Resveralife Reports: Studies Find that Teens Need More Time With Parents

We’re all guilty of it: as parents, life is hectic, busy, and downright overwhelming at times. In this day and age, it can be difficult to find time to take a bathroom break let alone set aside time for ourselves. Many of us have a difficult time managing the small amount of time we are given in the day, fitting everything in that needs to be done. Often times, we tend to overlook things that should be more important to us – family.

Studies have shown that not only do young children need time with their parents, but teens do, too. Now more than ever before, teenagers are making themselves heard and letting their parents know that they need more time with dear mom and dad. Resveralife wants to offer you some tips and advice on how you can go about implementing more time with your teen, and things you can do together to make that time memorable.

Make Time

Rushing around all day long may leave you frazzled and stressed by day’s end. Work should be left at work, as home and family life should come first and foremost once you walk through the door. Perhaps you have your entire after work schedule booked for a month out with friends, clubs, organizations and personal appointments. Change them. Break dates. Do whatever it is you need to do to ensure you are available for your teen. They deserve your time more than anything and anyone else does, and the only one capable of making time for them is you. Don’t let precious time slip by so you’re left regretting the time not spent in the end. Rather, be sure to set aside a specific time frame that is just for them so they can feel special every single day. Take one day out of the weekend and do something special together as well. Take a bike ride, a walk, or watch a movie. Whatever you do, make it count – life is short, and we only have our children for a short while before they leave home and head off to college, or move away. Embrace the time you can have with them here and now.

Find Common Ground

Find topics you both can relate to, and talk about them. Find out what they’re interested in, and show a genuine interest in the topic. Even if it’s something you know nothing about, show interest. Doing some research on their favorite band or singer or perhaps that particular hobby they have might allow you to appreciate it more how they see it. Find activities you are both interested in, and pursue them together.

Be Non Judgmental

One of the biggest reasons why teens feel as though they can’t talk to their parents is because they are afraid their parents might disapprove of them or what is on their mind. Keep an open mind and let them know you are always available for them to talk to you – no matter the topic, or the time. If they feel the need to wake you up in the middle of the night because they can’t sleep and need advice, get up, make some hot chocolate, sit at the table with them and be there. It can really hurt a teen’s confidence to know they can’t approach their parents about any topic, no matter how big or small. Show them unconditional love – no matter what.

Let Them Know You Love Them

Everyone expresses love in different ways, but teens need to know you love them just as much – if not more – than children. They like to be told you love and care about them. High school can take a toll on a teen’s mentality, and the struggles they are faced with every day, including making good decisions, choosing the right types of friends, and even who they choose to date – all comes down to whether or not they feel loved. For girls, this is a very impressionable time in which they could opt to make the wrong decision based upon their emotional well-being. Much the same for boys, the teen years is where a boy learns to become a man and exhibits signs of how the rest of his life will be. If a teen feels loved, he is more than likely to exhibit that love in healthy ways rather than make bad decisions.

No matter what you have going on in your life, always remember to make time out for your teen. They love getting your advice and spending time with you, even if they might not act like it at times. They’re still children, and they still need their parents. Push life aside and make room for your teen today.

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Resveralife Eat Well Guide: Healthy Eats in 2015 According to Seasons

Eating healthy in the New Year is something many people resolve to do, but few stick with it for any number of reasons. Regardless of the reason why people tend to fall off of their healthy eating habits, and resort back to an unhealthy lifestyle, we know it’s because many people would rather eat the things they’re used to, rather than educate themselves on the things they need to implement in their lives. Resveralife has taken some of the guess work out of the deal for you and we have created this handy guide on healthy, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other things that are seasonal and fresh at a farmers market near you.

Winter Veggie

Winter Fresh Foods

Nuts

Nuts are always in season in the winter time. Whether you love peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds, nuts are generally harvested in the fall and are fresh and ready to go in the winter. You can opt for buying them in cans, jars, or fresh from a farmers market or supermarket. There are so many different things you can do with them to use in food preparation and recipes that the possibilities are virtually endless. For instance, you can make nut butters, salads with slivered nuts, stuffing recipes, and baked good recipes, just to name a few. They are loaded with protein and magnesium, as well as Vitamin E.

Oranges

Oranges are one of nature’s sweetest delights, and they pack a mean punch in terms of anti-oxidant fighting power and Vitamin C. One of nature’s purest forms to ward off sickness and keep it away, oranges are an incredible addition to any diet. Eat them peeled and separated, throw them in a salad, add them to a smoothie or create a delicious fruit salad. There are many varieties available during the winter months. Many of the oranges produced and sold in the United States come from Florida, California, and South Africa.

Turnips

While it may take an acquired taste for many to enjoy the bitterness of a turnip, they are certainly worth incorporating into one’s diet. They are loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties, and may even ward off certain forms of cancer due to their glucosinolates, which are a sulfur based compound known to fight certain types of cancer. You can sautee them, boil and mash them, cube them up and roast them, or even put them in a soup. There are many different uses for this amazing root vegetable – try them for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll agree they’re quite tasty!

Spring produce

Spring Fresh Foods

Swiss Chard

While the name may be off putting to some, swiss chard can be likened to kale – one of nature’s super foods – and Spinach – another super food. Swiss chard is extremely versatile and is best served heated either by steaming, boiling, in a soup, or even in a quiche. It’s a leafy green vegetable worthy of all the praise in terms of health benefits, because it provides high doses of Vitamins K, A and C and is an essential part of any healthy diet.

Spinach

Spinach was made famous by the loveable character in the television show, Popeye. This powerhouse food is also extremely versatile, and you can eat it raw in a salad, which is the most healthful, or opt for incorporating it into an omelet, soup, lasagna, or steamed. One of our favorite ways to serve spinach is steamed under a piece of delicate white fish with a small amount of herb finishing butter. Yum! This amazing super food is chock-full of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. Eat up to your heart’s delight!

Basil

If you’ve never tried the amazing herb that is basil, you are most certainly missing out! Basil is an aromatic fresh herb which is perfect for incorporating into many different types of dishes, or even eaten raw. Try it in spaghetti sauce, or chopped with fresh roma tomatoes, whole mozzarella cheese, diced with a drizzle of olive oil on toasted Italian bread for a delicious bruschetta. Basil has plenty of magnesium which has been shown to alleviate and ward off certain types of migraine headaches, and is also fantastic for the heart and its vascular function.

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Summer Fresh Foods

 Strawberries

Strawberries are beautiful, ripe and juicy during the summer months. Many varieties are grown and harvested in Florida, and ship to locations all throughout the United States. Whether you opt for fresh or frozen strawberries, you will be doing yourself a favor by finding ways to include them in your daily diet. We love them because they pack a punch in the anti-aging process – and we of course love that fact – as well as promote healthy eyes and memory support. They even offer support to the heart and bone health. Some simple ways to include them in your daily diet are to slice them in half and add to your breakfast cereal, in a smoothie, in yogurt, or eat them on their own for a healthful snack.

Broccoli

Broccoli is known to be one of the best anti-inflammatory foods out there, and also boasts some fantastic antioxidant benefits as well. It’s loaded with Vitamin C which is essential to skin, hair and overall health. You can do a variety of things with fresh broccoli, such as serve it rinsed and raw with a low fat dressing as a snack, in a salad, or even in a no-cook soup. You could sautee’ it in olive oil with garlic and serve it as a side dish, or throw it into your favorite healthy stir fry.

Summer Squash

Summer squash, much like zucchini, thrive on the warm summer air and sunlight. They are a great addition to any summer meal! It’s loaded with manganese, but also has plenty to boast in the carotenoid department – which is essential for good and healthy vision. There is also a potent dose of Vitamin C to keep you healthy or fight illness. You can cook summer squash by steaming, boiling, or incorporate it into your favorite healthy starches, such as cous cous or wild rice dishes.

Fresh fall produce

Fall Fresh Foods

Carrots

Carrots are a fabulous addition to almost any dish – and are also an important part to any healthy diet. These root vegetables are harvested in the fall and winter months, and store well in a refrigerator. They can be diced for cooking, cut into thin shreds and eaten raw in a salad, or even mashed once steamed and used in recipes such as muffins or cake recipes. Carrots are packed with Vitamin C and carotenoids, which play an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the body – and they also help promote good, healthy vision! There was actually some truth to the question when the eye doctor would ask you as a child, “Are you eating your carrots?”

Onions

Onions provide loads of flavor and essential vitamins to your daily diet. They are a favorite among chefs as they add the perfect flavor accompaniment to any recipe. You could slice them thin and serve them in a salad, or even use them in your favorite soup. Why not try a great onion soup recipe? You could even do something fun and make an onion and cheese bread or use them in your favorite rice dish. They pair well with just about anything! Onions provide protection to the heart and blood. There are old wives tales surrounding this miraculous vegetable, stating claim that if you cut an onion in half and place them on the windowsill or counter in your kitchen, they will absorb germs and fight infection. Also, another old wives tale surrounding onions states that if you cut an onion in half and place the cut side against the feet of someone who is sick, and then place a sock over their feet, by morning, the onions will have turned black with the infection removed from the sick individuals body. We aren’t sure how much truth there is to this, but it sure is fun to think about trying it!

Ginger

Ginger has long been adored by those in Asian cultures for its natural medicinal properties such as soothing a stomachache, heartburn, or even a sore throat. Ginger is a root which is essential to the Asian way of cooking, and has become quite popular in Western civilization as well. You can make a simple ginger tea by boiling water and allowing slices of fresh ginger to steep in the water. You can discard the ginger or eat it for health benefits. You could also use it in your favorite rice, fish, or chicken dishes for some interesting flavor. Ginger provides sulfur containing properties which help fight infection and may possibly fight certain forms of cancer.

Eating fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs promotes overall health and well-being, and is great for the economy. The fresher your food is, the more health benefits it has been able to hang onto. When you buy foods which aren’t local, you are essentially wasting money on foods which would be better spent on those that are locally sourced and still have their beneficial health properties.

We at Vine Vera hope this guide has helped you learn more about the different foods available to you seasonally, and wish you the best of luck in making good, healthy food choices in 2015!

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Resveralife Eat Well: Simple & Beautiful Holiday Breakfasts to Make With Family

Making holiday food doesn’t need to consist of big, magnificent dinners and fancy baked goods. Sometimes, waking up in the morning and crafting a beautiful, healthy breakfast that is both filling and visually appealing to the eye. Including the entire family in on the breakfast ordeal is a fun way for everyone to play a part and get the job done. Children love to spend time learning in the kitchen and having a role in cooking with you, so give it a shot. Chances are, it will be a time remembered for many years to come. Resveralife has found some simple, easy and healthy breakfast recipes that we would like to share with you. Have fun cooking and getting creative!

Oatmeal and Fruit – Feeds 3
Ingredients:

  • 1 C quick cooking oats
  • 2 C water
  • Assorted berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, acai berries, or raspberries – vary per your taste
  • Banana slices
  • Apples – various colors, diced
  • Raisins, optional

Directions:

  1. Boil water in a pot on the stove. Add oats. Stir, turn pan down to simmer
  2. Allow oats to cook for approximately five minutes, stirring every so often to ensure even cooking and non-sticking.
  3. Remove pot from stove. Dish oatmeal into separate bowls and add fruit toppings. If desired, can be drizzled with honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. Add a touch of cream if desired.

Omelet – Feeds 3-4
Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Various fillings, such as chopped vegetables, chopped meats, cheese – Veggies should be pre-sautéed to ensure doneness
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Other condiments such as hot sauce, ketchup, and et cetera (to be applied after cooking)

Directions:

  1. Add eggs to heated non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray; ensure heat is on medium or at least 5.
  2. Turn pan down to about 3, let eggs cook almost through without stirring or flipping.
  3. Add meats, veggies, and cheeses at this time.
  4. As soon as the cheese has melted, gently flip one half of the egg mixture from one side of the pan to the other, essentially folding the eggs in half with a spatula.
  5. Remove to a plate; serve with salsa and extra cheese on top or plain as is.

Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola Parfaits – Feeds 3-4
Ingredients:

  • 4 C Fruit Flavored Greek Yogurt
  • Assorted fruits such as berries, bananas, mango, papaya, or pineapple – ¼ cup for each dish, more if desired
  • ¼ C granola – any kind for each dish
  • Light whipped topping if desired

Directions:

  1. Add ¼ cup yogurt to the bottom of a dessert bowl, followed by a tablespoon of the fruit filling, and a tablespoon of the granola on top of that. Repeat layers until about ¾ of the way full.
  2. Add whipped topping to top of dish if desired.

Cooking with family makes the meal more worthwhile and gratifying. Getting the kids involved in crafting healthy, good-for-you foods will help them to grow to love healthy foods that they will likely opt for later on in life as adults. Be sure to sit and eat with your children; even teens. No child is too old to have a meal with their parents.

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Resveralife Eat Well: Top Food Items to Enhance Hair Growth

Your hair can reap the maximum benefits of a balanced diet, much more than other body parts and become stronger, thicker and more nourished than before. Even though it takes a while to see the good or bad effects that your hair is facing due to the diet you intake, the changes do take rapidly and start showing one fine day. Try incorporating these food items in your diet as they help enhance hair growth.

Salmon

Salmons are very rich in Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and protein; all of which are great for healthy hair. Your hair needs fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own. These fatty acids can help extensively in hair growth. The cell membranes in your scalp’s skin also contain omega-3 fatty acids and so does natural oils in the scalp that keep the area hydrated at all times.

OystersOysters

Loaded with zinc, oysters are great for hair as lack of this mineral can lead to hair fall and also make the scalp dry and flaky. Oysters also contain a good amount of protein that is quite essential for healthy hair and helps the hair to replace naturally shed hair on a regular basis. Protein adds moisture to the hair and strengthens it.

Sweet Potatoes

Being rich in antioxidant beta carotene which is turned into Vitamin A by the body, sweet potatoes can work wonders for your hair. The body cells function appropriately when they get sufficient Vitamin A. This vitamin also protects your scalp and produces oils that sustain it. Less vitamin A can result in itchy and dry scalp in no time.

walnuts

Walnuts

Walnuts too are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, along with biotin and Vitamin E, which protect cells from DNA damage. Your hair does not get much protection from the harmful rays of the sun, but the Vitamin E content in walnuts offers a shield to a large extent. Less biotin can lead to hair all. Another great benefit of walnut is that it is also rich in copper that helps provide your hair with natural color and luster.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in iron, folate, carotene and Vitamin C; all of which keep hair follicles healthy and circulate scalp oil properly. They provide nourishment to the hair and make it stronger than before.

eggs

Eggs

We all know how rich eggs are in protein, but not everyone knows that it is loaded with minerals like selenium, zinc, sulfur and iron all of which can be extremely beneficial for your hair. They help carry oxygen to the follicles of hair and also keep the blood circulation proper in the scalp region.

Lentils

Lentils are loaded with iron, zinc, biotin and protein and are great for vegetarians who do not eat eggs or fishes. They make the hair healthier and shinier than before and also add luster to it.

 

If you are looking for a hair serum, ensure that they have these ingredients. Any good hair care product would have at least some of these products if not all of them. Informed choices are always the best and you shouldn’t go in by the brand or cost alone. Cheap hair care products would probably not have these ingredients and you would probably not be help you much if you do not have the ingredients that make your hair sturdy and strong.

 

Resveralife Live Well: 5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s important to get time for oneself these days. The problems are many when it comes to taking care of ourselves – there is too little time for us if we are one of those who work. Whether it is the office that we go to or the business that we handle, there are so many things that we need to take care of.

We have all heard that amazing speech which tells us the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle but never really stopped to practice them in our own lives. Good health can improve the quality of your life regardless of your age, sex or physical abilities. Know more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and try it today.

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Controls Weight

Healthy lifestyles where you eat the right kind of foods and exercise regularly helps you to stay in shape, shed of those extra calories and maintain your ideal weight for years to come. There are simple ways in which one can exercise without having to take out time for the same. Simply walk to your destination instead of driving to it or take the stairs instead of the elevator regularly. Eating a low-fat diet too can also help manage weight. It is recommended to make your breakfast the heaviest meal of the day and dinner the lightest. 5 portions of fruits and vegetables must be eaten throughout the day to get your share of vitamins and minerals.

Fight off diseases easily

A healthy lifestyle makes your body strong enough to fight off all kinds of health conditions by increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol which is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and decreasing the ‘bad’ cholesterol which are the unhealthy triglycerides. Your body has a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases along with many other health problems such as depression, diabetes, cancer of all kinds and even arthritis.

Boosts Energy

On eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats, our energy levels drop tremendously and we start feeling fatigued and tired. A balanced diet, on the other hand, provides your body with enough energy and increases energy levels tremendously. A balanced diet would include lean meats, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and vegetables and fruits of all sorts. Your muscle strength and endurance also gets a great boost with physical exercise and more and more oxygen starts getting delivered to body tissues.

healthy eatingImproves Mood

A healthy lifestyle includes physical activity which in turn stimulates the brain cells and leaves you feeling happy and relaxed than before. You start feeling good about your appearance which gives a great boost to your self-esteem and confidence. It also results in less stress and ability to analyze things better. Making social connections too is a part of a healthy lifestyle which improves your mood as you stay happy when in the company of people. Join a club, go out for movies or indulge in communal activities to feel good about yourself and those around you.

 

Increases your life span

A healthy lifestyle increases the chances of you having a longer life. Studies reveal that simple exercises such as 30 minutes of walking can reduce chances of premature death and avoid sudden heart strokes.

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Resveralife Eat Well: Foods That Make Our Skin Glow

Most of us come believe that using high-class vine vera skincare products on a regular basis will help make our skin glow and shine. However, did you know that what you eat not only helps you stay healthy but also can be quite effective in making your skin glow in a natural manner? Yes, your lifestyle and what you eat greatly influences how you look and how well your skin is maintained. While you might love that hamburger of McDonalds or go out to Burger King every weekend, you might want to know that not all food helps you equally to maintain your skin – you need the right nutrients.

 

top foodSo, what are the foods that should absolutely be in your diet plan?

Some foods are better than others and while you need not eat food items that you do not like, there are plenty of food items that have the nutrients and vitamins you need for a healthy skin. These top food items can work wonders for your skin and give it an amazing glow. So the next time you plan your daily diet, just don’t forget to include these food items in it.

  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes are capable of clearing acne and related skin problems with ease, especially if eaten raw. Try to eat 2 to 3 raw tomatoes everyday or you can also consume tomato-based foods such as its juice, sauce or vegetables cooked in tomato gravy. A phytochemical named lycopene makes tomatoes red in color and are exactly the chemical which lowers acne- promoting hormones and also protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays effectively, thus making it glow. Another benefit of lycopene is that improves the level of antioxidants in the skin thereby combating free radicals produced from exposure to sun.
  • Seafood and Fishes – Studies reveal that people who consume a diet rich in seafood and fishes experience less wrinkles and fine lines during their lifetime. The reason is that fishes and seafood contain omega-3 fatty acids which slow down the wrinkling process and make the skin look younger and tighter for many years. These fatty acids also fight off acne easily and reduce inflammation along with making the skin shine with regular consumption.
  • Green Tea – Green tea too has the ability to reduce acne-promoting hormones which are known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is also loaded with antioxidants which give the skin a younger look and healthier feel. One should drink at least 3 cups of green tea, one after each meal for maximum benefits on the skin and body.
  • Brown Rice – Brown rice is rich in ceramides which are lipid molecules. These molecules help the skin to retain moisture in it and give it a natural glow. By eating naturally occurring ceramides, they get incorporated into the skin’s outer layers and increase moisture content extensively.

 

  • Deeply colored berries – Blueberries, strawberries and cherries are some of deeply colored cherries which contain loads of antioxidants and help the skin fight off blemishes with ease. Acne has the ability to deplete antioxidants in the skin and make it stressed, giving rise to more skin problems. Try to eat a bowl of any of these berries once a day to get glowing and clean skin. You can also drink shakes containing these berries if you do not wish to eat the raw fruit.

 

Beautiful over 40 couple enjoying in the dinner.

Resveralife Eat Well: Recipes for Over 40

Resveralife would like to present you with some healthy, delicious options in terms of food and recipes that you can eat over 40 years of age, and will thoroughly enjoy. Just because something is healthy and good for you, doesn’t mean it won’t taste delicious! We understand how important it is to get your health and fitness under control, and that’s why we have developed these simple, easy to make recipes which will leave you feeling satisfied, happy, and healthy.

Spicy scrambled eggs with leftover veggies Spicy Veggie and Eggs Scramble
Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs, scrambled
  • 2 additional egg whites, scrambled into 2 whole egg mixture
  • Leftover vegetables in the fridge such as asparagus, kale, cabbage, peppers and onions – whatever you have works
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • Sriracha sauce

How to:

  1. Sauté the veggies in the coconut oil.
  2. Add scrambled egg mixture and scramble with veggies.
  3. When done, top with sriracha sauce. Serve with some whole wheat toast topped with reduced fat peanut butter for an extra kick of protein, or with reduced sugar jam.

Beautifully arranged plate of chicken salad Low Fat Chicken Salad
Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled or poached
  • ¼ C Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 C Grapes, halved
  • 1/3 C apple, diced
  • 1/3 C celery, diced
  • Walnuts, optional

How to:

  1. Dice chicken breasts into small pieces. Add greek yogurt to the chicken, coat evenly.
  2. Add grapes, apples, and nuts, if desired. Add in celery and give a quick toss.
  3. Serve on a whole wheat English muffin, halved, and toasted, or serve on a bed of lettuce.
  4. Enjoy!

Salmon fillet with pesto and herbsQuick and Easy Oven Baked Pesto Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 large salmon filet, cut into four pieces
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 jar pesto sauce, for ease of use
  • Lemon, if desired

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and apply 1 teaspoon of pesto to each salmon filet. Brush on to coat.
  3. Arrange salmon in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Spray pan with olive oil spray before baking, or brush lightly with olive oil.
  4. Bake anywhere from 12-15 minutes until done.
  5. Serve with wild rice, and a side salad, or steamed seasonal vegetables.

 

Roman Style Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts – bone in (ribs)
  • 2 skinless chicken thighs –bone in
  • 1½ TSP of sea salt
  • ½ TSP fresh ground pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ C white wine (important – not white cooking wine, just white wine)
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves – fresh is desired as dried won’t produce same taste
  • 1 TSP fresh oregano – again, fresh is desired
  • ½ C chicken stock, low fat or low sodium, if possible
  • ¼ C olive oil – good quality, any type
  • 1 each of red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 3 oz. prosciutto, cut into small pieces –Look for Boars Head brand, if possible (high quality)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

How to:

  1. Season chicken with ½ TSP salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium high, add chicken. Cook until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and place on a dish; set aside.
  3. In same pan, add prosciutto and peppers to pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until prosciutto is browned and crispy. Add garlic and sauté for about one minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, wine, and herbs, stirring with wooden spoon. Return chicken to the pan and add in the white wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, simmer while covered for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with a side salad. You will love the intermingling flavors and so will your guests!

Resveralife Look Well: Best Foods to Deal with Acne

Are you one of those suffering from acne? Acne doesn’t just happen in the face, it can happen over your entire body and you might need some changes in your lifestyle to help you get over it. Acne is ugly to look and can stop you from having that clean and smooth skin. In fact, acne can change the entire texture of a face, and have others smirking at you.

While there are a number of people who believe that acne treatment creams are the solution, one of the best ways to get rid of acne is to bring in a change in your food habits. Here is what you can do when it comes to dealing with acne and bidding it adieu.

Dealing with acne

Being one of the most common and troublesome skin problems of them all, acne can cause extensive damage to your skin if not treated on time. Use these natural ways to control the acne and give way to smooth and soft skin in the comfort of your house.

  • Apple cider vinegar – This is one of the best ingredients to control acne as it helps in killing the acne-causing bacteria present on the skin. The vinegar dries up excess oil, balances the skin’s pH and becomes alkaline, thereby making it difficult for the bacteria to survive. Mix one part vinegar with 3 parts water. Dip a cotton ball in this mix and apply on the affected area. Let it rest for a few minutes and then rinse off with cool water. Apply 3 to 4 times daily and use a good moisturizer after rinsing off the vinegar each time.
  • Yogurt or milk – Dairy products such as yogurt or milk can help reduce acne on the skin. They contain antibacterial properties, nourish the skin with their fat content and also remove dirt and oil build-up. Apply room temperature milk or yogurt on the acne and let it rest for 15 minutes. When done, scrub the area to get rid of dead skin cells and allow new ones to reach the skin’s surface. Wash off with water and apply a moisturizer.
  • Egg whites – The white of eggs help reduce acne and also fade scars. Egg whites are full of proteins and vitamins and rebuild damaged skin cells quickly. They also soak up excess oil from the skin. Take the white from 2 eggs and whisk till it becomes frothy. Let it sit on the affected area for 10 minutes. Apply 2 to 3 layers of the same at an interval of 5 minutes each for best results. Finally rinse off after 15 more minutes and pat dry. Apply a good-quality moisturizer when done.
  • Cinnamon and honey mask – Honey and cinnamon make a great combination to combat acne-prone skin. Being loaded with antimicrobial properties, cinnamon helps to stop the bacteria from spreading while honey’s antibiotic properties wipe out the acne from its roots. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 2 tablespoons of honey to get a smooth paste. Apply paste on affected area and let it rest for 10 minutes. When done, rinse off with cold water and pat dry.
  • Papaya – Papayas are a great anti-acne remedy which remove dead skin cells and extra lipids from the skin and make it smoother than before. It contains an enzyme named papain which reduces inflammation and pus which is caused due to acne. Simply mash a slice of fresh papaya and apply to affected area. Rinse off after 15 minutes and moisturize afterwards.
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Resveralife Look Well: Anti-Aging Tips for Over 40

Once you reach the point in life where you’ve entered into your 40’s, it can become apparent that you are starting to feel – or at least look – your age.  Aging is sometimes hard to handle for many women. Lucky for the women of 2014, there is much advancement in science which provides you with options to keep you looking fresh and young. There are many companies which realize the growing demand for women in their forties to maintain their youthful appearance. Just because you’re now a 40-something, doesn’t mean you need to look like one!

Resveralife has some advice and tips on anti-aging, and we hope you will find them useful and informational. Feel free to share them with friends and family.

Tip #1: Avoid Over Exposure to the Sun
The number one thing any woman can do is avoid over exposure to the sun or any UV rays, such as from a tanning bed or booth. The UV rays have a tendency to damage skin, and aside from upping your chances of getting skin cancer, these harmful rays have been known to permanently damage the skin. Age and sun spots can also appear on over-exposed skin as well. It’s important that anytime you are planning on spending time in the sun, whether at the beach, at a barbecue, day in the park, or walking, you apply a good sun screen offering at least 30 SPF. This will prevent the most harmful rays from penetrating the skin.

Tip #2: Eat Well
Diet can play an integral role in our skin health, and it’s been proven time and time again that a diet lacking in beneficial nutrients and laden with sugar, bad carbs, salt and oils will ultimately ruin your skin. Aside from acne breakouts, you can develop cellulite, dry skin, and reddened skin – all attributed to a bad diet. Change your diet, and watch and see how much better your skin looks. You can help to retain a youthful appearance if you simply eat more raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, opt for water instead of soda, and put the chips down.

Tip #3: Incorporate Resveratrol Into Your Skin Care Routine
Resveratrol has been gaining increasingly popularity in the media due to the findings of doctors and scientists which indicate that this component has the ability to reduce the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance. A great product to begin using to take advantage of resveratrol’s benefits is the Resveratrol Capsules. They incorporate many fantastic properties to fight aging such as green tea, Vitamin C, Pomegranate, and free radical fighting agents as well as many other beneficial components.

Tip #4: STOP Smoking
One of the most detrimental things you can do for your skin is to smoke. Smoking ages you by generating lots of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and dries out the skin. It fills your blood stream with toxins, and depletes the oxygen levels within your blood, as well. Skin regeneration is necessary for the production of new, fresh skin cells – and this requires adequate oxygen levels. Do yourself, your skin, and your health a favor, and quit while you can – before it’s too late.

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Resveralife Live Well: Over 40 Fitness

With aging comes the need to take better care of ourselves. Though you may have lived a carefree young life, ate pretty much whatever and however you wanted, not exercised nearly enough, and maybe you didn’t even drink enough water. When the time comes for your forties to roll around, it’s definitely the time to re-consider your life style and incorporate more fitness into your daily routine.

With age, comes increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other undesirable conditions which can, for the most part, be avoided. Through proper diet and exercise, one can truly change and turn their health around – providing you with more self-confidence, better health, and a life lived to the fullest. Believe it or not, exercise can become quite addicting if you find a routine you really like, and food low in calories and carbs can also be quite tasty if properly prepared. Only you can take charge of your fitness and health. Nobody else is going to do it for you – and there is no better time than now with the New Year coming right around the corner.

Resveralife would like to provide you with a few different tips as to how you can increase your fitness, develop a routine, and be a better you in your 40’s.

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Develop a Fitness Routine And Eat Well

Be sure to walk, jog, and really get your heart pumping. The heart is a muscle, and therefore needs to be worked to be at its optimal health and in the best shape possible. When your blood pumps faster through your veins, you have better oxygen flow, skin cells are regenerated at a healthy rate, diseases are curbed due to lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and you can even sleep better at night. You begin to develop a self-confidence you may not have had before, and realize you are beginning to set goals and limits for yourself. Something like, ‘Today, I will walk around the block three times,’ and actually meeting that goal is a great accomplishment. Track your fitness in an online fitness diary which can be shared with friends and family, and will also make you feel as though you are being held accountable. You can receive an immense amount of support this way as well.

Try out a new fitness class and if you don’t like it, try another. There is certainly something for everyone! Be sure to change up your diet and consume more raw, fresh vegetables and fruits, and more whole grains. Cut out the ‘baddies’ such as sugars, fats, oils, and salt as much as possible. You will see it will complement your fitness routine and also make a world of difference in how your skin  looks and feels, as well as in your overall health.

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Work Out at Least Twice a Week

If you can squeeze in three to four times per week for a workout – fantastic! If you are pressed for time due to family or work constraints, try to opt for a two day a week workout, for at least one hour per day. This will allow you to stay on schedule, develop a routine, and keep yourself fit. Be sure you drink plenty of water, and stay as hydrated as possible. Avoid foods and drinks which can dehydrate you, such as salted food, sugary food, caffeine, and chocolate. Although it may be hard, cutting back on these foods is better than nothing – and if that’s all you can do – you’ve done yourself a favor!

 

Hitting 40 has its ups and downs, but you don’t need to let your fitness be one of the downs. It should be an exciting new chapter in your life where you strive to get into the best shape you’ve ever been in – and it can be with a little work and effort. As always, discuss your exercise routine with your doctor to gain their approval if you suffer from any medical conditions, and be sure you aren’t over doing it.

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