Sunday, February 6, 2011

Readers Digest version Of last 2 Bloggy Posts:

you ready???
Sugar.... included in crazy quantities in foods we buy that are advertised as 'Fat Free'  ABsoLUtelY!!! makes us FAT
SOME Fats  (omega 3's) are essential in helping us lose Fat

Sugar = Bad
Fat = Good 

ALSO wanted to include this link below :)

Happy February !!!

Figure Girl Quiche

Golden Vegetable Crust:  

  • A little oil for the pan
  • 2 Cups Packed Cups grated yellow summer squash (I used Zucchini)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup peeled, grated Parsnip
  • 1 TBSP melted Coconut Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.  lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch pie pan.
  2. Place the grated zucchini in a colander in the sink.  Sprinkle with salt and let it stand 10 minutes.  Squeeze excess moisture and transfer to a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Transfer to pie pan and sculpt an attractive crust with a fork (and possibly you fingers)
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.  You don't need to let it cool before filling.

The Quiche Part: Pre heat Oven to 375 F

Ingredients :
  • 1 whole Omega Egg + 1 Cup Egg whites 
  • 1 Cup Skim milk plain Yogurt or 1 Cup milk 
  1. Beat together Eggs 
  2. Add Yogurt 
  3. Pour over pie Filling 
  4. Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes or until firm.  Cool at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve at any temperature.
I arranged blanched Asparagus spears in my crust before pouring this filling over ...the possibilities are absolutely endless!

A Rainy Weekend in February involves taking care of your body your mind and your soul.  I figured now was as good time as any to break down and treat myself to a cook book I had been dreaming over for quite a while.  The Enchanted Broccoli Forrest by Mollie Katzen author of The Moosewood Cookbook.  In an effort to prolong my McNulty Wire episodes I decided to choose a couple of recipes and breath some life into my neglected blog.  
What I chose first is to make a quiche ....except one that would be highly suitable for Spring Figure Gal diet.  Nothing about a Julie child french Whole Cream Cheesy quiche would really come close..... but I had a couple of ideas up my sleeve that could transform it to something ....perfect???
The Broccoli Forrest has a recipe for a golden vegetable crust.  Only problem was the Ingredients list included  2 TBSP of oil.  This seems like a lot to me and I put myself to work to try and find a concession that would suit.  Coconut oil is what I came up with :) 
Lets give this a shot.  Everything I had research about this interested me.
As with many, I view the idea of FAT as something that was going to make me fat.  As I try and calm my mind on this idea I have slowly learnt the proper in's and outs of the whole thing and incorporate fish oil, almonds, and other nuts and seeds that are high in valuable essential fats Acids (EFA's.... meaning the ones my body can't create on its own) into my diet.  These actually aid  in ridding our bodies  excess fat.     
SO.... Coconut oil.  Here's the goods:
The makeup of Coconut oil includes short &  medium chained fatty acids.  These are known to increase thermogenesis giving increased metabolism and energy.  This is the primary reason coconut oil results in reducing body fat while keeping muscles intact.  Besides   Thermogenesis   another reason why coconut oil promotes leaner bodies is its ketogenic effect.  Ketones are high energy fuel that nourish the brain.  Our bodies can produce ketones from stored fat while in a fasting or starvation state.  But they can also be produced by converting medium chain fatty acids from certain foods (like coconut oil!).  In a fasting state, the body's use of ketones is to access energy while preventing muscle loss (Yeahh!!!  That's what Im talkin 'bout SON.... this Fat's Right! )  

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Haven't Tried Stevia Yet .... CoCoa Protein Pudding

Easy !
No Cooking !
A Really Great Snack When you Just want something good!

Minimal Ingredients:
  • 1 Tub Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • Two Eye Dropper squeezes of Liquid Stevia
  • 1 tsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 TBSP Fat Free Yogurt or Even Better Fat Free Greek Yogurt (for even more protein!)
Put ingredients in Blender
Blend till smooth
use rubber spatula to empty back into Cottage cheese Tub
Rinse blender
Eat Chocolate Pudding that will make you a muscle girl/ muscle man

So that is the Recipe 
Now here is the Rant If you dare to read it 
To Start lets just say it 
Sugar makes you Fat 
wonder if that got your attention
FAT FREE PUDDING has sugar in it 
Look at how many grams of sugar are in what you are eating
 (on the nutritional Label).  
Now Multiply grams of sugar by 4 because there are four calories per gram of sugar. 

Chocolate Pudding
 Regular Pudding (99g)
 Sugars, total:  16g
 Calories, total:  130 
 Calories from sugar: 64
 Low Fat Pudding  (99g) 
 Sugars, total:  15g
 Calories, total:  80 
 Calories from sugar: 60

  That's how much pure sugar you are consuming.  Yikes right?
Sugar makes you fat ...and FAT FREE food isn't really free of fat
So This leaves us wanting to know 
HOW the HECK does sugar make us fat if there isn't any fat in it ? !
First lets be clear.  Sugar isnt all evil.  Your body uses sugar to provide you with energy necessary for life.  Many Foods such as fruit for example, are broken down into sugar in the body.
However sugar can sabotage your body and cause fat storage.
Excess glucose is the problem. 
 Easy to explain.  Any time you have filled your body with more fuel than it actually needs (SO easy to do when you eat foods with high sugar content) your liver's sugar storage capacity is exceeded.  When the liver is at its max, it then coverts the sugar into fatty acids ...yep just plain old Fat and sends it right back into the blood stream where it is taken throughout your body to be stored as fat
As a terrible added bonus these fatty acids are also ushered for storage into the organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.  This in turn reduces organ function, raises blood pressure, decreases metabolism, and weakens the immune system.
Read the labels of the food you eat 
Is sugar in it ?
Remember Ingredients are listed in order of quantity 
so if SUGAR  is First, second, or third on the list.... you can bet that food includes a lot of it  
Stevia by the way folks has actually been proven to LOWER blood Sugar 
If you want to look at the label on your 'fat' free cottage cheese or yogurt included in the above recipe..there are grams of sugar in is food and nobody is perfect 
I guess the idea is to do our best and stay away from sugar when we can 
Eating whole foods is always the best answer 
but you also have to be a human that sometimes wants to eat chocolate pudding too!
trying to find a good balance is all you can do 
Be happy good food