Creative Cooking Ideas – Video Recipes

creative-cooking-logoLooking for some new creative meal ideas to try your bacon-cheeseburger-piehands on at home? Check out a few of these mouth watering video recipes. Some of these may not be the best choice for those of you looking to shed a few pounds. Nor are any of these gonna win any healthy food choice awards – BUT sometimes you just have to some good old-fashion homemade comfort food…… with a little bit of a modern twist. Enjoy the collection of short videos below. I’ll be adding a few new ones from time to time.

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

  • Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

  • Cheesy Taco Sticks

  • Chicken & Biscuits Bake

  • French Dip Sliders

  • Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

  • Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta

  • Mexican Lasagna

  • Pulled Pork Oven Recipe

  • Quesadillas 4 Ways

  • Seven-Layer Dip Cups

  • Shepherd’s Pie

  • Shrimp Egg Roll Recipe – Easy Chinese Recipe

  • Slow Cooker Honey Pork Roast

  • Veggie-Stuffed Steak Rolls

  • Zucchini Lattice Lasagna

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MAIN DISH BONUS RECIPES:

Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp are coated in the most amazing sticky honey garlic butter soy sauce.  This is a quick 20 minute meal that you will make again and again! 

The Recipe Critic

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Baked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon

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A five star salmon baked with the best homemade sesame teriyaki sauce. This is easily one of the best things that you will eat!

The Recipe Critic

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Creamy French Onion Chicken & Rice Casserole

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This chicken and rice casserole recipe is pure comfort food and it’s really simple to throw together.

Buns In My Oven

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

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This is one of the most flavorable casseroles you can make… just bursting with flavor. This is awesome when you want a nice easy delicious dinner.

My Incredible Recipes

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken w/ Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Crispy, tender and juicy parmesan crusted chicken over the most incredible creamy lemon garlic pasta!  This is a must make meal!

 The Recipe Critic

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Lazy Day Crock Pot Lasagna

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This is appropriately called the lazy day crock pot lasagna because it is perfect for that lazy day, when you know you have to cook, but you really don’t want to. Your body says you want delicious comfort food, but your brain says not to do all the work. This quick and easy crockpot lasagna will fix that problem. You get the joy and the taste of a classic lasagna without doing all the work!

Eating On A Dime

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Favorite Chicken Potpie

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Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this autumn favorite makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. These potpies are perfect for company or a potluck.

Taste of Home

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GREAT COLD WEATHER SOUP RECIPES:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

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An easy to make soup… ready to eat in about an hour. It’s absolutely perfect comfort food and I couldn’t stop eating it…had it for lunch and dinner for a couple straight days until it was gone. I loved this soup beyond words.

Averie Cooks

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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A rich beefy broth loaded with caramelized onions and herbs and topped with an amazing Gruyere cheese topping.

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Healthy Roast Red Pepper Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magical Food That Cures Many Ailments Without Side Effects

Here’s a very interesting article a facebook friend sent me a little while back that I’d like to pass on for others to potentially benefit from………………. 

Did you know that you may have the magical combination to cure many ailments in your kitchen right now? No need for harmful prescriptions drugs or over-the-counter-drugs that may have adverse interactions.
Take advantage of some helpful tips & information I’d like to pass on to you.

What are the magical ingrdients I’m making refernece to?

Cinnamon and RAW Honey

………………………….. Just remember I emphasized the key word….. R A W  honey!

Drug companies probably wouldn’t like this one getting around.

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It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey isin fact very effective medicine for many kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a major plus.

Let me break it down for you……………………….

HEART DISEASES:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from a heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS:

Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people that were treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL:

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough-type colds AND clear the sinuses too! Another small  perk – it’s delicious!!

UPSET STOMACH:

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS:

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY:

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Lifespans will actually increase and even it make possible that someone who may be 100 years old will start performing the chores of  someone half their age.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT:

When one’s throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES:

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste – Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:

Once daily in the morning ,one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and then once again at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE:

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH:

People in South America gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:

Taken twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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Lessons Learned Living By The Rules of Life

Life can be frustrating at times… and sometimes over the smallest things. It’s during those times that we just need to take time out, step back and think of the things we’ve learned or  perhaps  the knowledge we acquired by doing it the ‘wrong way’ the fist time around. Those are the times we just need to remember WHAT the Rules of Life really are…

So here’s a simple reminder of some of the wise things we’ve learned over the years.

Apply them again as necessary! 😛

Lessons Learned

Living By The Rules of Life

(1) In Life, you need only two “tools” — WD-40 and duct tape.

If it doesn’t move and it should — use WD-40.

If it moves and shouldn’t — use the tape.

(2) – The 5 most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship are:

“I apologize” AND “You are right.”

(3) When you make a mistake… make amends immediately.

It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

(4) – Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

(5) – Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

(6) – The best advice that your mother ever gave you was:

“Go! – You might meet somebody!”

(7) – If he/she says that you are too good for him/her…..

Believe them!

(8) – Learn to choose your battles wisely – You need to ask yourself

‘Will this matter one year from now?

How about one month? – One week? – One day?’

(9) – Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

(10) – If you woke up breathing…..

Congratulations! ….. You have another chance!

(11) – Living well really is the best revenge…..

Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you after all.

(12) – Be really nice to your friends because…..

You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.

(13) – The real art of conversation is…..

Not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

(14) – That no matter how serious your life requires you to be…..

Everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

(15) – Sometimes all a person needs…..

Is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

(16) – I accept good advice gracefully…..

As long as it doesn’t interfere with what I intended to do in the first place.

(17) – Light travels faster than sound.

This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

(18) – Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

(19) – We cannot change the direction of the wind…..

But — we can adjust our sails.

(20) – I Don’t Have An Attitude Problem…..

You Have a perception problem!

(21) – How long a minute is…..

Depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.

And About The Kids……….

(22) – You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk…..

Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut-up.

(23) – Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children.

(24) – Be nice to your kids.

For one day they’ll be choosing your nursing home.

THE 12 BASIC HOUSE RULES

….. just a simple reminder

If you had the opportunity to add any of your own tips from lessons you’ve learned, please drop me a comment so I can share your advice with other viewers…

Healthy Eating & Nutrition Guide

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There is one thing that we all have in common….. no matter where you live….. and that is the basic human need for good health and well-being. The links below will focus on eating healthy, maintaining fitness, proper diet, natural energy, and health safety issues.  New content is added from time to time so keep checking back. Many of the posts below have had steady stream of daily visitors over the last several months.

ALL POSTS BELOW ARE FROM THIS SAME SITE YOU’RE VIEWING NOW

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This is an ongoing reference site with new content added frequently –

so keep checking back.

Please help spread the word with family, friends & co-workers

both online as well as offline — Thanks!

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HEALTHY EATING & NUTRITION:

5 Good Reasons For FiberHealthy_Food

5 Summer Food Mysteries Revealed

10 Best Foods For Healthy Eating

Benefits of Milk – What’s In A Glass?

Best Fiber Foods For Colon Cleansing – Nutrition Basics

Best Immune Boosting Foods For Your Body To Fight The Flu

Common Diet Myths & Realityhealthy_food

Lose Weight & Boost Energy With The Super Nutrients Known As The Fat-Fighting 4

Making The Right Fruit & Vegetable Choices

Nutritional Benefits of The 10 Most Important Vegetables

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SUMMER GRILLIN’:

Quick Summer Grillin’ Ideas For Fresh Fruit & Veggies

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SNACKING TIPS:snacking

Healthy Snacks With Less Than 200 Calories

Smart Snack Attack – 10 Calorie Magic!

What’s In Your Snack Stash? – Healthier Alternatives

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HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUES:safety_first_sign

Hidden Supermarket Dangers That Can Make Your Family Sick

Plastic Bottles: Are They Safe & What Do The Numbers Mean?

Proper Hand Washing Tips To Prevent Infection

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ENERGY & EXERCISE:exercise-clipart

Easy Exercises Just About Anyone Can Do

Fight Fatigue & Boost Energy With Exercise

Need A Quick Energy Boost – The Natural Way?

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DIET & WEIGHT LOSS:Weight_Loss_Help

Common Diet Myths & Reality

Lose Weight & Boost Energy With The Super Nutrients Known As The Fat-Fighting 4

Truth About Abs: The Honest Source on Abdominals & Fat Loss

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Best Immune Boosting Foods For Your Body To Fight The Flu

immunity-booster-foodsAs the cold and flu season is drawing close again, now is the time for doing all that you can to protect yourself properly. And one of the best places to start is by properly feeding your immune system so you can boost it’s power to fight off those unwanted pesky ‘bugs’ that can drag you down. This season, more than ever, with the H1N1 Virus (aka Swine Flu) promising to wreck havoc on large numbers of the world’s population, you need to give your body the best possible opportunity along with the recommended flu vaccines to be strong enough to fight off  the effects of colds and flu that will be present all around you in your everyday life.

Read on as the top immune boosting foods and nutrients will be revealed to you to incorporate into your diet to help keep you healthy.

  • Vitamin C:

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluable  vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against infection and enhances immunity.  Vitamin C works by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fight off infection.  It also works by increasing the production of antibodies and in particular, raises levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.

Vitamin C  sources include citrus fruits (oranges-grapefruits), broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers (red-yellow-orange-green), strawberries, kiwi, papaya, mango and pineapple.

  • Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is important to a healthy immune system. One function of vitamin E is that it enhances the production of B-cells, the immune cells that produce antibodies that destroy bacteria. In fact, research shows that people who eat foods that are rich in vitamin E tend to have a higher immunity.

Vitamin E  rich foods are seeds, vegetable oils and grains.

  • Beta-carotene:

Beta Carotene enhances the functioning of your immune system.  Beta Carotene works by increasing the number of infection fighting cells, natural killer cells and helper T cells. To enhance the availability of the beta-carotene in these foods, they should be eaten raw or lightly steamed.  Getting the recommended 5-10 servings a day of fruits and vegetables will provide you with about 3-6 milligrams of beta-carotene.

Foods rich in beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro and fresh thyme.

  • Zinc:

Zinc helps to prevent a weakened immune system. Studies have shown that a zinc deficiency can impair a number of white blood cells and platelets (blood cells involved in clotting), and can increase susceptibility to infection.  Excessive zinc intake, however, may impair immunity and increase infections.

Get an adequate amount of zinc in your diet by eating zinc rich foods such as oysters, liver, lean beef, pork, turkey, lamb, lentils, pumpkin and sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and yogurt.

  • Garlic:

Garlic is known for its cold-fighting abilities.  It increases the potency of two important cells of the immune system: T-lymphocytes and macrophages.  The immune-boosting properties of garlic appear to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides.

You can eat it raw or cooked – so start adding it to your favorite foods today!

  • Omega-3 fats:

The all important omega-3 fats are essential immune boosters, as they work by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that eat up bacteria. These fats also help strengthen cell membranes, thereby speeding up healing and strengthening resistance to infection in the body.  To boost omega-3 in your diet, try adding ground flax-seed to yogurt, baked goods, cereals or smoothies or use unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil as a salad dressing.

Omega-3 fats can be found in foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna), flax oil and flax-seeds, omega-3 eggs, nuts and seeds.

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Immune Drainers ~~~

Some foods or unhealthy lifestyle behaviors can make a person more susceptible to colds and flu.  Avoid high-fat, high-sugar junk foods, as they can decrease the activity of the immune system.  It’s also best to avoid too much caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate) as caffeine can undermine your body’s immune system and act as a diuretic, which will deplete your body of water. Also — DON’T SMOKE! —  Smoking can impair your resistance as well as injure the respiratory tract, which makes you more susceptible to the flu.

As a reminder…..

Fatty and oily foods can interfere with immunity. It affects the white blood cells directly and reduces the immune strength.

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Limit your intake of high proteins, high fat diet, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sweet foods to avoid weakening your immune system.

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Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Bizarre Culinary Choices From Around The Globe

Here you will find a small sampling of bizarre or odd things that people eat from around the world. Now every culture tends to invent or savor food that is weird or disgusting – but only to those ‘outsiders’ from other parts of the globe. Many of these culinary delights are very normal to the locals and probably have been passed down from generation to generation. However, most of us here in America, as well as Canada and Great Britain, consider these strange foods as abnormal or disgusting and give many of us a ‘gag-reflex’ to even look at them, let alone to see or smell them up close. If you’re weak-of-heart or easily upset, you may not want to view the pictures below – You have been warned!

Ortolan Bunting

ortolan-buntingOnly 16 centimeters in length, this pretty songbird has a striking yellow body with a greenish-gray head. The Ortolan has a special mention in Larousse Gastromonique, the world famous French food gospel. Though it is illegal to sell these little birdies, it isn’t against the law to relish them. Traditionally the bird is caught and kept in a cage for about four days, where it is overfed to make it three times its size. After stuffing it to the brim, the Ortolan is drowned in cognac and roasted to make it crunchy.

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Sugar Ants and Kangaroo Tail

sugar-antThe home of the Great Barrier Reef, great surfing and snorkeling, the home of Koala Bears and Kangaroos – That is what comes to mind when thinking of the land down-under, Australia. But did you know that Australians absolutely delight to gulping down sugar ants and kangaroo tails? Known to taste like sugary candies, these ants are often eaten during special occasions in Aussie land. A recent report by Greenpeace suggested that eating kangaroo meat will help Australia in controlling its carbon footprint. In addition, it is considered to be a delicious ‘superfood’. Now all you need to do is muster up some courage…

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Canned Monkey Meat

monkey-meatJudging by the evolution theory (if that is your belief), eating our ancestors may not sound like the best idea. But that doesn’t stop Africans from having canned monkey meat every now and then. Some eateries in Africa, also dish out smoked monkey meat in various sauces; tomato sauce, peanut sauce, etc. Take your pick – Mmmmmm!

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Calf Brains

calf-brainsIf you thought kangaroo’s tail was weird – this one will blow your mind! Savored in France and Mexico, baby cow brains  (aka calf brains) can be labeled a very controversial dish. A lot of locals refrain from trying it out because they fear getting the infamous “Mad Cow Disease”.

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Horse Meat

horse-meat-packagedIf you happen to be a horse-lover or if riding a galloping horse is one of your favorite hobbies, then you probably are not going to like this one. Horse meat is actually lean and delicious. Served all over Europe, this one definitely gets thumbs up.

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Here are a few more images from around the world…..

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Still craving more?

Here’s another post to check out with more tasty  bites –

10 Most Unusual Foods In The World For Adventurous Appetites

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Lose Weight & Boost Energy With The Super Nutrients Known As The Fat-Fighting 4

Lose Weight & Boost Your Energy Level With The Fat-Fighting 4 Super Nutrients

fat-fighting-4-super-nutrientsYou’ve heard of mind-over-matter, haven’t you? Well then, let’s apply that concept to your food intake. Changing your thought process about food, healthy eating and losing weight could make a very positive difference in your lifestyle. Try looking at it this way – The latest news about the  amazing ways that eating — NOT dieting — can improve your health, help you lose weight and give you all-day energy just keeps getting better and better all the time. As a matter of fact, recent research studies show that certain nutrients found in several types of foods are powerful factors when it comes to balancing blood sugar and promoting weight loss. Take a close look here at the four “super nutrients” that can have a powerful effect on your weight, your energy level and your long-term health.

Introducing The Fabulous 4 Fat-Fighting Super Nutrients

1) – CALCIUM

Scientists aren’t sure how calcium burns body fat — some believe it reduces the fat-producing effects of a steroid hormone called “calcitriol”. What we do know is that it works — Researchers at the University of Tennessee found that obese people who went on a low-calorie diet that contained three daily servings of calcium rich dairy lost 70% more weight and 64% more body fat than those who ate just one serving of dairy a day.

  • What To Eat…..

Fat-free milk and low-fat dairy, spinach, kale, broccoli, and white beans

2) – VITAMIN D

A landmark study from Tufts–New England Medical Center showed that low levels of vitamin D raise a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 46%. Researchers believe vitamin D quells cellular inflammation that contributes to diabetes. Plus, your body needs D to absorb calcium—and together, they can help fight diabetes — According to the Nurses’ Health Study, an ongoing investigation of more than 83,000 women, those who consumed more than 1,200 mg of calcium and more than 800 IU of vitamin D a day were 33% less likely to have developed diabetes than those taking in less of both nutrients.

  • What To Eat…..

Salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, fortified whole grain cereal, fortified fat-free milk, and Swiss cheese

3) – OMEGA-3s

New science published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that women who ate a balanced diet including omega-3s lost 1 1⁄2 more pounds of torso fat than women on the same exact diet but minus the omega-3s. These healthy fats slow the rate of digestion, which makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat fewer calories throughout the day.

  • What To Eat…..

Tofu, enriched eggs, shrimp, salmon, tuna, walnuts, flax, and flaxseed oil

4) – FIBER

Foods high in fiber are nutrient-rich, filling, and low in calories — a combination that makes them “weight loss wonders”. According to a study done at the University of Minnesota, people who stuck to higher-fiber diets lost 2 to 3 pounds more per month than those who followed lower-fiber diets. Fiber triggers hormones that control appetite, which also helps with weight loss. Plus, both soluble and insoluble fiber help control blood sugar — The soluble type dissolves in water and forms a thick gel during digestion, which can interfere with and slow down carbohydrate and glucose absorption in the intestines.  Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water. It stays solid and moves quickly through the digestive tract, so intestines have less time to absorb carbohydrates, and blood sugar levels stay even.

  • What To Eat…..

Whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, barley, oatmeal and oat bran, apples, pears, citrus fruits, carrots, beans, and artichokes

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