Dr. Oz: Fenugreek fights diabetes; eat fat-burning snacks for weight loss

If you’re concerned about diabetes, you know that blood sugar spikes can be serious. On his Feb. 21 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how fenugreek can stabilize blood sugar and fight diabetes. Plus: Discover new Oz-approved fat-burning snacks to accelerate your weight loss.

Fenugreek slows down your body’s digestion of carbohydrates while decreasing the absorption of glucose. As a result, it can help to control your blood sugar while battling diabetes, says Dr. Oz.

How to use: Add the seeds as a spice to meals. It’s particularly good in vegetable dishes or soups. Dr. Oz recommends one tablespoon a day.

Where to find: Look in the grocery store or online, such as Starwest Botanicals Organic Fenugreek Seed.

Also featured on the same episode, Dr. Oz dished up his new weight loss discoveries: Snacks that actually boost your body’s ability to burn fat.

Dr. Oz recommends:

  • Use figs as snacks to reduce your hunger and burn fat faster. Tip: Look for brands without added sugar and chemicals, such as Indus Organic Turkish Jumbo Dried Figs (click for details).
  • Licorice root blocks an enzyme that plays a role in fat accumulation and helps control cravings. You can also find it in tea form, such as Yogi Egyptian Licorice Tea.
  • Protein-packed pistachios help you stay full, reducing your cravings. Tip: If you have a problem with portion control, look for mini bags, such as 130-calorie bags of Wonderful Pistachios.
  • Hydrating watermelon supports your metabolism. Try one cup in a smoothie to lose weight more easily.
  • High in polyunsaturated fats, pine nuts make your body burn calories faster. Dr. Oz suggests two tablespoons three times a week. Look for pine nuts in health food stores or online, such as Good Sense Pine nuts.
  • Make snacks that use beans, which have soluble fiber and reduce fattening inflammation. Try the recipe below as an example.

Midnight Brownies

This recipe was created by Kim, a guest of “The Dr. Oz Show” who lost more than 200 pounds. The secret ingredient: black beans. Kim authored a book about how she lost the weight: “Finally Thin!: How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off–and How You Can, Too” (click for details).

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor, mix all brownie ingredients (except chips) together. Chop on high, until smooth. Clean off sides and blend for another 20 seconds. Add the chips and stir well. Spread into the 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1 hour at room temperature.

Frosting
Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp semisweet mini chocolate chips, melted

Directions

With a whisk attachment on an electric beater, blend all ingredients until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over the top of the cooled brownies. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the 2 tbsp of chips with a 2-second spray of nonstick cooking oil. Using a spoon, swirl the chocolate on top. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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Save Money Without Compromising Your Ski Vacation

Most people are looking for the cheapest ski vacation package deals in order to save more money from their vacation expenses. Even travel experts would encourage their clients to plan their vacation ahead of time to save money. In order to do this, you will have to make a reservation from your chosen ski vacation destination. Choosing the best vacation destination for your needs will take some time since you have to research first to determine the best deals available in the market. After getting all the information you need, you can start comparing rates as well as the offered services of your top choices. You can also check out referrals from your trusted friends to save more time.

Ski resorts offer family vacation packages where best relaxation services and entertainments are served particularly for parents, grandparents and their children as well. Also, some ski and snowboard vacations resorts accept holding special occasions where their services and expertise are needed. These occasions include weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons, graduations and reunions. Special occasions deserved to get the best services and since there are people who can’t afford them, several ski resorts offer special ski vacation packages and discounts for their valued customers.

There are many vacation destinations all around the world, people can go to beaches, golf resorts and even ski resorts depending on their preferences. Most of the time, people would prefer getting a ski or snowboard vacation just to get a different vacation experience from what they usually have during their long break. Skiing is one of the popular winter sports that most people are fond of playing when they visit a ski resort. Some visitors are sports enthusiasts since skiing involves a lot of muscle work which makes it a good workout. Other winter sport activities need muscle involvement too, wherein players are allowed to move around. Taking advantage of the fact that winter sports activities are good physical exercises, more people have suddenly became interested to experience them. Because of this, ski vacation resorts have gained a lot of customers – a good news especially for business owners. As a result, more ski resorts are now offering new vacation packages to help out people with a tight budget.

Vacation is all about getting the time to rest, relax and have fun. Few are only given this opportunity because most people can’t afford it or simply just too busy to have some time for it. You can consult to a ski vacation expert if you are planning to have a budget-friendly ski vacation soon. With the help of an expert, you can get advice and suggestion on what are the best ski vacation package and where is the popular ski vacation destination today.

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Susann Stacy: Ky. woman’s horrifying Facebook ‘selfie’ may have saved her life

A Kentucky woman, beaten bloody by her husband, used her cell phone to take a “selfie” – a self-image picture – and sent it out via Facebook with a call for help. The Business Insider reported Thursday that Susann Stacy’s horrific photo of her broken face and her urgent plea – “Help please anyone” – likely saved her life.

Stacy told police her husband, Donnie Stacy, confronted her after he overheard her on the phone talking in their bathroom to another man. The police report says he used a handgun to beat her and ripped out the phone line so she could not call for help.

According to the report, although Stacy had no reception on her cell phone, she did have Wi-Fi connectivity, so she sent out her selfie to her Facebook friends. Fortunately, one of her friends saw Stacy’s shocking photo and immediately phoned 911.

Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Mullins commented on Stacy’s injuries.

“Several lacerations to the head. They appeared to be bad but we really couldn’t tell at the time, due to her hair was matted to her, and the blood,” Mullins said.

The couple lives in rural Leslie County, Ky. with a young son. Deputy Mullins said when they arrived, Donnie had fled the home, but was arrested a short time later. Police found the loaded weapon in the couple’s backyard by their son’s tire swing.

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