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Dieting Secret Weapon Smoothies 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by alex

These desert inspired sips are loaded with specially formulated whey protein designed to increase metabolism and blast fat fast.

Undenatured Whey is Best for Slimming Down!

 

Optimizes liver function

Undenatured whey is made using a cold-press method that preserves the chemical structure of three essential amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamate).  These boost the production of an antioxidant (glutathione) that speeds detoxication and fat burning in the liver.  Research in Nutrition journal found this helped subjects on a whey protein rich diet to lose weight and burn fat vs those who didn’t get the protein.

Revs Metabolism

Sipping a smoothie enriched with undenatured whey can increase calorie expenditure by 25 percent for up to 5 1/2 hours. The credit goes to whey’s leucine, an amino acid that prompts muscle cells to preferentially burn fat for fuel.

Dials Down Appetite

The highly absorbable proteins in undenatured whey triggers a 65 percent greater release of key hunger-suppressing hormones compared with other proteins.  The payoff: British researchers found that subjects who drank a whey protein shake felt fuller longer and consumed 19 percent fewer calories at their next meal than those given an alternate protein.

Whey Product Recommendation:

We love Reserveage Organics Grass-Fed Vanilla Whey Protein  for its smooth flavor and superfine texture.  Plus, studies show that whey derived from the milk of grass fed cows contains up to 5 times more metabolism revving conjugated linoleic acid than other whey proteins.

Vanilla Raspberry Whirl Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup chilled cran-raspberry juice powder
  • 2 Tbs. chopped white chocolate
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Garnish as desired.  serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Bonus Smoothie Benefits!

The ellagic acid in raspberries wards off wrinkles.

 

Peaches and Cream Crumble Smoothie

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 can chilled peach nectar
  • 2 cups frozen chopped peaches
  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Garnish as desired.  serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Bonus Smoothie Benefits!

The tryptophan in peaches improves sleep quality.

 

Strawberry-Shortcake swirl Smoothie

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 pkg (5.3 oz) strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup cubed pound cake
  • 1-2 scoops undenatured vanilla protein powder.

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Garnish as desired.  serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

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Should you Take Probiotics? 0

Posted on July 20, 2014 by alex

Probiotics are popular but are they right for you?

Unless you do your grocery shopping online, you’ve probably noticed quite a few new products on the shelves with a label boasting that they contain probiotics.  Right now, these “good” bacteria are being hailed as nutritional rock stars.  They claim: They can whisk you away to wellness.  But as beneficial as probiotics seem, our enthusiasm for them may be outpacing the science showing what they can actually do.  Before you plunk down you cash, here’s what you need to know.

To make sense of how probiotics work, you’ll need to understand a few details about your stomach’s landscape.  There are more than a trillion bacteria cells hanging out in your digestive system.  And that’s a good thing.  Most of these bugs are “friendly” bacteria; they extract nutrients from your diet and boost your immunity by fighting off germs.

Even though the adult digestive system is dominated by a few common bacteria species, scientists suspect that each person can harbor more than 500 different kinds.  Your own gut’s bacteria are like a fingerprint, no two people’s are the same.

Despite the differences, scientists know that these bacteria mainly coexist harmoniously, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system,.  But this gastrointestinal (GI) party is crashed by stress, illness and even antibiotics (which can fight infections by indiscriminately killing off both good and bad bacteria).  that’s why some experts believe that consuming probiotics either in food or supplement form can help improve or maintain your health.  Since they’re similar to the good bacteria that are already living in your stomach, you’ll kick out your digestive systems’ unwanted guest, which may alleviate depression, assist with weight loss and reduce the duration and symptoms of some illnesses.

If your’re tempted to dash to the nearest grocery store, we won’t stop you.  Scientists believe that probiotics have some pretty hug health potential.  But here’s the caveat since people’s gut flora are so different, it;s difficult to determine which ones are healthy.  And much of the probiotic research has been done in the laboratory as fas as what they do in each person’ digestive system, that ‘s another hurdle.

So should you take a probiotic?  Maybe.

For starters, they are found in many healthy foods, like yogurt, kefir and kimchi.  You can also consider taking your probiotics in pill form. Don’t be misled by an at the time of manufacture label.  Just because these organisms were alive when bottled doesn’t mean that they survived transportation and storage.  A better bet is to look for a best buy date; companies that list one probably included more probiotics to compensate for some bugs dying off.  Check for at least 1 billion colony forming units (CFU), and note the storage instructions; many require storage in a dry place, while others don’t.

Probiotic Product Recommendations:

Probiotic like Align, may help improve our digestive health.

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Chicken with Orange Relish 0

Posted on July 10, 2014 by alex

Chicken with Orange Relish

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken-breast cutlets’ (4oz each)
  • ¼ tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 large orange
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray jelly-roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Arrange chicken on pan.  Rub chicken with ½ teaspoon ginger; sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.  Roast 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink in center (165 degrees)

2. Meanwhile, with knife, cut peel and white pith from orange; discard.  Cut on either side of membrane to remove each segment from orange; place half of segments in 2-quart saucepan.  Squeeze juice from membranes into saucepan.

3. To same saucepan, add celery, onions, vinegar, remaining ¼ teaspoon ginger, and 1/8-teaspoon salt.  Heat to boiling on high.  Reduce heat to simmer; cook 7 minutes or until celery is crisp-tender, stirring occasional.  Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and reserved segments.

4. Cook couscous as label directs.  Serve chicken with relish and couscous.

 

Each serving about 320 calories, 30 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 3 g total fat, 8 g fiber, 63 mg cholesterol.

The Sauce Is The Boss 0

Posted on July 02, 2014 by sierra

There are many different ways to make a berry sauce. It’s easy to spice up your breakfast with simple berry sauce recipes. Dressing up your breakfast can be fun and easy. First choose the berries you want (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries – any berry will do) put them in a bowl, place in the microwave, but stay alert as soon as they start to boil remove them and add a little stevia sugar . This is the most common way to make a berry sauce. Berries are in season and delicious so enjoy. You can choose from several different Berry Sauces;

You can mix them to make a light mixed berry sauce with chia seeds to increase weight loss & add nutrients, add light molasses sugar to make a thick sauce,  add stevia sugar for a pretty common sauce or cut berries and add for a chunky sauce.

Making home maid recipes at home is healthier and in most cases tastier so try and create some time to preparing meals yourself.

 

Healthy Light Mixed Berry Sauce

Light Mixed Berry Sauce

  • 1/4 pint fresh mixed blueberries
  • ½ tsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. Stevia
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

Over medium heat, add all ingredients to a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20-30 minutes. The longer it sits, the thicker it will be! Top your waffles or pancakes with the sweet yet healthy blueberry sauce and brunch is served.  Easy as that!

Thick Berry Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons water, if using fresh berries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon dark honey
  • 3 tablespoons light molasses
  • Pinch of ground cloves

Directions:

To make the syrup, in a saucepan, combine the blueberries, water (if using), lemon juice and zest, honey, 1 tablespoon of the molasses, and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the berries burst and the juices are slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Frozen berries may take slightly longer to thicken. Set aside and keep warm.

Chunky Berry Sauce

Ingredients:

  •  cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions: 

Stir blueberries, honey, lemon zest and juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes; serve warm.

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What Kind of Snacks are Those? 0

Posted on June 24, 2014 by sierra

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Are you tired of  sending your kids to school with cheese puffs and popcorn?

 

If so here are some tasty Portable Snacks and Lunches. Spice up you kids snacks with yummy healthier recipes:

 

Try Cookies with Fruit

 

Take things that kids like and then make them healthier like taking cookies and adding fruit. Here are some great cookies recipe with fruit.

 

Coconut Fruit Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cookie recipe or 1 (14-ounce) package Pillsbury® Sugar Cookie dough, cut into 24 slices
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • milk or coconut milk
  • flaked coconut
  • fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Bake cookies according to package directions. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Stir together confectioner’s sugar and enough milk to make a thick glaze. Spoon about a teaspoon of the glaze on top of each cookie, spreading to the edges with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle on coconut while the glaze is still wet. Allow to dry. Top with fresh fruit when ready to serve.

Serves: 24 cookies

 

Make Yummy Smoothies

Smoothies are another great snack alternative. They make a great nutritional cold drink for any day.

Tip:  Be sure to get ripe fruit it will be sweeter.

 

Spice up Yogurt with Nuts & a little Brown Sugar

You could also try or strawberries in yogurt with a little brown sugar. And for lunches there are many other non messy things other than a sandwich like put baked beans in a container  or wrap up a baked potato in tinfoil. There to many leftovers? no problem just get some containers and you can mix and match food for instance beans and rice pasta and bacon or pancakes will make a fine lunch to send with your child to school

Homemade Fruit Pops

 

 

Asparagus,Potato and Spinach Galette 0

Posted on June 24, 2014 by alex

Asparagus Potato Spinach Galette Recipe

Active 10 min * Total 40 min * serves 4 * cost per serving 1.98 *

Ingredients

  • 2 small yukon gold potatoes (about 8 oz.),verry thinly sliced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • half medium red onion,thinly silced
  • 4 oz. gruyere cheese, coarsly grated (about 1 cup)
  • 8 oz. medium aspargus, cut diagonaly into 1-in. pieces
  • 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg

mixed green salad, for seving

Directions:

1. Heat the oven to 425 F. In a large bowl, Toss together the potatoes, onions, asparagus, olive oil, and one fourth tsp of salt and pepper. Add the Gruyer and toss to combine.

2. Working on a piece of parchment paper, roll the pie crust into a twelve inch. Circle. Slide the paper (and crust) onto a baking sheet. Spread the mustard on the crust leaving a 3 inch boarder around the edge

3. Spoon the potato aspargus mixture onto the pie crust leaving a 2 and a half  inch boarder around the edge. Fold the boarder over the mixture

4. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and 1 tbsp  water. Brush the crust whith the egg and bake untill the crust is golder brown and the vegstables are tender, 30 to 35 miniouts, (cover whith foil if browning to quickly). Transfer to your cutting board and cut into pieces, serve whith salad if desired

Spicy Roasted Tomatoes with Spaghetti 0

Posted on June 10, 2014 by alex

Spicy Roasted Tomatoes with Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 2 Pounds Cherry Tomatoes
  • 3/4 tbs. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • 10 large Basil Leaves
  • 1 pound Stracciatella
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 pound Spaghetti

Directions:

Heat a convection oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the tomatoes and the garlic with two tablespoons of the olive oil until coated. Season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer and bake until the tomatoes are beginning to brown but are still juicy, about 20 minutes (25 minutes in standard oven).

While the tomatoes cook, pour the remaining 2/3 tablespoons of olive oil in deep roundo pan. Add half of basil, garlic and red pepper flakes. When the tomatoes are cooked, start the pasta: Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook until al dente.

At the same time, scrape the cooked tomatoes with any juices into the skillet. Crush tomatoes and garlic with a fork. Season with the red pepper flakes, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook gently until the tomatoes release their juices and the mixture reduces slightly, 3 to 4 minutes.

When the pasta is nearly cooked, scoop out about one cup of the pasta cooking water. Set aside. Then drain the pasta and add to the skillet with the tomato mixture. Add enough of the reserved pasta cooking water to create a saucy consistency and cook 2 to 3 more minutes, stirring, to allow the pasta to absorb the flavors.

Divide the pasta and sauce among four deep plates. Top each with stracciatella over the top of each plate of pasta. Garnish each plate with remaining basil.

Belly Flattening Smoothies 2

Posted on May 20, 2014 by alex

These smoothies are packed with plant protein to help you look and feel your all-time best with the help of Hemp Protein.

How Hemp Protein Speeds Slimming?

Hemp Revs Fat Burning

Unlike whey and soy based proteins, hemp protein is a rich source of essential fatty acids, including gammalinolenic acid (GLA).  Why that's a plus: Canadian reserachers found that GLA switches on brown fat a meta-bolically active form of fat that burns calories to generate heat.

Hemp Eases Belly Bloat

Hemp protein is up to 20 percent more digestible than soy protein. The credit goes to hemp's unique globular structure, which is easily broken down in the small intestine.  This in turn prevents undigested protein from building up in the GI tract, where it can produce bloat-triggering gas.

Hemp Dials Down Appetite

Because hemp protein contains up to 13 grams of fiber per serving, it digests more slowly for long-lasting satiety. And according to the USDA scientists, women who up their fiber intake effortlessly consume 10 percent fewer calories per day.

Belly Flattening Smoothies with Hemp

Kiwi Avocado Smoothie - Belly Fattening

Avocado Kiwi Smoothie with Hemp

ingredients:

  • 2 Kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup chilled pineapple juice
  • 1-2 tbs. hemp powder

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients and 4 ice cubes until smooth.  Pour into glass, serve immediately. Makes 1 serving

Bonus: The folate in pineapple boosts mood.

Mixed Berries Smoothie with Hemp

Mixed Berry Melon Smoothie with Hemp

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup chilled cran-raspberry juice
  • 1-2 Tbs. hemp power

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients until smooth, Pour into glass; serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Bonus: anthocyanins in berries improve memory.

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Banana Almond Blast Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen diced peaches
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1-2 Tbs. hemp powder

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Pour into glass; serve immediately. Make 1 serving.

Bonus: Carotenoids in peaches ward off wrinkles.

 

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Strawberry & Cucumber Red Tea Slushy 0

Posted on May 15, 2014 by alex

Strawberry Cucumber Tea slushy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups red tea (could use Red Zinger tea)
  • 16 oz package frozen cucumber
  • 1/2 large cucumber (peeled & cut into 1-in, pieces)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Blend all ingredients and serve immediately.

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Eggplant Meatballs 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by alex

Eggplant Meatball Recipe

This recipe is a Vegan Recipe 
from the Today's Show. 

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There is a lot of discussions of how eating Vegan can help you lose weight. 

 

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Eggplant Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant, trimmed, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained
  • 1 cup whole wheat dry breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slice eggplant crosswise in 1/2-inch slices.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and set aside in a colander for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse and pat dry.
  5. Brush eggplant with olive oil and lay in a single layer on 2 baking sheets.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and continue to roast until eggplant is tender. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
  7. In a large bowl beat eggs, cheese, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.
  8. Finely chop eggplant and add to the egg mixture, using your fingers to mix ingredients.
  9. Add breadcrumbs and sun-dried tomatoes and continue to mix until mixture sticks together.
  10. Form into "meat"balls.
  11. Generously spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and lay "meat"balls in a single layer in the dish, leaving a little space between each one.
  12. Cook for 20 minutes. Use tongs to gently turn the "meat"balls and cook for 20 minutes. They are done when they are lightly browned.
  13. Remove from oven and serve plain or toss with tomato sauce and serve on pasta.



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