Meatless Monday: Pineapple Papaya Muffins (160 cal.)

Taken from the Meatless Monday web site:

Papaya and pineapple make for a soft whole wheat muffins that’s spiced with cinnamon. Dried cranberries and walnuts complete these morning treats with texture and crunch. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Women’s Health magazine.

Serves 12

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup papaya, cubed
  • 1/3 cup lowfat plain yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cranberries

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with muffin cups.

Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

Place the pineapple, papaya and yogurt in a food processor or blender and puree until blended. Add the egg, oil, sugar and agave nectar and mix until well combined.

Pour the pineapple papaya mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until well comvined. Fold in the walnuts and cranberries and pour the batter

Spoon the batter into paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Let cool and enjoy.

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Meatless Monday: Apple Cranberry Lentils with New Potatoes

Taken from the Meatless Monday web site:

Lentils are gently simmered with apple juice, dried cranberries and basil for a subtle play on sweet and savory. Potatoes are steamed until just tender to make a delicious base for the lentil dressing. Spring’s bounty of new potatoes are scrumptious served either warm or cold, potato salad style. This recipe comes to us from Trudy Slabosz of veggie.num.num.

Serves 4

  • 1 pound new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, cooked
  • or
    1 cup canned brown lentils, drained
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 5 ounces snow peas, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced thin
  • 3 radishes, sliced into thin rounds

Cook the potatoes in a steamer or double boiler for about 5-8 minutes, or until just tender. Cover to keep warm.

Place the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until just fragrant. Add the lentils, stir and cook 2-4 minutes more.

Add the apple juice and dried cranberries to the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by about half. Remove from heat and toss in the basil leaves.

Toss the sliced snow peas, celery stalks and radish rounds together in a small bowl.

Divide the celery radish salad onto 4 plates, top with the steamed new potatoes, drizzle with the cranberry lentil dressing and enjoy.

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Why Meatless?

Taken from the Meatless Monday web site:

Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Read about these benefits below. But keep in mind that just going meatless is not enough. That’s why we give you the information you need to add healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives to your diet each week. Further, if you do eat meat on other days, we strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, locally-raised options whenever possible.

Health Benefits

Environmental Benefits

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Waking Up Hungry is Good

I heard an interesting thing on a video that SarahFit did in which she said that “if you don’t wake up hungry, it means that you’ve eaten too much the night before.”

Regarding eating at night, Chalene Johnson says that you should first decide at what time you’re going to bed and then make sure that you don’t eat anything at least 3 hours prior to that. She said that she needed this flexibility because even though she usually plans to go to bed by 10 PM, sometimes things happen and she wouldn’t actually make it until midnight. As a general rule, she says “no-eating” after 6 PM. She even has a sign posted on the front of her family’s refrigerator that reads: “Frig closed at 6 PM. Water open all night.”  She says the payoff for doing this is a “nice flat belly in the morning.”

Biggest Loser fitness trainer/expert Bob Harper actually takes this rule-of-thumb a little further and says that you shouldn’t eat anything 5 hours before going to sleep. Apparently, this is the window that’s required before your body’s metabolism begins to burn fat.

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Five foods that bring on hunger pangs

I found the following is from the Always Foodies web site:

1. Diet Soda

This increases your appetite, while keeping a check on your weight as well. Diet soda is essentially sweetened with artificial sweeteners, which, in turn, is responsible for your hunger pangs. The diet soda was primarily invented keeping in mind today’s youth who are more health concerned and avoid having anything that will put on weight. So, the next time you grab a can of diet soda, don’t forget to get something to eat. You might need it.

2. Frozen Dinners

A midnight ready to eat frozen dinner meal might not just be enough for the little rats in your stomach, so get something to accompany it with, as frozen dinners don’t have much calories to fill you up, and you will be left asking for more. It consists of all the essential ingredients of a complete meal that comes in a microwaveable safe tray, but the only problem that arises is that the meal is not fully wholesome and a fresh fruit salad or vegetable salad and desert makes it complete.

3. Pastries and Baked Goods

Sugary delights are always a treat for you, but these goodies do little to let your stomach rest in peace. Pastries and other baked goods as biscuits, waffles, croissants often fill you with delight, but fail to fill your stomach and as a result, your appetite is at its peak. The no-good goodies are high in calories and do their best to raise your carbos level. But you can always choose the healthier option of baked whole-wheat goodies with zero sugar or very little sugar.

4. Sugary Cereal Bars

If you are on a healthy diet, then strictly ban cereal bars from your menu. These cereal bars do no good to people on diet, and instead, bring on the hunger pangs, and then people are left asking for more. The sugary cereal bars are more of a sugarful delight as pastries or biscuits than being a hunger control option. For those, who face an appetite loss problem, consume cereal bars before taking a meal, and Voila, you’ll consume more than your regular quantity.

5. Chewing Gum or Bubble Gum

Fond of blowing chewing gum? If you are an ardent chewing gum lover, you’ll be happy to know that your chewing gums have a good feature-increase appetite. Chewing gum regulates gastric juices, that in turn produces saliva in the mouth, which when goes down to the stomach, makes you feel more hungry.


Scrambled eggs – 360 Calories

2 scrambled eggs
2 strips of turkey bacon
1 piece whole wheat toast
1 pat of low fat butter
1 coffee or tea
8 oz water

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