healthy http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3926/all en-US 10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_water_000038304448.jpg" alt="Woman using tricks to drink more water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we head into the summer months, hydration becomes a huge issue. In fact, up to 75% of Americans are <a href="http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/02/chronic-dehydration-more-common-than-you-think/">chronically dehydrated</a>, getting fewer than the recommended 8 to 10 cups per day. Are you one of them? If so, here are some simple ways to ensure you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">drink more H2O</a> on the regular.</p> <h2>1. Drink First Thing</h2> <p>One of the easiest ways to add more water into your day is to grab a glass when you wake up. Establish this habit as part of your everyday routine, and you'll find yourself guzzling more often. I like to start my day with plain water &mdash; no ice &mdash; and a generous squeeze of lemon. Warm water <a href="http://news.health.com/2015/02/24/why-you-should-start-your-day-with-lemon-water/">absorbs into your system</a> more readily and the lemon gives you a boost of antioxidants.</p> <h2>2. Carry a Bottle</h2> <p>Keeping your water close by is another sure way to get you drinking. Bottles come in all materials from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NCDE52/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001NCDE52&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K3FIPKIOH7MFUTWP">BPA-free plastic</a> to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W8DSLP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00W8DSLP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6MT2GCBNZNZSINB4">glass</a> to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X6ZC5VS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6ZC5VS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IQ5TCC2ECSDI4K6A">stainless steel</a> and beyond.</p> <h2>3. Use an App</h2> <p>Keeping a mental tally of how many glasses you down in a day can be hard. Use technology to help keep track! You can download <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterlogged-drink-more-water/id352199775?mt=8">Waterlogged</a> for free like over a million people across the globe have done. You'll see charts and have the option to upgrade for reminders. Either way, tracking takes less than a minute out of your day.</p> <h2>4. Sip Before Meals</h2> <p>Try drinking a couple glasses of water before you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You won't just stay hydrated, you might also shed some extra pounds. In a 2010 study published by <em>Obesity</em>, individuals who drank two glasses of water before their meals ate less throughout the day. They <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2009.235/full">lost more weight</a> over a 12-week period than the control group.</p> <h2>5. Eat It</h2> <p>If you really hate sipping on a glass of water, try eating foods that are drowning in the stuff. Many fruits and veggies boast over <a href="http://www.active.com/health/articles/stay-hydrated-with-high-water-content-foods">90% water content</a>. Snack on watermelon, tomatoes, broccoli, grapefruit, cucumber, and more. You'll be getting more whole foods in your diet to boot.</p> <h2>6. Try Flavoring</h2> <p>There are so many ways you can flavor water &mdash; from store-bought pouches to recipes you'll find online. One of my favorites? This <a href="http://www.sarahtitus.com/2014/09/24/sweet-watermelon-water/">sweet watermelon water</a>. Combine seedless watermelon with water in your blender. Sweeten with Stevia or your favorite substitute. Absolutely delicious.</p> <h2>7. Infuse It</h2> <p>You can also purchase an inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0023UL86A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0023UL86A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAJCY2Y5WRQUXQIG">water infusion pitcher</a> to keep in your fridge. Pop in different fruits and let the flavors mingle. I love using sliced cucumbers to replicate my favorite spa water at home. But anything from citrus to berries to stone fruits will do. You can even refill it a few times without having to replace the fruit (just make sure it's within a couple days).</p> <h2>8. Use Ice Cubes</h2> <p>Put lots of ice into your beverages throughout the day. After all, ice is just frozen water. Right? By cooling down your juice or soda, you'll also sneak several ounces down the hatch without even thinking about it. Who knows, eventually you might skip the other drinks and go straight for the pure stuff.</p> <h2>9. Get a Filter</h2> <p>Sometimes your tap water's taste can be less than appealing. And despite what you might think, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">bottled water</a> isn't always the answer. Try using water filters at your tap or filter pitchers in your refrigerator. They can take out many impurities and improve the taste of your tap water. Bottled water can cost up to a whopping <a href="https://www.banthebottle.net/articles/7-bottled-water-myths-busted/">10,000 times more per gallon</a> anyway, so save your pennies.</p> <h2>10. Banish Sugary Beverages</h2> <p>I have a policy at home where I only drink water (or wine). I've decided that I'll save all other drinks for dining out or special occasions. This is a wonderful method to try if you're hooked on soda or other high caloric beverages. You'll drink more healthy water and also trim your waistline with all those calories you'll save.</p> <p><em>How do you get more water in your day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hungry-have-a-drink">Hungry? 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It&#039;s close.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-help-you-fight-fat">5 Foods That Help You Fight Fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-foods-that-will-keep-you-satisfied-for-longer">9 Foods That Will Keep You Satisfied for Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty h2o healthy water weight loss Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1429780 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/banana_yogurt_000050898278.jpg" alt="All the great ways to eat bananas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bananas are one of the least expensive produce items on my grocery list at less than a dollar a pound. They're also an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, and folate. But who cares about nutrition when they taste so great? You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-network-with-a-banana">use bananas</a> in a variety of recipes &mdash; from healthy to downright sinful &mdash; so check out this list for ideas from frozen to grilled.</p> <h2>1. Banana Ice Cream</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of banana ice cream recipes online, but this <a href="http://www.kleinworthco.com/2014/08/peanut-butter-jelly-ice-cream.html/2">peanut butter and jelly</a> mix is the most creative. Oh, and did I mention it contains only three ingredients? Frozen bananas, peanut butter, and jelly. Blend the peanut butter and bananas together first, then fold in your jelly. Enjoy immediately.</p> <h2>2. Banana Bread</h2> <p>Whenever you find yourself with a bunch of browning bananas, make <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/banana-bread.html">banana bread</a>. When the fruit is very ripe, it's especially tender and sweet. This recipe calls for 1-⅔ cups all purpose flour, but consider subbing in some whole wheat (maybe around a half cup) for more nutrition.</p> <h2>3. Banana Cream Pie</h2> <p>I first came across this rich <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/331723/banana-cream-pie">banana cream pie</a> recipe in Martha Stewart's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307236722/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307236722&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AC4JJBOGQD6SUZXY">Baking Handbook</a>. Novice pie bakers might like to know that pate brisee, which is listed in the recipe, is a type of shortcrust pastry. You can skip this step and use a store-bought pie crust if you like.</p> <h2>4. Banana Brownies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.bakeaholic.ca/brownies/banana-brownies-with-chocolate-avocado-ganache/">banana brownies</a> will satisfy your sweet tooth in a major way. And they're gluten-free to boot. After you bake the moist brownie base with the best dark chocolate you can find, you'll whip up a chocolate ganache made with avocados.</p> <h2>5. Banana Pudding</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/best-vanilla-wafer-banana-pudding-recipe">vanilla wafer banana pudding</a> recipe claims the dessert will make you famous. Combine one vanilla pudding packet with milk and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in Cool Whip and four bananas. Then top with lots of vanilla wafers.</p> <h2>6. Banana French Toast</h2> <p>When I was eating vegan many years ago, I used to make <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/5-ingredient-vegan-banana-french-toast/">banana French toast</a> all the time. Even non-vegetarians can appreciate this healthed-up brunch recipe. The banana &quot;egg&quot; mixture is surprisingly convincing and contains banana, almond milk, flax meal, and cinnamon. Dip, soak, cook, and enjoy with lots of maple syrup.</p> <h2>7. Banana Cake</h2> <p>Give your guests a blast from the past with Ina Garten's <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/old-fashioned-banana-cake-recipe.html">old-fashioned banana cake</a>. There are a few ingredients in this recipe that take it over the top, including sour cream and orange zest. To finish, blend together a delicious cream cheese frosting. You can substitute Neufchatel cheese to cut down on fat.</p> <h2>8. Banana Boats</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/08/banana-boats.html">banana boats</a> are a unique dessert perfect for grilling and camping season. In the peel, slice your bananas lengthwise. Stuff with chocolate and peanut butter chips. Top with marshmallows. Cook on your grill until bananas have softened and peel has blackened, around 10-15 minutes.</p> <h2>9. Banana Oats</h2> <p>Here's a solid <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/brown-sugar---banana-oatmeal">banana oatmeal</a> recipe you'll want for breakfast each morning. Just cook oats on the stove before adding sliced bananas, honey (or maple syrup), brown sugar, and milk. Or feel free to leave out the brown sugar for a more balanced breakfast.</p> <h2>10. Banana Smoothie</h2> <p>Low on other types of fruit? Make this simple <a href="http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Banana-Smoothie-recipe.aspx">banana smoothie</a> that's nothing more than bananas blended with ice and milk. You can also substitute yogurt for the milk. I'd use Greek yogurt for added protein power.</p> <h2>11. Banana Naan</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/07/banana-naan.html">banana naan</a> is perfect for dipping into hummus, soups, sauces, and more. You'll need just one half of a mashed banana. Mix it together with yeast, water, flour, and salt. After a half hour rise, cook on your stovetop to achieve a golden brown finish.</p> <h2>12. Banana Granola</h2> <p>Here's a snack that's low in calories and fat &mdash; <a href="http://fairpinelanefoods.com/2012/05/22/honey-banana-granola/">honey banana granola</a>. You'll blend the honey and banana together and then coat the oats in the mixture to bake. I recommend lining your baking pan with parchment for this recipe to avoid a sticky mess. The granola should stay fresh for around a month.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to enjoy a banana?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">When Good Food Goes Bad Part VI: Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sandwiches-hearty-enough-for-dinner">10 Sandwiches Hearty Enough For Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bananas fruit healthy recipes Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1416669 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_granola_000044881128.jpg" alt="Woman eating easy and delicious bowl of granola" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hey, granola lovers! If you're not already making your own toasted oat and nut cereal, then shame on you. Not only is it much cheaper, but it's incredibly easy. For those of you who aren't believers, granola makes a healthy and hearty breakfast or snack, and the options are endless. Hopefully the sheer variety offered up in this article will entice you, granola fan or otherwise, to get baking.</p> <h2>1. Hazelnut Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/hazelnut-granola">high-protein granola</a> with hazelnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds that makes for a healthy but filling breakfast. Try it with whole, plain Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>2. Almond Joy Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/almond-joy-granola/">decadent granola</a> chock full of coconut, almonds, and dark chocolate (of course). The recipe adds some extra flavor and crunch with almond butter and coconut oil.</p> <h2>3. Cranberry Orange Granola</h2> <p>This <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2015/cranberry-orange-granola-recipe/">fragrant granola recipe</a> has lots of flavor with orange zest, pecans, a little cinnamon, and cranberries. It's a flavor combination that's great for the fall.</p> <h2>4. Olive Oil Granola With Dried Apricots and Pistachios</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/brown-butter-maple-granola">apricot and pistachio granola</a> gets a sophisticated flavor with a touch of bitter from the olive oil, which makes it healthier and adds good texture.</p> <h2>5. Vanilla Almond Granola</h2> <p>This <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/17/vanilla-almond-granola/">vanilla almond granola</a> is a classic flavor combo that's similar to the store-bought varieties your family knows and loves, and goes great with yogurt or milk.</p> <h2>6. Crunchy Buckwheat Granola</h2> <p>Try this for <a href="http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/crunchy-buckwheat-granola">extra crunchy granola</a> thanks to the buckwheat and sunflower seeds, which also add nutrition while keeping it gluten-free.</p> <h2>7. Pumpkin Pecan Granola</h2> <p>Pumpkin puree, spices, and maple syrup give this <a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2014/09/25/homemade-pumpkin-pecan-granola/">autumn granola</a> a festive flavor. The pumpkin puree replaces some of the fat, too.</p> <h2>8. Cinnamon Walnut Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/cinnamon-walnut-granola-201000">cinnamon-flavored granola</a> with healthy flaxseed and walnuts. When serving, add fresh cut-up apple or banana.</p> <h2>9. Candied Ginger, Coconut, and Quinoa Granola</h2> <p>Healthy quinoa adds crunch while creating a <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/candied-ginger-coconut-and-quinoa-granola">gluten-free granola</a>. Candied ginger gives it a sweet but spicy kick for something different.</p> <h2>10. Big Cluster Peanut Butter Granola</h2> <p>A wetter than normal mix that produces crunchy, clustery results. This <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/big-cluster-peanut-butter-granola">nutty granola recipe</a> uses peanut butter and roasted peanuts for big flavor.</p> <h2>11. Apple Cinnamon Granola</h2> <p>A simple, nut-free <a href="http://mywholefoodlife.com/2012/10/30/apple-cinnamon-granola/">spiced granola</a> that uses applesauce instead of oil. Add dried apples once cooled for more apple flavor, and serve with yogurt.</p> <h2>12. Healthy Grain-Free Granola</h2> <p>If you love granola but aren't eating grains, try this <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9315/coconut-granola/">grain-free recipe</a>. It's everything you could ever want, minus the oats.</p> <h2>13. Lemon Blueberry Granola</h2> <p>A unique, <a href="http://keepinitkind.com/lemon-blueberry-granola/">cereal-like granola</a> that incorporates corn flakes and puffed millet, making it great with milk. Dried blueberries and fresh lemon add fruity flavor.</p> <h2>14. Julie's Fancy Sprouted Granola</h2> <p>A healthy, <a href="http://blog.honest.com/fancy-oven-baked-sprouted-granola-recipe/#">sprouted granola recipe</a> that uses soaked millet, buckwheat, and chia seeds. it also calls for the healthier option of using coconut sugar and honey as sweeteners.</p> <h2>15. Oatmeal Cookie Granola</h2> <p>In the mood for a cookie but determined to eat healthier? Try <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2014/09/oatmeal-cookie-granola/">oatmeal cookie granola</a>, with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Try adding raisins once cool.</p> <h2>16. Banana Hemp Granola</h2> <p>For something different, make this <a href="http://www.happyolks.com/banana-hemp-granola/">chunky hemp granola</a> that's great with milk. Ripe bananas add sweetness and replace the oil, while also giving it nice banana flavor.</p> <h2>17. Cherry Coconut Granola</h2> <p>Dried tart cherries add a fruity flavor to this <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/dried-cherry-coconut-granola.aspx">coconut granola</a>. With pistachios and a pinch of cardamom, it's a simple but sophisticated breakfast or snack.</p> <h2>18. Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/12/04/triple-chocolate-crunch-granola/">sweet granola</a> that can easily step in as dessert. With cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and dark chocolate-covered raisins, it's full of chocolatey flavor and tastes great plain.</p> <h2>19. Chai-Spiced Granola</h2> <p>This simple <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chai-spiced-granola-recipe/">chai granola</a> uses a medley of spices to recreate your favorite drink in cereal form. Eat it with yogurt and a chai latte!</p> <h2>20. Everything Granola</h2> <p>For the indecisive, just put <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/11/homemade-granola.html">everything in your granola</a> with tasty results. This recipe calls for almonds, pecans, walnuts, seeds, coconut, and more.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite granola recipe? Please share a handful in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast cereals granolas healthy recipes snacks Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1380924 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Get Healthy and Save Money at the Same Time http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-healthy-and-save-money-at-the-same-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-get-healthy-and-save-money-at-the-same-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-walking-bike-commute-Dollarphotoclub_73420938.jpg" alt="man biking commute" title="man biking commute" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to get healthier and save money at the same time, celebrating New Year's without spending a dime, and awesome side business ideas for 2015.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/get-healthier-save-money/">9 Ways to Get Healthier and Save Money at the Same Time</a> &mdash; If your errands are within a mile of you, walk instead of drive. You'll save on gas and wear-and-tear on your car, plus you'll get some great exercise! [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/12/29/6-free-ways-celebrate-new-year.html">6 Free Ways to Celebrate the New Year</a> &mdash; Have a goal-writing session with a few of your best friends. You can bounce ideas off one another and keep each other accountable throughout the year. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.sidehustlehq.com/21-phenomenal-side-business-ideas-for-2015/">21 Phenomenal Side Business Ideas for 2015</a> &mdash; Do you have a little bit of land and a green thumb? With a little planning, you can launch an organic farm. [Side Hustle HQ]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/new-years-eve-party">Your Step-by-Step Guide to Throwing a Rockin' New Year's Eve Party on the Cheap</a> &mdash; New Year's Eve is all about the countdown to midnight. Set the party time to 8 or 9 p.m. so your guests can have dinner at home and come over for champagne punch and dessert. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-50-23634851">7 Ways to Make $50 in a Day</a> &mdash; Check out sites like TaskRabbit and get paid to help people pick up furniture, plan their vacations, and other tasks they don't want to do. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.terrystarbucker.com/2014/12/28/7-ways-to-great-leadership-in-new-year-without-uttering-single-word/">7 Ways to Great Leadership in the New Year &mdash; Without Uttering a Single Word</a> &mdash; Be more aware of your body language. The right posture will project authority and control. [Terry St. Marie]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/12/24/5-basic-money-principles-you-need-to-know/">5 Basic Money Principles You Need to Know</a> &mdash; Don't draw your self-worth from the size of your bank account. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.finance.info/3-reasons-to-use-linkedin-even-if-you-have-a-job/">3 Reasons to Use LinkedIn Even If You Have a Job</a> &mdash; People share tips, advice, and breaking news on LinkedIn, so it's a great way to stay current in your industry. [Personal Finance Advice]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-tips-to-help-your-kids-survive-a-holiday-hangover">6 Tips to Help Your Kids Survive a Holiday Hangover</a> &mdash; The fun doesn't end with the holidays! Schedule January adventures so your kids will have something to look forward to. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theessentialyoublog.com/projecting-your-flaws/">3 Ways to Tell If You're Projecting Your Flaws on Others</a> &mdash; Do you find that you're the only person who's strongly bothered by another person's &quot;flaws&quot;? If so, there might be some projection going on. [Essential You]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-healthy-and-save-money-at-the-same-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">20 Great, Free Gift Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-where-its-cheap">Live Where It&#039;s Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-recycling-is-my-lowest-priority">Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-attend-a-wedding-for-cheap-without-actually-looking-cheap">How to Attend a Wedding for Cheap (Without Actually Looking Cheap)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips healthy Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1275172 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eating Healthy on a Slim Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eating-healthy-on-a-slim-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eating-healthy-on-a-slim-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-5081329-small.jpg" alt="breakfast" title="breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on eating healthy on a slim budget, tips for finding low airfare, and home upgrades to raise your property value.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/05/06/eating-healthy-on-a-slim-budget/">Eating healthy on a slim budget</a> &mdash; If you want to eat healthy on a small budget, remember it's OK to buy healthy meat and shop sales. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Find-Cheap-Airfare-34644991">12 Tips for Finding Low Airfare</a> &mdash; Use Twitter and airfare alerts by email to find low airfares. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/real-estate/5-easy-home-upgrades-to-raise-your-property-value.html">5 Easy Home Upgrades To Raise Your Property Value</a> &mdash; Getting rid of your popcorn ceiling can raise your property value. [Cash the Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/05/cost-of-average-wedding-almost-30000.html">Cost of Average Wedding Almost $30,000</a> &mdash;- The average food and venue costs for a wedding is over $13,000. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/saving-money-at-the-movies-15-ways-to-get-discounts-on-movie-tickets/">Saving Money at the Movies - 15 Ways to Get Discounts on Movie Tickets</a> &mdash; Buying in bulk or going to the drive in can help you save on movie tickets. [More with Less Today]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.budgetblonde.com/2014/05/07/big-income-increase/">What to Do with a Big Income Increase</a> &mdash; If you get an increase in income, before you do anything with it calculate your expenses with no lifestyle upgrades. [Budget Blonde]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id660-18-astounding-things-you-didnt-know-about-money.html">18 Astounding Facts You Didn't Know About Money</a> &mdash; Did you know the first and oldest form of money used by men was cattle? [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/05/8-unique-summer-jobs-for-teens/">8 Unique (and Fun) Summer Jobs for Teens</a> &mdash; Teens can consider being a Craigslist lister as a fun and unique summer job. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/simple-ways-for-dads-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Simple Ways for Dads to Celebrate Mother's Day</a> &mdash; Dads can celebrate Mother's Day by doing something out of the ordinary. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/05/07/wills-that-leave-values-not-valuables/">Wills that leave values, not valuables</a> &mdash; Have you ever heard of a legacy letter? [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eating-healthy-on-a-slim-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending">6 Savvy Strategies to Ward Away College Hunger and Avoid Overspending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips eating Food healthy Fri, 09 May 2014 08:48:44 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1138536 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fun Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breakfast-5333003-small.jpg" alt="breakfast" title="breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on breakfast ideas for busy mornings, money-saving beauty tips, and slashing your cell phone bill.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/17-fast-healthy-and-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings">17 Fast, Healthy, and Fun Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings</a> &mdash; If your mornings are busy, consider making French toast kabobs or healthy breakfast cookies for a fast, healthy, and fun breakfast! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/money-saving-beauty-tips/">21 Money Saving Beauty Tips</a> &mdash; Drinking more water during the day and using vegetables can help you save on beauty expenses. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Reduce-My-Cell-Phone-Bill-24228468">8 Ways to Slash Your Expensive Cell Phone Bill</a> &mdash; To slash your cell phone bill, use texting apps and opt for cheaper phones. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/02/12-ways-to-prepare-for-a-zombie-apocalypse-or-any-emergency/">12 Ways to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse (or any emergency)</a> &mdash; Be prepared for any emergency by taking before photos for your insurance and paying your bills now. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneybluebook.com/essential-steps-escaping-debt.html/">5 essential steps to escaping your debt</a> &mdash; When trying to escape your debt, start by tracking your spending. [Money Blue Book]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-live-below-your-means-and-live-well-tips-to-save-on-food/">How To Live Below Your Means And Live Well: Tips To Save On Food</a> &mdash; Growing or picking your own food can help you live well while living below your means. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/choose-right-career-coach/">How to Choose the Right Career Coach</a> &mdash; When choosing your career coach, interview your potential coaches before you hire one. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehmk45mhme/1-nissan-gt-r-track-edition/?ss=personalfinance">10 Cars With The Highest Insurance Rates</a> &mdash; If you are thinking about buying a car, watch out for the high insurance rates of the BMW M6 Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/how-to-make-an-extra-500-a-month.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GradMoneyMatters+%28Grad+Money+Matters%29">How to Make an Extra $500 A Month</a> &mdash; Teaching another language can help you make extra money each month. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://thirtysixmonths.com/tips-for-choosing-the-right-running-shoes/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=tips-for-choosing-the-right-running-shoes">Tips for Choosing the Right Running Shoes</a> &mdash; It is important to not forget about ankle support and considering where you run when selecting running shoes. [Thirty Six Months]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-breakfast-ideas-for-busy-mornings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-1-into-100-in-about-2-minutes">Turn $1 into $100 in about 2 minutes.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-tool-youll-ever-need-to-buy">The Only Tool You&#039;ll Ever Need To Buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips breakfast busy fun healthy mornings Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1127978 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy During the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-during-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-during-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday-459280929.jpg" alt="holiday meal" title="holiday meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on eating healthy during the holidays, DIY gifts you can make in 15 minutes, and reducing healthcare costs in the New Year.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/eat-healthy-during-holidays">How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays</a> &mdash; Don't stand next to the snack table! [Real Simple]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/15-Minute-DIYs-33077503">10 DIY Gifts You Can Make in 15 Minutes (or Less!)</a> &mdash; Need a DIY holiday gift? Make coffee pods or soothing milk bath. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/reduce-healthcare-costs/">How to Reduce Healthcare Costs in the New Year</a> &mdash; To reduce your healthcare costs next year, take advantage of flexible savings accounts. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-tips-for-setting-limits-of-grandparents-giving-at-the-holidays">6 Tips for Setting Limits of Grandparents Giving at the Holidays</a> &mdash; When trying to limit grandparent giving during the holidays, send them gift ideas to keep them from giving too much. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/christmas-gift-ideas-for-children/">15 Fantastic Financial Christmas Gift Ideas for Children</a> &mdash; Consider getting the children in your life a piggy bank or a college savings account for Christmas. [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/11/11dec26f.cfm?slider">Setting Monetary Goals</a> &mdash; When setting monetary goals for yourself, make them flexible and tell someone about them so you are held accountable. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/financial-backup-plan/">Having a Financial Backup Plan</a> &mdash; It is important to have a financial backup plan in case you get sick or lose your job. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/last-minute-christmas-ideas-dont-suck/">4 Last Minute Christmas Ideas That Don't Suck</a> &mdash; In need of a last minute Christmas gift? Consider creating your own gift basket! [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/more-confident-investor-educate-yourself/">Want to Be a More Confident Investor? Educate Yourself</a> &mdash; To be a more confident investor, learn how to invest with dollar cost averaging. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/12/tipping-is-out-of-control.html">Tipping is Out of Control</a> &mdash; Did you know people are now tipping flight attendants? [Free Money Finance]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-during-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-reality-coming-down-after-the-holidays">Back to Reality: Coming Down after the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-spend-less-on-your-significant-other-and-not-get-killed">9 Ways to Spend Less on Your Significant Other (And Not Get Killed!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/power9-9-habits-of-the-worlds-healthiest-people">Power9: 9 Habits of the World&#039;s Healthiest People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wrap-gifts-with-leftovers">How to wrap gifts with leftovers.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips best money tips eating healthy Holidays Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:02:02 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1102158 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Healthy Habits That Will Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-habits-that-will-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-healthy-habits-that-will-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-4955160-small.jpg" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on habits that will save you money, home improvement projects that will pay off big, and how much you should save each month.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/saving/T063-C000-S001-healthy-habits-that-will-save-you-money.html">Six Healthy Habits That Will Save You Money</a> &mdash; Eating your veggies and saying no to tobacco will save you money and keep you healthy. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/08/29/8-home-improvement-projects-that-pay-off-big/">8 Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off Big</a> &mdash; Upgrading your kitchen and adding a patio or deck can really pay off big when you are trying to improve your home. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/how-much-save-month-prioritize/">How Much Should I Save Each Month? - Prioritizing Your Savings</a> &mdash; It is advisable to first save for emergencies, then save for retirement. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/six-lessons-learned-first-money-making-venture/">Six Lessons Learned from my First Money-making Venture</a> &mdash; Promoting your business and avoiding getting distracted are important when starting your own business. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/how-much-will-obamacare-cost-you.html">How Much Will Obamacare Cost You?</a> &mdash; How much you pay for Obamacare will depend on where you live, your age, if you use tobacco, and who else you put on your plan. [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-steps-to-creating-a-positive-worklife-balance">10 Steps to Creating a Positive Work-Life Balance</a> &mdash; To create a positive work-life balance, use your vacation time wisely. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Do-Stain-Sticks-Work-31160763">Do You Really Need to Pretreat Stains?</a> &mdash; For general stains, you don't always need to pretreat the stain to get it out. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post--why-im-keeping-a-landline?ref=bfv">Why I'm keeping a landline</a> &mdash; Keeping a landline may be a good idea because you will always know where your phone is. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/young-single-buying-a-home/">Young, Single, and Buying a Home? What You Need to Know</a> &mdash; If you are young, single, and buying a home, remember to consider the contingencies. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/08/why-i-invest-with-index-funds.html">Why I Invest with Index Funds</a> &mdash; Index funds take a minimum amount of time and effort to manage. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-habits-that-will-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-on-a-lot-less-money-3-ways-its-easier-than-you-think">Getting by on a lot less money: 3 ways it&#039;s easier than you think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/not-the-sort-of-person-who">Not the sort of person who ...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-financial-excuses-that-are-keeping-you-poor">The 7 Worst Financial Excuses That Are Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-tip-do-not-spend-when-you-are-sad">Frugal Tip: Do Not Spend When You Are Sad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-keeping-you-from-a-life-of-financial-independence">What is keeping you from a life of financial independence?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips habits healthy saving Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 981650 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Healthy Eating on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-eating-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-healthy-eating-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-4249078-small.jpg" alt="eating" title="eating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on eating healthy on a budget, creating a work-friendly wardrobe, and getting closer to your dreams.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/10-tips-for-healthy-eating-on-a-budget/">10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget</a> &mdash; If you want to eat healthy on a budget, eat more grains and beans. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-create-a-work-friendly-wardrobe-on-a-budget-825337978">How Can I Create a Work-Friendly Wardrobe on a Budget?</a> &mdash; To create a work-friendly wardrobe without breaking the bank, invest in quality pieces you will wear regularly. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/07/19-steps-to-get-closer-to-your-dreams/">19 Steps to Get Closer to Your Dreams</a> &mdash; Being the early bird and learning a new skill can help you get closer to your dreams. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/blog/is-it-worth-keeping-your-old-car/">Is It Worth Keeping Your Old Car?</a> &mdash; When deciding whether or not to keep your old car, take into consideration car payments and insurance expenses.[FatWallet.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/invest-in-yourself/">5 Life-Changing Ways to Invest in Yourself and See Big Returns</a> &mdash; Invest in yourself by saving some cash and getting a business coach. [Careful Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/the-hidden-costs-of-job-hunting/">The Hidden Costs of Job Hunting</a> &mdash; When you are looking for a job, be prepared for transportation and wardrobe expenses. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/07/are-fees-and-charges-draining-your-bank.html">Are Fees And Charges Draining Your Bank Account? Use These Tips To Save Money at the Bank.</a> &mdash; Monitoring your accounts and declining unwanted extras can help you save money at the bank. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Surprising-Things-Cause-Stress-31010213">7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Were Stressing You Out</a> &mdash; Did you know that booze and venting can make you feel stressed out? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/07/19/5-ways-to-get-everything-you-truly-need/">5 Ways to Get Everything You Truly Need</a> &mdash; Dedicating your time to meaningful work will help you get everything you truly need. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/node/2335">6 Tips to Turn Toddler's &quot;I Can't&quot; Into &quot;I Can&quot;</a> &mdash; If you want to turn your toddler's &quot;I can't&quot; into &quot;I cans,&quot; keep things simple and keep them focused. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-healthy-eating-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-a-7-step-food-budget">Save Money and Eat Better With a 7-Step Food Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-foods-that-will-keep-you-satisfied-for-longer">9 Foods That Will Keep You Satisfied for Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips budget eating healthy Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980833 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Eat Healthy and Inexpensively http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-and-inexpensively <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-and-inexpensively" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4095523235_d5f2505522_z.jpg" alt="How to Eat Healthy &amp; Inexpensively" title="How to Eat Healthy &amp; Inexpensively" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on eating healthy and inexpensively, ways for teens to make money, and ideas for cheap holiday fun!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/how-to-eat-healthy/">How to Eat Healthy &amp; Inexpensively</a> &mdash; To eat healthy and inexpensively, shop late at night. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/11/20/more-ways-for-teens-to-make-money/">More Ways for Teens to Make Money</a> &mdash; If your teen is looking to make money, he or she should consider running a laundry service. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com/cheap-holiday-fun/">28 Ideas For Cheap Holiday Fun</a> &mdash; Have some cheap holiday fun by going on a treasure hunt in your attic or basement. [Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/11/19/how-badly-would-a-disaster-affect-you/">How badly would a disaster affect you?</a> &mdash; One of the first things you should consider when thinking about how badly a disaster would affect you is the location of your home. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/tips-for-first-time-home-buyers/">Tips for First Time Home Buyers</a> &mdash; Are you a first time home buyer? If so, be prepared to compromise. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/40-frugal-freezer-meals/">40 Frugal Freezer Meals</a> &mdash; To avoid having to go to the drive thru for dinner, have pizza kits and hearty soups ready to go in your freezer. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Fathers-Day-Gifts-17860222">17 Affordable Presents For Dad</a> &mdash; If you need a present for your dad this holiday season, consider getting him a touch-up hair groomer. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjh45gdjg/how-to-start-a-conversation-about-estate-planning/">How To Start A Conversation About Estate Planning</a> &mdash; Make sure to choose the right moment before starting a conversation about estate planning. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/11/the-key-numbers-that-make-or-break-your-retirement-security.html">The Key Numbers That Make Or Break Your Retirement Security</a> &mdash; Your percentage of income saved versus income spent can make or break your retirement security. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://beingfrugal.net/4-things-to-watch-out-for-when-you-go-shopping/">4 Things to Watch Out For When You Go Shopping</a> &mdash; When you go shopping, be sure to watch out for gift card fees. [BeingFrugal.net]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-healthy-and-inexpensively">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-savvy-strategies-to-ward-away-college-hunger-and-avoid-overspending">6 Savvy Strategies to Ward Away College Hunger and Avoid Overspending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips eating Food healthy inexpensive Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 957657 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4560723165_9fb12caaa8_z.jpg" alt="blowing bubbles" title="blowing bubbles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking time for yourself may seem impossible if you're the type of person who packs your daily schedule, or if you tend to overcommit your time. Even taking a five-minute break seems unrealistic to parents and those of us with busy lifestyles. But there may be ways to take a time out for yourself that you haven't thought of, or it may just take a little more dedication to self-care to get those extra few moments to yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-reward-yourself-right-now">21 Frugal Ways to&nbsp;Reward Yourself Right Now</a>)</p> <p>Whether you're at the office or at home, making sure you get some alone time is an important part of emotional well-being and maintaining balance in your life. Here are some suggestions for ways to ensure that you get at least five minutes focusing on yourself. While some of these are purely for fun, others are more practical ways to snag some time to yourself <em>and</em> accomplish those little tasks you've been putting off.</p> <h3>1. Take Fresh-Air Breaks at Work</h3> <p>Take a five minute break from your computer and walk around the building, or just go outside to get some fresh air. If you work at a computer all day, it is important to take regular breaks from the screen. Screen breaks not only help save your eyesight and prevent headaches, but they can also promote productivity. For more reasons to take five and go for a walk, check out Paul's article on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">benefits of walking. </a></p> <h3>2. Make Yourself a Cup of Tea</h3> <p>Whether you're an herbal tea drinker or a green tea fan, taking time to slow brew a cup of tea is a great way to get an extra five minutes of quiet solitude. Five minutes is a good average seeping time for most types of tea. In the winter, take the prevention route by brewing echinacea or ginger tea.</p> <h3>3. Five-Minute Meditation</h3> <p>Normally I'm one of those people who cannot clear my head when I meditate, but recently a friend and meditation guru introduced me to a method that really worked for me. Pick a phrase or mantra that is meaningful to you. Set a timer, close your eyes, and repeat the words silently in your head for five minutes. If you can't think of a phrase, try repeating something that you are thankful for.</p> <h3>4. Write a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Speaking of being thankful, writing a thank you note to someone is a great way to show your gratitude and sharpen your letter-writing skills at the same time, and it doesn't have to be something specific. It's a small gesture, but a simple thank you goes a long way.</p> <h3>5. Start Your Bucket List</h3> <p>Five minutes may not be enough time to write down all the things you'd like to do in your life, but you can at least get your bucket list started. Set a timer and just start writing. Don't worry about making your list extravagant. Taking five to dream about the places you'd like to travel or goals you want to set for yourself can also be a good way to look back on everything you've accomplished.</p> <h3>6. Make a Flower Arrangement</h3> <p>Even if you don't consider yourself a creative person, you'd be surprised at how relaxing it is to make a simple flower arrangement or centerpiece for your dining room or kitchen table. You don't even need flowers for a centerpiece. Pine cones, fruit, or any materials you find around the house or in your yard can also work.</p> <h3>7. Read a Short Article About Something You Are Interested In</h3> <p>Reading has lost much of its allure now that there's a wealth of television and film that can be watched instantly online. Taking five minutes to read an article or blog post about one of your interests is one way to sharpen reading skills and engage with the world around you while taking a few moments of solitude.</p> <h3>8. Five-Minute Stretches</h3> <p>There are plenty of stretches you can do to help maintain flexibility and prevent sore muscles, even if you only take five minutes to stand up and stretch at the office. Check out Meg's article, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-exercises-to-do-at-work-that-dont-make-you-look-silly">10 Exercises to Do at Work That Don't Make You Look Silly</a>, for more ideas on ways to get exercise during short breaks at work.</p> <h3>9. Call a Time Out for Yourself</h3> <p>This is a great one for parents. Instead of calling a time out for the kids, call an official time out for yourself. Take a few moments and let someone else watch the kids while you go to your room to meditate, stretch, or just sit in silence. No matter where you take your time out, try to find somewhere quiet.</p> <h3>10. Quick Foot Soak</h3> <p>Give your feet a rest with a five-minute foot soak in the tub or a water basin. Soaking in bath salts is an excellent way to take some time to yourself, relax, and ease tired feet. You don't need to buy expensive salts. A cup of Epsom salt will work fine, or for added relaxation and aromatherapy, you can sprinkle in dried herbs such as lavender or chamomile.</p> <h3>11. Walk the Dog</h3> <p>Taking the dog for a quick walk by yourself is another way to get away from the family or coworkers for five minutes. If you work in a dog-friendly office, let your coworkers take turns with walking your dog; it's a great way to give your dog some extra exercise and promote a healthy work environment.</p> <h3>12. Breathing Exercises</h3> <p>Like stretching, doing a few simple breathing exercises or taking a few long, deep breaths can help ease tension and give you some down time. For more ideas, read Sasha's breathing tip in her article, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-solid-yoga-tricks-to-help-you-relax">Super Solid Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax</a>.</p> <h3>13. Start a Budget</h3> <p>While this may not be the most relaxing way to spend five minutes for yourself, it is a practical way to get some alone time and initiate a more financially responsible lifestyle. If you aren't sure how to get started, look at David's post, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-improving-or-starting-a-budget">8 Tips for Improving or Starting a Budget</a>.</p> <h3>14. Plan a Vacation or Weekend Getaway</h3> <p>You may not be able to plan all the details of your next vacation or weekend getaway in five minutes, but you can definitely get started. Like the bucket list, just start writing down your ideas.</p> <h3>15. Call an Old Friend</h3> <p>With social media and all the communication technology available today, some people rarely make a phone call to catch up with an old friend. Of course, it may turn into more than five minutes, but it's a way to connect with an old friend with more than just posting something on a Facebook wall.</p> <h3>16. Do Some Online Bargain Shopping</h3> <p>If you're a regular Wise Bread reader, you are probably a frugal shopper. Take five minutes to compare prices and find great deals on an item on your shopping list.</p> <h3>17. Start a Blog</h3> <p>Ever wanted to start a blog but didn't think you had the time?&nbsp;Now's your chance. It takes about five minutes to set up a basic account for a blog. I find that WordPress is one of the more user-friendly blog sites, and you can always go back and change your design or add photos and a bio. Why not get started now?</p> <h3>18. Take a Quick Bike Ride</h3> <p>Like walking, riding a bike is a great way to get exercise and time for yourself. Cycling is also ideal for people who have knee or lower back problems.</p> <h3>19. Build a Fire</h3> <p>This one may not be for everyone, but I love building fires whenever I visit friends who own a wood-burning stove or fireplace. Getting up early to start the first fire gives you some time to yourself before everyone else wakes up, and it's also practical. If you don't own a fireplace, you can always get up early to start that first pot of coffee.</p> <h3>20. Eat a Piece of Chocolate</h3> <p>This one is purely for indulgence. I don't know if all the claims about the benefits of dark chocolate are true, but antioxidants or not, I can't think of anyone who doesn't love sitting down and enjoying a piece of chocolate.</p> <h3>21. Drink a Glass of Water</h3> <p>Hydration is important whether you are at work, home, or school. Most people don't realize that they aren't drinking enough water. The standard goal is to aim for 64 ounces of water a day. Take five minutes to make sure you get in another eight ounces today.</p> <h3>22. Make Breakfast for Yourself</h3> <p>I'm a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make something you've never tried before or that you normally wouldn't eat because you don't have time. You can make eggs and toast in about five minutes.</p> <h3>23. Blow Bubbles</h3> <p>On a recent vacation, I happened to notice a bubble machine in a second-story window of a busy square. Watching the bubbles float down to the ground was so peaceful that I decided to buy some the next time I see them at a store. Indulge the kid inside and get a bottle for yourself.</p> <h3>24. Paint Your Toenails</h3> <p>Normally, I don't take the time to paint my toenails, but I find that it can be as relaxing and meditative as painting a picture or room. It's also less time-consuming and a little cheaper. If you just aren't into that kind of thing, get a watercolor kit or stain a piece of furniture.</p> <h3>25. Take a Five-Minute Nap</h3> <p>There's a lot to be said for the power nap. I find that when I'm exhausted, even a five-minute nap can be refreshing and provide an excellent opportunity to get some alone time.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind">8 Simple Ways to Clear Your Mind</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today">25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-benefits-of-being-a-morning-person">9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-your-life-back-into-balance">7 Ways to Get Your Life Back Into Balance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity free time healthy quiet relaxation Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:36:34 +0000 Ashley Watson 954957 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cheap Ways to Keep Fit and Stay Healthy http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-keep-fit-and-stay-healthy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-keep-fit-and-stay-healthy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5748173970_246d5c1ef0_z-1.jpg" alt="Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy" title="Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap ways to keep fit and stay healthy, tips for taxpayer newbies, and discounts hidden in plain sight.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/12-cheap-ways-to-stay-healthy/">Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy</a> &mdash; Keep yourself healthy by washing your hands often and sleeping earlier. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tax-Help-Beginners-14923126">5 Tips For Taxpayer Newbies</a> &mdash; If you are a newbie when it comes to taxes, don't forget to report all your income. [SavvySugar]<a href="http://www.stepawayfromthemall.com/2012/03/7-ways-to-mess-up-your-retirement.html"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://deliverawaydebt.com/budgeting/discounts-hidden-in-plain-sight/">Discounts Hidden in Plain Sight</a> &mdash; Make sure you don't ignore coupons that come with your receipts or mailing list discounts. [Deliver Away Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stepawayfromthemall.com/2012/03/7-ways-to-mess-up-your-retirement.html">7 ways to mess up your retirement</a> &mdash; Don't mess up your retirement by underfunding your accounts. [Step Away from the Mall]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/travelandleisure/5-ways-to-save-money-on-gas-this-summer/">5 Ways to Save Money on Gas This Summer</a> &mdash; To save money on gas, use gas comparison sites and plan your trips beforehand. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-ways-to-be-a-better-husband-to-your-pregnant-wife">11 Ways to Be a Better Husband to Your Pregnant Wife</a> &mdash; To be a better husband to your pregnant wife, skip the alcohol and try to anticipate her needs. [Parenting Squad]<a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2012/03/5-first-time-homebuyer-mistakes-to-avoid/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuizzleWire+%28Quizzle+Wire+&raquo;+Personal+Finance+Blog%29"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2012/03/5-first-time-homebuyer-mistakes-to-avoid/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuizzleWire+%28Quizzle+Wire+&raquo;+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">5 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid</a> &mdash; If you are buying a home for the first time, don't make the mistake of emptying your savings for the down payment. [Quizzlewire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/26-surprising-facts-about-speeding-tickets/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Joetaxpayer+%28JoeTaxpayer%29">26 Surprising Facts about Speeding Tickets</a> &mdash; Did you know around 35 million speeding tickets are issued each year? [JoeTaxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://learnfinancialeducation.com/how-to-choose-the-best-credit-card/">How to Choose the Best Credit Card</a> &mdash; Choose the best credit card by looking for low charges and fees. [Financial Management Blog]<a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/five-simple-yet-effective-tips-for-managing-your-email.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeHack+%28lifehack.org%29"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/five-simple-yet-effective-tips-for-managing-your-email.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeHack+%28lifehack.org%29">Five Simple and Effective Tips for Managing Your Email</a> &mdash; To better manage your email, don't respond to emails instantly. [Stepcase Lifehack]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/03/the-wealth-builder-carnival-0">The Wealth Builder Carnival</a> &mdash; Don't miss The Wealth Builder Carnival, featuring articles about building, preserving and keeping enough wealth for a comfortable retirement.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-keep-fit-and-stay-healthy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tattoo-removal-on-the-cheap-just-use-a-black-decker-sander">Tattoo removal on the cheap...just use a Black &amp; Decker Sander.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trim-costs-with-cheaper-kids-haircuts">Trim Costs with Cheaper Kid&#039;s Haircuts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/power9-9-habits-of-the-worlds-healthiest-people">Power9: 9 Habits of the World&#039;s Healthiest People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips cheap fit healthy Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:33:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 910831 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-habits-of-exceptionally-healthy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-habits-of-exceptionally-healthy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3560547181_6f92187f03_z-1.jpg" alt="Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People" title="Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on habits of exceptionally healthy people, how to select the best credit card, and cheap ways to keep kids busy this winter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2012/02/10/habits-of-healthy-people/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifeoptimizer+%28Life+Optimizer%29">10 Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People</a> &mdash; Follow the example of exceptionally healthy people and live an active lifestyle. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/02/how-to-select-the-best-credit-card.html">How to Select the Best Credit Card</a> &mdash; Select the best credit card by choosing a card that has no annual fee. [Free Money Finance]<a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/02/14/six-cheap-ways-to-keep-the-kids-busy-this-winter/"><br /> </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/02/14/six-cheap-ways-to-keep-the-kids-busy-this-winter/">Six Cheap Ways to Keep the Kids Busy This Winter</a> &mdash; Want to keep your kids busy this winter without spending a ton of money? Consider having an old-fashioned game day. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-tips-to-make-working-from-home-a-success">10 Tips to Make Working From Home a Success</a> &mdash; To make working from home a success, don't do your laundry during lunch breaks. Take a normal lunch break like you would at an office job. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genywealth.com/5-ways-frugal">5 Ways to be Frugal</a> &mdash; To be more frugal, use Redbox kiosks for movie rentals. [Gen Y Wealth]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2012/02/hilarious-ways-waste-money-luxury-items/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+budgetsaresexy+%28Budgets+are+Sexy.%29">7 Hilarious Ways to Waste Money</a> &mdash; Want to waste your money? Maybe a $2,600 bottle of water is the way to go! [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/what-to-do-with-unwanted-gift-cards/">What To Do With Unwanted Gift Cards</a> &mdash; To get rid of your unwanted gift cards, trade them! [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/bank/10-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-mobile-banking-scams/">10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Mobile Banking Scams</a> &mdash; Protect yourself from mobile banking scams by not following email links if you don't know the sender. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Ask-Another-Interview-21767423">Messed Up On An Interview? Ask For Another Chance</a> &mdash; If you messed up on an interview and ask for another chance, the hiring manager may view your courage in a positive light. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2012/02/10-ways-to-stop-forgetting-things-get-more-done/">10 Ways to Stop Forgetting Things &amp; Get More Done</a> &mdash; Get more things done by doing things now instead of later. [Time Managment Ninja]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/01/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-5">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-habits-of-exceptionally-healthy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-of-extremely-extreme-people">7 Habits of Extremely Extreme People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-break-bad-habits">How to Break Bad Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips habits healthy Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:00:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 898268 at http://www.wisebread.com Power9: 9 Habits of the World's Healthiest People http://www.wisebread.com/power9-9-habits-of-the-worlds-healthiest-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/power9-9-habits-of-the-worlds-healthiest-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000007294837XSmall.jpg" alt="Happy senior couple" title="Happy senior couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States is facing a health crisis of unprecedented proportions: Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Diabetes and heart disease rates are on the rise. For the first time in living history, the life expectancy of America&rsquo;s children is less than that of their parents.</p> <p>In other parts of the world, however, people are living longer, healthier lives. In certain areas known as Blue Zones, people tend to live well into their 90s and beyond while remaining mentally and physically vibrant. It&rsquo;s no coincidence that people in these regions share several lifestyle traits.</p> <h2>The Blue Zones</h2> <ol> <li><strong>Sardinia, Italy</strong>: a mountain village where researchers encountered a 102-year-old man who hikes at least 6 miles a day.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Okinawa, Japan</strong>: home to some of the world&rsquo;s longest-lived people.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Loma Linda, California</strong>: where a group of Seventh Day Adventists commonly live to 100 years old and enjoy more healthy years of life than the rest of the United States.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Icaria, Greece</strong>: a tiny island with 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease, and almost no dementia.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica</strong>: where residents enjoy lower levels of obesity and longer lives than the rest of Costa Rica.</li> </ol> <p>Dan Buettner, explorer and writer for <em>National Geographic</em>, has worked with longevity researchers to identify the habits that allow Blue Zone inhabitants to reach the age of 100 at ten times greater rates than most of the United States, while suffering a mere fraction the rate of heart disease and cancer as the rest of the world.</p> <p>The key to living longer, fuller lives, says Buettner, is to create an environment of health. Science has determined that less than 25% of a person&rsquo;s lifespan is determined by genes. The rest can be influenced by lifestyle factors.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Healthy Lifestyle Habits</h2> <p>Buettner and his team of researchers have identified nine lifestyle factors common among Blue Zone inhabitants, all of which are associated with an extra 3-6 years of quality life. The secret to vitality and longevity is incorporating these habits into your daily life. Adopting all nine of these habits &mdash; known as the Power9 &mdash; is not necessary to experience the benefits of increased health and longevity; according to Buettner, practicing just six of the Power9 will deliver 90% of the benefits. His book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Zones-Lessons-Living-Longest/dp/1426204000/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1272063236&amp;sr=8-1">The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who&rsquo;ve Lived the Longest</a></em>, provides practical guidelines for setting up your home, your social life, and your work place to help add more quality years to your life.</p> <p>Surprisingly, only one of the Power9 deals with exercise, and a full third involve social factors. In fact, says Buettner, the single most important thing you can do is extend your life is to build your own &ldquo;Right Tribe.&rdquo; The world&rsquo;s longest-lived people were either born into or choose to associate with the right people &mdash; those who provide emotional support and the motivation to engage in healthy activities. Research shows that if you surround yourself with people who are active and eat healthy foods, you are more likely to adopt these habits yourself.</p> <h2>The Power9</h2> <h3>1. Move naturally</h3> <p>Find ways to move mindlessly and adopt a lifestyle that makes moving unavoidable. In many Blue Zones, walking is the main mode of transportation. People also engage in some sort of moderate daily activity such as gardening, walking, or playing with their children. Buettner believes that many Americans exercise too hard; our bodies were not made to withstand years of heavy pounding and high-intensity physical activity. Regular, low-intensity activity &mdash; doing something light every day &mdash; may be more beneficial. Focus on activities you enjoy &mdash; even something as seemingly simple as a daily walk can provide health benefits.</p> <h3>2. Know your purpose in life</h3> <p>Having a meaningful reason to get out of bed in the morning can help reduce stress and ward off disease. Studies show that people who retire early often see a decline in their health and even experience higher mortality rates than those who continue to work. If you enjoy your job, keep working as long as possible. Volunteer work and community service can also help provide a sense of purpose.</p> <h3>3. Downshift</h3> <p>People in Blue Zones typically have less stress in their lives. Look for ways to simplify your life: slow down, get plenty of rest, and take vacations. Try to punctuate your day with periods of calm, whether that means meditating, taking a relaxing bath, or carving out some time for yourself to engage in a hobby.</p> <h3>4. Follow the 80% Rule</h3> <p>As Americans, we&rsquo;re used to eating until we&rsquo;re full, but allowing yourself to feel hunger can actually be beneficial. A study involving mice revealed that the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin may help fight stress and depression. People in Blue Zones typically stop eating when they are 80% full. Buettner&rsquo;s book and the <a href="http://www.bluezones.com/">Blue Zone</a> web site provide advice on adopting healthier eating habits.</p> <h3>5. Eat a plant-based diet</h3> <p>People in Blue Zones don&rsquo;t diet; they eat wisely. Blue Zone diets consist of large amounts of locally grown vegetables and less protein than the average American diet. Limit processed foods, meats, fats, and sweets as much as possible. Also drink plenty of fresh water and herbal teas. In Icaria, residents drink high levels of herbal teas that act as diuretics, lower blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.</p> <h3>6. Drink red wine</h3> <p>Red wine is high in powerful antioxidants that can help fight cancer, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol. In Sardinia, researchers found a red wine with the world&rsquo;s highest-known levels of antioxidants. Drink red wine consistently and in moderation &mdash; a glass or two a day is recommended.</p> <h3>7. Belong to a healthy social network</h3> <p>Having a strong and supportive social system is key to reducing stress and living a healthy life. There is a biological link between social connection and how well our bodies function. Fifteen years ago, the average American had three good friends; that number is now down to two. Our increasingly wired society and busy lifestyles have made us more isolated, which can shave years off our lives. Make an effort to spend time with friends and nurture a face-to-face network instead of just connecting with people online. Proactively build friendships with people who practice healthy habits. Participating in social exercise groups or volunteering are great ways to meet healthy, like-minded individuals.</p> <h3>8. Have a belief system</h3> <p>Having some sort of faith system or spiritual practice has been shown to have health benefits. Participating in a belief system doesn&rsquo;t have to mean organized religion: Okinawans believe in ancestral worship; yoga and meditation are also forms of non-religious spiritual practices. &ldquo;People who feel their life is part of a larger plan and are guided by their spiritual values have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, a lower risk of heart attack and cancer, and heal faster and live longer,&rdquo; says Harold G. Koenig, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center.</p> <h3>9. Put your family first</h3> <p>People in Blue Zones make family a priority and nurture supportive relationships with their loved ones. Studies have shown that the average working American parent spends just 19 minutes a day engaged in childcare. As you work on simplifying your routine, look for new, beneficial activities you can do with your children and extended family members. Complete a craft project together, get the family together for a bike ride, or involve the children in making dinner and choosing healthy foods for the family.</p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.bluezones.com/">Blue Zones</a> web site, which features a Vitality Compass for gauging your current state of health and life expectancy.</p> <h3>Additional Resources</h3> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103744881 "> The Island Where People Live Longer</a><br /> <a href="http://www.aarpmagazine.org/health/find_purpose_live_longer.html"> Find Purpose, Live Longer</a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post by Karen Eisenbraun from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com">Healthy Theory</a>. 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For instance, <a href="http://www.3appleplan.com/Success/">eating three apples a day</a> helps you lose weight.</p> <p>That is, if you can manage to eat three apples a day. As somone who really loves apples, I can attest that apple fatigue is REALLY easy to come by. </p> <p>My mother, in addition to supplying my Peeps habit, is my apple dealer. OK, apple-giver. When she comes to visit, she brings me bags of apples from the warehouses of our hometown, where apples are much, much cheaper and can be purchased directly from growers. And I eat at least an apple a day, and it&#39;s true that I do feel better and get sick less when I keep up the &quot;at least one per day&quot; regimen. I still go see my doctor, though, because he is incredibly handsome.</p> <p>Anyway, I recently found myself, through a chain of events that is far too boring to recount here, to be the recipient of at least three bags of apples. Even eating three a day, I wasn&#39;t getting anywhere. My newly-restarted veggie and fruit deilvery service delivered another bag, and my fridge was starting to look like the apple warehouses back home.</p> <p>So, apples: I tend to make apple sauce and apple tarts, just so I can get my fix. The apple sauce still falls within the realm of healthy eating - the tart, alas, counteracts most of the goodness brought by the apples. And of course, the BEST way to eat an apple is raw. But if you&#39;ve got too many and you&#39;re worried about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch, here are a couple recipes to help you prevent waste and eat happily.</p> <h4>Apple-Berry-Sauce</h4> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/applesauce_0.jpg" alt=" " width="259" height="216" /></p> <p>The great thing about apple sauce is that you cook it and mash it up quite a bit, the result being that you can&#39;t really tell what was in there before. Any kind of apple will do. I also throw in other fruit that is looked threatening aged. Tonight, for example, my apple-fruit sauce consisted of three Granny Smith apples, five pink lady apples, one mango, a bag of organic blueberries, the juice from one orange that was starting to mold on th outside, and one Fuji apple for good luck. I don&#39;t add any sugar to my apple sauces, because I like them a little tart, and there&#39;s enough sugar in fruit as it is - but that&#39;s really up to you.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bunch of fruit, sliced into large chunks, rinsed</li> <li>Water</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>Throw about 1/2 cup of water in a big pot. Boil, add fruit, boil for 10 minutes, then cook on low for about an hour or until everything is mushy. Smash with a potato masher or blend in a food processor. Add sugar (or Stevia, or Splenda) to taste with each individual serving.</p> <h4>Fruit Tart</h4> <p>Because I&#39;m diabetic, I can&#39;t have lots of pastries. So I compromise by making the apple tart without the tart.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lots of apples and pears (peeled or unpeeled, enough to more or less fill a baking dish), sliced thin (I bought a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Oneida-Polished-Mandolin-Interchangable-Slicer/dp/B0009HHZ20/ref=sr_1_12/102-9974338-1444907?ie=UTF8&amp;s=kitchen&amp;qid=1176443450&amp;sr=1-12">mandoline</a> to do this)</li> <li>Additional fruit (optional)</li> <li>Brown sugar</li> <li>Kosher salt</li> <li>Half stick melted butter or margarine</li> <li>Chopped nuts of your choice</li> <li>Wheat germ (optional)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>Layer the apple and pear slices in a thin layer at the bottom of a large greased baking pan. Drizzle melted butter on top, then sprinkle with chopped nuts and wheatgerm. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up. Every third later, sprinkle an eensy bit of salt.</p> <p>Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees until the volume has decreased by about half. Uncover, turn off heat, but leave the pan in the oven to brown the top lightly. You can broil it if you wish to get a more crispy top. Slice and eat. REALLY good with ice cream.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-ways-to-eat-bananas">12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-back-to-the-root-cellar">Going Back to the Root Cellar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink apple sauce apples cinnamon cook diet fruit healthy ingredients mangos oranges recipe refrigerator rotten waste Fri, 13 Apr 2007 05:59:27 +0000 Andrea Karim 500 at http://www.wisebread.com