Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kale Chips!

Kale, a beautiful, green leafy vegetable loaded with nutrients that could help with those cravings!

The first time I was introduced to Kale was when I started Nutrition School (I'm over 30 years old!) and I am in love with it!  It’s one of the most nutritious vegetables you can find, filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, phytonutrients (those handy cancer-fighting nutrients), fiber, calcium, and all kinds of essential amino acids and it is tasty!!

Potato chip lovers – Kale chips are a great swap for chips and a great way to get in your daily greens. Kids, husbands, & even my mom loves them!

Here is a great link with more of the health benefits of kale.

Try this this week!
* Preheat oven to 350

* Take 1 head fresh kale, wash and remove center stem/vien
* In a bowl pour a small amount of Olive Oil over Kale to slightly coat
* Mix well
* Place kale on baking sheet and sprinkle on seasonings of your choice.  Try Mrs. Dash, garlic and pepper, chili pepper - experiment!
* Bake for 10 minutes, then flip.  Bake another 10 minutes or until edges are brown and Kale is crispy when moved in the pan
* Sprinkle with sea salt to taste
* Enjoy!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Home business offers refuge from recession

The latest economic indicators may bring some hopeful tidings, but also some significant concerns. The U.S. unemployment rate is as high as it has been in 25 years, and there is continued concern about job growth.

I was laid off from my corporate job a year ago and was blessed to have been introduced to MonaVie 2 years prior.  I am grateful my home based business was in place and has grown during the recession.  I partnered with MonaVie, a nutritional beverage company featuring the Acai Berry. This year in the Inc, 500 magazine, MonaVie placed number 1 in Food and Beverage, number 3 in Revenue, and overall number 18 in the top 500! (it took Microsoft 8 years to get in as #80). How would you have liked an opportunity to be a part of Microsoft when they began?

MonaVie is the fastest growing home based business, over a billion dollar company in just the 5 short years they’ve been in business. MonaVie’s compensation plan provides distributors with 9 ways of making a substantial income from home. Instead of paying advertisers or retailer to get the word out about their product, MonaVie pays you for doing what you would anyway – sharing an outstanding product that will bring better health to everyone you know, and so on and so on and so on.  How often do you share a good movie, book, or restaurant?  Imagine being paid to share something you love.

While I’m sharing better health with everyone, I’m also teaching them to do the same, introducing people to a better way of earning an income and a better life.  I am not only a distributor, but a sponsor.  I sponsor those I introduce to the business and lock arms with them and teach them how to share the company and sponsor others.

The timing is perfect. Baby Boomers are aging and not only want to create a legacy for their family (you can Will your business to your children), but also want better health and to free from pharmaceutical drugs. They even want to look younger too!

There is a great sense of security knowing my business is backed by leadership in the industry with over 20 years experience. The CEO, Dallin Larson, won Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year in 2010.

In the 2 ½ years I’ve been with MonaVie they’ve consistently upgraded, improved, and add more ways for distributors to make income. Currently they are holding a Bronze to Emerald promotion with the opportunity to make an extra $10,500 from now to June 2010.

Dallin Larson says “In order to receive a blessing, you better be a blessing”. MonaVie gives back to Brazil, where the Acai Berry comes from. They’ve built homes, schools and taught parents trades to help them get off the streets and create better lives for themselves and their families. 100% of donations are given to the M.O.R.E project – MonaVie pays the administrative fees.

I realize that many wives, husbands, mothers, fathers rarely or never get the chance to do the things they want with their families because of the demands on their time from simply earning a living. Or, they don’t have the money. For me, the rewards of network marketing have allowed me to build the relationships I cherish, work the hours that fit my lifestyle, and create a life I enjoy.

If any of this resonates with you, visit my website or call me for more information on the next tasting party and how you get started. www.mymonavie.com/kellyann

Monday, March 1, 2010

Water up the nose...

...hurts!! I'm not sure how many times water got up my nose while swimming that I finally decided I needed to plug my nose and learn to swim with one arm. Who would have thought years later I'm purposefully putting water UP my nose?!?!

Yes! The netti pot or neti pot. I'd seen it many times at the natural / health food store, but never considered it until a fellow classmate posted love for hers on her facebook page. I had been doing a cleanse and thought I should consider cleansing my sinuses as well. In the air we inhale there are many pollutants, dust, dust mites, chemicals, and other unknowns, its worth considering if you have any kind of sinus problem, blocked nose, allergies, headaches, or just want to breathe better!

It is really simple. Fill the pot with warm water and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt (I prefer sea salt - make sure the salt is dissolved - it will taste like tears), tilt your head back and to one side, firmly place the nozel into your nostril, and pour. Breathe through your mouth! The water will come out the other nostril. Once the pot is empty - firmly, but gently blow out your nose, both nostrils open and preferrably into a sink. For me, the initial feeling of water passing through my nose is a milli-second of oddness compared to the longer benefits of cleansing my sinuses. It certainly helps my yoga practice.

Some of the benefits may include:

  • opens up nasal air passages - more oxygen in the body

  • relief from allergies, hay fever, common cold

  • promotes drainage of sinuses and speeds healing of inflammed tissue

  • relieves chronic mucus

  • headache relief - got migraines?

The results are immediate and consistent use may help the body heal all on its own.

As a Health Counselor I must add in what you eat may also have an affect on your sinus health. If you produce a lot of mucus or have allergies, you may want to take a look at what you're eating. Dairy, sugar, and wheat are the top culprits...

Breathe easy!