Healthy- delicious hummus recipe

Hummus is a popular dish that originated in the Middle East. It is a  paste made of chickpeas and tahini that is usually eaten with veggies like carrots, pepper, celery,on the other hand you can eat is with pita or any other flat bread.

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The ingredients include:

  • cooked or canned chickpeas
  • fresh garlic
  • a half tea spoon of coriander
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • Tahini (paste made from ground sesame seeds)

In a food processor, combine the ingredients until well blended. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Hummus is not just delicious but it is high in minerals and vitamins,i t is a decent source of iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and folic acid. It is high in protein, and keeps you full for a long time.

Good appetite!

When is the best time to do a cardiovascular training?

 

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Summer is almost here, everybody knows what that means, it means you want to be toned, firm, slim, fit and so on. We see more people running around, jogging, in the gym they do more cardio.

The big question is when is the best time to do cardio training. Well….there is no best time! It doesn’t matter when you do it, just do it when you have time for it! You will burn the same amount of calories either way. The other big question is, if you should do cardio first and then lift weights or the other way around. Well fitness experts say it is better to do weight training first. Lifting before cardio is much better for fat loss and workout energy efficiency. It takes a lot of energy to move heavy weights so don’t waist it on cardio. To achieve a fit look, your body needs to use your stored fat as fuel for exercise. In order to do this, you must burn off your glycogen stores first. When you weight-train, you typically use glycogen as fuel. By doing weight-training first, you can burn the majority of your glycogen stores.

Remember lift first, do cardio after, it is simple! Do your workouts whenever you have time, just do it!

Strawberry and banana smoothie

Here is a quick recipe of my favourite smoothie. Finally it is strawberry season, one of my favourite fruit!

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You will need:

  • a handful of strawberries
  • one ripe banana
  • some ice

A smoothie  is is a blended  beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or other ingredients like peanut butter, yoghurt, nuts and seeds. Smoothies make a great snack, meal or recovery shake from a hard workout.

Smoothies can offer you a terrific nutritional boost, especially if you make your own smoothies and you know they don’t have any artificial ingredients or powders.

I choose to drink smoothies first thing in the morning. It gives me energy, it’s refreshing,  it fills me up and of curs I adore the taste of it! Not to mention that contains a lots of fibre and vitamins&minerals because the whole fruit is used!

Be aware, smoothies can contain a lots of unhealthy ingredients like sugar, syrups, whipped cream, ice cream and so on. Make your own smoothie!

My favourite salad!

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This is my favourite salad! It’s light, easy to make, healthy and it keeps so full for a while.

I made them with fresh tomatoes, arugula salad, some olives, mozzarella and a little bit of olive oil. That’s it. You can also put some balsamic vinegar if you like or pesto or some parmigiana cheese, but it is delicious just like this!

Good appetite! 🙂

Unhealthy “health” foods

ImageThese particular foods can cause more harm in your fat loss goals than good.

The first of these is orange juice. People usually start their day with orange juice thinking it is good for them. The orange juice you buy from the market is very processed, pasteurized, and very denatured, and it is not necessarily natural. It has way too much sugar in it, and that’s going to raise your insulin level really high, and as you know insulin is a fat storing hormone. If you actually eat a hole orange is way better!

The second one on my black list is flavoured yoghurt.

Flavoured yoghurts are full of sugar, corn syrup, food colouring, artificial flavours  If everybody would replace the flavoured yoghurt with plain greek yoghurt they could loose 10 pounds in a month. Make your own flavoured yoghurt with plain greek yoghurt adding real fruit.

The third ”health” food is sugar free products.

There are lots of sugar free products that people buy and they think it’s healthy. Sugar free puddings, sugar free candy, sugar free crackers, sugar free biscuits and so on. It is important to look at the ingredients list and see with what kind of ingredient is the sugar replaced. 90% of the time is maltitol, sucralose, sorbitol and aspartame. People should know that maltitol spikes the blood sugar even quicker and higher than sugar. Maltitol also causes intestinal problems and  bloating. Sucralose can reduce your natural gut flora; it can kill the good bacteria in your gut. That can cause problems like acnes.  If you crave candy, try eating raw cocoa beans. If you crave sweets you can eat dry fruits, like dates, figs or dried apricots.

The fourth on the list is whole wheat.

People should not eat anything that has in it wheat, whole wheat, that means cereal, pasta, bread anything that has in it wheat! Everything has wheat in it is processed, like cereals, bread, pasta. Usually are filled with junk like artificial sweeteners, flavours  colours  preservatives. The whole wheat bread is actually died brown. Things like cereals   are sweetened with all kinds of sugars, artificial flavours and addictive chemicals. Other reason is that wheat disrupts digestion. When you eat wheat it can cause constipation, bloating. When you eat wheat it can de-gradate the little villi in your small intestine. The little villi are responsible to absorb nutrients. When you eat wheat it covers and shortens the villi. The other thing about wheat is that it’s a very addictive food; it increases your hunger and craving for it. When you stop eating bread or crackers or cereal you feel you are hungry for it all the time, it is because you are addicted to it. This happens because the gluten polypeptides cross the blood ring barrier, and they actually acting in your brain like opioid is.

The fifth unhealthy “health’ food is diet soda

Diet coke is obviously thought of as a diet food, it has the word diet in it. Diet sodas are the worst; we can call them chemical soups. When you drink these sodas, you have chemicals in your body; your liver has to detoxify them. Your liver plays also an important role in your metabolism. When your liver is overloaded with chemicals like diet coke and all the other stuff throughout the day, it’s too much, it can’t function well. It is bad for your body!

The sixth “health” food is margarine

People think it is healthy because of marketing. Is being advertised as “better than butter” The sad truth is that even low quality butter is healthier than any margarine. Margarine is very high in trans fatty acids, which are pure poison for your heart. Trans fats are man made hydrogenated oils. Trans fats are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. The process involves using harsh chemical solvents, high heat, pressure and metal catalyst. Which are than deodorized and bleached. Once consumed, trans fats are very inflammatory inside your body. Also margarine increases your total cholesterol and decreases your  immune response. The butter can be a healthier version for you, if you consume in small amounts.

The next one is vitamin water.

First of all it is loaded with synthetic vitamins, these vitamins are not coming from the nature, they come from laboratories. Our body does not know what to do with a vitamin that came out of a laboratory. Near these vitamins, contain usually around 13 grams of sugar per serving; we know that for every 4 grams of sugar it’s one tea spoon. Consider that 3 tea spoons of sugar is enough to suppress your immune system for 4 to 6 hours.

The last but not least are the fitness/energy bars

Usually the number one ingredient is corn syrup, after that comes the partial hydrogenated vegetable oil, soy protein oils, artificial flavours and colours. So this is definitely not a health food either.

We all should avoid all these foods and replace them with fruits, vegetables and nuts. If you get rid of those foods, your body will respond properly by burning fat for energy and giving you a healthy lean body.

Be aware!!!