Five Weight Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

When you see the  words “weight loss snacks” that very often appear in the same sentence., they just might also bring thoughts of "tasteless," "cardboard," and "completely unsatisfying."

Right?

weight loss friendly snacksLet me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren't just nutritious but also delicious!

What’s my criteria you ask?

They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way;  foods that contain protein and/or fibre.

1 - Nuts

It’s true - nuts contain calories and fat, but they are NOT fattening!

Well, I’m not talking about the “honey roasted” ones, of course. Those probably are fattening.

Studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner.  

By the way, nuts also contain protein and fiber, which means a small amount can go pretty far in terms of filling you up. Not to mention the vitamins and minerals you can get from nuts.

Did you know that almonds have been shown to help with weight loss? At least 10% of the fat in them is not absorbed by the body, and almonds can also help to boost your metabolism!   Continue reading →

Do you use Artificial Sweeteners? Here’s the Hard Truth About Them

The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

artificial sweeteners, nutrasweet, splenda, aspartame

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially "added sugars" like in soda pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store.

Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues.

 A while ago, one of the food industry’s responses to the demand for lower-calorie foods that still taste great, was artificial sweeteners.

The idea behind them is that you can still get the sweetness, without the calories; like when you have a “diet pop” versus a regular one. Theoretically, this was going to help people maintain a healthy body weight, and hopefully not increase anyone’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.

But, it doesn’t always work out the way we think it will...   Continue reading →

An easy solution for your New Year’s resolutions

Are you making your New Year's Resolutions? 

Is healthier eating one of them?

When it comes to getting meals on the table, are you tired of:

  • scrambling to make something decent out of what’s in your fridge
  • resorting to compromise or convenience foods because you’re short on time
  • battling weight gain and feeling discouraged that the family isn’t eating better
  • wasting money on restaurants, food that goes bad, and too many last-minute grocery runs
  • and feeling like cooking is a burden instead of a joy?

I totally get it, because I’ve struggled with those very same things.

But 2018 can be the year you take control of what your family is eating once and for all. Continue reading →

Have you heard of Shakshuka? It’s delicious!

Until recently, I was woefully ignorant of Shakshuka!

This amazingly delicious dish is a Middle Eastern delight, and is a traditional Israeli breakfast.  However, it can be eaten at any meal!

onions, tomatoes, sausage, eggs Shakshuka

I made this for our Christmas breakfast this year, and based on the rave reviews, I think it's going to be in rotation quite a bit now!

Traditionally Shakshuka doesn't have meat, but I decided to add some sausages to the dish, and it really worked well.

I hope when you try this recipe, that your family enjoys it as much as we did!

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