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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Healthier Stuffed Peppers and Some Healthy Benefits

You will be amazed on how delicious these are and still healthy. Watching your weight can lower your blood pressure and eating the right foods to protect your heart are very critical to heart health long term. Eliminating red meat sometimes can be the way to go. Substitute brown rice, use ground turkey instead of beef or none substitute with tofu or even chopped tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini or mushrooms. Keep your vegetables first in mind for a healthy entree alternative!

Benefits of Peppers:

Any variety hot or sweet and
any color, here is what the
Red bell peppers are a good source of fiber for :

Folate, vitamin k and the minerals molybdenum and manganese.

They're especially rich in nutrients and phytochemicals such as:
Vitamin A helps preserve eyesight and fend off infections
Vitamin C helps lower cancer risk and protect from Cataracts
Vitamin B6 is vital for chemical reactions throughout the body including involving the brain and immune function
Beta-carotene which may help protect against breast cancer in woman after menopause.
Lycopene which may decrease the risk of ovarian cancer

So on to our recipe:

1/2 cup brown rice cooked to package instructions
1 lb ground turkey or substitute tofu or another vegetable like eggplant, zucchini etc.
3 or 4 peppers hollowed out any color
2 cups pureed plum tomatoes
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic minced
olive oil or canola oil
chopped fresh parsley, basil, around 2 teaspoons each
grating cheese

In a small fry pan, add 3 tablespoon olive oil,  brown the turkey if using or saute the vegetables with the garlic. Add the rice, 1 cup of tomatoes and the herbs and stir together. Stuff the hollowed out peppers, use more if you have lots of filling. Place in a baking dish. Top with more tomatoes and pour the water on the bottom of the baking dish. Place some tented foil over the top to steam for 1/2 hour on 350. Remove foil and keep baking until the peppers are soft. Last 10 minutes sprinkle with grating cheese. Serve add salt and pepper to taste

Saturday, May 10, 2014

4 Great Tips to Lose Weight this Summer

Drink lots of water but make sure you have plenty of orange, lime and lemon slices in it. It has lots of Vitamin C in it and helps burn fat  at a cellular level! Eight glasses a day is recommended.
Believe it or not adding lots of cucumbers slices to your water cleanses the system to remove toxins.  Add 6 to 8 slices to a pitcher of water.
Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to your water, this boosts your metabolism and also there is something in the capsaicin that makes you feel full. Here's what I do, add sliced, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to your bottle of water with fruit.
Eat lots of vegetables in your salads, try radish, tomato, cucumber, carrots, cabbage slaw, raw broccoli, fresh herbs, raw mushrooms and keep eating healthy. Count calories and go online to see how many you need to get to your desired weight.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Olive Oil and The Benefits

Today's Spotlight 
Olive Oil and Diet

I am sure you have all read that a diet rich in olive oil can improve heart health? What you may not know that when reading that bottle label it should be extra virgin olive oil that is key to reaping those benefits. Recent studies have shown that the freshness of the oil also makes all the difference.

Check the date of expiration on your bottle. The fresh the oil the better. To keep olive oil fresh for as long as possible, store the bottle away from direct heat of light. Do not store next to the stove and it's best in a dark cool cabinet. Use the oil within 6 months of opening. 

I suggest you buy smaller bottles than the larger ones if you don't use it up fast enough.

For now that's the scoop of being heart smart olive oil.