Thursday, June 30, 2011

Refreshing Ades

Here are some simple ingredients to liven up your lemonade:

- cachaca, sugarcane brandy.
- honey
- red grapefruit juice
- sparkling rose
- lemon verbena
- saffron
- vanilla
- jasmine tea
- hibiscus tea

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Chocolate Pistachio Apricots



1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate
12 dried apricots
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped pistachios

Melt chocolate in microwave on medium for 45 seconds.  Stir after 20 seconds.  Dip one end of an apricot in the chocolate and then in the pistachios.  Place on waxed paper until chocolate sets.  Repeat with remaining apricots.  Store in airtight container in a cool dry place for up to one week. 

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

help your guests stay slim

Pipe peppermint throughout your house.  A whiff may help curb your guests appetite.  Studies show those exposed to peppermint consume fewer calories than those that aren't.  Offer mint leaves and sticks of gum to keep would be snackers occupied.

Another tip.  Keep your guests standing.  Standing doubles your metabolic rate because you need more strength to hold your body up.  

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Friday, January 28, 2011

cold weather calorie burners

Shoveling the driveway 430 calories
Stacking firewood 358 calories
Building a snowman 286 calories
Pulling your a child on a sled 269 calories
Downhill skiing 215 calories
Ice skating 197 calories
Walking 118 calories

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Great Dieting Tips



Have 3 Healthy Snacks First
Eating 3 healthy low cal options to fill you up before having any high-calorie food.  Try to have a variety available.  Some options include:
- carrots
- apples
- oranges
- grapefruit
- tomatoes
- yogurt
- cucumber
- bell pepper
- lettuce

Pre-Portion Your Food
This way you'll see how much you're having.

Eat The Low-Fat Alternative
Pretty much everything these days comes in small portion size or diet alternatives.

Get Distracted
- Call someone
- Paint your nails
- Listen to music
- Clean
- Go for a walk

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

easy ways to count calories

don't guess - 80% of people underestimate the amount they eat per day by more than 600 calories. 
write it down - keeping a food journal helps track calories and keep the weight off.  you'll see what, when and where you're eating to help you identify any patterns you may need to change.
watch portion size - try the 100 calories packs to keep track. 

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Not getting enough calcium?

Dieters who aren't getting enough calcium may find adding a 1,200 mg daily supplement can help them lose more weight than by just cutting calories.

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