Monday, April 30, 2012

10 reasons to eat an apple a day

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posted by Diana Herrington

The old adage 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' may be a silly rhyme you heard as a kid, but you might be surprised to learn of apples' serious health benefits. Your mom didn't use the term power food but she knew about apples. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" was the first nutritional advice myself and many children heard from their moms. For this reason we call them "the first power food."                                       

  1. Apples are filled with soluble fiber (5 grams). This fiber has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer. It helps control insulin levels by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream. It cleanses and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.
  2. Apple pectin helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion. In two studies researchers found that eating five apples a week lowered the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma.
  3. According to Chinese Medicine: Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.
  4. Apple cider vinegar can help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  5. Studies indicate that eating apples daily can reduce skin diseases.
  6. According to a Brazilian study, eating an apple before a meal helped women lose 33 percent more weight than those who didn't.
  7. An apple has only 50-80 calories and has no fat or sodium.
  8. Apples are packed with vitamins C, A, and flavonoids and with small amounts of phosphorus, iron and calcium.
  9. Apples provide a source of potassium which may promote heart health.
  10. So there you have it ... lots of good reasons why it is good for you to eat an apple a day! I like apples so much that when I started living by myself I substituted those sugar laden cereals with an apple.    

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunday Dinner April 29th

On The Menu

2 Servings
10 ounces baby spinach
8 – 10 large strawberries cut in 1/8, lengthwise
¼ cup almond slithers
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ bunch chives cut into 1 inch long pieces
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Rinse spinach and spin in a salad spinner or drain in a colander then blot with paper towels to remove excess water.
Whisk together dressing and set aside.
Toss spinach with enough dressing to lightly coat. 
Add the strawberries and almonds and toss again.
Place on platter and top with feta cheese and chives.  

Jerk Chicken
4 Servings

4 Chicken breasts, 6 – oz., boneless, skinless

For the Jerk Seasoning:
1 tablespoon allspice
¼  teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 teaspoon cinnamon
10 scallions, trimmed and chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled
4 jalapeno peppers, seeded
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Prepare Jerk Seasoning by placing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
Place chicken breast in a heavy-duty zip lock bag. Pour  ¾ of the Jerk Seasoning over chicken and refrigerate overnight.
Place remaining sauce in refrigerator until ready to use for basting the chicken.
Drain marinated chicken breasts by placing them on a rack.  Place rack over the sink or on a sheet pan.
Heat the grill.  Once grill is hot, carefully wipe down the grill rack with oil to prevent chicken from sticking.  To wipe down grill; pour oil (canola or peanut) on a clean cloth then wipe down rack with the oil. 
Place drained chicken on grill and cook for 9 – 10 minutes over medium heat on each side. 
Baste with reserved Jerk Seasoning on both sides the last 3 minutes of grilling.
Remove cooked chicken from grill and allow to rest 10 minutes. 
Slice and arrange BBQ Jerk chicken on a platter.

 Sautéed Crazy Corn
4 Servings
3 – 4 ears fresh corn on the cob
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
1 teaspoon oregano or thyme

Clean corn by removing husk and silk.  Rinse corn and scrub with a vegetable brush to remove all of the silk.
Using a sharp knife, cut the corn off of the cob
In a large skillet, heat the oil, add the peppers, onions, garlic and a pinch of salt and saute 3 minutes.
Add the corn and remaining seasonings and saute until corn is tender, approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Bleu Ribbon Potato Salad
6 – 8 Servings
3 pounds red potatoes cut into 1” dice
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
½ bunch parsley, coarsely chopped
6 ounces gorgonzola cheese
¼ cup vegan mayo
¼ cup fat free sour cream

Wash potatoes and scrub with a vegetable brush, cut off any bad spots or blemishes, but do not peel. Cut potatoes into 1” dice.
Place potatoes and bay leaf in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil.  Boil until potatoes are just fork tender about 13 minutes. 
Thoroughly drain potatoes, discard bay leaf and place potatoes in a bowl. 
While potatoes are still hot, season them with salt and pepper then mix in the white wine vinegar.
Spread potatoes out to cool on a sheet pan [cookie sheet] and let them sit for about 15 minutes on the counter before placing them in the refrigerator. Let potatoes cool in refrigerator uncovered for 30 minutes. 
Once potatoes have cooled down, add in all vegetables and mix thoroughly then add the cheese, mayo and cream and mix thoroughly.
Cover, return to the refrigerator until salad is cold.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

10 creative ways to use lemon juice

 by: Elizabeth Walling

 1. Grease removal - A mixture of plain water and lemon juice is tough 
enough to bust through any grease on your kitchen appliances and counter tops.

2. Disinfect and deodorize your kitchen - Is your refrigerator or cutting board really clean? Surfaces where we prepare and store food need to be clean, but this is also exactly where we don't want to use toxic chemical cleaners. Lemon juice is excellent for disinfecting these surfaces, and will also remove unpleasant stains and odors.

3. Sooth a cough - Mix some raw honey with an equal amount of lemon juice to ease your coughing. This also works well for a sore throat.

4. Enhance digestion - Fresh lemon juice in water can aid digestion during meals. It's also a great way to hydrate in the morning when you first wake up.

5. Tone your skin - Use a cotton ball to apply a light layer of diluted lemon juice to your skin. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse away with cool water. The lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin, and can also lighten dark spots and scars.

6. Clean glass - Lemon juice is just what you need to bring the sparkle back to that dull vase, coffee pot or decanter. You can also use one part lemon juice in ten parts water to shine your windows.

7. Clean and soften your hands - Lemon juice is excellent for removing stains and odors left on your hands. Lightly scrub the lemon juice into your hands with a sponge, then rinse and moisturize as usual. Your hands will feel clean, soft and fresh.

8. Remove tarnish - A simple paste of table salt and lemon juice can make tarnished copper, chrome and brass gleam again. Apply the mixture, allow it to sit for ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water and buff gently to shine.

9. Get sun-kissed hair highlights - Chemicals used to lighten hair can be highly toxic. Get natural highlights by spritzing your hair with lemon juice before you go out in the sun. As an added bonus, rinsing your hair with lemon juice removes build-up and gives your locks incredible shine.

10. Clean your toilet - Toilet cleaning products are harsh and unnecessary. A mixture of borax powder and lemon juice will leave your toilet looking (and smelling) as good as new!

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