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Showing posts with label foods. Show all posts

Combined, this couple lost 298 pounds in a year by following these 3 steps

When Lexi and Danny Reed visited a Chinese restaurant, it wasn’t unusual for them to make trip after trip to the buffet, heaping food on as many as eight plates. The couple loved going out to eat, noshing on fried and fast food, pizza, chips, candy and soda.

When Lexi Reed first started working out she struggled to walk for 30 minutes straight. After losing 236 pounds she spends an hour at the gym five days a week.

But these unhealthy habits meant they both were overweight and they realized they needed to change. On New Year’s Day 2016, the married couple vowed to lose weight and since then, they’ve undergone a dramatic transformation — Danny lost 62 pounds and Lexi lost 236 pounds.

10 Weight Loss Tips From Girls Who Have Lost At Least 50 Pounds

Weight Loss Tricks

Losing weight isn’t easy, and whoever tells you differently is lying. It takes commitment, hard work, and for many, a complete lifestyle makeover. Here are 10 tips – from girls who have lost at least 50 pounds –  to get you started on the right path.

Use Delicious Shakes For Weight Loss

Delicious Shakes For Weight Loss

One of the greatest challenges when losing weight is finding delicious foods to eat that fit within the plan. Fortunately, shakes for weight loss simplify that dilemma. Whether you use a diet plan that includes brand name shakes or create your own to supplement your eating plans, you will love the delicious smooth beverages.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Blueberries

blueberries to your healthy diet

Blueberries are luscious little berries with dark blue skin. Because they're good for you, blueberries top the list of healthy fruits and berries, and I think I've seen them on every superfoods list I've ever reviewed.

Want to know more? Here are my five reasons why you should be eating blueberries. Right now.

#1 Blueberries Are Antioxidant-Rich

Plant compounds called phytochemicals give blueberries their beautiful color and also function as antioxidants.
That means they help prevent free-radical damage to cells. Antioxidants are thought to have a variety of health benefits -- at least when you eat them in the form of food. Taking antioxidants as supplements doesn't seem to work as well. 

Eating Peanuts Early in Life May Reduce Risk of Developing Peanut Allergy, Study Shows


infants, the peanuts food within the first 11 months of life are less likely to develop peanut allergy, even if you want a break from the food the nuts, if you are older, according to a new study.

12 Smoothie Recipes To Supercharge Your Day

Smoothie Recipes To Supercharge Your Day
Laurentine ten Bosch, Filmmaker (Food Matters and Hungry For Change)

Enjoy these 12 smoothies recipes that are healthy, delicious, and set to supercharge your day!


Just like yourselves, our lives can get pretty hectic too! Between work, family and life in general, we totally get the feeling like there are a million demands on your time. It’s tempting to skip breakfast when we’re in a rush. However, our busy schedules would be so much harder if we didn’t make the time to fuel our bodies well.
  
That’s why we think it’s essential to have a good repertoire of supercharged smoothies to kick-start your day. These 12 recipes have become our arsenal of ‘go-to’ breakfast options that we rely on time and time again when we’re on the run. They are fast, full of flavor and contain all the goodness we need to feel energized and ready to tackle the day ahead!

#1 GINGER ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SMOOTHIE

Ginger supports healthy digestion, which is an absolute MUST for vibrant health! The gentle spicy undertones of the ginger in this recipe are also naturally invigorating and get you energized for the morning. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, so if you’re a bit stiff and sore when you wake up, definitely give this smoothie a go!
  
Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-inch ginger grated
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk


What To Do
Blend all ingredients together.Serve in our funky Food Matters Jar

GINGER ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SMOOTHIE

#2 TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE

Why We Love It
Besides reminding us of a beachside holiday, we love this smoothie for its jam-packed nutritional goodness. Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which gives our body extra support to break down and absorb nutrients from the food we eat. This smoothie also boosts your daily intake of greens, providing folate, fibre and antioxidants for general vitality. To enjoy the taste of Summer and a post-holiday dose of wellbeing, start your day with this delicious drink!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of Food Matters Superfood Greens
  • ¼ cup chopped pineapple 
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water

What To Do
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until nice and smooth!

TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE


#3 BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE


Why We Love It
Firstly, we love this recipe because it features a nutritional hero…. The humble banana! This common fruit supports good mental health due to its high levels of tryptophan. Bananas are also super high in potassium and act as a prebiotic to create good gut health. Plus, we think you’ll simply ‘go bananas’ for the taste!  



Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 2 tablespoons Food Matters Protein Superfood 
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder 
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut


What To Do
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy straight away!

BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE


#4  THE CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE


Sourced from Bannie Williams, The Healthy Ingredient

Why We Love It
This smoothie is knock-your-socks-off downright delicious. It’s so tasty that we would be equally happy to enjoy it for dessert! Importantly, this recipe is also bursting with nutrition and supplies a good hit of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and essential amino acids. (Plus, you can tell the kids they’re eating cake for breakfast!)

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 small organic carrots
  • 2 tablespoons organic chia seeds
  • ¼ cup organic rolled oatsSplash of preferred milk
  • 2 tablespoons organic yoghurtPinch of shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 2 pecans or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 – 2 Medjool dates (optional)


What To Do
Blend all of the ingredients minus the coconut, cinnamon, pecans and 1 tablespoon of the yoghurt until smooth.Pour into a jar and top with remaining tablespoon of yoghurt and sprinkle with cinnamon, shredded coconut and pecans. Enjoy!

THE CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE


#5 MINT CHOC CHIP SMOOTHIE  


Sourced fromLee Holmes, Supercharged Food

Why We Love It
This recipe offers the luscious flavours inspired by an authentic mint chocolate ice cream – only with a bounty of nutrition to boot! The fresh mint is packed full of bioavailable antioxidants and the cashews supply slow-release energy to sustain us through the morning. But don’t just whip this one out for breakfast… Try a smaller serving next time you have a chocolate craving! 

Ingredients (to serve 2)

  • 1 peeled and frozen banana
  • 1 bunch of English spinach leaves or frozen spinach
  • ¼ cup organic nut butter
  • ½ avocado, peeled and stone removedHandful of mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract (or vanilla pod)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut waterHandful of ice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

OUR HINT: 1 teaspoon Food Matters Superfood Greens (optional)

What To Do:
Place all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a powerful blender and blend until smooth.Add the cacao nibs and blend for another 5 – 10 seconds.Pour into tall glasses and enjoy the minty green
goodness!

MINT CHOC CHIP SMOOTHIE


#6 SPICED COFFEE SMOOTHIE


Why We Love It
Some mornings, nothing but a beautiful cup of organic, fair trade coffee will quite hit the spot! Infuse your cells with vitalizing, life-giving nutrients whilst you get your morning caffeine fix with this luxurious smoothie. Enjoy it all year round, served hot or cold! 

Ingredients

  • 1 espresso shot of  Longevity Now coffee
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 dates


What To Do
Grind fresh coffee beans and make a shot of espresso. Combine coffee, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and dates in the blender and whiz until silky smooth.

SPICED COFFEE SMOOTHIE


#7 BERRY RICH CRAVING SAVER

Why We Love It
Created to keep the cravings at bay, this smoothie is the perfect antidote to satisfy any sweet tooth. Packed with the nutrients and energy you need to thrive until your next meal, we’ve added the extra bonus of some probiotics to keep your tummy happy too! 

What You Need

  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 frozen bananaspinach
  • 2 tablespoons Food Matters Superfood Protein
  • 1 probiotic capsule or 1 tablespoon kefir


What To Do
Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until nice and smooth.

BERRY RICH CRAVING SAVER


#8 TURBOCHARGE SMOOTHIE RECIPE


Why We Love It
This recipe was initially inspired from a trip in Dubai to help get Food Matters into the Middle East. A local friend recommended the ‘Turbo Charge’ with Spirulina and who were we to disagree? Upon returning home, we’ve made this amazing drink many times ourselves, and think it’s one of the best smoothies we’ve ever had!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cucumber
  • 1 sticks celery
  • ½ small pineappleHandful of spinach leaves
  • ¼ lime, peeled4 golden delicious apples
  • ½ ripe avocado1 heaped teaspoon of Spirulina powderSmall handful of ice


What To Do
Juice the cucumber, celery, pineapple, spinach, lime and apples.Place juice and Spirulina in a blender with avocado and ice and blend for 45 seconds.Pour into a glass and enjoy! As per usual, everything should be as fresh and organic as possible.

TURBOCHARGE SMOOTHIE RECIPE


#9 WALNUT BROWNIE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Sourced from Amy Crawford, The Holistic Ingredient

Why We Love It
This recipe is the ultimate proof that healthy can still taste phenomenally delicious. With maca powder for help balances your hormones and healthy fats to support reproductive health, this smoothie is decadent but deceptively good for you!

Ingredients

  • Approx. 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1/3 cup (20g) walnuts
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 2 heaped teaspoons maple or rice malt syrup (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao nibs
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamonPinch of vanilla powder (or essence)Pinch salt


What To Do
Leave half the walnuts and cacao nibs aside. Throw the rest of your ingredients into the blender and blend until really smooth.Top with the cacao nibs and remaining walnuts.I would recommend making this the night before or, at least, half an hour before serving to allow the chia seeds to soften.

WALNUT BROWNIE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE


#10 CHOC-BANANA SMOOTHIE BOWL


Why We Love It
The cacao, coconut and maca combo makes this the perfect mood-boosting and hormone-balancing bowl of goodness! The extra chia seeds offer a little extra slow-release energy to keep you fuelled and upbeat for the morning. Plus it tastes just like a bowl of chocolate and banana ice cream, so why wouldn’t you be happier after eating this? 


Ingredients

  • 1 peeled and frozen banana
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 dates


What To Do
Blend everything together in your blender and enjoy this one in a bowl, just like you are enjoying a bowl of ice cream… Only 10 times better!

CHOC-BANANA SMOOTHIE BOWL


#11 THE GREEN MOOD BOOSTER


Why We Love It
Packed with phytonutrients from those greens and quality carbohydrates to support your brain, this is the ultimate smoothie to fight those stress levels and give your body some happy-producing nutrients. Drink up (smile!) and let the good vibes flow. 

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ½ avocado
  •  2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  1 cup almond milk
  •  ½ cup coconut water
  •  1 tablespoon Food Matters Superfood Greens
  •  3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs 

What To Do
Blend everything, except the raw cacao nibs.Once the smoothie is nice and smooth, add in the cacao nibs and give it another blend. We like to keep a little crunch in these and think it’s nice to sprinkle some on top! Enjoy. 

THE GREEN MOOD BOOSTER

#12 THE FOOD MATTERS GREEN ENERGY BOOSTER


Why We Love It
We’ve saved our Energy Booster Smoothie until last because it really is the Big Daddy of nutritious breakfasts! This recipe is your direct ticket to getting some easy greens into your system and working their magic. Combined with a good dose of potassium to help regulate and maintain healthy cells, this smoothie is an elixir of healthy goodness to help you bounce out the door after breakfast! 

Ingredients

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 peeled and frozen banana
  • ½ cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 cups coconut waterFresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons Food Matters Superfood Greens


What To Do
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

THE FOOD MATTERS GREEN ENERGY BOOSTER


Are You A Smoothie Guru Or Enthusiast? Share Your Wonderful Ideas With The Food Matters Community Below!

source: foodmatters

9 Other reasons you should eat avocados every day

avocados have become popular all around the globe.
smooth, creamy and subtly flavored, avocados have become popular all around the globe.
They are not only tasty, but also in the health world, Avocados are especially famous for its simple unsaturated fatty acids or "good" fats. Do not get me wrong - I love healthy fats. But there are also plenty of exciting research about the avocado, many other health benefits that go beyond the fats.

Avocados are rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1 and Vitamin B-6. In fact, Avocados are one of the best examples of the "Food as medicine" concept, with their high quantities of vitamins and minerals and secondary plant substances, which specific nutrients from the plants to help heal the body.

Here are nine further research backed up reasons why you should enjoy avocados every day:

1. They are full of antioxidants.

Avocados contain a high proportion of the catechins and phenols, the antioxidants to protect against stress and oxidation.


2. They are ideal for your skin.

A Mexican study showed that avocado oil could fight harmful free radicals bound to premature skin aging.


3. They increase brain health.

The research shows that more food simple unsaturated fatty acids such as those in avocados, for the support of brain function and memory. Plus, a study of a South African University found that the avocado sheet creates an anticonvulsant effect on seizures by improving the neurotransmission and action in the brain.


4. They improve the weight loss.

Us-Forscher found that avocado with low in calories and high water content, enhanced feeling of satiety and reduces the desire of the people to eat. It is therefore can be of advantage for the people who are trying to lose weight.

5. They cut the metabolic syndrome risk.

A study has shown that avocado Esser actually halved their quotas of metabolic syndrome, the risk factors for coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.


6. It relieves arthritis pain.

Scientists from the University of California Davis health system showed that there is a connection of avocados may reduce pain and stiffness at the same time improving joint function.


7. You benefit eye health.

Avocado is sealed with lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids, reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.


8. They reduce the kidney and liver damage.

Mexican researchers found that due to its high content of oleic acid and antioxidants, dietary avocado oil reduces the kidney damage associated with diabetes, as well as harmful effects on the diabetic liver.


9. They support the health of the heart.

The fatty acids from avocado oil healthy blood lipid profiles and improve the bioavailability of fat-soluble vitamins and secondary plant substances, which support the cardiovascular health.

How to enjoy more avocados,

there are so many simple ways to add more delicious avocado to your diet. I would like with a spoon to dig the lush pulp from avocado halved.

Avocado is also the basis for delicious guacamole, a star of Mexican cuisine. And in China and Japan, people enjoy the avocado in a unique way - that you would like to have a little soy sauce on the compacted pulp to the taste.

If you want to improve your palate and the benefits that you could also pair your fresh Avocado With raw carrots or tomato sauce to vitamin A, which is good for the skin and vision.

source: mindbodygreen.com

why you can't lose weight - Read how to fix this problem

why you can't lose weight
why you can't lose weight

This hormone is the reason 

if lose weight has become a kind of a struggle for you and it seems that your diet or train you not to give the much anticipated results, then leptin may be what you need to quickly. Leptin is a hormone, secreted by the cells and its main task is to balance your body weight and energy. There are two ways of leptin performs its function. The first is through the signaling to your brain, when it is time to stop eating and secondly, it stimulates the fat tissue to burn of energy.

Your body are more and more leptin in your blood, how they grow fat in other compensation, through the stimulation of fat tissue to burn excess fat. But at some point it would seem as if leptin malfunction. More precisely, the body many obese people have developed what we call the leptin resistance.

leptin resistance

The importance of leptin resistance and how it happens

after a long period of high leptin levels, some people the body loses sensitivity to leptin. This means that the brain is not listening when leptin tells about it to eat or to accelerate the metabolism.

This makes lose weight and maintaining healthy rate of metabolism is very difficult. Leptin resistance makes his suffering susceptible to chronic diseases by excess fat and stomach inflammation increases.

Crash diets may also be the reason why you are leptin resistance. Some people make the mistake that the drastically reduced calorie intake because you want to lose weight quickly. But this is often a problem makes leptin to respond by telling the brain needs more food.

For this reason, it is probably a good idea to avoid this crash diets, as it is usually not deliver because it is the wrong approach for weight loss.

You could also come with leptin resistance if you consume processed foods such as the following frequently.


  • Foods high in fat
  • foods high in
  • refined sugar carbohydrates
  • high fructose corn syrup

Cucumbers recalled after salmonella outbreak in 27 states

Cucumbers recalled after salmonella outbreak in 27 states
Cucumbers recalled after salmonella outbreak in 27 states

SAN DIEGO (AP) - a California company is recalling its cucumber after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a woman San Diego.


Andrew & Williamson fresh products in San Diego on Friday voluntarily recalled its "limited edition" of the brand garden cucumbers, that was grown in Mexico.

Health officials say that the cucumbers are the most likely cause of hundreds of diseases since July 3 Aug 17 and the death of 99-years of age.

Half of the people who are sick are under the age of 18 years.

Cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

The company said it is working with health officials to determine if their products are the source of the outbreak, and undertook the voluntary withdrawal of caution.

"The safety and health of consumers who buy our products have always been a priority for us," Dave Murray, a partner in the company, said in a telephone interview. "I bring our products home with my family, because I believe in the products we buy, sell and ship. We have invested millions to make sure that our food safety systems and are effective to date." Washington

state health officials say nine residents has been sick since the cucumber of outbreak of salmonella. Three cases have been reported in Oregon, according to the federal centers for disease control.

In Idaho, health officials say eight residents have gotten sick. One of them was hospitalized, but has recovered. Idaho officials are investigating other possible six cases linked to the outbreak.

No one in the state of Washington has been hospitalized. The cases are in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston and Yakima counties.

A total of 66 cases of salmonella linked to cucumbers have been reported in six counties of the State of Arizona. About 75 percent of the cases are children under the age of 17.

Some people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths.

Department of Health Services for the State of Arizona officials say 66 cases, 49 are located in Maricopa County, 10 in Pima County, one in Apache County and two cases each of Coconino, Pinal, and Yuma counties.

source: usatoday.com

10 fat burning foods

I am much interested in weight loss at this time, I'm trying to walk every day to burn some calories. I'm the guy that I can never really diet, and instead of staying away from food that provides calories, I was thinking of including foods that could help me burn fat.
 I researched and found that certain foods that help in reducing calories and increase metabolism so that the body does not store excess calories as fat. Let's see the top 10 fat burning foods in this post:

1 Banana: I was a little surprised to find banana as a fat burning food. 


The bananas provide enough fiber for the body and can actually slow down your food cravings, making you feel full for a longer period of time. It also has a type of fiber called as "resistant starch" which resists digestion and therefore add no calories to the body, instead of it reaches the colon and act as a dietary fiber. This resistant starch, according to wikipedia, ferments in the digestive tract, producing products increases fat burning by 20% to 25%. Increasing resistant starch foods can actually increase fat burning and decrease fat accumulation

Banana


2 Garcinia cambogia: People in the west are supplying Cambogia fruit and capsules to set your weight loss process.

 Garcinia cambogia may sound like an exotic fruit from South America or Africa, but the good news is that it is widely available in South India and you can get in local stores Kerala. We call it "kudampuli" in Malayalam and used extensively in fish curry instead of tamarind. I was shocked and surprised to read that this fruit - available in dried form can double and triple their weight loss. This fruit is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.Cambogia contains a compound known as HCA (hydroxycitric acid) is believed to suppress appetite and to prevent the production of fat, reduce belly fat, and also helps reduce stress. A lot of slimming capsules come with Garcinia extract and many of them are not FDA approved. The best way is to eat it in its natural form - in the fish curry, etc or try eating it raw - it is extremely spicy in flavor, so it really would not be able to consume raw.

 Garcinia cambogia


3 Onions: Indians can not imagine a life without onions. 

Tell me you do not Curry with an onion! We will buy it if the price reaches the rooftops! Onions contain a compound called quercetin which acts against the absorption of fat in the body. Onions also have diallylsulfide that prevents blood clotting and reduces the levels of bad cholesterol.

Onions


4 Tomatoes: These juicy red tomatoes are not only rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. 

reduce water retention and regulates the function of "leptin", which is a hormone found in fat cells, which regulates the amount of fat stored in the body. It has been found that the effect of "leptin" is exactly the opposite of another hormone "ghrelin" is the hunger hormone. Leptin sends signals "satiety" to your brain that satiates hunger. So go ahead and eat raw tomatoes ripe and juicy. There is absolutely no side effects.

Tomatoes


5. Chilli: Chilli can greatly increase your metabolism and help burn calories faster. 

Chiles contain a compound known as "capsaicin" which helps in reducing fat by increasing metabolism. A little pepper in your diet will not hurt much

Chilli


6 Jalapeños: Like chilies, jalapenos can boost your metabolism and burn calories faster.

but be careful, too much will not only hurt your tongue, you can also burn your digestive system Moderation is the key here!

7 Garlic: Garlic increases metabolism, contains antioxidants and helps in the consumption of calories.

Include a couple of pods of garlic in your diet.

Garlic


8 Ginger: Ginger increases the body's metabolism, suppresses appetite.

has a good amount of antioxidants to fight free radicals.

9 cinnamon: I have mentioned many times in my posts cinnamon weight loss. 

Cinnamon helps in the consumption of carbohydrates by boosting metabolism, reducing cholesterol levels and regulates blood sugar.

cinnamon



10 Papaya: Papaya is an amazing fruit.

 it contains a lot of vitamins, fiber, and an enzyme "papain", which breaks down proteins in your body.

Papaya