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Salmon Fish Sticks with Zucchini Chips – Phase 3

What better way to commemorate Independence Day than to be independent of unhealthy food and lifestyle choices. So, we offer you a salmon fish recipe that will sure knock off those unhealthy food ideas you have for the 4th of July celebration. Salmon Fish Sticks with Zucchini Chips are fun to make, tasty and appetizing, and most of all, very, very, healthy.

Servings: 4

Salmon Fish Sticks with Zucchini Chips - Phase 3

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup olive oil
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream (3 egg whites and 1 cup coconut milk)
  • 6 large zucchini, sliced into 1/8″ rounds
  • 1 1/2 lb. skinless salmon, cut into 1″ strips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 2 c of sprouted-grain bread crumbs
  • Pinch of sea salt,
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions for making heavy whipped cream:

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

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and insert wire racks. In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Cook until garlic is softened, 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and heavy cream and heat through, 5 minutes.
  4. Using immersion blender, pulse until sauce is smooth. Turn off heat and cover sauce to keep warm.
  5. Using a mandoline, slice zucchini into thin rounds approximately 1/8″ thick. Spread zucchini into an even layer over the sheet pans. (If you do not have wire racks, place directly on parchment paper.)
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown, 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat cast iron skillet with 1 cup of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  8. Prepare breading station with three medium bowls: one bowl with sprouted grain bread crumbs, another with 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water, beaten, and the third with almond flour.
  9. Season fish with salt and pepper. Coat each piece of fish with flour and shake off excess, then dip in egg and coat in breadcrumbs.
  10. Fry fish in two batches until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Season with salt immediately.
  11. Serve fish sticks with zucchini chips and tomato sauce. Garnish with sea salt and parsley.

Crispy and Cheesy Fish Sticks – Phase 3

Reminisce your childhood favorite finger foods and dip with this healthy version of Crispy and Cheesy Fish Sticks rich in omega-3s that’s good for your heart. Pair up with delicious safflower mayonnaise dip and a wedge of lemon for a classic touch.

Crispy and Cheesy Fish Sticks – Phase 3

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

(For Fish Sticks):

For Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup safflower mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander
  • 1/2 lemon juice (from squeezed lemons)
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to 405 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut fish into long pieces so they resemble slender fillets. You can remove the skin of the fish as well. If you have a thinner piece of white fish, it may be harder for it to stay together without the skin.
  3. Mix breadcrumbs, amaranth flakes, cashew cheese, spice seasoning, and cayenne together in a bowl.
  4. Beat eggs in another bowl.
  5. Dip fish in the egg mixture, then dip into the breadcrumbs. Place the pieces on a baking sheet or rack.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Mix all of the ingredients (for dressing) together for the dipping sauce and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

New Study Says a Fish-Rich Diet Could Lessen the Risk of Depression

Diet has been one way or another linked to the risk of getting depression. Such that a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish provide an impact. And recently, a new study suggests that for those people who eat a lot of fish are less likely to be depressed. With men reduced their risk of depression by 20% and women with 16%. But still, further studies must be met for not a single one has looked at the individual components and was able to link the connection between fish and depression risk.

IMG_0910Omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, were suggested by researchers that they may alter the microstructure of brain membranes, modifying the activity of dopamine and serotonin which are neurotransmitters thought to be involved in depression. And that eating a lot of fish may be an indicator of a healthier diet that can help stave off depression for its high quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

“The association between fish consumption and risk of depression is controversial,” said Professor Dongfeng Zhang at the Medical College of Qingdao University, Shandong, China. He added that many studies have investigated the link between food consumption and depression risk. And with the recently published meta-analysis which indicates healthy dietary pattern characterized by a eating fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains at higher consumption, has a significant correlation with a reduced risk of depression. But yet, isn’t clear which component of the dietary pattern is responsible for the protective effect.

“Fish, as an important source of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs), which may play important roles in neural structure and function, has been reported to be associated with depression in several studies,” Prof. Zhang explained, “However, others did not find an association between fish consumption and depression risk”.

In the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, published was a study that looked at all relevant worldwide studies printed between 2001 and 2014 that examined the link of fish consumption and depression risk. And only the European studies backed up the study.

Zhang then added that a higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression, but further studies must be done whether this association varies to the type of fish accordingly.

“The specific mechanisms require large experimental studies to confirm,” Zhang concluded.

The findings given here were based on 16 articles which include 26 studies  with 150,278 participants involved, but did not define the portion of fish to consume weekly or how it must be prepared.

Lose Weight: Another Benefit from Fish Oil

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According to Medical News Today, below are the following benefits of Fish Oil:

    • Reduce the risk of acquiring prostate cancer – with consuming a low fat diet coupled with fish oil can decrease the risk of prostate cancer, but too much consumption of it can also increase the risk of prostate cancer by 71%
    • Protection from vision loss – healthy diet accompanied with fish oil consumption can protect people from vision loss which is related with ageing
    • Mental Health – can improve memory in healthy young adults, protection from postpartum depression among mothers, and young people with behavioral problems like ADHD
    • Reduce the risk of developing psychosis

And to add to the aforementioned benefits above, is the study-based truth that Fish Oils can help lose weight.

Published in Cell Metabolism was a study from Sahlgrenska Academy that reports diets which are rich in fish oil produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice versus diets rich in lard. You heard it right, they made the study basing on the guts of mice. How did they monitor this study?

The Study

Researchers involved in this study was able to gain results suggesting that the gut bacteria is responsible with some of the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard. By transplanting gut microbes associated with a fish oil diet and a lard diet on different mice, they found out that the former protected the mice from diet-induced weight gain and inflammation compared to the latter.

With the findings, gut microbes considered to be an independent factor that can aggravate inflammation associated with diet-induced obesity, giving hope for a probiotic that might help counteracting a “greasy” diet.

You may wonder then that this study was conducted with mice as subjects but according to Robert Caesar of the University of Gothenburg who was the first author of the study, “our goal is to identify interventions for optimizing metabolic health in humans”.

For 11 weeks of feeding and monitoring signs of metabolic health among mice done by Caesar who was working in senior study author Fredrik Bäckhed’s lab, growth of bacteria called Bilophila (bacteria linked to gut inflammation) was observed on the mice given with lard consumption while on the other hand, was the bacteria called Akkermansia muciniphila (known to reduce weight gain and improve glucose metabolism) being observed on the mice given with the fish oil consumption.

Bäckhed quoted: “We were surprised that the lard and the fish oil diet, despite having the same energy content and the same amount of dietary fiber–which is the primary energy source for the gut bacteria–resulted in fundamentally different gut microbiota communities and that the microbiota per se had such large effects on health.”

Supporting Evidence

To be able to lend a hand on the previous study, a next set of experiment was conducted, dealing with “fecal transplants”. This is to test whether fish oil diet microbes could possibly improve the health of mice fed with only lard and then, vice versa. It resulted that gut microbe communities can really determine and as well recover health problems that are caused by poor diet.

Bäckhed quoted: “Our paper supports previous reports indicating the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila is a promoter of a healthy phenotype. However, further investigations will be needed to determine if this bacteria can be used as probiotic strain and, in that case, how it should be combined with diet to optimize health outcomes.”

Therefore, this study hints that fish oils can also be an aid in losing weight. But know that imbalanced consumption of fish oils can cause negative effects. Still, nothing beats a balanced and healthy diet.

Delectable Tuna Fish Salad – Phase 3

Looking for a protein-packed lunch that is easy to prep? You will love this Tuna Fish Salad. A healthy seafood salad with rich flavors and smothered with avocado that serves as your healthy fats.

Delectable Tuna Fish SaladIngredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Spread the mixture in the grain bread and you’re done! Chill and serve! Enjoy eating!

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.

Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa – Phase 3

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Salsa

  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • the juice of 1/2 lime
  • the juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. To toast coconut, add to a saucepan over low-medium heat and stir, cooking for about 4-5 minutes. Toss continuously until it is evenly toasted then set aside.
  2. Season tilapia with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet over medium to medium high heat then add coconut oil. Add tilapia and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula, gently turn over the fish then cover in half of the toasted coconut.
  4. Once tilapia is cooked or can now be easily flaked with a fork, remove from skillet then top it with remaining toasted coconut.
  5. Add pomegranate salsa on top then serve.

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Combine all ingredients together and mix. This can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.

This dish is relatively easy to make, tasty to eat, and definite thumbs-up in the health department. Start cooking and enjoy and hearty and healthy meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

5 Fast Metabolism Diet Foods that Promotes Better Sleep

We’ve long reiterated the importance of sleep and the crucial role it plays in the success of your fast metabolism diet lifestyle. Sleep repairs our body and improves our health, however the challenge lies in maintaining a consistent sleeping schedule.

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If you have trouble sleeping early, it’s time we call a friend, and what greater friend to depend on times like this than FOOD! As I told you, food is not your enemy here. If you make peace with food, it can help you heal and restore your body to its optimal condition.

Here are the fast metabolism diet foods you should eat in order to increase your chances for a peaceful slumber.

1. Fish

Fishes such as salmon, tuna, and halibut are rich in vitamin B6. This nutrient is essential in the production of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone that is triggered by darkness. You can try out fish recipes to munch on for dinner.This well help you sleep better.

2. Leafy Green Veggies

Remember when we’re used to drinking dairy milk to entice us to sleep? That is because milk is rich in calcium. If you are calcium-deficient, it is more difficult for you to fall asleep. And since we cannot consume dairy milk, we go for other healthier alternatives!

One of them is consuming leafy green veggies such as kale, collards, and cruciferous veggies. You can also read our complete list of alternative sources for calcium below:

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

3. Walnuts and Almonds (Phase 3)

Walnuts, on one hand, are rich in tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that also contributes to the production of serotonin and melatonin. If combined, they enhance and repair your body clock cycle.

Almonds, on the other hand, are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed to improve quality of sleep and is a remedy for headaches.

4. Chickpeas and Hummus (Phase 3)

Both are a good source of tryptophan and melatonin. You can take it as your snacks for Phase 3 and have a delightful, afternoon nap.

5. Cereals (Phase 1 and 3)

Cereals are rich in carbohydrates and when paired with non-dairy milk (such as almonds), it gives you the perfect meal or snack before going on a sleep. What’s more, it is a light meal, so your tummy won’t have a hard time digesting it, it won’t interrupt your body clock cycle.

4 Types of “Healthy Fat” You Should Include in Fast Metabolism Diet Plan

It was once a popular myth that in order to lose weight, one should avoid eating fats. What we don’t know is that there are healthy benefits we can gain from consuming fats. Healthy fat can actually help us lose weight as it prompts the release of fat-melting enzymes. That’s why we keep on telling, you need to “Eat fats to lose fat”.

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But you might be wondering just what type of fats you should eat, and which ones you should avoid?

Here is a comprehensive list of healthy fat you should incorporate in your fast metabolism diet plan.

1. Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 oil and fatty acids that are good for your heart. The fish oil helps prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases, chronic illness. Most of all, it can help you lose weight. You can read more benefits of fish oil below.

Lose Weight: Another Benefit from Fish Oil

2. Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT)

You’ve probably heard how MCT oil is rising in popularity recently. New-York based researchers have found that MCT oil also aids in weight loss. MCT oil increases your fat burning capacity, and I couldn’t help but agree!

As you can see, your liver metabolizes MCT oil than regular long-chain fats. Because of this, our liver is more likely to burn MCT oils for energy rather than storing them as fats. You can have coconut, coconut milk, and coconut oil in Phase 3 as your healthy fat. This food is rich in MCT oil and is FMD-compliant!

3. Polyunsaturated Fats

This type of fat is known for their cholesterol-reducing capabilities. these foods also help in reducing your blood pressure. Salmon, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are rich in polyunsaturated fats.

4. Monounsaturated Fats

Monounsaturated fats help lower your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol. The greatest catch is that it is easy to find! Monounsaturated fats are found in your favorite on-the-go snacks like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and avocado!

Let us debunk the old myth that fat will make you fat. With the right mindset, you can find that the healthy, good fats can help you lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Start embracing the “good fats” right now and incorporate them in your fast metabolism diet plan.

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