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Great Diet, Great Mood

Woman having lunch

You’re going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, “Big Food.”  You are very excited.  You have an excuse to put on that forest green slinky dress that has been festering in your closet for the last few months and your thinking of burgundy stilettos and and pewter clutch.  Jewel tones, nice contrast, but not too Christmassy.

Into the car you go in a great mood.  You get to the restaurant and obsess over the menu.  Too much choice!  You should really pig out!  Isn’t that what restaurants are for?  You deserve it!  You’ve been working hard on your body!  Everyone will be asking, “Where does she put it?” and looking at you with envy.  You decide.  You’re going to have the Seafood Pasta Alfredo and the Double Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake a la mode.  You come back home with a sugar high and reminisce about your evening, when it hits you.  Suddenly, you feel terrible!  You’re stomach hurts and its straining against your dress.  Your mouth is dry and your breath smells!  You’re good mood slowly evaporates as you watch the skinny Bachelorette on TV.

Ok, now everyone is entitled to pig out now and then, especially if you exercise regularly, but we do often find that as happy as we were before we went out, we are equally depressed after a huge heavy meal.  So let’s talk about some choices we can make so we can start happy and end happy.

Lentil soup

Appetizers

Triple Bean Salad
How about this for a starter of side: garbanzo beans, kidney beans and black beans with some vinegar and oil.  This Contains selenium, a micro mineral that protects against free radical damage, lower inflammation and helps patients with moderate depression.

or

Ginger Lentil Soup
Carrots, onion, ginger, olive oil, lentil and tomatoes, now you’re talkin’.”  Full of protein and fiber, this soup contains 25% of your daily folate needs.  Low folate is associated with depression so eat up and get happy!

Main Course

Spanish Shrimp and Farfalle
With farfalle, large shrimp, olive oil, cinnamon and pimiento stuffed olives, you can’t go wrong with this dish. carbohydrate-rich, it increases level of serotonin and elevates your mood.

or

Yogurt and Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers
Spicy chicken, low fat yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese in honey mustard make this a dish to remember. Protein rich foods keep you alert and energized. Dig in!

Banana smoothie

Dessert (the big finish)

Blackberry Banana Smoothie
Who needs a milkshake?  You will be in a great mood after you eat this antioxidant-rich smoothie with bananas, blackberries, low fat yogurt and light coconut milk.  Better than coffee for maintaining a good mood!

or, how about some…..

Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti
The best for last!  With whole wheat flour, flaxseed, baking soda, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate chips and unsalted almonds, you’re not giving up anything.  Antioxidant-rich, these healthy ingredients will help you avoid the lows associated with processed food and high sugar content.

Eat well and prosper!

Summer Foods We Love

Ah, summer! There are so many things that the human mind associates with summer: Long days, warm nights, the beach, the pool, short shorts.  But an all time  favorite has to be the ice cream truck.  That creepy sound of some kind of sick jack in the box being played has, for years, triggered that Pavlovian response – ice cream time.  Kids with their dollars clenched in  sweaty fists, would cue up anxiously for their favorite treat; a snow cone, a strawberry bar, that weird frog with the bubble gum eyes….Yes, ice cream has to be on the top of the list of summer foods we love. But what are some other great foods associated with summer?

 berry desserts

Fruit
One of the greatest sensations of summer must  be the taste and texture of a perfectly ripened peach on a summer day.  They are also a great source of vitamin A and potassium.  Although they are great alone,  the more motivated of us might want to whip up some peach ice cream or a peach pie.  And while you’re at it, how about some honey vanilla poached apricots.  Peaches distant cousins, apricots are a source of Vitamin A which is great for your vision and promotes cell growth.  Blue and Blackberry shortcake?  Yes, please, over here.  Berries are abundant in the summer and are low in calories and high in antioxidants.

barbecue

Barbecue
What would summer be without the tiki torches and the smell of brats hitting the grill.  Although we most commonly associate the barbecue with dogs and burgers, nowadays you can put just about anything on the grill.  How about some Tangy Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Marinated Grilled shrimp, Asian Beef Skewers or Aloha Chicken burgers.  And vegetarians, take heart!  Even if veggie burgers and tofu aren’t your thing, summer squash can be delicious with tomato and basil and is also full of omega 3 and fiber.  Or how about some Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes.  Mouth watering yet?  Tomatoes are full of good stuff like niacin for maintaining cholesterol levels and lycopene, which is an antioxidant.

Cocktail

Cocktails
Ok, so summertime is party time and, while it is always important to keep safety and good judgment at the forefront, what would the summer barbecue be without those pretty mimosas and margaritas?  While some of us have no compunctions about downing these sweet concoctions, others are concerned about the calorie count.  Well, you might enjoy a Bombay Magic.  Consisting of tequila, lemon juice and club soda, this beauty weighs in at a mere 109 calories.  Or if vodka is more your speed, how about the Skinny Iced tea with vodka and lemonade, for only 70 calories. And, how can you possibly resist the Fruity White Sangria with pineapple, mango juice and white wine.  And only 94 cals! Have I died and gone to heaven?  And if you prefer straight vision, there is always the alcohol-free 86 calorie Grapefruit Mocktail with cranberry juice.  Don’t forget the toothpick umbrellas!

So enjoy the summer fare!  Eat up!  Be healthy, have fun, take advantage.  You only live once!