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Bloat – AWAY!!

Below are few things that will help you get rid of the balloon in your stomach aka bloating.

  1. Drink plenty of water because it flushes out the excess sodium and also helps keep you regular.  Fruits and veggies that have high water content can also do the same as water so eat lots of watermelon, cucumber, pineapples and tomatoes.
  2. Yogurt has probiotics or good bacteria which helps get rid of gas and again helps keep you regular (constipation comes with its BFF bloating).
  3. Fiber can also get rid of bloating so try eating fruits and veggies with high fiber content like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears and veggies like peas and artichokes.
  4. Bananas, avocados, orange juice, quinoa and pistachios are high in potassium which regulates sodium level thus keeping your belly flat.
  5. Pineapple (again), grapefruit and papaya (I hate papayas so I’ll be eating the other two) have digestive enzymes that break down protein in our system which makes digestion easier.
  6. Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids with reduces inflammation in the body and can help reduce bloating associated with GI distress.

 

 

 

 

 

Info: redbookmag.com

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Simple Desserts

I am not a big fan of cooking though a huge fan of eating, lol!  So, today’s recipe is for simple dessert that even the laziest of person like me can make.  They are from Giada De Laurentiis, one of my favorite chefs to watch.  Her recipes are always simple and easy to follow.  Enjoy!

GIADA’S Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets phyllo dough (or 12 store bought phyllo cups)
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup raspberry yogurt
  • Small block chocolate, for garnish
  • Special equipment: 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, mini muffin tin

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and press them into the mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the mascarpone, pineapple, and raspberry yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the phyllo cups. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate onto the top of the mascarpone mixture and serve.

GIADA’S CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY PANINI

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
  • 12 (1/2-inch) thick slices pound cake (from 1 (10.75-ounce) loaf
  • 6 fresh strawberries, hulled and very thinly sliced (you can also use banana if you like)
  • Butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray

Directions

  1. Heat a panini grill to medium according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over 1 side of all of the pound cake slices. Arrange the sliced strawberries over 6 cake slices. Cover with the remaining cake slices, chocolate side down.
  2. Spray panini grill with nonstick spray and grill each panino until the pound cake is crisp and golden and the fillings are warm, about 2 minutes. Cut each panini in half and serve.

 

GIADA’S ROASTED APPLE PIES WITH WHIPPED CREAM

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated rolled pie crust (recommended: Pillsbury)
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • I use regular store bought whipped cream, like Cool Whip, instead of making it myself like she suggests

Directions

Special equipment: a 3-inch round cookie cutter

  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Unroll the pie crust out on a work surface. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 8 disks of pastry. Arrange the pastry disks on the prepared baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, prick the pastry all over. Bake until brown and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the bottom of the apples to create an even surface for cutting. Slice each apple into 6 (1/2-inch) slices. Cut each apple slice in half and remove any seeds or pieces of core. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Add the apple slices and toss until coated. Shake off any excess mixture. Arrange the apple slices on the same baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until dark brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream until thick, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until the cream is very thick.  (or use store bought whipped cream)
  5. To assemble the pies: Place the pastry disks on a work surface. Divide the cooked apple slices among 4 of the disks. Dollop about 2 tablespoons of the cream on top of the apples and cover with the remaining disks.
  6. Transfer the apple pies to dessert plates, dust with cinnamon and serve immediately.

Photos by: foodnetworktv.com

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Acne fighting food

Breakouts are always annoying!!  To prevent it, we have to take care of our skin inside and out.  Here are some foods that you can eat to help minimize your acne.

  1. Almonds (Brazil nuts as well) – its rich in antioxidant named selenium which helps protects skin’s elasticity and also reduce inflammation.
  2. Spinach – high in vitamin A, K and iron which prevent breakouts and also protects against future spots!
  3. Green Tea, Cherries or Blueberries – are great source of antioxidants which helps protect skin against free radicals therefore preventing breakouts.
  4. Eggs – rich in vitamin E which protects skin from scarring.
  5. Oranges, Melons, Strawberries and Tomatoes – all are great source of Vitamin C like eggs help protect skin from scarring and also heal irritated skin.
  6. Salmon, Walnuts and Flax Seeds – all great source of omega-3 fatty acid which works to help reduce inflammation from the inside of your skin and also outside.
  7. Oatmeal – magnesium found in oatmeal is known to balance hormone.  Imbalance in hormone is known for breakouts.
  8. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene which helps the body absorb selenium to reduce inflammation or that huge red one on your skin.

I am sure you guys know this already, but please try to avoid eating foods that are oily, have refined sugar, processed or high levels of sodium.  They are known to cause major breakouts and bloating!!

Drinking water also helps reduce the amount breakout because it flushes out all the impurities from your system and it makes your skin glow.  My favorite acne fighting foods are almonds, oranges, blueberries, salmon and spinach.

Info: vancouversun.com
Photos: twincommodities.com, naturally-healthy-eating.com, blogs.edweek.org, thedailygreen.com, aquabounty.com, fatburningfurnace.com, thedailygreen.com, exercise4weightloss.com

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Last week, we delved into the healthy benefits of Salmon and its Omega-3 goodness. This week, I want to talk about another member of the food fad we see nowadays being touted from the skyscrapers. We all hear that “whole grain does this” and “whole grain does that”, but how much do you have to eat to reap the benefits? The Whole Grains Council (http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/) suggests eating 3-6 servings of whole grain at 16g of whole grain per serving for everyone 9 years and up. Who’s got the time or appetite to eat 3-6 bowls of Cheerios every day? Variety anyone?

Enter Quinoa. Quinoa is a tiny, ancient Peruvian seed, which has a mild, nutty flavor, is related to leafy green vegetables and is often used like a grain. Quinoa is as versatile as rice but it has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains, because it contains all the essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. It’s also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and it has a high iron content. Let’s not forget that quinoa also contains many varieties of Vitamin E, which neutralizes the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, quinoa keeps you fuller vs rice because of the fiber content, which means you would eat less quinoa than rice. Less eating = less calories and coupled wit the high protein content, eating quinoa is a surefire combination for losing weight.

There are 3 common colors of quinoa, white, red and black. White quinoa has a mild flavor and is a great substitute for rice, and also great for breakfast. Red quinoa has a little nuttier flavor and is crunchier, which means it can be put in salads without getting all mushy. Black quinoa has an earthy flavor and is as crunchy as red quinoa. You can also get a tricolor mix at some stores, which combines all of these great flavors.

Here are some of my favorite quinoa dishes for you to try and knock the rice habit!

Cinnamon-Scented Breakfast Quinoa

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Cinnamon-Scented-Breakfast-Quinoa-366130#ixzz253RWwoNl

Quinoa Stir-Fry with Vegetables and Chicken

 

Nutrition data from the Whole Grains Council,  Recipes courtesy of epicurious.com, photo:peanutbutterandjulie.typepad.com

 

 

 

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We all know that eating fish in general is good for you. However, Salmon is just amazing. The taste and texture of salmon make it the third most consumed species of seafood in the U.S. Not only does it taste awesome, but Salmon is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body.

 

Glam Salm[on]?
A lot of my recent posts have pertained to hair styling, but how do we get our hair to be healthy? It all starts with a proper diet. We’ve heard all the gurus shouting from the rooftops about the brain and heart health benefits of Omega-3’s, but what are the benefits for our lovely locks?

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

Salmon has one of the highest amounts of naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids.  As a bonus, Salmon provides generous amounts of B-12, iron and high quality protein. This complete protein is important as it serves as the building block to healthy and strong hair…and this protein is something you won’t be getting from taking a capsule.

So, not only does Salmon help give your hair a lustrous, shiny look, but it can also aid in strengthening and repairing hair from the scalp down. Below are some of my favorite Salmon recipe, try them today and eat to your hair!

Photos and recipes courtesy of food.com

Honey Ginger Grilled Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets

Directions

  1. In a large self-closing plastic bag, combine first six ingredients; mix well.
  2. Place salmon in bag and seal tightly.
  3. Turn bag gently to distribute marinade.
  4. Refrigerate 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes for stronger flavor.
  5. Turn bag occasionally.
  6. Lightly grease grill rack.
  7. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  8. Remove salmon from marinade; reserve the marinade.
  9. Grill 12-15 minutes per inch of thickness or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  10. Brush with reserved marinade up until the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  11. Discard leftover marinade.

 

 Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

Ingredients

  • 6 -8 salmon steaks or 2 large salmon fillets
  • 3 lemons, juice of
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except salmon.
  2. Place salmon in a lightly greased baking dish and pour mixture over salmon.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 350° for approximately 25 minutes or until fish is flaky and done.

 

 Sauteed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 3 teaspoons cream

Directions

  1. In 12 inch skillet, heat 3 Tbsp butter.
  2. Add filets, skin side down, and saute on low heat for about 10 min turning often.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dill.
  5. Remove to serving plate.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp butter, and cream.
  7. Cook and stir 1 minute.
  8. Pour over salmon.
  9. Serve with lemon slices.

Photos and recipes courtesy of food.com

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Low-Cal Cocktails

I am not much of a drinker but occasionally I will have a chilled glass of martini or two. But soon realized that these cocktails are loaded with calories so I decided to find some low-cal alternatives and thought I share. These are all delicious and have some health benefits without that after taste of guilt, just the way I like it, enjoy!!

All of these are 200 calories or less

1. Blueberry Julep

Blueberries helps decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Ingredients:
1 1 oz bourbon
1/4 cup fresh blueberries muddled with 1 wedge of lemon and 1 tsp brown sugar + 2–4 oz seltzer

Direction:
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a blueberry skewer.

2. Green Tea-ni

Drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, fight bad breath, and reduce body weight, and may even ward off cancer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz gin
4 oz brewed and chilled (or bottled) green tea
2 tsp honey
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

3. Kiwi Daiquiri

Kiwi packs a dose of fiber, which helps you stay fuller longer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz white rum
1 kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp lime zest
2 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 cup crushed ice

Directions:
Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a kiwi slice.

4. Thyme Lemonade

The scent of lemon is a mood booster

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz limoncello
5 sprigs fresh thyme muddled with 1 wheel of lemon
Ice
4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Shake everything but seltzer in a shaker. Pour over ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.

5. Hibiscus Margarita

Research has found that hibiscus tea may naturally lower blood pressure

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz tequila
4 oz brewed and cooled hibiscus tea (or try a bottle like The Republic of Tea Natural Hibiscus Iced Tea)
1 tsp agave nectar
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub an orange peel around the glass’s rim, then use as garnish.

6. Nectarine-Basil Vodka Collins

Basil has been shown to lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Square One Basil organic vodka
1 wedge of lemon muddled with 3 slices of nectarine and 1 tsp agave nectar
2–4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a chilled collins glass. Serve with ice and garnish with a nectarine slice.

7. When in doubt or feel too lazy to make yourself a cocktail, have a glass of champagne, it’s only 83 calories per serving; I like Moët Rose.

Photos: womenshealthmag.com & mintlovesocialclub.com
Recipes: womenshealthmag.com

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