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Stuffed Pasta Shells Bowl by Amy’s Kitchen

Posted by on Feb 25, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Need a yummy and healthy dinner, but don’t feel like cooking? You are in luck! Nutrition The Stuffed Pasta Shells Bowl is made with Organic Pasta Shells and Vegetables, such as Broccoli, Spinach, Onions and delicious Tomato puree. This dish comes out to be 73% Organic- the more the better! For those with allergies, this dish is Corn-Free,Tree Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Certified Kosher. This dish is high in protein (19 grams), Vitamin A (40% DV), Vitamin C (40% DV), Calcium (40% DV), and Iron (15% DV), and is low in Sugar, and has Zero Trans Fats. Taste The Stuffed pasta Shells Bowl tastes delicious- no question about it. You will probably feel like you are eating Lasagna at a high-end restaurant, without all the bad stuff that you just don’t need to put into your body. I personally can’t...

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Crunches…not for everyone?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Fitness | 3 comments

Do crunches really make you have a flat stomach? Well, it depends. Let’s be Honest… If you have a lot of excess fat in your stomach area, I would say no, and I don’t recommend doing crunches- at least not just yet. What happens when you do crunches is that your stomach muscles get bigger. Think back to those guys at the gym who do weight training. Are they getting bigger or smaller in the area that they are working out and lifting muscles for? Same works with your stomach, so with those stomach muscles getting bigger, your stomach tends to stick out more. The good news is… So how do you get the excess fat away so you can see your sexy abs that you know are there somewhere? Cardiovascular exercise. Do cardio on a regular basis, such...

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Hashed Browns (Organic) by Alexia

Posted by on Feb 18, 2010 in Gluten Free, Twinkie's Favorites | 3 comments

Taste Test These are comparable to the good ‘ol fashioned home-made version you might have been lucky enough to grow up with. Guilt Free Not only is this the best frozen hashed browns I have ever had, and lucky for you and me, it is USDA Organic, fat free, gluten free, and fairly low in calories. Let’s just say, you don’t need to hesitate about buying these when looking for convenience and taste, and this is something that will go great with your chicken and apple sausages, eggs, and home made orange juice. Hey, I believe there is a way to not only eat healthy (or at least healthier than the average Joe), but also enjoy some great taste all at the same time. Preparation This is pretty quick to make, just brown it on a frying pan or...

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Health Benefits of Agave Nectar

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

Agave Nectar is a wonderful Sugar Replacement! Agave Nectar Blue Agave Nectar is the most common species of Agave plants. If you buy Agave Nectar, chances are they are from the Blue Agave plants. The two most common types of Agave nectar is either “Light”, “Amber”, or “Dark”. The Light Agave Nectar has less heating and a more thorough filtration process, which makes a more mild and neutral flavored product. The Dark Agave Nectar is filtered less, and what’s left in the syrup allows for it to have a stronger taste to it, comparable to maple syrup. The Darker the Agave Nectar, the less processed it is said to be. For me personally, I would rather have a product in its most raw and natural form. Health Benefits Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index. This allows for sweetness...

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Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Posted by on Feb 11, 2010 in Gluten Free, Recipes | 2 comments

This is one of those easy recipes for dinner that the entire family will enjoy! Ingredients: 1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour 1 teaspoon Chicken Seasoning 1 1/4 cups crushed Corn Flakes  1/2 cup Coconut Oil, melted 8-10 frozen Chicken Tenderloins (strips) Instructions: Step 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Step 2) Combine flour, seasoning, and crushed corn flakes in a shallow dish. Step 3) Place melted coconut oil in a separate bowl. Step 4) One at a time, dip pieces of chicken in coconut oil, then coat both sides of the chicken with flour and corn flake mixture. Step 5) Place on Cookie Sheet. Step 6) Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until Chicken is fully cooked. Side Notes: I use Coconut Oil rather than Butter because of the wonderful health benefits of Coconut Oil. I use...

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Fitness joy for Twinkie

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Twinkie | 2 comments

Believe it or not, I wasn’t always a fan of exercising…. When I thought of exercising I just thought of sweating, lifting weights, and trying to catch my breath. It has taken me years,  but I have come to love working out. I think the trick is just finding something that you love, and it becomes easy to stick with it. I started out with Dance. Dance worked for me because I love music, and it was just so much fun to move with the music. I could dance for hours on end, and I have before. If you are in an exercise routine that you absolutely hate, try to find an alternative that still gives you the same benefits. Again, if you actually enjoy what you are doing, you will make the time to make it happen, won’t...

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Mini Whole Grain Sandwich Cookies by Late July

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

These cookies have it all –Better Nutrition, a Worthy Cause, and Great Taste! Nutrition What I like about these cookies, is that they are a good source of whole grains (8 grams per serving), calcium (10% of Daily Value), and they are USDA Organic. This product does not have Trans Fats or Cholesterol,  they are low in sodium,  made without any artificial sweeteners, and they do not have any High Fructose Corn Syrup. Yes, there is sugar in this cookie. Remember, it is supposed to be a treat, not a meal.  Keep in mind, this treat is not “healthy”, but considered a much healthier alternative when compared to other cookies on the market. Worthy Cause The Mini Whole Grain Cookies have the “Good For All” Seal, which is Dr. Jane Goodall’s seal for ethically produced products.  Ten Percent of...

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Are you “Skinny Fat”?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in Health | 0 comments

Are you “Skinny Fat”? You heard me right!  There is a new term called “Skinny Fat”, and it refers to those who look skinny, have a healthy BMI, but have a higher amount of fat versus muscle, and are at risk for Obesity related illnesses. That’s right- just because you are “skinny” or look good on the outside, it doesn’t mean you are healthy on the inside. So how many of us are considered “Skinny Fat”? 30 million Americans. How can we prevent ourselves from being “Skinny Fat”? It’s everything we already know, which is to Eat Healthy and Exercise on a regular basis. Check out this great video from MSN Health: “Skinny Fat” Video Please let me know what you think about this new discovery of Skinny Fat! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to...

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