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Its Time To Take Pleasure in Persimmons

8 Oct

I love stocking up on whatever fruits are in season and Autumn is the perfect time of year to discover the magical fruit called Persimmons. This fruit has its origins in China, Japan, throughout Asia and eventually made its way into California.  My favorite Variations has a lightly sweet taste and crisp texture. You can pick out the best Persimmon by choosing one that is hard and firm, but dark orange in color. You can eat them with or without the skin.  Below are some great reasons to stock up and try this delicious exotic fruit!

I like to peel the skin off and eat them in slices. They are also great in salads, bruschettas, grilled, and can be used in many desserts. They pair very well with seafood like shrimp & scallops. I however still prefer mine all natural as snacks.

Here are a few great and healthy benefits of Persimmons in addition to their many Nutrients.

Fiber source: Just one persimmon contains six grams of fiber, which is already about a quarter of your recommended daily value. Fiber digests slowly, so it keeps you fuller longer.

Cravings cure: The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.

Flat belly: Persimmons are known for their stomach-soothing properties, so eating the fruit may help you feel less bloated or constipated. Note, however, that in rare cases, eating too many persimmons, especially on an empty stomach, can lead to a bezoar (an intestinal obstruction) because of the fruit’s highly fibrous properties.

http://www.fitsugar.com/Persimmons-Weight-Loss-Health-Benefits-25589039

Great Snacks that are Satisfying & Only 200 Calories

12 Jan

Like most people, I love snacking, especially at night. As most people know eating late at night and heavy snacking can spell disaster for your weight loss efforts. There are however some great snacks that are low calorie and will keep you feeling satisfied before you head to bed and even throughout the day.

1. Soft Pretzel with Mustard

Surprisingly 1 Soft Pretzel is actually quite low in calories, but skip the butter and opt for Mustard. In total this snack will only set you back 200 calories

2. Strawberries & Sugar Free Pudding

In the mood for some chocolate covered strawberries? Try Strawberries and Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding which will totally hit the spot. The best part is at only 200 calories you can still eat a ton of them

3. Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta

Photo of Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Bruschetta and Mozzarella

This is one of my favorites as its very hearty and easy to make. Because mushrooms and tomatoes are mostly water, this dish is surprisingly low calorie and will become a favorite. Simply combine diced tomatoes, chopped basil, and a small amount of diced or shredded mozzarella cheese(1 oz or 1/4 cup), add some salt, pepper, and set aside so the flavors can meld together. Then lightly saute a Portobello Mushroom cap, set on a plate, and scoup the tomato mixture in the center..enjoy!

4. Small Sweet Potato with Yogurt

Satisfying and low calorie, sweet potato’s are a great alternative to baked potatoes and make a delicious snack. Top with a spoon full of plain greek yogurt and sprinkled with cinnamon, they are delish!

5. 4 Devil Eggs

We all love devil eggs, add 1/4cup nonfat greek yogurt, yellow mustard, & add half the yolk for a guilt free pleasure. You can eat 4 as a snack!