Healthy Meal of the Week 28 With Leftover Idea

Healthy Meal of the Week: Turkey Pita-wich w/ fruit & cottage cheese
Healthy Leftover Idea: Hummus with Pita Chips

Happened to be in the mood for some turkey even though it’s no where near Thanksgiving but who’s to say you can only eat turkey at that time of the year? Here’s a meal that’s more like a lunchtime option but can easily be used as a dinner depending on what you’re in the mood for. The great thing about these Turkey pita sandwiches is they are very portable so taking one for lunch while at work is very easy to do.

Also, if you haven’t tried making your own hummus and pita chips before, you’re in for a treat if you try out the leftover meal idea. Very easy to do in under 5 minutes yet a great healthy option as opposed to the typical combination of soda and potato chips.

Equipment Needed
– oven
– baking sheet
– 1 oven cooking bag
– 2 small stove top pots

Prep Time
– 5 minutes

Cooking Time
– 45 minutes

Ingredients
(4-6 servings)
– 2 pounds Turkey Drumsticks
– 1 box turkey stuffing
– 1 can cranberry sauce
– 1 package whole wheat pita bread
– 1 tsp of each: garlic powder, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, and pepper
– 1 oven bag
– 1 small container of raspberries (or other preferred fruit)
– 1 container low fat cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt instead)

For Hummus and Baked Pita Chips
– 1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
– 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1 garlic clove
– 2 tablespoons cumin
– 1 tablespoon Tahini (sesame seed paste)
– 1 tsp. seasoned salt
– food processor

Directions

1. Rinse the turkey drumsticks under cold water and peel off the skin if you want to get rid of that unnecessary, fattening portion. Place rinsed drumsticks inside the oven bag that will be used for cooking them.

2. In a small dish, combine the spices and mix with a fork. Sprinkle and rub spices all over the drumsticks inside the bag, then tie the bag and set inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes, an hour, or up to overnight if you’d really like the spices to flavor the meat.

3. When you’re ready to cook the turkey drumsticks, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the sealed oven bag on top of a baking sheet and be sure to puncture a few small holes in the top of the bag for venting purposes. When oven is ready, set the tray on the middle rack and set kitchen timer for 45 minutes. *Be sure the bag cannot touch the oven walls.

4. Since the stuffing and cranberry sauce will take only about 5 minutes, try to time it so they will be done around the time the turkey will be finished. For the stuffing you will need 1/4 cup margarine/butter and water, just be sure to follow the directions on the box you purchased but for the most part you’ll bring water with butter to a boil then add package of stuffing. For the cranberry sauce, simply open up the can and place contents in a small pot on low temperature and stir occasionally.

5. When the timer for the turkey rings, carefully take out pan, cut open bag and slice into the meat to check if it has been cooked thoroughly enough to your liking. If not place back in the oven in 5 minute increments until the desired wellness is reached. When the turkey is finished, using either forks or clean hands, peel off as much of the meat as possible and shred/cut into small pieces. Using your fingers can really help check for small bones or pieces of cartilage the forks might miss. It’s not pleasant biting on a bone so take your time checking the meat carefully.

6. Once you’ve shredded as much turkey as you can from the drumsticks, prepare the assembly line for your turkey pitawiches. On one side of the pita bread coat the top with cranberry sauce, then add a thin layer of stuffing, then finally pieces of turkey. Carefully fold in half like a taco and presto, a turkey pitawich.

7. The last item of business is to wash/cut the fruit you elected to have with this meal. In this case raspberries were rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel, and served atop of four tablespoons of cottage cheese. Don’t forget to compliment this 500 calorie meal with a large glass of water to keep portion size appropriate.

Healthy Leftover Idea: Hummus With Pita Chips

This idea came about since pita bread was being used for the main meal, it made since to used the extra slices to make pita chips and what goes best with pita chips? HUMMUS! This is a wonderful, protein-rich healthy snack that takes literally less than 5 minutes to make needing only a food processor.

First to make the baked pita chips, brush some olive oil on both sides of the pita, then use a knife to cut into small pieces. Place on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, then take out, flip each piece with tongs or a fork, and then bake for another 5 minutes. That’s it!

For the hummus, open the can of garbanzo beans, drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Add beans along with all the other ingredients listed above into the food processor along with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and pulse until hummus is smooth.

Engraved Gift Ideas For Business Executives

Business executives are the ones who ensure that goals and objectives of the company are met. They are often compensated with higher and prestige salary, because they are being put in much harder work that usually takes lots of their time. They are also given gifts for the hard work and dedication they contributed to the company or organization. Some of the gifts that are given to these people are engraved, which makes the gift more thoughtful and personal.

If you are looking for a nice gift for an executive in your company, one of many choices is a business card holder that you can engraved with your recipient’s name, monograms, or single initial. A business card holder is one of the most needed things that an executive should own. These help keep business cards neat and clean, making them look presentable when executives are conducting business. A good choice of business card holder can also make a good impression to clients. They can come very handy, which complement an executive’s sophisticated look.

Business card holders come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. You can surprise an executive in your company with an engraved one that has his name, or initials, title, company name or logo. You can even include other special wording such as his favorite motto or quote by engraving it onto the holder. Some put their business card holder on their desk, ready to open to give business cards to their prospective clients.

Another engraved gift that you may offer to an executive is a travel accessory that he/she can use for business trips. Part of the busy schedule of an executive is to travel out of town to conduct business affair and other company appointments, including seminars and conventions. Thus, an engraved travel present makes an ideal gift for a recipient on the go. Among the choices you may consider are backpacks, portfolios, passport holders, or luggage tags with his/her engraved name or initials. Making these items personalized is actually helpful when luggage are mixed up, or if someone picks up your recipient’s luggage by mistake. Other engraved travel gift ideas that you can provide to an executive is an iPod or cellphone case engraved with his/her name or other contact information.

If you are looking for classy executive gifts to engrave, consider crystal items that your recipient can proudly display on his/her desk or maybe at home. These could be crystal plaques, picture frames, desk clocks, pen holders, paperweights, or etc. Crystal gifts can also be engraved with names or initials to make them personalized.

With so many stores that offer various business-related gifts, it can be a bit challenging to find unique gifts for executives. Thus, one ideal recommendation for you is to purchase online, where you can have your choice become personalized, making it unique to your recipient. There are also other more unique ideas for various business associates, such as personalized retirement gifts, employee gifts and clients gifts. These are usually given during different occasions, including holiday and company anniversary.

Strategies for Successful Agile Business Execution

The crux of all strategies is successful execution. Many managers are quick and proficient at planning, but unfortunately fail when it comes down to implementing the strategy. Successful ABE (Agile Business Execution) is built upon two factors.
· Quick information flow
· Comprehending decisions right away

Agile business execution promotes decision sustaining information and gives team member the autonomy, which drives brilliance in execution.

ABE is an advancement of successful management strategies. It promotes communication, results, teamwork and responsiveness making use of conventional tools of management. It offers a holistic approach to establishing strategy, plans, results and employees. You could do all this with ABE:
– Rehash management for the broader perspective
– Develop equality of information
– Enlarge the scale of employee autonomy

It has been observed that almost 90 percent of the devised strategies fail badly due to poor execution. As a matter of fact, plans always fail when they lack confident, quick and attainable execution. The failure of execution also originates due to various other factors, such as unclear accountability, lack of communication, vaguely defined duties and responsibilities, lack of focus and inadequate monitoring.

Furthermore, when plans fail due to poor execution, many employees get discouraged and as a result the company incurs additional losses in the form of low productivity levels.

Today, a vast majority of business execution tactics are costly, complex and time consuming. Six Sigma is an excellent example of conventional execution methods.

In fact, all the Agile methods promote teamwork, results and collaboration. They process flexibility during the lifecycle of a project.

The key is to adapt the plan to simplify the information flow in an organization. This will lead to right decisions at the right time.

STARR is to agile business execution as SMART is to objective setting and strategic execution. STARR designates Share, Track, Analyze, Reevaluate and Repeat. It explains the repetitive procedure for successful execution using a basic, spontaneous framework to recognize the strategic execution and achieve brilliant results.

1. Share
Sharing the vision and establishing clear goals will assist in aligning the organization with its strategic plan.

2. Track
Numerical results are a major basis of decision support information.

3. Analyze
Regular analysis gives quick access to many critical decision support data and facilitates the stakeholders in acting autonomously.

4. Reevaluate
When supported by previous decision support data reevaluation, the goals of the business offer an effective change.

5. Repeat
Goals, plans and metrics might change but the systematic approach to successful execution must not.

Benefits of Pears

Discover benefits of pears for the body, skin and hair!

Pears are a low-calorie sweet fruit. They are fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium free. They are approximately 84% water. They have a high amount of fiber, fructose and glucose. They can make you feel full without all of the calories. If you are concerned about losing weight and gaining energy, pears may be an easy solution for you. They are a hypoallergenic fruit, less likely to produce adverse reactions. Pears or pear juice can be safe for infants to adults.

Improve your overall health! Get started eating or juicing pears. This delicious, healthy, fruit is easy to incorporate into food and juicing recipes. Find regular or organic pears at your local grocery stores or farmers markets. Grow your own pear trees at home.

Generally, pears are elongated in shape. They are narrow at the stem and wider at the opposite end. Some pears have a round shape, similar to apples. They are also similar to apples having seeds in their core. They vary in color from green, yellow, brown, red or a combination of these colors.

There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world. Each variety has distinctive characteristics, texture and flavor. Common pears include: Anjou, Asian, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde and Seckel.

BENEFITS of PEARS – Skin

Anti-Aging: Pears are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Combat damaging free radicals. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots. Firm. Tone. Reveal natural glow.

Improve Complexion: Flush out toxins.

Moisturize and Smooth: Pears have natural humectants. Relieve dry flaky skin.

Reduce Inflammation: Relieve arthritis and other inflammatory ailments.

Balance pH of Skin: Reduce skin acids. Pears are packed with vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, folate and niacin. They are rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium.

Hypoallergenic: They are less likely to produce adverse reactions. Pears or pear juice can be safe for adults, children and even infants.

Rich in Fiber: Fiber slows the release of sugar into blood. Over time, sugar spikes can damage collagen. Collagen is a natural protein component of the skin. It is naturally produced by the body. It is the main building block for cells, connective tissues and organs. The production of collagen diminishes with age.

BENEFITS of PEARS – Body

Reduce Fever

Reduce Weight

Increase Energy

Cool Body Down

Flush Out Toxins

Relieve Constipation

Lower Blood Pressure

Boost Immune System

Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Reduce Risk of: Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Osteoporosis, Macular Degeneration, Obesity

Reduce Your Cholesterol Intake With Red Rice Yeast

You can immediately improve your diet and reduce foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats.

use olive oil instead of butter or margarine blocks
yoghurt instead of cream
steam or grill instead of frying
use low-fat milk and cheese
try the fish and tofu in place of red meat
avoid fried and fatty foods like chips, bacon, burgers and cakes and biscuits made of hydrogenated fats
avoid chips and peanuts if you are snacking and replace them with dried fruit or pretzels
eat more fruits and vegetables, especially raw.
on top of that, it is worth taking a dietary supplement called red yeast rice. It comes in capsules and is taken daily.

If you have tested for high levels of LDL (low-density lipoproteins. a “bad” cholesterol), take red yeast rice capsules daily and ask to be re-tested every month for three months to see if your body can be corrected.

Avoiding statins and their well-known side effects by improving your diet with this supplement will help maintain your overall health for longer. If you encounter other related problems or can not overcome your diet, go with a medical herbalist.

Know more about red yeast rice

Red yeast rice (Monascuspurpureus), or RYR for short. is a dietary supplement made from a red yeast grown on rice, which is widely used in Chinese cooking to make such as Peking duck and Char Siu. That’s where they get their red color characteristic. RYR contains many natural compounds, including a group of fourteen monacolins. One of them, monacolin K, is that the statin drug lovastatin is made from.

These monacolins function similarly to statins and cholesterol levels. But maybe they are not as concentrated, or perhaps because other compounds offer a protective effect, RYR does not seem to cause the same level of side effects that statins.

RYR does not cause the same side effects, but is still effective in reducing the harmful LDL. Side effects where clinical trials have shown RYR, for example, similar levels of muscle weakness to pravastatin, RYR dose was surprisingly high (2400 mg x 2 times a day, or a total of 4800 mg).

How much the doses

An overview of multiple studies, showed that doses greater than 2000 mg per day in total are useless. They have also shown that plant sterols and stanols work best when combined with a diet low in unsaturated fats.

Try taking the 400 mg capsules three times a day (a total of 1200 mg) in combination with a better diet, to help your LDL levels return to normal without experiencing side effects.
If they are very high, you could take 5 capsules per day (a total of 2000 mg) for the first week or two, but then drop again the amount, especially if you have been previously intolerant to statins.

If you are already on statins, you can decrease the statin dose and increase the dose of RYR, but it must be done under the supervision of your medical herbalist with access to frequent tests. It is best, if possible, to try RYR first before starting statin therapy.

How to choose the right red yeast rice

You can buy RYR on its own. This is the cheapest way, but there are some things to consider. RYR capsules made in USA do not contain monacolin K. This is because FDA regulations require that it be removed to prevent people taking statins with receiving too high. So it is “weaker” than RYR produced in the European Union where it is not necessary.

RYR is often sold in combination with the natural enzyme CoQ10 (ubiquinone) located in each cell of the body. Low levels of CoQ10 are particularly associated with:

heart failure
Parkinson’s disease
gum disease.

Statins can reduce CoQ10 levels up to 40%. Some studies have also found, although the results are mixed, that CoQ10 supplementation helps reduce muscle weakness commonly known as a side effect of statins.

CoQ10 also has other advantages as well as support a healthy heart, it can increase energy. The heart, liver and kidneys that have the highest demands of energy of course also have the highest levels of CoQ10 in the body. It also boosts antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are found in berries, grape seeds and vitamin E. They help fight free radicals that are a primary trigger in cell aging.

Although it is more expensive, it is a wise precaution to purchase a capsule RYR rice with CoQ10 included, especially if you take high RYR doses or always take some statins under the supervision of your medical herbalist or health care professional.

Healthy Meal of the Week 29 With Healthy Leftover Idea

Healthy Meal of the Week: Beef & Broccoli w/ Rice
Healthy Leftover Idea: Mini Steak Sandwiches

Here’s a great slow cooker meal that takes very little time to prepare yet yields a delicious dinner you and your family will love. Plus if there is any meat leftover, you can make these simple, portable mini steak sandwiches that will keep your lunch at an appropriate amount without sacrificing for quality or flavor. Check them both out and you might find your mouth starting to water.

Equipment Needed

– slow cooker (crock pot)
– pot with lid for rice
– whisk

Prep Time

– 10 minutes

Cooking Time

– 4-6 hours

Ingredients

(4-6 servings)
– 2 pounds skirt steak
– 1 can beef broth
– 1 cup white rice
– 2 cups broccoli florets
– 2/3 cup soy sauce
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon minced garlic
– 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
– 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
– 3 tablespoons corn starch

For Mini Beef Sandwiches

– 100 calorie multi grain sandwich bread
– spinach or lettuce
– red chili paste or other preferred salsa

Directions

* At the heart of this meal is the slow cooker (Crock Pot) so it’s important to plan your time accordingly when you’ll have 4-8 hours cooking time depending on if you use the low or high setting.

1. With a sharp knife, cut the strip steak into small rectangular pieces about 2 inches in length. Depending how thick the steak is, you may need to also cut the meat in half width-wise.

2. Add the entire can of beef broth, 2/3 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup brown sugar, minced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, along with cut pieces of steak.

3. The cooking time will vary depending on the setting you use on your slow cooker. Once all ingredients have been added, cover and set either on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours.

4. Once the cooking time has passed it’s time to thicken the sauce a bit. In a small bowl, add 3 tablespoons of corn starch along with 4 tablespoons of water. Use a whisk to mix well then stir this mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and allow to cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.

5. This is the perfect time to prepare the rice since that will take about 20 minutes unless you purchased a microwave type version. For 1 cup of rice bring to a boil 2 cups of water, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a teaspoon of salt. Once water is boiling add cup of rice, while stirring bring to a boil again then reduce to a simmer, cover and set timer for 16 minutes.

6. Finally, put the broccoli florets in a microwave safe dish with a 1/2 cup of water. Put the lid partially on/off so that the container can vent. Microwave on high for 90 seconds.

7. Once the timer rings for the 30 minute sauce thickening session, stir in the broccoli and sesame seeds if you choose to use them. Cover and let cook for a final 5 minutes.

8. Serve an appropriate portion of rice and beef/broccoli along with water or other healthy beverage and enjoy this 400-500 calorie dinner!

Healthy Leftover Idea: Mini Beef Sandwiches

Here’s one of the simplest leftover meal ideas we’ve ever offered. All you’ll need to purchase additionally from the market are these great 100 calorie multi grain sandwich slenders. If your market does not carry that type or brand, you will have to use another option. Strive to get some type of wrap, whole wheat pita, or bread option that will only give you around 100 calories each. Both the top and bottom of these sandwich slenders used for this leftover meal idea totals 100 which is a great starting point. You’ll find most bread slices are around 100 calories each, meaning 200 calories just in sandwich top and bottoms alone so careful on your selection.

One you have your sandwich “container”, add a layer of spinach or other salad greens of your choosing. Then add a layer of meat that you diced/pulled apart with your fingers to make it easer to chew and eat. Finally add a bit of your favorite salsa, in this example red chili paste was used. You can even add a bit of the white rice or some reduced fat cheese if you’d like. Seal with the top slice of bread and wrap it up in a piece of foil or plastic wrap and you’re all set. Two of these mini steak sandwiches will only give you around 500 calories if you stick with water so no need to feel guilty after this lunch.

Beat the Heat With These 5 Delicious Coolers Using Herbs and Spices

By using all-natural herbs and spices, you can make sure that your drink has a clean and fresh taste. You will also benefit from the numerous vitamins and minerals they contain that will instantly boost your energy and even help you lose weight!

Here are 5 healthy cooler recipes using herbs and spices that you absolutely must make to beat the heat:

Lemon Barley Twist

What you need:

8 1/2 cups water
Juice and peels of 2 lemons
3/4 cup pearl barley, washed and drained
1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger
1 cup caster sugar

Place caster sugar and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Throw in pearl barley, ginger and lemon peels and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat, strain to remove lemon peels, pearl barley and ginger slices then transfer to a pitcher. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. When ready, add lemon juice (and more sugar if desired) and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Serve over ice.

Honey Mint Ice

What you need:

5 cups water
1 tbsp. honey
10-15 mint leaves
2 tsps. fresh lemon juice
Small pinch of salt

Grind washed mint leaves with a little bit of water to create a paste. Combine the paste with water, stir well then strain the water into a pitcher. Add in the honey, lemon juice and salt into the pitcher and stir well. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes then serve over ice.

Spiced Fruity Treat

What you need:

3 strawberries, sliced
1 cup diced ripe mango
2 tbsps. fresh lime juice
1 cup water
8-10 ice cubes
A pinch of chipotle chili powder

Blend strawberries, mango, water and ice cubes briefly until smooth then transfer to a pitcher. Add lime juice and chili powder and stir well to combine. Serve immediately.

The Golden Smoothie

What you need:

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 tsp. organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
Maple syrup to taste
A dash of nutmeg or cardamom
3-4 ice cubes

Place almond or coconut milk, coconut oil, turmeric powder, vanilla powder, maple syrup and ice cubes in a blender. Process for 15-20 seconds on high until ice is crushed and ingredients are well-combined. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg or cardamom before serving.

Apple Cinnamon Cooler

What you need:

2 red apples, cut into chunks leaving skin on
2 food-grade cinnamon sticks
2 glasses water
4 mint leaves

Distribute apple chunks among 2 glasses of water. Add a cinnamon stick and 2 mint leaves to each glass. Refrigerate overnight. Consume as is or serve over ice.

With these delicious drinks using nutritious herbs and spices, you won’t be bothered by the hot weather anymore. In fact, you may even start looking forward to it!