Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Biggest Loser 6 Weeks to a Healthier You book has some amazing recipes that will help you stick to your diet. This bean soup is easy to make, tastes great, and even works with a vegan or vegetarian diet.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 (15 ounce) cans of your favorite beans, drained
4 cups veggie broth
2 cups frozen spinach
1.Saute’ onions in oil, adding garlic as onions soften.
2.Stir in tomatoes and spices and simmer 5 minutes.
3.Add 3 cups of beans and broth and bring to a boil.
4.Reduce heat and simmer.
5.Add remaining beans and broth to blender and mix until smooth.
6.Add bean mixture and spinach to stew and simmer until ready to eat.
This is an awesome, easy to prepare dish. Feel free to mix and match the type of beans you use and if you prefer a soupier stew, skip the blender step.
Serving size=1 cup
These yummy carrot cake smoothies taste as good as carrot cake, but with only about half the calories! They are great for just about any diet including phase one of the 17 day diet. The best part, it is super easy to make.
1 1/2 cups cooked carrots
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
6 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of nutmeg
1.Cook carrots until soft and then cool in the refrigerator.
2.Throw everything in the blender and mix well.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Does the produce aisle intimidate you? Here are some tips for getting the freshest fruits and veggies for your diet:
Fresh or Frozen?
Most produce is just as nutritious frozen as it is fresh, so think about your eating habits. If you use it up slowly, pack your freezer, but if your family goes through produce quickly, stick with fresh for better taste and texture.
Don’t think you’ll finish them in 3 to 5 days? Buy frozen instead.
Avoid bananas that are too green, particularly for use in smoothies to avoid a strange tangy taste.
Green onions are much easier to use then whole onions for small meals. Just chop the tips and toss the bulb.
Bagged baby spinach leaves
Peek through the bottom of the bag. If you see any mush, choose another package.
Look for tight buds or florets; they indicate a fresher find.
Avoid peppers with wrinkly skin – a sign of aging.
Mixed Green salad blend
The more color the greater the antioxidants. Choose bags with red radicchio, pale green endive, and dark green spinach.
The darker black the better.