Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Right Snack Track

The Right Snack Track

Snacking is the downfall of many otherwise healthy diets, but the good news is that your can learn to control this snacking quite easily. Also, even if still want to snack during the day, there are ways in which you can do so without killing your healthy diet. Staying on track with your diet when you like to snack might be hard, but it is worth that extra effort because it keeps your body healthy.

To prevent snacking, simply eat more meals. Instead of eating three large meals every try, try eating smaller meals every few hours. If you are snacking because you are hungry, chances are that you are using more energy than you are ingesting and you need the extra fuel. By eating 6 smaller but healthy meals every day, you will not be tempted to snack very often, but will keep your high energy levels.

You can also help to stop your snacking simply by removing temptation. Before you reach for a snack, ask yourself if you are honestly hungry or if you are just eating because you are bored, because the food tastes good, or because you feel compelled to eat when doing a certain activity (like watching a movie). If you are snacking because you are really hungry, than it is probably fine to have something to eat, but if you are snacking for another reason, you should try to remove the temptation. Simply rid your house of junk foods and do not buy these items again when you go to the grocery store.

Instead, purchase healthy snacks. Think about the snacks you are eating. Would they fit easily into a food group as fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy, or protein? If the answer is no, then the snack is probably not good for you. For example, carrot sticks (vegetables), yogurt (dairy), or whole wheat crackers (grains) work well as snacks, while candy, potato chips, and processed foods do not.

When you snack, remember to consider your beverages as well. Drinks like soda, fruit punch, iced tea, lemonade, and juice boxes can contain unnatural ingredients and lots of sugar. In short, they are high in calories but low in nutrients. Instead, opt for drinks that supplement your healthy diet. Choose water most of the like, or drinks that are made with natural fruits, like apple juice. Low-fat milk and sports drinks are also good choices. Above all, stay away from most kinds of alcohol. Red wine is an exception, since this can help your heart health, but any type of alcohol in high amounts is fairly bad for your body.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Cook better in the home: Varieties of Chinese recipes

Cook better in the home: Varieties of Chinese recipes: Varieties of Chinese recipes Keep in mind that there are many different types of Chinese recipes that you can make for your family. You’ll n...

Varieties of Chinese recipes

Varieties of Chinese recipes
Keep in mind that there are many different types of Chinese recipes that you can make for your family. You’ll need to keep in mind that everyone in the family probably has their favorite dish, but you’ll also find that everyone has a different reason why they like that dish as well.

You’ll find that when everyone has different tastes it can be very hard to please everyone, so you may have to try to figure out what recipes work well and also what recipes don’t work well. You’ll also want to keep in mind that these recipes are nothing that is set in stone. You’ll need to keep in mind that there are some standard ingredients that you can work with and figure out your own recipe. Keep in mind that Chinese food is based on ingredients like rice, noodles, seafood, and vegetables. You’ll find that there are some different tastes in the different regions of china too. You’ll find that Lo Mein is very different in Shanhai then it is in Beijing. This is because of the cultural differences and also the ingredients that are readily available.

You’ll find that the regions do end up playing a special role in what tastes like what, but you’ll also want to keep in mind that China is a big country and it is very different, climate-wise, when it comes to the regions too. The spices tend to make the dish.

When it comes to Chinese recipes there are types of Chinese Recipes there are a lot of things that will make or break the dish. It is very important that you think about things like soups and pancakes when trying new things because they all are different when it comes to eating at various restaurants or making them yourself.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Chinese Recipes

Chinese Recipes
When it comes to Chinese recipes, you’ll find that there are some of the most interesting recipes that you will ever try. You’ll also find that there are many recipes that are appropriate as a snack or some that are appropriate as a main course. You’ll need to keep in mind that these recipes will be able to come together quickly too. You will find that there are thousands of recipes that you can use and there are even more cookbooks on the market. You’ll need to keep in mind that it is easier for you to try out recipes and then add them to your own personal cookbook. This way you are able to build your own cookbook that can be passed down to other generations.

Often, you’ll find a recipe that is hundreds of years old, but each generation has added something to it or taking something out. You’ll find that these are the best recipes because you are able to make them your own and feel more comfortable about doing so. You’ll need to keep in mind that there have been great technology advances and you’ll need to opt out some of the cookware so that you can use electric woks or rice cookers.

When it comes to the cultural heritage of the food, you’ll want to keep in mind that they have a very strong history. You’ll need to keep in mind that most of the recipes do involve rice. Rice has become the main food for china and it has also become a major export.

There are many Chinese recipes that can take hours and hours to prepare, but you’ll also find that there are twice as many recipes that are so easy to prepare that you may be able to have a good meal for the family within minutes.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cook better in the home: Soy is powerful for the body

Cook better in the home: Soy is powerful for the body: Soy is powerful for your body Soy use is relatively new. You will find that there are tons of health benefits that you will be able t...

Soy is powerful for the body

Soy is powerful for your body

Soy use is relatively new. You will find that there are tons of health benefits that you will be able to get from soy, but you will also want to include it into your diet regardless of the risk for heart disease, if you may have it. You should know that most vegetarians will eat soy as a substitute for meat, but it will also allow patients to lower your high cholesterol levels. You will want to check with your doctor about adding soy to your diet

There are a lot of doctors that recommend that you replace meat with soy so that you can avoid the bad fats, but get the protein that you need. At this rate, daily, soy has been proven to lower cholesterol. Even the FDA or the Food and drug Administration has noticed the effects of soy and how it can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol clogs veins and arteries with a fatty substance that hardens to produce plaque; too much plaque in the arteries can close them completely, causing a heart attack. If you eat soy, you’ll be to reduce your cholesterol levels in your blood so that you can avoid build up in your arteries and heart. Lowering the amount of cholesterol by eating more soy can also reduce your risk for having a stroke.

You will also notice that the benefit that you will get from using soy in your diet does not just stop at helping you with cholesterol. You will also find that it can help women with their hormone troubles during menopause. The health benefits of soy do not stop at lowering cholesterol, however. Soy is also very beneficial for menopausal women, since it increases estrogen levels.

Then that will reduce the effects of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes. Because it has been known to raise estrogen levels in the body, eating soy can also be very beneficial for men trying to treat prostate cancer. There are still some studies being done about how good soy can help you lose weight and deal with diabetes.

You will find that soy is a healthy food that can help you with many things including menopause. You can also use it to lower your cholesterol levels, but also make yourself generally healthy. You will want to ask your doctor about the effects of soy and how it may help you fight to become healthier. You will find that your doctor will fill you in with all the wonders and questions that you might have about adding soy to your diet and by using soy and exercise to make you healthier. You will want to add things like fruits, veggies, and grains so that you can have a stronger and longer healthy life.


Monday, 7 November 2011

Easy meat and potato pie

Prep time:
50 min, plus chilling
Cook time:
20 min

You can make a traditional meat and potato pie with ready made shortcrust pastry - make your own for a more authentic taste

Meat and potato pie


For the pastry

  • 300 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • salt
  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g lard, or vegetable fat
  • 5-6 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp milk, to glaze

For the filling

  • 1 onion, finely dieced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 250 g minced beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Marmite
  • 1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large baking potato, finely diced
  • Tips and suggestions

    Cooks Tips...
    This pie can be frozen for up to 3 months.


    1. For the pastry
    Rub the butter and lard into the flour and salt until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add 5 tablespoons of cold water and form the mixture into a ball adding a little more water if necessary. Chill for 20 minutes.

    2. Dry fry the onion, carrots and beef together in a medium saucepan over a high heat until browned, then reduce the heat and add the tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Marmite, flour and seasoning.

    3. Cook for one minute then add the diced potato, 150 mil water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

    4. Heat the over to 200C / Gas 6. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out two thirds of the pastry into a square large enough to cover the base and sides of a 20cm square 4cm deep cake tin.

    5. Add the cooled mince, then roll out the remaining pastry for the lid. Dampen the edge of the pastry and place on the lid on top of the pie and press the edges well to seal.

    6. Using a fork pierce the top of the pie several times and brush with milk. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with mashed potatoes, peas and gravy.