7 awesome, healthy habits you seriously need in your life

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Healthy Habits You Need in Your Life
It might feel like living a super healthy lifestyle is only for workout fanatics and insanely focused health nuts, but that's simply not true. Anyone can be healthy with the right amount of work and knowledge of what it truly means.

After all, who wouldn't want to wake up everyday feeling energized instead of groggy? Or get through your work day feeling motivated and excited instead of exhausted and irritated?

Health equals happiness and happiness is something we should all be working towards at the end of the day (or beginning). That being said, the key to a healthy lifestyle has a great deal to do with your daily habits. If you're a homebody who sits on the couch all day and chooses chips for your dinner meal, you're probably NOT on the right track to being healthy.

Here are a few great, healthy habits you should work into your life ASAP.

1) Cook more meals at home

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Cooking for yourself gives you the power to make healthy food swaps, control proportions and ensure your food is as fresh as it gets.

2) Drink more water

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It nourishes the skin and does wonders for your insides as well!

3) Less sitting, more standing

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Excessive sitting can take years off your life.

4) Get outside!

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People who live closer to nature are ultimately healthier than those who are not. Plus -- nature is GORGEOUS.

5) Exercise more

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Ideally, you should be getting 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day, 5 days a week.

6) Spend time with loved ones

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People with strong social networks tend to reap tons of health benefits.

And lastly...
7) BE GRATEFUL

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...for obvious reasons!

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Kelsey Nixon's Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

This twist on chicken noodle soup is another way to boost your protein. Plus, swapping noodles for quinoa allows you to eliminate gluten. To make this dish taste extra good: Dish about half a cup of quinoa into your bowl and pour the soup right over the top, rather than mixing it together, to maintain that delicious flavor.

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Kelsey Nixon's Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Our culinary team couldn't stop raving about these cookies -- and for good reason. This recipe calls for a number of items you can feel good about serving to your family -- everything from coconut, to oats and peanut butter. For an even healthier option: Try swapping the chocolate chips for raisins. Either way, this will be a recipe you'll be making for years to come.

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Kelsey Nixon's Pork and Apple Meatballs with Quinoa

Want to up your amount of protein intake? This recipe will allow you to do just that, as it combines pork with quinoa to make even the pickiest of eaters happy. Kelsey recommends serving the meatballs with egg noodles, parsley and parmesan cheese -- a combination that is as winning as it is affordable.

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Kelsey Nixon’s Roasted Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread

A roasted vegetable sandwich?! Talk about a great way to save money at lunchtime! If you don't have a panini press at home, you can make this in a cast-iron skillet and just put another heavy pan on top and weigh it down with a couple of tin cans.
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Kelsey Nixon’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

This is a perfect hearty, comfort food-type dish that is still jam-packed with nutritional value. It looks as good as it taste, plus it allows for the roasted vegetables to be the shining star. Your kids will love this dish, and so will anyone else who takes a bite.
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