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DIY: Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad

This healthy chickpea, avocado, & feta salad only takes 5 minutes to make. It’s perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or snack. Plus five minutes is all you need to make this healthy salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 avocados, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, avocado, cilantro, green onion, feta cheese, and lime juice.
    2. Stir until mixed well.
    3. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

    This recipe was originally posted by Maria & Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod via Pinterest (follow us!) 

    Beauty DIY: Simple Remedy for Cracked Heels

    One of the first steps towards having a pair of beautiful feet is to heal them. If your heels aren’t in perfect shape, sadly, there’s only so much a lovely pair of summery flip-flops would be able to do. Here is our simple home remedy that will help soothe and makeover your cracked heels, and let you step out in style.

    Ingredients

    • Vaseline
    • Lemon juice

    Directions

      1. Clean and dry your heels. Once all the dirt is out, soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
      2. Take 1tsp vaseline and the juice of a lemon. Rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the foot. Rub this in nicely, till it gets absorbed in the skin.
      3. Apply this mixture before going to bed and keep on overnight, wearing a pair of woollen socks, as these socks help trap body heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
      4. Wash off in the morning.
      5. Do this every night to get rid of cracks and have beautiful smooth heels!
    Sneaky Ways to Get Your Daily Servings of Fruits & Veggies

    Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet! When it comes to eating your fruits and vegetables, seven really is a lucky number.

     

    Researchers analyzed lifestyle data for more than 65,000 Brits over the age of 35 and tracked recorded deaths for an average of 7.7 years. The results: People who ate seven or more 2.8-ounce daily servings of fruits and vegetables fared best when it came to staving off life-threatening conditions. Seven servings was linked to a 25 percent lower risk of death from cancer and a 31 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke, even after adjusting for other potential risk factors like age, sex, BMI, alcohol consumption, and physical activity.

    The study also found that vegetables have slightly stronger protective benefits than fruit. Two to three daily servings of vegetables was linked to a 19 percent lower risk of death, compared with a 10 percent lower risk for the same amount of fruit.

    Now, seven servings does seem a bit daunting. But super-simple swaps or additions to your daily diet can help you reach that magic number—without sacrificing flavor. For a serving of fruit AND vegetables, first thing in the morning, try blending spinach or kale into a fruit smoothie. Other sneaky options include adding steamed cauliflower to mashed potatoes, mixing pureed carrots, onions, and red peppers into pasta sauce, or throwing some frozen vegetables into the pot when heating up canned soups. Even your signature meatballs can get a healthy upgrade by adding in julienned onions and zucchini.


    Rootology's Environmental Wellness Challenge

    For thousands of years we have evolved to live in direct daily contact with the rest of nature. The forests, streams and savannahs were essential to our basic survival. But in the last few centuries, people in industrial societies have moved farther and farther away from that natural source of good health, with disastrous results.

    Environmental well-being includes trying to live in harmony with the Earth by understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment, and taking action to protect the world around you. By leading  a lifestyle that is respectful to our environment and minimizes any harm done to it is a critical part of environmental wellness. It can protect you from environmental hazards and minimizing the negative impact of your behavior on the environment.

    Examples of environmental threats include air pollution, ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight, chemicals, noise, water pollution, and second-hand smoke. These are just a few of the ways we can tap the restorative powers of nature...

    Rootology's Environmental Wellness Challenge:

    • Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation instead of driving.
    • Recycle and compost.
    • Plant and tend a garden.
    • Use natural cleaning products.
    • Remove clutter from your home or office.
    • Volunteer time to a worthy cause.

     

    Sources:

    • Buzzell, Linda. "Have You Taken Your Vitamin 'N' Today?" The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 02 Apr. 2014.
    • "Mind Body Wellness Challenge." Wellness Challenge: Environmental Wellness. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
    • "University of California, Riverside." Wellness: Environmental Wellness. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.