Weight Loss Factor

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

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What’s your opinion?


If you carried extra pounds while growing up, it is most likely that psychological factors are still partly causing your extra pounds?

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Health Highlight Hummus

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

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Health Highlight: Hummus

First off, what is Hummus? Hummus is a paste or spread made with chickpeas, olive oil and tahini or sesame paste. It has been quite popular in Middle Eastern countries like Greece, Turkey, Syria and Israel since ages. Attributing to its appealing flavor and superb health factor, over the time hummus has found its place amongst the latest food trends and has gained popularity in western countries and all over the globe.

Hummus offers a number of different nutritional, vitamin and mineral benefits. As a healthy fat, hummus makes a perfect dip or alternative to condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or high fat dressings.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help keep your brain healthy, provide nourishment to your cells and help keep your heart healthy. The fiber from the chickpeas helps you stay full, as well as aids in your digestion.

Hummus helps regulate blood sugar levels and being a complex carbohydrate, does not get digested and hence slows down the release of sugar in the body. This helps in keeping a check on diabetes. The American diabetes association also recommends the use of hummus as a part of diabetes meal plan.

In addition hummus is great for digestive health, healthy muscles and has even been found to work against the growth of various cancer cells due to the presence of various healthy components such as phytic acid and saponins in chickpeas. Chickpeas are high in fiber which helps keep harmful toxins from binding with the colon lining and flushes them from the body reducing the risk of colon cancer and also contains healthful components such as isoflavones and phytoestrogens that aid in reducing the risk of lung cancer.

Health Highlight Sweet Potatoes

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

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Health Highlight: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent alternative to starchy white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are actually higher in fiber and lower in calories as well as much more flavorful. Most importantly, they contain a high source of beta carotene and vitamin C, both of these nutrients have anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce symptoms of arthritis, unlike the white potatoes which can actually aggravate arthritic symptoms.

Recent studies also show sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar levels making them great for diabetics. When buying and shopping for sweet potatoes, you’ll want to avoid the ones in the refrigerated section as the moisture can cause them to sprout so do no place them in the refrigerator right away, simply keep them in a cool dark area.

Preparing sweet potatoes is very easy, you can chop them up into cubes, steam them, or mash them up and add toppings such as butter, chopped nuts, shredded coconut or even cinnamon. So give your taste buds a treat while incorporating a healthy alternative to standard potatoes and pick up some sweet potatoes and enjoy!

Health Highlight Kiwi

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

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Kiwi is today’s Health Highlight

Kiwis taste great and they are loaded with health benefits! Here are a few reasons why you should start eating more kiwis:

1. Manages Blood Pressure
Kiwi’s high level of potassium keeps your electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.

2. Protects from DNA Damage
A study by Collins, Horska and Hotten showed that the unique combination of antioxidants in Kiwi fruit helps protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Some experts conclude this can help prevent cancer.

3. Smart Carb for Weight Loss
Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content won’t create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents — so the body will not respond by storing fat.

4. Helps Clean Out Toxins
The fuzzy fiber of Kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.

5. Helps Fight Heart Disease
Eating 2-3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18% and reduce triglycerides by 15%.

6. Suitable For Diabetics
Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.

7. Great for the Skin
Kiwis are also a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration.

Melon & Strawberry Crunch

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

Melon and Strawberry Crunch

Melon & Strawberry Crunch

Calories: 98
Serves: 4

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup oat bran
2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
Scant 1/4 cup plumped dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 melon, such as galia
8 oz strawberries
2/3 cup orange juice or lowfat milk, to serve (optional)

1) Put the rolled oats and oat bran in a bowl and stir in the almonds and dried apricots.
2) Discard the skin and seeds from the melon and cut into small bite-size pieces. Halve the strawberries if large.
3) Divide the rolled oat mixture among 4 individual bowls then top with the fruits. If desired, serve with either lowfat milk or orange juice.

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Apricot Granita Recipe

Nov 23rd, 2014No Comments

Healthy recipe Apricot Granita

Apricot Granita

Calories: 97
Serves: 4

1 lb fresh apricots
1 tbsp honey, or to taste
1 1/4 cups water
2 ripe passion fruit, about 2 oz each or 2 whole star anise and 5 bruised cardamom pods
4 red currants, to decorate
2 raspberries, to decorate (optional)
2 strawberries, halved, to decorate (optional)
2 seedless grapes, halved, to decorate (optional)

1) Set the freezer to rapid freeze at least 2 hours before making the granita. Cut the apricots in half, discard the pits, and set aside.
2) Pour the honey into a pan and add the water. Scoop out the seeds and juice from the passion fruit and add these, or the spices, to the pan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook gently for 5 minute.
3) Add the halved apricots to the pan, cover with a lid, and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat and cool.
4) Drain the apricots (discard the spices if used), reserve the juice, then transfer the apricots to a food processor and process for 1 to 2 minutes to form a purée, slowly adding a little of the juice to slacken, if necessary.
5) Pour the purée into a freezerproof container and place in the freezer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until semi-frozen. Stir at least twice during the freezing time to break up the ice particles forming around the edges.
6) Once semi-frozen, serve spoonfuls in tall dessert glasses decorated with red currants, berries and grapes, if using. Return the freezer to its original setting afterward.

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Mushroom Stuffed Turkey Recipe

Nov 21st, 2014No Comments

Mushroom Stuffed Turkey Recipe

Mushroom Stuffed Turkey

Calories: 98
Serves: 4

4 turkey scallops, about 3 oz each
4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 oz pearl mushrooms
1 tomato, seeded
Fresh basil sprigs or salad greens, to garnish

1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the turkey scallops between two sheets of parchment paper and pound lightly with a meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Take care not to tear the flesh. Keep covered and set aside.
2) Place the scallions, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, and pepper to taste in a food processor and process for 1 minute, or until finely chopped.
3) Divide the stuffing into 4 portions and use to spread to encase the stuffing and secure with either string or wooden toothpicks. Cut out four 6-inch squares of parchment paper and wrap each turkey scallop in a square of paper.
4) Place the parcels in a roasting pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the turkey is thoroughly cooked. Remove and serve sliced with a garnish of basil sprigs or salad greens.


Benefits of Broccoli and Califlower

Aug 18th, 2014No Comments

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Enjoy a healthy lifestyle and weight loss success with the benefits of Broccoli and Cauliflower

Both broccoli and cauliflower contain glucosinolates — compounds containing sulfer that are found only in cruciferous vegetables. Eating glucosinolates might help lower your risk of cancer, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. It is recommended you eat at least five weekly servings of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli and cauliflower, to reap their cancer-fighting benefits.

Researchers also claim men who consume more broccoli and cauliflower have a lower risk of prostate cancers that have spread beyond the prostate. The conclusion, while these vegetable are certainly beneficial you’ll want to get a good variety of vegetables every week to support healthy weight loss and weight maintenance.

Sleep for weight loss

Aug 18th, 2014No Comments

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Are you snacking more and sleeping less?

People who get less sleep are more likely to be overweight. A new study may explain why. Researchers studied women and men who slept less than 5 hours a night, and found these individuals consumed 220 more calories from snacks throughout the day, than when they slept for at least 8 hours.

What to do? Get more sleep :) And most importantly, keep high-calorie, high-carb snacks like chips, pretzels, muffins, cookies and candy out of reach.

Additives Info Corn Syrup

Aug 18th, 2014No Comments

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Corn Syrup

Sweetener, thickener
Commonly found in: Beverages, cake, candy, cereal, cookies, syrup, yogurt

Corn syrup — which consists mostly of dextrose — is a sweet, thick liquid made by treating cornstarch with acids or enzymes. It is sometimes dried and used as corn syrup solids in coffee creamers and other dry foods. It has no nutritional value other than calories, it promotes tooth decay, and it is used mainly in foods with little nutritional value.

What to do about Corn Syrup? Cut back and/or stay away. This will ensure you enjoy steady weight loss and maintenance.

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