Of all the things you could do to effect weight loss, 75% of the equation rests in the food! Here's where you'll find delicious recipies to try when you are home and some of the best menu options when you are out !
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
For the dressing:
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon Sambal
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup Agave Necture
2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Amino
For the lettuce cups:
1 rotisserie chicken, meat roughly chopped (not shredded), bones and skin discarded
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
1 head Boston bibb lettuce
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
Make the dressing. In a food processor or blender, add the peanut butter, scallions, ginger, garlic, Sambal, oil, lime juice, vinegar, honey, sugar, soy sauce, a nice pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Blend until smooth. If needed, add a splash of hot water to loosen to dressing consistency. Taste the dressing and season with more salt, if needed.
Make the wraps. In a large bowl, toss the chicken, cabbage, bell pepper and cilantro. Add dressing to taste and toss. Arrange lettuce into two-ply cups and fill each with a scoop of the chicken salad. Garnish each with a sprinkle of peanuts.
Baked Spaghetti Squash
1 medium spaghetti squash (2-1/4 lb.)
12 ounces turkey sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium green or red sweet pepper, chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
14 1/4 ounce can chopped pitted ripe olives (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack, mozzarella, or Italian blend cheese
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian parsley
Halve squash crosswise; remove seeds. Place cut sides down in 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microcook on high power 13 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork; rearrange once for even baking. In a large skillet cook sausage, mushrooms, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; stir to break up sausage. Drain off fat.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scrape pulp from squash (about 3 cups). Wipe out baking dish; coat with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the squash in dish. Add half the sausage mixture and half the olives. Sprinkle with seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Top with half the sauce and half the cheese. Top with remaining squash, sausage, olives, and sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 6 servings.
1 – 1.53 oz packet OPTIFAST 800® Garden Tomato Soup Mix
6-8 fl oz hot water
¼ cup cooked black beans
¼ of a 6-inch corn tortilla, cut into small pieces
2 tsp salsa
¼ tsp chili powder
Pinch of cumin
1. Pour hot water into a bowl. Add OPTIFAST 800® Garden Tomato Soup; stir until dissolved.
2. Add remaining ingredients; stir well.
Makes 1 serving
Serving Size: approximately 1½ cup
Calories: 210, Total Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 15 mg, Potassium: 890 mg, Sodium: 940 mg, Total Carb: 31 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 17 g
Black Bean Soup
Authentic southwestern flavors
make this soup a favorite.
CAFE MOCAH "SURPRISE"
Skip the cost & the calories of the gourmet coffee shop!
1 – 1.48 oz packet OPTIFAST 800® Chocolate Powder
¼ tsp coconut extract
8 fl oz hot Coffee (freshly brewed)
Combine all ingredients in a large glass or mug; stir until dissolved. Serve warm.
Makes 1 – 8 fl oz serving
Try using other extract flavors in place of coconut; such as almond, cherry or mint.
Serving Size: approximately 8 fl oz
Calories: 160, Total Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Potassium: 470 mg, Sodium: 230 mg, Total Carb: 20 g, Dietary Fiber: 0 g, Sugars: 18 g, Protein: 14 g.
6 Apples (Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp.)
3 Tablespoons Coconut oil or butter, softened to room temperature (extra soft, so it’s easy to mash)
1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup (20g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
optional: 3 Tablespoons raisins, or chopped nuts
3/4 cup water
Preheat Oven to 375. Prepare Filling: Combine coconut oil (or butter) brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and rolled oats and optional raisins/nuts. Using a sharp paring knife, core apples and place in a baking dish. Spoon filling in core, using a spoon and press firmly. Be careful not to crush apple. Add water to a parchment lined baking dish. Place stuffed apples and bake for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Remove and allow to cool slightly while basting with juices. Enjoy warm or wrap in foil to enjoy later.
Servings: 6; Carbs: 12; Calories: 160; Fat: 7g; Protein: 3
Pan -seared Salmon & Spinach
Salmon packs some pretty serious protein (25 grams per serving), yet it’s low in the unhealthy saturated fat that plagues many other hardcore protein sources.
Salmon also protects against heart disease, thanks to omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to do everything from decrease triglyceride levels to lower blood pressure.
Some even call salmon a “brain food"—research has shown the fatty acids DHA and EPA may boost your memory and cognition.
So what should you buy at the grocery store? “Fresh is great if you can get it,” but no sweat—frozen varieties work too, says nutritionist and healthy cooking expert Robyn Youkilis. She just advises that—if you can get fresh salmon—look for varieties harvested as close to home as possible, and opt for wild salmon over the farmed kind.
(Believe it or not, wild has a 20 percent higher protein count.)
Courtesy of Men's Fitness