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Infused Water Recipes

I recently started infusing fruits, herbs and veggies into my water. I looked up some recipes and tried about 6 or 7 of them. They are refreshing, but not all of them were delicious. So I decided to share 3 of my favorite infused water recipes with you all. But first check out some of the awesome benefits infused water has below.

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Benefits:

  • Infused Water helps  prevent headaches, helps clear digestive problems, aids in heartburn prevention, aids in blood sugar regulation, aids in fat loss (due to appetite control) and helps relieve joint pain.
  • Infusing your water with fruits, herbs, and veggies  improves flavor AND adds essential vitamins to your daily diet.

#1- Lemon & Mint

#2- Slightly smashed Blueberries, Strawberries & Lemons

#3- Green Tea, Lemon & Mint

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3 Ingredient Banana Bread

Yup, it’s true.

Yes, I’ve got a recipe for you.

Did I mention it’s vegan too?

Yup this is certainly a dream come true.

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OK OK, enough of the poetry (it was fun though). Here’s a easy banana bread recipe. It’ll be quick.

You need:

Three ripe bananas, 2 cups of oat flour, and one cup of plant based milk.

Procedure:

Add all the above ingredients and stir until there is a smooth consistency.

Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake.

I put the oven on bake at 180 for 30 minutes, but it wasn’t done so I put it on 360 for 10 more minutes, then back to `180 for 15 minutes. Needless to say, I was experimenting. Soooo… yeah sorry. However, after leaving it out to cool for 30 minutes it was even more delish!

I also added:

honey   walnuts   cinnamon

vanilla extract        nutmeg

Just incase you wanted to get fancy with it.

See, simple.

-Fitty Fattys

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Cutest Healthy Snacks Ever!

Throwing a party, packing lunches for the kids or just feel like being a little creative? Well then try these cute healthy snack ideas! There were just so many cute ideas surfacing the internet that I just had to share with you guys. Click on the pictures to take you to the original websites (most of them are no brainers) . Will definitely be using some of these recipes for my up and coming juicing party!

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Peanut Butter & Granola Topped Apples

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Peanut Butter and Banana Bears

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Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

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Almond Butter Grape Sandwiches

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Cucumber Feta Rolls

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Yogurt & Fruit N’ Nut Bark

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Assorted Fruit Pops

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Watermelon Cake

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Boost Your Metabolism

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Yes, we all know them. Those people who stuff pizza, ice cream and fried chicken down their mouths, and yet still maintain that slim physique. Damn them and their high metabolism. I know. I say, don’t worry about them and start focusing on YOU. Stop blaming your genetics for your slow metabolism. Although  genetics do play a role on the rate of your metabolism, there are still ways to boost your metabolism. So, no excuses ladies and gentlemen.

By definition the metabolism is the “rate at which the body burns calories” and the “process by which the body breaks down food and converts that food to energy.” Everybody has an average number of calories that are burned at rest. For some this number could be high for others this number could be low. However, whatever the number might be, there are a few ways to boost your metabolism throughout the day.

w3Gain Muscles: The more muscle mass one has, the more calories they will burn throughout the day. In fact muscle burns 3 times the calories as body fat does. So don’t be scared to lift weights ladies.

 

IMG_9954Never Skip Breakfast: Having a healthy hearty breakfast within the first two hours of waking up will get your metabolism up and running.

Drink 8-12 Cups of Cold Water: Drinking cold water burns about 30 calories with each cup, and since water is a zero calorie beverage this is basically a win win situation.

Drink Green Tea with Caffeine: Drinking green tea with caffeine spikes your metabolism, but only for a short amount of time. If you constantly drink it throughout out the day the benefits are substantial.

w2Capsaicin Pepper: Adding capsaicin pepper to your meals also boost your metabolism, but like green tea it only boost it for a short amount of time. But hey, what’s the harm in burning some extra amount of calories?

Exercise: Exercising daily keeps you burning calories hours after you’re done with your workout. The best exercises for boosting your metabolism is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Keep it Cold: When your environment is cold your body has to work to keep your body warm, which burns calories in the process.

Remember you are beautiful no matter what size, shape or form you are! The mission is to get healthy.

-Fitty Fattys

 

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Overeating Is a Problem

overeatingiOvereating. If you’re a Fitty Fatty like me, you may have this problem too. Almond butter, plantain chips, and popcorn are some of the things I can’t help but overeat. AND IT’S A PROBLEM. I used to think, “hey these things are pretty healthy, it won’t matter if I eat so much.” But newsflash, the calories adds up quick. And the fact is, if you eat more calories than you burn in one day YOU WILL GAIN WEIGHT.

Let me break it down for you. Let’s talk about my beloved plantain chips from my beloved Trader Joe’s. This snack from heaven scored a B- on my Fooducate App, praised for it being minimally processed and a natural good source of Vitamin C. One serving (20 chips) is 140 calories, however there are 6 servings in one small bag. Which means if you eat the whole bag you’ve just ate 840 calories. OMG…………….
And I usually eat the entire bag. SO, here are some tips on how to  combat your overeating once and for all.

1. ALWAYS READ THE SERVING SIZE. Many times  the serving may say 100 calories and you think “OH GREAT” this bag is only 100 calories, when there is really 6 servings in that one bag. So your really eating 600 calories on a freakin’ snack.

2. TAKE OUT THE SERVING SIZE. Once you see the serving size, promptly take out that serving and close the bag. Shoot! Hide that sucker if you need too. You can also use plastic ziplock bags to separate the servings completely, so you can have a easy snack on the go.

3. JUST DON’T BUY SNACKS. It’s hard I know, but instead of buying those addictive snacks (even if they are “healthy”) buy a fruit instead. I’m talkin’ a juicy green apple or sweet mango. Fruits are filling and unprocessed. You can try, but you probably won’t even be able to overeat on fruit.

4. BUY THESE SNACKS INSTEAD. If you totally disregarded the last tip and you made a decision that your still going to buy snacks, at least try these snacks instead. Roasted seaweed, rice cakes, 100 calorie packaged nuts, carrots & hummus, popcorn and one-serving yogurt… I guess the moral of the story is just eat the serving size or buy snacks that only have ONE serving size.

5. COUNT YOUR CALORIES. I didn’t want it to come to this, because I totally despise the idea of counting calories. However, for overeaters this may be the best method. Once you’re actually seeing the calories piling up, you’re not going to want to keep eating. You can use apps like Fooducate or Fitness Pal to calculate it all.

6. DRINK A TON OF WATER. This is a toughie, but drink water constantly throughout the day. If your an overeater drink a cup before you eat, while your eating your meal and after the meal. Your stomach will be so full of water that you won’t even want to eat more. In fact, most people mistake dehydration for hunger.

7. INCORPORATE MORE VEGGIES. There is one food you can always overeat, and that’s veggies! They are so low in calories that it’s almost impossible to really “overeat”. So go crazy with loads of veggies that will keep you well nourished, and hey a little more fruit won’t hurt either. Overall if you’re going to overeat, only overeat your your fruits and veggies. They are tasty too, and most of all good for you!

Signs of Compulsive Overeating from http://buff.ly/1tXzTbY

  • binge eating, or eating uncontrollably even when not physically hungry
  • eating much more rapidly than normal
  • eating alone due to shame and embarrassment
  • feelings of guilt due to overeating
  • preoccupation with body weight
  • depression or mood swings
  • awareness that eating patterns are abnormal
  • history of weight fluctuations
  • withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about weight
  • history of many different unsuccessful diets
  • eating little in public, but maintaining a high body weight
  • holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight
  • hiding food in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed)
  • vague or secretive eating patterns
  • self-defeating statements after food consumption
  • holding the belief that food is their only friend
  • weight gain
  • loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations
  • fatigue

Feel free to email me at tiffanymalone60@yahoo.com if you want to talk about health issues or concerns. I’ll do my best to offer the best advice and steer you to the right people for help. Be happy, be healthy, be freakin’ awesome.

-Fitty Fattys

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5 Tips on How to Drink More Water

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Hello friends. If you guys follow the Fitty Fattys Facebook page, I am always reminding you guys to drink your 8 glasses a day. It is so important to drink water for three key reasons:

1.) It aids in fat loss
Why: Because water is a zero calorie drink. Drinking water instead of juice, milk, etc. saves you a lot of empty calories that your body just doesn’t need. It boost your metabolism, which means that your body is constantly burning calories at a higher rate. Check out my post about why you should avoid juices here.

2.) It helps clear out toxins in your body.
Why: Drinking a lot of water makes you pee a lot! Sorry to be so out there, but it’s true. Through your pee is where your toxins release! LOL I say, keep drinking until your pee is clear… and then drink some more.

3.) Increases Energy
Why: The brain is mostly made up of water. So drinking water helps you think, concentrate better and be more alert. Which means that you’ll have more energy to workout! Or maybe just finish some work.

Other benefits of water include: Clearer skin, digestion, headache relief, joint pains etc… I mean the benefits are endless.

Hopefully I’ve convinced all of you to drink more water, but I know it can be hard to remember to do. So here are five ways to incorporate your 8 glasses of water into your daily routine.

GET A FILTERED WATER BOTTLE: Having a filtered water bottle allows you to keep refilling your bottle anywhere. It helps you save money and keeps water on the tip of your hands throughout the day.

1. Right when you wake up drink a glass of water. This will start up your metabolism and keep you energized throughout the day.

2. Drink water with every meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. Drinking a cup of water with each meal already knocks off 4 cups of water for your day.

3. Have water close by when you’re working out. There is no doubt that you will be scarfing down water when your in the middle of an intense workout.

4. Take your water bottle with you everywhere! Have it on your desk at work, school EVERYWHERE. Humans have this habit of just eating or drinking whatever is close to them. Sip on it throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty.

5. If your 8 glasses aren’t fulfilled, drink a glass of water before bed. Getting those toxins out before you sleep is always a good idea. You’ll be ready to release the toxins in the morning, I promise.

And if you just can’t stand the taste of water, you can always add lemon & lime slices, cinnamon, mint etc. The point is to just drink up!

If you follow these tips, you will start to see a change in your body, skin, mind and energy. Just do it! If you have any questions about health or fitness leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you ASAP!

Oh and follow my Instagram for my daily eats @fittyfattys. Be blessed!

-Fitty Fattys

Side Note: During that “time of the month” I have a very bad problem with cramps, constipation and diarrhea. It’s just freaking unbearable, and the only thing that seems to help me is constantly drinking water. Pepto-Bismol has nothing on H20. This is because water helps to produce regular bowel movements. And water also keeps joints lubricated and muscles more elastic, which weakens cramp pains.

Had to save that nasty bit for last. LOL

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The Healthy Alternative: Butternut Squash Fries

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Basically fries are the easiest thing to make, yet they get such a bad rap. With all these fast food restaurants messing up their precious nutritional value, we just can’t catch a break.  Well good news, I’ve got your back! I’m here to introduce you to the very tasty, very healthy butternut squash fries. Let’s get started.

Step One: Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Step Two: Peel butternut squash fries and chop them up into a fry shape.  I tend to make mine a bit thin with a large width. However choose your desire size. Just make sure that they are all close to the same size.

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Step Three: Add about a tablespoon of either olive oil or coconut oil to the fries. Mix the oil around the fries until every slice is fully coated. The oil gives the fries that crunchy texture.

Step Four: Season up! You can use whatever spices you desire. I prefer Mrs.Dash & Sea Salt for my fries, but feel free to  use a cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper etc.

Step Five: Grease your pan with olive oil so the fries won’t stick to pan.B7

Step Six: Place fries on the pan making sure they aren’t overlapping.

Step Seven:  Put the fries in the oven for 20- 25 mins. Then flip the fries and put them back in for 10 mins if they aren’t finished. Remember the oven is at 400 degrees on bake.

Step Eight: Pop them suckers out and let them cool for about three minutes. Dun dun dun dunnnn! You’re finished, eat up!

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FOR CARROT FRIES RECIPE CLICK HERE.

FOR SWEET POTATO FRIES RECIPE CLICK HERE.

To follow my daily eats follow me on Instagram @fittyfattys

-Fitty Fatty

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