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SmoothieBox.com offers a convenient and healthy breakfast alternative

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SmoothieBox.com offers a convenient and healthy breakfast alternative

If ever a healthy breakfast could make mornings easier! Nothing gives me the satisfaction that I am starting my day off right than when I pack my blender with nutrient-rich veggies and fruits and make a morning smoothie. I would do it more often if it wasn’t for all the prep and mess. I need quick and on-the-go most mornings. I found the Super Smoothie SmoothieBox that comes to your door!

A typical SmoothieBox has 20 pre-portioned smoothie bags and all you do is add your liquid of choice and any other powders/additives if you wish. The contents + liquid like water, almond milk, etc.. is enough for a nutrient-rich smoothie. I even caught the tween in the kitchen over the weekend making himself a Berry Flavor SmoothieBox smoothie. He just added water and also grabbed a banana and added that too (not necessary, but he did). To make sure I get enough protein I add a scoop of nut butter and I also add in flax seeds and typically choose water. They are so delicious and quick!

At SmoothieBox there are 4 different flavor packs:

  1. Cacao Flavor: tastes like a chocolate covered banana! Inside you get organic bananas, zucchini and kale along with cacao chips, coconut water, coconut cream, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs + powder. For great skin and natural energy, enjoy a couple of Cacao Smoothies each week. Excellent post-workout!
  2. Green Flavor: tastes like a mild citrus-like refreshing smoothie. Adding extra apple or mango really elevated this flavor! To me, I would call this the most refreshing taste of the 4. Inside you get organic chopped spinach, granny smith apples, avocado, pineapple, lemon juice, smoothie chips (frozen smoothie chunks), apple juice, flax seeds and hemp hearts. A great dose of fiber and Vitamin C. Makes a great lunch and your digestive system’s new BFF!
  3. Berry Flavor: tastes like a berry paradise! Inside you get organic wild blueberries, strawberries, cauliflower, berry chips (frozen berry bits), sweet potato puree, banana puree, lemon juice, beet juice and raw hemp seeds. A great pre-workout smoothie. Your heart and brain will love these ingredients!
  4. Clementine Flavor: mix with a nut milk and you can have an orange dreamsicle flavor! This is the most versatile of all the flavors and you can have a lot of fun adding just about anything you wish to this pack. Inside you get mandarin, organic sweet potato, carrots, ginger clementine chips (frozen bits), coconut cream, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, coconut water and dates. It’s naturally high in vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, and magnesium to boost your energy and help your nervous system.

*Keep in mind that all the ingredients listed above are organic. For simplicity I did not label ‘organic’ before every ingredient. They are the best of ingredients and sources.

You can see in the photos that they are sent as pre-portioned bags – 5 of each flavor. You can add on a mug and a daily dose of collagen too if you wish. You can also rearrange the flavors if you wish, so you are sent only your favorites. The smoothies are vegan and gluten/dairy free. You will not find any added sugar or artificial ingredients.

You can save $15 off of your SmoothieBox + Free Shipping with code SMOOTHIEFAN15 at SmoothieBox.com through 12/31/21. Visit SmoothieBox.com

Healthy Living

4 Simple Ways You Can Reduce Stress in Your Life

4 Simple Ways You Can Reduce Stress in Your Life
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Are you looking for ways to help relieve stress in your day? Most adults experience some sort of stress on a regular basis. Stress leads to a plethora of health conditions if it’s left untreated over time. Though you may not be able to expect a stress-free life, it helps to tackle what stressors you can. Experts like Dominique Fradin-Read say that reducing stress contributes to a longer and more healthful life.

Breathe

Taking a few minutes each day to do some deep breathing exercises is shown to greatly improve your health and decrease stress. Studies show that breathing deeply immediately changes the levels of stress hormones in your brain. These kinds of breathing exercises also help people with acute anxiety attacks by telling the brain to release the right chemicals to begin calming you down. These respiration techniques can also reduce your blood pressure which will in turn relieve physical stress on your body.

Slow Down

Sometimes it is indeed possible to be doing too many things at once. Slowing down your pace every so often can help relieve stress. It’s okay to tell people “no” when it comes to taking on more responsibilities than you can reasonably accomplish. Take a minute to be present in the moment and just watch the world pass by you every so often so you can reset your stress meter. You might notice that you can actually get more done by rushing less.

Exercise

Many studies show that exercising reduces stress. This is because physical activity releases feel-good chemicals in your brain like seratonin. When you exercise you also decrease stress hormones stored in your body over time. Try going for a walk when you feel overwhelmed, and see how much better it can make you feel.

Laugh

Combatting stress with comedy is a great tactic. Laughing genuinely relieves stress, and it’s hard to think about what’s bothering you when you’re busy chuckling. You can find potential ways to laugh by watching a funny movie or tv show or by telling jokes with your pals. Sharing laughter with your friends is even better, because spending time with others is known to decrease stress too.

So take a deep breath, slow yourself down, go for a little walk, and make yourself laugh today. These small joys are some ways you can reduce stress that can help you build a healthier future, prevent serious diseases, and live a better life.

Healthy Living

The Four Types of CP

The Four Types of CP
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Cerebral palsy — commonly known as CP — is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It occurs in two to three out of every 1,000 patients. According to the organization, it is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

There are several types of CP, including: 

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy
    This is the most common type of CP and affects about 80% of people with CP. These CP patients have increased muscle tone and their muscles are often stiff, which causes their movements to be awkward and can make walking difficult and cause developmental and intellectual difficulties.
  • Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy 
    People with dyskinetic CP cannot control the movement of their hands, arms, feet, and legs, making it difficult to sit and walk. The movements are often slow and writhing or rapid and jerky. Sometimes the face and tongue are affected and the person has a hard time sucking, swallowing, and talking, according to the CDC.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
    People with ataxic CP have problems with balance and coordination. They might be unsteady when they walk or may have difficulty with quick movements or movements, like writing, that require a lot of control. 
  • Mixed Cerebral Palsy
    Some people have symptoms of more than one type of CP. The most common type of mixed CP is spastic-dyskinetic CP, according to the CDC.

Causes of CP

The signs of CP can become visible as early as birth, especially when the condition is caused by medical injury a birth. A birth injury is a type of brain or nerve damage that occurs before, during, or shortly after your child is born. Children that are injured at birth have a high risk of developing conditions related to neurological damage, such as CP.

If Your Child Had a Birth Injury

If your child had a birth injury that resulted in CP, you may meet the requirements to pursue compensation via a lawsuit. This lawsuit will help pay for the medical care your child could need throughout their life and pay to update your house to make it more livable for your child. 

If you think you have a case, an experienced attorney can walk you through the process of filing a lawsuit. These attorneys will also help you determine what compensation is available to you.