This is my sugar free chocolate banana bread. I used the original recipe for banana bread and I added dates instead of sugar. It is not very sweet but adding pieces of sugar free chocolate my banana bread became sweet. It is an easy recipe with all the ingredients except the chocolate mixed in the […]
Originally posted on The Purple Almond: Company’s coming and you need a quick appetizer? How about this tasty dish? https://youtu.be/zsnwgR7LCWo Hope you have a stress-free day!
Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen: This is a combination of two salads. Years ago in Israel, my aunt served a simple, yet delicious and healthy salad. It was just thinly sliced celery with diced scallions, dressed Israeli style, with lemon juice and olive oil. I loved it, and started making it regularly. Then I saw one…
Ready to kick start your fat loss using the weirdest natural foods you can find in your grocery store? As you probably know by now, I always recommend eating natural foods vs. many of the so-called “low fat” foods for weight loss.
Here’s a list of the top natural foods to add to your daily meals to fire up your metabolism today.
You have probably heard of the grapefruit diet – the fad diet where you eat tons of grapefruit. Don’t worry. I’m not about promoting something quick, easy and ultimately temporary. You can’t survive off of only grapefruit for very long. However, including grapefruit in your diet can help your weight loss. Research has shown that eating half of a grapefruit prior to a meal can help you drop unwanted pounds faster. Grapefruit capsules, juice and real grapefruit have all proven to do the trick, so it is very easy to add this food to your daily diet (of course I always recommend eating the real thing whenever possible). On top of that, grapefruit also contains cancer fighting elements…and half a grapefruit is only 39 calories!
Before you turn your head and taste buds away from this weight loss superfood, think of your weight loss and nutrition goals first. Sardines offer some of the BIGGEST health and weight loss benefits around. For starters, they are loaded with protein which helps control your blood sugar, and as a result, sardines make you feel full while also firing up your metabolism. Sardines are also loaded with omega-3s which strengthen your cardiovascular system and boost your mood. So scan some delicious recipes and start using this weight loss super food into your daily diet.
This should go without saying, but it is important to always select meats that are from animals that have been grass-fed and not factory-farmed. Quality meats contain high amounts of protein which is critical to your weight loss success. Remember, protein helps build lean muscle. And lean muscle helps your body burn unwanted fat more efficiently. Protein also increases your metabolism, provides a full feeling for longer, and as a result, keeps you from overeating. And grass-fed beef has plenty of omega 3 elements which provide multiple benefits to your overall health and fat loss goals.
Green tea has also been linked to fad diets, but having a cup or two each day will provide super health benefits and help with weight loss. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try adding some raw honey or stevia to sweeten the taste. This drink has proven to be a natural stimulant of weight loss, and as an extra dose of health, green tea is rich in antioxidants which increases your heart health, assists in digestion, and regulates blood sugar and body temperature. Also, it increases your metabolic rate, which will help you burn more fat. So take a drink of daily nutrition with green tea.
It doesn’t have to be Halloween or Thanksgiving in order for you to enjoy the taste and nutrition that comes from pumpkins. This fall vegetable is loaded with fiber and a simple can of pumpkin only contains 40 calories (be sure to use 100% natural pumpkin). Also, a diet with high amounts of fiber helps weight management, flushes out toxins and helps your digestive system operate much more efficiently. And with pumpkin being a super easy food to prepare, you can enjoy this tasty food in a variety of recipes all year long.
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For Better Health, Go with Unrefined Options
Food made with refined white flour often contain ingredients, like sugar and fats, that can lead to inflammation. But that’s not the only reason you should be eating fewer processed grains and more whole grains.
Whole grains cause a slower rise in blood glucose than refined grains. Eating more whole grains may make you eat less because you feel more full, and that may lead to less obesity, which is linked to inflammation.
In fact, research has linked eating whole grains to a host of health improvements, including reduced levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), lower cholesterol levels, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a longer life expectancy.
Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, believes the collective effect of nutrients, like fiber and B vitamins, found in whole grains, and missing from refined grains, makes the difference.
You lose a lot of nutrients during the refining process. Whole grains consist of the bran, germ and endosperm, containing B vitamins (like thiamin, riboflavin and folate), iron, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients.
Refined grains are milled to achieve a finer texture, but milling strips out the fiber-rich bran and the germ, where nutrients are concentrated. They may be enriched (with stripped nutrients that are added back) and/or fortified with other nutrients.
Look for 100 percent whole grain (“pearled” grains are refined) and read ingredient lists. “The first ingredient should be 100 percent whole grains” Dietitian Romano says.
Don’t be afraid to try different grains. Each grain has its own unique texture and flavor profile. Most are prepared like rice, simmer with water until it’s absorbed, although some need more water and time to cook. Make enough for several meals and refrigerate, then serve it reheated or cold with any meal.
For breakfast: Soak oats overnight in soy milk, microwave them in the morning and top with fresh fruit. Or heat a bowl of cooked amaranth and drizzle with honey, milk and walnuts.
For lunch: Cook and chill quinoa, then add black beans, chopped tomatoes, onions and celery, and toss with vinaigrette.
For supper: For a pilaf with a twist, saute onion and mushroom with faro in oil, then add water or broth and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
Great Grains to Try