Monday, August 28, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
God! Cherries are such a wonderful fruit! And believe me I know a lot about cherries because I've been a cherry picker during summer 2002 in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Since then, I'm a little more picky when I buy some at the grocery store, and I've never tasted as good cherries as I did that summer... Still, I need my cherry fix a couple of time a year, and it's a great thing because cherries abounds in multiple phytochemicals compounds and antioxydants that may prevent aging and related diseases.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Nutrition facts for ½ cup of strawberries: 28 calories, 0.3 g fat, 6.7 g carbohydrate, 2.0 g fibers, 0.6 g protein. My comment: Strawberries are a fabulous healthy treat everybody should enjoy. It's low in calories, high in fibers and antioxidants, and therefore constitute a wonderful dessert or snack. It can also be added to salad, layered in a yogurt parfait or in a shortcake, mixed in a fruit salad or in your breakfast cereal, simply dipped in yogurt or even a little whipped cream, and my favorite above all, dipped in dark chocolate...! Delicious!
Above: a beautiful fruit salad including diced watermelon, blueberries and slices of strawberries.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
- First, you’ll need 1 silken tofu block.
- Then, puree it in a blender.
- Add about ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Mix until the texture is smooth.
- Refrigerate and serve cold (makes 4 sevings).
Nutrition facts for ¼ recipe (about ½ cup): 113 calories, 3 g fat, 0.8 g saturated, 0.7 g monounsaturated fat, 1.3 polyunsaturated fat, 17.6 g carbohydrate, 1.9 g fiber, 6.9 g protein, 1.6 mg iron, 34 mg calcium. My comment: What a nice delicious little treat! It’s packed with protein and nobody could guess there’s tofu in it. If you want to boost the calcium content, you can add 2 tbsp per serving, and you’ll benefit from about 100 mg extra calcium, 3 g protein as well as vitamin D for only 31 calories!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Nutrition facts for 1 wrap (8-inch whole-wheat tortilla, 1/3 cup black beans, 1/5 avocado, 1/2 cup salsa, and 1 oz mozzarella part-skim milk): 339 calories, 13.0 g fat, 4.3 g saturated fat, 41.3 g carbohydrates, 11.2 g fibers, 16.6 g proteins, 329 mg calcium, 4 mg iron. My comment: This makes a really delicious, fast and easy, vegetarian nutritious meal! Customize the recipe as you wish to fit your own tastes.
Another good idea to use those beans once the can is opened is to throw them on your pizza dough with grilled corn, red onions slices, and cheese... Scrumptious! Finally, if you still didn't manage to use all the black beans in your can, don't forget that any leftovers can easily be frozen until you need it... and hopefully, this time will come soon!
Nutrition facts for 1/8 pizza (12 oz whole-wheat dough, 1 cup salsa, 1 cup black beans, 1 cup grilled corn kernels, and 8 oz mozzarella part-skim milk): 221 calories, 6.4 g fat, 3.2 g saturated fat, 35.2 g carbohydrates, 5 g fibers, 12.9 g proteins, 243 mg calcium, 1.12 mg iron. My comment: 2 slices make a healthy, balanced, and filling meal... believe me, i've tried it!
Last thing... Lots of people are afraid to eat beans and legumes because of their well-known unpleasant side effects. To avoid bad smell, it's a great idea to rince them thoroughly and to begin by small quantities and gradually increase the serving size and the frequency to allow your bowels to adapt. In brief, the best solution is to have beans regularly on your menu...!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Mmmm.... pancakes! This sounds like a pretty good reason to get up! Why not take advantage of the opportunity to fill your pancake recipe with whole grains (e.g. subsituting half or all the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat or any other whole flour, adding flaxseed, oat, etc.) and submerge it with fresh fruits and a little mapple syrup! Scrumptiously healthy! However, some people, like my boyfriend, prefer to have their fruit inside the pancake to allow the flavor of the fruit, hereby blueberries, to burst and then melt in the mouth. Therefore, I'll have classic pancakes with fruits on top on Saturday and blueberry pancakes sprinkled with mapple syrup on Sunday... sounds like cloud 9 to me!!!
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
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Thursday, June 08, 2006
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
But, since we learned to dig the delectable flesh with a spoon, it's one of my favorite fruit! I love the sunny design that is secretly hidden inside! What's more? Kiwi is an really good source of vitamin C and K, and abounds in various antioxydants that can fight diseases, such as cancer. Also, the potassium content of 1 kiwi is the same as 1/2 - 1 banana, which is considered to be one of the best potassium sources... What's so interesting about potassium? Well, besides many other important roles in the human body, it is proven that it can contribute to lower blood pressure. Moreover, a recent research conducted by the University of Oslo in Norway showed that kiwi consumption (2-3 a day) would have similar benefits as aspirin by thining the blood! So dig in, because kiwis might have other good-for-your-health secrets that you could begin to benefit right away!
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Sunday, June 04, 2006
Mangoes are an exotic fruit now available all-year long everywhere in North America. It invaded the market a couple of years ago, and I first bought one when I was 17. I guess I felt adventurous, so I decided to try one even though I had no idea how to eat it! Anyway, they soon became part of my weekly grocery list, and here's how I enjoy them the most:
Slice the mango so that the knife just passes over the flat surface of the stone. Then turn it over and cut across the other flat surface. With each big slice that has been removed, cut hatch marks through the flesh just down to the skin. Then, hold the slice flesh-side-up, press the thumb on the skin side underneath as if turning the piece inside out. Many bite-sized pieces of flesh will pop up and can be cut out to put into a fruit salad or other preparation. This technique is sometimes called the hedgehog method because of the appearance of the prepared fruit. An alternative to the hedgehog method is to use a spoon to scoop out pieces of the fruit from the exposed "cheeks".
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Saturday, June 03, 2006
What about a whole-wheat homemade crust baked on a pizza stone topped with tomato sauce, basil, garlic, broccoli, roasted red pepper, tomato, feta cheese and boconcini... ? the possibilities with pizza are endless, and it can really be part of a healty diet when it's loaded with fresh vegetables and not burried under cheese. If you lack the time to prepare your own homemade crust, a tortilla or a pita are a nice and easy option. Just top it with your favorite ingredients, and have yourself a slice!
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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This is one of my favorite light meal, especially during summer when fresh produce abounds!
- First, you'll need a fresh eggplant. Slice it about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. Put the slices in a baking dish. Gently brush the slices with a little olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill at 425F for a couple of minutes on each side.
- Make little towers using one slice eggplant, a basil leave or some pesto, a tomato slice, some feta cheese, repeat another time, and finish with an eggplant slice.
- Put the towers back on the baking dish and heat in the oven until hot... Serve hot or warm!
Nutritions facts for about 3 towers: 265 calories, 19 g fat, 5 g saturated, 11 g monounsaturated, 3 g polyunsaturated, 17 g carbohydrate, 8 g protein, 7 g fiber. My comment: Delightful!!! This vegetarian entree contains lots of vegetables with healthy fats from olive oil and even a little calcium from the cheese. Mmmmmmmm!
Well, what are you waiting for?
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