Our 4 Favorite Constipation Remedies
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There isn’t a standard for regular bowel movements as it is different from one person to the next. However, despite the number of times you do your #2, the symptoms of constipation are usually the same for anyone. Therefore, if you aren’t pooping every day, your bowel movements are slow or painful or if your stools are dry, you most probably have constipation. Fortunately, constipation isn’t a huge cause for concern and you can improve it with simple home remedies using ingredients in your pantry. Note: See a doctor if you experience abdominal pain, unexpected weight loss or bloody stools with constipation. 1. Stock up on lemons The citric acid in lemon juice stimulates the digestive tract and helps flush out toxins and undigested matter fro the body. Having lemon water is also linked to a plethora of other benefits including clearer skin and more energy. To improve the taste of the concoction, try adding a teaspoon of honey. Some research also shows that honey may work as a mild laxative. One tried and tested trick is to have a tall glass of warm water mixed with lemon juice and honey first thing every morning. 2. Coffee Coffee contains caffeine which stimulates your digestive tract naturally. Most of us have probably had the urge to use the bathroom after a cup of Joe. Do not go over 2 to 3 cups a day as too much caffeine can mess with your energy levels and can make you feel sick. Note that coffee is also a diuretic, which means you’ll urinate a lot more after drinking it. Too much coffee may therefore, dehydrate your body by drawing water away from your colon and the forming stools. 3. Load up on fiber Going natural with your foods is one of the best ways of relieving constipation as most plant-based foods are packed with fiber that leaves your body undigested in your stool. Our bodies are naturally more accustomed to processing fruits, vegetables, grains, other plant-based foods and animal protein versus artificial, chemical and sugar-laden foods. Fiber acts as a sponge as it draws water from its surrounding, making the stools softer and bulkier. This makes it easier to pass the stools. Additionally, you should drink plenty of water to facilitate this action. Some great sources of fiber include beans, whole grains, oats, apricots, apples, plums, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and sweet potato. 4. Probiotics Probiotics are good bacteria that promote digestion and are found in your intestines. Examples of good bacteria in your gut include Lactobacillus, Sacchromyces boulardi and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics are also found in probiotic-enriched yogurt, fermented foods and in supplement form. ...

Visceral Fat A Major Health Concern
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Visceral fat is basically the excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue accumulation. This fat is stored within the abdomen region and therefore covers a number of sensitive internal organs namely, liver, pancreas, and intestines. This gel type fat is a deep in nature, which is stored underneath the superficial belly fat. If you have a large waist, that’s a indicative that you are storing a lot of dangerous visceral fat, but don’t be too sure as anyone can have visceral fat, without even knowing it. Visceral fat is considered highly dangerous and is also termed as “active fat” because this type of fat plays a critical role in changing the way your body works and hormones operates. This type of fat is considered toxic and increases the trouble in the body since it tends to act as the organ of the body and just like the other organs of the body starts pumping out hormones and inflammatory substances. Not only does this increase the production of pro-inflammatory chemical, it also tends to play a dynamic role in regulation of moods, weight, eating patterns, and functioning of the brain. Human body is designed in such a way that there is a perfect amalgamation of chemicals which play a well defined role to trigger the brain to perform the right action like tell you when to sleep, when to eat, how much to eat, etc. The effective communication working between the brain and these chemicals are the one’s that hold the accountability of maintaining a healthy weight or making you more susceptible to weight gain and visceral fat storage.The base of the weight of a human body is defined by the blood sugar levels which are controlled by the hormone insulin. Insulin is the one, which is responsible for managing the blood sugar levels. In order to digest the food the body breaks down sugar into simpler units which are known as glucose. This glucose then enters the blood stream and trigger the release of insulin from the pancreas, and then insulin has the important job of ushering blood sugar into cells throughout our body. This ultimately helps in energizing the brain, body tissues and muscular functioning. On the other hand, insulin also corresponds to body fat stores, including the visceral fat stored deep within our bodies. When there’s too much glucose in our bloodstream, glucose gets stored as fat in the body. The more often and longer that blood insulin levels remain high, the more likely a person is to accumulate excess body fat and to battle weight problems. ASSESSMENT OF VISCERAL FAT The most effective and certain way is to undergo an MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan). You can also use the BCA (Body Composition Analyzer) machine to assess the level of visceral fat in your body. Along with this, another good indicator is to take a waistline measurement. As per the Harvard University, around 10% of the total fat is likely to be stored as visceral fat, therefore if you are carrying higher amounts of body fat that this, it is more likely that you are also storing excessive visceral fat. MAJOR RISKS OF VISCERAL FAT 1. Higher Risk of Diabetes In comparison to the other types of fat, visceral fat is thought to play a larger role in insulin resistance. This automatically means that people who have this type of fat in their body are at a heightened risk for developing diabetes. This is the reason why abdominal fat is viewed as a bigger health risk than hip or thigh fat, not only for diabetes but for many other chronic diseases too. 2. Increased Inflammation Another major problem caused by this fat is the production of hormonal and inflammatory molecules that get dumped directly into the liver, leading to even more inflammation and hormonal reactions. If there is a layer of visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, your body becomes inflamed and your metabolism suffers, making it a hard cycle to break out of. 3. Difficulty in Losing Weight People tend to gain more and more weight as the time passes on and one of the main reason is that stored body fat affects hunger levels, especially visceral fat. Though it sounds unreal, but your body’s metabolism levels are highly governed by none other than the existing stored fat. Fat messes with our appetites and makes it easier to overeat due to hormonal changes that take place. If there are higher levels of insulin that automatically converts the calories into body fat making it a never ending cycle. The mind loses its effective functionality when you tend to eat more of refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar. This makes it very difficult to follow a moderate-calorie, healthy diet. Thus, it is really important to kick your sugar addiction and address weight gain and visceral fat formation as soon as possible. 4. Battle with Heart Disease and Strokes Inflammation caused by excessive fat is the main contributor to heart disease and other inflammatory disorders. Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease markers like high triglycerides, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF VISCERAL FAT 1. Opt for Healthy, Balanced Meals Create and follow a meal plan that focuses on improving your health and helping you to lose weight. As per the recommendations given by the American Diabetes Association, limit your total daily fat intake to 20 – 30% of your total calories, saturated fat less than 70%, and eliminate harmful trans fats from the meals. Try to consume more of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein and complex carbohydrates such as beans, lentils and sprouted grains for energy and fiber. Also try to include healthy vegetable oils for cooking like coconut, sunflower, olive, avocado and grapeseed oils. 2. Incorporate Healthy Habits It’s not only healthy eating but overall lifestyle habits that play a crucial role in getting rid of visceral fat. Say no to smoking, drinking, junk food, refined carbs if you are serious about getting fit. Choosing healthier lifestyle choices will improve your quality of life and will show up in weight loss. Along with this, make sure you incorporate the following in your daily living – deep breathing, yoga, quick walks, plenty of sleep. 3. Don’t Forget Exercising It is important to exercise for at least 30 mins every day which will help you stay on track. If you lose around 5-10% of your total body weight it can actually help in reducing the visceral fat stores. In order to achieve this, you must burn more calories than you consume, and for that exercising is a must. Any form of exercising is welcomed – be it walking, circuit training, brisk waking, biking or any other activity. 4. Stay Motivated It is important to understand that the process of weight loss does not happen overnight. Even a minuscule of weight loss will play an important role in reducing your visceral fat stores. This is enough motivation to stick with your eating and exercise program. Track your meals and exercise in a calories tracker app like MEVOLIFE, which will help you to reach your goals faster and speed up your weight loss journey. ...

Foods to Avoid Before a Workout Session
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People are always busy talking about what they should eat after a workout session to make the most of it, but what is often ignored is what not to eat to maximize workout benefits. When you exercise, a large volume of blood is pumped to the muscles engaged and the flow in stomach area is reduced. In order to avoid any stomach problems because of reduced blood flow, following is the list of general items which should be surely avoided before a workout session – 1. Fruit Juices Fruit juices do contain carbs and other fluids but having a glassful just before a workout might not be the smartest idea. This is simply because that fruit juices are high in sugar which takes quite a while to digest. If you want to have an orange/mixed fruit juice it’s best to consume them as part of a meal or smoothie an hour or more before exercise and/or after a workout to refuel your body. 2. Spicy Foods Though it is not difficult to workout after having a bowl of your favorite spicy noodles, but it is important to consider that spicy foods stimulate the digestive system and may cause heartburn, which is not what you want during a workout. It is recommended to avoid the consumption of any sort of spicy foods for up to 24 hours before to give the GI tract a rest and go for easy-to-digest, less spicy foods before a workout session. 3. Alcohol/ Alcoholic Beverages It is advised to stay away from alcohols if you really want to shed off those pounds. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided as they have diuretic properties plus are dehydrating in nature, and they further suppress fat oxidation, which makes it harder to achieve body composition goals. Not to mention that working out under the influence of any type of alcohol can be hazardous too! 4. Green leafy vegetables Here we are mainly talking about the cruciferous vegetables which includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bokchoy, and cauliflower. Though these vegetables are extremely healthy but it is important to consider the fact that these veggies are also high in raffinose (a trisaccharide containing glucose, galactose, and fructose units) which makes digesting them a time taking affair. 5 Beans Beans is the ultimate option for athletes on high-fiber vegetarian diets as they are extremely high in nutritional content but having them as a pre-workout food may result in nutrition explosion in the body, especially fiber. 1 cup of beans contains 16 grams of fiber, which is like the half of what you require in the entire day. Further the beans are rich in carbohydrate raffinose, which too can result in upsetting the stomach. So it is advised to keep those delectable three-bean soup and veggie-bean burritos as your post workout fuelers. 6. Desserts Desserts are a big no when you are going for a workout session all because they are high in fats like oils, shortening, cream and butter and you would not want your body to eat something like this when you’re about to engage in a workout session to make it better. In order to make the most of your workout sessions, it is advised to say no to all these items. After all you are working out to make things better and not worsen them. Cheers to your efforts! Download MEVO app now to get healthy pre-workout and post-workout recipes which will help you to make the most of your workout sessions – Play Store link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en App Store link – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8 ...

Best Ever Vegan Oatmeal Burger Recipes
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How about you have a veggie burger for dinner tonight? Don’t worry about the calories as today we have got the recipe of “Ultimate Vegan Oatmeal Veggie Burger” which is full of healthy ingredients, loaded with flavours and is a perfect option for people aiming for weight loss. Check out this mouthwatering burger recipe now – Ingredients 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 Cup Onion 1/2 Cup Carrot 1 Celery 1/4 Cup Grated Zucchini 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice 1.5 Cup Quick Oats 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder 1/8 Tsp Cayenne Powder 1 Tbsp Yeast 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu 1 Tsp All Purpose Vegetable Seasoning 1/2 Cup Water 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce Breadcrumbs Method 1. In a medium skillet, mix the onion, carrot, celery and zucchini with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Saute over medium heat until onion is clear. Remove from heat and add the brown rice, oats and seasonings. Mix well and add the tofu, with a fork mash the tofu into fine pieces and mix well. 2. In a small bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients and stir to mix. Pour over the rice mixture and stir until moistened and evenly mixed. Shape into 8 evenly sized patties. Dredge each patty in breadcrumbs, making sure to coat both the sides. 3. Place the patties on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick pan, then spray the tops of each patty. 4. Bake at 375-degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn the patties over, spray the tops with the cooking spray and bake another 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. 5. Serve with the buns. Nutrition Serves 6-7 Calories 127 Kcal, Fats 1.5g, Carbs 24.2g, Protein 5.2g Checkout more than 500 healthy recipes in Mevo app now. Download from iOS Appstore / Google Playstore. ...

Cooking Oils You Think Are Healthy But Arent Mevolife
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The topic of health is everywhere…on the internet, television, magazines, the newspaper. Everything from “kale is the new super food” to “drink apple cider vinegar every morning to burn fat.” Information is everywhere on latest fad diets to what are the healthiest cooking oils. Misconceptions fill the Internet air. To determine what the best is in anything, it helps to know what the worst is in anything. Take cooking oils, for example. I’m not here to tell you what the healthiest ones are. You can find that anywhere. I’ll tell you what the worst five cooking oils are, and why, so that you’ll know what not to buy as you start including healthy food choices in your diet plans. Let’s Talk About Why It Matters When determining the healthy quality of cooking oils, you must take into account: how it affects heart health, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, and how it is processed. Getting too much omega-6 in your diet causes clogged arteries, inflammation, heart disease, and increases your risk of cancer. The world health organization (WHO) recommends a ratio of 4:1 for omega-6 to omega-3. That means that every food you eat that contains omega-3 fatty acids, you need to eat no more than 4 times the amount of omega-6 fatty acids. Remember: too much omega-6 in your diet is bad. You can improve your health by eliminating processed foods from your diet. Autoimmune responses to chronic inflammation caused by processed foods are being linked to processed foods. Diseases like asthma, allergies, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes rise as the consumption of processed foods rises. Get rid of them! What Cooking Oils Should You Avoid and Why? Grapeseed Oil: About 70% omega-6 fatty acids. Remember what we just talked about? Too much omega-6s in your diet causes inflammation, the true cause of heart disease and can lead to other health conditions. Grapeseed oil is industrially processed with hexane and other toxic solvents. Traces of these chemicals are always left behind in the final product. An expeller-pressed processed grapeseed oil is full of polyunsaturated fat, in concentrations highly toxic to humans. No matter how pure, they are never safe. Canola Oil: About 87% is genetically modified. You know how canola oil is created? Using crude oil extracted from rape seeds, then refined, bleached, and deodorized. Because it is processed under high heat, it goes rancid. Because it is prone to rancidity, industrial carcinogenic bleaches are used, with a mixture of hexane to deodorize. Canola Oil is high in omega-3s, but don’t let that deceive you. These oils are subject to oxidation when heated. Oils high in omega-3s are never used for cooking. Flaxseed oil and fish oil are high in omega-3 and are never heated because they are prone to oxidation. Free radicals are released when an oil oxidizes, which leads to inflammation, cancer, thyroid damage, and hormonal imbalances. Vegetable/Soybean Oil: About 99% of vegetable oil is actually soybean oil. Next time you look at a bottle in the store, read the ingredients. You’ll most likely only see one: soybean oil. Soybean oil contains 54% omega-6. Remember what we said before? Too much omega-6 equals bad news. It can lead to inflammation and other health issues. Soy is high in trypsin inhibitors and phytic acid, which blocks the absorption of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Soy also contains phytoestrogens, which mimics estrogen in your body and disrupts normal hormonal activity and could increase your risk of cancer. So now that you know what not to buy, and why, here’s a quick list of the healthiest oils to use for cooking: Coconut comes in at number one, with 92% saturated fat, 6% monounsaturated, and 1.6% polyunsaturated. Butter (ghee), olive oil, palm oil, avocado oil, fish oil, flax oil, and nut or peanut oil are all great choices. Download Mevo app now from – Google App Store     iOS Play Store ...

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Summer is upon us and with it, our desire to be beach-ready. That will have many of us reaching for the juicer and going through a course of “detoxicating”. After all, isn’t our normal diet full of toxins? It only makes sense that we clean our body and, hopefully, lose weight along the way. We will be healthy and fit. Right? Not really. True, that is what many companies would have you believe because “healthy detox” programs are all the rage and they don’t show any sign of slowing down (not to mention that it’s good for their pocket). However, over the past few years, scientists have debunked “the myth of the detox” and according to the American Journal of Medicine there is “no strong scientific evidence to support these benefits”. Our body is quite amazing and in fact we already have an effective detoxicating system in place – our kidneys and liver. If they function properly, we don’t need to worry about any other type of cleansing. So what about all those juices? They seem to be promoted everywhere, and ultimately, is it better to drink vegetables rather than to eat them? Drinking vegetable juices can help you increase your veggie intake, along with the vitamins and minerals that accompany them (especially if you are one of the many people who do not eat enough leafy greens in their regular diet). However, it’s important to remember one thing: when you make a juice, you remove most of the fiber. We have discussed previously why fiber is an important ingredient for weight loss but it also has many other health benefits. Fiber is the carbohydrate that helps you control the levels of blood sugar in your system. It slows down the rate of the food digestion and consequentially, balances how fast sugar gets into your bloodstream. This also controls hunger which means that if you ingest enough fiber, you would feel full for a longer period of time. That said, a fresh vegetable juice will have sugar but no fiber which will cause your body to experience a blood sugar spike. This can lead to many negative effects such as insulin imbalance, skin outbreaks (in people who have acne-prone skin) and many more. What can you do? Simply substitute the juice for a fresh vegetable. That way you will receive all the nutrients without any of the fuss. Tips & Tricks If you have your heart set on drinking vegetable juices, consider the following healthy tips: – Add a little whole milk to the juice – to slow down the release of sugar, so that there are no sugar spikes; – Drink such juices twice a week – to avoid any lasting harmful effects; – Drink such juices 20 min before or 2 hours after meals – to help your digestive system process them. So are vegetable juices good or bad for you? If you are a healthy person, there won’t be any harmful effects (considering you drink them in moderation) but it would still be more beneficial if you just eat your veggies. They are delicious! How about you create your own glass of juice with your favorite veggies? Checkout the first ever Juice Maker which makes it easy to get choose your veggies, blend them into a juice and log it into a diary. Download Mevo App now – http://mevolife.com/androidapp?feeds&link=blog ...

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It’s just 2 weeks from a wedding and you want to lose weight fast? You require a quick fix and turn to the seemingly obvious solution – Crash Diet. Crash or fad diets are the ones which focus mainly on deprivation to achieve extreme weight loss in a short span of time. There seems to be a new fad diet cropping up every day be it master cleanse, paleo, detox diet, raw food diet, etc. While these diets as tempting as they promise that they will help you lose weight faster, but the truth is they are doing our bodies much more harm than good. Read on for reasons as to why you should stay away from these diets. Deprivation All the crash diets have one thing in common: Deprivation. The deprivation may be in terms of calories, food groups or specific foods, but one thing that remains constant in all diets is that they do take something significant away from your diet. Though this step looks logical, but it really is not a viable one. The main reason behind this is that if you cut an entire food group from our diet plans it is a surefire way to increase the temptations and cravings for it and indulging into them can ultimately result in hampering the weight loss. Food is your foe Fad diets make you believe that food is your enemy which is not actually true. Food when eaten in balanced proportions, helps to nourish your body and improve the functioning of the entire system. Instead of cutting the entire food groups the focus should be on the addition of quality foods into your diets. Ranging from whole grains to nutrient dense fruits and veggies, there are plenty of satisfying foods that you can add in your diet to aid the weight loss process. Unsustainable Another major problem is that the fad diets are unsustainable in the long run. The reason behind this is that our bodies are not build to endure the level of deprivation demanded by these fad diets. For example: if you restrict calories your body starts burning the muscles instead of fats which ultimately makes a negative impact on your metabolism levels. As a result of this at the end of the diet when you step on the scale you might find that you’ve actually gained weight instead of losing. This type of fad diets are extremely dangerous and can have detrimental effects on your health in the long run including the increased risk of heart disease, damage to arteries and the immune system. The Bottom Line Thus, the crux of the above discussion can be concluded that the healthiest and best way to shed off those extra pounds permanently is to aim for 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week. There is no need to rely on “Fast Weight Loss Diets” as they will not be sustainable in the long run. Rather than expecting a transformation overnight try to focus on creating one healthy habit a week. Along with this stop treating food as your enemy and start considering exercise as your friend and you will definitely reach your desired weight loss goals before the special occasion! CHEERS ...

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Who doesn’t love strawberry  bruschetta? And its even better when they are topped with strawberries. Today we have got a perfect appetizer, a satisfying afternoon snack and also a tasty lunch idea – Strawberry Bruschetta. The way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with balsamic-coated strawberries and crispy, charred bread is just delectable. Checkout the recipe and cook it now to enjoy this flavorful blast – Ingredients Fresh bread baguette – 1 Sliced strawberries – 1.5 cups Diced grape tomatoes – 1 cup Minced shallots – 1 Diced nectarine – 1 Sliced fresh basil – 3 tbsp Goat cheese – 11 oz Olive oil – 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar – 1 tbsp Sugar – 1/4 tsp Seasonings – As required Method 1. Preheat oven to 375°. 2. Mix strawberries, nectarine, tomatoes, basil, shallot, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and seasonings. 3. Split baguette in half; cut each half crosswise into 4 equal pieces. 4. Spread cut sides of bread with goat cheese. Place bread pieces on a baking sheet, and bake until thoroughly heated. 5. Remove from oven, and top with strawberry mixture. Serve! Nutritional Info Calories per piece 68kcal, Carbs 9g, Sugar 1g, Fat 3g, Protein 3g, Fiber 1g Download Mevo app now from – Google App Store    iOS Play Store ...

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You don’t really have to give up on your favorite dishes if you are on a KETO DIET. You just need to make a few good changes. Small alterations in the recipes and a few alternate ingredients would still let you enjoy your all time favorites. Like I love Chicken Thai Noodles and have been very loyal to this dish as long as I can remember. I am sure you would have your specific favorite dishes too. So since the time I have been on this KETO DIET, I have given this dish a new improved KETO WAY. In spite of using the regular noodles, I add ZOODLES (zucchini noodles) to the dish. It gets so much more nutritious this way. You get a wholesome amount of protein from the chicken. Zucchini is a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, C and B6 and a lot more. Make it during this weekend and surprise everyone at home. Ingredients 1/2 tsp Curry Powder 3.5 oz Chicken Thigh 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk Spring Onion 1 clove Garlic 1 large Egg 1.4 oz Bean Sprouts 3.5 oz Zucchini 1 tsp Soy Sauce 1/2 tsp oyster sauce 1/8 tsp White Pepper 1 tsp Lime Juice Red chilies, chopped Salt & pepper, to taste Method 1. Season the Chicken with 1/2 tsp Curry Powder and a pinch of Salt and Pepper. Keep aside for a while. 2. Prepare the sauce by combining 1 tsp Soy Sauce, 1/2 tsp. Oyster Sauce, and 1/8 tsp. White Pepper. 3. Finely chop Spring Onion and Garlic and make Zoodles out of Zucchini. Use a Spiralizer to make the zoodles. 4. Fry the seasoned Chicken with 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter until brown. When done, slice to bite-sized pieces. 5. In the same pan, melt 1 tbsp Coconut Oil on high heat. Saute chopped Spring Onion until fragrant. 6. Add chopped Garlic and again saute until fragrant. 7. Crack an Egg into the pan and make a scrambled egg. Saute until slightly brown. 8. Add in bean sprouts and zoodles. Mix everything well together. 9. Add in the fried chicken pieces and stir. 10. Garnish with a few chopped Red Chilies and squeeze some Lime Juice on top. Serve while hot! Nutritional Info Yields 1 serve Nutritional value per serve: Calories 578Kcal, Fat 48g, Carbs 6.5g, Protein 25.5g ...

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