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July 1, 2013

Patty Pan Squash Pie

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Photo: Patty Pan Squash RecipePartially bake 9" pie shell and cool2 Patty Pan squash3 oz fresh fugs1.5 oz dates ( more for sweeter taste)2 free range cage free eggs1/8 t ground cloves1/8 t ground nutmeg1 t cinnamon1 t vanilla (Spice Island no corn syrup)1 T granulated honey1. steam squash2.cut squash in cubes3.  Put squash in blender and puree4.  Add dates and figs and blend till also pureed5.  Blend in the two eggs6.  Add spices and blend again7.  Add vanilla and granulated honey blending well8.  Pour into partially baked pie shell9. Bake 350° for 25 min10.  Remove from oven and let cool.11.  Serve alone or with ice cream.

Patty Pan (Sunburst) Squash Recipe

 

Patty Pan Squash Recipe

Partially bake 9″ pie shell and cool

2 Patty Pan squash
3 oz fresh fugs
1.5 oz dates ( more for sweeter taste)
2 free range cage free eggs
1/8 t ground cloves
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla (Spice Island no corn syrup)
1 T granulated honey

1.  steam squash
2.  cut squash in cubes
3.  Put squash in blender and puree
4.   Add dates and figs and blend till also pureed
5.   Blend in the two eggs
6.   Add spices and blend again
7.   Add vanilla and granulated honey blending well
8.    Pour into partially baked pie shell
9.    Bake 350° for 25 min
10.  Remove from oven and let cool.
11.  Serve alone or with ice cream.

 

May 26, 2012

Recipes: Ingredients for Healthy Grillin

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It’s “Grillin Time!”  You ask: What about the carcinogens? How can I tenderize the meats? What will help my system digest the meats and proteins? Are there any good marinade suggestions or recipes?

Carcinogens

When meats are grilled, carcinogens are created. Unlike meat, vegetables don’t create carcinogens when they char.  Scientists have come up with ways you can dramatically reduce the hazard of carcinogens in grilled meat.  according to Fitness and Freebies, scientists have come up with ways to reduce carcinogens in grilled foods. the following are a few of those suggestions:

  • Flip your burgers often. By turning burgers once a minute and cooking them over a low heat you reduce HCAs and kill potentially deadly E. Coli bacteria. In addition, use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat reaches 160 degrees. This is the temperature needed to deactivate E. coli. The appearance of the meat being brown does not mean it is thoroughly cooked.
  • Use the right marinade. Marinate raw meat in a thin, liquid sauce for at least ten minutes. When thick commercial sauces are used, the HCAs triple. Dilute thick sauces.
  • Microwave first. Partially cook burgers, poultry, ribs and fish in a microwave oven for at least ten minutes before grilling. Be sure you discard juices when done. By practicing this procedure, you eliminate 90-percent of HCAs.
  • Add anti-cancer soy. Mix 1/2-cup of textured soy protein into a pound of ground meat before grilling. This cuts 95-percent of the expected HCAs in burgers without affecting taste.
  • Enhance with vitamin E . Add vitamin E to raw meat grinders. 120 milligrams of vitamin E powder mixed into or sprinkled on 3.5-ounce patties can reduce HCA formation as much as 72-percent. You can use a capsule of vitamin and crack it open for contents.
  • Try a fruit burger. This will not be for everyone but the fact is if you mix a pound of ground meat with a cup of tart, ground cherries before grilling, you suppress 90-percent of HCA formation. Other deep -colored fruits rich in antioxidants work as well. These include grapes, blueberries, and plums.
  • Add garlic and herbs. Garlic, rosemary and sage reduce HCAs when mixed into burgers. In addition, use them in marinades or just eat them in a meal with grilled meat. Antioxidants in citrus fruits also block HCAs.
  • Do not order meat very well-done. The longer you cook meat at high temperatures the more HCAs you produce. This applies in grilling, broiling and frying. If you cook a steak well done as opposed to medium-well, you double HCAs.
  • Drink tea with your barbecue. Chemicals in black and green tea help detoxify HCAs. Hot or iced tea from bags or loose tea is what you want to drink. Bottled teas or powdered, instant teas are not beneficial. If you wish, you can also marinate meat, poultry and fish in concentrated tea. Let the tea bag steep in 1/4-cup of hot water for five minutes.
  • Skip meat entirely and grill greens. Fruits and vegetables do not contain creatine, the animal protein needed to make HCAs. Pineapple and peppers are very good when grilled. In addition, eating fruits, vegetables and green salads along with barbecued meat lessens the cancer hazard.

 

Tenderize:

Below are a few natural ingredients to tenderize meats:

  1. fresh raw unripened papaya contains an enzyme, papain, which breaks down the meat’s connective tissue when it comes in contact with the meat; red meat is the preferred meat to tenderize this way
  2. fresh pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that is  anti-inflammatory and aids digestion
  3. Asian pears – when cooked used to tenderize meats
  4. fig – has the enzyme called ficin which breaks down both muscle fiber protein and both types of connective tissue fibers.
  5. kiwi – contains a sulfhydryl protease enzyme,  acitinidin which mildly tenderizes when over ripe kiwi is used
  6. kachri melon – contains the enzyme called  cucumin, tenderize spent hen meat, tough sheep and buffalo meat successfully,
  7. ginger – contains a protease enzyme, zingibain, acts on the collagen and actomyosin of meat which contributes to the tenderness of meat.

    Papain Characteristics

    If you score the skin of a raw Papaya with knife, the fruit will exude a milky white substance known as the latex that contains Papain.  The Papain enzyme activity depends on two factors: pH factor, and the temperature.

    Effect of the pH factor

    pH for optimal Papain activity: 6.0-7.0

    The enzyme is active when the pH factor is neutral (pH = 7) to slightly acid (pH = 6). The pH of most of the meats is neutral to slightly acid.

    Effect of temperature

    Temperature for optimal Papain activity: 149 °F
    Inactive Papain: 170°F to 185 °F
    Active Papain Range: 140 °F to 160 °F

    If you just store the meat with the papaya paste in the refrigerator, it will do nothing to tenderize meat. It starts to become active at 140 °F, slows down at 170 °F, and dies at 185 °F.

  8. yogurt –  this is the preferred ingredient to tenderize chicken,

Preparing Yogurt Marinate

The live culture, fat, and lactic acid are the key components of yogurt that help with tenderizing.

In Punjab, Tandoori spices are added to yogurt to enhance flavor.

Tandoori Marinate Chicken / Seafood

– As a minimum, the marinate should include salt

– Add tomatoes to increase the acid

– Add Ginger for enzymes

– Add oil to increase the fat

How long to marinate meat?

It depends on pH factor, temperature, fats, type of meat. Marinating also infuses the flavors in the meat. I use the following table.

Seafood: 30 minutes at room temperature

Chicken/ lamb :  8 to 12 hours in the refrigerator

Chicken/ lamb :  4 to six hours at room temperature

Digestion of meats:

Ingredients that assist with the digestion of meats as well as they have other health benefits:

  1. garlic – antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic,
  2. pineapple – contains bromelain, an enzyme that is  anti-inflammatory and aids digestion
  3. ginger – ease digestive complaints and nausea
  4. turmeric – combined with parsley aids digestion, cancer preventative, stimulates the gall bladder to release bile, a substance that helps fat digestion
  5. peppermint – causes the muscles of the stomach to relax, allowing food to move into the intestines faster and digestive gases to be passed,
  6. anise – member of the parsley family, aids digestion, reduces gas, naturally promote breast milk,
  7. basil – has flavonoids (which provide protection at the cellular level), anti-bacterial properties that inhibit several species of pathogenic bacteria – which have been shown to be resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
  8. black pepper – increase circulation, regulate blood pressure, reduces pain during joint movement, during digestion,  helps reduce free radicals and prevents the useless breakdown of vitamin A,
  9. cinnamon – mild energy boost, relieves abdominal spasms and gas,
  10. fennel – works well with cinnamon. Fennel is a also a good source of niacin, calcium. vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.
  11. lemon peel
  12. parsley –  combined with turmeric aids digestion, three times as much vitamin-C as oranges, double the calcium as broccoli,
  13. cardamom – aid to digestion, stimulates metabolism and  has aphrodisiac properties.
  14. coriander – vitamin C, coriander is also believed to help reduce swelling and cholesterol levels, and eliminate mouth ulcers, anemia and menstrual disorders.
  15. dill – rich in minerals, vitamin C and flavonoids; one tablespoon has more calcium than 1/3 cup of milk.
  16. bay (laurel) leaf –  also beneficial in treating migraines and diabetes,
  17. oregano – antibacterial  inhibit the growth of many kinds of bacteria, including those that can cause food borne illnesses.
  18. rosemary – improve memory, treat colds, headaches, nervous tension and as an antispasmodic

Marinades and Recipes:

Teriyaki Sauce

One garlic of clove
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
Mix all. Pour over meat, fish or poultry. Marinate at least ten minutes. 1-cup


Turmeric Garlic Marinade

2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup orange juice
Mix all. Pour over meat, fish or poultry and marinate at least ten minutes. 1/2 cup.


Rosemary Tea Marinade

1/2 cup concentrated tea (two bags brewed in 1/2 cup hot water for five minutes)
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Add rosemary, garlic, honey and soy sauce to hot tea. Cool slightly. Pour over steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken or fish. Marinate at least ten minutes. 1/2 cup.

Preparing Papaya or Pineapple Tenderizer Paste

Raw Papaya

1. Peel green skin up about 1/8th to ¼” deep off the raw papaya or pineapple or combination of both.

2. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt per two Tablespoons of Papaya.

3. Grind to a paste. You need 2 Tablespoon of Papaya paste for one pound of meat.

Preparing Yogurt Marinate

The live culture, fat, and lactic acid are the key components of yogurt that help with tenderizing.

In Punjab, Tandoori spices are added to yogurt to enhance flavor.

Tandoori Marinate Chicken / Seafood

– As a minimum, the marinate should include salt

– Add tomatoes to increase the acid

– Add Ginger for enzymes

– Add oil to increase the fat

 

How long to marinate meat?

It depends on pH factor, temperature, fats, type of meat. Marinating also infuses the flavors in the meat. I use the following table.

Seafood: 30 minutes at room temperature

Chicken/ lamb :  8 to 12 hours in the refrigerator

Chicken/ lamb :  4 to six hours at room temperature

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All information in this article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

April 28, 2012

The K-E Diet:Leaves you Full of $#!+

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This say yes to the dress extreme weight loss feeding tube, K-E Diet, that many brides are choosing to embrace in my opinion is not healthy for your body or your purse.

Let’s start with the two side affects they mention, bad breath and constipation. Bad breath is usually a sign that something is rotting or at the least disagreeable with the normal functioning of your body. Sinus problems are also an indicator of bad breath. given the fact that this tube is inserted into your nose for 10 days, what is the likelihood that a sinus condition develops?

Postnasal drip can cause bad breath. this particular diet simulates post nasal drip and possibly causes  inflammation in the air passages behind the nose leading to a possible sinus infection.
Bacteria on the back of the tongue are one of the commonest causes of bad breath. Food particles, postnasal drip and stagnant saliva build up in the ‘fur’ at the back of the tongue, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. There was nothing mentioned about drinking water which would help to cleanse the mouth from the negative affects of the dripping.
Anything that dries the mouth makes bad breath worse, because saliva and water cleanses the mouth. This particular diet resembles fasting well and  can cause in a dry mouth and worsen a bad breath problem.
This diet causes constipation because there is no fiber in the liquid they are feeding you with via the tube in your nose.   We are all intelligent and know that the lacking fiber which makes the “river” flow so you can go results in a dam in the river. The debris that backs up is toxic to your system and ultimately can lead to other diseases.
Try eating: apples, celery, prunes, lentils, quinoa, salmon, olive oil, Greek yogurt, egg, kiwi and sweet potatoes


So, let me get this right; putting a feeding tube down your nose that could be causing bad breath, sinus infection and constipation and a $1,500.00 bill is way more appealing than eating healthy and incorporating exercise with your normal daily activities! Not to mention you can keep   $1,500.00 in your pocket for a new wardrobe.
I will take the new wardrobe!

Also, doctors say this extreme rapid weight loss will not be permanent. Your brain cannot process the quick weight loss. What happens when you go back to eating solid foods?

Finally, the main reason many of these women have chosen to take this radical and unconventional method is because they do not feel like exercising. In other words, they do not feel like increasing oxygen flowing through their body increasing the likelihood of slowing down the aging process.  Exercising has so many health benefits that it will have to be covered in another blog post.

Mama Vega*s Weight Loss Chart       Water_and_Weight_Loss_Chart_2_04012012

Health Disclaimer

All information in this recipe is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

December 15, 2010

33 Foods to Stay Young

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Avocados
Guacamole, anyone? According to Paula Simpson, BASc, RNCP, the oil found in avocados works to toughen your skin while also hydrating it. Another perk? “Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids,” says Robyn Flipse, MS, RD. “This is the healthiest type of fat for the cardiovascular system because it doesn’t promote inflammation.”

Berries

Stocked with antioxidants, these yummy snacks neutralize damaging free radicals, says Simpson. They also help the body manufacture collagen, leaving your skin firm and smooth.

Low-Fat Yogurt

You already know it’s full of protein and calcium, but yogurt contains other vital nutrients as well, according to Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet. “The vitamin B in yogurt is essential for multiple body functions, including cell growth and division.” Just one cup of yogurt has 450 milligrams of calcium, more than a cup of fat-free milk.
Water-Rich Foods

Foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, peaches, melons, and celery, are some of the best hydrating solutions for your skin, says Simpson. They keep away wrinkles and therefore keep you looking fresh-faced. Flipse also recommends hydrating fluids, like green tea or sparkling beverages, to keep the skin moist.

Wild Salmon

This fish is an anti-aging remedy for your mental health. The omega-3 fatty acids improve your memory and brain function while reducing inflammation, says Flipse. Drayer suggests choosing wild salmon over farmed to avoid the higher fat levels and chlorinated pesticides that farmed salmon often contain.

Zinc, Copper, and Selenium

These minerals are required for collagen production, says Simpson. To stock up, choose foods like chicken, lean beef, walnuts, chickpeas, and dried fruits. “Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system, and selenium helps your skin retain its natural elasticity,” says Drayer.

Oysters

Not only are oysters full of zinc and selenium, according to Drayer, the high levels of these minerals serve as an antioxidant and help protect you against eye-related disease.

Carrots and Tomatoes

The more colorful the better, says Flipse. These bright veggies are stocked with phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which protect against damaging free radicals. The beta carotene and lycopene found in them also protect your skin from sun damage and repair skin cells, says Simpson.

Dark Chocolate

Some say, “Too good to be true,” but Flipse says, “Resveratorol and flavanols.” These two compounds are the good stuff in dark chocolate that promote circulation and can even protect against moderate sun damage. Just make sure to choose dark chocolate over milk, as the dark chocolate is more beneficial to your health.

Blueberries

All berries have some anti-aging perks, but blueberries are soaring in popularity because of the amount of vitamin C and E they contain, says Drayer. These vitamins fight aging by ridding the body of harmful chemicals that have long-term, damaging effects on our organs. We’ll be making a blueberry pie this weekend, stat.

Broccoli, Beets, and Red Cabbage

These veggies are all natural detoxifiers, says Simpson. They minimize toxicities that build up in our bloodstream and, eventually, dull our complexion.

Kiwifruit

Eating kiwifruit will not only help maintain clear skin, it will also promote healthy bones. Drayer says one cup peeled kiwifruit contains more vitamin C than the equivalent amount of oranges. Plus, it neutralizes free radicals that could lead to things like cancer and heart disease.

Rosemary

“Rosemary is rich in phytochemicals,” says Simpson. “This increases levels of ceramide in the skin, which helps to retain moisture and elasticity.”

Spinach

Another great (and affordable) vegetable choice. “Spinach has an exceptional lutein content,” says Drayer, “which helps keep our eyes healthy and bright.” Spinach also has tons of vitamins, including folate (vitamin B9), which aids in the production and maintenance of new cells, including red blood cells.

Ginger, Turmeric, Cocoa, Cayenne, and Cinnamon

These spices have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body, says Simpson. They also help balance blood sugar and can be easily incorporated into beverages or even food.

Sweet Potatoes

The beta-carotene in this Thanksgiving favorite is a powerful antioxidant and is fat-soluble. Drayer says you might notice smoother skin after munching on sweet potatoes regularly, as our bodies turn beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps smooth skin and ward off wrinkles.

Whole Grains and Fibers

Fiber is essential for normal skin functioning and the regrowth of new cells. Plus, the complex carbohydrates in the whole grains maintain blood glucose levels and reduce glycation, which makes our skin less elastic, Flipse says.

Walnuts

“Walnuts are one of the only nuts that contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids,” says Drayer. “This has been shown to protect against high blood pressure and heart disease, and increase bone strength.” Their anti-inflammatory perks also relieve skin diseases such as eczema and even asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Keeping your colon clean rids your body of toxins that may cause aging and cell degeneration.



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