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Homemade Mexican Black Beans

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Are you looking for a Mexican style recipe to start your fast metabolism diet week? This Mexican Black Beans recipe will surely make you think that you’re at a high-class Mexican restaurant! Get the ingredients ready, and prepare to be amazed! Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of black beans
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 cups of fresh tomatoes(chopped) or 14.5-ounce of tomatoes(diced)
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 6 cloves of smashed and chopped garlic

Directions:

1. Soak the black beans overnight.

Tip: If you are in a hurry and don’t have the time to soak the beans throughout the night, you may use the method below.

  1. Put the black beans in a large pot covered with water.
  2. Boil it for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the stove and cover the pot.
  4. Let the beans cool down for approximately 1 hour.

2. Drain out the water.

3. Put the black beans into a 6-quart slow cooker.

4. Add the smashed and chopped garlic together with tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of chili powder and 1 tablespoon of cumin.

5.Stir it well to completely mix all the ingredients.

6.Add in 6 cups of chicken broth.

7. Cover the slow cooker and let it cook on low heat for about 8 hours.

Note: The duration depends on the altitude of your area. If you’re in a high altitude area, it may take longer than 8 hours for the beans to be cooked.

8. Ready to serve.

Makes about 8-10 servings.

Turkey Bacon with warm green beans

turkey bacon with green beans

Aside from being the star in almost all American gatherings, Turkey meat is one healthy food that will make an enjoyable Phase 2 exercise. What better way to make it even tastier and healthier than adding it with a touch of freshly picked green beans? In this way, you will be able to get the full benefits of a high-protein diet from Turkey meat combined with vitamins and nutrients from green beans. This dish can perfectly be reheated the next day for the whole family to share.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 6 slices of fried or baked Turkey bacon
  • 1 small finely sliced onion
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ⅓ cup xylitol
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Procedure:

  1. Put green beans inside a large pot of water. Boil for about 8-10 minutes until crisp tender then drain water.
  2. While cooking the green beans, combine vinegar, xylitol, salt & pepper in small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Prepare a plate lined with paper towel and put the baked (or fried) Turkey bacon to cool for a while. Save some bacon crumblings.
  4. Crumble bacon into a small bowl. Reserve some for garnish.
  5. Cook diced onion and bacon drippings in the skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Add green beans onto the skillet. Gradually pour dressing over the beans and mix.
  7. Reduce the heat then add the crumbled bacon. Stir gently and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Top with a sprinkle of reserved crumbled bacon then serve.

Makes: 4-6 servings

Load up Your Fast Metabolism Diet with Beans to Effectively Lose Weight

If you are doing the fast metabolism diet and is a vegetarian/vegan, beans, legumes, and lentils definitely top your list as your protein source buddy. It has been our alternative source of protein and a substitute in cooking meat recipes. But you must not underestimate the power of beans when it comes to our nutrition as it is surprisingly healthy and nutritious. Nutritionists encourage everyone, vegan or not, to eat and load up their diet with beans, legumes, and lentils because of its notable benefits in our body.

LOAD UP YOUR FAST METABOLISM DIET WITH BEANS!

Still not convinced? Here are the 5 reasons why you should start loading up your meal map with beans.

1. It is rich in fibers and major nutrients

All beans are rich in fiber that helps you keep feeling full until your next meal. Not just with any types of fiber, but it is rich in insoluble fiber and contains folate that protects your mental and heart health, it is good for protecting your body against heart diseases. If you are pregnant, beans help protect your unborn child from birth defects. Aside from that, beans are also high in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

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2. It is loaded with different amino acids

Beans are rich in 20 amino acids like lysine, in which it scavenges fat, leaving you looking lean and fit. The building blocks of amino acids found in beans paved a great way in making an alternative source for meat.

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3. It can help you regulate your blood sugar.

Because beans are complex carbohydrates and are rich in fiber, its content quickly fills your stomach and slows down the rise of your blood sugar level. This helps you stabilize your blood sugar while fending off your hunger and giving you a steady supply of energy.

4. It is a versatile food

Beans are versatile and highly adaptable when cooked as food. Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, or a snack, you name it, beans are very easy to incorporate into your foods and their rich flavors add to the delicious taste of your recipes.

Lastly,

5. It is affordable

Beans are the least expensive source of protein, whether organic or not, so if you wanted to stay loyal and organic throughout the diet without hurting your budget, you might want to start incorporating beans more in your diet than purchasing expensive organic meat!

So there, the stated benefits of beans will give you more reasons to love the veggie. If you are convinced to have it often before, then look for bean recipes here.

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese – Phase 3

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese is a Tuscan-inspired stew recipe that will make a perfect romantic supper for two, though it can easily be doubled.

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese - Phase 3

You can also enjoy its leftovers with a piece of sprouted grain bread to serve as your healthy snack. Chop the fresh fennel fronds and stir a little into the shrimp mixture, top a fresh salad, or make a pesto.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup chopped  tomato
  • 3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce crumbled Cashew cheese (about 1/4 cup)

Directions: 

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  2. Add fennel, onion, and oregano; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add tomato; cook 2 minutes. Add stock, beans, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Gently stir in shrimp; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove bay leaf; discard. Stir in parsley and pepper. Sprinkle cashew cheese over top.
  4. Serve and enjoy eating!

5 Ways to Add Veggies in Your Diet Meals

WAYS to ADD VEGGIES in yourDIET MEALS

One of the factors why we are gaining weight is due to the kind of foods we are eating. I know all of us here knew that. Well, blame that to the tempting food shops around you and those owners who aim to catch your attention through the mouth-watering aroma and presentations of their foods. 😜

Anyway, kidding aside. There are actually numerous food stops that serve menus which aren’t even healthy and good for our body, especially those who are vending junk foods. In order to avoid consuming these, you’d better start munching more veggies to become strong and healthy!

To guide you attain your weight loss goal this year, here are 5 ways to add veggies in your diet meals:

1. Determine the nutritional element of the foods

You must take into consideration the nutritional makeup of the foods you’ll be eating e.g. macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) to attain a balance diet.

If you’ve been eating lots of meats before, make it less these days and increase your vegetable intake instead. If you want to substitute meat with veggies that also consist of same micronutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B12, you can have the following:

(iron) whole grains, white beans, lentils, dried fruit (apricots), dark green leafy veggies (cooked spinach), olives, beans and peas, asparagus, coconut, mushroom and arugula (rocket).

(zinc) spinach, garlic, sesame seeds, cashews, cooked napa cabbage, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon grass, green peas, firewood sprouts, palm hearts, stir fried lentil sprouts, raw winged bean tubers and mushrooms.

(calcium) turnip greens, curly kale, collard greens, arugula, spinach, watercress, broccoli raab (cooked rapini), beet greens, pak choi (Chinese cabbage), okra, spring onions, leeks, cabbage, endive, broccoli, artichokes, brussels sprouts, celery, sweet potato, carrots, lettuce and parsnips.

(vitamin B12) egg, coconut milk, almond milk.

2. Experiment with fruits and veggies per week

Food experimentations can make your diet more enjoyable. It could also improve your cooking skills in making new healthy recipes. In playing out in your kitchen, you can try one veggie, fruit and other plant-based food every week.

3. Mix and match plant-based with other foods

For plant-based foods that consist of protein, we can have soy and quinoa. Since we have limited veggies that are high in protein, you can also mix and match other foods such as rice and beans, chickpeas and lentils and substitute meat with seitan or tofu to get enough protein.

4. Take small steps in substituting meats

It doesn’t mean that when you’re in a diet, you will totally remove the stocked meats in your fridge. Just simply take small steps a day until you become used to eating veggies without craving for juicy meats.

It’s also effective to create a diet meal schedule wherein you can decide to eat meat on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and skip the other days until you decide to eat it once a week or mix a small slice of meat with your veggie meal recipes.

5.  Plan ahead of time on what to eat

Make it a habit to plan your veggie recipes on weekends so you can buy the ingredients ahead of time to avoid ending up ordering unhealthy and processed foods due to your hectic schedule. If you want, you can also have a huge bowl of veggie salad divided into 3 servings, for your breakfast, lunch and dinner during Monday, Wednesday or Friday. It depends to which schedule you prefer the most that can make you feel comfortable at the same time, satisfied.

When you’re on a diet, learn to love veggies, because it’s said to be the easiest way of obtaining more antioxidants and fiber which are absolutely beneficial for your diet.

10 Effective Food Alterations for Weight Loss

FOOD ALTERATIONS

Losing weight demands so much effort from doing food alterations down to paying attention on what you’re eating. Sometimes, it can also make you feel like you are losing your mind for having no choice but, reduce your weight so you can live a healthier life and avoid diseases.

In order to make your weight loss journey happen naturally in a way that you’ll not feel so exhausted, we will introduce the 10 effective food modifications that are much more effective these days.

For you to be guided of what will be those acceptable food adjustments intended for dieters like you, you may refer to our random list below.

  1. Make it a habit to drink water before and after meal

This kind of technique is truly effective and you may take it from my experience. Drinking lots of water can make you feel full and end up consuming less food.

  1. Alter water’s taste into healthy flavors

If you’re struggling of drinking 8-16 glasses of water per day, then you must look for ways such as adding flavors on it, e.g. mint, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger and any other fruits or veggies to improve its taste and feel refreshed.

  1. Consume vegetables for breakfast

Avoid stomach bloating by preparing healthy breakfast every morning. Veggies are low in calories, filled with vitamins and minerals, and are also a great source of fiber.

If you’re fond of smoothies, you can also have an alteration versions wherein you will add oatmeal, chopped spinach, and eggs.

  1. Choose the smallest-sized drink

This time, you need to adjust your usual beverage orders from the largest to smallest in order to avoid hundred calories consumption and make your diet work.

  1. Turn your oatmeal in to a savory one

If you’re thinking what to eat in the morning that is high in protein, you can make your oatmeal savory. The process would be the following:

– cook 1/3 cup of plain oats with one tablespoon of ground flax

– your favorite spice blend (garlic powder, ground ginger, paprika, and turmeric)

– milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk) for a dose of protein

– add in grated zucchini for volume and extra fiber and top with a fried egg for extra protein

  1. Take carbs & protein for post-workout

Did you know that it’s good to consume carbs & protein during post-workout? That is because our body uses carbs as energy and protein will go to our muscles or any part of our body. If you have lean muscles, your metabolism will become faster.

You can try making a protein shake by adding a banana / frozen mango / slice pineapple and or peaches.

  1. Stick to between 3-5 hours eating schedule

When you’re on a diet, don’t ever think of skipping your meals instead, you must eat atleast small amount of meals and snacks to aid your metabolic rate. In order to help regulate your metabolism, appetite, energy and hormones, you need to follow the schedule of when to eat, and it is said to be between three to five hours because that’s the time of your true biological hunger attacks.

  1. Eat foods with protein every day

You need to eat protein because it can make you less attracted to eat unhealthy foods and may also alleviate your blood sugar. You can take a bite on rich in protein meals or snacks such as fish, chicken, lean meat, beans, turkey, and eggs.

  1. Enjoy veggie salad for dinner

By eating green leafy salad for your dinner makes you full and end up eating your main dish lesser. Take note that in preparing a veggie salad, choose the oil-based and not the creamy dressing to avoid too much calories intake.

  1. Keep the veggie, protein and carbs in order

It’s important to eat fiber-rich veggies first, second is protein and third is foods rich with carbs. This is a great technique in order for you to take plenty of nutrients from the first and second meal order, and will take less from the third one.

There are actually lots of healthy food alterations you can make that you can easily do around your kitchen. In fact, it’s all easy to follow and remember. The list I shared above are just some of the helpful food modification ideas you can refer.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken – Phase 3

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Craving for something spicy and clamoring for an exciting meal? Try out this Chipotle Grilled Chicken recipe and enjoy a hot and spicy dinner, a-la-mexican style.

Ingredients:

Chipotle Grilled Chicken

  • 4 6-8 ounce (about 1 1/2-2 lbs total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or if you want to tone down the heat
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 small (or 1 large) sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 3/4-1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Roasted Green Beans

  • 12 ounces green beans (stems cut off)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

For the Chicken

  1. Combine salt, pepper, and seasonings into a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Lay chicken breasts out onto a sheet pan lined with foil. Season with spice mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Lightly pat spices onto the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to grill, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and place onto the grill presentation-side-down. Cook for 2 1/2-4 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Remove foil from sheet pan and place chicken onto the clean pan. Cover with clean foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

For the Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place diced sweet potatoes onto a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and evenly coat the potatoes with oil and salt/pepper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.

For the Green Beans

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Lay greens beans onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (to taste).
  3. Toss the green beans and then bake for 15 minutes, or until tender.

Have a spicy, hearty, healthy meal!

Magnesium-Rich Diet Helps Maintains Good Blood Pressure

In a study published in Hypertension, a journal, disclosed that having adequate dietary magnesium helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

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Researchers stipulate that an adequate amount of magnesium in body dilates arteries, thus lowering blood pressure.

It is advised that people should eat food rich in magnesium, of which include whole grains, nuts, beans and green leafy vegetables. According to lead researcher Dr. Yiqing Song from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, they were able to gather data from 34 clinical trials on magnesium supplements which had 2000+ people for their study. The people involved were asked to take the supplements ranging from 240 mg to 960 mg. After the data has been assessed, the researchers observed a minute, yet important connection between magnesium intake and robust reductions in blood pressure.

For instance, by taking around 368 mg of magnesium daily for three months, the researchers noticed that it leads to a decline in systolic blood pressure as well as in diastolic blood pressure; meaning, having higher levels of magnesium can be related to blood flow improvement.

As said by the researchers, “This amount of magnesium [368 mg/day] can be obtained from a healthy diet that is consistent with AHA dietary recommendations.”

Penny Kris-Etherton, American Heart Association spokeswoman, says that the study points out the importance of having a healthy diet which incorporates essential nutrients. She then asserted strongly that clinicians should focus on the importance of well-balanced meal instead of stressing on certain benefits. Though the new findings may make monitoring of magnesium levels as an important part of screening for a healthy heart, requirements of magnesium supplements may not be necessary.

5 Ways To Make Food Healthier While On FMD Diet

One of the most rewarding and fulfilling lessons we learned while undergoing the fast metabolism diet is food awareness, that is to say, which ones are beneficial and which lot could sabotage our metabolism. However, do you know that you can make your every meal healthier than it already is?

5 Ways to Make Your Food More Healthier While On FMD Diet

Here are our top 5 tips on how to make heartier and healthier meals while you’re on fast metabolism diet.

1. Know When To Choose Organic Food

Although we recommend to our dieters to patronize organic food whenever possible, we understand that it is a bit expensive. For our dieters who cannot afford to go all-organic yet, we recommend you start first with fruits and veggies, and animal protein.

organic is worth it

These two types of food group are most vulnerable to pesticides, growth hormones, and chemicals, and we eat consume them on a daily basis. This increases our risks of acquiring mortal diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood, Stroke, and Heart disease. The following are the list of food we recommend for you to switch to organic first:

  • Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Pork
  • Strawberries, Raspberries, and Cherries
  • Apples and Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach and Salad Greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

2. Combine Powerful Food with Better Nutrient Absorption

Fortunately, we’ve already got this tip half-covered. We strategically  designed your meal map, as well the foods you eat to help your body get the optimum nutrition it needs. But if you want to boost your nutrient absorption further, you can combine these powerful, nutrition-house foods into your meal recipes.

Tomatoes and Olive Oil – We all know that the Lycopene found on tomatoes have powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant properties but this nutrient is best absorbed when combined with a healthy fat such as olive oil. It is also revealed that lycopene absorbs more efficiently when you processed it into natural tomato puree and paste.

Spinach and Lemon juice (from squeezed lemons) – Green, leafy veggies contain Iron that promotes healthy blood circulation in your body. The presence of vitamin C enhances iron absorption up to 6 more times.

Eggs and Avocado – These two types of food are match-made in heaven. The healthy fats found in avocado helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin D found in eggs.

3. Eat Slowly and Chew

Tip of the Week: Chew your Food Thoroughly! A study says people reported feeling fuller when they ate slowly, thus helping you lose weight.:

We may sound like a broken playlist by now, but we’ll never get tired of reminding you of this simple and gentle advice: Chew your foods well and eat slowly. Breaking your foods into smaller chunks will ease your digestion. It can also help your gut to absorb the energy and nutrients from digesting foods.

Aside from that, your brain normally takes 20 minutes before it sends a signal that you’re full. So take time and relish in the foods you’re eating to avoid overeating.

4. Know when to soak, crush, or sprout your ingredients.

Our nutrient intake is not only determined by the food we eat but also with the way it is cooked. In order to get the optimum nutrition you need, here is a guide on when to apply the necessary cooking method for your meals.

Soak – Soaking legumes and beans overnight will help improve the nutritional value of your meals. Since legumes and beans have water-soluble nutrients after soaking, it will help your body to absorb minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium easier.

Sprout – This method is good for pulse veggies such as alfalfa, mung bean. and chickpeas since they require more effort to soak. Sprouting can also increase the availability of nutrients stored in these veggies. Sprouting is best recommended if you’re making salads since it gives an extra nutrient boost.

5. Know when To Eat Raw/Cooked/Frozen Foods.

Whether you prefer to eat raw or cooked foods, we cannot deny that foods are nutritional powerhouses. But do you know when is the best time to eat them?

If the foods are rich either in Vitamin B1, B5, Folate, and Vitamin C, we recommend to eat them as raw. It’s because these veggies are sensitive to heat. When heated, their nutritional value decreases, so it’s best to eat them in their natural, uncooked state.

If the foods are rich in beta-carotene, (such as squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes) lycopene (tomatoes), we recommend to eat them best when cooked.

For fruits, you can eat them either as fresh or frozen. But research found that frozen fruits and veggies actually have richer nutrient compounds like vitamin C, antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene than their fresh alternatives. Frozen carrots and blueberries are the living proof of that.

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