10 Easy Fat-Burning Machine Snack Ideas

 

On the Fat-Burning Machine plan  you can say good-bye to tasteless plain rice cakes and no-fat, chemical-laden yogurts as your snack options. Here are 10 easy snack ideas that will have you satisfied for hours.

  • 1/4-cup (roughly one handful) raw almonds, walnuts or pecans
  • 1 to 2 slices (or 1-2 ounces) of real cheese (no “cheese product” slices) and a 70- to 100-calorie serving of crackers. Select crackers that have no added sugars or trans fats within the ingredients list. The label will include words like “partially hydrogenated oil” if the product contains trans…Read More »
  • Is corn okay, if it’s organic?

    Follower R.A. noticed that corn doesn’t appear on any of the lists of approved vegetables. The question, “Is corn okay if it’s organic?” is a good one.

    Corn is a high carbohydrate vegetable. A ½-cup serving of corn has the same glycemic load as a baked potato with no skin and contains even more carbohydrates than the potato. If you want to eat corn, use it as a replacement for one of your carbohydrate options. For example, rather than eating a serving of bread, rice, beans, quinoa or fruit, you can have a serving of corn (1/2-cob or…Read More »

    Ready-to-Use Grilled Peppers, Onions and Mushrooms

     

     

    Many of us love grilled vegetables, but don’t always have the time to clean and chop them. To remedy that situation, I like to prepare a large batch of grilled veggies when I have the time. I can then put the extra veggies in the refrigerator for uses later in the week or I’ll freeze the extras.

     

     

    Ingredients for a large batch

    2 – Vidalia onions

    2 – 8-ounce packages of mushrooms (portabella or white)

    2 – Peppers (all the same kind or mix and match red, green, yellow, orange and poblano)

    2 – Tablespoons of butter

    Preparation and cooking

    Clean, cut and prepare the…Read More »

    Easy, Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

    There’s no better time than when the weather cools down to cook up a nice, warm pot roast. This slow cooker pot roast recipe is easy to make, full of good-for-you nutrients, and fills the house with mouthwatering smells. What’s even better is that this recipe is literally a set it and forget it mind set—well, for about six hours. With a little preparation, toss everything into your slow cooker and go about your day. Come home to delicious dinner that didn’t require you to be in the kitchen for hours!

    Recipe by Delbert Bernhardt

    Easy, Slow Cooker…Read More »

    Poblano Pepper and Vegetable Chicken Soup Recipe

    Keep warm as the weather cools down.

    Packed with protein and vegetables, this chicken soup recipe is full of flavor and loaded with nutrients—which makes for a hearty, healthy and fat-burning dish! It’s easy to cook and fills you up your belly. Plus, it’s a perfect meal when the weather cools down or if you’re feeling a little ill. And I mustn’t forget how well it freezes!

    Poblano Pepper and Vegetable Chicken Soup Recipe

    Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 medium poblano peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 32 ounces of low-sodium chicken stock
  • ½- to 1-pound bag of baby carrots
  • 1 pound of sliced…Read More »
  • Is Popcorn Fat-Storing or Fat-Burning?

    Q: Hey Gale, I don’t see popcorn on your list of foods. Is popcorn fat-storing or Fat-Burning?

    A: Great question. Popcorn is a dangerous food for some people, and in some circumstances.

    What I mean by that is 1 cup of homemade popcorn with oil (preferably coconut) is around 60 calories with 12 gms carbs, 1gm fat and 1gm protein. (Depending on how it’s made.) One cup of microwave popcorn is often double the fat calories – from fat and the fats aren’t good fats, because they tend to be trans fats. I advise you avoid pre-packaged microwave popcorn and keep…Read More »

    Back-to-School Lunch Made Fun

    Move over traditional lunches. School lunches made the Fat-Burning Machine way can be fun and really delicious.

    In addition to being a top student in high school, Brooke Kennedy is very creative in the kitchen too. Her mother, Linda, tells us that Brooke is constantly experimenting and creating delicious Fat-Burning Machine foods for the family.

    She is sharing a couple of her favorite recipes with us, Cucumber Roll-Ups and Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Cookies.

    Cucumber Roll-ups

    Ingredients

    • 1 cucumber
    • Hummus (your choice of flavors)
    • ½ red bell pepper
    • ½ yellow bell pepper
    • ½ avocado
    • Sliced chicken or turkey lunch meat
    • Shredded carrots
    • Toothpicks

    Directions

    Shishito pepper 645

    Blistered Shishito Peppers

    Spice things up tonight. Shishito peppers, the Japanese cousin to Spain’s famed Padrón peppers, can pack in a punch, whether you’re looking for a snack or side dish. This recipe, Blistered Shishito Peppers, is quick and easy to make–and naturally irresistible. Warning: once you eat one, you may not be able to stop.

    Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups of Shishito peppers (Gale’s special note–do not inadvertently use Serrano peppers as a substitute unless you like it really hot!)
  • 3 tablespoons of any of the following choices: (3 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil or 3…Read More »
  • chopped salad

    South of France-Style Chopped Salad

    Bright colors, tasty veggies and easy to make, this chopped salad is full of nutrients and will keep your taste buds happy.

    Mix together greens, produce and avocado, you’ve got a wonderful fat-burning salad for lunch or dinner. Throw in a little chicken or fish for protein.

    Salad Ingredients

    • 2 heads romaine lettuce
    • 1 head radicchio
    • 2 peppers, red and orange
    • A mixture of yellow and red cherry or grape tomatoes
    • One avocado, cut up into bite-size squares
    • Hearts of palm from one jar (all of them), cut up into bite-sized
      circles
    • 3 baby cucumbers
    • 1/2 can plain chickpeas

    Homemade Dressing Ingredients

    No Pasta Salad Dish

    No Pasta Salad Recipe

    We’re all about taking a traditional dish and making a healthy twist to it. This pasta dish, made with zucchini squash, allows you to enjoy the traditional flavors that a pasta salad brings, without the guilt. Make it for a BBQ or as a main dish – add in some chicken or fish to get protein.

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium zucchini squash
    • 1 medium yellow squash
    • 1 can black olives
    • 1/2 can garbanzo beans
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

    Directions