5 Astounding Health Benefits of Almond Milk

Eliminating milk as part of our morning beverage and dairy products has been difficult for us at first. But thankfully, there are alternative type of milks that can be used as substitute that are also way healthier meeting our calcium requirements and aids in weight loss contrary to dairy products. One of the best healthy foods we substitute over dairy products is the almond milk.

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Almond milk may be dairy-free and contains less calcium, but it contains nutrients and vitamins our body can greatly benefit into. For one, almond milk is a healthy fat richer in omega-3 that aids in weight loss, among others.

In this blog post, you’re about to find out why you should incorporate almond milk to your diet. Here are the top 5 astounding benefits you get from drinking this healthy milk.

1. It helps lower down blood pressure

Almond milk contains the exact same amounts of minerals and vitamins you can find in soy and dairy products. It contains vitamin D and phosphorous that helps promote blood flow circulation and frees the blockage and clog in your veins that cause blood pressure.

What’s great about almond milk is it is naturally soy-free and lactose-free. So it’s safe to consume whether you have an intolerance problem or not.

2. It Lowers Down Your Risk to Heart Disease

It has no cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats that helps decrease inflammation throughout your body. The omega-3 fatty acids found in almond milk decrease triglycerides (that can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease and stroke). Aside from that, it contains potassium and magnesium that are good for your brain.

3. It Promotes Bone Growth

Almond milk may not offer much calcium as dairy products do, but it does offer at least 30 percent of your recommended daily intake. Calcium, along with its vitamin D reduces your risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. These two vitamins are known to promote healthy bones and teeth formation.

4. It keeps your skin’s glow

Almond milk contains about 50% of vitamin E and antioxidants that protects your skin from sun’s damage. It also repairs your damaged skin to maintain your natural, youthful glow.

5. It Does Not Impact Your Blood Sugar Level

Lastly, raw, unprocessed, almond milk is very low in carbs and sugar. That’s why we recommend buying this one as it does not spike your blood sugar level. Unlike dairy products that contain lactose (milk’s natural sugar) that contribute to weight gain. Because it is low-glycemic in nature, your body will use the carbs for energy rather than storing them as fats.

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Have you tried incorporating almond milk (in Phase 3) in your fast metabolism diet plan? If not, we hope the information we shared will shed some light and hesitation from drinking this healthy food. You can purchase it here.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The transitional shift from warmer to colder temperatures signals that fall season is coming soon. Aside from the highly anticipated Thanksgiving and holiday spree, we’re excited to welcome the Fall Season because of the bounty goodness it can offer to us.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The fall season is also known as the harvest season of bountiful fresh fruits and veggie produce. Our favorite variety of squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, are at its abundance and they are readily available at local farmers market and grocery stores. This provides us the perfect opportunity to visit markets and stock up kitchen and fridge with healthy foods!

Here are our top 8 superfoods that you can enjoy and cook together with your favorite meals to warm your colder nights this fall season!

1. Parsnips (Phase 1)

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Parsnips are veggies that slightly resembles carrots, but its taste is sweeter and has a nutty flavor. This veggie is rich in potassium and fiber that can help you feeling fuller and satisfied. You can incorporate this to your soups and sauces.

2. Cauliflower (Phase 1 and 3)

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The sweet and nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for your fall and winter dishes. It’s known as a perfect pair for your steamed recipes. But you can also have it blended or pureed for your soup recipes. Cauliflower contains phytonutrients that help lower your cholesterol and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

3. Apples (Phase 1)

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The sweet flavor of apples helps calm our stress hormones and full of antioxidants. This superfood can be eaten as raw or baked into a delicious dish. And oh, be sure to include eating its skin too. Its skin contains ursolic acid that can aid in weight loss and better lung function.

4. Pomegranates (Phase 1)

Pomegranates

This tangy fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse. You can use its juice to prepare your delicious marinades. While you can toss the seeds into your salads. Pomegranates help reduce the pain in your joints, inflammation due to arthritis and balances your blood sugar.

5. Turnips (Phase 1 and 3)

 turnips

Turnips are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage recipes. Its roots are a great source of vitamin C while its leaves are rich in vitamins A, K, and folate.

6. Kiwi (Phase 1)

 kiwi

This high-glycemic fruit adds a tropical flavor to your smoothies. It’s a perfect mix together with strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, and pineapple to make a tangy smoothie. It has more vitamin C than an orange and a good source of copper and potassium.

7. Grapefruit (Phase 1 and 3)

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rapefruit is rich in vitamin C than any other citrus fruits we know. In fact, it can meet 75% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C in just one sitting. It is also a great source of lycopene and pectin, that can help lower your cholesterol.

8. Tangerines (Phase 1)

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This sweet and small citrus fruit is a refreshment for our fall recipes. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help us achieve a healthier skin, boost our immune system, eye health, and healthy vision.

The fall season is the perfect season to get your hands moving and tests your cooking skills! Start crafting delicious and healthy foods as we enter our year-end holiday seasons. Stay healthy and fit as the year ends, everyone!

Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit this Fall Season

Whenever we think of the Fall season, we can’t help but feel giddy and thrilled about it. Well, who wouldn’t? The fall season is the time of the year when we celebrate various festivities. It’s the perfect time to celebrate Trick and Treat Parties, Thanksgiving, and the highly anticipated Holiday seasons.

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With all these holiday festivities coming around, we also become anxious as the fear of going off track started to linger inside us.We couldn’t help but think that Fall season is also the weight gain season as we splurged on the foods from back to back holidays.

How do we maintain a healthy and balanced life with all of these tempting delectable foods served on the table? How do we conclude the year staying fit and healthy when the Holiday lineups are blocking our road to success?

Here are our top 5 tips to become healthy and fit this Fall Season.

1. Don’t Skip Meals or Stay Hungry

When we think about holidays, it’s always associated with foods. The thought of indulging too much food overwhelmed us that we find ourselves not eating before the big event. Our mind is tricking us into thinking that starving ourselves would suffice the foods we’ll take in. But before you actually do it, step back! Step back and calm yourself first!

Coming to a big celebration with an empty stomach is the worst thing you can do! If you’re hungry and starving, your mind wouldn’t be able to make right decisions, especially about food! All your mind will think is that it needs food– whether good or bad. to fuel your body. It didn’t care if you eat unhealthy foods, just as long as it can sustain your body. This chain reaction will lead you into making poor, unhealthy decisions.

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You are more prone to binge eating and overeating since you’re hungry. You’ll be eating like crazy, eating a lot more than your stomach could take. Aside from that, your stomach will not be able to take all the foods you’re eating. It won’t burn all those foods like what your metabolism would normally do. Instead, it will store all you eat as fat in order for your body to survive. And certainly, we wouldn’t want that to happen!

So instead of starving yourself, continue eating like it’s a normal day. Opt to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. This will keep your blood sugar and metabolism stable. And if your blood sugar is stable, you’re less likely to have cravings as you attend the big celebration.

2. Try not to drink liquor as much as possible

Alcohol is very dehydrating. It kills our metabolism and tortures our liver into filtering the alcohol out of our system, diverting it from doing its main task. So, if possible, save your liver by not drinking liquors. Avoid drinking rum, vodka, gin, and beer.

But if you really can’t help but drink one, opt to organic, sulfite-free, red wine. Also, drink eight ounces of water for every sip. You can read more about tips for dealing with alcohols here.

3. Focus more on protein-based foods

Opt to eat 10-15 grams of protein every two hours. Protein rich foods like turkey jerky, hummus, veggies, shrimp, deviled eggs, etc can help control the flow of sugar into your bloodstream the moment you splurged in the big event.

4. Enjoy and Live the Moment

Stressing yourself over holiday events will do you no good. Instead of avoiding foods served on the table, embrace them! Eat them in moderation. Don’t ditch the event and missed having a momentous bonding with your family just because you’re afraid of gaining weight from the foods you eat.

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Bond with your family and friends and create memorable memories with them. Have fun and enjoy, give in a little. The feeling of enjoyment will help the release of good endorphins and release the stored fat in your body. Your metabolism will burn those foods you eat like crazy by then!

5. Eat those Bountiful Fruits and Veggies

It’s important to detoxify your liver the next day, so opt to drink our FMD-detoxifying soup. Aside from that, opt to eat those adrenalin-calming fruits and veggies to ease your digestion and have a great start of the day and satiate your post-sugar hangover. This will also keep your cravings at bay.

The fall season may be associated with various holiday festivities, but it’s not a reason for you to fall off the weight-loss wagon. With these healthy tips and tricks, let us prove to ourselves that Fall season is not a Weight gain season, but a bounty season to become fit and healthy.

Raspberry Frozen Fruit Mousse Recipe – Phase 1 and 3

If you’re up for some quick, delicious, and easy to prepare dessert, then this Raspberry Frozen Fruit Mousse Recipe is just the right recipe for you! The light, creamy, and fluffy texture of this recipe will delight even your pickiest guest.

Raspberry Frozen Fruit Mousse Recipe - Phase 1 and 3

What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to make! You can complete this recipe in just 5 minutes, so there’s no reason you can’t make this one! This fruit mousse is a perfect on-the-go snack as you spend the last remaining days of Summer.

Yield: 4 to 6 cups. Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 8 1/2 ounces (about 2 1/4 cups) frozen raspberries or other fruit
  • 2 tablespoons of stevia or xylitol
  • 1 large egg white
  • Fresh berries and whipped cream for serving (optional)

For Whipped Cream(Optional):

Directions:

Whipped Cream:

  1. Mix all the ingredients until there are no more lumps in your mixture.

Raspberry Frozen Fruit Mousse Recipe:

  1. Add fruit to the bowl of a food processor and puree for about 1 minute. Next, add the stevia or xylitol and pulse briefly to combine.
  2. Add the egg white and process until smooth and fluffy and the mixture has lightened in color and doubled or tripled in volume, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. If the mixture clings to the sides of the food processor’s bowl too much (this may happen if the blade doesn’t extend all the way to the sides of the bowl), transfer the mixture to a normal medium-sized bowl and beat with a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until fluffy.
  4. Spoon the mousse into glasses and top or layer with fresh berries and/or whipped cream (optional).
  5. Lastly, serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours to achieve creamier texture.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Phase 3

Craving for some healthy pizza? It’s your lucky day today as we have a pizza that’s oh-oh so right for you! This Cauliflower Pizza Crust is made with almond flour, chia seeds that serve as your healthy fats and creamy cashew cheese as toppings! A perfect on-the-go snack!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust - Phase 3

Yield: 6 slices.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Serving size: 2 slices 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 medium head of cauliflower (4 cups of small florets)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together chia seeds and water, then refrigerate at least a 1/2 hour.
  3. Chop cauliflower into small florets, then steam until fall-apart soft. Drain fully.
  4. Stir the almond flour with the oregano, garlic, and salt.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 F. Once cauliflower cools a little, place it in a clean dish towel or cheesecloth over a sink or bowl, and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. At least 2/3 cup water should come out – You want it as dry as possible.
  6. Place the squeezed-out cauliflower into a medium bowl and add the chia mixture. Mash and stir well. Then stir in the almond flour mixture. Form into a ball, and place on top of the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Pat into a circle, then use another sheet of parchment on top (and a rolling pin, if desired) to spread the circle to about 1/4 inch thick. (Take off the top sheet of parchment before baking.)
  8. Bake 25 minutes, or until lightly browned with crispy edges. Remove and add toppings of choice (you can add melted cashew cheese with it). Bake an additional 8 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes, then slice and enjoy!

Crab and Avocado Bites – Phase 3

This Crab and Avocado Bites will bring your FMD experience to the next level! Crab that is topped with delectable avocados on your Phase 3 journey is a unique dish that everyone should try!

Crab and Avocado Bites - Phase 3

Crab and Avocado Bites Serving Size: 2 stuffed shells 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 1/2 oz lump crab meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 mini phyllo shells
  • 1/2 medium (2 oz) avocado, diced small

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Saute the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until soft.
  3. Add the meat, salt, and pepper, and cook until it has been heated through, about 30 to 60  seconds.
  4. Add about 1 heaping tablespoon of the crab filling to each phyllo shell.
  5. Arrange the stuffed shells on a baking tray, and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Top each stuffed shell with avocado, and serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Fritters – Phase 3

These Butternut Squash Fritters are easier to make than you think, low calorie, addictive and amazingly crisp-tender! A must-have appetizer for everyone!

Butternut Squash Fritters

Yield: 8 servings

Butternut Squash Fritters Serving Size: 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled and shredded
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine butternut squash, flour, garlic, eggs, thyme, sage and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop tablespoons of batter for each fritter, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer.
  3. Serve immediately.

 

 

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free?

We are well aware that wheat is not allowed in the FMD program. It is highly discouraged to consume it and its other variants. This is due to the fact that wheat is nearly indestructible in our body. As a result, our body will have a hard time digesting it, making it hard to function in healing our metabolism.

Eating wheat can cause bloating, irritated intestinal tract, fatigue, and inflammation. These nasty side effects can leave you feeling irritated and ill. Aside from that, eating wheat can be destructive to those who are gluten-intolerant.

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free

But did you know that wheat-free doesn’t mean that it’s also gluten-free? Some of the approved grain and starchy products in the fast metabolism diet may contain a little amount of gluten, but it has no overall effects on your weight loss process.

But for those people who have celiac disease, consuming just a little amount of gluten can be menace to their health. In fact, you can conclude that fast metabolism diet is wheat-free, but not totally gluten-free.

The Difference between Wheat-free vs. Gluten-free

If you have a wheat allergy, you are most likely to experience swelling of throats. itchy skin, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, cramps, etc. This type of allergy can develop during infancy. Most people outgrow this allergy from ages 3-5, but for some, this can be a lifelong disorder.

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If you have an allergy, then it is imperative to never consume all kinds of wheat products as much as possible. And since most processed foods have wheat and gluten in it, you can conclude that you’ve almost eliminated the main source of gluten.

But, take note, the keyword here is almost. Almost, but not entirely. It’s because wheat is not the only food where we can source gluten.

Gluten is also present in barley, rye, spelt, and more. Gluten intolerance is the inability of our body to digest gluten and damage our small intestine. Celiac Disease is the highest form of gluten sensitivity. People with Celiac Disease cannot consume a gluten at all.

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For the moment gluten entered into your system, your body treat it as an invader that cause an immune assault and damage your small intestine. And since your small intestine is where it absorbs most nutrients that enter our body, it will have a hard time absorbing it if our small intestine is damaged. This can lead to malnutrition and inevitably, death.

When Should I Go Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free?

Going Wheat-free, or gluten-free is incredibly easy in the fast metabolism diet. After all, we already eliminated wheat in the diet. But as you may know, food manufacturers are sneaky. They try to hide it in disguised ingredients making us unaware about it. Try to look out for possible variants of wheat:

  • semolina
  • triticale
  • seitan
  • bread flour
  • farina
  • couscous
  • bulgur
  • malt
  • malt extract
  • matzo
  • graham flour

If you have celiac disease, we recommend you omit eating gluten at all. Omit rye, Spelt, and barley to your diet. You can replace them with gluten-free grain options you can find in the diet such as:

There is an enormous benefit we can get out of a wheat-free and gluten-free diet. It is extremely iterated in the program that applying this kind of eating habit will make a positive impact in our health through boosting our metabolism first.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Zika Virus Found on Mosquitoes Around Miami Beach Area: Test Confirmed

The first case of Zika Virus in America was recorded in Wynwood, a neighborhood in Miami. Although the case outbreak seemed to have subsided, the CDC public health officials advised pregnant women not to travel there.

ZIKA VIRUS FOUND ON MOSQUITOES AROUND MIAMI BEACH AREA- TEST CONFIRMED.

Existence of Zika Virus Around Miami Beach Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services conducted a test on mosquitoes from 1.5 square-mile around Miami Beach to confirm the existence of the virus  around the area. Much to our dismay, the local authorities announced last Thursday the confirmation of the existence of the virus.

The Zika virus primarily affects the women, especially the pregnant ones. Its symptoms range from rashes, joint pain, and severe brain damages to fetuses. Around 16 babies out of 1500 infected pregnant women was born with birth defects.

As of now, the Zika virus is only circulating around Florida. The authorities are hopeful that the virus won’t spread explosively in the United States as compared to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is because Americans live in a less crowded place and usually have window screens and air conditioning, making it difficult for the mosquitoes to spread the virus.

“The good news is the weekly number of new cases isn’t changing much,” Dr. Weaver said. “If we were seeing at first five cases a week, then 10, 20 and then 100, we’d be very concerned.”

Nevertheless, the local authorities warned the public, especially the pregnant women, to minimize going out in public places to avoid acquiring the virus. Governor Rick Scott also assured that funds are available if CDC would conduct an aerial spraying. The CDC recommended spraying Miami Beach using helicopters.

But as to when it would happen, it still remains unclear. The Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco said that it’s not practical considering the geography of the area. There are high buildings everywhere. Some residents are also opposed to spraying, he added.

FMD Community’s Opinion and Call Out: 

The community hopes that the Zika Virus will stop spreading around the country. We are calling out to all fast metabolism dieters– especially the pregnant women, to minimize going to public areas to prevent chances of acquiring an infection. Let us all be vigilant and keep yourself and your little bundle of joy healthy at all times.

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