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Showing posts with label diet and nutrition. Show all posts

Saturday, October 28, 2017

25 Creative and Delicious Recipes To Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet (Reblog)

Found this wonderful site via TsÅ«, a once popular social network that closed its doors. If you are not a vegan, this food blog could encourage you to at least "try" to modify or adjust your eating habits. They do it by publishing wonderful recipes. 


Sharing this link as an example:

25 Creative and Delicious Recipes That Will Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet

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Also talking this opportunity to claim my blog which I just added to Bloglovin.





10 Ways to Make Your Salads Interesting, Flavorful, and Crave-able!


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Food and Drink : Are You a Cheese Lover?

Have always been told that cheese is healthy eating. Haven't you? Unless you're lactose intolerant and have a hard a hard time digesting dairy products, that is. But I received an article via eMail that said cheese might not be healthy. The headline was a shocker!

Cheese lover that I am!!   I respect the source, so I had to read further. Whew! I'm so relieved. They mentioned the “unhealthiest” cheeses to eat. Cheese singles, cheese spray and cheese dips. Had to laugh because I thought to myself: “Duh! Those products don't even count as cheese in my book!”  ☺

Nevertheless, the other information presented in the article about healthy cheeses and the diet tips made it a worthwhile read. This excerpt below quickly summarizes what the real aim of the article is.

“If you're a cheese lover, then there's good news for you. Not all cheese is bad for your diet. In fact, there are plenty of ways to include cheese in a weight loss or weight maintenance plan. You just need to be careful about what you buy and how much you eat.”

Here is a quick outline of the subtopics:
  • Healthiest Cheese Options
  • Unhealthiest Cheese Options
  • Health Benefits and Drawbacks of Cheese
  • Cheese and Weight Loss
  • Cheese Recipes


Reference:
Frey, Malia. “The Smartest Ways to Include Cheese in Your Diet.” Verywell, 28 June 2017, https://www.verywell.com/cheese-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4117668. Cheese Nutrition Facts: Calories in Cheese and Health Benefits ~ Content reviewed by a board-certified physician.



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Additional Comments:

I'm not sure if there is any style or form of cheese that doesn't taste good to me. Have heard people say they don't like the taste of goat cheese. Maybe if they ate it in the form of a cheesecake they'd change their mind.

Definitely never ate a piece of cheesecake that I didn't like!

People may not need to be told about this food blog and website: “Williams-Sonoma Taste”. It seems to be very popular (meaning it has a pretty high Alexa ranking). But in case you never heard of it, sharing a link below. You can sign up to receive their recipes via e-Mail.



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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Health : Control Your Appetite : It's All in Your Head

Another discovery has been made in the study of food, health, and science. Credit is being given to Professor Kazuyoshi Ukena of Hiroshima University for identifying NPGL, a protein in our brain which “apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine”.


The professor's finding eliminates the excuse of not being able to lose weight and stop yourself from overeating because you don't have any willpower because the mechanisms for appetite control are literally ... all in your head. :)


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More Interesting Links and Recommended Reading:

Frohlich, Thomas C. "25 Cities With the Healthiest Diets." 247wallst.com. AOL-HuffPost Money & Finance, 03 May 2017. Web. 09 May 2017.

Fox, Treathyl. "Do You Know What Gives You Energy?" My Shopping Channel. BlogJob.com, 06 May 2017. Web. 09 May 2017.

Kostyo, Mike. "Datassential: 15 Flavor Trends to Watch in 2017 and beyond." SmartBrief. N.p., 12 Dec. 2016. Web. 09 May 2017.



Insurance Mart and Insurance Smart shares general health info.
For general info purposes. Not to be substituted for medical advice.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Health Benefits of … Fruits and Veggies

Do you love fruits? Do you love veggies? Do you love fruits and veggies? Do you get even more excited when you find out the fruits and veggies you love are loaded with health benefits too? Like you really didn't need to be persuaded to eat them. But now you have a justification for enjoying them! YAY!!  It takes so little to make me happy.  :)


Joined the BlogBourne blogging community at the request of a friend and stumbled across a gold mine! One of the bloggers at this site supplies detailed dietary and nutritional information about several fruits and vegetables. Below is a sample listing.  There are more. 




Health Benefits of Dried Fruit









Saturday, August 5, 2017

Body Fuel: Nutrition Trends: 2015 and Beyond!

Taking a quick look at the Nutrition Trends that started in 2015.



Many Americans strive daily to take extra steps to ensure their health and well-being. If Austin, Texas, “America's Fittest City”, is a representative sample of fitness habits around the USA, then nutrition trends show a shift in eating habits that will focus on partaking of food that can fuel the body.



In 2012, McCormick and Schwartz (well-known sellers of herbs and spices in the U.S. and the U.K.) released an 8-page report which stated that people would be moving towards honoring their roots; and their eating or dining habits would reflect a celebration of the origins of one’s own ethnic cuisine.

That was the forecast in 2012. Per Tori Jarzabkowski, who writes for Austin Fit Magazine, the nutrition trends for 2015 are in a direction just a tad bit different from eating the meals prepared by momma and grandma. This year (2015) there are five specific foods (listed below) that are “what's hot in the food and nutrition world”. Austin, Texas USA, boasts a very health-conscious community of citizens. Gyms are everywhere. People are into running, jogging, walking, biking, eating organic or whole foods, shopping at stores that specialize in homeopathic products, visiting the local alternative medicine practitioners for health check-ups, etc.




(1) Matcha Tea

Are you of Japanese heritage? The people of Japan have been enjoying this green tea since the 12 century. It was served as part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Not sure if they knew it was a super-food. If they did, they were way ahead of us.


(2) Bone Broth

Broth made from animal bones is loaded with nutrients. Bone broth improves immunity and has a host of other health benefits. Guess what? That's old news. My parents and my husband's parents always ate all the food on their plate, usually saved the meat serving for last, and when the meat was gone, they went after the bones. Sucked those bones dry! Like it was a religion. My dad and my husband's parents are from The Bahamas. My mother's roots are part African-American, part Native American, Cherokee.


(3) Fermented Foods

Kimchi ChroniclesEverybody watches or has heard of that popular food show “Kimchi Chronicles”. Right? Well if you didn't know, you know now. Kimchi is a fermented food of Korean origin. Sauerkraut or “sour cabbage” is also a fermented food: German origin. Kombucha is a fermented drink, believed to have originated in China. They are good for healthy intestines and more.

SPOTLIGHTClara Myers publishes Health and Wellness articles here at Writedge.com. In two of her posts she presents a thorough discussion on why we should eat fermented foods, and whether we should ferment our own food. Ms. Myers' expertise in the area of holistic health.



(4) Coconut Sugar

It must be coconut harvesting time. The coconut is being praised for everything! Coconut water. Coconut oil. Coconut jelly. Coconut fruit. Now there's coconut sugar. There is no need to sell me on coconut. Grew up in South Florida and we had a tree in our backyard. My brother used the climb the tree and throw down two or three coconuts. We'd whack them open and eat our fill. One year a hurricane knocked down the tree and my life has never been the same. Didn't realize there were so many good reasons why we were supposed to be eating coconuts.


(5) Seaweed Snacks

Last on the list for foods that fuel the body is seaweed. Seaweed is being touted as the “kale of the sea”. It's the new quinoa. It's green!! The rule is: the darker the green, the better! This particular food is not exactly the tastiest (my opinion) but after experimenting with flavors ranging from wasabi to coconut, check your grocery shelves for seaweed chips. It will be the healthy alternative snack to potato chips.


Gleaned a lot from reviewing the #AFMbestof article. Hope you liked my rehash. :)  

  • REFERENCE: Jarzabkowski, Tori. "Nutrition Trends for 2015." Austin Fit Magazine: Best of 2014 Issue Jan. 2015: 22-23. Print. AFM Issue #207. Est. 1997. Official website: http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

General Health Tips : 7 Best Foods for People Over 50

Life stages simplified:
  • Growth and development? Youth and adolescence.
  • Procreation and maintenance? Young adult – 20 something plus 30 years.
  • Disease prevention and keeping body systems working? Congratulations! You've reached the 50 and beyond mark!


What is an ideal anti-aging shopping list for someone 50 or over? 

 


1. Green Leafy Vegetables
  • fight DNA damage that may lead to cancer;
  • reduce your risk of chronic eye diseases;
  • suppress the amino acid homocysteine which is important for brain health.


2. Kefir or Yogurt
  • source of calcium, needed for bone;
  • choose plain, low-sugar varieties, ideally made from grass-fed milk.


3. Whey Protein
  • counteract loss of muscle mass and strength.
  • easily absorbed and supports muscle growth and repair.
  • add to smoothies or mix with milk for a quick shake.


4. Wild-Caught Seafood
  • best sources of omega-3 fats, fights inflammation and supports brain health, heart health and more.


5. Berries
  • high in fiber and antioxidants;
  • should be called “super berries” because of all the health benefits.


6. Olive Oil
  • heart-healthy monounsaturated fat can lower risk of heart disease;
  • controls insulin levels and blood sugar;
  • provides vitamins E and K.


7. Dark Chocolate (the darker, the better)
  • rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds
  • lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even abdominal obesity;
  • satisfies your sweet tooth. :)




DISCLAIMER: Information above not intended to substitituted for medical advice. General information purposes only. If you found the summary above useful and would like to read the extended version of the article or find other health-related writings, click here to peruse the full library.









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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Food Blog Spotlight: Tofu is the New Black on Tumblr

So glad such a thing as a spotlight was invented. The concept or idea of shining a light on something or someone worthy of being noticed comes in handy when you find a fantabulous food blog like “Tofu is the New Black”. 

My foodie adventures around the web often either begin here at this blog or at my complementary Tumblrmicro-blog. Was scanning the posts stream and came across this amazing blog. Fortunately the publisher, “Irene”, introduces herself in both Italian and English. (No problem if she didn't. I keep my Google translator at the ready! 🙂 ) 



Irene is a vegan and not only does she share great vegan recipes but the food images at her blog show off some of the prettiest food I've ever seen!  She scours the web and recycles recipes, cooking tips, healthcare tips, charts displaying food alternatives or substitutes, infographics, and other food finds.  She is PRO-Green and extremely environmentally conscious (as we all should be).  Her posts date back to August 2015. Got so excited just browsing January 2017, decided her food / foodie adventures needed to be shared with others. 



Pretty food!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333234655/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Healthcare Tips!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333574570/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Cheese Lovers!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135134167665/lemon-cranberry-pistachio-cashew-cheese-ball



Healthy Ways to Satisfy the Munchies!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/125921885985/10-vegan-snacks-for-your-desk



Monday, January 9, 2017

Eat Your Greens! Drink Your Carrots!

Growing up, people used to always say to me: “Eat carrots! They're good for your eyes.” I believed what they said. Not dissing carrots, but they were and are not my favorite veggie. So coming up with creative ways to enjoy them to receive the health benefit was always a challenge.   What's the best way to respond to a food challenge?  COMPROMISE!  😋



Now in my adulthood, come to find out that according to experts in diet and nutrition, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are the forms of beta-carotene that boost eye health are found in high levels in green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and Swiss chard. That's fantastic! Because for me, greens are the best veggies!! Although, in defense of carrots, the juice mixes well with various other fruits and makes for a delicious healthy drink!

Greens Glorious Greens!: More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-Tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens



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7 Creative Carrot Juice Recipes


7 Creative Carrot Juice Recipes

When was the last time you ate five large carrots in one sitting? Probably never unless you're a juicer! Carrots are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. They also are a good source of fiber, starch and natural sugars which make them great for boosting your energy, so be sure to include them in ...

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Carrot Juice Recipes | Juicing Carrots


Carrot Juice Recipes | Juicing Carrots

Carrot juice recipes are simply wonderful. If you've never had it before, you'll be surprised how sweet it is. It tastes NOTHING like you think it will taste. Its sweet, creamy and delicious. It has a milky texture and has no bitterness.



Friday, October 28, 2016

Foodie Friday : Winter Salad Binging

There's #FoodieFriday, #FollowFriday, #FriendlyFollow … whatever! It's the weekend!  Just pick a food and drink topic to share and run with it! 



Connie Guttersen, author, dietitian, nutritionist, a lady on Twitter (@ConnieGuttersen) inspired me to pick salad for my topic.  She shared a Tweet (below) about all the different kinds of lettuce that are “worthy”.  Appreciated the info, but from there it was a leap into “winter salads”. Why? Because during the cold months, salad is not always on my menu. Bowls and bowls of warm and hearty soups. Yes!  But salad? Not so much.  That has to change.





Raw Vegan Blood Orange Winter Salad Recipe (frivolousgirl.com)







Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (thekitchengirl.com)







East Asian Chicken Salad (crumbsonthetable.co.uk)






Asian Napa Cabbage Salad (homebakedjoy.com)


Asian Napa Cabbage Salad - Home Baked Joy


A Winter Salad That Satisfies (findyourbalancehealth.com)


A Winter Salad That Satisfies


18 Cozy Warm Salad Recipes for Winter (care2.com)


Warm Salads For The Winter | Care2 Healthy Living



15 Winter Salads to Make for Dinner - Recipes from The Kitchn


15 Winter Salads to Make for Dinner - Recipes from The Kitchn

Winter survival comes in the form of comfort food - the richer and heartier the meal, the easier it is to handle the cold. But we still need salad. In fact, with all those hefty stews and baked pastas, salads are imperative to keep things in balance.

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