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HomeMade Perfect Burgers – TOFUBURGERS

Awareness of the amount of calories in hamburgers deleted them from my diet forever. Unfortunately, craving for tasty burger comes up quite often. That’s why I found the perfect burger- tasty and healthy ūüôā

Why TOFU?

  • Tofu is a fully qualified product to replace meat. It is an excellent¬†source of high quality proteins, which are absorbed to the same extent¬†by the body, such as beef or poultry, because they contain¬†8 essential amino acids present in the animal protein
  • Tofu is a natural product, which does not contain toxic, harmful substances, such as antibiotics or hormones.
  • Regular consumption of tofu helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Tofu helps to control blood pressure because it contains less salt, and stabilizes blood sugar levels, because it has a low glycemic index.
  • Tofu is low in calories, low in saturated fats and carbohydrates, so it is a valuable component of weight loss diets and important part of the daily diet of people who care about the line.

PERFECT TOFUBURGERS

                                                                                                        Ingredients:

2 packages (around 1.5 pound) of TOFU cheese (natural or smoked)

1 onion

1 red pepper

1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of basil
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon mustard
sea ‚Äč‚Äčsalt
pepper

wholewheat buns

Preparation: Very Easy:)

Chopped onion and red pepper cook in olive oil. Then mix the tofu with onions, peppers, garlic and spices. Shape into small patties and put it in preheated to 300 degrees F oven. Bake it until they are golden brown.  When they are done, put them into the wholewheat buns.

Bon apetite!

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Who would eat 50 carrots watching a movie ?:)

I try to stick to a healthy diet and I realize now dieting mistakes committed earlier. After all, I could eat a whole bag of potato chips with a friend watching a two-hour movie in the evening. WOW!

As far as I think about the amount of ‚Äč‚Äčcalories in chips and calories in carrots, it would be quite a big carrot feast ūüôā Who would eat 50 carrots watching a movie ?:)

Just lost so much Calories after nice winter Walk:)

I took my dog for a 60 minute walk today. I feel so much energy!:) I should treat it as a special kind of workout, because I burned so much calories РI checked it on the calorie counter Р299 calories, which is as many as in 12 carrots, 1 hamburger or chocolate Candy bar!!!!:) WOW

Brewing Tea Rules

Brewing Tea Rules:
1) Use freshly boiled water
2) the water should be 100 degrees of Celsius for black tea, and about 70 degrees Celsius for the Green and White Tea

Some interesting info about Green Tea:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/greentea

3) Cover the cup, so that the flavors can not escape
4) Brewing time depends on the type of tea. Black tea from 3 to 5 minutes, green tea about 3 minutes.

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Healthy Ginger Feast:)

Smoothing and Healing properties of Ginger:

  • Ginger has an anti-inflammatory property
  • Ginger strengthens immunity
  • Ginger prevents from nausea
  • Ginger stimulates digestion
  • Ginger is helpful in motion sickness
  • Ginger helps to reduce body fat

Ginger can easily become almost daily part of the diet, for example, we can brew a Ginger Tea.:

Brew a black or green tea with 2 slices of ginger (water at a temperature of about 95 degrees of Celsius )

Let it stay about 3 minutes and pull out a bag of tea.

Leave a ginger for about 10 minutes and also pull it out.

You can then add, for example, honey and lemon

Ginger can also be served for dinner ūüôā My suggestion is Ginger Beef. I know that many of you prefer lean meat or chicken or turkey,¬†but remember¬†that beef is the richest in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 of all kinds of meat. It has comparable amount of fat and calories to chicken – you can check the calories in beef, as well as amount of protein and fats.

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INGREDIENTS:
about 2 pounds of beef
4 tomatoes
3 onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of chicken or beef broth
3 tablespoons of olive oil
grated ginger slice
turmeric
chilli, powder
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Spices, onion, garlic and ginger mix with beef and leave it  for 3 hours in the refrigerator. Then cook the meat in a pan with olive oil. Then add chopped tomatoes and cook everything for 10 minutes. At the end, pour the broth and stew for 1.5 hours. You can also add red pepper, beans or other veggies / legumes you like.

Missing the Exotic Tastes

I found  a very beautiful and vibrant dish on one of my favorite healthy living blogs:) 

Melon Mojito Fish Tacos

Ingredients:

Fish
2 barramundi filets, about 6oz each (or other firm white fish, such as mahi)
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons light rum
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Honeydew Mojito Salsa
1 cup finely chopped honeydew melon (150gm)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon light rum
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt


Remaining Ingredients

6 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups chopped red cabbage (1/4th of a large cabbage)

Directions:

Place fish on in a small baking dish. Whisk together garlic, rum, lime juice, lime zest, mint, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over fish, spooning the herbs and garlic on top of the fish. Set aside and let marinate 10-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare salsa by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and stirring together.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Spray grates with cooking spray.

Place fish on grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, covered, turning once. Fish is done with it flakes easily and is opaque in the center. Remove from grill and wrap with foil to keep warm.

Place tortillas on the grill and cook for about 60 seconds per side, until browned and slightly crisp.

Slice fish into pieces and divide among the warm tortillas. Top with cabbage and salsa.

Source of this incredible recipe and beautiful photo:

http://www.carascravings.com/2012/05/melon-mojito-fish-tacos.html#comment-25525

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How To Make Almond Milk

How To Make Almond Milk by Lorna Jane. Great recipe for even those of you who are lactose intolerant.

Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast……

I’m trying to change my morning habits and forcing myself to eat breakfast. I do not feel hungry almost every morning, so my breakfast needs to be quick and tasty. Normally, I could eat only 2 even 3 hours after getting up and it could be anything ….
Now it’s time for a change. I just thought that in the beginning, my breakfast could be a super delicious smoothie ūüôā Maybe one day I’ll be able to eat a real breakfast.

I chose a loaded with vitamin C strawberry and kiwi smoothie:

Ingredients:
strawberry yogurt
5-6 strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup of ice

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Ways for sleepyhead:)

I’m usually not full of energy in the morning. I have been always a sleepyhead and¬†getting¬†up early is a real¬†challenge¬†for me. I set the alarm clock for later, and then I have a very little time for morning ¬†preparations and I simply leave my house without a breakfast. Without breakfast, I feel that I am cheating myself that my lifestyle is starting to be healthy. I promise myself than I will change my morning habit….. but it’s stronger than me.

Anyway, I found an interesting Wake-Up Yoga Poses :

http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/6-wake-up-yoga-poses-to-do-in-bed/

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Finding the best exercise for weight loss :)

I signed up for boxing classes! I read that a lot of celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret models mainly¬†practice¬†boxing. Perhaps it is a¬†marketing only, but I checked the calorie counter. Boxing is so intense exercise that really burn a huge amount of calories. I compared calories burned while boxing with calories burned in cycling (which of course I’m not going to give up, because I love spring and summer cycling trips), and I was really surprised by the results, which I put in the link because I could not copy the diagram.
I also wonder if boxing will help me unload stress and feel more energy during the day? Hopefully, after a boxing class I am not going to eat a double dinner:)

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