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!…
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.…
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 …
Most Munich guidebooks tout the meat-intensive cuisine that is part of traditional Bavarian cooking. But that doesn't mean that vegetarian visitors to this world-class city don't have plenty of good eat-out options too. The restaurants below are all in central Munich, located near popular tourist attractions, and offer a range of prices and dining styles.
The "prince" among veggie restaurants in Munich, Prinz Myshkin is Munich's most upscale and centrally-located eatery. It offers wonderful, creative vegan and vegetarian food in a lovely setting just a few blocks from Marienplatz.
Perennially popular are the sushi, pizza and pasta selections. Where the restaurant really shines, however, is in it signature dishes, such as Tofu Stroganoff, in a red wine cream sauce, or Involtini, a sensational mixture of tofu, mushrooms and roasted nuts rolled in chard leaves and served either with an herb cream sauce or a vegan teriyaki sauce. They also offer an impressive range of desserts.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Main course prices range from 9 to 17 Euros (US$12 to 22).
Walking distance from both Marienplatz and the Deutsches Museum, Vegelangelo specializes in meatless twists on traditional Bavarian food as well as international cuisine. There is an emphasis on vegan dishes.
For a meat-free taste of Southern German food, try the Linselneintopf, a lentil stew served with soy wieners, or the Knoedel (bread dumplings) with sauerkraut. The pasta dishes are also delicious and inventive.
Address: Thomas-Wimmer-Ring 16
Open for lunch and dinner (except Sundays and Mondays). Main course prices range from 5 to 19 Euros (US$6.50 to 25) and there is a daily price-fixed lunch special.
Visitors to Munich's Kunstareal (art gallery district) in the neighborhood of Maxvorstadt might want to try Lecker Bissen (translates from German as "yummy bites"). This is a small, simple cafe specializing in salads, soups and vegetable pies.
The selection changes daily, depending on the whim of the chef/owner and sometimes includes a fish dish; otherwise, the menu is vegetarian. Most impressive are the 8 to 10 creative salads, which can be ordered as sides or served in an assortment as a main course.
Address: Theresienstrasse 27
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Most dishes cost between 3.50 and 6 Euros (US$4.50 and 8).
A good place for a quick lunch around the Viktualienmarkt (one of Munich's top sights) is Sababa, a Lebanese take-out restaurant at the south edge of the market. While not a pure vegetarian restaurant--they serve poultry too--the majority of the menu is meat-free.
The highlight here is felafel (chick-pea fritters), served either sandwich style in pita bread or as a platter with side salads and bread. There are a few tables for those who want to eat on-site.
Address: Westenriederstrasse 9
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Main courses range from 3.50 to 7 Euros (US $4.50 to 9).
Located in the heart of the Schwabing district, Cafe Ignaz has been around for more than 26 years, and …
With the modes of easy transportation in today's world, why do so many people in mainstream believe a homeschooled child does not get any socialization?
When people are pulling their kids out of public schools by the droves, what does this say?
Why are children raised in the same manner as someone's dog with exaggerated praises of Good Boy! or dislike of Bad Girl! Punishments and rewards for the "tricks" you want them to perform? Think about it, children are treated as you would treat a dog! Not all of course but there seems to be a trend there.
We live in a land of freedom yet children are and most likely always are a slave and servant within the household until reaching the age of 18 within many households.
If learning is natural and part of human nature, then why do so many feel it needs to be forced?
Where were we before all the "labels" for learning disabilities?
Why is it, the focus is on a child's negative behaviors rather than celebrating them for their individual being in their entirety?
If public schools are failing so miserably, then why are those who decide on alternative paths so criticized?
Where or who would your child be, if you simply got out of their way?
What would need to happen for public schools to thrive and be a success?
Is a child an invited guest in your home? A burden? A blessing?
When parents of public school children ask " How can you be with your child 24/7 and not go insane?" My adult daughter's reply is ........." How can you a public school parent with children in after school programs and activities and your work schedule afford to MISS so much time with them?"
Why is so much emphasis put on a child going to college or getting a job with the thought a homeschooled child will be unable to do so? There are other choices one can make in life as well and IF they decide on college and corporate jobs, they will be able to do those too!
Just a few thoughts to chew on this morning! Have an Amazing Day!…
What you will need: 2 cups of berries (I like to use a mixture of blackberries and blueberries), 2 cups of water, 1 cup of flour, 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 stick of butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, milk and salt as needed, ice cream.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon with one tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. Cut the butter into these ingredients. Add milk little by little and stir until the dough is firm and doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Set this aside. Pour and stir the water, berries, and the sugar into a large pot. Heat this mixture until boiling. Use a tablespoon (a teaspoon if you want smaller dumplings) and drop the dough pieces into the boiling pot one by one. Put a lid on the pot, reduce the heat, and let it cook covered for 20 minutes.
Unless you want a quick ice cream soup, give your dumplings some time to cool down before pouring them over your ice cream. Once you have it prepared though, dig in! It is oh-so yummy!…
Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
4 boneless chicken breast fillets (approx. 4 oz. each)
6 stalks fresh asparagus
¼ cup diced sweet onion
4 oz. goat cheese
1 tsp. black pepper
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
Slice thickness of chicken breasts ¾ of the way through. Blend marinade ingredients together, place in Ziploc bag along with chicken breasts, shake till well coated. Marinate for 1-2 hours, shaking occasionally to evenly coat. Meanwhile, blanch asparagus and dice. Blend diced asparagus with goat cheese, diced onions and black pepper. Stuff each breast with cheese/asparagus mixture. Grill or broil for 15-20 minutes (until internal temp of chicken reaches 165 degrees). Serves 4.
Black Pepper Pasta with Asparagus
3 cups Penne Rigate pasta
10 stalks fresh asparagus, chopped into 1" pieces
1 tbsp. black pepper
¼ cup olive oil (preferably extra virgin)
3 fresh roma tomatoes, diced
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
Blanch asparagus and set aside (do not rinse in cold water). Prepare pasta as directed on package, stirring black pepper into water before adding the pasta. Drain pasta, do not rinse, return to pan. Stir in tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Top with shredded parmesan before serving. Serves 4.
Variation: To turn into an entrée, add 6-8 oz. of thinly sliced grilled chicken or steak.
Asparagus with Lemon Butter
Approx. 1 lb. fresh asparagus, break stalks in half
1 lg. clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp. butter, softened
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Blend lemon juice with butter until as smooth as possible. Blanch asparagus, drain. Saute asparagus and garlic in lemon butter until well coated (2-3 minutes), season with black pepper. Serves 4.…