Check it out: Pizza Hummus recipe.
Delicious + easy = great recipe!
Check it out: Pizza Hummus recipe.
Delicious + easy = great recipe!
Of all of the changes I’ve made in the last few years, one of the most hard-and-fast is banishing deli meat from my diet. Not only is it not a healthy option, but it truly turns my stomach. I have to be pretty darn hungry with no other option to even consider it.
I wanted to share this information about deli meat from Fooducate. I usually prefer to link directly to the article, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on their site. (It was sent in an email this morning.)
In many a lunchtime sandwich across the nation, deli meats are a standard. Subway has built its fortune on the sale of deli meat sandwiches. And Oscar Mayer has been a beloved namesake for generation of lunch packing moms. There’??s no doubt Americans love their bologna. Can these meats be a part of a healthy diet?
The term “deli meat” refers to meats preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. In most cases, red meat is used – pork and beef. As tasty as they are, deli meats are not a health food. Multiple studies have shown that increased consumption may lead to heart disease and cancer.
Among the problems associated with these cold cuts are high levels of unhealthy fats, high levels of sodium, nitrates, and other additives.
Saturated Fats. Not all fats are created equal. The saturated fats in processed meats may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sodium. Salt is a natural preservative that has been used for ages to preserve meat. Unfortunately, the average American consumes almost twice as much salt as prescribed by national health guidelines. This can result in high blood pressure.
Nitrates. Sodium Nitrite and its closely related Sodium Nitrate are food preservatives that help preserve the pinkish red color of the meat, which would otherwise look unappetizingly gray. Unfortunately, when cooked or broken down in the stomach, nitrites form nitrosamines (also called N-Nitroso Compound), which can cause cancer in young children and pregnant women. Adding ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the food product greatly reduces the formation of nitrosamines. USDA Meat Inspection Regulations have limited the use of nitrite to 200 part per million. Nitrates are naturally present in spinach, beets, lettuce, celery, parsley, and cabbage. Don’t stop eating these veggies, many of them also contain vitamin C, naturally limiting the formation of the toxic nitrosamines.
Other additives. Lunch meats are made from low quality meat cuts. Often they taste bland and look unappealing. The role of the additives is to mask these inherent problems.
Here is an example of a poor choice. Oscar Mayer Bologna lists these ingredients: Mechanically Separated Chicken, Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 2% of Salt, Sodium Lactate, Flavor, Sodium Phosphates, Autolyzed Yeast, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite, Dextrose, Extractives of Paprika, Potassium Phosphate, Sugar, Potassium Chloride
A better choice would be Applegate Roasted Turkey Breast: Turkey Breast (Turkey Never Administered Antibiotics or Animal By-Products. Vegetarian Grain-Fed), Water, Contains Less than 2% of the Following: Sodium Lactate (from Beets), Salt, Carrageenan (from Seaweed)
In the “why didn’t I think of this” category, PureWow shows how to clean your blender. Ingenious; I’ll try it after making tomorrow morning’s smoothie.
Despite my best attempts to eat vegetables, it’s still easier for me to drink them in smoothies. And after three years of dealing with chunks of ice in the bottom of my smoothies, I recently decided to upgrade my blender to one that processes ice.
If you’re flush with funds, buying a blender isn’t hard at all; there are a lot of powerful blenders out there that promise icy smoothies. Being a budget shopper, however, I was a little concerned about finding something that worked well for my under $100 (and the more under, the better) price range.
I did a lot of research via Google, and somewhere, I saw a great tip: to best process ice, buy a blender with at a motor of at least 650 watts.
Armed with this information, I found a Black and Decker BL2500S 12-speed blender, complete with a 700 watt motor blender, for $39.99. I read the box. I checked it out. I compared it to the pricier, sexier models. And reluctantly, I purchased it. I really doubted this blender would work. I’ve heard so much about Breville and Vitamix that I couldn’t imagine a plain Jane blender doing the job.
Imagine my surprise when I put my $39.99 blender to the test, and it worked like a champ! My post-workout smoothies are now like milk shakes. They’re more filling, colder and don’t have ice chunks in the bottom. And even better, I didn’t have to spend a fortune.
In closing, I’ll share my favorite smoothie, one I call the ChocoNanaSpin.
Put all ingredients except ice into blender and blend. Add ice and blend until smooth.
Like to try new products, but don’t have time to walk the aisles of your favorite stores? Do you sigh in disappointment with each trip to the mailbox brings only bills and solicitations? Do you like to treat yourself every once in a while? If you answered “yes, please” to at least one of these questions, you’ll want to check out subscription boxes, the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Subscription boxes contain an assortment of products usually related to a common theme or interest. They are typically sent out once a month, and prices generally range from $10 to $40 per box. Most boxes provide full-sized sample products, not usually the small freebies you get at the counter. The number of products in each box varies with each subscription box service, but the most feature four to seven products per box.
I recently joined the subscription box scene with Parcel, a box from the people at Greatist: the leading, trusted source for all things fitness, health, and happiness. Parcel is like Greatist all wrapped into a neat little package and delivered to my doorstep monthly for only $20 a month. Instead of spending hours and tons of money searching through products at health and fitness stores, I open my Parcel box and BAM – it’s like my birthday. Every. Single. Month.
Resolve to treat yourself with a subscription box service is the New Year! These days, there’s a subscription box for just about everyone, from dog lovers and health nuts to make-up mavens and fitness fanatics. Your perfect subscription box is just a Google search away.
If subscription boxes are a new concept to you, what questions do you have? Currently subscribe to a box? Share which one(s) you get and why you love receiving it. If you could design a box just for you, what types of products would it include?
I am six NSVs short for December, and I’m lucky that’s all that I am short. I truly enjoyed the holidays. And that’s okay. But there were a few days without discernible NSVs. Here’s to 2014.
On first glance, a deck of cards, dice and dominoes may seem more suitable in a casino than your pantry. Now thanks to a recent feature on EverydayHealth.com, you can use these and other everyday items to picture proper portion sizes.
You may be eating better, but if you’re not controlling portions, you could be sabotaging your weight-loss and healthy eating efforts. But because no one wants to use measuring cups and scales for every little thing, the real trick to portion control is learning to eyeball portion sizes of common foods. Here, EverydayHealth.com features a handy guide to keep you on track.
To summarize the feature, here’s how you can use everyday items to help picture proper portion sizes:
|Meat||Three ounces||Deck of cards|
|Fruit||Half-cup||Baseball or incandescent light bulb|
|Baked potato||Small||Woman’s Fist|
|Cheese||Half-cup||Four dice or two dominoes|
|Red wine||Four ounces||Teacup|
|Chocolate||One ounce||Pack of dental floss|
Interactive Whiteboards by PolyVision
I also found a neat infographic with similar information:
The event, which will be held on Saturday, November 9 at Joe Riley Park, raises funds for Louie’s Kids, the only not-for-profit organization in the United States helping identify treatment programs for overweight and obese children.
This amazing ‘Field of Dreams’ day at the ballpark wouldn’t be possible without the participation and support of the following celebrities who have committed to fighting childhood obesity one run at a time:
Other celebrities include personalities from Charleston television and radio stations.
“We’re so grateful for the support of these celebrities,” said Louis Yuhasz, founder of Louie’s Kids. “The entire Louie’s Kids organization appreciates their willingness to take time out of their busy schedules to help raise awareness of childhood obesity. This one softball game will help children all over the south combat obesity and improve their future, families and communities.”
For more information on Louie’s Kids or Slim Down the South, visit LouiesKids.org or SlimDowntheSouth.com.
About Louie’s Kids
Founded in 2001 in Alexandria, Va., and operated today out of Charleston, SC, Louie’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to empower children to make changes, both physically and mentally, for a healthier and more productive life. The mission of Louie’s Kids is to strengthen the future of the communities they serve by making children healthier and improved citizens, while also providing excellent stewardship to those funders who invest their time and treasure in the children served. For information and updates follow Louie’s Kids on Facebook and Twitter.