Cold Weather, A Snowman, and Hot Chocolate

So many of my friends received some snow in the past couple days, while others just received the freezing rain or colder temperatures than normal. Please be careful as you’re out and about. Bundle up, stay warm and remember whether walking or riding, there could be patches of ice, especially in shaded areas.

For my friends with snow, while helping your children or the children in the neighborhood build a snowman, you might discuss the “meaning of the snowman”~copied (author not known, on a cute snowman given to me), sharing about God in a very fun and natural way.

The Meaning of  the Snowman

The white snow represents God’s forgiveness of our sins.

The  circular snowballs show the everlasting life God promises us.

The carrot nose shows us that God has given us the Earth and all living things.

The black coal mouth reminds us to give God praise.

The scarf keeps us warm, just as God’s love does.

The top hat reminds us to honor God above all things.

The twig arms are open to hold us the way God does when we need Him.

After building the snowman, join together for some hot chocolate that doesn’t take tending to every minute. Put it in before going out for your FUN in the snow and return to a crock pot filled with some delicious chocolate!

 

Snowflake Hot Chocolate
ingredients:
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy/whipping cream
1 bag of white chocolate chips
real whipped cream for topping
Directions:
Cook milk, cream, and chips in crock pot for 2 hours- serve hot with whipped cream on top.
Bon Appetit!

Fat Flush Soup—adding 20 grams of protein to diet per meal

I’ve had so many people to ask me about the great smelling soup I have been taking to school for lunch and/or talked about while out and about. It’s easier to post the article with the recipe than retype the entire recipe—the bolded and parenthesis ingredients are what I used to make my variation of the soup.

This soup if eaten as per instructions is intended to help flush fat from the body. I decided to try it once a friend said she tried it while back and forth at the hospital with her husband in rehab, not eating the soup as instructed but eating it as she could. She did lose some weight but more importantly, her cholesterol was getting high, and with this soup, it came down.

It’s hard to believe a soup high in protein that’s suppose to be good for you, can be delicious. I was even afraid to taste it, but to my surprise, it was delicious. If you’re a vegetarian, no problem. There’s a sentence that tells you what to add or delete, too.

           A personalized plan to target your stubborn fat stores by  Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS                                                   ——copied(modified ingredients in bold & parenthesis)

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Based on my original Fat Flush soup recipe, a “new and improved” Fat Flush Soup Diet is back — right in time for the 2012 (2013) weight loss season! The mouth-watering recipe — with delicious variations — was originally featured as a cover story in a major national women’s magazine and we have been receiving rave reviews from all over the country ever since.

A wonderful meal in a bowl, the basic soup recipe contains hearty and warming veggies, beans, and lean protein with spices like cumin, cayenne, cilantro and fresh garlic to seriously boost flavor appeal and enhance cleansing power. Really perfect for a spring cleaning boost!

All you have to do is savor the soup twice a day—preferably at lunch and dinner — with a small salad or bowl of steamed non-starchy veggies. Throughout the day, sip on herbal teas (dandelion or peppermint tea), lemon and water, plain water or unsweetened cranberry juice with water (1 ounce of juice to 7 ounces water) so that you are consuming at least 64 ounces of liquid daily.

Start the day with a protein rich breakfast in the morning. I would personally suggest a smoothie made with brown rice and pea protein powder (20 grams of proteins per serving) to help kick-start glucagon, the protein-based hormone that mobilizes fat from storage. Or choose any of the easy protein-packed breakfasts, you will find in Phase 1 of my book, The Fat Flush Plan.

(Of course the protein you consume must be healthy — organic if possible — and not pumped up with hormones or antibiotics.) Critical to both phases of liver detox, this star performer is equated with beauty since our skin, hair, and nails are 98 percent protein. Protein helps make the powerhouse antioxidant glutathione; creates vital enzyme to zap toxins, and maintains energy levels. Protein is essential for weight loss because it can produce the pancreatic hormone known as glucagon which accesses stored body fat for energy. And since the body can’t store protein, it is so very essential that we get the right amount daily (at least 20 grams per meal) — which is what the soup provides! Having low protein levels increases our desire for carbs (like sugar) which contribute to a rise in insulin — the fat promoting hormone.

The filling, high fiber beans — either pinto, garbanzo, or black — contain anywhere from about 10 –20 grams of fiber per serving, which will help regulate blood sugar and sweep toxins out of the system by fulfilling the 35 fiber grams per day dietary recommendation.

—-for fat loss, going to eat this once, but then eat another meal with 20-25 grams of protein)

2012 Fat Flush Soup–bold and parenthesis is how I cooked mine.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef, turkey or chopped chicken*
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red, orange and/or green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, chopped (3 medium ones in a package)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (4 cloves)
  • 1 bottle (46 ounce) reduced-sodium tomato or vegetable cocktail juice
  • 1 can (15 ounce) pinto, garbanzo or black beans, rinsed and drained(i used i can of each-pinto&black beans)
  • 1 can (14 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice(juiced a lime and saved the rest for another soup-stored in frig)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin 
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup each fresh cilantro and parsley leaves, chopped (1/4cup of each chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • I found it helpful to use my Pampered Chef manual food processor to chop the ingredients so they were ready at each phase of cooking. With the manual processor, I processed til chopped, not pureed.
  • when it suggests water, i added only 1/2 cup
  • I also added a medium carrot chopped when it was time to add the veggies.

*For vegetarian option, omit meat and add another can of beans.

  1. In a (used my 12 qt. Pampered Chef stockpot, but you could use one 8 qt) saucepot over medium-high heat, cook oil 30 seconds or until heated. Add beef, turkey or chicken. Cook 5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet; drain, if desired.
  2. In same saucepot, cook onions, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in next 6 ingredients and cooked meat. Add up to 1 cup water to thin soup, if desired. Cover; bring soup just to a simmer (do not let boil). Reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and parsley. Cover; let simmer 5 minutes more. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired. Soup can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator or frozen.

Serving size:
2 to 3 cups (makes 10 to 12 cups) But the basic soup recipe goes on to the next level by individualizing weight loss and recommending very special ingredient “add-ins” that address the top four weight gain triggers most commonly experienced by frustrated dieters: a sluggish thyroid, burned out adrenals, a toxic liver, and yeast overload.

Soup Tweaks—(reasons added or changed/modified original recipe)
What has made this Fat Flushing soup especially popular is that you can tweak the basic recipe to speed weight loss if you are a thyroid type and are tired, constipated, depressed or experience extremely dry skin; an adrenal type and are frequently stressed, crave salt, and lightheaded; a liver type, plagued by headaches and bloat; or are fending off yeast and are constantly craving carbs and have frequent GI distress.

Mix and match the various recipes and eat the soup that is designed to quell any of the symptoms you may be experiencing. All the tweaks blend beautifully together!

 

  • To boost the thyroid, simply add two teaspoons of seaweed gomasio to provide thyroid nourishing iodine. Also add 1 cup of potassium-rich zucchini.
  • For adrenal healing, add 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt for added adrenal-supporting sodium and also add 4 to 5 cups of escarole and spinach for extra rich magnesium content.
  • To help detoxify the liver, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric which is a potent anti-inflammatory that enhances the liver’s ability to filter toxins.
  • And, for those fighting Candida or other types of yeast and fungus, consider substituting 1/2 cup grated daikon (a white radish) for the mushrooms — which can increase yeast in sensitive individuals. Double up on the yeast-fighting garlic (4 cloves) and add a small peeled and chopped eggplant which is rich in antifungal nutrients.

 

If you are ready for a fresh start, but not sure how to begin, then my specialty soups and tailored supplements may be just what you need. It’s so easy because the soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen ahead.