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Enjoy or Avoid – The “Diet” Food Edition

Dieting doesn’t mean eating tasteless, fat-free, low calorie foods. Instead, making informed, healthy choices will help you stay on track and leave you feeling full and satisfied. Below we’ve come up with a list of  healthy foods to enjoy and “diet” foods to avoid!

1. Avoid – Puffed cereal with skim milk
Yes, it’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But eating breakfast is only half the battle, you still need to make healthy choices! Skim milk and puffed cereal may seem like a healthy, low-fat option, but the low fiber content won’t satisfy your hunger, and you’ll be left wanting more.

Enjoy – Rolled or steel cut oats.
Oatmeal is a satisfying and filling breakfast that will give you that needed boost of energy in the morning. Stick to the plain variety and add in a little brown sugar, fruits or even a tablespoon of peanut butter to satisfy your cravings.

2. Avoid – Plain rice cakes
Rice cakes are good for you, but when you notice that you’ve eaten half a bag in one sitting – well that’s a problem. These little cakes are low in fiber and have a high glycemic index, which means you’re probably going to be finishing that bag before you feel satisfied.

Enjoy – Rice cakes with some cream cheese or peanut butter.
A spread on top of your rice cake makes it a balanced choice that is fulfilling and satisfying. If you’re craving something sweet, add a tablespoon of peanut butter, or if you want something salty, then add a tablespoon of cream cheese.

3. Avoid – Light yogurt
With sweet, artificial flavors, light yogurt doesn’t leave your body with enough to digest, which means your stomach will be hungry for more.

Enjoy – Low-fat Greek yogurt
The high protein and creaminess of low-fat Greek yogurt makes it a better choice. If you want to add in some flavor try a dash of cinnamon or add in your favorite seasonal fruit.

4. Avoid – Apples
Okay, so you’ve heard “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And it’s true – apples are good for you. However, if you eat just an apple for your daily afternoon snack, you may tend to overeat at dinner. That’s because just a plain old apple is not a balanced snack.

Enjoy – Apples and nuts (or cheese stick)
Eat an apple and some nuts too! If you combine your usual afternoon snack with a few almonds or a cheese stick, yes you might be getting some extra calories, but they are well worth it because it will keep you fuller longer.

The trick to any “diet” food is to ensure that it provides you with enough nutrients to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Remember that spicing it up or adding variety keeps things from getting boring. Also, keep in mind that if you let yourself indulge once in awhile, you will be less likely to splurge and overeat later.

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Delicious Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal with your family and spend some quality time together. Below are two healthy and delicious dinner recipes that the whole family can enjoy!

Grilled Fish Tacos
What You’ll Need:

  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and cubed
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 2 large mahi-mahi fillets (1 1/2 lbs total)
  • 1 Tbsp blackening spice
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage

Directions:

  • Step 1: Mix the mango, avocado, onion, and the juice of one lime in a bowl.
  • Step 2: Season with cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  • Step 3: Heat a grill or stovetop grill pan until hot. Drizzle a light coating of oil over the fish and rub on the blackening spice.
  • Step 4: Cook the fish, undisturbed, for four minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula and cook for another four minutes. Remove.
  • Step 5: Warm the tortillas on the grill for one to two minutes or wrap in damp paper towels and microwave for one minute until warm and pliable.
  • Step 6: Break the fish into chunks and divide among the warm tortillas.
  • Step 7: Top with the cabbage and the mango salsa.
  • Step 8: Serve with the lime wedges and enjoy!

Spicy Turkey Stir Fry
What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tbsp wheat free soy sauce
  • 1 med red bell pepper
  • 1 light spray cooking oil spray
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 cup water chestnut
  • 4 cup bok choy
  • 8 oz turkey breast

Directions:

  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 400° F. Cook turkey breast until juices run clear and there is no pink in the center.
  • Step 2: Cut the cooked turkey breast into bite size strips.
  • Step 3: Cut the red pepper into thin strips.
  • Step 4: To make the sauce, combine the soy sauce, water, and cornstarch and whisk. Set aside.
  • Step 5: Heat a wok or large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat.
  • Step 6: Stir fry the bok choy, sweet pepper, and jalapeno pepper for 2 to 3 minutes or until peppers are crisp tender.
  • Step 7: Remove vegetables from wok/skillet.
  • Step 8: Add the turkey strips to the wok and stir fry for about 2 minutes, until the meat is heated through. Push turkey aside from the center.
  • Step 9: Stir sauce mixture and add to center of wok.
  • Step 10: Cook and stir until thick and bubbling.
  • Step 11: Return vegetables to the wok and add water chestnuts.
  • Step 12: Stir to coat all ingredients.
  • Step 13: Cook about 1 minute or until heated.
  • Step 14: Spoon turkey mixture over hot rice and enjoy!

Next week, Dr. Dubyak, of Peak Performance Chiropractic and Nutrition Center, will be discussing the revolutionary LipoLaser, and how it can help remove stubborn areas of fat and melt away the inches! You won’t want to miss it!

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Recipes courtesy of “Eat this, Not that” and Lifestyle Innovations

Take time and enjoy lunch!

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but it’s important to take time and enjoy lunch too because it gives you a little break and allows you to recharge your batteries. So below, as promised, are two lunchtime recipes for you to try and enjoy!

Roasted Vegetable Wrap with Hummus
What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tortilla corn tortilla
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 whole tomato
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pint mushroom
  • 8 oz shredded soy cheese
  • 1 med zucchini
  • 1 med squash
  • 4 tbsp hummus

Directions:

  • Step 1.: Chop squash, zucchini, mushroom, onion, and tomato and add to medium bowl.
  • Step 2:  Add olive oil and pepper, and mix together.
  •  Step 3: Place in oven for 10 minutes on broil until vegetables are cooked.
  • Step 4: Heat tortilla shells in microwave for 20 seconds.
  • Step 5: Spread each tortilla with hummus, vegetables and 1/4 cup cheese.
  • Step 6: Roll up, serve and enjoy!

Sunflower Crunch Salad
What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 6 oz extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup beet
  • 1/2 cup carrot
  • 6 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
  • 8 floret cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup non-fat garlic salad dressing

Directions:

  • Step 1: Wash and dry lettuce leaves and tear into a bowl.
  • Step 2:Drain and cut tofu into cubes.
  • Step 3: Grate beets, chop carrot and cauliflower, and slice pepper and onion.
  • Step 4: Add vegetables, beans, tofu and sunflower seeds to the lettuce.
  • Step 5: Toss with salad dressing and enjoy!

Make sure you check back tomorrow because just in time for the weekend, we are going to be featuring dinnertime recipes for you and your family!

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Recipes courtesy of Lifestyle Innovations

Breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day!

This week it’s all about recipes. We are featuring recipes that will leave you feeling full, satisfied and energized throughout your day. Today, breakfast is our featured meal of the day!

Breakfast is important because it reduces the hunger that might occur later in the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to overeat and make poor food choices (like getting a snack from the vending machine). Below are two delicious  and healthy  breakfast recipes that will help you start your morning off right.

Hearty Buckwheat and Banana Cereal
What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 sm banana
  • 1 cup buckwheat
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp walnut

Directions:

  • Step 1: Place buckwheat, soymilk, cinnamon, nutmeg and banana into a medium saucepan.
  • Step 2: Stir frequently, while bringing mixture to a boil.
  • Step 3: Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
  • Step 4: Simmer for 20 minutes, until the buckwheat is tender.
  • Step 5: Top with ground flaxseeds and chopped walnuts.
  • Step 6: Enjoy!

Garden Eggs
What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 spear asparagus
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 small mushrooms
  • 1 cup onion

Directions:

  •  Step 1: Chop onions, mushrooms and asparagus.
  • Step 2: Using a small saute pan, saute vegetables in olive oil until tender.
  •  Step 3: Add egg whites to pan.
  • Step 4: Continue to cook on low heat until eggs are well cooked.
  • Step 5: Enjoy!

Check back tomorrow for some delicious lunch ideas!

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*Recipes Courtesy of Lifestyle Innovations

Enjoy or Avoid: The Belly Fat Edition

You’ve told yourself that you’re committed to losing that stubborn belly fat. Well, first give yourself credit – recognizing that you want to make a change in the way you look and feel is the first step in changing the way you look and feel, but now that you’ve taken that first step, where do you begin? Well, it’s important to look at what you are eating and make healthy substitutions to encourage fat loss, while leaving you feeling full and satisfied.

Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It boosts your metabolism, and if you choose the right foods, breakfast will leave you feeling fuller and energized throughout the day. However, some people don’t have time to cook a full course breakfast, so what’s a quick and healthy solution?

  • Enjoy Oatmeal: Oatmeal is high in fiber, low in fat, and stabilizes blood sugar. This fast and fulfilling breakfast will energize you throughout the day, but beware of sugary flavored varieties. Instead, stick to an original flavor and add in some delicious berries or a dash of cinnamon for added flavor and health benefits.
  • Avoid Sugary Cereals: When you think of sugary cereals are you imagining Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs or Cocoa Krispies? Well, what if I told you that Kellogg’s Raisin Bran has more sugar than all of the above? Don’t believe me, well it’s true. Some other offenders that you need to beware of are: Kellogg’s Smart Start Original Antioxidants and General Mills Chex Multi-Bran. All three of these cereals contain more than 13 grams of sugar.

Snacks
You may think that in order to lose weight you need to cut back on calories and ignore those hunger pangs.  Wrong! Eating small snacks throughout the day boosts your metabolism, and you’re less likely to overeat during dinner.

  • Enjoy Almonds: Almonds have amazing health benefits packed into each little nut. They help reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and are an excellent source of calcium. Almonds are a healthy and delicious snack that you should incorporate into your everyday diet. Stick to 24 almonds a day to satisfy your belly without overloading on calories.
  • Avoid Salted Peanuts: Now don’t get confused. We just told you how great almonds are, so you might be wondering why peanuts (another nut variety) is something you should avoid, right? What we don’t like about salted peanuts is they are loaded with sodium, which can raise your blood pressure. So if it’s a peanut you crave, reach for the roasted, unsalted kind.

Dinner
Ah, the age-old question: “What’s for dinner?”  Eating delicious dinners that the whole family can enjoy, while watching your waistline, can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Just remember to make healthy substitutions for the dishes you already love – whole grain pasta and turkey burgers are some healthier choices.

  • Enjoy Grilled Fish Tacos: Who doesn’t love fish tacos? Instead of battered and fried fish, try grilling it! Add in some spices and a healthy, delicious avocado and mango salsa and some rice on the side, and you have yourself a tasty meal that the whole family will love!
  • Avoid Chicken Quesadillas: If you are really craving a quesadilla, we suggest a “do it yourself” variety that is light on cheese and sour cream. Restaurants try to pack in as many ingredients as they can, for example Chili’s Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadilla combines: cheese, ranch dressing, bacon and chicken for a heart-stopping 1,650 calories, 107 grams of fat and 3,450 milligrams of sodium.

Have we made you hungry talking about food? Well, if you would like to try something new, check back next week for some delicious recipes, including those grilled fish tacos!

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Sources:
http://www.quickandsimple.com/diet-weight-loss/tips-calculator/belly-fat-foods
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/best-worst-breakfast-cereals
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/17/earlyshow/health/main7254362.shtml
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/the-fattiest-foods-america