Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Good morning!
While browsing the internet this morning for some new recipes I can try at home – I found this one that I know my husband will love, so I thought I’d share!

I found it from the Hungry Girl website.

Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Hungry Girl's Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pineapple juice You don’t need added sugar
1 tbsp. Sriracha 
1 tsp. Chopped garlic
1 tsp. Chopped ginger
1 tsp. Honey
10 oz. (about 22) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 

Directions:
In a wide bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp and pineapple. Mix until uniform.
Add shrimp, and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
Alternately thread shrimp and pineapple onto four skewers. Discard excess marinade.

Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Grill kebabs for 3 minutes with the grill cover down.
Flip kebabs. With the grill cover down, grill for 3 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through and pineapple has lightly browned.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS!

The nutrition value of the skewers will be skewed as I ditched the pineapple juice.  However, here’s a GUIDELINE. Obviously the sugar content will be a little lower.

1/2 of recipe (2 skewers): 206 calories, 1.5g fat, 563mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 13g sugars, 28g protein

Advertisements

Iced Tea? Yes Please!

Good afternoon!! The weekend is upon us!!

We all enjoy summer BBQ’s and get togethers… well if you’re thinking of sitting back and relaxing this weekend, why not whip this drink up – it’s quite delicious!!

It’s a drink that Dr. Oz recommends thanks to the many health benefits of green tea.  We all know the benefits, right?  Well, green tea purifies your body and maintains vitality – and it’s GREAT for your metabolism.  Green tea accelerates your metabolism by 12%, it regulates your blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of a heart attack and various forms of cancer. It also strengthens your immunity and improves your mood.

Find the recipe below – enjoy! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre water
  • 5 green tea bags
  • 1 orange
  • A handful of fresh mint

In boiling water add 5 bags of green tea. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and leave the tea to cool. Orange cut into wedges. Put the tea in a large jar and add the orange slices and mint. Close the jar and leave overnight. The next day drink the tea. Dr. Oz recommends one cup of this drink in the mornings on empty stomach, before meals, and rest to drink at night before going to bed.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Danielle

Green Tea & Lemon Powerade Recipe!

Green Tea & Lemon Powerade

Green Tea is loaded with benefits for health and weight loss or weight maintenance, but to many, the taste of Green Tea is just plain terrible. So here is a recipe that will have you thinking you are drinking lemonade, yet it will provide all the extra health benefits.
Green Tea’s health benefits are largely due to the high content of flavonoids or antioxidants it contains, and it is the best food source of a group called catechins. Catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and even have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found that consuming green tea provides a reduced risk of many cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.

If you consume Green Or Black Tea regularly, you will also benefit from a reduced risk of heart disease, because the antioxidants (in green, black, and oolong teas) help block the oxidation of LDL (Bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (Good) cholesterol while improving artery function. Researchers have also found that green tea antioxidants help increase metabolism. Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day helps our bodies to absorb antioxidants and the other healthful plant compounds, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes because this bring out the catechins. Freshly brewed Tea is the BEST way best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea, and instant teas have less of these compounds. Tea can prevent the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, so if you add lemon or drink tea between meals you can counteract this problem.

The health benefits of lemon are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, and antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation and high blood pressure while it benefits skin care, hair care, dental care, indigestion, and is a fever reducer, along with many other health problems. Studies have even shown the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can cure kidney stones by preventing formation of crystals.

(Makes 3, 32oz Bottles)
Ingredients:
12 Organic Green Tea Bags
12 Cups Filtered Water
3/4 Cup Organic Lemon Juice
6 Tbsp. Stevia In The Raw

Directions:

Pour the filtered water into a large pot on the stove.
Tie the tea bags to the handles on the pot and bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Once the tea is brewed, allow to cool.
Take 3 recycled 32oz Powerade bottles (or other 32oz sports bottles that have been cleaned, and place a funnel in one of them.
Pour 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice, 2 Tbsp Stevia In The Raw, and 3 3/4 Cup Brewed Green Tea into the funnel to fill the 32oz bottle.
Place the cap on the bottle and shake to mix. Repeat with the other two bottles and refrigerate to chill.
When needed, grab a bottle and go! You will be hydrated, energized and lavished with antioxidants.

Nutritional Facts: (Makes 3, 32oz Powerade Bottles)
13 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein

9 Appetite Suppressants

Here are nine that can either help curb your appetite or delay the return of hunger—and they won’t make you miserable:

Eat more fat
It may seem counterintuitive, but eating more fat is a smart weight-loss strategy—as long as it’s the right kind.  Oleic acid, a “good” fat, helps trigger the small intestine to produce oleoylethanolamide, a compound that finds its way to nerve endings and transmits a hunger-curbing message to the brain. Great sources include nuts, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Bonus: fat also delays stomach emptying, which keeps you fuller longer.

Cut your food into smaller pieces
By cutting food into smaller pieces boosts satiety more than eating one larger piece of food with the same number of calories. College students given a whole bagel ate more of it and downed more calories at a subsequent meal than those who were served the same bagel sliced into four pieces. Test this trick on yourself, or reach for “loose” foods, that naturally provide more, smaller pieces per serving, like grape tomatoes, berries, grapes, popcorn, nuts and seeds.

Get an endorphin rush
In addition to burning calories and revving up metabolism, exercise can restore the sensitivity of neurons involved in satiety, which in turn, naturally curbs food consumption. Even a walk will do. Taking a 15 minute walk, rather than a 15 minute break, cut snacking at work by 50%.

Use your senses
Incorporating fragrant seasonings into each meal, like fresh grated ginger, fresh mint, cinnamon, rosemary and basil is a grey way to make food more enjoyable. In addition to adding flavor and antioxidants, aromatic foods may also help you eat less. In one study, when subjects had the ability to control their own dessert portions, they ate 5-10% less of stronger smelling selections.

Reach for rye
Whole grains are hot, but whole rye foods may cause you to nibble less than their whole wheat counterparts. Research shows that rye triggers a lower insulin response, boosts post-meal fullness, and results in naturally eating less at the following meal. The easiest way to enjoy rye is in the form of crackers, but it’s also being incorporated into more foods, like rye pasta, and rye flakes, an oatmeal alternative.

Rely on your memory
Scientists from the University of Birmingham looked at how remembering the same day’s lunch influenced the amount of salty or sweet snacks eaten later in the day. Volunteers who were asked to recall their lunch, versus their commute, ate less of the treats they were allowed to nosh on in unlimited amounts.

Start the day right
You’ve been hearing it since you were in grade school, but breaking the fast, the origin of the word breakfast, is a rule to live by. In addition to jump-starting your metabolism, a morning meal has a ripple effect on your intake. Breakfast skippers eat 40% more sweets, 55% more pop, 45% fewer vegetables and 30% less fruit than those who eat breakfast. In addition, breakfast skippers are 4.5 times more likely to be overweight. For the best balance, aim for a combo of fruit, whole grain, lean protein, and healthy fat.

Slow down
If you tend to eat on-the-go and gobble down your food, work on s-l-o-w-i-n-g it down. Eating too quickly curtails the release of hormones that induce feelings of fullness, which can trigger mindless overeating. Slow eaters take in about four times fewer calories per minute, and experience a higher level of satiety, despite eating less food. To get on board, put your utensil or food down between every bite, take a deep breath, and stop eating when you feel you’ve had just enough, even if you haven’t cleaned your plate.

Set the mood
Soft lighting and music aren’t just for romance – they also help rein in eating. Under these conditions, restaurant diners rated their meals as more enjoyable and consumed 18% less, enough to result in losing between 10 and 20 pounds over a year’s time.

There you go – now go try some of these!
Have a great Tuesday.