Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Let’s talk about sweating and electrolytes…
What are electrolytes and do we need to sweat in order to lose weight? What does sweat do to us? Electrolytes, do they help us to lose weight or to gain weight? Where do we get them from? And more important: how can we make them taste better?
Electrolytes are the minerals for the electricity of the heart. That’s what starts our hearts so I’ll say they are pretty important.
They also affect our amount of water in the body and muscles functions.
We lose them when we sweat and we CAN NOT get them from water.
Common electrolytes include:
  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
Electrolytes do not affect our weight loss directly but they do affect our total health and that does affect our weight loss.
You know what people who suffer from anorexia die from? Their bodies are dried out from all electrolytes and their hearts stop working…just something to think about.
You can get them from store-bought energy drinks but I don’t like to put crap in my body. Those drinks are high calories and have too much sodium (don’t get me wrong: if you do extreme sport you should have it - but you don’t…) or you can get the 0 calories one and they’re going to make you bloated.
My suggestion? Eat it!
So now let’s talk about some recipes!
Chocolate Fudge pop:
  • 1 (13 oz) can original coconut milk, shaken
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and pour the mixture into ice pop moulds. Insert the base and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until set.
Yummy Curry:
  • 1 cup brown lentils, sorted and washed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 4 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp curry power, mild or hot
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients pot on stove. Bring to a full boil, then turn to low and simmer for 1 hour or until liquid is absorbed.
Turmeric Cauliflower Quinoa:
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric (ground)
  • one head of cauliflower, cored and broken into small florets
  • sea salt
  • 1 medium shallot, sliced and separated into rings
  • 4 kumquats, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a small skillet toast coriander seeds, and peppercorns over mid to high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Put in a spice grinder when cool and grind to a powder, and put in a small bowl, stir in olive oil, garlic, turmeric.
On a large baking sheet, drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil and toss to coat, season with salt and roast for 25 minutes until tender.
Put in a serving bowl, add shallot rings, kumquats, and cilantro and toss well, pour over quinoa. Serve hot or warm.
Jicama fries:
  • 1 jicama
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Slice and season jicama with onion powder, paprika and salt.

Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 25 minutes.


 Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2014


No comments:

Post a Comment