Spinach Tart for Meatless Monday

A lot of people are put off spinach as kids, partly because it is a bit strong for some children’s palates, partly because it is often murdered in the kitchen, and partly because the adults go on about how healthy it is. If this applies to you, think again. Popeye was right—spinach is good for you, being rich in iron, Vitamin A, and antioxidants—but it is also one of the tastiest vegetables around. It goes particularly well with cheese, as in this scrumptious tart. Source

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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.

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Video: Southwestern Baked Potato Skins – Poor Girl Eats Well

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Meatless Monday: Pineapple Ginger Tofu over Edamame

Tofu is marinated in pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and fresh ginger before it’s charred on the grill. The tofu sits on a refreshing edamame pineapple jalepeno ginger salad, which mimics the flavors of the marinade. This recipe comes to us from Kelly of The Pink Apron.

The full recipe is here.

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Switching OFF Our Metabolisms

“Every bite we take and every lifestyle choice we make matters.” -Jillian Michaels

The following is an excerpt from Jillian Michael’s wonderful book, “Master Your Metabolism“:

What’s At Stage

There’s evidence of a national endocrine meltdown everywhere. More Americans are overweight than ever before – 72 million of us. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death. Only the act of lighting known carcinogens on fire and repeated inhaling them into your lungs  – aka smoking – beats it out for the deadliest spot.

People who are obese are 50 to 100 percent more likely to die early than people of normal weight. They also have a higher rate of many debilitating and/or deadly conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Cancer (especially cancer of the pancreas, liver, kidney, endometrium, breast, uterus, and colon, and possibly leukemia and lymphoma)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Crushing depression
  • Devastating social stigma
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Thicker heart walls
  • Type 2 Diabetes

I wish I were making this stuff up to scare you, but I’m not. We’ve all read the headlines. We know there are supposedly many reasons whey this is happening: twenty thousand cable TV channels, super mega cheeseburgers, processed foods, fifty-mile commutes to work, seventy-hour work weeks.

But there are other reasons that no seems to be talking about. What about the chemicals in our air, water, cosmetics, clothes? How about the weed killer on our neighbors lawns? How about the plastic that’s invaded every corner of our world.

We’ve demonized our “super size me” habits for a long time. But there are many other environmental, dietary and societal factors that have come into play only in the past thirty years, and a vast number of them disrupt our hormones and switch off our metabolisms.

I have watched so many people I love go down the path of hormone-induced early death. You know that guy – maybe you are that guy – with a barrel of heart-attack fat strapped onto his waist. Or that woman who finds a lump in her breast at teeny-eight. Or the kid gets diagnosed with “adult onset” type 2 diabetes before he’s allowed to see a PG-13 movie.

This last one is such a heart breaker for me. the diagnosis rate for diabetes has shot up 40 percent in the past decade. What the heck is going on here? Why are our hormones spinning so out of control, and how are we ever going to stop them?

Clearly, there is only one way. We have to wake up and realize that every bite we take and every lifestyle choice we make matters. Not just for calories or fat or carbs, but because those bites or choices tell our bodies how to react. With bite after bite, sip after sip, breath after breath – when we pick the wrong foods or surround ourselves with toxic chemicals, each moment or consumption tells our hormones to do things that, consciously, we would never want them to do.

We have to learn how our modern food supply and toxic world interact with our hormones. We have to understand exactly how they make us overweight and sick. That’s the only way we can set it right again. And that is what Master Your Metabolism is all about.

Master Your Metabolism is available from many booksellers including Amazon.

Stop Seeing Food as The Enemy

Writing about her experience with food and dieting, Jillian Michaels writes this in, “Master Your Metabolism”:

I knew that I needed to stop seeing food as the enemy and instead start learning about it as fuel for a long and healthy life.It was this realization that turned the light on for me.

This is really an interesting insight. How many of us see food as “the enemy” instead of trying to learn about it – so that we can live long and healthy lives. Of course the question then becomes, how and where can you actually learn about food?

What’s in Shakeology?

College Diet Plan

From SarahFit”

Sweet Cravings at Night


Here’s are some great suggestions for sweet things you can eat from Jenelle Summers to satisfy “after-dinner” cravings.

How much water should you drink every day?

I was listening to an interview with Joel Harper and he was asked how much water we need to drink every day. He said it was simple. Here’s the formula:

body weight divided by two, then add 10 for a workout.

For example, Joel weighs 200 pounds, so he would need to drink 100 ounces of water a day, plus another 10 ounces for working out. So, the total for him would be 110 ounces.

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