Have you only ever thought about pineapple cut up and cold? Well here’s a new idea.
Cut up some pineapple and put 1 inch chunks on a skewer. You are creating a pineapple kabob. Then lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Bake in the oven (or try on a BBQ) for about 5 minutes, on low. You will be absolutely amazed. So delicious.
These are PERFECT for a healthy dessert on a hot sunny day.
If you are like me, there are some days you just crave the bad food. And it can be hard to not give in! But last night I read an article online (Canadian Living) and it gave 4 simple tips to fight cravings.
1. Eat a piece of fruit. Grab an apple or an orange and when you are done, you probably won’t even remember the craving you just had! Plus you just consumed one of your 5-7 servings of fruit and veggies a day!
2. Drink a glass of water. Sometimes your cravings aren’t really about food, but instead about hydration. Drink a glass of water before you give in and reach for that cupcake. To make that glass of water more appealing, throw in lemon slices or cucumber slices.
3. Try a cup of tea. Try a fancy cup of tea to fill that sweet craving of yours. You may be surprised how well this works to eliminate your craving.
4. Wean yourself off the source of your craving. For some this sounds like it is impossible to do, but it works! Put in the effort to restrict yourself when the craving strikes and you will find yourself craving it less and less.
Try this simple and delicious recipe for your next dinner party! It is a healthy meal that is low glycemic.
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
1 bunch baby bok choy
2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp red chili, chopped
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
Bring 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil in a large, tightly covered saucepan. Stir in the rice and quickly replace the lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, still covered for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the bok choy in half to separate the leaves from the stems. Cut the leaves into wide shreds and finely slice the stems.
Heat the oil in a wok and add the onion. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, until just tender. Add the pepper and bok choy and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and chili, and stir-fry for 3 minutes, until the mushrooms are just soft. Drizzle with soy sauce and toss to combine. Serve immediately with the rice. Serves 4.
Here is an awesome homemade granola recipe! You will absolutely love it! Plus it is quick and easy to make!
1/2 cup of honey
1/3 vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 cups large flake oats
100g pkg pecan halves (about 1 cup)
1 cup pepita seeds (I have used sunflowers in replace of pepita seeds)
1 cup dried cranberries
Whisk honey with oil, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add oats, pecans, and seeds. Stir to coat.
Heat 2 large non-stick frying pans over medium-high heat (using two pans cuts cooking time in half). When hot, divide oat mixture between 2 pans. Cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute, than reduce heat to medium. Continue stirring, adjusting heat as needed, until golden and toasted, about 6 minutes. Stir in cranberries.
Transfer to baking sheet to cool completely. Granola will keep well, stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
It is extremely important that you eat something after a run, especially a very long one. Because running takes a lot out of you, you must replenish your energy post-run. According to Christine Luff, author at About.com, a good reason to hit the kitchen or cupboard after running is that “you can minimize muscle stiffness and soreness,” if you eat within 30 minutes of the run.
Think of post-run (or post-exercising for that fact) snacking as a way to ‘fuel your fitness.’ You need to energize the body so it can work to it’s maximum potential to create results.
You will want to make sure that your snacks are full of carbs and some protein. If you have ever signed up for a race, you will notice almost always they have a huge selection of foods after you cross the finish line. Often bagels, bananas, other fruits and sometimes a bbq.
Some good post-run snack ideas are: Cliff bars, bagels with peanut butter, hummus on pita bread, fruit and yogurt and smoothies made with fruit and skimmed milk.
Here is a great chart that illustrates which foods provide you with your daily dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for us because they provide protection against damage the our body incounters everyday.
This is a great recipe to make as an appetizer or even as your main meal! Make it for your next party and it will be a hit!
4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
6 (1/3-1/2-inch thick) slices eggplant, about 4 inches in diameter
Thick slices artisan bread, such as ciabatta, Italian, etc. (about 9 x 12 inches surface area)
Marinara sauce (about 1 cup)
1 oz. soft fresh goat cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus extra for garnish
1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Lay the eggplant in the heated skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, turning, until the eggplant is lightly browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Brush the cut side of the bread slices with the remaining oil and cook in the warm skillet on medium-high heat until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
Lay the bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce on each slice. Crumble the goat cheese over the marinara and sprinkle with chopped basil. Lay the egg plant slices on top of the marinara. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the eggplant slices and dot lightly with remaining marinara sauce.
Bake until the topping is hot and slightly browned, about 12 minutes. Slice into small pieces. Garnish with additional basil leaves as desired.
Here are some great tips to follow to lead a healthier life!