Creole Shrimp and Grits


 Reblogged:from mydailymoments                                                                                                                                                           Creole Shrimp and Grits                                                                                                                                                      You’ll want to kiss these grits. It may take a little time to prepare this country cooking, but it’s well worth the wait… in golden grits. One thing is for sure — it’s a melt-in-your-mouth meal. Go ahead — it’s okay to stir the pot with this southern favorite.                                                                                                                                                                                     Ingredients                                                                                                                                                  4 oz. yellow onion, medium dice 2 oz. olive oil 1 oz. shrimp base Creole spice, to taste Dash cracked black pepper 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic 1 oz. butter Splash lemon juice Splash Worcestershire sauce Splash white wine 2 bay leaves 1 cup water 1 cup heavy cream Slow cooking stone ground grits, cooked 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined 1/4 lb. bell peppers and onions, Julienne 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil                                                                                                                                Methods/steps                                                                                                                                                                    Caramelize onions in olive oil until golden brown. Add shrimp base, Creole spice, pepper, garlic and butter and sauté over medium to high heat for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and white wine; simmer until reduced by half. Add bay leaves and water; boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves and mix in cream thoroughly. In a separate pan, sauté Julienne peppers and onions and shrimp in butter or olive oil for 3 minutes over high heat. Add the sauce and continue cooking until reduced by half. Pour the sauce and shrimp over a heaping portion of grits.                          Bay leaf, Black pepper, Cook, Cooking, Cream, Creole, Eating, Food, Garlic, Health, Human nutrition, Nutrition, Olive oil, Shrimp, Weight, Worcestershire sauce

Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoid


Hardees Kids Meal

Hardees Kids Meal (Photo credit: nibaq)

Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoidLet’s face it: we all love fast food kids’ meals. Kids love them for the toys and packaging; parents love them because they’re easy and convenient. Plus, when they include apples and cheese, they have some nutritional value, right?Well, not exactly, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to PCRM, the meals are loaded with sugar and  sodium, and really offer very little nutritional value. They’ve come out with a list of the 5 worst “healthy” fast food kids’ meals. See if some of your favorites are on the list, but remember, the best  advice…everything in moderation.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Committee says that certain fast  food kids’ meals marketed as “healthy” are anything but. “Frankly,  passing off these meals as ‘healthy’ ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,”  says  PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard. “The focus on junk food targeted to  kids is important, given how miserably the fast-food industry has failed to live up to its promise of self-regulation.” Here Is a link to the video http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/wake-up-call-to-parents-worst-fast-food-kids-meals-that-will-surprise-you.html  How often do you treat your kids to fast food meals?                                                                                                                           Eating, Fast food, Food, Happy Meal, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, International Food Information Council, Kids’ meal, McDonald, Neal D. Barnard, Obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, United States, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

5 Fatty Foods that Make You Skinny


Reblogged:from Yahoo Health                                                                                                                                                                                        5 Fatty Foods that Make You Skinny                                                                                                                                                                                            If we were what we ate, then people who ate lots of hot dogs and pork chops would be solid walls of muscle. People who ate lots of pasta would be stringy and fat-free. People who ate lots of pecan pie would be Zooey Deschanel (sweet, but nutty and flaky).

And people who ate a lot of fat would be fat.

What’s that, you say? That last sentence is true? People who eat fat are fat? Well, no, not necessarily. Science shows that eating fat won’t make you fat any more than eating money will make you rich.

Now, eating foods that are packed with the wrong kinds of fat will make you fat. Trans fats found in pie crusts and other baked goods, and saturated fats found in processed and grain-fed meats, add hefty calories while doing mostly harm to your body’s nutritional bottom line. But healthy fats will do the opposite: They can quell your appetite, cutting the number of calories you eat in a day, while improving your heart health and stoking your metabolism.

Delicious, fatty foods that help you lose weight? Where can you sign up? Right here!

#1: Grass-Fed Beef

Yeah, I know: grass-fed beef is a little pricey. But its higher ratio of good-for-you fats make it well worth the cost: A study in Nutrition Journal found that grass-fed meat contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. And when it comes to your waistline, grass-fed beef is naturally leaner and has fewer calories than conventional meat. Consider this: A 7-ounce conventional strip steak, trimmed of fat, will run you 386 calories and 16 grams of fat. But a 7-ounce grass-fed strip steak is only 234 calories and five grams of fat—you’ll save more than 150 calories and your steak will taste better. Ready to take advantage of beef’s weight-loss potential? Pick up the all-new Grill This, Not That! It’s loaded with delicious recipes that have been specifically designed to save you cash and calories.

#2: Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in cancer-fighting polyphenols and heart-strengthening monounsaturated fats, and when it comes to looking lean, it’s backed by some pretty strong facts. A recent study from Obesity found that an olive-oil-rich diet resulted in higher levels of adiponectin than did a high-carb or high-protein diet. Adiponectin is a hormone responsible for breaking down fats in the body, and the more you have of it, the lower your BMI tends to be. Reap the benefits by making olive oil your cooking fat of choice and using it in dressings and sauces.

BUST BELLY FAT: Skipping breakfast increases your chances of becoming obese by 4.5 times, making it one of the 20 Habits that Make You Fat! How many do you need to break?

#3: Coconut

Coconut is high in saturated fat, but more than half of that comes from lauric acid, a unique lipid that battles bacteria and improves cholesterol scores. And get this: A study published in Lipids found that dietary supplementation of coconut oil actually reduced abdominal obesity. Of the participants, half were given two tablespoons of coconut oil daily and the other half were given soybean oil, and although both groups experienced overall weight loss, only the coconut oil consumers’ waistlines shrunk. Sprinkle unsweetened flakes over yogurt or use coconut milk in a stir-fry to start whittling your waist.

SANDWICH SABOTEURS: Restaurant sandwiches are prime suppliers of fatty toppings. Watch out for overblown renditions like The Cheesecake Factory’s Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club. Clocking in at an astonishing 1,752 calories, it’s one of The 25 Worst Sandwiches in America.

#4: Dark Chocolate

Good news for your sweet tooth: Chocolate can help you flatten your belly. Dark chocolate, that is. But to truly take advantage, don’t wait until dessert: A recent study found that when men ate 3.5 ounces of chocolate two hours before a meal, those who had dark chocolate took in 17 percent fewer calories than those that ate milk chocolate. The researchers believe that this is because dark chocolate contains pure cocoa butter, a source of digestion-slowing stearic acid. Milk chocolate’s cocoa butter content, on the other hand, is tempered with added butter fat and, as a result, passes more quickly through your GI tract. Because dark chocolate takes more time to process, it staves off hunger and helps you lose weight.

SWEET SUMMER: Dark chocolate is safe, but there are plenty of sweets to watch out for. Beware of the 6 Worst Desserts for Your Beach Body.

#5: Almond Butter

Numerous studies have indicated that almonds can help you lose weight despite their high fat content. In fact, a study from the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders compared two diets over the course of six months. One group followed a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet (18 percent fat) and the other followed a moderate-fat diet (39 percent fat) in which the extra fat was supplied by almonds. The latter group lost more weight than the low-fat dieters, despite the fact that both groups consumed the same amount of total calories. Furthermore, the almond eaters experienced a 50 percent greater waistline reduction. How is this possible? Almonds contain compounds that limit the amount of fat absorbed by the body, so some passes through undigested. Try stirring almond butter into your oatmeal, spreading it on toast with banana slices, or eating a couple spoonfuls as a snack

Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?


Reblogged from: Yahoo Health                                                                                                                                                        Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?                                                                                                                                                             Despite what your barista says, a jug-sized latte, even with all that milk and sugar, isn’t a meal. “For most busy women, breakfast is based on convenience, which can backfire nutritionally,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It. Your brain needs certain nutrients early on for all-day concentration and problem solving. Plus, people who start their day on empty are 75 percent more likely to be overweight than regular A.M. eaters, Preventive Medicine reports. Rethinking that Trenta iced coffee yet? Read on for great morning meal suggestions. And you can get even more slimming breakfast options by signing up for our Drop 10 plan.

ANATOMY OF A PERFECT BREAKFAST

A too-big start can make for a too-big you. Shoot for getting 25 to 30 percent of your daily calories: about 400 if you’re trying to lose weight, 500 if you’re maintaining or 625 if you’re very active. Here’s the ideal breakdown.

53% carbs

“During the night, while you sleep, you burn through your stores of blood sugar, which is your body’s preferred fuel source,” says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Optimal Life Foods. “Carbohydrates replete these stores quickly.” But simple carbs (muffins, doughnuts, sweetened cereal) are a no-go: They burn fast and trigger crashes and cravings. Instead, opt for complex ones (oatmeal and whole-wheat bread) that are high in hunger-fighting fiber, digest slowly and give you sustained energy. Your goal 35 grams to 65 g carbs; 6 g fiber

27% fat

Go for the heart-healthy unsaturated fats found in nut butters or whole nuts, avocado and olive oil. Avoid the saturated fat in butter, bacon and full-fat cheese. Fat digests slowly, preventing those midmorning munchie attacks. Your goal 7 g to 15 g fat

20% protein

“Protein makes you feel full longer by turning on and upping levels of natural hunger-busting hormones, like cholecystokinin, and keeping the hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin in check,” Grotto says. You may need to combine multiple sources (e.g., egg whites, nonfat yogurt and skim milk) to get enough. Your goal 15 g to 25 g protein

5-MINUTE MEALS

In a SELF Facebook poll, nearly 30 percent of you said you skip breakfast at least once a week. Not a good way to start the day! Instead, whip up one of these delish, super speedy eats.

Sweet Cheese Pita With Green Tea

Spread 1 teaspoon honey mustard on a 6-inch whole-wheat pita. Top with 1 3/4 ounces thinly sliced light Brie and 5 halved red grapes; microwave until cheese melts, 30 to 45 seconds. Serve with 1 apple and unsweetened green tea. THE SKINNY 401 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated), 64 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 19 g protein

Peanut ButterBanana Smoothie

In a blender, process 1 sliced banana, 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup 1 percent milk, 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 tsp maple syrup and a pinch of nutmeg until smooth. THE SKINNY 386 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 59 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 17 g protein

Lemon-Ricotta Waffles With Blueberries

In a bowl, whisk 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta with 1 tsp grated lemon zest and 1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme. Spread on 2 toasted whole-grain waffles; top each with 1/4 cup blueberries. Serve with 6 oz low-sodium vegetable juice. THE SKINNY 377 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated), 52 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein

CHOW NOW

Flawless grab-and-go picks can be hard to find. These tasty options come pretty dang close.

Jamba Juice

Fresh Banana Oatmeal With Fruit THE SKINNY 330 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 71 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 10 g protein

Così

Roasted Veggie and Egg White Wrap; a Tall Chai Tea Latte THE SKINNY 421 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated), 43 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 32 g protein

Starbucks

Apple Bran Muffin; a Tall Nonfat Latte THE SKINNY 450 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 79 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 16 g protein

Subway

6-Inch Egg and Cheese Sandwich on 9-Grain Wheat Bread; an order of Apple Slices THE SKINNY 395 calories, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 53 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein

Einstein Bros

Nova Lox and Bagel THE SKINNY 477 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated), 63 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein

Curious what your fave celeb munched for breakfast this A.M.? Check out stars’ healthy meals at SELF.com.                                                                                                       Cook, Diet food, Dieting, Eating, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Meal, Muffin, Peanut butter, Saturated fat, Weight, weight tips, Whole grain, Wine tasting descriptors

Turkey fights back at ballooning weight gain


In Turkey, the land of kebab and sweet lokum, expanding waistlines are the target of a new anti-obesity campaign by the government to help one million Turks slim down over the next year.

The numbers are staggering: a little over one out of every three people is obese, according to health ministry figures. Even more when it comes to women.

The fight against obesity starts now,” say publicity spots rolled out by the ministry to push back against lifestyle changes doctors believe are bulking up the 73 million population.

“Modern-day life has set constraints that make us eat faster and more without paying attention to the quality of the food we’re ingesting,” said pediatrician Murat Tuncer, a specialist in blood disorders.

But on the upside, he added, as a Mediterranean country Turkey has all the vegetables, fruit and fish required for a healthy diet.

The ministry sounded the alarm on the problem last month.

“Thirty-five percent of the population is obese,” said Health Minister Rep Akdag, who himself recently set an example by losing 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and recommends a walking regime of 10,000 steps a day.

With more and more Turks in treatment for obesity-triggered diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, the government has started pushing health and dietary tactics, along with the television and newspaper ads, to urge Turks to eat less and work to lose weight.

Over the summer, family doctors will distribute pedometers, so people can record their walking distance, and monitor the progress of their overweight patients.

And in a change introduced July 1, bread is now sold with less salt and more whole-wheat flour, making it richer in fibre, a key change for a country where bread is a mainstay of the national diet,

To prevent childhood obesity, Turkish television will only air adverts for healthy food and a balanced diet.

The campaign comes at a time when obesity — recognised since 1997 as a disease by the World Health Organisation (WHO) — is increasingly a global issue.

A person is considered overweight if his body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight, is over 25, while a BMI over 30 qualifies one as obese.

A study published in June by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and based on 2005 figures, showed that 74 percent of the North American population was overweight, with 56 percent in Europe, 29 percent in Africa and 24 percent in Asia.

“The average (weight) is increasing everywhere. Everybody is getting fatter, even the thin people are getting fatter,” co-author Ian Roberts told AFP at the time.

In Turkey, the world’s 17th biggest economy, the number of people treated for diabetes has gone up 90 percent in 12 years, said Yunus Yavuz, a specialist in metabolic diseases.

But there is hope.

Obesity is a preventable disease. It’s enough to slim down to extend your life expectancy and quality of life,” Yavuz said.

And for those with extreme BMI, surgery is always an option. Thirty-four year-old Gullah Bulbul recently went in for a gastrectomy after weighing in at 147 kilograms.

“Whenever I entered a clothes store, they would tell me, ‘there is nothing here for you,” she said after the surgery.

“I wasn’t suffering from a physical problem but a psychological one,” she added

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Kirstie Alley slapped with class-action lawsuit over weight-loss program


 Reblogged from: Yahoo                                                                                                                                                Kristie Alley has been hit with a lawsuit over her weight loss claims.

When the “Fat Actress” star, whose weight has fluctuated dramatically through the years, dropped 100 pounds around the time of her 2011 appearance on “Dancing With the Stars,” she credited the weight-loss product Organic Liaison — which she endorses — for helping shed the pounds. However, a California woman, who used the product, is now suing the actress, claiming Alley is lying about the way in which she lost the weight, stating it was the 61-year-old’s rigorous dancing regime, not the supplement, which helped her get slim.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Marina Abramyan says Alley’s Organic Liaison Weight Loss Program makes “false and misleading advertising claims that [the program] can cause significant weight loss.” The legal filing specifically calls out the claim on the company’s website that quotes Alley as saying, “I am proof of its success, I lost one hundred pounds on Organic Liaison” and “I can assure you that if you follow this program, you’ll get healthier, lose weight, and not be ‘annoyingly’ hungry.”

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Abramyan, who says she “did not experience any of the benefits Defendants advertised,” calls Organic Liaison “nothing more than run-of-the-mill fiber and calcium supplements.” The suit also notes that “Alley’s weight loss is not due to the Organic Liaison Program, but rather, is the result of an above average exercise regimen and extremely low-calorie diet, including her time on the television program ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (‘DWTS’), where she spent five to seven hours a day exercising as part of the competition.”

The displeased dieter (and any other Organic Liaison users who want to  join in on the class-action suit) is asking that the company be  prohibited from making its allegedly false claims and seeks monetary  damages.

When contacted by Yahoo! TV for comment, Organic Liaison called the claims in the lawsuit “patently false” and vowed to “vigorously defend ourselves against these frivolous claims.” Read the company’s full statement below.

In September 2011 after losing 100 pounds … and back in 2004 before being hired by Jenny Craig (Getty Images)

Since her days on “Cheers,” Alley has been candid about her weight struggle, even capitalizing on it by starring in the TV series “Fat Actress.” However, in 2004, she became tired of her constant weight struggle (and nasty tabloid stories) and signed on as the celebrity spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Although she quickly dropped 75 pounds, three years later she regained much of the weight and stepped down from her role with the company. By 2009, she was up to 230 pounds when she underwent yet another diet overhaul, switching to an all organic diet and following Organic Liaison, which is a combination of supplements and things like journaling about weight loss. On “The View” in June 2011 following her stint on “DWTS,” she detailed the specifics of her weight loss, saying, “I lost 60 pounds before I started ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and I lost 30 pounds during it.” By that September, her total weight loss total was 100 pounds when the size 6 star told People: “I feel back to normal. I have my game again.”

[Related: The biggest ‘Dancing With the Stars’ weight losers]

Nearly a year later, Alley appears to have kept most of the weight off this time around. During an appearance at the 2012 Book Expo America in New York City, she looked trim in a black wrap dress with a pink motif.

As for Organic Liaison, this isn’t the first time the company has come under fire. In 2010, critics linked the weight-loss program to Scientology – fellow Scientologist Kelly Preston also endorses the product – connecting it to a Scientology plan called the purification rundown, which is a controversial detoxification program developed by Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard. When asked about the connection on the “Today” show, Alley snapped, “Well it’s such bullsh-t … can I say that?” And Alley added that she is “way too cheap” to share any of the company’s profits with the church.

A rep for Organic Liaison issued the following statement to Yahoo! TV: “The claims against Ms. Alley and Organic Liaison are patently false.

“Ms. Alley began her weight loss on the Organic Liaison program in early 2010. Ms. Alley had lost about 70 pounds prior to her participation as a contestant on ‘DWTS’ in the Spring of 2011. That loss of weight was documented in Ms. Alley’s numerous appearances during that time frame on talk shows, numerous magazine articles, and on QVC. Subsequently, during the nearly 3 month period that Ms. Alley competed on ‘DWTS,’ she lost approximately another 20 pounds.

“Ms. Alley did not reach the 100 pound weight loss milestone on the Organic Liaison program until months after her participation in ‘DWTS’ had ended. As such, contrary to Abramyan’s assertion, it was not several hours a day of vigorous dancing related to ‘DWTS’ that caused her weight loss; it was her studious adherence to the Organic Liaison Weight Loss Program that caused the loss; that Program contains and requires regular exercise for success. As just mentioned, the Organic Liaison program expressly includes, as a fitness plan, regular, daily exercise as part of its weight-loss program. Organic Liaison even provides consumers with a ‘calories burned’ chart to track the amount of calories they are burning through regular exercise. Organic Liaison’s website promotes rigorous daily exercise such as jumping rope and dancing.

“Ms. Alley participated in ‘DWTS’ for only a short period of time during her approximately 1 1/2 year participation in the Organic Liaison program; the vast majority of her weight loss had nothing to do with her participation in that show. It is Ms. Alley’s persistence over 1 1/2 years on the Organic Liaison program, coupled with regular exercise, that lead to her dramatic weight loss over that time period; this is consistent with Organic Liaison¹s advertising and representations, none of which create false net impressions to the reasonable consumer. Ms. Alley’s dramatic weight loss occurred because she stuck with the Program during the entire relevant time frame, losing 1 to 2 pounds per week, which is approximately the rate of loss recommended by the Program for healthy, long-term weight loss.

“Organic Liaison is an advanced weight loss system with products which, when taken as directed, do exactly as advertised – help users to lose weight.  Rescue Me aids weight loss through an advance formula of over 32 high quality ingredients which reduces cravings for food and appetite.  In addition, Organic Liaison products such as Release Me prevent muscle soreness in order to promote regular exercise, necessary to success of the Program, while Organic Liaison’s Relieve Me supports colon cleansing, which aids weight loss, prevents fluid retention and bloating. Further, Nightingale, the all-natural liquid formula sleep aid which contains ingredients which enhance relaxation and sleep, while helping to reduce carbohydrate cravings and alleviate muscle pains. Thousands of users have successfully lost weight and made healthy lifestyle changes by following the Organic Liaison program.                                                                                                                    Dieting, Weight, weight loss, Weight Loss Tips, dieting programs, Health, Human nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Yahoo, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Alley, Kirstie Alley, Organic Liaison, Dancing with the Stars, Fat Actress, QVC

Grilled Diablo Oysters Recipe


 Grilled Diablo Oysters Recipe from: The Daily Meal

                                                                                                                                 Oysters on the half shell can wobble on the grill. That’s a good thing — some butter will spill onto the coals, which smokes the oysters at the same time. Try serving these as an appetizer at your next backyard party.

                                                            INGREDIENTS

For the habanero vinegar:

For the compound butter:

For the oysters:

  • 2 dozen oysters
  • jalapeños, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan                                                                                                                                                             DIRECTIONS                                                                                                                                  For the habanero vinegar

    Combine the habanero peppers with the vinegar in a bowl and steep for a couple hours. Set aside.

     For the compound butter:

    Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine with the butter and habanero peppers and whip on low speed until light and airy. (You can also do this with a rubber spatula.)

     

    For the oysters:

    Preheat the grill over high heat.   Shuck and clean the oysters, being careful to reserve the juice in the shell. Place the oysters on the half shell on the hottest part of the grill.   Put 1 teaspoon of the compound butter on top of each. Grill the oysters until bubbly and the meat begins to curl away from the shell, about 1 minute, and remove from the heat. Season the oysters with the habanero vinegar, top with jalapeños, and grated Parmesan.