20 April 2009

Add More Spices To Boost Your Wealth of Health And Make Food Taste Great

When we cook, we use seasoning and spices only for adding good taste on that food. What we don’t realize is all those seasoning has big impact to our health, whether is small or big amount. They are good as antioxidant, anticancer, aromatherapy and even for beauty.

The vegetarian diet so often associated with good health and lack of disease relies heavily on the use of spice. Add some chili pepper, cumin or turmeric to mashed potatoes or rice. Sprinkle marjoram or rosemary on your salads, and dress up cottage cheese with whatever spicy flavor appeals to you. Spice up your veggie juices and smoothies. What ever you do, adding spice means adding a wealth of health benefits.

All spices confer a list of health benefits. The addition of any of them to a prepared dish, drink, or in a supplement form will help to reduce free radical damage and combat the effects of aging. Here are a few spices that offer outstanding benefits.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon prevents insulin resistance even in a high-fructose diet. Cinnamon is anti-microbial and can stop the growth of bacteria, fungi and yeast. Cinnamon has anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce clumping of blood platelets. Cinnamon is one of the richest sources of antioxidants.

Coriander
This herb is very helpful to cure swelling, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, digestion, menstrual disorders, conjunctivitis, and skin disorders. It is protective of the eye by preventing macular degeneration the eye, especially when you are stress. It has a stimulating effect on the endocrine system which in turn stimulates the production of insulin. It contains antioxidant, vitamins A and C, and minerals.

Garlic
This ability to increase hydrogen sulfide production may explain why a garlic rich can protect you against various cancers (prostate, colon, breast cancer) and also protect the heart. Garlic also well known in preventing common cold, acne and cholesterol. It even appears to be a natural mosquito repellent.

Ginger
Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, significantly help with nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness. It is works as antioxidant, relaxing blood vessels, stimulate blood flow, relieve pain, common digestive aid and useful for people suffering the side effects of chemotherapy.

Oregano
Oregano is effective against amoeba than prescription drug (tinidazol) and has 5 times the antioxidant activity than blueberries. Oregano works in the intestinal tract to kill unfriendly bacteria without damage to the friendly bacteria. It is a effective against candida albicans overgrowth throughout the body, and particularly in the sinus cavities. Thymol and carvacrol are two of oregano's potent antibacterial properties.

Parsley
Most Chief and housewife add this seasoning in their cooks. It also had abilities to fight cancer, especially the lungs. Parsley contain antioxidants, beta-carotene, folic acid, and vitamins A and C.

Red chili peppers
Many people add chili to increase appetite, it has powerful anti-inflammatory, helps to relieve pain, ease congestion, clear mucus from the lungs and nose, boost immunity, prevent stomach ulcers, reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride, and prevent cancer. It contains capsaicin.

Rosemary
You can use rosemary as your ingredients but also as natural air cleaner and freshener. Rosemary stops gene mutations that could lead to cancer, and help to prevent blood vessels damage, and reducing heart attack.

Sage
Sage prevent oxygen-based damage to cells, fight rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, atherosclerosis, promote better brain function. This herb contains flavonoids, phenolic acids and oxygen handling enzymes

Turmeric
This bright yellow spice is very powerful healer. It is very helpful to cure inflammatory, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, cancer and Alzheimer's disease, and act as liver protective agent. Turmeric is effectively as drugs like hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone and Motrin.

Turmeric prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, melanoma and prevent metastasis from occurring in many different forms of cancer. Turmeric also can reduce the risk of childhood leukemia, and slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis. It is a natural liver detoxifier and most effective pain relievers through inhibition of COX-2.

Top 10 Drinks For Soda Alternatives

Ever read the ingredients label on that can of soda? Grab one now! Surprise! Surprise! Most likely the top ingredients are corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup, two very concentrated forms of sweetener, and a whole list of artificial ingredients. Like sugar-free?

Here are the top 10 of delicious, refreshing alternatives to the nutrient-free soda.
  1. Club soda mixed with pomegranate juice. 160 calories per cup; still bubbly.
  2. Tonic water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Only 80 calories, still bubbly.
  3. Light yogurt and fruit smoothie. Creamy and sweet, high in calcium and only 174 calories per cup.
  4. Tomato juice or V8. Packed with flavor; high in vitamins C, A, and potassium and only 50 calories per cup.
  5. Flavored seltzer. Carbonated, but zero calories.
  6. Energy drink. Tastes sweet, 60 calories per cup, contains electrolytes.
  7. Apple cider. 120 calories per cup, packs a tangy, substantial flavor.
  8. Milk, whole or skim. High in calcium and protein–and you need both. With 145 calories per cup of whole milk; 85 calories for skim.
  9. Ovaltine made with skim milk. It’s chocolaty, fortified with vitamins and minerals, high in calcium and protein and 170 calories per cup.
  10. Tea or coffee, unsweetened. Get a boost on less than five calories per cup, plus it’s high in antioxidants.

18 April 2009

Pick And Mix Pancakes Recipe

This was the French breakfast and a plate of fruity pancakes served with creamy yoghurt. Make for 8 pancake.

Ingredients
The Pancakes
  • 80g self-raising flour (For chocolate flavoured pancakes, substitute 16g of flour for 16 g sieved cocoa powder)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 100 ml milk
  • Sunflower oil
The Pick 'N' Mix
Raspberries, blueberries, sliced banana, sliced peeled pears, chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate drops, or dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, chopped apricots

For Serving
Maple syrup or runny honey, Greek yoghurt, mixed fresh fruit

Preparation
  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and caster sugar
  2. Add egg and milk, stirring briefly to form a batter.
  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and brush with just a little sunflower oil.
  4. Drop 2 or 3 individual tbsp of the batter into the pan.
  5. Place your chosen pick 'n' mix flavour on top, and cook for 1 minute until bubbles form on the surface.
  6. Turn the pancakes over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes until they are golden.
  7. Keep the pancakes warm while you cook the rest, then serve with the suggested ingredients.

Top 10 Kitchen Items For Healthier Eating

Every grocery and department store has sections with healthy cooking ingredients and tools. Most of us cannot afford that luxury, so we need to carefully pick and choose those items that will increase our enjoyment, make our lives easier, and make our food healthier and tastier. Here’s your top 10 items you should have in your kitchen :
  1. Blender. It works well to puree soups, make them thicker and creamier, eliminating the need for additional butter or cream. You also can make healthy smoothies (fruit, yogurt, ice, juice), low-cal mayonnaise, low-cal salad dressing and low-cal veggie dip with cottage cheese.
  2. Cookbook. You are probably not gifted with devising your own recipes on a regular basis. Let’s face it, we all need some inspiration, but you should try to choose one or two that suit your tastes and lifestyle, and believe me, there are a million of them out there.
  3. Cooking spray. What started out as one version of PAM has proliferated into several shelves of cooking sprays in a wide variery of flavors, including butter and olive oil. Fats are necessary for overall health, but excess fats contribute to weight gain, clogged arteries, and increased risk of stroke and heart disease.
  4. Crockpot/Slow Cooker. Make your life easier with one-pot meals utilizing cheaper cuts of meat. You can roast a chicken, make a stew or soup, and keep dinner warm for latecomers. Slow cooking allows the fat to cook off most cuts of meat, which you can skim off the top and avoid ingesting. It’s also a great way to cook dried beans and legumes. Split pea soup, navy bean soup, homemade baked beans, barley and vegetable soup.
  5. Grill pan. It allows you to cook meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables quickly and without added oil. Used on very high heat, the grill sears the juices in and provides for a tasty meal.
  6. Kitchen Scale. While many can eyeball portions accurately, most of us get it terribly wrong, causing for additional unwanted calories. A small kitchen scale can take the guesswork out of portion control and also comes in handy for many baking recipes that list ounces instead of teaspoon or cup measurements.
  7. Nonstick Pans. It allows users to reduce or eliminate fat when cooking everything from eggs to grilled cheese to fish. Early and cheap versions of the nonstick pans can peel and break up with repeated use and age, so this is one kitchen staple it is worth spending a bit more on. Just remember to keep metal utensils away from these pans, to keep the nonstick finish intact.
  8. Rice Cooker/Steamer. White rice, brown rice, red rice, black rice, and veggies can all be easily prepared in an electric rice cooker. There is no-mess and no fuss tool. Add rice and water, turn it on and get it only less than 30 minutes. Bonus feature is the warmer, which can keep your rice at serving temperature for several hours. No watching the stove or checking for evaporation. Get creative and cook your rice in broth, with herbs or even diced veggies. You can also add garlic or herbs to your steaming water when cooking veggies to add another flavor component.
  9. Spices/seasonings/herbs. One way to perk up any meal, healthy or not, is to use fresh ingredients and use added herbs or spices. Herbs like these and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and curry powder all add a flavor punch, as do seasonings such as Emeril’s Cajun Seasoning and Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic. There is also a good variety of herb mixes with lower salt content.
  10. Truvia/Stevia/Agave: Hot on the market are the new natural sugar substitutes. With 300 times the amount of natural sweetness of the popular sugar cane, you can now find this in sodas and in packets of sugar substitute called Truvia. Produced from the agave plant, it is thinner than honey but thicker than maple syrup and is very mild in flavor. It can be used to sweeten your coffee and tea, cereals, and used as a substitute in baking. It is lower on the glycemic index, making it a good choice for diabetics.

The Most Expensive Drink In The World

We need only six hundred million dollars for keep drinking it in future.

Many people do not fully appreciate the value of water. They prefer to choose oil right now. Can you imagine what is the prize of mineral water 10 years later? Water can be more expensive someday. The existence of civilization is possible without oil but without drinking water it’s impossible. Trust me.

In many countries the governments do not inform their citizens about the real situation with the drinking water reserves, especially in developing countries. Very soon all the world will watch the changes of prices on water. Countries with large water reserves and the ability to defend them will prevail on the political arena of the planet. They will set their own price for a liter of water.

Here the fact about our water
  1. More than 2,4 billion people live in critical sanitary conditions and have no proper facilities for purification of drinking water.
  2. Every year 3,4 million people die because of drinking water deficiency (mainly children). That considers diarrhea and enteric fever that children get infected with when drinking water from springs, ponds and rivers. Every year about 4 million children die from acute respiratory infections because of the air pollution.
  3. More than 15% of the citizens of Europe have no access at all to water that could be considered drinking.
  4. In the developing countries up to 250 million people a year suffering from acute poisoning with pesticides.
  5. More than 100 million people in Europe and North America suffer from air pollution.
  6. More than 20% of the planet’s population constantly suffers from allergies and 35% citizens of big industrial cities from illnesses which are a result of the negative impact of the polluted environment.
  7. In total, in 2025 one billion people will live in countries of absolute water deficiency.
  8. The population on the planet is growing and the drinking water reserve is getting shorter. By 2050 the planet’s population will grow 50% bigger up to 9.3 billion people /now it’s 6.1 billion/. What your children and grandchildren will drink? Water is already more expensive than oil in the 10-15 years. Will you have enough money for simple fresh water.
It is the time to save our planet, and our water, because water has already save us since million years ago.

17 April 2009

Baked Mocha Cheesecake

Great combination of creamy white chocolate and coffee, damn it’s taste so good...

Ingredients
  • 200g double chocolate chip cookies
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 200g light cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 tsp instant coffee granules/powder
  • 1tsp caster sugar
  • Pouring cream to serve (optional)
Preparation :
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C
  2. Grease and line the base of a 15 cm loose-bottomed or spring-clip cake tin.
  3. Crush the biscuits to a crumb either in a food processor or in a plastic food bag using a rolling pin.
  4. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuits.
  5. Tip into the cake tin and pack down with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon.
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave gently or in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  7. Once melted, leave to cool for 5 minutes before adding the cream cheese.
  8. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  9. Mix in the eggs and then pour on top of the cheesecake base in the tin.
  10. Mix the coffee granules/ powder with the caster sugar and 1.5 tbsp of hot water until dissolved.
  11. Spoon over the top of the cheesecake and swirl with the handle of a teaspoon.
  12. Place the tin on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 1 hour, until the middle of the cheesecake is just set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  13. Serve at room temperature, with pouring cream if you love too.

Ward Off The Stroke By Drink Coffee

Are you Coffee lovers? Drinks lots of black liquid pot? Coffee at one time was thought to possibly be detrimental or causing problems to your health and potentially lead to strokes, but there is new evidence that women who drink coffee regularly may actually be arming themselves, to fight off the potential of a stroke.

A newly released study, evaluated the correlation between women’s stroke risk and coffee drinking, conducted from 1980 to 2004, over 83,000 women, averaging around 55 years old. The women who participated in the study reported no history of stroke, heart disease, diabetes or cancer, prior to the study. Based on the food surveys, 84% of the women drank at least some caffeinated coffee and half of them said, they also drank decaffeinated coffee, with 78% drinking tea and 54% drinking soft drinks with caffeine. Over the 24-year span of the study, their were 2,280 strokes documented, with more than half of the strokes being the type that follow blood vessel blockage called ischemic strokes.

Journal of the American Heart Association on March 3rd also publish that women who regularly drank at least four cups of coffee a day, reduced their risk of stroke by 20%, compared to those women who drank less than a cup monthly. If women drank from five to seven cups of coffee weekly, they reduced their risk of stroke by 19%. Those women who drank from two to three cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of stroke by 10%.

Drinking coffee actually seemed to help fight against strokes in healthy women, but the same benefits for those women who smoked didn’t exist. Smokers seemed to almost wipe out any benefit they may reap from drinking coffee regularly, with their smoking habits. Smokers who had similar coffee habits as those women who had never smoked or had quit, risks only dropped by 3%, while those women who had never smoked but drank four or more cups of coffee daily, risks of strokes fell by 43%. Hm, well from now on you should think once again to smoke, you got 43% or 3% decrease of heart risk?

This research has not been determine to caffeinated tea and soft drinks. They didn’t seem to award the same benefit, which lead researchers to believe something other than caffeine in the coffee is the protective shield.

The study authors also noted certain conditions, such as insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac complications, which can be negatively affected by coffee consumption. But the data we do have is very convincing in the sense that we feel comfortable that we definitely found no association between high coffee consumption and a higher stroke risk. So women can continue to enjoy their coffee and focus on other things to reduce stroke risk, such as engaging in more physical activity, reducing salt intake and stopping smoking.

16 April 2009

Do You Like Instant Coffee? Yummy or Yukz??

Instant coffee was first introduced in 1901 at the national fair in Buffalo. The invention gave rise to a great deal of controversy. The instant coffee still divides the world in two.

Instant coffee is actually dried brewed coffee, and freeze-dried coffee is frozen brewed coffee, then dried. May be for coffee lover, they would never want to drink instant coffee., but instant coffee can suits the needs of the occasional coffee drinker. It was one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a cup of coffee and has all of the characteristics that you would expect from a coffee. It has the caffeine kick that many coffee drinkers want from their coffee and has a coffee-like taste that admittedly pales.

How To Produce Instant Coffee?
Instant coffee is produced by placing wet coffee granules on large trays and freezing them. The air is then pulled out of the freezing chamber to prevent condensation, and the chamber is warmed. The resulting grounds are packaged for sale. But, what you should know is instant coffee use low-quality coffee beans for roasting and grinding, and the taste is generally substandard.

The History of Instant Coffee
The earliest version of instant coffee is invented around 1771 in Britain. The first time it was mass produced was in America around 1910 by George Constant Louis Washington. He accomplished a great feat and acquired a patent, but the instant coffee powder was perceived by most to be a novelty with a disagreeable taste. Today instant coffee still has a force in the market. Even the military still provides instant coffee powder for that much needed caffeine boost.

The Advantage of Having Instant Coffee
  1. The biggest advantage of instant coffee is that it is quick and easy to make. All you have to do is pour hot/boiled water into a cup with instant coffee crystals in it.
  2. Once a cup is poured, the person then has to stir the water and instant coffee crystals up to make a cup of coffee. You can add extra ingredients such as sugar, honey, or milk to the coffee for extra flavor.
Disadvantage of Instant Coffee
It is still not a substitute for a great cup of coffee. Coffee lovers all agree that instant coffee is the worst quality of coffee that one can have.
  1. This sense is palpable to those who drink instant coffee when they have to, as they can’t seem to shake of the feeling that there’s something missing from its taste.
  2. instant coffee is easily spoiled if not kept dry and that its taste is of a lower quality than that of freshly-brewed coffee.
  3. the percentage of caffeine in instant coffee is less, and undesirable bitter flavor components are more present.
  4. The lowest quality coffee beans are used in the production of instant coffee and sometimes other unwanted residues from the harvest are used in the production process.
  5. This process naturally produces a different mix of components than home brewing.
How To Prepare Instant Coffee?
Here are the steps to make a good cup of Instant coffee :
  1. Put water in a kettle and plug it in or put water in a pot and put it on the stove. Or use an immersion heater and warm up the water in a separate heat-proof mug.
  2. Take the instant coffee and put about one slightly rounded teaspoon in a mug.
  3. Pour just a teaspoon of the very hot water into the mug; only enough to dampen the instant coffee. If you use sugar, put in your sugar granules. Now, with a metal spoon, crush the slurry against the side of the mug.
  4. Stir in the rest of the hot water.
  5. Add fresh whole milk, fresh half-and-half, or non-dairy creamer to the coffee if desired.
  6. Flavorings such as vanilla extract, cocoa powder, or ground cinnamon may be added at this time. If the coffee has been modified, then stir thoroughly until the extra ingredients have been dissolved.

How Much Protein Do Foods Contain?

Protein is very essential for the growth of cells and tissue repair and it also works as building block of all life. All proteins are made up of different combinations of 20 compounds called amino acids. Depending on which amino acids link together, protein molecules form enzymes, hormones, muscles, organs and many other tissues in the body.

There are two types of amino acids :
  • non-essential amino acids. Your body can produce it.
  • essential amino acids. You have to take it from your food because your body can’t produce it and there are nine essential amino acids.
Types of protein
Animal protein
Animal proteins contain all the essential amino acids. You can find this protein in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Oily fish (salmon, sardines, trout, tuna) is a good source of protein. It has the added advantage of being high in types of fatty acid that provide protection against heart attack and to some extent stroke. Oily fish contain up to eight times as much omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as lean fish (cod, haddock, skate).
Plant protein

Plant protein contains many amino acids, but no single source contains all of the essential amino acids. Legumes (peas, green beans), cereals, beans, pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, soya products, vegetable protein foods such as Quorn or veggie mince are some of the plants which contain those amino acid.

You need to combine different plant proteins to make up the complete range of amino acids needed by your body.

Plant VS Animal Proteins

In terms of healthy eating, you should aim to eat a diet with a higher proportion of plant proteins than animal ones.

Many animal proteins are high in saturated fat or cooked with a lot of fat.
Studies have linked eating a lot of red and processed meat to an increased risk of bowel and stomach cancer.

Cooking meat, poultry and fish at high temperatures creates chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It's thought HAs and PAHs may increase our risk of cancer, but more research is needed. PAHs are also found in the exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke.

Plant-based proteins are low in fat and high in fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Plant proteins contain phytochemicals that contribute towards health and disease prevention. For example, isoflavones found in soya beans have antioxidant properties.

How much do I need?
Current advice says protein only has to make up 10 to 15% of your daily diet to meet your body's needs. That's around 55g for men and 45g for women.

About two thirds of the protein we eat is from animal sources and get a quarter of our protein from cereal products (wheat, bread, oats).

How much protein do foods contain?
You can check nutrition labels to find out how much protein something contains.
  • One skinless chicken breast (130g): 41g protein.
  • One small fillet steak (200g): 52g protein.
  • One beef burger or pork sausage: 8g protein.
  • One portion of poached skinless cod fillet (150g): 32g protein.
  • Half a can of tuna: 19g protein.
  • One portion of cheese (50g): 12g protein.
  • One medium egg: 6g protein.
  • 150ml glass of milk: 5g protein.
  • One tablespoon of boiled red lentils (40g): 3g protein.
  • One portion of tofu (125g): 15g protein.
  • One slice medium wholemeal bread: 4g protein.
  • One slice medium white bread: 3g protein.

15 April 2009

How To Select And Store Instant Coffee?

Coffee loses flavor rapidly whether ground or whole bean. You can buy whole beans and ground just before brewing to get the best flavor.

The enemies of coffee are oxygen, light, heat, and moisture. Store whole beans in an airtight, opaque container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. Storing coffee in the refrigerator or freezer for daily use can damage the coffee as warm, moist air condenses to the beans whenever the container is opened. You may freeze coffee for up to 3 months, but you should bring the coffee to room temperature before brewing.

Instant coffee is available in most supermarkets, and most cooks keep a jar of it handy, just for the aforementioned uses. For drinking though, do yourself a favor and buy a coffeepot and some decent coffee. There’s a reason instant coffee declined in popularity.

It is the caffeine that cheers us up as we drink a cup of coffee. The caffeine content in a coffee seed equals 2-3% of its total weight. However, the above content of caffeine is believed to be exceedingly high for the modern humans who live in a stressful world. Therefore, instant coffee’s caffeine content is decreased during manufacture to 2.3% in order to meet the international standards. In theory, the caffeine content in instant coffee must not go below the above level. On the other hand, some instant coffee brands contain as little as 0.1% of caffeine.

Are You Hate It? Why? Touch It And Learn How To Love The Fruits And Vegetables...

You guys must be know that we all need to eat plenty of vegetables for better health. It is a fact that the you need for good health are in your vegetables. If you do not get enough minerals, your body cannot ward off disease and begins a downward spiral into bad health. Maybe it’s happen with you!

Plenty of vegetables help one become alkaline which builds health and gives extra nutrients that will help the body fight cancer. Your cancer is certainly something you want to move away from.

You are motivated by emotions you don’t want such as pain, grief, anger etc. You are also motivated by the things you want to move towards. Emotions that would go with this are feeling happy, satisfied, loved, forgiven, respected, etc. Move away from or move towards. These two ways you are motivated are the key to help you get past your dislike of vegetables.

Decide which type you are. Which are you most motivated by? Do you put moving away foremost in your mind or moving toward?

Grab some vegetables. Look at them, feel them taste them, Chew on them. Snap them, break them up and hear the crunchiness. Involve as many of your senses as you can.

Paint the picture of what you are leaving behind. Accentuate the problems. Make them look really big and bad in your picture. Show your self what the big bad picture would be like a year from now or 5 years from now if you continued eating your bad diet. Put a lot of feeling into this.
Paint a big bright picture of what you will look like and feel like when you have better health. Think about who you love, who loves you and what you want to do and could do when you have good health.

Now which did you feel more motivated to eat the fruits and vegetables and the super food you need?

See, that was not so bad. It is all according to the message you give your self. Certainly your body thanks you for the better nutrition, and I know you are going to start feeling better and having more energy as you continue to eat the better diet.

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