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Lose 10 pounds in 8 days!

Posted by Angelica on January - 30 - 2012

Weight Loss Quote of the Day
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. – Carl Sandburg

 

Most of us dream of having the great lifestyle of healthy food, regular exercise and a beautiful body that gets us on our feet’s towards becoming that confident person who gets through any situation in life. Sometimes however, we tend to take a ‘break’ from the healthy us and just feel at ease indulging in some of the best things in life like great food, and indoor activity like sleeping or watching a favorite TV show. Before you know it, the weight piles up within weeks and you’re getting all panicky, and it usually leads to more stress and further cravings toward comfort food. Never to worry however, I found that the best way to lose weight is to kick start the diet with an extreme weight loss to give yourself a boost of confidence to get you back to the star body. This diet is the perfect 1week & a day diet that can get you to lose a whopping 10 pounds or more in a day. Get up on your feet, print out your diet plan and you’re on your way to break that routine of laziness.

 

The Great Cabbage Soup Diet!


The Miracle Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 large spring onions
  • 2 green peppers/bell pepper (cut in small long pieces)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 bunch of celery (diced)
  • 1 head of cabbage (cut it however you like)
  • 1 package soup stock (your choice of flavor- onion, chicken, beef..etc)
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Season with pepper, parsley, paprika powder, garlic powder, lime juice, etc.

Prepare a cooking pot with very little oil and sauté the onions for about 2 minutes. Add in the green peppers, carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes and add in about 3 glasses of water. When it starts to boil, add in the cabbage, tomato, and soup stock, salt and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Finally add the flavoring ingredients of your choice taste it and off the heat immediately. Once cool, store it in the refrigerator. As and when needed, reheat as much of cabbage soup preferred and you’re good for a fulfilling and low calorie meal whenever you feel hungry!

 

cabbage soup diet

 

The 8 Day Plan for a Long term change!

Day 1
 

*insert date here*

 


– Today is a preparation for the 7 days Cabbage Soup Diet 

– Go vegetarian for the day

– Stop the alcohol, coffee, butter, desserts etc.

– Throw away the breads, carbs, potato chips, etc. from your kitchen/fridge

– Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits & and lean meat(chicken/beef)

– At night, prepare your first portion of cabbage soup diet and refrigerate

Day 2
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fruit you want (with the exception of bananas, they are not allowed). Eat only the cabbage
soup and fruit for the first day. You may drink unsweetened tea, cranberry juice and water throughout the day.

Day 3
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Vegetables 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat green, leafy vegetables and avoid starchy vegetables. You may have a baked potato with butter with dinner. Do not eat fruit today.

Day 4
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit and Vegetables 

This is a combination of Days One and Two. You may eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. You may not have starchy vegetables at all (no potato today).

Day 5
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Bananas and Skim Milk 

Eat as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with up to eight bananas and as many glasses of skim milk as you desire.

Day 6
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef And Tomatoes 

Today you can have as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with 10-20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water today. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (the chicken must be skinless).

Day 7
 

*insert date here*

 

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef and Vegetables 

You may have as much beef and vegetables as you want today, along with as much of the cabbage
soup as you like. Stay away from starchy vegetables.

Day 8
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Brown Rice, Vegetables, and Unsweetened Fruit Juices
 

Eat as much of the above as you wish. Do not let yourself get hungry. Eat with as much cabbage
soup as you like.

 

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10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Hangover Cure

Posted by Angelica on September - 15 - 2011

Quote of the day

Grease is the only cure for a hangover. Cameron Diaz

 

TGIF. It’s the crazy night out with the girls, or buddies are getting together for some massive party session. You just want to get wasted after a long week. What about the post party syndrome now? The head is aching like some little goblins are hammering it inside, and the neck hurts for the slightest movement after the previous night head banging. I certainly wouldn’t want to go on about the feet, ankles & tummy etc..

 

Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine for a once in a while treat. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to various conditions such as heart & liver failure, high blood pressure, digestive disorder, stomach ulcer, brain damage, reduced fertility, and even death. Drink responsibly!

Liquor Types

Top Hangover Cure

  1. Lots & lots of Water! – This remedy starts as soon as you’re done drinking. Just before you hit the bed. Alcohol really dehydrates your body and it’s important to rehydrate back

    Lots & lots of Water!

     

  2. The big breakfast– try eggs, bacon, & toast. Eggs have been researched to have ‘cysteine’, which has detoxification properties on alcohol intake. Bacon is high in protein which helps the recovery of brain functioning, and carbohydrates in the toast will increase the sugar level while providing the energy you need to function

    The big breakfast

     

     

  3. Banana – this fruit is known for its high content of potassium & magnesium which are essential to be replaced as alcohol drains lots of vitamins and minerals from your body. The natural sugar or fructose in the banana helps to process the alcohol faster

    Banana

     

  4. Electrolyte drink – such as Gatorade or Coconut water will help treat the general loss of electrolytes & help to address the imbalance of potassium & sodium. It would also help in the rehydration process

    Coconut water

     

  5. Orange juice – helps with replacement of Vitamin C & potassium that is lost. Orange juice also takes away the alcohol feel from your mouth

    Orange juice

     

  6. Cheeseburger – this food will really boost your appetite to eat the morning after, plus it contains beef for the protein source, bread for instance energy & pickles to heighten your taste buds

    Cheeseburger

     

  7. Spicy soup or curry – the hotness of chili and other spices will help to incite your system and beat sluggishness. Try it with some carbohydrates such as pita bread or rice to give the instant energy boost

    Spicy soup or curry

     

  8. Vitamins – almost all types of vitamins are lost from alcohol consumption, thus its best to pop in a multivitamin pill the night before sleeping

    Vitamins - Pills for you

     

  9. Painkillers – if you’ve been mixing your drinks or downing up fast enough to give you an instant sting of joy to your head, you’re almost sure of the headache that is to follow. Aspirin works best but be sure to take it after food so it doesn’t hurt your stomach. To be taken the night before and morning after.

    Aspirin

     

  10. Sleep over it – rest is most important as the body needs time to clean up toxins. If you’re drinking on a workday late night, try taking some time-off to sleep through before going back to work

    Sleep over it

     

Tips to reduce health risk when drinking

  • Drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol as it slows alcohol absorption to the body. This way, you can make sure your intake is reasonable and you’ll not be over dehydrated
  • Fill your stomach before drinking to avoid gastrointestinal problems. Alcohol is a high acidity food that can damage your stomach lining
  • Stick to one type of drink. Mixing drinks increases your tendencies to drink more and having a worse hangover the morning after
  • Don’t drink when you’re on medications, antibiotics or other drugs. Alcohol is known to interact with other drugs and can cause serious health problems including death
  • Choose clear liquors such as vodka, gin or white wine over dark ones such as whiskey, brandy or rum. Clear liquors have less congeners(a toxic chemical)
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended to avoid risk of your drinks being spiked
  • To avoid your excess heat in your body, take a cold shower in the morning after your drinking session. This would also help you feel sober faster
  • Get a non-drinking friend to drive or take cab home. Do not think you’d be able to drive when you can’t even walk straight
  • Know your limits of drinking. Stop immediately or take lots of water when you feel you’re not in control of yourself anymore. Moderation is the key to everything

    Be hangover free

Fruit Butter

Posted by Angelica on August - 13 - 2011

Fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruits like apple, pears, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, plums, mangoes, banana or pumpkin cooked in a low heat to a paste, and lightly sweetened. This is a “kind to the body” substitute to butter, margarine or cream cheese, and tastes awesome. It is created by slow-cooking fruits and then putting the mixture through a sieve or blending it to reach the right consistency. When done well, it has the same texture as butter with a different flavor. This is different from jams/ jelly’s as the ingredients do not incorporate any thickening or preservative agents.

Fruit Basket

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh fruits of your choice Fruit Butter YellowFruit Butter Red
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey/ maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of citrus zest (orange or lemon)
  • 5 tbsp of lemon or orange juice
  • Very little pinch of salt

 

Directions

  1. Combine fruit, water, sugar, salt & honey/syrup in a stove, slow cooker or oven. Add citrus zest and juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, mashing the fruit and stirring occasionally. It would take about 20 minutes to more than an hour to become very thick depending on the type of fruits you use.
  2. Do a taste test to see if sugar is sufficient. You could add more sugar towards the end of the cooking process. Always start with less sugar. Some fruits are loaded with natural sugar.
  3. To see if it has cooked to perfection, put a spoonful of fruit butter on a plate. If no liquid seeps from the edges, it’s done. Return to a simmer to thicken more if necessary. If you need it to be smoother, puree in a food processor or blender, strain, and let it simmer again for a few minutes before taking our for storing.
  4. Store the butter in nice clean jars with lids. Let it cool at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

 

*Tips:

  1. Play with the texture of the fruit butter based on the type of fruits you use. For fruits like apples, pineapples, pears, & pumpkin, you could remove the skin to get a smoother texture. For fruits with seeds like grapes, berries & kiwis, use strainer upon cooking to remove the fine seeds. In the middle of cooking, you can remove the mixture and blend it with a blender or food processor until you’re comfortable with the consistency. Try to opt for a mixture which is perfect as a spread.
  2. If you would like a creamier taste for fruits like mangoes, pumpkins, pears, or bananas, minimize or do not use the citrus zest or juice to decrease the acidic taste.
  3. Be creative and add your preferred flavors into your fruit butter. Most commonly added are spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or flavors like vanilla, almond or coconut extract. Blending your fruit butter with yogurt will boost up the Probiotics properties.
  4. You could also use dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates to make your butter.
  5. Mix and match your favorite fruits and flavors to get a wonderful homemade fruit butter!

 

The various great ways to enjoy your fruit butters!

Various great ways to enjoy your fruit butter

  

3 Zest Salsa

Posted by Angelica on August - 5 - 2011

This recipe was discovered by accident when I was trying to come up with a Sunday salad preparation. Turns out, everyone, including me, thought it was incredible I’ve decided to share it. The 3 Zest Salsa is perfect for anyone who wants an instant refreshing zest in your mouth. It’s colorful, revitalizing, taste great and is healthy. Enjoy! Bon Appétit…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 big tomatoes (diced small)

  • Half a pineapple (diced small)

    3 Zest Salsa

  • 1 cucumber (diced small)

  • 15 grapes – Quartered and seed removed

  • 8 mint leaves grated (finely Chopped)

  • Half a red onion (finely Chopped)

  • 3 small green chillies(finely Chopped)

  • 2 tsp of brown sugar

  • 1 lemon – juiced with seeds removed

  • ½ tsp salt

  • A pinch of pepper

 

Directions

  1. Put all the diced & chopped ingredients together in a bowl

  2. Mix in the brown sugar, lemon juice, salt & pepper

  3. Cool in refrigerator and serve chill

 

*Tips: The secret ingredient in this recipe is the mint leaves. It gives a refreshing burst to the salsa and enhances the flavor. This is a great & low calorie TV snack to be served with corn chips/nachos or tortilla bread & cheese.

corn chips/nachos tortilla cheese

 

Mashed Potato with Goat Cheese & Chives

Posted by Angelica on July - 21 - 2011

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoesMashed Potato with Chives
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 5 dices of good butter
  • 5 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ cup of goat cheese
  • A handful of chives – chopped finely

 

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes in a closed lid saucepan for about 3mins, reduce heat & simmer for another 15mins. Test with a fork by piercing through the potatoes to see if it’s cooked.
  2. Drain water from potatoes till it’s dry; place them in a large bowl. In a small bowl, melt butter until browned and add this to the potatoes.
  3. Add in pepper, salt, & milk and start mashing (top, down motion) with a big fork.
  4. When satisfied with the texture of the mash, add in goat cheese & chives, stirring gently for consistency.
  5. Use shrink wraps to cover the bowl until ready to serve. This will retain the moisture for a long time.

 

 

Tips for great textured mashed potatoes:

  1. Mashing should always be with a fork, top, down motion. Avoid blending or food processor as you’ll end up with a gluey texture.
  2. For great texture, the boiled potatoes need to be dried out before mashing. One way for this is to let the drained potatoes sit in the dry pan till all the water is absolutely absorbed in heat.

 

Tips for leftover mashed potatoes:

  1. Leftover mashed potatoes can be made into “potato patties” by coating them with bread crumbs and frying in a non-stick pan with butter.
  2. Extra mashed potatoes can also be used in stews/soups as a thickening agent.

 

 


Color your plate

Posted by Angelica on July - 12 - 2011

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

– Jim Davis

Eat a rainbow of Vegetables & Fruits

If you thought that green cabbages & purple cabbages were the same with differences only in price, you’ll probably need to think again & change your mindset completely. The vegetables & fruits you eat everyday apparently has got nothing to which family it belongs to but of the colors they are!

It has been researched and proven that vegetables & fruits of different colors have different kind of nutrients that help to protect the body against illness.

This is going to make your groceries shopping adventure more exciting that you thought it is…. J

 

Red Group
 

Antioxidants & reduce cancer risk,

Yellow/Orange

Reduce Heart Disease, cancer, good for eyes, improve immune. High in Vitamin A, C, B & folate, and beta carotene

Green

Contains chlorophyll, prevents cancer, prevent cataract/blindness in old age, reduce risk of birth defect. Rich in Vitamins

Blue/Purple

Antioxidants, protects cell from damages, reduce cancer, stroke & heart disease. Improve memory & age healthy

White/Beige

Health Promoting Chemicals, lower cholesterol & blood pressure. Reduce risk of stomach cancer. Good source of mineral & potassium

Red apples

Yellow apples

Green apples

Blackberries

Bananas

Beets

Apricots

Artichokes

Blueberries

Cauliflower

Red cabbage

Butternut squash

Asparagus

Eggplant

Garlic

Cherries

Cantaloupe

Avocados

Figs

Ginger

Cranberries

Carrots

Green beans

Juneberries

Jicamas

Pink grapefruit

Grapefruit

Broccoli

Plums

Mushrooms

Red grapes

Lemons

Brussels sprouts

Prunes

Onions

Red peppers

Mangoes

Green cabbage

Purple grapes

Parsnips

Pomegranates

Nectarines

Cucumbers

Raisins

Potatoes

Red potatoes

Oranges

Green grapes

Purple Cabbage

Turnips

Radishes

Papayas

Honeydew melon

Blackcurrants

White Peach

Raspberries

Peaches

Kiwi

Purple Figs

Pears

Rhubarb

Pears

Lettuce

Elderberries

Rambutans

Strawberries

Yellow peppers

Limes

Black Olives

Lychees

Tomatoes (best when cooked)

Persimmons

Green onions

Purple Potatoes

Watermelon

Pineapple

Peas

Purple Asparagus

Red Onions

Pumpkin

Green pepper

Purple Yam

Blood Oranges

Rutabagas

Spinach

Mangosteen

Yellow winter squash

Zucchini

Pink Dragon Fruit

Sweet corn

Green Peas

Red Plums

Sweet potatoes

Leeks

Nectarines

Tangerines

Okra

Yellow tomatoes

Butterhead

Yellow watermelon

Long Bean

 

 

 

RED VEGETABLES & FRUITS

Red Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YELLOW/ORANGE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

Yellow / Orange Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN VEGETABLES & FRUITS

Green VegetablesGreen Vegetables

BLUE/PURPLE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

Blue / Purple Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE/BEIGE VEGETABLES &

FRUITS

White / Beige Vegetable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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