Healthy Tips for Surviving the Tricks of Halloween Treats

GreenLite Medicine Haloween Candy
During the weeks before and after Halloween, aisles in the stores are filled with candy taunting us to purchase it.

Remember: a treat isn’t really a treat if you have to backpedal too much with your dieting efforts! Take a minute to examine what the real treat is: isn’t it really more of a treat to lose weight, feel proud of your hard earned efforts, and feel comfortable in your own skin? Here are some tips on how to avoid being “haunted” with the temptation of all these treats around.  Continue reading

GreenLite Recipe: Sugar Free, Guilt Free Chocolate Meringues

GreenLite Sugar Free Chocolate Meringues

This delicious treat is basically just egg whites with cocoa powder. It’s easy to make, but in order to achieve the right texture you need to follow instructions religiously.

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of granular Splenda or ¾ cup of Truvia or a mixture of both (don’t use any other artificial sweetener)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa (in baking aisle)

Preparation

Preheat over to 250˚F. Beat the egg whites in a glass or aluminum, immaculately clean bowl (preferably, in a non-humid environment, if you can help it). Once they become opaque and white, add the extract and the pinch of tartar. Keep beating to soft beaks, then add in the sweetener and the cocoa slowly.

Once the mixture is uniform, use a teaspoon to transfer the egg whites onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (no oil needed). Try to keep them as uniform-sized as possible, to ensure even baking.

Bake 1 hour. Once the meringues are set, turn off the oven and leave the cookies in the oven to dry (about 1 more hour). Take out the baking sheet and allow the cookies to cool completely prior to removing them from the sheet. Store in a sealed air-tight container.

Yield: 30-40 meringues (depending on their size). Each serving = 4-6 meringues.

Exchanges per serving

Condiment: 1

Nutrition facts per serving

20 Calories (4 calories from fat); 0.4g Fat; 3.6g Protein; 1g Net Carb

Myths and Facts about Sugar Alternatives

file5911251144322Written By Michal Yaron, Nutritionist & Health Educator

Research shows that humans have an inborn desire for sweetness. While historically essential for survival, being naturally drawn to sweetness isn’t helpful when people are trying to lose weight in this modern age. This is why more and more consumers and manufacturers seek no or low-calorie alternatives to white table sugar, without sacrificing sweetness. Yet this welcomed trend raises misconceptions and confusion over which sugar alternatives are the best. Continue reading

Lea’s Weight Loss Evolution | Seeing Past the Donut Hole

By Lea McIntosh, CEO, Founder, and host of NestingNewbies.comfile4051303080738

The skinny life can spiral away very quickly if you are not focused and committed. I have been maintaining in the 160s for several months and even got as low as 160.4! But the pressures of starting up a company built up to the point that I just got so tired of being “good,” I ended up sabotaging myself. Continue reading

Low Fat=High Sugar

file53aaf3b6d115fMuch of the processed food labeled “low fat” instead has sugar added to improve taste, but when it comes to harmful health effects, sugar is worse than fat. Sugar drives fat storage and makes th

e brain think it is hungry by stimulating more insulin secretion and contributing to insulin resistance. Eating usually stimulates secretion of insulin and leptin. Leptin feeds back to turn off hunger and eating. However, the fructose in sugar does not feedback to leptin and so the brain continues to think that it’s hungry. Over time, the fructose also contributes to insulin resistance and abdominal fat accumulation.  Continue reading