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I’ll be speaking at the Tomato Festival today.
Drop by and say Hi!
It’s like the Garlic Festival, only tomatoes.
You don’t need to go to the Renaissance Faire to enjoy this delicious, high-protein meal. Diana cooks up a little energy in the kitchen with one of her favorite healthy foods to eat.
This special turkey is worthy of eating after a workout, on a messy date, when home alone or at work for lunch. It’s a great food to eat after a workout to help feed, build and tone your muscles. You’ll stand up straighter, smile harder and most likely you’ll want to eat this again and again.
Recipes Below: For side dishes on Diana’s plate.
Heads Up: Pair this turkey with small red, purple and yellow (Yukon) potatoes.
Recipe: Brush potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with any seasoning, such as garlic salt. Bake in oven with Turkey for 20 minutes or until a fork pokes easily through it.
Double Heads Up: Round out this meal with a salad.
Recipe: Add to a big bowl, assorted lettuces (such as a spring mix), sliced radicchio, diced tomatoes, slivered avocados and drizzle with All-a’Round Salad Dressing.
All-a’Round Salad Dressing: Make this your go-to salad dressing.
Recipe: In a high bowl, add 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 finely chopped basil leaves. Whisk together as you slowly pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Another day and another trip to the local produce store with Tommy Girl–my furry Greyhound friend. Out in the world, we gathered a backpack full of fresh Round food and got exercise and a happy dog all at the same time.
Hearty, Homey and Healthy
Corn on the cob, Lima beans with red peppers, shrimp with green onions and basil, purple baby potatoes with garlic, basil and “I Can’t believe It’s Not Butter,” and a salad mixed with radicchio–topped with my popular–according to viewers–Easy Delicious Everybody Loves Salad Dressing.
On your mark, get ready, dice one Manilla mango, one red Pluot and place in a bowl. Pour in one shot of Grand Marnier. Let chill for at least one hour.
Serve in a pretty bowl or glass so you can slurp the juice at the end–and do the extra touch with a fresh garnish of mint leaves.
Shop Along and Eat Like Me
In this Video, you’ll follow me and my Greyhound on a healthy hunting, gathering and eating adventure to my favorite produce place–and beyond.
Stretching, Not So Much
You don’t need to have a big stretched out stomach. Nobody is forcing you to eat more than your stomach should hold. You can have a flatter stomach, and here’s how.
Just because a calorie is in the form of a beverage does not make it less caloric. In fact, the opposite can be true. Liquid calories disguised as fancy coffee drinks, sodas, and alcoholic beverages can pack on the pounds as easily as a birthday cake slapped on your thighs.
A 20-ounce soda is 250 empty calories, a 12-ounce mocha coffee drink adds up to around 300, the average cocktail has 300 or more, and a glass of wine or beer packs on an extra 150. If you drink several of these drinks, you can kiss any dieting efforts goodbye. Even one soda a day over time can sabotage your goal to be slim. By drinking a soda every day for a year, you could put on more than 15 pounds!
Some of the most caloric drinks are smoothies, specialty coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages. A large banana in a smoothie has about 120 calories. Some specialty coffee drinks can have up to 800 calories. A six-pack of beer can have up to 900 calories.
Turn to water, iced tea, and coffee as your beverages of choice. Each has zero calories, and if you enjoy milk in your coffee, switch to low-fat or nonfat milk. Water can actually make you feel full faster and lead to you eating less. By swapping soda for water you will be sure to lose weight.
How Much Water to Drink
One basic way to figure out how much water you need is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you should drink. In other words, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise, you will need to add one more eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you workout.
Eat these creamy green fruits of the gods to help you keep a flatter belly, as well as help your body absorb cancer-fighting compounds usually found in colorful fruits and veggies like tomatoes, carrots, spinach and winter squash.
Half of one avocado contains 10 grams of healthy mono-saturated fats, which stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your middle.
Snack on these creamy fruit, which can be sliced into perfect circles or eaten right out of the peel. Bananas pack 422 milligrams of potassium, a mineral that can help limit the amount of belly swelling sodium in your body. In other words, your belly will look less Round.
Make yogurt, which comes from the Round cow, part of your day. Use it as a substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream. Eating a cup of yogurt encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut, throwing out other bugs that can cause bloating.
Creamy Greek yogurt is delicious, but it’s also is a combo of carbs and protein that help stabilize insulin, a hormone that tells your body to store calories as fat when levels get too high.
Eat berries if you want a delicious way to consume Super Round antioxidants that can improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to your muscles, and make doing ab tightening exercises easier. A great combo is yogurt and berries before your workout to get your muscles ready for a some working out.
Add bright orbs of juicy goodness into your dietary intake, all the while knowing you are dousing your every cell with fat-burning vitamin C in a most colorful way. Citrus, such as oranges and red peppers can help you burn up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, as research shows from Arizona State University at Mesa.
Get lots of fiber by eating whole grains that are whole and help Round out your daily allowance. The filling fiber in foods like Round oatmeal and bulgur works to keep your insulin levels low. Researchers speculate this may shrink fat cells. Your body absorbs and burns these more slowly for longer-lasting energy than the refined carbs in white bread and rice.
Like Almond Rocha
This candy is a family recipe that my mom makes every year at Christmas. With six ingredients, she makes the most delicious candy that tastes like Almond Rocha.
The recipe requires that you see (in the video) the golden color of the candy as it cooks to know when it is done.
2 cubes of butter
1 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 to 1 1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 swirl of light Karo syrup
Up to 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large pan, add the butter, sugar, almonds and Karo syrup. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and browns into toffee. (See the video for the exact color.) Pour the molten hot toffee mixture onto a large rimmed cookie sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Pour the desired amount of chocolate chips onto the hot toffee, wait a few minutes and spread evenly. Sprinkle the desired amount of chopped walnuts over the chocolate, shake the pan, and sprinkle more over less nutty spots.
Let the candy cool at room temperature for at least 3 hours, or until it is not sticky to the touch. If you are in a hurry, place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then break the hardened candy with the tip of a knife or just use your hands. It is then ready to eat and can be stored without refrigeration.
You can also break it up into tiny pieces and top a bowl of vanilla ice-cream with it. Wrap some candy in a holiday container and then give it as a gift to friends or the host at a holiday party. Everyone will love it!
New on RoundTV
If you are ready to purge your kitchen and pantry of some notoriously non-healthy foods, or you want to learn a bit more about shopping for healthy foods, or you want to hear about a hot and hearty breakfast, then try this video on for size.