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Crunchy Almond Chicken

Posted on March 18, 2016 by

Great crunch without the carbs!

crunchy almond chickenIngredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup almonds
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp water
2 eggs

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line large baking sheet with parchment or aluminum.
3. Crush almonds in food processor to a fine mix. Pour into shallow dish.
4. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and almond flour to crushed nuts and blend well.
5. Whisk eggs and water in shallow dish.
6. Dip each chicken breast into egg mixture and dredge in crushed nut mixture. Coat each side evenly.
7. Place each piece of chicken on lined baking sheet.
8. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes (until juices run clear).
Makes 4 large servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 383
Total Fat 33g
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Protein 39g

Print Recipe Crunchy Almond Chicken

Helping Your Overweight Child

Posted on March 14, 2016 by

active father son The rates of childhood obesity have tripled in the past 3 decades. Today, 1 in 3 American kids are overweight or obese. Our changes in lifestyle have led to this sad epidemic. We’re eating food on the run in lieu of sitting as a family for a home-cooked meal. Video games have replaced exercise, PE has been reduced at schools to 2 or 3 times a week, and portion sizes have tripled.

Children are now facing serious health issues that, in the past, were primarily associated with adults. These health risks include: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep problems, heart disease, and more! That’s a big burden for a child to deal with. Parents of overweight children are often frustrated and searching for answers.

The first step to helping your overweight child is to make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician for a check-up. It’s important to find out if they are clinically obese and if there are any underlying health issues. Then, follow these guidelines:

*MAKE THEM FEEL LOVED: Above all, make them feel loved no matter what size they are. Their self- esteem is often lacking and they feel stressed and anxious.

*EDUCATE: Teach your child about proper nutrition, how to read labels, and even how to cook. Explain the importance of exercising every day.

*INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY: When a family member has a chronic illness, it affects the entire family. Likewise, if one of the kids is obese the family is impacted. Everyone needs to be encouraging, supportive, and eat home-cooked meals together. Challenge the whole family to eat healthy in order to set a good example.

*NUTRITION: Ensure they eat breakfast every day, drink lots of water, refrain from sugary drinks, limit sweets, and consume sufficient protein.

*EXERCISE: Encourage your child to fit in60 minutes of moderate intensity activities every day. Participate as a family:

*Sign up for a Family-friendly 5K race/walk
*Take the family on vacations where they can hike, ski, climb, or swim
*Sign your child up for a sport
*Take fitness/dance classes together

*LIMIT ELECTRONICS: Use electronics as positive reinforcement after they’ve completed their homework and gotten some exercise. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no more than 2 hours a day for electronics (TV, IPAD, computer, etc…). Studies have shown that children with TV’s in their bedrooms are more likely to be obese.

As a parent you have the responsibility of setting a good example for your kids by eating healthy and exercising regularly.  Help them lead a healthy, active lifestyle and provide them with love and support.

For more support and advice on helping your overweight child, listen to Dr. Clark’s podcast interview with Childhood Obesity specialist, Dr. Wendy Sinclair at: https://cfwls.com/blog/bouncing-back-from-childhood-obesity/

Chicken with Mushrooms and Raspberries

Posted on February 12, 2016 by

Don’t be shy – you’re going to love it!

Raspberry Mushroom ChickenIngredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt & pepper

1 Tbls olive oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large shallot, chopped

1 c chicken broth

½ cup dry red wine

8 oz baby bella mushrooms

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 Tbls butter

1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

1 tsp grated lemon zest

 

 

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt & pepper.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  3. Sear chicken on each side for about 3 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  4. Add garlic and shallot to skillet and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken broth and wine, cook until slightly reduced or about 10 minutes.
  6. Add sliced mushrooms and lower heat to a simmer.
  7. Return chicken to skillet, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through or about 10 minutes.
  8. Add butter, balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. Stir to blend.
  9. Toss raspberries into and allow to warm about 1 minute.

 

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 258

Total Fat 11.5g

Total Carbohydrates 6g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Protein 38g

 

Print Recipe: Raspberry Mushroom Chicken

Adapted from Trisha Yearwood recipe on Food Network

3 Significant Reasons to Add Spice to Your Diet!

Posted on January 18, 2016 by

garlicThe use of spices and herbs dates back as far as early Egypt (2100 BC). Onions and garlic were used as medicine to maintain health. Then, they became essential in the embalming process to preserve against decay. In India, the spices enjoyed today have been used for thousands of years. Spices and herbs also played an important role in ancient Greek medicine. Hippocrates said great care should be given to the preparation of herbs for medicinal use. The numerous benefits of herbs and spices continue to be recognized and appreciated today.

basilThere are three significant reasons why herbs and spices have been savored by many societies for so long:
1. Weight Loss/Management: herbs and spices can decrease the amount of calories, salt, fat, and sugar without sacrificing flavor.
2. Health Maintenance: they help to protect against many chronic health conditions.
3. Flavor: they add flavor, texture, taste, aroma, and color to food.

Here’s a list of some of the more commonly used spices/herbs and their benefits:

Basil: often considered the ‘king of herbs’, has been used to treat stress, asthma and diabetes in India for centuries
Cilantro: rich in iron and fiber, disease-fighting phytonutrient
Rosemary: improves memory
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory that could stop cancer from growing
Cinnamon: antioxidant, lowers blood sugar
Nutmeg: contains antibacterial compounds
Cumin: anti-inflammatory that could help stop tumor growth
Cayenne Pepper: helps burn fat—boost metabolism
Ginger: diuretic, hinders cholesterol absorption, anti-nausea
Black Pepper: boosts metabolism and helps digestion
Oregano: natural source of omega-3 fatty acids

cinnamonThere are many ways to use herbs and spices in your favorite dishes. Cinnamon is a delicious addition to protein shakes. Chicken and curry pair well together. A delicious recipe for salad dressing: allspice (1 part), cinnamon (1 part), and black pepper (1/2 parts) mixed with olive oil and heated up. Turmeric adds color and flavor to veggies. Cilantro enhances the taste of salsa and guacamole.

Herbs and spices make food healthier and tastier. They add no calories and contain no sugar. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your food like never before!

Chicken Ole’

Posted on January 15, 2016 by

Chicken_OleQuick & easy Mexican chicken dish – serve with a side of black beans!

Ingredients
4 chicken breast halves
1 clove garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper
Pinch of cumin
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat skillet to medium heat. Rub chicken breasts with seasoning mixture and place in hot skillet. Cook until browned on both sides and no longer pink, 10-15 minutes.
3. Transfer chicken to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with salsa and shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 264
Total Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 4.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.1g
Protein 35.4g

Print recipe Chicken Ole

Adapted from allrecipes.com

 

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Ideas to Use Right Now to Lose Weight

Posted on January 13, 2016 by

Healthy Holiday Tips

Posted on December 07, 2015 by

healthy-holidaysMost of you know me as a pretty quiet guy.  Although this is true, I still like to attend parties with friends/family.  I am a firm believer in working hard…and playing hard.  When you attend parties, you should focus on the “fun” aspect and not the “fear” aspect of how you may end up derailing your best weight loss efforts and have regrets the next day.  Here’s my “do’s and don’ts” for attending holiday parties with confidence and no diet regrets:

1. Don’t go to parties because you have to…Do go because you want to.  There’s a big  difference and you have a choice.  Surround yourself with the people you love.  If excess baggage comes along with the ones you love…minimize your exposure…I know – easier said than done sometimes!

2. Don’t go to parties hungry…Do have a bottle of water before you attend and a healthy snack such as cheese wrapped in turkey, handful of almonds or a protein bar before you get there so you are not ravenous.

3. Don’t eat the first items you see…Do take the time to peruse what’s on the buffet table and determine which have the highest quality protein (beef, chicken, shrimp, cheese, fish) and select these first.  Combining these choices with your pre-party snack can fill you up so that other temptations don’t bother you so much.

4. Don’t exclude items you desire this time of the year…Do take a very small portion of them so that you can avoid feeling deprived and move on.

5. Don’t be a wallflower…Do mingle and talk with others.  If your mouth is busy talking, it is harder to keep if full chewing and swallowing.

6. Don’t drink excessively…Do have a drink if you desire.  Too much alcohol isn’t good…period.  It also lowers your resistance to “go wild” and sabotage yourself which is sure to cause regret.

7. Don’t select your spot for fun right near the food…Do mingle around and settle in a location where you can talk with everyone but not have food ‘staring you down’.

8. Most importantly, relax and have fun.  Try to take a deep breath as the stress begins and focus on enjoying this time as much as possible and those you may not get to see on a regular basis.

Enjoy this holiday season!  From our family to yours…Merry Christmas and Cheers to a Healthy New Year!

Mexican Chicken Bake

Posted on September 25, 2015 by

low carb mexican chicken bakeServe with a side salad or green vegetable for a complete meal!

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 red or yellow bell pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup shredded Colby-jack cheese
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Spray baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Place chicken breasts in bottom of dish and sprinkle with seasonings.
4. Cut pepper into thin strips and scatter on top of chicken.
5. Sprinkle entire contents with shredded cheese.
6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 245
Total Fat 9g
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Protein 42g

Print Recipe:  Mexican Chicken Bake

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Posted on September 18, 2015 by

cfwls low carb pad thaiAll of the flavor you love in this low carb pad thai recipe!

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup shredded carrot
1 red sweet pepper, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
½ cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 Tbls olive oil or avocado oil

Sauce:
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 Tbls lime juice
1 Tbls honey
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
¼ tsp pepper

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Split spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Lay cut side down on foil lined baking sheet.
3. Bake squash for 45-60 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Turn over and scoop out flesh with fork. Drain excess moisture if necessary.
4. While squash is baking, make the sauce. Put all sauce ingredients together in small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Simmer and keep warm.
5. Cook chicken and cut up into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Add oil to large skillet or wok and heat to medium-high heat. Add chicken, carrots, pepper and garlic. Cook until carrots are crisp-tender.
7. Stir in cilantro and half of the peanuts. Pour sauce over entire mixture and stir.
8. Serve with remaining peanuts and additional cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 263
Total Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 20g

Print Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Change It Up When You Hit A Weight Loss Plateau

Posted on September 14, 2015 by

changeSuccess is a great thing but it is a rare person who doesn’t experience a plateau somewhere along the way.  You likely know how frustrating that can be!  Plateaus can kill your motivation, so the first thing you need to do is to take your focus off the scale. Your body is highly adaptive and goes through periods of adjustment. This would be a good time to concentrate on your behaviors and use alternative ways to measure your progress (i.e. your measurements or how your clothes are fitting).  If you hang in there, you will find that your inches will continue to shrink in spite of your weight staying stubbornly at the same number.  Just remember the word CHANGE.  You will need to “change it up” to work through your plateau.

With regards to what you are eating, below are a few quick “change” tips for continued success:

  • Change the frequency of your meals.  If you are currently eating 3 meals a day, save some of those calories for snacks in between meals and give your metabolic rate a boost.
  • Try to change what you are eating.  If you are having a carbohydrate snack mid-afternoon, try replacing it with a protein one and try moving your foods around and introducing new ones.
  • Surprise your body with calorie cycling.  While maintaining the same weekly calorie intake, vary it from day to day.  For example, if your daily intake is 1500 calories, try having 1200 one day and 1800 the next.

Combine these eating tips with the right attitude and fitness “change”, you will be happy as the scale soon reflects your efforts.