Recipe – Lemon PoppySeed Cake

Yield:  Serves 8
Lemon cakes are my particular favorites because their flavors complement the fine teas. This cake, as easy to prepare as it is satisfying to the appetite.
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons poppyseeds
Grated zest of 2 lemons
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar

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13 do / 13 don’ts for controlling your appetite exposed

The science of appetite is complicated, but controlling your urge to eat doesn’t have to be. Find out what you should and shouldn’t do to control your appetite and avoid weight gain.

We are hard-wired to eat. There’s incredibly complex neurochemistry and physiology at play when your brain tells you to eat and when it tells you to put down the fork. This process involves hormonal signals that arise from your digestive tract when you consume food, from your emotions, from your environment, and even from your body fat.

The balance and interaction between the primary appetite-controlling hormones and the appetite-stimulating hormones plays a key role Read more »

Raisin-Carrot Muffins Recipe


  • boiling water
  • 2/3 cup(s) raisins, golden
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat
  • 1/3 cup(s) wheat germ, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground, plus additional to sprinkle on muffin tops
  • 1 egg(s), beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar, brown (packed)
  • 1/4 cup(s) oil, cooking
  • 1 cup(s) carrot(s), shredded

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Many Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Whether you’re trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to  increase your metabolism.

1) Water, Water…Keep Hydrated

Water is so important. Drinking the recommended eight cups of water a day  will help your body function at peak performance levels.

2) Calcium

Current obesity research shows that a dip in calcium  levels can trigger the same hormone that causes the body to hold onto fat to be  released. Choose low-fat dairy, cheese, yogurt, salmon, tofu, and  oatmeal.

3)Eating Constantly

Snacking does not have to be a bad thing. Read more »

Spaghetti with Tomatoes Recipe

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Basil, Olives, and Fresh Mozzarella

Since the tomatoes here are not cooked, you’ll really notice their flavor–or lack of it. Make this sauce in the summer when fresh tomatoes are at their peak. The garlic is heated briefly in the oil, and then the garlicky oil is tossed with the spaghetti so the flavor is dispersed throughout the dish. The pasta is equally good warm and at room temperature.

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How Foods Affect your Mood, Body and Mind

Certain foods can influence how we feel. Here’s what to eat to improve your mood…

There is a dramatic connection between your diet and your emotions, Food is a powerful tool that’s often overlooked in its effect on mental health.


There are foods that can help you achieve your desired moods. Here’s what to try:

The foods to eat to be calm and relaxed


Pumpkin seeds, leafy greens and almonds: Magnesium, found in pumpkin seeds and leafy greens, is a calming mineral that gets depleted when we’re stressed. For people experiencing more than average stress, Read more »

Zucchini-Walnut Loaf Recipe

Here is a Healthy Recipe You can whip up when Zucchini season and this cake also Freezes well.

Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yield:  2 mini loaves, 8 slices each


Some Nutritious Brown-Bag Lunch Ideas

When you bring your own healthy lunch to the office, you’re assured of a tasty and nutritious meal. Here’s how to make brown-bagging it as easy as child’s play.

Bringing a brown-bag lunch to work has many benefits: Not only do you get foods you like but you can control your portion sizes, boost your nutrition, and save yourself a lot of time and money.

“The benefits of a healthy lunch are enormous,” says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. When you pack your lunch yourself, you can choose Read more »

Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates for Your Diet

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet, but there’s much discussion about the good and bad carbohydrates. So how do you know which is which? The answer is both simple — and complex.

Carbohydrates and Your Diet: Good vs. Bad Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, often referred to as “carbs,” are your body’s primary energy source, and they’re a crucial part of… Read more »

Grilled Pepper Salad Recipe

Check out this Great Grilled Pepper Salad Recipe!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Rest Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins


  • 4 medium pepper, bell, any color, mixed colors, halved, seeded and stemmed
  • 1/4 cup(s) olives, black, oil cured, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup(s) tomato(es), sun-dried and oil-packed, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil, olive, extra virgin
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar balsamic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

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Homemade Turkey Soup


Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe!


  • 1 leftover turkey (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion cut up
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.
  1. Place the turkey carcass in a pot; add water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat, and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan.
  3. Add the carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through.

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Ways to Boost Your Calcium Intake

Are you Getting Enough???

Calcium is a important role in strengthening bones and teeth. But what many people don’t know is that it also helps muscles and nerves function properly. Calcium isn’t something that your body can manufacture itself, so it relies on your diet to meet its needs.
Bones and teeth store about 99 percent of the calcium in the body, with the remaining one percent usually found in blood, muscles, and other bodily tissues and fluid. If your body isn’t getting enough calcium from the foods you eat, it will take the mineral out of your bones, essentially robbing them of some of their strength. A calcium deficiency can eventually lead to osteoporosis, which is the loss of bone mass. Because bones are continually repaired throughout your lifetime, it is essential to get enough calcium, no matter your age. Taking care of your bones now will aid you in later years. Read more »

Eating Healthy on a Budget Don’t Skip Nutrition

Cheap food doesn’t always mean bad food. There are plenty of ways to get affordable healthy food on your table without busting your budget.

Cheap food doesn’t necessarily have to be junk food — and adding nutrition to your diet doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, eating healthy on a budget is within reach.

Often, people spend more money filling up on empty-calorie snack foods than if they had bought fresh produce instead.

The key is shopping wisely and cooking more at home. Stock up —  you can always stock your freezer with frozen varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Use these tips as your road map at the market:

Garlic and Mint Chicken Breasts Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Rest Time: 4 h
Total Time: 27 mins


  • 4 chicken, breast, (1 1/4 pounds total) skinless, boneless
  • 1/2 cup(s) Read more »

Get Filling Food to Speed Weight Loss

Food Strategies For Losing Weight

If you want to feel full all day on less food, focus on these eating strategies:

  • Get enough lean protein and fiber. A study of 22 men who changed the amount of protein in their diets for 18-day periods showed that those who ate the least protein were the most likely to report being hungry. “Protein is the number one thing to help you feel full,. “The second thing is fiber.”
  • Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Researchers tracked the weight-loss success… Read more »

Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

The secret is… do not overmix the batter! To cook the pancakes, use a heavy large griddle. A very low-sided griddle, makes sliding your spatula underneath the pancakes and turning them over easy.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups sour cream
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Additional unsalted butter
Pure maple syrup, warm
Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, sour cream, eggs and vanilla in another large bowl. Add to dry ingredients. Stir until batter is just blended but still lumpy (do not overmix).
Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter on griddle over medium heat. Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle, spacing 2 inches apart. Cook until bubbles break on surface, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes over. Cook until bottoms are golden, 3 minutes.  Repeat with remaining batter, adding butter to skillet as needed.
Serve pancakes immediately with butter and warm maple syrup. YUMMM! 🙂

Some Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Eat Right, Even When There’s No Time

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1000 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? You just spent eight hours with no food or water. You’re dehydrated, your blood sugar is low and you have little energy. And now it’s time to hurry the kids off to school before the eight-hour workday. More than any other point in the day, you need nourishment. Right now. Read more »

5 ways to boost your metabolism naturally

The top 5 ways to boost your metabolism naturally are:

1. Do not skip breakfast! Picture your metabolic rate shaped as an ice cream cone. In other words, starting at the top – it is at its highest in the morning and starts to decline on a gradual level as the day progresses.

Unfortunately, most of us have a backwards approach to eating when it comes to weight loss and meals. We skip breakfast… Read more »

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe



Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Rinse the seeds well in cold water, make sure you have rinsed away strings, and pat thoroughly dry. Transfer to a large bowl and add the vegetable oil and salt, stirring well to coat the seeds with the oil. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if desired.

10 Steps to Manage Your Weight

Practice these simple, everyday food and fitness smarts to keep your hard-fought new weight.

You’ve just lost weight and you don’t want to see that number go back up on your scale. With these 10 tricks from dietitians and successful dieters, you’ll be able to maintain your weight with ease.

  1. Build more lean muscle. Maintain, or even increase, your metabolism by continuing to build lean muscle. “Muscle has a higher metabolism than fat does,” explains… Read more »