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There Is Such A Thing As A Beer Belly


Any alcoholic drink can add to the size of your stomach for one very simple reason: Alcohol is dense in calories. Every gram of alcohol contains the same amount of calories as a gram of butter – seven which almost twice as many as a gram of most other carbohydrates or protein. Like other calorie-packed foods. It promotes weight gain.
But there’s also evidence that beer, more than other kinds of alcohol, may cause more fat to settle on your belly. Research at the University of North Carolina at Chap I Hill found that among those who had more than six drinks a week, beer drinkers had the highest waist-to-hip-ratio followed by those who who opted for liquor. Wine drinkers had the slimmest waistlines.

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10 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar


Americans are consuming way more sugar than they should — 22 teaspoons a day. It’s clear we need to cut back, but it’s hard to break old habits. The American Heart Association (AHA) is urging people to aim for no more than 100 calories of sugar a day (six teaspoons). Here are some easy things you can do to lighten up on the white stuff.

1. Cut back slowly. A gradual switch is ideal to avoid the chances of regressing back to sweets.

2. Try to ween yourself off of the sugar you add to foods. Stir less sugar into your cup of joe and sprinkle less sugar on your cereal or oatmeal.

3. Choose your sugar vice for the day. Limit your daily sugar intake. Keep in mind that one soft drink, a small candy bar, a few plain cookies, or a small portion of light ice cream or frozen yogurt is equal to 100 to 150 calories of added sugar.

4. Don’t be fooled by natural sugars. Brown sugar, molasses, Sucanat, and turbinado sugar are still sugar. 5. Avoid liquid sugars. A 12-ounce can of coke contains 40 grams of sugar, and a 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water contains 32 grams.

6. Buy plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurt. Either sweeten it with fresh or frozen fruit, or mix half plain yogurt with half fruit yogurt.

7. Don’t be fooled by healthier versions of treats. An oatmeal raisin cookie and strawberry ice cream are still made with sugar. So are many energy bars.

8. Get fruity. To satisfy your sweet tooth, choose naturally sweet foods like fruit, dried fruit such as dates or apricots, fruit smoothies, carrots, sweet potatoes, and homemade popsicles.

9. Check labels on fruit products. Fruit is naturally sweet enough, but some companies choose to make it sweeter by adding sugar. Choose jams and juices that are sweetened with nothing but fruit.

10. Check labels on other foods and look for hidden sugars. If a label says sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice crystals, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, molasses, or malted barley extract, it contains sugar.

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Winter Berry Clafoutis


This simply looks delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of berries (fresh or frozen, thawed, frozen pre-)
  • 1 tbsp honey,
  • 3/4 cup wheat flour
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 7/8 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 100ml low-fat cream
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Warm the honey and pour on berries – set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon and sugar. Separately, whisk whisk eggs, milk and cream. Add liquid ingredients to dry. Stir until smooth.
  4. Baking dish greased with butter, sprinkle with sugar. Put berries, pour batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The finished dessert, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  5. Cool for 15 minutes and serve.

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Hummus in 10 Minutes!


Tired of buying Hummus at the stores? (Me too!) So make it yourself in under 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
  • 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  2. Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
  3. Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).
  4. Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Variations

  1. For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.

Storing Hummus

  1. Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.

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Shrimp With Farfalle & Zucchini


Looking for something healthy and fresh to eat? Try out the shrimp with farfalle & zucchini. This simple

recipe is delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 pounds of baby shrimp
  • 6 zucchinis, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning Salt (such as McCormick Season All)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 pound Farfalle Pasta
  • 1/2 cup of Parmeggiano Reggiano (grated), plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Sauté olive oil and garlic in a large pan until golden. Add shrimp and cook until slightly pink.
  2. Add zucchini to sauté – season with salt, pepper, seasoning salt and onion powder. Mix all ingredients together for a few minutes. Put lid on the pot so that the zucchini can release all of its natural juices. After about 2 minutes, lift off the lid and add the wine. Toss until all the flavors combine.
  3. Cook only halfway – turn off the flame and put the cover back on.
  4. In the meantime, boil water – add salt, cook pasta al dente for about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain pasta and add to the pan with the shrimp and zucchini. Finish cooking all the ingredients together and add freshly grated parmeggiano cheese.
  5. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with more grated cheese and fresh parsley.

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