All posts by Vicki Soto

Vicki’s Sugar Free Syrup recipe

This is a really easy recipe I made for homemade sugar free Buttermilk Syrup for pancakes.  Fair warning…. it is addictive.

It is especially addictive if you have not had anything sweet for a while.   Two tablespoons are about 84 calories from my calculations.

 

Sugar Free Syrup
Sugar Free Syrup

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups  xylitol (Xyla is my favorite)

1/2 stick of unsalted butter

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 TBSP of real vanilla extract

1 tsp of blackstrap mollasses

 Instructions:

Heat all of the ingredients up in a medium pot except for the vanilla…. add the baking soda last because it will foam up.

Bring the mixture to a boil.  The molasses will make it brown in color.  Stir it often.

And you should let it cook  on a low heat for 7 minutes ( it will tend to bubble over if you have the fire

up too high)

You can serve this hot on pancakes (no butter needed…it already has butter in it..) or you can let it

cool down and serve it over hot pancakes..

This syrup is addictive…but best of all it is sugar free and has low calories .  But, if you have cholesterol problems, you might want

to use less butter.

I save this mixture in glass jars with a top after it cools. Than I put it in the refrigerator, so that when we have pancakes again that week, I can just take the top off of it and either set it in hot water or microwave it like you would to melt butter.

This syrup can be served hot or cold.

 

My Free 5 Day Fast

                         The 3 – 5 Day Fast

  ( This is just an after Cruise or Holiday FAST.  It’s not a Diet)

Please watch the recording for instructions, just click on my image below

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My Free 5 Day FAST
My Free 5 Day FAST

Grocery List for 5 day Fast

I cook my vegetables before I start the Fast.

Basalmic Vinegar
Stevia  (only a dollar a box in General Dollar Store)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil   (basalmic vinegar, 1tsp oil, 1pk of stevia for salad dressing)
real Butter
romaine lettuce
tomatoes (and other salad vegetables)
fresh or frozen vegetables you like

Zucchini, Kale (to saute), carrots,

 

cabbage    (hot&sour cabbage – 1/4 cup cider vinegar, cayenne, polish turkey sausage chunks(don’t eat them) sweet peppers,sea salt, pepper to taste)
cider vinegar
Hillshire Turkey Polish Sausage (5 grams of fat) for seasoning purposes

fresh green beans
Cauliflower

other squashes
spices        such as optional cayenne pepper, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic etc…
Broccoli

Carrots
sliced lemons for iced tea and seasoning
green tea – I get my decaf green tea at Walmart. Tastes good with stevia.
other assorted teas  (between coffee and tea, tea tastes better with stevia )
coffee
half and half (use no more than 1tbsp)

If you start to lose too fast… lack of sleep…more than 1 lb a day…etc.  add a creamed soup concoction (made of butter, half and half, and cut up vegetables of your choice) for breakfast for at least one day.

The Not List

No cheese or milk
No eggs
No processed or artificial foods
absolutely positively no margarine or other artificial oils
No aspartame or Splenda (they are artificial)
No carbs like breads, pasta, corn, potatoes or rice
No restaurant vegetables except salad- (they are usually spiked with sugar, margarine, MSG or too much butter…. you can allow salad at
restaurant; just ask for oil and vinegar then add salt & stevia to taste)
No canned vegetables
No sugar
No fruit
No meat of any kind…just the “juices” for favoring such as broth or smoked turkey to cook with

To dismount from this Fast gracefully…. I would suggest adding those same veggies to your regular diet for a few days or a lifetime.  You will find you eat less junk when you eat more veggies.

I suspect that the health crisis in America centers around the fact that we eat “side” items now instead of vegetables. In the fast food world… french fries, baked potatoes,side salads with fattening processed dressings,  onion rings and now sweet potato fries.  Wouldn’t it be cool if more stores sold green beans on the side.  Ha..they would probably fry them.

Weight Gain During a Cruise

If you vacation as much as I do, sooner or later you start to worry about the pounds that are so easy to pick up during a 7 night cruise or a 4 day all-inclusive. Both activities involve lots of unnecessary eating and foods that you don’t normally have in your pantry.

On this last Southern Caribbean cruise I realized that Chateaubriand is not a normal food menu item in my life. It is really delicious though. I can say that with all honesty, I was not about to pass up trying it on my cruise. Because, really when you think about it, a cruise is all about new experiences and excursions away from your ordinary life.

That being said, there is also a tremendous amount of walking, standing,climbing and sometimes running while on vacation. If you are not doing more than your normal activity level at home, than you really must be totally exhausted when you started your experience. But you know, there is nothing like a beautiful new scenery to motivate you to action. This is one of the pictures from the Southern Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

 

St. Maarten at Philipsburg
St. Maarten at the beach of Philipsburg

And even though I was not interested in getting into the water when this trip started out, I found myself very tempted to go out in the waves when we got to St. Thomas.

Magens Bay at St. Thomas
Magens Bay at St. Thomas

But I digress. I’m back to the weight that I was before I went on the cruise. And believe it or not, I gained 7 lbs while I was gone. Yes, you said it, one pound for every night of the cruise. Actually considering I ate all meals plus room service, I’m shocked it wasn’t 10. But that goes along with what I’m trying to say. If you are being active while you are eating, you are probably not going to hold on to that extra weight when you get home. Personally I find that the added activity has a lingering affect when I get home. That seems to be an easier time for me to go walking and to the gym. It’s like the vacation conditions you to do more activity during the day.

My advice to you is that you not worry so much about what you are eating, and worry more about what you are doing. If you walk at home normally, you will probably enjoy walking around the track or pool area while you are docked or floating at sea. Personally, being stuck in the gym was not for me. I liked being out with the crowd and walking on the track..fluttering in the pool…etc. But every chance you get, walk on the beach. I promise you, you will get a leg work out like no other. The next day you will notice. Beach sand tends to work out muscles you don’t ordinarily use. And I always have an urge to feel the waves lap up against my ankles.

Then when you get home, go back to your normal eating routine. I didn’t diet when I got home. I just forced myself to eat the amounts and at the times that I normally eat. I have found that if I do this, after two weeks or less, I go right back to my normal weight.

So what am I saying? Stop worrying. Get out there and have some fun!

My New Year’s Resolutions

Every year we struggle with our new goals, our new desires, and our new resolution to make this year is better than last year. I added some new desires this year. The first one is to eat healthier, the second is to become more organized and the third is to make more people happy. The last one I believe is the best. I’ve learned over the years that the more people you make happy, the happier your life becomes. It’s tried and true. Try it yourself!

This year’s eating healthy resolution takes the place of the previous losing weight resolution. After reading many articles on the internet about metabolism, I realized that I fall into a category of people that have a very hard time losing weight. And the reason I can’t lose weight, is really easy to fix. It really comes down to the types of food that I eat trying to lose weight.

I have been mislead like most people that whole wheat and sucralose are going to help me lose weight. But the funny thing is recently I realized that they are hindering my weight loss efforts. How crazy is that? Wheat produces such a blood sugar spike…whether it is whole wheat or not, I could never get a good weight loss roll going. Given that diabetes runs in my family, I decided that maybe I need to start eating a very different diet than the rest of my family. Maybe something without sugar, wheat and artificial foods. I mean the amount of artificial sweetners alone in my diet, was just getting way out of control.

Natural Food that is Good for You My first move was to get rid of artifical sweeteners. I realize there are natural sweeteners like Stevia, erythritol, honey, etc… I decided that packaged stevia was pretty easy to carry and use. However, I hated the aftertaste of Stevia. But I read in a forum that most people have that reaction because it takes 3 to 5 days to reset your tastebuds for sweetness. I believe that, because I didn’t like sucralose either when I first tried it. It grew on me.  Stevia does have a lingering aftertaste to it. But they have added the mild sugar alcohol erythritol to it lately to make it a milder taste. You can even buy the generic stevia blend in your local Krogers now.

Also, I needed to add water to my intake each day. I read that you need to drink half your weight in ounces of water each day. Let’s just say I’m working toward it. It is hard for me to increase my water intake. But I have made a conscious effort to drink water before meals…especially when eating out.

I knew I needed to have an eating plan that is flexible (I cheat) and doesn’t involve being hungry. I added several things that I feel I can eat anytime of the day because they are filling and natural foods. One of these items is Ezekiel Bread. I thought it was pretty rough looking when I first found it in the Krogers health food freezer section. But I have realized that I love the toast. I spread All Fruit on it and I can barely eat one slice sometimes. Sprouted bread it very dense and filling. When you toast the Sesame Ezekiel bread and spread the fruit on it, it’s crunchy and quite satisfying. I found this actually cured my carb cravings..and Ezekiel Bread is all protein! I also eat almonds, walnuts and sometimes popcorn made in a pot! I read the ingredients of microwave popcorn. It was very upsetting. I gave up margarine, shaking in a little melted butter was right on time. If the liver metabolizes food and also detoxifies the toxins we put in our mouths, it’s no wonder mine never had anytime to burn fat!

Since I gave up artificial sweeteners, wheat and processed foods (like frozen diet entrees), I have lost 6 pounds in 10 days! Pretty good for someone who believed they could not lose weight. And the funny thing is, I did not measure or count one thing! I just wrote down what I ate everyday.   It did entail cooking with natural foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, all kinds of meats, vegetables and fruits…but I’m learning to love my cookbook and the internet. Now I will have to become more organized in order to stay well fed. Look at that, two birds with one stone!

Stay tuned if you want to see how this story plays out!

Travel the Globe With Good Friends

I have always been a huge fan of leisure travel. It’s exploring new and adventurous cultures, exotic foods, beautiful sunsets and luscious powdery beaches.  What is not to like about that?

But in 2007 I had the good fortune to stumble into a gold mine of Vacation treasure.  And my vacations have never been the same!

Cabo San Lucas Dreamtrip

If you had told me that one day I would join a vacation club, I would have been the first to shake my head and say, “Never happen.”  But a friend of mine introduced me to Dreamtrips.  Maybe you have heard of them, or maybe you haven’t.  Even though they have members all around the globe, most people have still not heard of this elite group of travelers.  And that’s a shame because they pride themselves on being one of the few luxury clubs that even the working class Joe can afford.  I mean who can’t afford a $69 cruise?  They offer one every month on one of the hottest cruise ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information about Dreamtrips, be sure to watch this beautiful VIDEO about the membership.

But the prices aren’t the only thing that makes this membership irresistible.  What sets them apart is their “fun factor”.    Because there are no words that can adequately explain how much fun it is to be a Dreamtripper.   Yes, that is what they call themselves.  Plus each wears a rubber bracelet that identifies them as a club member on that specific vacation. Pick out a vacation and become a Dreamtrips member today!

What makes this membership different is that the vacationers are really excited about meeting up with people they have never met before from every part of the globe.  And they are already a part of a happy vacation community.   Plus, they feel confident about the destinations because each has been investigated before their trip.   And all they had to do was click a button to book one or more of these over 500 prepackaged vacations each year.

If you need a vacation today, but just can’t get away…  Click on This! Ahhhh!  Feel relaxed yet?  If not, maybe you should watch it again.  Feel the water lapping against your skin?  Feel the coolness of that free icy drink in your hand?  Yes, I love that video.

You deserve a break today… so just book it and get away.   And I will see you on the beaches of the world!

Video Marketing

Some years ago, I was in a network marketing company that was very visual.

And even though the house parties and public meetings were very profitable, I was getting more and more frustrated with trying to get people to opportunity meetings everywhere.   I knew I had a great opportunity, and that people would love it, if they could just see it!   But in there lies the conundrum.  I had a great business that was very visual, but how could I show it to people if they had no way to literally “see” it.   I spent several years in that business trying to get people to go to meetings, and grew really frustrated when the price of  gas went up.   It became harder and harder to get people to drive across town to a meeting.  I looked into  Go To Meeting and other broadcasting tools, but at that time I couldn’t afford the payment along with the other expenses I had to pay for my past business. Plus, I wanted something that would not lock people out, when it got to 10 attendees.

After years of frustration and aggravation, I got a call from a business partner.  He told me that he had a business I really needed to see.  Of course, like most marketers, my first thought was… “Okay Dear, what now?” Even though I don’t mind listening to information about other opportunities, his story sounded a lot like the last opportunity he pitched me on. But I knew he was a good guy, so I listened.  This really is a “timing” industry.   Never fear, when someone is frustrated in their current business, they will be much more receptive to hearing about new solutions.

But I am so glad I got that call!  I had a problem, and I didn’t realize at the time that he was offering me a solution.   The business he was telling me about was not launched yet, but the products were already available and totally phenomenal.  My favorite tool they used to show an overview of the business….the video broadcaster.  This is a sample of what I’m talking about…               Click Here to:   WATCH THIS RECORDING!

Broadcast Imager