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Add These Ingredients to Green Smoothies to Boost Their Power

Green smoothies are the breakfast sensation that’s gripping the nation. No sooner did you see that you can mix together fruits and leafy vegetables to make smoothies that are more than palatable, you found out that there are some things that make for an even better smooth experience. If you want to get the most taste and health from each drink, try these mix ins. While the perks of a green smoothie might be that you can customize the flavor profile to suit your own needs, there’s nothing wrong with taking a good suggestion or two when you find them.

Acacia Berries

Acacia Berries Became A Hot Craze
Acacia Berries Became A Hot Craze
It might be a few months since you heard about Acacia berries. These little fruits were on every health show for a few months, and they showed up in everything from protein powders to power bars, all the way to distilled fruit juices. They were supposed to rev your metabolism and melt away fat, and they delivered on their promises about as well as any weight loss supplement does. That is to say, they deliver about 1-2% greater results when paired with diet and exercise. This is why they’re not added in for their weight loss properties, but rather the way their high acid content can bust through stubborn joint pains. Mix in and enjoy.

Blueberries

Blueberries are still the antioxidant kings, and that’s why you should load up your smoothies with these little wonders. There’s nothing wrong with thinking of these heavy, delicious fruits more in terms of muffins or pancakes than smoothies, because just a taste or two will have you changing your mind. Not only are they great for you, their heavy flavor can be just the thing to combat the bitterness of a heavy leafy green that you know you should be eating but don’t really like.

Protein Powder

Protein PowderIf you want to turn your turbo shot of green energy into something that’s going to last you all morning long, then you need to pile on the protein powder. It’s just that easy to make your favorite side dish into a complete breakfast. With the power of protein behind it, a green smoothie can easily last you all morning. This is also a great way to get the ultimate lean protein; the powder without any added fat or calories whatsoever. This means it’s a great pairing for someone on a diet; it will fill you up, keep you going, and replace more tempting dishes that might have caused you to slip up.

Bananas

A good banana can transform your smoothie
A good banana can transform your smoothie
If you’re having difficulties choking down your green smoothie, you just don’t have enough bananas. The flavor of a banana is sweet but mellow, the perfect compliments to the sharpness of leafy greens and the tart/sweet combination of fruit juices that you can use, along with water, to flavor your smoothie. On top of that, the texture is perfect for someone who really wants to have a smoothie that lives up to its name. A good banana can transform your smoothie from unpleasant morning shake to highlight of your day, all while adding potassium and natural sweetness.

Chia Seeds

These small seeds may need to soak a little before you mix them in, but they’re going to be worth it. They have a rich, nutty flavor that doesn’t overpower the rest of the drink. Even more importantly, Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and very, very high in fiber. If you’ve found that your liquid breakfasts aren’t doing wonders for you any other way Chia seeds could be exactly what you need to turn your day around.

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4 Essential Tips for Starting an Online Business

Whether you have a grand master entrepreneurial plan or a hobby that grew bigger than you expected, starting an online business has a few key steps of which everyone should be aware. Joining the world of eCommerce isn’t as simple as snapping a few pictures and hoping your merchandise sells online. No matter how great your product is, just like with a brick and mortar business, you need to know how to package and sell it to online shoppers. This includes driving traffic to your online store and ensuring that once your customers get there, you have what they’re looking for. The steps to starting an online business should be taken one at a time, with one foot in front of the other. There’s an urge to rush into things, especially if your idea is exciting and innovative, but be careful. You should start with a calm and collected strategy of how you’re going to build your eCommerce empire and make your online business a success.

Amass a Core Inventory

Amass a Core Inventory
Amass a Core Inventory
On the essential list of doing first things first is establishing your inventory. Regardless of what you’re selling, whether it’s fine art or second-hand clothing, the product is what forms the core of your actual sales. While finding the merchandise you actually want to sell might be fueled by a vision, the final item you’re trying to offer for sale is what you need to focus on. Be aware of what you have in stock and familiarize yourself with it. If you have a collection of paintings, for example, make sure you know the exact details about each one. The same goes for vintage clothing. Don’t just end up with a pile of garments on a shelf and hope that everything is there. You need to take the time to sort through every single piece of inventory you have and evaluate it. This is what you’re selling, and this will be the tangible, core goods of your store.

Focus on Only a Few Items First

It can be easy to get ahead of yourself if you’re starting a business online for the first time. Although you might assume that everyone will be clamoring to buy your product once they see it, that’s simply untrue. Don’t be disappointed when you put up your merchandise and it gets little to no attention. This is why you need to focus on a just a few key items to begin with and do a little experimentation. Find out what seems to garner attention and drive traffic to your site, whether it’s the use of social media or word of mouth. You should pick your favorite merchandise, but instead of trying to put a lot of things for sale up at once, focus on only a few pieces. Then invest the time in properly photographing the product, writing copy to describe it, and getting all the details listed just right. You should be as detailed as possible, because not only does this give the customer a sense of security that you know what you’re talking about, but it also makes the item seem special.

Make a List of Necessary Tasks

Make a List of Necessary Tasks
Make a List of Necessary Tasks
Many entrepreneurs grapple with what tasks to tackle first. There are so many that it can often be overwhelming, and then new online business owners lose motivation and ambition. Instead of trying to take on too much and getting burned out quickly, formulate a work plan so that you address different jobs in a consistent, steady timeframe. Another good tip is not to underestimate how long something will take. After you’ve completed a task, take a break, and don’t move on right away to the next work intensive step. Slow and steady does it is great advice for when you’re getting ready to take your online business live.

Research the Industry

researchThere’s an industry for almost everything in the sphere of eCommerce. Whether you’re selling intangible goods like proofreading services or physical items like artwork, someone else has probably already done it. That doesn’t mean that your idea isn’t innovative and that you won’t do it differently or more creatively, but it does mean that someone out there already experienced the pitfalls of establishing an online business. Go ahead and take a look to see what other people’s experiences have been by reading eCommerce blogs and news sites. This is a great way to keep yourself updated on the fast-changing world of online business.

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Low Impact Workouts for Beginners

So you know you need to pick up some exercise routines, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. There are a lot of options out there and they can be difficult to navigate on your own, even more so when you have specific needs when it comes to your workout regimen. If you require something that’s low impact either because of a medical condition or just because you don’t want to stress out your body too much the first time you take it out for a test spin at the gym, here are a few great work outs to try that will help get you in shape without a lot of wear and tear on your joints.

Jog in Place Jacks

The great thing about this particular workout is that you can adjust it depending on your desired intensity level, so you can tone it down when you start out and amp it up when you’re ready for a bit more of a challenge. To start you can take it nice and slow. Walk in place with a slow jumping jack like motion with your arms. It may take you a second to coordinate, but that’s fine. As you need to progress, feel free to change your walking motion to marching, jogging, high knees or full blown jumping jacks, increasing the speed of your arm movement as you increase the difficulty of your leg movements.


Windmill Steps

When you first start out, this exercise is just a simple side step. Let your trailing leg come behind you with a slight tap and add a large circular arm swing. Much like the jog in place jacks, this exercise is great because you can increase the speed and strain as you need more resistance in your workout. When you want to put a little more kick into your workout, drop your hips lower to the ground, turning your stance into a squatting position. You can also slowly increase the step width and speed until you can replace the motion with a lateral jump entirely rather than just a step.

Stutter Step

Stutter Step Can Be Difficult For Some
Stutter Step Can Be Difficult For Some
This one is a little trickier than our other workouts and can seem a tad more difficult. The easiest version of this exercise starts with all your weight on one leg with only a slight bend, placing your opposite leg back a few inches behind you and bringing your knee up in front of you slowly as you bring your hands down. You can increase the depth of your squat on your supporting leg while extending the moving leg further and further behind you to increase the difficulty of this particular workout. At the same time, you can start increasing the speed with which you move your arms and leg.

Static Squat + Punches

Static SquatStart out with a very shallow squat and a punching motion using both fists without any additional weight. You don’t have to hold the squat for long; keep the position for a few seconds before coming up to continue your punches. As you get more comfortable with the exercise, stay down longer, squat lower, and start using dumbbells in conjunction with your punching motion. Just make sure you don’t increase the speed of the punches themselves, especially if you’re using extra weight with them.

Static Lunge + Curls

Begin with a shallow lunge, keeping your feet relatively close together and using either very light dumbbells or just arm weight for your bicep curls if you’re new to those as well. As you progress, make your lunges deeper and keep your feet further apart to make the exercise a little more challenging. You can also increase the amount of weight you use with your curl as your biceps adjust to the exercise, though as above, make sure not to increase the actual speed of your curl.

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Look Great For Cheap

We all want to look our very best as often as we can when we are in public. Unfortunately, looking great often comes at a price, and that price can be expensive. Despite what the fashion companies would have you believe, looking good while on a budget is very possible if you have the patience for it. You can find all sorts of great deals out shopping, and if you have the eye for it, you can look amazing while spending very little money.

Thrift Shopping

Thrift stores Offer More Than You Think
Thrift stores Offer More Than You Think
Going to thrift stores is a wonderful way to save money on great clothes for incredibly low prices. Though you won’t always find something you like at a thrift store or second hand shop, visiting frequently will pay off, since these places are always getting new stocks of clothes, shoes, and jewelry. You can get shoes as cheap as ten dollars, and shirts and pants for only three dollars on a good day. Thrift stores even have books furniture, and other items. When you but something from a second hand shop, make sure to wash it thoroughly before you use it, just to be safe, and never buy make-up or intimates from second hand stores, as those items are very unsanitary. When you can, donate your old clothes that you are done using in order to help keep the cycle of the thrift store going.

Surplus Stores

Flea marketFlea markets, surplus stores, and even outlet shops are good for finding clothes for much reduced prices, as well as clothes that you would never find anywhere else. Army surplus stores are a nice place to find accessories that would potentially be stylish and militaristic in fashion, and is also a place to find sturdy shoes. Outlet stores can be more expensive than the other options, but you can get name brand clothing at outstandingly reduced prices at outlet malls and warehouse type shops. Flea markets are places to find interesting and quirky clothes, and accessories. These markets are also places that you can potentially barter down prices to even lower than they were originally set at.

Estate Sales

There are all kinds of unofficial sales that happen around the neighborhood. You can get really interesting items for prices that are practically a steal. If you are diligent about visiting these garage sales you might be able to find a lot of awesome items that you would never find anywhere else. Once again, these are places that you can try to barter for prices and drive the cost down even farther. There are also virtual yard sale sites that are regional, and they function similarly to yard sales in real life. As always, make sure that you carefully wash anything that you buy used, and avoid purchasing unhygienic items like used make-up.

Alterations

Give Your Old Clothes A New Look
Give Your Old Clothes A New Look
You can even alter old clothes that you find or make new ones that you’ve found at one of your bargain shopping sprees. If a shirt has a great pattern but an ugly cut, it is a simple matter to remake it by changing the shape a little. You can even use the fabric you like to add onto other garments as accents. Learning to sew is a way to both pass the time and to make your own clothes for cheap, and you can alter things you find or even make things from scratch, as fabric is generally cheaper than buying your own clothes outright. There are plenty of ways to look amazing with a low budget, and you can do it in a way that makes sure that your co-workers and peers will never know the difference.