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5 Healthy Foods That Will Keep You Awake and Alert

Keeping your focus while working after the weekend or after staying up late the night before can be quite a challenge. This might be a great time to know what healthy food to munch on to keep the brain up and running.

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What’s even better is that these options are not expensive, but rather easy to find and easy to prepare. So whether you’re in Manic Monday mode or just in need a jolt to jump-start yourself for the afternoon work, keep these healthy foods at hand.

  1. Smoothies. Use some fresh fruits like blueberries, avocados or raspberries. These fruits are good sources of vitamins and nutrients. Glucose, a natural form of sugar, is abundant in fruits, so if you’re planning to make smoothies, skip the sugar. Your blood sugar won’t spike up since it’s also loaded with fibers. Smoothies can also boost your short-term memory. Just remember to drink in moderation, or you’ll end up feeling tired.
  2. Pumpkin seeds. They’re cheap and easy to find. Keep a small pack on your table to munch on during work. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, zinc and other minerals that help transport oxygen to the brain and nerve cells, thus increasing brain activity.
  3. Herbal Tea. Skip the iced cold, sugar-filled frappe and stick to your herbal tea. The stronger the better. Avoid drinking too much though, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling edgy. A cup of a warm tea will help you stay awake and focused.
  4. Dark chocolates and nuts (Phase 3). You can make a handy trail mix from these. Eat some dark chocolates and nuts whenever you feeling tired or sleepy. They are anti-aging and brain boosting snacks.
  5. Fish and Baked Sweet Potatoes. This could be your brain boosting meal for lunch. Choose fatty fish like salmon; they’re rich in Omega-3 fats that will boost your memory and slows down the brain’s decline as you grow older. Sweet potatoes give you solid energy that the brain needs for the day.

So whenever you feel tired and sleepy, eat some of these healthy food to keep you wide awake and focused. However, bear in mind that getting enough rest and exercise is still the best remedy.

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!

Learn Emma Watson’s Secret Diet Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Emma Watson has captivated our hearts with her glamor and charm ever since her younger years and up to present. Sometimes we wonder if her notable role as Hermione Granger was true because she casts a spell on us. We can’t help but notice and stare at her enchanting beauty. What could be the secret behind her flawless skin and youthful glow?

Learn Emma Watson's Secret Diet Towards a Healthier Life

Learn Emma Watson’s Secret Diet to live a healthy, glowing life.

1. Emma Watson Loves Outdoor Activities

Emma loves outdoor activities and she considered it as her form of exercise. She loves hiking on hills, walking, running, and playing hockey. Basically, she loves doing sports that can make her sweat.

She’s also undergoing weight-lifting that helps her to have stronger bones with a toned feminine body. As you may know, weight-lifting makes your muscle lean and boost your metabolism to lose more weight.

2. Emma’s Diet Plan Concentrates on Low Saturated Fats and Salt

Emma avoids eating unhealthy junk foods and focuses more on balancing her protein and carb intake. She prefers to eat fish (though sometimes she eats lean meat and grilled chicken), fresh fruits, veggies, salads, and spinach.

3. With Regards to Cheat Days . . .

Emma does also have her fair share of cheat days. She loves indulging in chocolates, pasta, bagels, etc. She also loves baking and she indulges herself with her delicious bakes too!

4. Emma Avoids Stress for her Skin Care

Emma knows that stress not only ruins your body but your beauty too. So as much as possible, she avoids any kind of stress and just focuses on the things that can make her happy. She wears sunscreen and removes her makeup every time she goes to bed. She also loves to pamper herself with a long bath.

Emma only uses branded makeup and nail paints like EssieLancôme, Giorgio Armani and Kiehl’s. She also loves to wear red lip shades and always keep a lipstick and lip balm on her purse.

Together with a healthy diet, exercise, and right skin care, Emma Watson was able to maintain her natural glow and vigor.  Use Emma’s story as an inspiration to embark your journey towards a healthy lifestyle too!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle – Phase 3

Our Valentines day won’t be complete without savoring these mouthwatering chocolates to satisfy our sweet tooth and chocolate cravings! Well, chocolate is a symbol of Valentines and just because we’re on the FMD diet doesn’t mean we’ll miss the fun! Our indulgence for today is not that sinful to destroy your healthy commitment, in fact now is the best time to treat yourself to a delectable Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle now that you’re on Phase 3!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle - Phase 3

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces raw cacao powder 
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream (made of egg whites and almond/coconut milk)
  • Assorted coatings, such as shredded coconut, finely chopped pistachios, almonds, or other coating of your choice.

Directions:

  1. Place raw cacao in a medium bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over raw cacao powder.

  2. Let sit 2 to 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Refrigerate (uncovered) until somewhat firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Spoon mounds (2 level teaspoons each) of chocolate mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to the refrigerator 15 minutes.

  4. With your hands, roll mounds into balls. Place desired coatings in shallow bowls; roll balls in coatings, pressing in and covering completely. Return to baking sheet; chill until set, about 30 minutes.

 

Healthy Halloween Trick and Treat Tips for your Children

Ding, dong! Now that the Halloween season is fast approaching, I bet your kids are pretty excited for the event and by now preparing their treats and Halloween costumes for the upcoming Trick or Treat Party.  Halloween season is the favorite season of most kids as they get the chance to indulge themselves with unlimited candies and sweet pastries. A lot of pretzels, apples, pumpkins are coated with thick layer of caramel and chocolates will be present on the table  and as a health conscious individual, we couldn’t help but be anxious for our children’s well being.

Healthy Halloween Trick and Treat Tips for your Children

To help you navigate through the holiday with ease, we compiled these healthy Halloween tips for you and your children to recover your curb from sweet tooth and Halloween candy hangover.

  1. Eat Healthy Food before Trick or Treat Party

It is recommended that before your kids attend the trick or treat party, they should be full already with healthy foods. Serve your kids a healthy dinner packed with lots of protein, fruits, fibers and veggies. If the Halloween party falls on your Phase 1, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to serve high glycemic fruits. High glycemic fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, watermelons keeps your sugar cravings sated. If their sugar craving is already stable, they are less likely to indulge themselves in candies and other sweet pastries served on the table.

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  1. Hand Out non-sugary foods or Cook For Them!

Instead of packing sweet treats, go for healthier options like fruits, veggies, mini rice cereal, nuts and almonds, mini pops popcorn or turkey jerky!  If not, cook for them a healthy Halloween snack recipes they can enjoy and indulge themselves to something sweet. The trick here is to design and assemble these foods into funny, cool and spooky shapes, they are more likely to consume it.

  1. Stay Active

Encourage more activities and body coordination with your kids while they are in the party. A quick walk from house to house, or a little body movement such as dancing will help your kids burn the sugar they take and convert it to energy instead of depositing it as fats.

  1. Practice Portion Control

If possible, remind your children that although they can eat the treats served on the table, they should have a limit of how much they are allowed to eat. Explain and make them understand that they can take a nibble on their most favorite sweet treats while discarding the rest. Another trick is cutting the portion sizes into smaller ones. Instead of taking one large chocolate bar, it can be cut into smaller pieces and they can have a taste of all those candies and sweets.

  1. Bounce Back From a Candy Binge

If you found yourself or your kids still having their Sweet Halloween hangover, you can consider applying these tips to beat sugar cravings. Or you can have this detoxifying soup.

Applying these tips will let your kids enjoy the Trick and Treat party without worrying about health and well-being. Let your children participate in your healthy lifestyle activities for them to be conscious about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and in no time, they will take the initiative themselves in choosing their food wisely. Check our fast metabolism diet Halloween recipes for trick and treats snack ideas. The community wishes everyone to have a wonderful Halloween!

Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes – Phase 3

Let your kids have a taste of adventure with this choco goodness and sweetness without worrying about their health and well-being. This delicious super-moist Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes are made grain-free and dairy free. A perfect, healthier option to enjoy chocolates this Halloween!

Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes - Phase 3Cupcakes:

  • 1/3 cup of almond flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  •  1½ tablespoons of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of stevia
  • 5 tablespoon of peach puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge Frosting:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon stevia

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C and line 8 muffin cups with liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine the wet ingredients and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add this to the wet ingredients. Stir in just until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Pour evenly into the muffin liners. If you want to make spiderwebs like designs, you need to be careful not to put too much batter in the liners because it’ll be more difficult if you have a slightly domed cupcake. The chocolate liners in this recipe were a little less than ⅔ full.
  4. Bake for 16 minutes. For the frosting, melt the coconut oil, almond butter and cocoa powder together in a pot or pan over low heat. When it’s completely melted and smooth, take it off the heat and add the stevia and stir until well combined. Let the cupcakes and frosting cool completely before icing. 
  5. Put the icing and draw out your spiderweb design on cupcakes.
  6. Enjoy them with family and friends!

Delectable Blueberry Dark Chocolate – Phase 3

Most of us would crave for some desserts while on the diet. Don’t feel guilty when you are feeling this because that’s completely normal!  Here’s some bittersweet dessert to brighten up your day! Get your dose of chocolates using this simple recipe!

This chooey yummy Blueberry Dark Chocolates in Phase 3 is blended with blueberry’s juiciness and the bitterness of dark chocolate. Can’t wait to share the recipe with you, so here it is!

Delectable Blueberry Dark ChocolateIngredients

  • 4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 3.5 oz dark raw cacao.
  • 4 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Wash the blueberries and place on a clean towel to dry.
  2. Line four muffin tin cups with paper liners.
  3. Add the dark cacao powder in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Add the coconut oil.
  4. Melt the dark cacao in the microwave: run the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring the chocolate in-between and rotating the measuring cup. Finish when most of the powder is melted (mine took 1 minutes). Stir until smooth and fully melted.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the paper liners, dividing it evenly. Divide the blueberries between the liners, allowing some to sink into the chocolate and some to remain on top.
  6. Refrigerate 1 hour prior to serving.

6 Ways to Get your Kids to Eat Veggies

As we personally witness the miracles the fast metabolism diet has brought to our body and health, we couldn’t help but share this program to our loved ones. We wanted to influence others to switch to healthy lifestyle just like us, especially our little angels. As parents, it is our mission to nurture and teach our kids about healthy eating.

6 Ways to Get your Kids Eat Healthy VeggiesWhile it looks easier to convince our kids to eat fruits, protein-packed meals and healthy snacks, it is true to most of the parents to find it challenging to encourage the kids to love veggies. Veggies play an important role in our nourishment, weight loss and our overall health. Our kids would normally favor sweets, chocolates, meats and junk foods over the healthy ones.

How do we inspire them to eat veggies? Here are the tips you can apply:

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Blend Veggies into Smoothies.

The best way to get your kids eat healthy veggies is through smoothie. No one could resist drinking a healthy drink such as smoothie! Mix these veggies up with delicious fruits and healthy fats to give a nourishing and healthy breakfast or snack for your kids. Not only your kids are able to eat veggies, smoothies can also make them full and satisfied.

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Include them in Salads, Soups and Pasta

If your kids are a fan of soups, salads or pasta, this will definitely do the trick! You can chop the veggies into chunks and pieces and include them in your fast metabolism diet recipes.

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Cut them Into Funny Shapes

Another way is to chop the veggies in shapes and assemble them based on their favorite  character from movies or cartoons. Example for this is you can make shapes out of zucchini and cucumber. Your kids are most likely to eat it since the shapes attract them.

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Let them Pick their Favorite Food

When you are in a grocery store, give your kids the freedom to pick up the foods they want to eat, rather than forcing them to eat all of the foods you picked. This will make them feel special and feel like they have a say in what they eat. They are less likely to indulge themselves into unhealthy foods

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Make Pizza or Chips

Do your kids love to eat pizza? Instead of having take outs, why not make a homemade delicious and healthy pizza yourself? You can have kale, zucchini or other veggies topped into your pizza! This will be a perfect opportunity for you and your kids to bond in the kitchen and make delicious foods!

Don’t Trick Them

Last and definitely not the least, don’t try to trick your kids. Instead, try to have a heart to heart talk with your kids and tell them why you’re adding veggies into their meals or snacks. Let them understand the importance of eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. Your kids are most likely to support and follow you if you try to consider their feelings. And most importantly, be a good role model for them.

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding – Phase 3

Valentines is fast approaching. It is completely convenient to have chocolates together with your loved ones on this special day. While chocolate is the norm on Valentines, we must be most watchful of our diet since chocolates are sprouting out anywhere. It is hard to resist, but for those on Phase 3 now there is an exciting chocolate recipe just right for you!

If you have never made cacao chia seed pudding before it may seem a bit strange at first but it really is great option so give it a go. You can also top it with any of your favorite raspberry, cranberry, cherry, blueberry or shredded coconut.

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PREP TIME: 5 mins

TOTAL TIME: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
  • 1/8 tablespoon of stevia (depending on how sweet you like it)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl & whisk until combined ensuring there are no cacao lumps.
  2. Pour into little glasses or just set in the bowl that you mix it in.
  3. Place in the fridge over night or for at least a couple of hours.
  4. Enjoy!

Want to grab a snack bar anytime? This Just Great Stuff Organic Cacao Acai Bar, a delicious gluten-free snack bar with Acai and a cracked unsweetened cacao beans also known as cacao nibs is the best replacement to the pudding described above. No sugar, no additives and rich in antioxidants.

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A healthy valentines for you and your date!