Friday, April 10, 2015

Benefits + Recipe of Pineapple and Raspberry Smoothie & Protein Shake

Benefits + Recipe of Pineapple and Raspberry Smoothie

Pineapple Raspberry Smoothie Protein Shake
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I made this simple and yummy treat as a recovery drink after my workout yesterday. We all know that adding protein to every meal is important especially after a workout session. But there is one ingredient I always make sure to add to my smoothies not only because it tastes delicious but mainly because it works wonder for the body. Yes, Pineapple!

A few Benefits of pineapple post workout
Pineapple contains some the following ingredrients:
Bromelain which helps with inflammation
Vitamin C which offers immune System Support
 Vitamin B1 which turns carbohydrate into the energy we need and is important for the proper function of our muscles and the operation of the nervous system.
Vitamin A, Phosphorus and Manganese.

A few Benefits of Raspberry
Low Glycemic Index
Aids weight loss and digestion

Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a magnificent healer read more here and see for yourself why and how you could add more of it to your lifestyle.

Protein Powder
Frozen raspberries
Frozen or non Frozen pineapple
Almond Milk
Turmeric just sprinkle a little before you blend
Fresh Mint ( optional)

Combine all ingredients except for the mint.
Enjoy with some fresh mint!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NFL BOOK CORNER: Book review of Life is Gift by Tony Bennett

Welcome to the Natural Fitabulous Lifestyle's Book Corner
I decided to revive my blogging activities by sharing something I am absolutely passionate about and that is books, especially Memoirs and Biographies.
Today I will be sharing about my latest intellectual goody and that is Life is A Gift by Tony Bennett.
 My excitement upon finishing the book last night:
"Wohooo I am done reading this delicious totally awesome amazing stupendous book and I have to tell youuuuuuuu!!!
Oh my! Okay where do I start... The guy marched @ Selma and has been close friend to Belafonte for years.
When I read the book of Dr Martin King sister last year she mentioned the role Belafonte played in their lives. So here I am reading again about this man whose voice I have love sinc...e I was a little girl! Oh I had a crush on him because he was so handsome!
Okay back on track, I was saying... Belafonte invited Benett to walk with them in March 1965. And he shares in the book that amazing story of how all the performers who attended find have a stage to perform so a mortician donated some coffins that were used to create a platform for them.
Don't you just love how reading teach you things from a different facet?
Memoirs reveal things that history books can't and that's one of the many things I love about books. I shared his Selma story with my kids today and we went from discussing Selma to a few other things! Learning never stop and reading is so much fuuuuunnn!!!

Just to show a few of the people mentioned in the book :

Ella and Bennett were very close and lived near each other in California. She was a close family friend to him and his girls.

Amy Winehouse recorded with him her last song before she died 4 months after. The song was a favorite of her dad ' Body and Soul'!

 Louis Armstrong: Benett painted his portrait and Louis teased that he out Rembrandted Rembrant and hang the portrait in his office. When Armstrong home was turned into a museum the portrait was kept in the same location.

SINATRA was his mentor and eventually his best friend. He credits Sinatra to being the one that gave him his big breakthrough because Sinatra's public praises of him gave him a big recognition.Sinatra taught him the importance of supporting the younger generations.

Bennett created an Art sShool in Astoria NY and named it after Sinatra.
 Throwback from March 28.....
"What are you guys up to?
I'm back from the ranch and it's #datenight with #tonybennett!
Like #princeroyce would say #thatsclassrightthere this guy is not just a legend he is what good music is all about! Oh my and to learn about Duke Ellington (who was one of his close friends) and learn all the rich 'behind the scenes' history of the music industry is just too fascinating!"
Now that I am done reading this delicious book I will have to tell you what I absolutely love about it:
1) Reading memoirs gives you facets of historical facts and moments that school books can't ever give.
2) I love that he wasn't just a singer but also a painter and is now learning sculpting. This to me shows that being an artist doesn't mean you confine yourself to one form of expression. I love that he would go between painting or singing when one project was too overwhelming.
3) I love that I learned some musical and artistic techniques from him. Even though I am not a singer I can appreciate learning more about music.
4) I love all his tips and lessons on the importance on being true to yourself. This alone is powerful lesson in itself!
5) I loved that BEAUTY matters to him because I too love to see beauty in everything.
6) I love learning about other celebrities like Lena Horne, Belafonte that I absolutely love, Louis Armstrong. It is fun to see how they impacted each others.
7) I love that he lived long enough, still living, to share his ups and down with so much class and inspiration.
I could go on but just read this delightful book for yourself and let me know what you think of it!

What is something inspiring that you read recently? What would you recommend for my next reading selection? Answer me here or on my facebook page!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick Meals + Messy Kitchen Cooking with a Really Real Housewife Of...

Yay I am back to blogging!

At least for tonight!

I am skipping my workout, not reading a book, not watching TV (something I rarely do anyway) so I figured that a little blogging after cooking dinner would do wonders for my soul.

To all of you who used to follow my blog, I know I have really been seriously MIA, especially since having my 4th child. But despite my silence, I assure you that all is well.
Having a 4th child five years after my previous pregnancy, has certainly changed my family's dynamics a lot. Thankfully in a positive way but it is nonetheless demanding.

I had started a wellness Facebook page since my having my fourth child and this is where you can catch up on my activities with you are a Facebook user.

I have also recently launched own brand, making organic skincare products mainly and you can learn more about my amazing products on @ N'nako

In addition to that, I have recently launched the N'nako Book Club group on Facebook that you are welcome to join if you are a reader.

Now that I am done catching up some, this blog tonight is just about Foooood yes, food.

I wanted to share my quick meal tonight  so here it is:

I had my 9 years old son help with some of the prepping.
He cut and boiled some potatoes to serve as a side dish.

He also cut the boneless chicken thighs and the orange bell pepper. We picked orange simply because he said he liked the color! lol ( got to do whatever it takes to keep them excited about cooking)

30 minutes after my little sous chef assisted me, I pulled out the mini processor to make a quick mix that would serve as a marinade and flavor my quick dinner.

Once the potatoes were ready I layered them with cheese and baked them for less than 30 minutes.

I decided to pull out the rice cooker to made an additional side dish because my children love rice and looking at that yummy chicken on my stove I new a fresh bed of white rice would do those peppers more justice.

Since I didn't workout today and wasn't planning on eating a big salad plate I simply used a small tortilla to serve me as dinner.

The kids loved their meal, plenty of potatoes left to serve them for lunch during our homeschooling hours.
That delicious chicken will not survive the night but what can I say!
That was a pretty tasty fast and easy meal!

Now, sweeping the kitchen and drying dishes is left to them. Oh yes, I believe in delegating!

Yes I did say drying dishes. I don't use my dishwasher ha ha! If you haven't heard, us "African Be Like"...we don't care much this noisy water guzzling kitchen appliance! Ha ha ha

But despite the fact that my little hard working hands are always in the water, I can still brag of having some soft and pretty hands!

Of couuurse I have a secret!
Of course I will share it with you...
Shea Butter soufflé by N'nako.
I always keep some in my kitchen drawers. That soufflé works wonders on laborious hands and for your body overall.

That same Shea Butter soufflé worked some miracles on all those dark stretch marks I had as a result of my 4 pregnancies.
Sorry a before of after of my waistline would not fit the scope of this blog, we are still focusing on food you know!
But meet me on my page N'nako because I would soon upload a picture on the subject :-)

Alright, so this really real housewife of Tennessee is done blogging for tonight. But I was wondering.
For those of you who don't live in a city that is represented by the Real Housewives Series...what item would you pose with if you were to pretend that you were a Real Housewife?

To all my fellow moms out there, I am eager to know, so if you are ever on Instagram tag me to show me #nnako_goodhealthdiva or post on my Facebook wall

Thanks in advance for sharing and thanks for reading!
I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks for stopping by, sharing your comments, Following , Liking the FB page, subscribing by email, sharing with your friends and all those good stuffs...(smiles) Until next time have a better and healthier life... N'na