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June 14, 2012

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

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Count Every Penny… They Add Up

To Eat healthy is a life-style, not a choice. Eating healthy is a conscious decision made with every meal prepared and everything we consume. Education is the key; knowledge is power. It is more important to learn how to fish than it is for someone to give you a fish. Once you learn how to fish, you can get as many fish as you can catch. Learn how to grow your own food, shop for best quality and prices and cook nutritious meals.

To eat healthy foods, especially without preservatives and additives tastes better, provides you with more nutrition and promotes better brain functioning and overall health. Better brain functioning allows you to think more clearly and better health gives you more stamina and energy. Maintaining a healthier life-style can reduce your overall medical bills saving you additional money as well. Money saved is money earned that can be used to eat healthy foods.

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Suggestions for parents to eat healthy:

  1. put pre-cut fruits and vegetables in containers with cold water in the refrigerator so kids have easy access for snacks,
  2. have children use child safety scissors to cut coupons for fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, whole-grain cereal (both you and the child benefit; save money and better health),
  3. for younger children, you pre-cut the coupons and the child has to match the picture with the product in the store,
  4. shop Wednesday and Thursday when most stores run additional specials,
  5. buy what is in season, Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Seasonal Fish
  6. buy frozen if not fresh not canned it has preservatives and water which you are also paying for unnecessarily,
  7. shop at ethnic stores (Asian, Indian, Hispanic, etc) prices are generally cheaper and fresher for items used in their daily cooking, also often sold in bulk so you can decide how much to buy rather than buyer prepackaged,
  8. shop Farmer’s Markets
  9. prepare and cook using the stove not the microwave, nutrition is retained and overall texture and flavor is better,
  10. take a cooking class that also teaches nutrition, food combining and budgeting
  11. search YouTube for visual answers, we learn better wen we see it but even better when we do it ourselves,
  12. Mindful Eats has additional suggestions,
  13. Repurpose  and Upcycle leftovers (food recipes),
  14. check out Eating Healthy Because of Food Stamps,
  15. check out How to Eat When You’re Really Broke ,
  16. If you need more assistance contact Food Assistance, USA Family.

Health Disclaimer http://www.mamavega.com

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.

June 3, 2012

How to Reduce HBP with Fresh Fish

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Earlier today I received a text from a friend wanting to know if I knew where she could get bonito fish because she was told it would help her with her high blood pressure (HBP). I told her I was not sure, perhaps in one of the Asian Markets because I understood it to be a fish used a lot in Japan.  However, I cautioned her that if this fish was from the waters in Japan and she should be cautious. Apparently, there have been blue fin tuna fish migrating to the shores of California from the waters off Japan with ten (10) times the normal radioactivity level as a result of the Fukushima Diaichii Nuclear Reactor Incident last year.  The reason the bonito fish is used for HBP is because of its DHA Omega-3 (310 mg).  However, there are other fish with higher levels of DHA Omega-3.   Just like we have seasonal produce, fish are seasonal as well and the nutritional value is better at different times of the year.  Additionally, there are some fish within the same species that would have more of a given nutrient than others. Usually the price in the store is an indicator of a higher nutritional value concentration. After a bit of research, I was able to gather the information that follows: The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.  Several clinical studies suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Fish oilhas been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (fats in the blood), and to lower the risk of death, heart attack (and HBP), stroke, and abnormal heart rhythms in people who have already had a heart attack. Fish oil also appears to help prevent and treat atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by slowing the development of plaque and blood clots, which can clog arteries.

Deep frying fatty fish is the way to protect  DHA Omega-3 oils  from leaking out because the protein of egg and flour can become barriers to prevent outflow of these oils.. Instead of deep frying, try baking with some form of a coating to seal in the Omega-3.

Tuna Fish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Tuna Fish – Click for Nutritional

Although the blue fin tuna off the coast of California has been determined to be radioactive (supposedly this 10 times the norm is no problem), fishermen in Gloucester, MA catch them off the Atlantic Ocean. Tuna season is approximately from April through November. However in Louisiana off the Gulf Coast, tuna is fished year round. Fresh tuna fish has the highest DHA Omega-3 of fish (2880 mg/serving).   http://www.tunahunter.com/

Salmon Fish © B. Guild Gillespie/www.chartingnature.com Salmon – Click the fish for nutritional information.

Salmon season is from May – Sept, Oct, or Nov depending on the boundaries (Oregon/CA, US/Mexico-Monterey, San Francisco). It has the third highest DHA Omega-3 (820 mg /serving).

Wild Alaska salmon is a high-quality source of protein and vitamins – including D, B6, B12 and selenium –as well as an excellent source for the omega-3 fatty acids that support brain and heart health.

“The abundance forecast of Sacramento River fall Chinook in 2012 is 819,400, far above the number needed for optimum spawning this fall (122,000-180,000 fish),” according to the PFMC. “The Klamath River fall Chinook forecast for 2012 is about four times greater than average and the highest forecast on record since 1985.”

Read more: http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/fishing-115216-coast-county.html#ixzz1wIo1XaUb

  •  King (Chinook) – Alaska’s largest salmon fish species, king salmon are prized for the high oil content that make this firm fish exceptionally flavorful

  •     Sockeye (Red) – Alaska’s second-most abundant fish species is known for its distinctive red meat color and full flavor
  •     Coho (Silver) – Alaska’s second-largest salmon species is low in saturated fat and mild in flavor
  •     Keta (Chum) – The firmest of Alaska’s salmon species, keta salmon have a lower oil content and mild flavor, perfect for cooking at gentler temperatures.
  •     Pink – The most abundant and affordable of Alaska’s salmon species is commonly seen in cans and pouches, but is also increasingly available in fish fillets

Visit Wild Alaska Flavor for dozens of healthy, delicious recipes as well as ideas for easy and affordable ways to enjoy wild Alaska salmon at home.

Recipe: Panko Crusted Salmon Croquettes

 

Mackerel Fish

Mackerel – Click for Nutritional

After having a difficult time finding mackerel here in central California, I finally discovered its season is December through February and is abundant on the east coast. However, I was able to find it in the can. Mackerel has the second highest DHA Omega-3 (1780 mg/serving).

 

Bonito

According to Wikipedia, Bonito is a name given to various species of medium-sized, predatory fish in the Scombridae family. Bonito can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In Japanese cuisine, bonito refers to the skipjack tuna (a species of mackerel) . The bonito has a moderate fat content whereas the previously mentioned fish have a much higher fat content resulting in a higher DHA Omega 3 (319 mg/serving.

I should mention sardines have 1140 mg/serving of DHA Omega-3.  These little tikes pack a powerful punch so do not overlook them in your diet.

Links to federal salt water fish regulation on fish http://www.scottsbt.com/fishids/regsrecs/regsFED.htm

Food Recipes (Fish):

Fresh Tuna Recipes                                                                   Fresh Mackerel Recipes

Fresh Salmon Recipes                                                              Fresh Bonito Recipes

Omega-3 DHA and Omega-3 EPA are largely derived from fish oils, with ...

 

Fats account for over 50% of the brain and Omega-3 DHA represents 30% of brain matter.  The highest concentration of Omega-3 DHA in the human body is in the retina. Therefore, fish is definitely a food everyone should have in their diet to maintain brain power and eye sight.

Omega-3 DHA is an essential component of breast milk, and newborn babies utilise Omega-3 DHA for brain, nerve and eye tissue development.

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Pocket Guide

Finally, in my quest to garner this information, I discovered that although the Mackerel fish is seasonal, it can be ordered in some meat/fish departments here in California because it is considered a throw away fish and used for bait. The general cost is on $1.99 per pound fresh.  After checking the isles where tuna is kept, I found 15 oz cans of mackerel for $1.89 in water and salt. In this economy, this is definitely better pricing than salmon or tuna to get the same Omega-3 benefits.

It may take a bit of looking, but you can eat healthy and economically. Healthy Never Tasted So Good!

Health Disclaimer http://www.mamavega.com and http://www.mamavega.com/blog

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.

May 1, 2012

Mediterranean Okra and Asparagus Salad

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May is National Mediterranean Diet and National Salad Month

Mediterranean Salad

 Mediterranean Okra & Asparagus Salad

This recipe combines two of the celebrated food concepts for the month of May. By synergistically marrying these two health concepts, the nutritional and known medicinal benefits are propelled to the levels of Superfood status!

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cup(s) nuts, almonds, slivers
  • 6 ounce(s) artichoke hearts marinated in olive oil
  • 32 ounces okra
  • ½ c lime juice
  • 1/4 cup(s) almond oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, black
  • 1 package(s) cheese, goat cheese, crumbled, 5.5 oz
  • 1 pound asparagus, fresh
  • 1/2 cup(s) onion(s), red sliced like crescent moons
  • 1/2 cup(s) pepper(s), red, orange and yellow bell, strips
  • 1 quart(s) butter lettuce torn (cut with plastic knife only to prevent oxidation; turning brown)
  • 2 cup(s) watercress
  • 1/4 cup(s) vinegar, Modena balsamic

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread almonds in shallow pan.
  3. Roast at 350°F for 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned; stir at least twice; cool.
  4. Set 1/2 cup almonds aside; grind the remaining1/4 cup almonds finely.
  5. Combine ground almonds in a small bowl with marinade from artichokes, almond oil, parsley, garlic, Italian herb seasoning and pepper; whisk to blend.
  6. Pour over crumbled goat cheese.
  7. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour for flavors to thoroughly marriage.
  8. Cut woody part off okra and throw away.
  9. Cut okra in about 1 inch circle pieces.
  10. In a frying pan, put lime juice and bring to a bubble.
  11. Add okra and cook on medium heat stirring constantly until lime juice cooked off.
  12. This will prevent the okra from being slimy.
  13. Set okra aside to cool.
  14. Remove woody stems from asparagus; cut into diagonal, bite-size pieces.
  15. Blanch in boiling water 1 minute, drain and cool.
  16. Toss asparagus, okra, red crescent pieces, red, yellow and orange bell pepper strips, artichoke hearts and remaining 1/2 cup almonds with butter lettuce and watercress.
  17. Scoop out crumbled marinated goat cheese.
  18. Top salad with crumbled marinated goat cheese.
  19. Blend balsamic vinegar into marinade that was used to marinate goat cheese and drizzle over salad.

 

Options:

  • Leave okra whole
  • Add black or Greek olives
  • Add sun dried tomatoes

Health Benefits:

  1. Almond – onega-3, brain, constipation, diabetes, anemia, complexion,
  2. Artichoke – liver, gallbladder, cleaning blood, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, detoxifies
  3. Okra – facillates  probiotics, fiber, regulates blood sugar (diabetes), laxative, seeds (protein)
  4. Lime – alkalizing, vitamin C,
  5. Parsley – vitamin C, tonic for blood vessels, expels watery poisons, kidney, bladder, diuretic,
  6. Garlic – antiviral, antibacterial, digestion, colds, yeast infection, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, toothache,
  7. Black pepper – manganese, vitamin K, stimulates stomach to secrete for digestion, helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas, diuretic, promotes sweating
  8. Goat cheese – easier on digestion system, ok for lactose intolerance, low calories, low cholesterol, low fat,
  9. Asparagus – Detox, anti-aging, cancer prevention, reduces pain and inflammation, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, prevent birth defects
  10. Onion – cold, asthma, bacterial infection, respiratory infection, angina, cough, inhibit tumor growth, air purifier, general body healing,
  11. Bell peppers (yellow, orange, red) – vitamins A & C, neutralizes free radicals, reduce risk of heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, asthma,
  12. Butter lettuce – phyto-nutrients to prevent diseases, beta-carotene, vitamin A, protection against age related eye diseases, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, calcoim, magnesium, potassium, B-complex
  13. Watercress – anti cancer, glaucoma, vitamin B-6 & C & B-1 & B-2, fiber, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous,
  14. Balsamic vinegar – antioxidant, cancer fighting, reduces risk of heart disease, natural pain reliever, assists in digestion, weight control, control diabetes

Approximate Times

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 8

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 228, Saturated Fat: 5.2g, Sodium: 172mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Fat: 20g, Carbs: 8g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 8g, Calcium: 121mg, Vitamin E: 6.4IU

Carb Choices: 0.5

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Author: Mama Vega www.mamavega.com
Source: Mama Vega*s, “The good stuff… A Taste of Home”

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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.

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