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A spoonful of sugar helps colds and flu not you!

Studies show that excess sugar actually suppresses immunity by depressing the ability for white blood cells to attack bacteria.  By ingesting 20 teaspoons of sugar, the equivalent to 24 ounces of sugary soda, immune suppression occurs up to 5 hours after ingestion.  In addition, doctors indicate that there is also a correlation between increased sugar intake during the holidays and instances of the cold and flu viruses.  Conclusion…more sugar = more doctor’s visits!  Is it worth it? . . .  I think not!

 

 

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Feeling under the weather?

Don’t let the winter blues or sniffles get you down.  Make this soul satisfying soup to get you through those winter days.  Serves 2 generous portions.

2 Tbs butter

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 cup chopped white/yellow or red onion

2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on your love of garlic!)

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

8 ounces of roasted chicken cubed

4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

1 tsp curry powder

dash cayenne pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute onions and mushrooms in butter and oil for 5 minutes until soft.  Add garlic and saute for 2 additional minutes.  Stir in chicken, curry powder and cayenne till warmed through, then add the broth.  Cover and simmer.  Serve piping hot!

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It is a New Year!!

While everyone was partying for the holiday season, we at burn fat forever have been reading, researching and revising our program to enhance fat loss even more!  We have some new and exciting things to introduce to you!   Remember our program is not a diet!  It is a philosophy of living and eating for optimal weight and health for life.  If you are serious about wanting to feel and look your best, let us help you reach your goals!

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The holidays are coming!

 

Cauliflower…low carb wonderful!!

We all know the holidays can be a scary time for those watching their weight, but it doesn’t have to be!  There are plenty of healthy options at the holiday table.  We all know turkey is an excellent source of protein and those yummy green side dishes like creamed spinach or almond green beans are a perfect match!  Missing the mashed potatoes?  Try mashed cauliflower!  It’s so easy!

Mashed Cauliflower

Steam a medium head of cauliflower cut into small pieces in microwave (about 5 minutes).  Once soft, mash with potato masher and add warmed heavy cream, melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.   Parmesan cheese is a great addition too!

Enjoy and Give Thanks!!

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How much protein is enough?

Contrary to popular belief a low carb diet is not necessarily synonymous with a high protein diet.  In fact, the BFF plan is not a high protein diet but a moderate protein diet. Protein actually in large amounts can affect insulin levels so we want to be careful to get an adequate amount of protein but not to over do it.  The link below contains a helpful article on protein requirements.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/protein.htm

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The Game is ON!

It’s Sunday again!  Looking for a low carb game treat?  How about wings? Yes, wings!  Chicken wings are easily made at home or on the grill while tailgating and are totally low carb when prepared with low carb sauces.  Here are some saucy suggestions.

Italian Herb and Parmesan

Coat wings with Olive Oil, Italian Herbs, Salt and Pepper to taste.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking add Parmesan cheese.  If grilling, toss with Parmesan immediately after cooked and removed from grill.

Garlic Butter

Put olive oil, butter (1 to 1 ratio) and minced garlic in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until butter is melted.  Brush wings with butter mixture before grilling or baking.  Salt and pepper to taste.   Make additional sauce for dipping or pouring over after cooked.

Franks Red Hot Sauce…has no carbs!! Brush on wings before grilling or baking and have some extra on the side for dipping.

Have a great low carb wing recipe?  Please share!  Let’s get ready for some football!

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Fiber is Your Friend

We hear lots of talk about fiber and getting enough etc, but what about on a low carb high fat diet?  Yes, fiber is still your friend!  Carbohydrates in the form of fiber have no impact on your insulin levels, therefore does not impede fat loss.  In fact, fiber often enhances weight loss by keeping things moving in your digestive system; however, be cautious on your choice of fiber!  Just because the front of a product says its high fiber doesn’t mean you should eat it!  Read labels carefully! An ideal high fiber product will have very little net carbs (Carbs – Fiber = Net Carb).  For instance, in my previous recipe blog I mentioned Garden of Life Super Seed.  This is a fiber product that has zero net carbs!  There are other similar type products out there.  One lower cost option for fiber is to just add ground flaxseed to shakes, soups, whatever!  Personally I like to mix it up and use various products.  I like Arbonne Fiber Boost also because it is tasteless and mixes easily in shakes. It has 12 grams of fiber and only 3 net carbs.

Garden of Life Super Seed can be found in health food stores and some health conscious grocery stores.

Ground flaxseeds can be found in health food stores or you can buy whole and grind your own.

Arbonne Fiber Booster can be found at http://tanyacolee.myarbonne.com

If you have a favorite low net carb fiber product, please comment and let me know!

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Low Carb Cookie Dough?

Well it’s not exactly cookie dough, but we have a treat that is sure to please.  It has the consistency of cookie dough but without the sugar!  It is a no cook easy recipe to keep you sustained and burning fat through the day.  This recipe was inspired by Nora’s Nut Ball Snackers by Nora Gedgaudas on her website Primal Mind/Primal Body.  Thanks Nora!

BFF (Tina’s) Hairy Balls

1 cup Kerry Gold unsalted butter (regular unsalted butter can also be used if Kerry Gold is not available)

1 jar of Almond Butter unsweetened

3 Tbs no peanut nutzo (optional)

¼ tsp coconut extract

¼ tsp almond extract

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ coconut flour (or more to taste)

2 scoops Garden of Life Super Seed (optional, but gives great fiber boost)

2 Tbs Chia seeds or black sesame seeds

4 ounces sliced almonds

½ cup coconut flakes unsweetened

2 Tbs carob chips

Mix the butter and the almond butter till smooth.  Add Nutzo and all extracts and mix thoroughly.  Add remaining ingredients one at a time and mix.  Can be eaten immediately, but refrigerate to store and for firmer consistency.

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