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    >>> with just two days left until the new year, it is almost time to start giving up the processed carbs and sugars and start eating clean.

    >> here with a diet that will help you drop the pounds fast is ester blum, the author of the new book "cave women don't get fat." a lot of people try it cut meat out when they're trying to feel better. but you think it's okay.

    >> the key is it has to be meat with grass. that gets rid of the fatty ty acids.

    >> how do you know?

    >> go to a butcher.

    >> i never heard of that.

    >> you can find it at trader joe 's, whole foods, i go to a local butcher.

    >> that's like kosher almost?

    >> definitely not kosher. kosher animals are not raised pastured.

    >> the first dish is breakfast.

    >> gorgeous girls eat meat. this is the breakfast for you if you want to raise your serotonin levels in your brain, fight cravings and give yourself a lean muscular body.

    >> hoda has doughnut holes. every morning.

    >> that looks like meat in the morning.

    >> this is pastured meat, meat raises your serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain. it get your brain awake and alert all day long.

    >> i thought you weren't supposed to eat fruits in the morning and you have raspberries.

    >> raspberries are chock full of antioxidants and low sugar fruit. i do encourage women especially to eat fruit because is satisfied the sweet carbohydrate craving.

    >> the snack this is product friendly. beef jerky , you can find beef jerky that is --

    >> i give to my dogs in the afternoon.

    >> try some. try any of these. they're delicious. they're chiewy, but you can make your own jerky. i would encourage you to pick this up. this is a bread free sand wiswichsandwich. this is lettuce with a salmon cake instead of a crab cake .

    >> come on.

    >> and omega 3 fats, again, excellent for brain health.

    >> good for you.

    >> good girl.

    >> we have -- this is your -- this is a side salad, your afternoon snack, turkey and avocado.

    >> that i'll try.

    >> there is the time of day where women get the horrible cravings.

    >> avocado twice now.

    >> right. i'm trying to teach you both you really need a ton of protein throughout the day. women are using yogurt and granola all day and that's not going to boost your brain biochemistry.

    >> this is great.

    >> this looks awesome.

    >> this is the -- a lot of women say how do i give up carbohydrates at dinner. all about lateral moves. zucchini pasta is a wonderful lateral move and don't have to cook the zucchini.

    >> we have that in our -- what was it? remember we had the --

    >> cooking contest.

    >> it was delicious.

    >> it does. even children will eat this. you can say they're dinosaur noodles, very low in carbohydrates. super healthy for you.

    >> also hot?

    >> no, this is room temperature. and if you use a hot sauce , it will naturally cook the pasta anyway.

    >> she's got the voice. michelle

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updated 12/30/2013 11:13:53 AM ET 2013-12-30T16:13:53

Recipe: Meats and nuts breakfast

  • 1 teaspoon Kerrygold butter
  • 4 ounces hanger steak, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Season sliced steak with sea salt and pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon of Kerrygold butter in a skillet and sauté onions until translucent. Add steak and cook until desired tenderness; 4 minutes per side will yield a medium-rare steak. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate. Serve with 1/2 avocado and 1/2 cup raspberries.

Recipe: Salmon burger with a green salad

  • Salmon burgers
  • 1 12-ounce can wild Alaskan salmon, drained
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Green salad
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups mixed greens

Salmon burgers
Mix salmon, Dijon mustard, egg, onions, flour, and lemon together in a bowl. Season with parsley and pepper. Shape mixture into 4 small burgers.

Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add burgers and sauté in a pan for 4 minutes each side, or bake in oven for 15 minutes at 350 °F.

Green salad
Rub inside of large bowl with garlic halves. Add crushed garlic, mustard, and vinegar to bowl and whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in olive oil as slowly as possible with one hand while whisking as quickly as possible with the other hand to emulsify. Toss salad greens with dressing just before serving.

Serving Size

Serves 2

Recipe: Zucchini pasta with meat sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely grated
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix with ground beef and pork
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 2 large zucchini, peeled and ends trimmed

Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, and onion; cover and steam, stirring every few minutes, until onions are translucent and all liquid has evaporated. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add meat and cook until browned. Add the tomato puree, salt, and basil. Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes.

Place zucchini in spiralizer set to the smallest blade. (Note: Zucchini will cook and release liquid once it comes in contact with sauce. If you have time, put shredded zucchini in colander, toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and let drain for 10 to 15 minutes. Using your hands, squeeze any excess water from zucchini.) Serve meat sauce over the zucchini.

Serving Size

Serves 6

Recipe: Turkey avocado roll-ups

  • 3 slices turkey
  • 1/4 avocado, diced

Divide 1/4 sliced avocado among 3 slices turkey. Roll up before eating.

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