Friday’s Must Try

TANTALUM…is a fusing California cuisine with the soul of Asia.

This restaurant is snuggled in Long Beach situated along Alamitos Bay, deep within the beautiful Marina Pacifica. When arriving to TANTALUM you walk up into an experience of an Asia feel. I always feel like I am in another part of the world when I come to this restaurant, considering it is my second time going. The decor is deep in brown tones and the music there sets the tone for relaxation. If you love seafood and you are in the Long Beach area I will suggest that you definitely try one of Long Beach’s best-kept secrets….TANTALUM!!!! The picture below shows their California cuisine with a Asian soul twist to it..my favorite Creme Burlee..which is call the  BRASS MONKEY on their menu…its ingredients consist of…
chunky monkey creme brulee, caramelized banana, chocolate, crushed almonds, vanilla bean custard…It is to die for!!!

DESSERT

 

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Big Fat Liar

your scaleYour scale is LYING to you!!! Check out fitness model Anoah Adjah, who is over 200lbs but looks GREAT! Your scale doesn’t determine your health!!!

When it comes to weight loss, the scale can be a good measure of progress, particularly if you have a lot of weight to lose. But if you place too much emphasis on your weight and not enough on your body composition (the ratio of fat to lean muscle), you’re only getting half the story.

The scale doesn’t tell you how much fat you have. Your scale does exactly what it’s supposed to—it tells you how much you weigh. When the number on the scale goes up or down, it doesn’t represent only fat loss or muscle gain. In fact, the scale can’t tell if you’ve gained muscle. A pound of muscle is like a brick, small and compact. A pound of fat is like a fluffy feather pillow, bulky and lumpy. When you gain muscle and lose fat, your body gets smaller and tighter. Building muscle also makes it possible to drop clothing sizes without a big change in weight. Perhaps after a 90-day fitness program, the scale says you lost 7 pounds, which may not sound like much. But what if you actually lost 12 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle? That’s a remarkable improvement in your body composition, but you wouldn’t know it if you only used your regular bathroom scale to track your progress.

Your body’s water levels are constantly changing. The scale can move up or down depending on how much water you drink, how much salt you consume, how much you sweat, and how many carbohydrates you eat. An average person can see a daily fluctuation in water weight of about 2 pounds, without any changes to diet or exercise habits. These fluctuations do not signify fat loss, and watching the scale move up and down every day can be frustrating for many dieters.

One of the best ways to keep track of your changing body is to use a tape measure. Record your chest, waist, hip, thigh, arm, and wrist measurements in a journal. Update the measurements every 30 days to see how your body changes. Pictures are also good indicators of progress. Have someone take front, side, and back photos of you every 30 days and keep these with your body measurements. Notice how your clothes fit. This is a foolproof way to prove that you’re losing weight. If your clothes are getting looser, your body is shrinking, even if you don’t see a big change in the mirror yet.

Article Courtesy of: http://blackdoctor.org/290833/is-scale-your-scale-wrong

Game Day Snacks

artichoke spinach dipArtichoke-Spinach Dip
Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 10 -ounce bag baby spinach
1 cup packed fresh basil
3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
6 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 14 -ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, squeezed dry and finely chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 or 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
Baked chips, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water. Stir the spinach and basil into the boiling water and cook until bright green, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge in the ice water. Drain and squeeze dry, then roughly chop.

Puree the beans, cream cheese, garlic and chicken broth in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Transfer to a medium bowl and fold in the spinach and basil, artichokes, parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Add the cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste.

Mist a deep 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread the dip mixture in the dish and top with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella. Bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with baked chips.

Per serving (1/4 cup): Calories 100; Fat 5 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 19 mg; Sodium 338 mg; Carbohydrate 7 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 6 g

Recipe Courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/hot-artichoke-spinach-dip-recipe.html?oc=linkback

No Gym Needed

Hit the Floor….

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms down. Crouch, placing right hand on floor near left instep, left arm extended behind you (as shown). Jump, reaching arms overhead and landing in crouch position with left hand near right instep, right arm extended back. Continue alternating for 1 minute. Targets: abs, butt, thighs

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2012/02/insanity-hit-the-floor-workout-video