Wrap It Up With Herbs and Spices: 4 Weight Loss Wrap Recipes You Will Love

It’s important to prioritize your health when you’re aiming to trim some pounds. That’s why it’s important to eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. It’s easy to get discouraged if you’re not enjoying your weight loss food, so variety is important.

Why not try these herbs and spices wrap recipes? You’ll surely love flavorful low-calorie snacks!

Tuscan-Style Herbed Tuna Wraps

What you need:

  • 2 whole grain tortillas
  • 1/2 cup light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsps. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, mix together tuna, tomatoes, spinach, lemon juice, parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir until ingredients are well-blended. Divide tuna mixture among the 2 tortillas fold over to make wraps. Top with fresh spinach. Serve immediately.

Turkey and Five-Spice Lettuce Wraps

What you need:

  • 1/2 kg. lean ground turkey
  • 2 heads lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 cup water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, mint and/or chives)
  • 1/2 cup instant brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsps. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsps. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add turkey and ginger then cook for 6-7 minutes until turkey is cooked through. Crumble turkey using a wooden spoon. Add cooked brown rice, water chestnuts, bell pepper, chicken broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and add spoonfuls of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves. Top with carrots and fresh herbs. Roll into wraps and secure with toothpick.

Spicy Guacamole and Bean Burrito

What you need:

  • 2 6-inch whole grain tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat refried beans
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 3 tbsps. prepared guacamole
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced

Combine beans, salsa and jalapeno pepper in a small bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. Arrange romaine lettuce in each flour tortilla. Top with warm bean mixture and guacamole. Roll up to make wraps. Serve immediately.

Herbed Hummus Vegetarian Wraps

What you need:

  • 2 cups herbed hummus
  • 4 large collard green leaves, steamed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 jicama, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashews, slightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

Mix together cucumber, bell pepper, jicama, carrot and celery in a medium bowl until well-blended. Divide the mixture among 4 collard green leaves. Top with avocado slices, basil leaves, cashews and chives. Roll up to make wraps and secure with toothpick.

Enjoy snacking for weight loss with these fun and easy herbs and spices wrap recipes!

Source by Adrian T. Cheng

How to Make Avocado Fans!

Hello and thank you for reading my article,

When I was a young line cook working for Jean Georges we used 100’s of avocado fans a day. As the youngest and least experienced cook in the kitchen guess who ended up making most of them. The reason why they gave the task to me was because it is so simple they figured I couldn’t mess it up. I want to share with you how to make a PERFECT looking avocado fan.

First off you want to gently grip the avocado and feel how soft it is. You want it to give but not be mushy. If its too soft it wont hold its shape but will be great for guacamole. You don’t want it to be hard like an apple. Using a sharp knife cut into the top of the avocado until you feel the pit. Spin the knife around to make a circle, then twist the avocado to separate the two halves. Cut the avocado in 1/4s from flesh side.

Peel the skin starting from the pointy end. Gently scrape the surface with a plastic spoon to rid of any brown on the top layer of the avocado. Lay the Avocado down so that there is a 90 degree angle on the left side and slice the avocado 3/4 of the way up in even slices about 1/4″ thick. Then gently fan out the slice. Use right away or cover with a moist paper towel and put in the fridge. When ready lightly season with salt and olive oil.

You can add an Avocado Fan to a:

BLT sandwich


All kinds of Salads

With Scrambled Eggs in the morning

With Fish (great with crabcakes)

Its simple details like an Avocado fan that will impress you friends at the next dinner party or luncheon, or please a demanding chef:

Source by Brandon Shapiro

Avocados for Improved Personal Health

Although Avocado’s are widely believed to be a vegetable, they are actually a fruit. The health benefits of Avocados are astounding. Anyone looking to add a delicious option to their diet should call upon the weight loss help of avocados.

The avocado tree is native to Puebla, Mexico. Typically, Avocado’s are grown in tropical climates such as: Mexico, Hawaii and Florida. Avocado’s are also grown in some temperate regions such as: California and Texas.

There are many different kinds of avocados, including: Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Hass, Pinkerton, Reed and Zutano. However, the Hass variety can be preferred year-round and is generally preferred amongst chefs. At one point in time, avocados were thought to be unhealthy due to their high levels of fat. Actually, this isn’t true, because the fats in avocados are healthy fats essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improved personal health. Studies have shown that unless key nutrients, like antioxidants, are consumed along with fat, the body will barely be able to retain these vital nutrients.

Avocado’s are also very high in fiber and contain twice the amount of potassium than a banana does. Fiber is extremely important to providing weight loss help because it helps you feel fuller longer. So, although it comes high in fat, it actually helps you cut calories. Avocados will also help you lower your cholesterol levels.

Whether you’re making guacamole or adding them to your salad, there is no doubt that avocados are a sure bet to help you improve your personal health.

When selecting an avocado, look for the avocados that are heavy for their size. This indicates that there is a sufficient amount of moisture in the avocado. Also, the avocado should be soft enough to yield to slight pressure from the thumb. If it yields to much then it is overripe. The skin of the avocado should not have any tears or bruises on it.

Make sure you was the avocado before you use it. When you are ready to use it, cut it in half, lengthwise, down and around the pit. Then, twist and pull both haves of the avocado apart. Remove the pit, separate the avocado from the skin and enjoy!

I have included avocados in my weight loss help series that lists ten of the best superfoods out there. Be sure to check the whole list for nutrition facts, health benefits, recipes and more on my selection of the top 10 superfoods.

Source by Brent Hale

The Best Way to Remove a Guacamole Stain From Carpet

Having parties can be a lot of fun, at least until someone spills something all over your carpet. If one of your favorite party snacks is guacamole, like mine, you may know about those bright green stains on your carpet that start to turn brown over time. Here is the best way to remove a guacamole stain from carpet, so you can enjoy your party again.

Deal with the stain as quickly as possible. You may not want to get down on your hands and knees during the party and start scrubbing away, but at the very least make sure to scrape up as much of the guacamole as possible from the carpet. While scraping it be careful not to spread the stain further. If you can’t deal with it right away, at the very least keep the stain moist by placing a damp paper towel over the area, to help ensure the stain does not set while you continue on with the party.

Use a dishwashing liquid cleaning solution to blot at the guacamole stain. When you are ready to tackle the stain, like right after the party guests leave, mix a solution of 2 cups cool water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Using this stain removal solution blot at the carpet stain with a clean white cloth, until the stain is removed.

If that does not completely remove the stain try a stronger solution using ammonia. Hopefully the dishwashing solution will work to remove the guacamole from the carpet, but if not you can try a stronger solution of two cups water mixed with one tablespoon of ammonia to use for blotting at the carpet stain. Always test this stain removal solution in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before applying directly to the stained area. Blot at the carpet with this solution until the stain is removed.

Remove the cleaning solutions and dry the carpet thoroughly. Whichever cleaning solutions you end up using must be removed from the carpet by blotting with water to rinse away the chemicals. You may also want to neutralize the ammonia solution by spraying the carpet with a solution of one tablespoon vinegar with two cups cool water. Next, make sure to allow the carpet to dry thoroughly for 24-48 hours. You can aid in drying the carpet by placing a white cloth over the damp carpet, and laying a heavy object on the cloth. This will help wick moisture from the carpet into the cloth to help it dry more quickly.

Source by Taylor Flanery

Bratwurst With Guacamole Dip Recipe

It is true that I love the Bratwurst Sausage, but I will share with you the recipe of what my favorite dipping is with the Bratwurst Sausage!

To be honest, Avocados are quite interesting, in how they are shaped, and in how they taste. But when you mix them with other things, its unimaginable the tastes and flavors it can create. If you have never eaten this spicy Mexican dip, I encourage you to try it. The taste will be of it, will not compare to anything else you have eaten in your life.

Ingredients you need to make the dip.

1 ripened avocado

1 medium tomato, (you want to peel the tomato, remove the seeds, and finely slice it)

2 cloves of garlic, thinly minced

1/2 cup of mayonnaise

A pinch of hot sauce

Salt and pepper

How to make it

The simplest way to make the Bratwurst Sausage is to pickup a Johnsonville Brats at your local store. Just simply put the brats in the oven, until they are golden brown. For this recipe, you should cook about five of those Brats.

First, take your avocado, and begin to peel it. After this, you want to cut it lengthwise, and remove the inner seed. As you will see, the seed is quite huge. The next step is to get a bowl, and start to mash the avocado. The best technique is to use a spoon or preferably a fork. Using a food processor can make it easier. You want to keep this process, until you see that the avocado has become smooth, and has a consistency to it.

Remember that tomato you finely diced? Go ahead and add it to the bowl that contains the avocado.

When you’re Brats are done, slice them into small pieces. And mix them into the avocado bowl. At this point, you also want to add the garlic, mayonnaise. Now give the mixture a good mix again. Go ahead and add the hot sauce, salt, and pepper.

Source by Saint Seiya

Real Mexican Guacamole – How to Make it Like Tia Guadalupe

Think you know guacamole? Unless you’ve had the real deal, made by hand in a Mexican kitchen–or at least in an authentic Mexican restaurant–you’re missing out on how sublime this avocado concoction can be.

And “concoction” is exactly the right word for real guacamole. Mole in Nahuatl–the language of the ancient Aztecs–means just that. Guaca comes from the Nahuatl word for avocado. The Aztecs loved this creamy, delicious and very healthy fruit.

OK, so how do you make real “guac” the right way, so it comes out tasting like it just left Tia Guadalupe’s Mexican cocina? Here’s what I learned in a Mexican cooking school.

First, put the blender away, far away. In fact, forget you own one. Real guacamole bears almost no relationship to the pureed gooey mash–sometimes abominated even further with sour cream–that shows up far too often on American tables under the name guacamole. The real thing should be chunky with a burst of rich avocado flavor and just a hint of bite.

To be really authentic, guacamole should be concocted in a molcajete, the pre-Hispanic mortar and pestle made of volcanic rock that you still see for sale in every Mexican street market. It allows you to grind the flavoring ingredients together into a paste before adding the avocado, dispersing the flavors uniformly. Since most modern American kitchens don’t have a molcajete, you can use a bowl and the back of a heavy spoon instead.

For the best flavor, use very ripe Hass avocados. Not only do they taste better, they also tend to discolor more slowly.

Real Mexican Guacamole

Makes 3 cups (about 4-5 servings)

3 ripe Hass avocados

½ medium white onion, chopped fine

1 clove garlic (if you like it), chopped fine

1 fresh Serrano chile, seeded, deveined and minced fine*

2 Tbls. fresh cilantro, chopped fine

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp. fresh lime juice (use small Mexican or key limes)

½ tsp. salt (more or less to taste)

Put the chopped onion, garlic, cilantro and serrano into a molcajete or bowl and mash together with a mortar or the back of a heavy spoon until the juices mix and they begin to form a paste. Cut the avocados in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon into the bowl in big chunks. Mix well, mashing the avocado slightly but not until it’s a pasty puree. The mixture should still be chunky.

Gently mix in the finely diced tomatoes, lime juice and salt to taste. Stir to mix well.

Serve on chips or, better yet, on home-made totopes–the thick, hand-cut tortilla chips common all over Mexico. In Mexico, guacamole is also commonly served to pile onto steaks, tacos, fajitas, carnitas or spread on bread in place of mayonnaise in a sandwich.

Now close your eyes, take a bite, and enjoy the tangy, sublime, authentic taste of real Mexican guacamole.

*Tip: Start with one small serrano then test for hotness. If you like your guacamole fiery, add more. If fresh serrano chiles are not available in your area, you can substitute fresh jalapenos, but the flavor will be slightly different.

Tip 2: Never make guacamole in advance. Avocado discolors quickly on contact with air. You can mix up the first ingredients a few hours in advance if you like, but wait to add the avocado and later ingredients until just before serving.

I learned how to make real Mexican Guacamole at La Cocina Cooking School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Owner Kris Rudolph really knows her way around a Mexican kitchen. To learn more about La Cocina, click on the link below and then on then “Cooking Classes” tab.

Source by Donna Meyer