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Coconut Oil Chocolate Candies

Coconut oil is a must “supplement” for all my clients.  It is one of nature’s cure to a 1506450_10151704007547924_861510959_nslow metabolism.

Here’s how it works…

Anytime you eat, the process of digesting food burns off about 10 percent of the calories you consume. For example, if you consume 500 calories in a meal, your body uses about 50 of those calories to transform food into the energy that fuels your body. But theoretically if you eat a 500-calorie meal and replace the fat from oils or butter with coconut oil, your metabolism will speed up and burn more like 15 percent, or 75 calories.

The fatty acids in coconut oil (called medium-chain triacylglycerols, or MCT) are shorter and more water-soluble than those in other oils, such as olive or canola. “So they’re more directly routed to the liver, where they’re readily burned for fuel,” explains Peter Jones, Ph.D., professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Therefore, they have less opportunity to be deposited in fat stores.

Just remember  3500 EXTRA calorie a day will lead to  1 lbs of weight gain.  It doesn’t matter if that pound comes from coconuts or cookies so don’t over due it.  1 TB a day is enough.  These delicious chocolate candies is a great way to get your oil in and your chocolate craving satisfied at the same time.

Enjoy

Mubarakah

Metabolism Boosting Coconut Oil Chocolate Candies

 

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder (raw cocoa powder is preferred)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey (or sweetener of choice: maple, yacon powder, stevia), adjust according to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Melt the coconut oil and add the honey. Whisk and add the cocoa powder. Whisk occasionally while pouring into a silicone ice cube tray or silicone mini muffin tray. Makes 12. Cool for 30 minutes in the fridge or freezer.

Note: Time varies depending on how hot the coconut oil was when you started. If the oil is only just reached its melting stage, these will set in as little as 15 minutes.

Tips:

The first time I tried these I didn’t mix the honey into the oil well and when they were done al the honey was at the bottom of the ice maker instead of incorporated into it.  I remelted them and mixed while it was heating.  So like making salad dressing, you’ll want to thoroughly mix the oil and honey until it is emulsified together. This will help prevent separation (honey sinking to the bottom). Use a small whisk and really mix it well, for at least 1 to 2 minutes. If you want a sure fire way to avoid the honey from sinking to the bottom, use a hand emulsion blender ( this will make a very fast job of this too).

Don’t heat the oil to super hot. Remember you can destroy a lot of the good antioxidant benefits of the chocolate with too much heat. [Then it would negate ½ our excuse for eating the candies 🙂 ] Coconut oil turns to a liquid state at body temperature, so it doesn’t need to be much hotter than that. The reason for this is that the hotter the liquid, the longer it will take to cool, giving the mixture more time to separate once in the mold.

Be sure to whisk it while pouring so the honey doesn’t end up all in the last 3 chocolates. However, if it’s emulsified well this won’t happen.

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp of maca powder (mix in with the honey)
  • 1 tsp orange rind (mix into the chocolate)
  • seeds, nuts or dried fruit (sprinkle into the silicone trays)
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut would be amazing… (mix into the chocolate)
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Red Cabbage Salad with Spicy Grilled Chicken and Pepitas

Red Cabbage Salad with Spicy Grilled Chicken and PepitasCumin and cayenne give this Southwestern-inspired grilled chicken cutlet in this dish heat, while pumpkin seeds and cabbage make it crunchy.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pepitas (green hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 ears corn, husked
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets
  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas (7 inches)
  • 3 ounces baby spinach (4 cups)
  • 1/2 small red cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 3 limes), plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon safflower oil
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Directions

  1. Toast pepitas in a heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown and starting to pop, 2 to 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Slice kernels off corncobs. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Cook corn, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Stir in onion. Combine spices and 1 teaspoon salt; stir 1 teaspoon into corn. Season chicken evenly on both sides with remaining 2 teaspoons spice mixture.
  2. Working in batches, grill cutlets, 2 at a time, in a grill pan over medium-high heat, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip; reduce heat to medium. Grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes; remove from pan, and slice.
  3. Toast whole-wheat tortillas, 1 at a time, in grill pan, about 15 seconds per side.
  4. Toss spinach and cabbage with corn mixture. Toss in pepitas, lime juice, and oil. Divide among 4 plates. Serve with chicken, tortillas, yogurt, and lime wedges.
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The Real Food Challenge

Processed foods, additives and chemicals are inferior to real food and are potentially harmful to your health.

So why do you still eat it?

Why do you still eat that packaged granola bar and snack on those whole grain crackers? You may think that heart healthy label means something, but it doesn’t hold a candle to real food.

What is Read Food?

Here’s an easy way to tell if your food is real or not: If your food can go bad, it’s good for you. If your food can’t go bad, it’s bad for you.

Real food is fresh and unprocessed.

The Real Food Challenge

This real food challenge has the potential to change your body forever. Take the next 7 days to ONLY eat real food. One week is a very short time in the grand scheme of things, and I know you can do this.

Just try it for one week to see and feel the difference in your body.

The Rules

During the next 7 days you will avoid eating all of the following food items:

  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Rice
  • Crackers & Chips
  • Packaged snacks
  • Sugar & Corn Syrup
  • Soda Pop
  • Packaged Bars
  • Baked Goods
  • Candy

Here’s a list of the real foods that you will eat instead:

  • Seasonal, organic Vegetables
  • Seasonal, organic Fruits
  • Lean, organic meat, fish & eggs
  • Nuts and Seeds

Those four categories of food can be combined into endless, flavorful combinations. Check out the following meal ideas:

Breakfast:Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you decide to eat when you first wake up will set the tone for the rest of your meals that day.

  • Scrambled organic eggs, sliced tomato and a handful of seasonal berries.
  • Half of a dressed avocado and a few slices of nitrate-free bacon.
  • Pancakes made with coconut flour and topped with chopped nuts.

Lunch: 

Plan your lunch ahead of time in order to avoid turning to a fast food joint or vending machine. Pack your lunch the night before and carry it with you.

  • Dark baby greens topped with chopped chicken breast and diced tomatoes.
  • Albacore tuna (packed in water), mixed with finely chopped cucumber over cauliflower rice. (See recipe below)
  • Turkey and Spinach Salad

Dinner: 

Dinner is the meal where most people splurge and eat far more calories than they should. Eating at home is the first step in reducing your dinnertime calories.

  • Grilled white fish, sautéed spinach and almond bread.
  • Baked chicken breast with steamed broccoli and quinoa.
  • A big bowl of arugula topped with sautéed asparagus and sliced hardboiled eggs.

While healthy eating is a huge factor in achieving your ideal weight, exercise is the other (very important) half of the equation.

Your exercise routine should be challenging and should be done on a regular basis.

Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that will reshape your body in 2013.

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Are you “Active” or are you Fit?

You wouldn’t believe the number of excuses that I get from people on why they don’t exercise.

Often times their reason is self-inflicted: I don’t have the time. 

Sometimes it’s procrastination: I’m going to start as soon as tax season ends. 

And occasionally the reason is downright funny: I don’t like to sweat. 

As you can imagine, I point out to these well meaning excuse-makers that, despite their legitimate reason not to, exercise is a vital part of cultivating a strong, healthy and attractive body.

In fact, if they would just exercise 2 to 4 times each week they would feel a dramatic improvement in their daily life, starting with renewed energy and strength.

I then bring up the health benefits and explain how many of their health problems would improve. I talk about how great they will feel, and look, dropping those extra pounds and rediscovering a slender figure.

However, there was an excuse that would always stump me.

The sneaky excuse of ‘being active’: Oh, I don’t need to exercise with a personal trainer – I’m very active. I play golf and tennis and Wii. 

Well, that is a good excuse, right? Golf, tennis and Wii are all active sports that burn calories. Maybe they can be fit without doing any other exercise…

Then I started noticing a trend.

The ‘golf’ people couldn’t touch their toes in a simple flexibility test. The ‘tennis players’ couldn’t jump rope for 60 seconds. The ‘Wii players’ needed a week to recover from a one mile jog. The so-called ‘active’ people encountered injury after injury.

And then it hit me.

You can’t become fit simply by being active.

Only by being fit can you become more active.

To be lean and to maintain a level of fitness there is no substitute for a consistent, challenging exercise program. It’s the only way, folks.

To truly be fit is when your body is able to do whatever you ask of it. This comes from a combination of flexibility, strength and endurance.

So, do you exercise?

Or are you fooling yourself with the idea of ‘being active’?

How do you feel about your current level of fitness? Are you able to do each and everything you want? Or do you end up opting out of activities that you know would be too challenging?

If you’ve used the excuse of ‘being active’ in the past, take a minute to reconsider your position. Don’t bank on your ‘active’ lifestyle with the hope of true results.

Contact me today to start an exercise program that will make you truly fit.

And if you’re furthest from active but simply want to lose those extra inches and pounds, make the decision to call or email me today.

As they say…there’s no trial run in the game of life.

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Making 2013 Your Best Year

Making 2013 Your Best Year

What are you going to do differently in 2013?

Are you going to reduce your stress level?

Are you going to improve your diet?

Are you going to take exercise more seriously?

Or will you allow the next 365 days to pass by without changing a thing?

If you haven’t put any thought into it, then do so now.

The fact is that you will age and change in 2013, and next year on 12-31-13 you will be slightly (or dramatically) different than you are today.

The cool thing about a New Year is that it gives us the opportunity to reflect over our life, to acknowledge where we are and where we want to be headed.

If you would like to be headed in the direction of improved health, lowered weight and increased strength, then here are 17 suggested changes for you to apply in 2013:

1) Exercise 2 more hours each week than you did in 2012.
2) Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
3) Drink less alcohol.
4) Sign up for one of my time-tested fitness programs.
5) Stop drinking and eating artificial sweeteners.
6) Use heavier dumbbells.
7) Eat less bread, or even eliminate gluten from your diet.
8) Train for a 5K, 10K or a marathon.
9) Eliminate corn syrup from your diet.
10) Exercise at least 4 times each week.
11) Eat healthy, simple dinners at home.
12) Do not eat fast food.
13) Drink less caffeine.
14) Eat more protein and fiber.
15) Drink water throughout your whole day.
16) Do not eat packaged snack foods.
17) Contact me for motivation and support.

Now come up with a few of your own. I know there are some ideas that popped into your mind while you were reading my list.

Take a minute to jot those down.

Step back and re-examine the list. Which of these changes are you going to make your own?

I certainly don’t expect you to make all of these changes – though the more you do, the greater your transformation will be.

Remember, like I mentioned above in #4 and #17, I’m here to offer you the instruction, support and motivation you need to make 2013 the year of your dramatic transformation.

Wishing you great health and happiness this year.

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Healthy Fast Food: Fact or Fiction?

Sounds too good to be true, right? Fast food that is healthy?

Fast food has a reputation for being high in trans fat, saturated fat, sodium, and calories, while having next to no healthy ingredients. For example, one loaded hamburger, fries, and pie contain more saturated fat than you should eat in two days.

However, things are changing. The past few years have seen many fast-food restaurants make a concerted effort to improve their menus. As a result, many restaurants now offer low-fat options and fresh ingredients. Choose wisely and you no longer have to sacrifice a healthy meal for the sake of convenience.

But to do this, you must be an informed customer, resist menu temptations, and make healthy choices when it comes to fast food. Finding a nutritious, cheap, convenient meal may be a challenge, but it can be done.

Beware!

…of menu lingo. Steer clear of meals labeled fried, breaded, basted, creamy, crispy, batter-dipped, au gratin, scalloped, or Alfredo. These dishes are usually high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and calories.

Instead, go for lean meat options that are broiled or grilled and fresh or steamed veggies. If needed, special order your food to be prepared in a healthier manner.

…of extras. A salad may seem like a low-fat option until you drown it in fried toppings, high-fat dressing, and cheese. A deli sandwich is a great choice until you add the mayo, spreads, and cheeses. The same goes for a baked potato. What about the butter, cheese, bacon, salt, and mountain of sour cream?

Simple, fresh ingredients are best. Ask for dressings and toppings on the side so you can monitor how much is added.

…of portion sizes. A single serving at many restaurants could feed an entire family. The average meal at a fast-food joint can contain more than 1,000 calories. Extra large options should be replaced with smaller portions or shared with family or friends. Don’t forget the calories contained in your drinks. Often overlooked, the calories in sodas and sweetened beverages add up quickly.

Try unsweetened iced tea or lemon water instead.

…of buffets! Even if you choose the salad bar, buffets set the stage for overeating. You may just want to eat your money’s worth, but chances are, you’ll eat more than you need.

After finishing your meal, wait at least 20 minutes before heading back for seconds. Your body needs time to tell your brain your stomach is full.

…of eating on the run. Isn’t this what fast food is all about? Unfortunately, when you’re in a hurry and aren’t thinking about what you’re eating, you tend to overeat and overindulge.

Slow down and chew slowly. Your food will digest easier and you’ll most likely eat less. Remember, it takes time for your brain to get the message that you’re satisfied. So chew well and give your brain the chance it needs.

Be Smart

Knowing is half the battle. The other half is making the right choices. Depending on your health condition, it may be OK to splurge every once it a while, but a habit of double-patty, greasy burgers and large fries every week will hurt your body.

Instead, choose a single-patty burger or a grilled chicken sandwich. In place of a milkshake, go for the yogurt parfait. Rather than French fries, opt for a baked potato or side salad. (Just be sure to choose smart toppings.)

Fast Food Shouldn’t Be the Norm

While there are healthier options available these days at fast-food joints, nothing is as fresh and nutritious as a home-cooked, low-fat meal. Save the fast-food meals for rare occasions when there’s no better option.

Remember that exercise is a huge part of the equation when it comes to achieving weight loss.

Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that will reshape your body in 2013.

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