Blueberries are small, purple-colored berries that grow on bushes in acidic soil. Research in recent years has shown that regular blueberry consumption provides a number of health benefits to humans and animals alike. Blueberries are full of phytochemicals, which are naturally occurring non-nutritive components of many fresh fruits, vegetables and plants. These phytochemicals render blueberries highly antioxidant, harmful to cancerous cells, anti-inflammatory and preventative of nerve damage. Blueberries are also high in vitamin C, and it has been found that when the phytochemicals interact with the vitamin C a protective barrier is created around the cells, preventing cancerous materials from entering and wreaking havoc. Blueberries have also been found to help delay neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Dementia, and have proven to help lower the risk for heart disease due to their high amounts of helpful vitamins and minerals. The antioxidants in blueberries also help build your immune system, which helps ward off even common viral and bacterial infections like the common cold or flu.
Blueberries are also incredibly important to the maintenance of gastrointestinal health. Several components of the blueberry have been found to inhibit the growth of intestinal pathogens, stopping diseases like Staph and Salmonella in their tracks. A handful of blueberries also provides the acid, fructose and vitamins needed for healthy digestion, preventing constipation and digestive problems. Combine this with their low amounts of calories and fat per serving and you have an ideal weight-loss aid, as well!
This super-fruit is also beneficial to eye and brain health. The amount of vitamins in each serving of blueberries helps to keep your brain and eyesight in top shape by providing it with the healing of damaged cells and nerve tissues and by slowing down the process of nerve degeneration. As a benefit of brain health, blueberries have also been studied and proven to work just as well as anti-depressant medications in combating depression and other disorders.
A tip for choosing the most healthy blueberries: make sure that the berries are dark and almost red. These are the highest in antioxidants and vitamins and will provide the best health benefits!…
A brisk stroll in the chilly December air brought us to a restaurant I frequently pass in the Alicante Golf area of Playa San Juan, it is part of a family owned chain of restaurants and what we call "Everything" shops, we had a spendid A La Carte experience last year at their first restaurant in the village of Sant Joan, and we were not disappointed at the buffet restaurant.
From the moment you walk through the doors you are welcomed warmly, and the service is exceptional throughout. The food is plentiful, there is a reasonable wine list with the more expensive wines still around the 10 euro mark, they also sell Sake by the cup or small carafe so we warmed up straight away with a carafe which was only 4.50!
There are three large main course buffet trolleys, one with raw ingredients you plate up and take to the chef for cooking, one with hot prepared dishes like rices and fried starters, one with cold salads and vegetables, a nod to the Spanish House Salad with olives, boiled eggs, tuna, cheese etc. There is also a smaller dessert buffet with a good selection of fresh fruits and a fridge with puddings.
There is a fantastic selection of seafood and meats for the chef to cook for you, shelled raw tiger prawns, langoustines, razor clams, squid, large shell on prawns, and just as many meats to choose from, lamb chops, steak whole or sliced, chicken breast whole or finely sliced, with lovely fresh vegetables if you're so inclined, I had some asparagus, oriental mushrooms, green pepper and brocolli for example.
The puddings were also very good, there were Asian fruits as well as more local ones, and an assortment of puddings from Tiramisu to Creme Caramel.
Everything was fresh, well stocked and the waiting staff were friendly and attentive. The chef was a charming man too, even under pressure when it got busy as the evening progressed. Unlike the waiting staff I don't think he spoke any English, however should you need help there was always a waitress nearby waiting to see if you need anything.
We arrived early which I recommend as the restaurant gets really busy, but lingered for a good couple of hours. They open for the evening at 8pm and by half past 9 they were almost full.
We had a great evening and will definitely be making this a regular haunt! To have such great choice for such a reasonable price it's great value. Well worth getting out of the city for, there is also a tram stop on the L4 route from the city within sight of the restaurant, called Sergio Cardell, once there find the street Avenida Vicente Ramos and within a few seconds you will have passed the Post Office(Correos) and have found the shopping complex where the restaurant is situated. There's also a taxi rank outside. The buses-there's a stop for the number 9 almost directly outside, and the …
I was fond of fast food so much so that I could not live without pizzas, chips and burgers. I just had to have a pizza, French fries, or a crispy fried chicken burger; all that food did have an impact on my figure but I did not mind looking chubby until one day I realized my clothes did not suit me, my shirts started clinging to my body, especially my arms seemed as if they were fastened by tight-fitting material; I seemed heavy and slightly ugly.
I knew it was time I watched out what I ate so I started to diet. I had gone on a few diets before and had some idea of what would work out. I knew I could not live without my fast food, I loved it. I read plenty of stuff on dieting, fattening foods and managing eating habits and I devised my own little strategy to give-up on fast food, lose weight and to look good.
Here's what I did. I ate one-fourth of fast food I used to eat, with other foods that were high in fibre like brown bread and pita bread, complemented with home-made meals, and fresh or boiled vegetables. My favorite food mix was a quarter slice of pizza, one bowl full of finely chopped cucumber mixed in lemon juice and pepper, and one slice of brown bread with home-made grilled chicken. One of my other favorite meals included a small bowl full of French fries, a bowl full of boiled beet-root, and grilled steak. And another combination was a quarter of crispy fried chicken burger, with chicken curry and rice.
Everyday I ate something that did not add too many calories and at the same time I made sure my food was full of flavors so that I satisfied my appetite with something filling. I had lost weight before so I knew drinking a glass or two full of water every time I felt hungry would suppress the untimely jolts of hunger, my tummy growled for food now and then but I somehow managed to restrict myself from overeating by using these little techniques.
I started eating lesser of the fattening fast food full of mayonnaise, cheese, and heavy filling and my appetite for fast food reduced until I started enjoying only home-made grilled food, soups and boiled rice and gravy complemented with tasty salads. My body became accustomed to my new eating habits; I realized my stomach did not growl for food at odd hours. I reduced weight and managed to keep fit only because I continued to watch how much of what I ate.…
The Nesco FD-80 food dehydrator is equipped with a simple control knob for the adjustable thermostat. It has a range between 95 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows you to set the ideal temperature based on the type of food inside the unit.
The Nesco FD-80 has a square shape which provides more room than a similar round design. The unit includes four drying trays, but can accommodate up to eight at a time. You can buy additional trays for use with the dehydrator in sets of two.
The Nesco FD-80 food dehydrator has a special drying system that forces hot air horizontally over each tray. This hot air then converges at the center of the unit for even drying. This means that you don't have to go through the trouble of rotating the trays.
Also, the fan is mounted on top of the unit. Therefore, you don't have to worry about excess liquid running down into the heating chamber and leaving a sticky mess.
You will like how easy the Nesco FD-80 food dehydrator is to maintain. All parts are safe to put in your dishwasher except for the power head. You can easily remove the power head using the included bale handle.
Needless to say, you're provided with an instruction manual with the Nesco FD-80. However, there are also guidelines printed on the unit's motor housing. Therefore, you don't have to consult the manual so know what the ideal temperature is for various types of foods.
The Nesco FD-80 food dehydrator is packaged with four drying trays, but can accept up to eight at a time. You can use the simple control knob to adjust the unit's thermostat anywhere between 95 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit. The dehydrator is also easy to maintain since all parts are safe to put in the dishwasher except for the power head.…
If you are running late and you do not wish to lose your reservation, call the restaurant ahead of time and let them know how late you expect to be.
Barging in an hour late and demanding your table is inconsiderate. Be courteous, and by calling ahead, you could be in luck because there might be a last minute cancellation.
If you do end up losing your table, do not yell at the staff. If you do not show up on time, they will have to assume that you are not coming.
It can be frustrating to receive food that is undercooked, burned, tastes bad, or food that you simply did not order. You have a few options in this situation. You can eat it anyway, say nothing at all, or alert the waiter. If you choose to alert the waiter, calmly explain that the food is not to your liking, or that it is not what you ordered. The waiter is usually accommodating, and if the food is not what you wanted, he or she will gladly replace it for you.
Remember that waiters do not cook the food, they serve it. Do not yell our curse at the waiter if you do not like the food.
Cell Phone Use
Avoid using your cell phone in a restaurant. It is especially difficult for the waiter who is trying to communicate with you. If you must use it, wait until after you have placed your order, excuse yourself from the table, and make your call.
Carrying on a cell phone conversation at the table is not only disrespectful to your guests, but to the other diners who do not want to be disturbed by your cell phone conversation.
Children and Dining
According to an LATimes interview, experts suggest that if you will be bringing your children to a restaurant, you should first practice a few things at home:
Don’t have your children running around, fighting, bothering other diners, or tugging on the waiter’s apron or hair.
Before going to the restaurant, urge your children to be on their best behaviour. If your child is yelling and screaming, he is no doubt embarrassing you, but he is also disturbing other diners, and making life difficult for the staff.
Paying the Bill
When you are ready, ask for the check. The waiter generally will not ask you if you want your bill because this is considered rude. It is not the waiter’s job to rush you out of the restaurant.
Tip 15 percent or more. According to an Oprah.com interview, waiters are paid as little as $2.15 per hour in some states, and must live off their tips. Waiters must share their tips with the bus staff, bartenders, hosts, …
A variety of organizations such as the Blue Ocean Institute, Fishwise, and the Environmental Defense Fund offer guides to sustainable seafood selection. Some even offer small cards that can slip into your wallet for on-the-go seafood decision making. However, with a little knowledge and common sense you can make smarter purchases even without a seafood guide.
A good rule of thumb for fish consumption is "the smaller the better." Typically, large slow-growing fish like Orange roughy, Chilean seabass, and Bluefin tuna are most susceptible to depletion by poorly managed fisheries. These species breed later in life and, if caught and consumed early in their life cycles, may never have the opportunity to reproduce. Anchovies, sardines and other fish at the bottom of the food chain don't play quite as crucial a role as they reproduce quickly, more plentifully and earlier in their lives. This makes them a far more sustainable choice. Also, because of their shorter lifespan and eating habits small fish typically take in less mercury than larger fish making them a healthier choice as well.
Avoiding carnivorous fish is another step consumers can take that has a two-fold benefit. Carnivorous fish such as tuna, swordfish, and mackerel have become hugely popular since fish became a "super-food" thanks to the omega 3s they produce. These large carnivorous fish, however, get there sustenance by feeding on small fish lower on the food chain. This means that they are ingesting more mercury and hence storing more mercury in their fat. By avoiding these carnivorous fish the savvy consumer can lower their mercury intake while aiding in making fish supplies more sustainable.
Substituting shellfish for fish fillets is one of the greenest seafood decisions the consumer can make. Most shellfish, such as oysters, clams and mussels, are raised on shellfish farms that have a very minimal environmental impact. Even with shellfish, though, some choices are better than others. Farmed crawfish, for example, is an excellent substitute for lobster. Although lobsters are plentiful in the ocean, they are often harvested at minimum size and have often not yet had a chance to reproduce before they are caught.
Additionally, avoid …