Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes


Sorry I haven’t posted much lately,I been pretty busy so I thought I would give you all a little treat here is one of the many Ebooks I was given recently. I thought you all might like to check it out feel free to download a copy for yourself as my gift to you. I have a lot going on right now but I will try to post again soon. To get to this e-book just click the link below, after  you click on the link it will come up again so you will have to click the link again and it will bring up the Ebook. I just tried it myself to make sure it was working hope you enjoy these yummy treats.                                                                                                                                                              Lighten Up 20 Tasty Healthy Recipes for the New Year from Mr Food

 

Best Crockpot Pork Chops


Best Crockpot Pork Chops                                           We’re gonna bust your chops… literally. This crock pot recipe will leave your pork chops moist and tender to the bone.                                                    Ingredients                                                                                                                                           4 pork chops, each about 1/2 inch thick 2 medium onions, chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped 1 large green bell pepper, sliced 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can of stewed tomatoes ½ cup ketchup 2 tbsp. cider vinegar 2 tbsp. brown sugar 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 beef bouillon cube 2 tbsp. cornstarch 2 tbsp. water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Add all ingredients except water and cornstarch to the crock-pot. Cook on “low” for 5 1/2 hours. Mix cornstarch and water together and stir into crock-pot. Cook 30 minutes more.                                                                                                 Bell pepper, Cook, Cooking, Eating, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Home, Human nutrition, Meat, Nutrition, Olive oil, Pork, Pork chop, Slow cooker, Tablespoon, Top Weight loss, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, Worcestershire sauce

Eat Oatmeal to Power Your Morning Workout


 Reblogged: from Shine on Yahoo                                                                                                                             Eat Oatmeal to Power Your Morning Workout.                                                                                                                                      If your morning workout routine includes a workout for your abs but you are not seeing any results, the problem might be related to what you’re eating. Your body‘s overall metabolism needs to be working top-notch to really have all that exercise pay off. The foods you eat can play a huge role in how well your metabolism works. Eating oatmeal may be the secret to powering your workout and boosting your metabolism.
Two years ago I started working out and having a more active lifestyle. In the first year I lost almost 20 pounds. However, the last 10 pounds were the hardest to drop. After a lot of research I realized that by giving my body some better fuel in the morning and adding a little bit of cardio, I could set it up for a full day of calorie burning. The best fuel in the morning is a mix of whole grains, fruit, and dairy. However, if you are like me, healthy eating can get boring. So, I discovered healthy eating recipes on the Quaker website .
My favorite oatmeal breakfast has been the peanut butter and jelly oatmeal bowl. Here is my healthy eating recipe that will satisfy a sweet tooth, power your morning workout, and rev up your metabolism:
                                                                                                                                                                       Ingredients: 1/2 cup 100% whole oats OR one package instant oats 1/2 cup of water 1/2 cup of almond milk (can use skim milk as well) 1 container of Dole single-serve sliced frozen strawberries (or about a 1/4 cup of fresh sliced strawberries) 1 TBS of creamy peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                      Directions: Put the oats, milk, and water into a microwave-safe bowl and mix together. Place the frozen strawberries on top. Microwave the mixture for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and top with the peanut butter.
There are mixed reviews on whether you should eat before or after a workout. It is definitely not a good idea to work out on an empty stomach, but eating too much can make you feel sick while you are working out. Oatmeal, yogurt, and apples are all on the top ten list of metabolism boosting foods; eating them all together means your body will burn calories much better throughout the day.
By finding healthy eating recipes that combine metabolism boosting foods into one meal, you can help your metabolism work better and lose weight faster with less exercising.

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Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Celeriac Sauce


Rebogged: from Huffington Post                                                                                                                    Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Celeriac Sauce                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you like eggplant you have got to try this yummy Recipe I found makes a great lunch on a nice summer day.While a slice of rustic bread supports the vegetables on this open-faced sandwich, grilled eggplant is the real foundation. Grilled eggplant has a sweet, smoky flavor and would be delicious eaten alone. But I layer tangy sweet grilled onions and ripe, seasonal heirloom tomatoes into the mix to add beautiful colors and additional flavors that meld well with the buttery eggplant. Right before serving, the sandwich is brightened with Creamy Celeriac Sauce.
If you can’t grill, the eggplant and onions can also be cooked in an oven. Just place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet 3 to 4 inches from the heat and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until brownedand slightly crisp. Turn them with a fork and broil for another minute or so. After removing the vegetables, place the bread under the broiler for about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until lightly browned

Ingredients

  • CREAMY CELERIAC SAUCE:
  • 1/2 pound silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • A few pinches of cayenne
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions (green and white parts)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed peeled and coarsely grated celery root (celeriac)
  • SANDWICHES:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium-size  eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 medium-size  red onions, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 loaf of rustic bread cut diagonally into eight 1/2-inch slices
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  • For the sauce: In an upright blender, combine the tofu, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, garlic, agave nectar, mustard, olive oil, paprika, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and blend until smooth. If necessary, season with additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Transfer the sauce to a bowl, stir in the green onions and celery root, and garnish with the remaining parsley.
  • For the sandwiches: Preheat a grill or broiler. Soak eight 12-inch wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and mix well with a fork.
  • Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss to coat.
  • If grilling, thread the onion slices onto two skewers each. Transfer the onions and the eggplant rounds to the grill and cook, turning once with tongs, until browned and slightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • After turning the vegetables, add the bread to the grill. Cook, turning once, until crisp and golden on the surface but still soft inside, about 4 minutes.
  • Assemble the sandwich by layering a slice of eggplant, a slice of tomato, and several slices of onion. Slather on some celeriac sauce, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
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Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy


Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you love shrimp then you’re gonna want to try this  yummy Recipe I just found.Just follow the Instructions below and see for yourself.Not only does beer give the shrimp great flavor, but it is scientifically proven to make superior batter. As soon as the beer-battered shrimp hit the pan, CO2 bubbles begin to dance and foam up around the shrimp. A panko dredging assists the process, and, as a result, the shrimp are left trapped in a flavorful and lacy-light crust. Pile them high on bread with mayo, lettuce, and tomato.                                                                                                                                                                                             Recipe from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express

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Beer Batter Shrimp Po’ Boy

Heat oil for frying. In a bowl, mix together one can of beer; one and one-half cups cornmeal (or panko) and pinches of salt, pepper; and paprika. Dip shrimp into batter and fry in batches until golden, about three minutes (flip once). Serve on split crusty Italian or French loaves with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise; lemon juice and hot sauce are also great here.                                           Beer, Black pepper, Cook, Cooking, Eating, Food, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Home, Human nutrition, Lettuce, Nutrition, Po’ boy, Scientific method, Shrimp, Tomato

Healthy Breakfast Ideas


Breakfast - By the time I got around to eating...

Breakfast – By the time I got around to eating it, it was BRUNCH (Photo credit: c.a.muller)

A lot of studies and research has shown that kids who eat breakfasts perform better in school and have a healthier diet.  Eating breakfast will help promote the proper growth and maximize school performance as well.Breakfast is often times a victim of the morning time crunch.  Even though you may be tempted to skip breakfast, you can simplify your morning routine by following these 8 tips:1.  Finish homework and pack school bags at night.                2.  Decide on what your children will wear to school before you go to bed and locate lost shoes for the following day.                               3.  In the morning, get up 15 minutes earlier.                                       4.  Give up computer games and morning television.                             5.  Have healthy foods on hand.  You should also shop for breakfast foods with your kids and take into account their personal preferen 6.  Set the cereal out the night before. For younger children, fill a zippered plastic bag with her portion, then add the milk in the morning.                                                                             7.  Allow your children to use the microwave often, as most breakfast foods can be prepared in under 5 minutes.    8.  Allow your kids to eat in the car or on the way to school.

There are several foods that you can eat for breakfast, even leftovers from supper if they are sufficient.  You can eat bagels, pizza with fruit juice, pretzels, or the normal bacon and eggs that breakfast is known for.  Most foods are a snap to prepare, and won’t take you but a few minutes.

The next time you are in a hurry in the morning, remember that you are probably about to skip the most important meal of the day. If you follow the tips above, you’ll find that you have plenty of time for breakfast.                            Breakfast, Child Health, Cooking, Eating, Fitness, Food, Full breakfast, Health, Home, Human nutrition, Nutrition, Top Weight loss, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Veggie-Bacon Avocado Sandwich


Reblogged:from specialk.com                                               Ingredients

3 Morningstar Farms®Veggie Bacon Strips                               1/2 medium ripe avocado, seeded, peeled and mashed (about 1/4 cup)                                                                                                                1 teaspoon lemon juice                                                                            1/8 teaspoon salt                                                                                         3 to 4 drops liquid pepper sauce                                                               2 slices whole grain bread, toasted                                                                                                             1 lettuce leaf                                                                                                                                                     4 thick slices plum tomato or 2 thick slices tomato

Directions

  1. Cook Morningstar Farms®Veggie Bacon Strips according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in small bowl stir together avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper sauce. Spread on one side of each toast slice. Place lettuce leaf, tomato slices and baconstrips on top of one slice. Top with remaining toast slice, avocado mixture side down. Cut in half. Serve immediately.
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Oatmeal Cake!


Reblogged: from Chocolate - Covered Katie                                                                                                                                   To try this yummy Oatmeal Cake recipe, You will need:                                                                                                                    1/2 cup oats (50g),1/4 tsp vanilla extract, sweetener, such as 1 1/2 T maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia (I omitted, but I’ve cautioned y’all before about my lack of sweet tooth.) 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (60g) (Or sub banana. it’s awesome this way!) 1/4 cup milk, creamer, juice, or water (I used 60g) 1/8 tsp salt, Handful of chocolate chips (and a few for the top, too!) Optional: unless you like the taste of fat-free baking, add 1-2T oil, vegan butter, or nut butter (If oil, scale the milk back a little. If vegan butter, scale the salt back a little.) Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon (If you like cinnamon in chocolate chip cookies)

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3-5 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first if you want your cakes to pop out.

Like a warm chocolate-chip cookie! With gooey, melted chocolate in every delicious bite.Listen up, Calorie Counters: I know that many people who read my blog are watching their weight.You will be excited to know that this oatmeal cake is like three times the size of a Larabar for roughly the same amount of calories!.Can breakfast get any cooler than a personal-sized oatmeal cake? Answer: No. Not unless you decided to add chocolate chips.                                                                                                   Nutrition Facts: (based on the Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal) Calories: 180 Fat: 3g Protein: 7g Fiber: 9g (All flavors are pretty similar, nutritionally speaking. I usually add some form of nut butter to my boatmeal, but I’ve calculated the nutritional info without the optional nut butter for those of you who wish to keep it low-cal.)

.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Here are some other Oatmeal Cake Flavors:

Pumpkin Pie ,Cinnamon Bun,Banana Bread,Oatmeal-Raisin ,Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

A Big Thank You to my Readers/Followers


Caribbean Trip 2010

Caribbean Trip 2010 (Photo credit: Loimere)

Just a little note to all my Readers present and future,I want to Thank you for your interest and I hope you are getting the best experience possible when visiting.I also hope you are taking advantage of the several links provided through out my site,as well as checking out some of the stores available.I am very pleased with how well my site is doing,and I have you my Readers to Thank for that. I enjoy providing helpful Information to people who may otherwise never find it.So my goal is to keep you interested enough to come back again and again for the latest Info,tips,recipes, and other related articles.Well thanks again for Visiting,and or Following wishing everyone a great day!

Reading: Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen


Reblogged: from Just Hungry                                                                                Stumbled upon Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat, when I was browsing around Amazon some time ago. When I first read the title, I laughed. It seemed like a quite obvious attempt to cash in on the success of French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure. Also (and this applies to the French Women book too) it makes such a sweeping generalization right there in the title, which borders on the ludicrous. But I was curious about it so I decided to get it for the sake of research. The short review: it’s not as bad as I thought it would be, and may serve as a good introduction to Japanese cooking, though definitely not the best. The diet and weight loss points made in this book could be summed up in a few bullet points:

  • Don’t overeat – observe the hara hachibunme rule (eat until you are 80% full). Hara hachibunme is a common Japanese term: it appears also in a book I reviewed previously, Hungry Planet,, in the Okinawa chapter. (Okinawa has the most longevity of anyplace in the world.) Another term my mother likes to quote to me quite often is hara mo mi no uchi - your stomach is a part of your body. In other words, don’t overeat!
  • Eat a lot of fresh vegetables.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods.
  • Eat more whole grains – eat brown rice rather than polished white rice.
  • Eat fruit for dessert, or small portions if you must have cake etc.

Obviously, it is not necessary to eat Japanese food to accomplish these goals. But I do agree with the point made in this book that traditional Japanese food is inherently healthy. As you probably know if you have been reading this site, I am Japanese but have lived most of my adult life in other countries. So my everyday cooking is a mishmash of various styles. If I could afford to in terms of both time and money though, I would cook and eat Japanese style most of the time.

Traditional Japanese food centers around rice (gohan, which is also a synonym for a meal), with small portions of okazu, savory things that go well with the plain rice. A typical Japanese dinner would have, besides the rice, 1 small bowl of soup (miso or clear), 1 protein dish such as grilled fish, and 2 or 3 other mostly vegetable-based side dishes.

A popular dietary guide in Japan that has been around for decades is to try to eat 30 kinds of food items a day for nutritional well-roundedness. This may sound impossible, but in Japanese cooking it’s not that out of reach.

But then, there are the French, not to mention the Swiss

If you go to France, most women are not overweight. Many, especially in Paris, are in fact skin-and-bones slim. What may be less known is that here in Switzerland too, there aren’t many overweight people – though older women tend to look more sturdy and well-muscled. Whenever I go to the U.S., or for that matter to the U.K. too, I always get a mild shock when I see the number of very overweight people. You simply don’t see many of them here.

Swiss food is a mix of French, German, Italian and native Alpine – featuring loads of butter, cheese, bread and potatoes. Veal is the most popular meat, especially for company (chances are if you are invited to a Swiss home you’re going to get veal in some form). So why aren’t more Swiss people overweight?

The answers I think are the usual: moderation and exercise. Portions here are quite small compared to those in the U.S. The delicious pastries available at Sprüngli are barely bigger than my palm, and their handmade truffe du jour is so rich that one (and yes, they do sell them by the piece) is enough to satisfy any chocolate urge.

Swiss people also exercise a lot. Whenever we’re invited to someone’s house, invariably we go for a walk after dinner to stretch our legs and to see the neighborhood. The house I live in is on a corner, and I always see couples and families walking or biking past on the weekends. And of course a lot of people participate in winter sports as well as hiking and camping in the summer.

What’s the typical after-dinner-party activity in the U.S.? Watch TV, play video games, or just sit around and chat and snack some more?

Societal pressures

Getting back to why Japanese women aren’t overweight: I discussed this with some Japanese people and we all seem to agree that in Japan, there is a lot of societal pressure to stay slim. Young girls often starve themselves so they can be fashionable. Older women are also quite pressured to stay thin. The standard clothes size in Japan is junior size 11, which is about a size 6 in the U.S. Japan is inherently a conformist society, so it’s difficult to ‘stick’ out in any way, including being overweight.

As far as Japanese women not getting old – they do of course. Do they look younger than their Western counterparts? Often yes, but I think that all Asian women tend to look younger than European-Caucasian women. I still get carded in American bars and I’m nowhere near 21 anymore. As far as the various illnesses related to getting older, while the incidences of heart attacks and diabetes may be low, there are other problems such as a high incidence of osteoporosis amongst older women.

So to wrap up, I would recommend this book if you want once with some nice recipes (though without pictures) of some basic Japanese foods, with some diet advice along the way. But don’t buy into the premise that there is some magic aspect to Japanese food. If you overeat it, you’re still going to gain weight! The main lesson to be gleaned from it is hara hachibunme.