Why You Should Be Eating Black Beans Everyday!

beansBlack beans are not only packed with fiber and protein, but they contain antioxidants that promote brain function! Low in calories and saturated fat these beans are something to aim for everyday!

dice 4 tomatoes, 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 jalepenos, 1 yellow bell pepper, and 1 mango. Mix in a can of black beans and garnish with 1/2 cup chopped cilantro and the juice of 2 limes.

Not only will you have a tasty treat that goes great with corn tortilla chips or in a pita, but you’ll be boosting your brain power!!!

Don’t like black beans? That’s OK! Peas, lentils, and pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans offer all of the same great health benefits!

Thyme-Garlic Chicken Breasts

Thyme Garlic ChickenMakes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 8 – 10 ounce package mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 cup bottled vinaigrette dressing

Directions1. Remove and discard skin from chicken. Sprinkle chicken with garlic, thyme, and salt. Place chicken in 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Pour orange juice and vinegar over chicken.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker; cover and keep warm. Discard cooking juices.

3. In a large bowl, toss together greens, tomatoes, olives, and feta; divide among serving plates. Slice chicken from the bones, discarding the bones. Top each salad with some of the chicken. Drizzle dressing over salads. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Pot Roast With Fruit And Chipotle Sauce

roastMakes 8 Servings
Ingredients

  • 1 3 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 1 7 ounce package dried mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
Directions:1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle both sides of meat with garlic-pepper seasoning. Place meat in cooker. Add fruit, the 1/2 cup water, and the chipotle peppers.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 5 1/2 hours. Transfer meat and fruit to a serving platter; thinly slice meat. Cover meat and fruit and keep warm.

3. For sauce, pour cooking liquid into a bowl or glass measuring cup; skim off fat. In a medium saucepan combine the 1 tablespoon cold water and cornstarch; stir into cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.

4. Serve meat and fruit with sauce. If desired, garnish with cilantro.

Servings Per Recipe 8,
cal. (kcal) 275,
Fat, total (g) 6,
chol. (mg) 101,
sat. fat (g) 2,
carb. (g) 17,
fiber (g) 1,
pro. (g) 37,
sodium (mg) 378,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Trail Mix

Looking for an antioxidant packed trail mix?

Mix one cup walnuts with a half of a cup of dried blueberries and a quarter of a cup of dark chocolate!

The walnuts protect your heart with all of those healthy omega-3 fats, they also are protein rich and packed with fiber! Those blueberries also have a ton of fiber and help preserve your memory, prevent cancer, and are packed with vitamins and nutrients! That dark chocolate is full of antioxidants as well, helping your heart, and even preventing some cancers! So make your own trail mix for a snack at work, or after a workout and your are on your way to a healthier you!

Curry Rub Chicken Wraps

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin or ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 – 5 boneless chicken thighs (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into four rounds
  • 1 8 1/4 ounce can mandarin orange sections in light syrup
  • 4 small whole wheat naan breads* (2 oz per naan or less)

Directions3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/4 hours.

4. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Using two forks pull chicken apart into shreds. Remove and discard the orange slices, leaving the pan drippings in slow cooker. Return chicken to pan drippings.** Stir in the mandarin orange sections.

5. Serve chicken mixture on naan bread. Top with celery; roll up to eat.

1/2 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
1. Coat a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In a small bowl combine curry powder, ginger, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, and salt. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of chicken thighs; rub in with your fingers.
2. Arrange the orange slices on bottom of slow cooker, if necessary, overlapping slightly. Top with chicken thighs.

Did You Know?

trail mix This post is all about some tips and tricks that will help when you are fighting stress, toning your body, when your sad, and few other say-to-day issues!

Did you know when you’re stressed you should have 1 cup of low-fat yogurt with 2 TBSP mixed nuts? the amino acids in each help to diminish the effects of stress hormones in your body! Also the University of Bristol in England discovered when stressed-out men consumed caffeine alone, they remained nervous, but when these men consumed caffeine in a group their feelings of stress were diminished!

Did you know when you are sad you should have an arugula or spinach salad? The B-vitamins in these leafy greens are precursors in the synthesis of our “good feeling’ hormones like serotonin and dopamine. A lack of the vitamin B6 can cause nervousness, irritability, and even depression. Also people who consumed high fiber foods more frequently have a positive outlook on life and are less likely to be depressed! So stock up on fiber rich foods like veggies and whole grains!

Did you know when you are feeling fat you should have a small scoop of tuna salad, without the bread? Eating tuna can speed up the digestion process, which leaves your stomach calmer and defeats bloating! The Omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish stimulate hormones that regulate food intake, body weight, and metabolism!

Did you know when you are hungry you should eat a handful of trail mix? Raisins give your body potassium and your body uses that potassium to convert sugar into energy! Nuts give your body magnesium, important to metabolism, nerve function, and muscle function!

Black Bean Burger

Great for the detox! Try this Black Bean Burger recipe!Black Bean Burger

Ingredients;

  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 7 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2; tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Creole seasoning

Directions:

1.) Cook onion with 1 tbsp olive oil in saute pan until lightly caramelized. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more.

2.) In a bowl, mash beans with back of a fork until smooth. Stir in cooled onion mixture, cilantro, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and hot sauce. Mix well.

3.) Shape into patties and dust with flour and seasoning.

4.) Heat remaining oil in a nonstick skillet. Cook patties until golden on both sides.

Nutritional Breakdown
Per serving
Calories: 391
Protein: 16 g
Carbs: 46 g
Fat: 16 g
Fiber: 11 g
Serves 4

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So What’s The Deal With Probiotics?

Intestinal microflora or “good bacteria” are the natural bacteria that are present in your gut. They are necessary for the maturation of your immune system and intestinal development. The bacteria present help prevent the attachment of unwanted microbes and allergens to the intestinal wall. Some of the bacteria in your intestines actually produce vitamins, as well as help with their absorption, and some evidence suggests that the natural bacteria is anticarcinogenic. The end product of the good bacterias’ are lactic and acetic acids, lowering the pH of the intestines and making its codition unfavorable for the formation of bad bacteria colonies.

What are probiotics used for? The alleviation of lactose intolerance symptoms, and anti-diarrheal effects are the two most common disease states that probiotics are used for, they have also been found to help heal mouth sores like cold sores and cancers and prevent their development. Probiotics are also used to help with the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, to prevent some cancers, tooth decay, vaginitis, and yeast infections. There is also evidence that probiotics help with HIV treatment symptoms, colds, the flu, obesity, eczema, food allergies, urinary tract infections, rheumatoid arthritis, and hormonal imbalance.

Our natural bacteria is often wiped out form antibiotics, alcohol, infections, stress and poor diet, therefore leading to constipation, diarrhea and more serious ailments, so it is necessary to supplement!

Here at elements at Wareham Crossing we offer Detox Support 08, our FDA BalanceDiet Supplement Line of Probiotics, containing over 4 billion probiotics per serving! Come on in and ask about our probiotics!

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Seared Scallops with Shiitakes

Try this Scallop recipe with an Asian twist!

Ingredients:

  • 3 clementines, 2 peeled
  • 2 small heads  frisee, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO, plus more for the frisee
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
  • 8 large  sea scallops
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • Store-bought balsamic glaze

Directions:

    • Cut between the membranes of 2 of the clementines, letting the segments fall into a bowl. Juice the remaining clementine. In a bowl, toss the frisee with EVOO.
    • In a skillet, heat 2 tsp. EVOO over medium-high. Add the mushrooms; cook, stirring, until browned, 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add 1 tsp. EVOO to the skillet. Add the scallops; cook, turning once, until browned and firm to the touch, 5 minutes. Transfer to 4 plates; tent with foil.
    • Lower the heat to medium; add 1/3 cup water, the worcestershire and clementine juice. Bring to a boil, scraping the pan. Add the mushrooms; cook for 1 minute. Spoon the sauce over the scallops.
    • Divide the clementines and frisee among the plates with the scallops. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze.

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