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Staying Healthy in the New Year

Healthy in 2012

Stay Healthy in 2012

The New Year will be here before you know it and at OVitaminPro.com, we want to help you get healthier for 2012 by providing you with tips, tools, and natural wellness products that are designed to work with your body’s unique chemistry. In the spirit of the start of a new year, we want to give you five easy ways to keep up with your health from the start of 2012 so that you can stay healthy all year long – and for many years to come.

Many of these tips are practical and common sense, but it’s always a good reminder to hear them every now and again:

Revamp your diet. The holidays are a time when most people pack on the extra pounds, but the start of a new year can also mean the start of a new diet. In 2012, make a healthy diet one of your first priorities, as this can ensure great health, weight loss, and even improved longevity. In our experience a gluten-free, high protein diet that’s rich in lots of fresh fruits and veggies is best. If you’re not sure what’s going to work for you, talk to a healthcare professional or a nutritionist.

Make time to reduce stress. We all know the effects stress can have on our lives. It’s important to limit your stress and reduce the amount of strain you put on your mind, body and spirit. So, in 2012, make it a point to reduce stress through meditation, yoga, reading, or just taking a bath. Whatever you enjoy doing to relax, do it! See if you can give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to unwind.

Get more sleep. Sleep gives our bodies time to renew, rejuvenate, and recharge – literally! Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is a must, and if you can, get about 8.5. The extra Z’s can mean improved metabolism, more energy, and even boosted immunity!

Practice preventative care. This is something we often don’t think about, but it plays a huge part in our overall health and well-being. Practice preventative care by making your scheduled doctor’s appointments, dentist appointments, etc. Also, if you’re taking any prescriptions, be sure you’re taking them properly. Same thing goes for supplements. Additionally, you may want to work with your healthcare professional on putting together a preventative care plan that’s right for you.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Taking care of your body means exercising it! Make time every day to get in 30 minutes of exercise, whether it’s walking, running, biking, swimming, hiking, skating, skiing, or dancing. No matter what your choice of activity, remember to get your heart rate up, as this builds endurance and improves cardiovascular function.

How will you be getting healthier in 2012?

 

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Another Gluten-Free Cookie Recipe for You to Enjoy!

ChristmasGluten-free Christmas cookies can be hard to come by, but this year, we’ve got you covered with a great recipe of a Christmas classic! We found a wonderful way to make gluten-free gingerbread cookies that are quite tasty – and pretty easy too!

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, you simply must try this gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe from GingerLemonGirl.com. Scrumptious!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread (from GingerLemonGirl.com)

  • 1 1/4 cups sorghum flour
  • 1 1/4 cups tapioca starch
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Set aside. Then, in a large mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add the eggs and the molasses to the butter and sugar mixture. Continue to beat until well combined.

Next, add the dry ingredient mixture a little bit at a time to the flour mixture and stir until well blended. Divide the dough into three balls. Flatten each ball into a disc shape and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour or so or until firm.

Then, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. On a lightly-floured (use rice flour) flat surface, roll out the dough until about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut out gingerbread cookies using cookie cutters of your choice.

Then, place the cookies about an inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Do not over bake (this dough is easy to over bake, so be careful)!

Remove the cookies from the sheet and let cool completely before serving. You can also ice these cookies using any basic icing recipe.

 

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A Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipe to Enjoy

Gluten-Free Cookies

Love Holiday Cookies? Try Our Gluten-Free Recipe!

The holidays are a time for joy, laughter, cheer…and cookies! If you’re on a gluten-free diet and miss the delicious taste of holiday cookies, don’t worry. We’ve got the perfect recipe for you to try this holiday season when you start to crave classic Christmas cookies.

As you know, at OVitaminPro.com, we’re dedicated to a gluten-free lifestyle. We’ve been familiar with gluten-free diets for decades and we know the challenges that can sometimes go along with it. But, as we’ve noted before in other posts, a gluten-free lifestyle and gluten-free diet does not have to be flavorless!

In fact, we know you’ll love this flavorful gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe:

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup amaranth flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and continue to beat until well mixed. Then, slowly add in the flours, starch, xanthan gum and salt. Beat slowly until well mixed, then take the dough, cover it, and refrigerate for about an hour, or until firm.

Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface (gluten-free flour, of course!). Then, cut out the dough using cookie cutters of your choice. Place the cut outs about an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for two minutes until removing to let cool completely on a cookie rack. Once cooled, eat and enjoy!

 

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