Do you love Peanut Butter, but sometimes crave a taste change? Try almond or walnut butter. I recently found an Almond Butter with roasted flax seed in it at Trader Joe’s, a great tasty way to get in your Omega-3 Fatty Acids. If you find Walnut Butter, walnuts are one of the top anti-inflammatory foods a necessity for disease prevention and overall health. Simple taste explorations can not only be fun but beneficial as well!
Did you know that one of the best ways to reach your weight loss goals happens at night. The best way to insure your success is to consistently get a good nights sleep. That snack that you are craving may not be because you are hungry but because you are tired.
Calories are your form of energy, so if you are overtired and lacking energy your body will send out a signal to feed it. Recognize if you are really hungry or just in the need of some extra shut eye!
Avocados are one of my favorite foods! One of natures best source of fiber (the workout for your insides) packed with vitamin c and heart healthy fats this is truly one of the best! Not to mention the yumminess! Trying using avocado instead of mayo on a sandwich next time or add them to your favorite salad, really, it will rock your world :) The fiber in them will help you to feel full more quickly and the nutrients (over 20) will help the rest of you feel great. Because of their higher fat content their caloric value is higher thatn most fruits, the average Avocado has about 250 calories.
Lately, I am fairly obsessed with blackberries. Besides being super yummy and bite size candy like, they are also amazing for you! Blackberries get their dark color from Anthocyanins a strong anti-inflamatory that may help prevent many diseases and Ellagic Acid an antioxidant that help with free radicals (ie: helps your skin:) Not to mention the water soluble Vitamin C. Basically, blackberries are great tasting and great for you!
For a delicious and thirst quenching dessert try watermelon. Not only is watermelon great on a hot summer day but it also has many health benefits. Watermelon is high in potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Research has shown that vitamin C and beta-carotene can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic health conditions.
Did you know that the lotus root aids in liver detox and helps to dispel “internal heat” and it acts like an air conditioner for the insides : )
1 large fresh lotus root
Raw sugar ( Like the natural brown kind) according to taste
4 cups water
Cut the lotus root into 1 inch lengths. Put lotus root sections and sugar in a saucepan and add boiling water to cover root sections about an inch above roots.
Bring to a soft boil, as soon as boil starts, shut heat off.
Cover and let steep for 7 minutes.
Strain roots and sip beverage like tea.
(one note, don’t use honey for a sweetener, it can negate the beneficial effects of the root)
I always tell people to try Cinnamon in their coffee to reduce the bitterness and as a way to give up artificial sweeteners! So, in addition to making your coffee taste amazing, it turns out that cinnamon is super, super food!! 1/2 teaspoon a day, about the amount that you would put in your coffee can lower your LDL cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar levels, help prevent leukemia, boost your memory, reduce blood clotting and yeast infections!!! If you have not tried it yet…. just do it!! I guarantee you will love it!
Remember when reading a label to look not only at calories, but at serving size! Understand what that serving size looks like! I grabbed a small bag of chips to illustrate this point for a local cable show recently. What looked like a single serving bag, which was 150 calories per serving had 3 servings in it! That means, this tiny bag of chips had 450 calories in it!!!! Almost 1/3 of the calories I need in an entire day! For me at that moment, armed with these facts, I could make the choice. Where those chips worth 1/3 of my calories…. In this case no. On other days… totally. Armed with knowledge and information you will always have the ability to make the right choices for your own Life in Synergy! Get informed with the Nutritional Alignment® book today! Learn to eat for who you want to be!
Some days, I know that I am dehydrated, that I need more water, but I am just not that interested. Yesterday was one of those days. The solution, lemon water! Now usually, I am a fan and a proponent of just plain old water, but on occasion I like to slice up a lemon, place it in a pretty pitcher with ice water and create an instant summer favorite. It looks good, it tastes refreshing and because of its high vitamin c content is healthy for you! Lemon water can help your digestive system, help clean out your liver and lift your spirits!
With its delicate texture and taste asparagus is often thought of as a delicacy. The use of asparagus dates back about 2000 years and is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region. Asparagus contains the antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione is thought to help prevent cells from being damaged. Asparagus also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6 and folic acid. Research suggests folic acid may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and birth defects.
1 Bunch Asparagus,
1 Package of Tempura Mix (follow directions on package),
Ponzu soy sauce,
Steam Asparagus, then place in a ice bath to flash cool.
In a skillet heat 1/4 inch vegetable oil to medium high heat.
Dry Asparagus, coat with tempura mix and fry till crisp, light golden in color.
Mix 3 tablespoons of ponzu soy sauce with 5 tablespoons of plum sauce.
Drizzle over sticks and enjoy.
Makes two servings with less than 225 calories each.