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Succulent French Lemon yogurt cake

Daily Strugglies lemon+yogurt cake

This French lemon yogurt cake is so easy to make, and has a wonderful flavor and texture. Definitely one to add to your regular baking list!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French yogurt cake, lemon yogurt cake, yogurt cake
Servings: 12 (approx – makes 1 loaf)
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Daily Strugglies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 210g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 1 lemon zest (ie from 1 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt 180ml
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 60ml, or other plain oil eg safflower, canola
  • 1/4 cup lemon olive oil 60ml, or additional veg oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Lightly oil and line a standard loaf pan (8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″).
  • Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, rub the lemon zest in to the sugar in to help it release the oils. You should get patches that become slightly moist.
  • Add the yogurt, eggs and vanilla to the lemony sugar and whisk until blended.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture as well and mix in.
  • Pour in the oil(s) and blend until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the lined loaf pan and smooth off the top.
  • Bake for approx 50-55 minutes until the loaf is golden on top and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool around 5 minutes before loosening from the pan and carefully taking the loaf out. Continue to cool in a cooling rack.

Notes

I used whole milk yogurt, but lower fat would also work. Greek-style is also fine.

The cake will keep a few days, covered at room temperature (I put in tupperware) – it will gradually dry a little so if more than around 3-4 days, you may want to toast or grill and top with berries/jam at that point but it will still be delicious as ever! Enjoy xoxo

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated  Fat: ⁴5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 141mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 63mg |

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“Lustful Passions” Ground Turkey Enchilada mix

You are going to really enjoy this healthy version of an Enchilada!

For my people who want to loose weight they just aren’t eating the right weightloss combinations to kick your metabolism into fat burning mode! Enjoy…xoxo

Level: Easy

Total: 40 min

Prep: 10 min

Inactive: 5 min

Cook: 25 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat couscous

1 pound lean ground turkey

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

1 cup broccoli florets

One 15-ounce can no-sodium-added black beans

One 10-ounce can enchilada sauce

1/2 cup salsa

Suggested toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, shredded cheese, lime juice

Directions

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour the couscous into the saucepan and stir well. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, cook the ground turkey over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Drain the excess fat and wipe the pan clean. Heat the oil in the same pan over high heat, then add the squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook, 3 to 5 minutes more. Add the turkey, beans, enchilada sauce and salsa and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Serve with the couscous and top with suggested toppings as desired.
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10 ways to stay positive during the Coronavirus…

So many emotions, what’s going to happen, how will I afford my bill’s, how can I boost my immune system??

The three biggest questions being asked in today’s society. I would at least like to give you 10 ways to stay positive that may help you with all 3 situations.

  • Exercise– getting enough exercise will help you with your weight and stress management. Be sure to also make sure your children are getting adequate exercise as well. Turn on a workout video or play an interactive game as a family.
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  • Drink smoothies– right now boosting the immune system would be the wisest thing you can do. Use powder supplements the body can easily absorb when you can. If taking prescription meds please be careful with supplements speak to a doctor.
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  • Stay on top of your mental health– if your not good for yourself your not good for nobody…be patient with yourself if your having a tough time. Put on some relaxing music and take a lavender bath with Epsom salt & grapeseed oil, light a candle and unwind. Keep a notebook to track your mood, eating, water intake, & workouts.
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  • Be honest with all financial companies-Companies right now are aware of what’s going on in the world and really do want to help. You can’t hide create a list of your finances you can’t afford, call the companies and see what they can offer you at this time. What don’t kill you just makes you stronger so take it one day at a time! This too shall pass…
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  • Stay in touch with loved ones via phone, Skype, zoom, etc. -Now is not the time to be being upset with those you call family. Call your loved ones, check on them, tell them that you love them and miss them. Reminisce on some good times and enjoy some great laughs! Create memories that will still last a lifetime. Being positive is the only way to be right now, for yourself & those around you!
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  • Get fresh air– Fresh air is required…whether its sitting on the porch, stepping outside, or opening all your windows. We need fresh air, water, and food hence again “fresh air” to survive. Inside the home the air gets stale and that can negatively affect your mood.
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  • Invest in a diffuser– A diffuser & essential oils is a great way to keep your mind and body at ease without prescription drugs or in addition too. Essential oils help with pain, anxiety & weightloss.
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  • Keep a schedule of kids school information, assignment sheets, important numbers, etc– I always create my own sheet or binder for easy access to my children’s important school assignments, teachers, dates, etc. but that’s just me. Do it for your mental clarity because nothing’s more frustrating than looking for a number, name, assignment, “anything” so don’t do it to yourself.
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  • Make sure everyone has a chore to do at home to keep things clean & organized– functioning mentally in a mess is dang near impossible for most people. Don’t yell everyday, clean up after them, or keep reminding those kids to clean… just give them a job and a schedule. When you go to work you know your job because somebody trained you or gave you a schedule to follow and you remembered it.
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  • Create for yourself a support system of resources you can use if you need them– A beneficial resource list right now would be gold to the average person. At this time the world is in need of help but to have a personal list of important resources at your fingertips is only smart. Say for example: your going over your budget and you can’t make your car payment next month. Instead of panicking you grab your list of companies that will help financially, call them up, & allow your anxiety to remain at bay. The reason for any list is always to make things easier in the end. I’d rather be smart from the very start because it also will depend on how your ending plays out…unnamed (1)

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Fasting reboots the body to “factory Settings”

Fasting, the fix-it-all solution

You wake up in the morning and you feel rushed. Rushed to get the kids ready for school, rushed to clock into your job on time. Rushed for personal self-care. Exactly when do you find time for yourself? When do you have time to really sit down and think about what you want in life?  What exactly makes you happy and how you can achieve any goal you have ever set for yourself? Fasting allows you to give up wants, desires, needs, envy, jealousy, hate, and so much more by helping you resist temptation. When one can fast, they can pretty much do anything they put their mind to. Fasting is a form of discipline to your body. Fasting allows your body to take a much-needed break of digestion, pain relief, producing enzymes, and so much more. Fasting is a vacation that only you can give to your body and for many, it is long overdue. You try meds, you get hypnotized, you lose weight, go to counseling weekly and your still not yourself. What are you missing?

Life is to short to be unhappy.

Depressed & Sad

When you live your life for everyone except you, you end up being depressed, having anxiety, mood disorders, and so much more. I can go on for days but for now, I included a list of some symptoms that may mean you need to fast and reboot your body back to factory settings.

  • Jaw clenching w/ pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tremors
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excessive sweating
  • Allergy attacks
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased/decreased appetite
  • Low sex drive
  • Chest pain/palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • OCD
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Frequent use of medications
  • Excessive defensiveness/suspiciousness
  • Reduced work efficiency
  • Lying

What happened to us?

The adrenal glands handle stress

Are you familiar with your adrenal glands? You should, they are responsible for handling stress but not the kind you are subjecting it to! You can find these small glands on top of each kidney. Your adrenal glands produce hormones you can not live without. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Cortisol helps you to be able to handle very stressful situations.

The issue is the stressful situations are supposed to only be the fight or flight type. An example would be a guy in the jungle who spots a lion. Your adrenal glands tell you to get up and run right now as fast as you can! If you want to learn more about these special glands check out the following site. click right here for more info. The adrenal gland has a very special friend and that would be your thyroid.

The thyroid and stress.

Thyroid gland

The thyroid releases hormones that control your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, menstrual cycles, body temp., and so much more! Do you see now how important it is to keep it functioning at its very best? At times your thyroid becomes overly stressed due to environmental factors, medications, a bad diet, lack of exercise, etc. This results in the dysfunction of the thyroid and you will certainly feel its wrath. When the thyroid has had enough abuse it has no choice but to shut down and allow your already overly worked adrenal glands to take over. Think about this, one day you show up at work extremely tired, not feeling well, and you are very irritable. Your boss walks up to you and informs your coworker did not show up so you will need to do both of your jobs, how would you feel?  The adrenal glands are working overtime to try to help you but it just was not built for the responsibility your placing on it. This is where fasting comes in, sounds to me like you need a reboot, intermittent fast, then a complete fast!

What exactly do you mean by fast?

I’m talking about giving up food my friend and choosing life. First, you will start with an intermittent fast to prepare your body for a complete fast. Calm down, just three days is all I am asking for with a complete fast. You may need to do it a couple of times before you are successful but that is ok, it is not easy. All I am trying to help you to do is give your body 72 hours of complete rest. Food is for nutrition yet as Americans, we tend to overeat compared to other countries which causes the body to become overly stressed out. Not only stressed but extremely toxic and inflamed. Just because your mouth opens does not mean something should be in it constantly. Just because the colon is five feet long does not mean you stuff yourself until it is completely full!

(more…)

Fasting, the fix-it-all solution

You wake up in the morning and you feel rushed. Rushed to get the kids ready for school, rushed to clock into your job on time. Rushed for personal self-care. Exactly when do you find time for yourself? When do you have time to really sit down and think about what you want in life?  What exactly makes you happy and how you can achieve any goal you have ever set for yourself? Fasting allows you to give up wants, desires, needs, envy, jealousy, hate, and so much more by helping you resist temptation. When one can fast, they can pretty much do anything they put their mind to. Fasting is a form of discipline to your body. Fasting allows your body to take a much-needed break of digestion, pain relief, producing enzymes, and so much more. Fasting is a vacation that only you can give to your body and for many, it is long overdue. You try meds, you get hypnotized, you lose weight, go to counseling weekly and your still not yourself. What are you missing?

Life is to short to be unhappy.

Depressed & Sad

When you live your life for everyone except you, you end up being depressed, having anxiety, mood disorders, and so much more. I can go on for days but for now, I included a list of some symptoms that may mean you need to fast and reboot your body back to factory settings.

  • Jaw clenching w/ pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tremors
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excessive sweating
  • Allergy attacks
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased/decreased appetite
  • Low sex drive
  • Chest pain/palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • OCD
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Frequent use of medications
  • Excessive defensiveness/suspiciousness
  • Reduced work efficiency
  • Lying

What happened to us?

The adrenal glands handle stress

Are you familiar with your adrenal glands? You should, they are responsible for handling stress but not the kind you are subjecting it to! You can find these small glands on top of each kidney. Your adrenal glands produce hormones you can not live without. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Cortisol helps you to be able to handle very stressful situations.

The issue is the stressful situations are supposed to only be the fight or flight type. An example would be a guy in the jungle who spots a lion. Your adrenal glands tell you to get up and run right now as fast as you can! If you want to learn more about these special glands check out the following site. click right here for more info. The adrenal gland has a very special friend and that would be your thyroid.

The thyroid and stress.

Thyroid gland

The thyroid releases hormones that control your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, menstrual cycles, body temp., and so much more! Do you see now how important it is to keep it functioning at its very best? At times your thyroid becomes overly stressed due to environmental factors, medications, a bad diet, lack of exercise, etc. This results in the dysfunction of the thyroid and you will certainly feel its wrath. When the thyroid has had enough abuse it has no choice but to shut down and allow your already overly worked adrenal glands to take over. Think about this, one day you show up at work extremely tired, not feeling well, and you are very irritable. Your boss walks up to you and informs your coworker did not show up so you will need to do both of your jobs, how would you feel?  The adrenal glands are working overtime to try to help you but it just was not built for the responsibility your placing on it. This is where fasting comes in, sounds to me like you need a reboot, intermittent fast, then a complete fast!

What exactly do you mean by fast?

I’m talking about giving up food my friend and choosing life. First, you will start with an intermittent fast to prepare your body for a complete fast. Calm down, just three days is all I am asking for with a complete fast. You may need to do it a couple of times before you are successful but that is ok, it is not easy. All I am trying to help you to do is give your body 72 hours of complete rest. Food is for nutrition yet as Americans, we tend to overeat compared to other countries which causes the body to become overly stressed out. Not only stressed but extremely toxic and inflamed. Just because your mouth opens does not mean something should be in it constantly. Just because the colon is five feet long does not mean you stuff yourself until it is completely full!

(more…)

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