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Broccoli Juice!?!

3 Jul

Broccoli Juice!?!

We don’t have that many fancy kitchen appliances, mainly because we can’t fit anything more into our small kitchen. One that we do have and that we really use is our juice machine. It doesn’t seem to matter what we put into it, everything that comes out tastes divine. Therefore we decided to start pushing its limits: Broccoli is a great vegetable in food, but how can we make a good juice out of it?
We added orange, apple, kiwi and ginger and it actually wasn’t half bad. And if you think of all it contains it’s really a bomb; Broccoli is rich in iron, and for absorbing iron into your body you need vitamin C, which you get from the kiwi and orange. Ginger is good for a million different reasons. Luise always adds linseed or almond oil as well because it’s good for the skin and the stomach (but I like it better without …).

Ingredients broccoli juice

Broccoli Juice
1 glass

1 orange
1 apple
1 kiwi
1 handful of broccoli
2 cm fresh ginger

2 tbsp linseed oil
ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a juice machine, pour it in a glass, add oil and ice cubes and stir. Enjoy with fresh mint leaves!

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Light Veggie Quiche

11 Feb
The following recipe uses all of these techniques and weighs in at around 300 calories a slice with14 grams of fat and only 4 grams of saturated fat. It also provides around 20 grams of high quality protein and almost 7 grams of fiber. That’s pretty healthy for a quiche.
Beware Restaurant Quiche: When some people see the word “broccoli” or “vegetable” in a menu item, they often get the false impression that the dish is healthy. With vegetable quiche dishes, nothing could be further from the truth. That’s because most quiche dishes made in a restaurant are prepared with butter, heavy cream, full fat cheeses and lots of eggs. And that’s just the filling! The crust is generally made from refined white flour and butter or lard. It wouldn’t be hard for a slice of restaurant quiche to be over 600 calories and contain 40 to 50 grams of fat.

How To Lighten Up A Veggie Quiche
First, the Base

I used brown rice and an egg white. The resulting crust had half the calories and 1/16th the fat of the ready-made whole wheat crust.
Second, the Dairy

You can lower the calories and saturated fat and still get a very nice consistency by using reduced or low fat cheese instead of full fat cheese. In this recipe I use low fat cottage cheese and reduced fat swiss or cheddar. You can also replace cream with soy milk or fat free evaporated milk. To further reduce the calories and cholesterol, you can replace one of the eggs with 2 egg whites. The flavor created by adding a few tablespoons of high quality parmesan on top will give the impression that all of the dairy ingredients are rich and decadent and no one will realize that you’ve made these healthy substitutions.
Third, the Vegetables

There is no need to fry the vegetables in loads of butter. Steam the broccoli and lightly sauté the onions, peppers and mushrooms in a few teaspoons of olive oil.

3 Veggie Quiche in a Brown Rice Base
[serves 8]
For the base
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large egg white
pinch of salt and pepper
For the filling
2 cups broccoli florets
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup red pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup mushrooms
2 large organic, cage free eggs
2 large organic, cage free egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk or fat free evaporated milk
1/2 cup low fat organic cottage cheese
1/4 cup reduced fat Swiss or Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)

A brown ricebase is easy to make and is low in calories and fat.
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan and bake.

After baking 45 minutes at 375 degrees, let sit for 10-15 minutes.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine cooked brown rice, egg white, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. Press the rice mixture into the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until it “sets”. Remove from oven. LOWER THE OVEN TO 375 degrees.
Steam the broccoli until fork tender and separate into small pieces. Remove from heat and let cool. Sauté the onion, bell pepper and shitake mushrooms until they soften, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Place the eggs and egg whites in a mixing bowl and lightly beat. Add the milk, cottage cheese, shredded swiss or cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley and mix thoroughly. Add the cooled broccoli and sautéed vegetables and mix well. Pour mixture into the baked rice crust and top with parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until you can gently shake the quiche and it doesn’t wiggle. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Per serving: 304.1 calories, 13.9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 119 mg cholesterol, 19.8 g protein, 33.2 g carbohydrates and 6.6 g of fiber.

FUSEmeAll – Food blending for Sport

7 Jan

If you’re a person that’s involved in sports on a regular basis, and find that you’re always fighting a low-level injury of some sort, nothing too awful, but frequent nonetheless, consider adding more live blended food and juices to your daily regimen to help repair your tissues quicker and more efficiently. There’s no substitute for what this food can do, especially if it’s implemented on a regular basis.

Tissue Repair

Live food blends/drinks are superior to cooked food in that it still retains all of its enzymatic aspects, vitamins, and minerals. After heating, cooked food isn’t plentiful in these nutrients anymore. This fact alone makes it the superior food for athletes of all types. The components of live food quickly work to repair tissue damaged from intense work outs and high impact sports injuries. This is the food that our bodies recognize and are able to more easily assimilate, for improved nutrient uptake.

It’s Quick and Easy

Live food blended meals are very quick to prepare if you use a blender and a juicer. A good blended meal can consist of 5-7  food portions in one sitting. The same with juiced veggie and fruit drinks. You can easily juice 5 or 6  live foods in one sitting to drink and after doing this 2 or 3 times daily, you’ve brought your live food intake up! That will make a good dent in tissue repair for sure!

Nutrients Are More accessable

Part of the reason blender meals and juice drinks are more helpful when implementing this lifestyle is they masticate the food more intensely than our own teeth are able to. This is a big plus because the nutrition in these foods is made ultra available from this high-powered action. The more available the nutrients are, the easier it is for your body to digest and utilize this nourishment for superior nutritional uptake.

It’s Quick again!

Blending food drinks is so quick! Depending on what you’re preparing, you may have to do some cutting or chopping, but that’s very minimal and goes really quick when that’s the only real preparation you need to do to accomplish the task. Just pulse and you’re good to go!

You Can Get Many Different ingredients at Once

The most appealing raw food is the fruit and this tends to be the most popular food consumed when a person is trying to include more fresh foods in his or her diet. A good way to incorporate more fruit into your diet is to start making fruit smoothies. Rich with good carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, fruit smoothies are an energizing way to either start your day or acquire an energy boost later on. A growing number of people also add leafy greens to their fruit smoothies as they feel this promotes better digestion and absorption of nutrients. It also makes consuming leafy greens a less tedious process than trying to tear your way through a mountainous salad.

You Can Add Your Food Favorites

If you’re blending some important to your diet foods that aren’t necessarily some of your favorites, you can always add some that make it more yummy. I always try to spruce things up a bit with some bananas that are more on the ripe side for the sweetness. Carrots are always good for this purpose as well.

The Stone Age Diet Natural Food Diet for Fat Loss.

4 Jan

I would overlook stone age diet with high raw food diet – very similar in concept –  where key word is NATURAL!

The “paleolithic,” “Stone Age ” “cave man ” and raw food diets have been around for a while. You may be wondering if the paleo diet is a fad diet or if it has real value. There are many sites on the search engines where people claim to have lost weight using this program. The truth about the paleo diet is it is mostly a low carb diet with some more healthy food groups thrown in. The paleo diet is very healthy because it is based on what our healthy ancestors consumed.

In general,  I think they are right on point, and will benefit your health and definitely your fat loss efforts.

  • A “Stone Age Diet” or “cave man” diet is actually very similar to the bodybuilding diets and this is most definitely a great way get very lean, very fast. On  physique competition diets (bodybuilding, fitness, figure, etc), you leave the  lean proteins, lean meats, nuts and seeds, the green veggies (fibrous carbs), and some fruit in the diet, while reducing or removing ALL processed foods and  SOME of the grains and starches.
  • The consumption of a Raw, or high raw, diet is an emerging trend that seems to be flourishing as people catch on to the many perceived benefits of this style of eating. Why are raw foods so good for us? For the most part, it is because they are completely unprocessed, intact, and nutritionally undiluted. Cooking and processing can damage and transform foods to varying degrees and sometimes this can render food nutrition less or even downright dangerous. That being said, you do not need to adopt a 100% raw diet to reap the many benefits of unadulterated plant foods. All you need to do is figure out what raw foods you really enjoy and believe will enhance your health and fitness results the most and then eat as many of them as you would like. After that, you should learn to differentiate between extremely harmful forms of cooking and those that are virtually benign.

When it comes to maximum fat loss, the removal or reduction of  grains and calorie dense starchy carbs in favor of lean protein and raw or semi-raw veggies will definitely help speed the fat loss process – even if that’s only because it  reduces caloric density of the food intake, although there are other reasons.

So is the Paleo diet worth it? Absolutely. If you don’t like to diet generally, the paleo diet is a very easy diet to do. You eat meats and other items humans love to eat. It is also important to use smaller portions and also exercise like any healthy diet. What about raw diet? Eat only fresh food you or your taste buds enjoy, maybe sashimi or blended berry smoothie.

Lean protein (fish and meat) + good fats & raw nuts + lots of  green veggies + fresh fruit & berries = a LEAN BODY AND SUPERABS!

And that  basically what the “paleolithic”  or raw diets recommend, because the principle there is to eat like our  “stone age” ancestors did – before there was McDonalds, Coca Cola and other junk food.

Paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and therefore that an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles this ancestral diet.
Forty thousand years ago, you had to eat nature-made food. There was no food in cans, boxes or packages was there? The packaging was peel, a skin or a shell!
There were no TV dinners.   There was no drive in fast food. There were no convenience stores.
There   was no corn syrup. There was no white sugar. There were no hydrogenated oils. No   chemicals. No preservatives. No artificial anything.
There was only what  could be hunted and gathered: Meat, fish, nuts, seeds, plants, vegetables, fruits. And cooking methods was simple and safe.
Apart from restrictions I am not agree with like some of stone age diet being too strict with  their “Absolutely no grains or starch allowed,” and raw food diet is good in moderation,  is a lot anyone can learn  from the “paleolithic” and raw eating concept.
“What were we eating tens of thousands  of years ago?” ; “What are we genetically and environmentally predisposed to eat?”
“What has gone wrong with the modern day diet that has led to so much disease and obesity which didn’t exist thousands of years ago?”
I  believe that too many people get caught up in low fats or low carbs or whatever;   the trend of the month is, but the real source of our problem is neither fat nor carbs, it is an excess of processed, refined man-made food! (combined with a serious shortage of exercise)
If you already study and understand the concept of  eating according to your personal goals and your unique body/metabolic type first, then I believe you will get even more benefit from the further study of   the “paleo – raw “eating concept, as you will be informed and flexible enough to adapt  it to your personal situation.
ANY good nutrition program – for health or for fat loss – is going to be focused on natural foods and it will teach you how  to get the processed food OUT .

 

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