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Low-Fat Tomato Sauce

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This tomato sauce isn’t just for pasta. Try it over fish, chicken cutlets, or even lightly sautéed vegetables. For a slightly heartier sauce, add some chopped green or red peppers and some sliced mushrooms along with the spices.

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 small onion, finely diced
Dry white vermouth or red wine (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 whole bay leaf
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Swirl it around so the bottom is coated with oil and then wipe up the excess with a paper towel. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes.

  3. Add the bay leaf, basil, parsley, and thyme. Cook 2 minutes. If the herbs are sticking to the pan, you can add just a splash of dry white vermouth or red wine.

  4. Add the tomatoes and their juice. As they simmer, break the tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Add the salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer partially covered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste, and adjust the seasoning as desired.

Banana Cream Recipe

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Banana Cream
Serves 4

Banana Cream satisfies the need for something cool and creamy while providing much-needed potassium. You can customize this recipe by adding a frozen fresh peach or ¼ cup frozen berries.

6 very ripe bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
3 tablespoons cold water or orange juice

1. Peel the bananas and freeze. (They can be left overnight, or put them in the freezer in the morning to prepare in the evening.)
2. Put the frozen bananas in a food processor or blender and quickly puree, adding water or juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the bananas are the consistency of ice cream. Divide into 4 portions, sprinkle with nuts, and serve immediately.

How Lauren Conrad Got Rid of Her ‘Boyfriend Layer’

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Lauren Conrad found fame on the MTV reality series, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.” She later starred in the spin-off series, “The Hills,” which was one of MTV’s most popular reality shows ever. Lauren Conrad has always been athletic, but after she started dating former boyfriend Kyle Howard, she noticed her midsection was getting a tad bit pudgy.

She calls it her “boyfriend layer.”* Her abs, that is. Meaning that she attributed her weight gain to entirely too many high-calorie romantic dinners and entirely too little exercise. When she realized that she had gained weight, Lauren Conrad decided to enlist her BF in her quest to drop a few pounds. In addition to embarking on a low-cal diet, Lauren and her boyfriend started working out together by hitting the gym and doing fun activities like kayaking.

Lauren Conrad starts her day with coffee diluted with nonfat milk, a healthier alternative to coffee creamer. For breakfast, she might eat a bowl of oatmeal or another type of whole grain cereal. Conrad likes to add dried apricots to her oatmeal. She’s also a fan of veggie omelets, Greek yogurt, and breakfast smoothies.

A typical lunch on Lauren Conrad’s diet is a Cobb salad with turkey bacon, avocado, balsamic dressing, and plenty of veggies. She often eats a low-fat yogurt or some low-fat cottage cheese for a mid-afternoon snack. Dinner typically consists of a lean protein like tilapia or a chicken breast. She pairs it with a salad or some roasted veggies.

Other favorite dinner menu items include a chicken salad, a sesame tofu stir fry, or a whole grain pita filled with arugula, chicken, and feta cheese. Overall, this is a well-balanced diet, but we’d add some fresh fruit to breakfast for an extra boost of vitamins.

While Conrad’s relationship with Howard did not last (the pair broke up in 2011 and she married singer William Tell in 2014) she has stuck to her healthy eating and exercise habits. Conrad enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, bicycling, and hiking around L.A.’s canyons. She also plays tennis, swims, and surfs. In addition to her outdoor physical activities, Lauren Conrad also keeps her weight down by jogging on the treadmill and lifting weights.

*Source: http://skinnyvscurvy.com/lauren-conrad/lauren-conrad-diet-boyfriend-layer.html

Lauren Conrad Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal & dried fruit
  • Lunch: Cobb salad
  • Snack: Yogurt

Emily Blunt Lived on Carrots and Almonds

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Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds

 

Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds

Sarah Michelle Gellar Slays Fast Food

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has a history of fast food problems, but not in the way you might think. The star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, started her career when she was five years old in a commercial for a fast food chain. The commercial severely criticized a rival chain, and Sarah Michelle Gellar was subsequently prohibited from eating at the rival burgers-and-fries restaurant. Note to parents: this is one way of getting your child to avoid fast food.

Gellar doesn’t actually enjoy eating fast food, preferring to base her meal planning on whole foods and organic produce. Her diet wasn’t always this healthy. It’s rumored that Sarah Michelle Gellar was once a devotee of the cabbage soup diet.

This diet involves eating nothing other than watery cabbage soup for seven consecutive days. This starvation diet will likely cause a temporary loss of water weight, but dieters are prone to gaining back the pounds as soon as they start eating regular meals again. Slaying vampires really requires a lot of energy though. For vampire slayers and mere mortals alike, we’d recommend a diet with more calories from lean proteins and complex carbs.

When she isn’t on the cabbage soup diet, Sarah Michelle Gellar enjoys shopping at her local farmers’ market. She juices fresh, organic produce like kale, Swiss chard, and carrots. Gellar has even convinced her young daughter to try the healthy concoction.

After giving birth to her daughter, Charlotte, Sarah Michelle Gellar signed up for a gourmet diet delivery service to help her lose the extra pregnancy pounds. Many celebrities have used this particular program, and we’ve given it a thumbs up for its diverse menu and balanced meals. On a typical day, Sarah Michelle Gellar would eat muesli granola with nonfat yogurt for breakfast, paired with fresh fruit.

For lunch, she might dine on a large spinach salad, topped with marinated cherry tomatoes and a little mozzarella. A popular dinner option is the honey-lemon glazed chicken with vegetable ragout and brown rice.

The woman once known as Buffy Summers credits her active lifestyle with her slim figure. Gellar enjoys a wide range of workouts on a regular basis, including jogging on the treadmill, kickboxing, regular boxing, gymnastics, and Tae Kwon Do. Gellar even went into labor while at a Pilates class.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Muesli & fruit & yogurt
  • Lunch: Spinach salad
  • Dinner: Chicken & veggies & brown rice