the creamy nectar onto everything edible and can actually wait 45 min, you can make these heavenly (and only slightly sinful) almond and cacao bliss brownies. 

 

Do you know what food to not eat that prevent you from good sleep? You probably didn’t think you needed to worry about tomatoes and a bit of cheese and crackers were the reason for restless sleep, but they very well could be. It has nothing to do with some of these foods not being healthy, but it’s the way they react in the body at night that don’t set you up for a super sound slumber. Try a few of these tips and see if you wake more refreshed.

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Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.

Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night.

Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills.

Save the leftover slice of steak for lunch tomorrow. Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there’s more of a chance that you’ll have a restless night.

AARP for lots more healthy and helpful info.

With Winter done and dusted, what better way to welcome Spring than with a gorgeously green cleansing juice! All Winter long, we tend to hold on to toxins, and that creates mucus in the Spring. Then, with the Spring pollen and irritants in the air triggering allergies, we become sick. To help ward off the sniffles, whip up as many green juices with some slightly bitter foods to enjoy throughout the week. You’ll flood your immune system with supportive nutrients so you’ll be fully armed against any pesky allergens flying your way.

Ingredientsgreen-juice

3 large organic kale leaves, stalks included

1 whole lime, peeled

1/2 inch organic ginger, skinned

1 small green pear

small handful mint or parsley

1 tsp. coconut oil

You can either juice or blend. Drink up and enjoy!!

workout csIf you watched the 2013 Victoria Secret Runway Show the other night, you’ll no doubt want to know how to train like a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

These angels prancing down the catwalk in THE most sexy, fun undergarments will surly give ab and leg envy to any lady with a pulse.

workout 2Yes, they were born with special toning superpowers, but with the VS trainer Justin Gelband‘s expert advice, you can get pretty darn close. VS Sport went into the studio with Supermodel Candice Swanepoel and Justin Gelband to see how Candice got ready for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Watch the full-body workout here, and DO try this at home.

Read over these top reasons to get enough sleep and you might rethink that late night movie in bed. What difference could an extra hour of sleep make in your life?sleeping 3
Maybe quite a lot, experts say. Studies show that the gap between getting just enough sleep and getting too little sleep may affect your health, your mood, your weight, and even your sex life. These insightful facts on WebMD were collected by 

1. Better health. Getting a good night’s sleep won’t grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabet

es, and obesity.

2. Better sex life. According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, up to 26% of people say that their sex lives tend to suffer because they’re just too tired. There’s evidence that in men, impaired sleep can be associated with lower testosterone levels — although the exact nature of the link isn’t clear.

3. Less pain. If you have chronic pain — or acute pain from a recent injury — getting enough sleep may actually make you hurt less.  Many studies have shown a link between sleep loss and lower pain threshold. Unfortunately, being in pain can make it hard to sleep.

4. Lower risk of injury. Sleeping enough might actually keep you safer. Sleep deprivation has been linked with many notorious disasters, like the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger and the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. The Institute of Medicine estimates that one out of five auto accidents in the U.S. results from drowsy driving — that’s about 1 million crashes a year.

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5. Better mood. Getting enough sleep won’t guarantee a sunny disposition. But you have probably noticed that when you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to be cranky. That’s not all. “Not getting enough sleep affects your emotional regulation,” says Mindell. “When you’re overtired, you’re more likely to snap at your boss, or burst into tears, or start laughing uncontrollably.”

6. Better weight control. Getting enough sleep could help you maintain your weight — and conversely, sleep loss goes along with an increased risk of weight gain. Why? Part of the problem is behavioral. If you’re overtired, you might be less likely to have the energy to go for that jog or cook a healthy dinner after work.

The other part is physiological. The hormone leptin plays a key role in making you feel full. When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop. Result: people who are tired are just plain hungrier — and they seem to crave high-fat and high-calorie foods specifically.

8. Better memory. Feeling forgetful? Sleep loss could be to blame. Studies have shown that while we sleep, our brains process and consolidate our memories from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, it seems like those memories might not get stored correctly — and can be lost.