Loading... Please wait...


Relaxing and Mindfulness in the New Year


Happy New Year's from Ingredient! The hectic holidays are over, and many people are taking the change in year as an good excuse to pick up a new healthy habit. May we suggest relaxing?

cozy blankets

Learning how to relax is an important skill but is often overlooked. Not being able to relax can cause stress, and physical effects from stress on the body can include hair loss, teeth grinding, an inability to concentrate, and a weakened immune system.

Mindfulness meditation

An important part of relaxing is allowing your mind to come to rest. Think of the difference between the tightness of making a fist and how your muscles are relaxed when your hand is loosely open. Try a mindfulness meditation to relax your brain. First, get into a comfortable sitting position. Gently close your eyes. Relax your body. Begin to pay attention to breathing in and out. If you get distracted by wandering thoughts, return your attention to breathing. Eventually your thoughts will slow down, and your mind will relax.

Relaxing foods

Foods that have properties which can soothe and calm the body include: milk, soup, bananas, honey, avocados, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Here are two delicious smoothie and shake recipes that feature relaxing ingredients.

Green goddess smoothie

Makes one serving.


•¼ cup avocado chunks
•1 medium banana
•1 teaspoon honey
•1 cup coconut water
•½ cup ice
•½ cup water (optional)


Put all the ingredients (except water) in a powerful blender and blend well. Check consistency, and add more if you wish.

Oatmeal cookie breakfast shake

Makes one serving.


•2 medium bananas, frozen
•¼ cup old fashioned oats, uncooked
•½ cup milk
•½ teaspoon cinnamon
•1 tablespoon raisins (optional)


Put all the ingredients in a powerful blender and blend well. Check consistency, and add more milk if you wish.

The Perfect Cup of Cocoa

Get warmed from the inside out with a rich, creamy mug full of hot cocoa. It's the perfect treat to make after coming in after winter break sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, or whatever you do in the great outdoors! Though it takes some extra work, this beats an envelope of instant hot cocoa mix hands [...]

Read More »

How to Make Classic Christmas Cookies

Start a family tradition by making classic cut-out cookies! When most Americans think of Christmas cookies, butter cookies in festive shapes topped with icing is what most often comes to mind. Christmas cookies were not always such sugary sweet confections. In Medieval Europe, spicy German gingerbread called lebkuchen was first associated with Christmas. It was often [...]

Read More »

Edible Gifts

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that you make yourself! Whip up a batch of something sweet or savory to give to your family and friends. Get creative by using interesting cookie cutters or digging up an old family recipe. Find fun ways to wrap your gift. Your gift will be an original and fully [...]

Read More »

Latkes for Hanukkah

Did you know that Hanukkah began on Sunday? Jewish people celebrate the Festival of Lights to commemorate the rededication of the Jewish Temple. Learn more about the holiday here.During Hanukkah, many people make latkes (or potato pancakes). Here's how to make them.Latke recipe Serves 6.Ingredients •1 pound potatoes, peeled •½ cup finely chopped onion •1 large egg, beaten •2 tablespoons [...]

Read More »

Savory Pumpkin Quesadilla Recipe

Looking for a quick and savory snack to make? Here's a recipe that features everyone's favorite squash. Pumpkin Quesadilla Makes 1 servingIngredients 1 large tortilla 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree a sprinkle of taco seasoning 2 tablespoons of your favorite shredded cheese tiny bit of vegetable oil salsa sour creamInstructions Spread pumpkin on tortilla, sprinkle with taco seasoning, top with cheese and fold over. Brush outside [...]

Read More »

Turkey Facts and a Fun Alternative to Black Friday

The fourth Thursday in November is always Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Family and friends gather from near and far to share a festive meal. The meal’s usual showstopper? The succulent, golden turkey! But, turkey has only been popular since the mid-1800s when a magazine suggested it, and the idea caught on. If you were [...]

Read More »

Hydroponic Farming: An Intro for Kids

Close your eyes and imagine what a farm looks like. In your mind’s eye you probably see rows of plants in a field, a tractor with muddy tires and bunches of fresh produce. What if it was possible for a farm to produce tons and tons of food, but had no dirt at all?Hydroponic farming Hydroponic [...]

Read More »

What Is a Vegetarian? A Guide for Curious Kids

Do your kids know any vegetarians? Perhaps they're interested in eating less meat. Or, maybe they're vegetarian and want to learn more! Read on for an overview and a meat-free recipe that's perfect for chilly fall days.A guide to vegetarianism A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, poultry, fish or sea creatures of any [...]

Read More »

All about Potatoes

Did you know that on average each American eats more than 110 pounds of potatoes a year, according to the National Potato Council? Learn more about these super tubers and keep scrolling for a scrumptious recipe! Super spuds Potatoes have been grown for more than 4,000 years. Ancient civilizations in Peru were the first to grow potatoes. In [...]

Read More »

Sign up to our newsletter

Share with us


Recent Updates