Steamed Salmon With Red Onion, Yellow Pepper, Lemon & Garlic

 

Here’s another  quick lunch or dinner recipe that couldn’t be easier to make.  Please squeeze the lemon juice freshly, rather than using lemon juice out of a bottle.  This dish is so simple that the ingredients have to be really fresh to get the best flavors. Even if you have no cooking experience,  you can make this one – no skill required. All you have to do is chop up the ingredients, put them in bowl and steam them. This a super healthy low-carb dish, and it’s especially great as part of a weight loss program. It will take you less than 20 minutes, from starting to prepare the dish to serving it.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 150g salmon fillet
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely choped
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the ingredients, put them in a bowl.  Steam for 15 minutes.  When you serve the dish, taste it for seasoning. If doesn’t seem to taste of much, add more salt, and perhaps a little extra fresh lemon.

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How To Make An Egg-White Omelette

You’re probably aware of the concept of an egg-white omelette, but maybe you think they’re a stupid idea.  So, first, let’s answer the question –  why would you want to make an omelette out of egg-whites?

Many people think it’s about the problem of cholestorol – egg yolks are high in cholesterol. However, that’s not a reason to make an egg-white omelette – it’s a myth (that many doctors continue to believe) that eating cholesterol gives you high blood cholesterol.  The truth is, science has shown that dietry cholesterol has no significant effect on blood cholesterol.  In fact, egg yolks are very healthy to eat.  No, the reason to eat egg-white omelettes is about calorie control.  Egg-whites are a great source of protein, and also very low in calories.  So, if your nutrition regime requires you to limit your calories intake, but also needs to you to eat plenty of protein (eg if you’re doing strength training) egg-white omelettes are a great option.

Here’s the thing, though, if you’ve ever tried to make an egg-white omelete, you’ll have found they’re pretty difficult, or even impossible to make.  They just end up as a broken mess in the pan.  Which brings us to this tip.  The way to make an egg-white omelette behave just like a regular omelette is to keep just one egg-yolk for every three or four egg-whites.  So, if you were making a three-egg omelette, you would crack three eggs into a bowl, and discard two of the three yolks.  If you do this, you’ll find the omelette easy to make, and you won’t even notice that you’re eating a “low calorie omelette”.

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Steamed Salmon With Carrot and Zucchini Noodles

If you want a healthy home-cooked meal ready from start of prep to serving in less than 20 minutes, fresh fish is a great choice. This simple and quick to prepare recipe is one-pot dish.  All you have to do is prepare the ingredients, put them in a bowl and steam them. It’s a super healthy low-carb dish, and makes a great evening meal or lunch as part of a healthy lifestyle or a weight loss program.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 150g salmon fillet
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 dessert spoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed, dried chili flakes
  • Soy sauce
  • A small handful of cilantro (coriander) leaves, coarsely chopped

Method

Cut the carrot and zucchini into thin strips, resembling noodles. Place in a bowl. Place the salmon fillet (skin side down) on top of the carrot and zucchini “noodles”. Pour over the lemon juice and soy sauce, and sprinkle on the dried chili flakes.  Steam for 15 minutes.

To serve, flake the salmon into pieces (it will fall away from the skin easily – you can discard the skin).  Place the fish and the “noodles” in a serving bowl, add a few dessert spoons of the soy sauce and lemon juice you to cook the ingredients, and stir through the cilantro.

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A Simple Weight Loss Tip That Really Works – Drink Lots Of Water

One of the simplest, but also one the best, things you can do to help you with your weight loss program is to make sure you’re drinking enough water.  Try to drink around 1.5 litres (around 2.5 pints or 50 oz) every day. You might be surprised how much it helps you.

Being properly hydrated won’t just help with your weight loss, by the way. You’ll also probably feel better and have more energy too.

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What Does A Healthy Snack Look Like?

Most people know that nuts of all kinds make for healthy snacks because of the high content of healthy fats.  However, what many people don’t know is that when snacking on nuts, portion control is the real key to making them healthy. That’s because of the massive number of calories they contain.  So, what does a healthy portion of nuts look like?  Well, you’re looking at it – about six small nuts (like cashews) is what’s appropriate for a snack. Just those six plain nuts, which weigh 9g, contain a total of around 50 calories.

You simply can’t a eat a big handful of nuts as a snack and expect to lose weight.  If you eat a whole packet at a time, you’ll likely gain weight. The tabloid press likes to make news stories out of things like this (for example, see today’s story in the Daily Mail).

Now, though, you know the secret to snacking on nuts in a healthy way as part of a weight loss program: keep the portion size to around 10g (6 small nuts, or 2 or 3 large ones), which will work out to little over 50 calories.

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Why Eating Protein Is Important For Weight Loss

For those looking to lose weight, or maintain their weight, we’ve known for some time that eating protein is a great way to help control your appetite. Eating a correctly sized portion of protein-containing foods (meat, fish and eggs are great sources of protein) triggers your body to make you feel full, so that you don’t overeat.  Now, though, we’re beginning to understand in great detail the science behind this phenomenon.

What does this new cutting-edige scientific research mean for you? It means this effect is very real.  If you’re having trouble controlling your appetite, and feel you’re overeating, try substituting some of the carbs you eat for some extra protein-rich food. It really does help.

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How To Beat Unhealthy Food Cravings

Sugar is addictive.  Sometimes, we find ourselves really craving something sweet, or craving carbs (carbs are made of sugar).  For many of us, these cravings are really strong.  Strong to the extent that we could eat a whole packet of biscuits.  Or eat slice after slice of bread.  How can you beat these cravings? Well, the good news is, if you want to, you can.   Here are three things you can try to control the cravings, and control the addiction.

Make This Rule About Sugar And Carbs

Tell yourself, you can have sugar and carbs, but ONLY if you follow this rule. No exceptions.  The  rule is this:

You can only eat food that contains sugar or flour if you make it yourself from scratch

You want cookies? Make them fresh yourself.  You want bread? Bake it fresh yourself. You want pizza? Make the dough fresh yourself. You want cake? Bake it fresh yourself.  You want pasta, make it from scratch yourself. And when you make these, only make enough to eat for one meal.  No making a big batch and freezing it for later use!

If you have to go the effort of making the sweet things, or things with carbs in, from scratch, you will eat a lot less than if you go to the store and buy it ready made.  If you follow this rule, you will never buy bread or cookies or cake from a store.

If  you think this sounds like a  big sacrifice or big hardship, I promise, you’re wrong!  This is a chance for you to upgrade your cooking skills. If you learn how to make these things fresh, you’ll never go back to store bought. The fresh, homemade versions are a genuinely a million times more delicious than anything you can buy from a supermarket or takeout restaurant.

Drink Water, Not Soda Or Diet Soda

Of course, you’re not drinking regular soda. Why? Because it breaks the RULE above. Nothing with sugar in it is allowed, unless you make it from scratch yourself.  It’s the RULE. No exceptions, remember?  But you shouldn’t use artificial sweeteners either. They stop you breaking the addiction to sweet things.  This isn’t hard. Stop buying soda – regular or diet.  Drink iced water instead.

Trick Your Brain Into Forgetting About The Craving

Our cravings for sugar can be really strong.   However, you can quite simply trick your brain into forgetting about them.  What most people don’t know is that our conscious mind can actually only think of one thing at a time.  If I say to you – “Think about an elephant” – what do you think of?  In that moment, the only thing your brain was thinking about was elephants.   It’s the same with sugar cravings.  While you’re experiencing the cravings, all you think about is giving into them.  So, the trick is to force your brain to think about something else whenever you experience an unhealthy food craving. If you’re thinking of something else, it’s physically impossible to be thinking about the craving  A really good way of doing this, is to engage in a specific pre-determined activity every time you experience a food craving. Here’s a few things to try each and every time you experience a food craving:

  • Do two minutes of exercise eg some pushups
  • Do two minutes of vigorous house work and really focus on it eg wash and dry a plate or a glass until it shines perfectly
  • Stand up still, and recite the lyrics to a favorite song in your mind. Start at the beginning, and go right through to the end
  • Have something to eat or a drink with zero calories in it eg. a really large glass of water,

By the end of the two minutes, the craving should have reduced. If not, do the activity again!

Give these a try, and see if they help – they really can work!  Remember, decide on the activity in advance, so you have a plan what to do when the craving comes. Have a practice. Pick an activity, and try it out – right now!

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