Monthly Archives: January 2016

Healthy Meals Delivered

seniors-exerciseThe holidays are finally over, and you’ve committed the 2016 year to improving your health through diet and exercise. So far, your diet is going well, but you are so tired at the end of the day that cooking a healthy meal often feels like too much work! It’s much easier to slip back into your old, unhealthy ways of stopping by McDonalds on your way home from work or ordering a pizza for dinner and relax in front of the television all evening. We understand what you are going through, and are here to help you achieve success with your New Year’s resolution to be a healthier, more active you!

MagicKitchen.com offers a wide selection of healthy, delicious meals delivered right to your door. Many of the meals take only a few minutes to cook in the microwave or bake in the oven – enough time for you to change into your comfy pajamas and pour yourself a glass of wine.

Veal Parmigiana2Eating healthy does not mean that your food should taste like a cardboard box, either. The portion-controlled meals created in our kitchens are prepared by top chefs using the highest quality produce, spices, and ingredients available on the market. Meals like Buttermilk Pancakes with Egg Patties and Turkey Sausage for breakfast or Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce, Mashed Potatoes with Peas & Carrots for dinner are tasty, healthy food choices to satisfy your stomach.

Of course, even when you’re on a diet you can sometimes get a sweet tooth. When your sweet tooth strikes, try satisfying your taste buds with our delectable Double Fudge Brownie. This satisfying sweet treat is made with Guittard’s dark chocolate wafers that are packed with healthy antioxidants, and half a serving contains only 102 calories and 5 grams of fat. Note that is half a serving- but you’ll never be so happy to eat half a serving.

At MagicKitchen.com, we understand that balancing your work-life schedule is tiresome enough and that you may be too tired in the evening to cook a healthy meal for yourself or your family. Our chef-prepared, dietitian approved healthy meal packages delivered to your door allow you to rest easy and focus on the more important aspects of life – your family – while helping you achieve your New Year’s resolution goals.

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Start Planning your Summer Vacation Now!

winter-miseryGot the winter and/or post-holiday blahs? Suffering from seasonal affective disorder? (a condition whereby you get depressed primarily due to the lack of natural light…I would think this hits Alaskans pretty hard this time of year). Got a bad case of cabin fever? Stuck in the doldrums?  Whatever you call it, this time of year can cause even the happiest person to go through severe bouts of malaise and apathy. However, there is a way to fight back and it’s called planning for your upcoming summer vacation.

marley-2In the immortal words of Bob Marley (who was from perpetually warm and sunny Jamaica by the way), “Ever little thing is gonna be alright.” As the Earth makes its way around the sun, January gives way to the most hated (and shortest) month of the year…February, which means spring is right around the corner which means increased amounts of daylight, baseball, and the pending summer. But sometimes, in the middle of winter, with its endless steel gray skies, snow squalls, wind chills, iced-over windshields, and bulky coats, we forget that summer is, in fact, on its way. There is, however, one sure way to remind us of the approaching summer and that’s to begin planning for your summer vacation in the height of winter.

There are a number of benefits to performing this sometimfuity-cocktailes overlooked activity. If you start the process now, you should be able to book exactly where you want, when you want due to the fact that your calendar is only on its first page and most people haven’t given thought to their summer vacation. But most importantly, its gets you thinking of summer, tan lines, sunshine, outdoor dining, sunshine, beaches, and did I mention sunshine? Anticipating the summer holiday should help blast away the winter blues.

Here’s my last bit of advice…as you plan your summer vacation in the midst of winter, crank the heat, don some beachwear, get a tropical scene for your computer’s wallpaper, blast the aforementioned Marley or other “warm” music, enjoy an over-sized and fruity cocktail, and encourage your friends and/or family to join you in this small, but significant break from the icy and seemingly perpetual grip of Old Man Winter.

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Games to Keep Your Brain in Shape

forget-somethingHave you noticed, as we age, our ability to concentrate and remember certain things slowly diminishes? Maybe you have started noticing yourself walking into a room, and then forgetting what you originally needed; or maybe you have been forgetting about important meetings and doctor appointments? Either way, we are sure you have noticed the slippery downhill slope that is associated with an aging brain. This is very normal and one of the leading causes of a memory that is as slippery as an ice rink is the increased levels of stress we endure on a daily basis.

So, what can you do to keep your brain in shape?

Of course, you could read a book, but maybe reading bores you as much as watching paint dry and grass grow. That’s okay! There are thousands of games to keep your brain in shape – some of which you may not even have to pay for. We’ve compiled a short list of different types of games that can help your brain get back into shape, and keep it that way.

seniorin mit brille lst ein kreuzwortrtselCrossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles challenge your brain to learn – and remember – different words and their meanings. Often played alone, you can add a new, exciting spin to your daily crossword puzzle by competing with a friend. Challenge your friend to a crossword contest where the winner pays for lunch!

Board Games

Board games such as Monopoly and Yahtzee are fun, interactive games that require concentration to win. Additionally, in order to “pass go” without going bankrupt, you have to have a certain level of business sense and money management skills.

Video Games

Video games tend to have a ‘bad rap’ for being an unproductive time-waster; many adults often forget that many games offer brain-boosting capabilities. Take, for example, the popular foodie puzzle game Candy Crush Saga. It challenges the part of the brain that helps us make correct decisions. After all, completing level 120 the first time is no easy task!

Games are a fun way to unwind after a busy, stressful day; a way to spend time with your family and friends, or simply engage in some solitary stress therapy, but they can also help improve your memory, focus, and concentration skills. After all, if the Alzheimer’s Association recommends playing games to keep our brain in shape, games can’t be all bad, right?

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