Friday Funny....

Posted on June 14

Dieting....

Posted on June 11

Friday Funny....

Posted on June 07

Cauliflower No-Crust Quiche

Posted on June 07

Quiche can be loaded with extra calories from eggs, milk and cheese, not to mention the crust. But this quiche does away with the crust while maintaining the flavor.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
½ cup chopped onions
5 large eggs
½ cup low-fat milk or any non-dairy milk
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups chopped cauliflower
½ cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil an 8-by-8-inch casserole dish or 9-inch pie pan. Spread onions evenly in the dish and place in the oven while you prepare the other ingredients.
In a small bowl, beat eggs, salt and milk with a whisk.
Remove dish from oven with mitts and spread cauliflower and cheese evenly. Pour egg mixture over cauliflower, onions and cheese. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake for 30 minutes, until cauliflower is cooked and casserole is golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 slice
Serves 4

Calories: 203; Total Fat: 14g; Sodium: 492mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 13g

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Orange & Ginger Glazed Salmon

Posted on June 05

Ingredients

1 lb salmon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze:

1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon garlic minced
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F
Line sheet pan with tin foil and set aside
Place salmon on sheet pan skin side down, sprinkle with salt and set aside.
In a small pan add ingredients for glaze and cook over medium-high heat until it has reduced by half.
Once the oven is heated and sauce is done pour 1/2 of the glaze over the salmon.
Place in oven and let cook for 12-15 minutes. When almost done pour/brush a little more of the sauce over the salmon. Save the remaining for service.
Let cook another 3-5 minutes until fork tender.
Serve and spoon additional sauce as needed.

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All-Purpose Thai Peanut Sauce

Posted on June 03

This delicious, easy and healthy all-purpose Thai peanut sauce is the only recipe you’ll need! It’s perfect for dipping springs rolls, dressing salads and drizzling on noodles! Make it as spicy or mild as you like.

Ingredients

1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
2 tsp fresh grated ginger or ginger paste
1 clove garlic
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp lime juice or rice vinegar
1/2 tsp honey (or agave nectar for vegan)

Instructions

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth, adding water as needed to reach the desired consistency.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week.

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Broccoli....

Posted on June 03

If you only look at exercise as a weight loss tool, you are missing out....

Posted on May 30

What is the 5:2 diet?

Posted on May 28

The 5:2 diet gets its name because it involves eating regularly for 5 days of the week while drastically limiting caloric intake on the other 2 two days.

Unlike a true fast, which involves eating nothing for a set amount of time, the goal of the 5:2 diet is to cut caloric intake on fasting days to 25 percent or just one-quarter of a person's regular intake on the remaining days.

Importantly, fasting days are not consecutive because it is vital to give the body the calories and nutrients it needs to thrive.

People typically space their fasting days out, for example, by taking their reduced-calorie days on Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Saturday.

Part of the diet's appeal is this flexibility. Instead of severely restricting the foods a person can eat, the 5:2 diet focuses on strict caloric restriction on only 2 days of the week. This may help some people feel more satisfied with their diet, as they will not feel that they are missing out all the time.

Everyone's meal plan may look slightly different. Some fast day meal schedules include:

1. Eating three small meals such as an early breakfast, afternoon lunch and late dinner

2. Eating an early lunch and dinner

3. Eating a small breakfast and late lunch and skipping dinner

4. Eating a single meal at dinner or breakfast

In Season Produce...

Posted on May 16

Spring has sprung — along with strawberries, blackberries, beets, broccoli and sweet corn. These, and many more fruits and vegetables, are now in season. Why is this important? There are many reasons to eat the fruits and vegetables that are in season. First and foremost, your health.

Fruits and vegetables contain tons of vitamins and minerals, but they also contain phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are nonnutritive compounds that are biologically active in the body. They can be categorized into many, more specific groups, but for our purposes, we will make it easy. We will divide them by color.

Below you can find a list of fruits and vegetables in season, but let’s start with the red, blue and purple ones. These include strawberries, blueberries, beets and cabbage, which appear red, blue and purple because they contain large amounts of flavonoids and anthocyanins. These are believed to exhibit strong antioxidant functions within the body, potentially decreasing your risk for high cholesterol or even cancer. This group is also typically high in vitamin C, a vitamin that is involved in creating new collagen and is essential for wound healing. Perfect for getting your skin ready for the summer.

Spring Fruits and Vegetables

Strawberries, Blackberries, Beets,Turnips, Avocados, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Baby Arugula, Greens, Lettuces, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Specialty Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Radishes, Leeks, Fennel, Cilantro, Parsley. Culinary Herbs, Tomatoes, Peaches, Blueberries, Plums, Squash, Cucumbers

Now let’s switch over to the oranges and yellows, which include carrots, sweet corn, sweet potato and tomatoes. Carotenoids and lycopene are the phytochemicals that contribute to their orange, yellow and even red colors. This group is typically high in vitamin A, which is involved in cell growth, bone development and immune function — all very important functions if you ask me.

Lastly, we turn to the green leafy vegetables: arugula, greens, lettuce, broccoli, cilantro and parsley. These contain a multitude of phytochemicals, including chlorophyll, with strong antioxidant power, and are typically high in vitamin K, a very important vitamin that activates blood clotting.

Why the urgency to eat these particular fruits and vegetables now? Well, they are in season. This means they are typically grown close by, they are fresh and have not traveled from far away. For many vegetables, top quality is obtained at harvest; the quality deteriorates afterward at a rate determined by external factors.

Typically, when fruits or vegetables are traveling far distances to get to your grocery store, they are treated with post-harvest technologies that will prolong their shelf life and appearance, which for the most part comes at the expense of nutritional quality. When you eat in season, you are likely eating local and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Meaning, they have been able to ripen on the vine and have not been treated for the long-distance ride to the grocery store.

Another perk: It’s usually cheaper! These fruits and vegetables are typically bountiful during their season, which means more product at a cheaper price.

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