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Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

Looking for gluten free, flour free desserts or breakfast, well then look no further. It’s amazing all the things that can be done with Quinoa. It can be ground into a flour and used in place of normal white flour. The only thing I would do differently in this recipe is eliminate the sugar and stevia and go with Agave nectar.

BANANA – QUINOA MUFFINS (or waffles)

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

1/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 TB honey (or 1/8 tsp stevia for sugar-free)

2 tsp baking powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice)

For the complete recipe:  Banana – Quinoa Flour Muffins (or waffles) dessert recipes (gluten free, egg-free, sugar-free, dairy-free) « Mud Spice: Mucking about in Art and Motherhood.

Top tips for eating out…

Top Tips for eating out plus a couple more. Eating out has become a major reason for pitfalls in nutritional planning. Often times a person is left thinking, what should I eat? It can be even worse here in Asia where eating is a communal thing and food is ordered and shared by everyone at the table. Essentially, you have no choice to what is available sometimes as one person has done all the ordering of a variety of things he or she thinks is best.

What do we do when faced with these sorts of situations? Well, these top tips address Western methods of dealing with eating out, but what about while in Asia? So here are a few tips that you can try in order to still eat with friends in Asia.

1. Make sure the person ordering simply says “no msg”. Easy to do and will save your body loads in health. For more information on MSG have a look at my article, “Thai Food is Healthy Right? So Why Am I Gaining Weight?”

2. Ask the person to order more vegetables. Typically in Thailand for example there are more “other” things on the plate than vegetables and often times rice is the dominant item on the plate. In Korea, just keep asking for more side dishes.

Want more tips? I’ve got three words for you “Buy My Book”. Just kidding. I got that line from “Wall Street 2” yesterday. But there is always a little truth to every joke =)

Enjoy…

Top tips for eating out... 1.     Eat your calories and drink water. The first question you are always asked upon being seated in a restaurant is what you would like to drink. Choose water and pass on the high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar, preservatives, caffeine and extra    calories found in most beverages. 2. Take half home. We are annoyed when restaurants don’t over serve us and restaurants have responded accordingly by over supplying huge portions. Italian Restau … Read More

via Connectfitness’s Blog

Four Unexpected Food Facts (via Healthy Benefits of Food)

Each day I designate about an hour to scour the web for useful information and research for personal growth as well as to share with others interested in health and fitness. There is a lot of crap out there these days and finding solid information can sometimes be difficult. Digging through all the garbage to come up with useful information can sometimes be a challenge, but in the end it’s well worth it.

There are some great pieces of information that can help you fine tune your workouts, nutrition and help you modify your lifestyle.

I came across this interesting article with four awesome food facts.

Four Unexpected Food Facts Eat fiber, avoid trans-fat, watch your glycemic load … you’ve got the basics down cold. But nutrition science can be wild and woolly, with more surprises than you might expect. Consider: 1. Mushrooms make vitamin D in sunlight. Most people are aware that the human body makes vitamin D in response to sunlight. Less known is the fact that mushrooms, even picked ones, can perform the same feat – which means that eating mushrooms that have been exp … Read More

via Healthy Benefits of Food

Walnuts for Brain Health (via OREGON ATHLETIC CLUBS)

Nuts are a great option for people trying to get in more protein with their daily food regime. I usually buy a variety of nuts and keep them in containers in my kitchen area. I keep the whole gamut of nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, sometimes macadamias and also pumpkin seeds. Nuts are quick and easy and I will often have some for breakfast as the good essential fats (omega 3) in them are great for the start of the day. The balance of protein and fat keeps me full longer and I find that my mental acuity in the morning is much better and that I can focus more. For me it was a clear difference when I started adding them to my morning as I usually wake up at 4:50 to 5:am in the morning and begin work at 6am. I need to be on first thing in the morning, charged up and ready to give the necessary energy to my clients who are most likely still sleep walking.

Of course some people are allergic to tree nuts, so I recommend trying other choices like cottage cheese or eggs. Also pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein. You can use a fish oil supplement to get the Omega 3 fats necessary. Take a look at this post on Walnuts and how they affect brain health.

As children, the bulk of our nutritional advice came from one source: concerned parents who counseled us to eat a serving of greens at every meal, at least one piece of fruit a day, and drink our milk so we would grow up strong and healthy. But as adults, we’re bombarded by nutritional advice at every corner—much of it conflicting, and often changing on a daily basis depending on the source or study. It can be baffling just to decide what to have … Read More

via OREGON ATHLETIC CLUBS

Thai Version อาหารเพื่อสุขภาพ 5 ชนิด : แบบฉบับเอเชีย

 

Spinach steamed

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As a personal trainer in the Asian I quite often caused difficulties in finding a variety of food we had in Europe. I often was asked frequently that This is where to find food in Bangkok Or why do not you introduce food that looks more Asian. Oืam .. I think I’m in Asia so I see that there are two things that should be considered: 1. What kind of food available in Asia. 2. Nutrition is available in Asian food what.

Try to see each other due to the new taste any different glands. In some regions of the world. Sweets and fruit are everywhere. In some countries we may find food and to bring them into the season’s fruits that. Even in Asia, various flavors of the food is different. Food that tastes good in one country. Could be very bad taste in another country.

I used to live in North Asia. I clear it, it is Korean. Offline Korea to import fruits Variety of fruits, no. Fruits like mango, passion fruit and many different types of all in Korea. However, Bangkok has plenty of fruit and year-round.

The spicy food in Korea, that is offline Really?. Still not as hot pepper in Thailand. I would like a different, but that’s something that is unique to us. So I’ve written five types of health food that can be found in Asia. Read more of this post

Eat an Apple a Day and Keep the Doctor Away; Why Apples are so Good for You (via Health is a Habit’s Blog)

I’ve been eating an average of 2 apples per say for the last 4 months or so and I can attest that not only do I feel great, but my digestive system seems to be on hyperdrive. Apples of course have a great deal of fiber which not only has fat loss properties, but cholesterol lowering capabilities. Apples are also high in insoluble fiber, which is great for your intestines and colon health.

I know that apples can be boring so I often mix things up with my apples. Some days I will put two apples in a protein shake. Other days I’ll just have two apples outright. Some days I will spread peanut butter over slices of apple or raw organic almond butter for a balanced and healthy snack and other days I will dice them and put them in a salad. Whatever you choose, be sure to incorporate apples in your diet as a part of a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Eat an Apple a Day and Keep the Doctor Away; Why Apples are so Good for You You’ve all heard that saying before. It may be very true. Let’s look at really how good apples are. You know how delicious they are but did you know they are chemically complex and a great way to help control cholesterol levels? They contain a range of elements which research has shown to be effective in countering heart disease and stroke. Remember Johnny Appleseed, All ye who love the apple; He served his kind by word and deed, In God’s grand g … Read More

via Health is a Habit’s Blog

Going Against The Grain; 10 Reasons to Give Up Grains

Whole Grain Bread

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The Battle for food superiority has begun. The debate is on and the fight is in full swing. The funding is behind the big boys…The industry that cultivates, distributes and sells grains versus those of us on the preventative health side of things. I’ve read article after article on both sides of this fence and I have come to the conclusion based on how I feel after cutting grains from my diet. Read more of this post

Whole Grains; Can I Eat them Daily?

A Cambodian woman wearing a conical hat to kee...

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Pertaining to Fat Loss:

Drinking Beer = Bad

Drinking Low Carb Beer = Less Bad?

Just a followup on my previous assault on whole grains. I wanted to tackle the topic a little bit more because the topic of something being “not as bad” for you has come up. Honestly, I try not to live in a realm of “not as bad” when it comes to my health. I mean smoking a pack of cigarettes per day is bad, but should you consider smoking half a pack per day to be “not as bad”. Well in the grand scheme of things you would think that it’s not as bad, but the point is that it’s still harmful. Read more of this post

Why You Should Choose Cottage Cheese over Cream Cheese?

Cottage cheese & olive tomato-based sauce for ...

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Why choose cottage cheese over cream cheese you ask? Well I’ve put together the chart below to show you the clear differences between the two. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a world of difference in our goals to lose body fat or maintain weight. As a Health & Performance Coach it is my job to find solutions. Read more of this post

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