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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Metabolism


1.  The rate you burn the calories you consume is you metabolism.
2.  ANY movement speeds up your metabolism.
3.  Body Temperature increases your metabolism.
4.  Protein increases your metabolism.
5.  Fasting for more than 12 hours DECREASES your metabolism.
6.  Genetics effect your metabolism. 
7.  Getting enough sleep helps to regulate your metabolism.
8.  Exercising, eating steady throughout the day, and staying hydrated can help you control your metabolic rate.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beautiful

Homemade Baked Egg Rolls

Homemade Baked Egg Rolls


You’ll need:
  • egg roll wrappers
  • a bag of cole slaw mix
  • a can of mushrooms
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • a splash of soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray or olive oil in a mister (I use olive oil in a mister) (cooking spray)
Optional:
  • mung bean sprouts
  • can of tiny cooked shrimp
  • anything else you think would be good inside of the egg rolls
homemade egg rolls
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your cole slaw in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave 3-6 minutes.
homemade egg rolls
2. Chop your mushrooms and put them in a mixing bowl. This is also when you’d put in the bean sprouts, shrimp, or other fillings.
homemade egg rolls
3. Splash in some soy sauce.
homemade egg rolls
4. Add the garlic. I used a HEAPING teaspoon but I like garlic.
homemade egg rolls
5. And sprinkle in the ginger.
homemade egg rolls
6. By now your cole slaw mix should be cooked. Drain it to get out any excess liquid as no one likes a soggy egg roll.
homemade egg rolls
7. Then combine the cole slaw mix with the rest of the ingredients.
homemade egg rolls
8. Place a bit of filling in the center of each wrapper. (See that little bowl? That has water in it, which you’ll need for sealing the edges.)
homemade egg rolls
9.Fold in two of the corners.
homemade egg rolls
10. Put a bit of water on the top edges with your finger. Fold up the bottom, and roll as tightly as you can to the edge.
homemade egg rolls
11. It helps if you sort of tuck it as you are rolling.
homemade egg rolls
12. Voila!
homemade egg rolls
13. Repeat for the rest of the wrappers, and place the egg rolls on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray or olive oil (mmm… olive oil). Spray the tops of the egg rolls with the oil, too.
homemade egg rolls
14. Bake 15 minutes, then flip the egg rolls over and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving (this will let the wrappers get a little more crisp too).
homemade egg rolls
15. Serve with soy sauce mixed with rice vinegar for dipping, or your favorite dipping sauce (spicy mustard? duck sauce?).
homemade egg rolls

By: www.joyfulabode.com
 

Spices For Weight Loss

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Chobani

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PMS Yogurt

PREVENT PMS WITH YOGURT - Up to 80 percent of woman will struggle with premenstrual syndrome ad its uncomfortable symptoms. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in oestrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash symptoms by 48 percent. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux.”
PREVENT PMS WITH YOGURT - Up to 80 percent of woman will struggle with premenstrual syndrome ad its uncomfortable symptoms. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in oestrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash symptoms by 48 percent. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux.”

Yogurt Brownies

I made brownies today, you know the kind you purchase in the box, at the grocery store.  Instead of replacing the 1/2 cup of oil with 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, I used 1/2 cup of Chobani Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt.  They are delicious and moist!   

Femininity

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gardening

Fruity Valentines

26 Valentine’s Day D├ęcor Ideas With Flowers, Fruit and Berries

No need to spoil your Valentine with Candy. 

 

Yogurt Filled Cantaloupe



  1. Cut a cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Fill the hole with six ounces of nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of granola and five fresh raspberries.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop bites right out of the cantaloupe peel. You don't even need to bother with dirtying a dish.
By:  www.FitSugar.com

Eat Less ~ Eat Right

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

1-Minute Berry Ice Cream

Copyright © David Loftus

 

Ingredients

Method

In advance: Put 4 small glasses in the freezer, or you can serve straight into ice cream cornets, if you prefer.

When you're all set up and ready to go, get the glasses (if using) and the frozen berries out of the freezer. Divide the fresh blueberries between the glasses or cornets. Put the honey and yoghurt and leaves from the sprigs of mint into the food processor and whiz, then add the frozen berries and whiz again until combined. Spoon the frozen yoghurt over the fresh berries and serve. Yum.
 
 

Air Purification Essential Oils

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Air Purification

Essential Oil Chart

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Essential Oil Chart

How To Apply Essential Oils

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How to Apply Essential Oils - Reference Chart. Most oils cannot be applied directly to the skin. Some may not be used during pregnancy. Always use caution!

Where To Apply Essential Oils

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Wondering where to apply certain essential oils? Here is an informative graphic about direct application of essential oils.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Oil Substitutes

Oil substitutes for baking
Oil substitutes for baking -- I WOULD NOT use the Avacado, it contains to high of a fat content.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies


Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies

Cookies:

6 Cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 Cup Chobani Fat Free Yogurt,  plus 1/2 Cup mashed banana 
2 Cups. granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups FAT FREE Sour cream

Frosting:

1 Cups butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream (or Fat Free Evaporated Milk)Several drops food coloring
Multi-colored Sprinkles

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the
1/4 + 1/8 Cup Chobani Fat Free Yogurt,  plus 1/2 Cup mashed banana 
 and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a bit “sticky”. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

Use the plastic wrap that you chilled the dough in. Dust the top of the dough and then flip and flour the other side, keeping it on the plastic wrap. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Best to work in small batches while keeping the remainder of the dough chilled.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. If desired, add food coloring and beat until combined.

Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Makes approximately: 5 to 6 dozen cookies (will vary on the thickness of the dough)

SPECIAL NOTES:  
  • These cookies are pretty darn close to the ones you buy in the store however, I am sure that original lofthouse recipe is under "lock and key" so we may never be able to completely duplicate it 100%. (Smile
  • I used the recipe that I found, and basically increased the amount of vanilla and working the dough in small batches, while keeping the rest chilled, works best. It is a VERY soft dough.
  • I thought they were quite tasty, but I know that they may not appeal to everyone, since they do taste a bit different than the ones in the store but are pretty close for a homemade version.
From:
http://authenticsuburbangourmet.blogspot.com/2011/09/lofthouse-style-frosted-sugar-cookies.html

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Orange Julius

Orange Julius!! 1 can orange juice concentrate, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 cups ice.
1 can orange juice concentrate, 1 cup Fat Free milk, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 cups ice.

Orange Julius

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple - 1 banana - 1/2 cup greek yogurt - 1/2 cup ice - 1/2 cup pineapple juice. This is like Orange Julius on steroids!
1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple - 1 banana - 1/2 cup greek yogurt (non-fat)  - 1/2 cup ice - 1/2 cup pineapple juice.

Gratitude

Today, I feel so grateful for my friendly neighbors.  What are you grateful for?

Zero Calorie Foods

Interestingly Delicious 

I had a plate full of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, & pineapple last night, with supper, and I actually lost a pound! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Women of God

There is no shame in being a woman of God. LIKE if you agree. :)

Honey And Cinnamon Powder

“Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.”
“Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.”

Did you know that a teaspoon of honey (local - raw is best) and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? Take twice a day for 3 days for best results. Both honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Also knocks bladder/kidney infections, reduces sugar levels, blood pressure, acts as a pain reliever for arthritis. And much more!
Did you know that a teaspoon of honey (local - raw is best) and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? Take twice a day for 3 days for best results. Both honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Also knocks bladder/kidney infections, reduces sugar levels, blood pressure, acts as a pain reliever for arthritis. And much more!

25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods

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NO oil or avacado for Gall Bladder Patients!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blueberry Cream Pie




Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
  • 9 inch ready made reduced fat graham cracker crust
  • 8 oz fat free Cool Whip
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 (5.3 oz) fat free blueberry yogurt
Combine Cool Whip, berries and yogurt in a bowl. Pour into pie crust and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Banana Cream Pie




Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
  • 9 inch reduced fat Graham Cracker Crust
  • 4 oz FAT FREE Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup FAT FREE sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz FAT FREE Cool Whip 
  • 2 medium bananas sliced
  • chocolate shavings
  • In a large bowl, whip cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla and sugar for a few minutes until mixed well. Add Cool Whip and whip until smooth. Put banana slices on the crust, top with filling and chill for a few hours, until firm. Top with shaved chocolate before serving.

Very Vanilla Fruit Salad

Very Vanilla Fruit Salad - The perfect way to end a warm Spring evening!  McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract adds a little something special to this elegant fruit salad!  tinyurl.com/84484ty
The perfect way to end a warm Spring evening!
McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract adds a little something special to this elegant fruit salad!