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Top Health Benefits Of Spending Time Outdoors

The sun shines on your skin. You close your eyes and feel your skin cells come to life like a salsa dancer on an overpacked dance floor. You sink into your chair and every thought melts away like a dripping snow cone.

Being outside whether for your daily dog walk, to get your tan on, or playing your favourite outdoor sport, can have a hypnotic-like effect on our mind, body and soul.

These days we are inundated with mental health information and online influencers urging us to get outside and enjoy what mother nature gave us. But why? What’s actually behind the brouhaha of the benefits of getting outside?

When we look beyond the magical properties of nature’ we find there are a few key factors at play.

Increased movement

Yes we’re referring to movement and not physical exercise. Exercise can often be a scary word because we all have our preconceived notions about what it means and how we do it. So the key factor here is getting out to get moving. Whether you’re out for a leisurely stroll, tossing a frisbee at the park, or canoeing at Dow’s Lake, you’re not binge watching another television series on the couch, and that’s what counts. The allure of the outdoors, especially when it’s warm out, reduces the barrier to getting excited about going out and getting more movement.

Opportunity for connection

Even if physical distancing restrictions are in place, being outdoors gives us another way to connect with friends and family. Whether we take the time to stop and chat with a neighbour, research shows that even being around others without interacting can help to reduce feelings of isolation. Isolation is found to be one of the key contributors to poor mental health.

The power of Vitamin D

As Canadians we spend a lot of time indoors. This means that we get less exposure to sunlight. When we get less exposure to sunlight, our body doesn’t produce as much Vitamin D. Beyond absorbing Calcium, various research findings show that there is a link between levels of Vitamin D in the body and experience of low mood or Depression. 

So just by throwing on your runners and stepping outside you’re taking literal and metaphorical steps towards boosting your mood.

Focusing on the present is easier

When you’re outdoors there’s so many different ways to engage our senses; birds chirping, the bright colours of growing flowers, the aromas of a BBQ hard at work. With these natural attention grabbers, we can easily attune our focus to what we notice around us. Being present, or mindful, is not about meditation, it’s about keeping your attention in the here and now. This becomes easier to do when we get outside. Quick how to: Pick a spot to observe and try to notice what you see, hear smell, feel and can possibly taste.

Less tech temptation

Being in the present moment is easier when we are not surrounded by the pings of our electronic devices. Being outside and leaving the tech at home reduces distraction while trying to engage your senses in nature.Doing this connects us to our roots of humanity and the natural world around us. When we get outside, we reduce the temptation to scroll, snap or tweet (assuming you haven’t brought your laptop with you).

Research shows that all these factors have a significant impact on our mental, physical and spiritual health. The context of being outside (regardless of the weather) is what allows all these elements to naturally come together for a one stop shop of wellness.

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Amy's Healthy Quarantine Snacks Event

Thank you so much for those who attended our virtual cooking event with Amy Longard. We hope you had as much fun as we did. If you're looking to make some of Amy's healthy snacks, but can't quite remember how she did it, we've got you covered. Within this blog you'll find a recap of her video, few of her recipes, some healthy snack options, and a few tips she mentioned. 

In case you missed it, here is the video!

https://youtu.be/nQ2lIdM1H8s

Cherry Chocolate Nice Cream 

Chili Roasted Chickpeas 

Amy’s Special Hummus

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Seasnax

Dulse Seaweed

Zengarry Cashew Cheese

Evive Smoothies

Camino Chocolate

Enerjive Crackers 

Rise Kombucha 

Oat & Mill Ice Cream

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Here are some other tips Amy mentioned:

  • Apricots make a great snack, especially when they are paired with nuts
  • Looking for a change? Try dipping your apple slices in peanut butter or cinnamon
  • Want a creative recipe? Try out Chocolate Avocado Pudding!
  • Add some cocoa powder and maple syrup in your Hummus recipe for a chocolate taste
  • If you’re a coffee enthusiast, make sure to drink 2 cups of water for every cup of coffee to stay hydrated. You can also find substitutes like green tea.

We had so much fun cooking with Amy that we're working on another virtual event for you very soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, if you're looking for some more educational health content, check out our Wellness-blog: https://kardish.com/blogs/wellness-blog

 

Thank you so much for participating and we can't wait to see you again soon! 

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Healthier Apple Pie

Gathering around the dinner table for any fall occasion just doesn’t seem as sweet if it doesn’t finish off with a delicious slice of apple pie. This autumn classic has been shared and loved for decades, and though it is a favourite, it is not necessarily the healthiest option. By making these simple swaps, you can feel free to indulge in a slice or two without all of the guilt!

There are several different variations on this classic and quintessential fall favourite. One of the easiest swaps that you can make for a healthier apple pie is the sugar. There is quite a large amount of sugar in a traditional apple pie recipe, so by reducing the amount used or even the kind of sugar, you can significantly decrease the sweetness in this dessert. Try using a sugar alternative such as maple syrup or agave for added sweetness with lower sugar content. 

Another simple way to make a healthier apple pie is to make it with a whole wheat crust. By swapping out regular white flour for whole wheat flour, you can make a much healthier crust with not much taste difference. Whole wheat flour will still give you a delicious and flaky crust to support the decadent apple filling.

A final simple swap that you can make when serving apple pie is dairy-free ice cream. There are several delicious choices on the market that make great alternatives to regular dairy ice cream. This is a great way to appeal to a larger group who may have dairy sensitivities or allergies. There are also really great options for alternative whipped cream, so if you prefer whipped cream to ice cream, you can even try a coconut alternative. 

By making these small and simple changes to the original recipe, you can turn an autumn and thanksgiving favourite into a new and healthier tradition for years to come! 

https://www.archanaskitchen.com/video-recipe-apple-pie-made-with-whole-wheat-pie-crust

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Healthier Apple Crisp

One of the many delicious autumnal treats to savour and enjoy this fall season is apple crisp. Although it is a sweet treat, it is not necessarily nutritious, so why not make a few easy swaps for a healthier alternative to this autumn classic. 

There are several different ways to make healthy swaps in this recipe. The recipe’s foundation includes apples that are already healthy on their own, so by using sugar alternatives to make the topping, you can easily make this dessert a little bit healthier. Apple crisp can be made with various options to make it completely gluten and dairy-free if that is what you desire. By making simple changes to the original recipe, you can create a dessert that can be enjoyed by all!

Oat topping 

You can use old-fashioned oats to make the crisp and crumbly topping which eliminates the use of refined flour, making the topping a lot healthier. Also, altering the amount of topping used, with more apple to crisp ratio, can make this dessert a healthier option.

Sugar 

Original apple crisp recipes usually call for a large amount of sugar. However, this can easily be replaced with maple syrup or even agave to add a healthy sweetness and a lower sugar level. Also, adding maple syrup instead of sugar gives this dessert an even more autumnal flavour and may make this a new favourite swap!

Butter 

Instead of using butter in this recipe, try swapping for coconut oil. This is a great alternative and a much healthier option to using regular butter. Most apple crisp recipes do not call for a large amount of butter, so this is a quick and easy switch to make that will provide a healthier alternative. 

By making these simple changes to the original recipe, you may just find a new favourite way to enjoy this sweet and delicious autumn dessert. Why not try serving this as a healthy thanksgiving dessert to follow that fantastic turkey dinner!

https://thecleaneatingcouple.com/healthy-apple-crisp/

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