About HealthyGirl

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.

10 Minute Workout Program for Beginners

Many of you have jobs, school, kids, volunteer work, housework, or some combination of these put together. This leaves very little time for work outs. I want to tell you that if you are trying to lose weight, dieting alone can be a very tedious and slow process. But many of you say you don’t have time to work out. Understandable. Many people have been there, done that. Here is a 10 minute workout program for beginners. It is a video by Sparkpeople.com to help get some calorie burning going on in your body. This workout includes the warm up and cool down, so you’re all set. Try this workout before your daily shower routene, to save even more time.


sparkpeople.com is also a great place to go if you want support for your workouts and weightloss efforts. They are a great source to find workout programs for beginners. You can sign up and join a community near you. This site offers calorie counters to keep track of your eating, it has expert written articles about health and fitness, and many workout videos and routenes for you to try. You can track you weightloss, talk in the forum, and meet up with locals in your area with the same goals in mind.

~Healthy Girl

Manage Stress in College

Causes of Stress…

    With life in general, there are many causes of stress. Many causes have to do with family problems, deadlines, and social issues. It is important to take care of long term and short term stress right away because it can have a major effect on your health. The best way to combat stress period is to avoid it when possible. For example, if you know you are going to have a stressful semester at college, try taking fewer classes, or a fun class in between some hard ones. More prevention you do, the better it will help your stress levels. We cannot usually avoid all stressers. For these times, here are a few helpful tips.

Time Management

    Many of us already know it is important to manage your time. But how well do you do this? Do you plan out your days, weeks and months? Make sure you have a calendar on your computer, desk, phone, or any item that works for you. Make sure you know all the major events going on about a month in advance. Also keep track of smaller daily tasks, and know what is coming up about a week in advance. Be sure to have a general idea of how your day will go, and give yourself breaks and some downtime. The more knowledge you have about potential stressers, and the more time you have to prepare for them, the easier it will be to handle them.

Working Out

    Working out is a wondeful way to combat stress. Sometimes stress is a regular symptom you have to combat, other times it can show up as an occasional occurrence. In any case, working out at least three times a week will help your stress levels tremendously. You can also try yoga or pilates with videos or classes. Be sure to set time aside time three times a week, if possible. If weight is something you struggle with, this will be an added destresser as you work on self improvement. If you do not have time to work out, try going on small walks during your breaks between classes or at work. A quick walk daily can help combat stress as well.

Setting Aside Social Time

    Although it may not come to mind at first, spending time with people you care about is an important tool to help manage stress in college. Most people have friends or family they enjoy being around close by. Even if they are far away, try communicating with them through a web cam, or calling them. In any case, be sure to set aside time to spend with them. It is important to keep up with social aspects of your life. Often it helps vent to these people about your problems to blow off steam. In other cases you can forget about your troubles and have some quality time with people that matter most. Which method works better is up to you and how you feel.

~Healthy Girl

Banana Hazelnut Muffins: A Healthy Muffin Recipe

If you love muffins like I do…you are going to love this healthy muffin recipe!

Nuts

As you may have gathered from my blog…I love to find easy ways to enjoy being healthy. This is a recipe I invented myself to make eating healthy still taste good! These muffins are packed full of fiber, low in sugar, and are full of flavor! Try for yourself, then modify to your desires!

Makes: 18 muffins

prep time:10 minutes

Cook Time : 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1  cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • Banana muffin
  • 1/2 cup of flax seed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup of butter (you can replace this with another 1/4 cup of applesauce like I do, but I warn your muffins will be a bit dry and less cohesive, yet still just as tasty!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts (You can add any nuts that you desire here, walnuts and pecans work especially well)
  • Spices to your liking (I love to add plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, but just use what you like and have on hand)

Paper cups

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees  and fill two muffin tins with cupcake liners or fat free non stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the  flour, flax seed, baking soda, and salt; then set them aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer or really determined arms, whip the remaining bananas with the brown sugar together like you mean business,until it creates a dark soupy mixture. Add the applesauce, butter, eggs, vanilla, and spices, and beat well. Pour the mashed bananas and the banana puree mixture in with the dry ingredients set aside earlier. Add nuts. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about 3/4 full. Rap the pan on the counter a few time to let any air bubbles escape, and put them in the oven.

Bake until a fork stuck in the muffins comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Enjoy!

Have you tried a similar recipe? How did it turn out for you? Comment below and let me know!
~Healthy Girl