The Veggie Secret

Hey there good lookin!

Today’s weight loss tip is one that I love and that I live by! It’s a portion control tip that’s sure to not disappoint. You’ll leave the table satisfied, satiated and full. You’ll feel great and have a rush of lasting energy that will help get you through your day. What is the mystical tip that can possibly do all this?

It’s simple. Fill 1/2 your plate with low carb veggies (sorry potatoes). Steamed, raw, sautéed, baked, stir fried, marinated, grilled…you name it, you can have it.

Veggies are oh-so-amazing for a variety of reasons. They:

1. Are chalk full of fiber (helps us feel full so we don’t overeat)

2. Are loaded with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients which our bodies can’t live without.

3. Are low in calories and fat (we can eat lots of them and not feel guilty)

4. Reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

5. Increase our energy

6. Help us have healthy skin and hair

Talk about nutrition powerhouses! These little beauties are packed full of these and about a million other healthy benefits.

So, really, there’s just no excuse not to eat your veggies!

What are some of your favorite ways to eat your veggies?

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I’m Baaaaaacccckkkkkkk!!!

I’ve been on a little bit of a hiatus since my last post. Things have been just a little cray cray and we’ve had more than a few life changes goin on. But I’m here and I’m super excited to be back! (I’ll write a post in the about me section to give you a look at what’s been happening in my world later).

Let’s dive right back into it shall we?

Weight Loss Tip Tuesday (oh how I have missed you!)

Cook more. Yup, you heard me. Get in that kitchen and cook! It’s as simple as that!

When you do the cooking, you have way more control over what goes in your food. A gallon of oil on my veggies? Umm…no thanks! I’ll just steam them with water. A  truck load of salt on my food? I’ll stick with a pinch instead.

You can decide if you want organic, hormone free, low salt, no oil, gluten free and/or unprocessed food. Plus, you get to decide how you want to cook it! Some restaurants use microwaves for a lot of their food. This is a big no no! If I’m going out and spending the money to pay ppl to make my food, they better make it! Not just nuke it!

And here’s a bonus, cooking is fun! I used to think that I had to follow a recipe EXACTLY as it was written. I wouldn’t deviate at all. Like never.

Now I realize how boring that is! I look at recipes all the time and tweak them like crazy. Before you know it, they’re unrecognizable from the original recipe. And no one dies. The world doesn’t stop turning and most of the time I end up loving my creative revisions.

So, get in that kitchen and cook!

You didn’t think I’d tell you to cook and then leave you hanging did you? Here’s a simple, delicious recipe for ya:

Pears with Balsamic

1 pear – thinly sliced

1/2-1 tsp balsamic vinegar (any kind)

-Arrange the pears on a plate and drizzle the balsamic vinegar over them. Enjoy at room temp or put in the fridge to make them cold.

Feel free to add things to this recipe. Maybe add some fresh basil chopped and sprinkled on top, or a pinch of red pepper flakes to spice things up. Like honestly, anything goes!

Let your inner creativity out to play, you just may like what you find!

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P.S. Here’s a selfie just for you! It has been a while after all 😉

Weight Loss Tip Tuesday – Eat Seasonally

Did you know that food can play with your internal temperature?

Think of the foods you gravitate towards in the summer. These probably include things like pineapple, watermelon, salads, tomatoes, berries, cilantro, fennel, mint, sprouts, etc. We tend to eat them raw. These are all cooling.

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Other foods heat us up. Think of root vegetables (beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc), spicy peppers, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, cooked foods.

photo 4Nature is so cool. If we eat seasonally (according to our geographic location), we will get everything we need, all the nutrients we require are available to us. We’ll be cool as a cucumber in the summer and warm and toasty in the winter.

It’s harder to eat seasonally now and days because everything we could ever want is in the grocery store pretty much year round. Pineapple in the middle of winter? No problem. Pumpkin in the summer? They’ve got you covered. This is super convenient, and I absolutely love that things are always available, however, we should be mindful of the season and plan accordingly.

We know it’s important, but why?

For starters, it’s much less expensive to eat what’s in season. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a killer deal on anything…food is no exception! Have you ever felt like eating healthy is too expensive? This is easy on the wallet and yummy in your tummy.

Second, it tastes better. Eating what’s in season and what’s local tastes better because it grew to perfection on the farm rather than on a truck trying to make a deadline. I would take vine/tree ripened any day!

Third, it helps your local farmers and your community. It’s kind of like giving back and helping out. So really, you’re doing a service.

Fourth, it helps you be creative and get a variety of nutrients into your body. If you eat the same things all the time, chances are you’re not getting all the nutrients you should. Remember the post about eating the rainbow? Combine these two principles and you’re well on your way to being healthy.

There are a couple things you can do to help with this and support your community and local farmers in the process.

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First, go to farmer’s markets in your area. These are so much fun! If you’re not sure where to look, google it!

Second, find a CSA to join (Consumer Supported Agriculture). These are awesome because most of the time, you don’t know what you’re going to get, so it’s like a cooking adventure! There are tons of different set ups: some deliver right to your home, others you have to pick up. Some are every week, some are every other week. With some you get to choose what you want, others surprise you based on what’s ripe and ready from their farm. Some let you pay weekly, others charge up front for the season.

You can google this too, find one that fits your needs and preferences. Usually it ends up being cheaper that buying produce from the store because it eliminates the middle man. Last year I went to a farm and traded labor for a basket of veggies. It was totally worth it, plus it’s therapeutic to see where your food comes from and work for it.

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What’s in season right now? (Fall/Winter)

Apples                                   Brussels sprouts                           Parsnips                               Pears

Rutabagas                             Cauliflower                                    Winter Squash                     Pumpkin

Sweet potatoes                      Turnips                                         Pomegranates                      Dates

Kiwis                                       Grapefruit                                     Tangerines                            Persimmons

Shallots                                  Mushrooms                                   Artichokes                            Arugula

Beets                                      Broccoli                                        Carrots                                  Cranberries

Speaking of foods that are in season, I have an amazing recipe for ya’ll!

It’s called Beets n’ Sweets. It’s one of my favorites! This is the perfect side dish for just about anything.

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Click here for this delicious recipe.