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Ham Sham Spud Casserole
2 pounds frozen or fresh cauliflower
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
~2 cups of diced ham
2-4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
a couple shakes of pepper
Cook the cauliflower and drain well. Chop it up a little bit. Grease a 9x12 casserole dish. Mix 1/2 the cheese, softened cream cheese, and the heavy cream in the dish. Mix in the ham and then the cauliflower. Cover with the remaining cheese and bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes. We *LOVE* cheese so we used 4 cups, but you can easily cut it back to 2 cups. The recipes is very similar to the Mockafoni & Cheese recipe I posted but it tastes so different! YUMMY!
“Wait,” you may say, “I thought grains and carbs were what make people gain weight.” Truth is, whole grains are both an excellent source of nutrition and a great way to lose weight. Whole grains can be anything from wheat to oatmeal to brown rice. These whole grains have vital elements that help burn fat and keep you healthy and trim.
What makes whole grains “whole”?
The main difference between whole grains and refined grains is that
whole grains still have the bran and germ intact. The bran is the
grain’s husk that is usually removed in the milling process. The germ is
a concentrated part of the grain that is rich in nutrients, though it
is also often removed in the milling process. The bran and germ are both
nutrient-rich resources that remain intact in whole grains. This means
that you get more of the good stuff and less filler.
Whole Grains Burn Fat
First off, whole grains are inherently low in fat content. This means
that eating whole grains (instead of refined grains) will already lower
the amount of fat consumed. This is essential in a weight loss program
focused on burning fat. The nutrients in the whole grains will also play
a vital role in keeping your body in optimum health.
Another great thing about whole grains is they are full of complex
carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are great in the fat burning
process for multiple reasons. They break down slower that simple
carbohydrates found in refined grains, which helps keep your blood sugar
level and keeps your body working like it’s supposed to. They also are a
significant part of your body’s energy sources. Fueling your body with
“premium fuel” (i.e. whole grains) will help your body burn fat better.
Whether it’s some protein with some brown rice or a healthy sandwich
made on whole wheat bread, whole grains will help you burn fat, stay
slim, and make you feel better than ever.
4 Tips To Help You Keep The Weight Off This Holiday Season
1. Become a water drinker
As annoying as it may seem, taking a bottle of water with you wherever you go will be great for your waistline. Carrying water is much better for your weight and your health than munching on snacks or drinking soda or coffee. It’s easy to give in to temptation when you’re walking through the mall doing your holiday shopping. The smell of the goodies surely does not help. If you sip water throughout the day, you will not feel as hungry and easily give in to temptation. If you drink a glass of water before each meal, you will consume less calories. Water seems so simple a solution, but it really works.
2. Make exercise a priority
Everyone is busy, but that’s not an excuse to avoid being active. It might be harder to fit in during the holiday months, but you’ll be glad you did when you’re not trying to lose 15 pounds weeks before summer arrives. Take the stairs instead of the elevator every chance you get. Don’t worry if you’re carrying bags. The extra weight you carry up the stairs will add to your workout. You can fit lifting weights, sit-ups, and push-ups into commercial breaks when you’re watching TV. You might not be able to squeeze in hour long sessions at the gym 3 times a week, but you can keep fit by doing small bits of exercise whenever you can.
3. Fill up on fruits and veggies
You’ll find a fruit or veggie tray at most holiday parties. Before you eat anything else, fill up on fruits and veggies. You don’t have to avoid the delicious holiday treats altogether, but eating fruits and veggies first will help you to eat less of the high-calorie items. If you feel hungry again as the evening goes on, head for the veggie tray again and fill up.
4. Portion, portion, portion
You are going to be faced with many treats and temptations during the holiday season. You want to enjoy them all, but you don’t want to pack on the pounds. You need to have a plan for enjoying the goodies without going overboard. Decide that you will only enjoy a small amount of each treat. If you already know you don’t like something, pass on it. Don’t feel obligated to eat everything in multiples. Don’t feel the pressure to eat a lot. If you’re having a meal with someone who keeps telling you to eat more, don’t fill your plate each time. You know you’ll be getting more anyway, so you don’t need to fill your plate with piles of food. Eating very slowly will also make a huge difference in the amount of food you eat. The slower you eat the less time you’ll have to eat a lot.
Monday, September 16, 2013
If you are counting carbs or at least paying attention to the amount and type of carbs you eat, it can help to have a list of good carbs and bad carbs. Plans like as the Atkins Diet have popularized the idea that there are good carbs and bad carbs and that bad carbs need to be avoided and good carbs consumed in moderation. According to the harvard school of public health some carbs promote health, while others, if eaten too frequently or in quantities that are too large, can lead to many health problems.
Understanding the List of Good Carbs and Bad Carbs
According to Healthline.com, between 45 and 60 percent of the calories a person consumes each day should come from carbohydrates. However, that doesn't mean that the carbs you'll find in candy, cookies and other highly processed foods are the same as those in vegetables and whole grains. That's where the idea of a list of good carbs and bad carbs comes from.
If you had to make a list of carbs that you should eat more of versus carbs you should avoid, it basically breaks down into simple carbs being "bad" and complex carbs being "good." Complex and simple are terms that deal with how food is broken down into energy (sugar) in the body.
Complex carbs are the ones that give your body the best fuel. They are usually found in foods high in fiber, which break down more slowly, giving you a steady blood sugar level through the day and making you feel less hungry and irritable when mid-afternoon rolls around.
- Fresh fruit, ideally those with a low glycemic Index like apricots, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Whole grains and foods made from whole grains, such as certain types of bread and cereal
- Dairy products that are not sweetened with sugar, such as yogurt, sour cream, cheese and milk
Your body quickly breaks down simple carbs, giving your blood sugar a spike and sending you running back to the kitchen or snack machine within hours of your last fix. Unless you're an athlete or need a sudden rush of energy for some reason, it's usually best to avoid these carbs in your daily diet:
Weight Loss with Cinnamon and Honey
The recipe for this allegedly miraculous weight loss aid is very simple. You can make it in minutes and store it in the refrigerator for one day, or until needed. Mix up one batch each morning before breakfast.
Try using different types and flavors of local honey as well as different types of cinnamon until you get the results you desire or to change the flavor and palatability of the drink.
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of water
- Combine the cinnamon and honey with the water in a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Filter the liquid into a cup and divide into two half-cup quantities.
- Consume one half an hour before breakfast and the second half an hour before going to sleep at night.
Keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Some proponents recommend adding raw honey after the water has boiled to retain nutrients and thus the benefits.
- By following this regimen, it is suggested that a dieter may easily lose three to five pounds within one week without changing anything else within his or her diet. Differences in results may be due to the cinnamon used. There are three types of cinnamon available in stores: Ceylon cinnamon, Indonesian cinnamon, and Cassia cinnamon.
- Keep in mind that while Cassia is sold as a cinnamon, it is not actually the same spice and may, therefore, produce different results.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Conscious Dessert Lover,Enjoying a delicious dessert at the end of a great meal is one of life’s sweetest pleasures.
Moist vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream… warm pumpkin pie… crème brulée… carrot cake with cream cheese frosting… fresh brownies…Or just imagine the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from your kitchen…
Just thinking about these decadent creations makes your mouth water and few of us have the willpower to resist.
But we often feel guilty for indulging in sweet treats. After all, most desserts are filled with sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, and they pack more calories than the meal itself!
Too many “sweet treats” like this will not only make you fat… it could ruin your health!
But what if you could…
- Relax with a piece of New York cheesecake topped with raspberry sauce
- Satisfy your cravings with a warm slice of cinnamon apple crisp, or
- Enjoy chocolate rum balls and rich chocolate brownies…
And what if these desserts were not only irresistibly delicious, but good for you too?
If you keep an eye on your health, but you still love to indulge in decadent desserts, you’ll be glad to know that… You have your cake and be well too!
You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Your Health
For the longest time, there have been very few truly healthy dessert
options. In fact, most so-called “healthy” desserts, which you might
find in the store, are anything but.
To Enjoy Dessert (As Often as You Like!)
Those labeled “low fat” are packed with sugar. And while the “low carb” options might have less sugar, they use chemical-laden, artificial sweeteners which taste awful… and are even WORSE for your health!
And for those of us who enjoy baking at home, the options were just as limited. There were simply no recipes or guidebooks for creating divinely delicious desserts with all-natural, low glycemic ingredients.
But those days are gone…
You no longer have to choose between your health and the pleasure of decadent sweets!
It’s Time to Put Dessert Back on the Menu – Guilt Free!Thanks to the latest in nutritional science, it can be downright easy to create desserts that are so sinfully moist, sweet and delicious… you’ll swear they’re bad for you.
But you can feel good about making and enjoying these sweet treats. Because not only do they come without the sugar, carbs and consequences you wish to avoid… but they have health benefits to boot!
And that’s not all…
You can also enjoy the toasty, fluffy and flaky goodness of breads… crackers… pizza crust… biscuits… bagels and more… without the carbs and health-harming effects of grains!
In just a moment, I’ll show you just how easy (and delicious!) it can be.
Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself…My name is Kelley Herring.
I’m the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet, the world’s leading provider of organic, sustainable recipes and meal plans for health and weight loss.
I am also the Editor-in-Chief of a four-book series published by McGraw-Hill including: Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.
For more than 10 years, Healing Gourmet has provided life-saving education to our readers about the benefits of a natural diet… and the proven power of foods and nutrients to promote health and protect against disease.
We’ve helped thousands of people to dramatically improve their health and reach their optimal weight by simply following an all-natural, low-glycemic diet.
And we have received hundreds of positive testimonials like this one from Deborah in Scottsdale, AZ who says:
“I am so grateful for the information and healthy recipes provided by Healing Gourmet. You have been very helpful for me in making healthy choices. My blood pressure is now under control, my joints don’t ache anymore, I have more energy, and I can tolerate hot weather with less discomfort. Best of all, I have lost about 50 pounds!”However, until just a few years ago, there were very few “good-for-you” desserts that we could recommend to someone who is conscious of their body and their health.
So Healing Gourmet set out on a mission…
Our goal was to create divinely delicious dessert recipes, made with natural ingredients that you could enjoy without a moment’s guilt.
These desserts had to be truly healthy.
And we refused to settle for anything less than extraordinary taste.
I’m thrilled to announce that we succeeded on both counts!
So, how did we do it?
Sweet Science: Using “Metabolic Power Ingredients”
We began our mission by collecting dozens of the most decadent dessert recipes we could find, including all the favorites… from brownies to pumpkin pie… carrot cake, custards and soufflés… ice cream… cookies, macaroons and more!
To Create the World’s Healthiest Desserts!
The first step was to remove every ingredient from these recipes that was unnatural or refined, as well as anything that would spike your blood sugar or cause your body to store fat.
Then we substituted these items with proteins, healthy fats and fiber.
These “metabolic power ingredients” help to keep your blood sugar stable. They promote the feeling of fullness. And they even stoke your body’s fat-burning furnace!
And for the last several years, we have been firing up the ovens in our test kitchen, testing dozens of these all-natural ingredients in over 50 different dessert recipes.
We constantly tweaked the ingredients and proportions until we had replaced the sugar and flour in these classic desserts. We gave each one a total health makeover, while keeping all the moisture, taste and decadent sweetness!
And now Healing Gourmet has taken everything we’ve learned and put it together in one simple guide. Please allow me to introduce…
imagine biting into a luxuriously rich, sweet chocolate cake that
(serving for serving) provides more fiber than whole grain cereal, more
protein than chicken, less sugar than an apple and fewer calories than a
serving of yogurt.
Your Guide to Better Baking
Featuring 50 All-Natural, Fail-Proof,
Gluten Free & Low-Glycemic Desserts!
Or how would you like to promote lean, sexy muscle growth… as you snack on a Lemon-Ricotta Soufflé (with 10 grams protein and only 1 gram of sugar!)
Well, now you can…
Inside Guilt-Free Desserts, you will find 50 of the most sumptuous dessert recipes that won’t pack on the pounds or spike your blood sugar!
You’ll learn how to make everything from spicy Gingerbread Cookies to moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes… classic Chocolate Soufflé… Cherry Almond Tarts… and even Crème Brûlée.
You’ll also find all the traditional favorites like Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust, Fall-Spiced Custard, Apple Streusel and Chocolate Chip Cookies.
And each one is so perfectly delectable that…
Your Friends & Family Will be Amazed when They Learn
Here is just a small sample of the desserts you can easily create in just minutes with your copy of Guilt-Free Desserts…
Just How Good-For-You these Desserts Can Be!
Or how about these gourmet delights…
And of course, each recipe also comes with time-saving tips, nutritional information and your estimated preparation time.
You will be delighted by just how delicious and healthy these recipes can be and how easy they are to make, but…
Guilt-Free Desserts is a Lot More than a Recipe Book!
Not only will you have 50 new dessert recipes, you’ll also have all the information you need to makeover your favorite family desserts… with just a few simple substitutions.
Guilt-Free Desserts includes everything you need to know about the latest baking ingredients and how to use these inexpensive and readily-available products in your own kitchen.
And the substitutes we’re talking about are not the fake, rearranged molecules of the Atkins era… On the contrary!
These “functional ingredients” come straight from Mother Nature’s Pantry and they provide numerous health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
The first thing you’ll learn is how to use the latest natural sweeteners to achieve the “sugary” results you desire…with none of the guilt!
doesn’t just add sweetness. It can also add bulk and moisture. It helps
caramelize desserts. And it can also provide a crisp texture or crunch
The Perfect Combination of Natural Sweeteners!
Until recently, replacing these qualities in your dessert recipes has been all but impossible.
But we’ve found the perfect formula for sweet synergy – a combination of natural ingredients that’s almost a perfect match for the taste and sweetness of sugar, without the calories or the impact on insulin.
But sugar is not the only ingredient that can impact your blood sugar…
Many bakers choose “whole grains” over refined white flours, but all grain-based flours score high on the glycemic index. So, if you want to avoid that “muffin top” then stay away from grains!
Better for Blood Sugar & Gluten Free Too!
And grains also contain gluten – an allergenic protein that causes health issues for many people.
That’s why Guilt-Free Desserts features 11 different gluten-free, low-glycemic flours that lend buttery richness and feel-good flavor to everything from fluffy pancakes to crispy cookies… with none of the allergens or fat-storing carbs.
And once we’ve covered the covered the sweetness and structure aspects of baking… it’s time to tackle fats.
"Cake & Cookie Decorating
Just Got A Whole Lot Easier!"
Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Does this sound like you? You practically have icing bag in hand when you suddenly find yourself with some cake decorating challenge that requires some expert advice.
You start flipping through that dusty collection of cake decorating books sitting on your shelf, but the answers you need aren't close at hand.
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At this point you're probably feeling the same stress and frustration shared by countless other cake and cookie decorators, both beginner and professional.
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That's what we always wanted in a cake and cookie decorating website.For the past two years, we have been answering questions from cake and cookie decorators who couldn't seem to find the answers they needed anywhere else.
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