The Best Baked Beans


Most everyone knows that I am a proponent of chick peas for their protein and complete amino profile. This is a must have baked bean recipe. Thank you Juliemontagu!

best_baked_beans_flexi_foodieBaked beans are such an amazingly satisfying meal, especially when combined with a crusty chunk of wholemeal bread! Delicious. However, when you buy baked beans from the store, the sugar and salt content can be incredibly high! You might also find other additives and artificial sweeteners lurking in the can which your body simply doesn’t want anything to do with!

That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid this meal entirely as it’s always possible to make your own! My recipe uses cannellini beans and chickpeas combined with a few other nourishing additions to create the Best Baked Beans!

Cannellini beans rank incredibly low on the glycemic index and also score some serious points when it comes to their high antioxidant count. They are full of a range of vitamins and minerals, with an especially impressive magnesium count. Magnesium is important for keeping your blood pressure normal as well as…

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How Does Your Heart Feel About What You Eat? – Infographic


I was just having a discussion with my wife the other day, about the ease with which so many people go out to eat or grab fast food and take it home as opposed to cooking. The number of parents that grab carry out and feed their children consistently, with pre-made garbage points to the growing obesity epidemic.

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When it comes to controlling our weight, a lot of people talk a good game, but the fact remains that 60 percent of us are overweight, 30 percent outright obese and adult onset diabetes is hitting our kids in their teens. So, we don’t do a very good job on controlling what we put into our systems. I thought this was a super infographic because it gets the reader to focus on what the impact of that slice of pizza is on his system.

As I wrote on my Page How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off – everything you eat and drink becomes a part of you.



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Are you obligated to accept food when someone offers it to you? How do you handle the situation if someone says, “Just have one”.

Adhering to a specific nutrition plan or diet, can be difficult in itself. Holiday parties, family gatherings and even pressure from coworkers can make sticking to a program almost impossible.

The pressure can feel like sabotage, even when the intent is innocent. “You can have a little”, “One won’t hurt you”, “It’ll be our little secret”, these sayings and others can be difficult to deal with.

Remember that everyone struggles with change to some degree. In dealing with clients that are going through multiple changes, they may have friends that are afraid to see them change. They may think that they could lose that friend due to different likes or priorities. I make it part of my responsibility to have a game plan in place in case these instances arise.

Be prepared to answer questions such as, “Why are you on a diet” or, “How much damage can one do”?                    It is acceptable to politely decline and say that “I won’t stop at just one” or, “I’m trying to better myself”.

Remember that you are in charge of the route you choose to take. Take control of yourself, your future, and your health.

In fitness, Bob

More Than 1 in 10 Use Daily Aspirin Inappropriately


Have you considered the negative affect of a low dose aspirin on your G.I. tract? Consult with your doctor before self prescribing medicines. The risk of bleeding may be greater than your risk of stroke.

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For many users, the odds of heart attack, stroke are lower than the risk of serious bleeding, study says.

Many Americans are likely using daily low-dose aspirin inappropriately in the hopes of preventing a first-time heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of nearly 69,000 U.S. adults prescribed aspirin long-term, about 12 percent probably should not have been.

That’s because their odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke were not high enough to outweigh the risks of daily aspirin use, said Dr. Ravi Hira, the lead researcher on the study and a cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Experts have long known that for people who’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, a daily low-dose aspirin can cut the risk of suffering those conditions again.

Things get more complicated, though, when it comes to preventing a first-time heart attack or stroke —…

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Another quick and easy meal, from the kitchen of Celia Hayes, this time with a Greek twist. I make a similar version of this using ground turkey instead of the chicken, (I use a skillet and this is a microwave recipe), I then forego the dressing and would season with Cavenders Greek Seasoning. It is a fantastic blend of spices.


–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pasta (small pieces)

–tomatoes (1 can, diced, with the liquid)

–tomato sauce (one-half can)

–feta cheese (one-half small container)

–black olive (1 small can, sliced)

–Parmesan cheese

–Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

–parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder

–salad greens

–creamy Caesar salad dressing

–seasoned croutons


1 – Measure two-thirds cup of pasta and place in a covered baking dish with 1 cup water.  Season with one-half teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 2 and one-half minutes.  Then microwave on 50 percent power for 7 and one-half minutes.  Keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with parsley, basil, oregano, garlic, and olive oil.  Set aside.

3 – Slice half an onion, and place in a small covered bowl with water.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

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Little or No Benefit from Nutrient Additions to Vitamin Waters and Energy Drinks


Be certain of your reason for drinking anything other than water. Hidden dangers are caffeine, sugar, sodium, and a multitude of vitamins that you do not need. Is there a possible link to young athletes suffering from heart conditions, maybe it’s marketing. You be the judge. Either way, stick with water to be safe.

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New study reveals nutrient content and on-package marketing are out of tune with dietary needs and conventional nutritional science

A new study by researchers working at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University investigated the nutritional benefits of novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks, and novel juices) sold in Canadian supermarkets by assessing their micronutrient compositions. The findings were published today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

According to the study novel beverages sold in Canadian supermarkets revealed extensive nutrient enrichment. On-package marketing highlighted nutritional attributes such as immune support and antioxidant properties, and some made claims related to specific nutrients. In addition, nutrients were often juxtaposed with messages related to performance and emotional well-being, benefits that go beyond conventional nutritional science.

The study found extensive micronutrient additions at levels often well in excess of nutrient requirements. The most commonly found nutrients were vitamins B6, B12, C and…

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Exercise Allows You to Age Optimally


Want more proof that staying active increases your life span? This study puts physically active people, ahead of sedentary adults. Society as a whole is not aging well, due in part to less active life styles.

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Staying active allows you to age optimally, according to a study by King’s College London and the University of Birmingham. The study of amateur older cyclists found that many had levels of physiological function that would place them at a much younger age compared to the general population; debunking the common assumption that ageing automatically makes you more frail.

The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, recruited 84 male and 41 female cycling enthusiasts aged 55 to 79 to explore how the ageing process affects the human body, and whether specific physiological markers can be used to determine your age.

Cyclists were recruited to exclude the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, which can aggravate health problems and cause changes in the body, which might appear to be due to the ageing process. Men and women had to be able to cycle 100 km in under 6.5 hours and 60…

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