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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!

Grilled Lean-Cut Lamb Satay: Phase 2 Recipe

To help in making an amazing Fast Metabolism Diet here is a delicious and unique Phase 2 recipe!

Phase 2 recipe

Ingredients:

  • Medium sized lean cut lamb
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Finely chop the garlic cloves and throw them in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl except the lamb and coriander leaves.
  3. Mix this marinade well.
  4. Put the lamb into the bowl and make sure to coat the lamb evenly and generously with the marinade.
  5. Grill the lamb thoroughly on both sides.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle a few sesame seeds on top.
  7. Serve and ENJOY this Phase 2 Recipe!

 

Source: Style Craze

Food List: Fast Metabolism Diet Phase 2

To further help in implementing your Fast Metabolism Diet, here is the complete list of foods allowed on Phase 2!

Phase 2

VEGETABLES AND SALAD GREENS (FRESH, CANNED, OR FROZEN)

  • Arrowroot Arugula Asparagus
  • Beans: green, yellow (wax), French (string) Broccoli florets
  • Cabbage and all types of celery
  • Collard greens Cucumbers, any type Endive
  • Fennel
  • Green chiles, jalapeños Green onions
  • Jicama Kale Leeks
  • Lettuce (any except iceberg), mixed greens
  • Mushrooms Mustard greens
  • Onions, Red and Yellow peppers: Bell, Pepperoncini Rhubarb
  • Shallots Spinach Spirulina Swiss chard Watercress

FRUITS (FRESH OR FROZEN)

  • Lemons Limes

ANIMAL PROTEIN

  • Beef, all lean cuts: filet, tenderloin, strip, sirloin, shell steak, London broil, round steak, rump roast, stew meat, lean ground
  • Buffalo meat
  • Chicken: boneless, skinless white meat Cod/scrod fillet
  • Corned beef
  • Deli meats, nitrate-free: roast beef, chicken, turkey Dory fish fillet
  • Eggs, whites only Flounder Fillet
  • Game: venison, ostrich, elk Halibut fillet
  • Jerky, nitrate-free: beef, buffalo, turkey, elk, ostrich Lamb, lean cuts
  • Oysters, packed in water Pork: loin roast, tenderloin Salmon: nitrate-free smoked Sardines, packed in water Sole fillet
  • Tuna, packed in water
  • Turkey: breast steaks, lean ground Turkey bacon, nitrate-free

VEGETABLE PROTEIN AND STARCHES

None in this phase.

BROTHS, HERBS, SPICES, AND CONDIMENTS

  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broths: beef, chicken, vegetable* Dried herbs: all types
  • Fresh herbs: all types of Garlic, fresh, powdered Ginger, fresh Horseradish, prepared Mustard: prepared, dry
  • Noncaffeinated herbal teas or Pero
  • Natural seasonings: Bragg Liquid Aminos, coconut amino acids, tamari Pickles, no sugar added
  • Seasonings: black and white peppers, cay enne, chili powder, chili paste, chipotle, cinnamon, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, curry powder, raw cacao powder, nutmeg, onion salt, sea salt, Simply Organic seasoning
  • Sweeteners: Stevia, Xy litol (birch or hardwood only ) Tabasco
  • Vanilla or peppermint extract Vinegar: any ty pe (except rice)

GRAINS

 None in this phase.

HEALTHY FATS

None in this phase.

BTW, don’t forget to choose organic foods whenever possible in order to gain the full benefits in Phase 2 of your Fast Metabolism Diet.

What To Do: Fast Metabolism Diet Phase 1

Phase 1

The Phase 1 of the Fast Metabolism Diet consists of carbs and fruits. This phase lasts for 2 days (Monday & Tuesday) and is intended to help your body relax by allowing you to eat foods that are high in carbs, moderate in proteins, and low in fats.

The foods you eat and the things you do in this phase will help stop your body’s “famine alert” state, thus allowing the first step towards boosting your metabolism.

Here is a list of foods that you can eat while on Phase 1:

  • Vegetables – Broccoli, beets, bean sprouts, green leaf lettuce, onions, radish, pumpkin, peppers, tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, celery, cucumber, butternut squash, all kinds of beans, zucchini, parsnips, etc.
  • Fruits- Berries, apple, watermelon, tangerine, pineapple, pomegranate, lime, lemon, mango, orange, papaya, fig, kiwi, cherry, guava, apricot, cantaloupe, etc.
  • Starch & Grains – Brown rice, rice flour, brown rice crackers, brown rice pasta, brown rice cereal, black barley, quinoa, fusilli, sprouted grain bagels and bread, nut flours, tapioca, rice milk, tapioca flour, triticale, oats, etc.
  • Beverages- Water and herbal tea (noncaffeinated).
  • Others- Garlic, ginger, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, rosemary, sage, thyme, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, mustard, chicken broth, vegetable broth, beef broth, pickles, tomato paste, bay leaves, cilantro, mint, chives, oregano, cumin, white vinegar, curry powder, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, basil, etc.

Here are foods that you should avoid:

  • Vegetables – Potato
  • Fruits – Ripe mango, jackfruit, and banana
  • Protein – Beef, chicken with or without skin, lamb, fish, tofu, soy, and mushrooms
  • Beverages – Aerated drinks, packaged fruit juices, packaged coconut water, and alcohol
  • Others – Tomato ketchup, ranch, tartar sauce, barbecue sauce, and sweet chili sauce.

And, since a good exercise is required when it comes to losing weight, below is a morning or evening workout that you should try while on Phase 1 of the Fast Metabolism Diet:

  • Arm circles – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Wrist circles – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Neck rotation – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Ankle rotation – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Leg rotation – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Waist rotation – 1 set of 10 reps (clockwise and anticlockwise)
  • Jumping jacks – 2 sets of 20 reps
  • Forward lunges – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Jumping squat – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Spot jogging – 5-7 minutes
  • Mountain climbers – 2 sets of 10 reps
  • Situps – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Crunches – 2 sets of 10 reps

*For Phase 1 recipes, check out our previous posts.

 

Source: Style Craze

5 Superfoods You Should Eat Every Single Day

Superfoods

Revitalize your body, maintain good health, and stay in shape with these 5 Superfoods!

Almonds– rich in protein, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber & many key amino acids which are beneficial for the body. They can even help lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

Eggs– a very good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.

Brocolli– a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid), disease-fighting compounds and also provides potassium, fiber. It also has the ability to prevent many types of cancer, improve digestion, detoxify the body, protect the skin, eliminate inflammation and improve vision.

Bananas– loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6. Which all contribute to the proper functioning of the body and helps maintain proper health. The high content of potassium in bananas also makes it a super fruit.

Salmon– an oily fish that’s high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating salmon can help prevent depression, risks of heart disease, prostate cancer and can also benefit in weight control.

 

Source: Health Tips

Grilled Salmon Fillets with Lemon and Dill

Grilled Salmon Fillets with Lemon and Dill

Salmon is already a delicious and a healthy fish meat and cooking it on the grill reaches its full potential of tastiness as the flavor is increased and its meat becoming more favorable to the human mouth and taste buds. Adorned with dill, lemon juice, and garlic, this Phase 2 recipe is a wonderful addition to your meals during the summer season while fast and easy enough for weeknight dinners.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large salmon fillets, skin on and 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL)
  • fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) coarse ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. In a bowl, brush lemon juice onto the skin and then onto the flesh of the salmon fillets.  
  2. Mix salt, black pepper, and garlic powder and sprinkle on the fillets salmon. Top dill chopped to pieces.
  3. Grill the salmon facing side down and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Work salmons away from the grill grates using a spatula with covers down.
  4. Once free, gently flip the fillets and allow to cook for 8 to 10 minutes still cover down and with a heat from 145 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove salmon fillets from the grill and place on plates garnished with lemon slices and chopped dill.

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