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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kielbasa Spinach Soup and Cacao Nib Oat Bar Recipes!

Kielbasa Spinach Soup
 
1 lb. kielbasa                                                                1 clove garlic, minced
2- 14 oz. cans chicken or beef broth                            
1- 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes with basil, undrained
1 c. sliced carrots                                                         1 c. diced onion
1/2 c. diced celery                                                        2 small zucchini, cubed
1- 14.5 oz. can cannelini beans, undrained                     2 c. spinach, rinsed and torn
¼ tsp. salt                                                                     ¼ tsp. pepper

In a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium high heat, brown kielbasa and garlic.  Stir in broth, tomatoes with liquid, carrots, celery, onion and salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in zucchini and beans with liquid.  Cover and simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until zucchini is tender.  Remove soup pot from heat and stir in spinach.  Replace lid and let spinach steam for about 5 minutes.  Enjoy!



Cacao Nib Oat Bars

¼ c. coconut oil                                                                        1 Tbsp. wheat germ
¼ c. cacao nibs                                                                        1/3 c. chia seeds
1 c. packed, moist Medjool dates                                             ¼ c. almond milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract                                                               1 ½ c. rolled oats
½ c. spelt flour                                                                          ¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp salt                                             

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.  In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil into a liquid. Pour coconut oil into a food processor, and add in dates, milk of choice, vanilla extract and chia powder. Blend until a smooth paste has formed, stopping machine and scraping down the sides if needed. In a large bowl mix together oats, flour, baking soda, salt and hemp seeds.  Stir in date mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips and cacao nibs.
Spread mixture onto baking sheet with a spatula into a ½ inch layer. Cut wet dough with a knife into 4” x 2” rectangles, or desired shape. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Let cool before serving.  Optional:  Add in goji berries for a special treat!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Saf Slim Belly Fat Transformation!


The Natural Belly Fat Solution!

Banish stubborn belly fat once and for all! A revolutionary breakthrough in targeted belly fat science. SafSlim is the first-ever solution to target the root causes of unsightly and health-threatening OMENTUM fat, the fat that accumulates in the belly region.

This natural belly fat solution featured on Dr. Oz is a special blend of non-GMO, high-linoleic safflower oil, which has been shown in a major university study to help reduce belly fat by up to 9.4%, or 6X more than the leading omega oil, in only 16 weeks without diet or exercise! This “belly fat omega” activates hormones, such as adiponectin, to help mobilize dormant midsection fat. It also helps curb appetite, kick start metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity to inhibit belly fat accumulation.
Emulsified and “body-ready” for maximum absorption, SafSlim is whipped into a delicious creamy texture that’s fun to take. It’s the easiest and most effective way to transform your belly and ab flab…naturally


What is BELLY FAT?

Belly fat is comprised of visceral or omentum fat. This fat is different from subcutaneous fat (the fat you can pinch) – it lies underneath and acts as a storage facility for our fat. Experts agree that omentum fat is the most dangerous fat on the body because of the way it packs itself around our vital organs. Excess belly fat in both men and women can contribute to many serious health conditions.


Why is BELLY FAT so hard to lose?

Research and science has revealed that there are good belly fat hormones and bad belly fat hormones that contribute to the loss of belly fat. Omentum fat triggers the release of bad hormones, which can contribute to insulin imbalance and insensitivity. Conversely, it hinders secretion of good hormones, which keep inflammation in check and helps balance our insulin levels.


Other Health Benefits of safflower oil!

The latest Ohio State University study on safflower oil found it’s not just your waistline that stands to benefits from the daily 2 tsp. of the stuff:


*Better cholesterol levels! Folks given safflower oil had a 14% increase in HDL, or “good” cholesterol, compared to folks who got a different oil.

*A healthier heart! Safflower oil was found to trigger an 18% decrease in C-reactive protein, a type of protein that causes inflammation directly linked to heart attacks.


 *Diabetes prevention! Women who took safflower saw their blood sugar levels drop by up to 19 points—which can go a long way towards staving off diabetes.