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CHIA SEEDS FOR BREAKFAST

CHIA SEEDS FOR BREAKFAST

High in fibre, antioxidant rich, and loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids… what is there not to love about Chia Seeds? These tiny little seeds are superfood heavyweights so they’re the perfect way to start your day. Here we’ve created two, simple, easy and tasty breakfast recipes that you can even enjoy on the go!

Chia seeds breakfast ideas

COCONUT CHIA PUDDING

gluten free recipe

SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS
¼ Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Chia Seeds
1 Cup coconut milk (or other milk)
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Medjool dates
½ Tsp. vanilla essence
¼ Tsp. cinnamon
Greek yoghurt
Fresh fruit (optional)

STEP BY STEP
In a blender blitz coconut milk, honey, dates, vanilla and cinnamon.
Stir through chia seeds and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (best left over night).
Transfer pudding into a jar and garnish with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.
chia seed bars recipe gluten free

CHIA SEED BARS

gluten free recipe

PREP TIME: 25 mins

MAKES: 12 bars
INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Chia Seeds
1 Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Quinoa Flakes
½ Cup buckwheat kernels
½ Cup pistachios, chopped
½ Cup Morlife Dried Strawberries, chopped
½ Tsp. cinnamon
¼ Tsp. cardamom
Pinch of salt
1 Cup almond butter
½ Cup honey
½ Tsp. rose water

STEP BY STEP
Line a flat baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
Individually melt almond butter and honey in microwave at 20 second intervals and stir into dry mix.
Stir in rose water.
Press mixture onto the baking tray and cut into rectangles. It should be 1-2cm thick.
Cook bars in oven for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden.

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MANAGING STRESS

There is no one-size-fits-all way to relieve stress. The trick is to know when you are stressed and experiment the many different stress-reduction techniques to see what works for you.

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind is refreshed, delicate and beautiful.

It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.

Exercise

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It improves blood flow to your brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen which may be needed when you are thinking intensely.

When you think hard, the neurons of your brain function more intensely. As they do this, they build up toxic waste products that cause foggy thinking in the short term, and can damage the brain in long term. By exercising you speed the flow of blood through your brain, removing these waste products faster. You also improve this blood flow so that even when you are not exercising, waste is eliminated more efficiently.

It can release chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. This gives you a feeling of happiness and well-being.

Relaxation Response

Person Lying on Black and Red Hammock Beside Mountain Under White Cloudy Sky during Daytime (Photo credit: Leonie Fahjen)

The meditative technique called the “relaxation response” was pioneered in the U.S. by Harvard physician Herbert Benson in the 1970s.

One of the best-studied stress-relievers is the relaxation response. Its great advantage is that it requires no special posture or place. Say you are stuck in a traffic jam when you are expected at a a meeting, or you have trouble falling asleep because your mind keeps replaying some awkward scenes.

 

  • Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Deeply relax all your muscles, beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face. Keep them relaxed.
  • Breathe through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. As you breathe out, say the word, “one”*, silently to yourself. For example,
  • breathe in … out, “one”,- in .. out, “one”, etc. Breathe easily and naturally.
  • Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened. Do not stand up for a few minutes.
  • Do not worry about whether you are successful in achieving a deep level of relaxation. Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace. When distracting thoughts occur, try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them and return to repeating “one.”
  • With practice, the response should come with little effort. Practice the technique once or twice daily, but not within two hours after any meal, since the digestive processes seem to interfere with the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.

* It is better to use a soothing, mellifluous sound, preferably with no meaning. or association, to avoid stimulation of unnecessary thoughts – a mantra.

Although you can turn to this exercise at any time you feel stressed, doing it regularly for 10 to 20 minutes at least once a day can put you in a generally calm mode that can see you through otherwise stressful situations.

Calming Activities

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Enjoying beautiful music, especially certain classical compositions, can help to reduce stress. People have found out over hundreds of years that slow classical music, especially from the Baroque period, reduces the experience of stress and renews the spirit. In addition, there are numerous commercial tapes that have been produced for the express purpose of inducing relaxation.

Sleep

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Getting sufficient amount of quality sleep helps you to cope with stress more effectively as your brain receives appropriate respite and restitution it requires. Chemicals such as neurotransmitter, neurotransmitter, hormones, and proteins are often synthesized during sleep. The imbalance of these chemicals makes the body vulnerable to the effects of stress noted above. Practicing good sleep schedule may help achieve and maintain restorative sleep.

References:
http://www.relaxationresponse.org/steps/

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BEAT THE COLD

It’s always worrying when your usually active child looks sluggish – she’s come down with a cold or the flu, again. Even as she starts feeling better, you’re anxious to reduce her number of sick days.

A strong immune system is what you should help her build as a defence against illnesses. It is the body’s protection against disease causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi

and parasites. Signs of a weakened immune system may include allergic reactions, fatigue, an inability to focus, recurring infections – such as ear infections – and frequent cold or flu symptoms, according to Mitch Mahler, director of training and education at Hyland’s, a long-standing US brand known for its line of natural medicines.

As pathogens are everywhere – from the home and playground, to her kindergarten or childcare centre – there is no way to germ-proof your kid. But if you boost her immunity, you can help her body fight off these pathogens naturally.

Strengthen her system
Her immune system comes up against numerous challenges every day. Poor air quality, insufficient sleep, inadequate nutrition, and the excessive use of antibiotics and pharmaceutical products, all contribute to weakening your child’s immunity. It doesn’t help, either, if her meals and snacks are loaded with artificial flavours and colours, preservatives, sugar and salt. Exercise is a boon, but many children do not get enough of it these days, with outdoor play being replaced by tablets, smartphones and television.

“All these conditions and lifestyle habits make it difficult for your child to build a strong immune system,” Mitch adds. He offers five steps to improve her immunity the natural way:

Make sure she gets enough sleep
Quality sleep is essential because our cells rebuild and regenerate while we sleep. This is how much sleep children of different ages need (including naps):

 

  • Infants up to a year old may need up to 16 hours of sleep per day
  • Three- to six-year-olds need about 10 to 12 hours
  • Six- to 12-year-olds need about 10 hours
  • 12- to 18-year-olds need about eight to nine hours

 

Remind her to drink enough water during the day
Water performs very important functions in the body; it is responsible for distributing nutrients, eliminating toxins, digesting soluble fibre, keeping the tissues in the body moist, and regulating body temperature. In hot and humid Singapore, it is especially important to stay hydrated. Mitch advises you to get your little one to drink up before she feels thirsty, as thirst is a sign that her body is already dehydrated.

Feed her a balanced diet
Good nutrition translates to a strong, healthy body. Mitch suggests giving your child plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, as these are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. “Keep the consumption of sugar, trans fats, fast foods and highly processed foods to a minimum,” he adds. “And remember that meals made from scratch – with whole, unprocessed ingredients – are always more nutritious than takeaway or pre-packaged convenience foods.”

Incorporate supplements into her diet
A good probiotic and a good multivitamin and mineral blend are an excellent addition to her diet. Research shows that probiotics help with digestion, overall immune function, and even with some conditions that are associated with anxiety. It is essential to administer probiotics if your child has been given any antibiotics, says Mitch. When buying multivitamins, choose A strong immune system is what you should help her build as a defence against illnesses. It is the body’s protection against disease causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Signs of a weakened immune system may include allergic reactions, fatigue, an inability to focus, recurring infections – such as ear infections – and frequent cold or flu symptoms, according to Mitch Mahler, director of training and education at Hyland’s, a long-standing US brand known for its line of natural medicines. a product that includes minerals, too, as they are important for building strong bones.

Schedule time for outdoor exercise Young children should have 30 to 60 minutes a day to run around and play, preferably outside. Exercise is essential for a healthy body. It builds muscle, strengthens the bones, cleanses the body through perspiration, and keeps the heart healthy.

Natural Remedies
If your child is under the weather, get her to try some of these natural alternatives that provide relief without stimulant side effects. The formulas are also non-drowsy.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Sniffles ‘n Sneezes

Has zinc and works best at the beginning of a cold to reduce its duration.

Hyland’s 4 Kids ‘n Cough Nighttime Formula

Eases coughing and loosens up congestion, while helping your child get a good night’s sleep.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Complete Cold ‘n Flu Formula

Is suitable when your kid suffers from exhaustion, chills, and severe body aches, cold and pains.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold ‘n Cough Formula

Helps with symptoms such as sneezing, sinus congestion, chest congestion, coughs and sore throats.

Important: if your kid has a temperature of over 38.3 °C, or if her flu symptoms persist for more than seven days, see a doctor or alternative health-care professional. Hyland’s 4 Kids is suitable for children aged 2 to 12, while Hyland’s Baby is for little ones under 2.

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6 BEAUTIFYING HACKS FROM A NATURAL SCAR GEL

1. A naturally addictive pedicure in a jar
Get ready for a naturally amazing treat for your feet.

1. Buff feet in the shower with a pumice stone.
2. Once out of the shower, thoroughly dry feet and apply Scar Gel.
3. Slip on comfy cotton socks – leaving them on until the gel is completely absorbed, or you can do this right before bed, and go to sleep with them on.
4. After a few days/nights in a row, boom, you will have silky soft feet.

2. The callus-no-more hero
Tough knees, heels, hands, elbows, you name it, Scar Gel is great for softening up any rough or callused areas on your body. Just rub-in and enjoy as rough skin becomes soft.

3. Your go-to burn helper
Sunburns, curling iron accidents, or just clumsy kitchen happenings, we all have them. And they hurt! But they don’t have to leave a nasty scar behind as evidence. Apply after an incident to encourage healthy skin texture & color.

4. Acne scars be gone
Nobody likes reminders of pesky blemishes. Apply Scar Gel like a serum on clean skin before your daily and nightly moisturizers and see your red marks soften. The perfect one-two punch to fight those acne scars-use the DERMA•E Microdermabrasion Scrub 1-2 times a week followed by Scar Gel daily.

5. The mommy-must-have scrape aid
Your little explorers are always getting bumps, cuts, scrapes or scabs, that’s what they do. Scar Gel is a great on-hand aid for faster soothing so your loved littles can get back to life’s many adventures.

6. Your post-wax burn & irritation relief
Ok, so lets talk real for a second; eyebrows, lip, face, bikini line, year round, sun or shine, waxing mishaps or sensitivity happen. This is a must-have go-to for calming & cooling sensitive & tender skin while helping to prevent scaring in delicate areas.

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A NUTRITIONIST SHARES 5 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER YOU BY MORLIFE

When it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes, do you find yourself saying “I’ll start tomorrow” all because you have the mentality that it’s just too much. Well if that’s the case, this blog is definitely for you! Unfortunately, the general conception around healthy eating is that it can be time consuming and costly, however that is not the case at all! A little organisation and preparation is all it takes to set yourself up for a good healthy week.

I’ve created the ultimate ‘lazy’ guide to healthy eating that combines a list of helpful hacks and clever tips to guarantee you a healthy week ahead.

MEAL PREP IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Meal prepping is the ultimate healthy eating hack (and even helps cut down your spending with not having to buy lunch at work!). All you’ll need is a good two hours to prep all your meals for the week. I prefer to do this on a Sunday afternoon, as I’ve had the day to relax and am in the right frame of mind to get organized for the week ahead. For me, meal prepping involves preparing lunches and snacks such as healthy muffins, protein balls and mini quiches.

To avoid overwhelming yourself and hitting a wall with creativity, stick to your favourite recipes but with a healthier twist. For instance, if you love spaghetti bolognaise, it’s a great opportunity to pack more vegies in the sauce by adding mushroom, carrot and celery, you can also swap the pasta for zucchini noodles. I also like to make my own healthier version of banana bread by replacing the flour to oat flour, using apple puree or greek yoghurt instead of butter, brown rice syrup instead of white sugar and adding in walnuts and chia seeds.

3 WORDS: CLICK AND COLLECT
We live in a wonderful time where someone else can do your shopping for you! Click and collect is one of the easiest time saving tips when it comes to grocery shopping. It’s also a fantastic way to stay on track for the week food wise as you won’t be side tracked into walking down the ol’ chocolate or chips isle. Click and collect allows you to order all your groceries online, the supermarket will pack it for you and then you choose your time to pick it up. The great part is, it’s 100% free (with a minimum spend of $30). Alternatively, you can do delivery but there is a small fee involved.

BREAKFAST ON THE GO
Breakfast is your prime opportunity to provide your body with a nutritiously dense meal to break that night long fast. Often we can find ourselves rushed in the mornings and have little time to eat a decent breakfast. Sorry to break it to you but those muesli bars are packing a lot more sugar than we like to think. Creating frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to ensure you give your body the right start it deserves. I like to place a mix of berries, banana, leafy greens, chia seeds, protein powder and inulin in zip lock bags in the freezer. Then in the morning, I simply add it to the blender along with almond milk, blend and it’s good to go! Overnight oats are another great breakfast option; one of my favourite delicious tips is never throw away your nut butter jars when you have that little bit left in the jar. Place 1/3 cup oats or quinoa flakes into the jar along with some fruit, chia seeds and almond milk. You can also add protein powder as well. Place the lid on and give it a good shake. Come morning time you’ll have the most delicious and gooey breakfast- just don’t forget the spoon!

JUNK FOOD PROOF YOUR PANTRY
Junk food is classified as any prepared or packaged food that has low nutritional value- in other words you definitely don’t want these guys hanging around your kitchen. Out of sight, out of mind is the best approach to have with junk food, if it’s not around you, then you won’t be tempted to eat it. We could go on about the endless artificial colours, preservatives and flavours are lurking within those packets but we’d prefer to give you the solution! Having your own healthy standby of snacks is your best option here. Think nuts, fresh fruit and chopped veggies like carrots and celery, they taste delicious dipped with our SuperDip range. If you find yourself to be a serial snacker, schedule in some extra baking during your meal prep sessions.

DON’T CUT IT, JUST SWAP IT

 

SWAPFOR
Cows milkAlmond milk
Parmesan cheeseNutritional yeast
PastaZucchini noodles
Wheat flourOat flour/quinoa flour
White breadWholegrain bread
ButterCoconut oil
Whipping creamGreek yoghurt
Milk chocolateDark chocolate
 MayonnaiseAvocado
White potatoSweet potato
White riceCauliflower rice
Soft drinkKombucha

As nutritionists, we believe in the saying ‘everything in moderation’, this also includes consuming a variety of food groups. If there’s a food you really enjoy, rather than cut it out completely you can also replace it with a healthier or lower kilojoule or more wholesome food so you don’t feel like you’re completely missing out.

Written by Sahar Signoriello B.NutrFoodSc
Morlife Nutritionist

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12 GREAT USES FOR ARGAN OIL BY DERMA E

Argan oil has become one of the hot new products on the market within recent years. This multi-functional, nutritious oil forged from the Argan Forest in Morocco has many benefits and is multi-purposeful. One great benefit of Argan oil is that is works well for both men and woman as well as for all skin types. You’re not limited to just your skin either! Argan oil is a great product for nails and hair too! In fact, we’re going to highlight 12 great uses for Argan oil!

Top 12 great uses:

1. Moisturizer: Since Argan oil has the ability to absorb quickly without leaving a residue, it serves as a great moisturizer. The nutrients in the oil help to replenish dry skin. It can be used all over the body and is gentle as well as safe enough to use around your eyes. Especially good for the cooler and or drier seasons!

2.Topical Treatment: Argan oil can be used as a topical ointment to treat skin irritations such as bug bites, rashes and infections.

3.Stretch Marks: Can help prevent and or improve the appearance of stretch marks. The Vitamins A and E within the oil assist in refreshing the skin and moisturizing the area. Argan oil properties help to improve the elasticity of the skin which helps with the improvement of stretch marks.

4.Razor burn: As stated earlier, Argan oil is a great topical treatment for skin irritations. A perfect example is razor burns and bumps. Men and women alike can experience one or both irritations. A few warm drops lightly massaged into the inflamed area can help soothe and aid in the healing process.

5.Beard oil: To soften a rough scratchy beard, apply a few drops and massage into the hair. Hydrating facial hair is just as important as any other area of the body!

6.Exfoliator: For those of you who love a good DIY, you can make an amazing exfoliator! Since Argan oil is not limited to just the face, you can use this scrub all over for silky smooth hydrated skin. Another benefit is that the ingredients are inexpensive in comparison to those in stores. Just mix 1 tablespoon of organic brown sugar, combine with a few of drops of Argan oil and rub in circular motion on the desired areas. Great for lips too!

7.Toner: Hydrate and tone at the same time! Enhance your current facial toner with just a few drops of Argan oil to achieve a refreshed dewy glow. Works well with witch hazel or rose water.

8.Hair Care, style and shine.: Many of us are familiar with seeing Argan oil on hair care products. The reason why is because the vitamins make it a great leave-in conditioner option. It hydrates the hair cuticle, enhanced shine and leaves your hair feeling silky. For those who suffer from frizzy hair or stubborn fly-aways, it helps smooth it out! It is also serves as a heat protectant from flat irons and blow dryers. Best part is that it only takes a few drops! Work the product through your hair or desired sections with your hands.

9.Rejuvenating face masks: For those who love a good DIY, Argan oil is a great ingredient to be used in your homemade face masks or added into store-bought face masks. Rejuvenate, brighten and achieve a luminous glow!

10.Bathing: For those who love a relaxing bath at the end of your long day, put a generous amount into your bath water and let it hydrate and soothe your skin. It can also be directly added into body wash and body lotion to enrich your skin.

11.Cuticles: A quick fix for dry cuticles or cracked skin, massage a little bit of Argan oil directly onto the area and instantly moisturize the skin. For cracked or dry feet, massage all over and slip on a pair of socks before bed. Wake up to fully nourished soft feet.

12.Makeup: To achieve a dewy, luminous glow after your makeup application, add a drop to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer.

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SOAK IN THE C

Vitamin C is a globally cherished nutrient acclaimed for its remarkable antioxidant, skin-brightening and anti-aging properties. To maximize its effectiveness, DERMA E® formulates with two forms of Vitamin C, C-Ester and Stay-C® 50.

There are for products in this range:

Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water – This refreshing Vitamin C cleansing water dissolves long-lasting makeup and impurities, while improving the appearance of skin’s texture and promoting healthy collagen. Micellar technology gently lifts off dirt without rinsing, while maintaining skin’s proper balance. Anti-aging Probiotics and antioxidant-rich Rooibos help skin to appear brighter and replenished.

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum – This concentrated serum helps to brighten skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. Intensely moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid plus nonoxidizing Vitamin C work together to protect skin from environmental stresses, helping to prevent signs of aging. Soothing Aloe and Vitamin E deeply moisturize for a rejuvenated you.

Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer – This lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturizer supports collagen health, helping to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Probiotics and Rooibos work harmoniously with nonoxidizing Vitamin C to help shield and strengthen your skin’s natural defenses for a smoother, firmer and more revitalized appearance.

Vitamin C Intense Night Cream –

This nonoxidizing Vitamin C formula delivers restoring overnight protection, reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. Probiotics and Rooibos work harmoniously with Vitamin C to shield and build up your skin’s natural defenses while fighting harmful bacteria that cause blemishes and premature skin aging. This intense night cream promotes cell turnover while neutralizing daily toxins. Your skin will appear smoother, firmer, and more revitalized.

We use a stable form of Vitamin C that won’t evaporate or alter before absorbing into your skin, to work better for you, naturally.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND GREEN COFFEE BY NATURES AID

WHAT IS GREEN COFFEE?
Green Coffee is sourced from unroasted coffee beans. Rejecting the roasting process helps to preserve compounds called chlorogenic acids. Chlorogenic acids are often removed during the roasting process of coffee produced for drinking because of their bitter taste, but are abundant in green coffee and credited with many of it’s beneficial effects.

HOW COULD GREEN COFFEE HELP SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS?
The chlorogenic acid in Green Coffee is said to help reduce the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. This means that if you are someone that just cannot resist the occasional high carb treat – bread, pasta, biscuits etc. – Green Coffee could help to reduce the impact this will have on your diet. Don’t get me wrong – it will not allow you to eat whatever you like and still lose weight. But it would help you to enjoy a little bit of what you fancy, without the negative impact!

WHICH GREEN COFFEE IS BEST?
The best form of Green Coffee is thought to be provided by a product called Svetol. Svetol® is a natural plant extract of decaffeinated green coffee, rich in active components. It is obtained from unroasted coffee beans of the Robusta variety. Svetol is a highly researched, 100% natural, Green Coffee extract. It has no reported side effects, and is also decaffeinated, making it much safer for consumers to take. Svetol contains less caffeine than a 1/4 cup of normal coffee.

CLINICAL STUDIES ON SVETOL
One clinical trial showed a 5.7% reduction in body weight over 2 months, and a reduction in body mass index of 10% in people using Svetol Green Coffee. Another trial demonstrated the potential effects of Svetol Green Coffee on fat reduction. Subjects were provided with either a Svetol supplement or a placebo. Those on the Svetol had 4% better fat-to-lean ratio after 2 months – indicating that they had burned fat during exercise more effectively. This fat burning effect is likely to be due to the claims that Green Coffee can also help to improve the production of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.

CONCLUSION – WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM GREEN COFFEE?
With all this considered, Green Coffee supplements could offer weight loss support to someone trying to follow a reasonably low carb diet, alongside some exercise – as it should help to support their efforts and improve weight loss and fat burning. If you do decide to try Green Coffee to support weight loss however, make sure the product is manufactured using Svetol Green Coffee, as this will ensure it has a low caffeine content and is the form with all the research data behind it.

RELATED PRODUCT/S:
Natures Aid Green Coffee Extract 200mg Svetol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)

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