Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Age Weight Loss Tip #12


HOLD THE EXTRAS

Angelique:  New Age Weight Loss Tip #12 is HOLD THE EXTRAS.
Mom:  A dear friend of ours recently posted a picture of his dinner on Facebook.  It was a huge hamburger topped with a fried egg, cheese, mayo, chill cheese fries and a Big Gulp sized coke.  And yes, he had dessert too.
Angelique:  There are plenty of people in our family who eat like that too. I'm not saying don't eat your burger, but where we get in trouble is THE EXTRAS.
Mom:  A grilled burger with cheese and fries isn't a healthy meal, but there's nothing wrong with it.
Angelique:  Where our friend goes horribly wrong is THE EXTRAS.  The egg, the mayo, the chili and the cheese on the fries and a super size soda.  One of the rules of the Michael Thurmond's 6 Week Body Makeover system is - NO CONDIMENTS.
Mom:  Ketchup, mustard, mayo and pickle may seem innocent.  And in small amounts they are, but have you ever seen how much salad dressing people put on their salads.  Or how much ranch they use on their chicken fingers.
Angelique:  Condiments, Cheese, Nuts and other extras can turn a healthy salad into the equivalent of fried chicken.  And turn that not so healthy burger and fry into a future heart attack.

Here are some healthier condiment options:                                                   

Eggless Mayonnaise
1½ cup

Ingredients
½ cup Organic soy milk, plain and unsweetened
½ cup olive oil
½ cup grape seed oil - can use canola
¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon dry mustard

Instructions
Put everything in the blender and process until it is thick. The eggless mayonnaise will become thick and completely emulsified exactly like a mayonnaise made with egg.

Variations:
Chipotle Mayo - Add 1 - 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Sun Dried Tomato Aioli -  Add ¼ cup re hydrated sun-dried tomatoes
Pesto - Add 6 whole basil leaves

 Creole Sauce
4 Cups
Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce

Method
 Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and saute the onions, garlic and celery until the onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally about 6 minutes.
Add the tomatoes along with the herbs, spices, salt, sherry and hot sauce.
Cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally breaking up the tomatoes for 15 – 20 minutes until sauce thickens. 
Taste for salt and pepper and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Blueberry-Ginger Relish
Ingredients
1 cup fresh Organic blueberries, coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno chili, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon salt

Method
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, cover and chill.
Serve as a dip or over spinach, arugula or any salad greens,
Great with chicken, fish, pork and beef or over any grilled or broiled meats.

  Basil Spread 
Yields ½ cup

Ingredients
1½ teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt 

Method
Combine all ingredients In a food processor or blender, process until well blended.
Use as you would any sandwich spread. 
Refrigerate for up to 2 week.

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