Jasmine Henderson

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Jasmine is a writer and the editor for Healthy You Now. When she's not finding ways to advocate for mental health awareness in her community, Jasmine keeps busy being an entrepreneur in the creative space.

How you can put those leftover pumpkin seeds to good use

The autumn season is always the turn of the year when I shift from wanting be out and about to choosing to stay in. This is mostly because it starts to get colder outside and afternoon brunch turns into crafting and cooking at home with girlfriends. One seasonal staple in my home has been pumpkins. They were decorative for Halloween, then as they get older they transition into impromptu ingredients for chili or waffles. I even rivaled my mother’s pumpkin bread recipe, a knockoff of one she got from her college bakery. After some yummy dishes, one thing was left: pumpkin seeds. Of course you can save them! Here are a few ways to get the most out of the leftovers. Toast them for a healthy snack Roasted pumpkins seeds are a seasonal snack in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Save yours and enjoy them all year. Also known as Pepitas, you…

3 huge lessons my vegan friends taught me about cooking healthy

My relationship with meat and animal byproduct is simple: I love it. So anytime I find out another one of my friends is making the change to no animal products, I feel like I’ve lost a soul-sister in eating. However there are a few lessons my vegan and vegetarian friends have taught me that are changing the way I think about cooking at home. Essentially, these changes have made some of my favorite dishes healthier and even tastier!\r\nMushrooms aren’t just a topping in your salad\r\nMushrooms hold superfood status. That means they are loaded with some of the most potent nutrients on earth. Mushrooms in your regular diet means better weight management and a healthier immune system. They also act as a “prebiotic” for the growth of probiotic gut organisms. Not only are they great for your body, but they can be a great addition to a meal or stand alone. A…

How to live every single day with unshakeable purpose

Every mentor I’ve ever had has made one thing clear to me if not anything: Success demands singleness in purpose. Forever I had been applying that anecdote to every academic and career goal I wrote down in my journal. Fast forward to starting two companies, and I found myself somehow still unsatisfied with things in life outside of what I could contribute to my LinkedIn profile. I had not figured out how to streamline my steps to align to a single purpose. I had one over here, which was to excel at my job, which eventually turned into me being the boss. After that, what else was there. Years of creating a work-life I can be happy with, I’d missed the part about life-balance.\r\n\r\nThat’s when I made the decision to give my personal life more purpose. Starting with these five points, I’ve built my foundation for unwavering faith and purpose…

Healthy eating: Get more Vitamin B12 out of your diet

\r\n \r\n\r\nAs women sometimes we count on one another for health tips, especially as age changes the way our body uses and produces energy. One thing you may have gone to your mother or best girl friend to find out is which vitamins you need to take. There’s plenty of variety in the supplement department. One general vitamin that we can’t get enough of is vitamin B12. It keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy for the most part, and critical in many body processes. The older you get, the harder it can be to absorb vitamin B12 in the body. Strict vegetarians, drinkers, smokers, pregnant women, and the elderly are usually at high risk for B12 deficiency. Sure, you can take a daily supplement, but this is one complex vitamin that can be found in food sources you use every day. A few benefits of vitamin B12 include more energy…

How to avoid over-thinking in 5 easy steps

Ever get caught in a rabbit hole of your own thoughts? I am a serial over-thinker. Throughout the day I struggle with losing my focus to tomorrow’s issues, or better yet problems I cannot solve. You could be thinking of the worse case scenario or the hundreds of different possible outcomes of a situation. Over-thinking can lead to anxiety, and it doesn’t promote productivity. The best general treatment advice to keep yourself from spacing out is to immediately distract yourself with something else – anything else. Here are a few ways to help to clear your mind.\r\nPut yourself on a time limit\r\nCall this your “thinking time”. Don’t complain or stress about your situation a minute more than you’ve dedicated. If you just shift your thoughts for a few moments, this could turn into a form of meditation, also great for countering the anxious feelings over-thinking can bring.\r\n\r\n\r\nGet some exercise\r\nDoing something physical…

Hack your to-do list in 4 simple steps

Does this sound familiar? You get through most of your work day only to realize you’ve spent most of it focused on one or two tasks on the long list of goals you set out to do. The to-do list is one thing productive minds everywhere have been trying to master. At the end of the day, you’ve got to do what works best for you. The most important thing to remember when making your to-do list first thing in the morning is prioritization.\r\n\r\nBefore you begin, think about the more difficult tasks you need done and put them at the top of the priority list. Getting the hard stuff out the way will make the end of the day seem like a breeze, plus you’ll meet whatever deadlines are set. Filtering your list by priority also gives you a snapshot of what needs to be done versus what you’ve already…

The guide to getting fit with friends

Managing a fitness routine seemed daunting until I figured out a hack — bring a friend! From cardio to yoga, it’s more fun when you have a buddy alongside you who’s sweating and working just as hard as you are. Exercising with a partner allows you to learn more moves, become more motivated, and have fun with someone who’s going to hold you accountable for all of those goals you set at the beginning of the year. If you don’t have a gym membership or personal trainer, an exercise buddy is an affordable alternative with some added healthy competition to avoid ruts.\r\nHere are Cosmopolitan’s 6 exercises to get fit with a friend.

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