October 2016 archive

Target Recalls Halloween Window Decorations for Choking Hazard

With the Halloween season just a couple of days away, everyone is in the hype for the highly anticipated Trick or Treat party. We’re all in the mood of preparing mouthwatering foods to serve on the table! Kids are excited as well to go shopping for their spooky costumes and Halloween window decorations they’re going to use for that exciting occasion!

HALLOWEEN WINDOW DECORATIONS

But before you go shopping these Halloween decorations endlessly, you might want to pause for a while and read. Target hast just recalled over 127,000 Halloween-themed LED gel window “clings”. The reason for the recall is that these clings might pose choking hazards to your children.

Target Recalls Halloween Window Decorations fo Choking Risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall after the clings came apart and exposed their LED button battery compartment. If a child were to swallow the button, they could be at risk on choking.

The recall includes six clings namely:

  • green skeleton
  • pink skeleton
  • purple spider
  • black cat
  • orange pumpkin
  • black bat

These clings had a model number of 234-25-0904 printed on its gel cling’s packaging. Fortunately, Target didn’t receive an incident report yet. But for safety precautions, they initiated a recall. For those who purchased the clings, you can return them at any Target branch for a full refund.

Top 5 Best Food Sources of Calcium in The Fast Metabolism Diet

It is widely known to everyone practicing FMD to avoid the consumption of dairy products due to the fact that it impedes our desire to lose weight. The high sugar concentration found on lactose contributes more on gaining weight than losing them. However, there are unwilling dieters who are hesitant to give up milk (like caffeine). It’s because milk has long been part of their lives and a source of calcium.

Top 5 Best Food Sources of Calcium in Fast Metabolism Diet

How do we ensure that we’re still getting the adequate amount of calcium without having to drink milk? Are there any other alternatives?

Here are our top 5 best food sources that you can eat and are alternative sources of Calcium:

1. Kale

Kale contains about 300 mg of calcium that is equivalent to a cup of milk. The greatest catch is that you can eat kale in all phases, giving you an opportunity to maximize your daily intake. You can put up to 3 and 1/2 cup of raw kale in your salad recipes.

2. Oranges

Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, but did you know that they are also a great source of calcium? A single navel orange can already give you 60 mg of calcium. You can add orange to your morning smoothie on Phase 1.

3. Salmon

Aside from being a great source of Omega-3, salmon is also packed with this nutrient. Just a 6 oz serving of salmon can already give you 400 mg of calcium. You can eat canned salmon in Phase 3. Bonus tip: you can eat the bones too! They’re soft and edible.

4. Sardines

Three ounce serving of sardines will give you almost 400 mg of calcium. You can eat sardines on any phase, especially on Phase 2. Eat sardines on phase 2 as your snack and you’re already halfway to your 1000 mg of your daily requirement.

5. Almond milk

Almond milk is one of our healthy dairy-free milk alternatives in the diet. The reason is because although it’s not dairy, it is packed with calcium and vitamin D that promotes healthy bone growth. Same also with raw almonds.

Note: You can also add Himalayan or Celtic salt on your foods after you cook them. These salts can also contribute in upping your daily nutrient intake.

Let us already debunk the old myth that milk is the only main source of calcium for you. There are far, healthier foods where you can get more calcium and other nutrients than milk. Always consult with your physician to know your recommended nutrient intake.

Creamy White Strawberry Ghost – Phase 1

Your kids will surely gasp in delight as they eat these adorable yet delicious creamy white strawberry ghost treats! Your kids and guests will surely love these juicy fruit packed with a luscious heavy cream mixture.

CREAMY WHITE STRAWBERRY GHOST – PHASE 1

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen of a creamy white strawberry ghost.

Serving Size: 1 coated strawberry

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Mix equal amounts of egg whites with rice milk to make a low-calorie heavy cream substitute. Mix the ingredients until there are no more lumps in your mixture.

2. Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry.

3. Dip the Strawberries in the heavy cream mixture and freeze for 30 minutes.

4. In a microwave, melt 1/2 cup of raw cocoa powder until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth and eyes on each ghost. You can also draw ghost’s tails.

5. Serve and enjoy eating!

Delectable Pumpkin Dip – Phase 1

Tired of using the same condiments on your favorite snacks and salads? Try this spooky yet delectable Pumpkin Dip! The unique blend of pumpkin, brown rice cheese with a pinch of sweet stevia makes it a perfect dip for your apple slices and homemade cookies this Halloween season.

DELECTABLE PUMPKIN DIP – PHASE 1

Delectable Pumpkin Dip Serving Size: 2 tablespoon dip and 2 apple slices

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) brown rice cheese
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 24 apple slices

Directions: 

  1. Place first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
  2. Add cinnamon, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Serve with apple.

Spooky Raspberry Chocolate Pudding – Phase 3

This spooky raspberry chocolate pudding has a rich chocolate taste and is very smooth and silky blended with tangy flavors of raspberry. It’s dairy and egg-free that can also be served as a chocolate dip.

SPOOKY RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE PUDDING – PHASE 3

Serving Size: 1 cup of Spooky Raspberry Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cups of raspberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 4-6 drops stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (from squeezed lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Directions: 

  1. Blend all but the coconut oil until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
  3. Chill for at least 4 hours or cold and thickened.
  4. You can add chia seeds and raw cacao nibs as toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Jack o Lantern Fruit Salad Recipe – Phase 1

If you’re up for some super-quick, bake-free recipe to enjoy this Halloween, then this Jack o Lantern Fruit Salad is your life-saver recipe! No baking or cooking needed to create this recipe. You just have to chop fruits, assemble them, and voila! You already have your spooky and appetizing fruit salad in Phase 1! An easy, dipsy treat!

JACK O LANTERN FRUIT SALAD RECIPE – PHASE 1

Serving Size: 1 Jack o Lantern fruit salad. 

Ingredients: 

  • Assorted fruits, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes,  apples, or any fruits allowed in Phase 1.
  • Oranges
  • Mint leaves

Directions: 

1. Chop the assorted fruits and mix them in a large bowl. You will need about ½ cup per orange.

2. To carve a pumpkin cup, slice off the top of the orange, using a knife to loosen the edges, scoop out the inside of the orange with a spoon. Toss the juice in with the fruit.

3. Carve a small jack-o-lantern face in each orange.

4. Fill each orange with fruit and replace it’s top.

5. As a finishing touch, garnish each top with mint leaves for stems. Serve and enjoy!

 

Cheesy Monster Eyes – Phase 3

Trick or Treat parties are commonly filled with sweets, and while sweets are especially good and tasteful to our buds, too much consumption will lead in depositing more fats in our body than losing them. So why don’t you make a healthy snack that you and your child can enjoy without ruining your diet? Try these savory Cheesy Monster eyes packed with only four simple ingredients.

Cheesy Monster Eyes - Phase 3

These cheesy and fluffy Monster Eyes bites are incredibly easy to make. You can use this as a bonding session with your kids as you bake these.

Yields: 4 1/2 dozen

Serving Size: 2 Cheesy Monster Eyes

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine baking mix, sausage, and cheese in a big bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

3. Shape sausage mixture into 1-inch balls, and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Press 1 olive deeply into each ball. Reroll using the palms of your hands if you need to reshape. Bake at 400° for 22 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove baking sheets from the oven using oven mitts.

4. Freeze Monster eyes for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy eating!

Top 5 Tips You Should Follow to Stay Fit this Halloween Season!

Indulging on the temptation that tricks or treats offer for Halloween season this year? Let’s admit it; it’s not only the kids who munch on candy corns, chocolate bars, and candies during this spooky season. It may only happen once a year, but this stuff is rich in sugar and artificial ingredients.

Too many treats can mean more pounds and calories for us to burn. So how do we stay fit during Halloween?
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  1. Go ahead and plan. First have a wholesome and healthy meal or protein shave before you go trick or treating. Having a meal before attending a gathering can help you avoid hunger pains. This can prevent you from overeating and stuffing down too many candies and sugar.
  2. Exercise or workout, before you went about for trick or treats. This would be the best thing you should do during this year’s Halloween. Studies have shown that people are more likely to eat less after a workout or exercise. You’ll also feel great and you’ll achieve your weight goals. So work out for 30 minutes or more before you get suited up in your Halloween costumes.
  3. Avoid that candy bowl. Yes, even your favorites. Don’t place them where you can easily see them in your house. Serve candies or chocolates that you don’t crave. You’ll be tempted but ask someone to hide these from you.
  4. Eat in moderation. You can enjoy sugar filled goodies every now and then. You don’t need to deprive yourself of eating candies, treat yourself with that BUT in small portions. Even if it only happens once a year, we need to stay on the right track, avoid munching on too many goodies.
  5. Don’t forget your goals. Keep reminding yourself regarding your weight loss goals. Stick some notes where you can see them constantly.

Halloween is the one night where scaring people is the ‘trend’ and candies are bountiful. We should always keep in mind that these sugary treats can turn into monstrous calories that you’ll need to shed off through exercise and workouts.

Eat the chocolates and candies that you want, but again, only in small portions. Keep your eyes on your goals and eat healthy all year long. Check out our delectable fast metabolism diet Halloween recipes here!

6 Low Carb Vegetables that Can Help Diabetics Stabilize their Blood Sugar

Those suffering from diabetes require a low sugar, low carbohydrates and low fat diet. For diabetics, your meal plan should be composed of healthy and wholesome food.

6 Low Carb Vegetables that Can Help Diabetics Stabilize their Blood Sugar

These are the six low-carb vegetables that you can incorporate in your diet. They are diabetics-friendly and are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, with fewer calories.

  1. Spinach  – These green, leafy vegetables are rich in antioxidants that helps manage high blood pressure. Spinach also has flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. The good news is, a half cup of cooked spinach, only has 3.5 grams of carbohydrates.
  2. Red Bell Pepper – With only 3 grams of carbs, for half a cup, you should definitely eat more red bell peppers. They’re a good source of vitamin A, C, K and B6. Aside from being rich in antioxidants, red bell pepper are also full of folic acid.
  3. Cucumber – It contains caffeic acid that relaxes skin irritations and prevent swelling, cucumbers are a go-to-vegetable for diabetics. Cucumbers contain lots of potassium, magnesium and fiber that help in lowering blood pressure. They contain 2 grams of carbs in half a cup.
  4. Romaine Lettuce – A good source of beta carotene and vitamin C. Romaine Lettuce helps in lowering cholesterol and has potassium that can lower blood pressure. It only has 1.5 grams of carb per cup of serving.
  5. Green Pepper – It’s a good source of vitamin A, C and K plus they’re rich in folic acid that reduces the levels of homocysteine which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Only has 2 grams of carbs for half a cup.
  6. Okra – High in fiber and protein, okra is a good source of glutathione which helps our immune system. Only has 3.5 grams of carbs in half a cup of cooked okra.