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Dieting Secret Weapon Smoothies 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Grace

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.

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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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Asparagus,Potato and Spinach Galette 0

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Grace

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

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Spicy Roasted Tomatoes with Spaghetti 0

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Grace

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 Grace

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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Eggplant Meatballs 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Grace

Eggplant Meatball Recipe

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

"Vegan before 6" After 6:00pm eat anything you want to still lose weight. Mark Bittman's "The VB6 Cookbook" promotes eating vegan during the day, then being a "flexitarian" at dinner. 

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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Barbecued Brisket 0

Posted on April 03, 2014 by Grace

barbecued-beef-brisket

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs paprika
  • 3 Tbs. onion powder
  • 2 Tbs. coarse salt
  • 2 Tbs. granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbs. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs chile powder
  • 5-7 lb. whole beef brisket, trimmed
  • 5 lbs. mesquite wood chips, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • basic barbecue sauce

Directions:

1. For rub, combine first 10 ingredients in food processor. Process into a coarse mix.

2. Season brisket all over with half of rub, massaging into meat.  Wrap brisket in plastic; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling over medium-low heat.  brush and oil grill grate.  Unwrap brisket, season with remaining rub; place fat side up in large, disposable foil roasting pan.

4. Gas Grill: Raise a burner to high heat.  Heat smoker box half full of wood chips until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low.  Place roasting pan with brisket on grill grate over area of lower heat; cover.  Charcoal grill: Sprinkle half of soaked wood chips over coals. Place roasting pan with brisket on grill grate toward side of grill where heat is less intense; cover.

5. Grill brisket, basting with  any accumulated juices, until mahogany brown, 3 1/2-4 hours.  Replenish wood chips and coals (if charcoal grilling) every 30 minutes.

6. Transfer brisket to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest 10 minutes.  Slice meat. Serve with barbecue sauce.

Basic Barbecue Sauce Recipe:

In pot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. unsalted butter with 2 tbs. oil.  Add 1/2 cup diced sweet onion, 2 Tbs. water, salt and pepper: Cover: cook, stirring often, until onions are soft, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in 2 Tbs. light brown sugar and 1 tsp. each chilli powder and ground cumin; stir 1 1/2 cups ketchup, 1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce, 2 Tbs. molasses and 1 Tbs.  Worcestershire sauce; cook 15 minutes.  Puree. Taste; adjust seasoning.  Use at once or cover and refrigerate up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups.

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Low Calorie Almond Chicken Fingers 0

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Grace

Low Calorie Almond Crusted Chicken Finger

Instead of  high calorie fried nuggets, you can coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them for a perfection diet choice. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can easily incorporate this tasty meal into your weight loss plan.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
large egg whites
1 pound chicken tenders

Directions:

Step 1 
Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush on a little olive oil.

Step 2 
Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

Step 3 
Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the foiled pan.

Step 4 
Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Smoothie Express On the Go Blender 0

Posted on February 04, 2014 by Grace

Smoothie Express Lifestyle 26-Ounce Smoothie Maker

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If you need a compact but efficient blender for daily use on the go, or at home to make diet shakes then this is the perfect mini blender. This blender is powerful and sleek and it's the perfect little gadget to bring to work and easily make quick delicious smoothies. It works great, looks great, takes up little counter space, and is very handy. Just blend, unscrew, invert, and you have your drink in the cup! Fast easy cleanup too!  

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Why Diet Smoothies can help you lose weight?

On a smoothie diet, you will enjoy the fruity drinks again and again you can even pick just one favorite and stick with it. Turns out, the reputation is a weapon against cheating. Studies show that people who eat the same meal for at least one meal a day lose more weight then those who have more variety. Having a lot of food choices stimulates the urge to eat more. When you stick with the same thing more often for example, the same breakfast and lunch every day you take away guesswork and temptations. This is one reason why folks on shake style diets typically lose so much weight! A smoothie Diet is a great way to control calories in an easy convenient way. Two smoothies and a meal is an effective way to lose weight. Not only is it an easy way to plan your diet but it is also a nutritious diet that includes high fiber foods. It is designed to control hunger better and provide a better range of nutrients than a typical shake plan. Alternate smoothie shakes along with a healthy meal and you have a diet plan that can help you reach your weight loss goals. Another reason diet smoothies works is because most fruits and vegatables are high in fiber and fiber fills you up, and keeps you satisfied reducing those junk food cravings that happen throughout the day.

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1.  Dr. Oz Blueberry Banana Smoothie.

2. Fatigue-Fighting Pineapple Protein Blaster.

3.  Blueberry Pineapple Smoothies.

4. Dr. Oz Green Smoothie Recipes.

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Roasted Pork with Herbs 0

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Grace

Roasted Pork with Herbs

Here is a delicious meal made with herbs so you won't rack up calories this holiday. This recipe is great anytime you want to treat the family to a healthy meal. Herbs are the perfect way to help reduce calories for meals without giving up taste.

Herb Kissed Roast Pork

  • 2 Tbs. each chopped garlic, fresh thyme, fresh sage and olive oil 
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 pork crown roast (about 8 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In bowl, blend first 6 ingredients; rub evenly over pork.  Place pork on rack set in roasting pan.  Roast 2 hours or until inserted thermometer, not touching bone, read 155 degrees covering bones with foil after 30 min. transfer pork to platter.

2.Skin and discard fat from pan drippings.  Place pan on 2 burners over medium high heat.

3. In bowl, mix last 3 ingredients; add to pan.  Bring to a boil; cook 1 min. more or until thickened, whisking.  serve gravy with pork.

Per serving: Calories 433, Chol. 90mg Total fat: 35g

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Calorie Cutting on the Holidays 0

Posted on November 17, 2013 by Grace

Holiday Dieting Solutions

 

Holiday Dieting Solutions

Everyone is temped by delicious foods and special holiday treats on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year Eve. But eating can-make-us-feel-miserable after dinner.

Here are some of my tricks to feeling satisfied, not stuffed.

  • Eat normally before hand. You're more likely to overeat if you come famished.
  • Enjoy a few tablespoons of nuts (the ones you need to crack and shell are better) an hour or so before dinner. The nuts will leave you satisfied and less likely to overeat.
  • Use big flavors with low calorie counts — fresh and dried herbs, spices, citrus zests — to replace high-cal sugar and fat in recipes.
  • In recipes, try evaporated milk — 2% or regular whole — as a creamy, lower-calorie option instead of half-and-half or cream.
  • If enjoying wine or other caloric drinks, have a glass of water for every drink.
  • After the big meal, postpone TV; go for a walk instead.
  • Put out a bowl of fruit for post-dinner snacking instead of nibbling on leftovers.

Everyone loves the holidays, but unfortunately this is the time of year when most of us put on extra pounds.  The holiday parties and family gathering can make it very challenging, but the key is finding those tricks that help you avoid overeating.  Please share your tips on avoiding over indulging on the holidays the more tips we have the better chances we have to succeed. Have a happy and healthy holiday!

Weight Loss Plans:

Planning your meals and exercise routines in advance makes sticking to your plan effortless, and this is an important element in succeeding. If you are not a member of shrinktheplanet-weigh loss.com you can become a member and start your weight loss plan.  

 

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