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Salsa to Swing – Your Brain on Dance

Hit the Dance Floor

Per Dr Oz

Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep your brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out. As a bonus, dancing may help you with tip No. 17.

Read more: Dr_Oz_Tip_22

Salsa, Swing and even Ballroom

  • Square dancing
  • Swing (traditional or West Coast, which is more technical)
  • Line dancing, which can be done to country, rock, pop, or salsa music
  • Folk dancing, which can reconnect you to your ethnic roots or introduce you to a whole new culture
  • Ballroom
  • Belly dancing
  • Salsa
  • Flamenco
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Modern
  • Clogging (double-time stomping and tap steps)
  • Contra (square dance moves in lines with men and women switching places)

Dance your brain into gear!!

Why wait?  Don’t wait for that special occasion or the Saturday dance group – dance down the street!  Practice steps as you walk!  Grab a business mate and twirl into the break room.  The laughter and smiles that accompany dance bring warmth and light to your heart and your day.  It’s easy to improve any day with a few twirls and giggles.

Dancing can be magical and transforming.

It can breathe new life into a tired soul;
make a spirit soar;
unleash locked-away creativity;
unite generations and cultures;
inspire new romances or rekindle old ones;
trigger long-forgotten memories;
and turn sadness into joy, if only during the dance.


Dancing is an exercise for mind and body.

  • It strengthens bones
  • Increases heart rate
  • Adds Laughter
  • Creates Smiles
  • Increases Stamina and Flexibility
  • Improves Balance
  • Introduces New Friends
  • Fuels Passion


From Cooking Light

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

A higher-fiber alternative to plain milk, this smoothie doubles as a smart breakfast or a milk shake-like treat. One serving of the smoothie contains 315 milligrams of calcium, roughly the same amount as a glass of milk. Freeze and store extra bananas in zip-top plastic bags so you can whip up this smoothie in a flash.

  • YIELD: 2 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
  • COURSE: Beverages, Beverages, Nonalcoholic, Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts
  • 1 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat graham cracker crumbs (about 1/2 cookie sheet)
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubes (about 1/4 cup)
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 scoop each

Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about 1 hour).
Place frozen banana and remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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