Aug 15

Summer’s almost over!

That’s good news for me.  I love the fall. We all get back into a routine and look forward to soups, stews and roasted foods.

I am back and will be posting tips, great recipes, lunch box goodies and treats for the upcoming holidays.

Jul 19

Frozen treats for the summer heat.

We all love to have a cold, frozen treat to help bet the summer heat.  I’ve always been confused about sherbets and sorbets.  They are not the same and I found an article to set us all straight.

Caliente Mango Sorbet

What’s the Difference Between Sorbet and Sherbet?

With all the fruity, frozen dessert options, it’s easy to get them all confused. While sorbet, sherbet, and granita all share very similar common ingredients and characteristics, there are a few distinctions to be made about the components and preparation of these desserts that sets them all apart

 

There’s more than one type of delightful dessert that counts being fruity, sweet, and apt to give you brain freeze (if you eat too much too quickly) among its distinguishing characteristics. Although sorbet, sherbet, and granitas all satisfy that same sweet tooth craving for something refreshing and bright, these frozen desserts are in fact different from one another; here’s a light primer on how.

 

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Jul 14

Eating lighter in the summer heat.

I was wondering if most people are like me and choose to eat “lighter” meals in the summer.  It seems that people do change their eating habits as well as cooking methods.  I found the perfect article.

Barbecue your way to health this summer

  • By JESSICA R. KEY

Keep your health in mind

People have already begun to pull out their grills and for those who haven’t yet, Memorial Day is a good weekend to fire up the coals. Al fresco dining season is upon us.

You might think as the weather gets hotter, it’s natural to eat lighter meals. But dietary experts say that’s not the case.

Some stop eating those heavy winter stews and chilis, only to heap their plates with summertime mayonnaise-laden salads accompanied with high-calorie alcoholic beverages.

 

“People tend to be more active and outside more. When you’re outside more you sweat and your body’s working harder. And if you are more active, you need good food to give your body energy,” said Dr. Keith Kantor, CEO of Service Foods. “If you’re at the appropriate weight and are active, you need more calories. But that’s a small percentage of us. For those who want to maintain or lose weight, it comes down to the amount of calories in versus the amount of calories burned.”

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Jun 10

What about that glass (or two) of wine?

 

Since it’s Saturday and many of us will be enjoying a relaxing meal with our spouse or friend I started wondering how many of you have heard that you should give it up if you want to lose weight.

My own experience over the years has led me to believe that this is false.  It’s all about food portions and balance. I found an interesting article in The New York Times  that will give us some insight on the matter.

People trying to lose weight — or not gain weight — are frequently advised to “lay off the booze.” Although organizations like Weight Watchers offer ways to drink wisely within their plans, alcohol, with seven calories a gram and no compensating nutrients, is commonly thought to derail most efforts at weight control.

After the winter holidays, I often hear people blame alcohol for added pounds, not just from its caloric contribution but also because it can undermine self-control and stimulate the appetite and desire for fattening foods.

Yet you probably know people who routinely drink wine with dinner, or a cocktail before it, and never put on an unwanted pound. Given that moderate drinkers tend to live longer than teetotalers, I’d love a glass of wine or a beer with dinner if I could do so without gaining, so I looked into what science has to say about alcohol’s influence on weight.

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Jun 09

6 Reasons Tilapia Farming is Dangerous to Your Health

I have known about the dangers of Tilapia for several years and have not eaten it since I saw a documentary on how it is raised.  I’ve seen so many recipes using Tilapia and I know of many people who still include it in their diet along with Canola Oil, another health disaster.  I found this article from Dr. Axe and wanted to share it with you.

1. Recent studies have found that farm-raised tilapia may cause more inflammation

Farm-raised tilapia has always been a popular source for fish, not only because it’s widely available in the U.S., but it’s also very inexpensive. However, before you stock up on tilapia, you may want to know about its correlation to inflammation. Recent studies have concluded that eating tilapia may worsen inflammation that can lead to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and a world of other serious health problems.

People who resort to eating more fish as a way to get their dose of omega-3 fatty-acids and lessen their risk of heart attacks may want to hold off on the tilapia. In fact, a scientist from Wake Forest University has found that the inflammatory potential of tilapia is far greater than that of a hamburger or pork bacon!

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Jun 08

Fad Diets

What is a fad diet?

A fad diet is one that promises quick weight loss without exercise. They are unbalanced and unhealthy.  Sure, you will lose some  weight quickly but it’s not a fat loss which is what you really want.  It’s just  water weight.

Fad diets are not healthy and don’t result in long-term weight loss. In fact, some diets actually can be dangerous to your health.

The Cabbage Soup Diet has been widely  touted for for decades.  I love cabbage soup on occasion for a light meal but would not recommend a diet of it as it causes gas and bloating.

 

 

Jun 04

Balance

A healthy lifestyle is about balance.  It’s more than just what we eat although good nutrition is an important factor.

We must also get the proper amount of sleep, recreation, exercise and  personal development.  In addition it is  important to have a healthy social life as well as personal relationships and a close friend or two to confide in.  Hobbies are important as well.

 

 

Jun 01

Do you like to eat?

 

I don’t know about you, but I love food and I love to eat and tasty food is a passion. I don’t believe I would ever be able to eliminate any entire group of foods from my diet.  Take carbs for example.  I love pasta.  Not just spaghetti and meatballs but the kind of pasta dishes that you would find in Italy.  Most pasta dishes are quick to prepare and I would choose them over any fast food.  By the time your water boils, you can have a salad assembled. Then while the pasta cooks make a fresh sauce and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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