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Kale Chips – Phase 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • sea salt
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Ground ginger
  • Chili powder or black pepper for seasoning

Directions

You can use your oven toaster for this or preheat your oven to 225F. Tear your kale into same-size pieces; don’t make it too small, this is highly recommended since they shrink when cooked. Place your kale on a non-stick cookie sheet. Sprinkle them with spices like black pepper, sea salt, chili powder, ground ginger and brewer’s yeast. Bake it for 7-10 minutes until they turn dark green and crispy.

Baked Salmon with Asparagus – Phase 3

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Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets (It is about 4 once each)
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 Asparagus spears
  • 2 (40g) slices of onions
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 1 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add the salmon and 1 tbsp of olive oil, then sprinkle it with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  3. Use two sheets of foil, big enough to wrap your salmon and asparagus.
  4. Place about 8 spears of asparagus on the sheet of foil and layer your fillets over asparagus.
  5. Top them with 2 slices of onion and 2 lemon slices.
  6. Wrap the sides of the foil inwards over the salmon, and then fold the top and bottom of the foil to enclose.
  7. Place your foil packets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Then bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  8. Unwrap the foil and use a large spatula to transfer the foil packets to your plate, serve warm.

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!

Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons – Phase 3

Serves: 3 Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons - Phase 3

Serving Size: 3 macaroons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) raw almonds, ground into a fine meal
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon (2.5 mL) sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (125 mL) stevia
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces/60 g) coconut butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3½ ounces (100 g) cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) virgin coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F (140°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line a large plate with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the ground almonds, shredded coconut, salt, cinnamon, stevia, melted coconut butter, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  3. With a 2-tablespoon (30 mL) retractable cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough and pack it in so the top is flat. Release the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, setting the macaroons about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until the macaroons are a bit golden around the edges. Watch them closely during the last 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. In the top of a double boiler, melt the cocoa powder and coconut oil together over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. (Alternatively, melt them together in a small pot over low heat, stirring frequently.) Turn off the heat.
  7. Dip the flat base of each cooled macaroon into the chocolate and twirl the macaroon until the base is coated in chocolate. As you dip them, place each macaroon onto the parchment paper-lined plate, upside down, so the chocolate coating is facing upward. Freeze the macaroons for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
  8. Flip each macaroon chocolate-side down and drizzle the remaining chocolate on top (reheat the chocolate until liquid, if necessary). Freeze for 5 to 10 minutes, until the chocolate drizzle is firm.
  9. Store leftover macaroons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also wrap the macaroons in foil, place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe zip-top bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

After celebrating Thanksgiving Day, the Christmas season officially starts. It is time to start drafting your Christmas list and racking your brain as to what gift best fits the special people on your list. And since FMDC is an advocate for healthy lifestyle, we are all for giving something that’s not only memorable but also ideal health-wise . Below are Christmas gifts items we can give to our friends and relatives who are fitness enthusiasts.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

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1. Water Bottle that Tracks Your Hydration

We all know how proper hydration is important to our body. Water helps nourish your body and restore your health. If you find yourself having a hard time meeting your water requirement, this durable water bottle is perfect for you! This bottle is BPA-free and has 24-ounce water capacity. It has a built-in water intake meter that lets you track your water consumption every day.

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2. Adjustable Dumbbell System

One of the problems, if we chose to exercise at home, is the amount of house area gym equipment occupy, especially those set of dumbbells, as we do strength training on Phase 2. Higher weight means longer dumbbells and more space. But fret not, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. This adjustable dumbbell system has a selector pin that lets you change its weight in 3-pound increments. It’s more compact and balanced than traditional dumbbells and it’s padded handle provide wrist protection.

3. Smoothie Bottle Blender Maker

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Having too many accessories just to make your smoothie and then the hassle of  transferring it to your sports bottle? Cheer up, this all-in-one solution water will let you blend your favorite smoothie right, and straight into your sports bottle!

4. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

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This beautiful creation of an innovative mind will encourage you to maintain an active lifestyle throughout the day. This fitness band will blink a red bar when you’re inactive for a period of time. A great way to encourage you to keep moving!

5. Fast Drying, All Weather Sockssocks

 

These lightweight, breathable socks will keep your feet warm in the coldest winter, not only that, it will also cool your feet during summer and will never slip or budge. The manufacturers of these socks came from Vermont.  They carefully designed and manufactured these socks under extreme weather conditions to test its durability.

5 Tips To Make Your Exercising Fun and Enjoyable

In the last blog post, we’ve discussed these 3 myths that held us back from exercising. We’ve witnessed first-hand how it delimit us from formulating an effective workout regimen.

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Now that we’ve finally debunked these myths, we’re now going to tackle about the fun ways to actually enjoy and look forward to exercising. What are we waiting for? Let’s head on!

1. Make it a Habit

Sure, exercising is a difficult task. Even more so, if you need to stick with it for a couple of days every week. But, guess what? It’s only difficult if you think about it as a undesirable activity. So instead of thinking how exercise is exhausting your body, stop thinking about it and: JUST. DO. IT.

After a few weeks of working out, you’ll find yourself yearning to exercise without realizing it. Your body will gradually adapt to this new routine until it develops into a habit.

2. Find an Accountable Exercise Buddy

Exercising becomes easier if you have someone else checking up and exercising with you. After all, you wouldn’t want to break your promise and miss your appointment when your friend is waiting for you to show up on her doorstep, right? So, get up and start moving!

Having an accountable partner or support group will inspire you to keep moving forward to reach your goal. They will be there to lift you up when you’re feeling down and to remind you why living a healthy lifestyle is worth all the sacrifice you’ve made. Don’t give up! You’ve already come this far!

3. Turn the Exercise into an Exciting Game

Playing a game is never boring or exhausting for most of us, so why don’t you treat exercise like one? In fact, the term “exergaming” was invented for this unique but exciting activity.

One example of a fun exergaming is called Just Dance Video Game. It lets you hit a certain goal just by moving your body.You’re not only going to break some sweat and lose fats in the process, but you’ll have fun, that’s for sure.

4. Plug in your Earphones

There’s nothing more enjoyable than to listen to music when exercising. So start creating your perfect playlist as you start your morning workout. Or if you’re not fond of music, you can opt to listen to an audiobook and time flies by before you realize it.

Now that you’re finished reading this blog post, you’re in for our mini-game! This game is incredibly easy. You noticed how we’re still lacking one tip? Where’s the fifth tip, you say? That’s where you come in! Complete this blog post by posting your tip below. We can’t wait to hear from you.

3 Workout Mistakes You Should Stop Committing Now!

Most of us undoubtedly frown in disgust whenever we hear the term exercise. We often see it like it’s some sort of punishment because we’re out of shape. You need to beat yourself into working out because you indulge yourself with unhealthy food cravings. You need to push yourself to the limit in order to lose weight to become acceptable to society. This kind of mindset has been instilled in our mind causing us to have a hostile attitude towards exercising.

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The truth is, exercising should never be tiring and exhausting. It’s supposed to be enjoyable and fulfilling. You should never feel miserable or be obliged to do it just for the sake of losing weight. How do we encourage ourselves to have a positive attitude when it comes to exercising?

It’s time to debunk these workout mistakes and refresh our mindset to formulate an effective workout regimen.

1. Exercise Isn’t all About Cardio

This certainly tops the list of our workout mistakes. While Cardio offers a lot of health benefits and goodness to our body, cardio is only one part of exercising. Cardio can only improve one section in our body. It can help improve our speed, cardiovascular endurance. But it cannot improve our strength and bone density.

Instead, what we need is a mix of exercise. Just like in eating, we need to mix our exercise to address our body’s specific needs.

That’s why fast metabolism diet uses mixed exercises that you need to do every phase. This varying workout regimen will help improve different sections in your body in order to lose weight. You won’t need to push yourself doing cardio 5-6 times a week just to lose weight.

2. You need to stick in Running to lose weight.

This is actually in relation to number 1. We’re all led to believe that cardio is the only way to exercise and lose weight. And when we talk about cardio, the only thing that comes to our mind is running. We need to run like crazy until we’re out of breath to lose some weight. We often feel miserable when we’re panting like crazy, pushing ourselves to move, run harder, only to find out we’re left behind in a race while our friends are running swiftly. Frustrating isn’t it?

Why do you allow yourself to suffer like that? If you don’t like running, then don’t do it. Doing something you don’t love and enjoy will only stress you out. And remember? When you’re stressed, your body will withhold those fats rather than losing them! Wasting all your efforts in vain!

Instead of running, you can do other cardio exercises such as dancing, brisk walking, hiking, etc. The same as with strength-training and stress-reducing activities in Phase 2 and 3. The most important thing is to get your body moving shed those pesky pounds off your body.

3. Giving Up Exercising Because It’s Exhausting

Just like in yo-yo dieting, we’ve also had our fair share of yo-yo exercising moments. That incredible motivation we have before we start hitting the gym. Then after a 30-minute session of intense workout, you feel sore, and beyond exhausted. That’s when your motivation to keep going starts to diminish. Until you found yourself . . . dang! Quitting on exercising and starting this horrid cycle again for the nth time.

If you feel like quitting, remind yourself again why you’re doing this. You’re doing this to lose weight and be healthy. And of course, don’t forget to pat your back for a job well done. You’ve come this far, every step you take is a process. Do you really want to stop when you’re so near to achieving your goal? I bet you wouldn’t want that.

So stop committing these workout mistakes. We recommend you to keep going and don’t give up until you reach your goal. In our next blog post, we’ll tackle some ways on how to make exercising more fun and enjoyable!

How to Stay Warm This Winter

Winter is fast approaching. It might not be the most comfortable time of the year because of the cold weather and the snow, but you need not worry. Everyone can get through this yearly, so it’s time to ditch last season’s habit, bring out those all-too-familiar coats and jackets, and get ready to warm up this winter. Most people prefer to stay indoors but there are times we need to go out despite the freezing condition. These are easy tips to stay warm during this cold season.

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Keep moving. The best thing to do is keep moving around and do lots of physical activity. Your winter clothes help by trapping heat, but it is your body that keeps you warm. Moving a lot and working out helps your body generate more heat that helps you warm up; whenever you take a break, make it short and avoid cooling off. People with less body mass and fat can tend to get cold easily.

Eat more healthy fats. The freezing weather makes your body cold and it will need more fuel to keep you warm. Fat is like a slow-burning fuel. Eating snacks with healthy fats such as almonds and walnuts keep your body going for the rest of the day.

Hydrate yourself. During winter, aside from the coldness, you could face dry conditions in your area. This means you’ll dehydrate faster without even realizing it. You can get dehydrated even if you’re not sweating. Bring a thermos with your hot drink or drink water frequently. You can flavor it with fruits like lemon or strawberries for flavor.

Wear the right clothes. This is not the season to use your favorite cotton shirt. Wear clothing that has wool or jackets with insulating synthetics. Layer-up your clothes to keep you warm. Woolen or fleece hats and thick woolen socks can also help your body warm up and keep you dry.

At night close your curtains. Your windows help in letting in more radiant energy in the morning from the sunlight that enters your house. However, at night your windows can let extremely cold air into your house. To prevent heat loss, close your curtains and lower your blinds before it gets dark. They serve as an extra protection from heat loss and add insulation to your home.

So with these easy tips, you’ll surely stay warm during winter and learn to find joy and comfort in this cold season

5 Healthy Yet Affordable Foods You Can Buy Under $10

When we hear the term “clean eating”, our immediate thought would be it’s expensive. Going all-organic, processed-free foods sometimes hurts our pockets. While we do provide healthy budget tips to keep you healthy without overspending, we’re also aware that purchasing some foods may be more expensive than what you’re used to buying. So what can we do to lessen our budget while staying on the fast metabolism diet plan?

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In this blog post, we will feature 5 healthy, affordable foods you can buy in the supermarket.

What’s more? These affordable foods are also FMD-compliant, so you can actually cut down your budget by purchasing them. Now, let’s head on to the list and start purchasing these economical foods!

1. Instead of using Mayo, Opt for Hummus (Phase 3)

Instead of using commercial mayonnaise, opt to use hummus instead. Hummus is a healthy fat that is rich in protein, fiber, and iron. These densely-packed nutrients help regulate your blood sugar and control fight your hunger cravings. It also has the same rich and creamy texture like mayo. Hummus is a great condiment in eating your sandwiches and wraps. You can check out mouthwatering hummus recipes here.

Avocado Hummus Dip - Phase 3

Bonus tip: If you really can’t give up the creamy goodness of mayonnaise, opt to purchase safflower mayonnaise instead.

2. Use Nutritional Yeast If You’re Craving for Cheesy Goodness

I’ve heard you. We all love cheese, especially when served with pasta or our baking recipes. But cheese (at least the dairy ones), does our body more harm than good. Dairy products contribute to our weight-gain. But just because we’re prohibited in consuming dairy products doesn’t mean we need to omit cheese in our life too.

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You can actually use a non-dairy cheese like cashew and almond cheese to create your favorite recipes. If not, you can use nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it over your pasta recipes and you’ll find yourself tasting the same savory, cheesy bites the Parmesan cheese can offer you.

3. Use Tahini If you Wanted to Use Butter

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Tahini is a flavorful plant-based substitute that gives the same spice and taste on your bread. It’s also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Tahini is a good option if you want to have a new spin for your creamy based recipes.

4. Create a Homemade Heavy Whipped Cream

We all love the creamy goodness of whipped cream whenever we make our pudding and dessert recipes. But sometimes we wonder what could be the substitute of whipped cream if dairy is not allowed? Good thing we have a healthy version of it!

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

You can create our homemade whipped cream made with only natural ingredients! You can use it on Phase 1 and 3.

5. Opt for Fruit Toppings as Your Sweetener

Fruits are rich in fructose by nature, but their fiber helps neutralize the spike in your blood sugar. Making it one of the healthiest and natural sweeteners out there. Fruits are also a good substitute for those who aren’t fond of stevia and xylitol. You can incorporate phase-specific fruits in your smoothie recipes.

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