Archive | July, 2013

Cauliflower Rice!

18 Jul

Who says healthy food is boring??

 

I am always looking for ways to spruce up veggies, and this is seriously THE easiest veggie dish I have ever made!!  My daughter cleaned her plate and the whole family came back for seconds :).  All you need is a cauliflower and spices of your choice.

 

Cauliflower

Take a whole cauliflower and cut in half.  Then grate the cauliflower.

 

Heat a non-stick pan and add the cauliflower to the pan, and proceed to dry fry the cauliflower.  I then added some crushed garlic, pepper and aromat.  As the cauliflower cooks, it will start to resemble rice / couscous.

 

Cauliflower rice in pan

 

It literally takes  2 minutes. Once done, plate up. I served mine with roasted skinless chicken breasts, butternut and squash.

 

Cauliflower rice plated

 

 

 

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Quick calorie burning workout!

10 Jul

Some days we have more time than others. Yesterday I had limited time, so skipped my normal P90X plyometrics workout and did this instead, and it was no joke!! It got my heart racing and got me sweating.

Better doing something than nothing at all, right? 🙂

Tone up tight routine

4 Foods that Fight off Belly Bloat

10 Jul

Its time to de-puff that pouch! Bloating – fluid building up between cells in your body – can be caused by poor digestion, too much sodium or your period. But according to experts, you can usually avoid it if you pay attention to what you are eating.

 

Water with Lemon

Lemon water

A lot people skip sipping on water when they are bloated, when in reality we should be doing the opposite.  Retaining water is actually your body’s way of holding on to fluid so you don’t dehydrate.

If you’re having a bloating problem, that’s the time to push the fluids, not restrict them.  Since lemons are a natural diuretic and gentle laxative when added to warm water, consuming the liquid can help reduce the amount of salt retained in the body.

 

 

Celery

celery

Over the years, this green crunchy stalk has been used as a digestive aid to regulate bowel movements and to control intestinal gas because its chemicals are known to decrease fluid retention.

Other top picks for veggies that will help reduce fluid retention include cucumber, summer squashes, parsley and any other kind of leafy greens.

 

 

Watermelon

watermelon

All kinds of melon are beneficial to your health, but watermelon is known as one of the juiciest fruits on the stand.  That’s probably because it consists of 92 % water 🙂

For DIY spa water, try mixing lemon, cucumber, watermelon and rosemary for an ultimate belly-deflating fix.

 

 

Rosemary and Turmeric

rosemary tumeric

Rosemary has been used to treat everything from heartburn and headaches to toothaches and high blood pressure. But it also treats intestinal gas and helps indigestion.

Valued in Asia for its ability to fight pain and inflammation, turmeric is also key in aiding upset stomach and bloat reduction. Use the bright yellow spice in a curry dish or to flavour your favourite foods.

 

 

Tips to Ban Bloat for Good!

Bloating

1.  Keep your sodium intake to a minimum and opt for fresh food over processed. 

2. Limit your alcohol intake. When you drink too much you can get dehydrated, which will result in your body pulling in fluid.

3. For bloat as a result of constipation, focus on food that hold water, like wheat bran or all-bran cereal.

4. Your lifestyle can affect bloating, so make sure you get enough sleep and get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day to keep fluid moving in your body. If you travel often and sit on a plane or just sit at your desk all day, make sure to move your legs or take a lap around the office every hour.