Wheat Grass ~ an incredibly easy way to get your greens.

Wheat Grass is a very easy way to supplement your diet with chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. It is possible to grow Wheat Grass at home and add it to a Juicer or buy it in powdered or tablet form. It is easy to add a couple of spoonfuls of powdered Wheat Grass to a fruit or vegetable smoothie or to a salad.

Wheat grass is grown outdoors, where the combination of natural sunlight and rich, fertile soil promote the assimilation of nutrients in the developing shoots. The Wheat Grass is harvested when the nutrient levels reach their peak. It is packed with vitamins and chlorophyll by the time it is cut and dried into a vibrant green powder.

There are ongoing trials regarding the health benefits of Wheat Grass. These trials concern its beneficial effect on Cancer patients and its benefits concerning digestion. However, nothing has been substantiated clinically as yet.

If you want add some great greens to your diet, how about trying the following two recipes for a wheat grass nutrient boost. These simple and tasty recipes couldn’t be easier.

Yummy Yogurt & Wheat Grass Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz plain, low fat yogurt

6 oz 100% fruit juice of your choice

2 tsp. Naturya Wheat Grass Powder

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Gorgeous Fruity Health Smoothie with Wheat Grass

INGREDIENTS:

1 Banana ~ ripened is best

2 tsp. Natural Greens Wheat Grass Powder

¾ cup Apple Juice

¾ cup Crushed Pineapple with Juice

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Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Product features

  • Certified organic.
  • Rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals.
  • Antioxidant properties.
  • Contains all eight essential amino acids.

Suggested uses

  • Mix with water or juice.
  • Smoothie ingredient – good with vegetables.
  • Include in a salad dressing.

Nutritional information per 100g

Energy 825kj
195kcal
Protein 21.5g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
21.8g
1.3g
Fat
of which saturates
2.4g
0.3g
Fibre 42.1g
Sodium 0.2g
Magnesium 137mg
Zinc 1.9mg

Inspiral Wasabi wheat grass chips

wasabi wheatgrass chips

wasabi wheatgrass chips

Had enough of deep fried potato crisps? Want a healthy alternative that taste just as good?

How about something healthy for the kids they actually like? Our Kale Chips are incredibly more-ish, and are perfect lunch box fillers or snacks for anytime. We use only fresh, local Kale in our chips.

Kale is rich in antioxidants, calcium and vitamin A. When dried, this classic green leafy vegetable has a crispy texture and a delicious taste! All our chips are lovingly hand massaged and slow dehydrated at low temperatures for many hours to preserve vital nutrients.

We use no additives or preservatives and so ensure an optimum nutrition product! Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll and contains most minerals the human body needs for optimum performance. Himalayan crystal salt is perhaps the healthiest salt on earth, compressed for millions of years under the pressure of the Himalayan mountains, it contains 84 trace minerals.

• raw • vegan • wheat free • gluten free (may contain traces) 0% cholesterol • no added cane sugar • low G.I • soya free (may contain traces) • artificial additive free • 100% natural • contains nuts

Ingredients:

  • local kale
  • cashew nuts
  • Himalayan crystal salt
  • horseradish powder
  • wheatgrass powder
  • mustard powder
  • filtered water
  • cayenne pepper
  • spirulina
  • nothing else.

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Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

I have tried to make a few gluten free cake recipes and failed but this Dove’s Farm recipe turned out beautifully.

Ingredients

150 g Butter
150 g Caster Sugar
2 drops Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
150 g Gluten Free Plain White Flour
3 tbsps Milk
3 tbsps Jam
1 tsp Icing Sugar

Method

  1. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Beat in the baking powder, flour and milk.
  4. Divide the mixture between 2 oiled and lined 20cm/8″ round baking tins.
  5. Bake in a pre heated oven for 15/20 minutes.
  6. Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Spread jam on top of one sponge and place the other on top.
  8. Dust the top with sieved icing sugar.

Temperature & cooking time:
190°C/Fan170°F/375°F/Gas 5

dumbbell lunge for men ~ mens weight lifting routine thighs glutes upper leg

dumbbell lunge mens weight training routine thigh glutes upper leg

dumbbell lunge 1

lunge move strong thigh glutes weight training routine men

lunge move 2

 

1. This move can be done with or without dumbbells.

2. Begin the movement by keeping your feet slightly apart but facing forward.

3. The upper part of the body must stay upright and centred.

4. Begin with the right leg and step forward. Make sure you bend your right leg till you feel the pull in the thigh.

5. Do not push further forward than a 90º angle, as this will put unnecessary strain on the knee.

6. Stay in the position for a count of 2 and then return to the standing position.

7. Repeat with the other leg.

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incline bench press ~ chest muscles, pecks, pectorial muscles

1. This move can be done with dumbbells or a barbell.

2. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor.

3. Lie on your back on a bench with an incline.

4. Your hands should be about shoulder width apart and your upper back and head remain firmly on the bench.

5. Raise the arms slowly until they lock into position – fully extended.

6. When using equipment with rests, the move begins with the arms locked and extended.

7. In the second part of the move you start to lower the barbell or dumbbells towards the chest.

8. When extending the arms again make sure the pectoral muscles are being used to push the weights back up.

incline bench press move 1 for chest muscles, pecks, pectorial muscle

incline bench press 1

incline bench press move 2 for chest muscle, pecks, pectorial muscle

incline bench press 2

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10 Super Swimming Skills ~ drills for water confidence, water safety and basic swimming technique. Teach your child how to swim.

 

Warning: Only attempt to teach your child to swim if you are a competent swimmer. You child is your responsibility. Never leave your child unattended at any time. Always listen to your child and never try to push your child beyond their limit. www.naturalmatter.co.uk does not accept responsibility for any accident or injury that may happen whilst following these swimming skills.

Important: Every water skill should be completed at your child’s pace. Every child is different and the goal is to have water confidence. Do not push your child to go beyond their comfort zone if they are not ready.

Go through the skills one by one, except safety skills like pool entry and exit techniques, which can be taught throughout the different skill levels. As you child masters a skill move them onto the next skill.

It is important to have regular visits to the swimming pool. Perhaps you could set aside a time each week to take them for swimming lessons. If you don’t take them for a while you may find that you have to revisit the previous skills. Remember make it fun. Children learn really well when they learn in a fun way!

Skill 1 ~ Teach your child to hold their breath under water for 10 seconds. It is important that your child has breath control before they start learning any more swimming techniques. Slowly encourage your child to hold their breath and then get them to hold their face in the water for a second. Slowly build this up until your child can confidently hold their face in the water for 10 seconds. If they are not too happy about putting their face in the water maybe invest in a basic pair of children’s swimming goggles. When children find that they can see under water they find it very exciting and want to keep trying.

A great way to encourage breathing control in the water is to use the Zoggs dive games. The search and rescue game and dive sticks encourage your child to develop their breath control under water in a fun way

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Skill 2 ~ Teach your child safe pool/water entry.  This is a very important lesson in your child’s swimming skills. Teach your child to sit on the side of the pool. Teach your child to turn around while holding the side of the pool and safely enter the water. This entry allows them to keep their head above water when they enter the pool.

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Skill 3 ~ Teach your child how to get out of the water. Get your child to hold onto the pool side with both hands. Encourage your child to pull their body up and then rest their body on the side before lifting up a knee for a full exit.

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Skill 4 ~ Teach your child to float for the count of 10 seconds with their face down in the water. Encourage your child to float face down in the water while holding onto your shoulders. You keep them supported by holding their hips. The child’s face should be down in the water and their body must remain flat as you move across the pool for the count of 10 seconds. Count aloud as you move. REMEMBER:  If your child is coughing or spluttering hold them up and out of the water as they are taking in water. Wait till they have cleared the water and then try again if they are  happy to. Do not force them to continue.

  • Once your child is comfortable with this float you can advance the difficulty of the float by removing your support from their hips. They still hold onto you. Remember to count for 10 seconds aloud as you move to the other side of the pool.
  • The next stage difficulty of this float is to give the child  a young swimmer’s kick board. Make sure when they hold the kick board that they have their fingers on the top and thumbs on the bottom of the kick board. Repeat the same breath hold for 10 seconds with you counting for the 10 seconds. This time support your child’s elbows as they float across the pool with the kick board.
  • The final phase of this float is for the child to kick off from the side of the pool, while using the board, with their face down in the water. They float for the count of 10 seconds on their own.

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Skill 5 ~ Teach your child to float on their back in the water. You are aiming to have your child float unsupported in the water. The key to this skill is to have your child relaxed in the water while you support their shoulders. Your child may need lots of support in the water at first in order to feel relaxed enough to float. They will probably need lots of encouragement in order to get them to relax their body. As they repeat this exercise they will become more confident that they will float. When you notice that they are relaxed for 10 seconds you can move onto the next stage of the skill.

  • This stage is the two handed support. The hands should be on the child’s back and the child’s neck. Try to get your child to float for 10 seconds. A great way to get this float to work is to take your child’s mind off the task. Talk to your child about what they love to do or their favourite toy. This is a great way to make them relaxed. When they are comfortable doing this you know you are ready to move onto the next phase.
  • This is to slowly remove the support from the back whilst keeping the neck support there. Remember to count for 10 seconds.
  • The final phase is to remove all support from the child while they are floating. Keep chatting to them while they float and talk about things they love to do.

 

  • If your child seems very anxious about floating unsupported it may be beneficial to use a Zoodle children’s swimming float sometimes called a noodle or woggle childrens float. This fun float can be used for a few different swimming training moves. Place thezoodle behind the child’s neck and ask them to rest their arms on the top of the zoodle. Bring the two ends of the zoodle together in front of your child and cross them over. Ask your child to relax and float back. Encourage your child to float to another destination in the pool.

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Skill 6 ~ Teach your child the doggy paddle. This swimming technique is a very basic swimming stroke that allows your child to move around the pool unsupported. The first phase of this stage is to get your child to make short fast kicks with their feet. Move around the pool supporting your child and encourage them to keep their legs straight with relaxed feet as they kick.

  • Once they have this kick movement we need to concentrate on the hand paddle. This is different from the leg kick, as we need to encourage them to make long slow movements. Show your child a long slower paddle with your hands. Next hold their hands while standing in the water and both of you can repeat the paddle.
  • The next phase is to get your child to use all the skills together. When swimming the head must be down in the water and the body must be flat at the surface of the water. Once they are confident with this slowly move back in the water making the distance they swim every time just a little bit longer.

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Skill 7 ~ Teach your child important safety techniques by getting your child to do a back float or a star float and then roll over and doggy paddle back to the side of the pool. Revisit your back float skill and get your child to float on their back for the count of 10 seconds. When the ten seconds are up get your child to turn over and doggy paddle to a specified point in the water.

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Skill 8 ~ Teach your child to head for a safe point in the water which may mean the closest safety point other than you. It is good for you to stay at a point and get them to swim to a nominated safety point away from you. This encourages independence and gives them experience of finding a safe point away from you.

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Skill 9 ~ Teach your child to back kick whilst using a float. You will need a kick board for this exercise. The first phase of this float is to get your child to hold onto the kick board and float in the pool for 10 seconds. The board must be on their tummy. Their arms must be around the board with the hands lying flat on top of the kickboard or overlapped.

  • The next phase is to practise leg kicks. This can be done on the side of the pool or supported in the water. Encourage your child to kick with straight legs whilst making small kick movements. They have to learn to stabilise whilst kicking and starting small helps them to learn this skill. Tell your child to relax their feet and to make small fast kicks. Your child may need extra support during this phase, as this skill can be quite difficult to master. Give them back support and support at the neck until they have a straight body at the surface of the water. Then you are ready to move onto the next phase.
  • The final phase of this skill is to let your child do back kicks with a float unsupported. As your child grows in confidence gradually increase the distance.

 

Skill 10 ~ Encourage your child to jump into the water from the side of the pool. Start by getting them to jump into water where they can touch the bottom of the pool but make sure it isn’t too shallow either. You may need to hold their hands on the first few attempts. As their confidence grows they will eventually jump in by themselves. This helps your child to get used to a situation where they may fall in the water.

 

Great examples of these skills with video instruction can be found here http://www.uswim.com where they have fantastic videos and printable lesson plans.

zoggs swim hat and goggles age 0 - 6 years old

zoggs swim hat and goggles for age 0-6

zoggs swim hat and goggles for boys aged 0 - 6 years old

zoggs swim hat and goggles for boys aged 0 – 6 years old

zoggs zoodle children swimming float

zoggs zoodle children swimming float

zoggs mini kick board childrens swimming float learn to swim

zoggs mini kick board childrens swimming float

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Coconut oil and the benefits of its medium chain fatty acids

There are many coconut oil products for the skin and hair that support the natural chemical balance of the skin. So, why is coconut oil now seen as a new all round health food as well?

It’s all to do with the fatty acids in the coconut flesh. The majority of fatty acids that we consume via our food are long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids found in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids and coconut oil is one of the best sources for medium chain fatty acids.

Our bodies utilise each fatty acid in a different way depending on its size. Medium chain fatty acids have a very positive effect on the body. Some of the benefits of medium chain fatty acids include,

  • A negative effect on cholesterol.
  • Protection against heart disease.
  • Better absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • An improved digestion.
  • A lowering of body fat.

Medium chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil, are also used in the treatment of diarrhoea, Celiac disease, Liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease. See Daily Mail article on Coconut Oil benefits and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to these benefits, coconut oil is also a nutritional source of energy.

So take a fresh look at the humble coconut. It’s overflowing with potential health benefits.

certified organic virgin coconut oil

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BioCare Amino Plex (sulphur amino acid combination) 90 capsules .

BioCare Amino Plex sulpher amino acid combination

BioCare Amino Plex sulpher amino acid combination

BioCare Amino Plex sulpher amino acid combination

Amino Plex provides a blend of sulphur amino acids with lysine.

Lysine is a necessary building block for all protein in the body.  It also helps with calcium absorption and building muscle protein. It can also help the body recover from surgery or injuries.

Ingredient Description
L-Methionine, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Capsule Shell (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose), L-Cystine, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Anti-Caking Agents.

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How to squat safely for hard thigh muscles ~ strong glutes

1. Learn to squat safely before you lift the weight.

2. Try to work on flexibility before you attempt the move.

3. A bent bar is easier to hold in position, so if you have one in your gym use that one.

4. Place the bar on the squat rack when lifting, as it will be much safer.

5. Hold the bar properly with your shoulder blades pushed together.

6. Rest the bar on top of your tensed shoulder blades. Hold the bar with the whole of your hands not just the fingers.

7. Make sure your hands are the same distance apart from the centre of the bar.

8. Place your feet apart slightly wider than your hips. You may need to adjust later to a wider, more comfortable position.

squat weight training routine for men ~ strong glutes thighs

squat move 1

squat weight training routine for men ~ strong glutes thighs

squat move 2

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dumbbell lunge ~ womens weight training routine for firm strong thighs

1. This move can be done with or without dumbbells.

2. Begin the movement by keeping your feet slightly apart but facing forward.

3. The upper part of the body must stay upright and centred.

4. Begin with the right leg and step forward. Make sure you bend your right leg till you feel the pull in the thigh.

5. Do not push further forward than a 90º angle, as this will put unnecessary strain on the knee.

6. Stay in the position for a count of 2 and then return to the standing position.

7. Repeat with the other leg.

womens weight training routine ~ the lunge strong firm thighs

lunge move 1

womens weight training routine ~ the lunge for strong firm thighs

lunge move 2

 

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How to do an upright row. Strengthen your upper back.

1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart.

2. Grip the barbell firmly in both hands and stand with knees unlocked.

3. Keep the body straight when holding the barbell and preparing for the lift.

4. Keep your head facing forward and lift the barbell up to your chest area.

5. Hold the barbell to your chest for the count of two then using a slow and controlled movement bring the barbell back to position one and repeat.

upright row move 1 for workout for strong upper back muscle

upright row move 1

upright row move 2 workout for strong upper back muscles

upright row move 2

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