If you get the munchies, eat this

If you get the munchies, eat this

I defy anyone who gets a case of the munchies to tell me that their willpower alone will be enough to ensure that they don’t reach for the cookie jar or the potato chips when no one else is looking.

And if you live alone? Come on.

If there is no one else around to see your transgressions then you are going to binge on whatever you can get your hands on.

That’s just what we are – creatures of comfort food.

Maybe like me, you avoid buying the things you love to eat. If I have something tasty and within reach, it is going to get eaten.

I might be able to stave off for a day or two the desire to slice open a bag of cookies, but I give in eventually, as I am sure you do.

So what are we supposed to do, if this kind of behavior is continually contributing to the number of inches around our waist?

One solution is to replace the “bad” snacks, which is practically every piece of junk food that is sold at your local convenience store, with healthy dessert and snack alternatives.

But what do those look like? More importantly, what do they TASTE like?

I have not-so-fond memories of “healthy” cookies that my mother used to make when the sugar and butter supplies in our household ran low. Thankfully broccoli cookies never appeared on the menu, but nor did anything healthy that also passed as a tasty snack.

Carolyn Hansen, the author of a series of recipe books at Blended Bites, and is quite aware of this problem.

But she was determined to find dessert and snack recipes that did away with the usual cast of bad characters: sugar, flour, butter, and replace these with healthy substitutes that she could live with as a bodybuilder looking to maintain a healthy diet during her preparations for physique contests.

That was some years ago now, and today she is making the recipes she came up with during that period available to anyone who could benefit from being able to grab low-calorie snacks on the run that also taste great.

If you could see some of the photographs of the snacks and treats that she has come up with you would not hesitate to volunteer to be a guinea pig in her kitchen.

Would you believe that you can make cheesecake alternatives that use no dairy, but look and taste delicious nonetheless?

Apparently, you can, and this is just one of the recipe types that litter her books.

For more information on this mouth-watering topic, I recommend you get yourself across to her site Blended Bites, grab yourself a copy of the recipe books and put your blender to work.

The nice thing about Carolyn’s recipes? You don’t even need a stove to prepare them – they are basically no-cook recipes made from natural ingredients that can go straight to your mouth!

When You Have A Blender, Who Needs A Stove?

When You Have A Blender, Who Needs A Stove?

I do not remember the last time that I used the stove. But I have a great excuse.

The only thing I know how to heat up is a teabag. The downside? I eat out every day and the quality of the nutrition I put into my body is not nearly as good as I know it ought to be.

This is why Carolyn Hansen’s books at BlendedBites.com look so appealing to me.

Now the truth is, even though I know I could benefit from eating these amazingly mouth-watering delights, I probably never will. Why?

Because I am lazy, and the idea of having to go to the store to get ingredients, put them in a blender, and then simply pour them out onto a tray seems like a lot of work to me.

But you might not be as lazy as I am, and you might be prepared to take a couple of steps to eat healthy desserts and snacks rather than the store-bought items that are poisoning me.

Well, poisoning might be too strong a word. Still, we all know that the sugar, butter, and other chemical additives that fill traditional snacks are doing none of us any favors. They all contribute in the long run to obesity and other chronic diseases associated with poor nutrition. This is why when someone comes up with a set of healthy food alternatives we should all take notice, rather than continue to be lazy like I am. I am going to suffer the consequences of my actions, I have no doubt. But that does not mean that you need to do the same.

At least I hope you do not. At the very least, do me a favor and go have a look at the recipe books that Carolyn is offering on her site.

If you take a glance at that Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake alternative or the Carob Fudge, and you still don’t bite (haha) then I will know that I did my bit to help your ward of the coronary disease or hypertension that likely will catch up with you one of these days.

Assuming you eat as poorly as I do, that is. You don’t, do you?

The bottom line: you will want to go check out the Blended Bites recipes if you are less than satisfied with the quality of the desserts and snacks that typically end up inside you over the course of a day.

Can Delicious Snacks Actually Be Good For You?

Can Delicious Snacks Actually Be Good For You?

Remember sneaking into the kitchen when you were young to steal a snack when mom was not looking?

Well, those days might be over if ex-bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen gets her way.

She has come up with a set of more than 200 dessert and snack recipes that will have mothers everywhere positively encouraging their children to dig in.

The reason?

The ingredients.

No sugar, flour, or butter to be found in these recipes

– just healthy natural ingredients. No cooking either, for the most part, which makes preparation a snap.

All a mom needs to be proficient within the kitchen to keep her kids satisfied is a blender.

That’s the conclusion Carolyn Hansen reaches in her collection of recipe books she calls Blended Bites.

At first glance, you might be tempted to think that desserts and snacks prepared without sugar and butter might taste like the experimental designs that mom came up with within your youth when she ran low on those items and could not get to the store.

If you share the same memories of those bold snack alternatives that I do you might be quick to dismiss the idea of a tasty snack that foregoes the ingredients that we know contribute to chronic disease in later life.

Too much sugar and butter in the diet are prime causes of obesity, diabetes, and coronary disease.

Carolyn Hansen knew this when she went into her kitchen years ago to find alternatives to the desserts and snacks she found so difficult to remove from her diet.

As a competitive bodybuilder, she was determined to find a way to keep herself from ruining her progress in the gym by bingeing on unhealthy treats when her willpower wore down.

At first, the going was difficult.

It turns out that there are a lot of things to take into account when you begin throwing out the staple ingredients of recipes thousands of years old.

There were a lot of missteps along the way.

But Carolyn persevered, and in the end, she came up with desserts and snacks that she could share with her bodybuilder friends.

Treats that you can share with your family and friends and know that you are contributing to the maintenance of their health, not only today but for years to come.

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious,

be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites,

where she shows you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe

Sea moss is a powerful seaweed that provides you with 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need to stay in balance and function optimally. Have this as a dessert or even to start your day!

this recipe comes from the https://www.onegreenplanet.org website

Sea Moss Banana Smoothie [Vegan]


Dairy Free
Ingredients
2 frozen bananas (preferred but not required, you can use regular temperature bananas)
2-3 pitted dates
1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
3 tablespoons prepared sea moss (follow the instructions on your sea moss package on how to wash, soak, and blend your sea moss)
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pinches cardamom
3-5 black peppercorns
6-8 ice cubes
1.5-2 cups filtered water (the water should be no higher than the contents of the blender)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp jaggery (optional)


Preparation
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, leaving the water for last. Add just as much water as there are contents in your blender. If you add too much water, it won’t be thick and fluffy. If it’s too thick, you can always add a tad more water to bring the consistency to your liking.

Sea Moss Smoothie

this recipe comes from the website https://thatgirlcookshealthy.com

Ingredients

  • ▢¾ cup sea moss gel 
  • ▢2 cups frozen mango
  • ▢1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ▢½ tbsp ginger grated
  • ▢1 cup coconut water

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.
  • Blend the ingredients until smooth or reached desired consistency.
  • Serve in fancy glasses. Enjoy!

3 Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Keto is everywhere; it’s the new buzzword, the new favorite among those looking to shed pounds, and the new hate victim of the food-pyramid-spouting-eat-your-whole grains mainstream medical industry.

The keto diet, while it is not the magic cure-all for every single disease on the planet, does a pretty dang good job at being the potential causer of healing many horrible conditions.

So let’s cut through the science, separate fact from fiction, and look at the benefits of the keto diet.

Benefit #1: Weight Loss

Okay, so this one isn’t so astounding, but it is one of the most common reasons people embark on the keto diet.

So why is weight loss usually so easy on the ketogenic diet instead of other regular diets? For all of the following reasons:

•   The keto diet is composed of approximately 75% fat, 20 % protein, and 5% or less carbohydrates. The high fat content and lack of sugar means diminished cravings, lack of blood sugar swings and binges, and increased satiation. Increased satiation=eating less. Many people also have food sensitivities to grains, even gluten-free ones, so eliminating them may lead to an increased ability to absorb minerals like magnesium and potassium, which in turn means your body is more nourished and you have fewer cravings

•   Ketones. When your blood sugar is running low, your body turns to its glycogen stores for energy. Typically glycogen stores house about 2000 calories of “backup” energy for when you run out of glucose. Like the intelligent machine it is, your body depletes the glycogen stores and then turns to your own body fat for fuel.

IMPORTANT: The ketogenic diet is not a free-for-all eat however much cheese or super low-carb fat bomb treats you want diet. If you are eating way more calories than you need, you will not lose weight. So focus on keeping your diet around fatty cuts of grass-fed meat, butter, eggs, avocados, lots of green veggies and cruciferous, and be modest with the keto desserts, dairy, and sweets.

Benefit #2: Brain Function

A poorly functioning brain, as you may have already experienced, leads to lessened work productivity, which in turn means an unhappy boss, lack of job satisfaction, sugar cravings for energy, and depression

. It’s a horrible domino effect.

The original ketogenic diet was formulated by Dr. Russell Wilder in the early 20th century to treat epilepsy.

The success rate was phenomenal and it is still used today to treat epilepsy and other brain disorders.

Research also indicates that ketones are more efficient brain fuel than glucose. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102124/)

Benefit #3: Potential Cancer Benefits

One study showed implementing the ketogenic diet led to a dramatically increased survival time and slower tumor growth. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5450454/)

Conclusion

If you’re reading this article now, chances are you are in some sort of pain, whether physical and/or mental (being overweight, struggling with autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, fatigue, brain fog) and want to change.

Use this information, don’t just skim through it and store it in the back of your brain and say “that’s nice for some people”, motivate yourself to change.

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  • A vegetarian diet helps you avoid some illnesses caused by e coli, salmonella, and listera, which are the most virulent forms of food-borne illnesses.
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Understanding The No Carb Diet

A no carb diet is different from a low carb diet. It is more intense because you’re allowed zero carbohydrate intake.

There must be an alternative source of energy in your diet. Fat will be the main source, and protein is another backup. The bulk of your intake on a no carb diet will be cheese, fish, egg and meat.

The natural consequence of this is a ketogenic state as the fat consumed is converted into ketones.

Oxidization of fat is not the regular setting of your metabolic processes which typically depend on carbohydrates.

For this reason, a strict no carb diet should ideally be vetted by a physician, especially if you have any medical conditions which could make it dangerous to try.

To qualify for the category of zero carb diet, your total daily intake should not exceed 50 grams of carbohydrate.

However, even when you eat more than that, there’s a chance that you’ll continue losing weight.

Preparing for a no carb diet

It’s hard to get started on such a strict dietary regimen without prior preparation.

Give yourself time to prepare for it.

Draw up a list of food items that are allowed.

Don’t assume that because this is a tough diet, it won’t be delicious.

There are many tasty items that can be eaten even on such a protocol.

Creativity is the key in enjoying your restricted diet.

Be ready and willing to try out different new recipes and meal plans.

First, assess how many carb calories you are permitted to eat every day.

This will depend on your weight loss goals and current body weight.

You’ll quickly realize that eating fewer carbs changes and optimizes your body composition and proportion, leaving you in better metabolic health and with improved levels of health biomarkers.

The good news is that when you make sure your glucose and glycogen levels are enough to replenish cellular stores, you will not feel tired or weak even on a strictly carb restricted diet.

Few dieters complain of fatigue, low energy or feeling dull mentally.

There is one caveat with very low carb diets.

You cannot get enough calories if you’re an active person.

Anyone who runs, jogs, skis or is active physically over prolonged durations can manage an adequate calorie intake without including carbs in the diet.

Under such circumstances, starving your body of carbohydrates can lead to tiredness, muscle aches, bone loss and reduced performance.

That is not a desirable situation and your diet plan needs modification.