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Lean Recipes: Super Easy Low Fat Pork Chop Recipe (Plus Tips!)

By Rob Poulos On February 11, 2013 No Comments

So you’ve finally done it: You’ve resolved to kick your bad eating habit.  First came junk food, which you vowed never to eat again, then the sweets too, which you haven’t touched in months, aside from that mess up during Thanksgiving brunch.  And now you’re devoted to changing your less than exemplary dinner habits–it’s time to make a change.

But uh oh: What do you make?

For a fresher (and lower calorie) way to make dinner right, let’s put a new spin on a dinner classic: savory pork chops.

How to Make Pork Chops Healthier

Nutritionists argue that eating lean meat is a good strategy for getting thin, but pork chops aren’t necessarily slim pickings.  So how do you make it healthier?

1. Change the flavor.  Most pork chops are flavored with sauce or even deep-fried, but unfortunately this can increase the calorie (and fat) count.  For a slimmer way to enjoy pork chops, switch

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Lean Recipes: A Super Tasty Sugar-free Skinny Banana Bread Recipe

By Rob Poulos On January 5, 2013 1 Comment

On Sunday mornings, Grandma loved to make mashed potatoes, creamed corn, turkey, and her famous banana bread after a quick Catholic Mass.  And it was so, so good.  Sitting at the family table, she quietly combined the buttermilk, flour, nuts, and mashed bananas into a large, metal bowl before plopping it in the oven for 45 minutes–and oh, the smell was so divine–before serving it with a slice of butter.  You couldn’t get enough of it, honestly.  You even asked for seconds.

Back to Earth now, you’re no longer that little kid waiting for dessert after Sunday Mass.  In fact, you’re pretty old–and plump.

Grandma’s famous banana bread would taste good now, but you’re on a diet.

How to Make Skinny Banana Bread

For diet-conscious bakers, the traditional banana bread recipe won’t do–it’s filled with sugar and fat, which don’t necessarily lend to a healthy diet.  So for this recipe, you’ll need to

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Super Easy (and Healthy) Breakfast: Low Carb Spinach Pancake Recipe

By Rob Poulos On January 4, 2013 No Comments

Question: What’s a good low-carb recipe I could make for breakfast?

Answer: For a healthy boost of micronutrients and fiber, low carb spinach pancakes are your best option for breakfast.  The ingredients are easy to assemble, take very little work to cook, and taste marvelously with freshly sliced tomatoes or salsa.  Here’s how to prepare it right.

Low Carb Spinach Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

– 1 package of fresh spinach, finely chopped

– 1/2 zucchini, grated

– 1/2 white onion, chopped

– 3 eggs, beaten

– 1/2 cup guar gum (or substitute corn starch)

– 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

– 1 tsp. olive oil

– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add the spinach, zucchini, and onion into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.  Next, add in the eggs, flour, and salt and pepper.  Afterward, add in the cheese, mixing gently.  Allow it to sit for several minutes while you prepare the skillet.

Next, cover a non-stick skillet with olive oil.  Use a paper

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One Pot Ground Beef Recipes

By Rob Poulos On December 5, 2012 2 Comments

Often our busy lives interfere with our ability to create healthy meals for fat loss, but sometimes we just think we don’t have time to create healthy homemade meals. Taking a simple ingredient like ground beef provides us with a wealth of healthy recipes that can be made easily, quickly or even in one pot.

When it comes to ground beef recipes it’s important to look beyond your basic chili and burgers. There are many other ways—that include vegetables—that you can get your beef fix without adding cheese, bread or high calorie condiments. One pot recipes in particular are a great way to eat good without spending all evening in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 lbs. zucchini, cut in half & sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. black
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Delicious Skinny Margarita Recipe!

By Rob Poulos On September 23, 2012 No Comments

Finding lower calorie or lower fat recipes is something we all could use, particularly when it comes to alcoholic drinks. Those big beautiful drinks served at your favorite restaurant are a calorie and fat minefield, sometimes with as much as 600 calories per glass! Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a skinny version of some of the most popular drinks?

Yeah, we thought so too which is why we’ve created this skinny margarita recipe. The key to skinny cocktail recipes is serving size and ingredient list. If you can keep both of these on the low end you can enjoy cocktail hour without regretting it tomorrow. Whether you like your margaritas frozen or on the rocks, this is one recipe you’re sure to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ oz. tequila
  • ¾ oz. triple sec
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 lime wedge
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz. sweetened lime juice (like Rose’s)
  • Margarita Salt (optional for glass)
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High Protein Slow Cooker Recipes – Pork Roast

By Rob Poulos On August 28, 2012 1 Comment

It’s no secret that finding time to make healthy, high protein meals can be a task. But with an investment in a key piece of kitchen equipment you can make even the most complicated dishes while you work! A slow cooker allows you to cook a wide variety of dishes from soups to chili and roasts over a very low heat for a few hours so when you arrive home tired and famished…dinner is waiting for you!

Just remember if you need a high protein recipe you need to choose the right cut of meat, such as this boneless pork roast like this recipe. The key for the right kind of high protein is to keep the skin and fat as trimmed as possible. Since this recipe is easy and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, add brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and/or steamed vegetables for a well balanced meal.

Ingredients

  • 5
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High Protein Ginger Honey Chicken Recipes

By Rob Poulos On August 23, 2012 No Comments

Finding the delicious yet healthy meals is easier than you think. Whether you need low calorie meals, high protein or low fat, creating healthy recipes that help you reach your fitness goals and taste good is a matter of having the right resources. Once you have access to quick and easy healthy recipes, you’ll wonder why you didn’t always eat this way!

For this particular ginger honey chicken all you need are a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The key is make sure you caot the chicken breasts so you get maximum flavor. For extra flavor, poke holes into each breast with a fork before coating with ginger honey mixture.

Enjoy this easy, high protein chicken recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz. each)
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp. each salt & black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (more
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Healthy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

By Rob Poulos On August 20, 2012 No Comments

Sometimes the dishes that seem the most complicated can actually be the easiest to make, such as stuffed peppers. The next time you’re in the mood for stuffed peppers, think about what you want inside and start there. Whether you want a meat or vegetarian dish, figuring out what’s on the inside is the hardest part.

Once you’ve made the tough decision, all you have to do is decide what type of flavor you want and that will help you determine what type of peppers to get. Bell peppers come in a wide variety of colors, but red, green, yellow and orange are the most widely available. Not sure which color to get? Take a sniff and see how they smell and let your nose decide.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 6 bell peppers (choose your colors)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1
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Healthy Lemon Mustard Tilapia Recipes

By Rob Poulos On August 14, 2012 No Comments

When you’re looking for a quick and healthy recipe that allows you a healthy dose of fish, then look no further than tilapia. This healthy fish is widely available, easy to cook and you can pair it with just about anything you want for a well balanced meal that will help you burn fat.

This healthy tilapia recipe is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen, proving that you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to whip up something healthy and delicious. All you need to remember to keep this recipe healthy is that your tilapia filets should be no more than six ounces each. Pair with roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 (5 oz.) tilapia filets
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. white wine (like Riesling)
  • 1 tsp. salt & black pepper
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • ¼ cup
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Healthy Lemon Poppy Waffle Recipe

By Rob Poulos On August 2, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to breakfast most of us are either pancake people or waffle people. The problem for both types of people is that traditional pancakes and waffles don’t do much to help you lose weight…until now. The truth is that the best way to maintain your fat loss efforts and enjoy breakfast is to experiment with different waffle recipes until you find one that meets all of your weight and taste criteria.

One trick that I use when creating healthy versions of less than healthy dishes like waffles is to find a way to minimize or eliminate my need for sugary add-ons like syrup. This lemon and poppy seed waffle recipe has flavor cooked right into the waffle so syrup is pretty much unnecessary. If you do need to add something sweet, consider fresh berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups healthy baking mix (such as Buckwheat & Flax from The Pure Pantry)
  • ½ cup olive
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