Diets and Weight Loss, Foods, Health and Disease, Uncategorized

3 Foods to Throw Away

 

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3 Foods to Throw Away

 

Diet experts often say that you should clean out your pantry, your cupboards, and your refrigerator when you start a new weight loss plan. I completely agree. It’s important to set up your kitchen for success if you’re really serious about slimming down. But often, dieters don’t have the time for a complete kitchen overhaul.

 

If you are short on time but committed to getting lean and fit, here’s the quick-start plan for kitchen clean-up.

 

 

Grab your trash can, open the refrigerator door and dump these three items to decrease your calorie intake and lose weight faster.

 

1) Salad Dressing

Salad sounds like the perfect diet food. Fill your lunch plate full of healthy veggies and you’ll lose weight, right? Wrong! In many cases, your salad is a diet disaster. And many times, the salad dressing is what adds the most fat  and calories. In small amounts, salad dressing isn’t too bad. But when is the last time you measured the amount that you poured on your salad? The calories in salad dressing can ruin your energy balance for the day.  Even fat-free dressings have a downside. Often, these products are full of sugar and still very high in calories. A better option is to add spicy, flavorful ingredients like peppers or radishes to your greens and go dressing-free. Or dress your salad with lemon.

 

2) Flavored Coffee Creamer

If you can’t live without the sweet, milky taste of flavored creamer in your morning coffee, I feel your pain. I used to be addicted to hazelnut creamer. But I got over it when I realized the health impact it had on my diet. If you read the nutrition facts label, the calorie and fat content of flavored creamer doesn’t look too bad. But when you read between the lines, the story isn’t so pretty. Flavored creamers are one of the most common foods we overeat.

 

 

If you multiply your actual portion size times the calorie count per serving, you might be surprised. Think the fat-free creamers are better? Nope. Non-dairy fat free creamers are one of the most common sources of hidden fat. A better option is to learn to make healthier flavored coffee drinks at home.

 

3) Juice

Again, juice sounds like it should be part of a healthy diet-friendly breakfast. In fact, some dieters make juice the entire meal. But the bottom line is that when you drink fruit juice you are drinking a glass full of sugar. Fresh juice does contain vitamins that are good for you, but why not just eat a whole piece of fruit?  You might be surprised to find that when you compare the calories in an orange to the calories in a glass of orange juice the fruit fares better. And whole food is more satisfying than sipping your calories through a straw.

 

The one thing that these foods have in common is that many dieters believe they are healthy because they contain a healthy ingredient or because they have a healthy-looking label. We often overeat foods that carry that “health halo” and we end up consuming excess fat, calories and ingredients that aren’t good for us Of course, dumping these foods is just the beginning of a full kitchen clean-up, but if you can trash these three things, you’ll be on your way to a healthier diet and a slimmer physique.

 

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Easy-Brezzy! Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry!

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms if you don’t like mushrooms you can add more broccoli instead
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli and mushrooms and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  2. Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the pan; place them on a plate and cover.
  4. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and turn the heat to high. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  5. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add them to the pan in a single layer – you may need to do this step in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Add the vegetables back to the pan and cook for 2 more minutes or until the vegetables are warmed through.
  7. In a bowl whisk together the oyster sauce, chicken broth, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water.
  8. Pour the oyster sauce mixture over the chicken and vegetables; cook for 30 seconds. Add the cornstarch and bring to a boil:  cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just started to thicken.
  9. Serve immediately, with rice if desired.

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