Warm Kale & Asparagus Salad- the recipe you asked for

kale asparagus saladHere’s a recipe straight from JBeFit Kitchen…

Cooked kale scores 1000 out of a possible 1000 points on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI guide).  No surprise that leafy greens top the scale as a low calorie food with high nutrient value.

Another veggie packed with antioxidants.  Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

Warm Kale & Asparagus Salad recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
2-3 shallots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb fresh asparagus spears, 1 inch long pieces
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
1 packet Nustevia (@ Wholefoods)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 small container kale or blend
DIRECTIONS:
1. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil add shallots, tomatoes & garlic, saute over med to low heat until soft.
2. Add vinegar & stevia to skillet
3. Add kale, basil, asparagus and garlic powder.
4. Cook for 1 minute or until salad is wilted but not dark green

DO NOT PASS BRIGHT GREEN …you risk lose nutrients and flavor

Top with sliced Turkey, Chicken ,white fish or *tofu

 The dressing works great on cold salads too!

No excuse for lack of time

prep time: 15 min.  cook time: 15 min.

Enjoy : )

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

“Chia Seed” Recipe

jefitthumb2Chia seeds can be served in drinks or smoothies, sprinkled on oatmeal, salads or stirred into Greek yogurt .. it has a neutral flavor so it goes with anything

When soaked chia seeds take on a gel-like consistency and can actually be quite filling.

Because they hold water they’re great for keeping the body hydrated. Especially for athletes who need to stay hydrated.

Here’s a chia pudding recipe:
1/2-cup chia seeds
2 cups vanilla almond or coconut milk
Add cinnamon and stevia
Stir it up and
Refrigerate for 30 minutes

The texture will feel like a rubbery pudding.

Here’s a little treat I found at Whole Foods for when your on the go:chia pod

Enjoy!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Chia Seeds

chia seedsChia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.

Chia seeds are especially high in Omega-3s.  Making them one of the richest plant based sources of fatty acids.  Omega –3 can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.

Chia seeds are also an excellent source of fiber.

10g per 2 tblsp- 1/3 the daily recommended daily intake.

They are a nutritionally dense food by delivering a maximum amount of nutrition with a minimum amount of calories.

Chia Seeds are also great for athletes because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.

and Chia seeds are gluten and grain free too!

Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3.

Chia recipe to follow stay posted…

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

Pumpkin Muffins & Protein Pumpkin Pancakes (Wheat & Gluten-Free)

For years I’ve been playing around with recipes trying to make healthier versions that would satisfy and remain tasty to the palate.  My mother had mastered this art after my dad’s heart attack when trying to prepare Cuban and Turkish culinary dishes that were heart healthy that my dad could and would eat.  She had a knack for bringing out the flavor in food without all the fat, and cholesterol that would clog his arteries and still feed him the food he loved to eat.

I love pumpkin muffins, and here is a version I can live with…

pumpkin muffin 2PUMPKIN MUFFINS  (gluten, wheat, & sugar free)

¾ cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ tsp pink Himalayan Sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 TBL cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger
dash cloves
1 tsp vanilla (or a little more)
3 TBL Organic Agave
¼ tsp stevia (can use honey if you don’t have a sensitivity to it….. I DO )
3 Eggs
1 cup organic roasted pumpkin

optional: stevia sweetened cocoa chips & unsweetened shredded coconut
1.preheat oven to 350 degress
2.In a bowl combine flours, salt, baking soda &    spices
3. Add pumpkin, stevia, agave, & eggs in blender & mix

  1. add dry mixture to wet mixture & blend
  2. put into muffin tins
  3.  top with stevia sweetened cocoa chips & unsweetened shredded coconut
  4. Bake @ 350 for about 22 minutes
  5.  Cool for 1 hour
  • they taste even better the next day

makes about 10 muffins
approx. 112 cal, 5.6g fat, 11.2g carbs, 7.6g protein

protein pumpkin pancakesPROTEIN PUMPKIN PANCAKES (wheat-free, gluten-free too)

3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 scoop vanilla ISOPURE ( whey protein, This Is the brand I use)
Additional vanilla to taste (I am generous with vanilla)
Cinnamon to taste
Ginger to taste
2 tablespoons of coconut flour
Add half a can organic pumpkin
Add stevia sweetened cocoa chips

add a little almond or coconut milk for consistency

Best to cook on griddle

Top with sugar free syrup or real maple syrup

Please let me know how you like them.

YUMMM!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Do we really need FIBER for a smooth move?

“Do we really need fiber?”…Stacy asks.

Just a few reasons…

Food that is high in fiber content is digested and absorbed much more slowly.  This means that less sugar appears in the blood per unit of time, as a result less insulin is released and less fat is likely to be stored.

Both soluble and insoluble fiber add bulk and softness to the stool helping to decrease the chances of the much dreaded constipation.

High fiber diet benefits include:

•  normalizes bowel movements & maintains bowel health

• controls blood sugar levels

• weight control

• lowers cholesterol levels

• may even reduce high blood pressure and inflammation

Fiber needs:

WOMEN   under 50 – 25g  over 51-21g

MEN under 50 – 38g over 51– 30 g

Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots.

Sources of insoluble fiber: whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.

Sources of fiber rich supplements:  flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, glucomannan

With increase in fiber, increase your water intake too.

To rid of FAT & POOP the answer is YES!

Eat smart and Feel great!

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer