Top Three Diet Meals Low in Carbs for a Slimmer You

Carbohydrates are a staple in our diet and most people who are compelled to lessen their carbohydrate input find it very hard, especially those raised in rice-eating cultures to resort to low Carb Diet Meals. Even people who don’t eat rice but are used to having pasta and/or sandwiches twice or thrice a day have a difficulty letting the carbs go.

And since desserts are primarily carbohydrates as well, dieters are required to say goodbye to cake, ice cream and all other sweet and creamy wonders. But the fact is, to increase your chances of losing weight and keeping it off, you need to let go of starches and grains so that your body will resort to burning up the stored fat that’s causing the numbers to add up on the weighing scale.

The default option is to resort to greens and put together healthy salads. This is all good, but you need not sustain yourself merely with green tips and vinaigrette. Here are three balanced low-carb meals to keep your appetite up while your weight stays level on healthy on what is ideal for your height and built.

#1: Chicken Cordon Bleu

It is difficult to go wrong with this dish. It is flavorful and nutritious. And though it sounds rather sophisticated, it is not difficult at all to prepare. The ingredients needed are very basic—boneless (and skinless) chicken breasts, sliced cheese, ham slices, all purpose flour, cornstarch, olive oil, chicken bouillon, and white wine. You may also use spices such as paprika and other herbs that you like.

The chicken breast must be thin enough. Ham and cheese slices are placed on the chicken breast slices which are folded and secured with toothpick. The flour and spices are mixed and used to coat the chicken breast with filling. The alternative is to use bread crumbs to coat the assembly after a quick dip in egg.

Use extra virgin olive oil and fry the cordon bleu until brown. You can add the bullion and white wine and cook in low heat for 30 minutes. Let it simmer until the juices have evaporated. Mix the bowl and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk them together. Before serving, make sure that the toothpicks have already been removed and then pour the thickened sauce on the chicken.

#2: Pan-fried or Grilled Steak

A nice slab of beef that is pan-friend in extra-virgin olive oil or grilled on a cheery flame is one meal that will surely fight off hunger. And if you get good protein from an organic farm then you might even forget that you’re missing the huge side of potatoes or rice, if that’s what you prefer. This dish makes a good lunch or dinner. The mushrooms and peppers add carbs to the meal but the amount is almost insubstantial so you can add them as garnish.

#3: Grated cauliflower or veggie pasta instead of rice

Cauliflower that is grated may not taste like rice but is a great low-carb alternative. In fact, cauliflower almost has no carbs. You may use it as a rice substitute in all your meals.

Another great substitute for rice is pasta that is made from vegetables. This is widely available in health stores these days, and even in major grocery stores and supermarkets.

Low Carb Diet Meals are essential in your weight loss diet plan. Try out our recommendations and find out how delicious they are. They are also well balanced and thus very good for your overall health

Ice Pops: The Snack For Wholesome, Happy Children

Enjoying as many grandchildren as I do is surely a blessing. But it can also be a great test, when you have to keep them well-fed and delighted. This is the reason why I was so enjoyed experience the silicone ice pop molds. In just a few hours I can prepare wholesome snack for my grand kids at home. All I have to do is get fresh fruits and mix them. Then, I just pour the fruit smoothie in the ice pop maker and wait for it to freeze. It is as practical as that!

With all the food colorings and preservatives that go into commercial ice creams and frozen treats, I do not feel at ease extending them to my grandchildren. Especially if you have kids with allergies, you know how critical it is to stick to natural ingredients. And with all the processed fast food that children consume nowadays, it only makes sense to attempt and introduce more healthy ingredients whenever we can. This is why homemade ice pops are the right treat. Even the pickiest eaters among my grandchildren will consume fruit in the form of ice pops. Sometimes I will even “hide” healthy fruits and vegetables in an ice pop, that my grand-kids would not consume otherwise. Avocados and beets, if blended with a banana, offer a very good color and tons of nutrients while the little ones cannot determine the “secret ingredient”, thanks to the sweet taste of bananas. The best part is that you can allow your kids to eat as many ice pops as they want, since they are really good for them!

I have tried a couple types of ice pop makers and they all work, but my personal favorite ones are the ones that are BPA-free, because I do not like my grandchildren to come in contact with chemicals. I have found a great set that has six molds in fun colors and the kids cherish them. They are also FDA-approved, so I feel comfortable using them. I have tried the 4-pack ice pop molds before, but they just disappeared way too fast ! The ones that I have now have a lid that closes tightly, which is terrific, because we had a few disasters of spilled juice in the freezer with other freeze pop molds before. It was sticky and messy and not pretty at all! Here are my favorite Silicone Ice Pop Molds.

There are a couple of recipes that my grandchildren love and they are so easy that I let them make them on their own (with my supervision). Here are some thoughts to get you started:.

Frozen yogurt pops: Cut up fruit of your choice -we prefer strawberries and bananas- and mix them with the yogurt of your preference. It can be plain or with a fruit flavor. It can even be soy yogurt, if your kids are lactose intolerant! Now pour the yogurt in the ice pop maker and freeze.

Layered ice pops: you can use different colors of juices or even ingredients with different textures in order to make your freeze pops. Pour the first layer in the mold and freeze until it looks firm on the top. Then add the next layer and freeze again. Continue like this, so that the layers do not mix with each other. You can use whipped cream, chocolate chips, sprinkles etc to make your pops fancier!

As you can see, you can produce many assorted combinations and be sure that your kids eat healthily, while you save money. What’s more to ask? Cleaning after the kids is also a snap because the ice pop molds I have can be easily scrubed with a bottle brush or in the dishwasher. I am absolutely in love with them!

Is Coffee Good For You

If you are a coffee drinker like myself, you have surely asked yourself whether coffee is actually safe for you to consume on a daily basis. So here is a new question you may have never asked yourself, how good is coffee for you? The answer may surprise you…

Were you aware that coffee is the main part of dietary antioxidants? But let me be clear when I say that it doesn’t mean that your morning coffee allows you to give up those healthy fruit and vegetables. Many coffee fanatics will be happy to find out that coffee is a top resource for disease fighting antioxidants. Current research reveals that when coffee is taken in moderation, that it can be a safe beverage that can offer potential other health benefits.

So coffee is one of the few beverages that is drank worldwide. It is consumed in such a wide range of countries all around the world and is the second most widely traded commodity behind petroleum. It may be pipped at the post by oil in terms of trading but I can guarantee that coffee tastes a lot better, and with these 21st century petrol prices, the cost of a coffee seems a little bit more appealing to me!

You may be asking if we can call coffee a healthy food substance? That might be a bit of a push! Caffeine is the main aspect that people crave in a coffee and is one of the world’s most widely used drugs, thus being part of many people’s diets for hundreds of years. A number of potential coffee benefits include:

* Reduced risk of some forms of cancer

* Headache relief

* Reduced risk of developing type 2 Diabetes

* Improved physical endurance (when drank in moderation)

* Antibacterial ingredients to help fight diseases

* Reduced symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

* Reduced risk of developing gallstones

Caffeine is a worldwide recognized stimulant and is a substance that fives many beverages (including coffee) that edge that people love! Caffeine acts a mild stimulant to the nervous system and both decaf and regular can have a bit of a negative effect on your stomach if consumed excessively over a short period of time as well as leading to raised blood sugar. This caffeine however can raise metabolism and increase oxidation of fatty acids that the body needs rid of. Due to recent research, it has also been concluded that coffee can also be good for your liver. Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis by as much of 80% (the strongest effect of this was for those who drank 4 or more cups per day.

So is coffee going to have a negative effect on your health? You must be aware that some coffee experts will argue that coffee is bad for you and warn you off it. This is also not to say that there are not some bad results from drinking coffee. However, it is nice to know that a cup of coffee in the morning may actually be doing some good! But how do you know for sure? Be sure to talk to your health professional or GP to get their advice, as well as not to go overboard in drinking it excessively.If you are a coffee drinker like myself, you have surely asked yourself whether coffee is actually safe for you to consume on a daily basis. So here is a new question you may have never asked yourself, how good is coffee for you? The answer may surprise you…

Were you aware that coffee is the main part of dietary antioxidants? But let me be clear when I say that it doesn’t mean that your morning coffee allows you to give up those healthy fruit and vegetables. Many coffee fanatics will be happy to find out that coffee is a top resource for disease fighting antioxidants. Current research reveals that when coffee is taken in moderation, that it can be a safe beverage that can offer potential other health benefits.

So coffee is one of the few beverages that is drank worldwide. It is consumed in such a wide range of countries all around the world and is the second most widely traded commodity behind petroleum. It may be pipped at the post by oil in terms of trading but I can guarantee that coffee tastes a lot better, and with these 21st century petrol prices, the cost of a coffee seems a little bit more appealing to me!

You may be asking if we can call coffee a healthy food substance? That might be a bit of a push! Caffeine is the main aspect that people crave in a coffee and is one of the world’s most widely used drugs, thus being part of many people’s diets for hundreds of years. A number of potential coffee benefits include:

* Reduced risk of some forms of cancer

* Headache relief

* Reduced risk of developing type 2 Diabetes

* Improved physical endurance (when drank in moderation)

* Antibacterial ingredients to help fight diseases

* Reduced symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

* Reduced risk of developing gallstones

Caffeine is a worldwide recognized stimulant and is a substance that fives many beverages (including coffee) that edge that people love! Caffeine acts a mild stimulant to the nervous system and both decaf and regular can have a bit of a negative effect on your stomach if consumed excessively over a short period of time as well as leading to raised blood sugar. This caffeine however can raise metabolism and increase oxidation of fatty acids that the body needs rid of. Due to recent research, it has also been concluded that coffee can also be good for your liver. Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis by as much of 80% (the strongest effect of this was for those who drank 4 or more cups per day.

So is coffee going to have a negative effect on your health? You must be aware that some coffee experts will argue that coffee is bad for you and warn you off it. This is also not to say that there are not some bad results from drinking coffee. However, it is nice to know that a cup of coffee in the morning may actually be doing some good! But how do you know for sure? Be sure to talk to your health professional or GP to get their advice, as well as not to go overboard in drinking it excessively.

Gluten-Free Dessert Ideas

Sticking to a gluten-free diet is a challenge under the best of circumstances but when it comes to creating desserts things get even more difficult. So many delicious desserts like pies, cookies, cakes and pastries are made with flour containing gluten.

Creating delicious gluten-free desserts becomes easier when you keep the right ingredients on hand. Some common items to keep in your pantry include:

Almond meal flour
Arrowroot powder
Baking powder
Bittersweet chocolate
Canola oil
Cashew butter
Cocoa powder
Coconut flakes
Coconut milk
Cornstarch
Dried fruit
Espresso powder
Evaporated milk
Gluten-free flour mixes
Gluten-free spices
Granulated, powered and brown sugar
Lemon extract
Maple syrup
Nuts
Peanut butter
Rice
Seeds
Shortening
Sorghum flour
Tapico starch/flour
Vanilla extract

Be sure to check the ingredients on these products before you purchase them. You will want to avoid wheat, barley, brown rice syrup, caramel coloring, rye, brewer’s yeast, wheat starch, hydrolyzed wheat protein, malt, malt extract, malt syrup, dextrins and malt flavoring.

Remember that baking gluten-free is different than regular baking. If you don’t use a baking mix you will need to combine gluten-free flours to get the right results. You can use psyllium husks, ground chia seeds or flaxseed rather than xanthan gum if it gives you stomach distress. Baking at a lower temperature is recommended for some recipes to keep your dessert from getting too brown. If you screw up a recipe consider turning it into crumbs for toppings or to be added to other recipes.

Many gluten-free flours don’t contain preservatives so you may find that desserts made with them dry out quickly or become rancid. Store these items in a zip-top bag (with air removed), freezer wrap or in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer separated from other food. Mark all containers used for gluten-free food to keep them separate from other containers. Bring the stored food to room temperature before consuming.

Our favorite gluten-free dessert recipe courtesy of http://bakedbree.com.

Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients:

4 cups blueberries (any fruit will work)

Crisp:

1 cup gluten free old-fashioned, gluten free oats (we used Bob’s Red Mill GF oats)
1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Wash and pick over the blueberries. Add to an 8×8 pan. Add oats, pecans, almond meal, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt to a small bowl. Mix to combine.
2. Spread the mixture over the blueberries.
3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, longer if the berries are frozen.