Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fun Fat Facts…and a little Motivation!

There is as much fat in one doughnut as there is in 12 angel food cakes!

 If you choose to eat one measly apple turnover you’ll be choosing 17 grams of fat, the equivalent of eating 17 cups of spaghetti!

Reducing caloric intake too unrealistically low targets means that you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly and stay healthy. What’s more, if you don’t eat, your body goes into starvation mode; it slows your metabolism and tries to hoard any fuel that comes along, with fat being the prime candidate because it lasts the longest in famine. The only thing you do lose on dangerously restrictive diets is your health and self esteem!

Ugghhhh! Cellulite!  Those unsightly dimples! If you’re thinking of using creams, pills or injections to “spot reduce” where fat and cellulite live, think again. You can’t spot reduce fat, no matter where it is. Getting rid of cellulite involves the same process as getting rid of cellulite anywhere on the body; cutting back on the bad fat you consume and getting regular exercise if you are able. You can’t eliminate fat from a certain part of your body by exercising that part alone. Your body doesn’t selectively draw energy from fat stores in the parts being exercised. It draws on fat from all areas. So don’t waste your time and money on miracle pills, potions, creams, or schemes to fight cellulite!, are full of calories, fats and sugar. You’d have to oink out on 200 pretzel twists To consume the 20 grams of fat found in one hot dog!

If you chose to eat 1/2of a cup of French vanilla ice cream, you are choosing 18 grams of fat, the equivalent of eating 450 caramel rice cakes!!!!

You would have to eat 23 whole wheat pitas to consume the 16 grams of fat found in ½ cup of French Onion chip dip!

If you chose to eat 1 ounce of Colby cheese you’ll be choosing a whopping 9 grams of fat, the equivalent of eating 30 bowls of Corn Flakes with skim milk.

Maid Marians for breakfast…think again! A typical breakfast of 2 fried eggs, 1 sausage, hash browns, 2 toast with butter….56 grams of fat! go for a veggie or western omelette, and butter your toast yourself (if you WANT toast). Make sure those homefries are not deep fried!

Granola, granola bars, trail mixes, even though they’re often called “health foods” or all natural  are far form it. The average granola bar ( hold the chocolate chips) derives 52% of its calories from fat.

You may sometimes ask yourself “Why should I bother with low fat food? Nothing comes close to the taste of a nice juicy cheese burger and fries anyway.” Actually, you’ve got it all wrong. Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels. Making smart food choices will help change your body for the better. If you change the way you look and feel, chances are the overall quality of your life will improve as a result. If you don’t feel good about yourself, it’s hard to feel good about the world around you. Poor nutrition can contribute to a poor self image, which affects your mood, and this may in turn affect your personal relationships, your job and your health. So think twice about that greasy burger….your family, friends and co-workers may end up thanking you!

Contrary to popular opinion, the concept of “healthy eating” is not about dietng. Simply put, it’s about changing the way you think about food- permanently!

Healthy eating means choosing to eat less fat more often, enjoying more of the sensible nutritious foods that will help build a leaner, stronger you- foods like grains, potatoes, rice, lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. The healthy eating school of thought suggests learning to love the foods that contribute to your overall well being and that help you to look and feel great. With a little practice, you’ll find that sensible eating decisions become second nature.

 

 

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Zucchini Souffle

 

Fresh from the garden right now, this is a delicious and easy way to prepare zucchini!!

Ingredients:

Grated zucchini- use as much as you like, depending on how big you want your souffle.

Eggs, beaten- 1 egg for every cup of zucchini

Onions, diced and fried- if you like, not a must…as much or little as you like

Herbs- fresh or dried, basil, oregano, parsley…

Cheese- i like cheddar, grated, about a cup, enough to cover the top

Tomato- sliced on top of it all

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Fry onion, grate zucchini and put in a glass bake ware dish. Add eggs and herbs. Cover with cheese, then tomato.

Bake until center is firm , about 40 minutes or more depending on how large you made it!

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FISH…easy, healthy and delicious!!

HADDOCK

1/ Preheat oven to 400. Place haddock on baking dish, sprinkle with shake’n bake for fish. Cook 10 -15 minutes. (done when fish flakes easily with fork). Serve with green tomato chow.

2/ Preheat oven to 400 . Squeeze fresh lemon and sprinkle dried or fresh dill over fish. Bale about 10-15 minutes. Serve with green tomato chow.

3/ Preheat a frying pan over med high heat. Spray with a good olive oil spray, or melt about 1 tsp coconut oil. Dip fish in egg, then cover with Panko crumbs. Pan fry about 3-4 minutes each side. Serve with condiment of choice.

4/ Parmesan Herb Bake: Lay fish in casserole dish and spread a thin layer of light mayo over it. Sprinkle dried or fresh basil, chopped peppers, then a little breadcrumb and parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 for 10-20 minutes.

SALMON

1/ Preheat oven to 425. Spread about 1 tbsp per filet of Press Choice Honey Hoisin Sauce, Memories of Thailand or Mem of San Francisco Sauce. Bake about 12 minutes.

2/ Place directly on a preheated bbq. Turn after about 4 minutes. Spread condiment of choice on cooked side. Or, cedar plank it; follow instructions that come with the plank.

3/ Poach in a broth herb mixture, with a little white wine if desired. Use condiment of choice.

SHELLFISH

1/ Poach in a broth herb mixture, with a little white wine if desired. Shrimp can be eaten with a cocktail sauce made with ketsup and horseradish or PC Honey Hoisin. Add poached shellfish to salad or cooked rice.

2/ Add raw shellfish to a stir fry last 5-10 minutes of cooking.

 

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