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Mac and Peas

PREPARATION
1. Cook 1 cup dry pasta in a pot according to package.
2. Melt 2 spoonfuls of margarine in a pan.
3. Add ½ cup water and a can of drained peas.
4. Mix in a handful of nutritional yeast and 2 handfuls of flour.
5. Mix in a spoonful of mustard and a spoonful of chili sauce.
6. Mix cooked pasta into sauce.

Tofu Tacos

PREPARATION
1. Mix 2 spoonfuls of vegan sour cream with a spoonful of chili sauce in a bowl.
2. Heat 5 small tortillas and spread sour cream mixture on top.
3. Layer a handful of cabbage strips onto tacos.
4. Slice ½ block of tofu into rectangles.
5. Coat tofu in soy sauce, then panko crumbs.
6. Coat a pan with oil, fry tofu on both sides, and layer onto tacos.
7. Munch.

Animal Cookies

PREPARATION
1. Microwave a spoonful of margarine till melted.
2. Mix melted margarine with ½ cup powdered sugar, 2 spoonfuls of soy creamer, and a splash of vanilla.
3. Mix in 2 more spoonfuls of powdered sugar.
4. Dip crackers in mixture and lay on a nonstick baking sheet.
5. Top with sprinkles and place in freezer till solid.
6. Munch.

Here is a quick, easy and healthy 7 minute stir fry that you and your family can enjoy!

Kale is so full of nutrients and great for you. These chips are easy, quick and affordable as a healthy snack solution.

The Top Fat-Burning FoodsBoost your metabolism

It’s true: Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally scorch calories as you chew. Other eats contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these.

Whole grains

Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.

Lean meats

Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).

Low-fat dairy products

Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.

Green tea

Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.

Lentils

One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metab slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, co-author of The Secret to Skinny

Hot peppers

Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers, says Lakatos Shames. “Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats.”

 

6 Mind Hacks That Keep Stress In Check (Really!)

Stress is our perception of what’s happening outside of us and the power we give it,” saysLauren E. Miller, author and stress expert.

If you can adopt Miller’s definition of the phenomenon as your own, you may find it possible to reframe your perception of stressful situations and, inevitably, experience less stress overall.

The author of “5 Minutes to Stress Relief,” has compassion for hardship (as a cancer survivor she’s been through a lot of it herself), but believes it’s counterproductive to see yourself as a victim. Rather than letting stress overcome you, Miller insists you must transform it.

Yes — stress is, at times, imminent. It’s “recession-proof … It’s one of those things we, as human beings, wage a war against in the jungle of our mind,” the author told The Huffington Post in an interview. The key to dealing with stress, according to Miller, is knowing that you are in charge. “If you make the conscious choice and stay awake at the gate of your thoughts, then you can adjust your perception of any situation,” she says.

Being in charge may not come naturally, but there are some strategies you can use to show stress who’s boss. Below, find six stress management techniques, all of which can be performed in five minutes or less, that can “literally transform the way you do life.”

Be mindful of how you label things.
“Life happens. You have a thought about it. It’s completely objective until you label it,” Miller explains. The way in which you decide to label a certain event — whether joyful, good, painful or ugly — will determine how your body reacts to it. “Your cells are listening,” she says, meaning it’s your brain that tells your body how to respond to an event. Decide to take a moment before you judge and categorize a situation: It’s your choice to label an experience as something beneficial (because you’ll end up learning from it in the long run), or something strictly painful, that’ll only make you hurt.

Erase and replace.
With the tap of a key, you can delete a typo from your screen. The same goes for a stressful thought. Miller suggests using the word “delete” consciously. Practice saying “delete” aloud. “You can actually shift your attachment, you can sever the power you’re giving to your negative thought that’s defining your reality.”

Use your imagination.
If you feel you simply cannot pull yourself out of a negative situation or mood, turn to your imagination. Picture a time where you felt happy and not stressed, or make up an instance in which you would feel this way (even if it never really happened). Although it sounds too elementary to work, Miller assures us that the technique is gold. “Imagination can shift our attitude and perceptions on the spot,” she explains. “Our conscious mind doesn’t know the difference in terms of real and imagination.” So if you can just conjure something calm in the midst of chaos, you’ll begin to experience calm.

Look at your life as a movie.
You’re the director — you get to decide which events become catastrophe, and which don’t make the cut. This is a practice that involves stepping away. “Be the watcher rather than the reactor,” Miller instructs. Look at a stressful moment as if it’s on screen — imagine the scene that initially caused you to feel stressed, and imagine your reaction to it. There’s a lot you can do with this power. You can add props (have the people who are making you feel threatened wear clown costumes, for example). You can make the aggressive characters in your life physically smaller, and decide that your voice is louder than all of the supporting actors of your life’s movie. Looking at a problem from this angle will remind you that you’re in control.

Revisit what’s valuable.
Write down seven things you value most in life. It’ll help put things into perspective, Miller explains. She says to put this list on a “big, fat sticky note, or even make it your screensaver.” This list will remind you time and again that people are more valuable than things. This is your “big picture” doctrine.

Stop by a graveyard.
Admittedly, this sounds more than a bit morbid, but visiting a graveyard — whether literally or figuratively — can help you reframe a stressful situation. Ask yourself, “Would I want to be worrying about this from my deathbed?” and consider the choice you would have wished you made at the end of your life. Taking an “aerial view from your death bed,” as Miller puts it, might help you dig up some wisdom. Miller says when you’re overwhelmed with life, you can experience tunnel vision — “you’re giving too much power to something that’s non-essential.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/stress-relief-tips-get-out-of-your-head_n_3562190.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

Eat This, Not That: Healthy Summer Snack IdeasIt’s easy to overindulge and gain weight during the summer months. Avoid undoing all of your hard work spent getting your body ready for warmer weather by enjoying lighter versions of your favorite summertime snacks. These great-tasting alternatives are just as delicious, and will help maintain your waistline.

 

Enjoy This: Pop Chips

Not This: Stacy’s Pita Chips

 

Pop Chips: Serving Size: 23 chips, 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 18 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 190 milligrams of sodium

Stacy’s Pita Chips: Serving size: 14 chips, 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 19 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 140 milligrams of sodium

Enjoy This: Skinny Cow Fudge Bar

Not This: Häagen-Dazs Coffee Low Fat Frozen Yogurt

 

Skinny Cow: Serving Size: 1 bar, 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 22 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 45 milligrams of sodium

Häagen-Dazs: Serving Size: 1/2 cup, 200 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 31 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, 50 milligrams of sodium

Enjoy This: Tostitos Salsa

Not This: Sabra Hummus

 

Tostitos Salsa: Serving Size: 2 tablespoons, 10 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of carbs. 0.5 grams of fiber, 0.5 grams of protein, 210 milligrams of sodium

Sabra Hummus: Serving Size: 2 tablespoons, 70 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 4 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 120 milligrams of sodium

Enjoy This: F-Factor Banana Walnut Bar

Not This: Clif Bar Banana Nut Bread

 

F-Factor Banana Walnut Bar: Serving Size: 1 bar, 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 26 grams of carbs, 12 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 25 milligrams of sodium

Clif Bar Banana Nut Bread: Serving Size: 1 bar, 240 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 42 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, 180 milligrams of sodium

 

Article Consulted http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/healthy-summer-snack-alternatives#ixzz2Xz9kixJw

 

Salmon is one of the best proteins you can put in your body. The protein in salmon is easy for people to digest, and it is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also packed with Vitamins A, B, and D, calcium, iron and phosphorus. These vitamins help to strengthen your muscles.

Salmon is also great for your heart because the omega-3 fatty acids can help to lower your cholesterol.  Salmon also helps lower your blood pressure and can even prevent hardening of your arteries (which means the chances of you having a heart attack are reduced). Additionally, salmon can help to speed up your metabolism.

The benefits of salmon are almost endless! Here is one of our favorite recipes:

Honey-Teriyaki Salmon
Skinnytaste.com 
Servings: 4 • Size: 3 oz cooked salmon • Old Pts: 7 • Weight Watchers Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 266 • Fat: 9.3 g • Protein: 22.5 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 0.1 g • Sugar: 13 g
Sodium: 502 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
  • 3 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 3 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lb fresh wild salmon fillet, cut in 4 pieces
  • 2 tsp cooking oil

Directions:

Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and honey in a resealable bag. Add the salmon and mix to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

Remove salmon, reserving the marinade. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Sear salmon, 2 minutes per side. Turnheat to low and pour in the reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through.

Recipe from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/02/honey-teriyaki-salmon.html

The Real Deal With SnackingIt is likely you’ve heard arguments on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to the concept of snacking. Some diets suggest no snacking between meals, while other diets encourage it. You may have heard that eating more frequently can boost up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories. The truth is your metabolism may slow down if you have not eaten for two or three days, not two or three hours. The thing to note is that snacking is a personal, and optional choice. If you are hungry between meals, there are several healthy snack options. However, if you are not hungry between meals, there is no particular reason you need to have a snack every two to three hours.

For some, eating more frequently reduces uncomfortable feelings of hunger. If snacking is for you, make sure you are adjusting your other meals accordingly. If you have two snacks a day, your three main meals should be a bit smaller. The key to eating frequently is to keep each meal small. Keep in mind that snacking on marketed “snack” food can be dangerous. If you must go for pre-packaged snacks, be sure to take a look at the sodium levels.  Vegetables are the healthiest snacks, so try to work those in.  Consider celery and peanut butter, baby carrots and hummus, cucumber and lemon, or dried fruits and nuts.  Portion control here is very important. For example, if you buy nuts in bulk, be sure to dish out a half cup (or whatever the recommended serving size is), instead of just picking straight from the container.

Snacking does not have to be a pitfall in your weight loss management. Make sure to snack well, consume small portions that hold you over till mealtime and also make you feel better.

 

*Note: most of these are acceptable for ALL diet programs/detoxes. Please refer to specific ingredients in your plan if unsure. All in all, these are balancing, clean, and alkalizing (vs. acidic), and promote health and wellness.

Bon Appetit!

Butternut Squash over Arugala with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Recipes for Healthy Holiday Eating
1 (1.5 lb) butternut squash, peeled and 3/4 in diced
good olive oil
1 tbs pure maple syrup
salt/pepper (kosher/sea)
3 tbs dried cranberries
3/4 c apple cider or apple juice
2 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs minced shallots
2 tsp dijon mustard
4 oz baby arugula, washed and spun dry
1/2 c walnut halves, toasted
3/4 c fresh parm cheese

Preheat oven to 400.
Place squash on a sheet pan. Add 2 tbs olive oil, the syrup, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and toss. Roast squash for 15-20 min., turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries to the pan for the last 5 minutes.

Vinaigrette:
While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.. Cook for 6-8 min, until the cider is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, 1/2 c olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and add the squash mixture, the walnuts and grated parm. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten, and toss well. Sprinkle w/ salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Roasted Broccoli and Green Beans

Fresh broccoli florets (chopped from stems)
Fresh green beans (cut/trimmed)
Garlic (fresh cloves or minced from a jar)–to taste
Lemon juice (to taste)
Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Fresh basil
Pine nuts
Grapeseed oil (about 2-3 TBS)

Place veggies on cookie sheet. Heat oven to 400. Drizzle oil all over veggies. “Sprinkle”/douse garlic all over veggies (depending on how much you like garlic!). Squeeze lemon juice all over veggies. Salt and pepper freely. Place cookie sheet in middle of oven and cook for about 25-35 minutes or until veggies begin to crisp/brown.

Remove, toss in pine nuts and fresh basil, serving immediately. YUM. (by the way, feel free to use only broccoli, or green beans, or add asparagus, etc…. tomatoes too…)

Whipped Skin-On Sweet Potatoes…

that rival traditional fattening mashed potatoes:

1/2 – 1 Sweet Potato per person you are serving (4 may serve 6….)
Good extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
1/4 garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pepper

No need to preheat. Heat oven to 425. Place sweet potatoes directly into middle rack of oven (make sure you have foil @ the bottom of your oven–they will ooze.)
Bake for up to an hour and a half depending on size and doneness.

Using a Kitchen Aid mixer or something similar, place warm potatoes (skin on) in the mixing bowl. Begin to mix slowly on low. Begin to add olive oil–slowly–just enough to moisten. Then add spices, and mix on higher speed, until nice and whipped smooth. You’ll have to use judgement on how much oil, depending on how thick/thin you want them, so be careful not to use too much. Sweet potatoes are much more “mushy” than white potatoes, so they don’t need all the cream, etc. (For a kick, add red pepper or even curry)

Peppermint Chocolate Frothy Shake

Chocolate Herbalogica shake mix, 2 scoops, with cold water (12 oz.) and ice: add a tiny capful (or less) of real organic peppermint extract. Blend til thick. ENJOY!

Pumpkin Pie (ish) Shake

Vanilla Herbalogica shake mix, 2 scoops with cold water (12 oz.) and ice: add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, even cloves (go easy–these are potent!). Blend til thick. ENJOY!

Cran Cocktail

8 oz. sparkling water
100% cranberry juice (no sugar added)- only about 2 splashes
1 whole lime, squeezed

combine all over crushed ice and stir and sip with straw. Cheers!

Spiced Nuts Appetizer

Mixed RAW, whole nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
Cinnamon
Red pepper

Dash spices onto nuts and toss. Deliver to a saute pan and toast on low- med-low until the oil from the cinnamon and nuts starts to heat and brown the nuts.

Enjoy–but watch portion (1/4 cup is good) HINT: great on top of a salad, or even mixed in with rice.