The Top Ten Ways to Be a Food Consultant/Recipe Developer and Still Stay Trim and Fit

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Being a Food consultant and Recipe Developer is my profession (thank goodness), but there is no end in sight to shopping in the grocery store, being in the kitchen, tasting everything and being constantly surrounded by food, desserts and more food. Food clients react strange at first when they meet me, and most of my friends don’t really think I actually eat anything I cook. Honestly, I do try everything no matter how good or bad (and most things more than once). I have to since this is my job. My friend and running partner, Jennifer always asks me, “How is it that you can be around food all the time and still remain thin”, so I thought I’d offer up my top 10 ways (that seem to work for me) since holiday season is upon us.


The Top 10 Ways to Stay Trim and Fit:

1. Work out at least 45 minutes of cardio a day and for me, 6 times a week. (I know this is a stretch for some, but you’re not in the kitchen like I am.)

2. Try a hot yoga class-you’ll sweat it out!

3. Try wheatgrass-awesome detox

4. Eat often, but eat small meals

5. Indulge in almond butter instead of dessert

6. Work out with weights

7. When you’re cooking many different things, eat small bites…just try everything and don’t deprive yourself

8. Don’t own a scale

9. Eat Fage Greek strained yogurt for breakfast and/or a snack. It’s high in protein, low carb and fills you up. (I stir in fresh fruit, honey and cereal in mine.) 

10. If you cook enough and all the time like I do, you just won’t be that hungry anymore.

Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish-Simple Roasted Asparagus

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Whether I am having Thanksgiving dinner or just a weeknight meal, I like to prepare asparagus by simply roasting it in the oven. It comes out crisp-tender, and the flavors intensify perfectly. Be sure to cover the baking pan with aluminum foil, spray it with cooking spray and cleanup just got to be even easier. If you don’t like pine nuts or have guests who are allergic to nuts, just substitute almonds or pecans or eliminate them from the recipe. To me less is more with asparagus, but feel free to top this recipe with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice or even crumbled feta or goat cheese. 

 

Simple Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts

Asparagus is full of vitamins such as Folic Acid, Vitamin C and Potassium, so enjoy.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

3  pounds  fresh asparagus

1  tablespoon  olive oil

2  garlic cloves, minced

1/2  teaspoon kosher  salt

1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

1/2  cup  pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with olive oil; sprinkle evenly with garlic, salt, and pepper.

1. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness, tossing gently half-way through cooking time. Transfer asparagus to a serving dish; sprinkle with pine nuts.