November 5, 2015
Want a dessert that will make your mouth water and keep you healthy at the same time? You’re in the right place! Apples are an awesome fruit – they make your teeth whiter, they reduce cholesterol and they full of fibre. Cinnamon, on the other hand, is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Put them together and you get a lovely, delicious dessert you can eat without feeling any guilt:
You will need:
1 apple (make it sweet, not sour)
½ tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
Small Glass Bowl
Plastic Wrap or Lid for the Bowl
Got it? Let’s make dessert!
Peel the apple, then cut it into wedges. You can cut the wedges in half if you like them better that way.
Put the coconut oil in the small bowl and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds until it’s melted.
Place apples and all other ingredients into the glass bowl. Mix it around to get the oil and spices on all the apples.
Place the lid or plastic wrap on the top of the bowl. Leave a small vent open for steam to escape.
Microwave on HIGH for 2 and a half minutes.
Be very careful removing the bowl from the microwave. It will be extremely hot and there will be steam.
Stir everything, and that’s it! Enjoy your healthy, delicious dessert!
November 4, 2015
When it comes to losing weight and/or keeping fit, the math is pretty simple. You need to exercise more and eat less (calories). Creating a caloric deficit is the way to go, but that is easier said than done, especially when you start thinking about dessert. We’re not saying exercise isn’t important – what we are saying is you can burn up to 500 calories a day just by doing these things:
We’re serious. People who fidget burn around 350 more calories than those who are still all day. This includes tapping your foot, walking around while you’re on the phone and of course – taking the stairs.
Don’t eat in front of the TV
You’ll eat up to 288 calories more, research says. Eat at the table and you’ll ingest less calories. Oh, and one more thing – trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that’s 527 calories burned with practically no effort.
Eat from a smaller plate
The bigger the plate, the bigger the serving, so if you eat from a smaller plate, you will eat 20 to 25% less. That alone should save up to 500 calories. Oh, and you won’t feel any less full.
Get more sleep
Wait, what? It’s true – if you’re not getting enough sleep, you might end up eating more. If you do get enough sleep, you can save about 1,087 calories.
Skip the soda
Here we go again with the simple math – a 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you drink two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories. You know what also quenches your thirst and has no calories? Water. Drink that.
October 31, 2015
Pumpkin season is here! Most of us see a pumpkin and think of all the fun ways we’d carve it, but the pumpkin is so much more than just a carving canvas. Did you know a cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A? Talk about good eyesight! There’s more – pumpkin seeds keep your heart healthy and they work as a great mood booster, but that’s not our favorite pumpkin fact. Our favorite pumpkin fact is this: Pumpkins help you lose weight! With three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.
You want some pumpkins now, don’t you? Don’t worry, we got you covered with this wonderfully delicious, guilt-free recipe for pumpkin muffins.
You will need:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
Got it? Let’s bake!
The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 375. While the oven is heating up, coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
Place 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds in the bowl of a food processor with a metal blade or in a blender. Process until ground into powder. Add the raisins. Pulse several times until the raisins are chopped, then transfer to a large bowl.
Add the pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, then mix with a fork. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, syrup, eggs and oil. Beat the mixture until smooth.
Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup of the pumpkin seeds. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups and scatter the remaining 1/4 cup seeds on top.
Oven time! Bake for 20 minutes and you’re done!