Meet Two Official Bean Advocates2

Better Bean  – Keith and Hannah Kullberg


It was a pleasure to meet two Bean Advocates at Natural Products Expo West – Keith Kullberg, Founder and his co-founder and daughter Hannah Kullberg from Better Bean.
From taste to versatility to a health standpoint, beans are one of my favorite foods. So I was pleased to find the Better Bean booth. Beans can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They can be part of a appetizer or made into a dessert. The possibilities are endless. From dips to bean burgers to brownies (very good by the way), beans are one of your food friends.
For people, who don’t have time to cook, bean and cheese tacos or quesadillas couldn’t be quicker or easier. They are also healthy. Just warm corn or flour tortillas and fill with beans and shredded cheese. To melt the cheese, pop them in the microwave. For more veggie power, top with salsa and guacamole. Delicious!

Better Beans are sold nationwide in a tub in the refrigerated section.  They have baked beans, skillet refried red and black beans, three sisters chili, roasted chipotIe red beans, southwestern pinto beans, Tuscan white beans, and Cuban black beans. I am looking forward to trying them.

Lose Weight with Ruth: Hate Vegetables? You’ll Love These!

Lose Weight with Ruth: Hate Vegetables? You’ll Love These!: Brussels Sprouts are a delicious winter veggie  When was the last time you ate Brussels sprouts? Are they flown in from Brussels? …

Hate Vegetables? You’ll Love These!2

Brussels Sprouts are a delicious winter veggie
When was the last time you ate Brussels sprouts?
Are they flown in from Brussels?
Brussels sprouts are a great winter vegetable and are available everywhere.
For some reason, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. Brussels sprouts are a wonderful cruciferous vegetable in the same family as broccoli, kale, bok choy, cauliflower and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables may offer protection against cardiovascular disease and be linked to lower cancer risks, specifically colorectal cancer.
You won’t be able to stop eating these delicious stir-fried Brussels sprouts!
Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Garlic
4 cups Brussels sprouts
3-4 tablespoons Canola oil
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Pinch of salt and pepper
Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese
Wash Brussels Sprouts. Cut off the ends and cut in half. Add water to a fry pan and bring to boiling. Add Brussels Sprouts and boil 5-10 minutes until softened. Drain off the water, and continue heating the pan until the rest of the water is evaporated. Keep heat on high and add 2 Tablespoons of oil. After the oil is hot, continually turn the Brussels sprouts until browned. Will look brownish but won’t taste burnt. When the oil is gone, add 1-2 tablespoons more oil, so that the Brussel Sprouts continue to brown and become crispy. Turn heat to low. Add in the garlic, salt and pepper until mixed. If desired for a Umami flavor, sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
Serves 2-3.

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day
Roses are red;
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet;
Watch how much you eat.
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of chocolate. Maybe because I am a fan of it. As a professional loser, a person who helps people lose weight, I say that no foods should be excluded from the diet.
For many people, when you tell them that they can’t eat chocolate or pizza or pasta, it’s all they want. And feeling deprived often leads to overeating, even bingeing. This leads to frustration and a reason to quit a “diet”.
So how much is just right?  – Not too little and not too much.
The new USDA Dietary Guidelines take out the guesswork. They recommend limiting calories from added sugars to 10% of the total calories. The average person consumes 2,000 calories a day. Therefore, a sugary treat of 200 calories is reasonable. It’s enough to be satisfying. The festive mini cupcake in the picture is about 200 calories. Let’s just say, the picture below is sugar on steroids.

Limit calories from Added Sugars to 200 calories a day

Tip: If a serving of food contains 5 grams of “added sugars”, multiply 5×4. There are 20 calories from sugar.
It‘s very easy to eat too much, especially when there’s lots of temptations on holidays. For help, check out Day 22 – Rethinking Special Occasions in The Food Is My Friend Diet.

Healthy New Year!

Happy New Year
Is January your favorite month? The start of a new year is always a great time forget the past and to begin fresh.
Remember what it was like to embark on a new relationship? There’s so much potential to build a long and happy future with the person you love.
If your “fresh start” is to lose weight, follow this tips!
  • To meet your weight loss goals, act like you are building a positive and trustworthy relationship with another person. Become your best friend. Allow yourself to love and comfort yourself as well as having the willpower to set limits and say no.
  • Set goals. Life is a process. Don’t expect to lose 10 pounds in a week and keep it off. Set reasonable goals. Perhaps decide to completely give up sweets. For many people, it’s all or nothing. This one change will allow you to save a lot of calories and begin your weight loss journey. 
  • No excuses. Just do it. Walk a mile a day. You don’t have to be perfect. If it’s cold and rainy, get back on track as soon as possible. The more calories that you burn, the quicker you will lose weight.

Change is necessary. Otherwise, everything will stay the same. Right? Things will be different but also better.
Best of luck to make it happen. You got this!

Have the Happiest, Healthiest New Year yet!