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Quick And Easy Way To Make Stuffed Peppers

Quick And Easy Way To Make Stuffed Peppers

Are you in need of a recipe that’s easy to accomplish, healthy, and delicious? Stuffed peppers are the way to go! Bell Peppers (or capsicums) have been proven to not only be delicious, but beneficial for one’s health as well. The peppers come in four different colors, green, yellow, orange, and red, which changes as the peppers become more ripe. As the most commonly use bell pepper, green bell peppers have a pretty plain and slightly bitter taste and are used in a variety of recipes. Yellow peppers have more of a sweet taste. Orange bell peppers also have a bit of a sweet taste, but aren’t as sweet as yellow peppers. Red bell peppers, the most ripe of the delicious quartet, are known to be the juiciest and sweetest of the peppers. As the most ripe, red peppers contain the most nutrients, including Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Additionally, red peppers contain lycopene, which is a carotenoid that lowers the risk of various cancers.

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    The peppers have been known to help your eye sight, burn calories, boost immune system, be healthy for the heart, cure anemia, regulate blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, prevention hypertension, as well as be anti-flammatory and one of many anti-cancer foods. With such a healthy base, the best part of making delicious stuffed peppers is choosing what goes on the inside. This recipe is very versatile in that it can enjoyed by meat lovers as well as vegetarians or vegans.

    Check out this easy stuffed peppers recipe below:

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    ingredients

      Ingredients

      4 large bell peppers (any colors will do)

      3/4 cup dry quinoa or 1 roll of ground turkey

      15 oz. can of black beans

      1 cup of corn (frozen/thawed)

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      2/3 cup salsa

      2 green onions

      2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

      1 1/2 tsp. cumin

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      1 tsp. chili powder

      1 tsp. smoked paprika

      Additional tools: cutting board, knife, strainer, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, baking pan, frying pan OR pot.

      Instructions

      Cook quinoa or ground turkey as instructed on packaging. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Dice green onions and add to mixing bowl. Open can of black beans and pour into strainer, rinse thoroughly. Pour black beans and thawed corn into mixing bowl. Add above measurements of salsa, seasoning, and nutritional yeast and mix thoroughly. Slice each bell pepper in half, vertically, making a total of 8 halves. Place each halve on baking sheet. Spoon mixture into each half. Disperse mixture until completely gone.

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      Optional: Add a few sprinkles of your favorite shredded cheese to the top of each stuffed pepper.

      Vegan alternative: Add sprinkles of cheese alternative brands, such as Go Veggie!, which can be found in your local Kroger.

      Place pan of stuffed peppers into the oven for about 20 minutes, so that the cheese can melt and the peppers can get a little softer. Once removed from oven, let cool then add a dollop of sour cream to each pepper. A great vegan alternative is Tofutti, which can be found in your local Kroger.

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        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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