Your Questions About Healthy Dinner Recipes

Michael asks…

Healthy Recipes!!?

I need help adding to my healthy recipe collection! we are getting in a rut with eating the same things over and over!! My husband and I do try to eat healthy (as we both need to lose poundage!!) i am looking for some simple, quick, healthy dinner time meals and snacks (we have twins at home and he works 12hrs/day 6 days a week…so PLEASE ver SIMPLE and QUICK)!!!!! Thank You!!!

answers:

When I’m looking for healthy, quick recipes, I’ve been hitting Martha Stewart”s website lately. She has alot of “light and healthy” choices, and they’re usually pretty quick to make. Here’s a real good one for you to try..(Good luck losing the poundage)..

***Chicken Stir-Fry Wraps***

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
12 to 16 Boston lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
Directions
Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add half the chicken; cook, stirring constantly, until opaque throughout, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.
Add remaining tablespoon oil to pan, along with the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until onion is tender and golden, about 4 minutes (reduce heat if browning too quickly).
Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, ginger, and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds.
Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch mixture; remove from heat. Add chicken and any accumulated juices; toss to coat. Serve in lettuce cups.

****Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp****

4 corn tortillas (5-inch)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced
1 large head romaine lettuce (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place tortillas on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown and crisp, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces.
Heat broiler. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with remaining teaspoon each oil and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper. Lay shrimp flat on a broiler pan, and cook until browned and opaque throughout, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, Parmesan, anchovies, and up to 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, toss lettuce with dressing. Divide among plates, and top each with shrimp and broken tortillas. Garnish with more Parmesan.

Donald asks…

Healthy Dinner Recipes?

My husband and I are both over weight and we are trying to eat healthier. I need more dinner recipes. I’m tired of eating chicken and green beans. Please help!!! Also I have young children so they need to be somewhat kid friendly.

answers:

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart’s content

Ingredients

Canola oil cooking spray
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large egg whites
1 pound chicken tenders

1.Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
2.Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
3.Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.
4.Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes

EatingWell’s Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni pizza gets a healthful makeover with whole-wheat pizza dough and a flavorful tomato sauce that, thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, provides extra beta carotene and fiber. We’ve topped the pie with low-fat turkey pepperoni, but if you like, use your favorite sliced vegetables instead

1 pound prepared whole-wheat pizza dough, (see Shopping Tip), thawed if frozen
1 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni (1/2 cup)

1.Place oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2.Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
3.Whisk pumpkin puree, tomato sauce and garlic powder in a small bowl until combined.
4.Spread sauce evenly over the baked crust. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. Bake until the crust is crispy on the edges and the cheeses have melted, about 12 minutes.

David asks…

Really healthy yummy recipe for dinner!?

answers:

This is one of the most delicious and easy healthy dinner recipes that you will find. Not only is it extra yummy, but you don’t have to stand at the stove all day muttering under your breath. You’re done in about 15 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need to create this quick and easy meal –

• 1 medium package whole wheat soft tortillas

• 1 package of fresh baby spinach

• 1 8oz package low-fat mozzarella

• 1 can organic black beans

• 1 Tbsp black pepper

• 1 jar veggie salsa of your choice

First, you will heat the beans on medium low heat until they are hot. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with non-stick spray.

Chop your baby spinach finely.

Get 8 tortillas ready and spoon about 2-3 tbsp of the heated beans on one side of each tortilla. Sprinkle a dash of pepper on the beans, and add a tablespoon or two of the mozzarella cheese.

Place these in the oven, open, for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted. Take them out of the oven and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of spinach to each tortilla.

Fold the tortillas while the cheese is still hot, and cut each one into 4 quarters. You can dip these in the salsa, and they are yummy!

If you like a little spice in your food, sprinkle a dash of cayenne pepper on each quesadilla before you put it in the oven.

Betty asks…

Healthy, Tasty, Simple dinner recipe. DETAILS:?

priority # 1 is to have a healthy dinner recipe. I would prefer if beef/chicken is involved, however fish is also an option for me. Next comes tastiness and simplicity. I want something my maid can easily cook.
Quick links to other web pages are also accepted as responses so long the three aspects above are covered. Thanks a lot.

answers:

OK, now I’m jealous because I don’t have a maid cook for me. But, my hubby cooks for me most of the time. I looked through my recipes and here’s what I recommend. The chicken is awesome- I substitute potatoes for the fennel because I don’t like fennel.

Perfect Roast Chicken
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Rated: 5 stars out of 5

Cook Time:1 hr 30 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

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Asian Grilled Salmon
Barefoot Contessa

Rated: 5 stars out of 5

Directions
1 side fresh salmon, boned but skin on (about 3 pounds)

Ingredients
For the marinade:
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons good soy sauce
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Light charcoal briquettes in a grill and brush the grilling rack with oil to keep the salmon from sticking.

While the grill is heating, lay the salmon skin side down on a cutting board and cut it crosswise into 4 equal pieces. Whisk together the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the marinade onto the salmon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

Place the salmon skin side down on the hot grill; discard the marinade the fish was sitting in. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn carefully with a wide spatula and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. The salmon will be slightly raw in the center, but don’t worry; it will keep cooking as it sits.

Transfer the fish to a flat plate, skin side down, and spoon the reserved marinade on top. Allow the fish to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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Greek Orzo and Grilled Shrimp Salad with Mustard-Dill Vinaigrette
Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay

Rated: 5 stars out of 5

Ingredients
3/4 pound orzo, cooked al dente
1 large cucumber, seeded, quartered lengthwise, and sliced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil, plus additional for brushing shrimp
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
16 medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

Directions
Combine orzo, cucumber, green onions, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Place dill, vinegar, and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the orzo mixture and stir well to combine. Gently fold in the feta cheese.

Heat grill to high. Brush shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Divide orzo salad among 4 take-out containers or plates and top with 4 shrimp. Garnish with additional dill.

I usually say Happy Cooking- but in this case, I’ll say Happy Eating!

Sandy asks…

Healthy family dinner recipe?

can some one Give me a dinner recipe that I can cook for my family tonight. I Just need a simple recipes because I am one of the worst cooks ever but they agreed I could try to make my family healthier by cooking 1 healthy dinner once a week.

answers:

Hi!

That’s a great idea! If you want your family to be healthy and live well, they need to eat well. Here is a site that has tons of recipes for you and your family! Just click on a recipe that sounds good to you.

Http://family.go.com/food/pkg-dinner-recipes/

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods Recipes

Sandy asks…

Any good and healthy baby food recipes?

answers:

When you say baby…. What age? First foods at 6 months? Or like a 8 or 9 month old???
If its first food… Just puree everything.
Fresh food…dont add anything to it.
For example, if your having mashed potatoes for dinner… Before you add your butter, milk and salt… Take out a little portion for your bub. They dont need all that extra rubbish, they are going to be gobsmacked by a plain potatoe taste! Haha. Put some of your breastmilk or some of the prepared formula, whichever you use, in with the potatoe and puree with a mini processer or blender of some sort. She or he will love it because there is the farmiliarity of the milk taste, but a new texture and flavour with the potatoe.
Do the same with pumpkin or sweet potato.

Also, if you puree vegetables and it still feels too chunky, just add a bit of water and blend some more. Usually water makes the consistency alot smoother.

Another one that is really tasty is cooking up a bit of risoni (a mini pasta available in supermarket) cooked chicken and corn. About equal portions. My bub ate it up every time with wide eyes!

Try pureed avocado and cuecumber for a hot day. (seeded cuecumber of course)

there are thousands of recipes online.

Best thing to remember for healthy food, is, do not use salt or sugar in your childs cooking. They do not need the flavour, there tastebuds are brilliant and the natural flavours will be satisfying enough and if you keep it up they might even prefer savoury to sweet things when they are older. Its starting them off to a healthy diet forever :-)

for breakfast start with FAREX… Available in supermarkets, iron enriched trusted food for infants. This is the very first thing my kids ever had, for a week or two its all they had until they got the hang of eating! Then went to pureed foods from there. Also, porridge cooked in water and thickened with your babies usual milk will satisfy. Rather than adding sugar or honey or syrup for flavor and sweetness, chop up finely one pitted prune. But a small pack, they keep in the fridge for weeks and babies LOVE the natural sweetness. Note that the prune is only suitable when your baby is able to pick at finger food or handle a little more texture. No matter how small you chop it, even though its squishy, a baby just introduced to solids may choke or just simply spit it out. You could try pureeing it but youd need more than one coz itll probably stick to the processor n u wont be able to get it all off.

Anyways hope thats helped.

Maybe buy a baby food book… Or just google recipes for your childs age group.

Sharon asks…

healthy food recipes!!!?

okay i really want to eat healthy and i want to find some recipes that i can make. so anything would help like websites or even 1 recipe would work. plz help!!!

answers:

Healthy Tostadas:

35 min 20 min prep
3 servings

6 corn tortillas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tomato, chopped
green onions, chopped
lettuce

1. Pour olive oil in pan and heat on med-high heat.
2. Put corn tortillas in one at a time and fry till brown and crispy, then put them on plate lined with paper towel to drain.
3. Drain oil and add ground beef to pan.
4. Brown ground beef and drain fat.
5. Add red pepper, garlic powder and sea salt.
6. Mix ingredients until well mixed and put on top of tortilla, add chopped tomato, green onion and lettuce and top with salsa if desired.
7. You can also add cheese and sour cream if desired.

Mark asks…

healthy chinese food recipes?

I want either something with rice or noodles chinesy style that doesnt contain 10,000 calories but all my recipes are high in fat. Does anyone know of any healthy chinese recipes?
thanks

x

answers:

Most authentic Chinese dishes are actually quite low in fat, and this article states some differences between authentic and westernized Chinese food: http://www.romow.com/culture-blog/americanized-vs-authentic-chinese-food/

If you’re a seafood lover, try steamed fish or scallops on the half shell, they are usually spiced up with shredded gingers, garlic, chilli, spring onion or coriander, with soy sauce. You may try these recipes:

http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/339/steamed-fish-fillets-with-ginger-and-spring-onions

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/16149/steamed+scallops+with+chinese+pickled+vegetables

Stirfrys are great to be served with either plain rice or noodles! You can stir fry veggies with or without meat, sliced lean meat, seafood or tofu will be a better option if you’re concerned about the fat content.

With a good quality non-stick pan, you only need a small amount of oil to sautee (minced ginger, garlic, chili, or spring onions), add the marinated meat and then veggies. Stir fry for 1- 2 minutes and then cover. If you prefer a thicker sauce, a mixture of “corn flour & water” can be added in when everything is cooked. Turn off the heat when it bubbles. Season with salt or soy.

Hope this may help!

Laura asks…

Healthy food recipes?

Do you know any tasty healthy food recipes or a website where I can find some.

My mom has high blood pressure and high cholesterol and needs to eat healthy. Ive cooked some steamed veggies, fish, salads, and chicken with veggies. She eats it but says she wants real food. She is used to eating really unhealthy. When she cooks she will make steak or something really fatty. So Ive decided to make all the family meals. I need some tasty and healthy recipes. My dad could loose some weight too. I don’t eat red meat and eat rather healthy but my mom doesn’t like my “rabbit food”.

Thanks in advance.

answers:

Raspberry Glazed Rosemary Chicken
NGREDIENTS

* 1 tablespoon crushed rosemary
* 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* 1/4 cup chicken broth
* 1 cup raspberry preserves
* 1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a small bowl, stir together crushed rosemary, sage, and oregano.
3. Rub one side of each chicken breast with herb mixture. Place chicken herb-side up in a baking dish, and pour broth over the chicken.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
5. Place raspberry preserves in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 20 to 30 seconds to soften. Stir in honey mustard and rosemary.
6. Spread about 1 tablespoon of preserve mixture over each breast. Bake 10 minutes more.
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Pesto Pasta with Chicken:
INGREDIENTS

* 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
* crushed red pepper flakes to taste
* 1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips
* 1/2 cup pesto sauce

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic until tender, then stir in chicken. Season with red pepper flakes. Cook until chicken is golden, and cooked through.
3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. Toss to coat evenly.

I watched this on top chef and i though that this would be delicious and super healthy for a salad.(though i would omit the red peppers.)

Fruit and Roasted Red Peppers with Chimichurri:
1/4 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup diced watermelon
1/4 cup seedless green & red grapes, cut in half
1/4 cup diced cantelope
1/4 cup diced roasted red peppers strips
1 recipe Spicy mint chimichurri

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until smooth but still chunky. (you can omit this step)
2. Transfer to a large bowl.

Spicy Mint Chimichurri:
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped shallot
1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

1. Combine fruit and red peppers with chimichurri sauce.
2. Mix well to coat all fruit.
3. Cover and set aside to allow to marinate for 10-30 minutes.
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Spinach:
2 cups chopped baby spinach
5 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon

1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, olive oil and lemon juice. Toss gently to combine.

To Serve:
Divide spinach between plates. Arrange fruit mixture on top of spinach and garnish with gouda cheese.
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Healthy Pita snack
Ingredients:

* 4 whole wheat pita breads
* 1 tbp chooped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried basil
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 1/8 tsp dried thyme
* 36 cherry tomatoes, sliced
* 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 350F, using a paring knife, split the pita breads horizontally; cut each into quarters. Place on a nonstick baking sheet. Lightly brush tops of pita wedges with the oil. In a small bowl, combine basil, pepper, and thyme; sprinkle evenly over pita wedges. Place 2 to 3 tomato slices on each wedge. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan. Bake until cheese is slightly browned and bread is crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Using a spatula, place the wedges on a serving platter and serve immediately, or cool on a wire rack and serve at room temperature.
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Turkey kabobs
Ingredients:

* 1/2 lb ground turkey
* 1 Tbsp minced garlic
* 1 Tbsp minced jalapenos
* 1/2 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
* 8 Tbsp olive oil
* 1/2 Tbsp salt
* 1/2 Tbsp ground black pepper
* 2 Tbsp coriander powder
* 1/2 Tbsp ground mango powder (amchur)
* 1 cup bread crumbs
*
*

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line tray with foil and grease slightly with olive oil. Combine all ingredients and form long thin kebobs. They should be approximately 5 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches thick. Place kebobs on tray and cook for about 15 minutes. Once the kebobs are cooked, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top before serving. Serve with tamarind chutney.
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Vegetable Meat loaf
Ingredients:

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 cup soft whole wheat breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup shredded carrot
* 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
* 2 TBLS finely chopped onion
* 2 TBLS finely chopped green pepper
* 1 egg slightly beaten
* 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
* 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 tsp. Pepper
* 1 16 oz. Can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
* Cooking Spray
* 2 TBLS. Catsup

Method

Combine all ingredients except cooking spray and catsup. Coat a broiler pan and rack with cooking spray. Place meat mixture on broiler rack and shape into a 10 “X 6 inch loaf. Spread catsup over meat loaf. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until done.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Peppers and Chicken

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 large red bell pepper, julienned
3/4 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1 cup sugar snap pea pods
6 thick slices smoked deli chicken
2 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch salt
1 cup chicken broth
2 (8 ounce) packages angel hair pasta

DIRECTIONS
In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium high heat. Add the garlic, bell pepper, water chestnuts and pea pods. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes.
Cut chicken into strips, approximately 1/4 inch wide. Add the chicken, onion powder, ground black pepper and salt to the skillet. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.
In a separate small saucepan, heat the chicken broth to a near boil. Pour the hot broth into the vegetable/chicken skillet. Toss and serve mixture over cooked angel hair pasta immediately.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

INGREDIENTS
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste, and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika, and parsley. Mix well. Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the chicken, and brush to cover.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Black Bean and Corn Pasta with Chicken

INGREDIENTS
1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a large skillet over low heat, cook corn and black beans, 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, reserving their juice. Season with salt and pepper, and cook 2 minutes more. Pour in enough tomato juice to cover and season with hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire. Increase heat slightly, stir in chicken, and heat through, 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon over cooked pasta.

Grilled Tuna Salad

INGREDIENTS
20 ounces fresh tuna steaks, 1 inch thick
3 tablespoons white wine
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups packed torn salad greens
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

DIRECTIONS
Preheat grill for medium heat.
Place tuna in a glass dish. Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the wine, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rosemary, pepper, salt and garlic. Pour 2 tablespoons over fish and turn to coat. Marinate 15 to 30 minutes, turning once. Reserve remaining vinaigrette for salad dressing.
Coat grill rack with cooking spray and place on grill to heat 1 minute. Place tuna on grill 4 to 6 inches over hot coals. Cover with lid or tent with foil. Cook, turning once, just until tuna begins to flake easily when tested with a fork, about 7 minutes. Discard marinade.
Arrange salad greens on 4 plates. Place hot tuna on greens and add cherry tomatoes. Stir remaining vinaigrette and drizzle over salads.

Baja Bean Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 cup chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup cucumber – peeled, seeded, and chopped
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 (6 ounce) container guacamole
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
shredded lettuce
corn tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, toss together the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumber, and onion.
In a small bowl, mix the guacamole, yogurt, and salt. If dressing seems thick, stir in a little milk. Stir into the bean mixture, and chill. Serve topped with the shredded lettuce and corn chips.

Barley Salad With Almonds And Apricots

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups pearl barley
4 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup dried apricots, sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Mary asks…

Healthy Recipes?

Throw some healthy recipes at me; meal, snack, or drink. I need to lose some weight but I also love to eat tasty food.

Some vegetables I like: onions, mushrooms, Jalapeno and R,G,Y,O peppers, potatoes, and others. I am an omnivore, so I can eat cheese, eggs, milk, meats, etc.

I have a frying pan and a soup pot. I might buy a blender or wok. I am not opposed to international or oriental recipes.

answers:

Go for a wok….you can make so many tasty, healthy meals with it.

I love stir-frying chicken breast strips with mixed bell peppers, shrimp with pea pods, and beef with broccoli. Just some soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and you can have a lean meal with lots of veggies. Serve with brown rice.

Here’s a good Lo-mein recipe…you can add shrimp or chicken to it…

***No-Pain Lo Mein***

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan in a slow drizzle) vegetable or wok oil
1 cup (2 handfuls) snow peas, halved on a diagonal
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into match stick size pieces
1/2 pound assorted mushrooms (shiitake, straw, enoki, or oyster), coarsely chopped, if necessary
4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
2 cups (about 4 handfuls) fresh bean spouts
2 inches fresh ginger root, minced or grated with hand grater
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lo mein noodles or thin spaghetti, cooked to al dente and drained well
1/2 cup aged tamari soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, several drops

Heat a wok-shaped skillet or large non-stick skillet over high heat. When pan is very hot, add oil, (it will smoke a bit) then, immediately add the snow peas, pepper, mushrooms, scallions, and bean sprouts. Stir fry for 1 minute to flavor the oil, then add the ginger and garlic, and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the cooked noodles and toss with to combine. Add the soy sauce and toss the ingredients to coat noodles evenly with sauce. Transfer the lo mein to a serving platter and garnish with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.

***Chop Suey***

This recipe is a great use for leftover rotisserie chicken.

8 (3 by 3-inch) packaged Chinese wonton skins, separated
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 scallions, greens included, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
3 cloves garlic, sliced
4 cups sliced napa cabbage
3/4 cup celery, thinly sliced (about 4 celery hearts or 2 long stalks)
1 (8-ounce) can bamboo shoots, drained and julienned
2 cups shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 6 ounces)
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cooking sherry
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked turkey or chicken
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Brush a baking sheet and the wonton skins lightly on both sides with 2 teaspoons of oil. Season with salt and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack and reserve.

In a large heavy skillet or wok, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallion, garlic, cabbage, celery, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms and stir-fry until cabbage is soft and wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sugar, 3/4 cup of the chicken broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil and cook for 3 minutes. Add the sherry-cornstarch mixture and, if the mixture is a little dry, the additional 1/4 cup chicken stock. Add the turkey or chicken and heat through. Serve the chop suey over the cooked brown rice and top with sesame seeds and reserved crushed wonton skins.

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Your Questions About Healthy Trim

Donna asks…

and exactly why does trimming your hair help it grow/be healthier?

i do believe that if you trim your hair every few months
it will make it healthier and grow faster but i’m not 100%
sure on why that is…
apart from cutting split ends off so your hair doesn’t
split all the way up…
how does having healthy ends off your hair affect
the growth of the roots?

answers:

You got the answer right in your question :)

The reason you need the haircuts is for one your hair will look better and more healthy and for two when you have damaged hair it just breaks off at the bottom so it never seems as if your hair is growing even when you know it is…for example i am a fake blonde and my roots start to show like crazy after a few weeks but my hair doesn’t seen any longer… And I’m thinking well why is this?? Well it’s because my hair is damaged and its breaking off at the ends… It doesn’t effect the growth from the root!!!

George asks…

which is healthier shaving or trimming?

i have a little confusion whether shaving is better or trimming is healthier for the skin
so i hope u will provide me the best answer .

answers:

Triming..

Jenny asks…

healthy shiny hairrr ?!?!?

how do i keep my hair healthy and shiny during the hole day.
i cant get through a whole day without getting notty greasy and unshiny looking hair. my hair is healthy and everythign jus tcant keep ti like that during the day i dont touch it alot and it just seems to do it on its own i look at my friends hairs and they all are liek shiny and perfect how can i fix itt ?!??!

answers:

Are you shampooing everyday, then if so thats why your hair is getting greasy. You are drying out your scalp and forcing it to produce more oils to compensate. And you are ruining your hair, back off to no more then three times a week and …..so try this…regular trims are a must, about every 7-9 weeks.(if your hair is really healthy then up the trims to about every 12 weeks, a trim is just a snip off the ends) if its been awhile since you have had a trim then inches may be called for to get to healthy hair. I use vitamin e on fresh washed hair.(its a vitamin that can be purchased where you buy vitamins, cut open capsule, squeeze into hand, rub hands together and apply to hair) dont message into scalp. If you get too much then just rewash it. Hair will feel slightly sticky until dry then it will be nice and soft. It tames the frizzies, deep conditions and makes hair grow about three in a month. It takes about a month for the growth part of the e to kick in. The other benefits are instant. Dont brush your hair but maybe once a week to message the scalp, i use a wide tooth comb at other times. Brushing breaks off hair. I just started biotin vitamins going on three months ago this sat and notice and big growth spurt from that. Biotin is cheap and also promotes hair regrowth and growth. I also have the biotin shampoo that i got from a vitamin store online.(puritans pride.com or vitadigest.com) five bucks for a big bottle and a big bottle of E is about 8 bucks. The biotin is about 3 bucks. I now take my fingers and message my scalp about five times a week, along with the brushing thats a good way to do it without damaging your hair. Apply two or three capsules of e to dry hair and message into scalp and hair really well, put damp towel in microwave for 1 min to get hot, then quickly wrap head, a dry towel can be placed over that to help hold in the heat, leave on for 15 min, shampoo well, makes an excellent hot oil treatment. Good luck, AND some people will argue about regular trims, your hair does grow from the roots, yes, but if your hair is not trimmed at the bottom, the it splits, get dry and brittle not to mention thin looking from no trims at all and frizzy. Then your hair starts to break off at the bottom and giving you the appearance that it never grows. So to make hair grow as fast as possible and keep it healthy, then trims are an essential part of hair care. Look on a ruler and check out less then half an inch and if your salon does not know what that is then take a ruler with you, i have. As of this week im adding beta carotene vitamins to my regimen. I found out that along with the biotin it is very very good in promoting hair growth. They were five bucks for a bottle of 100. Got them at walmart. The biotin and e can also be purchased at walmart, and adding all this up is pretty cheap to get great hair. I just wish the shampoo was available in the stores, but not yet.

Sandy asks…

healthy hair???

okkayy,,,i have hair that is very dry and has split ends.i don’t want to cutt my hair i want to grow it out so how can i make it look healthier??? and stronger???

answers:

You don’t want to cut it, but getting a little trim will help your hair become healthier. It’s actually helpful to get regular trims (about 1/2 inch or so) to maintain healthy hair, even if you’re growing it out. If you really don’t want to do this, you should deep condition it and lay off the heat products (blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners).

Mandy asks…

Are Bodybuilder’s healthy?

I mean… To have all those muscles is not normal..
Is it healthy to be a bodybulder?
Do they generally live longer or shorter?

answers:

BodyBuilders are NOT healthy, they trim their body fat down to unhealthy levels using suppliments and chemicals, then proceed to dehydrate themselves in order to get the “veined” look. It is possible to have a large mass of muscle while being healthy, but even Arnold can tell you that competitive body building will kill you fast if you dont take your day in the sun and then retire. I have known many of people who compete in that way and their bodies are wrecked by 30 years old.. Not to mention the immense strain of the intensive training they need to do to constantly maintain mass.. Bone shearing is a nasty condition. For the healthiest you can be, simply use your own body weight as resistance, pull ups, sit ups, squats, push ups. And activities like swimming and stretching. Your body is all you need to be healthy.

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods To Eat

John asks…

Healthy foods to eat!?

I’m 13 years old
and im trying to lose weight what’s healthy foods too eat everyday

answers:

Don’t focus on “losing weight”. Focus on getting healthy! If you strictly focus on weight-loss you won’t be successful. Eating healthy is a lifestyle change, not a diet.

But you can start with foods that are high in protein and low in sugar/carbs. Tuna, eggs, salads, chicken breast, turkey (turkey is lean meat so turkey burgers versus normal burgers are better for you!). If your mom or dad will help you cook these things that will make it easier! Have them support you! You will want to eat a LOT of fruits and vegetables. There are so many ways to cook veggies to make them taste good :) If you get hungry, snack on celery instead of grabbing a piece of candy. Drink a glass of water instead of a pop. It’s little things like that that will make the difference!

If you use myfitnesspal.com or calorieking.com this will give you all of the nutritional information in foods that you won’t find a label on (the kinds you’re supposed to eat!) such as vegetables and fruits and meats!

Good luck with everything!

Carol asks…

I have been hungry all the time ever since eating healthy foods?

Everytime I cut back on fatty unhealthy foods and eat healthy I notice I am always hungry. Its like I can never get full while eating healthy foods? What gives?

answers:

Maybe your bod is still adjusting. A good food plan would be:

Breakfast: low fat milk on cooked 9-grain cereal (buy it in bulk from health food store), mixed with cooked oatmeal and wheat bran. Add some nuts, raisins, craisins and berries. Drink hot Ovaltine. You will NOT be hungry after eating that.

Lunch: Egg, tuna or turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with bean or alfalfa sprouts and yogurt w/fruit. If you had meat loaf for dinner, bring a meat loaf sandwich (NO mayo). On cold days, a squatty thermos of hot chili, split peas with ham or beef stew.

Snacks: Fresh fruit (banana, orange, apple, kiwi, grapes, peach, nectarine,
cherries, pineapple..)

Dinner: Big caesar salad with white meat chicken, tomatoes, olives, 3 kinds of lettuce, 2 kinds of shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, shredded or sliced carrots and zucchini, hard boiled eggs, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, tofu, cottage cheese…
Instead of salad dressing, squeeze 1/4 tomato over it or some lemon juice or mash some avocado with tomato juice.

Or omelet: In blender, whip together eggs, tofu, cottage cheese, onions, garlic powder. Cook with mushrooms, chopped tomatoes. Top w/cheese.

Foods to avoid: pastries, desserts, sugar, salty foods, syrup (even canned fruit in syrup), peanut butter, pork (wieners, chops, bacon), potatoes, white bread, rice, pasta, canned veggies, ice cream, oily foods, soda, coffee…And of course no tobacco or alcohol in any form. Both of those add wrinkles and destroy your organs. No oil except olive and mac nut.

To keep your skin clear, drink water. Veg. Juice is good too. But not canned juice (too much sugar.)

Join a gym; they have all the equipment there and staff to show you how to use it. Much cheaper than buying your own.
If you lack energy to exercise, take Stress B vitamins.
To lose weight, try SENSA.

Helen asks…

what foods can i eat that are healthy?

Hello,
im not over weight but have a few pounds to loose i had a baby 17 months ago and have lost most of the weight but i am stuck now i do exercise at the gym 4 times a week but i think i eat too much or wrong?? help can anyone give me some healthy food ideas or a food plan? i am 5ft 1 and weigh 61kg. i dont want to starve and be hungry!

answers:

Here is a list with healthy food ideas :)

Go for natural, organic foods if possible.
Avoid soda, diet soda or any diet drinks, artificial colors or sweeteners, white flour, too much sugar.
Try eating smaller portions more often; rather than larger portions less often.
Drink plenty of water. Green tea. Water + lemon – cleansing, good for skin & digestive system.
Fiber & protein rich foods, along with fresh vegetables and fruit will help keep you full.

~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) – Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
~ Vegetables
~ Fruit & Berries
~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) – full of fiber and protein :)
~ Veggie burgers (Amy’s makes great veggie burgers)
~ Whole grain breads: multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.
~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
~ Hummus
~ Oatmeal – great source of fiber, you can add toppings like: almond butter or peanut butter, nuts, fresh berries/fruit, raisins, dried fruit like cherries/cranberries/blueberries, cinnamon, skim milk or non-dairy milk, nonfat greek yogurt, jam, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.
~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature’s Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
~ Olive oil, good healthy fat, great for stir frys with lots of veggies.
~ Salmon & Tuna
~ Tofu & Tempeh – are great in sandwiches, wraps, on salads, etc.
~ Whole grain crackers
~ Whole grain waffles or pancakes
~ Dark chocolate – in small amounts :)

Healthier alternative ideas for food, examples:

- Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt)

- For chips, you could try natural sweet potato chips, pita chips, fat free popcorn, pop chips or a natural potato chip brand like Kettle. You can also make your own chips by thinly slicing potatoes or sweet potatoes, glazing with olive oil, sprinkling with salt (pepper, basil if you’d like – cinnamon goes well with sweet potatoes) & baking them.

- Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries/papaya, raisins, etc.

- Try a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun, topped with some things you like.

- If you want soda, try cold sparkling water with lemon or mixed with 100 % organic fruit juice instead

- Replace white pasta with whole grain in pasta dishes + add veggies (for example adding baby spinach to pasta, grilled vegetables to lasagna, broccoli/grated carrot/spinach/kale to pasta salad, etc.

- For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in, for a healthier dish

- Enjoy pizza, try it on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies.

- For healthier treat options try things like: frozen yogurt, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate, etc. Desserts are fine in moderation :)

* Here is a website with some great nutrition information, recipes, snack ideas, meal ideas, etc.:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/building-blocks.php

I hope this helps you :)

Good luck ♥

Lizzie asks…

how do i go from a junk food junkie to eating healthy?

I’ve always been a junk food junkie but after New Years my mom said i had to start eating healthier.
How do i start eating healthier every day and get used to it after always eating junk food??
I don’t have a eating disorder or anything but i want to eat healthy and still eat some of the stuff i ate before.

answers:

Hi,
Start by using the technique “reduce and replace”. You reduce the amount of junk food you eat and replace it with something healthy. This could mean instead of having chips as a snack, you have a piece of fruit. Write out a food diary that shows exactly what you eat, then you can plan to replace the junk food with healthy food over a period of time. If you don’t do it methodically you won’t stick to it. Where as if you have a record of your progress you can see how well you are doing.
If you want more tips and advice, just get back to me.

Hope this helps.
UK Personal Trainer and basic Life Coach

Sandra asks…

Has anyone here started eating healthy food?

I’m curious: Has anyone here been used to eating unhealthily and switched to healthy eating? If so, what happened? Did you get more energy/ feel better/ be less irritable?

Thanks!

answers:

I have always been a healthy eater. But yes you will feel better and look better by giving your body the fuel it needs. Look at it this way, it won’t be easy to eat healthier. You will have a cravings that will be out of this world. Here is some food for thought: Did you know that it takes only 8 weeks for your mind to develop a habit? So if you eat healthy for 8 weeks you will no longer desire or even want unhealthy food. The food you are eating will become your habit or routine. That is why many weight loss plans/programs are 8 weeks…but most people quit between 4-5 weeks and go back to their bad ways:)

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Your Questions About 102.7

Richard asks…

I want to listen to the radio online but in a different country?

I tried to listen to KIIS 102.7 online on their website from the UK but it won’t load up..I don’t know if its to do with being in a different country. If so how can I resolve the problem?

answers:

You can’t. The station owner restricts the stream to the US only.

Maria asks…

How Do I Get My Fever To Go Down?

I have been really, really sick these past few days-the sickest i’ve been in years. I have had a fever of 102.7-103.2 all day. I have taken fever reducing medicines, and had a cold shower but nothing is working! I think I might have the flu. I can’t stop coughing and my body aches. What can I do? Should I just drive myself to the hospital or am I over-reacting?

answers:

As long as your fever does not get any higher, you should be okay. It does sound like the flu. Besides taking fever-reducing medication, you need to drink plenty of fluid. You can dehydrate quickly with a high fever. Most of all, don’t get chilled but don’t get overly warm either and sleep as much as you need until you feel better. Instead of taking a cold shower when your fever is up, take a tepid (lukewarm) bath or shower instead to avoid shocking your body too much. If the bath or shower is too cold, it will make your body shake and ache even more. Tepid water will just as effective in lowering kour fever.

Jenny asks…

How can i listen to multiple online radio stations?

ok, check it. i want to know if there is any type of player or program out there that i can use to listen to radio stations without having to go to there respective websites. for example, i would like to be able to listen to 102.7 KIIS FM out of los angeles without having to go through their website. i would also like to be able to cycle between other radio stations that broadcast online, such as STAR 98.7 and my favorite KROQ 106.7. if anyone knows what i’m talking about, any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.

answers:

Try to download Radio Station Plus from http://www.soft32.com//, I hope this will help. You can download similar programs from the same website

Ruth asks…

How can I help my toddlers fever break?

my 14 month old has had a fever since last night it’s highest point being 102.7, since then I have been giving him motrin and the lowest I can get it is 99.9, he’s playing like his normal self just acting a tad grumpy. And he’s drinking fine the only other symptom is a slight runny nose and a very very slight cough. Any tips?

answers:

Fevers are scary. Always give tylenol. The others can have side effects. Luke warm water baths, no clothing and fans always can help. 99.9 isn’t too bad especially if he’s playing etc. Make sure that you keep the tylenol in him every 4 hours. Don’t wait for it to spike. Load him up on schedule. You don’t need to go to the ER until it hits 104 and won’t break. Even then there’s not much they can do. Make sure you push fluids. Sounds like a cold and this too shall pass.

Sandra asks…

What is the most popular radio in Los Angeles, CA ?

For normal people (15 to 25 years) ? Is KIIS FM (102.7 FM) popular?
It’s a serious question :)
@Obviousman with ‘normal’ i wanted to say people that would listen to usual contemporary hits, pop music, commercial music, not underground and rare types of music

answers:

KIIS FM 102.7 is LA’s number 1 hit music radio station. Almost everyone in Southern California listens to it.

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Your Questions About Healthy Dinner Recipes

Nancy asks…

Healthy crockpot dinner recipe?

So I hate to cook but using the crockpot has really helped me in my quest to eat healthy. I gave pretty much been cooking plain chicken in there so am looking to switch it up. Im ok if it is still chicken, I just need more then just salt and pepper but still have it be a healthy lower calorie meal. Any suggestions would be great, thanks

answers:

I cook soooo much in the crockpot. It is quite easy for a busy woman like myself. Some of my family favorites:

~Pot roast with carrots, onions and potatoes, cook on low and takes approx. 8-10 hrs

~3 large chicken breasts, 1 packet of taco seasoning, and 1 can of rotel tomatoes and diced chilies. You can use this with a corn or flour tortilla, or in a taco salad (or salad with no shell). It is delicious, cook on low for 10 hrs is what I do

~1 medium package of chicken legs, 1 container of chicken broth, red and yellow pepers. Season with adobo or whatever you like. Steam some veggies for a side after the chicken is cooked. Once again, I cook on low for approx. 8-10 hrs

~Turkey tenderlion (preseasoned: teriyaki, rotisserie, cajun, etc). Cook for 8-10 hrs. Sometimes I cook it in turkey broth with carrots and potatoes, sometimes I cook without the broth and just add carrots or forget the veggies and steam some brocolli or make a side of corn

~3 large chicken breasts, 1 container of Lawry’s liquid marinade. Sometimes we use a teriyaki marinade then eat with a side of stir fry mixed veggies. Sometimes we use a BBQ marinade (my favorite is Sweet Ray’s) and eat on a sandwich. And sometimes we use a Chili marinade and eat it with a side of rice. There are other marinades, too so just pick what you like and make a side with it.

~BBQ chicken in the crockpot. You need 1 bottle of BBQ sauce, approx. 3 breasts, and a tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of honey. It’s delicious.

~Chili; cook 1 lb of ground beef, season it and put that in the crockpot. Add what you like in your chili: jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, chili’s, whatever it is you want plus 1-2 cups of water. Let it cook on low for 4 hours.

~This recipe probably isn’t the healthiest, but it is a favorite. In the bottom of the crockpot I season 3 chicken breasts with some garlic and onion powder. Then, in a bowl I mix 1 pkg. Of ore ida hashbrowns (with the peppers and onions), 8 oz. Low fat sour cream and 8 oz. Of cream of mushroom soup. After that is mixed I add it on top of the chicken. I add 1 container of chicken broth. I let it cook for 8 hrs on low. As I stir it, the chicken shreds itself. It is so delicious and I get a lot of compliments on this recipe.

~Jerk chicken. You can use a whole chicken, white or dark meat. Buy a chicken rub, season the chicken. Cook for 8 hrs. So it doesn’t burn I add some broth or water to the bottom or even an addition liquid jerk seasoning marinade. Serve with cooked cabbage and carrots or rice and peas. Spicy, but so delicious.

~Mango chicken. Another family favorite. I use either chicken legs or chicken breasts, and buy a liquid mango marinade. We eat with rice and veggies.

Sometimes I just make veggies in the crockpot. I’ll put in some broth, then carrots and potatoes and red/yellow/orange peppers. I’ll bring home a rotisserie chicken to eat with it.

I’m sure you could get really creative and eat anything from chicken wings to ribs to lamb to eggs (yes we have made eggs in the crockpot!) to pizza and pasta. We don’t usually eat pork so we don’t have any pork recipes.

Mandy asks…

Was this a healthy dinner?

Hi everyone I’m trying to slim down and eat healthier, this is what I ate for dinner is this healthy enough? Approximately how many calories do yout think it is?

2 baked roma tomatoes topped with olive oil, basil, parmesean cheese, and garlic salt
Half of a grapfruit
Activia yogurt fat free
Full glass of carrot/celery juice

thanks

** I am a vegetarian and I take multi – vitamins also **

answers:

These healthy and quick dinner recipes include 1-minute meals, low-fat recipes, low-calorie recipes, easy recipes, and the best frozen dinner options. So stop stressing and start enjoying dinner again with our collection of quick and easy recipes. Give your favorite comfort foods a healthy makeover, make chicken exciting again, or discover a few meals you can whip up in just one minute — really!

Sharon asks…

Healthy recipes?

Do you know any good healthy recipes? It can be for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

answers:

A healthy recipe in my opinon is a meal made with fresh or frozen vegetables. I like to eat a meal of 4 vegetables. That consists of potatoes, stir-fry, canned vegetable(peas, corn, green beans, yellow beans, carrots) that compliment the stir-fry, and fresh celery or carrots.(a side salad would do also.) If you have to have a meat I suggest a piece of grilled chicken 3 oz. Just enough to say you had some meat. This is served with a large glass of water. If you want a dessert – pudding or jello.

Lisa asks…

What are some healthy but quick and easy dinner recipes?

I need to start cooking more healthfully using fresher ingredients. The thing is my toddler is very demanding and has a hard time sharing me with the kitchen (hahaha), so as of lately I have been sticking to hamburger helper and other things like that. It’s been messing with my digestive system and making me feel sluggish and unhealthy. My hubby isn’t normally home until between six thirty and seven thirty, so I like to have dinner done when he gets home. Anything that I can add my list of dinners that is healthy but doesn’t require a lot of time?

answers:

Ground meat meals can be very healthy when using leaner ground meat. Hamburger helper is filled with lots of ingredients that aren’t so good for you so I stopped using it and found this website that is filled with great ideas for ground meat meals. Check out the casserole page, there are lots of good recipes that my kids have loved.

Http://www.easy-groundmeat-recipes.com/

John asks…

Healthy/Easy recipes?

Ok all you cooks out there I need some help!

I want to cook my family an absolutely delicious meal that is extremely healthy and made up of cancer-fighting ingredients, weight-loss friendly foods, and just an overall extremely healthy, yet easy meal.

I would prefereably like it to be things that most people have in their house or ingredients that arent to expensive to buy.

Do you know of any drink recipie, main course and 2-3 side dish meal like this?

I appreciate it so much!

answers:

Healthy dinner? No problem! ;)

Here’s a menu for a soup-sandwich combo! Start with Chilled Tomato Soup, next comes Turkey Veggie Wraps and a side of Tangy Coleslaw. Also included is a delicious smoothie recipe =)

Chilled Tomato Soup:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups peeled and thinly sliced onions
3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
2 bay leaves
4 pounds firm, heirloom tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into eighths
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
4 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Hot sauce

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and bay leaves and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, 1 tablespoon salt, and thyme and cook for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes soften. Add the water and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until the tomatoes are very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Using a handheld blender, puree the soup until smooth. Chill the soup. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and hot sauce to taste, as desired.

Turkey Veggie Wraps:
2 cups coarsely chopped smoked turkey breast (about 8 ounces)
2 cups gourmet salad greens
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 ear)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons light ranch dressing
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, tossing well to coat. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Top each tortilla with 1 cup turkey mixture; roll up. Cut each wrap in half diagonally.

Tangy Coleslaw:
Combine 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss with half of a 16-ounce package cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw; cover and chill.

Yogurt n Fruit Smoothie:
2 cups fat-free milk
1 (8-ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup thawed pineapple-orange juice concentrate
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana, coarsely chopped

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately

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Your Questions About Healthy Foods For Kids

Betty asks…

Healthier food ideas?

im trying to eat healthier lately.
what are some healthy meal ideas?
id prefer things that are kid-friendly, like chicken or pasta ect. just things that are healthier but still taste good.

answers:

Check out some of my answers here for eating healthy and for cooking for kids:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AudsXi3WuRezJIZq5FUVABfty6IX?qid=20070227121914AAfZq8F

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120331075427AAXVJZN

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110204131136AABEeCI

kids:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110112064550AAov4Dy

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071028101956AAzSQA8&r=w#QZF9XGe8VzHs9ZD7A6b_kUzzaWMnlSsRIhF_3as4ZwzPJyhPlI39

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Charles asks…

why do kids who eat healthier foods do significantly better in athletics and academics?

answers:

Because having healthy food inside you helps your concentration and helps kids be alert and wide awake.

David asks…

What do you tell your young kid when it comes to healthy foods?

I have a three year old and without getting into much explanation I offer her foods and discourage others saying this is “good for your belly” or this is “not good for your belly”. One day she asked why she couldn’t have more salami and I just said because it has toomuch fat, so now she asks every time if this or that has fat and when I tell her yes she gets sad and no she gets happy. Have I set her up to become an anorexic?

answers:

I think it is great that you are teaching your daughter about eating healthy! I don’t think you are setting her up to be anorexic! Since she is showing interest, it may be a good time to talk to her about nutrition in general. Print out a food pyramid like this one: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/mpk_poster.pdf
and explain it to her. She may have fun sorting all her favorite foods into the pyramid. It is a great time to teach!! Good luck!

Sharon asks…

Whats a healthy Asian food?

heyyy
could anyone please tell me any asian food but has to be healthy.
it can be a snack, meal, drink etc but it has to be asian.
if u can, plzzz tell me the ingredients of that food.
Oh by the way i would like food suitable for young kids but any food will do.
thanks

answers:

Sushi and Edamamae come to mind;

Sushi- rice, nori ( seaweed sheets) and fish of some sort- the healthiest is likely salmon, but for young kids, maybe a veggie sushi roll with carrots, cukes, mushrooms- the beauty of sushi is you can use whatever you want to fill the roll.

Donna asks…

Healthy Food Or Fast Food!?

i have not touched fast food in 15 years because i got food poisioning

i stick with health food

how about you people

answers:

Healthy food. =)

beacuse I want to be a healthy person.

Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:

Have regular family meals.
Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
Avoid battles over food.
Involve kids in the process.
But it’s not easy to take these steps when everyone is juggling busy schedules and convenience food, such as fast food, is so readily available.

Here are some ways to incorporate some strategies into your routine.

More likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains
less likely to snack on unhealthy foods
less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol

have fun. =)

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Your Questions About Chamomile Tea Sleep

Chris asks…

What kind of tea will help you sleep?

I like hot tea, but if I drink caffeine before going to bed I’ll never fall asleep. What is soothing?

answers:

Chamomile, green tea, mint herb teas, any number of bedtime like herb teas.

Herb teas in general have no caffeine.

Another you may want to try are some of the white teas. These have almost no caffeine and a very subtle flavor. I strongly recommend using a bottled water to make them since impurities in the water can overwhelm the tea.

JSin

Sandy asks…

Trouble sleeping solutions?

So for the past 3ish days ive had trouble sleeping the first night i didnt sleep at all so had to have the day off because of fatigue last night i had broken sleep and tonight again i cannot sleep, any solutions or remedies that will help me sleep? thanks x

answers:

Common sleep aids include warm milk, Chamomile tea, Valerian, Melatonin and 5-HTP.

Donna asks…

Better Sleep Remedies ?

What Are the best ones i hear tea is one and do you have any advice on what tea could help ?

answers:

Besides warm milk and chamomile tea you can find stacks of other remedies in web searches for “natural sleep remedies” and “natural sleep aids”.

William asks…

Do you ever drink Chamomile tea when your tummy is upset?

answers:

Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile soothes the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people relax and deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.

Richard asks…

Chamomile tea for a two year old?

My two year old daughter has a very horse voice and the doctor said I could give her herbal tea. But they did not say what kind. WOuld chamomile be ok? All she said was no caffein.

answers:

Chamomile or peppermint any kind of warm non caffenine tea is good, i use tea for my kids alot. Peppermint is good for tummy aches and helping them sleep.

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Your Questions About Chamomile And Dogs

Lizzie asks…

Is your dog ready for the FIREWORKS on Friday?

I’ve gotta buy the Chamomile Tea, as the fireworks are right across the street from us, and I just realized I am out of chamomile!
If your dogs stress about fireworks, what do you do for your dogs?
If you were in the front row at a fireworks show, that is how close we are. By the time they are over, we are temporarily deaf..like at a rock concert.
I’m considering loading them in the van, and going up-river till midnight. Fireworks are 10-12.

answers:

Oh I have an amazing answer for this one.. I just figured this out.. The answer is Essential OIls.. And the Lavender oil.. It is absolutely amazing for calming dogs down.. You can spray a bit before you go out and the dogs are mellow and sleep while you are away.. If they are normally wild when you have company, a little Lavender oil and voila you have calm and laid back doggies.. It’s absolutely amazing ! I am positive it would work just as well for fireworks.. Ours don’t mind the noise of fireworks, so can’t say for sure.. But I think it would at least take the edge off.

Steven asks…

Do all dogs really go to Heaven? I am just looking for a warm spot in a cave tonight.?

I am not lonely so much as bored. I am at an impass, neither here nor there. The Spirit is just not moving me to get’R'dunn as it were.

There is a fella, looks nothing like Ed norton, well actually enough to be a stunt double (hunkier actually) that I would go for but he is too far tonight.

Should I drink a pot of Chamomile and eat a pound of Godiva or just pop out to do a patrol of the pubs and eateries downtown? I never imbibe hard spirits while spooking spooks.

There is a kind man, put up with my meaness last month, I would not mind seeing him.

There is another, I fear seeing him. He is too smart, too handsome, too tall, to young and too tech skilled for me. I refuse to ever fall in love again. Once is enough, the Starfire burst that is.

I’ll be in my own den before the end of SNL, hope it does not suk or I may have to phone Cousin Conehead in New New Yorke for a cakebake.

If there is a TRU Knight Teutonic out there, my family has a Plot w/Barn including loft w/city sewer and power. They have also an English Cottage next to City Police. They have various mechanoid transport projects about the County Sligo West Huron Protectorate of Ausable BAY. Me DA is a rather Vulcanic fella and me mum can bear a grudge longer than any Ainu ever.

We like Bone China, Sterling Silver Service and copper bangles. We tolerate the French. We are RavenWELS.

This is yet another rhetorical q most likely but if a humaniodish entity has a clue how I can get back to my Prime directive please answer and I will award 10 points to the most amusing and or helpful.

CHEERS TRINITY AND HALLE!

answers:

Yes.

Chris asks…

eye infection on my dog, what to do tonight?

When i got home from work my dogs eye looked more watery then normal (mini poodle) now im going to bed and its crusty and shes squinting a little. im gonna go to the vet tomorrow for sure but is there something i can do in the meantime for her? it looks uncomfortable. saline solution? just warm water? chamomile tea? whats the best?

answers:

Saline solution , neosporin may help it may only be an eyelash or a hair and a trip to the vet unnecessary , if you can look at the eye for some foreign object you may be able to flush it yourself

Betty asks…

My dog has an ear infection?

Does anybody know if its okay to use human homeopathic ear drops to help soothe his poor little ears? The ear drops are just chamomile and sulfur. I really want to help him feel better, but can’t afford his medicine for another week. If this won’t work, does anybody have any other suggestions?
Of course I’m taking him to a vet, I’m not a bad dog Mommy. I just wanted an answer to my actual question. Thanks anyway, though.

answers:

Antibiotics for the ears are usually under $20 and the infection will not go away without them. You can use pro-biotic yogurt to help (2 tablespoons 2x a day on their food). Also make sure you clean their ears with tissue everyday until it goes away or the infection will worsen.

Robert asks…

Is this spray ok to use on my dog if I’m pregnant?

My dog has allergies and she itches a lot so we got her a natural spray to relive the itchiness. The only ingredients listed on it is tee tree oil, chamomile and aloe Vera. When I sprayed it it has a very strong smell, I’m guessing tea tree oil, and it got me wondering if it could be harmful to me and my baby. I have to spray a lot of it since my dog won’t stay still so a lot of it goes into the air. I’m 4 weeks pregnant.
Thanks

answers:

I would say Yes, just try to not ingest it.
Like hold your breath, then walk away.

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Your Questions About Healthy Breakfast

Sandy asks…

Was this a healthy breakfast?

2 medium sunny side up eggs, 1 piece of wheat toast with a small tsp of light butter. And 1/4 of a banana. Im really sick but im also trying to get healthier and possible maintain/ gain like 2 lbs. I weigh 90 lbs & im 5’2 & im still growing.

answers:

The healthiest breakfast ever is fruit, a glass of juice and something energetic but light, like toasts. I would avoid eggs, bacon, leave them for your lunch they’re too heavy for the morning.

You should eat a tipical fruit of this season, an apple, a kiwi or a banana are all fine; then a glass of orange juice, or a coffee, and 2-4 toast with butter and jam and you start good

Ken asks…

Is nutella a healthy breakfast?

Is a thin layer of nutella in whole wheat bread and a glass of milk a healthy breakfast

answers:

Is nutella a healthy breakfast?
Yes, if you eat it in portions. I know that when I have a jar of nutella lying around my house I end up eating at least half the jar in one sitting (my metabolism allows it ;)

But in your case, YES. I would recommend it! The recommended serving size is two tablespoons so just make sure you don’t overpower the toast with nutella. Haha :) But yeah, you said thin layer so that would work :). AND your eating it with milk?! Haha your so healthy! Good for you!

P.S- Try it with bananas! I know it may sound crazy but if you like bananas it tastes like heaven!!

You take the banana and cut it into thin slices so it looks like a circle and spread them over the nutella at the end. Its great :)

Have a look!
Http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/2009/03/nutella-and-banana-sandwich.html

Donna asks…

Are scones a healthy breakfast?

I’m at a good weight, I don’t want to lose any but I don’t want to gain any, either. Are scones a good breakfast? We get them fresh from a bakery nearby.
14 years old
Female
5 foot 3 and a half
104 pounds
I run for 20-30 minutes a day 3 times a week.
I usually skip lunch.

answers:

They are ok for an occasional treat, but I wouldn’t have them for breakfast everyday. You need something that will provide more nutrients and keep you full to power you through your day. Try one of these combos for a healthy, filling breakfast:

-1c plain yogurt/greek yogurt topped with whole grain cereal or granola, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey
-a bowl of wholel grain cereal with skim milk and a piece of fruit (sliced banana, fresh berries, apple, etc)
-omelette using 2 eggs, a little shredded cheese and some veggies (brocolli, spinach, mushrooms, etc) and a slice of whole grain toast
-bowl of oatmeal made with milk, with sliced banana and a handful of walnuts on top

Also, you should really be eating lunch! Skipping lunch is a very bad idea. I can understand if you don’t like the food your school serves (our school cafeteria food wasn’t all that great either) but you can pack a healthy and yummy lunch to take with you. You can pack something like a sandwich on whole grain bread/wraps (turkey/cheese/avocado, tuna/egg salad, peanut butter and jelly (natural pb) etc), or a salad with fresh greens and veggies, topped with some kind of protein (chicken breast, tuna fish, beans, hard boiled egg, cheese, nuts, etc) and pack the dressing on the side. For healthy snacks, you can pack fresh fruit, string cheese, lowfat yogurt, hummus and veggies, granola bars, etc.

Hope that helped

William asks…

Is this a healthy breakfast?

Every morning I start my day of with two slices of lightly buttered toast, and two pieces or slices of fruit. Usually I’ll have two strawberries or half an orange with my toast. After that I don’t feel full, but I don’t feel hungry, and that’s ideal for me.
So, is this a healthy breakfast?
I’m a vegetarian, so meat is out of the question.

answers:

Its healthier than what most people eat. You can make it healthier by having more fruits which are purer carbs than bread for example apples with cinnamon which will help you feel full and also nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios which will give you protein without cholesterol found in animal products. Have some banana smoothies too and some juices. The more fruits you have the better, more variety and quantity… Whfoods.com… Look up exotic fruits online there are thousands but only few come to the market… Have lots of water too

Sandra asks…

What is the healthiest breakfast?

hey guys I’m trying to to have a much healthier body , so what are your tips esp for breakfast because i think its the most important meal during the day.

answers:

It depends really if you want to lose weight gain weight or just fell better. I find if you eat the same breakfast everyday you will get bored of it however if you have like 3 different breakfasts and you like alternate you will be able to stay healthy and enjoy your morning meal.

Fiber-is found in cereals and is very important for proper bowel function. Barley max cereal is very high in fiber as well as protein but also low in sugar and fat. This cereal with lite milk or low fat yogurt (to keep weight off or lose weight) or with regular whole milk or yogurt to gain weight is a very healthy breakfast that will give you long lasting energy. Below is an article about the cereal. It comes in protein, digestive and heart varieties all are good digestive tastes best in my opinion.

Http://www.csiro.au/resources/BARLEYmax.html

Iron- Iron is found in beans red meat vegetables (spinach in particular) and other foods Iron ensures a healthy red blood cell count and is a very important food. For breakfast baked beans can be included either on toast or on the side with another food such as eggs ensure high enough iron intake. Baked beans heated in the microwave on 1 or 2 slices of toast tastes great and is good for you. Iron is also found in barley-max cereal. Coffee hinders iron absorption and therefore should not be drunk at the same time as iron is consumed in fact a good way to be healthy is to reduce coffee intake to less than 3 cups per week. Coffee although it contains antioxidants has many negative effects such as causing dehydration and heightening blood acidity levels. Which is a real shame cos coffee is great.

Protein- essential for the growth and repair of muscles, and also to build lean muscle eggs are particularly rich in protein 2 eggs poached on 2 slices of bread (not white) is another healthy breakfast. You can also fry or scramble your eggs but poached are the healthiest as there is no fat however some water soluble vitamins will be lost. Protein is also rich in the protein version of the barley-max cereal and also in milk.

Carbohydrates- basically carbohydrates are sugar and are found in most foods breads especially white breads are high in carbs. Carbs should be eaten in moderation as it is these that will cause you to put on weight in the form of fat. Carbs are needed because they do provide energy. Complex carbohydrates provide slow release energy and therefore are the best way to consume carbs this are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.

So you should

Drink plenty of water 2 liters plus more if you are doing exercise I find its best to fill up 3 600ml water bottles and keep them in the fridge everytime you look at the bottle take a long drink you should be alble to get through the water with ease. Also don’t wait until your thirsty to take a drink. When and only when you do hard exersise you should drink powerade or gatorate to replace vital electrolite lost through sweating. These drinks do contain sugar so use with care.

Stay away from soft drinks do not drink them except on very special occasions they do absolutely nothing for you and will make you fat, cause dehydration and worse.

Eat 1-2 serves of fruit a day and 4-5 servings of vegetables

Eat plenty of lean red meat such as rump steak

Don’t under eat

Eat smaller meals more regularly this will stimulate the metabolism ensuring you can burn of the fat you eat faster.

Stay away from sugar free drinks like coke zero… If you want to drink soft drink drink the full sugar ones

get into a regular routine go to bed early get up early excersise before breakfast preferably walk or jog 30 minutes a day.

If you are a christian spiritual time praying or meditating reading the bible etc is good for your health

so to answer your original question
a good breakfast is barley-ma cereal with milk or yogurt.

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