Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Indian Chicken Salad Pockets

This recipe comes from The Biggest Loser Cookbook.

 I used 3/4 cup cucumber and a small amount of chicken since I am trying to reduce the amount of meat and increase my veggies and I used spinach instead of lettuce. I also used a tortilla since I had them on hand instead of a pita.

1/2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lime juice, preferably fresh squeezed
1/2 teaspoon curry paste (I used 1tsp green paste and I think the red paste tastes bitter.)
3/4 cup (4 oz) chopped grilled chicken breast
11/2 tablespoons seeded chopped cucumber
11/2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 whole-wheat pita (61/2" diameter), but in half
2 leaves green leaf lettuce

Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 186 calories, 20g protein, 16g carbohydrates, 5g fat (1g saturated), 48mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 304mg sodium.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Article: "Healthy" Diet Best for ADHD Kids

You can read the full article here, but I think this is a no brainer. The article says:

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids' favorite menu items, but they're also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests.
According to two researchers from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a relatively simple diet low in fats and high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is one of the best alternatives to drug therapy for ADHD. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements have also been shown to help in some controlled studies, they noted.
Writing online in Pediatrics, Dr. J. Gordon Millichap and Michelle M. Yee reviewed nearly 70 publications on diet-based interventions in ADHD, emphasizing recent research and controlled trials.
They noted that diet is one established contributor to ADHD that parents can modify.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hearty Hummus

This hummus recipe was given to me by my aerobics instructor and it is the best I have ever had. The store bought does not even compare! I usually eat 1/4 cup with celery directly after my workout. Enjoy!

1 can chick peas (or 1/2 bag dried and double recipe)
1/4 cup tahini (Found in the Asian section. It is ground sesame seeds)
2 tsp fresh parsley
1 (or more) clove garlic
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 tsp chopped onion
1 Tbsp soy sauce
5-6 sprigs cilantro
splash of olive oil

Place all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Serve with veggies or pita bread.

1/2 bag dry and recipe doubled makes approx. 7 cups and 1/4 cup has approx. 105 calories by my calculations.