A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR:



~ Tips from LoSalt® for Starting from the Inside Out ~

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 4, 2014 – Admit it. You went a bit bonkers over the holidays, eating everything offered, skipping the gym, staying out too late night after night. And it shows! But not to worry, help is here.


It’s key to go easy. Set attainable goals and if possible, get a friend to join you on your journey to a better you. It will be more fun. Plus you’ll have each other to lean on when the road to success seems to be entirely uphill.


Following are the top four areas to focus on compiled by LoSalt®, the healthy, reduced sodium alternative to regular table, sea and rock salts. Start with one, they say, and add as you go along.
 
MOVE IT!
As you’ve heard time and time again, exercise is a must affecting weight, energy level and mood. If most exercise routines bore you, and the thought of going to a gym makes you want to hide, find something like kick boxing, tango dancing or Zumba that you’ll enjoy doing at least twice a week.



On days when you don’t formally exercise, make the most of housecleaning chores. According to Weight Watchers, the biggest benefit of housecleaning is that it exercises all the major muscle groups, providing the opportunity to burn up to 250 calories an hour, even more when gardening or shoveling snow. Just consider the range of movements – walking, stretching, bending, lifting – involved in making beds, vacuuming, washing windows and stashing groceries. Take the stairs whenever you can and you’re on your way.



EAT SMART
You wouldn’t think you’d be hearing words of healthy food wisdom from a pastry chef, but Arielle Nelson, an expert in l’art de la pâtisserie, as they say at her alma mater, The French Pastry School in Chicago, and founder of Bite Size Baker, says, “It’s simply a matter of making the right decisions about what and how much to eat.”

Along with increasing your veggie intake and decreasing processed foods, she suggests improving your diet by swapping out a few ingredients. For example, trade regular salt for one like natural LoSalt® that has 66 percent less sodium. A one-for-one substitute for traditional salt means there’s no need to alter recipes and it has all the taste you’re accustomed to. Another switcheroo is to use unflavored Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, great for dips, toppings and savory main dishes.

Two more tricks? Serve meals on smaller plates, it makes portions look larger. And put your fork down between bites to slow the eating process so you know when you’re full. Then all you have to do is stop.

There’s no need to deprive yourself. Keep reading for two of Nelson’s favorite sweets and you’ll see.

FACE FACTS
Did the holidays wreak havoc on your complexion? Splurge on a good facial to get you on track or do it yourself instructions abound on the Internet. Find the right cleanser and moisturizer for your skin’s current condition and use them as directed ‘til it glows and is soft as silk.

As for makeup, get a professional’s opinion, your local department store most likely has well-trained people ready to help. A different blush, maybe new shadow or lipstick color? Start 2015 with a look that’s really “you,” and practice until your application is perfect.

GET YOUR Z-Z-Z-Zs
A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in the world to how you look, feel and act. An insufficient amount and not only will you feel sluggish, but your skin can lose its radiance and your eyes their sparkle.

Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health, but according to The National Sleep Foundation in Washington, DC, the rule of thumb for adults 18 years and older is seven to nine hours every night.

Among the organization’s tips to a better night’s sleep are: stick to the same bedtime and wake-up time; avoid afternoon naps; exercise daily; and keep your room dark. Light, particularly the blue variety that emanates from electronic devices, can keep the body from producing melatonin, which controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours.

The New Year is here. Start now and make it the best ever.

Here are Nelson’s recipes:

Sweet n’ Salty Berry Delight
By Arielle Nelson
Serves 2


Ingredients:
2 cups assorted berries
For the whipped cream*:
-          1 cup heavy whipping cream
-          2 tbsp. sugar
*or substitute Reddi-wip®, low in hydrogenated oil, or a lighter version whipped cream of your choice
For the salted caramel sauce:
-           2 cups sugar
-          12 tbsp. butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
-          1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
-          1 ½ tbsp. LoSalt®

Method:
1.    Begin with the salted caramel sauce. Place the sugar in a pot and turn heat on medium high. Whisk until sugar is melted and color is an amber brown. If you’re using a thermometer, cook sugar to 350 degrees F.
2.    Add the butter and whisk until melted. Remove from heat.
3.    Add the cream and LoSalt and whisk until combined. Let sit for 12-15 minutes before using. You can store it in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
4.    Next, make the whipped cream. Place the heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Start on a low speed. Slowly increase speed and add sugar. Increase speed to high and whisk until stiff peaks. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. (If you decide to use whipped cream substitute, non-applicable)
5.    Place the rinsed berries in a bowl with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Enjoy!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Mousse
By Arielle Nelson
Serves 2


Ingredients:
For the mousse:
-          One 12 oz. package of soft silken tofu
-          1/3 cup reduced fat, unsalted peanut butter
-          1/3 cup powdered sugar
-          ½ teaspoon LoSalt®

For the whipped cream*:
-          1 cup heavy whipping cream
-          2 tbsp. sugar
*or substitute Reddi-wip®, low in hydrogenated oil, or a lighter version whipped cream of your choice
For the topping:
-          1/3 cup unsalted peanuts
-          ½ tsp. LoSalt

Method:
1.    Start with the mousse. Place the tofu, peanut butter, powdered sugar and LoSalt® in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator until set. About 45 minutes to an hour.
2.    Next, whip the cream. Place the heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Start on low speed. Slowly increase speed and add sugar. Increase speed to high and whisk until peaks are stiff. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. (If you decide to use whipped cream substitute, non-applicable)
3.    Toss the peanuts with LoSalt.
4.    Sprinkle peanuts on top of the mousse. Top with a dollar of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Check out Arielle’s other innovative creations on her Instagram and Facebook accounts. 


LoSalt® is the U.K.’s leading healthy, low-sodium alternative to salt sold worldwide and in more than 4,500 stores in the U.S., including national chains such as Kroger and Whole Foods Market as well as natural food stores and independents.  LoSalt has 66 percent less sodium that regular table, sea and rock salts, but tastes just like regular salt.  A great source of potassium, LoSalt is a natural product.  It is a product of Klinge Foods Ltd., based in East Kilbride, Scotland just south of Glasgow.  For more information, please visit their website http://www.losalt.com/us, become a fan at https://www.facebook.com/losalt and follow them at https://twitter.com/LoSaltUS.

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