The Definitive Guide To Healthy Eating For You and Your Family

Does anyone actually know what healthy eating is? It seem like every week there is a new diet or meal plan trend where you have to cut out certain food and increase amounts of others. Is healthy eating calorie controlled? Or is just about nutritious foods? Read on to find out.

The calorie controlled myth

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Ok, so first of all let’s look at calorie control Is this healthy eating? Well, in once sense you could agree that it was. The body needs a certain amount of calories a day to function. If we get that amount of calories, around 2000 for women, 2500 for men and 1,600 to 2,500 a day for children we stay at a healthy weight.

However, if you eat more than the allotted amount you will put on weight. East less and you will lose it. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?

However, the problem with calorie control is that it doesn’t give you any idea about food that nourishes your body. It’s all just reduced down to how much energy the food possess.

In addition, in this body conscious world, we live in, it can be all too easy to become obsessed with the number of calories that you consume in a day. This can lead to a very unhealthy psychological relationship with food and can be counter-productive in the long run.

Nutrition

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Next, let’s look at nutrition. Traditionally nutrition is split into four main categories. Carbohydrates and starches, proteins, fruits and veg and fats. For a healthy diet, you should aim for a pyramid ratio with fats on the top. That means a few fats, slightly more protein, more again of fruit and veg and that the largest part of our diet should be made up of carbohydrates. This is scientifically testing and researched and is probably the easiest way to a healthy balanced diet.

However recently some of the new diet trends have put this ratio system into question. Some like the clean eating movement also emphasize the increased intake of good fats and the removal of anything processed.

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In relation to clean eating the thought process is that healthy fats help you to metabolize the board fats in your system.  Also, processed foods contain fillers that are unnecessary like fat, sugar, and preservatives. Which our bodies often cannot process and so end up turning to fat.

In this way clean eating makes sense. As we all know that cooking healthy recipes at home, is a better move than eating process prepacked food brought from a store.

Cutting Out Food Groups

Some diets go even further than this and ask us to cut out certain food groups altogether. For example, the Paleo diet suggests cutting out the carbs completely. But increasing the protein and fats section.

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Other diets involve eating only raw, low fat or low sugar foods. This can be difficult when you are cooking for all the family at home. However, each plan needs to be judged on its own merits. It may be that your particular body composition would benefit in a reduction of certain ingredients.

However completely cutting out any food group is likely to be unmanageable in the long run.

Must Have Cooking Gadgets For The Modern Kitchen

There are so many home gizmo’s now, it’s hard to work out which are essentials and which are just unnecessary. From egg poachers to rice cookers, the lists seem endless. Here are the top home gadgets that you really need in the everyday, modern kitchen. They cover all the needs of a home chef, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on any of them.

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Knives

A good set of knives are absolutely essential to any home chef. A blunt knife is very frustrating to work with, can take so much longer to use and may cause accidents. Make sure you have a set with a few different shapes and sizes to cover you for all your needs.

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are very useful for busy families. You can make a huge variety of meals in them; including casseroles, roast dinners, curries and soups. Make sure you get one big enough for the size of your family, fill it up in the morning, and you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you by the evening.

Food Processor

A good food processor can be an investment, but it is definitely worth it in the long run. They make preparing meals so easy, slicing and chopping all your vegetables and ingredients for you. Different blades and adaptors are available, so you can also blend and mix a variety of dishes. This eliminates the need for separate blenders and juicers, saving you money and cupboard space in the long run

Coffee Machine

A coffee machine is vital for any coffee lover out there. Even if you don’t drink a lot yourself, it is handy to have for any guests and visitors that drop by. There are many different types, but take a look at the best espresso machines for less than $1,000 in 2016 and compare the variety of brands. The taste of fresh coffee is simply worlds away from the jarred types.

Electric Mixer

You really appreciate an electric mixer after trying to mix cake batter by hand! They are relatively inexpensive and make life so much easier. They normally come with different arms as well, so try them on bread and pastry dough as well.

Scales

Again, baking is pretty difficult without a decent set of scales. Whilst many recipes can be translated into cups or measurements, there are some which require precise amounts. Another inexpensive appliance which is a definite cupboard essential.

Timer

Some recipes are more lenient, but others have to be timed to perfection. It’s pretty easy to forget what time you put your meal in the oven, so a handy egg timer can ensure your meals won’t burn.

Non-stick cookware

There’s nothing more annoying than having to scrape your carefully prepared, burnt food from the bottom of a pan or baking tray. Non-stick cookware means exactly that, no more food catching and burning. This will help with the washing up and create healthier meals, with less oil needed.

Now all you need are the ingredients, and a few hungry mouths to feed!

The Best Summer Ideas Involving Food And Good Friends #Food #Friends

I have commented recently that good friends are hard to find. That sometimes when you have things go on in your life those are the circumstances that you realize who your true friends are. So it’s vital you nurture those friendships as often as possible. Friendship is a two way street after all. So given that I have been thinking about that recently, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some great Summer ideas. That involve friends and some good food suggestions.

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A big summer BBQ

Now that the summer is here we can enjoy some great weather. With that means, we can head outside as much as we can enjoy a few drinks and some BBQ food. You can’t beat having a gathering with your closest and enjoying some burgers. But there are lots of other things you can cook on the BBQ. If you have the time, you can slow roast ribs and steaks and even consider meat kebabs and BBQ some vegetables. Alongside it serve up some salads and garnishes, and you are good to go. Hanging out with good friends in the garden is quite a relaxing environment to create.

A feast around the table

Sundays are always a great day to get your nearest and dearest round and enjoy some great food around the table. It’s the last relaxing day before the new week starts. So it’s a great time to reflect with your friends on what you have been up to and plans. A great serving suggestion would be to serve up a joint of meat and lots of things to go with it. A fabulous suggestion would be something like a deep fried turkey. Crispy skin on the outside and succulent meat on the inside. You can get a turkey fryer quite easily online. Not many people will have tried it before so it could become a firm favorite amongst your guests.

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A low key buffet in front of the TV

Whether you are into the latest season of Game of Thrones, or you all like to hang out and watch a game, then a buffet option is very low key and informal. You can do anything you like. You may want to serve up sandwiches or something hot to warm up on a cool evening. Or allow people to bring with them a tray of food and let everyone dig in.

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Cook a course each and enjoy it as someone’s house

Finally, a real fun idea for spending an evening with friends is to each cook a course for a meal. One of you may tackle an entre while someone else may create the main event. You could decide on a theme or just cook up whatever you fancy. It’s a great talking point throughout the evening and allows each of you to share the workload.

It’s so important to keep those good friendships alive, so I hope this has inspired you to get something booked in with them soon.

 

Crockpot Mushroom-Beef Stew #snow #recipe #beefstew

BEEF STEW

 

Crockpot Mushroom-Beef Stew

Ingredients List:

1 lb beef stew meat

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

2 cans (4 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained

1 package (1 oz) dry onion soup mix

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Hubby’s Favorite Banana Split Cake #recipe #foodie #love

 

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Hubby’s Favorite Banana Split Cake

Ingredients
4 cups crushed graham crackers
3 sticks butter, room temperature
2 eggs
16 -ounce box powdered sugar
1 or 2 pints of strawberries depending on your tastes
3-4 bananas, sliced
12 -ounce container whipped topping

**OPTIONAL** This cake is VERY sweet, if you make it as is.  I use 1  or 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese to cut the sweetness a bit.

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Easy Mini Cakes

EASY MINI (CHEESECAKE) CAKES

Ingredients
2 packages – 8 oz – Cream Cheese
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
12 Vanilla Wafers

Directions

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixeer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extracts; beat well. Place a wafer in bottom of 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Spoon batter into each cup, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 22 to 24 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. (Mini Cheesecakes will deflate in center upon cooling)

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top with desired toppings such as fresh fruit, lemon curd, melted chocolate and confectioner’s sugar.

Makes 12 servings.

Note: I truly hope that you all enjoy these recipes. These are some of the best recipes that I have been given over the years. I would love to hear your thoughts when you make them! If you love them, let me know!

Best Lactation Cookies

This is the exact recipe that I used when I was first nursing my youngest.  I had the hardest time trying to keep my supply up.  I would start and stop; we’d have our good days and our bad.  This is one of those recipes that will work for MOST moms, and they are DELICIOUS!

You can get the Flaxseed Meal and Brewers Yeast at most Health Food stores, and you won’t be disappointed!  Be sure to add LOTS of chocolate chips, as they not only TASTE great, but chocolate is also good for lactation.

This recipe is great for mothers who are breastfeeding. It helps to keep your milk supply up or increase your milk supply. Use more brewers yeast and oatmeal if you are wanting to increase your milk supply. You can use more chocolate chips if you like or any kind of chips.

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2 -4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
Stir in oats and chips.
Scoop onto baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

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