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4 Easy, Delectable and Healthy Recipes For Your Kids

There is nothing more fulfilling than to see yourself and your family embarked together on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle. What better way to begin this journey than to encourage our loved ones to start eating healthy food?

 

4 Easy, Delectable and Healthy Recipes For Your Kids

But encouraging our kids to eat healthy food can be challenging since they prefer to eat junk foods. How then do we inspire and encourage them to eat healthy foods?

We present these four (4) delectable and healthy recipes that your kids will surely love!

And what’s more? They are incredibly quick and easy to make! You won’t need to worry about finding the time to prepare these dishes.

1. Zucchini Pizza Bites – Phase 1/3

If your kids are craving for pizza, zucchini pizza bite is a perfect and healthier alternative. These “bite-size” pizzas are designed to make eating fun and will surely keep your kids coming back for more! This is also an awesome dish to prepare as an appetizer during parties. Here’s a quick look on how to prepare the dish:

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Phase 1/3

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Zucchini sliced into rounds
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste (of you can substitute with 1 can or 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, sliced
  • ¼ tsp oregano, dried and any other herbs or spices you desire
  • 1 ½ brown rice cheese (for Phase 1) almond/cashew cheese (for Phase 3) – grated or small slices

Instructions:

  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Slice the zucchini about 1/4″ thick, discarding the ends, and pop on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil
  • Smear on some tomato paste with the back of a spoon, add the herbs, sprinkle with grated or sliced cheese.
  • Pop under the grill for a few minutes (no more that 5) until cheese is melted. Yum!

2. Watermelon Cake – Phase 1

Who says cakes can only be made from fine flour, sugar, butter, and other unhealthy ingredients? Perish the thought! Eating cakes can be healthy whenever you want it to be! Try this watermelon cake which only consists of healthy fruits and delectable whipped cream!

Watermelon Cake - Phase 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole 5 kg (11 lb) seedless ripe watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipped cream (made from egg whites and rice milk)
  • Strawberries and figs
  • Berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
  • Other Phase 1 fruits you want to add!

Preparing the Whipped Cream:

  • 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.

Directions:

  • Place the watermelon on a large chopping board. Slice the top and bottom of the melon to create a flat top and base.
  • With the melon standing on one end, remove the rind, including the hard white flesh. Alternatively, you may like to cut the rind off in sections and trim to achieve the same cylindrical appearance.
  • Pat the cake dry with paper towel, place it on a cake stand or serving plate and set aside. Cut some of the strawberries in half lengthways and pile it to make a sturdy layer.
  • Now add the fig halves – they look best face-up and on a slight angle. Fill any gaps with strawberry halves, raspberries and other fruits you want to include in your cake.
  • Pour your heavy whipped cream to smooth the surface of your cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy eating!

3. Spiced Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes – Phase 3

Choosing a healthy lifestyle absolutely does not mean we are forbidden to indulge ourselves with our favorite food.It simply means, we need to prepare a healthier option for it.

Spiced Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes - Phase 3

So for the fries-lovers out there, this Spiced Oven-Fried Potatoes recipe is the perfect deal!

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder and dried oregano.
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat a rimmed baking sheet in a 450 degrees F oven.
  • Cut 3 large sweet potatoes into wedges and toss with salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Arrange cut-side down on the hot baking sheet. Roast until golden brown on the bottom, 30 minutes, then flip and sprinkle with 1 sliced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon each chili powder and dried oregano.
  • Roast 15 more minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

4. Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers – Phase 3

These cheesy, fluffy little bites of Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers make a savory party appetizer or snack that is totally mouth-watering and super healthy too! Get the recipe here.

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers

With these incredibly easy and delectable recipes, you’ll be ensuring that your kids are eating healthy and the grandest part is, they won’t be complaining about it.

Back to School Healthy Tips for Your Kids

It’s that time of the year again! The summer has ended and that means it’s back to school! The kids are feeling both excited and nervous as they embark to a new journey, and parents tend to feel apprehension which is normal because we are about to face new challenges.

BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTHY TIPS FOR YOUR KIDSAs our kids are often engaged to numerous physical and mental activities such as completing homework, taking exams, and doing projects, it is important for us to safeguard their health and keep them energized. Consider these back to school healthy tips for a healthy start for your kid’s school year.

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  1. Pack Healthy Lunch and Snacks

Don’t let your kids indulge to eating junk foods. The solution is to prepare a homemade, healthy lunch and snacks for them. You can pack them a healthy fish tuna salad  that is easy to prepare and is filled with rich flavors. Or, you can cook them our phase-specific fast metabolism diet recipes for their lunch.

Snacks

Phase specific fruits and veggies will definitely do the trick! You can pack them frozen mangoes, pineapples, peaches. You can also treat them delicious turkey jerky. Of course, don’t forget to include some healthy fats for your children’s snacks! Include some delicious raw almond nuts and seeds, your kids will definitely love them!

If your kids are looking for something crunchy, you can always give them this Mini Pops popcorn! Mini Pops is a corn-free, gluten-free popcorn that is filled with delectable flavors. Making it a perfect and healthy choice to eat popcorns!

drink

  1. Keep your Kids Hydrated

Aside from packing healthy lunches and snacks to keep them satisfied and full, you also need to give them healthy drinks to keep them hydrated. Study shows that the effect of dehydration can affect their mental function. A bottle of Spring Water with a pinch of lemons or lime can give extra metabolic boost. Alternatively, you can also give them our homemade smoothies as their healthy drinks.

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  1. Prepare an Afternoon Recreation

The moment your kids got home, they are probably tired and drained from all day’s activity. Help them release the stress on their body by preparing a relaxing, afternoon recreation. You can have some yoga with your kids to soothe his sore and stiff muscles, a therapeutic massage to get some rest, or any recreational activity that will let your kids feel relaxed and get a chance to bond with them. You can also prepare high glycemic afternoon snacks to calm the adrenal glands and relieves the stress in your kids body.

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  1. Get more Sleep

It is important to get your kids have enough sleep as it helps their mind to stay alert and replenish their energy for the next day. Getting enough sleep is also crucial for their growth development. Be sure to avoid them from distractions, like browsing the internet or holding gadgets. It is of best practice to lie in bed 30 minutes before your scheduled bedtime to get more restful sleep.

If you involve your kids with your healthy lifestyle activities, might as well you will be successful with this endeavor. Plus you get to influence your family to opt to a better lifestyle. Being cautious with your food can bring tremendous and beneficial effects to your clan. Just continue with Fast Metabolism Diet and you’ll never know how many lives you’ve improved.

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:

smoothies

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.

salad soup pasta

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.

Oil-Free Sweet Potato Fries

Healthy Oil Free Sweet Potato Fries

This healthy sweet potato recipe is perfect for those who hardly have the time to cook and are always on the go for most of the time. This Phase 1 recipe is also a good side dish and can be the next table favorite of your kids especially after their day’s life at school or at the playground.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ – 1 tsp onion salt
  • ½ tbsp Simply Organic Italian seasoning

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel sweet potatoes with a hand peeler and wash with water.
  2. Slice potatoes into fry shapes of about the same sizes.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings over the potato slices and put them in the oven.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes
  5. Serve and enjoy!!

Sugar-Free Strawberry Basil Lemonade – Phase 1

Strawberry basil lemonade

Try this sugar-free Strawberry Basil Lemonade, very easy to make, yet a healthy treat for any occasion! Your kids will surely love this one! You only need 3 key ingredients and a blender, then you’re good to go! As a bonus, all the ingredients used in this recipe can be found in Phase 1 of our fast metabolism diet program too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of fresh strawberries, de-stemmed
  • 2 lemon juice
  • 1 cup of basil, fresh
  • Optional: sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Mix-up 2 lemon juice, 4 cups of fresh strawberries, and a cup basil into a blender.
  2. Turn on the blender until the mixed ingredients are pureed.
  3. Serve straight up or with ice.

Tip: You may also mix sparkling water

 

8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise

8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise - fmdc

Shedding weight is a lot harder than simply gaining a number to your scale. But who among you here find the process an easy peasy one? If you do so, well you must be very determined.

Most of the people I’ve known are struggling of following their diet plans and workout procedures due to their kind of lifestyle and failure to discipline oneself. Since this typical problem is always arising during the first phase of dieting, here are other ways to make your weight loss mission more effective and will surely last long.

But take note! The tips we are sharing this time has nothing to do with trimming your daily meals and spending much for your gym sessions. Exciting, isn’t it? To start with, the things you must do are the following:

  1. INCREASE WATER INTAKE

I know you’re very familiar with this method since you’re a kid, but we just want to remind you that drinking lots of water every day is always the number one way of losing weight and good for your overall health.

In order to make your weight loss mission successful, you need to drink atleat 2 to 3 litres a day depending on your daily activities. If you’re not fond of drinking water and still in the adjustment period, you can put something or a flavor to your water so it will taste good like adding fresh lemon or lime, fresh mint leaves or even cucumber slices.

If you want a body system cleanser and fire up your metabolism, then you must try drinking a warm water, ginger or lemon. If you’re into herbal teas, you can try “white tea (from the plant of green tea), green tea, rooibos tea, oolong tea, mate tea and ginger tea”.

  1. SWTICH to ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

If you think your exercise régime for how many months or years didn’t work, I suggest you need to modify it with the alternatives. By following the activities in your daily routine such as walking when you’re heading to your work or school, cycling, playing outdoor games or sports with kids, walking the dog, cleaning the house or loan, gardening, and taking the stairs instead of elevators and escalators, your body fat will be naturally reduced and you will leave a healthier life.

If you change your lifestyle by spicing it with those activities, then you’re hitting two birds with one stone. You’re losing weight, at the same time, having fun!

  1. FOLLOW the RIGHT SLEEPING PATTERN

In order to lose weight, you must also practice a perfect sleeping pattern wherein you need to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night. You should not sleep too much because it can lead to increasing of weight.

According to Vanessa Bartlett, a Sydney-based fitness guru and pilates professional, “sleeping enough is important because it reduces the production of cortisol hormone which inhibits fat loss.

  1. AVOID STRESS

Stress can contribute in gaining weight such as stress eating. Aside from that, it will also affect your hormones, metabolism, brain function, deplete immune system and hinder body fat reduction.

When you feel so stressed, you must try meditating for 10 minutes, yoga, and other relaxing activities that may help to make you feel relieved and happy.

  1. GET RID of ELECTRONICS during MEAL TIME

According to a survey, eating while scrolling your social media accounts or even eating while watching TV can lead to over-eating.

Wondering why? Because using your phone or other electronic devices while meal time can divert your attention of enjoying what you’re doing or viewing not knowing that you’ve already eaten too much and just got carried away.

  1. BE EXPOSED to the SUN

If you want to boost your weight loss mission, you must not be afraid of being exposed to the sun.

Did you know that humans need a minimum of 20 minutes sun exposure early in the morning as well as during late afternoon and at least five days per week in order to gain enough vitamin D? If you just discover that today, then start exposing yourself and greet Mr. Sun with your brightest smile every day before going to work.

  1. CHANGE the COLOR of YOUR DINING ROOM

Appetite problems can also be due to the things that surrounds you. If you realize that your house or dining area’s atmosphere and color can make you consume more food or makes you lazy, then you need start redecorating and repainting.

As suggested by the interior designer, Palinski Wade, you must start “removing all red and yellow tones from the dining room because it can reduce your appetite.” Now you know why some fast food chains around us have a touch of red and yellow colors in their logos and interior designs because as what psychology experts have explained, red, yellow and orange are attractive and can subconsciously trigger hunger or excitement.

  1. MAINTAIN a PERFECT POSTURE

By simply sitting properly or straightening up your body figure can help toning your stomach muscles. Aside from that, maintaining a good posture will lead to a healthier life.

If you will practice these 8 simple methods for your daily routine, you can expect for a better transformation of yourself and achieve your weight loss goal easily!

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.

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!

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!

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