Super Foods

Monday, October 25, 2010

Almond Butter

Finally picked up myself a jar of this stuff tonight! So many bloggies have been raving of it for so long i had to see what the fuss was about...pretty expensive $7 but once opened it ...i yum! It contains nothing  but almonfs not like peanut butter which is pretty heavy on the sodium.
great stuff you guys have to try it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lean proteins..get on em

Hi everyone,
a few people have asked me about lean protiens and why i make an effort to add them to everymeal and their benefits so here it comes...
Protein helps you maintain/lose weightin two ways: First, it can help you feel less hungry by providing a long-burning source of steady energy, and secondly it can trigger “thermogenesis” in the body, the process through which your body burns fat for fuel. By adding lean proteins in your diet especially for an afternoon snack will stop you being tempted to reach for the chocolate and bicsuits.
Unlike refined carbohydrates and sugars, which can increase your cravings over the rest of the day, lean protein can actually help you control cravings by reducing appetite.
Not really craving stake or a can or either
here are some others apart from my fav chia seeds(which i have already ranted about)you may not have known about..   
  • edamame and lentils are good options with a lot of fiber(8g per 100cal 1/2 cup serving for both)
  • ·          1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese = 80 calories, 13 grams protein
  • ·          Lean turkey breast. About 25g Protein for 100 calories (85grams). Also, there are great varieties of low calorie fish loaded with protein. For 85g Salmon there are 175 calories and 19 grams of protein.
  • ·          Whey protein isolate (Syntrax Nectar): 100 cal, 23g, 4.34 cal/g 
  • Spirulina: 26 cal, 5.92g, 4.39 cal/g 
  • Canned tuna: 70 cal, 15g, 4.66 cal/g 
  • Chicken breast: 130 cal, 27g, 4.81 cal/g 
  • Shrimp: 90 cal, 17g, 5.29 cal/g 
  • Smoked salmon: 70 cal, 13g, 5.38 cal/g 
  • Clams: 50 cal, 9g, 5.56 cal/g 
  • Salmon filet: 130 cal, 22g, 5.91 cal/g 
  • Greek strained yogurt (0% fat): 90 cal, 15g, 6.0 cal/g 
  • Sirloin Steak: 260 cal, 43g, 6.05 cal/g 
  • Chicken breast (deli slices): 70 cal, 11g, 6.36 cal/g 
  • Button mushrooms: 15 cal, 2.2g, 6.28 cal/g 
  • Shiitake mushrooms: 21 cal, 3g, 7.0 cal/g 
  • Canned salmon: 90 cal, 12g, 7.5 cal/g 
  • Mussels: 70 cal, 9g, 7.78 cal/g 
  • Oysters: 57 cal, 6g, 9.5 cal/g 
  • Pork chops: 152 cal, 15.6g, 9.74 cal/g 
  • Skim milk: 80 cal, 8g, 10.0 cal/g 
  • Mozarella: 60 cal, 6g, 10.0 cal/g 
  • Soybeans: 100 cal, 10g, 10.0 cal/g 
  • Portabella Mushroom: 26 cal, 2.5g, 10.4 cal/g 
  • Chicken wing: 98 cal, 9g, 10.7 cal/g 
  • Egg: 70 cal, 6g, 11.66 
  • Yogurt (0% fat): 70 cal, 6g, 11.66 cal/g 
  • Lamb: 331 cal, 27.57g, 12.0 cal/g 
  • Provolone cheese: 70 cal, 5g, 14.0 cal/g 
  • Italian salami: 100 cal, 7g, 14.29 cal/g 
  • Bacon: 103 cal, 7g, 14.71 cal/g 
  • Muenster Cheese: 120 cal, 8g, 15.0 cal/g 
  • Kashi Go Lean Protein Cereal: 200 cal, 13g, 15.38 cal/g 
  • Cheddar cheese: 113 cal, 7g, 16.1 cal/g 
  • Tofu: 610 cal, 35g, 17.43 
  • American cheese: 70 cal, 4g, 17.5 cal/g 
  • Black beans: 140 cal, 7g, 20.0 cal/g 
  • Peanuts: 160 cal, 7g, 22.85 cal/g 
  • Pumpkin seeds: 46 cal, 2g, 23 cal/g 
  • Sunflower seeds: 262 cal, 10.48g, 25.0 cal/g 
  • Peanut Butter: 190 cal, 7g, 27.14 cal/g 
  • Almonds: 312 cal, 11g, 28.36 cal/g 
  • Quinoa: 636 cal, 22g, 28.9 cal/g 
  • Sesame Seeds: 158 cal, 5g, 31.6 cal/g 
  • Cashews: 240 cal, 7g, 34.23 cal/g 
  • Walnuts: 688 cal, 14.7g, 46.8 cals
Enjoy...have a lovely day :)

the list goes on and on.. try them :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Have you met my friend the chia seed?

Ok Ok you may have heard me go on alittle about chia seeds i try and eat them everyday heres way;

Chia is natures complete superfood and is the highest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein. Chia is called Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein as well as vitamins and minerals and antioxidants.
The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids which is very rare for a vegetarian source of protein.
The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our system longer.
chia seeds dont have a distict taste so they can be mixed into many different foods..
  • My fav is to mix it in yoghurt
  • Mix it into salad dressing
  • Pancake mix
  • In museli
the list goes on and on.. try them :)