Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Know That Genetics Count

Do you have a friend who can eat whatever she wants and however much of it, yet never gain weight? And do you work hard to control your diet and exercise, and still struggle to keep off the weight? Life can seem unfair! That's why it's important to know that genetics are a huge component of body shape and build. They also determine how our bodies burn calories and build muscles. While there is not much you can do about your genes, you can try to find a diet and exercise program which is best suited for your body. What allows your friend to keep in shape, may be very different from what your body needs. Also try to focus on those things you can change, that is increasing your metabolic rate and adopting healthy eating and exercise habits that you can sustain.

Monday, December 5, 2011

3 Reasons To Love Chick Peas

I like to make sure I never run out of a can of chick peas in my house. Chick peas are usually on the menu once a week for my family. Here are three reasons why you should regularly eat them too:

Firstly, chick peas are very nutritious. They're low in saturated fat and cholestrol. They're also a good source of dietary fibre and protein.

Secondly, they're quick and easy to cook - a definitie plus point in my book!

Thirdly, they taste delicious!

If you're looking for a fun, quick recipe for chick peas, here's one for you to try:

Spicy Chick Peas

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tin of chick peas
1 small potato - peeled and diced
Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
Half a teaspoon of salt
1 small green chilli
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tbsp water

Optional and available at Indian grocery stores:
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chaat masala

Heat oil in saucepan. Add chick peas, potatoes, tomatoes, spices and chilli. Bring to the boil. Add the soda and water. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.