Diet or Full Fat

Diet

To start off with, diet or lower fat percentage products have been adjusted so they have less calories, sugar or fats. This is for those who are calorie conscious and wish to lower their body weight or prevent excess fat gain. Often this is accomplished especially in drinks, by removing the sugar and substituting it with a chemical alternative. An example of this would be aspartame, which can be found in almost all sugar free or reduced sugar drinks. So what is the harm? They have been linked to increasing the likelihood of you developing certain cancers.

The low fat foods such as butter have also been chemically changed to reduce it. Butter in its natural form is ‘x’ amount of calories so to change it requires specific processes which can be adverse to your health. A general rule is to eat a Neanderthal diet, which briefly is eating the foods that we have eaten for the past few million years or so, avoiding packaged foods and eating natural. Modified foods are, like sweeteners, not good

Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are made from flour ground from the bulbous root (or corm) of the Konjac plant. This flour is known as konjac flour and is not a carbohydrate like traditional flour. It is 100% soluble fiber which is combined at a ratio of 3% to 97% water to create a solid gel. When left in blocks this gel is called konnyaku. When formed into noodles it is called shirataki which means ‘white waterfall’. Traditional konnyaku is grey in color from the addition of seaweed to the mix.

Konnyaku and Shirataki are effectively calorie free since the human body is incapable of converting fiber into energy. Even if konjac flour were a traditional carbohydrate, a 100 gram serve of shirataki would contain only 12 calories based on the three grams of fiber it contains and the fact that one gram of carbohydrate contains four calories.

Most of the health benefits of shirataki are derived from the fiber content. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20-35 grams fiber per day. The average American only consumes around 15 grams of fiber per

Vegan Lunch Recipes

Veggie burger/lentil burger

Assembling a veggie or lentil burger is a healthy, easy and super delicious vegan lunch idea. Find a brand of vegan patties that you like, and cook the patties in a frying pan or in the oven according to packet directions. In the meantime, slice open your bread roll and add either pesto, hummus or guacamole to the base. Add your cooked patty to the bread roll, and top with some sliced tomato, grated beetroot and carrot and sliced pineapple. And voila, it’s completed!

Vegan Mediterranean pizza

This is a super easy vegan lunch to prepare. You can make it the night before or that day if you are at home. Purchase a vegan pizza base and a vegan tomato paste from your local health shop. Brush your pizza base with the tomato paste (or simply olive oil or pesto if you don’t have vegan tomato paste). Add some olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes (halved), sliced mushrooms, some thinly sliced red onion and a few dollops of pesto. Next, you can either

Spirulina Benefits

Spirulina is an edible blue green algae that has been used as food for thousands of years for the high nutrition it provides. It was a part of some ancient civilizations that enjoyed its health benefits. I wanted to highlight some of the important nutrition facts that spirulina provides so that you too can benefit form it.

Spirulina Health Benefits

  1. Spirulina is easy to digest – Spirulina cell wall does not have cellulose which cannot be digested by our digestive system. Instead, spirulina cell wall is made up of mucopolysaccharides which are easily broken down and this makes the nutrients in the spirulina highly bio-available which makes these nutrients quickly absorbed in our body.
  2. Spirulina provides antioxidants – Spirulina provides antioxidants like Phycocyanin and phycocyanobilin. Both are very powerful antioxidants that fight free radical that cause damage to our cells. Free radicals are known to speed up aging process and cause chronic disease like cancer. The phycocyanobilin is known to protect kidneys from damage due to diabetes.
  3. Spirulina provides protein – Spirulina contains about 60% protein by weight which very higher than meat and chicken. Protein is required for many bio-chemical reactions within our

Goan Tofu Curry

Today, I came up with a tofu and vegetable curry. I used cauliflower, yellow squash, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, carrots and jalapeño peppers. This recipe calls for tamarind. You may find tamarind and garam masala spice at an Asian market. The other method is to soak the tamarind pods and strip the fiber strings off the pods. The paste in the jar is much easier to use. Trust me on this bit of advice.

  • 1 package or extra firm Tofu diced
  • ½ a head cauliflower chopped
  • ½ package of tiny cut carrots
  • ½ package of frozen peas
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 green jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 8 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk reduced fat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Large handful of fresh cilantro chopped fine for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste or ¼ cup of juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder

Worst Food Additives

HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener made from corn starch and found in almost all processed food such as: bread and baked goods, salad dressing, candies, yogurt, soda etc. And according to some studies has become the number one source of calories in the US.

Indeed, its easy handling and cheap cost made it the number one granulated sugar replacement: The amount of refined sugar we consume has declined over the past 40 years, while we’re consuming almost 20 times as much HFCS.

HFCS is linked with weight gaining, it increases your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

Also, recent researches published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the fructose in HFCS promotes cancer growth, specifically pancreatic cancer.

Sodium Nitrate & Sodium Nitrite (NaNO3- NaNO2)

Both of them are chemical compound used as a food additive to preserve and give to cured meats, smoked fish and poultry a nice red pinkish color. Although their purpose seems harmless, these ingredients are highly carcinogen and their consume is linked

Oregano Tea

Oregano has anti-inflammatory, soothing, expectorant and digestive properties so it can contribute to the natural treatment of different health problems.

In the specific case of menstruation, it helps to arrive more quickly besides soothing the pains that frequently appear during the menstrual cycle.

Oregano tea also serves to relieve headaches and stomach pain, eliminating fluid retention and improving irritable moods, symptoms that are very common in menstruation and can be relieved thanks to this infusion.

It is known as an anti inflammatory and regulator of the function of the circulatory system, thanks to its content of naringenin, which is a flavonoid that has antiplatelet properties and that favors circulation, improving the risk of the brain and improving memory.

How to prepare a tea of oregano

To prepare this infusion you need a handful of fresh or dried leaves, two cups of water. Heat the water in a saucepan until it starts to boil, add the leaves of oregano and keep boiling for a minute more, get off the burner and let it rest. You can optionally add honey.

Other uses of oregano tea

Oregano is a stimulant of the stomach and

Essential Foods for Runners

Cherries

Cherries are rich in a type of antioxidant known as anthocyanins. Antioxidants are useful for a variety of reasons, such as slowing the growth of cancerous tumors and maintaining healthy blood vessels. Plus, they are great to give a boost to athletic performance. For the athlete, a regular glass of cherry juice can help to reduce muscle soreness and the amount of strength loss.

Kale

Kale is one of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables, as well as containing high levels of calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and K. Plus, it contains useful anti-inflammatory properties. Adding kale to the diet can help to minimize issues with muscle damage related to daily exercise. Other anti-inflammatory foods that are useful for the runner include tomatoes, spinach, tuna, sardines, blueberries and strawberries.

Bananas

Bananas are a great pre-race or workout food for runners. It is rich in carbohydrates. A single large banana has no fat, 1 gram of protein, and 30 grams of carbohydrate. Plus, it is a useful source of potassium which is easily lost at the time of exercise through sweat. This light and soft fruit is easy to eat even when experiencing issues

Beneficial Fermented Foods

The Romans preserved cabbages with salt, and Genghis Khan fed his armies fermented cabbage to sustain them on their campaigns through Europe. This use of preserved, fermented foods was a common practice for travelers as a source of nutrients. As late as World War I, allied forces relied on fermented cabbage, or sauerkraut as we now know it, to supply nutrients to soldiers on the battlefields of Europe.

The process of fermentation helps to preserve the food for use many months later. Fermentation also generates many health benefits for the consumer. The essential nutrients and vitamins are preserved. Sugars are broken down so they are more easily absorbed with far less insulin or allergy reaction, in the case of lactose intolerance to dairy products. The process also generates enzymes that are essential to supporting the digestion of foods that we eat. Finally, they are natural probiotics, jam-packed with beneficial microorganisms.

A healthy gut, supported by a strong population of beneficial bacteria, serves as a powerful booster for your immune system. The digestive tract is where nutrients are extracted from food and absorbed by the body. Enzyme and microbial activity accelerates digestion and generates enzymes, vitamins and

Make a Sandwich

  1. Start with two pieces of bread. Choose bread that you enjoy. If you want to make the best sandwich possible you need to use the bread that personally satisfies you. If you are looking to eat healthier use a whole grain bread. Separate the two pieces of bread and lay them out on a clean table top or counter top.
  2. Try to pick pieces of meat that do not have patches of fat. There are two types of meat that are usually used in sandwiches. Those two types of meat are ham and turkey. What you choose is personal preference. Put 4 to 5 slices of meat on the piece of bread that you will use as the bottom piece.
  3. Apply the cheese. Cheddar cheese is usually used to build a sandwich but that is boring. Try to think outside of the box! Use all different types of cheese. After you try all the kinds of cheeses available you won’t want to go back to cheddar cheese. My personal favorites are provolone cheese and swiss cheese. Put the cheese on top of the meat.
  4. Pick out the sauce you want to use. This is a

French Food

This undoubtedly stems from our love of celebrity chefs; Raymond Blanc and Michel Roux Jr have both given us insights into the food they grew up on; it is inexpensive and simple, and not at all what we would expect Michelin star chefs to cook. However, there is something endearing about watching these men who are so famous and so acclaimed for their cooking go back to their roots and cook simple French dishes that they ate when they were growing up, and that inspired them to become world-class chefs in the first place.

What strikes me as unusual is that we do not seem to embrace rural, rustic food in the same way as the French. I watched The Great British Food Revival a couple of weeks ago and was amazed to see how many people were turning up their noses at the thought of eating rabbit, an ingredient that is rife in the British countryside and an animal that farmers are keen to get rid of due to the fact that they are, essentially, pests. We have got to break away from the idea that rabbits are only meant as pets, and that they are

Simple Food With Superpowers

Mushroom:

They are kind of rubber, they grow in creepy places and yet it has some redeeming qualities. They are low in calories and are a top plant source of B complex vitamins which helps to keep skin healthy and eyesight sharp. All mushrooms offer benefits, but the big winner is the meaty Portobello. Mushrooms contain beta-glucan and chitin, two types of fiber that reduces your cholesterol.

Onions:

Onions love your heart it has a blood thinning property similar to that of aspirin.They are also a top source of quercetin. We absorb about 70 % more quercetin from onions than from apples, another food high in the nutrient. They may also protect your tummy by fighting bacteria that can cause stomach cancer. Raw onions are best because cooking can kill the blood thinning compounds, try slices in salads. If you can’t take the strong taste then marinate them in vinegar with some water, sugar and fresh herbs.

Sunflower Seeds:

With 25 % more vitamin E, than almonds, sunflower seeds are one of those reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke only 2 ounces ( or 4 tbsp.) of dried seeds provide 12

Making Healthy Meatloaf

What you need for a scrumptious meal:

  • Lean pulverized turkey/beef meat (90% if turkey and 95% if beef). Reducing the percentage in lean turkey is done due to the slightly higher number in calories, fats, and saturated fats it contains.

This is simply for three little serving. Compared to crushed beef, the quality of ground turkey will be thicker. Therefore, addition of veggies to it will help in making it softer.

  • A binding ingredient gives the serving a signature feels. You can opt for either combining breadcrumbs together with egg whites (which contain less fats compared to a whole egg).

You do not want your meatloaf to come out dense so you will opt for the veggies after all. Onions and pepper are delicious when put in crushed beef. Omission of oil and dairy products will be good because the content of fat must be as low as it can be.

  • When it comes to seasoning, you could opt for garlic powder, lemon/white pepper or smoked paprika instead of salt. This leaves you licking your fingers. In case you prefer spicy, then opt for ground red pepper.

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