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21 December 2011

W for Walnuts

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Medical benefits and claims: Source Wikipedia

Raw walnuts contain glyceryl triacylates of the n-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is not as effective in humans as long-chain n-3 fatty acids, and (mostly insoluble) antioxidants. Roasting reduces antioxidant quality.In 2010, a report published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition said that walnuts and walnut oil improve reaction to stress.

A study has suggested that consumption of walnuts increases fat oxidation and reduces carbohydrate oxidation without affecting total consumption, suggesting that walnut consumption may improve the use of body fat in over-weight adults. Walnuts have been shown to decrease the endothelial dysfunction associated with a high-fat meal. 

On October 11, 2006, ScienceDaily published a report which stated "New research shows that consuming a handful of raw walnuts along with meals high in saturated fat appears to limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries," and attributed the result to a 2006 article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The lead researcher, Emilio Ros, MD, PhD, was quoted as saying "People would get the wrong message if they think that they can continue eating unhealthy fats provided they add walnuts to their meals." Funding for the study was provided by the California Walnut Commission, an industry marketing agency.

Fun Facts and Trivia Source: Food Reference

It would take 1,051,818,240 walnuts laid end to end to circle the equator.

There are 72 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name 'Walnut'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C. The Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, 'Jupiter’s royal acorn.' Early history indicates that English walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty. Thus, the walnut is often known as the 'Persian Walnut'. Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East. English merchant marines transported the product for trade to ports around the world and they became known as 'English Walnuts.' England, in fact, never grew walnuts commercially.

Consumers will purchase an estimated 2.7 million pounds of walnuts to enjoy with the 2008 Super Bowl; enough to bury the playing field in over 3 feet of walnuts!

California produces two-thirds of the world's walnuts.

The official state nut of Missouri is the Eastern Black Walnut.

Shelled walnuts contain about 4% water content by weight.

Rich, crunchy walnuts are always delicious, whether sprinkled on top of a waffle at breakfast, added to brownies you've whipped up for an after-lunch treat, or tossed with a crisp green salad for dinner. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, thought to reduce risk of cancer. They also provide protein, several essential vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants, yet are free of trans fats and cholesterol. Today, they're ranked as America's third most popular tree nut.

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Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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10 December 2011

Chicken Aloha Pasta

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Pasta, one of my favorite dishes. Chicken - a great ingredient for a lot of dishes. Mix them together and there's something new brewing in the kitchen.

What you need:

1K pasta (cooked according to package instructions)
1 medium onion finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of basil leaves (finely chopped)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1K chicken breast fillet (diced) or 1/2K ground chicken
1 small pouch of pineapple tidbits
1 pouch of tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
grated cheese

What to do:

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then saute garlic and onions. When the onions are caramelized, add the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked, add tomato sauce - simmer for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how thick you want the sauce to be). Add the pineapple (with the syrup) and basil - simmer again for another 5 minutes.

Serve on top of cooked pasta and top it with grated cheese

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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02 December 2011

Burger in Olive Oil and Butter Sauce

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I've been looking for a good option to just frying those cute little delicious burger patties. Last week was experiment day and I was able to come up with this.

What you'll need

10 burger patties
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lite butter
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 teaspoon mayonnaise lite
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Sear the burger patties in olive oil and butter
Once the burgers are half done, add water, milk and basil - simmer
After 5 minutes add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper - simmer for another 5 minutes
Serve over hot steamed rice

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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30 November 2011

Natural Light Food Photography

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What's the best lighting when it comes to food photography?

Many photographers have different opinions when it comes to photographing food. Some would say that the best way to do it is by using a studio set up, combining different lights to create a great looking food photograph. There are those who would say that in order to make your photos look a little more natural, you can go ahead and place your food near the window to make use of natural lighting.

What do I have to say about it?

Hmmm, I'm not a professional food photographer, but I'm trying to learn the ropes. My personal favorite when it comes to taking food photos would be natural lighting. 

What do I do to get some appetizing photos?

I experiment with where I put my food. There are times that I place it on the counter, near the window. There are times that I choose to bring it near the stove where there is a lot of natural light. Then there are times that I would take the food to a spot in the house where there is a contrast of light and shadows.

What's the answer then?

If you love natural light, try and take advantage of all that it could bring to your photographs. Experiment with the placement of your plate, near the window, far from natural light or somewhere in between. Once you place your plate in a location, take photos from different angles, different sides then transfer to another location with a different lighting situation, take more photos then transfer again.

Once you feel like you have more than enough shots, transfer it to your PC and then look at them closely. Choose the one that looks more natural, colors, lighting, sharpness and everything else that you look for in a photo. And like what I always say, do not overdo the processing. Correct the white balance, contrast and sharpen it a bit. 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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29 November 2011

Weekend Feast | Burger Experiment

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In my efforts to eat healthy even during my cheat days, I decided to deviate a little from the normal frying of those yummy burger patties. 

I decided to perform another one of those wacky kitchen experiments last Saturday and to be perfectly honest, hubby and I were not disappointed with the results. I will be sharing the recipe this coming Friday. If you have time or you are just plain curious as to how I made these, please feel free to visit me. 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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21 November 2011

Weekend Feast | Sizzling Tofu from Max's

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Hubby and I went to Max's last Saturday, that day being my cheat day! Even with this small fact in my head, I still decided to get something mildly disgusting (in a good way) but healthy at the same time. 

I love sisig and this is a healthier alternative to all that pork thingy ingredients in that sizzling plate. I have to say though, this dish was well prepared, delicious and definitely really good! 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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18 November 2011

Healthy Options at Kenny Rogers

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Grilled American BBQ

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Healthy Plate


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Healthy Plate



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When I embarked on this road to wellness I promised myself that I would not deprive my taste buds of good meals from different restaurants. The only glitch - I had to look for healthier options.

I wasn't disappointed when I went to Kenny Rogers because they serve great food which are healthy and are honestly quite affordable.

The top photo is hubby's meal. I tried the cheesy garlic potatoes and all I can say is YUM!

My plate which was called The Healthy Plate included the following:

1 Chicken Classic
All Veggie Salad - Solo
A Muffin
Fresh Fruits 
Regular sized Lite Ice Tea

all of which for only Php185. Great deal! How about the taste? Yummy! Healthy!

My verdict: Affordable healthy meals, great service and a bunch of choices for their healthy plate meals, I wouldn't hesitate to go back and try their other offerings.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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14 November 2011

Butter Macaroons on a Diet?

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Let's talk about something that no dieting person in their right mind would go grab and eat, especially when they are on a diet - Goldilocks' Butter Macaroons.

When I started this road to wellness I thought that I had to give up everything that I love to eat - sweets! And I challenged myself if I can stay on this path for more than one month. Officially, I have been on the diet and exercise routine for a month and a half and I'm glad to say that I haven't gained a single pound, instead I've shed some last October and when I checked the scales earlier today, I found that I have lost a total of at least 4 more pounds for the last 2 weeks! 

Scary as it may be, I found that I can eat anything as long as I know my portions. Yes, these macaroons are temptingly sweet, but since I have learned how to control what and how much I eat, I was able to get a taste of this simple treat last weekend.

I consider Saturdays to be my cheat days - reward days for some, but I still had some macaroons yesterday (Sunday) so I decided to eat the last two pieces sharing them with hubby. So yesterday, it was one macaroon and a looooot of water.

Who said that I have to deny myself of the sweet things in life? 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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12 November 2011

Veggie-Corned Beef Twist

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I get tired of eating corned beef the way that we normally cook them, sauteed in garlic and onions with some potatoes. Here's what I did to give this canned, processed meat a healthier twist.

What you'll need:

3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 small can of corned beef
1K squash, diced
1 can of young corn (drained) or 1/2K fresh young corn
1 small can of mushrooms (water drained, if whole, cut into quarters)
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil
1 pouch of tomato sauce
1 whole head of garlic, finely chopped (3/4 fried in olive oil)
1 medium onion finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Saute the remaining garlic (1/4 of a head) and onions in olive oil
Once the onion has caramelized, add the corned beef
When the corned beef is cooked, add the squash and cook it to your preference (we like ours half done)
Then add the young corn and mushrooms.
Put the tomato sauce in when the veggies are almost cooked, simmer for 5 minutes
Serve while warm and top it with the toasted garlic.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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10 November 2011

Quick Healthy Meals for People on the Go!

Today, I'm posting an article sent by Carolyn Knight from Blog Content Guild. Here's what she has to say

Leading a healthy life usually means eating right. However, eating healthy can be a challenge for some. With busy schedules and grueling work hours, people just don’t have time for food preparation. But you don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to eat healthy. Additionally, a healthy meal can be just as delicious as junk food. With a little bit of creativity and innovation, you can whip up some yummy, quick healthy meals! You never know, you may that perfect ingredient spices up your healthy, yet boring, recipe. Here are some ways to eat healthy, without disappointing your taste-buds.

Balance your Meals

It is important for you to make an effort to serve well-balanced meals when you cook up something in the kitchen. Every meal should include a wide variety of foods, such as veggies, fruits, dairy, protein, and grains.

Know your Portions

Always keep in mind that just because you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle does not necessarily mean that you have to give up the good stuff, such as cakes and takeout food! The secret to maintaining a healthy weight, while satisfying your sweet tooth, is in portion control. Instead of taking a whole slice of pizza, for example, take half of it. This way, you are able to satisfy your yearning and, at the same time, cut your calorie intake in half!

Get in the Kitchen




Preparing a meal at home has a number of advantages. For example, when preparing a meal at home, you have full control of your portions. You can also guarantee that the food you are about to chow down is not loaded with oil, butter, and other unhealthy, fatty preservatives. It is good to eat out and grab some hamburgers once in a while, but nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal! Maybe it’s a good starting point when you want to watch on your diet to minimize eating out and practice eating at home. If you don’t have much confidence in your culinary prowess, you can always search the internet for some new ideas and recipes to spice up your old favorite dishes. Try to be bold once in a while by experimenting with food that varies in color or by using exotic spices. A colorful dish is usually full of nutritional value. Purple and blue fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, resveratrol, and zeaxanthin. When you want something that contains Vitamin C and beta-carotene, go for yellow fruits and vegetables. These scrumptious fruits and vegetables can substitute for your typical starch. Rather than going out and ordering lasagna, why not prepare for a sumptuous eggplant parmigiana. Don’t be fooled, this recipe is really very easy to prepare!


Brightest Blessings!

Halie



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