Carnitine for your Muffintop

 

Hey everyone!

Ready to battle the bulge?! Yes, or Yes?! Ok, then, grab your girdles and strap on your corsettes, cuz we’re going after our muffintops! Our weapons?  An arsenol of healthy habits and the greatest metabolic support nutrient available…Carnitine……

Hellloooo Carnitine! Where you been all my life?

Here’s the deal about carnitine and why it should become your new best friend…

L-Carnitine, also known as the Metabolic Support Nutrient, in simplest terms, supports fat metabolism by assisting in the transport of fat (stored fat, dietary fat, and triglycerides) into the mitochondria where it is burned as fuel…yay fuel!  We like fuel, because that is energy!

Yep, and it also supports the preservation of lean body mass, especially during anarobic exercise and fat loss, which means it also help you to build and keep muscel. Yay muscles!  We like muscles!

It also helps the body tap into fat stores during exercise, more than sugar stores, so your exercise is more effective in burning fat. Go fat burning!  We like burning fat!

Carnitine also supports enhanced exercise performance, heart muscle and related conditions, normalization of blood lipids: triglycerides, HDL, Lp(a), in addition to supporting loads of other health aspects.

So how do ya take it? It is most effective when taken on an empty stomach. Do not take too much in the beginning, as I may have a bit of a laxative effect. Best taken first thing in the morning and in between meals. It has an energizing effect, so best to avoid during the evenings.

High pharmaceutical standards of production ensure the highest purity and quality of Carnitine products, and here are my favorites:

Supersaturated L-Carnitine Liquid – CarniClear


http://muffintopmakeover.dfhealthestore.com/fat-burning/carniclear.html

    Carnitine Synergy Capsules

http://muffintopmakeover.dfhealthestore.com/fat-burning/carnitine-synergy-120.html

Carnitine Tartrate Powder

http://muffintopmakeover.dfhealthestore.com/fat-burning/carnitine-tartrate-100.html

Reference: www.designsforhealth.com

Thanks for stopping by today. Give Carnitine a try…your muffintop will thank you!

Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

heather@muffintopmakeover.com

Nutella Makeover!

 

I had you at Nutella, didn’t I?? :)  Glad you are here.

Okay, everyone…

 It’s no big secret I am the biggest sucka on the planet for sweet, creamy, rich chocolatey stuff, and after seeing this on Pinterest, I decided I needed to try to make a healthy version to see if this product can be made-over successfully. So, I promptly set out to learn more about what’s in it and how I might be able to pull off a healthier, yet tasty makeover…

Hazelnuts and chocolate.

I get it.

I so totally get how that could be a winning combo made in chocolate lover’s heaven.  BUT….and yes, there is always a “but” with me when it comes to packaged and processed foods, here are the food facts about Nutella that you need to know:

 Although they claim to have 50 hazelnuts per jar (which really isn’t that many for a 13 0z jar), in addition to no artificial colors or preservatives, it’s important to realize that this product also has over 50 teaspoons of sugar per jar, artificial flavors (vanillin, or vanillian, as I like to call it :)), and modified palm oil….hmmm, they got rid of the hydrogenated oils and replaced it in an effort not to scare away their consumers who were catching on to the dangers of trans fats. Here is what they say about modified palm oil on their site:

”This palm oil is adjusted to assure the best consistency for easy spreading by reducing the level of saturated fat” (Nutella USA).

Ok, but what they don’t tell you is that when they “modify” the oil to reduce the saturated fat they change the chemical structure of the oil, thus making it unstable and unhealthy for consumption. Actually, Palm Oil, in it’s natural state is good. The modified version, however, is going to go straight to your muffintop.

Here’s another statement from their site that I just had to share….

…When used in moderation with complementary foods, Nutella® can form a part of a balanced breakfast.  It can be a quick and easy way to encourage kids to eat whole grains, such as whole wheat toast, English muffins, toaster waffles and bagels.  With the unique taste of Nutella®, kids may think they are eating a treat for breakfast while moms are helping to nourish their children with whole grains!….

Really?!

Nourish your children by feeding them  Nutella on english muffins, toaster waffles, and bagels?

Bottom line. Nutella is not a healthy product. Period. And feeding your children toaster waffles with Nutella in the moring is not in any way healthy. How about just saying what it is? It’s a crazy delicious, sinfully unhealthy spread made of sugar, bad oils, hazelnuts, cocoa, non-organic milk products, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors. That said, if you love it and want to enjoy it once in a while go for it! Just don’t be led to believe it’s healthy. Consider it one of your guilty pleasures and enjoy every bite of it if that is how you roll….

Or, if you are like me, you will figure out a way to make something equally as satisfying (or almost), using healthier ingredients. :)

First attempt, and it’s a winner!

Heather’s Nutella Made-Over

2c hazelnuts, toasted and skinned

1/3 c organic raw cocoa powder

2/3c organic powdered sugar (or 4 packets of stevia plus 2 tbsp agave) amount of sweetener varies to taste

pinch of sea salt

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 tsp coconut oil

1/2c almond milk

1. everything goes into the food processor saving out a little milk

2. Blend until smooth, add rest of milk and blend some more.

3. Taste test for sweetness and texture, adding either sweetener or milk if needed.

4. Hide from your kids and husband :)

OK!

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See you soon!

Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

Health Coach and Educator

heather@muffintopmakeover.com