Category: Pasta

Edible flowers with Smoked Salmon Salad

Ingredients:

Dressing

  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Salad

  • 150 g smoked salmon
  • 150 g mixed salad leaves
  • 200 g sweet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100 g dried black olives
  • edible flowers (optional) to decorate

Method:

Dressing
Mix all the ingredients in a large glass until combined.
Salad
Arrange the salad leaves on two serving plates.
Place the tomatoes on top of the salad leaves.
Tear the salmon with your fingers into a small chunks, arrange on top of the tomatoes.
Scatter the olives on top, drizzle with the dressing, decorate with edible flowers.
Serve with crusty bread or a roll.

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Have you been trying to follow a low carb diet for years?  The truth is that low carb diets just don’t work in the long run.  Most people crave carbohydrates, and if you remove them from your diet altogether, it will make you want them even more.  Here are a few reasons why low carb diets do not work for everyone.

They make you stressed out and sad

If you find yourself having a short temper and yelling at the kids and your husband it might because you are depriving yourself of carbs.  People who eat carbs are calmer, happier and more focused than those who are carb-deprived.  In fact, those who don’t eat carbs are routinely stressed out.  Your stress is caused because carbs boost mood-regulating chemicals that reduce stress in the brain and foods that are fatty and high in protein can deplete them.

Low carb diets can make you fatter

Low carb dieters feel lots of stress and depression, and this can derail their weight loss efforts.  Your efforts may fail because stress causes the production of higher levels of hormones including cortisol that will effectively increase your appetite and cause you to go on a major binge.

It is not possible to sustain a low carb diet!

You may be able to do a low carb diet for six weeks or a few months, but if you try to do it for a lifetime, it is much harder to follow.  Only about 75% of people who use a low carb plant can stay on that diet for the long term.

Low Carb Diets Cause Belly Bloat

Belly bloat is a major symptom of constipation that is a side effect of following a low carb diet.  For those who are trying to follow a low carb diet, the constant constipation is a problem while about 30% of the non-dieting population or 35% of dieters who eat more carbs are also constipated.

A Low Carb Diet Can make you feel Deprived

Most low carb diets fail because a person ends up craving carbs.  When you stop eating carbs, it is impossible to avoid the pitfall of a binge when you let your guard down.  If you are on a diet, the first place you will see, metabolic changes is in the gastrointestinal tract.  Metabolic changes can cause constipation because you are no longer eating as much fiber as you once did with high carb foods including bread and pasta.  Dropping fiber intake will increase constipation.

If you follow a low carb diet the right way, you are replacing starchy foods with high fiber vegetables that help to reverse constipation by providing increased fiber.  It is important to eat as many as five servings of low-carb vegetables every day including lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower to keep bowels healthy while not interfering with the progress of the weight loss.

A low carb diet helps you to lose weight because it ignites fat burning processes that are called “dietary ketosis.”  The keytones are also believed to provide an appetite suppressant effect.  Low carb dieters also face fast dehydration, so it is important to consume a lot of extra water every day.   It is important to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated, and this can help to alleviate constipation.  The other main low carb diet issue is bad breath.  Ketones produced can produce a fruity odor or chemical odor.  The smell is coming from metabolic changes so is not dental-related, meaning that no amount of brushing or flossing is going to help with the bad breath issue.  Drinking more water can also handle this problem.

Some people can handle a low carb diet well while others fail miserably.  What you must remember is that dietary changes are generally for life, not just for the short term, so you need to decide what you can tolerate for lifelong changes in your diet.

Fresh Homemade Pesto Recipe – Made in the Vitamix

Fresh Homemade Pesto Recipe – Made in the Vitamix

It’s so easy to make pesto in a Vitamix. It only takes a few minutes. The primary ingredient of pesto is basil. Basil has tremendous health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, detoxes the liver and is an excellent source of vitamin K. It’s also a very good source of iron, calcium and vitamin A. In addition, basil is a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.

When you’re shopping for fresh basil, the leaves should look vibrant and be deep green in color. They should be free from dark spots or yellowing. Fresh basil should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel until you’re ready to use it.

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3 cloves of garlic peeled
2 cups of fresh basil
3 table spoons of pine nuts
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place ingredients in your Vitamix pitcher in the order above, set the speed to low and then quickly to medium-high. Use the tamper to push food into the blades and blend for one minute. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Pour over the pasta of your choice and enjoy!

Tip: Fresh homemade pesto is one of those recipes which definitely tastes better with fresher and more-expensive ingredients.