Manganese

While I was doing research for weight loss shakes I came across the mineral “manganese” many times.  I didn’t know anything about it so I looked it up.

I was very surprised to find that this particular mineral is very important to bone development, brain function and memory.

Manganese also improves the functioning of the thyroid gland, regulation of blood sugar levels and metabolism of fats and cholesterol.

Nuts, seeds, whole wheat bread, tofu, beans, fish, spinach, kale, black tea, berries, pineapple, avocado, spinach, garlic, Spirulina, peppermint, coconut milk, rice and wheat bran are all very high in manganese.

many of these are also perfect ingredients for a weight loss smoothie .  Why not try this recipe today?

Weight Loss Smoothie 

  1. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup milk alternative (or water and 1T whey powder)
  3. 2 T LSA mix
  4. 1T oat or wheat bran
  5. 1/2 cup avocado
  6. 1 t cacao or cocoa powder (optional)
  7. Stevia or honey to taste.

mix all together – I like to warm my milk. I also like to add a pinch of chilli powder.  Give it a go and let me know what you think.

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Smoothies, Shakes and Juices

I am slowly (very slowly) starting a career in freelance writing.  So far it is very low pay but a lot of fun! Today I started a project writing about Shakes.  It is really interesting to go to the source with research and find out the truth behind the hype.  Today I discovered that quinoa, chia and flax seeds really are super foods with some amazing health qualities.  Do they help us to lose weight?  Well yes… And no.

Flax seed and Chia have got health benefits of their own which we will discuss in another blog.  The great thing about them from a weight loss point of view, is that they are both mucilagenous.  This means that they are gelatinous, they thicken the drink they are mixed with and they make us feel full.  Of course if we add something unhealthy like ice cream or shop bought fruit juice we are upping the calories and lowering the GI (Glycemic Index).  Quinoa adds protein for extra fullness and extra well being.

Juicing seems to be the best way to lose weight but I  have concerns about the fiber being wasted (or in our case being fed to the chooks).  I believe that we need some of that fibre ourselves.  Smoothies can be very fattening with a low glycemic index unless we are really careful about the ingredients.  Bananas, although quite healthy, have also got quite a low GI – about the same as biscuits.  This can be remedied by adding a low GI ingredient such as oatmeal, LSA or even psyllium husks. mucilaginous.

Shakes seem to have qualities of both juicing and smoothies with added ingredients for health and fullness. The use of whey powder or it her protein powders typifies a “shake”.  They also have a grain base – such as oatmeal, quinoa, chia (not actually a grain) and LSA.

If  we want to lose weight we need to balance the ingredients in any of these so that we are getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and proteins.  It needs to have an ingredient that will give a sense of fullness and it needs to be tasty!

To make a delicious healthy drink there are a variety of natural sweeteners that are low calorie and even low GI.  Stevia is my favourite – I have two stevia plants growing and am cultivating more.  Stevia can have a bitter after taste but I find it really blends well with the stronger tastes.  Xylotil is another natural sweetener that can be used.  I often like to use a little honey.  Sometimes it is just good to add a small amount of sweet fruit.

There is so much more to learn and share – I look forward to bringing this knowledge to you!

Shake for health

This is what I put in my every day shake.

 

Does Garcinia Cambogia Help With Weight Loss?

Garcinia Cambogia –Does It Work?

There is an enzyme in the skin of the fruit which is hydroxy-citric acid (HCA)
Reading through all the hype about this miracle fruit it is hard to resist getting on the weight loss train and buying the first local supplement that I can find. But I am forever a sceptic and I have wasted plenty of money over the years on fad “health” products.
So I dug around a bit and went past the reviews, delving deeper into the peer reviewed scientific studies. Guess what?
Most of the studies shown on rats tell us that the rats have lost weight and their appetite has lessened. “Hooray”, I hear echoes across the universe – but no!
There have now been several scientific studies on Humans and the results are not so promising.
Garcinia cambogia may have other of health benefits but using it to become slimmer is not one of them. Continue reading