Healthy Eating At Home – Your Delivery Options Are Endless

Healthy Eating At Home

Want to enjoy some healthy eating at home without the hassle of preparing it yourself?  It’s as easy as finding the perfect delivery menus.

Healthy doesn’t mean restricting flavor, though.

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English: tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How about some healthy, flavorful Indian cuisine?  Tandoori Paneer Tikka, a savory blend of marinated cottage cheese, yoghurt, capsicum, perfectly matched with a special sauce, could be your perfect starter.  Add an order of Palak Paneer, a delectable homemade cheese blended with fresh spinach, and your body will love you for it!

The Indians work magic on the grill.  Toss aside the excess fats with chicken Tiki Masala, a healthy grilled platter of chicken, onion, fresh crispy capsicum, tomatoes, fragrant spices, and fenugreek leaves.  Serve alongside vegetable Biryani, a slow cooked medley of fresh vegetables and rice that’s guaranteed to take your taste buds to a brand new level.

How about Chinese?  Known for their expertise in stir frying crisp vegetables to perfection in tiny amounts of healthy oils, Chinese food is an excellent choice for the healthy food advocate.  San Choi Bow is a perfect blend of crisp stir fry and the goodness of fresh vegetables.  Lean chicken or pork is seasoned with pungent fresh ginger and oyster sauce, complimented with the crispness of water chestnuts and fresh green onions, and scooped into fresh bowls of lettuce leaves.  Add an order of braised chicken and tomato rice, and you have a meal fit for a king — delivered right to your door!

Think Italian is too rich for your healthy diet?  Think again.  There’s a lot more to Italian than Pepperoni and garlic oil-saturated bread knots!

Love pizza?  Consider a home-delivered Margherita, a fresh medley of healthy tomato, crispy basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and drizzled with virgin olive oil.  Talk about blending the best nature has to offer!

It’s no secret the Italians can work magic with salad.  Trade your tired lettuce with an expertly prepared Arugula selection featuring crisp cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, avocado, and shaved Parmesan lightly tossed with extra virgin olive oil and hearty balsamic vinegar.

Need a healthy desert?  Skip the gelato and indulge in a scoop of Italian ice.  No fats here, just a creamy magical blend of real fruit and slivered ice.  Healthy has never been better!

Love Japanese?  There is life beyond tempura.  Order in a healthy bonanza of flavors beginning with Gomae Ohitashi, a healthy and flavorful blend of fresh crisp spinach and sesame sauce.  Next select an incredible grilled chicken Teri Yaki, flaky grilled salmon, or a pungent Japanese vegetable curry.  If spicy is your choice, check out the soft tofu stew, a zesty blend of soft tofu, fresh seafood, and mushrooms.

Explore your world of healthy, delicious choices.  With food delivery, that world is at your door.

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Iron Rich Foods Boost Energy

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The Ancient Egyptians knew that feeding a patient liver (back, right) would help cure night blindness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Best Power Foods

If you do not understand the reason you still feel exhausted after a good night’s rest,take a closer look at the food you put on your plate. Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way To Happiness” states that even the slightest deficiency in a nutrient can cause you to feel sluggish. Eating a great deal of bad food will have about he same impact. So if your energy levels have not been high, add these energy-producing foods to your diet.

A drop in energy may mean you need more iron. Include extra iron rich foods like red meat, chicken, and fish. Another food source high in iron is liver but expectant mothers should not eat it because large quantities of Vitamin A are bad for fetuses. If meat isn’t your thing, other iron rich foods are spinach, soy beans, lentils, and enriched cereals. Your body will not absorb iron easily but adding more Vitamin C helps so drink a cup of orange juice.

Registered dietitian Carole Riggins says if your menstruation cycle is on the heavy side, your iron levels are lower. Be certain you are consuming enough iron to make up for the depletion. Caffeine can make you jumpy but so can foods with high amounts of refined carbohydrates like sweet cereals and white bread. Carbohydrates cause a brief surge in blood sugar but the impact will shortly go away making you feel tired again. Also get rid of the cola, sodas and drink only water.

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Four ‘Sinful’ Treats Turn Out To Be Healthy

You’ve probably heard of and read about all kinds of food that you shouldn’t be eating. And you’ve most likely downsized your grocery list to almost nothing when you followed the so-called list of ‘Foods to avoid.’

Newsflash: Not everything on that list would make you gain a crazy amount of weight, nor would 90% of that give you some strange disease. And you know what else? Even foods such as those listed below, which may have made it to the ‘elite’ batch of foods to not touch at all, can actually do some considerable good for your health!

Chocolate

It’s sweet, smooth, and delectable. And they say it’s laden with a world of calories, is addictive, and is certainly not something a weight-conscious person should even taste.

Truth is, chocolate has actually gone down in ancient history as a pleasurable delight that’s imbibed with ‘healing’ capabilities. And of course, this still remains true to this day.

Dark chocolate is the most popular healthy form of chocolate, the less additional ingredients, the better. It has an abundance of flavonoids, which is the same heart-friendly element you can also find in fruits and red wine.

It is said that dark chocolate can aid in preventing heart attacks, high blood pressures, and strokes among others.

And of course, there’s the mood-enhancing effect that’s never bad for anyone.

The trick to keeping chocolate consumption healthy: go for the dark variety, and consume it in moderation.

Avocadoes

Fruits are normally found under the ‘yes-you-can-eat-this’ category. However, the avocado’s high fat content lands it on another list.

To those who find it hard to resist its green buttery goodness, then you’ll be glad to know that it’s perfectly ok to indulge in an avocado slice (or two). So what did they discover about this yummy fruit? It’s the presence of beta-sitosterol, which can actually help in lowering cholesterol in one’s body.

Coconut products

High-fat content, bad cholesterol – coconut products have been regarded in a ‘bad light’ a number of times, landing it in the ‘forbidden’ list for those on a weight loss mission.

But recent findings about its content of medium-chain triglycerides, which are said to be antiviral and anti-parasitic, are changing the way people look at coconut by-products. The saturated fat in coconut oil also has lower calorie-content when compared to other oil products with regular fat.

Maple Syrup

Want syrupy goodness for your pancakes? It’s ok to say YES!

Real maple syrup are said to have twenty antioxidants in a 20-liter bottle, and these anti-sickness fighting substances are definitely good to have for breakfast. The sweet, sticky syrup also has flavonoids, same as what you find in the sensational dark chocolate, and are said to have anti-cancer properties.

If you can get your hands on natural or organic maple syrup, that would be ideal! But make sure to not go bingeing in pancakes swimming with maple syrup, as that would still factor in unwanted calories into your diet.

Interesting right? To find out that the ‘sinful’ foods you crave for are actually health foods too! There is one rule of thumb in these yummy eats though: consume in moderation. Now we can really say…Happy eating!

Julie Ahrens is a foodie and a fitness enthusiast at the same time. She loves coming up with recipes made of yummy but healthy ingredients, and even has a few that you can include in your tea party favors!

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Melts Fat Away – 3 Tips For Easy Weight Loss

The ugly truth is that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is with discipline. You must use more calories than you intake in your diet. Here are some ideals that will help you.

1. Challenge Your Friends

One of the best ways to be accountable to yourself is to share your goal with others. Start a weight loss challenge with a group of friends. Set goals together, have weekly weigh ins, and share tips and recipes. Create a facebook group and goad each other into meeting at the gym for workouts. A member of our group negotiated us a special deal at the gym – no startup cost, no contract, free childcare – because we were all signing up and they would never have had our business if we each had to pay $200 to walk in the door. Set goals and chip in for a small prize. We are rewarding the loser of the most percentage lost with a $20 gift card. We are also charging a dollar at each weigh in to members who gain any weight from the previous week.

2. Use an App

There are terrific apps for smartphones to help you log the food you consume, and calories you burn. You can link your food diary with your friends so they can see the food and exercise you log. The best way to be accountable is to have to enter everything you put in your mouth. I actually find that I can resist temptation a little easier because I know that my friends are keeping an eye on me. The apps are so smart you can scan the barcode of foods you purchase to make it easier to enter them. They have a huge database of foods, and you can add your own recipes. One of the greatest things about using an app is being able to plan. You can enter things you want to eat ahead of time and see if it adds up or sends you over your limit. If your grandmother puts a big plate of fresh brownies in front of you, you can whip out the phone, enter the treat and then decide if it is worth it. Maybe Gran’s brownies are so good you will eat one and then head back to the gym to burn it off!


3. Drink Water – But not With Meals

Replace most of your drinks with water. Your body is thirsty and canned sodas do nothing to quench that thirst. Log your water consumption in the fitness app too that way you will be reminded to drink enough. Remember that about half the time you think you are hungry and head for the fridge you are reacting to thirst. Have a glass of water with a slice of lime or cucumber and take a few minutes to enjoy it. You will slowly train yourself to reach for the water instead of the peanut butter and a spoon! Just remember not to drink while eating. A big glass of water with meals may seem like a great idea to fill you up and keep you from over eating, but it will also dilute your digestive enzymes and acids making it more difficult for your body to process the food. You will end up bloated and uncomfortable.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs)

Like fructose, red meat has its share of bad publicity. The high level of saturated fats in this variant of meat fends off health practitioners and health buff alike. Random studies, however, found that the triglyceride-loaded red meat also abounds with potent nutrient known as Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs).

CLAs are clusters of fatty acids found in beef and dairy products believed to be essential to long-term weight management specifically to diabetic patients. The trans-10 (t10) and cis-12 (c12) in CLAs were found to function precisely like thiazolidinediones (TZDs). The said isomers have the capacity to create an insulin-sensitizing effect to the cells. Unlike TZDs, CLAs can reduce body fat and boost weight loss.

TZDs include pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and troglitazone (Rezulin). Rezulin was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2000 after it was linked to liver failure. Avandia’s use was strictly regulated in 2011 due to its users developing cardiovascular problems. Actos, the only shelf-available TZD, is facing mounting Actos lawsuits as a result of the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

Other health benefits of CLAs include prevention of cancer (lung, colorectal, skin, breast, and stomach), cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and inflammation. Another study found that a 0.5 percent of CLA in the diet could shrink tumors by 50 percent.

In a 2009 study sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), grass-fed cattle are found to have levels of CLA three to five times higher than their grain-fed counterparts. Moreover, meat and milk from cows, which fed on grass are generally lower in total fat specifically saturated fat but higher in beta-carotene, vitamins E and B, minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium), and omega 3 and 6. A diet of grass-fed cattle is estimated to shed 17 thousand calories or six pounds per year off an average American.

Majority of commercially available red meat and dairy products in the country are from grain-fed cattle. The USDA said that in 2010, grass-fed beef made up three percent of the U.S. beef market and was growing at 20 percent rate per year.

While medical researchers do not recommend over-consumption of red meat, they are hopeful that more studies will be devoted to foods containing CLAs and eventually pave to addressing the obesity and diabetes epidemic in the country.

CLAs can also be found in button and agaricus mushrooms. The said fatty acids are rarely found in plants.

The American Diabetes Organization (ADA), however, warned against the safety of dietary supplements containing t10 and c12-CLA. ADA said t10 and c12-CLA supplementation might alter human’s sensitivity to insulin. Further studies are needed to ensure the safety of CLA supplements to the human body. A study conducted by the Ohio State University’s Department of Human Nutrition published in 2008 by the Journal of Lipid Research proved otherwise.

Also in 2008, the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) accorded CLA a “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)” status. With GRAS status, food manufacturers can now add CLA to products like milk, yogurt, shakes, nutritional bars, soymilk, and fruit juices.

Like fructose, CLAs are still best consumed on their unprocessed or less-processed form. A daily diet, which includes 15-174 mg of CLA, is beneficial to the body. For obese patients, a dose of 1.8 to 7 grams per day is advised.

Milk fat on an average contains 5 mg of CLA per gram of fat while meat fat from lamb contains 6 mg/g, 4mg/g  for beef, and 2mg/g  for veal.

The recent findings on the health value of fructose and red meat lead us to one conclusion: the formula to controlling glucose levels is not largely dependent on the kind of food we eat, rather, on the quantity and frequency certain food is consumed.

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The Basics of Vegetable Juicing

Vegetable juicing is excellent for your health because it offers a raw food source and a new means of getting all of the antioxidants you need on a daily basis. In fact if you do not eat enough raw foods regularly then juicing is the way to turn things around for your health!

You may wonder what benefits juicing vegetables has over eating them in their whole state? Unfortunately many individuals do not eat as nutritiously as they should and the consequences of making poor choices in food is intestines that are not as healthy as they should be. What this leads to is the intestines having to work tremendously harder to absorb all of the nutrients it receives from fruits and vegetables. Juicing makes this process simpler because the body can absorb the nutrients from a drink easier than from a food source.

Healing the Body

Juicing offers a means of healing the body in a way that is very useful for busy people with on- the-go lifestyles. If you think about your life for a moment taking the time to drink a beverage is often easier for you to do than is taking the time to sit down and eat a meal. If you want a healing means of getting the vitamins and minerals you require with as little effort as possible then juicing is for you.

Drinking Your Juice

When you make fresh vegetable juice at home it is advisable that you drink it right then and there. In this way you will receive 100 percent of the nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants that the beverage has to offer. Vegetable juice tends to be one of the most perishable forms of food and as such it should be consumed immediately upon preparation. But if you realize that you have made more than you can drink at once or if you want to make it last then it can be stored safely for up to a maximum of 24 hours. After that time it begins to suffer from a decline in the nutritional value.

Store the unused veggie juice in a glass jar that has an airtight lid. Fill the jar to the top as you want as little air in the jar as possible. It is oxygen that has the potential to deplete the nutritional value of the juice. An opaque jar is the absolute best choice of all because it serves to block out the light. Place the jar in the refrigerator and remove it approximately a half hour before you plan to drink the juice. It is best to consume it at room temperature.

Vegetable Choices for Juicing

You can juice various types of vegetables. The sky is the limit in this regard. Consider what veggies appeal the most to your taste buds and which contain the nutrients that your body requires the most. For beginning juicers celery, cucumber and fennel make up a tasty and nutritious drink.

Juicing leafy green vegetables make good choices. Some of the veggies worth mixing and matching in your kitchen include green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and escarole lettuce. Other positive options include kale, spinach, and cabbage. Cabbage juices one of the healthiest choices for those who suffer from ulcers.

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