Garlic and Mint Chicken Breasts Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 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.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
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

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

DIRECTIONS
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS
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 »

Take these 7 Steps to a Better Smile

Improve the health and appearance of your teeth with these tips for good dental care.

It’s no surprise that a bright, white smile makes you appear younger and more attractive. But the mouth is also the gateway to the body, which means the state of your teeth and gums affects your overall health. Follow these seven steps to a better smile.

1. Brush regularly. Brushing is the cornerstone of dental hygiene. It removes food particles that bacteria feed on, cleans teeth, and freshens breath. A toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen teeth, but you must brush for at least two minutes to allow it to do its work, says Jonathan Abenaim, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Hawthorne, N.J. Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in two-minute timer, which can make brushing for the full amount of time easier, he says. Read more »

Thought about how toxic your Home could be?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about early exposure to chemicals during childhood and one of the main sources is household cleaning products.
Here’s a list of six household cleaners to avoid and alternatives to detox your home.

1. Antibacterial cleaners
It may be safer to take your chances with the germs. These cleaners contain triclosan, a form of dioxin, linked with weakened immune systems, decreased fertility, hormone disruption and birth defects. There is also a danger of triclosan mixing with the chlorine in tap water to form the deadly chlorinated dioxins.
Alternative: Regular soap, which kills 99.4 percent of germs. Antibacterial soap kills 99.6 percent. Read more »

Oat Pancakes Recipe – Yummy!

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Rest Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 34 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup(s) oats, rolled
  • 3/4 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Read more »

Simple Diet – Smart Snack Options

Check Out these Healthy Snack Ideas…

100 CALORIES

  • 1 hard-cooked egg (75) with half a slice of toasted wheat bread (34)
  • 1⁄2 cup ice milk or sherbet (100)
  • 1 large rectangular graham cracker (60) with 11⁄2 tsp peanut butter (45)
  • 1 slice (1 oz) angel food cake (70) with 1⁄2 cup fresh strawberries (25)
  • 1⁄2 cup wheat-flake cereal (55) with 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk (45)
  • 1 cup chicken-noodle soup (75) with 2 saltines (25)
  • 1 small (4″) whole-wheat pita (74) with 1 Tbsp hummus (24)

Read more »

Yummy Potato Salad – Recipe

RECIPE INGREDIENTS 

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 lb small red potatoes, unpeeled

3 celery stalks, cut into slices 1/4 inch thick

1/4 cup finely diced red (Spanish) onion

For the Dressing:

 

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise Read more »

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Get You Started

Here are some ideas to get your day started right:
  1. Build on a healthy cereal. Top a high-fiber cereal with a sprinkle of granola, bananas, and low-fat milk or plain yogurt. This combination provides good fiber and protein intake, plus calcium and potassium.
  2. Get off to a berry good start. Another possibility for breakfast is berries and low-fat Greek-style yogurt with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds. These foods are high in protein and volume, which can help you feel full longer.
  3. Take your nutrition to go. Smoothies are another smart… Read more »

Recipe Apple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding

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Apple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread sliced.
8 eggs.
2 cups milk.
1 cup sugar.
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced.
1 cup golden raisins.
1 tablespoon cinnamon.
1 teaspoon nutmeg.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.
1 cup heavy cream or maple syrup.

In a small bowl, stir together the other 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the top of the bread. Dot the bread pudding with the butter. Cover and refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

Uncover the dish and place it in the middle of the oven.

Bake until the top is browned and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serve on individual plates with hot maple syrup or heavy cream.

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Here Are 8 Triggers That Change Your Metabolism

Many dieters point the finger of blame at their slow metabolism when dieting, but there are steps you can take to speed it up. Learn all about boosting metabolism.

If you’ve ever had trouble losing weight, you’ve probably placed at least some of the blame on a slow metabolism. It’s true that your basal metabolic rate — the rate at which your body uses energy — can affect your ability to shed pounds. But there are also a few external, controllable factors that can slow down that metabolic rate.

Here are eight triggers that can slow metabolism, some (but not all) of which you can control, to make sure you aren’t sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Read more »

Yogurt Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

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Yogurt-Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup(s) oats, quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup(s) yogurt, low-fat plain
  • 1/4 cup(s) margarine, low-calorie
  • 2 tablespoon sugar, brown
  • 1 banana(s), mashed (or use 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate)
  • 1/4 cup(s) egg substitute
  • 1 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup(s) raisins

Preparation

1. Mix the yogurt with the oatmeal and let stand for 1 hour.

2. Cream the margarine with sugar and banana or apple juice.

3. Add egg and oatmeal mixture.

4. Sift the dry ingredients into the oatmeal mixture. Stir in raisins.

5. Spoon into 12 muffin cups coated with nonstick cooking spray.

6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.

 

Use Herbs and Spices to Spark Up your Food

Wake up your taste buds! Cooking with herbs and spices will enhance the flavor of healthy foods without adding fat, salt, sugar, or calories. Herbs and spices contribute bright color, savory taste and sensational aroma.

Tips for using herbs and spices:

  • Avoid overwhelming a dish with too many seasonings, and never use two very strong herbs together. Instead, season with one strong flavor, and one milder flavor to complement the food.
  • When cooking, add dried herbs early in the process, but use fresh herbs at the end for optimum flavor.
  • Add herbs and spices to cold dishes several hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Fresh leaves should be chopped very finely. Exposing… Read more »

Find A Healthy Breakfast for Weight-Loss Success

Your breakfast choices lay the foundation for your entire day and your long-term health. But you don’t have to stick with the traditional options.

Whether you prefer eggs, yogurt, or oatmeal, getting a healthy breakfast under your belt sets the tone for a day of weight control and fewer calories overall. In fact, research shows that people who start their day with breakfast make healthier choices and have a lower body mass index in general. The breakfast effect is even stronger for women than men.

“If we skip breakfast… Read more »

A Cheap and Easy Stress Reliever

Ever had one of those days when you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to begin? Or when you have so many thoughts and emotions swimming in your head that you don’t know which end is up? I know what that’s like! When I’m stressed out or something is bothering me, I sit down and write. Getting my thoughts on paper helps me identify my stressors and come up with solutions. Plus, it just feels good to get it all out!

If you don’t do so already, I recommend keeping a journal and writing in it regularly. Writing for just 10 to 15 minutes Read more »

Recipe – Blueberry Yogurt Lemon Cake

reciepe-cake-food-sweetBlueBerry Yogurt Lemon Cake Recipe!

  • 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup blueberries

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease loaf pan, line the bottom and longer sides with parchment paper and grease with butter.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl whisk up and combine the yogurt, sugar eggs, lemon zest and vanilla.

Whisk the flour mixture into the liquid mixture until well combined.

Fold in the oil with a rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed, then add in the blueberries (lightly coat the blueberries in flour).

Pour the batter in the the pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, check near the end until toothpick comes out clean in center.

Remove from oven to baking rack and cool for about 10 minutes leaving it in the pan, remove cake from pan with the parchment handles and let cool another 10 minutes or so until just warm.

Whisk together the confectioners sugar, lemon juice and zest until combined, pour over cake.