One of the perks of being an E. EXCEL Distributor is meeting people from all over North America and growing lasting relationships. Even though this is a perk, sometimes it becomes hard to manage our busy lives as well as maintaining relationships with member of our teams that are far away geographically. We encourage all E. EXCEL Distributors to take advantage of technology to overcome these obstacles.

Google Hangouts is a free service that only requires you to have a Gmail account. This email address serves as your key to many fantastic features that are all free! Hangouts is compatible with any computer or tablet and Android and Apple devices. On any device you can use Hangouts for quick efficient instant messaging and texting. If you use Hangouts to text and IM a contact, both your instant messaging conversation and your text conversation will appear in one log. If you start a conversation on your desktop and need to head out, it’s not a problem! You can continue the same conversation via SMS and all messages are included in one history.

In addition to instant messaging and texting Google Hangouts works in conjunction with Google Voice to help protect your privacy and save you money. Google Voice allows each member to have an exclusive phone number that they can use to text, receive voicemails, and call from at any time. The fantastic thing about it is if you’re connected to Wi-Fi you can make calls using Google Voice that do not subtract from the monthly minutes associated with your cell phone plan. Having a Google Voice number also allows you to keep your personal cell number separate from your business number. When using Google Hangouts you can seamlessly switch texting and calling from your main cell number to your Google Voice number and multitask efficiently.

Think that’s all these two can offer? Think again! Included with the app on every platform is video chatting capabilities! You can add up to nine people to any video chat while using features that allow you to share your screen, share files, and work collaboratively. If you want more than nine people in on the conversation, you can broadcast the stream to additional users using the Hangouts On Air feature! You can use this service to discuss issues with multiple people in your network, saving you time, as well as displaying useful information on the screen. With capabilities to do all these things at a desktop computer or mobile device Google Hangouts should be part of your connectivity plan!

AuthorAshton Levier

Thanksgiving dinner has traditionally been a time to over indulge in a hearty meal and tasty treats. This year, why not make a few delicious, healthier choices that won’t thwart your health goals? Try these three classic, healthy dishes to keep your family full of excellent whole foods at Thanksgiving dinner!

Butternut Squash Soup

2 tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
32 oz chicken stock
salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large pot and cook onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and squash until lightly browned. Add enough chicken stock to cover vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 40 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return to pot and add remaining stock until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper.

Brussels Sprouts

1 ½ lbs Brussels sprouts
3 tbsp E. EXCEL Essential Blend
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Trim sprouts and place them in a resealable plastic bag with all other ingredients. Seal the bag and shake to evenly coat sprouts. Pour onto baking sheet and roast for 30-45 minutes.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

15oz can pumpkin
2 eggs
½ c stevia (or other granulated sweetener)
¼ c caramel or vanilla sugar free syrup
½ c heavy cream
½ c water
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves

Mix all ingredients together and beat well with an electric mixer. Pour into a buttered 9 in pie plate. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack and chill before serving.

AuthorAshton Levier