Sugar-Free Confectioners Sugar

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Sugar-Free Confectioners Sugar

Recipe by Lorinda

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1 c. sweetener
2 Tbsp. corn starch
(If you use Stevia, you want to use about 1/2 cup instead.)

Place  in a blender or magic bullet and pulse a few seconds until it turns to powder.

Makes: 1/3 c. + 2 Tbsp.

 

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Lemon Ice Cubes

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Lemon Ice Cubes

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muffin tin

Wash off lemons well. Slice to desired width. Place a slice into each muffin tin well. Fill with water.

Place muffin tin into freezer and allow to fully set before using. Remove and transfer to a zip bag. Simply take a cube and place into a pitcher or glass of water to give it that lemon flavor and keep cold too.

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Picnic Broccoli Slaw

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If y’all haven’t tried this one you should!! Your family is going to love it

Nutritious and Delicious!

1 bag of broccoli slaw
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Mix all together until slaw is completely covered. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving. This is great for a picnic because there is nothing dairy based in it.
Enjoy!!

 

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

With a traditional fast you usually consume no food and hardly anything other than water for an extended period of time. How long you fast is really up to you. While there are some definite benefits to this, it also isn’t something that’s easily done. Sure you’ll do fine for the first day, but as your stomach starts to grumble and you’re getting tired and cold (because your metabolism start to slow to a crawl) things get a little harder.
And if weight loss is one of your goals, a slow metabolism is the last thing you want. The solution is something called intermittent fasting. The idea is simple. Instead of fasting strictly for days  on end, you alternate periods of feast and fasting. Think of it as interval training for your metabolism. It’s one of the most effective and quickest ways to burn body fat.
You can do intermittent fasting several different ways, but what seems to work best for most people is to skip food for a large part of the day and limit your eating to a few short hours. For example, you could sleep, then run on just coffee, tea and water through lunch and have a meal in the early afternoon, followed by a light snack a few hours later. From there you can easily make it until bedtime and sleep through a large part of your fast.
This is a very effective way to do intermittent fasting. Since you are eating a fair amount of food each day, your metabolism keeps burning strong while also forcing your body to burn fat during the longer stretches of time when you’re not taking food in. It is pretty easy to do and stick with since you know you can eat what you want in a few short hours. Almost anyone can stick to this to the next “feast”.
If your main fasting goal is to lose weight, try sticking to a low carb diet as much as possible when you eat your meals. Skip the candy, the sugar and the bread and instead feed your body with plenty of healthy fat, protein and veggies. This will keep your body in fat burning mode even while you’re eating. As an added benefit, without the sugar and carbs in your system, you won’t suffer the headaches that are a common and unpleasant side effect of fasting.

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If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Tips for Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

 

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  1. With soup, it is easy to “Cook Once, Eat Twice” (or three times!). Soup is the perfect freezer food, which means leftovers won’t go to waste. Soup will keep in the freezer for a couple months, so don’t hesitate to whip up extra large batches to enjoy now – and later.

 

  1. Freeze leftover soup in muffin tins for easy-to-transport single-serve lunch portions.  (I love this)

 

  1. Allow soup to cool overnight in the refrigerator before freezing. Putting hot soup into your freezer can briefly increase the internal temperature of your freezer, which could negatively impact your already frozen items.

 

  1. Don’t add cold milk or cream straight from the refrigerator to your soups while cooking. To prevent curdling, warm the milk and cream up before adding to the simmering soup.

 

  1. Mirepoix is a combination of diced carrots, celery and onion used to add flavor to soups, stocks and broths. The smaller the pieces are cut, the faster they will release their flavor. (Did you know?)

 

  1. When making soup, “sweat” aromatics, like onions or garlic, first. Simply sauté these ingredients in a little olive oil or butter until they are soft. This will release their flavors and enhance the final taste of your recipe.

 

  1. Give your soup a chance to cool a bit before adding final seasoning. When soup is boiling hot, it is difficult to tell whether or not it actually needs more salt or other seasonings.

 

  1. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to broth-based soups before serving to “brighten” up the flavors. Citrus has a natural fresh taste to it that will liven up the other flavors in your soup.

 

  1. Save time cleaning up by making your salad dressing in the same bowl you plan to serve your salad in. Mix up your dressing ingredients and let them sit for a while to give the flavors a chance to meld. Then add the rest of your salad ingredients to the bowl and toss to coat right before serving. If you make more dressing than you need for one salad, simply pour off the excess into another storage container before adding your salad ingredients.

 

  1. When making homemade vinaigrettes, add a little Dijon mustard or mayonnaise to emulsify the mixture. This will help hold together the oil and vinegar (or other acidic components) longer.

 

  1. No one likes a soggy salad. Don’t add dressing until right before you serve it to keep your lettuce crisp.

 

  1. It’s important to thoroughly wash lettuce before eating it, but it can be challenging to get it dry enough to hold your dressing. If you eat a lot of salad, a salad spinner is definitely worth the investment.

 

 

  1. If you need to take your salad on the go, but dread soggy, wilted lettuce – try layering your ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to always put dressing on the bottom (or in another container), followed by “tougher” ingredients like carrots and celery. Next up, add proteins like chicken breast or sliced eggs and then top with delicate lettuce or spinach leaves.

 

  1. Have extra tomatoes from your summer garden? Wash, chop and freeze them! Previously frozen tomatoes are too mealy to enjoy raw, but they are perfect for soups, chili and stews.

 

  1. Don’t buy previously grated Parmesan cheese in a can. A nice wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano isn’t overly expensive and will last you a long time. Plus, it won’t have a bunch of preservatives and anti-caking ingredients added to it. An inexpensive microplane* is perfect for grating over soups or salads and makes for a nice presentation when serving guests.

 

  1. There are many reasons to buy wedges of hard cheeses, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Asiago cheese, instead of the pre-grated stuff. For example, hard cheese looks beautiful – and tastes amazing – when cut with a vegetable peeler into ribbons and placed on top of soups and salads. An added bonus is the larger chunks impart a more recognizable flavor to your dish.

 

  1. Always save the rind from hard cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano to add to the pot or slow cooker when making soups. That delicious salty cheesy goodness will soften and infuse your creation with a wonderful new layer of flavor.

 

  1. Plain, old sandwiches can get boring really fast. Introducing an unexpected flavor to your favorite combinations is an easy way to liven things up a bit. Instead of mayo or mustard, try a creamy avocado spread, spicy jalapeno jelly or sweet fig jam. The options are nearly endless.

 

  1. Grilled Panini sandwiches are a great cure for the common cold sandwich. You can pick up a highly rated Panini press sandwich maker for around $25 on Amazon – or you can use a grill pan and place a cast iron skillet on top of your sandwich for even heating (and those gorgeous grill marks).

 

  1. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sandwiches, because who wants to be stuck in the kitchen making complicated meals on a hot summer day? Plus, it’s tough to beat the taste of in-season veggies, like tomatoes warm off the vine and crispy lettuce straight from the garden. They create the perfect foundation for whatever meat, cheese, veggie, and condiment combination you put together.

 

  1. One trick to instantly up the ante on your sandwich creation? Heat the protein before assembling your ingredients. Heating up your chicken, ham, sliced beef or even tofu will add another delicious dimension to your sandwich.

 

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SKINNY FIBER AND SKINNY BODY MAX QUESTIONS AND TIPS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

 

difference sf smWhen is the best time to take Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max?

You can take Skinny Fiber in different doses at the times of the day that suit you best. It is recommended that you take 2 Skinny Fiber capsules, twice daily, 30-45 minutes before your 2 largest meals of the day – typically lunch and evening meal.

Remember to drink a full 16oz bottle or glass of water with your Skinny Fiber

You can alter the times that you take Skinny Fiber to suit you. For example, if you are very hungry mid-morning and mid-afternoon and will be eating soon, take yours then. If you are a late night snacker, take your dose mid-evening, before dinner to help curb those cravings. The important thing is to be consistent and make sure you take them regularly every day.

How should I take Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max?

With plenty of water! This is a fiber product so you may experience bloating if you are not drinking enough water with it. WATER IS KEY WITH SKINNY FIBER!

Does everyone experience a detox effect?

Depending on your current state of health  you may experience different levels of detox when you first start taking Skinny Fiber. Some people need to go through this detox stage before they start to see the weight coming off. Skinny Fiber works hard to improve your health from the inside out. Just keep up the high water intake you will soon start seeing the benefits.


How long does it take Skinny Fiber or Skinny Body Max to work?

Skinny Fiber is not a quick fix weight loss product and it can take several weeks to start seeing results for some people. This is perfectly normal and varies from person to person, depending on your state of health before you started taking Skinny Fiber. If you have digestion problems or other underlying health issues, it will take a while to restore your body’s balance. Fat can be stored as a way of protecting the body and once your overall health improves, the weight loss will follow. Yet we have seen quite a few people who start seeing the inches come off in a matter of days….every “body” is different…

Do I have to diet and/or exercise to get results from Skinny Fiber/Skinny Body Max?

The answer to this question again will depend on your body. We have many customers who have not changed their diets and have never exercised AT ALL while on it and are getting amazing results. Unfortunately, this is not the case with everyone! Just for the purpose of becoming healthy, if you need to lose weight and/or have health issues, you should begin to make healthy lifestyle changes by watching what, and how much you eat as well as trying to move your body every day.

Does Skinny Fiber/Skinny Body Max give you the jitters?

Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max contains all natural, pure ingredients that work to restore your body’s digestive health, reduce your appetite and gently increase your metabolism to promote natural weight loss over time. They do not contain caffeine or any other ingredients that are known to give users the ‘jitters’.

Is Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max gluten free?

Yes, this all natural product is Gluten Free.

Does Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max have any side effects?

To date we have not discovered any reports of negative side effects due to the use of Skinny Fiber. Some individuals may notice increased bowel movements, bloating and gas at first due to the increase in fiber and detoxifying effect on the body depending on the state of their digestive health when they start taking the supplement. If this happens, we suggest increasing your water intake. These effects are usually short lived once the body gets used to the increased fiber and your digestive health starts to improve.  Oh, and your pants will fall off-that is a side effect too.

Do I need to follow a particular diet or eating plan while taking Skinny Fiber/Skinny Body Max?

It is not essential to follow a particular plan but you do need to listen to your body. Many of us eat large portion sizes out of habit and continue eating past being full. If you aim to reduce your portion sizes and choose more natural unprocessed foods then this will of course increase the benefits and results you get from Skinny Fiber.

If you prefer the structure of following a certain diet than Skinny Fiber may complement it well and boost your results even further. Its unique blend of ingredients may help you stick to a certain eating plan through feeling satisfied with smaller portions and reducing cravings.

What will not work is if you take Skinny Fiber and continue to overeat to excess regardless of how full you are feeling – continuing to binge on unhealthy processed foods and sugary foods and beverages expecting Skinny Fiber to be a miracle cure isn’t going to get you results you want as the supplement will be fighting a losing battle with your continued unhealthy eating habits.

After I am done taking Skinny Fiber/ Skinny Body Max, will I gain my weight back?

NO. Although, many people stay on Skinny Fiber after they have met their weight loss goals due to the health benefits they personally experienced while taking SF.  However, with Skinny Fiber or any weight loss regimen, if you go back to eating junk and drinking calories you WILL gain back weight. You cannot go back to bad eating and drinking habits and think that the weight is going to stay off. After being on Skinny Fiber for awhile, it should have retrained your brain to become in tune to your body’s needs- into only needing smaller portions at meal times, and eating more throughout the day in order to keep your metabolism going and your blood sugars level. Also, be sure to JOIN my support group  for all the support and tips, recipes, and advice you need to stay on track and keep the weight off.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fit4LifeWithWendy/

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So if you are tired of struggling with your weight and you’ve tried all the drugs and chemicals out there, it’s time to take the ALL NATURAL drug free approach to getting back to the healthier you.

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FRUITY TROPICAL SALAD

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FRUITY TROPICAL SALAD

My friend shared this with us:  She says,
This was thrown together with what I had on hand one evening and turned out to be a real gem. The dressing is my own sweet & sour poppy seed vinaigrette but you can use any other dressing like it.

Serves 4

Ingredients
Sweet Poppy seed Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, torn in bite size pieces
1 fuji Apple, cored and diced
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 can rinsed garbanzo beans
1 Seedless cucumber peeled / chopped
6-8 crushed Triscuit Crackers (i used Brown Rice Roasted Red Pepper w/ Black Bean – adds a crisp and salty crunch).

Toss all ingredients with dressing (below) to taste and serve.

Lisa’s Poppy Seed Dressing
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1 cup Veggie Oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup sugar
1 Tb. Poppy Seeds
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. gr mustard or Dijon Mustard.

Shake all ingredients in closed container till sugar dissolves.

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Low Carb Italian Squash

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Low Carb Italian Squash
 
Talk about GOOD... Tastes Just like spaghetti without the calories.... You could even do a meat sauce on top if you want... I have a spiral cutter and LOVE it...
Ingredients
  • 1 -2 Med. Zucchini Squash
  • 1-2 Med. Summer Squash
  • ¼ Cup of Chicken Stalk
  • 1 Tbsp of Minced Garlic
  • ¼ Tsp salt
  • ¼ Tsp Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Heat your chicken stock and seasonings over a med heat...let simmer for 2 min.
  2. Add squash and toss till well mixed..
  3. Cook for 5 min. or until the "noodles" are tender
  4. You can Top with Parmesan Cheese and chopped Parsley if desired
Notes
Talk about GOOD... Tastes Just like spaghetti without the calories....
You could even do a meat sauce on top if you want...
I have a spiral cutter and LOVE it...

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Fasting

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What Is Fasting?

There are quite a few different reasons why you may be considering a fast. Often our first step into fasting is ordered by the doctor for a particular test or medical procedure. Or maybe you’ve read about the health and spiritual benefits of fasting and are interested in giving it a try.
By definition fasting is willing abstinence from food and drink. Different people fast differently. Some will take a little food or nutrition in the form of juice; others will stick to only water and herbal tea during for the duration of their fast.

Fasting for Spiritual Reasons

Fasting has a long tradition in all major world religions. The idea is that the removal of food and with it the worrying about food preparation helps you turn inward. Fasting is used as a way to meditate, pray and get closer to a higher being based on your faith.
In Christian Faith, fasting is used as a tool to atone for sins and bring us closer to good. Quite a few Christians will fast for 40 days during lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter). In other faith – Native American and yogic traditions come to mind; fasting allows the person to reach a higher level of spiritual awareness and is used to gain visions. No matter what your faith, your soul and mind can benefit from a fast.
Fasting for Health

There’s been a lot of talk in the alternative health industry about the benefits of fasting. The basic idea is that if we abstain from food for a period of time, our bodies move energy from processing the food we eat to maintenance mode. The idea is that when food is scarce, our body does everything it can to keep us in good shape to go out and hunt and gather.
Without food in your system, your body shifts to burning fat for energy, resulting in fat loss. This shift away from burning sugar for energy also helps with insulin levels and certain types of fasting (in a controlled environment under the supervision of your doctor) can help reverse diabetes. In addition, fasting has been shown to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. There even seems to be some healing on a cellular level going on.
Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a particular type of fasting where you go for long periods of the day without food, but end up having one or two meals. In essence you’re extending the period of time you usually go without food (while you’re sleeping) by several hours to give your body a chance to switch into fasting mood with all its health benefits.
Unlike traditional fasts where you go without food and most drink for three or more days, intermittent fasting still allows you to eat during a smaller window in your day. Other forms of intermittent fasting have you fast for one or two days per week, eating normally the rest of the time. Either method is a good alternative to traditional fasting and often easier to do and maintain while going on with our everyday life.

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Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.

 

GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN W/ POTATOES & GREEN BEANS

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GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN W/ POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
 
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons oil (We used Zesty lemon Grapeseed Oil)
  • 2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ pound trimmed green beans
  • 8 small red potatoes, quartered (I mixed red & yellow in pic)
  • 4 chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the chicken, green beans and potatoes and toss to coat. Pour this mix into the pan and spread around evenly.
  3. Roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm.

 

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Grilling tips

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Tips for Grilling Moist Meats

Most everyone likes to cook outdoors on a grill, especially when it’s just too hot to cook in the kitchen. However, meat (especially a large piece) cooked in the hot dry environment of a grill may dry out if precautions are not taken. Using any of these ideas can offer a solution to this problem.

First, purchase the right meat. Beef should be firm to the touch, not soft. Fish should be glossy intact steaks or fillets. Second, be sure to get the grill hot before adding any meat. Lock in flavor by keeping the grill closed. Thirdly, use the proper cooking time for the selected meat and remember to let the meat rest after removing from the grill. This gives it time to finish cooking and reabsorb some of its juices.

Certain types of meat are meant to be cooked and removed from the heat before it has a chance to dry out. Things like sausage, pork chops and chicken breast for example, are usually quick cooked over direct heat. To lock in the moisture, rub with oil and seasonings. Also, go easy with the spatula. The more pressure placed on the meat, the more the natural juice lost.  Check out our Wildtree oils/rubs/seasonings

For indirect cooking, a good marinade is the best choice for locking in moisture as well as flavor. The best cuts of beef need only soak for 20 minutes to an hour. For less choice cuts of meat, increase the soak time to tenderize. Always marinate in the refrigerator—never at room temperature, but DO let the meat sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before putting it on the grill. Chicken needs to marinate for at least 20 minutes but not more than an hour if the marinade is vinegar based. Grill each side for only 6 or 7 minutes

For meat that is to be cooked for a long period of time with the lid down, a simple pan of water set inside the grill away from the meat will help replace some of the juice lost during cooking. Flavored chips (Mesquite for example) added to the water to will enhance the taste. An open can of beer set over the hottest part of the fire will boil and saturate the air with vapor and flavor. Many cooks use a spritz bottle filled with a liquid to spray the meat several times throughout the cooking process. Sauces should be added during the last 20 or 30 minutes of grilling.

Whatever method chosen to moisturize, guest will appreciate your effort to serve a flavorful, succulent meat for their dining pleasure!

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Food Dehydrators – Do You Really Need One?

Food Dehydrators – Do You Really Need One?

 

 
Food dehydrators certainly do have some pros and perks. But then, so do air and oven drying. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of dehydrators and other methods.

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1. Dehydrators

These neat machines look a bit like air purifiers or humidifiers. They work by circulating hot, dry air around food at a temperature of about 150 degrees F.

Pros

* Speed – There’s no doubt that dehydrators speed up the process of food drying, sometimes significantly. Fast drying means bacteria have less time to grow, and it also means that foods tend to retain their color better.

* Space – A dehydrator takes up a lot less space than spreading foods all over screens or stringing them on thread and hanging them in garlands.

* Convenience – When you dry food in a dehydrator, you don’t have to carry your food indoors at night and put it back out in the morning. You also don’t have to worry about leaving an oven on all day if you have to step out.

Cons

* Expense – Dehydrators can be expensive. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $250 for various models.

* Energy use – Dehydrators don’t necessarily use a lot of energy, but they certainly do use more household electricity than air and sun drying.

* Storage – You won’t be using your dehydrator every day, so storing it when you’re not using it (which is most of the time) can be a problem.
2. Oven Drying

Pros

* Saves space – Since you already have an oven in your kitchen, you don’t have to make space for another appliance, or for homemade drying racks.

* Relatively fast – Oven drying is not as fast as a dehydrator due to the lack of circulating air; but it’s generally faster than air drying.

Cons

* Energy use – Oven drying is probably the most energy-consumptive method. Even on a low temperature, it takes a decent amount of electricity to keep an oven warm constantly.

* Inconvenience – You can’t cook or bake anything else in the oven until the food is dry.
3. Air and Sun Drying

Pros

* Free energy – You don’t have to concern yourself with using electricity – sun and air are free!

* Flavor – Some claim that air and sun drying produces the best flavor in produce, and infuses it with “natural energy” instead of electrical energy.

Cons

* Pests – Bugs, rodents, and pets can spoil your efforts.

* Weather – If the weather turns wet and you can’t get your food inside on time, your whole venture may be ruined.
As you look at this list, it seems like dehydrators do stand out as the most effective means of drying food. But if you can’t afford one or if you don’t have a place to store one, or if you are just working with a small amount of food to dry, the oven and the air and sun can still work. You can also check at yard sales this summer and see if anyone is selling a used dehydrator for cheap.

 

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7 Clean Eating Hacks You’ll Want to Know

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7 Clean Eating Hack You’ll Want to Know

Deciding to eat clean and limit processed food is difficult. Breaking old habits gets harder as you get older. You get more set in your ways. Then when you want to change, you’re overwhelmed and not quite sure what to change.

Here are 7 hacks that will help you start your clean eating lifestyle.

1. Eat Five or Six Small Meals

Purchase smaller plates and eat several meals throughout the day instead of the three large meals that you’re used of. You’ll feel more satisfied and won’t have the urge to overeat.

2. Learn What Portion Sizes Look Like

Most people think they can look at a portion size and know when it is a serving. This isn’t true. America’s tend to overfill their plates and that has become the custom. Don’t guess, you’ll no doubt over eat if you do.

3. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Change a packaged snack for an apple, banana or a bag of grapes. An easy way to get a few servings of both fruit and vegetables is to juice or make smoothies.

4. Eat Three Servings Of Whole Grain a Day

Trade the unrefined grains such as white bread products to whole wheat. Check the ingredients and make sure that whole wheat is listed as one of the first three ingredients or that that package says 100% whole wheat.

5. Take Snacks On The Go

Make sure you pack your own snacks when you leave the house. You won’t be tempted to stop at the corner store to pick up something real quick. If you already have a bag of carrots in your purse or car it will help you until you get home.

6. Five Ingredient Rule

Making your food from scratch is not always an option. Sometimes there are circumstances where you need to buy sauces in a jar or packaged products. When that happens make sure that you can read each ingredient on the label and that there are only five ingredients total.

7. Include the Family

Take into account how your family feels and what they like. Find recipes that you know they will like. Start with their favorite dishes and substitute one or two things. Instead of buying spaghetti sauce with mushrooms and green peppers inside a jar, buy fresh vegetables and add those to the mixture.

These are just a few of the hacks you will be able to start doing in your daily life. You can start with one or all of them the important thing is that you take action towards your goal every single day.

 

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Hoisin Shrimp Stir-fry

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Hoisin Shrimp Stir-fry
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 3 teaspoons Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil, divided
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • ½ cup Wildtree Hoisin Sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Cut zucchini into ¼-inch thick planks and then slice into long, thin strips; set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and sauté until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil in the now empty skillet. Add bell pepper, carrots, red onion, and snap peas. Cook vegetables for 7-10 minutes or until tender, but still crisp. Add cooked shrimp, zucchini, cooked noodles, and Hoisin Sauce to the skillet. Toss to combine; cook until heated through. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 270 Fat: 5 gm Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 32 gm Sodium: 850 mg Fiber: 3 gm Protein: 24 gm Cholesterol: 135 mg

 

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Cordon Bleu Chicken Burger

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Cordon Bleu Chicken Burger
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 package Wildtree Crispy Chicken Blend
  • 4 slices swiss cheese, cut into quarter sized pieces
  • 4 slices deli ham, cut in half
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Wildtree Zesty Mustard Sauce
  • 1 cup arugula
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Clean and grease the grill grates. Mix ground chicken and Crispy Chicken Blend together until well combined. To prevent sticking, coat hands in oil before shaping chicken burgers. Shape ½ cup of ground chicken into a thin patty. Fold ½ slice of deli ham into a small square and place between two pieces of swiss cheese. Place the stacked meat and cheese in the center of the patty and wrap the ground chicken around it to create a stuffed burger. Repeat for the rest of the chicken; makes 8 burger patties. Grill for 5 minutes on each side until lightly charred and cooked through: 165°F. Whisk mayonnaise and Zesty Mustard Sauce together to make a sauce. Place a chicken burger on a bun and top with arugula. Drizzle with mustard sauce.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 410 Fat: 19 gm Saturated fat: 6 gm Carbohydrates: 30 gm Sodium: 590 mg Fiber: 1 gm Protein: 30 gm Cholesterol: 120 mg

 

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Kale and Faro Salad

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Kale and Faro Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T champagne vinegar (or your favorite flavored vinegar)
  • 1 t honey
  • juice squeezed from a lime wedge
Instructions
  1. Remove stems from kale and tear into bite size pieces.
  2. Blanch kale in boiling water for 1-2 minutes just to soften a bit.
  3. Drain kale and toss with cooked farro.
  4. Finely slice red onion and slice red pepper into bite sized pieces. Mix with kale and farro.
  5. Mix all ingredients for dressing in a jar and shake, or whisk in a bowl. Pour dressing over other ingredients and toss till everything is coated.

 

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