No fads here, just five amazing, good-for-your-body dishes from this season's crop of health-conscious cookbooks. To recreate the richness of mac 'n' cheese without the sodium or extra fat, Jessica Goldman Foung, author of Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook, makes a sauce from coconut milk and pureed cauliflower. Homemade pizza may not initially seem like a classic slow-cooker dish, but Robin Robertson, author of Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, says it totally makes sense, since you don't have to worry about burning it, and turning on a Crock-Pot won't make your kitchen hot (but cranking the oven up to 500 degrees sure will). We love the classic Greek dinner of grilled or roasted meat wrapped up in a pita as much as anyone, but we've fallen hard for this vegetarian dish.
In this recipe from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, quinoa replaces rice and mixes with black-eyed peas to create a new spin on two Southern dishes, dirty rice and hoppin' John (which usually consists of peas, rice and bacon).
While many slow-cooker recipes can take eight hours or more, this is one you can start in the late afternoon and still have ready by 7.
In Moroccan cuisine, a tagine is a slow-cooked stew braised at a low temperature, traditionally in a cone-shaped tagine pot. First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat, and ensure they have a reasonably balanced diet,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. A sample lunch menu with a before and after comparison is available to view and download in PDF and JPG formats.
USDA built the new rule around recommendations from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine —a gold standard for evidence-based health analysis. The new standards are expected to cost $3.2 billion over the next five years -- less than half of the estimated cost of the proposed rule and are just one of five major components of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, now implemented or under development, that will work together to reform school nutrition. The final nutrition standards released today also provide more time for schools to implement key changes, which will be largely phased in over a three-year period, starting in School Year 2012-2013. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Summer Food Service Program, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
There are many ways to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time.However, most of them require you to be very hungry or starve yourself. If you don’t have iron willpower then hunger will cause you to give up on these plans quickly. When insulin goes down, fat has an easier time getting out of the fat stores and the body starts burning fats instead of carbs.
Another benefit of lowering insulin is that your kidneys shed excess sodium and water out of your body, which reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight .
It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight. The low-carb group is eating until fullness, while the low-fat group is calorie restricted and hungry. Cut the carbs, lower your insulin and you will start to eat less calories automatically and without hunger . Bottom Line: Removing sugars and starches (carbs) from your diet will lower your insulin levels, kill your appetite and make you lose weight without hunger.
Each one of your meals should contain a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. Protein is the macronutrient that contributes most to fullness and eating adequate protein can raise your metabolism.
The vegetables and the meat contain all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.


Don’t be afraid of eating fat, trying to do both low-carb AND low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. There is no reason to fear these natural fats, new studies show that saturated fat doesn’t raise your heart disease risk at all . Bottom Line: Assemble each meal out of a protein source, a fat source and a low-carb vegetable. By lifting weights, you will burn a few calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight.
Studies on low-carb diets show that you can even gain a bit of muscle while losing significant amounts of body fat . If lifting weights is not an option for you, then doing some easier cardio workouts like running, jogging, swimming or walking will suffice. It is important to try to stick to healthier carb sources like oats, rice, quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits, etc. But only this one higher carb day, if you start doing it more often than once per week then you’re not going to see much success on this plan. Be aware that cheat meals or carb refeeds are NOT necessary, but they can up-regulate some fat burning hormones like leptin and thyroid hormones . Bottom Line: Having one day of the week where you eat more carbs is perfectly acceptable, although not necessary.
It is NOT necessary to count calories as long as you keep the carbs very low and stick to protein, fat and low-carb vegetables. Enter your details, then pick the number from either the “Fat Loss” or the “Extreme Fat Loss” section – depending on how fast you want to lose. There are many calorie counters you can use to track the amount of calories you are eating.
The main goal is to keep carbs under 20-30 grams per day and get the rest of your calories from protein and fat.
However, there are a few other tips that you may find useful if you want to speed things up even further. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners: Despite having calories in them, the sweet taste may play tricks with the mind and increase hunger and cravings. Use Smaller Plates: Studies show that people automatically eat less when they use smaller plates.
Sleep Like a Baby: Poor sleep is associated with weight gain and obesity, taking care of your sleep is important . Reduce Stress: Being stressed can elevate the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause fat accumulation in the belly. Bottom Line: It is most important to stick to the three rules, but there are a few other things you can do to speed things up. You can expect to lose 3-10 pounds of weight (sometimes more) in the first week, then consistent weight loss after that. Bottom Line: You can expect to lose a lot of weight, but it depends on the person how quickly it will happen. If you have a medical condition (especially if you’re diabetic) then talk to your doctor before making any changes because this plan can drastically reduce your need for medication.
By restricting carbohydrates, you change the hormonal environment in your body to make your body and brain “want” to lose weight. This way, you avoid the main side effect of dieting, the one that causes most people to fail… hunger.


So if there’s a method out there that helps me lose weight without hunger, then that sure as hell is the one I will go with. These quick & easy yogurt cheese recipes are low fat, low calorie, low sodium, delicious! She jazzes the dish up with bright green peas and a surprise addition: mace, a spice that helps balance the savory and sweet flavors. This thick and chewy pizza is a light version of the deep-dish personal pan ones served in restaurants, with much less oil (just a tablespoon) and no butter.
Michele Scicolone, author of The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, simmers a big pot of white beans in a savory tomato sauce and then sprinkles it with tangy feta cheese. For an even heartier meal, add some cooked crumbled or chopped vegan or vegetarian sausage just before serving, which adds flavor without tons of extra calories.
It'll take just two hours for a broth made from vinegar, water and a handful of vegetables to become rich and savory, and less than 30 minutes for salmon steaks -- a staple for calorie counters -- to poach. The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The standards were also updated with key changes from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans – the Federal government’s benchmark for nutrition – and aimed to foster the kind of healthy changes at school that many parents are already trying to encourage at home, such as making sure that kids are offered both fruits and vegetables each day, more whole grains, and portion sizes and calorie counts designed to maintain a healthy weight.
For example, schools will be permitted to focus on changes in the lunches in the first year, with most changes in breakfast phased in during future years. Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20-30 grams per day. This will put you into the 20-30 gram carb range and drastically lower your insulin levels. If you’re a coffee or a tea drinker, then by all means drink as much as you want as both can raise your metabolism slightly .
Your body has been burning carbs for all these years, it can take time for it to get used to burning fat instead.
This is proven to make you lose more fat, faster, than typical low-fat calorie restricted diets. It takes about eight hours to cook, so you can start it in the morning and forget about it until dinnertime. This recipe from The Mediterranean Slow Cooker -- which includes carrot, rutabaga, butternut squash and apricot -- looks beautiful on the plate and might just be the sweetest way to eat your vegetables. The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by the First Lady as part of her Let’s Move! When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home.
Adding some sodium to your diet can help with this, such as dissolving a bouillon cube in a cup of hot water and drinking it. Serve it plain with some of the cooking broth, chill for seafood salad, or eat hot or cold alongside tzatziki or pesto.
Regular or Israeli couscous (both come in whole wheat varieties) are the perfect accompaniment.



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