Top Five Healthy Lunches For the Office at Home Or For Weight Loss

Lunch is a difficult meal for many people trying to lose weight. It’s tempting to go to a shop near the office and grab something there, but often this is no good for the waist or the wallet! Alternatively, you may choose to bring something in from home – and the most obvious choice is a sandwich. However, given that one should try to restrict the amount of carbs one eats in a day, a sandwich may not be the best choice.

So, here’s some suggestions for some sandwich-free lunches.

  1. Fruit

This may not be many people’s first choice for a filling, satisfying lunch but it is worth doing every now and again particularly if you know you’ve got a carb-rich dinner that night. A fruit salad is healthy, delicious and makes you feel great for being so healthy!

  1. Home Made Soup

Great for the winter! When you make soup for dinner, just make a little bit more so that you have some left over for lunch the next day. You can either heat it up in the microwave, or take a flask to the office. It may look nerdy, but your waistline will thank you for it! Continue reading “Top Five Healthy Lunches For the Office at Home Or For Weight Loss”

Chocolate is Healthy Too!

Let’s sing the praises of chocolate! Dark, creamy, sweet and bitter – a little chocolate makes everything better. As far as “treats” go, you could do far worse.

Chocolate in the many forms we know and love is derived from the pods of the cacao tree. Ripe pods boast 20 to 50 beans each, which are then fermented to reduce bitterness. After cleaning and roasting, the shells are cracked to reveal the “nibs” found within. These are usually ground into an oily paste and blended according to manufacturer’s needs.

The potential health benefits of chocolate are many. Most importantly, cacao is a great source of magnesium. That’s one of the reasons some women crave chocolate during menstruation, when they’re low in that mineral. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and is associated with feelings of happiness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nail and hair and clear skin. It also detoxifies the liver and supports healthy pancreatic function. Perhaps best of all, cacao also contains the chemicals phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that we create naturally when we’re in love. It also plays a role in feeling focused and alert. Anandamide is also known as the “bliss” chemical, because we release it when we feel great. Chocolate really does make us happy! Continue reading “Chocolate is Healthy Too!”

Vegetarian Pastitsio Recipe

vegetable cooking spray
12oz Morningstar Farms Recipe Crumbles or similar product
1cup chopped onion 8oztomato paste
1/3cupwater up to 1/2 cup
Salt and pepper to taste
1cup elbow macaroni
6tbl grated Parmesan cheese divided
1/2tsp cinnamon or more to taste
1/4tsp nutmeg optional
12oz evaporated skim milk 1 can
4tsp light butter or margarine
2x eggs lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9″ x 7″ or similar deep 11 cup casserole dish with vegetable cooking spray. Put a pot of water up to boil.

Spray a 9″ or 10″ nonstick skillet with vegetable cooking spray. Saute onion for 1 or 2 minutes; add the vegetable protein crumbles and saute for another 5 minutes or so. Add the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper and some nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions for the minimum amount of time to become just barely al dente. Drain under cold running water to stop cooking, then drain again. Return to pasta cooking pot and toss with 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 or 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of the macaroni evenly in the bottom of the casserole. Spread the vegetable protein crumbles over the macaroni layer. Sprinkle with just a touch more cinnamon and 1 or 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan. Cover with the remaining macaroni.

In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly. In a small saucepan, heat the evaporated skim milk with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Whisk half of the warm milk/butter mixture into the eggs, then return the eggs mixture to the saucepan and whisk with the rest of the milk.

Pour the milk/butter/egg mixture evenly over the entire casserole; it will not lay on top but will sink down – this is just fine. Dust the top of the casserole evenly with the remaining 1 – 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan.

Bake the casserole for 1 hour, or until egg mixture is set and top is crusty and golden. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 – 15 minutes before serving.

Note: I used regular, not fat-free, parmesan; Land O’Lakes light butter; Morningstar Farms brand vegetable protein crumbles (which, by the way, I thought were much much much better than the Green Giant Harvest Burgers for Recipes kind).

This recipe was great and not too much of a hassle to make, not even on a weeknight. I will definitely make it again; can see it becoming a family standard. It is also something I would make for company – vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

I must say that with a big old mound of spinach and some French bread with roasted red peppers, this made quite a filling and satisfying feast. And it was a lot more food for not many more calories than a Lean Cuisine or similar type frozen entree.

NOTES : Serve with French bread and steamed spinach.

I found the original recipe in Sue Spitler’s 1001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes_. But I made a few changes, both in ingredients and in preparation. Mostly, I wanted to make the casserole in a smaller, deeper pan so make it thicker, and once I did that I figured I could get by with less of the custardy topping.

I was very pleased with the results, and the whole family enjoyed it. I am posting both the original recipe and my adaptation here.

Chicken and Rice – Easy, Healthy, AND Gourmet?

Preferably, it’s a heck of a lot easier to use an electric frying pan. This way you can make your sauce. Add about 2 Tbls. of extra light virgin olive oil into your pan. Take two nice size garlic cloves, peel them, smack them with a knife, chop them up and put them in your pan. Slice up some red onion (about 3 inches long and a half inch thick). Quarter a handful of mushrooms and sauté them on low along with the onion and garlic. This is a great meal with a yummy Pinot Grigio so I’ll pour myself a glass and use about a quarter cup of it to throw into the sauté. Let that reduce a little and stir it around a few times. Next, add about 2 or 3 Tbls. of Balsamic Vinegar (I like Colavita because it’s a little sweeter), stir and cover. Onto the next station!

Now, rinse off the boneless, skinless chicken breasts, removing all of the fat. I used 3 7 oz. breasts. Turn up the pan to about 300 and sear the breasts tenderloin side down first. After about a minute and a half, turn the chicken over and repeat the sear. Turn down the pan to about 200 and add two cups of water. Once the liquid begins to boil again, add a teaspoon and a ½ of low sodium, plain chicken broth paste. Stir it around so it dissolves properly. Add about a quarter size amount of Thyme on top of the chicken along with some fresh ground pepper. Startin’ to sound good yet? Now, you just let it go! Onto the next station!

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Eating The Right Foods – How To Do A Low Calorie Diet

For anyone that is looking to lose weight and seeking information on ‘how to do a low calorie diet’, one of the most essential qualifications for doing so is to eat less. No matter what type of diet you may be on, it will be necessary for you to pay attention to the foods that you are eating and the quantities of them, too. That means spending a few minutes looking fort he right food. That food is the food that offers the lowest calories possible but still packs a nutritional punch to it. If you can secure this type of diet, you will find rewards happening each day in dropped pounds.

Consider Fiber And Protein

One of the best ways for you to get that full feeling without filling up on lots of food is to consume foods that are rich in good fiber and lean proteins. Now, you’ve heard all about low carb diets and those are anything but the best choice for you. Unfortunately, you’ll need to invest a few minutes in finding out what carbs are good carbs and which are the right ones. The fact is that you can’t just cut them out. If you do, you’ll end up having to restrict yourself for the rest of your life. Instead, consider a low calorie diet solution. Continue reading “Eating The Right Foods – How To Do A Low Calorie Diet”

Why Eggs Are the Perfect Food

Bioengineered Eggs vs. Organic Eggs

Yes, it is true that Cholesterol is in the egg yolk. And also it is the true that Cholesterol is naturally occurring in our brain. In fact, we need Cholesterol for normal brain functioning…

Plus, your liver makes 95% of your Cholesterol supplying all your body needs. Not only that, Cholesterol content in eggs is just as natural as protein and vitamins.

Imagine you have ALL nutrients necessary to initiate a new life in one small egg… Human eggs or animal eggs… all eggs are priceless nutrition source.

BUT…

Brain washing against eggs is so intense, that we keep forgetting how perfect ORGANIC eggs are… Well guess what… even more perfect are the fertile eggs. Continue reading “Why Eggs Are the Perfect Food”

How Do You Use a French Press?

Is it even possible nowadays to have an absolutely best tasting, most full flavored coffee without traveling to South America? It is! And all the big coffee house know it too. That is why they are selling the ever gaining popular French Press. Now at first glance it looks like something great-granny on the wagon train might have had to make coffee. Well, except it now comes in stainless steel and slick black rubber. But the French Press is actually quite new. Yes, the Europeans had it before us, but even at that it is still considered a newer gadget in the kitchen.

The French Press, even for coffee lovers is a little intimidating to say the least. I mean, it consists of a glass beaker, and a plunger. Where is the plug in? Well, there is none. Meet the newest, non electric, coffee maker. Promising to give you the best cup of coffee available and right in the quietness of your own house. So how does it work?

First off – put on some water to boil. Why that is going, run the glass part of the French press under warm water to warm the glass. This will keep the heat in the press and will not cool down the water you put in. Continue reading “How Do You Use a French Press?”