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Mini-Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 6″ Whole Wheat Tortilla, lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp fresh marinara
  • 1 oz. fresh mozarella, torn into pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh vegetables of choice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Splash of cold pressed olive oil

Preheat the toaster oven.  Spread marinara on the tortilla.  Place cheese and fresh vegetables on top.  Sprinkle the oregano and drizzle oil.  Cook the pizza for about one minute.  Watch to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn.

 

Hempseed Orange Apricot Bars

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped dried California apricots
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates or raisins
  • 1 cup shelled hempseeds
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (gluten-free)

Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.  Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms into a chunky base.  Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press with a spatula for even thickness.  Cover and chill for 1-2 hours until firm.  Slice bars and enjoy!

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Flat Belly

Photo courtesy of www.bluewaikiki.com (Flickr)

With the Summer in its final weeks, our offices are busy with clients desperate for strategies to slim down and get their tummies looking beach body flat and toned.  This is such a popular request that I decided to offer up my top five strategies for a flat belly year round.

Keep in mind this list is just a general starting point for healthy eating and should not be used in place of seeing your doctor or consulting a registered dietitian.  Here’s to an amazing year of feeling and looking your best!

Strategy #1: Eat on Time!

Bloating is the number one complaint and often accompanied by gas, abdominal pain and acid indigestion.  Being busy and on the run causes many people to skip meals – so does :”dieting” and intentionally skipping meals.  Your body is a 24/7 machine in need of fuel to run smoothly throughout the day.  When we skip meals, air builds up in the system.

Talking, drinking and eating fast contribute to gas build up.  Going longer than four hours without eating is the top cause.  All leading to the build-up of gases in the upper digestive system.  Pain under the rib cage or chest and side stiches are often associated with gas too -it’s got to go somewhere. Read more on 5 Eating Strategies for a Flat Belly…

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