It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad

My favourite salad of all time. Caesar Salad. But, my least favourite at the same time…because hello fat grams I’ll wish I didn’t have after I had it.
skinny chicken and avocado caesar salad

But now, I can. I can enjoy my favourite salad of all time, with a dressing that’s less than half the fat — and then add in some more food, and enjoy this as a meal. A salad that doesn’t leave you hungry waiting for more. Full of protein. Full of healthy fats. Just full of good for you stuff.

This dressing… inspired by the dressing I made for that Barbecued Seafood Salad…I wanted something with a Greek Yogurt base. So I found one…thank you Mr Jamie Oliver, and adapted it to our tastes, to make this one.

My family is not so keen on anchovies…so I made two variations. One with (HOMG so good!), and one without — using olives instead, and equally as good. I prefer the anchovies, personally, but not every one is a fan. Hello non-fans…this ones for you too!

The way this recipe goes: fry some bacon and chicken boobs…I mean breasts *ahem; whisk your dressing ingredients; prepare your bread for super crustiness; boil your eggs; slice your avocados and wash your salad leaves.

Easy right?

Serve with dressing, and slap it out of your taste testers hands because they’ll want to drink it like it’s vodka…or something. And there you have it people. A healthier version of Caesar Salad that we can actually enjoy without raiding the fridge at midnight.

Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad

A beautiful Caesar salad with grilled chicken pieces; creamy avocado slices; eggs and crispy bacon! Turning salad into a main meal!

Weight Watchers: 14pp per serve!
Servings: 4
Calories: 597.2 kcal
Author: Karina - Cafe Delites

1/2 ciabatta loaf (120g | 4oz), sliced
2 whole Chicken Breast fillets (about 500g | 1lbs), skinless and boneless, halved horizontally to make 4 fillets
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
Pinch of salt
200 g | 7oz shortcut bacon , cut into strips
2 eggs , boiled to your liking (soft of hard boiled), sliced
2 baby cos lettuce , washed and dried
1 Avocado , sliced
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

2/3 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves , crushed
2 anchovy fillets , finely chopped (or sub with 2 tablespoons black pitted olives, chopped finely and 1 teaspoon fish sauce)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper for seasoning


Preheat the oven to grill/broil settings on medium - high heat. Place the bread slices onto an oven tray; drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven (on middle shelf) until crispy. While bread is grilling, prepare chicken:

Rub the chicken breast with the garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt. Heat a non stick grilling pan/skillet with a drizzle of olive oil and fry chicken until golden on both sides. Remove the chicken and set aside onto a warm plate. Add the bacon strips to the same pan, and fry until golden and crispy. While the bacon is frying, boil your eggs to your liking (and don't forget to check your bread in the oven)! 

To make the Caesar Yogurt Dressing:
Combine yogurt, oil, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice and parmesan. Whisk until well combined; add salt and pepper to your tastes, and whisk again. Taste test.

Assemble Salad:
Combine lettuce with the chicken and bacon strips; eggs (halved); avocado slices; shaved parmesan cheese; and bread pieces (halved). Pour over the dressing; mix well to combine, and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad

Amount Per Serving
Calories 597.2Calories from Fat 293

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597.2Calories from Fat 293
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.5g50%
Total Carbohydrates 19.2g6%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Protein 46.4g93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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