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Detox Diet Menu 0

Posted on August 17, 2014 by Grace

How to Detox Diet Menu

The main objective when following the detox diet is to avoid processed foods! Processed foods add no nutritional value, basically when processed foods are consumed they break down into mostly sugar, and sugar will turn into fat if the body does not burn it off. Get the background on what the Dr. Oz detox diet is all about.

So what are processed foods? 

The majority of processed foods are stripped of their natural ingredients, removing most of their nutritional value. They are also usually packed with artificial ingredients such as; preservatives and chemicals for enhancements and to extend the life of the products.

Processed foods are considered bad carbohydrates because they have no real health benefits, they are mostly sugar, chemicals and preservatives that contribute to weight gain and other health related diseases.

Also processed foods do not provide the energy your body needs to function and feel good, leaving you feeling tried and unmotivated.

Some Processed Foods to Avoid: 

1. White Breads and White Pastas: 

White breads and white pastas are made with refined white flour: Why should you avoid white breads and pastas? Well, white bread and white pasta are bleached flour.

Bleached flour has most of the fiber removed from it, and contains almost no health benefits. When fiber is not present in bread it makes it a simple carb that your body treats similar to sugar, so when you are consuming white breads you are really consuming sugar.

White bread has no real nutritional value (no polyfats, no protein no vitamins or minerals or antioxidants). White bread just doesn’t have the fiber and nutrients that whole wheat bread has.

Whole wheat bread and whole wheat pastas is a great substitute.  The key is to look for foods that contain good carbohydrates such as; whole wheat flour and whole gains, check the ingredient label for whole wheat flour or whole gains not enriched or white flour.  Enriched wheat really is refined white flour so be sure to check the label before you make a purchase.

2. Packaged Snack Foods:

High-calorie package snack foods, chips, cheese snacks, cookies and cakes are high in trans fats and hydrogenated oils. Most packaged snack foods such as; candy, chips, cookies and packaged food mixes contain ingredients that are high in artificial sugar and fats. Trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are ingredients that you need to be aware of, these artificial, high sugar and fat ingredients, found in most packaged snack foods are the biggest offenders to look for, eliminate these foods from your diet and you will lose weight while eating a healthy diet.

What are trans fats (hydrogenated fats)?

Trans fats are hydrogenated fats and are listed on the ingredient label as hydrogenated fat, read the ingredient list for this ingredient and walk away from products that contain this on supermarket packaged foods. Manufacturers use trans fats because it is cheaper to process and it extends the shelf life of food. Like saturated fats, trans fats raise LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. But unlike saturated fats, trans fats lower HDL “good” cholesterol and may do more damage, says the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA advises limiting saturated fat consumption to less than 7% of daily calories and trans fat consumption to less than 1%. Some studies also showed that a diet high in trans fatty acids may be linked to a greater risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

A food Substitution for high package snacks:
There are a lot of great natural food substitutes such as; nuts, popcorn, fruits or even whole wheat cookies.  Here is some information on healthy snacks and some great healthy low calorie snacks you can make yourself.

3. Commercially Fried Food:

Trans fats can be found in many restaurant foods – but especially in fried foods like French fries, fried chicken, doughnuts, chicken nuggets and pizza crust. Get the scoop on healthy low calorie dishes along with high calorie dishes to watch out for when eating out.

Key: Minimize the intake of both saturated fat and trans fat by checking the food labels. Effective January 1, 2006, all packaged food products must list trans fats content on the Nutrition Facts panel. The amount of trans fats per serving of food will appear under the Total Fat section of the label.


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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

 

 

Low Calorie Apple Crisp 0

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Grace

Apple Crisp Low Calorie

 

Treat yourself with this delicious low calorie apple crisp. Enjoy it for dessert or breakfast you will love it.

Ingredients for apple mixture:
6 medium-sized apples (about 5 cups sliced apples, I used a mixture of Granny Smith and Jonathan apples)
1/4 cup Stevia or Splenda but Stevia is said to be healthier

Ingredients for crumb topping:
1/2 cup rolled oats
6 T almond flour or almond meal
6 T Splenda or Stevia In the Raw Granulated
2 T olive oil
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional, next time I'm not sure I would add the nuts)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray a glass or crockery baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I used a 9×9 inch baking dish.)

 

If desired, use a food processor to process the rolled oats about 2-3 minutes, until they're a finer grind. (This is optional.) Use food processor to mix almond flour and Splenda or Stevia into the oats mixture, or put oats in bowl and mix with a spoon. (If you're adding nuts, measure 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, then chop coarsely with chef's knife and add to the mixture.) Make a well in the center, then pour olive oil and vanilla into the well. Wash hands if needed, then use your fingers to blend the oil and vanilla into the oat mixture.

Peel apples, cut out cores, and thinly slice. (I used an apple corer, then peeled the slices and cut each one in half.) Put apple slices in a bowl, sprinkle Splenda or Stevia and cinnamon over apples, then stir until all the apples are well coated with the Splenda and cinnamon.

Put apples in baking dish and top with the crumb topping, spreading it out so the surface of apples is completely covered with the crumb mixture. Bake 45-50 minutes, until the topping is slightly browned and apples are cooked through and slightly bubbling. Serve hot or cold. This will keep in the fridge for a few days, but it probably won't last that long.

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Tasty Brand Fruit Snacks 1

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Allison Sugzda

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Seaweed Snacks, Roasted Wasabi – Healthy Diet Snacks 0

Posted on July 07, 2013 by Grace

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Are you looking for a healthy snack that is low in calories but really tasty? Well then seaweed roasted wasabi could be a great snack for you. These are delicious and full of flavor. They are very light and only 30 calories for 1 serving (half the package). These are very light and flaky I wouldn't say crispy, exactly. They disintegrate as soon as they hit the moisture in your mouth, much like cotton candy does. They have a nice wasabi flavor, strong, but not so hot that it would prevent you from just downing the whole package at once. If you happen to take a breath when putting one in your mouth, watch out because you will get a wasabi attack in your nostrils. If you've ever had a little too much wasabi on your sushi, you'll know what I mean. They are especially great when your craving a small, salty snack. And are great with a sandwich like grill cheese or turkey. They are the next best thing to chips but without the high fat and calories.   These are so tasty and the only bad thing about them is that when I eat them, I crave sushi. These are very appetizing and I would recommend that you buy a single package first if you've never tried them. If you've had nori snacks before and like the kick that wasabi gives you, you won't be disappointed in these. These are amazing.

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Onion Rings – Low Calorie 0

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Grace

 

Lord of the Onion Rings.

Wow!  An average order of onion rings at a fast food joint delivers 450 calories and 25 grams of fat! 

These crispy snacks will only cost you 153 calories and one tiny gram of fat,so go ahead and enjoy guilt-free!

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 cup fiber One Orginal bran cereal
  • 1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • Dash of salt

Optional: additional salt, peper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.  Cut ends off of onion; remove outer layer.  Cut onion into 1/2" wide slices (you'll get about 2 1/2 cups); separate into rings.  Use food processor to grind fiber one to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Pour fiber one "breadcrumbs" into small dish; mix in salt and any optional spices you like.  fill small bowl (just large enoungh for onion rings to fit in) with egg substitute.  One by one, coat each ring first in egg and then in breadcrumbs (give each ring a shake after egg bath).  Evenly place rings on baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, flipping rings over about halfway through using a pair of tongs.

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Peach Strawberry Vodka Collins Popsicles 0

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Grace

 

Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles

Makes 12 2.5 oz Popsicles

6 oz pureed strawberry (about 10 strawberries)
2 oz peach syrup (recipe follows)
12 oz tonic water
2 oz plus 3 oz vodka (divided use)

 

Instructions:

1. Stir strawberry puree with 2 oz. of vodka. Place three teaspoons of strawberry mixture in the bottom of popsicle form; set aside. (As mentioned in last week’s , I used cordial glasses, but any form will work.

2. Stir peach syrup with tonic water stir to combine. Add vodka and stir to combine.

3. Pour peach and vodka mixture over strawberry mixture and stir to combine.

4. Pour the mixture into ice pop mold trays and freeze. Fresh from the freezer.

 

Peach Syrup

(You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses)

½ cup sliced peaches (about 4 medium size peaches)
1 cup water
1 cups sugar

 

Instructions:

1. Wash, peel, and pit peaches. Place peaches in a blender or food processor and process until peaches are pureed.

2. Place water, sugar and peach puree in a pot and bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes.

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Peach Iced Tea Popsicles 0

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Grace

 

Cool down with Peach Iced Tea Popsicles!

 

What's better than a refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot day?  A frozen treat made from iced tea and sweet peaches! The best part is that kids and grown ups adore them equally.

 

Start with your Tea:

 

Step 8 bags decaffeinated black tea in 2 cups boiling water for 5-7 minutes.  Peel and pit 3 peaches; puree in blender.  In a small pot, combine puree, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 tbs. chopped peeled fresh ginger (optional).  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Simmer 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy.  Remove tea bags from tea; stir in peach syrup.

Pour the mixture into ice pop mold trays and freeze. Fresh from the freezer.

 

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Low-Fat Fudgy Brownie Recipe 0

Posted on July 20, 2012 by Grace

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder.
  • 3 lg egg whites.
  • 2 lg egg, lightly beaten.
  • 1 cup eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts.
  • Confectioners' sugar.

 

Directions:

Heat over to 350 degrees. Grease 13" x 9" baking pan. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt in medium bowl. 

Beat egg whites until foamy in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in eggs and sugars until well combined. Blend in applesauce and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in walnuts.

Spread into prepared pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center come out clean, about 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool in pan on rack. Turn onto cutting board and cut into 32 squares. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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Dr. Oz Microwave Potato Chips Maker and Slicer Set 4

Posted on January 31, 2012 by Grace

Perfect Diet Chip Maker.

 

The Best Potato Chip Maker Device for Low Calorie Healthy Potato Chips! Do you love Chips but not the calories!

 

Well then this product is for you! This product is easy to use and the product manual is light on instructions because it self explanatory. Slice potatoes, dry slices out on paper towel about 10 mins, place on trays, and microwave! Thats It! The cooking time varies according to microwaves models, so test the cooking time to get best results. It’s also true that – again according to each individual microwave – chips in the middle of the tray may cook faster than the chips on the outer rim on the tray. Again, this isn’t a problem for me – it takes only 5 seconds to open the microwave, and either remove the finished chips or rotate the middle & outer chips for more even cooking. This is a high recommended device for perfect low calorie healthy chips.

 

Additional Tips to Get Yummy Tasty Potato Chips:

 

  • Much easier to add salt/seasoning before the chips have cooked, as salt will stick to the damp surface better.
  • When first using your chip trays, start with the manual’s suggested cooking time, and add more time in 30 second increments, checking often. There is a place in the manual for making a note of your preferred cooking times for each type of vegetable chip – it’s worth taking the time to do this & record your results. Once you have the timing worked out, cooking will be much less fussy & you’ll be able to produce chips quickly & efficiently.
  • Chips that have started to brown during cooking will be much crispier and will STAY much crispier – non-browned chips will still be delicious, but lose a little of their *snap* over time.
  • To add additional flavor use olive oil mister to lightly spray the chips before cooking. Additional seasoning possibilities are garlic oil; fresh rosemary mixed in with the salt; BBQ spices on sweet potato chips; etc.

 

 

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