Yogurt Covered Strawberries

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 I love dessert, but what I like more than desserts is frozen and healthy ones.
If its strawberry season where you live this might be the recipe for you…
I make these in bulk
Ingredients:
-1 large tub of vanilla Balkan or Greek Yogurt.
– Strawberries till all the yogurt is done.
chocolate chips( I use milk).

Tools
– Straw
– Wax paper
– Cookie Sheet

How to:
1) Core/ remove tops from strawberries. Like this, or just take the top part off.

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2) I take only the top part off than put a chocolate chip in the whole.
3) Dip the strawberry in the yogurt and arrange on parchment/wax paper.
4) Freeze for about an hour but it will depend on the thickness of your yogurt.

Calories:
35 each. Mmmmmmm yummy

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P. S. you can do this with any fruit you like.
Enjoy

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Spices

Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, check out this picture listing spices and there properties.

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An older blog post, but breakfast is still important!!!

Fitness and Healthy Living

Theres a reason your mom always told you to eat your breakfast……
Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are 4 ½ times more likely to be overweight. Skipping breakfast can cause your metabolism to slow down. Eat 5-6 smaller nutritionally dense meals throughout the day (3 meals and 2-3 smaller snacks). 
No skipping meals!!!
Eating at least 3 small meals a day can cut your obesity risk by 45% even when you consume the same number of calories. Eating and digesting food keeps the metabolism going. Fasting/starving yourself is the best way gain weight. When a person fasts or diets drastically, and then resumes eating “normally”, the body tries to conserve the food assuming it will be starved again. It then absorbs fat more readily and is reluctant to give it up. Eating three or less meals a day prompts your insulin levels to spike, triggering your body to store more of the…

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How do you Compare?

Its easy to find online what others your height and weight might look like. If you don’t know you need to check out My Body Galleryit’s awesome, you can look up your height, weight etc.. And find out what you might look like. I have used this on my clients in the past to help with dealing with a distorted body image.
Have you ever thought about how you compare with the rest of the world? The BBC has an amazing tool. Global Fat Scale
Here are my results

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I know about my BMI being lower but I was surprised I am similar to someone in a third world country, really puts things in perspective. I am also happily shocked at how low Canada is, 59th out of 177 countries isn’t that bad. I guess it’s our tough food regulations and that being active is still a huge part of our culture. So where do you stand? Your country? Are you surprised?

Fitness and Healthy Living

I get asked about Plateaus a lot and a simple answer is that a plateau is our bodies way of protecting ourselves from ourselves. At some point in your journey to becoming fit you will hit a plateau.

The human body works very hard to keep energy intake and output in balance. Our bodies don’t like to lose weight, weird eh? Having weight(fat) on our bodies has been a survival mechanism for years. In times of famine, in winter our ancestors needed that extra 10 pounds of fat to survive.
After your initial weight loss, your progress will start to slow down and eventually stop even though your exercise and food intake is consistent.  Consistency than becomes the problem.
There are many reasons why plateaus happen.
 

Problem 1. Eating too Few Calories.

Why: You need to eat!! Our bodies need the fuel, would you attempt a road trip on fumes in…

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Banana Peppers

Banana peppers

Banana peppers (Photo credit: rdvark)

Banana Peppers are awesome. I have one from my garden just about ready to be eaten. They were so easy to grow.

They have loads on nutrients, such as…..

So I am a bit worried about ways to cook them so I did some research.

You can

Pickle Them Pickled Hot Peppers Recipe 

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pickled-Hot-Peppers/Detail.aspx

Stuff Them Bob's Stuffed Banana Peppers Recipe

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bobs-stuffed-banana-peppers/   <<<<Minus the butter, use olive oil instead.

Or You can just chop them up in little rings and put them on your chicken sandwich.

Had to reblog this to share with people. Knowledge is power over advertising!!

Socially Fit

Why All the Hype

The coconut is commonly associated with beautiful tropical beaches. Towering coconut palms at the fringe of a beach makes the scene picture postcard perfect. The coconut, however, has much more than aesthetic value: it is a valuable commercial resource as well as an important source of nutrition and medicine for many communities in the world.

The coconut is not a nut; it is in fact a drupe. The coconut palm can withstand salty water conditions and can thrive without pesticides and fertilizers.  Typically one palm produces over 100 coconuts a year. It does so for over 70 years and then it becomes a ‘senile palm’. At which point it can be chopped down for its timber. The timber can be used for construction and for making  coconut flooring. Using coconut as an alternative to hardwood is one of the methods for creating a sustainable society.

Coconut water…

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