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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.

Food Personality: How Does It Affect Your Weight Loss Goals?

HOW YOUR FOOD PERSONALITY AFFECTS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS

Have you ever wondered why your weight wouldn’t budge no matter how you religiously follow the rules of the diet? Your food personality might be the culprit behind your weight plateau. So let’s examine how food personality affects your weight-loss goals.

What is Food personality? It is your intrinsic trait that defines how you act and response towards food. Most often you are not aware how it can do damage to your body. How? Let’s try to find out.

food personality

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In this blog post, we will help you identify what food personality you possess and what we can do about it so it won’t hinder to achieve the ideal weight. Here are recommended solutions in dealing properly your food personality.

1. The Emotional Eater.

These are the people who solely depend on foods when they are triggered by emotional distress. If they are stressed at work, they eat. If they are depressed from not achieving a certain goal, they eat. If they are happy, they eat.

Solution:

Identify what triggers you into giving in emotional eating. When do you feel like you’re eating the most? After you arrived from work? Is it during midnight? After a tough exercise? List down these circumstances in your food journal.

The next step is to list down all the activities that you love aside from eating. This will help you develop some strategies in diverting your attention when you’re emotional eating is being triggered. Instead of resorting to eating when stressed out, do other sort of activities to calm your nerves like reading a book or drawing. Read more about emotional eating here.

2. The Easy Goer Eater

This food personality pertains to people who workout like crazy and eat healthy foods religiously during weekdays or also known as “fitness days”, but binge and cheat like there’s no tomorrow when it’s their day off. They fear to be left out from their social circle when they said “no”.

Solution:

Moderation is the key for Easy Goer eaters. When attending social events and gatherings, try to ask yourself “Do you need to indulge yourself in unhealthy foods because of peer pressure?” “Do you really want your hard work for the past days go in vain because of your social peers?”

Remember that it’s alright to indulge yourself in these type of foods on some occasions, but you need to control yourself and practice moderation. Try to limit your consumption on party snacks and drinks.

3. Insatiable Eater

These are the people who never stops eating whenever they see foods, even if they’re not hungry. They certainly lack the self-discipline when it comes to eating.

Solution:

Keep a journal with you and log in all the foods you ate for the day. This will help you analyze how much food you’re eating and choose between what foods you need to prioritize on eating to achieve optimum health and what foods to drop.

Aside from that, it is recommended to eat slowly and savor the taste of your food. Chew your foods properly and you’ll be amazed how you can get full with only eating the proper amount of food your body needs. Don’t overeat, in short.

4. The Nibble Eaters

This food personality pertains to people who eat small portions of food, but eat all day long! They most likely eat every now and them out of boredom. curiosity, or nervousness. Oftentimes they didn’t realize why they are not losing weight (after all, their portions are too small!) yet they fail to notice that they’re eating all day long!

Solution:

Just like the insatiable eater, you need to keep a journal with you but this time, pay special attention to how many times you eat, as well as when do you feel like eating. Are you having a frequent nibble and bites in the afternoon? or at midnight? Record these events and strategize your meal map to control yourself from eating all day long.

Another tip is to take bigger meals during your breakfast, lunch. and dinner. In this way, you will feel fuller and reduce the times of frequent eating.

5. The Fast Food Eater
The people who have a fast food personality are those who simply don’t have time to cook their foods because their schedule is usually packed 24/7. They are prone to eating at fast food chains all the time because they find it more convenient to order in just seconds away rather than cooking foods for themselves.

Solution:

Take a planner with you and list down all the activities you need to attend throughout the day. Find some “vacant time” in your schedule and insert preparing for foods or packing for it. You can also cook your meals in advance so that you’ll just have to reheat them first thing in the morning. In that way, you will keep track on staying healthy without ruining your hectic schedule. You can read more tips on how to lose weight despite your hectic schedule here.

6. Multi-tasker

Last but definitely not the least in our food personality list are the multi-taskers. They are who claimed they can do one or more things at the same pace. These people tend not to mind how much they’re eating because their attention is being drawn elsewhere. They didn’t realize how much damage they’re actually doing to their body.

Solution:

Drop everything else you’re doing when you’re eating. Try to concentrate on eating food and savor its taste. You’ll be amazed how much you’re actually overeating when you focus on listening to your body while eating.

Let us all be conscious about our eating habits and try to fix them to achieve optimum health and well-being. How about you? Did you identify your food personality yet? If not, take the food personality quiz right now!

5 Healthy Tips this Winter Season

Most of us dreaded the Winter season because it impedes us to do our daily routine and most often, it left us with no choice but to stay indoors. Winter not only destroys our exercise routine but, it can also be awful in terms with our skin, nails, and hair. Not to mention most of our favorite fresh foods are scarce during winter. These challenges can be overwhelming as we continue our fast metabolism diet journey. How do we overcome this seasonal challenge?

5 Healthy Tips this Winter Season

In this blog post, we give you 5 healthy tips to survive the Winter season and what to do when you a flu strikes.

1. Have a Proper Hydration

Because of the coldness we felt during the Winter season, we tend to drink less water. But what we don’t know is that we need to drink water as much as we need on summer. Our skin is very dry during the winter season, so it’s important that we properly hydrate ourselves.

Stay with your routine of drinking water half of your body weight (in ounces) per day and add a lemon or lime for some variation. Read more about benefits of drinking water here.

2. Exercise regularly.

You might feel incredibly lazy in physical activities like workout because of the gloomy weather, but that’s not an excuse to skip your workout. If you cannot run outside, run on a treadmill instead. If you don’t have a treadmill, turn on your speaker and go dance! Your workout will become a whiz before you even realize that you’re now sweating profusely! Be creative and find ways to exercise indoors.

3. Eat and Embrace Winter Veggies

Don’t get discouraged if you are not able to eat your favorite veggies this season. It’s a perfect time for you to start exploring new and delicious veggies for a good diet. You can try Jicama, Kohlrabi, Endive, and Spaghetti Squash.

4. Indulge with Soups

Get the amazing benefits of soups this Winter season! This is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate your delectable soup recipes and warm our tummy and heart. Season it with herbs and spices to add more aroma and taste. Make your place smelling good with this. Check out our soup recipes here. You can pair it with a cup of your favorite hot chocolate in Phase 3, or herbal teas in any phase.

5. Sleep Longer

Did you have problems achieving your ideal sleeping time? Winter season is the perfect time to get a good night’s sleep. Our body naturally responds to the environment’s darkness and gloomy weather, making you feel tired and sleepy. So instead of fighting it, give in and relish a good night sleep.

Winter season can be tough for our fast metabolism diet journey, but with sheer determination and persistence, we can overcome it and enjoy this season while keeping ourselves healthy.

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