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Food for Thought: Best Smoothie Hack… EVER!

Written by Lisa Jillanza

For years now, smoothies have been increasing in popularity. Whether you are mixing one up on the go for breakfast, or are blending one for a quick lunch, these delicious concoctions are a great way to fill you up without adding any empty calories.

A study published in the journal, Nutrients, stated that individuals who drank a smoothie during their day felt fuller and did not eat later in their day versus other subjects who chose whole fruits over smoothies.

And while people have been making smoothies for years, a new smoothie hack has surfaced that makes the smoothies even healthier without sacrificing any flavor…

Use cauliflower instead of banana for the same creamy texture and less sugar!

For years now, smoothies have been increasing in popularity. Whether you are mixing one up on the go for breakfast, or are blending one for a quick lunch, these delicious concoctions are a great way to fill you up without adding any empty calories.

A study published in the journal, Nutrients, stated that individuals who drank a smoothie during their day felt fuller and did not eat later in their day versus other subjects who chose whole fruits over smoothies.

And while people have been making smoothies for years, a new smoothie hack has surfaced that makes the smoothies even healthier without sacrificing any flavor…

Use cauliflower instead of banana for the same creamy texture and less sugar!

Healthy Living: Benefits of Giving Up Fast Food

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Ever since the very first fast-food restaurant – White Castle – opened its doors in 1920, Americans have had an unhealthy obsession with fast food.

According to the CDC, more than one third of all Americans eat at a fast-food restaurant daily. And with more than 200,000 fast-food options, it is becoming more and more difficult to give up those tasty treats.

While experts have been speaking for years about the unnecessary dangers of fast-food consumption, new studies have shown that a regular diet of fast-food items is even more harmful than ever and is causing harm to parts of your body that you may not have thought of with each delicious bite.

So, what happens if you give up fast food? 

Experts say that you will be at lower risk for heart disease and diabetes. And you are also at lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Studies show that the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein – beta amyloid is higher in those with higher junk food diets. And with less blood sugar, experts say that you will not just lose weight, your mood will also improve. 

A fast-food diet can damage neurons and even cause depression. 

So, the best way to cut your unhealthy obsession with fast-food? Experts say, start small. If you attempt to cut these foods out “cold turkey,” they you may experience symptoms of withdrawal – like mood swings, depression, and irritability.

Eating Healthy: Spotlight on Watermelon

Written by Lisa Jillanza
  • Watermelons are made up of 90% water.
  • Watermelons are chock full of a considerable amount of vitamins A and C.
  • They contain thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate and niacin in small amounts.
  • They are a great source of potassium, and also contain magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and iron in trace amounts.
  • Watermelons are also very low in calories, free of fats and cholesterol and are rich in carotenoids.

 

Recipe: Cajun Chicken with Watermelon Mint Salsa

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons granulated garlic

2 tablespoons mild chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons sweet paprika

6 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets 

Mix together the spices.  Coat the chicken cutlets with the spice mixture.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and place chicken in pan.  Blacken on both sides and sauté just until cooked through.  Top with Watermelon Mint Salsa and serve immediately. 

Watermelon Mint Salsa

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 cup diced seeded tomato

Minced seeded jalapeno to taste

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

½ cup chopped fresh scallion

Toss ingredients together, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe: Grilled Scallop and Watermelon Kebabs

12 sea scallops

4 cups boiling vegetable or chicken broth

24- 1”x1” watermelon cubes

¼ cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger 

Cut the scallops into halves across the diameter to create half-moon shapes.  Place them in a heatproof casserole dish in a single layer.  Pour the boiling clear broth over the scallops and let them poach for 5 minutes.  Drain and cool the scallops.  On each skewer alternate one half-moon scallop, then two watermelon cubes, then one half-moon scallop.  Mix together the remaining ingredients and brush the kebabs as they are grilled over a medium-hot grill for 90 seconds per side, turning only once.  Serve warm.

 

Food for Thought: Spring Clean Your Diet

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Now that the long, cold, endless winter is over it’s time to give up those comfort foods and trade them in for a spring cleaning of your diet! 

The good news is it is possible to rid your body of harmful toxins that you may have indulged in during the winter months, just by eating better and right this spring.  

These foods will help hydrate, refresh and detoxify your way into a healthier season and give you the energy you need to gear up for summer, too! 

  • Berry green smoothie – Get started with a healthy smoothie blending together a cup of greens like spinach, kale and celery with a handful of fresh berries.  The greens contain chlorophyll that eliminates toxins that can contribute to liver damage and other illnesses.  The berries are packed with antioxidants and enzymes that fight free-radical damage, plus their sweetness combat the bitterness in the greens.
  • Curry powder – Popular in Indian foods, curry gets its yellow color from a compound called curcumin.  According to holistic medicine, curcumin is used to help aid with liver issues and digestive disorders.  And because curry powder is also an anti-inflammatory it also contributes to the production of glutathione, a liver-protecting antioxidant.  You can add curry powder as an accent to almost any food including eggs, chicken, and vegetables.
  • Cabbage – Made up of nearly 92 percent water, cabbage is a natural diuretic that will help your body get rid of excess fluids. It is also jam packed with glucosinolates, organic compounds that contain nitrogen and sulfur, that help to flush out unwanted toxins in the body.  Cabbage also is loaded with many essential vitamins like C, K, E and A, plus minerals, dietary fiber and folic acid.
  • Water – Always start your day with a big glass of water and stay hydrated all day long by carrying around with you a reusable water bottle.  Drinking water before a meal can help curb hunger and overeating.

Eating Healthy: Spotlight on Plums

Written by Lisa Jillanza
  • Plums, and their dried version known as prunes, are very high in phytonutrients, which function as an antioxidant and provide much benefit to the body.
  • Eating plums helps in the production and absorption of iron in the body, thereby leading to better blood circulation leading further to the growth of healthy tissues.
  • Consuming plums on a regular basis will help prevent macular degeneration and other eye infections.
  • Researchers have also found that plums contain anti-cancer agents that prevent the growth of cancerous cells and tumors.

Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Plum Salsa and Basmati Rice

  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ pound plums, pitted and chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, minced
  • 3 habanero peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 

Place water in medium saucepan and stir in rice. Bring to boil.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and fluff with fork.  In a bowl, mix the plums, peppers, onions, cilantro and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Season chicken with rosemary, salt and pepper.  Heat vegetable oil in skillet over medium-heat. Place chicken in oil and brown 1 minute per side.  Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 5 additional minutes per side.  Serve over rice with plum salsa.

Recipe: Fresh Summer Fruit Salad

  • ½ cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
  • 15 seedless grapes, halved
  • ½ orange, sectioned
  • 10 fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1 plum, pitted and sliced
  • 15 pitted Bing cherries
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries 

Bring water and sugar to boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the rhubarb, turn heat to low, cover and simmer until rhubarb is soft, 10 to 15 minutes.  Mash and chill in the refrigerator about one hour.   To serve, mix the grapes, orange, strawberries, apple, peach, plum, cherries, and blueberries with 2/3 cup of the rhubarb sauce.  Stir gently, but thoroughly to coat.  Refrigerate for at least two hours for all of the flavors to blend well.