Monthly Archives: November 2015

Top Ten Great Christmas Gift Ideas!

The season is upon us, and everyone is looking for wonderful, creative and different Christmas gift ideas. Here are our top ten.

  1. date-meals2Of course, MagicKitchen.com Healthy Prepared Meals! You can buy them individually, as a meal package, or as an ongoing meal program. Of course, the convenience of a meal gift certificate can’t be overlooked.
  2. Dawn Simulator Alarm Clock – Do you hate being woken up by that shrill alarm, or even a radio show? This is a peaceful way to awaken, with a slowly increasing light and the sound of birds chirping. Feel like you’re waking in the forest instead of in a drill shop.
  3. 3D Printing Pen – If you know a budding artist, they’ll love this pen that lets them draw in the air and create 3D masterpieces!
  4. Kiva Card – give an entrepreneur in a poor country a fighting chance. When the loan is paid back, the giftee can use the funds to help someone else.
  5. CaptureExperience Day – Whatever the person is passionately interested in – Civil war, flying, trains, race cars, you can find them a chance to do something fun and fascinating with experience days. Search the internet for the one closest to you.
  6. Cappuccino Maker – for the coffee fiend (you know who you are), a cappucino machine will make their year!
  7. 3 Wheel Folding Electric Scooter – for anyone who isn’t able to comfortably walk, but is in fairly good shape, this folding scooter is ideal.
  8. BirdCam Pro – A birdhouse with quality video camera. Watch the birds in the comfort of your home. Perfect for your favorite bird enthusiast.
  9. FlashForge 3D Creator – For the budding scientist or the experienced hobbyist,  an entry level 3D printer for the home.
  10. Homemade Gift – But you don’t have time to do the work, right? Head over to Etsy.com and shop around for some of the most unique gifts around.
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Top 20 Healthy Eating Tips

There is a ton of advice often doled out about eating right and staying healthy-and most importantly not to lose your mind when doing it. Healthy eating should not be about strict diets and too little calories; it should be about feeling great when you eat while staying healthy. You are not the only one who is dealing with dietary concerns. These simple healthy eating tips will make you enjoy food and make it the healthiest part of your day!

Eat real, whole Foods

Foods that are provided by nature are the best bet for your body. Eating natural foods will ensure that you always stay healthy.

red-orange-crucEat a lot of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are often the best food choices. Choose an attractive rainbow of colors in order to savor the different kinds of nutrients in them.

Eat the right amount of calories

Depending on how active you are, eat the right amount of calories- balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.

Eat a wide range of foods

Having a diverse diet ensures that your body receives all the nutrients that it needs. Enjoy fish, lean meats, poultry, and all kinds of veggies and fruits. If you’re bored with vegetables, search out new options like salsify, kohlrabi and jicama.

Focus on whole grains

Starchy foods such as cereals, pasta, rice and bread should constitute a third of everything you eat. Wholegrain products and vegetables contain a lot of fiber.

Reduce your unsaturated fat and sugar intake

Too much saturated fat can increase your cholesterol level which increases your risk for developing heart disease. On the other hand, saturated fats are found in junk food such as cakes, biscuits and sausages which are an unhealthy choice. A small amount of vegetable oil or reduced fat spread is the healthier option.

Eat less salt

About three quarter of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy. Usually, food that has more than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.

seniors-exerciseGet Active

Combine great eating habits with good exercises and workouts. Aim to eat less and be more active. This will help you lose weight more quickly.

Avoid processed drinks

Water and lower-fat milk are usually healthier choice when it comes to getting our bodies hydrated. Sugary, soft and fizzy drinks are not ideal for our health.

Berry-blast-porridge-recipeAlways eat a Healthy Breakfast

Contrary to belief, skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. In reality, a healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet.

Other top healthy eating tips:

  • Do not indulge in night time snacks even though they are hard to resist.
  • Eat several mini-meals during the day as this will keep your hunger pangs in check.
  • Include proteins in all your foods
  • Use spices that stimulate flavor and are usually more satisfying
  • Order children’s portions anytime you are out eating. This will enable you to consume a smaller amount of food.
  • Get enough sleep
  • Use olive oil when cooking(but not on high heat – then use another healthy oil)
  • Read labels in order to buy food that does not contain artificial additives
  • Eat unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates
  • Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water
  • Buy MagicKitchen.com meals to have on hand when you’re too tired to cook.
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How About a $500 Gift Certificate?…Yeah, That’s What We Thought!

Won MagicKitchen.com SweepstakesWho wouldn’t want a $500 gift certificate from MagicKitchen.com just in time for the holidays? We suppose someone who doesn’t enjoy delicious food made from the freshest ingredients possible and then having it delivered directly to their door, but does such a person exist? We think not. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

Beginning today, November 9th, you can register to win either a $500 (first prize) or a $200 (second prize) gift certificate from MagicKitchen.com. All that’s required is that you fill out the simple form (email and name) found here: http://www.magickitchen.com/land/sweepstakes-2015.html and wait until December 14th when the winners will be announced. Yes, it’s that simple…no previous purchase required, no long, tedious form to complete. All we need from you is an email address, your name, and a little patience.

product-collage3Imagine not having to run around like a crazy person the day before your holiday gathering or party trying to prepare the appetizers, entrée and/or dessert for said gathering. And, best of all, not having to pay for all that food, which is the exact scenario you would encounter so long as you register for and win either one of our two gift certificates. Just think of what you could do with the time and money you would save should you win…such as binge watching The Walking Dead (no, not a Rolling Stones’ concert), or purchasing a drone and spying on the neighbors, or getting a mani/pedi…the possibilities are endless. Now, whether or not you reveal to your family and friends where all the delectable dishes came from we leave entirely up to you!

So what are you waiting for? Take a minute, visit the link above, provide the required info and then just wait until 12/14 to hear if you’ve won. Oh yeah, and good luck to you all!

In case you missed it, here’s the link again! http://www.magickitchen.com/land/sweepstakes-2015.html

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