Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Activities that Everyone Will Love

Holiday Activities that Everyone Will Love

Holiday Activities that Everyone Will Love

4 Holiday Activities that Everyone Will Love

 

The holidays are some of the greatest times of the year. You get to spend time with your family, eat fantastic food and open up gifts that you’ve been dying for. In addition to all of these wonderful moments, what are some other activities that you will be craving for? Here’s a list of the four best activities to do doing the holidays.

 

  1. 1.       Football This is a huge one. I think everyone looks forward to a rousing game of football during the holidays, and what better way to spend time with your family after dinner than to go nuts watching your favorite team? Not only that, it’s also a great way to sit down and have something to do once you and your family have completed the holiday dinner for the day.
     
  2. 2.       Poker Sure, gambling might sound like a pretty lame activity to do when your family is over, but it’s a great way to bond and joke around with everyone. If you beat your cousin or dad in a hand of poker, imagine how many laughs and jokes that would produce? In addition to possibly winning some money or some other form of compensation, you’ll have a blast playing poker with your family members. 
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  4. 3.       Discuss News and Politics This might open up a can of worms, but having an engaging conversation with your family members is definitely a lot of fun. You can also stand to learn a lot about a topic you might not know about if one of your family members happens to have read up a lot on it. Even if you disagree with someone, you can give your opinion on the subject and take opinions right back without blowing up the situation. Try it and see what happens. Talk about some crazy news storiesand see how your family reacts to them. 
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  6. 4.       Go Outside If there are children present during the holidays, they’ll definitely want to go outside and have a little fun. While adults might be okay with staying inside and doing activities that they prefer, children are a bit harder to please that way. Try tossing around a football or having a catch with the kids. If you have other lawn games, those will work as well. As long as you’re outside doing some sort of activity that children find enjoyable, everything will turn out great.

 

There are hundreds of activities to do during the holidays. While you may be strained for time, you can always find something fun to do to keep everyone happy and entertained. If you do any of these activities, I’m sure your entire family, both young and old, will have a great time.

 

 

About the author:

Joe Petchonka has been a writer for over five years, and has written for newspapers, websites and automotive dealerships. In addition to having an extensive writing background and bachelor’s degree in English, he has helped companies develop professional material to help them achieve their goals.

 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Healthier Holidays

Healthier Holidays

Healthy Holidays

You know those times after you’ve eaten Christmas lunch and gone a little overboard? There’s that moment you wish you’d mastered bulimia so you didn’t have to undo your pants (and also so you could maybe eat some more). You kind of splay yourself somewhere until your body manages to process the embarrassing quantities of food you just ate. Quantities that would make an obese person do a little jig. Don’t look away – you know what I’m talking about.  We all do, which is why it’s time to separate yourself from the gluttonous mass consuming swarms this festive season and try something different.

No expanding your gut to Father Christmas-style proportions at the table deal? You don’t have to be a saint, just consider a few simple alternatives:

Go easy on the snacking. We all know Christmas lunch takes eons to prepare but, just like you would on any other day, have a sensible breakfast in the morning;  maybe even a snack midway through.

If you’ve already eaten something by the time lunch is served, you’re less likely to unhinge your jaw and swallow the entire table from hunger.

If you can’t resist a snack bowl, skip the piles of crisps lying around.

Do a U-turn if someone offers you nacho chips with sour cream. Punch someone in the face when they say you simply have to try the three cheese dip.

Run! Wait!!! —   this is your house and you can do whatever you want, so don’t even serve this stuff in the first place. Rather, put out some sliced veggies with a hummus dip, bowls of olives, gherkins and pickled onions, or strips of toasted pita bread with a sweet chili and avo dip —  way healthier.

If you’re making mash potatoes, try preparing it with sweet potatoes instead of regular ones, which are higher in kilojoules. The sweet potato option is low GI too, so it’ll impress that old, sickly aunt of yours that feels faint all the time.

Skip the meat. You’re not a Viking okay? It won’t kill you to skip the piles of pork, turkey, chicken and whatever other animal you tear into every Christmas to opt for something a little less greasy. Look at your cousin at the end of the table, yeah, the vegetarian. Sure she’s a little pale and cries a lot, but she’s skinnier than you — ever wonder why? Try a vegetable dish or a vegetarian meat substitute and skip the skin on the chicken.

Aaaarrrgh! You’ve got to be drunk to survive but it will help. Try sticking to stuff like whisky and water instead of sugar filled cocktails and coolers. It goes without saying that you’ll need to get a little sloshed to make it through the day with so many family members around, but if you stick to a light white wine and drink slowly, you should be fine. If you’re mixing drinks, stick to diet soda and avoid telling everyone at the table you hate them it’s just embarrassing.

Jacky Letard is an experienced online content writer who enjoys writing about various topics such as natural health practice, festive foods, nhp omega 3 plus and holiday exercise.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Salmon – Almost a Perfect Food

 

Blackened Salmon with Cucumber Sauce

Blackened Salmon with Cucumber Sauce

Salmon Almost A Perfect Food

It’s loaded with hearth-healthy fats and high quality lean protein. Best of all, it tastes delicious.

 

For runners, it’s a great choice because it keeps your muscles strong, your immune system working at top performance, and your joints properly lubricated.

 

While the fish by itself is delectable, the creamy coolness of the yogurt sauce is a great contrast to the charred spiciness of the salmon.

 

A cast iron skillet works best here, but if you don’t have one, anything but a nonstick pan will work.

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoons olive oil
2 6 oz salmon filets
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 small cucumber, grated
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp olive oil

 Directions

In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings for the salmon. Rub generously over the salmon filets.

 

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add oil, followed by the salmon.

 

Allow to cook until bottom is blackened, about 5 minutes.

 

While it is cooking, make the yogurt sauce by combining the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice and olive oil.

 

Season lightly with salt.

 

When the salmon is cooked on both sides, slide onto a plate and top with the sauce.

 

 

Serve and enjoy!

This healthy recipe is posted from TheFitFoodist. Visit the site for more healthy and delicious recipes especially for runners.

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