Drop 5 lbs! Tips and Tricks to Try Today

Go Nuts for Breakfast

Did you know that adding peanut butter or peanuts to breakfast helped heavy women feel fuller and have fewer cravings for 8 to 12 hours afterwards? Well it does! TESTIMONY!!!!!

Peanuts/peanut butter may help steady blood sugar levels while boosting satiety hormones. Add them to breakfast r a later meal. Make sure you measure a 2-tbsp. serving. It packs 190 calories.

Here’s some appetizing recipes sure to please your tummy and your appetite! Enjoy!

Fruity Parfait

Mix 6 oz of plain nonfat greek yogurt with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter

Top with 1/2 c. of thawed, frozen raspberries, and a tbsp. of peanuts.

(280 calories)

 

Hawaiian Breakfast Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

Handful of dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1/4 cup fresh pineapple pieces or pineapple juice

1/4 cup fresh or frozen mango

1 frozen banana

1/8 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender and process until creamy

 

Onions (cutting, peeling, slicing, and more…)

Onions, one of my favorite ingredients to cook with, are a staple in a lot of households. I love onions because they give flavor to food. They have a beautiful translucent color when cooked, and they are also inexpensive.

Onions are an aromatic. Did you know that shallots, onion, leeks, scallions, chives, and garlic are all in the onion family? They are! They are all in the Alliums family!

Shown below are different ways to cut onions…

 

Diced:

Sliced:

Minced:

Finely Chopped:

Onion recipes that look delicious!

Easy and Good Crescent Onion Squares
http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-and-good-crescent-onion-squares-136611

French Onion Soup Gratinee                                                              http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/french-onion-soup-gratinee/d099a41e-50dc-47e4-a7ef-a28e19c40356

Beer Batter Onion Rings                                                                                       http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Beer-Batter-Onion-Rings-Recipezaar_1

 

Moscalada

MOSCALADA

If you like Pina Coladas and Moscato, then you’ll LOVE this drink! Perfect for the beach, poolside, or just a lazy summer day, this refreshing beverage will cool you down in the scorching heat.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put the rum, Moscato, pina colada mix, and ice into a blender
  2. Mix together on a medium setting
  3. After you pour into a glass, put the whipped cream on to, and add a piece of fruit (like a strawberry or pineapple) as a garnish 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Watermelon Moscato

Watermelon Moscato

WATERMELON MOSCATO

Now that it’s summer time, get creative and try out different drinks – for example, a sweet, yet refreshing watermelon moscato!

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Moscato

Directions

First thing to do is to scoop out all of the watermelon into a large bowl.  Then, give it a blender treatment. This way you can puree the fruit and strain it to get the sweet, juicy flavor.

You’ll probably end up with around nine cups of juice and one cup of pulp. Add the juice of one lime to the pitcher, to make it a little bit more refreshing.

Next, make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water on the stove. Let it boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, let it cool and mix it with 4 cups of the watermelon juice.

At this point grab a flute and mix the watermelon syrup with some Moscato. Success! What a refreshing summer drink.

Helen Cavallo’s “Spaghetti” and Meatballs (A healthier version for like 300 less calories)

http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Spaghetti-Meatballs-Helen-Cavallo

Spaghetti Meatballs Helen Cavallo

DIY Pom Poms

DIY Tissue Pom Poms

 

 

We all love simple easy diy projects that add major impact to a party… here’s a great tutorial by martha stewart. you could use any color..go with any size.. and make a beautiful custom detail for your party!
 
 
 
How to Make the Pom-Poms
You’ll need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire.

 

Hanging Pom-Poms
1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.
4. Tie a length of monofilament to floral wire for hanging.
 
Here’s some great examples of how to use this diy idea! 
starting with my favorite one…
 

Homemade Febreeze

In a Spray bottle mix

2 tbsp. baking soda

1/2 c. Fabric softener and

Fill the rest of bottle with hot water 

Shake all ingredients in a spray/old Febreeze bottle and ENJOY!

I love this stuff! I will never pay almost $5 for F again! My house smelled so fresh!

 

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Other things you can do with this mix:

Spray on your delicate clothes after hanging them

Spray on clothes before drying them in the dryer