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The Importance Of Sleep

One commonly overlooked health tip is the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Recent studies show that more Americans are struggling with chronic sleep loss than ever before. A consistent battle with lack of sleep can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and weight gain. Sleep deprivation can cause irritability, moodiness and impatience. Appetite fluctuations are also common when you lose sleep. Studies show people are more likely to reach for high carbohydrate and sugary foods when they’re over tired.

A few benefits of seven or more hours of sleep can be improved memory retention, elevated mood and motivation, disease prevention and increased cardiovascular health. The importance of sleep for our overall well-being can often be overlooked. It’s never too late to start prioritizing more consistent rest and a good nights sleep.

Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

Broccoli And Mushroom Stir-Fry

3 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 yellow onion, sliced

1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil

1 (8oz) package white button mushrooms, sliced

2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1/4 cup peanut sauce (see Clearly Organic blog for recipe)

1 cup Clearly Organic Basmati Rice

 

Cook 1 cup rice according to package directions. While rice is cooking sauté broccoli and onions in 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes then add sliced mushroom and continue cooking until vegetables have reached desired doneness. Serve sautéed vegetables over a bed of rice then drizzle warm peanut sauce on top.

5 Ways To Stick With Your Health Goals

After the holiday season of eating, drinking and merriment many fitness centers see a rise in gym membership and attendance. However, regardless of this enthusiasm statistics show that gym attendance is typically back to its regular numbers by mid-February. No matter what your New Years health and wellness goals involve here are a few simple tips to stick with your good intentions.

  1. Write down your goal. Putting pen to paper helps many people make a more specific, measurable and achievable goal.
  2. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask how to use a new machine, a piece of lifting equipment or the proper technique for a particular exercise.
  3. Make a schedule. To accomplish any goal you have to manage your time wisely. Pick a time of day that is sustainable for focusing on your goals.
  4. Diversify your wellness routine. Goals are about results and there are multiple ways to get results. Experiment with new exercises and foods to achieve your goal
  5. Find accountability. To stay on track schedule a time with a personal trainer of fitness coach. Find a workout buddy or use a digital fitness tracker to give you honest feedback.

A bonus tip that’s always well received is Reward Yourself. No one has to be told twice to cut themselves a little slack. Treat yourself to a little relaxation on your day off from working out or plan a fun event to look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

Dealing With Food Allergies And Intolerances

Dealing With Food Allergies And Intolerances

 

When someone is diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance it’s common to receive a list of foods and products that they should avoid or eliminate from their daily meal plan. While it’s very important to steer clear of foods that cause your body discomfort and illness, it’s also helpful to focus on all the foods you can still enjoy. The list of foods people can continue to enjoy is always much longer than the list of foods you should eliminate.

It’s important to open up your possibilities and take away the negativity and limitations that food allergies and intolerances can often bring. Food allergies often make people more dependent on natural ingredients, fruits, vegetables and organic products. By looking at the positive side of any lifestyle change we can all benefit from embracing new stages in our lifelong journey for health and wellbeing.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

10 slices cinnamon raisin bread

4 large Clearly Organic Eggs

2 cup Clearly Organic Whole Milk

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Honey

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

Greek Yogurt Sauce

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla

3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Powdered Sugar

 

Coat an 8×8 inch baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Rehydrate 1/2 cup raisins in warm water, let sit while you prepare bread and egg mixture. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Then add sugar, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Cut bread into 1 inch pieces then add bread to greased 8×8 baking dish. Pour egg mixture over the top and gently toss to distribute mix. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes to soak in, stirring occasionally. While mixture soaks preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain raisins of excess water and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with Greek yogurt sauce.

For the Greek yogurt sauce: Add all ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Purée until smooth and creamy. Add sauce to the top of warm bread pudding.

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