Healthy Eating! It makes you energetic and uplifts your mood too!

Today we are lucky to have a guest writer! Good Nelly!  I know you will love her tips about healthy eating. If you want to hear more from her please head over to her Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or her website; My Way of Viewing!
Author’s Bio: Good Nelly, primarily a financial writer, has started a blog to share her life’s experiences with others. She loves to shift her focus to lot of other things in life apart from finance; and, healthy living as a part of her recent venture.


By the name “healthy food”, we often feel that it’s difficult to choose such foods and they’re not at all tasty. However, it’s time to break this notion. You shouldn’t opt for healthy eating to become thin in order to fit into a dress. It’s all about feeling great from within. Healthy eating makes you energetic and uplifts your mood, too.

Guest Author this week with some simple healthy eating tips anyone can use!

Here are a 10 easy tips to choose healthy living; that is, primarily eating healthy food.

  1. Try to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet – It is known to everyone that it’s healthy to eat fruits and vegetables. You should have a variety of them since they contain different combinations of minerals and vitamins. You can try out different combinations like salads, juices, to have adequate fruits and vegetables in your regular diet.
  1. Add lots of fiber in your diet – Foods high in dietary fiber help you feel full and also make you healthy by reducing weight and lowering heart disease – just to name a few of the benefits. So, to include fibers in your diet, choose whole grains, oatmeal, nuts, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  1. Make the right changes in your meals – You should replace unhealthy foods in your diet with healthy alternatives. For example, fats are not bad; but, you should replace trans fats with healthy fats. Are you wondering how can you do it? One way you can do it is to opt for grilled chicken instead of fried chicken.
  1. Have smaller portions of food if required – If you’ve been eating more in one sitting, try to reduce your portions. One of the ways to do so is to reduce the size of your plate. When eating out, you can choose a starter instead of an entree. You can also split a dish with a friend; this way, you can save money, too.
  1. Make your plate colorful – Try to make your plate colorful with fruits and vegetables. Isn’t it fun to do so? The colored vegetables and fruits have higher concentrations of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. You can search for various options. For example, when you’re selecting greens, look for broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, etc. Doing so, you also won’t have to eat the same things every day. Similarly, there are a variety of fruits available in the market. When shopping for grocery, fill your basket with a variety of colorful fruits.
  1. Do not make your stomach full – Dieticians are of the view that you should stop eating before you start feeling full. Actually, our brain takes some time to tell us that we’re full. So, never hurry while eating food. Relax and have your food. It is also quite necessary to enjoy your food. Try not to eat in front of a TV; it can make you eat more.
  1. Reduce intake of sugar in your diet – Will you be satisfied knowing that you don’t take sugar with your tea or coffee? It’s good. But, are you aware of the hidden sugar in your diet? Yes, you should also consider that. The fruit juice you’re having may contain sugar. If you’re having processed or packaged foods, they might also contain hidden sugar. You may also avoid having added sugar by switching to healthier snacks like fruits, natural peanut butter, over chocolates and candies. Another thing, always check the labels of the items you’re buying so that you choose products with low sugar content.
  1. Do not make yourself thirsty – We require a good quantity of water to sustain ourselves. Some doctors are of the view that there’s no need to have lots of water, but at the same time, you shouldn’t feel thirsty. Water keeps you hydrated.
  1. Judge yourself how you feel after eating – You yourself will see that the more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. After you have a junk food, you’ll notice that you feel drained of energy, whereas, eating a healthy food will make you feel energetic.
  1. Skipping breakfast is a sin – How many times in a week do you skip breakfast with the alibi that you don’t have time? Make a promise to yourself that you won’t give such excuses from now on. If you’re in a hurry, try some easy-to-make breakfast which you can have fast or pack them with you.

Get up and be active! Yes, this is one of the most important things along with eating healthy food to live a healthy life. I’m sure there must be one activity which you really like doing – be it running, cycling, swimming and so on. If you haven’t been doing any such activity on a regular basis, just start one and feel yourself the changes in your body and mind. So, start your journey towards living a healthy life.




Jellied Salad

One of my favorite parts of large family gatherings when I was growing up was the food. Specifically the orange jello salad. We only had this treat at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Now as an adult I enjoy it more often. And the whole family loves it! Liz took some convincing, but once she saw me make it she loved it. I mean who doesn’t want a “salad” that is mostly whipped  cream!

Yummy jello salad. My favorite dish to make for family gatherings.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

We get a lot of roasts when we buy our meat (we buy it a whole side at a time). Since it is really just Trevor and I who eat roast beef we always end up with too many leftovers. It’s nice to mix it up so yesterday I decided to try something different with one of our roasts.  I made the same shredded beef on a bun that I made for William’s Birthday. It’s very simple, and very delicious.

Shredded Beef on a bun, make it in the slow cooker. Tastes amazing!

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef


  • Beef Roast
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 bottle Favorite BBQ sauce
  • Buns
  • Toppings (tomato, onion, relish, mayo, mustard)


  1. Place roast into slow cooker
  2. Top with chopped onions
  3. Pour beef broth over gently (try not to wash all the onions off)
  4. Cook on low for 7-10 hours, until it is basically falling apart
  5. Rip roast apart with 2 forks until completely shredded
  6. You can then place in fridge for the next day or continue with instructions for same day
  7. Place shredded beef back into slow cooker
  8. Cover beef with BBQ sauce (I use the complete bottle), give it a good stir to cover completely
  9. Cook on High for 2 hours (might only need 1 hour or less if it's done on same day)
  10. Place on bun with your choice of toppings


Crumble, Apple Crisp… A to Z Challenge

I LOVE apple crisp. It has to be my favorite dessert. I use to always buy them in store pre-made when they were on sale. That was until we spent a weekend at my grandparents cottage a few years ago. She had made an apple crisp for dessert one night. I was very surprised to find out how easy it was to make, (and also that I had the recipe in a cookbook she made me years ago).  I have made it many times since and have to say it is an awesome dessert.

Apple Crisp, home made and much easier to make that I ever expected. Easy Dessert Recipe.

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