Beans- Nature’s Tiny Nugget of Nutrient Goodness

20691beans-peas-and-lentils-posters1Beans are underestimated nutrient powerhouses!  These little nuggets of goodness, a staple food in many parts of the world, average 10 grams of carbs, and 10 grams of protein, and only 0.5 grams of fat.  They also contain B vitamins, iron,  high amounts of fiber, and NO cholesterol.  In fact, many experts advocate amping up on the bean intake to improve heart health and reduce cholesterol levels.  When mixed with brown rice, seeds, wheat, or corn, beans make a fabulous substitution for meat by providing high amounts of complete protein.    

Some of my favorite beanie ideas:

  • Brown Rice topped with Black Beans, red onions and curcumin
  • Red Kidney Beans on salad with corn and veggies
  • Pinto Beans on a Haystack (SDA style) 
  • Northern White Beans with corn and curry powder

The options for these little guys are endless.  Shoot for new ways to include beans in your diet!

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A New Water To Love

cuc4Tired of lemon water but still want to avoid the calorie loaded alternatives? Drop a few slices of cucumber in a tall glass of H2O for a refreshing new flavor that wont pack on the pounds.  Its a delicious spring beverage!

Quote of the Day

We Succeed, Not Just By Making A Decision, But In Fulfilling A Decision Already Made

Coffee or Calorie Fest?

latte-grandeYour morning beverage might be making you fat by adding more calories than you think.  If your morning delight contains 250 calories or more, it could be causing you to gain almost a pound every two weeks.  That’s a whopping 24 L-Bees a year! Yikes!

Does your favorite cup of Jo make the cut?

Grande “Skinny” Vanilla Latte: 130 kcals

Grande Vanilla Latte: 250 kcals

Grande Caramel Frapaccino: 380 kcal

Grande Tazo Chai Tea Latte: 240 kcal

Caramel Macchiato: 240 kcal

Grande White Chocolate Mocha: 470 kcals (Oh my God- Breath)

Grande Coffee of the Day: 5 kcals (adding some skim adds only about 10 kcals for a total of 15 kcals)

Hit up the treat twice a month if you must- but on the daily, better to skip the sugar rush and calorie fest by grabbing a brew of the day.

Quote of The Day

“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.”

Feel a Cold Coming on? Try a Nugget of Garlic

When you feel a cold coming on, amp up on the Garlic!  The compounds in Garlic promote phagocytosis and stimulate the immune cells to fight back!  garlic-bspAdd a couple cloves to your dinner or hit up the Garlic Capsules (odorless please).  Take action fast enough and you may not have to take a single sick day.

Celebrate Green!


Take St. Patty’s Day to the diet! At the center of each chlorophyll molecule (the molecule that makes fruits and veggies green) is my favorite mineral: Magnesium. Amp up your Magnesium intake today by eating your leafy greens and green fruits!

C

Happy St, Patty’s day!