Healthy Weight Loss Tip #6

Don’t let a day in which you’ve slipped up throw you off track: Don’t beat yourself up about it. Get up the next day and start again. Your body has the ability to recover quickly. If you have overeaten choose lighter foods. If you overdid it with carbohydrates balance it out with more protein. Starting the day with a healthy protein shake is a great way to get motivated again. Don’t  let it be two consecutive days in a row, this can jeopardize your new healthy routine.

Butternut, Apple Soup…

Ingredients:  2 shallots, 1 onion, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 butternut squash, 5 large mackintosh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg                                                                                                                                                                  Step 1: Saute 2 shallots and 1 onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until they are opaque not brown.
Step 2:
Slice a butternut squash in half, place in a baking dish (inside facing down) in 1 inch of water-bake in the oven for at least an hour or until you see the skin start to blister at 350 degrees. Set aside and let cool

Step 3: Cook 5 large mackintosh apples cored and pealed until soft.
Step 4: Scoop out butternut squash and place in a food processor along with apples and sauteed shallots and onions.
Step 4: Place mixture in a pot-add cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, cover and cook at a medium- low flame for 1/2 hour. Stir often.
Step 6: Serve with a tablespoon of sour cream and chopped parsley.

Alternatives: Choose your favorite apple and you can also substitute plain yogurt for sour cream

Healthy Weight Loss Tip #5…

Include foods you have to work for: Keeping a supply of peanuts and pistachios in their shells can aid in prevention of over consumption when the need for a snack arises. Having to shell a nut before eating will encourage slower eating and allow for a visual of how many you may have eaten. The same is true for fruit. Pealing an orange or grapefruit can also prolong the eating experience.

Palmaria Palmata a Rich Sea Vegetable…….

More commonly known as Dulce. It is a form of reddish alga that can either be acquired in its’ long, natural form or in flakes. It grows mostly in the cold waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Dulce has been used for centuries in Iceland and Ireland as a good source of fiber. It is rich in all the trace minerals required by humans. Dulce is especially high in iron, magnesium and protein which can be extremely important for those following a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. If added to soups, chowders, sandwiches and salads it can greatly enhance their flavor.