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Nov 24 10

What an UGLY vegetable!

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Jicama (pronounced “HIK-uh-mah”) is a legume, orginally found in Mexico, Central and South America. Nearly 90% water, this vegetable is semi-sweet with thin skin and juicy flesh. Sounds pretty delicious right? We’re all about investigating and trying new vegetables on our quest for healthy living, but at first glance, we couldn’t get past our newest vegetable’s *ahem*…unusual look.  According to an article written by Cary Neff for ExperienceLifeMag.com,  Jicama ranges in size from 4 ounces to as much as 6 pounds, but tastes the same whether large or small. It can be prepared in stir-fry and salad, baked or boiled or added to your favorite salsa recipe for a distinctive taste.

Cut up and ready for food preparation, this little guy doesn’t look quite so unattractive at all.

If you’re looking to expand your vegetable repertoire, why not give the jicama a try? For more information about clever ways to use this vegetable, check out the ExperienceLife.com link.

Nov 22 10

Quote of the Week

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Pain is temporary.  Quitting lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong

Nov 19 10

Try these food substitutions in your Thanksgiving meal.

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1. When a recipe calls for vegetable oil such as canola oil, which we know we should be avoiding, replace it with coconut oil or butter. This can be done in 90% of most recipes. If you can’t use either of those, use olive oil and cook on low heat (below 350F). If the recipe is for a cake or other baked goods, you can use the same amount of unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil.

2. When a recipe calls for bread crumbs, I either make my own from sprouted grain bread or I purchase gluten free bread crumbs that are made from rice. You can make your own breadcrumbs by drying bread in the oven at 250F for 15 minutes and then putting it in your food processor or blender. Add Italian spices like oregano, parsley and basil to make Italian bread crumbs.

3. If a recipe calls for pasta, many times you can replace it with spaghetti squash.

4. If a recipe calls for sugar, you can use a Stevia blend instead. 1 cup of Stevia Blend (from http://www.stevivasweetener.com) is equal to 2 cups of sugar.

Let us know if you have any food subsitiutions that help to lower fat, calories, sugar, etc.

Nov 17 10

Don’t forget the Ginger this Thanksgiving [Article Link: Medicinal Food News]

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Traditionally ginger has been used to help relieve digestive upset/disturbances including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, dyspepsia and flatulent colic (carminative) as well as an expectorant and anti-tussive to help relieve bronchitis as well as coughs and colds.

Ginger contains several nonvolatile pungent principles namely gingerols, shogaols, paradols and zingerone, which contribute to its taste and which account for many of its reported beneficial health effects. Studies conducted in cultured cells as well as in experimental animals revealed that these pungent phenolics found in ginger possess anticarcinogenic properties.

So, some spices not only make your food taste good, they also are good for your health.

Medicinal Food News: Ginger – A Spice That Adds More Than Taste.

Nov 15 10

Quote of the Week

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Action is the foundational key to success.  – Pablo Picasso

Oct 29 10

Greek Yogurt vs. Sour Cream

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We have a serious love affair going on with Greek Yogurt. It’s thick, rich, creamy, tangy. Oh, and remarkably healthy! Like other yogurt, you get a huge dose of the healthy bacteria(probiotics) we need to strengthen our immune system, keep our guts healthy, and everything, um, moving along nicely. Unlike traditional American Yogurt, Greek Yogurt provides about half the sodium, twice the protein, and 2/3 the carbs. It is also a good source of nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin B2 and vitamin B12, and is easier to digest than milk for those of us whose love for dairy is not reciprocated. And here’s the best part – the nonfat versions are so creamy, you’ll swear you picked up the wrong container.

How do we love yogurt? Let us count the ways…we love it for breakfast, for snacks, with granola, with honey, and we love it in place of EVERYTHING that calls for sour cream. That’s right. You will never miss the sour cream in dips, on fajitas, on baked potatoes. You’ll drastically lower the fat and calories even a small amount of sour cream has, and you’ll add protein and probiotics. Win-Win! There are several brands that offer nonfat versions; our favorites are OIKOS and BROWN COW. The plain version is the sour cream substitute.

Stay tuned for more tips on using Greek Yogurt and some easy and fast recipes!

Oct 27 10

Live Longer: Eat Right, Exercise, and Know Your Numbers [ABC's GMA]

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Oct 25 10

Quote of the Week

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. –Beverly Sills

Oct 22 10

Exercise at your desk.

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We all know in today’s busy world and our busy lives, it is hard to find time to exercise.  We also know that exercise is an important part of staying on track while losing or maintaining a health weight.  So what do you do?  Find new interesting ways to exercise.  Here’s one idea to try, use a widget on your desktop that reminds you to excercise at different times and gives you things you can do right at your desk.  One of my favorites is a Yahoo widget called Break Pal.  Go to widgets.yahoo.com search for Break Pal, follow the instructions, and your done! 

Let us know any of your fun ways to fit in exercise.

Oct 20 10

‘Gastric Mind Band’- Hypnotic Weight Loss [ABC's GMA]

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