App Prescriptions to the Rescue!

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It’s March. 3 months into the New Year.  Did you decide that this was the year that you were finally going to stick with those healthy living resolutions?  Did you start? Were you side tracked once again?  Do you need some help?  Guess what?  We all need help sticking with our resolutions!  I find that it is easier to stick with difficult changes when I have some help along the way. That’s why when I saw this list of apps that you can download to your phone or tablet, I knew I had to share it. I have used some of them and others were brand new to me.  I am hoping that you will find something to help you stick with your new healthy habits.

Clue (Apple/Android)

The perfect app to help track the female cycle.  It allows women not only to track the length of the cycle but it can also help figure out fertility windows and create body awareness in relation to hormonal shifts.

Forks over Knives (Apple/Android)

Always in need of a new recipe?  This is the place to go for good whole food recipes which are rated by their huge community of healthy eaters.

Harvest (Apple)

Did you ever find yourself standing in the grocery store in front of the avocados wondering how to tell if it is ripe or not? Or wondering if that strawberry could really be in season in the middle of winter?  And if I take that kumquat home with me, how do I store it so that it stays ripe?  Never fear, the Harvest App is here!  This has all the information you need about the fruit and vegetables in your grocery store and beyond.

Headspace (Apple/Android)

It has been an extremely stressful day and you have 10 minutes to calm yourself before the next meeting.  What do you do?  Pull out your phone of course and let this playful app help to ease your mind.  Practice the basics of meditation and mindfulness with Take10, Headspace’s free introductory series. With 10 sessions of 10 minutes each, you’ll learn how to train your mind for a happier, healthier life.

MyFitnessPal (Apple/Android)

This is the go to app to track what your eating, how much your eating and how it all breaks down nutritionally.  It also helps to keep track of your weight, activity and more.

Quality Time (Android)

Is one of your resolutions to step away from the phone?  Then let this app help you track how many times a day you check your phone as well as how much time you spend in each app.  It will surprise you how much of your day is spent looking at your phone.  Take 2 steps backwards and breathe.

Rock Clock (Apple/Android)

Do you have trouble waking up in the morning to that soft harp sound?  Why not try this app which will allow you to customize your alarm clock with upbeat, tongue-in-cheek wake tones.  Need some inspiration?  Dwayne “The Rock” will read you some words of wisdom every morning as well.  Seize the day!

Sworkit (Apple, Android)

Can’t make it to the gym?  Try this app instead.  It creates customized workouts based on your individual health goals, capabilities, and even mood. Trainers call out verbal cues to motivate and inspire each workout.

Thrive Market (Apple/Android)

Who doesn’t like to save money? This app lets you order wholesale amounts of healthy foods and products and have them delivered right to your door step.  You can filter their options to include organics, paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and  even Moms.  It’s like your Costco membership except you can shop in your pajamas!

Waterlogged (Apple)

Help yourself stay hydrated with this water app.  It tracks your water intake plus gives you “sip” reminders throughout the day.

Wildfulness (Apple)

Sitting in your cubical wishing you could get outside?  This app will take you where your feet cannot.  It’s simple – watch hand-drawn nature scenes set to “psychoacoustic 3D sounds” and enjoy your brief escape.  Wildfulness take me away.

Yummly (Apple/Android)

No dairy, no gluten, no corn…what do I eat?  Let this sleek app help you find recipes based upon your specific needs.  It can even pair you up with an Instacart account to have the ingredients delivered right to your door within 1-2 hours.  With Yummly, there are no more excuses.

Good luck!

 

 

Soup’s on!

What a snowstorm yesterday!  It was a day of shoveling at my house … it started at 7:30am and didn’t end until 5pm.  After all that snow, it was time to think about dinner.  Soup sounded perfect.  I had cooked up a turkey breast the day before so there was plenty of meat in the refrigerator plus I had a box of chicken bone broth on the shelf and vegetables in the refrigerator.  All I needed was my pressure cooker and some seasonings and dinner would be ready in about 20 minutes.  I know so many people who are afraid to use a pressure cooker, but I just love mine.  It is the only way I make soup.  Something that might take 30-40 minutes cooked in a regular pot, only takes 10-15 minutes in my pressure cooker.  And it’s not just about time, but about flavor.  A pressure cooker locks in all of the steam and therefore all of the flavor.  I rarely follow a recipe when I make soup.  Basically I use whatever vegetables I have on hand, broth if I have it, water if not, and then some spices.  It’s hard for me to duplicate a recipe, but I never mind.  I like the variety.  Here is what came out of my pressure cooker yesterday:

Pesto Turkey Vegetable Soup

6 medium carrots

6 stalks celery

2 small zucchini

1/2 head of cabbage (small to medium)

1 box chicken bone broth

2 cups chopped turkey or chicken meat

1/4 cup pesto

2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a large pot or pressure cooker over medium high heat.  Wash and chop the carrots and celery into bite sized pieces and add to the pot.  Sauté for about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile core and chop the cabbage into bite sized pieces.  Add to the pot and cook for an additional 3 minutes.  Add the bone broth and bring to a boil.  Add the zucchini.  If you are using a pressure cooker, allow the soup to come to pressure and then lower the heat.  Cook for 7 minutes. (If you are cooking the soup in a regular pot, lower the soup to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are soft.)  Bring down the pressure and check to make sure the vegetables are soft.  Add the chopped turkey or chicken meat and the pesto.  Simmer for an additional 3 minutes to warm the meat.  Serve and Enjoy!