Sweet Potato vs. White Potato

sweetpotatochips_6454A friend once asked me why I choose sweet over white potatoes if sweet potatoes have more sugar?

Despite their name, they don’t!

On the glycemic index compare 45 to 75-100 on the white potato.

Sweet Potatoes are also richer in anti-oxidants. The deeper the color of flesh, the greater the antioxidant content.  If you can’t see the flesh buy the variety with the darkest skin.sweet potato salad

A note on cooking these sweets…Steaming, roasting or baking them can double their anti-oxidant value while boiling reduces it.

One sweet potato delivers 438 percent of your daily value of Vitamin A, eye health, while a single spud serves up none.  They also provide a third more vitamin C, has more fiber and has fewer calories and carbs.

Clearly the sweet potato takes root.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Reference information for this blog post from “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health”  – Jo Robinson

Sautéed Basil Pesto Zucchini & Yellow Squash Veggetti®

vegetti squashThis Summer pair is a light dish for hot weather months.  Though available year around zucchini & yellow squash are best in summer.

Prep time: 10 min  Cook time: 10 min

NO EXCUSES!

 

Ingredients:
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1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 Tbs EVOO
2 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
Coconut butter, a dollop

Directions:

  1. Veggetti® the zucchini & squash
  2. In a blender put EVOO, garlic & basil, chop
  3. In a large skillet, on medium heat, add oil mixture
  4. Add veggetti squash and sauté on med heat until soft .
  5. Add salt & pepper and simmer on low heat to let flavors blend
  6. Top with a dollop of coconut butter

FYI:
An entire medium zucchini – 33 calories, .6g fat, 6g carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 2.4g protein
One cup yellow squash-18 calories, .2g fat, 3.8g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 1.4g protein

My friends LOVE this one & I hope you will too..Enjoy!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Broccoli Soup Recipe -Vegan, Paleo or Not this is a Nutritional POWERHOUSE

broccoli soupVegan, Paleo or not, here is a simple & tasty recipe for Broccoli Soup.

Besides being high in both soluble & insoluble fiber this Powerhouse is a rich source of •vitamin-C
•vitamin A
•iron
•vitamin K
•B-complex vitamins,
•zinc
•phosphorus
•phyto-nutrients
Broccoli contains a compound called sulfophane which  can block cartilage –destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation and may help to fight osteoarthritis.

Clean & simple with whole ingredients you can eat this anytime, it’s low in carbs, high in fiber, and nutrient dense too!

BROCCOLI SOUP RECIPE
serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped (or shallots, which I prefer)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls Coconut or olive oil
1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets
3-4 cups chix, veggie or no chix-chix stock ( your choice)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
salt ( optional to taste)
cilantro (optional too)
Directions
Sautee onion & garlic in olive or coconut oil in a skillet for about 20 min on low heat til soft.
Meanwhile, in large pot bring 3 cups of stock to a boil with chopped broccoli
Reduce the heat & simmer 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Put both mixtures in blender & puree til smooth.
Return to large pot and heat slowly.
Add 1/4 tsp nutmeg (be careful too much will mess it up)
add pepper & salt to taste (if Paleo, no salt)
for a more liquidy soup or to reheat add the remaining broth.
Garnish with cilantro for an extra kick

Soup is Good Food : P

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Chocolate “Love Potion” Improved & Passover Friendly too(recipe)

If you’ll recall a little while back I introduced you to a Chocolate “Love Potion”

My friend Ivette shares an updated version that adds a little more spice to an already spicy treat.  Thanks Ivette!

And BTW, if you’re keeping Passover you don’t have to give up a thing : D !!!!

Paleo Choc Pudding Recipe  (added ingredients in red ) 

2 ripe avocados  (Use one avocado for more silky mousse and 2 for thicker more fudge mousse.)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey, organic agave or maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 dates, soaked and pitted
Dash of cinnamon 
Dash of Himalayan sea salt
Optional – red pepper flakes

Blend ingredients in the food processor, serve room temp or chilled

Top with sea salt and/or red pepper flakes  & your set for a delicious treat!

whipped cream is optional but ooooh sooo good : P

Happy Passover & Bon Appetite!

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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

STEEL-CUT OATMEAL RECIPE

oatmeal can

 

Here’s a simple recipe for you to follow.

For a little xtra flavor I’ve included a delicious sauce to put on top.

 

STEEL-CUT OATMEAL the RECIPE :

Measure 1 cup uncooked put in to 4 cups of boiling water

Add cinnamon

Bring down to low temp lt simmer about 20-25 minutes ..

monitor the water so that it does not dry out completely

Then let cool

Put away in fridge ..next morning scoop out half cup put in sauce pan and add a little coconut milk or almond milk  and maple syrup to taste

For a super fiber blast  and omega-3s add flax seeds & chia seeds

Simmer on low until warm ..

Can also add vanilla and top with fresh organic berries

For a little xtra special sauce on top

Cinnamon Almond or Coconut  Butter Sauce (whisk together: 1 tbsp almond or coconut butter, 1 tbsp almond or coconut milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, & 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Bon appetite    joycethumb

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Sub High-Carb Meals with this Rockstar Vegetable

Joycelyn-253webOde to the Cauliflower

Cauliflower is…

A cruciferous vegetable in the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage and collards.

•Nutritionally dense & full of vitamins and minerals
•An excellent source of vitamin C
•Contains many vitamins from the B group especially Folate
•B5, B6, B1 & B3
•Vitamin K
•A good source of minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium
•Has Phyto–nutrients that help prevent prostate, ovarian & cervical cancers
•High in dietary fiber

All these vitamins are required from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein & carbohydrate metabolism.

Cauliflower contains just 25 calories, 5g carbs per cup and has 0 g of fat and 0 mg of cholesterol.

Remember carbs are good to eat, but not at night!

This rock star vegetable can take the place of high starch potatoes for a low carb meal.

Try these cauliflower recipes:

Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Faux Rice
Cauliflower- just the head  (lightly steamed)
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Cilantro-Chopped
Garlic -Chopped
1 Tbsp Coconut oil or Olive Oil
Put Cauliflower, Cilantro, Lime, in blender on chop
heat Pan with coconut oil and garlic and sautée blended ingredients in pan

Mashed Cauliflower
Cauliflower-head only (boil)
Almond milk or coconut milk  (a splash)
Vegetable Broth (optional)- I do without
Garlic (minced)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in the blender. Add Almond milk to create desired consistency

*For People with thyroid dysfunction- excessive use of cauliflower as with other members of the brassica/cruciferous family may cause swelling of thyroid gland and thyroid hormone deficiency.

Bon appetite!
GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


Aphrodisiacs & a Love Potion # guaranteed you’ll like

Joycelyn-105webAphrodisiac is defined as an agent, food or drug that evokes or stimulates sexual desire.

I did some research and found this healthy list of ingredients :

Almonds, Avocados, Asparagus, bananas, broccoli rabe, carrots, dark chocolate, coffee, figs, garlic, ginger, honey, hot peppers, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, truffles, vanilla, & watermelon

 

 

Try this tempting “Love Potion #”:

all the ingredients appear on the list above…you do the math ; )

Paleo Choc Pudding

2 ripe avocados

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup honey or organic agave

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend ingredients in the food processor, add some whipped cream & your ready for the night.

After a bowl of this, can’t wait to hear how the night turned out for you…

Submit details please…

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


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