How Plums Help Achieve Natural Weight Loss

Plums – Eat Them For Weight Loss

Many folk are struggling with weight loss nowadays. The reasons are varied. It could be genetic disposition, pregnancy, side effects of certain medicines, junk diet, lack of exercise, stress to name a few.  The experienced know there are no short cuts to losing weight. Beware of magic pills or magic diet or magic exercise equipment that promise to reduce weight in a jiffy. Usually you did not put on excess weight overnight. It happened over a period of time. Rapid weight loss is neither practical or natural for the body. A strict regimen of diet and exercise over a period of time is the best, safest and most natural way to lose weight permanently.

Appetite suppressants and diet pills have their associated limitations and side effects. Eating a wide variety of low calorie vegetables and fruits is the best diet for weight loss. Plums is one of the ideal fruits which will definitely help you to lose weight. Dried plums or prunes will also help lose weight.

Different ways to consume plums

Ripe plums are delicious and don’t have any side effects. They can be eaten alone or added to fruit salads, breakfast cereals and yoghurt. You can even make juices of them or smoothies. Plums can be cooked to make compote or syrupy sauces for delicious and wholesome dessert dishes. You can even make plum wines, plum jam and plum cake or even pickle the tasty fruit. Plum sauce can be added to yoghurt or frozen milk. In short there is a wide variety of healthy plum dishes.

How plums aid in weight loss

Plums are mostly either European or Japanese in origin. They are low in calories and have a low glycaemic index which means that consuming the fruit won’t lead to blood sugar surges. The fruit is rich in fibre and eating it leads to a feeling of satiety. In short, the stomach fills up and you don’t feel like eating more.  Plums have very little fat. Each small plum contains less than 0.2 grams of fat. Also, this fruit has practically zero saturated fat a type of fat which drives up body cholesterol levels.

3 Amazing Foods That Help Lose Weight When on a Weight Loss Program

Maintain a journal when in weight loss program
Maintain a journal when in  a weight loss program

What to eat and what not to eat while on a weight loss plan is a question that many who are in a weight loss program face. The first and foremost thing that you need to understand is that there is no such thing as a perfect diet plan. Experts and studies reveal that there are foods that aid in weight loss. The studies further show that though these foods work in different ways for different people, those who eat them and also exercise are more likely to lose weight faster than those who don’t exercise.

Top 3 Foods That Hasten Weight Loss

 

  • Yogurt
Yogurt - any time snack
Yogurt – any time snack

As per the studies conducted and published by an American cardiologist, epidemiologist, and the Dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Dariush Mozaffarian in the New England Journal of Medicine, its found that yogurt has the ability to help people maintain their weight as they age. The eating habits of more than 120,000 people were analyzed by the team headed by Mozzafarian. The results showed that yogurt ranked highest among the food that helped in maintaining weight as one aged while potato chips ranked highest for weight gain. The scientist believe that the beneficial probiotics may be playing a role in promoting healthy gut.

  • Oat Bran
Fiber enriched food
Fiber enriched food

Oak bran is rich in fiber and this gives you the feeling full effect. It also enhances bowel movements. Like oats, oat bran also absorbs fat and also aids in reducing cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will hasten the weight loss. Oat bran is a part of Dukan Diet that was popularized by the celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton.

  • Mushrooms
A superb replacement for meat
A superb replacement for meat

Mushroom is known for its health benefits. It’s also an ideal substitute for meat because of its rich texture and meaty taste. Weight management research team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that replacing meat with mushrooms in one meal a day is beneficial for those who are undergoing weight loss management programs.

There are many more foods that when included in your regular diet can help you to not only reduce weight but also maintain weight as you age. Some of the foods include pistachio and olive oil.

Easy To Make Salad Dressing

Simple Homemade Salad Dressing
Simple Homemade Salad Dressing

Many of us do cringe on hearing the word “salad.” One of the reasons could be because you visualize salad as a bowl of greens with nuts and seeds thrown together with a pinch of salt and pepper. It sounds very boring and flavorless, right. Salads can be made interesting if you can spice them up with an awesome salad dressing.

A salad dressing adds flavor and texture to your salad, and also makes it more edible and interesting to eat. Salad dressing made at home is lot more tastier, and you have the control over the ingredients that you would add to make it healthier than the ones you pick from an aisle in a super market.

Homemade Salad Dressings

Chile-Lime Salad Dressing

  • Lime juice – 4 tbsp. and 3 tsp zest
  • Red wine vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp.
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Garlic – 1 Clove Minced
  • Red Pepper Flakes – 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

Method

Combine all the above-mentioned ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Shake well until its well combined.

Refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes so the flavors blend well.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • Dijon Mustard – 1/4 cup
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp

Method

Combine all the above ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Shake well until well combined.

Refrigerate it for minimum 30 minutes so the flavors blend.

Italian Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • Extra Vrigin Olive Oil – 2/3 cup
  • Red Wine Vinegar – 1/4 cup
  • Finely Grated Parmesan – 3 tbsp.
  • Minced Parsley – 1 tbsp.
  • Oregano – 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic – 1 Clove Minced
  • Honey – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Shake well until the ingredients are well combined.

Alternatively, you can use a blender or food processor combine until the ingredients are well mixed.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend well.

 

Share your salad dressing with us in the comment section.

10 Fruits That Enhance Weight Loss

Change your lifestyle to lose weight
Change your lifestyle to lose weight

 

A study by University of Tokyo, revealed that women who ate fruits that was high in water content had smaller waistlines and low body mass indexes. The researchers opine that the water content in these food is so filling that you tend to eat less. There are many foods that aid in weight loss. Here we have put together a list of fruits that will aid in weight loss.

List of 7 Fruits that Enhance Weight Loss

 

  • Grapefruit
Pink grapefruit
Pink grapefruit

This fruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium and folic acid. Grapefruit also contains pectin, a dietary fiber, vitamin A and lycopene, an anti-oxidant.

  • Tomatoes
Tomatoes Man's blessing
Tomatoes Man’s blessing

Tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable. They are rich source of antioxidants and they also aid in reducing water retention. Additionally, tomatoes help in reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a protein that prevents the body from losing weight.

  • Oranges
Yummy and delicious oranges
Yummy and delicious oranges

Oranges are a snack by itself. Instead of snacking on a highly-sugared snack, consider eating an orange. Do you know 100gms of orange contains only 47 calories.

  • Banana
Instant energy
Instant energy

Instead of eating an energy bar post work-out have a banana. it gives you instant energy apart from reducing your blood pressure, acidity formation, constipation and prevents muscular cramps.

  • Guava
Red Guava rich in fiber
Red Guava rich in fiber

This fruit is an excellent source of fiber and has a very low glycemic index. This fruit is also a perfect for those who are diabetic. Also, guava ensures perfect bowel movements that is a mandatory for overall weight loss process.

  • Apple
A great food
A great food

This is one fruit that is a must in your dietary repertoire as it will boost your immune system. Additionally, it is good for your heart as it has zero sodium. A Brazilian study revealed that women who ate an apple before their meals lost 33 percent of their weight compared to those who did not consume them.

  • Watermelon
90 percent water
90 percent water

This fruit has 90 percent water content and has only 30 calories per 100g of serving. It an excellent source of arginine, an amino acid which helps to burn fat.

Now whats your list?

3 Easy Breakfast In A Mason Jar Recipes

Easy to make Breakfast in a Mason Jar
Easy to make Breakfast in a Mason Jar

Breakfast in a mason jar is for those who do not have much time to prepare breakfast in the morning. This concept allows you to prepare the breakfast overnight and refrigerate it to be eaten the next day. Here are a few easy to make breakfast in a mason jar that you should try out and share your experience with us.

Bacon And Eggs In A Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • Eggs – 2
  • Fresh Spinach –  3 tbsp.
  • Shredded cheese – 2 tbsp.
  • Bacon – finely chopped, 3 tbsp.
  • Salt and pepper as per taste

Method

In a bowl, beat the eggs, salt, pepper and the chopped spinach

Pour this mixture into a microwave compatible mason jar

Cook for a couple of minutes, checking now and then.

The mixture will puff up during cooking. That’s nothing to worry about. You can deflate it once you take the jar out of the microwave.

Top with some cheese (optional) and bacon crumbles.

Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt – 60 ounce
  • Uncooked oats – 1/3 cup
  • Chia seeds – 1 tsp
  • Milk (cow, soy, almond) – 2 tbsp.
  • Frozen fruits and berries – 1 cup

Method

In a mixing bowl combine milk, yogurt, oats and chia seeds.

Pour half the mixture into a mason jar/container

Then layer it with fruits and berries.

Pour the remaining yogurt mixture to make the third layer.

Add the remaining fruit/berries as the final layer.

This breakfast can be refrigerated up to three days.

Granola and fruits  in a mason Jar

Ingredients to make Granola

  • Rolled oats – 3 cups
  • Flax meal – 1/4 cup
  • Nuts and seeds – 2 cups, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Honey – 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon – 2 tsp
  • Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp

Method

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, all the ingredients. Spread granola evenly on a large parchment lined baking dish.

Bake for30-40 minutes, stirring once in15 minutes. The granola has to be golden brown. If not cook for another 10 more minutes. Cool the mixture and store in an airtight container.

Assembling the Breakfast Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • Fruits of your choice – 4 cups, chopped into bite- size
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Prepared granola

The first add the yogurt, then honey, fruit and then granola. Repeat the same for one more layer.

Beetroot Juice Recipes For Healthier Tomorrow

Healthy Beetroot Juice
Healthy Beetroot Juice

A study by Wake Forest University that was published in the Journal Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, in the year 2010, revealed that regular consumption of beetroot juice will promote brain health and reduces blood pressure. The reason is beet contains high amounts of nitrates that are converted into nitrites when you consume it. The nitrites have the ability to dilate blood vessels to increase the blood flow.

3 Easy To Make Beetroot Juice Recipes

Note: – Use only fresh beetroot to prepare the juice. Also, ensure that your juicer is cleaned well after each use.

Tangy Beetroot Zinger

Ingredients

  • Apples – 2 peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • Beet – 1 large chopped
  • Ginger – 1 piece of one-inch. cleaned and sliced
  • Ice – a few cubes

Preparation

In a juicer, first run the beetroot and ginger together. To this add the chopped apples and blend well to get the juice.

Transfer the contents into a serving jar and add ice cubes.

Vitamins ingested Beetroot Juice

Ingredients

  • Beetroot – 1 cleaned and diced.
  • Oranges – 2
  • Carrots – 2 cleaned and diced
  • Ice – a few cubes

Preparation

Extract the juice of beetroot and carrots by blending them in a juicer. Transfer this to a serving jar.

Cut the oranges into half and squeeze out the juice into the serving jar containing the beetroot and carrot juice. To this add a few cubes of ice and stir.

Royal Beetroot Juice

Ingredients

  • Dark purple grapes – 2 cups
  • Purple Plums – de-stoned and cut
  • Beetroot – 1 large cleaned and chopped
  • Ice

Preparation

Put the beetroot and grapes into a juicer to extract the juices. Transfer the juice on to a serving jar.

Now run the plums through the juicer. Extract the juice and mix it with the beet and grape juice. Add ice cubes and serve.

Make beetroot juice a part of your healthy lifestyle. Beetroot has myriad health benefits.

Recycle Leftovers Of Your Christmas Feast

Christmas Dinner leftovers
Christmas Dinner Leftovers

All the presents have been unwrapped and all the friends and relatives have gone back to their respective homes, and here you are left with a kitchen full of leftovers. You don’t have to throw them  out after a few days. Instead make use of these food to put together a batch of good wholesome food.

 

  • Potato Cakes

 

Potato patties with veal
Potato patties with veal

You can make this with left over potato mash. Potato cakes can be topped with veggies, chicken or veal. To make these cakes, combine the mashed potato with finely minced onions, pepper and salt to your taste. Mix well and divide the mixture into small portions. Make balls and then flatten it. Heat a skillet over medium to high heat. Spray some cooking oil and gently fry these patties until they are brown on both the sides.

  •  Ham Swiss Bread pudding

Ham, egg and cheese bread pudding casserole
Ham, egg and cheese bread pudding casserole

Not sure what to do with left over Ham. Here is a simple recipe where you can make a wholesome casserole meal. Sauté a cup of finely chopped green onions, 2 cloves of garlic, and ham. Meanwhile, roast some croutons in the oven. In a mixing bowl add 1.5 cups of fat free milk, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and mix well. To this add a couple of eggs and mix well. Add the bread crumbs and sautéed ham mixture and mix well. In an oven proof casserole, transfer half of this mixture. Sprinkle cheese over it. Top it with remaining bread mixture. Bake at 350-degree F for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

  • Mocha Chocolate à la Paris

Mocha- Chocolate Paris
Mocha- Chocolate a la Paris

If you have received a lot of chocolates this Christmas try out this recipe. In a double boiler, mix chocolate, cocoa, sugar and quart milk. Using a whisk to mix the mixture untill its smooth and hot. Now stir in your favorite brand of instant coffee and heat through. Pour it into serving mugs, top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Share your left over recipes with us in the comment section.

Easy To Make Cucumber Recipes

Finely sliced cucumbers
Finely sliced cucumbers

Cucumber is a healthiest vegetable that can be consumed as a salad, standalone snack or pickle. It can be placed between slices of bread or hamburger buns to make sandwiches. Its loved by the young and old alike.

Two Simple Cucumber Recipes

  • Grilled Chicken Breasts over Cucumber and Peach Salad

Ingredients

  • Bone -in and skin-on Chicken breast – 4 pounds
  • Peaches – 2 pitted and finely sliced
  • Cucumbers – 2 small  finely sliced
  • Shallot – 1 finely sliced
  • Olive oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mayonnaise – 1/4 cup
  • Cider vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh thyme leaves – 1 sprig
  • Sweet paprika – 1 tsp

Method

Prepare the grill pan by cleaning and heating it to medium. Just before grilling, add oil.

In a small mixing bowl, mix salt, pepper, mayonnaise and paprika. Spread the mixture beneath the skin of  the chicken. Apply 1 tbsp. of oil in the chicken and place it on the grill with the skin side down. Cover and grill until the skin is crisp and browned or for 12 to 15 minutes per side.

While the chicken is, grilling toss the peaches with shallot, cucumber, thyme, and vinegar in a large salad bowl. To this add salt and pepper as well as the remaining olive oil.

Serve the chicken with cucumber and peach salad.

  • Cucumber Pasta Salad
  • Bow tie pasta or pasta of your choice – 8 ounce
  • Cucumber – 1 large one finely sliced
  • Onion – 1 finely sliced
  • Dried dill – 1 1/2 tsp
  • White vinegar – 3/4 cup
  • White sugar – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard sauce – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Ground black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Method

Cook the pasta following the instruction given in the package, and allow it to cool.

In a large salad bowl, toss pasta, cucumber, onion, and dill. In another bowl whisk the remaining ingredients well until the sugar is well dissolved.

Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss lightly once more so the dressing well coated. Chill until it’s time to serve.

Try out these two recipes and give us your feedback

Five Drinks That Help in Weight loss

Juices that aid in weight loss
Juices that aid in weight loss

Only way to lose that extra pound that you gain during the holiday season is by combining workouts with balanced and nutritious diet. To speed up the fat burning process and hasten the weight loss there are various types of juices that you can include in your diet regularly.

  1. Detox Juices

Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss
Citrus aids in detoxification and weight loss

Citrus fruits are known for their detox capability therefore, you should include them in the detox juice. Use ginger, carrots or apples to make detox juice. These juices are an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Consume at least a glass of detox juice in a week to remove the toxins that have accumulated in the body.

2. Vegetable juices

Cruciferous vegetable juce
Cruciferous vegetable juice

Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower are known for weight loss. Adding a few leaves of these to other vegetables while making juices will do wonders. A notable benefit of vegetable juices is that apart from fighting free radicals, they also aid in balancing hormone levels.  Cruciferous veggies are excellent sources of phytonutrients that help in reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar levels, hormone levels, and also in boosting metabolism.

3. Green Tea

Green tea for weight loss
Green tea for weight loss

Green tea has many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. Though consuming green tea alone will not aid in weight loss immediately, in the long run it will help in burning fat by hastening metabolism. Green tea is enriched with antioxidants, has ability to increase the overall energy level and is a natural appetite suppressant.

4. Cranberry and Pear Juices

Cranberry and pear juice
Cranberry and pear juice

Fruit juices are an excellent source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Cranberries and Pears are rich in vitamin c and calcium. Also, these two fruits have the ability to boost your metabolism, thus aiding in weight loss. Pear is known to contain magnesium, phosphorus and potassium the essential minerals required by the body.

5. Black Coffee

Black Coffee
Black Coffee

Consuming black coffee in moderation is good for health. However, if you want to coffee to aid in weight loss you should have it without sugar or milk. Coffee contains antioxidants that curbs the movement of free radicals thereby reducing the risk of certain cancer types.

Add these detoxifying juices in your regular diet to aid in weight loss. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in comment section.

What To Do With Turkey Leftovers From Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey leftover
Turkey leftover

When your turkey is a big bird, there is bound to be leftovers.  The left over could have been avoided if you knew how much turkey to buy. However, if you have turkey leftovers do not worry as there are many ways you can use the meat without your family getting bored with it. Before that here are a few top tips to refrigerate your leftover turkey.

Tips To Refrigerate Turkey Leftover

turkey-in-sealed-containers

  • Before your post-feasting nap, tuck your turkey leftovers in the fridge. Leaving it outside may make it unsafe to eat.
  • Leftover turkey should be consumed with two-three days. However, if you think that’s not possible, then store it in your freezer compartment.
  • Wrap the leftover bird in an aluminum foil or in a air tight container.
  • If you are placing it in the fridge, store it in a sealed container and place it in the middle shelf along with the other ready-to-eat foods.

3 Delicious Turkey Leftover Recipes

 

  • Homemade turkey soup
Creamy turkey soup
Creamy turkey soup

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, throw in even the smallest pieces of the meat including the bones and add some chicken or vegetable broth. The bones give a rich flavor. The bones can be removed later.  To this add cooked rice, vegetables and cream. What you get is a yummy and delicious turkey soup.

  • Post-Thanksgiving Casserole
Leftover turkey transformed into thanksgiving casserol
Leftover turkey transformed into thanksgiving casserole

It’s an easy dish that can be put-together for a Saturday evening. Sauté celery and onion in butter, add the poultry seasoning and sage. Add broth of chicken or vegetables. Bring it to boil before removing from the heat. Combine garlic powder, turkey and cream with the soup. Transfer this to a baking tray. Layer it with mashed potatoes that is combined with cream cheese, salt and pepper. If you want it to be cheesy, sprinkle cheese over it. Bake at 350-degree F for 30-35 minutes.

  • Turkey Club Sandwich

In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, honey and roasted and chopped pecans/walnuts. Use this mixture to spread on one side of the bread slice. Over this layer lettuce, cheese, tomato, turkey and bacon. On another slice spread the mayo mixture and cover the bread top. Cut it into wedges and serve.