Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Keep It Simple
Most of the food you buy should be simple, minimally processed whole plant foods: whole grains like oats and quinoa, legumes like kidney beans and lentils, fresh fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds like walnuts and sunflower seeds.
Most of these foods don’t come with complicated food labels, since they’re single-ingredient foods.
But, there’s nothing wrong with relying on a few packaged foods, like breakfast cereals, prepared breads, side dish mixes, and canned or frozen products to see you through.
The good news is many of these products boast a new dedication to whole plant foods – you can find pouches of precooked ancient grains, canned unsalted beans, and hummus.
But not all food products are created equal.
Recipe of the Day: Easy Peanut Soba Noodles with Seitan
Active Preparation Time: 16 minutes
Total Preparation Time: 16 minutes
Who needs highly processed Asian noodle mixes when you can whip up this economical, family-size noodle dish in minutes?
Paired with a crisp salad it’s a great solution for a busy weeknight dinner or quick Saturday lunch.
Pack away the leftovers for lunch the next day – they’ll be delicious served hot or cold.
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each)
3 cups water
One 7-ounce package dried soba noodles
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 medium bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (black or beige)
One 8-ounce package plain seitan, sliced, drained
1 tablespoon unsalted creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup orange juice
1-1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
3 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
1. Place the water in a pot over high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Add the soba, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender but firm. Place the noodles in a strainer and rinse.
2. While the noodles are cooking, heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, basil, sesame seeds, and seitan. Saute for 6 minutes.
3. Stir in the peanut butter, broth, juice, and soy sauce and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
4. Add the cooked, drained noodles and peanuts and saute for about 2 minutes, until noodles are heated through.
5. Sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately.
Variation: Substitute diced extra firm tofu (pressed, for best results) for the seitan and/or rice noodles for the soba. (Using tofu and rice noodles makes the recipe gluten-free, provided you check all other ingredients, like the soy sauce, are gluten-free.)
Per serving: 221 calories, 7 g total fat (0.5 g saturated), 391 mg sodium, 30 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugar), 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.
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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN