Category Archives: Diets and Weight Loss

The Path to a New You, Starts in the Kitchen

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The Path to a New You, Starts in the Kitchen.

 

Add these 21 must-eat foods to your menu.

 

When you’re choosing recipes to help you and your family, focus on foods that haven’t been heavily processed with artificial sweeteners, refined sugar, unhealthy fats, or excess sodium. Be especially wary of packaged products promoted as diet foods. They may be lower in calories and fat, but they’re often higher in artificial sweeteners and sodium, ingredients manufacturers add to make the product taste better and encourage you to eat more.

 

For the foods below, we’ve included the factors that make them smart choices as well as a healthy recipe that incorporates that ingredient. You’ll find foods that satisfy your appetite with lean protein and monounsaturated fats. We’ve also included plenty of high fiber foods on our list as well. Do you want low-calorie ingredients? You’ll find lots of those superfoods too.

 

  1. Almonds | Fiber, Monounsaturated Fat
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar | Lowers Blood Glucose Levels
  3. Avocado | Monounsaturated Fat
  4. Beets | Diuretic, Low Calorie
  5. Brussels Sprouts| Fiber, Low Calorie
  6. Cauliflower | Fiber, Low Calorie
  7. Chia Seeds | Fiber, Protein
  8. Chicken | Low Calorie, Protein
  9. Egg | Protein
  10. Greek Yogurt | Protein
  11. Green Tea | Catechins
  12. Kale | Fiber, Low Calorie
  13. Mangoes | Fiber
  14. Oatmeal | Fiber
  15. Quinoa | Fiber, Protein
  16. Raspberries | Fiber, Raspberry Ketones
  17. Salmon | Protein
  18. Squash | Fiber, Low Calorie
  19. Turkey | Protein
  20. Walnuts | Monounsaturated Fat
  21. Zucchini | Diuretic, Low Calorie

 

Please adjust this for your needs and for the medications you are taking, and the medical conditions you may have.  Example: If you have a dairy restriction, no yogurt.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

 

Creamy casseroles are a favorite when the weather gets chilly, but they’re not always Paleo diet friendly. This easy broccoli casserole recipe layers chicken with vegetables for a filling and comforting meal. Crisp bacon and crunchy almonds give it that casserole-like top, without starchy breadcrumbs or cheese.

 

Ingredients

 

1/2 head(s) broccoli cut into thin slices

3/4 head(s) cauliflower cut into thin slices

1/2 pound(s) mushrooms sliced

2 piece(s) chicken breast(s), boneless skinless (4-6 oz)

1 cup(s) coconut milk, full fat

1 large egg(s)

1/2 cup(s) chicken broth

1/2 cup(s) almonds sliced

4 slice(s) bacon cooked and crumbled

1 tablespoon(s) coconut oil for cooking chicken

1/8 teaspoon(s) sea salt to taste

1/8 teaspoon(s) black pepper to taste

Instructions

 

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add 1 TB coconut oil or other cooking oil of your choice when hot.

Season chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper if desired and sauté for 10-15 minutes, turning once or twice until fully cooked. Chop into bite-size pieces.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Layer the broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and cooked chicken in a (9×13) casserole dish, seasoning with salt and pepper between each layer.

In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk the coconut milk with the egg and chicken broth until well combined. Pour over the casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle with almonds and bacon. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes until almonds are lightly toasted and casserole is bubbly. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

 

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Sausage and Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

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Sausage and Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

 

This quick and easy Paleo dish takes a classic combination of sausage, mushrooms and thyme and adds eggs and zucchini to make a filling and delicious breakfast casserole. We recommend assembling the casserole the night before, and then baking it in the morning – it will save you a ton of time and you will have a piping hot breakfast to start off your day right!

 

Ingredients

 

3 medium zucchini trimmed

4 large mushroom(s), white button or cremini halved

1 large onion(s), yellow peeled and quartered

1 pound(s) sausage, ground breakfast

1/2 tablespoon(s) thyme, fresh (optional)

2 tablespoon(s) almond flour

6 large egg(s)

1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic, granulated

1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt

1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

 

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place a grater blade on a medium or large food processor (or just use a box grater to shred the veggies by hand). Grate the zucchini, mushrooms and onion. With a paper towel, squeeze excess moisture out of the zucchini.

Scrape the veggie mixture into the bottom of a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish and lightly pat down to form an even surface.

Crumble the raw sausage on top of the veggies. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and almond flour.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, granulated garlic, sea salt, and cayenne (optional) and whisk until eggs are a pale yellow (about 30 seconds).

Pour egg mixture evenly over sausage and veggies in the baking dish. It should sink to the bottom of the pan.

Place in oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until browned on top and cooked through. There will be some residual water from the vegetables.

Cool at least 15 minutes. Slice into 4 servings and enjoy warm or cold.

 

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Forget the Diet! Eat your Way Fit!

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Eat Your Way Fit With Nutrient-Dense Foods

The Benefits of Nutrient Density Instead of Diet for Weight Management

 

Going on a diet can feel overwhelming and the results typically unsatisfying. Diets and diet trends are a billion-dollar market targeting consumers who want to lose fat and gain muscle. Many diets also lack nutrients, according to research.

 

Have you considered not dieting? Instead of continued caloric restriction leaving you hungry, tired, and frustrated, maybe a different approach would be better.

 

 

How about trying nutrient-dense foods as an alternative to reduce body fat? This is not a diet but simply a change in the kind of food you eat to achieve a healthy body. The idea is to eat cleaner, not less, as a lifestyle.

 

Eating nutrient-dense foods even allows you to eat more and still lose fat. This is often hard to grasp for long-term dieters used to severe calorie restriction for reducing fat. The difference is the quality of nutrient-dense foods vs the calories and how they function in our body.

 

What Are Nutrient Dense Foods?

Nutrient-dense foods contain macro and micronutrients important for our health. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats providing calories (energy) to our body. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals also coming from nutrient-rich foods. We require all nutrients in varying quantities for optimal fitness. Research indicates nutrient-rich foods help boost our metabolism and enable us to efficiently lose body fat.

 

Protein is the powerhouse macronutrient for muscle recovery. Select healthier options like chicken breast, turkey, fish, or albacore tuna over processed cold cuts or ham. Eating nutrient-dense protein means keeping it cleaner and leaner.

Carbohydrates are the primary energy source macronutrient for optimal health and fitness. Nutrient-dense carbs include a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Avoid eating processed foods, white products and pastries if you want to lose fat and gain muscle.

 

Fats are the secondary energy source macronutrient for optimal body functioning. Keep your fats nutrient-rich by avoiding saturated fast foods, creamy salad dressings, and cheesy casseroles. Opt for extra-virgin olive oil, avocado, and natural peanut butter to boost your metabolism and lose body fat.

How Do They Reduce Body Fat?

Nutrient-dense foods are high in nutrients and low in calories allowing us to eat cleaner not less to reduce body fat. Superfoods or real foods are also common names for nutrient-dense foods. They’re easily digested and nutrients utilized for proper body functioning. Chronic studies indicate eating nutrient-dense foods as an effective and healthy way to lose weight.

 

Research shows optimal body fat levels are better achieved when we focus on food quality rather than calorie counting. This is more of a statement of how nutrient-dense foods are full of essential nutrients but lower in calorie. We can eat more for lesser calories and feel satisfied throughout the day.

 

In order to lose body fat, our body requires adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Eating nutrient-dense foods stimulates our metabolism and creates a fat-burning machine. Our body functions better supplied with the energy required to burn fat and gain muscle.

 

 

 

 

Nutrient-dense foods help reduce body fat through several functions:

 

Provides the necessary antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential nutrients for optimal body functioning.

Increases our metabolism and stimulates the body to effectively burn body fat.

Balanced nutrients maintain our energy level for improved workouts.

Proper nutrient amounts help regulate blood sugar favoring normal values instead of spiked glucose (sugar). Controlling our blood sugar is essential to reducing body fat.

Promotes satiety and curbs cravings.

Improves leptin hormone function in the body and better regulates fat stores.

The Research

Research is an important step to obtain evidence that supports or opposes scientific claims. Many diets are flooding the market with grandiose promises but without positive clinical findings to back it up. Unfortunately, many of us fail to take the time to research the facts before trying the next diet trend.

 

Chronic studies on nutrient-dense foods show positive feedback for fat loss. They’re high antioxidant values are indicated to reduce the risk of disease and hypertension. Research shows nutrient rich foods as an effective way to reduce body fat and improve overall health.

 

An article published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compares nutrient intake and links to obesity. A large study group was divided by body mass index (BMI) levels ranging from normal weight, overweight and obese. The research indicated those participants who were overweight or obese had low intakes of micronutrients and high nutrient deficiencies. The normal weight group consumed a regular menu of nutrient-dense foods.

 

Other research on using nutrient-dense foods to break the cycle of obesity appears in the National Institutes of Health. A workshop was conducted examining improved quality of life and health at every age eating nutrient-dense foods as preventative medicine. It was indicated using the nutrient density approach as a valuable nutritional education tool. It was explained eating nutrient dense foods could help resolve nutrient deficiencies and decrease the risk of being overfat or obese.

 

Another study published in the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine examined the effects of nutrient-dense foods on long-term weight loss. Research participants were seeking dietary counseling to lose weight. The trial included a high nutrient density meal plan with recipes for each volunteer. The patients were followed for a two-year period recording total weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. Some participants dropped out but those 33 continuing after one year lost an average of 31 pounds. Nineteen patients returned for the two-year follow-up and each lost an average of 53 pounds. Significant decreases in cholesterol and improved blood pressure were also recorded.

 

The common thread with all research feedback is nutrient-dense foods have the “potential to provide sustainable, significant, long-term weight loss.” Additionally, nutrient rich foods are shown to improve cholesterol, blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating nutrient-dense foods as a lifestyle appears to greatly reduce body fat and improve our health in general.

 

Are Some Nutrient Dense Foods Better Than Others?

National nutrition guidelines recommend eating nutrient-dense foods to help reduce chronic disease and obesity. An article published in the Journal of Nutrition recommends a science-based nutrition profiling system assigning a nutrient value per food.

 

A study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a classification scheme for powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Powerhouse foods are described as those helping reduce the risk of chronic disease. So, yes there will be foods higher in nutrient value than others.

 

Nutrient-dense foods with a value greater than 10 are considered powerhouse fruits and vegetables (PFV) according to the study. The following PFV value system is provided to improve our understanding and health benefits of nutrient-dense foods:

 

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables Value System

Food

Nutrient Density Score

 

Food      Nutrient Density Score

Watercress         100        Scallion 27.35

Chinese cabbage              91.99     Kohlrabi               25.92

Chard    89.27     Cauliflower         25.13

Beet green          87.08     Cabbage              24.51

Spinach 86.43     Carrot   22.60

Chicory 73.36     Tomato 20.37

Leaf lettuce         70.73     Lemon   18.72

Parsley  65.59     Iceberg lettuce  18.28

Romaine lettuce               63.48     Strawberry          17.59

Collard green     62.49     Radish   16.91

Turnip green      62.12     Winter squash    13.89

Mustard green   61.39     Orange  12.91

Endive   60.44     Lime      12.23

Chive     54.80     Grapefruit (pink/red)       11.64

Kale       49.07     Rutabaga             11.58

Dandelion green              46.34     Turnip    11.43

Red pepper         41.26     Blackberry           11.39

Arugula 37.65     Leek       10.69

Broccoli 34.89     Sweet potato     10.51

Pumpkin               33.82     Grapefruit (white)            10.47

Brussels sprout  32.23

nutrient density calculated as average percent daily value based on a 2,000 kcal/d diet, meeting criteria for 17 nutrients as provided by 100 kcal of food. Scores above 100 were capped at 100 meaning the food provides on average 100% DV of the qualifying nutrients per 100 kcal.

 

Another highly referenced nutrient density chart was developed by nutrition expert and board-certified physician Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He believes your health is directly related to the nutrient density of your diet. Fuhrman created the aggregate nutrient density index (ANDI). The ANDI ranks common foods “on the basis of how many nutrients they deliver to your body for each calorie consumed.”

 

Dr. Fuhrman’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI)

Sample Nutrient               Calorie Density Score      Sample Nutrient               Calorie Density Score

Kale                                 1000                                       Sunflower                                   64

Collard Greens                 1000                                      Kidney Beans                      64

Mustard Greens               1000                                     Green Peas                                                        63

Watercress                       1000                                           Cherries                                   55

Swiss Chard                      895                                         Pineapple                                     54

Bok Choy                           865                                          Apple                                                         53

Spinach                              707                                     Mango                                               53

Arugula                              604                                      Peanut Butter                                  51

Romaine                             510                                      Corn                                                   45

Brussels Sprouts               490                                      Pistachio Nuts                                  37

Carrots                              458                                       Oatmeal                                            36

Cabbage                          434                                         Shrimp                                                36

Broccoli                              340                                      Salmon                                               34

Cauliflower                        315                                      Eggs                                                    31

Bell Peppers        265        Milk, 1%              31

Asparagus           245        Walnuts               30

Mushrooms        238        Bananas               30

Tomato 186        Whole Wheat Bread       30

Strawberries       182        Almonds              28

Sweet Potato     181        Avocado              28

Zucchini               164        Brown Rice         28

Artichoke             145        White Potato     28

Blueberries          132        Plain Yogurt, Low Fat      28

Iceberg Lettuce 127        Cashews              27

Grapes  119        Chicken Breast   24

Pomegranates    119        Ground Beef, 85% lean   21

Cantaloupe         118        Feta Cheese        20

Onions  109        French Fries        12

Flax Seeds           103        White Pasta        11

Orange  98           Cheddar Cheese               11

Edamame            98           Apple Juice         11

Cucumber            87           Olive Oil               10

Tofu       82           White Bread       9

Sesame Seeds    74           Vanilla Ice Cream             9

Lentils   72           Corn Chips          7

Peaches               65           Cola       1

Bottom Line

Many diets lack nutrients only certain foods can provide. Eating nutrient-dense foods will allow you to skip the diet, eat more, and still lose fat.

 

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Fruits with the Most and Least Sugars

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Low-Carb Fruits With the Most and Least Sugar

 

If you follow a low-carb diet or are living with diabetes, you may have a complicated relationship with fruit. You may have heard you don’t need to worry about how much sugar is in fruit because it is considered natural sugar. But that will depend whether you are following a diet that counts carbs or one that relies on the glycemic index or glycemic load. Knowing which fruits are naturally lower in sugar can help you make better choices to fit your diet.

 

The Natural Sugar in Fruit

The FDA recommends adults eat two cups of fruit or fruit juice or a half-cup of dried fruit per day. How much fruit you eat may differ if you are following a specific low-carb diet plan or if you are limiting carbohydrates in your diet due to diabetes.

 

Most fruits have a low glycemic index (GI) due to the amount of fiber they contain and because their sugar is mostly fructose. However, dried fruit (such as raisins, dates, and sweetened cranberries), melons, and pineapples have a medium GI value.

 

Fruits contain many nutrients, and if you want to satisfy a sugar craving, fruit is the best choice. The good news is that the fruits lowest in sugar have some of the highest nutritional values, including antioxidants and other phytonutrients. On the other hand, some people digest and process sugar better than others. If you are someone who responds well to a low-carb diet, it pays to be careful.

 

Quick View of the Sugars in Fruits

For a quick way to think about which fruits are lowest in sugar, use these rules of thumb. Fruits are listed here from lowest to highest sugar content:

 

Berries: These generally are the fruits lowest in sugar, and also among the highest in antioxidants and other nutrients. Lemon and lime are also in the lowest category.

 

Summer Fruits: Melons, peaches, nectarines, and apricots are next in sugar-order.

Winter Fruits: Apples, pears, and sweet citrus fruit such as oranges are moderate in sugars. (lemons and limes are low in sugar).

Tropical Fruits: Pineapple, pomegranates, mangoes, bananas, and fresh figs are high in sugar (guava and papaya are lower than the others).

Dried Fruit: Dates, raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, and most other dried fruits are extremely high in sugar. Dried cranberries and blueberries would be lower, except that a lot of sugar is usually added to combat the tartness.

Here is a deeper dive into the fruits ranked from lowest to highest in sugar.

 

Fruits Low in Sugar (Low-Carb Fruits)

Lime (1.1 grams of sugar per fruit) and lemon (1.5 grams of sugar per fruit) are rarely eaten as-is; they are mostly converted to juice and then sweetened. But you can add a slice to your water or squeeze them on food to add their nutrients and tartness.

Rhubarb: 1.3 grams of sugar per cup. You are unlikely to find unsweetened rhubarb, so check the label before you assume what you are eating is low in sugar. But if you prepare it yourself, you can adjust the amount of added sugar or artificial sweetener.

Apricots: 3.2 grams of sugar per small apricot. They are available fresh in spring and early summer. You can enjoy them whole, skin and all. Be sure to watch your portions of dried apricots, however, as (of course) they shrink when dried.

 

Cranberries: 4 grams of sugar per cup. While very low in sugar naturally, they are usually sweetened when used or dried, so be wary. If you use them in recipes yourself, you can adjust the amount of sugar added.

Guavas: 4.9 grams of sugar per fruit. You can slice and eat guavas, including the rind. Some people enjoy dipping them in salty sauces. They are the low-sugar exception to the tropical fruits.

Raspberries: 5 grams of sugar per cup. Nature’s gift for those who want a low-sugar fruit, you can enjoy raspberries in every way, eaten by themselves or as a topping or ingredient. You can get them fresh in summer or find them frozen year-round.

Kiwifruit: 6 grams of sugar per kiwi. They have a mild flavor but add lovely color to a fruit salad. Also, you can eat the skin.

Fruits Containing Low to Medium Levels of Sugar

Blackberries and strawberries: 7 grams of sugar per cup. With a little more sugar than raspberries, these are excellent choices for a snack, in a fruit salad, or as an ingredient in a smoothie, sauce, or dessert.

Figs: 8 grams of sugar per medium fig. Note that this figure is for fresh figs. It may be harder to estimate for dried figs of different varieties, which can have 5 to 12 grams of sugar per fig.

Grapefruit: 8 grams of sugar per grapefruit half. You can enjoy fresh grapefruit in a fruit salad or by itself, adjusting the amount of sugar or sweetener you want to add.

Cantaloupes: 8 grams of sugar per large wedge. These are a great fruit to enjoy by themselves or in a fruit salad. They are the lowest in sugar of the melons.

Tangerines: 9 grams of sugar per medium tangerine. They have less sugar than oranges and are easy to section for fruit salads. They are also easy to pack along for lunches and snacks, with built-in portion control.

Nectarines: 11.3 grams of sugar in one small nectarine. These are delicious fruits to enjoy when ripe.

Papaya: 12 grams of sugar in one small papaya. They are lower in sugar than the other tropical fruits.

Oranges: 12 grams of sugar in a medium orange. These are great to pack along for lunches and snacks.

Honeydew: 13 grams of sugar per wedge or 14 grams per cup of honeydew balls. They make a nice addition to a fruit salad or to eat by themselves.

Cherries: 13 grams of sugar per cup. Ripe fresh cherries are a delight in the summer, but watch your portions if you are limiting sugar.

Peaches: 13 grams of sugar per medium peach. You can enjoy them by themselves or in a variety of ways in desserts, smoothies, and sauces.

Blueberries: 15 grams of sugar per cup. They are higher in sugar than other berries but packed with nutrients.

Grapes: 15 grams of sugar per cup. While they are a nice snack, you’ll need to limit portions if you are watching your sugar intake.

Fruits Containing High to Very High Levels of Sugar

Pineapple: 16 grams of sugar per slice. It’s delightful, but as a tropical fruit, it is higher in sugar.

Pears: 17 grams of sugar per medium pear. This winter fruit is high in sugar.

Bananas: 17 grams of sugar per large banana. They add a lot of sweetness to any dish.

Watermelon: 18 grams of sugar per wedge. While this melon is refreshing, it has more sugar than the others.

Apples: 19 grams of sugar in a small apple. They are easy to take along for meals and snacks, but higher in sugar than tangerines or oranges.

Pomegranates: 39 grams of sugar per pomegranate. The whole fruit has a lot of sugar, but if you limit the portion to 1 ounce, there are only 5 grams effective (net) carbs.

Mangos: 46 grams of sugar per fruit. These tantalizing tropical fruits have a lot of sugar.

​​​Prunes (66 grams of sugar per cup), raisins (86 grams of sugar per cup) and dates (93 grams of sugar per cup) are dried fruits that are very high in sugar.

Fruit and Low-Carb Diets

Some of the popular low-carb diet plans differ, based on whether they consider glycemic index or glycemic load (South Beach, Zone), while others just look at the amount of carbohydrate (Atkins, Protein Power).

 

Strict low-carb diet: At less than 20 grams of carbohydrate per day, you will likely be skipping fruit or substituting it rarely for other items in your diet. Concentrate on getting your nutrients from vegetables. Diets such as Atkins and South Beach don’t allow fruit in the first phase.

Moderate low-carb diet: Those that allow 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day have room for about one fruit serving per day.

Liberal low-carb diet: If your diet allows 50 to100 grams of carbs per day, you may be able to follow the FDA guidelines, as long as you limit other sources of carbs.

Not all low-carb diets limit fruit, however. Diets like the Paleo diet, Whole30, and even Weight Watchers (although it’s not necessarily a low-carb diet) do not place a limit on fruit.

 

In general, if you are following a low-carb diet, you should try and eat fruits that are low in sugar, 7 grams or less per serving. When consulting the list below, which ranks fruit based on sugar content, keep in mind that some values are per cup while others are per whole fruit.

 

Fruit Choices When You Have Diabetes

Your fruit choices when you have diabetes depend on the diet method you are using. If you are counting carbohydrates, the are about 15 grams of carbohydrate in 1/2 cup of frozen or canned fruit or 2 tablespoons of dried fruit (such as raisins). But the serving size for fresh berries and melons are 3/4 to 1 cup so that you can enjoy more of them.

 

If you are using the plate method, you can add a small piece of whole fruit or 1/2 cup of fruit salad to your plate. If you are using the glycemic index to guide your choices, most fruits have a low glycemic index and are encouraged. However, melons, pineapples, and dried fruits have medium values on the GI index.

 

A Quick Word

You can make the best choices for fruit based on the diet you are following. If you have diabetes, you may want to consult with us  to help you design an eating plan that incorporates fruit appropriately. When you are limiting sugar, fruit is a better choice for a sweet craving than reaching for a sugary snack, as long as you keep portions in mind.

 

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Healthy Crab Cakes

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Weight Loss Supplements are a Scam!

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Most weight loss supplements are a scam! Let us reveals the ones that actually work!

 

Since this is a long topic and I don’t want to bore you to tears, today let’s review everything out there claiming to help you boost your metabolism with natural metabolism boosters and I’ll tell you the real truth about where to spend and not spend your money. If you get sick of reading, just see the ingredient and read the “verdict”!

 

Many Claims Regarding Natural Metabolism Boosters That Are Not True!

 

Magic diet pill! Melt your fat away! We’ll show you how to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass with no muscle and fitness or dietary changing efforts !  Step right up and buy the scam! Unexplained weight gain will just melt away! DO NOT FALL FOR WHAT SOUNDS SCAMMY- it is, it is! Weight loss is the #1 supplement scam but now, due to this article on the real, effective natural metabolism boosters, you will not be scammed every again, OK?? Save this for shopping.

 

Messages like these on weight-loss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds. But these products don’t live up to their claims.

Even worse, they can cause serious harm, say, federal regulators, who have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans.

The FDA warns these products are not legal dietary supplements. They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as “all-natural” or “herbal” supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers. The FDA has found weight-loss products tainted with the prescription drug ingredient sibutramine.

This ingredient was in an FDA-approved drug called Meridia, which was removed from the market in October 2010 because it caused heart problems and strokes. FDA has also found other prescription drug ingredients that have been removed from the market or never approved at all.

Other weight-loss products marketed as supplements have been found to contain dangerous concoctions of hidden ingredients including seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and other drugs not approved in the U.S.

Many of these tainted products are imported and sold through the Internet, but some can also be found on store shelves. The FDA has made it a priority to seek out these dangerous products, stop them from being imported, and take legal action against firms that manufacture and distribute them.

Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does NOT mean it is safe or effective. Although the benefits of some dietary supplements have been documented, the claims of others may be unproven. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Note that famous T.V. doctors have been known to stretch the truth. Well, here is a real review from a real weight loss expert and former T.V. doctor-ME!  And I’ll tell you everything that’s out there and give you a thumbs up or down on whether or not it might be useful.

And/or dangerous. And I’ll tell you WHY. Note  that every single thing mentioned below is contraindicated (not recommended meaning don’t take it) if you are pregnant or nursing. I won’t keep repeating that. Also, it goes without saying that if you are trying to get pregnant, avoid “taking anything.”

6 Ingredients Which Claim to ‘Burn Fat’ – Considered Stimulants

 

  1. Caffeine

 

Description/Primary Functions

Natural stimulant and therefore a natural metabolism booster that’s found in coffee and caffeinated teas and can help burn fat by boosting basal metabolic rate, or BMR.

Several studies have found that a dose of caffeine increased subjects’ energy expenditures by 5 percent or more, helping their bodies burn calories and fat. Caffeine stimulates metabolism and mobilizes body fat for use as energy.

It can also enhance the effects of other fat-burning compounds like green tea and citrus Aurantium.

Note that caffeine in coffee, tea, colas, energy drinks are largely ineffective and it takes a higher of a dose of encapsulated caffeine to have a “good”effect equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee.

Contraindications/Precautions

Caffeine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a caffeine-containing product.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

For this to amp up your metabolism you need more than one cup of coffee as noted above. BUT if you give up all other sources of coffee and it doesn’t give you palpitations then it’s OK. I’m not really crazy about it for weight loss as a single ingredient because it usually causes the jitters and not a lot of metabolic boosts unless combined with other ingredients but I’ll give it an “it’s OK”-just don’t expect miracles. At least in reasonable doses, it might jack up your blood pressure.

  1. Guarana

 

Description/Primary Functions

Guarana is a climbing plant in the maple family native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana is best known for its fruit, which is about the size of a coffee

bean. As a dietary supplement, guarana is an effective stimulant. Its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans.

 

There’s some evidence that guarana – when used along with other supplements – may promote weight loss. It’s uncertain if the guarana specifically was responsible. Because

caffeine is a stimulant that has been shown to improve mood and aid weight loss, guarana may very well also have these effects.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

Guarana is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a guarana-containing product. Guarana is not recommended for those with a seizure disorder, cardiovascular disease,

liver failure, or with kidney failure. It is advised to avoid products with excessive levels of caffeine, which can cause side effects, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Another one that will work but don’t combine it with caffeine or it WILL jack up your blood pressure. Another one I’m not crazy about but again, in reasonable doses, it’s OK. Can be combined with decaf green tea-DECAF! Then it gets the definitive two thumbs up!

  1. Citrus Aurantium/Synephrine/Bitter Orange

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Also known as bitter orange, this substance contains several alkaloids that stimulate the body’s beta-3 receptors to boost metabolism and increase fat burning. It also promotes

the release of epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, which enhances mental energy and focus. After ephedra was taken off the market in 2004, bitter orange, a herb similar to

ephedra, has been marketed as a weight loss aid.

 

Proponents claim that bitter orange can stimulate the fat-burning process. Bitter orange may raise blood pressure, increase heart rate or cause abnormal heart rhythms. (This just means you need to get a pure product with  the correct dose-then unless you have a heart condition, you needn’t worry).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Bitter orange is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a bitter orange-containing product.

It should not be taken by those with a cardiovascular condition (such as heart disease or high blood pressure or diabetes). Bitter orange should not be combined with caffeine or any natural substances containing caffeine (such as caffeinated green tea and high doses of yerba mate).

It should also be avoided by anyone taking medications (such as MAO inhibitors) or herbs/supplements that increase heart rate. Some people consider this to be like one of the best  energy supplements but it shouldn’t be used for energy, please.

It is a supplement and likely the most potent of all  the supplements to speed up metabolism so you WILL have a burst of energy but again, be careful you don’t “overuse this” OK? (I don’t want you needing help with adrenal fatigue after you have lost your weight!)

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

You just read that it increases two substances-epinephrine and nor-epinephrine and that this increases mental focus. Well, as with ephedra, which is not on the list because other than the black market, it isn’t sold this will also increase cortisol levels if you do not use “the right product” meaning a gentle, controlled dose such as what we have.

So this gets the most efficacy rating as a combo pharmaceutical grade product which contains other things, making what we carry and I cannot vouch for other things you buy, safe and effective. I’m going to give this thumbs up because I am hoping you won’t buy a “crazy concoction” of this somewhere else!

  1. Green Coffee Bean Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

The beans found in the berries of coffee trees contain high levels of chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid works in two ways. First, it reduces the absorption of blood sugar (glucose) by the intestine. Then it inhibits an enzyme in the liver so that less glucose is released into the bloodstream.

 

With less glucose available, the body burns more fat stored in adipose tissues as a source of energy rather than glucose. There is caffeine in all Green Coffee Extracts in varying amounts unless decaffeinated.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green coffee bean extract is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green coffee bean extract containing product.

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Appears that enough chlorogenic acid does cause some degree of fat burning. If you take this, don’t use other caffeine containing products OR use a decaf version.

  1. Raspberry Ketones

 

Description/Primary Functions

Research has shown that these aromatic compounds found in raspberries have potential fat-blasting effects. Raspberry ketones are said to increase the production of two hormones: norepinephrine, which raises body temperature, and adiponectin, which regulates metabolism.

In turn, this supposedly causes stored fat to get broken up more effectively, which makes it easier for your body to burn fat as fuel.

Contraindications/Precautions

Raspberry ketones are contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a raspberry ketone containing product. Raspberry ketones may lower blood sugar levels, so, those taking drugs for diabetes should be monitored closely by their physician.

Raspberry ketones may also cause an increase in inflammation, heart palpitations and shakiness. Raspberry ketones may also interact with medicines, such as those that regulate heart rate and cholesterol, and hormones.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Incredibly mixed results depends on the quality of the product so if you are going to try this do a LOT of reading. I am not too crazy about the part where it makes you shaky (that always implies epinephrine and hence cortisol which I just warned you about).

I REALLY don’t like the idea of you taking something which will INCREASE inflammation when I go crazy on this blog teaching you how to lower it. I am therefore going to give it a personal NOPE!

  1. CLA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid often marketed as a weight loss aid. It is found naturally in dairy products and in beef. Proponents claim that CLA can reduce fat while building muscle, as well as keep cholesterol in check. Reports suggest that CLA is a special conjugated omega-6 fatty acid that has been shown to possibly reduce body fat and preserve lean body mass. It’s also been shown to possibly speed up the body‘s fat metabolism and help metabolize existing fat deposits as well as increase the proportion of lean muscle to fat in the body.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

CLA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a CLA containing product.

There are indications that CLA can worsen diabetes and therefore should be avoided. It may also increase the possibility of diabetes for those with metabolic syndrome.

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

Big NOPE! Does not work at all!

Other Non-Stimulants Which Claim to be Natural Metabolism Boosters

 

  1. L-Carnitine

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Acetyl-l-Carnitine, derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body. A- L-Carnitine supplementation may improve the utilization of fat as an energy source.

 

Therefore, l-carnitine can be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with impaired fat utilization and energy production. It’s been shown to help maintain and help to gain energy, increase muscle mass, in conjunction with a weight training program.

 

Researchers and all Anti-aging doctors prefer to use acetyl-L-carnitine in research studies because it is better absorbed from the small intestine than L-carnitine. (Also note that L-carnitine MIGHT be related to colon cancer whereas acetyl-l-carnitine is not).

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

L-Carnitine is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a carnitine-containing product. Rare side effects include muscle weakness in uremic (renal failure)

patients and seizures in those with seizure disorders.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

This is a great, healthy supplement! I use for bringing down glucose, triglycerides, increasing brain protection, Neural transmission speed, and overall brain health  but it doesn’t directly increase metabolism.The way it does help you lose weight is by helping increase muscle mass and therefore increase your metabolic rate.

So, as much as I LOVE this supplement for the brain and energy and more it would be misleading of me if I told you this was a natural metabolism booster like the other things I will give a true thumbs up to. No thumbs up or down here.

  1. Garcinia Cambogia/HCA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

HCA is actually a salt derived from the rind of dried fruit, in particular, the Southeast Asian plants brindal berry and Garcinia cambogia. Research backs the effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing fat metabolism, inhibiting appetite, and lowering LDL cholesterol.

 

It has also been suggested that HCA inhibits the citrate lyase enzyme which is known to be an important catalyst in the metabolic process of converting excess carbohydrates into fat. Once this process is inhibited by HCA, the body’s natural reaction is to increase carbohydrate oxidation which can result in sizeable weight loss.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

HCA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of an HCA-containing product. Garcinia/HCA is possibly safe for most people when used for 12 weeks or less. Long-term safety is unknown. It can cause nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache. Puts a hard strain on kidneys, so not suitable for diabetic, cardiac patients, High blood pressure medication, Lasix or hydrocholorthyrazine (hctz).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Sort of mixed. It truly depends on the amount of HCA % and even then it’s slightly mixed. It is my feeling that the GI side effects are from products which are not pharmaceutical grade and contain contaminants.

It doesn’t amp you up but remember long term safety is “unknown” so I’ll give this an OK, if you want to try it, try it for a SHORT period of time and give your body a break from it- recall you have a list of 10 ingredients so rotate them.

 

  1. Coleus Forskohlii

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Forskolin is the active ingredient in forskohlii and is a chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat heart disorders such as high blood pressure and chest pain (angina), as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma.

 

For dieting, this ingredient works to increase cyclic AMP, which is purported to help the body mobilize body fat for use as energy. Patented for promoting lean body mass, the active ingredient is known as forskolin. Some clinical studies show this ingredient helps reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Forskohlii is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a forskohlii containing product. Because of lack of long-term safety studies, pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid forskohlii supplements. There is some concern that forskolin might interfere with treatment for diseases of the heart and blood vessels and could worsen them.

 

Forskolin might significantly lower blood pressure. Use forskolin with caution if you have a heart problem. Forskolin might increase bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using forskolin at least 2  weeks before a scheduled surgery. Medications for high blood pressure ,interact with forskolin. Medications that increase blood flow to the heart (Nitrates) interact with forskolin.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Conflicting studies when used on its own but when combined with garcinia Cambogia it appears to work. Just be careful of the “health issues.”

  1. Chromium

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Chromium is a metal. It is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health. Chromium is needed for normal sugar and fat metabolism. It improves the efficiency of insulin.

 

When chromium levels are low, insulin can’t perform well. This can set the stage for diabetes mellitus, obesity, and heart disease.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Chromium is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a chromium containing product.

 

Those with a history of hypoglycemia should exercise caution in the use of chromium supplements, as well as those with liver and kidney disease. Insulin interacts with chromium and might decrease blood sugar.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does NOT speed up metabolism. I don’t want to trash this / same as the acetyl-l-carnitine because it is quite useful. Be careful of chromium picolinate as it is linked to possibly causing cancer.

However, chromium nicotinate should be classified as a great natural appetite suppressant and 600-800 mg 2x a day (don’t go higher) is quite effective.

So no thumbs will be up or down here either.

  1. Fucoxanthin

 

Fucoxanthin is a type of antioxidant carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame and hijiki which are used widely in Asian cuisine. Wakame is the seaweed used in miso soup which is a great healthy soup. Preliminary research in animals suggests it may target abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin also doesn’t appear to be a stimulant like ephedra, bitter orange or caffeine. Japanese researchers have found that fucoxanthin (isolated from wakame) promotes the loss of abdominal fat in obese mice and rats.

 

Although it’s not fully understood how fucoxanthin works, it appears to target a protein called UCP1 that increases the rate at which abdominal fat is burned. Abdominal fat, also called white adipose tissue, is the kind of fat that surrounds our organs and is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Fucoxanthin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a fucoxnthin containing product. Seaweed is rich in iodine and excessive consumption may result in iodine poisoning. High levels of iodine can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

As a single ingredient, there isn’t evidence that it works. However, it does indeed appear to enhance the “burn” of a well done bitter orange product such as our metabogen.

  1. Capsaicin

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Capsaicin, a natural compound in chili peppers, is said to promote weight loss. Proponents claim that the compound can boost metabolism, and cause a shift in substrate oxidation from carbohydrate to fat oxidation.

 

A recent study has suggested that the ingestion of capsaicinoids can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation through the activation of brown adipose tissue. It is also reported that capsaicin leads to a decrease in appetite as well as a decrease in food intake.

 

Another study found that capsaicin may help decrease ghrelin (a hormone involved in promoting hunger). It is considered to be one of the supplements to boost metabolism if ingested and one of the substances for muscle soreness relief if applied on the outside. It’s actually one of the decent natural fibromyalgia treatment modalities.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Capsaicin is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a capsaicin-containing product. Although capsaicin is generally considered safe, it may cause some side-effects (such as stomach irritation and aggravation of ulcers and heartburn. In addition, capsaicin supplements may interact with certain medications (including aspirin and blood-thinning

drugs).

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

It does increase metabolic rate a bit and the ghrelin studies are intriguing.

I would be very careful about supplements and get it naturally instead of spicy foods so you don’t get a “capsule dump”.

Note that all spicy foods, even the wasabi you get eating sushi speeds up your metabolism to some extent. This gets an O.K. from me if you are careful about the source.

Plus, spicy foods all boost your immune system nicely! So this is good for your health!

  1. Green Tea Extract

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Studies show that substances in green tea may offer several weight-loss-promoting effects, such as speeding up metabolism and suppressing appetite.

 

Green tea extract contains a catechin known as EGCG, which may slow carb absorption and increase fat burning by improving the function of insulin. When combined with caffeine, EGCG has shown to elevate metabolism beyond that of caffeine alone.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Green tea is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a green tea containing product. While green tea is likely safe for most adults, drinking more than three  cups a day may lead to caffeine-related side effects. These side effects can include headaches, nervousness, sleep problems, and irregular heartbeat, especially in women.

 

The caffeine in green tea may also aggravate some health conditions, including anxiety, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Would always use decaf supplements and make sure they are a pharmaceutical grade or else you don’t get enough active EGCG. A bonus is that studies show this helps short term memory loss.

This can be combined with any of the supplements mentioned above as approved natural metabolism boosters.

  1. Yerba Mate

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

Like green tea, this ingredient contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body at by stimulating the body to use fat for energy. Yerba mate is known as an adaptogenic herb in South America and Europe.

 

It contains polyphenols and catechins, which may increase energy expenditure and aid in the loss of body fat by stimulating the body to use fat for energy.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

Yerba mate is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a yerba mate containing product.

 

Some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

Also works-similar to green tea extract. Note that calories burned are not that significant with this so my thumbs up here is with a warning to not use it if you are a smoker-stop now-and not long term.

But since it is about the same as green tea extract and that is healthy with no side effects, I’d prefer that you use THAT one, to be honest. Thumbs up with caveats.

  1. 7-Keto DHEA

 

Description/Primary Functions

 

7-keto-DHEA is a by-product of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical that is formed in the body.

 

DHEA is a hormone produced by glands near the kidneys. But unlike DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA is not converted to steroid hormones such as androgen and estrogen. Taking 7-keto-DHEA by mouth or applying it to the skin does not increase the level of steroid hormones in the blood.

 

7-keto-DHEA speeds up the metabolism and heat production to promote weight loss. This is accomplished through the activation of three thermogenic enzymes.

 

In keeping with the biological definition of thermogenesis, the three enzymes activation drive energy-producing substrates in a direction of less efficient ATP production relative to heat production.

 

The enzymes also promote the utilization of fat stores for energy and heat production. This is the basis for 7-Keto’s ability to enhance thermogenesis and, through that mechanism, accelerate the utilization of fat stores.

 

Contraindications/Precautions

 

7-Keto DHEA is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of 7-Keto containing product.

Women may also experience abnormal menses, insomnia, and hot flashes but this is generally with regular DHEA and not the keto version.

 

VERDICT for Safety and Efficacy as One of the Natural Metabolism Boosters Which Will Help You Lose Weight:

 

WORKS! Can be used with decaf green tea. And OK, you can also throw in the other combo products linked above and if you have questions just ASK me and I’ll give you the best combo for YOU. This one alone causes no health issues.

So, there you have it-your guide for metabolic boosters! Remember lifting weights gives you a 5-6 hour boost and anything aerobic gives you a 2-3 hour boost post workout. This and believe it or not, very cold water consumption will raise you up metabolically as much as the mild single-ingredient boosters.

 

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Benefits of Asparagus with Recipe

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Asparagus is a fantastic healing vegetable that is high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. This is especially important if you have a family line of breast cancer or cardiac problems.  It is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system and for woman who are trying to conceive.

 

Asparagus contains aspartic acid which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. Perfect of people with gout. Asparagus contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat.

 

It also contains a compound called asparagine which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and in the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body.

 

Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Asparagus is known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and it’s chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder. Asparagus also contains inulin which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed, delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw or steamed and added to soup, salads, stews, rice, and/or veggie dishes.

 

 

 

ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE RECIPE

 

FOR THE ASPARAGUS

water

salt

2 pound asparagus, trimmed

 

FOR THE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

3 tablespoons fresh meyer lemon juice

3 tablespoons organic , low-sodium vegetable broth

1 teaspoon white vinegar

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into pats*

salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste

OPTIONAL

Garnish with parmesan cheese , fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest

 

Instructions

FOR THE ASPARAGUS

Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of salted water and bring to a boil.

Add asparagus to the boiling water; cover with a lid and let it steam until it’s cooked to your liking, about 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus.

Drain. Transfer asparagus to a large bowl of ice water to cool, and drain again.

In the meantime, prepare the LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

In a saucepan combine lemon juice, vegetable broth, and white vinegar. Cooking over medium heat, reduce the sauce by half.

Turn heat down to a simmer and whisk in the cream; keep whisking to break up the curds.

Add sugar and continue to whisk while adding the pats of butter, letting each pat melt into the sauce before you add the next.

Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer until sauce begins to thicken.

Remove from heat and let stand couple of minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands.

Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Transfer cooked asparagus to a serving plate.

Serve the lemon butter sauce by drizzling over the asparagus or on the side.

Recipe Notes

*IF you prefer a creamier sauce, add more butter, about a tablespoon at a time.

 

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Low Carb Substitutes for Pasta

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Low Carb Substitutes for Pasta

Watching your calories and carbs doesn’t mean you can’t get a pasta fix. There are plenty of lower carb alternatives to regular noodles.

 

Spaghetti Squash

This one might be a no-brainer, since spaghetti is in the name, but it’s still greatly underappreciated. You can bake it until soft, or even nuke it in the microwave for a fast fix. Then just scrape out the noodle-like strands with a fork. A cup of the cooked strands has only about 40 calories.

Spaghetti squash is full of fiber and other nutrients, and it’s incredibly versatile — fantastic with low-fat marinara, pesto, or cheese sauce. It’s even good simply tossed with a little light butter and topped with grated Parm.

 

House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute

I’ve been a big fan of this soy-based swap for years. You can eat an entire bag of noodles for just 20 calories. (Yes, you read that right!) Ounce for ounce, regular pasta contains 10 times as many calories. You do need to drain and rinse Tofu Shirataki thoroughly (It comes floating in liquid), but it’s absolutely worth the effort. And these noodles don’t require any cooking; they just need to be heated. You can stir-fry them, or just toss ’em in the microwave (blot excess liquid, if you do). Bonus? They come in a variety of shapes: spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine… even macaroni. Here’s a tip, though: Don’t confuse Tofu Shirataki with regular shirataki noodles.

The added tofu really improves the texture.

 

Eggplant

Surprised to see eggplant on this list? Well, when you’re craving lasagna without the starchy carbs, eggplant is your best bet. Cut it lengthwise, soften it up in a skillet, and replace some (or all) of your lasagna noodles with the slices. The result is a towering serving of lasagna with a fraction of the calories.

 

 

To keep your lasagna low in fat, use light cheeses and low-fat sauce.

 

Zucchini

Zucchini ribbons are an amazing fettuccine alternative. Here’s how to make them: Use a vegetable peeler to peel zucchini lengthwise into super-thin strips, rotating zucchini around as you go — and you’ve got noodles! Since zucchini is a summer squash, this swap is perfect in picnic-ready pasta salads.

 

Broccoli Cole Slaw

Broccoli cole slaw is a blend of shredded broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage. It’s packed with vitamins and high in fiber. And get this: You can eat four cups of it for about 100 calories. Just steam it in the microwave or cook it in a skillet with a little water. I like it with low-fat marinara sauce or seasoned-up canned crushed tomatoes. It’s also great in saucy stir-frys.

 

Bean Sprouts

If you’re into Asian-style noodle dishes, bean sprouts are the perfect swap for you. They tend to take on the taste of whatever they’re cooked with — add soy sauce or teriyaki sauce to impart major flavor. Like broccoli slaw, these can be cooked in the microwave or a skillet. Each cup of raw sprouts has about 30 calories. They cook down to about half the volume, so start with a few cups. Make sure to mix it up with Tofu Shirataki, too.

 

Call us if you need help starting a low carb diet.  You cannot go cold turkey with carbs, that can cause more problems for you down the road.

 

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Dandelion Jelly

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Dandelion Jelly

Dandelions have sure gotten a bad rap lately, and many home owners are trying to combat them using pesticides that contaminate our soil and ground water. Nothing found in nature is by accident, and the dandelion is no different. Just think about it’s bright fluffy attractive flower. The dandelion is the very first food for the bees, and comes out before any other flower. Before the bees move on to the fruit blossoms, they strengthen their hives with the healing benefits of the dandelion.

 

Folks in the past understood the healing benefits of this wonderful “weed”. Dandelions come in spring, gather the heat of the sun, and cleanse the body from the toxins accumulated over winter. They have long been used by Native American, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and many European cultures to cure an array of conditions from upset stomachs to liver disease. The roots, leaves, and blossoms have all been eaten fresh, brewed into teas, and even made into a honey-like syrup. Europeans often add the fresh leaves to salads. They are delicious, and very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and Calcium.

 

I had heard of dandelion jelly, and thought we would try our hand at putting those 222 tiny petals on each of those wonderful spring flowers to work. It has proven to be a cost-efficient substitute for raw bee honey. The flavor is a little florally with a semi sweet after taste. It does tend to crystallize, but melts nicely over hot toast or into tea.

Dandelion Jelly

Ingredients

 

3 cups of dandelion heads

3 cups of water

1 tbsp vanilla extract or 2 vanilla beans split

Lemon cut into 3-4 thick pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon or 2 cinnamon stick

Directions

 

  1. Bring to a rolling boil, and simmer 30 minutes.

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  1. Turn off, and allow to steep 6 hours, or overnight.
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  3. Strain (using a cheesecloth set in a strainer, over a bowl) until no more liquid is dripping out. I also squeezed any extra out by hand.
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  5. Return liquid only to the pan, add 4 cups of sugar, and simmer at a low rolling boil for 2-3 hours. Stir ever 20-30 minutes to prevent burning to the bottom
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  7. Sterilize jars, and rims, and pour hot jelly into hot jars. Secure lid, and you’re done.

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  1. Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.

 

 

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