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!