Pan-Seared Salmon with Cranberry-Fig Sauce

Posted on December 19 by
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All you need:

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 (6-8 oz.) salmon filets, skin removed
Salt, to taste
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons fig preserves
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves

All you do:

1. Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season salmon filets with salt and place in the hot pan. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and flaky. Transfer to a plate.
2. Add onion and cranberries to the same pan and saute until the cranberries start to pop, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, orange zest/juice and fig preserves and cook for 2 minutes longer.
3. Finish the sauce with fresh rosemary. Spoon sauce over each salmon filet and serve.

During the holidays, I like to buy several bags of fresh cranberries to throw in my freezer so I can enjoy them through out the year.

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Posted on December 16 by
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Impossible Foods company produces the Impossible Burger, with promises impossible to keep, including that their product is a vegetable-based, healthy alternative to beef and that it’s safer for the environment.
Impossible fake meat is different from a vegetarian-based food product as it is highly processed with soy protein concentrate, coconut and sunflower oils and 16 additional ingredients that are not real food.
Impossible uses genetically engineered yeast to produce "heme" used for the "blood" in the burger. The research provided by the company to the FDA was inadequate, could not establish safety and did not assess allergic potential.
Fake meat companies claim the product is sustainable and has less impact on the environment, yet the life cycle assessment company Quantis found regeneratively farmed beef produces negative emissions compared to CAFOs and soy-based fake meat.

Post Holiday Crash....

Posted on December 12 by
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It's more than likely during the 10 to 14 days of the holiday season with Christmas and New Year's we tend to go overboard even in the best sense -- overeating, overdrinking and not sleeping enough -- that all sets the stage for the post-holiday crash.
That's powerful right? It confirms the impact that nutrition, dehydration and lack of rest have on our mental/emotional health and sense of well being. You can still choose to do all of those things, but maybe now you do them a little more mindfully. Have the pumpkin pie, but maybe skip the extra serving of mashed potatoes and gravy. Or maybe you put some practices in place to help you recover- a short fast/cleanse, gentle exercise or clean eating
Here's what I've been doing since Thanksgiving:
Getting to the gym. Lifting fixes darn near everything, right?!
Taking my supplements like a good patient. I've been super regimented with taking my supplements to support my thyroid and adrenals, both of which tend to take a hit during the holidays.
Sleeping like life itself depends on it, because it kind of does! I feel my best with 8-9 hrs, but I make sure I at least get 7, no exceptions.
Drinking adequate water. I'm usually pretty good with my water intake, but I've been extra mindful to make sure I'm meeting my goals. A good rule of thumb for water intake is about 1/2 your body weight in oz. For example, a 200-lb person needs a minimum of 100 oz daily.
Holding boundaries. This is huge. During the holidays it is easy to get swept up in attending a ton of holiday parties and other events that drain your time and energy. Pick and choose those events which serve you and say "no" to anything that gives you anxiety.

Here are 10 strategies for eating soup for weight loss:

Posted on December 11 by
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Avoid creamy soups.
Opt for clear and broth-based soups.
Load up your soups with non-starchy vegetables.
Go easy on starchy vegetables.
Try vegetable soup, which is full of nutrients and fiber.
Consider soup for a snack or an appetizer.
Try one of an array of bean soups.
Dig into tasty, healthy chili.
Enjoy the benefits of topping soup with avocado.
Prepare chicken (zucchini) noodle soup.

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