Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blueberries: Nature's Wonder Food!

I am shocked that in the 2 plus years of writing on this blog I have never done a posting on blueberries. Blueberries may be the best thing you can eat!

First they are loaded with anti-oxidants. The free-radical destroying, cancer fighting nutrients that Americans do not get enough of. People ask the question all of the time: why is cancer so prevalent in today's society? Some think it is pollutants, others chemicals. For me the answer is easy: ultra processed foods instead of whole foods.

If more people ate raw blueberries, along with other foods like almonds and bananas, there would be a lot less cancer in our world today. Blueberries anti-oxidant richness has been established for several years now. They've also been shown to boost brain function, and they are an excellent source of fiber.

A new study is now suggesting another health benefit of the humble blueberry: lower cholesterol!

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Okay, it's no news flash that blueberries are nutritious. But here's something you probably didn't know: They may help keep your arteries from clogging.

In an animal study, researchers discovered that blueberries could have the power to cut LDL cholesterol levels almost in half.
The article goes on to state that more research is needed before we can say for sure that blueberries work the same magic in humans, but the common thinking is that it will. The belief is that the blueberries improve liver function. And if they do that in other mammals, why not humans too?

So enjoy blueberries anyway you can. But I suggest a serving or two of raw blueberries a day! Remember, raw (when possible) is the way nature intended for us to eat our whole foods!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Protein Powder Oatmeal Brownie: As Easy As 1-2-3

A friend of mine told me about how every morning he makes a protein powder chocolate oatmeal brownie. So I gave it a shot, and low and behold, it worked!

Here's how:

Take your protein powder scoop and in a bowl combine 1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate recommended) with 1 scoop of quick oats.

Then add just enough water to make the combination into a thick paste.

Microwave for 50 seconds on high.

And out will come a chocolate oatmeal brownie, with a nice helping of protein to start your day!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kitchen Fundamentals: How to Make a Whole Roasted Chicken | The Art of Manliness

Kitchen Fundamentals: How to Make a Whole Roasted Chicken | The Art of Manliness

Stumbled across this guy's site. Great stuff here! And I think this recipe sounds really good. I may attempt it over the weekend.

Dieting....To Gain Weight!

I have always dieted to lose weight. Though I have never had a weight problem, I have had the need to shed pounds. As a thin guy, my ideal weight even at 6'1" tall is a svelte 165 lbs. The problem is that I hate the way I look at 165 lbs. My clothes fit better, my waist band isn't tight (at a 34" size). The problem is I am too thin. I look like a refugee from some third world nation.

So after years of dieting and exercising in order to lose weight, trim down, and lose fat around my midsection, I recently decided it was time to gain weight. But not just gain weight, the right kind of weight.

To do that first I needed a good strength and muscle building program. Enter Strong Lifts 5x5!

  • 3 large eggs
  • splash of whole milk
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • chopped green pepper (about a 1/4 cup)
  • chopped onion (I use white, also a 1/4 cup)
  • handful of fresh spinach
Beat eggs, add whole milk. Add tomato, green pepper, and onion. Add dash of salt, and pepper. Put into buttered frying pan and let it cook eggs through. Put spinach in middle and fold over. Continue cooking until omelet is cooked through, spinach will wilt slightly. Add some cheddar cheese to top if you that is your preference.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Raisins: Super Food!

For years I have thought that raisins were just to darn sweet to be good for you. How could anything with that much sugar be good for you? Right?

Well after doing some research, it turns out that raisins are extremely healthful. Due to that sugar content they have to be eaten in moderation if you are watching your weight. But with that sugar comes a lot of things that are very very good for you.

First off, raisins are a great source of natural energy. They provide complex carbs to burn. So if you are active they are an excellent snack for maintaining your energy levels throughout your activities.

Another benefit of raisins is that they are high in antioxidants. They are thought to be good sources of calcium as well. This means they can help prevent cancer (especially colon). They also have benefits for your eyes, bones, and teeth.

Raisins are great for remaining regular. Because of this they can help promote weight loss if eaten in moderation. Also the fiber content is such that colon health can benefit from a serving (or two!) of raisins a day.

So enjoy raisins as a snack. Add them to cereal and oatmeal. Get them into your diet. After all, most of us could stand to increase our vegetable and fruit intake!

Monday, January 24, 2011

New, Even Healthier Recipe For Tuna Salad

About a year and a half ago I posted a healthy recipe for tuna salad. It was lower in fat due to limiting the added mayonnaise in the salad. However, I have since perfected the tuna salad, and now offer an even healthier version of it.

First, you can find the old recipe here:

Now for the new and improved recipe:

Ingredient List

- 2 cans chunk light tuna (or if preferred albacore tuna)

- 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper

- 2 tablespoons chopped onion (if preferred you can cut this down to 1 tablespoon of each)
- 1 tablespoon hummus (the super secret ingredient!)

- 1/2 tablspoon dijon mustard

- 1/2 cup “secret ingredient” plain lowfat yogurt

Drain tuna. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Measure out 5, 1/4 cup servings in a storage container. Lunch for the work week is served!

The hummus, while still adding some fat (good fat!) and flavor, makes this recipe even healthier than the original I posted. Hummus is a true superfood, and I am trying to find more and more uses for it.