8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes!

Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day. It provides your body the essential nutrients to keep your energy level up throughout the day. Nutrients are the substances in foods that are required to support body function and maintain health. Such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. Try adding at least 1 cup of fruit to your diet daily.

Here are 8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes: 

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie

 

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ABC – Affiliate Blogger Conference

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Editors Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Nina Talks has also won a free ticket to the ABC conference. 

Have you been a blogger for a while, but still struggle with affiliate marketing? Or are you a brand new blogger looking to dive right in? That’s exactly where I’ve been! Although I have blogged for almost 10 years, this current blog “Nina Talks” is a re-brand from my previous blogs. In a way I’m starting over just like some of you. I’ve been reading a lot on affiliate Marketing lately.  Even though I work with Amazon.com for affiliate marketing. There is so many other programs out there that I’m excited to dive right in and learn about!

I was so excited to find out that I was a winner of the ABC scholarship!! I can’t wait to go to this conference and learn as much as I can and put it to work right away. I know that some of you bloggers my struggle with affiliate marketing too. And GUESS WHAT?? You can enter for a scholarship too! www.affiliatebloggerconference.com

Here are a couple of testimonies from the previous years:

Using the tips and tricks that learned at the conference, I immediately saw a 50% increase in my affiliate income.
-Camille, Six Sisters’ Stuff

“Thanks for introducing me to affiliates. I just got my first check for it. And it was for $500. Not kidding.”
– Aimee Cutler
I have been doing my blog for a few years now but have felt very discouraged with all the work I have done with no rewards. I have been to Affiliate Summit and felt that your conference gave me so much more than I learned there.
– LaRae, Get in and Go

ABC is Saturday, May 13, 2017 at The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ABC or the Affiliate Blogger Conference is a 1-day conference for bloggers and other influencers to learn how to use affiliate marketing to grow their business. Learn the ins and outs of affiliate linking, working with affiliate managers, and affiliate programs at ABC! All our sponsors have affiliate programs you can join!

The line up for the speakers looks awesome! Plus, it is happening at The Leonardo which is my favorite place in town. What are you waiting for? Come hangout with me! I would love to meet you and learn with you! Go register at : www.affiliatebloggerconference.com

Previous year attendees:

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xo,

Nina

 

Childhood Obesity

Editors Note: This was an original paper written for my College Essay.

I’m currently in school finishing up my Fitness & Nutrition Degree, so you will get lots of fun info from my studies. I’m so passionate about this topic, and I hope to share lots of information with you weekly!

Have today’s children become lazy?  How healthy are the school lunches?

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Child picking sugary snacks over fruit. Source: www.healthsourcechiro.com

It is no surprise that today’s children have become more sedentary as well as overweight. When further investigating children that are currently in school, there are plenty of reports that warn us of the “Obesity Epidemic”. Per site CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a height from fat, muscle, bone water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance” too few calories expended for the number of calories consumed, and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and sentimental factors.

Have today’s children become lazy?

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Children playing with electronics. Source: Google.com

With technology at their fingertips, it has become the norm for children to be lazy and go after the convenient snacks at school, at home, or at fast food places. These snacks can vary from donuts, to candy, to chips, and finally to the ever-convenient dollar menu at fast food places like McDonald’s. Have today’s children become lazy? In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. (CDC.gov)

It is very rare nowadays to see children without an electronic device. Even if they are indeed spending time outside, or hanging out with friends, they are still glued to their cell phones, iPads, video games, or computers. You might see children playing outside, but if you observe how they intereact with each other, you will notice that their electronic device is playing a big part on their interaction.

How healthy are the school lunches?

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Flickr: USDA/ Lance Cheung

A recent study named “The Healthy Experience” was completed. A report the healthy primary prevention trial developed an integrated multi component intervention program to moderate risk factors for type 2 diabetes in middle schools. The nutrition component aimed to improve the quality of foods and beverages served to students. Changes in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and a la `carte venues are compared to the experience of control schools. The study was conducted in 10 school districts located at 7 sites across the country. Each site recruited 6 middle schools serving largely minority and lower income populations that were randomized to control or intervention. (Mobley, Connie)

In the graph below you can see the comparison of study. The Proportion (%) of Types of Beverages (A) and Snacks/Desserts (B) Served at a la Carte at Baseline and End of Study in Intervention and Control Schools.

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The Healthy Experience Graph

As you can see in the Graph above, the result is incredible. Children usually follow by example. To see that almost 80% of children have switched to drinking water at the end of the study, and about 50% went with healthier food choices means that there is still time to change the way children go about their day to day. The same goes for electronic use, as well as time spent outside.

There needs to be a change! If those changes can’t be made at home, we need to push for the school districts, superintendents, and local influencers (Bloggers) to help pass a law for “The Healthy Experience” to happen at every school in the nation.

So what do you think? Are you ready to help make a change in your community?

Chia Seed Pudding

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you have heard of Chia Seeds by now. It’s one of my favorite seeds to use for healthy meals. It is so full of nutrients too! Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Here is a delicious chia seed pudding recipe that will have you asking for more:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 peach

Instructions

  1.  In a bowl, add milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Cover and refrigerate over night.
    Divide the chia pudding between four bowls and layer with chopped peaches.
    The chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Calories per 2/3 cups: 143, Fat: 10, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 75, Potassium: 10, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 9, Sugar: 3, Protein: 5

Have a happy day!

Karina