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Janelle Monae

How Janelle Monae Keeps Her Natural Glow

Recently, the world has been taken by storm with the release of the phenomenal movie “Hidden Figures”, which depicts the story of three African American women that assisted NASA with its first journey to the moon. With the movie’s world success, it’s only fitting that we name Janelle Monae as this week’s #wcw. Known for her individualism and refusal of societal conformity, Janelle Monae has inspired many young black women around the world to be their authentic selves. Her grace and beauty has been admired among millions around the world. And her many recent red carpet appearances have us falling in love all over again. If there's one thing that we admire most about Janelle Monae--besides her flawless natural hair styles--it's her natural beautiful glow....

Robin Roberts Fitness and Nutrition

Why Robin Roberts Puts Fitness and Nutrition First

This week’s #wcw goes to the remarkable Robin Roberts. Most known for being a prominent TV broadcaster on national stations such as ABC and ESPN, she has gotten even more recognition for sharing her journey through surviving breast cancer. Learn why she thinks fitness and nutrition are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Being in the public eye forces you to be in shape, but good health is what made Robin Roberts adapt a strict nutrition based lifestyle. As an athlete, Roberts has always tried to lead a healthy life by adapting a mostly low carb diet, but after her health issues and battle with cancer, she knew it was time to make some significant changes. Focusing on Fitness and Nutrition Low carbs aren't the only thing that...

Diet Transformation Health Benefits

Changing your diet is a huge transformation! In recent years, the vegan diet has been gaining notoriety within the black community. While this lifestyle has been practiced in our communities (think Rastafarians) for ages we can probably credit big named celebs for the surge in awareness. So why do stars like Russell Simmons, Beyonce, Mike Tyson and more transform their pallets and adapt this lifestyle? Russell Simmons credits health and spiritual benefits while Tyson and Queen Bey adapted the diet as a way to maintain their body weight. To find out if there’s any validity to these claims we did a little a research. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber....

3 Quick Ways to Down Your Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables. Can’t live with them, seemingly. And can’t live without them, literally. These food groups become essential for getting in your fiber and avoiding those uncomfortable, plaguing conditions, like constipation. Plus, these foods are typically made of a lot of water. That means lower numbers when you step on the scale because you get full faster without all the calories. And don't forget the lower risk of cancer and other diseases when we regularly get the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Try these three quick ways to make it easier to get your daily dose in. Use it to keep yourself healthy or even for your kids' meal planning. 1.    Make it a mandatory part of one of your meals. I brown bag it for lunch and...

IS MEASURING BMI A GOOD INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH?

As early as elementary school, health practitioners in the United States have measured a person’s health using body mass index (BMI). However, as more and more workplaces are shifting towards health rewards systems that track measures like BMI, studies have shown that it is not actually a good indicator of overall health. “Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters.” One example of where BMI misses the mark is in the case of highly muscular individuals, who could be mislabeled as overweight because muscle weighs more than fat. A team of researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the 2005-2012 National Health Survey, contrasting measurements such as BMI with other indicators of health such as...

DON’T EAT AFTER 7PM TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s time to shut down your kitchen early in the evening, if you are trying to lose weight. According to Dr. Oz, fasting for 12 hours after your last meal is key to weight loss. For example, “if you finish dinner at 9 p.m., you should not start eating breakfast until 9 a.m. This fasting method is great for people who want to try fasting but have fluctuating schedules and need the flexibility.” To learn more about times to eat to lose weight click on the link below. http://livelighter.org/weight-loss-info-eating-after-7pm/ #Transformationtuesdays ...

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN YOUR COCKTAIL?

Whether it be happy hour during the week or celebrating a special moment or holiday, the drinks are always flowing. When you are watching your weight, or trying to lose it, cocktails should not be an exception to your diet. Many of us think since it’s not a solid food, you don’t have to worry about alcohol adding on extra pounds, WRONG! Actually, alcohol consumption could be the reason you are not losing or continuing to gain, especially if you are overindulging or drinking sugary drinks. Cocktails can be considered empty calories, these are calories that add little or no nutritional value. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed less than an ounce of alcohol over a 30-minute...

Chopped Vegetable Salad

Need a different spin on your salad. Tired of just lettuce and tomatoes, well try chopping up a variety of vegetables and making that your salad! ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 2 carrots (chopped) 2 celery stalks (chopped) 1/2 of a small red onion (chopped) 1 small can of sliced black olives 1 cup of kale ( chopped) 1 cucumber (chopped) 2 Tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds or walnuts (chopped) 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 to a teaspoon of agave nectar or honey or more Sea salt and pepper to taste  DIRECTIONS: For the dressing: In large bowl whisk together oil, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, agave nectar or honey, salt, pepper until smooth. Now add all chopped vegetables and...

Whats Cookin’ Kj: KALE CHIPS

 Kale Kale Kale! One of the healthiest green vegetable on the planet, ENJOY!!  INGREDIENTS: 1-2 brunches of kale (break into bite size pieces) Olive oil or Grapeseed oil sea salt  DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Cut the rib out of the kale and break into bite size pieces. Wash and dry kale.   Put clean dry kale in a large bowl and coat with oil. Then toss on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt.  Put in oven cook for 20-30 minutes until crisp. COOK’S NOTE: The dryer the kale the more crispier it will be. #Whatscookinkj...

Blanched Veggies with Buttermilk Dip

Turn your bland veggies into a side dish that’s delicious with any meal. ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: Asparagus, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Green olives (optional) 1 cup buttermilk  1cup sour cream 1/2 cup fresh dill (chopped) 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Sea salt and black pepper to taste  DIRECTIONS: In a large pot of boiling salted water add cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus for 1-2 minutes just tender. Remove veggie and transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool completely, then remove and pat dry. Combine buttermilk, sour cream, dill, lemon zest, and juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for a least 2 hours up to 1 day; stir until smooth. Before serving, arrange veggies on a platter or plate and serve with dip.  COOK’S...