Expert Jennifer Tuma-Young Talks Weight Loss Secrets
MM: What are some of your favorite mid-afternoon hunger busters?
JTY: Here are some recipes from my book that have soothing benefits to create calm in your life.
- Make a smoothing spread: Peel back an avocado and mash it up. Chop in some tomatoes, a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper, and then spread it on crackers, toast, or tortillas. The potassium in tomatoes and avocadoes will help soothe you.
- Create a calming mix: Combine dark, leafy greens such as chard with chopped artichoke and chopped egg whites to create a salad mix full of calming B vitamins and magnesium. These nutrients help convert the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in egg whites, into serotonin, a brain chemical that helps your body calm down, unwind and relax.
- Take time for tea: L-theanine, a compound found in tea leaves, is thought to promote relaxation and enhance mood by stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. Tea (especially green tea) also contains compounds that may help reduce blood pressure, prevent hypertension, rev up metabolism, and promote weight loss.
MM: Please share one of your favorite recipes that helps “release weight”?
JTY: Ricotta and scrambled eggs make for a simple, healthy, delicious brunch. To jazz up scrambled eggs and pack them with clarity boosting nutrients, try this fluffy ricotta and egg scramble with zucchini hash browns. It takes less than fifteen minutes to prepare and is filled with flavor, textures and lots of health benefits.
What you’ll need:
¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
freshly ground pepper
1 tomato, chopped
1 zucchini, shredded
¼ onion, chopped
olive oil spray
Mix together the eggs, ricotta, salt and pepper. For a little extra pizzazz, I like to add a chopped tomato, but you can include whatever veggies you like. Cook them as you would your favorite scrambled eggs. Serves 1.
To make the zucchini hash browns, combine the zucchini and onion and cook in a hot skillet sprayed with olive oil until browned. Flip and brown the other side. You can drain the liquid and form them into patties if you’d like, or just keep them loose.