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Friday, January 28, 2011

6 Flat Belly Drinks

Sip your way top a sexier stomach!

1) Water - Prevents Overeating - A new study found that people who drank water before meals three times a day lost 5 pounds more tan non-water drinkers over the course of 12 weeks. If you don't like plain water, add some flavor with a citrus twist of lemon, lime, or Orange.

2) Red Juices - repairs Muscles - You may be leary of getting too many calories from juice, don't be, with ruby juice like tart cherry and pomegranate. Science supports their health-promoting prowess. The anthocyanins from tart cherries helps speed muscle recovery after strenuous activity; and pomegranate juice's polyphenols help reduces oxidative stress in the body and hardening of the arteries.

3)Low-Fat Chocolate Milk - Boosts Metabolism - A study revealed that women who consumed 1200 milligrams of calcium per day lost significantly more weight than those who fell short on the calcium quota. Low-fat chocolate milk is also the drink of choice for muscle recovery as it offers the perfect carbohydrate-to-protein ratio.

4) Tea - Burns Fat - Tea is a natural fat fighter. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, three cups of green tea a day can stimulate the metabolic rate and burn fat at a faster rate for up to 24 hours after drinking.

5) Soy Shakes - Curbs Cravings - A study at the University of Illinois found that soy proteins mimic the action of leptin, a hormone that signals fullness and tells you to stop eating, which leads to weight loss.

6) Coffee - Ups Calorie Burn - Your morning java may whittle your middle by helping you burn fat at a steady rate. According to the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, women experienced the greatest fat burning boost over a 24 hour period after they drank caffeinated coffee.

Article from Oxygen Magazine Feb. 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

OK, I decided to give the 400 Calorie Cook Book a second chance. I decided to make the tortilla soup since it was so cold outside.

4 servings - 310 Calories - Protein 22g


1 can (28 ounce) crushed tomatoes
1 can fat-free chicken broth
1 cup of water
3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1" cubes
1 medium onion, diced
1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic,minced
1 tablespoon of chili powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
4 6" corn tortillas
1/2 Hass avocado, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 line, cut into wedges

Place the tomatoes, broth, water, chicken, onion, chipotle, garlic, chili powder, and salt in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Preheat oven to 350. Spray the tortillas on one side with cooking spray. Cut the tortillas in eighths (I cut mine into strips). Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Ladle the soup into four bowls. Top each with tortilla, 1 tablespoon avocado, and 1 teaspoon cilantro. Serve with 2 lime wedges.

I would give this a 8 out of 10. The soup was extremely tasty. The flavor was rich and warm. Everyone in the family enjoyed the soup and wanted seconds. My son even wanted it for breakfast the next day. (No, he will not be getting it for breakfast!) My daughter, who does not like spicy soup, actually liked this. The spiciness from the chilpotle was warm and subtle. She did add sour cream. The downside to this soup was there was not much substance to the soup. It needed something more. Next time I will add black beans and corn to make it more hearty for a meal. This will add some calories, but black beans are a great source of protein. And also, as Jillian Michaels says in her Master Your Metabolism Cookbook,
If you do only one thin to help you lose weight, eat more beans!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fish and Chips

OK. I decided to make "Crispy Catfish with Lemon Tarter Sauce" (4 servings)

Calories 270 - fat 13g - Saturated fat 3 g - Protein 21 g

Recipe courtesy of the cookbook, 400 calorie Fix

3 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons of fat-free plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon of paprika
2 large egg whites, lightly beaton
1/2 cup of yellow cornmeal
4 cat fish fillets (4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper


Pre-heat the oven to 450. Coat a large baking sheet wit cooking spray.

To make the tarter sauce, combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish, yogurt, and lemon zest in a small bowl.

Combine the flour and paprika in shallow bowl. Place the egg whites in a second shallow bowl and the cornmeal in the third. Sprinkle the cat fish with the salt and pepper. Working with one at a time, dredge both sides of the fillets in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in the egg whites and then in the cornmeal. Set on baking sheet.

Lightly coat the catfish fillets with the cooking spray and bake 7 minutes. Turn the catfish over, coat with cooking spray, and bake for 5-6 minutes more, or until the fish is cooked through and crisp. Serve topped with tartar sauce
For the "chips" I did take a short cut and purchased froze sweet potatoes which I baked.

Review: I would rate it a 5 out 10. First, I must say, I do not like corn bread or corn muffins. So the cornmeal was a reach for me. I also have never had catfish. I now know I do not like catfish. The fish was very strong. My son described it as "muddy". The crust did get a little crispy, but stuck to the pan even though I used the cooking spray. I was only able to eat a piece after drowning it in malt vinegar! The only other family member who ate an entire piece was my son Travis. He dunked it in tons of ketchup. I ended up throwing the rest away. What a disappointment.

I always have to have coleslaw with my fish. So, I turned to one of my favorite celebrity chefs, Paula Deen!

The Lady's Coleslaw.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 large carrot, chopped
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cabbage head
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (recommended: Jane's Krazy Mixed-up salt)
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Using a food processor, gently process the bell pepper, onion, carrot, and parsley, being careful not to over process. Cut 1/2 of the cabbage into chunks and place in the food processor and process lightly, making sure the cabbage doesn't become mushy. Slice the remaining cabbage thinly. Mix the cabbage together with the processed vegetables. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together and allow to stand for a few minutes. Combine the mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables and toss. Chill for 1 hour

Review: I would give it a 7.5. This was tasty and I liked the use of parsley and green peppers. It was easy to make and I substituted a packet of splenda for the sugar. I will make this again. Although I still think my Mom's is better!

It's a New Year - Time for Some New Recipes

Happy New Years to you! It has been a few months since my last post. Where does the time go? With a New Year, comes new year's resolutions. Many are to lose weight and get healthy! I know mine is! So, what better way than to introduce my family to some new healthy recipes. With my vast array of cookbooks and magazine subscription, not to mention the numerous web sites, the options are endless. Now, I want to eat healthier, but do not want to give up flavor and variety. One can only eat so many plain chicken breast and boring salads. When you limit yourself, it is too easy to cheat, and give up on the diet. I am going to try and make these recipes and share my review as well as the families review of the recipes. Tonight I am choosing a recipe from the 400 Calorie Cookbook. Let's see how it taste.