100 calorie super snacks

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Simple breakfast idea!

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I have to say that there are some days when I simply don’t want to eat breakfast. Yes, I know, that it’s the most important meal of the day.
But sometimes I get tired of eating the same thing.
I am trying to eat healthier and love this recipe because it is actually very filling, includes yogurt, which is excellent for digestion, plus the amount of fruits that I’m supposed to eat a day!
This breakfast yogurt is simple and versatile, since you could change the fruits or swap the honey for agave nectar, etc.

BIONIC YOGURT
ingredients :
•8 tablespoons of plain yogurt
•6 strawberries ( cut into small pieces)
•1 peach (cut into small cubes)
•1 apple (cut into small cubes)
•1 banana ( sliced and cut into smaller pieces )
•honey
•2 tablespoons of granola
•chocolate sprinkles (if desired)

Yields 2 servings

Directions:
The easiest way is to place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and serve. However, Not everyone likes honey, or might complain that the other person got more fruit than the other. 😦
So, what I do is that I divide everything between two bowls, starting with the yogurt, the strawberries, peach, apple and the banana. After that, people decide if the want to add honey, granola, chocolate sprinkles or all three!
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I hope you enjoyed this post!

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The importance of wearing sunscreen

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With the hot weather finally upon us, it is important to remember that while we may enjoy going to the beach and having a beautiful tan, there are serious consequences when we get to much sun exposure.
Overexposure to the sun can cause:
•Sunburn
•Premature aging of the skin
•Skin Cancer including Melanoma
A considerable amount of people are diagnosed with skin Cancer.
Many of these skin Cancers could have been prevented with adequate sun protection.
In addition, protecting yourself from the sun is one way to cut down on the lines and wrinkles that develop with time.
The American Academy of Dermatology recomends everyone to wear sunscreen that offers the following:
•broad spectrum ( protects against UVA/UVB rays )
•sun protection factor SPF 30 or greater
•water resistance

Here are some of my favorite sunscreens:

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L’oreal Paris Quick Dry Sheer Spray SPF 50
Broad spectrum formula makes skin feel soft. ( quick-dry formula ) $10.99

Don’t forget to wear special sunscreen for your lips !

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SUN BUM SPF 30 lip balm
Protects and smells great ! $3.99

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MARY KAY Sun care lip protector sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 15
Helps keep lips protected and guarded from the drying effects of the sun and wind. $ 8.00

My last tips for protecting your skin:

• wear a hat
•wear light colored clothing
•wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection
•avoid tanning beds

Well my lovely ladies, you are now ready to enjoy the outdoors ! 💋

How to prevent bloating

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Many of us suffer from bloating and it can be quite frustrating.
One day you can wake up with a flat tummy and the next you feel like you gained 10 pounds !!! Sound familiar ?
This feeling is not only physically uncomfortable but also may affect our mood and self-esteem.
So why does this happen and how can we prevent it ?
•Gas buildup in your stomach and intestines
•Overeating
•Stress or anxiety
•High sodium intake
•Lactose intolerance
•Eating fatty foods
•Drinking carbonated beverages
•Drinking to many alcoholic beverages
•Eating to quickly
•Gastrointestinal infection
•Irritable bowel syndrome
•Constipation
•Celiac disease (condition that damages the small intestine due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and possibly oats ).
To reduce bloating, it may help to avoid or reduce intake of the following :

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•beans
•broccoli
•brussels sprouts
•cabbage
•carbonated drinks
•alcoholic drinks
•cauliflower
•milk and milk products
•onions
•hard candy
•gum
•fatty foods
•sugar substitutes(sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol )
•salt
•whole wheat bread
•smoking
Simple changes in your daily lifestyle and dietary habits can add to relief .

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Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and exercise 🙂
Try this :
•eat and drink slowly
•avoid smoking
•skip the gum and hard candy
•avoid sodas
•limit sodium
•eat smaller meals more often
•exercise
•avoid stress
•peppermint tea
•yogurt containing probiotics ( good bacteria )
•cucumber
•pineapple
•parsley
•ginger
•green tea
•papaya
•water
•banana
•asparagus
•lemon

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Remember, foods affect different bodies in different ways.
If you are concerned about how often you feel bloated, try to keep a food diary to identify specific foods that you should avoid.
If your problem is chronic, you should talk to your Doctor !
I hope these tips help you regain your flat tummy and say goodbye to the bloating !
Good luck my beautiful ladies ! 💋