August 22, 2010 by lauren
August 9, 2010 by lauren
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups soup, 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1/8th avocado, and 1 lime wedge)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
- 3/4 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and chicken; sauté 2 minutes. Add chile powder and cumin; stir well. Add water, salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Top with cilantro, avocado and serve with lime wedges.
to make this more quick, zone friendly I add frozen vegetables…
If you are Canadian and can’t handle the spice, watch out for the spice element. I enjoy using Rotelle canned tomatoes with peppers and then reduce the chipotle spice down to half (I am from the south)
August 7, 2010 by lauren
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People looking to shed body fat might want to follow their workouts with a few capsules of fish oil, if preliminary research is correct.
In a study of overweight adults, Australian researchers found that a combination of exercise and fish oil supplements was effective at reducing body fat and improving cholesterol levels and blood vessel function.
Study participants who took fish oil, alone or with exercise, saw their levels of “good” HDL cholesterol go up, while their triglycerides (an unhealthy form of blood fat) took a dip. Meanwhile, both exercise and fish oil seemed to cut body fat.
The overall benefits, according to the study authors, suggest that a combination of exercise and fish oil may improve overweight adults’ cardiovascular health.
Peter R. C. Howe and colleagues at the University of South Australia in Adelaide report the findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Numerous studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish may benefit the heart by lowering blood pressure and triglycerides, reducing the risk of blood clots and improving blood vessel function.
There’s also evidence from lab studies that fish oil affects metabolism in a way that can reduce body fat.
“Increasing intake of (omega-3 fatty acids) could be a useful adjunct to exercise programs aimed at improving body composition and decreasing cardiovascular disease risk,” Howe and his colleagues write.
However, they point out, this is the first clinical trial to look at the cardiovascular and weight benefits of combining fish oil with exercise. More research is needed to investigate the long-term effects, the researchers conclude.
SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2007
August 6, 2010 by lauren
The list just keeps growing for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and overall health. The newest to the list is breast cancer. A study just published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention surveyed approximately 35,000 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 76, for their use of various specialty supplements (1). The 24-page summary took into account past and present use of supplements as well as frequency (days/week) and duration (year). Individuals taking fish oil had a 32 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer, whereas other supplements typically taken to reduce menopausal symptoms (e.g., black cohosh, dong quai, soy, or St. John’s wort) had no association. Although further research needs to be conducted, this again adds to the growing body of evidence on the benefits of omega-3s for disease prevention.
1. Brasky TM, Lampe JW, Potter JD, Patterson RE, White E. Specialty supplements and breast cancer risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Jul;19(7):1696-708.
Scientists recently provided a report on CBS News that eating junk food changes brain chemistry in the same way that chronic cocaine use alters addictive brain functions (1). Psychologists estimates the recovery curves for drug addiction can range from as little as 8 weeks to 17 years to recover from addiction. (2) Do not fear! We, at CrossFit Monrovia, are here for your recovery needs from those french fries and doughnuts…
(1)CBS News Report@http//www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/29/health
(2)TCC502eCornell Plant Food Cert. course@http://www.ecornell.com