Monday, April 7, 2014

Recipe: Simple Easy Italian Chicken

I'm a fan of simple, delicious, and clean-eating recipes, especially those that encompass organic ingredients, protein, and veggies, with no starches. Two of my favorite cuisines, Mexican and Italian, can sometimes lean on the heavier side, but I've found a way to enjoy them without unwanted weight gain. Here's my take on Italian Chicken.

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Jeep Momma's Slow-Cooked Italian Chicken

3 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 Red Pepper sliced
1 Green Pepper sliced
1 Vidalia onion sliced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
6 oz can tomato paste
4 tbsp red wine
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional

Pair it with whole wheat pasta, quinoa, or my personal twist on pasta – thinly sliced zucchini. I add a lot of mushrooms to my Italian Chicken for many reasons. One is I love mushrooms but they are also very good for you. Here are 5 reasons you should eat mushrooms. 
Boost your Immune System
Increase your Vitamin D
Kick up your Metabolism
Good for your Bladder 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tips to Boost Your Metabolism as You Get Older

What Once Wasn't Important Now Is

Metabolism is when substances are broken down to yield energy. So the higher the metabolism the more "substances" your body breaks down to energy. The faster your metabolism the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn the easier it is to drop pounds. 

A Women's Metabolism As You Get Older

A woman's metabolism slows by about 5 percent with each passing decade. Hormones play a role, but mostly it's because as you get older, you typically become less active. As a result, you lose muscle mass, a major consumer of all those calories you scarf down.  You can outsmart the aging process with a few tips. If you don't here's what will happen. 

  • 20s:Your muscle and bone mass are at their peak.
  • 30s: Your mitochondria—cellular powerhouses that fuel muscles to use more oxygen and burn more energy—become less effective.
  • 40s: A drop in estrogen production further slows metabolism.
  • 50s: Sharp decreases in activity reduce the levels of hormones responsible for maintaining lean muscle mass and bone density.
You can help speed up your metabolism by what you eat and how you exercise. Here are a few tips that I'm going to be trying out to throw my metabolism into overdrive.
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Sipping coffee/tea -- Caffeine -- first thing in the morning  
  • Drink eight 12 oz glasses of cold water
  • Eat protein at every meal
  • Drink Greet Tea
  • Eat more chili peppers 
  • More dark leafy greens - spinach, broccoli
  • Get plenty of sleep
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Other Tips to Help Boost Your Metabolism

Calcium-rich afternoon snack -- eight ounces of milk or six ounces of low-fat yogurt. 
Calcium helps your body metabolize fat more efficiently by increasing the rate at which it gets rid of fat as waste 

Eat Organic  - researchers in Canada found that dieters with the most organochlorides (chemicals found in pesticides) stored in their fat cells were the most susceptible to disruptions in mitochondrial activity and thyroid function. In other words -- Their metabolism stalled.

Can't afford a full organic switch check out for the most (and the least) contaminated foods.

Jeep Momma lifting weights
Slow down strength training -- when lowering the weight count to three and lower it slowly.
Mix up the intensity when running or biking -- short bursts of sprints.

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