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Destiny was a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. She is currently studying to become a Physician Assistant. She has been writing professionally since 2007 and her proudest work is on her blog, healthylivingwithdestiny.com.

Hot Homemade Lemon Aid Recipe

It’s flu season again, which means lots of coughing, sneezing, fevers, aches & pains. According to the CDC, up to 20% of the population is sick during the flu season every year. This means your neighbors, friends, coworkers and you. One of the best recipes that has always made me feel better is homemade hot lemonade. Here is a great recipe that my grandmother taught me. She likes to call it lemon Aid due to the “aid” it gives others around flu season.This recipe is packed with vitamin C, and this warm liquid should help keep your spirits up, your throat soothed, and hopefully your health a little better.

 

   

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 lg lemons
  • 2 lg oranges
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar (to taste)
  • Juicer
  • Large cooking pot

Juice lemons and oranges, adding the pulp to the juice as well. Add water, and stir. Add sugar slowly until it reaches your desired bitterness. Heat on low for thirty minutes until the flavors blend and you have a yummy warm creation of lemon aid.

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Enjoy and feel better!

~HealthyGirl

 

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Enjoy this leaner version of stuffed peppers. This recipe is full of flavor, but light on the fat.

Ingredients:

  • 6 bell peppers (I prefer green)
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup  chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pkg of your favorite Mexican rice mix  (I like Rice-a-Roni)Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice Mix, 6.8 Ounce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup light mozzarella cheese 

Stuffed peppers


 

 

Cook Mexican rice according to package directions, and brown the ground turkey.  Add onions, mushrooms, garlic, and seasonings to the turkey. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove tops and seeds from peppers. Mix browned turkey with Mexican rice. Stuff peppers and add tops. Arrange peppers in baking dish and add ¼ cup of water to the bottom. Put the dish in the oven for an hour, or until peppers are tender. After taking the peppers out, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top, and allow it to melt.

Serve with a side salad and enjoy your yummy stuffed peppers!

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~Healthy Girl

Tips to Better Brush Your Teeth

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Normal wear and tear breaks down your bristles on your toothbrush. This renders it less effective at removing plaque and surface stains. It also makes it harder to reach those tricky areas, and less effective in general.  When you start to notice bent or frayed bristles, its time to change your brush.

Should I Change My Toothbrush After A Cold?

YES! It is important to change your toothbrush after a cold, flu, throat or mouth infection. This is because harmful bacteria can hide in your bristles, and you can re-infect yourself. These bacteria can build up, as well as fungus, making your toothbrush an easy access tool to get you sick again, possibly with something worse than you had in the first place!

What Is The Best Way to Take Care of My Toothbrush?

After you brush your teeth, it is a good idea to rinse it with hot water before storing. Make sure it is in an upright position where it can dry easily. A wet toothbrush is a dangerous invite for microbes, so be sure it can dry easily.

Can I Sterilize My Toothbrush?

Absolutely. You can sterilize your toothbrush easily in boiling water  or by putting it in the dishwasher if you have a good heated dry cycle. You can also soak it in a solution of 4:1 water and bleach for 15 minutes. (Be sure to rinse it well!) There are even sterilizing cases you can buy that use UV light to sterilize your brush. Just be aware that some of these processes can start to break down your toothbrush, especially if it is a cheap one.

What Can I do With My Old Toothbrush?

The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies in your house like baseboards, doorways, locks, handles, and other small items in your house. They are also great for cleaning behind faucets, windows, and on tools. Just be sure to label your toothbrush so you don’t accidently use it to brush your teeth!

Happy Brushing!

~HealthyGirl