Place quinoa in a sieve and rinse thoroughly. Allow to drain,
then place quinoa in a medium saucepan with water. Bring to a boil over
high heat. Cover pan with lid, lower heat, and allow to simmer until all
water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
Mix in apple juice, raisins, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt.
Cover pan and allow to simmer for 15 minutes longer. Stir in vanilla
extract. Serve warm.
Bananas are easily recognized by their shape and bright
yellow color. However, most people don’t
know that they contain more vitamins than an apple and have numerous amounts of
health benefits. Here are some of the
things that bananas can do for you:
are packed with natural sugars, which can provide an instant energy
boost. Instead of going for the
energy drink, grab a banana instead.
help prevent high blood pressure.
Bananas are full of potassium, which is an agent that helps reduce
create Tryptophan. Tryptophan
converts into serotonin and causes relaxation. Eating bananas will literally put you in
a better mood.
act as a natural antacid and can help relieve heartburn.
can help regulate glucose levels and can replace pills that relieve
helps your brain focus more and cause you to be more alert.
fruit in general is shown to help maintain healthy vision.
With so many benefits from one piece of fruit, it’s
understandable to see why people are “going bananas” about bananas. They are easy to take on the go and make a
delicious addition to all types of recipes. www.orriant.com
Summer is finally here!!
Along with summer comes the opportunity to be more active. People tend to exercise more in the summer
because of the warm and accommodating weather. Here are just a few activities
that give you great exercise, without feeling like work.
The great thing about summer activities is that most of them
are outdoors and provide great exercise for the whole family. Be sure to wear lots of sunscreen and enjoy
Tired of dealing with the throbbing and pulsing pain associated
with headaches? Usually headaches occur from being tired, stressed or
overworked. Here are some ways to
prevent and treat headaches.
Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule- This will keep
your body in balance, help you feel more rested and keep your head clear.
Drink Water- and lots of it. Water keeps you hydrated and can prevent the
onset of headaches. Eating food with
high water content (such as fruits and vegetables) can also help keep you
Avoid Certain Food and Drinks- Caffeine and alcohol
commonly result in headaches. Chocolate, nuts and certain cheeses can also act
as triggers. By eliminating or cutting
back on these items, you can help diminish the amount of headaches you have.
Don’t Procrastinate- Become a planner. Having things mapped out can help eliminate a
heavy load of stress. Less stress means less pain.
Ditch the Computer- Spend less time staring at
screens. Too much time in front of TV or
computer screens can strain your eyes and neck.
If you work at a computer, regular breaks and good posture will help to
“I tipped the scales at 307 and I said, ‘that’s it!’” Dixon Baxter
is making healthy changes with the Orriant program. He is 27 pounds lighter and
his blood pressure has dropped to a healthy level. These changes did not come
easily. Dixon works for MHC at the Wilmington, NC Dealership (location #74). His
typical work day is 15 hours long. Like most people, Dixon admits he is
an emotional eater. It wasn’t until his first health assessment that
Dixon realized how heavy he had become over time.
Dixon is driven to lose weight and get off of his blood pressure
medication, which he’s been taking the past 25 years. He has set three specific
goals with his Orriant Health Coach: eat 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a
day, exercise 30 minutes 3 days a week, and drink 100 ounces of water daily.
“I’m really excited about the results I’ve seen so far. If it weren’t for
Orriant, I would be back to doing the same old stupid stuff I was doing
before. I would have given up on my new year’s resolution weeks ago.”
When Dixon was asked what the best part of Orriant was, he
responded, without hesitation, “Kristin. She listens to what I have to say.”
Kristin is the Orriant Health Coach who collaborates with Dixon on a monthly
basis. “She is so helpful, even my wife gives me questions to ask her.” One of
the things he appreciates most about Kristin is how she helps make his goals
attainable. This allows him to plan ahead and set himself up for success. “I
appreciate Kristin. It is nice to have somebody behind me like she is. My
attitude is so much better, I just can’t tell you.”
The road to healthy living is a long one. Dixon acknowledges he
didn’t gain weight overnight and therefore can’t lose it all overnight.
“Kristin puts me in the right frame of mind. I’d love to lose a pound a week –
I’m doing it the healthy way.” To date, exercise is Dixon’s biggest challenge.
His schedule doesn’t allow for 30-minute workouts at a time, so he generally
exercises in 15-minute chunks at home. Dixon shares a story about when he first
started to exercise. He found a cardio video lasting only 15-minutes. He
thought he would blow through the video but admitted, “I was dying at 7
minutes.” Dixon has slowly built up his aerobic stamina and is finding even
longer lasting effects. “My personality is coming back. I haven’t had a ‘peppy’
attitude in years, but I can feel it coming back. I want to keep exercising so
I can keep my self-esteem high.”
While it’s challenging to fit exercise into his busy schedule, he
has adapted to eating a healthy diet relatively quickly. He went from drinking
5 diet cokes a day to drinking only 1 in 2013. He has surpassed his goals
of eating 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to about 5 or 6 a day.
“Before Orriant, eating 2 pieces of fruit in a year was a miracle. Now I eat it
every day.” Just the other day he stopped off at the gas station where he
normally would have bought soda and crackers. This time he got a bottle of
water and 2 apples. “A year ago, the thought of going to 711 and buying water…
I would have laughed!”
Dixon is grateful to MHC for offering Orriant and thinks of it as
earning a bonus. “I’m getting paid to make myself healthier!” he exclaimed. His
family has also been extremely supportive. His wife is cooking healthy meals
and his daughters are completely behind him with his healthy decisions. “I got
a lot of love in my family. I’m at the age where I have to make these changes.”
Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over
moderate heat. Cook the salmon (2 pieces
at a time) until they are just golden.
About 3 to 4 minutes each side depending on the thickness. About 2 minutes before the salmon is done add
the garlic cloves to the pan. Remove the
salmon and garlic and drain on paper towels.
Combine the cucumber with the basil in a small bowl. Place a small amount on a plate and top with
salmon fillets. Garnish with cucumber
mixture and top with the cooked garlic.
Drizzle the fillet with the ginger-lime sauce, top with peanuts and
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
3 Thai bird chiles or 1 serrano chile, chopped
3 Tbls. sugar
3 Tbls. minced ginger
3 Tbls. fish sauce
3 Tbls. lime juice
3 Tbls. water
Combine the garlic, chiles, sugar, ginger, fish sauce, lime
juice, and water in a small bowl and stir well.
Let the flavors develop by setting the sauce aside for 30 minutes before
Eating foods in a variety of colors is just what your diet
We’ve all been told how important it is to eat at least 5
servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But did you know that variety is just as important as quantity? Colorful fruits and vegetables
provide essential nutrients that our bodies need.
The natural pigments in each fruit and vegetable contain
specific vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help us to fight diseases.
For example, fruits rich in the color red - such as strawberries, raspberries
and cranberries - are loaded with vitamin C. This powerful vitamin is effective
in decreasing your risk of heart disease, arthritis and even cancer. What about
taking vitamin or mineral supplements in lieu of eating produce? Research has
found that substituting supplements for whole foods is not a beneficial trade
off. Eating produce gives your body fiber, which can help fight against
cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Benefits by Color
Red/Purple/Blue - These pigments provide our bodies
with powerful antioxidants that work to fight off free radicals. Free radicals
damage our cells and can interfere with our immune system which can eventually
lead to disease. Add raspberries, blueberries, or purple grapes to your diet to
give your body a healthy boost of antioxidants.
Orange/Yellow - Think oranges, peaches, carrots, and
corn. These lively orange and yellow pigment foods are packed with vitamin C.
They also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant which becomes vitamin A in the
body and is important in maintaining good vision, healthy skin and decreasing
your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Other key nutrients found in
these foods include potassium and folic acid.
Green leafy greens - such as kale, spinach and
lettuce - are considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. These
foods are high in vitamin A, vitamin K and are also a great source of calcium,
iron, potassium and magnesium. When it comes to leafy greens, the darker the
better. Foods like broccoli, bell peppers, kiwis and pears are also a great
source of vitamin C.
As a kid, exercise was called
“playing playing with friends” and you did it because you wanted to have fun.
As adults, we should strive to remember this concept.
Now that spring is here, there is
no better time to get out and “play”. If you look around, you will find many
different opportunities to do this. Team sports are a great way to play and
develop a social network with people who have similar interests. Team sports
also provide a sense of camaraderie with your teammates, as you work together
to achieve victory. Another benefit to joining a team is you will be committing
to a whole season of exercise and physical activity.
Find a sport that is right for you
by checking out local community centers or start up a corporate team with your
coworkers. If playing a sport isn’t for you, simply finding a buddy to be
physically active with is a great alternative too.