Sunday, May 13, 2018

18 Healthy Recipes to Make With Cucumbers That Aren't Just Salads

When was the last time you cooked with a cucumber in a creative way? I know for me at least, it's been quite a while. Every now and then I'll one eat sliced up with a side of dip, or in a Greek salad, or maybe even in pickle form. But that's pretty much it, even though I consider cucumbers one of my favorite vegetables.
Cucumbers may not have a ton of flavor, but they're full of nutrients like potassium and vitamin C, and they don't deserve to be the side act in salads forever. That's why I'm committing to using them more creatively from now on. Since it's finally warm outside, it's the perfect time to whip those cool cukes out and start experimenting. From creamy cucumber gazpacho to infused cocktails, there are many things you probably never realized you could do with them.
These 19 recipes will show you how to take advantage of cucumbers in only the most exciting ways. And only some of them are salads.
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These 75 Vegan Breakfast Recipes Will Have You Saying "Is It Morning Yet?"

From tofu and veggies to protein smoothies to overnight oats, here are over 75 recipes to satisfy your morning cravings. They'll make you realize that breakfast really is the most important delicious meal of the day. All of these recipes are under 400 calories, are completely vegan, and are full of delicious plant-based ingredients. You'll get to bed early just so you can wake up to one of these!

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

‘I Lost 50 Pounds When I Learned How To Stop Eating My Feelings’

I’ve struggled with depression for years—I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2012—but in 2016, it took a turn for the worse after a relationship ended.
I began using food as a coping mechanism. I’d start each day with a 20-ounce soda, eat way too much junk food, and continue to snack at all hours of the night. Oh, and you couldn’t pay me enough to step foot into a gym.

At one point I’d gotten so fed up with my weight gain—I was 190 pounds, and I’m only 5’2”—I tried the “Lemonade Diet,” where all I consumed for 15 days was a mixture of Grade B maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and water. Did it work? At first, yes; but once I stopped the diet, I quickly gained the weight back because I didn’t learn healthy eating habits.

'I knew I had to do something to get my weight under control.'

In September of 2016, I realized I couldn’t make any significant changes on my own, so I started training regularly with a personal trainer who also specialized in nutrition. At first, she suggested I cut out soda, chips, candy, and fast food, but I still found myself falling for trendy “diet” foods with empty calories. I clearly had a lot to learn.
I started eating five times a day—three meals and two snacks—following a high-protein diet laid out for me by my trainer. Here’s what a typical day looked like:
  • Breakfast: Two egg whites, chicken breast, and spinach
  • Lunch: A small salad with tuna
  • Dinner: Ground turkey, brown rice, and tons of veggies
  • Snacks: Hard-boiled eggs or sugar snap peas (a great alternative to chips!)
    But, because I also learned balance is key, I’d splurge a little every Saturday and treat myself to one cheat meal. I ate this way for two months and lost 10 pounds.

    'I totally revamped my fitness routine, too.'

    I began working out six times a week for an hour, focusing on an equal mix of weight training and cardio. My trainer always had something new for me to do during our sessions, so my body was constantly challenged. Throughout my training, I also learned to focus on form and consistency instead of rushing through my workouts.
    Once summer 2016 rolled around, I had lost about 40 pounds (I went from a size 18 in jeans to a size 9). From that point on I began to focus less on fat loss and more on building muscle.

    'I never want to be where I was when I started this journey.'

    Now, it’s all about maintenance for me: I meal prep all of my meals to ensure I won’t choose quick foods when I’m short on time so I can just pop one in the microwave and go. I also continue to exercise regularly and I try to journal often—both have helped with my mental health, as well.

    'But the best part of losing weight, for me, has nothing to do with the scale.'

    Source: Women's Health

    Trump appointing Dr. Oz to his sport, fitness and nutrition council

    CNN-The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump intends to appoint Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, to his council on sport, fitness and nutrition.
    Oz is well-known as a host of an eponymous television show on health and medical issues and, before that, for appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." But he has become a lightning rod for controversy for featuring what critics say is unscientific advice on his show.
    In 2014, a congressional panel questioned Oz over his promotion of weight-loss products on his television show.
    "The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called 'miracles,'" Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing.
      The following year, a group of doctors criticized him harshly, saying he manifested "an egregious lack of integrity" in his TV and promotional work and called his faculty position at Columbia University unacceptable.
      Oz defended himself in a written statement at the time, saying, "I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves. We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest."
      The President's council on sports, fitness and nutrition is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and "engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition," according to HHS's website.
      The White House also announced on Friday that Trump will appoint former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, famous for playing the Hulk in the television show "The Incredible Hulk" in the 1970s and '80s, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to the council for two-year terms.

      Healthy Table: Cucumbers skins provide beneficial nutrients for eyes

      Today’s recipe mashup takes creamed cucumbers and combines it with pasta for a perfect, chilled, springtime salad.
      Although cucumbers are generally low in nutrients, their skins are a surprisingly good source of lutein, a beneficial phytonutrient that may keep our eyes healthy. So, don’t remove the peel in today’s recipe. Cucumbers are also low in calories, one cup sliced has just 14 calories.
      Cucumbers grow in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from inch-long gherkins to oversized English or hothouse varieties that can measure two feet. Seedless cucumbers worked well in this pasta salad. Look for cucumbers that are very firm and rounded on the ends. The skin should be deep, rich green in color, not pale or yellow.
      I used white fiber pasta by Barilla in today’s salad. Made with semolina wheat, durum wheat, whole durum wheat flour, and corn starch, a 2-ounce serving (about 1 cup cooked) has six grams of fiber. That’s three times more fiber than regular pasta. And, it looks and tastes like regular pasta.
      According to Barilla, some of the fiber comes from the corn starch. While most starches we eat are digested and absorbed in the small intestine, some escape or resist digestion and move to the large intestine where they function like dietary fiber. This type of starch is called resistant starch and is found in legumes, whole grains, seeds, under-ripe bananas, and the type of corn starch used in white fiber pasta.
      Research suggests that resistant starches may help with weight control, better blood sugar control for people with, or at risk for type 2 diabetes, and promotion of a healthy gut. One thing I’ve noticed with this type of pasta is it maintains its texture. Even after a day in the refrigerator, the pasta in today’s salad held its shape and did not get mushy.
      Darlene Zimmerman is a registered dietitian in Henry Ford Hospital’s Heart & Vascular
      Institute. For questions about today’s recipe, call 313-972-1920.

      Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad

      Serves: 8 / Prep time: 20 minutes  / Total time: 30 minutes (plus chilling time)
      8 ounces whole-grain penne pasta
      ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
      ⅓ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
       2 tablespoons white vinegar
      1 tablespoon minced fresh dill weed
      1 tablespoon sugar
      ¼ teaspoon salt
      ¼ teaspoon black pepper
      1 ½ cups sliced and halved seedless cucumbers
       ⅓ cup diced red onion
      In a large saucepan of unsalted boiling water, cook pasta according to package
      directions. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water; drain well and transfer to a
      large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, dill
      weed, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add cucumber and onion to pasta. Pour dressing
      over pasta mixture, stirring gently to coat. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving,
      allowing flavors to blend.
      Created by  Ashley Allmond, Henry Ford Hospital
      Dietetic Intern, for Heart Smart and tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.
      169 calories (27% from fat), 5 grams fat (1 gram sat. fat, 0 grams trans fat), 26 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein, 137 mg sodium, 10 mg cholesterol, 37 mg calcium, 3 gram fiber. Food exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat. 1 ½ starch. 

      Wednesday, April 18, 2018

      This Vegan Pistachio-Coconut Ice Cream Recipe Will Make You Rethink Non-Dairy Flavors

      Homemade ice cream has come a long way—it no longer requires special equipment, loads of sugar, or even dairy if you don’t want it. (See: Healthy Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes That Will Change Summer Forever) By playing with ingredients and techniques, you can easily whip up something delicious and healthy. This dairy-free version from pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky of Nico Osteriain Chicago is a real knockout and a great place to start. Pistachios give it a rich and nutty flavor and add a healthy dose of B vitamins and minerals like potassium. (Here are more healthy pistachio recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.)

      Homemade Pistachio-Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

      Serves: 6
      Active time: 10 minutes
      Total time: 4 hours 20 minutes (including 4 hours freezing)
      • 1/2 cup pistachios
      • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil or any unflavored oil
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 11/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
      • 2 cans coconut cream, frozen for at least 2 hours or refrigerated overnight
      • 3 tablespoons honey
      • Fruit, coconut shavings, jam, or toasted nuts for topping (optional)
      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a loaf pan with foil and place in the freezer
      2. On a baking tray, toast pistachios in oven for 5 minutes. Then add warm pistachios, oil, sugar, and small pinch of salt to a blender and process until mixture is smooth.
      3. Open chilled cans of coconut cream. Scrape fat from the top into a mixing bowl. Discard remaining liquid or reserve it for another use. With a hand mixer, whip coconut cream until it is the consistency of soft whipped cream. Add the honey, 11/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/3 cup pistachio paste and fold gently until combined.
      4. Pour mixture into the chilled loaf pan. Freeze for at least four hours. To serve, scoop the ice cream and add toppings if desired.

      *Nutrition facts per serving: 247 calories, 32 g fat (17.4 g saturated), 18 g carbs, 4 g protein, 625 mg sodium


      Monday, October 16, 2017

      Top 5 Weight Loss Apps to Help You Get Healthy

      We know that there are a ton of apps for weight loss out right now on both iOS and Android. Since there are so many weight loss apps available, it can be hard to know which ones are really helpful. If you are trying to lose weight, you might decide to try out an app.

      An app for weight loss can be very useful to you because it can help you see your goals and see your progression. Some apps for weight loss also contain helpful tips or a community so you can interact with other members. We know that losing weight can be challenging, so here are five apps for weight loss that can help you achieve your goals.

      Fooducate– One of the best apps for weight loss out there is Fooducate. This is a free app on iOS and Android. Fooducate is an app that will help you with weight loss in a different way. This app is all about helping educate you on the various nutritional labels and information. All you have to do is scan the barcode of an item and the app will tell you a letter grade for that food product. Fooducate will let you know what preservatives and additives are in the food item too.
      If you are looking for a weight loss app that does more than just track your calories, Fooducate is the best choice out there. Some people who have certain special diets might also find this app very useful, such as those with diabetes or kidney disease and who have dietary restrictions. Obviously, the better the grade the app tells you an item is, the healthier it will be for you and will help you lose weight. There is so much within this app that you will find it useful for any age group or any weight loss goals or dietary needs.

      Lose It!– Lose It is also on our list of the best apps for weight loss. This is a free app on iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook. With Lose It, you will feel like you have your own personal health coach guiding you on your path to weight loss. There are healthy recipes in this app, charts that show you your progress, and also exercise challenges.

      There is also the option to crowd-source food choices in this app too, so there is a social element to Lose It! You will be able to share your weight loss progress too with your friends and family using this app. If you are someone who wants something that is more interactive and social, then Lose It might be the best choice. This app is very easy to use and it is also fun, which is important for staying engaged in your weight loss program.

      MyFitnessPal– MyFitnessPal is a great choice if you are looking for apps for weight loss. This free app is available on both iOS and Android. MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular weight loss and food apps out there because it does so much to help you. Under Armour actually owns this app, so you know you are getting a legit exercise and weight loss app. There are over 1 million foods in the database, which is also searchable. You will be able to get your own diet profile which is personalized just for you. This allows you to setup diet goals and healthy eating goals.
      You can make exercise goals and even keep yourself motivated in this app by talking to your friends. Speaking of talking to your friends, you can connect with your various contacts through the app and also friend other MyFitnessPal users. This app will connect to various products too, such as Withthings, Runtastic, and Fitbit. You will be able to log your food intake, count calories, and so much more with MyFitnessPal.

      Diet Hero- Diet Hero is an iOS app that is $1.99 and it makes our list of the best apps for weight loss. This is something different than just a calorie counting app and it is more unique than other weight loss apps. With Diet Hero, you can tell the app what foods you enjoy or have at home, and the app will tell you what you should be eating. Diet Hero will allow you to see what types of foods you can make with the items you have. If you do not have many foods at home, the app will come up with the healthiest option available out of your food items.
      This is a proactive meal planning app that allows you to personalize and customize it for your own needs. You can choose to swap out the recommended food choice and the app will swap out with the same types of food items. By this we mean that if you do not like the protein the app selected, it will replace it with another healthy protein. You can input your weight, height, gender, and age into the app. The app then tells you how many calories you should be eating in order to reach the weight loss goal you also put into the app. For $1.99 this app is definitely worth your time and money.

      MyFoodDiary- Lastly, on our list of the best apps for weight loss we have MyFoodDiary. This is a paid app that will cost you $9 per month. You will get a 7-day free trial so you can try it out before you buy it. MyFoodDiary is only available for iOS as of right now. With MyFoodDiary, you will be able to track and manage your weight loss goals in various ways. There are color-coded reports you can use and it also has a digital refrigerator. The digital refrigerator will show you what items you are eating the most.
      The reports in the app will tell you all about the nutrients you are getting with the items you eat. MyFoodDiary allows you to put all of your food choices into the database and then the app will calculate your calorie count. This is an app that does exactly what it says it will do which is allow you to keep a diary of the food items you are eating. This is a great way to keep track of and log your weight loss goals and possible bad food choices hindering your progress.
      Source: App Informers