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Showing posts with label healthy eating. Show all posts

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/


 ♦ ♦ ♦ Original content published January 10, 2015 at Writedge.com ♦ ♦ ♦

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Exotic Fruits Are Wonderful Natural Delights

Tropical fruit must have been abundant in the Garden of Eden. Don't you think? At least, that's how I imagine it anyway. Do you like exotic fruit? My first visit to The Bahamas opened up a whole new world for me. There were so many delicious fruits of paradise that I had never heard of or tasted.

That was more than 30 years ago. These days, the wonderful thing about grocery shopping in America, is that you can find foods from almost anywhere in the world. These foods were not always available and so plentiful. It's not my imagination. Even Chef Jacques Pepin mentioned during one of his TV episodes that when he first arrived in the United States to begin his career as a chef, there were many ingredients that he could not readily find at the local grocery store. You had to go to a special market or a gourmet shop. Not so, these days. Thanks to the Internet, it's easy to research and learn more about tropical fruit or “exotic fruit” or “super fruit” or “wonder fruit”, and why they are so good for you. Uh huh. Right. As if people need to twist your arm to get you to eat them. :)

Check these out!



- Acerola, also known as the Barbados cherry, is native to the West Indies, and also to Southern Mexico, and Southern and Central America. They claim this fruit has numerous health benefits, but healthy or not, the taste of this tropical fruit is irresistible.

- Cherimoya tastes like bubblegum. People have even given this fruit nicknames like “ice cream fruit” or “custard apple”, so-called because it has a creamy, sherbet-like texture. But beware of the seeds, as they can be poisonous.

- Dead man’s fingers originated from China. They really do look like fingers and their color is bluish-black. The taste is similar to watermelon.

- Kiwano or the horned melon has many names. It is native to Africa and is called African cucumber. But it is also known as English tomato. (???) On the outside it is yellow and orange, but the flesh inside is lime green. It's been part of African cuisine since ancient times.

- Mangosteen grows in Southeast Asia and is considered a “wonder fruit”. One might think because of the name that it is similar to a mango, but actually it is more like a peach. Research indicates that the mangosteen contains more xanthones than any other fruit. They call it the "X-Factor".

These are just a sampling of fruits. The intent is to whet your appetite and peak your curiosity. There is also dragon fruit, starfruit, Buddha’s hand (citron), cloudberries, durian, moringa, abiu and more! 

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Image credit: Kiwano fruit (Public Domain)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Health and Wellness : Where to Find Advice on Healthy Eating and More!

Several years back, created a member profile on blackhistory.com. FYI. You don't have to be an African-American to join. Because my work-at-home projects are time consuming, my activity at this site fell by the wayside. My public profile is still available to view. The site has a blogging platform and you can also share links to your websites and blogs. Entrepreneurship is encouraged. This site also has a partner site, HBCU Connect. If you share a link or post content at one site, you can also publish it via the other site.


At this point you're probably thinking: “Uummm … How is this is food-related?”


OK. Thank you for your patience. Getting to the connection. As you know many African-Americans suffer from hypertension and diabetes; ailments that they need not suffer from if they would just change their diet! Understanding this, the site owners provide a link to a Health and Wellness Channel Sponsored by MerckEngage, a well-known leader in global healthcare. The channel is loaded with informative food-related health articles, free healthy recipe cookbooks (low sodium, low sugar, low calories, and low fat), and other health information. 



Actually, the article that caught my eye wasn't about diabetes or high blood pressure. It was about my “weakness”: Chinese food! My husband and I love to eat out at Chinese restaurants. 
The article was about choosing healthier options from the menu and had a handy chart of “Instead of” eating this, “Try” this. Below is link to that article and a sampling of other content you can find via this channel.




Healthy Chinese Food Options


Going out for Chinese food? You don't have to know how to eat with chopsticks to know how to eat smart.  Whether you decide on Szechuan, Cantonese, or Hunan style, there are ways to translate your meal into something healthy. ...


Choosing healthy foods can seem like a chore, but by keeping a few simple staples on hand you’ll have the makings of several no-fuss meals and snacks. These 7 foods made our list because, even in small amounts, they provide a good range of nutrients. ...
http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/custom/merck.cgi?read=301163
  

http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/custom/merck.cgi?read=271342
  



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Monday, December 26, 2016

3 Spices That Hold the Secrets of Longevity Per Mao Shing Ni (Dr. Mao)

Mao Shing Ni (Dr. Mao), who is a board-certified anti-aging expert shares information about the 3 best spices for a longer life.

Before you click the link (below) to the original article, give yourself 3 chances to guess the right combination of 3 spices that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Eastern traditions to cure common illnesses and maintain good health.  I only guessed one of the spices.  1 out of 3 is lower than a Grade F!!

But now that I know what they are, I'm glad they're common, inexpensive and very easy to find.  So I don't travel over land and sea in search of the 3 mythical spices from the lost country of "Where Did You Get that?!"




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Photo: Rev Dan Catt/Flickr 
 
 
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"Garlic is as good as ten mothers."
 - Ancient Telugu proverb from India





Saturday, December 3, 2016

To Beet or Not to Beet is No Longer the Question

So here's my sad childhood story. Beets! Growing up, in my house the only person that ever ate beets was my late mother. The thing is … she didn't even try to encourage me or tempt me to taste them. No! SHE JUST ATE THEM ALL! As a kid, there was nothing appealing or appetizing about them. So … like broccoli and figs and other wonderful foods that looked questionable through a child's eyes … I just didn't eat them! Wasn't even curious.



In my adult years, forty plus years ago, I met my husband. Would you believe it? He tells me a similar childhood story, except that both his mom and his dad ate beets. Beets and beets and beets. They just couldn't get enough of em!

Come to find out … beets are good for you! WHAT???!!



Why would our parents keep that a secret? We don't know! So they could have more for themselves?? Seems the only logical explanation!



Nevertheless, we love our parents and thank them for all of the other meaningful secrets of life that they did reveal to us. We'll overlook the best kept beet secret.  :)



Anyway! …. Now that we've learned “the rest of the story”, the question of “To beet or not to beet” has been answered. We just need to figure out a way to incorporate this awesomely nutritious super food into our diet.



Found a treasure trove of beet recipes at Flipboard, a site where I am experimenting with publishing my own food magazine. (The magazine is called My I Like Eating Channel. Yes it's the same name as my curated content topic board on Scoop.it. I know! I'm not very original and I copy myself a lot!)



Sharing a few recipes from the Flipboard collection that look like they might be very tasty. However, the first share below was actually found elsewhere on the web. It's about beet juice. Did you know that it's drink of champions? Well it is!

As a parent myself, I know that no matter how good veggies may be, it's sometimes hard to get your kids (or yourself) to eat them! Thank the Lord for juice and juicers! Sometimes folks who won't EAT their veggies, don't have too much of a problem with DRINKING their veggies. 



Beetroot Juice: The Drink Of Champions | Competitor.com


Beetroot Juice: The Drink Of Champions | Competitor.com





Golden Beet and Pomegranate Salad Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com



Golden Beet and Pomegranate Salad Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

You can roast the beets or boil them. Roasting the beets will give them more flavor, but it takes longer and will use more energy than boiling.



SMOKY BEETROOT HUMMUS


SMOKY BEETROOT HUMMUS

My birthday happened at the beginning of the month. I hosted a big seafood feast. I wanted a bunch of my favorite people together at a table and a ton of seafood - Dungeness crab, oysters, a big stew with mussels and clams and fish, etc.



Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Beets and Siracha Dressing - A Communal Table


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Beets and Siracha Dressing - A Communal Table

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better... Melissas Produce went and introduced NEW produce collections. The newest additions are - Organic Purification Boxes! Melissas graciously sent me the Organic Purification Box B to play with... and play I did!



38 Beet Recipes for Roasting, Frying and More Recipe


38 Beet Recipes for Roasting, Frying and More Recipe

There are a lot of ways to cook beets. So go forth and make it happen!



Where to find more Beets on Flipboard


Beets on Flipboard

By mshedrick | mshedrick created a magazine on Flipboard. "Beets on Flipboard" is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for "mshedrick".



One last share. Not found via Flipboard, but you'll still like it!  :)


Beet Orange Salad with Honey Vinaigrette




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That's it for now my friends! As always thanks for visiting Food Ways and feel free to visit often! Bring your family and friends!  Until the next post … Peace, Love and Happy Beeting (or Eating or Drinking (preferably nonalcoholic beverages).

(Chef image credit.)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Awesome Food Bloggers in Bloggy Moms Network

Spotlight on food bloggers who are members of the Bloggy Moms Network


Joined this community a few years back. Rather than repeat myself, here is an excerpt from a mini 2-part review of the site that was published at another community site called PersonaPaper.com (Part 1 and Part 2).
(Info as of Feb 2015) “The BloggyMoms Facebook fan page has over 7K Likes and their Twitter account has over 100K followers. The site is created as a community for WAHM (work at home mom) bloggers and last year, my account was approved. The network is comprised mainly of female entrepreneurs or mompreneurs . But there are some guys who hangout there as well.”
(Info as of Nov 2015) “Very happy to report that the owners of this site and network have worked hard and very diligently to iron out the “kinks” that occur when you change over from one system to another in an effort to enhance and improve. … owners set up the new system they gave me a new profile , ...”



(Image credit: Cooking woman using computer
© Photographer: Ariwasabi | Agency: Dreamstime.com


Was active in the beginning (under the old system) but when the owner decided to change the platform, it was difficult for me to hang around and go through the conversion process, so my activity at that network was “suspended”. It was temporary. Didn't delete my account. There was no need for that because I had confidence the owner would get it all together, iron out the quirks, and restore the fabulous-ness of the network or make it even better. 

Success! She made it better! Glad to have to kept my membership. Get regular eMails advertising events, paid blogging opportunities, etc. Also, it was and still is a great place to find recipes, cooking tips, and all kinds of food-related information. Found some excellent blog posts and sharing them here. Since the holidays season is here, the first share is about preparing a wonderful and healthy “healthier” Christmas feast. Some of the links were found at the Bloggy Moms site and others at blogs found listed in the directory at the BM site. Enjoy!!


6 Recipes For A Healthier Christmas Feast
(Don't worry. The meal is not just salad. But I love that picture! Don't you? If that's a part of the meal, wonder what the rest is going to be!)


6 Recipes For A Healthier Christmas Feast - Bloggy Moms

By Judy Pistolese How do you make your annual Christmas feast? My colleagues at Inner West Orthodontics are convinced that Christmas might just be the unhealthiest time of the year but with minor alterations, you can definitely prepare a delicious and healthy Christmas feast for the whole family!


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How to Cook for a Week without Even Thinking About It


How to Cook for a Week without Even Thinking About It - Bloggy Moms

Here are a few things that give me a serious case of the sads: daily grocery store trips, half-empty boxes of pasta in my freezer, beautiful veggies aging before my eyes. I'm always trying to cut back on waste, especially as the holiday season picks up and time and funds become more limited.

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Colorful Bow Tie Pork – Delicious!


Colorful Bow Tie Pork - Delicious! - Bloggy Moms

Standing by my side as I monitored the skillet and put the finishing touches on dinner, Joey grinned and then took off sprinting through the house. I found out later that he had rushed to Dan to let him know that dinner smelled "So good!!"

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Soup for Thanksgiving!


Soup for Thanksgiving! - Adriana's Best Recipes

This post is also available in: EspaƱol Thanksgiving is almost here and this time of the year calls for old-time favorites and today I am sharing easy Thanksgiving recipes using seasonal ingredients like sweet potatoes.

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Apple Pecan Chia Pudding – #SecretRecipeClub
(Dessert for breakfast? No wonder it's a secret!)


Apple Pecan Chia Pudding - #SecretRecipeClub

There are not many puddings that can be breakfast or dessert but this is one of them. Apple Pecan Chia Pudding is flavored with maple syrup and apple cider and topped with cinnamon apples and pecans for the ultimate sweet healthy treat. Wow!

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Going Green on a Budget


Going Green On A Budget

Going green doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to combine green and frugal living. Even if you don't have extra money in your wallet, you can still make some changes to make your lifestyle more environmentally-friendly and natural.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Vegan and Vegetarian Blogs: The Flaming Vegan

Many celebrities have gone the way of the vegan. Common and Miley Cyrus to name just two (see "Links of Interest" below). Taking the leap and plunging myself into a vegan diet would be unrealistic. Taking baby steps toward modifying my diet to incorporate vegan food into my meals is a much more reasonable and sensible approach. That's why it gives me great pleasure to shine the spotlight on:




The publishers describe their site as a “vegan and vegetarian blogging extravaganza”. Not only does this food blog provide recipes, but also answers to questions that didn't even cross my mind. Should have asked. Just didn't know any better. 


Here are few selected posts that ought to get you curious to know more. You may end up scratching your head and wondering why you're not already converted. Somebody preached the vegan gospel to rappers and they're repenting! :)



Starting off with a holiday recipe since it's the holiday season. 



Links of Interest:




The Best Vegan Holiday Cookies. Seriously.




The Best Vegan Holiday Cookies. Seriously.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Nothing says fall like pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin popcorn, pumpkin flavored nuts, ice cream, oreos, granola bars; you name it! How about some vegan marshmallow stuffed pumpkin cookies? We usually go to Trader Joe's once a week.



 


Four Great Online Resources for Vegans




Four Great Online Resources for Vegans

All vegans, whether new or veteran, may have questions from time to time, such as whether a household item contains animal products or where they can buy their favourite dairy-free desserts. Luckily, answers need not be far away. Whilst a number of detailed...



 

How Does The Change of Life Affect Vegan Women?




How Does The Change of Life Affect Vegan Women?

I am sure it won't be news to anyone following a purely plant-based diet that this regime benefits your health in numerous ways. However, there is one particular health perk of being vegan which may be quite a surprise to most people, as it was to me...



 

4 Fantastic Ways to Get All the Vitamins You Need




4 Fantastic Ways to Get All the Vitamins You Need

Whether you are a vegan for ethical reasons or dietary concerns, the bottom line is that you would like to be the healthiest vegan that you can. There is a common misconception that those who follow a vegan diet do not get enough essential vitamins and...



 

Your Quick Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes




Your Quick Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes

This article is designed to help new vegans and anyone else interested in reducing their consumption of animal products. It presents easy and effective alternatives to common ingredients such as dairy products and eggs in baking. If you are new to ...



 

Getting Picky Eaters to Eat with the Rainbow Method




Getting Picky Eaters to Eat with the Rainbow Method

I don't know about you, but I have picky eaters in my house. Oh, they're better now than they used to be, but back when they were small, mealtimes were battles to be fought. Many parents today face the same issue and it can be a big one. At one point...



 





Friday, October 21, 2016

Foodie Friday : Banana Brownies - Back for Seconds

Scanning pins on Pinterest and came across one pin shared by food blogger, Stephanie Brubaker, that made me start looking for recipe variations. Being that it's also #foodiefriday, it's also a perfect excuse to do a little detective work.  Brownies are on my list of fave foods, right along with cheesecake. But most of the brownies I enjoy are chocolate.  Never heard of a Banana Brownie. Have you?

Now it's imperative to know how many other different kinds of brownies are out there in wonderful world of food.  :)


Do you have a brownie recipe
that's not like any other?


Banana Brownies - Back for Seconds



Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste, came up with a recipe that combines three desserts into one.  Three guilty pleasures in one?  What a brilliant mind!!  :)

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Recipe


Found this delightful treat at Kirbie’s Cravings.

Cookies and Cream Brownies


Cookies and Cream Brownies



 Another Kellie shared her recipe for vegans at her blog, Food to Glow.

Tahini Swirl Chocolate Brownies (immune-boosting and grain-free + vegan option).


Miley Cyrus would be so proud of her! :)

Tahini Swirl Chocolate Brownies (immune-boosting and grain-free + vegan option)





*This one from a fellow blogger on Blogspot, Nook & Pantry.

Green Tea Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownie



Green Tea Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownie



Blinking arrow found at glitter-graphics.com



Found on Google Plus













Spinach Brownies  (???) OK!







Also a fellow blogger on Blogspot, but saved this one for last. Why? Because this dear lady asked a question that I would ask and answered it the way that I would answer it!

QUESTION:
Which is better? Brownies? Cheesecake?

ANSWER:
Brownies AND Cheesecake!  Duh!

 

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