Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yummy Holiday Treats

Happy Holidays Everyone!!
I hope ya'll had a good Christmas. I am sorry I haven't posted anything in a while, this time of year is unfortunately more crazy busy than I would like it to be! I have made a couple little treats that are easy and fun to make, and will please any crowd.

Low Fat Peanut Butter Balls
(aka Buckeyes if you are from Ohio)

2  6 oz containers of Plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 C   PB2 (dehydrated/powdered peanut butter that only contains 15% of the fat content that regular peanut butter does-- you can get it at most Krogers, whole foods, or online)
1 C powdered sugar
2 oz Neufchatel cheese (low fat cream cheese)
12 packages stevia
4 C rice crispies
1 package chocolate almond bark
parchment paper

Mix all ingredients except the rice crispies together until smooth. Then fold in the rice crispies, 1 cup at a time. 
Refrigerate for a bit while melting the chocolate in a double boiler (or put the chocolate in one small sauce pan and place that pan in a large skillet filled half way with water.) 

Take the dough out and form it into balls and stick each one with a toothpick.
When the chocolate is melted, quickly dip each PB ball in the chocolate and then place on parchment paper. 
Add more chocolate to the pot as needed. Any remaining chocolate can be poured onto a clean piece of parchment paper and then frozen, and then broken into pieces to make chocolate bark.

White Chocolate Covered Mini Apples

Mini apples
Wooden kabob skewers
White chocolate chips or almond bark
sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired
parchment paper

I found these apples at Meijers, they were $2 for a bag.
I discovered that having the apples cold worked best in helping the chocolate to solidify faster.
Take your chilled apples and stab each one with a skewer and set out on a good sized piece of parchment paper.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler (as described above in PB Ball recipe), and when it is all melted, dip each apple in and coat. It helps to twirl the apple a little when transferring it to the parchment paper after dipping so as not to drip large amounts of chocolate everywhere. 

After the apples have set for a couple minutes, go ahead and top with sprinkles or colored sugar while more chocolate melts. Repeat until all apples are dipped. 
If you have left over chocolate, spread it out on a clean piece of parchement paper and place in freezer to cool. Then break in to pieces to make chocolate bark.

I hope you have as much fun making and eating these goodies and I have! Enjoy!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun With Beets :D

Recently I have been on a beet kick. There are so many ways you can eat them and they are soo good for you!!! Plus you can't beet the color! I got mine in the bulk food produce section of Meijer's! For an easy way to keep beets on hand to add into recipes or salads, grate them into bowl or storage container and keep it handy in the fridge!

Beets are a root vegetable that are easy to grow and are a great source of potasium, sodium, magnesium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.

I made a beet orange salad for Thanksgiving that went over ok.
I was really the only one who really liked it...
well I thought it was good. Decide for yourself!

Beet Orange Salad

3-4 Beets grated into a bowl
2-3 Oranges, sliced into rounds and the segments removed and added to beets
1/4-1/2 C raw organic sugar, or stevia to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 drops sweet orange oil

Mix and allow to marinate for a while before serving. The juice from the beets and oranges will be drawn out by the sugar and will sweeten it nicely! If you have left over salad, put it in a salad with a 1/4 C cashews, it's delish!!

The great color of beets gives shakes and salads a wonderfully festive feel! But it does get all over your hands!! If you have trouble getting the beet stains off your hands after using soap, try vinegar or lemon juice!

Beet-licious shake!

2 bananas, one frozen and one fresh
1 1/2 C frozen strawberries
1/4 C grated carrot
1/4 C grated beet
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
stevia to taste
dash cinnamon
1 C water to blend

Blend ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

As a spin off of Carrot Ginger soup, I substituted some beets and spices!

Carrot Beet Ginger Soup

1/2 C grated carrot
1/2 C grated beet
1 tbsp white miso
1/2 avocado
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1 C water

Place all ingedients into blender and mix until smooth.

I also recently made some refrigerator pickles and pickled beets. The difference is that after you pour the brine over the veggies, you skip the ending water bath and stick the jars in the fridge to picklize. With the beets though, and some other veggies, like cauliflower, it is good to blanch them for 30-60 sec to allow for better flavor absorption.  I found out all the lovely info for this at:

I personally winged the beet brine mixing brown sugar, vinegar, water, cinnamon, and cloves on the stove. We'll see how they turn out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last Day of Fasting- Hurrah!!!

So today is day 10 of my fast and it has been an interesting ride. Every fast, for every person is different. I have had fasts that were very easy, sometimes the hardest day will be day three, other times day 5, but surprisingly, this time almost every day was difficult. Granted some days were harder than others, and some days I was weaker than others, and this is to be expected.c

I am so excited to eat again tomorrow!! I have decided to try my hand at following the 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham-- I was shocked to discover that my rinky dinky library actually has it! I have yet to read it but I have become addicted to watching Fully Raw Kristina's youtube videos. I have signed up for Cronometer and I'll see how it goes!

The fridge is a bit bare but I will share some of my attempts on this style of eating! 

So here it is, no more waiting!

Almost Raw Pumpkin Soup/ or Pie Filling!

When it is refrigerated it is very thick!!

1 1/2 C Pumpkin (canned, plain)
1/2 C Apple Butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 C pecans
1 C apple juice
Dates or stevia to taste
1-2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

I made a couple batches of this soup before I had any apple juice and when I added it OH My!! It was SOO good!!! If there is not enough liquid when blending please either add some more apple juice, water, or a little almond milk.

If you desire to make this recipe but want it 80/10/10 (as I made this a couple weeks ago before my recent decision) remove the nuts, try to find a sugar pie pumpkin- see pic- to cut up and use, cut out the oil and apple butter- add more cinnamon or apple pie spice, and add more dates.

I'm sorry that there is no picture of the soup!! I made it a couple weeks ago and I wanted to make it again so I would have a picture for you, but I have held out soo long in doing this that it is not fair to you- my wonderful readers! So here's the recipe I came up with, sans picture :(

For those of you that try it, let me know which way you made it and how you liked it!

Friday, November 2, 2012

An Update About Myself: Fasting Day 5

Yes the title of this post a bit narcissistic but oh well. I am currently too tired to come up with something more pc!

I first want to apologize for not being more prompt in posting my seasonal recipes that I have created, I have them but just haven't managed to get them up! Life has gotten away from me and that is one of the reasons I decided to go on a fast.

This is the fourth fast that I have done in almost three years. I tend to do one fast a year. 
I am unsure of how long I will go this time. My first fast was 9 days, the second was my longest at 21, my third was 15. I am thinking that I will probably go 10 days. But that is going to be decided based on when my mom comes to visit. I want to be able to do things with her that I would normally be able to.

Most people when they hear that you are fasting go into a bit of a panic, thinking that it is extremely unhealthy not to eat, which is the exact opposite of the truth. Many people have fasted throughout history, and there are many Biblical examples to prove this point. The Isrealites fasted when they needed spiritual guidance, when grieving, and to get one's life in line with what God would have them do.

Is Fasting Healthy?

I do want to caution people though, if you are on medications, or have severe health issues, please consult a doctor, or natural wellness practitioner before commencing a fast.

That said, fasting (I need to be specific- I am doing a water fast)  is a great way to detoxify the body and burn fat. It also helps to clarify oneself spiritually. Before I started this fast I felt that I was being attacked mentally as I was extremely depressed, which for me means overeating, sleeping a lot, crying a lot, and in general not wanting to get out of bed. I needed to restart my system, reboot, which is what fasting does. It helps one appreciate life and remind you of what is truly important.

Many people will say that fasting makes them sick- which is understandable and normal, if you know what the body is doing. Your body will transition to burning the fat stored in your body into fuel and depending on what you eat, your fat can be full of toxins! Artificial sweeteners, built up aluminium, mercury, etc, from overly processed food, and chemicals in our body products, house hold products, and the environment, all get stored in our bodies! YUK! So when your body is breaking down the stored fat, it is also working on detoxing all of those chemicals, which makes you feel pretty lousy. Your face will probably break out initially, you may have headaches for a few days, you may even experience symptoms of past infections.

One really cool thing about fasting, is that all of the energy that your body has can go to rebuilding damaged areas. When we eat, our body has to process the food etc, and all of that takes energy. When we don't bombard our system with tasks to do, it focuses on getting rid of that last bit of cold virus that was suppressed to the point where we think we are totally healed. Old bone fractures may ache as the body "reinforces them". I have felt like I had a cold for days, had  my lungs hurt as they were being cleaned out, had my gut hurt and feel like I have a fever. All this is part of the healing process. 

Since I have been doing fasts fairly regularly, this one has been very easy. I broke out a bit from the Halloween candy I ate but other than that I have been good to go!

What does one experience when fasting- a day by day look

Day 1: Going without food is easy, you stay busy and don't think about it until the evening when your tummy  starts to rumble. You sleep fine. All systems are normal.
Day 2: You are still okay, but more hungry. Your body is now transitioning to consuming fat. I like to tell my body to eat the stored fat, it sounds silly but I think it actually speeds up the transitioning process. You will have your last bowl movement today or tomorrow. Your breath turns sour from the detox, brush your tongue regularly! You still sleep okay.

: Your bowels will shut down after a couple days of not eating. To eliminate feces to prevent excess toxic buildup from the decaying matter, it is a good idea to give yourself an enema. Once for a fast of 6-10 days, and a second for a fast going to days 12-18.

Day 3
: Your tummy is really rumbling today! But you stay busy and make it through. Overall you feel okay.
Day 4: You feel weaker today, you move slower and you have to take your time standing up and bending over otherwise you get dizzy. Watch the shower temperature, make sure it's not too hot. Excess heat will start to make it harder for you to breathe- you feel weaker when too hot. Sleep will come slower as your body craves food.

: Day 3-5 may be your hardest before your body stops constantly pestering you for food. I find visual eating- looking up recipes, helpful. Playing facebook games also is a great distraction.

Day 5
: You feel weak, and don't want to do any excess movements. Try not to carry anything very heavy.
Between day 5 and day 9 you will essentially stop feeling hungry as your body finally realizes it is not getting any food.
Around day 15 or so, your energy levels return. If you have stairs, you will no longer feel winded climbing up them.

Fortunately I don't have a high impact/activity job. I have done a fast and been a waitress before, but the restaurant was rather small, but it was still difficult. Thankfully I was able to sit between serving tables. If you have to work a higher impact job but still want to do a water fast, add a tablespoon of unsweetened juice (like cranberry or cherry) to 1 liter of water. 1 tsp to a 12 oz bottle.

After completing a fast, of whatever length, one feels more energized, more in control of one's body and emotions, thinking is clearer and more focused, the bowels function better/more effeciently, and your skin glows with health.

What would I normally be able to do that is hard when fasting?

-Carrying a gallon of milk more than 15 ft. I barely managed to get 2 gallons of milk into the house yesterday with out dropping the one under my arm that was holding a bag of groceries!
-Standing up quickly(this only applies after 3-4 days)
-Staying warm!!!
     You should have seen me on my 21 day fast- half of it was spend bundled up in my pjs, a robe, a blanket, 2 pairs of socks and my slippers!!

Benefits of Fasting  

Mental clarity is improved and brain fog is lifted. 
Rapid, safe weight loss is achieved without flabbiness 
The nervous system is balanced 
Energy level and sensory perception is increased. The longer the fast, the bigger increase in energy and vitality. You normally need less sleep.
Organs are revitalized  

Cellular biochemistry is harmonized
The skin becomes silky, soft, and sensitive
There is greater ease of movement
Breathing becomes fuller, freer and deeper
The digestive system is rejuvenated and becomes more effective; the peristaltic action of the intestines (the cause of a natural bowel movement) is stronger after fasting.
Fasting retrains your tasting sense back to more healthy food as acute sensitivity is restored. 
Fasting can increase confidence in our ability to have control over our lives and our appetite, and that our body is self-regulating and a self-healing organism capable or establishing balance when given the possibility to do so.
Normal metabolic and cell oxygenation are restored.
Detoxification - as soon as the body realizes that it's fasting it will begin to eliminate those things that cause disease, such as fat cells, arterial cholesterol plaques, mucus, tumors, stored up worries and emotions.

This list was so good I copied it from
I have found that all of these things are true, especially with long fasts. I read over falconblanco's page on fasting and it is fantastic!!! I highly suggest reading is as I can't copy the majority of his work here!

I hope this article and the information from encourages you to take control of your eating, and clarify your spirit through a good fast!

Additional reading:  An excellent resource!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cranberries Anyone!?

It is officially fall when grocery stores start carrying two things- lots of pumpkin products, including pumpkins, of coarse, and cranberries. Today I am going to share with you some cranberry based smoothies that I created, mostly to work on using all of the frozen cranberries in my freezer from when I got them on clearance at the end of fall last year!

Red Hot Candy Apple Shake

1/2 C frozen cranberries
2 C chopped apple, de-seeded and cored
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
stevia to taste
1 C water (sub with apple juice if available)
1 C ice

Blend until smooth and serve.

I designed this shake to resemble the taste of the red hot candies that are totally bad for you but are addictive in their deliciousness, despite their heat.

Fall Sunset

1 C frozen cranberries
1 Banana
3/4 C almond milk
3/4 C orange juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp minced ginger
stevia to taste
few ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Okay, it's  a bit of a silly name, but with the cinnamon and ginger, this shake has some warmth to it but a cool taste and a beautiful color.

Cranberry Cocoa Power Shake

 1 C Frozen Cranberries
1/2 C kale, frozen or fresh (or your favorite greens)
1/2 tbsp wheatgrass powder
2 tbsp flax meal + 2 tbsp hemp protein
2 tbsp cocoa powder
stevia to taste
1 C brewed green tea
1/2 C ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

For this last shake, I created something that would have the energy to get one up and moving in the morning, to help you feel like anything is possible. And who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast! Or lunch...   Or dinner...      I may have a problem....       or not.

Next post will have more fun fall recipes focused on pumpkin! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

The End of Overeating: Book Review

I just finished reading this book- The End of Overeating by David Kessler, last night and it is great. I borrowed it from the library and I am totally going to have to get it for my personal collection- there were so many things I wanted to underline! 

For many of us, myself included, we struggle with what Kessler refers to as cues- things that prompt us to eat, whether we are hungry or not.

It can be as simple as passing a favorite restaurant, thinking about a cookie, seeing a bag of M&Ms at the checkout counter, or an add on TV.  Not everyone struggles with this, but there are many that do. Kessler interviews people and during an interview will open a bag of M&Ms and offer some to the interviewee and ask them questions about how they are feeling about that bag of M&Ms. I found it surprising that some would tell about not being able to concentrate. That the candy would dominate their thoughts until the craving was satisfied. People also talked about continuing to eat even thought they were full.

People have taken eating to a new level, where it has become a reward, or problem solver. It makes us feel better, for a moment or two, it relieves stress, it reminds us of simpler days when we didn't worry so much, but overall it has become a crutch. We, as a society, have become programmed over time to eat as a reward.

I AM GUILTY OF THIS. I want to make this very clear. I am NOT judging people here. I have done the same things, which is why I read this book which goes over WHY we do these things. We don't want to but we keep reaching for the cookies that we know we shouldn't be eating.

Kessler shares some enlightening facts about the food industry, how they manufature different foods to be more palatable, require less chewing, and are prepared with different combinations of sugar, fat, and salt that make food super palatable, enabling us to eat more food quickly, so that we think we haven't consumed as much as we really have. These factors combined with huge portion sizes has enabled us as a nation to gain weight and many related health problems.

I want to share a selection of his book that discusses the restaurant Chili's. Kessler is at an airport and reports seeing a woman eating the Southwestern Egg-rolls described on the menu as "smoked chicken, black beans, corn, jalapeno Jack cheese, red peppers, and spinach wrapped inside a crispy flour tortilla," and it is served with a creamy avocado- ranch dipping sauce.

"The woman might have been interesting in how my industry source,m who had called sugar, fat, and salt the three points of the compass, described her entree. Deep-frying the tortilla drives down it's water content from 40 percent to 5 percent and replaces the rest with fat. "The tortilla is really going to absorb a lot of fat," he said. "It looks like an egg roll is supposed to look, which is crispy and brown on the outside."
     The food consultant read through the other ingredients on the label, keeping up a running commentary as he did. "Cooked white meat chicken, binder added, smoke flavor. People like smoky flavor- it's the caveman in them."
     "There's green stuff in there," he said, noting the spinach. "That makes me feel like I am eating something healthy."
    "Shredded Monterey Jack cheese.... The increase in per-capita consumption of cheese is off the chart."
     "The hot peppers, he said,"add a little spice, but not too much to kill everything else off."
      He believed teh chicken had been chopped and formed much like a meat loaf, whit binders added, which makes those calories easy to swallow. Ingredients that hold moisture, including autolyzed yeast extract, sodium phosphate, and soy protein concentrate, further soften the food. I noticed that salt appeared eight times on the label and that sweeteners were there five times, in the form of corn syrup solids, molasses, honey, brown sugar, and sugar.
     "This is highly processed?" I asked.
     "Absolutely, yes. All of this has been processed such that you can wolf it down fast... chopped up and made ultra-palatable. ... Very appealing looking, very high pleasure in the food, very high caloric density. Rules out all that stuff you have to chew."
     By eliminating the need to chew, modern food processing techniques allow us to eat faster.  "When you're eating these things, you've had 500, 600, 800, 900 calories before you know it." Refined food simply melts in the mouth.
Exert from p. 68-69 of The End of Overeating by David Kessler.

Other companies and products discussed include Cinnabon, Oreos, Nabisco, Frito-Lay, the Outback Steakhouse, the Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks. Kessler breaks down different foods as what they are most simply- combinations of sugar, fat, and salt.

After explaining the chemistry that occurs with highly palatable food and over-eaters, Kessler discusses how we become hooked and how children have a better gauge of how to eat than adults do. Children, when full, stop eating even if there is food on their plate and if the meal that they had for lunch was very calorie dense, they naturally consume less at dinner. However, this changes as we age. We become influenced by others, media, and by the food itself and the availability of ultra- palatable, calorie dense food.

The last 65 pages of the book discuss how we can overcome over eating. It involves a combination of things. I will lay them out generally but I highly recommend reading the book as it is excellent- I especially like how he keeps the chapters shorter as non-fiction reading takes more time to consume.

  • Eliminate cues- avoid things that will prompt you to overeat- for me this is crackers or cookies. If I eat one cracker, it is likely that the box will be empty in an hour. So, I don't keep crackers in the house. My husband eats chips- I don't- and they are kept in his office, not in the kitchen where I will see them and possibly be cued by them.
  • Before eating take a moment and really think, focus on the food and yourself, ask "Am I truly hungry? Will this food benefit me (is it healthy or empty calories) ? How will I feel after I eat this?
  • Have a verbal response ready when you see something that has cued you such as: "I'll be happier if I don't eat this.", "Eating this will make me feel bad."
  • Immediatly think about something else, or better yet, do something else. Many times I have thrown off a subtle disire that if allowed even five seconds of thought leading to "should I eat this or not?", by thinking about something else, a conversation, a book I'm reading, singing along to music in the car, going over what I need to do that day, etc. This generally happens when I pass an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt store.
  • Control your portion sizes.
  • Plan your meals. I have found that if I plan my meals and snacks by the week, not only does it make my grocery shopping much easier, it gives me structure to where I have no need or desire to eat outside of my menu because I am eating foods that are satisfying at regular intervals, and if I encounter something that isn't on my plan, I just say, NO, that's not on my plan. No cookies, Bad cookies!
  • If we think about the foods that cue us in negative ways we will not be as influenced by them in the future. I used to love Twizzlers. I tried a Twizzler about six months ago and it was disgusting. I have no desire to eat them ever again. If we remind our selves that things that are available to us to eat, aren't that good, and that we don't want them- and say it over and over, it will become less of an issue.

Overall, I learned a great deal from this book and I highly recommend reading it for yourself whether you struggle with overeating or not, the way that the food industry manufactures food to make it more palatable and easier to consume is fascinating. Marketing techniques and the science behind why ultra-palatable food is addictive is also discussed. 
Check your local library for a copy!

Green Energizer Bunni Shake

Since completing the 15 day fat blast, I have been keeping the weight off (for the most part!) and creating some yummy recipes that are fat blast approved! I will be sharing them over the next couple weeks! I have some especially for fall, where as this one is more of summer shake. I had the watermelon left over and taking up room in my fridge so I froze it making it the perfect ingredient for shakes!

I call this the green energizer bunni because it is sweet, full of energy, keeps you going, and is green!

1 Pear, seeded and cubed
2 C frozen watermelon
1 C spinach (optional)
1 1/2 tsp spirulina
1/2 tsp maca powder (optional)
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne, or pinch to taste
1 C almond milk or 1 C brewed green tea
stevia to taste

Blend and serve!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Raw "South of the Boarder" Corn Chowder

I personally adapted this recipe from Ani Phyo's Sweet Corn Chowder one day when I wanted something with a bit more kick to it. This is kind of like having a veggie taco salad in a bowl!

Makes 1 Serving

Chowder Base
3/4 C organic corn kernels, divided (I use organic frozen, but organic fresh is good too)
1/4 C walnuts
1/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 to 1/2 tsp minced garlic, to taste
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chipotle pepper
1/2 C almond milk

Using HALF of the corn, set the other half aside, blend above ingredients in blender until smooth.

Toppings -all are optional, use what you want! I like to toss whatever sounds good that I have in the fridge!)

remaining corn kernels

1/4 C kelp noodles
1 tsp cilantro
1 tbsp green onion
1 tbsp red bell pepper
2 shitake mushrooms* 

Serve with your desired toppings and enjoy!

*If you have more mushrooms that you need to use quickly, add some to the soup base! Any kind of mushroom is acceptable. I use shitake or portobello because the shitake blends easily and the portobello has a meaty taste.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ani Phyo 15 Day Fat Blast: Final Daily Overview

Day 16

Hi Everyone,
It has been an awesome journey that I have loved sharing with you. Today will be my last daily posting with recipe reviews for the Fat Blast book. I will be doing an official book review covering the whole book, not just the recipes here at Lorraine's Health Corner on blogger.

I weighed myself today and found that in total I have lost 9 pounds over the past 15 days! I am back to fitting in my small pants!! I was able to maintain my muscle weight over the past 2 weeks which is why I didn't loose more. I have lost a good deal of fat though!

Overall my thighs, butt, waist, calves, arms, bust and face are smaller. The differences may be hard to see in photos, especially as these are varying in light, but to me the difference is fantastic.  

Today I have had a couple shakes, one of my own concoction and I am having the Pesto Wraps for dinner this evening.

Tropical Watermelon Smoothie

2 C cubed watermelon
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp fresh mint
1 C brewed green tea
pinch cayenne pepper
1 C ice

Blend until smooth.

I made the choco banana milk shake for a snack.
For dinner I made the Pesto Wraps- 5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating.
For desert I made the Trail Mix Cookies from phase 3, day 14.

Thanks for sharing my journey, I appreciate all the support that I received. Overall, this is a fantastic plan that Ani developed, I highly recommend getting her book.

After the plan Ani has more recipes that are aimed for those who need more endurance, building muscle or adding strength, and increasing flexibility. Check it out, it is full of knowledge and great recipes!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ani Phyo 15 Day Fat Blast: Day 15

Day 15

Due to limitations set by the publishing company, I am not able to post the recipes from the book. If you are unable to support Ani in purchasing her book, please utilize your public library! 

Today is technically my last day, where I get to pick any of the meals from the first 14 days for my menu. However, there are more recipes that I didn't get to do than would fit into just today's menu. Like tonight, I was going to make the Pesto Wraps, but realized I was out of avocado. Then I was going to make one of the other dinners I had missed and discovered that I either didn't have enough tomato or I needed avocado! Time to go to the store!


Chocolate Banana Mylk Shake
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

This recipe is great. It incorporates maca powder which is great for endurance. It is from phase 2, day 6.

Morning Snack

Ginger Mango Shake
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

Another awesome shake from phase 2, day 4. I ended up making this shake and my afternoon soup yesterday as I knew that I would be up and out early today. I ended up having the soup for lunch and having my lunch salad later

Afternoon Snack

Tomato Bisque
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

* I used more garlic because I love it!

I really enjoyed this soup and was glad I got to make it up as I missed it in phase 1.


Easy  Being Green Salad
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

This salad is excellent!


As I said above, I ran out of ingredients to be able to make one of the meals I missed during the first 14 days  I plan on completing those meals over the next couple days but for dinner this evening I decided to make a shake of my own.

Cinnamon Peach

1 Peach, cubed
1 banana
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp hemp protein
1/2 tsp spirulina
Stevia, to taste
6 ice cubes
1 C filtered water

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Tomorrow I will give my concluding weight and some final thoughts. I hope you have enjoyed following my journey as I have had sharing it with you. I hope you will consider trying the Fat Blast plan as it really works and gives excellent guidelines on how to prepare meals and eat effectively to keep the weight off.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ani Phyo 15 Day Fat Blast Review: Day 14

Day 14

Due to limitations set by the publishing company, I am not able to post the recipes from the book. If you are unable to support Ani in purchasing her book, please utilize your public library! 

I got off work, and ran errands- of coarse! I picked up a raw food bar, water, and kombucha tea. I have been wanting to try kombucha, as I found a source for a mother so I can make my own, but I wanted to try it first to make sure that I like it. I do :) I got home a bit later than I had hoped to and went straight to making breakfast.


Beauty Berry Shake
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

* I used half strawberries and half blueberries, the blueberries were frozen.  I also didn't have a full 1/4 C of pumpkin seeds so I substituted the remainder for sunflower seeds.

This was an excellent shake, very pretty color. Be sure to add the coconut oil while it is blending or it will sink to the bottom of the blender and harden because of the ice and frozen fruit. It still tastes great- I dug it out and ate it :) Yum!


Cumin Slaw with Miso Vinaigrette
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

I made the dressing with both white and red miso to see which was better- they were both good but I preferred the white miso with this recipe. If you desire something with a bit more pizzazz I would go with the red.

Morning Snack becomes Lunch Dessert

Trail Mix Cookies
Makes 1 serving-- about 4 cookies

5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

Awesome!!! Sorry I was so into eating them, I forgot to take a picture!!

Afternoon Snack

Kreamy Tomato Gazpacho
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*I replaced the almonds and water with almond milk- I was out of almonds :)
I also used the jalapeno.

Using the almond milk instead worked out very well. The soup was very creamy and delicious. When I make it again I am going to add an additional 1/2 C tomato, as it wasn't quite tomato-y enough for me :)   Yeah, I took it on the go- actually not bad as a shake!


Mushroom Rolls with Root Rice
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

These turned out to be pretty good. I haven't had raw rice until tonight. It was okay. I think for now, it is best when it is served in combination with something. 

The collard leaf was a bit wide for the nori so I ended up turning the leaf over the sides of the veggies before rolling (like a tortilla where you fold in the sides) and I used the left over mushroom marinade for dipping sauce. Yum!

Well, tomorrow is supposed to be the last day, however, I have missed about 6 different recipes over the past 2 weeks and so I will be continuing a couple days so that my ratings and opinions may be evaluated. I really appreciate everyone's thoughts, suggestions, and support over the past two weeks, they have boosted my spirits and kept me going.
Thank you!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ani Phyo 15 Day Fat Blast Review: Day 13

Day 13

Due to limitations set by the publishing company, I am not able to post the recipes from the book. If you are unable to support Ani in purchasing her book, please utilize your public library!

Today was something of a lazy day. Made food before church. Went to church. Hung out with family and ate after church. Came home and made afternoon snack and dessert. Watch a program, ate too many nuts, skipped making dinner, and went to work. Hurrah, I still have dishes to clean!


Avocado Shake
4 of 5-- my personal rating

* I used spirulina this time as I thought the wheatgrass would overwhelm the strawberries. I used about a 1/4 cup more strawberries, all fresh.

I think if I were to make this again I would add an additional half a cup of strawberries and use frozen as those are sweeter than fresh.


Fennel Slaw with Dill Vinaigrette
4 of 5-- my personal rating

* I used dried dill- 1 1/2 tsp and the full amount of white miso.

This slaw was okay. Not fabulous but okay. I would add carrot and maybe some raisins and paprika if I were to make it again. I also think that perhaps, as the ingredients tend toward the bland side that the darker miso would have boosted it's flavor, and that adding the pumpkin or sunflower seeds would help as I forgot to add them because I was trying to finish this salad before having to wake my husband up to go to church. Oops. 

I would like to take a moment to applaud the use of graters and micro-planers. They are awesome tools that make life so much easier. I purchased a micro-planer before I started these 15 days, and boy I am so thankful that I did. It is the best tool for mincing fresh ginger!

Afternoon Snack

Carrot Ginger Soup
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*I used white miso- full amount, added the coconut oil, and a pinch of the chipotle powder

This is an excellent soup! The white miso doesn't overpower the other flavors but enhances it. I shredded my carrot with the grater as I don't have a vitamix and I didn't want to risk any chunks as carrots are harder than some other veggies.

Morning Snack becomes Post Afternoon-snack Dessert!

Fudge Brownies with Fresh Berries
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

Makes 4 Servings
* I used cocoa powder as I don't have either of the other.

Be warned that this recipe is made to be four servings. I halved it and made two and then proceeded to eat them both! Followed by a snack of cashews while watching a show. And now I don't want my supper! I have to leave for work soon so I plan on taking an apple with me in case I get hungry. I was supposed to make the Pesto Wraps this evening but I'm just too full!
This goes to show- don't eat and watch programs!! 

I am hoping that I haven't sabotaged my efforts by this action-- I have a bad habit of munching when bored- or depressed, that I really want to break. It is so easy to fall back into bad habits!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ani Phyo 15 Day Fat Blast Review: Day 12

Day 12

Due to limitations set by the publishing company, I am not able to post the recipes from the book. If you are unable to support Ani in purchasing her book, please utilize your public library!

I had breakfast and my morning snack(around 10a and noon respectively) before I went on a 40 mile bike ride that ended up being 48 miles as I got turned around at one point. I took the afternoon snack with me, saving lunch for later. 


Orange Vanilla Shake
3 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*I used 1/2 tsp of each wheat grass and spirulina- next time I will only do 3/4 tsp of each as it overpowered the orange. I also added stevia.

I think that if this shake were made without the spirulina or wheatgrass that it would actually be quite good. As it is however, if you include one or both, keep it minimal as either will easily overtake the flavor of the orange. I would also suggest using orange juice instead of water if you can- ei- if you have matcha powder.

Morning Snack

Peach Crumble
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*As you can see in the picture I didn't read far enough ahead in the recipe, so I just put the crumble on top and mixed it a bit.  I only used one peach- it was a good size. Use your own judgement on how much peach to use.

This is an awesome recipe and a great one to use for company who eat traditionally. If you have a dehydrator it would be even better warmed for a bit and then topped with some raw ice cream! Oh, yum... ice cream....

Lunch that became Dinner

Italian Salad
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

* I used the capers and skipped the nutritional yeast. I also used dried oregano- 1 tsp.

This is an excellent salad. It would be awesome with some chips for scooping! But plain is just as good! I am an olive fiend. I added many more olives after I took the picture and ate a bit. Oh, I tried to get fresh but the Krogers near my house doesn't have an antipasto bar so I used canned. 

Afternoon Snack that became Lunch

Curried Zucchini Cucumber Soup
4 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*I love garlic almost as much as I love olives so I doubled the amount of garlic, added a pinch of cayenne, and doubled the curry powder- I like curry and it needed a boost. I only used 1/2 tbsp of miso.

When I first tasted this soup, it wasn't that great but after riding my bike for 3 hours it was really good. I don't know if it's because I was hungry, or if it just had time to meld flavors. I think it's the latter. It really wasn't bad!

Dinner- pre- dinner really

Marinated Mushrooms in Lettuce Wraps
5 of 5 stars-- my personal rating

*I accidently used zucchini in place of the cucumber.

White miso is SO MUCH BETTER than red miso. If I had known how much the difference was going to be- I don't know I would have done some thing dramatic. Let me know what I would have done- I'm too tired to figure it out. Anyhow, I was irked that I had to get the white miso for only this recipe but I did and I am so glad that I did because- now I know.

I had read somewhere previously that the darker the color of the miso the more intense the flavor. Boy were they right. I will be using white miso from now on. 

Try all the recipes that I hated because of the miso-- like the miso soup from yesterday-- with WHITE miso. Let me know how they turn out will ya?! I would love to know!

After I had this, I was still hungry so I made the salad that was supposed to be my lunch and after that I was full. And sleepy.

Overall a good day :)