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Ham Sham Spud Casserole

ham cauliflower low carb

Ham Sham Spud Casserole

When I had a lot of ham leftover from Easter I was searching for a low carb recipe that I could use it in. I came across this Creamy Ham & "Potato" recipe from (my favorite) Linda's Low Carb site. I adjusted the recipe a little bit. 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 350ยบ 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!

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Burning Fat with Whole Grain

Burning Fat with Whole Grain

Whole grains

“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.

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4 Tips To Help You Keep The Weight Off This Holiday Season

4 Tips To Help You Keep The Weight Off This Holiday Season

4 Tips To Help You Keep The Weight Off This Holiday Season

4 Tips To Help You Keep The Weight Off This Holiday Season

Eating tips
Autumn and winter are big seasons for holidays. It starts with Halloween and doesn’t seem to end until Easter. In addition to the holidays you might have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate. All of the rich foods can really add up. Then spring arrives and it’s time to try to get back into shape. Instead of repeating this cycle year after year, create new habits and stay fit and healthy all year long.

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.

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