Healthy Smoothie Recipes: My Top Three Favorite Smoothies

This time of year has me thinking of smoothies and salads. Here are three of my personal smoothie favorites - give em' a try!

If you want to find a creative and tasty way to add spinach to your diet a spinach smoothie may be your answer. You will be pleasantly surprised by the taste. I've included a few variations for you.

Healthy Spinach Juice Smoothie Recipe

How to make a flax and fruit smoothie. A flax and fruit smoothie is a healthy way to get a great boost of energy, vitamins, minerals and Omega-3. Not only is this smoothie easy to make it is delicious. Includes video and photo tutorial.

VIDEO Flax and Fruit Smoothie Recipe: With Flaxseed Oil

Purple Power - Matcha Smoothie; How would you like to meet your antioxidant ORAC recommendations, get your daily vitamin & mineral needs, have a caffeine boost, improve mental alertness, get a dose of melatonin, and please your taste buds in one smoothie?

A Very Healthy Blueberry Smoothie Recipe: With blueberries, tart cherry juice & matcha

5 Useful Writing Tutorials for Content, Narrative and Creative Writing

Online Research Writing: Tips and Tricks

Online research and writing informative text can be a rewarding process. Your efforts are to deliver knowledge and textual support for your readers. Whether you are developing your own research or writing for hubs or blogs online research writing is an insightful experience. The following hub will guide you through the steps of preparing and documenting online research, pre-writing skills, reflective editing and the publishing of your respective text. Includes graphic organizer ideas.

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Writing Tutorials: Describing a Character, How to Create Imagery and Characterization

You cannot describe a character until you have built the character. I will guide you through the steps and questions you need to reflect on as you begin the process of evolving your thoughts into a character your readers will want to follow, analyze and interpret.
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Writing Tutorials: What is Creative Writing? Ideas and Examples for Writing a Story

Creative writing typically shows the evolution of a character as they tackle conflict. This hub will guide you through a few pre-writing ideas and will touch on conflict, characterization, plot and setting.
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Writing Tutorials: Examples of How to Describe and Create Setting

This hub will enlighten you to ideas which will help you see setting beyond the element of location. Location is NOT the only element of setting. Setting is a beautiful and important part of any narrative.
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Writing Tutorials: Personal Narratives and Essays, How to Write a Story

A personal narrative tells a story from your point of view. It is usually about an extended period in one's life. Perhaps it was a memorable experience, a challenge defeated or an impressive accomplishment. A personal narrative should illustrate the journey as well as the physical and/or emotional change it created.

8 Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

A great antioxidant, tart cherry juice combats insomnia, inflammation and gout. Tart Cherry Juice is a rich source of potassium and melatonin. Studies have shown incredible benefits in nutrition, muscle health and cellular armor against various cardiovascular diseases, ailments and cancers.
  1. ArthritisTart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation, especially for the millions of Americans suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis.
  2. Fibromyalgia: Bioactive phytochemicals in tart cherries can benefit people with fibromyalgia. Additional studies are pending, but several forum discussions around the web are citing positive results.
  3. Goutthe consumption of cherry juice concentrate for a period of 4 months or longer, can reduce gout flare-ups.
  4. High Blood PressureTart cherry juice is a significant source of potassium. Regular consumption of natural sources of potassium are known to reduce high blood pressure.
  5. InsomniaTart cherry juice’s sleep-enhancing benefit is likely the result of a naturally high concentration of melatonin.
  6. Metabolic SyndromeStudies suggests tart cherries may help control weight and prevent metabolic syndrome.
  7. Muscle Fatigue: A study found drinking tart cherry juice before and after a strenuous running event minimizes post-run muscle pain, inflammation and fatigue.
  8. Inflammation: Tart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation.
"...decreased urinary cortisol and increased urinary 5-HIAA levels in all the experimental groups. Moreover, the cherry product was able to lessen anxiety status in the middle-aged and elderly participants, and enhanced subjective mood parameters, particularly family relationships in young participants, and frame of mind and fitness in both middle-aged and elderly subjects." Experimental Gerontology 
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