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3 Ways To Make Zucchini Noodles | Low Carb Pasta w/ Vegetables

How to make zucchini noodles. 3 ways to make zucchini pasta for low carb noodles vegetable meals.

Are you trying to eat less carbs and incorporate more green vegetables into your diet? This is an awesome goal because your body craves fresh fruits and vegetables in comparison to the other types of foods you eat. In fact, fresh vegetables and fruits can actually help you eliminate the cravings for the bad foods. One way to make this goal a reality is to start making small changes at a time. Since starches are an addiction for most of us and especially pasta dishes, here is one way to eat less carbs while still enjoying the same types of delicious meals that you love.

Make Zucchini Noodles / Vegetable Pasta Ideas

Invest in a good spiralizer and start making noodles of vegetables. Zucchini noodles are the most popular pasta replacement, but you can also use other squashes, carrots, cucumbers, celery, cabbage, 0etc., depending on the dish you are planning to make. For example, you can make spaghetti squash noodles for red sauce recipes or use cucumbers in cold pasta salads; they actually make a delicious replacement for regular noodles. Since zucchini pasta is one of the most common for both cold and hot pasta recipes, here are the instructions for how to make your own zucchini noodles.

3 ways to make Zucchini Noodles for pasta dishes!

1) The first way to make zucchini noodles is as shown in the picture above. Just clean your zucchini, spiralize, set on paper towel + lightly press another paper towel one on top to absorb moisture. Saute the zucchini noodles in a little olive oil and al dente (more firm than you would normally cook your zucchini, so the texture is like noodles). Keep the skins on for even more nutrients.

2) The second way to make zucchini pasta is to preheat the oven to 200 degrees while spiralizing your zucchini to make noodles. Absorb the moisture with paper towel and then grab a cookie sheet (more then one if you are making a lot of noodles because they need to lay in a flat single layer). Line your cookie sheet with paper towel, lay the zucchini noddles on it, lightly salt and then bake the raw zucchini in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. You are "sweating" them or "dehydrating" per say. Once they are dried out you will cook them like normal noodles in boiling water with salt for 10-15 minutes. Drain and serve as planned. Some people do this in a microwave, but I think the oven is a healthier option, so I did not include the microwave version as a 4th way to make zucchini noodles.

3) The third option is to spiralize the zucchini and absorb the moisture with paper towel (same as the other 2 ways to make zucchini noodles), but do not cook them at all. Eat them as raw noodles for pasta salad, raw food vegan sauces and dressings.


Pasta is not the worst starch for you, but fresh vegetable noodles are the best!
All three ways of making zucchini noodles are absolutely delicious and better for you then traditional noodles, but I want to point out one more thing that might make you feel better about noodles in general and in comparison to rice or potatoes ... Pasta is more slow burning. This means that they actually take longer to convert into starch / sugar in comparison to how rice and potatoes are used by your body. This should make you feel more comfortable when eating them especially if you choose whole grain or wheat noodles. On the other hand, in addition to making your own fresh vegetable noodles or zucchini noodles, there are AWESOME alternatives like low carb noodles, shirataki noodles, vegetable or quinoa pasta that can let you eat more freely. They are delicious pasta options, too!
Low Carb, Fresh Vegetable, Healthy Lifestyle Changes
The truth of the matter is that making your own vegetable pasta (like the zucchini noodles) helps you get more fresh green vegetables into your diet and nothing can replace the benefits of that. Small changes like this can make a world of difference to your health as well as positively influence healthy lifestyle changes for those you love. This is my goal as a Skinny Fiber distributor. By all means, please use the product to lose weight if you need it, but my mission is to also inspire you to make the long term healthy lifestyle changes, so that you can lose weight naturally, become your healthiest, as well as an example for others. This is how we are going to combat the obesity epidemic throughout the world one person at a time. This is accomplished by educating ourselves, making the changes and becoming healthier as a whole.

Here's to YOUR weight loss success!

Your Friend,

Three $1000 Winners for 2013 Skinny Fiber Weight Loss Challenge

I want to extend a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the 3 winners of the Skinny Fiber Weight Loss Challenge ... These 3 people were the "biggest losers" for 2013 and won $1000 for their accomplishments during their personal 90 day challenges. They did an AWESOME job for sure!

#1 Alana Selena lost 56 lbs in 90 days!
#2 Annette Lucas lost 53 lbs in 90 days!
#3 Chandra Butcher lost 51 lbs in 90 days!

Here are the pictures for two of them. I am waiting for the 3rd one.

Annette losy 3 pounds with Skinny Fiber in 90 days!

Chandra lost 51 pounds with Skinny Fiber in 90 days.

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A Fat Girl Dancing Videos & Self Love Campaign - Amazing or Not?

I have written in the past about how opposed I am to the Curvy Girl Initiative. I think that it is counter productive to the obesity epidemic that health professionals are working so hard to correct in this nation, as well as a damaging influence on our youth. It is not the self acceptance part that look down on, but that there appears to be more accommodations to the Plus Size pride than encouraging change of it. Regardless, when I came across this video of A Fat Girl Dancing and read her "No ((Body Shame)) Campaign" blog, I couldn't help but to admire Whitney Way Thore's newly found love of self and can relate to why the whole curvy girl presentation. In fact, there's a part of me that is proud of her and hopes that she's going to get down to a healthy weight with all of this dancing or at least inspire others to do so ... Her quote of choice really does clarify all: "The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else was to be indifferent to that difference." ~ Al Capp.

What's The Big Deal About A Fat Girl Dancing?

Well, the obvious is that the average 350 pound woman does not make videos of herself doing elaborately choreographed dance routines. The average 350 pound woman is considered morbidly obese and struggles with wanting to do anything as physically challenging at all, so I think it's a HUGE deal is that Whitney Way Thore is dancing and blogging her way to a more confident and happy person. She's been bullied, humiliated, dealt with health issues and the same emotional roller coaster that most people go through during their weight gain. In this respect, she speaks miles in each video.  Not so much for the health benefits of dancing for fitness or that some other "fat girls" will be inspired to dance with her, but that all of the things she is in life (professionally trained dancer, intelligent, beautiful, etc.), she is acceptant that she is a "fat girl" (not curvy) and that's not an open invitation to disrespect her. No fat girl should have to go through the day being pointed at and laughed at just because of her size or demeaned by verbally abuse by men ...

Meanwhile, the reality is that if Whitney keeps this up, she's gonna end up a thin girl dancing with one heck of a testimony about how she got back in shape while showing the world how their prejudices and bullying can't break a fat girl.

If This Fat Girl Can Do It, So Can You!

Quite frankly, if she can do it ... so can any of us! I am not saying that everyone should start making dance videos to post on Youtube. I am just saying that if a 350 pound woman can decide one day to get up and dance her pain away, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot to get up and move everyday for a little while, too - Work your body out! Feel better about yourself and maybe even sexier as time goes on.

A Fat Girl Dancing Videos:
Here are some more Whitney Way's dance videos:

One of my favorite videos of Whitley Way and Todd dancing to Rolling In The Deep.

One of her alone dancing to Gasolina. She has awesome balance...



February Fitness Challenge | Skinny Fiber Weight Loss Support

Join our February Fitness Challenge at Facebook Skinny Fiber Wholesale Distributor page as we continue working on getting swimsuit ready by summer!

I just wanted to let you know that I have started the February Fitness Challenge on Facebook, so please stop by to get started or "catch up" for the day and everyday this month. This is a beginners challenge that you can do while participating in the Skinny Fiber Challenge or with what you are doing to improve your health right now. You are welcome to join us in this fitness challenge even if you are at a more advanced fitness level then the other participants. I have added squats for those who need a bit more of a challenge and you will be motivation for the others who are just getting started. The goal of the February Fitness Challenge is to continue working on our new year's resolution to lose weight, get fit and become more healthy ... with the motivational focus of getting more fit over the next few months and swimsuit ready by summer or spring break if that's your focus. There's just few more months to go ... so get busy!!!

Each morning I will post the February Fitness Challenge on these Facebook pages
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You might have to scroll down to find the post a if doing the challenge later in the day, but it will be there for you each day and get more challenging as we move forwards this month. Just make sure to LIKE or COMMENT on the fitness challenge daily to let us know when you've completed it. Please make sure to SHARE this information, so that others have the opportunity to join us.

Additionally, if you've been "sitting on the fence" about getting started with Skinny Fiber, now is as GREAT a time as any to get started in your weight loss challenge with me. You can Buy Skinny Fiber online and get a jump start on others who are waiting until summer gets here. You will get a free website with health and fitness tips, tracking tool and my personal support. Many people have had tremendous success in this program and without changing a thing, but most of us know that eating healthier and exercising is the key to our weight loss. Joining this fitness challenge while taking Skinny Fiber each day can certainly help make this easier for you; exercising daily is good for your body in general. Start working towards your weight loss goals as soon as possible, so that you are not feeling as self conscious and out of shape this summer. Isn't that what you planned as your 2014 goal? It is not too late to get started, but you have to make up your mind and do it.

Here's to your being consistent with your weight loss goals this February!

Hugs & Blessings!


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Wheatgrass, Spinach & Strawberry Smoothie Recipe (Green Smoothie)

Organic wheatgrass, spinach and strawberry smoothie recipe by Lea.

This Wheatgrass, Spinach & Strawberry Smoothie is one of my original green smoothie recipes. Wheatgrass often gets a bad rep for not tasting good, but it is actually delicious and good for you. Children will love it, too. I have pictures below of our toddler drinking it (see pictures below). This not a thick smoothie but could easily replace a cup of coffee in the morning because it gives energy. Try it and let me know what you think!

Wheatgrass, Spinach & Strawberry Smoothie


1 tbsp powered organic wheatgrass
1 cup organic baby spinach (I use one handful)
1 cup frozen sliced organic strawberries (can use 1 and 1/2 cups)
2 packets stevia
1 1/2 cup almond milk or cold water
1 tbs chia seed

* I used organic ingredients for this smoothie recipe.
* You can use organic vegetable protein with this to make it a longer lasting meal.


Add milk or water, wheatgrass, baby spinach, chia seeds, stevia and strawberries to blender ... Blend or pulse a few times if using a Ninja, Vitamix or Nutribullet ... until smooth.  Put the tip of the spoon in and dip, so that you can taste. If it could use a few more strawberries add about 1/2 cup.

NOTE: I use a 16 ounce single serving cup with the Ninja Professional 1500 blender and this yields almost the full 16 ounces. I will usually have this within 30 minutes of waking and it holds me until ready for brunch, so I take my Skinny Fiber about an hour and a half to two hours after having this wheatgrass smoothie, then eat 30 minutes later.

You can grow your own wheatgrass or buy organic wheatgrass powder from the bins at your local Health Food store or online! Powered wheatgrass saves you money, lasts a long time and is so concentrated (since it is just ground wheatgrass sprouts) that you just need to use a little bit per ounce of liquid. Too much can make the smoothie bitter.

Wheatgrass is a cost effective vegetable to add to smoothies and easy for the body to digest.
The picture is dim, but this is actually a vibrant green smoothie with speckles of color from the ingredients (i.e. strawberries, chia seeds). Wheatgrass is high in vitamin and minerals like other green vegetables. There's more on the health benefits of wheatgrass below.

Our toddler loves this wheatgrass, spinach, strawberry smoothie. This gives him servings of vegetables and fruit.
Our 3 year old toddler LOVED this wheatgrass, spinach and strawberry smoothie. He pushed the milk aside and drank it down. This helps me get veges in him!

Green smoothies get raw vegetables and fruits into the body each day for proper vitamins and minerals. They are perfect for people that hate eating vegetables and fruits.
He's sporting a wheatgrass smoothie mustache with pride :) Give it a try. Maybe your toddler will like this green smoothie, too. Start with just a few ounces until your child is used to it.

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Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

Despite all of the hype you might have read about wheatgrass being a superfood with incredible health benefits, wheatgrass is a vegetable comparable to broccoli, spinach and the others we eat except wheatgrass has more Vitamin E and Protein than the two, but that's about it. Regardless, it is sprout from the wheat seed though does not contain gluten and the rave because it is a predigested food that is easy used by the body (similar concept to why we juice fruits and veges so that they are digested more easily). The concrete health benefits of wheatgrass include those of other green vegetables. Wheatgrass has vitamins A, B, C, E and calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc. It is high in chlorophyll which some believe has extra benefits, though it is not scientifically proven.. I like that I can buy organic wheatgrass in dried, ground, concentrate and add it to our smoothies ... It is cost effective and easy on the tummy without sacrificing nutrition.

Green Smoothies Help Get Raw Fruits & Vegetables In Your Diet
Juicing and smoothies can help get more fresh fruits and vegetables into your child's diet (yours too); especially the greens that they typically leave on the plate like spinach, broccoli, kale, parsley ... Just pop them in the blender with one or two types of fruits, add chia seeds and voila ... the family loves them.

If you are trying to give up coffee, eat breakfast at a decent time each day, trying to lose weight or just get healthier in general by eating more whole foods instead of processed foods, then green smoothies should be top on your list of lifestyle changes. Chia seeds are an incredible source of fiber and omega 3s. It can only help you to add them to your smoothie, as well as different types of additions like cacao, coconut oil, flaxseed, meca, etc. Maybe not all at once and certainly with research as to whether it is good for your child, but the point being to combine the different nutrients needed into an easy to drink meal or snack that covers their daily nutritional needs without having to take vitamins. You can get what you need from food.

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I look forward to your comments how your wheatgrass, spinach, strawberry smoothie turned out or what other wheatgrass smoothie you suggest for my little vegetarian!

Hugs & Blessings!


How to Lose Weight with a Thyroid Condition (Hashimoto's & Hypo)

How to lose weight with a thyroid condition like Hashimoto's Disease or Hypothyroidism and Skinny Fiber.

Are you struggling to lose weight while suffering from a thyroid condition? It is really difficult to lose weight with a thyroid problem like Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease and autoimmune disorders. However, it is still vital to maintain a healthy weight as a part of an overall commitment to your long term well-being. Read on to learn more about how to obtain natural weight loss with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease.

Start with a Weight Loss Plan

Making a plan will start you off on the right foot because weight loss for anybody is a long uphill battle, and could be especially difficult for you because of your thyroid condition. Therefore, breaking this giant life change down into manageable steps will make the larger goal seem more attainable.

Additionally, you should get your doctor on board. No diet or weight loss plan should be attempted without the green light from your physician. Your doctor can also help you integrate nutritional tips with exercise and treatments specifically tailored to your thyroid issue so that you can take a more effective approach.

Diet and Dietary Fiber w/ Thyroid Condition

Eating healthy and drinking the proper amount of water can help with natural weight loss. You just have to watch the portions of healthy fats, vegetables and fruits to make sure that you are getting the right amount of the right foods for your weight loss needs. In fact, increasing dietary fiber can help weight loss with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Disease; especially fiber green vegetables and low sugar, high fiber, fruits. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends for you; all natural Skinny Fiber may even help so check with your doctor for this as a solution. Just make sure to have your thyroid checked each time your doctor recommends making sure fiber and medications are working well together.
Iodine & Thyroid Disease

This also leads into the importance of Iodine in the diet of people with thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism. Iodine is an important nutrient for all people, though it is shown that those with thyroid problems are deficient in iodine. You can actually increase iodine with salt (quarter teaspoon of iodized salt contains 47% of daily recommended iodine) or by taking an iodine supplement. You can also increase iodine NATURALLY and without salt by eating foods high in iodine. Here are some foods with iodine listed in the order of most iodine per daily recommended amount to least: Seaweed (can buy organic from whole foods store and amount of iodine can range so read the package), Cod (3 ounces is 66% of daily recommended iodine), Low Fat / Plain Yogurt (1 cup is 50% of daily recommended iodine), Low Fat Milk (1 cup is 37% of daily total need), Shrimp (3 ounces is 23% of daily recommended), Chocolate Ice Cream (1/2 cup is 20% of daily iodine), 1 egg (large egg is 16%), Prunes (5 prunes is 8%) and cheddar cheese 91 ounce is 8%). There are more foods that can increase your iodine intake but I have listed those with the highest levels and healthier choices (not canned or processed foods) per the FDA.
Sleep & Weight Loss

Get enough sleep! No doubt you've also experienced the energy lows that go along with thyroid problems. If you’re too tired to go jogging or can’t face the elliptical machine at the gym, that’s okay. Instead, you can put your resources into getting enough sleep so that you feel rested. Generally, the average adult needs between eight and nine hours of sleep per night, however people with thyroid conditions may need more. Once you get on a regular sleep schedule, then perhaps you’ll feel well enough to do some gentle exercise. Getting the right amount of sleep is connected to weight loss; those who do not get proper sleep are more prone to weight problems with thyroid condition or not.
Choose the Right Exercise

While some fitness experts will recommend exercise along the lines of push-ups and marathons, you won’t get far if you dread your workouts. Instead, choose exercise that suits your abilities and interests. For example, if you can’t handle running, you can simply walk every day. If being outdoors is not your thing or you need something more structured to stay on track, you can try a yoga class or hula hooping for fitness instead. Yoga is for different fitness levels and has numerous health benefits to alleviate stress, stiffness and is actually good for weight loss. Just a few minutes of hula hooping can increase your heart rate and work your body without jumping around like in aerobics and jogging.
Skinny Fiber & Thyroid Weight Loss

Pamela’s Results w/ Skinny Fiber | Thyroid Condition Weight Loss

Tracy’s Skinny Fiber Results w/ Hypothyroidism Weight Loss

Losing weight with a Thyroid condition like hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease can be a huge burden. Yet, with proper management, you can still lead a full and healthy life. All it takes is some perseverance and a willingness to keep at it!

Join us in the 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge to get started with support.

Additionally, January is Thyroid Awareness Month. If you are not familiar with the thyroid conditiond in this post or would like more information on your thyroid condition, please make sure to visit to learn more about this disease.

Here's to your weight loss success!

Hugs & Blessings,