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3 Ingredients Kiwi Lime Sorbet – Phase 1

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Freshen up your summer with this mouthwatering Kiwi Lime Sorbet perfect for Phase 1 of the Fast Metabolism Diet. Enjoy a tasteful pint of Sorbet with just these 3 ingredients, Makes about 5 fruit servings! If you’re looking for a recipe with ingredients less than 5, then this one is for you!

Ingredients:

  • 10 Kiwis
  • 3/4 cup Xylitol (Birch or Hardwood only)
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice

Directions:

  1. Cut kiwis into 2 then remove its skins. Use a large spoon to scoop Kiwi meat.
  2.   Put the kiwi into the blender then pulse 3-4 times.   
  3.  Pour in the Xylitol and lime juice then pulse 6-8 more times or until the Kiwis are liquefied with no chunks remaining.

           Note: Do not over mix, the kiwi seeds might break.

  1.   Pour the mixture into a plastic bag and remove remaining air from inside the bag by sealing it.
  2. Chill inside the freezer for at least 45 minutes.
  3. Churn the sorbet in an ice cream machine.
  4. Scoop into freezer-proof container and chill for at least 4 more hours ( or overnight).
  5.  Serve.

Top 10 Health Facts About Eggs

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Eggs are one of the most versatile and inexpensive source of protein in the planet. We include them as ingredients or even as a meal itself. You can serve them fried, boiled or scrambled, whichever way you like it. The egg white and yolk are excellent source of vitamin and minerals. You can have high quality protein and vitamin B2 from the egg white. For years eggs have receive a lot of bad raps, but this time you need to know what health benefits it brings to us.

It’s high in cholesterol, but it does not raise our blood cholesterol

Eggs do contain high amounts of cholesterol, about 212 mg, which is more than half of the recommended 300 mg daily intake. It doesn’t mean it raises the cholesterol in the blood. In fact our liver produces cholesterol every day. So if we consume eggs, the live will produce less cholesterol to even out our daily intake.

Inexpensive source of nutrients

Considered as one of the most nutritious foods, eggs are cheap and accessible for us to buy. A single egg contains Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Selenium and Phosphorus, as well as Vitamin D, Calcium and Zinc. If you’re worried that egg has amount of fat, you need to know that it only has 77 calories, 6g of protein and 5 g of healthy fats. You can almost have every nutrient needed by your body from eggs.

Eggs contain Choline

A less popular nutrient is actually found in eggs. Choline is vital in building cell membranes and signaling molecules in our brain and various other purposes. A single egg has more than 100 mg of choline.

It raises the “good” cholesterol

For those who are worried about the effects of eggs on cholesterol, you need to relax. Eggs raise the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) also referred to as the “good cholesterol.” Research have shown that people who have higher levels of HDL has less risk of having heart disease, stroke and other health problems. Having 2 eggs daily for six weeks increases HDL levels by 10%.

Helps in reducing the risk of heart disease

According to studies eggs can mildly raise LDL cholesterol, but it changes from small, dense LDL to large LDL which is a positive attribute. LDL is also known to be the “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL are often link to increase the risk of heart disease. People who have small, dense LDL particles can have high risk in having heart disease compared to those who have large LDL particles.

Eggs help in eye health

Being a nutritious food, eggs have Lutein and Zeaxanthin antioxidants that help in our eye health. As we age our eyesight is affected and can undergo degenerative process over time. Lutein and Zeaxanthin is vital in building up the retina in our eyes. Research has also attributed the two antioxidants to reduction of risk from cataracts and macular degeneration. Large amounts Lutein and Zeaxanthin can be found in egg yolks.

A good and cheap source of protein

Protein is essential as they are considered to be the main building blocks of our body. It is vital for the production of tissues and molecules that both serve in structural and functional purposes. A single egg contains 6 grams of protein. Aside from protein, eggs have essential amino acids that are works side by side with protein for our body. Protein helps in weight loss, increase muscle mass, bone health and helps in lowering blood pressure.

Pastured eggs are better

Nutrients from eggs vary on how the hens were raise and fed. Pastured eggs are from hens that were raised on pasture or consumed Omega-3 enriched feeds. With the good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, pastured eggs help in reducing blood levels of triglycerides, a factor for heart disease. Eating Omega-3 enriched eggs are effective in reducing triglycerides in our blood according to research.

Eggs help you lose weight

Since eggs are a good source of protein, it helps in making you feel fuller, therefore reduces your calorie intake. In a research of 30 overweight women who ate eggs for breakfast instead of bagels, had increased feelings of fullness and made them consume fewer calories for the next 36 hours. Also having eggs for breakfast, replacing bagels, has cause significant loss of weight over the period of 8 weeks.

Reduce the risk of stroke with eggs

17 studies with 263,938 participants, it has shown that there was no connection between the consumption of egg and heart disease or stroke. But it doesn’t mean you can consume all the eggs you want every day, it needs to be in moderation. From a research it has shown that those who are in a low-carb diet, eating eggs help in reducing risk for heart disease.

Healthy Blueberry Ice Cream – Phase 3

Most of us love to eat ice cream, well, who wouldn’t? We all love the creamy texture and delicious flavor brought to us with this mouth-watering dessert. But how do we indulge to it the healthy way? We introduce to you our featured dessert recipe today: Healthy Blueberry Ice Cream!

Healthy Blueberry Ice Cream - Phase 3This dessert recipe is made with nutritious blueberries and healthy goodness of coconut milk. What’s more? It’s pretty easy to make! You and your kids will surely love and enjoy eating this delicious treat!

Servings: 2 

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the frozen blueberries, ginger and cashew butter, in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add coconut milk slowly until you get an ice cream consistency.
  3. Serve immediately if it is still solid enough, or freeze for 2 hours so you can scoop it like “real” ice cream.

Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie – Phase 3

Do you miss making a smoothie? We have a new cooler for you! A smooth and creamy smoothie made with the perfect blend of coconut milk, almond butter with pinch of nuts! Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie is a perfect delicious treat to have in Phase 3!

Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie - Phase 3

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except ice to blender. Puree well.
  2. Add ice and blend until ice is all crushed and smoothie is well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

Saint Patrick’s Day Healthy Tips: Let’s Go Green

 

Ring in your Saint Patrick’s Day with healthy meals to prepare and fun-filled activities to enjoy!

Every year, precisely during the month of March, there is this enormous special national holiday being celebrated by everyone and to some parts of the world, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 80,000 Irish and Australian attending the parade. For the others who are not yet familiar with the said merriment, its’ commonly known as “Saint Patrick’s Festival.”

For this year 2016, the event will happen tomorrow, Thursday, March 17th and will last until Sunday, March 2016t.

Many says, “St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.” This is because lots of tourist from different nations gather around to witness how Saint Patrick’s Day will be magnificently celebrated filled with fabulous events and colorful parades. What makes the holiday more interesting is how people engage on the said event wearing something with a shade of green.

As the festivity is fast approaching, people and lots of families will surely get very busy looking for something to eat and consume during the festival.

So if you’re one of those who’s currently looking for something to prepare or you need tips that’s healthy for you and your family, you can ring in Saint Patrick’s Day by the following healthy stuff to do:

  1. Drink Green Healthy Smoothies

For the healthy smoothies that are allowed on the fast metabolism diet, you may prepare the following:

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  1. Load Your Saucers with Green Dishes

For the nutritious, diet-friendly green dishes, you may consume the following:

  1. Get Involved to Saint Patrick’s Day’s Activities

Accompany your kids or bring your whole family during the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and flaunt your green good looking outfits. While you’re watching the parade, don’t settle by simply standing in one corner. Move your body and look for better spot to witness the whole parade with ease and filled with fun.

If you involve to some outdoor activities like simply watching the parade, you able to walk, hike, stretch your legs and arms, point your foot and all just because of  the eagerness to witness the huge stunning floats parade, pet parades, live bands, dancing competitions, and more.

  1. Must Learn to Dance Some Irish Moves

Since you’re already wearing your green costume decorated with shamrocks, make use of it through jiving in an Irish dance. As Irish are known for step dancing, you may just simply prepare a jukebox at home, load it with a list of Irish music then you’re on it! You can freely jive to the beat of the lively sounds with your one big family. Dancing just don’t make you enjoy the celebration but of course, you’re also having an enjoyable exercise through shaking and moving your body around.

  1. Create Green Crafts with Your Kids

One of the best things you can ever do to make your holiday more enlivening is to create some artistic crafts with your kids like recycling your used materials at home and repaint it with green so you can decorate it around the corner of your garden or even inside your home sweet home. While doing and guiding your children on doing the art session you have during the day, you’re also creating a strong bond with them at the same time, you’re moving your whole body from head to toe which is better rather than staying at home and just simply facing television or gadgets.

I hope you get something from these tips and that you have so much fun on St. Patrick’s Day!

Why Juicing is Not Recommended in the Fast Metabolism Diet Program

Juicing and blending are well-known to be two of the healthiest ways to get proper nutrients. The nutrients found in both juices and smoothies keeps our body energetic and hydrated. Both are a healthier options to start our day than dehydrating coffees.

Why Juicing is Not Recommended in the Fast Metabolism Diet

Yet many of the fast metabolism dieters are wondering what the difference between the two and why juicing is not recommended in the fast metabolism diet. This article will help you understand the distinct difference between the two.

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Processing:

  • The juices are made with juicers. Juicing removes the fiber from fruits and vegetables.
  • The smoothies,  on the other hand, is made with blenders. The fibers in a smoothie is still retained even though the foods are broken down into liquid form.

In the fast metabolism diet, we wanted you to eat more fibers to keep you full until your next meal/snack, while still getting the proper nutrients your body needed. The only way you can do that is through smoothies.

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  • Since all the fibers from veggies and fruits are removed in juicing, your body does not have to do any digestive work to extract its nutrients. Instead, all the nutrients in fruits and veggies enters your bloodstream quickly, giving you an instant fusion of vitamins, minerals, living enzymes and other phytonutrients.

Juices are called as a healing drink and is very good for people who have damaged digestive systems, or who have difficulty in digesting veggies. It also supports the healing of a damaged gut. The reason it is not recommended in this diet is it can cause your blood sugar to have an abrupt spike because of the sweet fruits. A sudden spike in your blood sugar will cause your insulin levels to increase quickly. This in turn will prompt your body to store the sugar as fat instead of burning it. And the last thing we need is to store more fats!

  • A smoothie, on the other hand, still contain the fiber from fruits and veggies. This means that your body will still have to do some digestive work to break down and digest your smoothie, and extracting the nutrients from it. The breakdown process will help the nutrients to enter your bloodstream slowly, thanks to fibers.

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Foods/Ingredients:

Juicing:

  • It is not recommended to juice too much fruits. This is because fruits are rich with natural sugars, and they are released into your blood stream quickly. Your liver will have to work extra hard to filter them.
  • Also,  avoid juicing spinach and chard every day. They are high in oxalates which can cause kidney stone issues. You can juice spinach and chard every other day.

Smoothie:

  • Avoid smoothing too starchy and hard to digest veggies like sweet potato, root veggies like beets and carrots. These ingredients are hard for your body to break down. Stick more into water rich veggies, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, any phase-specific foods that is easy to digest.
  • Avoid putting too many ingredients in your smoothies. While it is overwhelming that we can mix up veggies, fruits, healthy fats and proteins to make our smoothies healthy and nutritious, putting too much ingredients can do more harm than good. Instead, keep your smoothies healthy, delicious but simple to do much better for your digestion.

We hope this guide has helped you in spotting the difference and the purpose between the two to aid our diet and healthy lifestyle. Check out our healthy fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes.

3 Healthy Recipes to Cook this Father’s Day

Now that their special day is coming, let us take this time to honor our father who serves as the pillar and head of our home!

Whether you are a  new dad, grandfather, or step-dad you definitely deserve a treat this month! However your children calls you – daddy or papa, you are recognized as one – the strength and provider of the family. As to celebrate this wondrous season, let the fast metabolism diet community greets our group of gentlemen a Happy Father’s Day!

3 Healthy Recipes to Cook this Father's DayIn the fast metabolism community, we recognized the dads who took a huge step and decided to choose a healthier lifestyle through the program. And now that the Father’s Day is fast approaching, let us express our love and endless support to our dad by cooking these healthy recipes to make their weekend extra special.

3 Healthy Recipes to Cook this Father's Day

Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs – Phase 3

Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine the safflower mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat a grill to medium low. Brush the grill grates with olive oil. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish, then add the chicken, turning to thoroughly coat.
  • Grill the chicken, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, brush the tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Place cut-side down on the grill and cook until marked, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with the chicken3 Healthy Recipes to Cook this Father's Day Surf and Turf Gumbo – Phase 3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 8 ounces  nitrate-free sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, quartered
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, 21-25 count, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2 Okras (substitute for gumbo file)
  • Hot cooked quinoa, for serving

Directions:

  • In a cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet, heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil over medium-high heat until very hot.
  • Add the almond flour and whisk until combined and just beginning to brown. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, whisking occasionally, until it is a deep peanut butter brown color, 15 minutes. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the sausage and cook until it is lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and brown in the sausage drippings.
  • Remove from the pot and place in the bowl with the sausage. Stir in the tomato paste until smooth and darkens slightly (be careful not to burn), about 1 minute.
  • Add the celery, onions, peppers and cayenne to the pot and continue to cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until just aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken broth and 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Slowly whisk in the warm roux, a bit at a time, until combined.
  • Tie the pricking spice and add to the pot along with the chicken and sausage. Simmer all together until thickened and the flavors have blended, about 45 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and okra and simmer until the shrimp are just cooked through and the gumbo has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Discard the pickling spice bundle. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper. Serve the gumbo over quinoa.
  • Note: Pickling spice contains chilies, coriander, cumin, ginger, black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, bay leaves, brown mustard, cloves and turmeric. You can make your own it you can’t find it premade.

3 Healthy Recipes to Cook this Father's Day

Raspberry Oatmeal Coconut Smoothie – Phase 3

Ingredients

Directions:

  • Add coconut milk, oatmeal and coconut extract to your blender. Pulse 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  • Add frozen raspberries and continue to pulse until smooth.
  • Pour into your fancy serving glass, top with a couple of raspberries and a little shredded coconut, and enjoy!

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