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3 Easy DIY Popsicle Recipes

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Summer weather can get a little crazy! If you’re not feeling like heading to the beach or jumping into the pool to cool down, here’s a way to stay chill – popsicles!

Here are three easy DIY popsicle recipes for you to enjoy:

1. Fresh Fruit

Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like to have in your popsicle. Insert the fruit into the mold and add coconut water. Freeze the mold for 6-8 hours and voila! You have yourself fresh fruit popsicles!

Fresh Fruit Popsicle

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2. Childhood Favorite

This one is the childhood favorite. For this popsicle recipe, all you need is water, different flavored Kool-Aid packets, and a popsicle mold. Follow the packet instructions on how to mix the Kool-Aid packet with water, then pour out the mixture into the mold. Leave it in the freezer for at least 3-6 hours!

Kool-Aid Popsicles

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3. Chocolate Dipped Bananas

For this recipe, I would freeze the bananas an hour prior to dipping them into the chocolate so you can enjoy this treat quicker! All you need is 1 cup of chocolate chips, bananas, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or you can opt-out and just use 2 tablespoons of butter).  Take the frozen bananas and insert the popsicle stick in the center. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, pour mix into a tall narrow glass. Dip the bananas into the mix and add nuts, sprinkles, or coconut flakes to the top. Freeze for another 45-60 minutes before eating it!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

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What’s your favorite treat to help you cool down in the summer?

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Quick Fix For A Swimsuit Body

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Summer always creeps up on us a lot faster than we’re prepared for! I’ve together a few quick fixes that can help you slim down and shed those few extra pounds to help feel comfortable in that swimsuit!

1. Cut-Out Unnecessary Sugar

You should definitely add this to your routine anyway, but to kick start your slim down, this is a must. Throw out sugary cereals, soda, candy, and anything that is unnecessary for your diet. If you must add something sweet to your diet, grab a piece of dark chocolate!

Say No To Sugar

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2. Substitute With Fruit

For every meal, replace a normal carb for fruit. I started doing this a few weeks ago, and without tough workouts, I’ve already seen results. Instead of toast, have a bowl of fruit. Instead of potatoes, have some fruit. Stock up on a wide variety of fruit so you can change it up every meal!

A Bowl of Mixed Fruit

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3. Add A Workout

Now, for me, this is the hardest one to add because of my lack of time. But, even if I have 10 minutes, I’ve started going outside and running sprints back and forth on my front lawn. Something is better than nothing, so at least drop down and do 10 pushups!

Quick Workout

Photo © Massage Williamsburg

4. Drink More Water

This is probably the most important thing to do because it will keep you full longer, flush out toxins, and keep you hydrated. If you’re really on crunch time, try drinking about a gallon a day until your event. If you’ve got time, at least drink 8 cups, but shoot for more!

Female College Student Drinking Water Outside

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These tips have helped me, especially when I have a special event coming up! Tailor these to fit your needs, and you will start to look and feel great!

What tricks do you have?

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Quick “Kinda-Healthy” Spring Recipes

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When the weather gets warmer, I find myself craving more veggies and fruit. I am the type of person who considers pizza sauce a vegetable serving (it is, isn’t it?) so I like to create meals that are a combination of “healthy” and the “not-so-healthy” ingredients.

Here are three of my favorite spring recipes:

1. Spring Salad And Cheesy Toast

This is one of my favorite spring lunch recipes. It’s quick and easy to make. My favorite part of this lunch is that the salad has a great balance of “healthy” and “indulgent.”

Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Wash a handful of cherry tomatoes and some lettuce of your choice. Cut the tomatoes in half and gently mix the oil/juice in with the veggies. For some cheesy toast, place fresh mozzarella on your bread and then palace the bread in a conventional oven or a toaster oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the toast when the cheese begins to bubble/brown slightly. Allow it to cool before pairing it with your salad!

Spring Salad and Cheesy Toast

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2. Orange-You-Glad-I-Didn’t-Say-Banana Juice

I created this delicious recipe one spring day by mixing the only veggies/fruits I could find in the house. I love juice because I eat a lot of junk food and juicing makes me feel like I’m being healthy. Give this a try!

Peel 4 carrots, 2 apples, and 1 melon and cut them into medium-sized pieces. Put all the fruits into a juicer a few pieces at a time and them mix in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in after all the fruits have been mixed. You can even add some banana if you want! Drink up!

Orange Banana Juice

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3. Fruit Jell-O Dessert

This dessert has it all: Jell-O, fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate – what more can you ask for? It’s quick to make (although you do have to wait a while for it to solidify). It is worth the effort!

Prepare 1 package of Strawberry Jell-O according to the directions on the package. Wash an assortment of fresh fruit (like strawberries, bananas, grapes, or blueberries – or all of them) and cut them into small pieces. Divide the fruit evenly into dessert bowls. Once the Jell-O mix is cool, pour it into each dessert bowl. Place the dessert in the fridge to completely solidify. When it is ready, you can put whipped cream on top and even decorate it with a dark chocolate topping.

Fruit Jello Whipped Cream Dessert

Photo © Simply Salads

Enjoy! What do you like to eat in the spring?

 

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The 5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

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I was on the Paleo diet a few years ago, and although the majority of that didn’t last long (no sugar, grains, or dairy), I did take one good thing away from that experience: coconut oil. Most people negatively associate oil with greasy food, but coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits:

1. Coconut Oil Has “Good” Fat

Coconut oil consists of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are fatty acids. Don’t see the word “fat” and panic –  these fatty acids have a different form of metabolizing than the long chains of fat that are found in cheese or steak. MCT’s go straight to your liver from the digestive tract, where they’re converted to energy or Alzheimer’s-fighting ketone bodies. This good fat balances out our hormones, our thyroid, and our blood sugar levels, as well as lowering the bad cholesterol.

Coconut Oil

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2. Energy Boost

In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the MCT’s are proven to give you a 5% increase in energy. This means that by doing nothing but adding coconut oil to your diet, you can burn approximately an extra 120 calories per day!

Energy Boost Jump

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3. Fight Infections

The next time you are not feeling very well, try taking a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid and Monolaurin – both of which are natural antibiotics.

Female College Student Not Feeling Well

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4. Summer Body

Although it seems counter-intuitive to eat fat to lose fat, the unique way that coconut oil is metabolized can result in an appetite-reducing effect with up to 256 fewer calories in a day! The unique metabolizing factor also leads to a decrease in abdominal fat, which (as anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight, ever, knows) can be difficult to lose.

Fit Summer Body

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5. Lotion / Hair Conditioner

Coconut oil, being an oil, is obviously going to be moisturizing. This, combined with its anti-bacterial properties and delicious coconut scent, makes it the perfect way to soften your skin or hair.

Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner

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If you haven’t tried coconut oil, I highly recommend it. So, what are you waiting for?

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

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6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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