Herbs for Weight Loss

by Michelle on September 19, 2018

Today there are a lot of “gimmicks” that try to convince you that with no effort at all you can lose weight and keep it off.  Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just NOT THE CASE!  While the body is a very complex collection of systems that are designed to work together and the same in everyone…there are countless factors that make weight loss more difficult for some than others.  This is why eating your way to weight loss is the best way!

It’s not a big secret that what you eat plays a central role in weight loss, but what you use as spices in your foods may be just as important.  Many herbs and spices have been shown to help fight cravings, boost fat burning and contribute to weight loss.  Here are 12 that may help you lose weight:

  1. Fenugreek – A spice derived from a plant in the legume family, Fenugreek has been found to possibly help control appetite and reduce food intake to support weight loss.
  2. Cayenne Pepper – A type of chili pepper used to bring a spicy dose of flavor to foods. It contains capsaicin which provides the heat along with numerous health benefits.  It can slightly boost metabolism to help increase calorie burning throughout the day plus it may also reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness.
  3. Ginger – A spice often used in folk medicine as a natural remedy for many ailments, some research shows it could aid in weight loss as well…especially reducing belly fat. It may help lower weight by increasing metabolism and fat burning while decreasing fat absorption and appetite.
  4. Oregano – This herb is in the same plant family as mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage and it contains carvacrol, a powerful compound that may help boost weight loss.
  5. Ginseng – A staple in traditional Chinese medicine this plant has many health-promoting properties. Many studies have suggested this powerful plant could aid in weight loss as well as changes in gut microbiota composition.  It can also possibly alter fat formation and delay intestinal fat absorption.
  6. Caralluma Fimbriata – Often found in many diet products, studies have found that it decreases belly fat and body weight while also helping to reduce hunger.
  7. Turmeric – This spice is revered for its flavor, vibrant color, and potent medicinal properties. Most of the health benefits are due to curcumin, a chemical that has been extensively studied for its effects on everything from inflammation to weight loss.  One study showed its effectiveness on enhancing fat loss, decreasing belly fat, and increasing weight loss.  Turmeric’s beneficial properties are enhanced when used with black pepper.
  8. Black Pepper – A common household spice that contains a powerful compound called piperine which supplies both the pungent flavor and potential weight-lowering effects. Black pepper shows the potential to effectively inhibit fat cell formation and reduce body weight.
  9. Cinnamon – This aromatic spice is rich in antioxidants and offers several health benefits including increased weight loss. It’s especially effective in stabilizing blood sugar, which may help reduce appetite and hunger.
  10. Green Coffee Bean Extract – Another extract commonly found in many weight-loss products it’s made from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted so they’re high in chlorogenic acid, which is thought to account for its weight lowering effects.
  11. Cumin – A spice made from the dried and ground seeds of Cuminum cyminum, a flowering plant in the parsley family. Cumin is well known for its nutty flavor but it’s also packed with health benefits, including the potential to increase weight loss and fat burning.
  12. Cardamom – This highly prized spice is made from the seeds of a plant in the ginger family and is used worldwide in both cooking and baking but may also support weight loss.

When used as seasoning for foods these herbs and spices can provide a burst of health benefits with minimal risk of side effects…just don’t go overboard.  Stick to about one tablespoon per day and be sure to pair them with nutrient-rich whole foods to help boost weight loss even more.  If you take herbs in supplement form it’s important to not take too much with foods to prevent adverse effects.  Also, if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications be sure to talk to your doctor and pharmacist before starting any supplement or using these herbs and spices in your diet.

Besides adding a lot of flavor to your favorite foods, many herbs and spices have been shown to increase metabolism, enhance fat burning, and promote feelings of fullness to aid in appetite reduction.  Utilizing these herbs and spices is a simple and easy way to help increase weight loss with minimal effort.  Be sure to combine them with a well-rounded, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of their weight loss benefits.

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EXTREME

by Michelle on September 12, 2018

 

Our New 1234 Diet Drops EXTREME is the latest product to join the Creative Bioscience family and it’s amazing! 

With three times the ingredients and a better taste thanks to a glycerin base (no alcohol burn), Extreme can help you reach your weight loss goals no matter what diet plan you choose to follow.

As long as you reduce calories, avoid carbs and sugars, and only have minimal healthy fats Extreme will play a key role in helping you reach your weight loss goals.  Even if you only wish to control your appetite our newest product will do a great job for you.

If you wish, try combining it with our Garcinia Cambogia and Probiotics 1234 for a weight loss system that can do wonders for you.  Eat healthy and light, take our very effective products, and exercise for the best results and then enjoy your success!

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Check Out Our New Specials!

by Michelle on September 7, 2018

We have a new website and new specials that might be what you’ve been waiting for!  Clink on our site link below to see all of the current specials and bundles of our great products at fantastic savings!

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Healthy Packable Lunches

by Michelle on August 29, 2018

With school back in session everyone seems to be in the frame of mind to try taking a packed lunch to either work or school…and making healthy ones isn’t always easy.  Here are some references that might help you get started making healthy packable lunches so the temptation of a quick take-out lunch is less appealing:

https://tasty.co/article/michelleno/easy-healthy-lunch-ideas-to-bring-to-work-school

https://www.theleangreenbean.com/50-packable-lunch-ideas/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/131965-16-healthy-lunches-to-bring-to-work-in-2016

https://communitytable.parade.com/562221/jessicawellington/15-delicious-healthy-packable-lunches-that-will-fill-you-up/

https://www.eatthis.com/low-calorie-lunch/

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290606/the-best-lunch-foods-for-weight-loss/

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-quick-and-healthy-brown-bag-lunches

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19990069/lunches-for-weight-loss/

https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/g19532954/easy-lunches-for-weight-loss/

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/lunch/lose-weight-lunches/

With a little bit of forethought and preparation you can bring along a healthy and satisfying lunch to enjoy on the go.

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Eating healthy isn’t always easy…but it is possible.  But what do you do with those favorite recipes that you love so much which aren’t exactly healthy?  Here are hopefully some suggestions and substitutions that can lighten up meals while still keeping the flavor you love:

  1. Reduce the amount of…

FAT – For baked goods, use half the butter, shortening or oil and replace the other half with unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or prune puree. You can also use commercially prepared fruit-based fat substitutes found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.

SUGAR – Reduce the amount of sugar by one-third to one-half. Instead, add spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg, or flavorings such as vanilla extract or almond flavoring to boost sweetness.

SALT – For most main dishes, salads, soups and other foods, you can reduce the salt by half or even eliminate it. You can reduce salt by half in baked goods that don’t require yeast too. For foods that require yeast, you may need to experiment: Some salt may be necessary for leavening to keep baked goods from being too dense or flat.

  1. Make healthy substitutions: Healthy substitutions not only reduce the amount of fat, calories and salt in your recipes but also can boost the nutritional content.

Pasta – Use whole-wheat pasta instead of enriched pasta. You’ll triple the fiber and reduce the number of calories.

Milk – Prepare a dessert with fat-free milk instead of whole milk to save 66 calories and almost 8 grams of fat per cup.

Meat – When making casseroles, scale back on meat, poultry or fish and increase the amount of vegetables. You’ll save on calories and fat while gaining more vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  1. Cut back on some ingredients: In some recipes, you can eliminate an ingredient altogether or scale back the amount you use.

Toppings – Eliminate items you generally add out of habit or for appearance, such as frosting, coconut or whipped-cream toppings, which are all high in fat and calories.

Condiments – Cut condiments, such as pickles, olives, butter, mayonnaise, syrup, jelly and mustard, which can contain a lot of salt, sugar, fat and calories. Use low-sodium soy sauce in a smaller amount than a recipe calls for to decrease the amount of sodium.

Cheese – If a recipe calls for 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, use 1/2 cup instead.

  1. Change cooking and prep techniques: Here are several healthy cooking techniques that can capture the flavor and nutrients of a well-loved recipe without adding excessive amounts of fat, oil or salt. Try these preparation techniques for healthy recipes.

Cooking method – Healthy cooking techniques include braising, broiling, grilling, poaching, sautéing and steaming.

Basting liquid – If the directions say to baste the meat or vegetables in oil or drippings, use a small amount of wine, fruit juice, vegetable juice or fat-free vegetable broth instead.

Nonstick cookware – Using nonstick pans or spraying pans with nonstick spray will further reduce the amount of fat and calories added to your meals.

  1. Slow down when eating & downsize portions: No matter how much you reduce, switch or omit ingredients, some recipes may still be high in sugar, fat or salt. You can help your diet by not rushing through meals and cutting back on the portion size too.

Slow down – Eat your meals more slowly to give your body a chance to register the fact that you’re filling up. Put your fork down between bites if necessary. You’ll eat less in the long run.

Check portion sizes – Many portions today are so large you may not realize what a true portion or serving is. Train yourself by using smaller plates, spoons and cups. And learn to use common visual cues to understand servings — one serving of whole-grain cooked pasta is about the same size as a hockey puck, for instance.

Try some of these recipe “tweaks” and see how you like them.  It’s a really easy way to turn a delicious but not-so-healthy dish into something that still tastes great but is better for you!

Happy Eating!

 

 

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Light Summertime Eating

by Michelle on August 15, 2018

When the weather is warm it’s natural to crave something on the lighter side to eat.  Items that are heavy meals (lasagna, meatloaf, etc.) aren’t usually what people gravitate towards in summer months. In fact, eating lighter fare in warmer weather is actually beneficial…but how?

Body temperature stays low:  The body works harder to digest heavy, hearty meals so keeping things lighter (chilled soups, smoothies, etc.) helps you stay cool.

You’ll be well hydrated:  Fresh, raw fruits and veggies naturally contain more water so eating light produce will naturally keep you hydrated.  Try snacking on cucumber, jicama, or even frozen grapes.

It can help control weight gain: Eating light makes it easier to feel “light” which hopefully prompts you to get out and be more active.  Developing a habit of eating light and HEALTHY options can go a long way in not overdoing things when on vacation during the summer or even at home in general.

Your cravings will diminish:  Serotonin, responsible for a balanced mood, is produced by the body when exposed to sunlight…but carbohydrates can produce the same effect.  If you can get outdoors more often in warm weather then the sunlight can boost your mood instead of the heavy, unhealthy carbs that you might normally crave.

Here are some great websites with light summer recipes that can help you get started:

  1. https://www.cookinglight.com/food/quick-healthy/quick-easy-summer-recipes
  2. https://www.yellowblissroad.com/27-light-and-fresh-summer-meals/
  3. https://cookieandkate.com/2016/18-light-summer-dinner-recipes/
  4. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/630/everyday-cooking/seasonal/summer/
  5. https://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/packages/best-summer-and-grilling-recipes/healthy-summer-recipes/photos/light-summer-dinner-recipes

Cooking “light” doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor.  Eating a meal that doesn’t weigh you down not only has health benefits but might also open your eyes (and taste buds) to things that could soon become new favorites year-round!  Happy eating!

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Summer “Mocktails”

by Michelle on August 8, 2018

It’s not really easy any time of year to find recipes for non-alcoholic drinks that taste delicious…and Summer time is no exception.  With fruity drinks taking center stage in warmer weather sometimes taking out the alcohol just leaves you with juice and a tiny umbrella!  Well, it doesn’t have to be that way…not with these options:

 

Cucumber-Mint Limeade

http://www.intheraw.com/using-itr/recipes/cucumber-mint-limeade/

 

 

 Black Cherry Basil Mocktail

https://www.wickedspatula.com/black-cherry-basil-mocktail/

 

Copa Verde Mocktail

http://themerrythought.com/recipes/copa-verde-mocktail/

 

Ginger Beer Mojito

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/GINGER-BEER-MOJITO-RECIPE/

 

Strawberry Orange Mango Kombucha Mocktail

https://www.theroastedroot.net/strawberry-orange-mango-kombucha-mocktails/

 

Watermelon Lime Mocktail

http://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/watermelon-lime-mocktail/

 

Pineapple-Mango Agua Fresca

http://www.intheraw.com/using-itr/recipes/pineapple-mango-agua-fresca/?ref=search&product=stevia-in-the-raw&dish_type=beverages&page=1

 

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

https://simpleveganblog.com/non-alcoholic-sangria/

 

Pina Colada

https://houseofyumm.com/pina-colada/

 

Grilled Pineapple Lime Mocktail

http://themerrythought.com/recipes/mocktail-monday-grilled-pineapple-lime-mocktail/

 

Of course you can always opt for flavorful beverages with alcohol as well…and here is a site with some tasty cocktails that utilize herbs for an abundance of flavor:

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/10-tasty-herb-cocktails

Cool down with these flavorful mocktails or cocktails…whichever you prefer…and ENJOY!

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Summer Cocktails

by Michelle on August 1, 2018

With the warm weather here to stay for a while it’s nice to try some low calorie summer cocktails to stay cool.  Here are 8 low calorie cocktail recipes you might want to try:

  1. Pinot Grigio Melon Ball Spritzer
  2. Watermelon Mojito
  3. Skinny Sangria
  4. Mango Margarita
  5. Lemon ‘N’ Lime Cocktail
  6. Strawberry Margarita
  7. Pina Colada
  8. White Wine Sangria

You can see all of the ingredients and instructions for these drinks by clicking on this link:  https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/recipes/8-low-calorie-summer-cocktail-recipes-must-try-3-amazing/

Here are a few things to remember if you want to try and “lighten up” one of your favorite cocktails or even come up with a unique drink yourself:

  1. Use a no calorie sweetener (Stevia, etc.) instead of sugar or simple syrup
  2. Squeeze in real fruits for flavor
  3. Use no calories sodas or even flavored sparkling water instead of regular soda
  4. Try coconut water for additional flavor with many health benefits
  5. Make your own drink mixes with items like green tea, mint, lemon, etc.
  6. Garnish with fruit and fresh herbs

For wine lovers replace ½ a glass of white wine with club soda and a splash of citrus juice for a refreshing, bubbly cocktail that’s fewer calories.  You can also try infused alcohol like flavored vodka to save on the calories of sugary mixes yet still impart flavor.

Save a lot of calories for the delicious food that’s all around in summer by trying some of these techniques so you can still enjoy a cocktail while not going over on your calorie budget.

Cheers!

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Best Tasting Salt Substitutes

by David on July 12, 2018

Lower your overall sodium has been proven to help improve your overall health. These heart-healthy Salt Substitutes will help you to ditch the white stuff!

Sodium chloride, or salt, is linked to heart disease, hypertension, and other heart-related issues. A 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that if people reduced their intake of salt by 3 grams each day, they could greatly reduce their risk of developing heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 44,000 lives could be saved each year if people reduced salt consumption and used heart smart herbs and spices as a replacement.

Spices and Herbs

Using different spices and herbs in cooking can help serve as a salt substitute. These options are full of varied and unique flavorings, and some herbs even have health benefits. Garlic, for example, is shown to reduce inflammation, prevent heart blockages and assist with many chronic joint and yeast overgrowth conditions. For newbie’s, start by acquiring a variety of dried and fresh spices, and begin cooking using these elements for flavor. Safe bets are oregano, pepper, tarragon, and sage. Herbs and spices are a natural salt substitute, and a flavorful alternative.

For people who enjoy a spicy kick to their food, try Hungarian paprika, cinnamon, curry and cayenne pepper. The Culinary Institute of America hosts many recipes on their website that use herbs and spices instead of salt.

Citrus

Lemon and lime juice can also serve as a natural salt substitute. They provide an interesting twist to chicken and fish dishes and imbue flavor when used in marinades. No salt substitute can completely mimic the actual taste of salt, but they can add enough elements to make dishes tasty and satisfying. Citrus activates the same taste buds as sodium chloride, so it tricks your mind into thinking you are eating salt without taking on the heart risks of sodium.

Oils

Oils such as truffle oil, walnut oil, extra virgin olive oil and pumpkin seed oil are some of the best salt substitutes. Cooking meats and vegetables in these flavor-packed oils make your food a taste explosion. They coat the food with interesting tastes, and when mixed with herbs they are a delightful salt substitute.

How to Make the Switch

Our taste buds are fairly easy going. If you have a hankering for salt, it is easy to teach your taste buds to like salt substitutes. Try cutting back a little at a time in the beginning of your journey to zap salt from your diet. Begin with cutting your salt intake by 25 percent. Make sure if you eat a lot of packaged and processed foods, that you are noting the sodium amounts in these foods. Sometimes cutting salt is as easy as giving up these shelf stable products, which are packed with sodium. Begin swapping out salt for garlic, herbs, lemon and other sodium-free products. Play with flavored oils and vinegar, and find combinations that please your palette.

What Will I Do With My Shaker?

There are products available in grocery and health food stores, which replace salt. One of the best-tasting salt substitute products is Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Salt-Free Seasoning. Other options include Morton Salt Substitute, Benson’s Gourmet salt-free seasonings, Nu-Salt and Morton Lite Salt. Herb-based brands considered some of the best salt substitute products are Mrs. Dash, Spike and Penzey’s.

Take your salt shaker and fill with one of the above items, so whenever you shake you are using a heart-healthy product.

You can also try the recipes below to create a homemade salt substitute:

Super Substitute

1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons celery seed
2 tablespoons onion powder
4-½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon ground dill
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper

Spiced Up

4 teaspoons onion powder
3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
3 tablespoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder

Place all ingredients in a coffee grinder. Grind together until they form a fine powder. Store in a salt shaker in a cool, dry corner of your kitchen.

Substitute with a Kick

3 tablespoons dried tarragon
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 ½ tablespoons paprika
1 ½ tablespoons sage
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground dill

Place all ingredients in a coffee grinder. Grind together until they form a fine powder. Store in a salt shaker in a cool, dry corner of your kitchen.

The most important part of ridding your diet of salt is to not be afraid of trying new spice mixes to accommodate the loss of salt. With these tasty natural salt substitue options, you may find your food tasting better and more interesting and salt will become a complete afterthought. Reducing your intake of sodium chloride will reduce your risk of heart attack, hypertension and a swathe of heart-related diseases. Less sodium will also reduce bloating and edema in the feet and ankles.

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With summer in full swing having delicious healthy grilling recipes on hand is a great way to stay on track and continue to work towards your weight loss goals

Trying to stick to a diet during barbeque season is sometimes a difficult task.  We understand and have some great healthy grilling recipes that are not only diet friendly and easy to make, but taste great as well!

Roasted Beef and Apple Kabobs

Ingredients

100 grams of lean good quality beef or chunked chicken

1 apple cut into large chunks

¼ onion petals

½ cup beef, chicken, or vegetable broth

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos

Stevia to taste 

Directions

Marinate beef or chicken in broth, vinegar, and spices. Layer apple, onion petals, and beef or protein chunks on wooden or metal skewers (If using wooden skewers soak them for a few minutes so they don’t burn). Barbeque directly or place on aluminum foil sheet and cook until the desired level of doneness. Baste frequently with remaining marinade. Heat the remaining marinade in a small saucepan and use as a dipping sauce.

Blackened Chicken Salad

Ingredients

100g chicken tenders 
1 t paprika 
1/2 t onion powder 
1/2 t garlic powder 
1/4 t oregano 
1/4 t thyme 
1/4 t white pepper 
1/4 t black pepper 
1/4 t ground red pepper 
spinach or salad greens (as allowed)

Directions

Combine all spices and rub on chicken.

Grill until no longer pink.

Serve over spinach or salad greens

 

Fish is also something that gets really great flavor when cooked on the barbeque…just be sure to leave the skin on one side so it doesn’t stick to the grill or use a special fish “basket” to cook it.  You can also try making a foil packet and steam the fish with lemon, herbs, butter, etc. which is even easier. Happy Grilling!

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