Diana’s Limonada Especial

Hace unos meses atrás me tropecé en el supermercado con uno de esos hombres que están parados con un micrófono explicando el uso de un aparato de cocina, dando a probar lo que este hace. Para mi sorpresa, me quedé parada escuchándolo como por media hora. Usualmente sigo derecho, pero había algo en esta máquina que me hizo parar.

El señor estaba demostrando como se utiliza una licuadora que calienta, hace sopas, hace helados, smoothies, utiliza toda la pulpa y la fibra de verduras y frutas; las licua hasta su mas mínima expresión y lo mejor es que el resultado es sabroso.
Con la duda de si comprármela o no, decidí hacer la inversión. Y QUE INVERSION, ahora estoy añadiendo a mi dieta vegetales que antes no solía consumir y lo mejor de todo es que mi marido esta compartiéndola, eso es un milagro 🙂

La maquina es de Vitamix, a diferencia a las otras maquinas que hacen jugos:

  • Usted no necesita botar la pulpa y limpiar el reguero que deja después.
  • La ventaja de esta es que se toma todita la fibra, vitaminas y minerales.
  • La lavada es súper fácil.
  • La recomiendo mucho y es por eso que tengo el link en la parte izquierda de esta página donde la pueden encontrar.

Beneficios de Tomar Jugos Naturales:

  • El hacer jugos le aporta y le ayuda a absorber todos los nutrientes de los vegetales y frutas.
  • Le permite consumir una buena cantidad y variedad de vegetales en una manera eficiente.
  • Comer siempre las mismas ensaladas, no es lo más apropiado ya que el consumir repetidamente los mismos alimentos puede desarrollar alergias.
  • En los jugos usted puede agregar verduras que usualmente no consume.
  • Algunas personas encuentran difícil agregar una buena cantidad de vegetales a su dieta, pero esta puede ser una buena y fácil forma de lograrlo.

Estos jugos pueden ser parte de un entre día/ snack o un complemento de sus comidas, más no son una comida completa ya que tienen muy poca proteína y casi nada de grasa.

Mas adelante compartiré recetas que contengan proteína y grasa esenciales.

Estoy feliz y mi cuerpo esta muy agradecido 🙂

Espero disfruten de esta Limonada SUPER deliciosa, llena de excelentes nutrientes:

Diana’s Limonada Especial

Ingredientes

  • 1 limon pelado (entero)
  • ¼ taza de Pasto de Trigo orgánico (Wheat Grass)
  • 1 cocombro o pepino mediano (mejor si es orgánico, así puede utilizar la cáscara.
  • ½ taza de Col Rizada (Kale)
  • ½ tajada de pina fresca
  • 2 sobres de endulzante Stevia
  • 1/3 taza de agua fría

Batir por 50 segundos
Puede añadir hielo en vez de agua para volverlo Granizado

 

Advertencia: Ya trate de usar una licuadora normal, una Oster que tiene todos los botones y no es lo mismo, al final me tocó colar la pulpa.

Que opina usted de esta Licuadora?

Simples Consejos para Organizar sus Comidas

Falta de tiempo después de un día muy ocupado?
Se ha visto llegar a  casa y no tener nada listo para comer?

Sugerencias:

  • Organización y disciplina son primordiales si desea mantenerse en forma y saludable.
  • Escriba, planee los menús de cada semana.
  • Busque  dos horas en la semana para preparar lo que necesita para esa semana.

Calcule la cantidad que necesita guardar dependiendo de cuanta gente tenga en su casa.

Estas son algunas preparaciones que puede tener ya listas y empacadas por separado en el congelador:
Si va a cocinar un plato para la familia haga unas dos porciones de más para congelarlas y utilizarla unos días después.
Personalmente no me gusta comer comida guardada en el congelador o nevera por mucho tiempo, mas esta se puede consumir durante el mes de su cocción, mientras esté bien empacada.

ALIMENTOS QUE PUEDE PREPARAR EN CANTIDAD.

HUEVOS DUROS:
En una olla con agua fría ponga 12 huevos preferiblemente orgánicos, deje hervir baje la temperatura a fuego medio por 12-15 minutos.
Sáquelos y póngalos en agua fría. Una vez fríos guárdelos SIN PELAR en un recipiente.
Ideas:

  • Los aplasta con medio aguacate, unas almendras tajadas y lo envuelve en hojas de lechuga.
  • Comerlos asi no mas pelados.
  • Añádalos a las ensaladas

GRANOS.
Puede ser garbanzos, frijol, Mung beans del tipo que le guste.

  • La noche anterior deje remojar 2 tazas de grano en agua al clima. Cada 6-8 horas cámbiele el agua y déjelos remojar por 18-24 horas en un recipiente tapado.(Lea las indicaciones en el paquete).
  • Retire el agua y póngalos a hervir  en una olla tapados a fuego medio por casi una hora. Condiméntelos al gusto. Sal y pimienta podría ser. Cuélelos y déjelos enfriar.
  • En bolsas especiales para congelador  de tamaño pequeño separelos por porciones. Todas estas bolsitas colóquelas en una grande. (Para mantener el orden)

Ideas:

  • Los revuelve en los guisos que tenga con una proteína (Carne, pescado, pollo)
  • Añádalos a un arroz

ARROZ.
Compre arroz integral Basmati es el de mas fibra y más fácil digestión.

  • Siga las indicaciones del paquete para la cocción y haga el mismo procedimiento de los garbanzos.

VERDURAS.

  • Lávelas, pélelas y manténgalas ya sea en una bolsa o un contenedor listas para guisar.
  • También venden paquetes de verduras ya lavadas y listas para ser cocinadas.
  • Mantenga en la nevera cajas de verduras ya listas: Espinacas, arugula, lechugas variadas.

PANCAKES DE AVENA.

  • Doble la receta; déjelos enfriar; guárdelos en una bolsa especial para congelar y téngalos a la mano para  desayunos, snacks, para sus hijos.

DIANA’S MUFFINS.

  • Igual que los pancakes doble la receta y congélelos.

FRUTAS

  • Mantenga las de  bajo contenido de azúcar como:
    manzanas, peras, papaya, duraznos, fresas, frambuesas, kiwi.

Si ve, la vida se puede descomplicar si nos organizamos una vez por semana y asi poder mantenernos en forma y saludables.

Diana’s Gluten Free Pizza

Being in shape, healthy, happy and looking the best you can is an every day journey. The best way to accomplish it is to eat clean and exercise during the week. I’m sure you worked hard to do your best the whole week.

Also it is recommended to keep life in balance by not being too harsh on you. So once a week treat yourself with a meal that you enjoy and make it a “CHEAT” (FREE) meal.

I enjoy eating pizza so I’m not taking it out of my life. I decided to eat it and I found a healthy way to enjoy it. It’s Gluten Free with yummi veggies.

Almost every Friday I make this my “CHEAT” meal accompanied with a glass of white wine and of course with MY FAMILY.
So here I want to share my recipe:
Here it goes…. & enjoy it 🙂

Ingredients:

Food for Life made from Brown Rice*Brown Rice Tortillas from Food for Life
*Mozzarella cheese (I like the Mozzarella Di Bufala)
*Shredded cheese (Pecorino, Parmesan, Asiago)
*Eggplant cut in ½ inch slice
*Mushrooms
*Sliced sweet onions
*Pitted olives
*Basil
*Slices of tomatoes
*Coconut  spray oil for grilling
*Salt and pepper

Preparation:

*Grill the eggplants either on the oven for 15 mn each side at 350*  with salt, pepper and coconut spray oil  or on the stove 3-5 mn on each side (set aside).

*Grill sweet onions until lightly brown (set aside).
*Wash and drain mushrooms and cook them (no oil or water) 2mn.
*Heat tortillas in the oven @ 250* for 3- 5mn, (don’t let them toast).
Now: place the tortillas in an oven proof plate and toss:

  • Sliced mozzarella
  • Onions, egg plants and olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Basil
  • Sprinkle it with the shredded cheese

Bake @ 350* for 10-15mn. (until cheese melts)

Add a dash of red pepper (optional)

And enjoy 🙂  Keep Healthy & Stay Happy!!!

Yummi, healthy Pizza

What’s that one food that you can’t give up?

Powerful Vegetable & Easy to Make Snack.

Did you know that Eggplant is a powerful vegetable for a woman?

Eggplant

  • For irregular menstrual flow.
  • It energizes her entire system and keeps her going.
  • It’s a good source of phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and magnesium among others. And we as women need to keep these minerals in balance to be active.

This is a food that from a young age, I recall my Mom cutting one up and finding a worm moving. Since that moment that food was never, never in my plate. , not because I didn’t like it, but because for me all eggplants have worms….NO GOOD!!!.

This happens with many habits that stay with us in life. We have had a bad experience and now we avoid them for the rest of our lives. 

Searching for different choices to prepare delicious foods, this vegetable came into my plate, without me relating it to the past; and it surely tastes delicious, it is satisfying and easy to prepare in many different ways.

Make changes, adventure in new natural foods, spice them up and enjoy them. Here is an easy snack using this wonderful and nutritious vegetable:

Diana’s Grilled Eggplant with Rice Cakes

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant about 3 slices.
  • Dash of Paprika
  • Salt Pepper 1/3 tsp.
  • 1/3 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 3 slices of tomato
  • ¼ cup sweet white onion slices
  • ½ cup of fresh mushrooms
  • 3-4 leaves of basil chopped
  • 3 Brown rice cakes (Make sure that ingredients call for: Brown rice)

Preparation:

Wash the eggplant, cut it in  ½ inch wide (you can use the skin, it might be a bit hard to chew, I do enjoy it or you can peel them out),  mix them with the spices. (paprika, salt & pepper)

In a medium sauce pan preheat the coconut oil at medium heat; place the eggplants and let them cook around 5-7 min on each side.

Remove the eggplant from the pan; add the onion let them cook until light brown. Set them aside and finally cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes. Drain the mushrooms afterwards.

Take the rice cakes place on top:

  1. eggplants
  2. onions
  3. mushrooms
  4. tomato
  5. basil

Options: You can add some Hummus to the Rice Cakes (the one I always enjoy is: Nature’s Healthy Gourmet)

You can make it also as a meal and add a salad or a vegetable soup.

Sit comfortably and enjoy.

 Is in it Yummy and easy to make?

Diana’s Ground Turkey or Chicken Patties

Recipe of the week….enjoy!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lb Organic ground Chicken or Turkey breast

  • 1 teaspoon Yellow mustard

  • ½ cup oat meal flour

  • 1 White onion chopped and grilled

  • 1 can of mushrooms chopped or fresh mushrooms cooked and chopped

  • 2 organic whole egg whites

  • 2 tablespoon of fresh cilantro chopped

  • Spices (your taste) salt, pepper

 Mix all ingredients with your hands wet in water:
Make the patties and grill them either:

 -on the BBQ

– bake them in the oven on a lightly greased oven proof pan

-or in a pan on the stove with little oil.

NOTE:

You can double the recipe, cool them, wrap them with clear plastic  and place them in zip loc bags, freeze them, and use them as your convinience.

Vegetarian Diana’s Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a delicious/ fat burning recipe that’s easy; that you can make in 20 mn; something that is healthy, it’s a complete meal, has lots of color and flavor…..

Here I have the solution:

• It’s a vegetarian dish

• It has complete protein
• It has starchy carbohydrates
• Lots of vegetables
• And good fats

Quinoa Salad

 Ingredients:

• ½ cup quinoa (follow instructions on package and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to the water)
• ½ cups steamed green beans
• 1 can of organic beans previously washed and drained
• ½ sweet onion chopped and grilled (no oil)
• 1 small yellow zucchini chopped
• ½ orange pepper chopped
• ½ cup sliced almonds
• 1/3 cup craisins
• 1 cup Sprouted beans
• ½ cup of boiled mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 2 tablespoon of fresh Cilantro chopped
• Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients and enjoy!!!
½ cup of fresh avocado that you can add at the moment of eating.
You can make more quantity and leave it on the refrigerator for later.

 

Bon Apetit!!!
Eat Delicious, Eat Healthy…..We Live Once!!!

Is This Food Making You Fat?

Lately we are more informed with all the studies that have been published about digestion, diseases from some foods that we should take in consideration in order to stay healthy and lean.

One of them is  Gluten, which has shown to cause Celiac Disease (Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy) in some people, while in others have shown sensitivity and allergic reactions to this food.

Gluten is a protein found in many grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt oats, and many food additives; its composition may benefit some but will harm others.

My story:

“For many years I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism (Low thyroid), which has put me thru many ups and downs. This “disease” has many consequences such as: Fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, and more.


So I started cutting it from my diet, by incorporating the right combination of carbohydrates, in a gluten free program. Since then my energy has increased considerably.
In this path I found that certain foods where involved with my symptoms and in the way I felt in my everyday life.  Through learning, searching and testing with Applied Kinesiology, I found that gluten was one of the foods that were causing me lethargy, stomach inflammation and fatigue. Not a good thing.

Was it easy? not at the beginning; -Who doesn’t like the smell of a warm bread, a nice plate of pasta with all the goodies, or a pizza?…..

Well, I had to decide between feeling the way I was feeling which wasn’t a nice state or choosing to feel the best I could; with that end in mind I focused on my health and did it, and the best part was that along the road I was also losing weight….that was amazing.”

Which one would you have chosen???

When clients come to me to start a program to lose weight and feel better, I almost always find that taking gluten out of their diets will improve their digestive system plus they will lose faster the unwanted weight.

These foods contain Gluten:

    •  Wheat- any type of bread that calls for wheat in their ingredients
    • Barley
    • Rye
    • Spelt
    • Oats (there are ones By Bob’s red Mill that are gluten free)
    • Pasta
    • And many additives added to cookies, pastries, pizza

Grains Free of Gluten:

  • Amaranth
  • Corn
  • Rice
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Coconut flour

 

Diana’s Millet & Coconut Muffins.

Ingredients & Preparation:

MIX

  • 2 cups (1 box) organic egg whites Diana's Gluten Free Mufins
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce (No Preservatives) Just APPLES
  • 2 teaspoons ground chia seeds

MIX in a separate bowl

  • 2 teaspoons flax seed meal
  • 1 cup Gluten free oat meal Flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3/4  cup coconut flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • I small teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of  black raisins (optional)
  • ¼ cup slice almonds
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Combine:
Mix all ingredients in this order with a spatula until well blended, pour them in a cup cake sheet previously greased with Coconut Oil Spray
Bake them for 27-30 mn at 350*
Makes aprox. 12 units or you can make triple the recipe. Once cooled wrapped them in paper towel and place the in a ziploc bag, freeze them. 

ENJOY !!!!

Diana's Gluten Free Muffins in bulk

Did You enjoy  it?  Please share with you love ones 🙂

 

Diana’s Vegetable Soup

Being in shape and healthy  for some people it is a struggle, but the truth is, that it shouldn’t be. That’s why we have to work with trial and error to see what really works for us and be PATIENCE!!!

Here I want to share this recipe that just came into my mind. Today talking with a client that can’t find the time to cook and eat the right foods, this Yummii and flavored soup came into my mind, and “voila” it does have life, spice and a lot of taste. Hope you like it as I did.

Diana’s Vegetable Soup

(You can add any type of lean organic meat. organic chicken or turkey breast)
I did it vegetarian.
All vegetables are FRESH.

 Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup Beans soaked overnight in warm water. Change the water a few times.
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ squash
  • 1 bag fresh French green beans
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ¼ fennel with everything
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 medium yellow zucchini
  • ½ orange pepper
  • 1 leek (just the white part)
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • ¼ cup Fresh cilantro
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Indian curry
  • Salt

Preparation

Chop and grill the onion and the garlic in little oil in a tall pan.
Add water and cooked the beans for 20mn aprox.

While it cooks: take the squash remove the seeds and place it on an oven safe pan and bake it face down on 350 * with 2 tablespoon of water for 20mn aprox.. Take it out peel it and cut it.

While everything is cooking chop the rest of the vegetable, add them to the pan with the beans with enough water, add the squash, the cayenne pepper, curry and salt; boil everything for 20 more mn on low heat covered.

Let it cool, take ¼ of the vegetable soup and blend it, add it to the rest of the soup for a creamy texture.

I love eating, I love enjoying my food I love life!!!

Delicious Vegetarian Dish

DELICIOUS VEGETARIAN DISH

Becoming a vegetarian was one of my goals this year, eating as much whole natural foods as I can. So my search began to keep my body healthy and balanced to have all my nutrients in place.

As a trainer and a person that likes to exercise, lift weights and stay active I needed to find the right nutrition.
Being a certified Wholistic Kinesiology practitioner helped me with this path. This technique is a healing system that determines your very unique health needs. I have being using it to see what is beneficial to my health. This is done with Applied Kinesiology. By extending for example one of your arms and hold it straight and tight, let say you are holding some cleaning liquid like Clorox with the other hand, and I try to push it down, it won’t be able to sustain the push, your arm will go weak; and if I put an organic apple in your hand and do the same testing your arm will stay strong, meaning that the apple will be optimal for your body.

That way I could know what types of foods my body was in need and in which combination. So I started to play with different foods and I came across with a legume supercharged with all the beneficial nutrients I wanted.

This product is called Mung Beans, when sprouted; mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts.
Like many other legumes, the mung bean can be eaten raw when sprouted, or else eaten cooked with the skin on or off.
Unlike many other beans, the mung bean is quite easy on the digestive tract and doesn’t usually cause a gassy reaction.

Mixed with quinoa or brown rice will give me a complete protein. According to modern nutrition, mung beans offer 14 gms of protein per cooked cup. Mung beans are also a good source of dietary fiber. They also contain thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of folate.
Mung beans can be eaten on their own, or combined with rice or combined with vegetables and greens to make hearty soups or ground into flour to be used to make crepes or added to breads. Turmeric, cumin, dried ginger and coriander are some spices that work very well with mung beans.

Recipe: High Protein and easy to digest Mung beans with rice

Follow indications on package on the Mung beans before cooking.

  • ½ cup mung beans rinsed
  • 2- cups of water boil them for about ten minutes
    Add:
    Ingredients:
  •  1 teaspoon peeled and chopped ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes

Have this ready:

  • 2 cups cooked white basmati rice, follow package indications
  • 1 onion chopped and grilled with
  • 5 to 7 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
  • 1 or 2 cups of any chopped vegetables, preferably green, such as
  • asparagus; celery; broccoli; zucchini, Swiss chard.
  • You can also add carrots and /or mushrooms or you may prefer to keep it very simple and only use one or two green vegetables.

At the end combine the mung beans, the rice, the onion with the garlic and the vegetables let the vegetables cook for 10mn.
Bon Apetite, and Keep on Moving!!

This Breakfast Recipe will Boost Your Self up Every Morning

Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Ok.

When dealing with weight loss, lack of energy or hormonal imbalance, I always find that these issues come along when people either don’t eat breakfast or they just eat a poor breakfast.
As an example:  a toast, piece of cheese, glass of orange juice and a coffee.
So I came across with this recipe that will boost your metabolism, increase your energy and help you with your fat loss.
 

Diana’s Super Protein Shake.
• 1 scoop of Protein Shake:
Better to get an organic one if its whey protein
And for vegetarians a plant base of peas and brown rice protein powder.
• 1 cup of coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon of flax seeds already grind
• 1 teaspoon of greens (high potency of fruit and vegetable powder)
• Berries (choose the berries you enjoy)

Blend all together, you can add some ice cubes to have it as a smoothie.

 

Did you know that Flax seeds:
• Are high in omegas 3 essential fatty acids. That’s good news for people who suffer from inflammatory disorders like arthritis.
• Fight menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness because is a plant rich in phytoestrogens that acts as a natural hormone therapy.
• Helps you lose fat, it controls the unnecessary sensation of overeating due to its high content of fiber.
• It increases your vitality and energy.
So now you Know….

Hope you enjoy it.
Bon Apetit!!! Wake up with a smile, be thankful to be alive, and eat right to start an OUTSTANDING day. DL
We Live Once…. DO IT!!!