Guilt-free, fat burning delicious dessert, anyone?

Guilt-free, fat burning delicious dessert, anyone?

THIS is yet another guilt-free “cheesecake” recipe. It seems like its all the rage with bloggers lately, so I am jumping on the bandwagon. I love these recipes!  They are low glycemic, delicious, decadent, and guilt free.  Hello…what more could you want from life??  I, however, want to change it up and have my own version. I made an orange and blueberry cheesecake for Passover (check out the post here), and I have made similar chocolate ganache tarts, but I’m if I serve blueberries again my husband might get tired of my  raw, vegan antics, and sometimes all chocolate is just too rich (wow, did I just say that??).

Another thing that I love about these recipes is this:  many people who want to lose weight and/or eat healthier think they have to give up good food and tasty treats.  NOT SO!  This delectable dessert is a perfect fat loss, burn-those-hips-down-to-size example of how healthy can be delicious and guilt free. The coconut oil, coconut cream,  and cashews are all extremely nutritious.  They are good sources of healthy fats and protein, which help the body to burn fat.  I use real maple syrup for these  recipes, which is lower glycemic than other sweeteners.  The dates–have you ever opened a date?  They have tons of fiber!  But, you’d never know you’re eating something healthy with this delight.  When you eat foods balanced with healthy fats and proteins your body secretes less insulin, and this creates a little magic in the body.  Glucagon, the fat-burning hormone is released and BAM!  This is why people can eat all day and not get fat.  Its a fine line, though.  If there is too much insulin (because there’s too much sugar/carbs in the bloodstream at once), then glucagon can’t come out to make energy.    This is one of the secrets to fat loss that people forget, which causes massive frustration, which ultimately results in giving up, feeling like a failure again, and demoralization (all the usual things that go along with diets on the back end).  These types of dishes show that you can have your cake and eat it too!

This week I’m going to experiment, so stay tuned for pictures! I’m going to take the basic raw, vegan, gluten free cheesecake deliciousness (trust me, it is GOOD), and use strawberries and raw cacao nibs. Who DOESN’T like strawberries and chocolate!  My hubby is not a fan of strawberries, so to make everyone happy, I’m going to alternate blackberries and strawberries.  This is sounding better and better by the minute!

Its my daughter’s birthday, too. Strawberries (or any berries) and chocolate is such a great combo for a special occasion.

So, go over to Savanna’s blog and check out the recipe and then stay tuned for my version with strawberries and raw cacao nibs!

Wish me luck in the kitchen!  🙂  Elyse

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In pursuit of midsummer fat loss

Mid Summer Night Meal ideas

Need some ideas for fun, summer meals and weight loss tips?

Nights, especially long summer nights seem to be the hardest time for people who are trying to lose fat.  And it seems everyone I meet these days is on a fat loss kick!!  Keep evening meals lighter, like the recipe below.  The secret ingredient to fat loss???  Keeping your insulin response in check!  Don’t know what that means?  Take a look below for my quick fat loss tips.

Also listed below, I have shared with you some recipes (sweet and savory), grilling tips and easy NO EXCUSE exercises.

Travelling?  see my easy tips for eating below.

Does this look good or what?  Click here for the recipe.

Its quick, cool and nutritious!

Here’s another one: Some of you are trying to stay away from dairy because, let’s be honest, its just not your friend.
Here is an amazing recipe for an elegant, scrumptious dessert.  I have had Kathy’s desserts–they are AMAZING–and know one will every know what’s really in them.  How can you resist this!!

CLICK HERE FOR THIS RECIPE

Since I know there are a lot of expert grillers out there, here are some tips on safe grilling:

10 Tips for Carcinogen Free Grilling—From The Healthy Edge

Grilling protein-filled foods such as meat, chicken and fish creates two kinds of chemical compounds that may contribute to cancer: heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs form in meat when it’s cooked at a high temperature. While frying and broiling produce these chemicals as well, those charred bits at the edges of barbecued meat contain HCAs in their purest state. HCAs, which are also found in cigarette smoke, have been shown to cause cancer in organs including the stomach, colon, liver, and skin-but only in animal studies. It’s unclear whether HCAs cause the same problems in people. Still, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has stated that the chemicals are “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens.” PAHs, the second type of compound, are formed when juices from meat drip onto coals or other hot surfaces and create smoke. The smoke contains these carcinogens, which are deposited onto the surface of meat as it swirls around the food.

Nobody wants to give up the grill all together, so what can you do? The Healthy Edge has provided 10 ways to reduce the chances of producing these two types of harmful chemicals so you can still enjoy your summer BBQs.

Clean The Grill.

Cleaning off any leftover charred pieces of food will prevent them from sticking to the food that you are about to prepare. It is also suggested that you remove any charred areas on the meat you cook.

Grill Vegetables

Unlike meat, poultry and fish, cancer HCAs and PAHs are not formed when you cook vegetables on the grill. Plant foods contain a variety of naturally occurring compounds called phytochemicals, many of which provide their own anti-cancer protection. Vegetables like asparagus, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and corn on the cob are favorites, because grilling brings out flavors that even the pickiest eaters enjoy. Cut into chunks for kebabs, cook in a grill basket, or toss with a small amount of olive oil and grill whole.

Grill Fruit

Same thing applies to fruits as vegetables, HCAs and PAHs do not form when fruits are grilled. Cut fruit before putting it on the grill: apples, peaches and pears can be halved and bananas split lengthwise. Use fruit that is about a day or two away from being completely ripe so it retains its texture. If you brush fruit or the grill with a bit of oil, it won’t stick, and remember to watch closely so it doesn’t get overdone. Serve as is, with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of plain frozen organic yogurt or plain organic Greek Style yogurt.

Marinate The Meat.

Whatever meat you choose, use a marinade made with vinegar or lemon to act as an “invisible shield” that changes the acidity of the meat and prevents PAHs from sticking. Keep the meat marinating in the fridge while you prepare the sides. Marinating meat has also been shown to reduce the formation of HCAs. Precisely why marinades are protective is still under investigation; some evidence points to the acids (vinegar and citrus) or the antioxidant content. Even just 30 minutes in the marinade can help.

Partially Precook Meat.

You can partially precook meat in the microwave, oven or stove to help reduce the amount of time the meat sits on the grill exposed to high heat as well as allowing some juices to flow out the meat that might otherwise leak onto the grill and cause flames. To ensure safe food handling, just be sure to put the partially cooked meat on the preheated grill immediately to complete cooking.

Cook Slow And On Low Heat.

To reduce the amount of HCAs and PAHs that end up in, and on, the meat, slow down the cooking time with a low flame to keep burning and charring to a minimum.

Cut The Fat.

Cut off any visible fat (before the meat is placed on the grill) to reduce the flare ups associated with fat dripping on the flames. You can also cook the meat on the center of the grill and move the coals (if you are using a charcoal grill) to the side to avoid the fat dripping on the coals and causing a flare-up.

Hold The BBQ Sauce.

Sugary marinades such as barbecue sauce that encourage charring should be used only during the last one to two minutes on the grill. Put a light coat on when on the grill and then have extra BBQ sauce to add on after the meat is removed from the grill.

Wrap It Up!

When cooking fish or chicken on the grill, wrapping it and cooking it in aluminum foil will reduce the smoke produced by preventing the juices from dripping on the grill and forming PAHs. If you are at all concerned about using aluminum foil, wrap the meat, chicken or vegetables in parchment paper, then wrap in aluminum foil to avoid having the aluminum touch your food.

Choose Your Grill Carefully.

Cooking over natural gas or propane grills can reduce the pollution emitted. Measurements performed by the Department of Energy show that grilling with gas for an hour creates 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide, while using charcoal to grill releases 11 pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment every hour. While most charcoal you purchase at supermarkets is loaded with chemicals and creates carbon dioxide as it is burned, grilling with real, pure charcoal, known as lump charcoal, does not produce as many emissions. Lump charcoal can be hard to find, but is becoming more readily available as people become more environmentally aware. You may have luck finding lump charcoal at hardware stores, natural food stores, or stores that specialize in grilling equipment. If you own a charcoal grill, using a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid will also keep you from inhaling harmful chemicals.

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Mid Summer weight loss anyone?

Summer is probably the most ideal time to clean up your eating habits.  The most BASIC secret to losing weight effectively, safely, and forever, is this:

EAT LEAN PROTEIN AND VEGGIES, NUTS, SEEDS, FIRST, FRUIT SECOND, WATER THIRD.  EXERCISE EVERY DAY.

Its pretty much that simple.  The key is accountability.  That’s where I can help you!!!

HERE ARE SOME OTHER BASICS:
–DRINK APPROX. HALF YOUR WEIGHT IN WATER
— SWITCH FROM POP AND “ENERGY” DRINKS TO FLAVORED SPRTIZERS–you can lose 10-20 lbs. in a month just by doing this (depending on how much you drink)
–HERE IS A QUICK EXERCISE PROGRAM ANYONE CAN DO!!!

  • 20 Marches or knee ups
  • 20 bicep curls
  • 20 squats to your chair
  • breathe 5 times deeply

Tips:

  1. you can do these exercises slowly if you are a beginner, or fast if you’ve been exercising for a while.
  2. if you are used to exercising more, repeat the circut for 3-4 times
  3. if you are a super-newbie, just do 10 each.

Keep your exercise fun and simple.  The main thing is to exert your muscles and get your blood flowing.