24 March 2010

7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

It's that time of year to start thinking about summer, the beach, and slimming down. Easier said, than done. Not really -- MSN Health & Fitness with Men's Health have put together some simple advice. (The first point, about soda, goes beyond soft drinks, as high fructose is prevalent in many processed foods.)

"Do you sometimes feel ravenous, even though you just polished off a tasty lunch, a full dinner, or a midnight snack? Some food ingredients can trick our bodies into not recognizing when we’re full, causing “rebound hunger” that can add inches to our waistlines. But these simple tweaks from the authors of The New American Diet can help quiet your cravings."

7 Reasons You're Still Hungry:

Craving culprit: You drink too much soda
Craving culprit: Your dinner came out of a can
Craving culprit: Your breakfast wasn’t big enough
Craving culprit: You skipped the salad
Craving culprit: You don’t stop for tea time
Craving culprit: You’re not staying fluid
Craving culprit: You’re bored

To view the entire article, go to MSN Health & Fitness.

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New American Diet: How secret "obesogens" are making us fat, and the 6-week plan that will flatten your belly for good!
by Stephen Perrine, Heather Hurlocks
* Pub. Date: December 2009
* 320pp

Available online at Barnes and Noble.

21 March 2010

"Cheap Foods That Are Good For You", by Rebecca Ruiz

I try to eat as "healthily" as I can, through both a good food program, aka, diet, and nutritious, fresh and preferably organic products. Friends say it's too expensive. I respond saying, with careful and knowledgeable shopping, there is little or no difference in price, just health and well-being.

Here is a recent article from Forbes.com (to help me with my arguement), "Cheap Foods That Are Good For You", by Rebecca Ruiz:

"You can get all the nutrition you need for much less money if you shop carefully. A cup of cooked navy beans has a similar amount of protein as 3 ounces of salmon, and is loaded with more magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. One large orange has almost seven times the amount of vitamin C and more fiber than a cup of raw blueberries, at a small fraction the berries' price this time of year. A $3 bunch of dark green, leafy kale is a big nutritional improvement on watery iceberg lettuce--but broccoli has just as many nutrients at half the price."

Visit Forbes.com for the entire article.

"Galician Stew" (Caldo gallego)

This recipe is courtesy of Cuban Food Market:

"Galician Stew"
(Caldo gallego)


    * 1 cup dry white beans
    * 1/2 lb Spanish chorizo
    * 1 lb flank steak, cubed
    * small ham hock
    * 1 onion, chopped
    * 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    * 2 to 3 oz piece of salt pork
    * 1/4 cup celery
    * 1 green pepper, chopped
    * 1/2 lb turnip greens without stems
    * 3 quarts of water
    * salt
    * ground pepper
    * 2 potatoes, peeled and diced small


Place beans in pan and cover with water. Boil for about five minutes. Remove from heat and let stand in water overnight.
Drain the beans and place in a pan with 3 quarts of water. Add the cubed flank steaks, pork, hock, peppers and onions. Add 1 tsp of salt. Cover and bring to a boil, set heat to low, let simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Cut the chorizos in 1/2 inch slices and wash diced potatoes under running water.

Add the chorizo, potatoes and turnip greens to pot and let simmer for another 30 minutes. If necessary continue cooking until the beans are tender. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
Serve hot. Serves six.

Visit Cuban Food Market for other foods and gifts.